Articles Written By: Dr. Mary Zurn

This author has written 31 articles

Teaching Your Child Responsibility

The concept of responsibility is foreign to young children who are still learning that their actions have an impact on those around them. It takes time and some coaching from parents for children to gain a broad perspective of what it means to be responsible for themselves and the world around them. The process of learning to respond appropriately to the people and environment around them is called self-regulation. In time, your child will learn how to asses a situation…

Helping Your Child Make Decisions

Empowering your child to make his own decisions at an early age can foster independence, self-esteem and problem-solving skills that will be very beneficial in later years. As parents, we know that our children have opinions of their own and by giving them decision making opportunities we enable them to demonstrate their preferences and offer a constructive way to channel their natural desire for independence.However, before you let your little one loose in the closet to pick out an outfit…

Read Across America Day: How to Celebrate Literacy in a Fun, Meaningful Way

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” ― Dr. Seuss, I Can Read With My Eyes Shut! Fifteen years ago, the National Education Association established Read Across America Day as an annual reading motivation and awareness program that calls for every child in every community to celebrate reading on Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Parents have a very important role to play in furthering the purpose of this…

Communicating Feelings: Use Your Words

Whenever the topic of language development comes up, I immediately think of one of the many stories from the book Use Your Words: How Teacher Talk Helps Children Learn by Carol Garhart Mooney. The story starts with a preschool director giving a prospective family a school tour. During the tour her assistant interrupted saying that there was a call that the director needed to take. The director bent down to the child’s level and told her that she had to…

Teaching Your Child to be a Team Player

Teaching your child to be a team player and giving them responsibility go hand in hand. Learning to be responsible is a major goal for all children in Primrose classrooms. Helper charts are used to build a sense of responsibility for the maintenance and functioning of their classroom. The job list includes tasks that affect everyone in the classroom which creates feelings of teamwork and community. At this age, children love to help adults and are generally eager to please…

What is High-quality Early Childhood Education?

Families across the nation are realizing the lifelong benefits of a high-quality and well-rounded early childhood education for their children. They are looking for preschool experiences that are more than just learning numbers and letters; they want their children to be well-prepared in every way. So, what should parents look for? In a recent article published by Scientific American Mind, the author reveals a growing trend in early education that has captured the attention of institutions and parents alike: the move…

Good Night: Bedtime Habits and Importance of Sleep

When it comes to bedtime, parents have heard it all, from “just one more story, p-l-e-a-s-e” and “I’m thirsty” to “there’s a monster under my bed!” While the excuses may change from night to night, one thing remains the same; in spite of their reluctance to give up on the day, children need a good night’s sleep. Regular rest provides what a child’s body needs to grow and develop. A good sound night of sleep promotes alertness the next day,…

TV Alternatives for Children under Two

While letting a child watch TV may seem to be an easy way to free up a little time for mom and dad, a recent policy statement released from the American Academy of Pediatrics says that there are no benefits associated with children under the age of 2 watching television. In fact, there is evidence suggesting that it actually interferes with normal development. Primrose School of Legacy Owner and pediatrician Dr. Laura Jana was recently interviewed by CBS Evening News…

Helping Your Child Learn to Write

Do you remember what your first response was in elementary school when your teacher asked you to write about what you did over summer vacation? Many of us get sweaty palms, because we remember not knowing how to begin and then worrying about spelling and our handwriting. As parents and teachers, we have a unique opportunity to help children create more positive memories before they enter elementary school by taking a more developmental approach to writing. A good place to…
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