Tips & Tools for Parents

  • Preventing Cavities

    It’s Easy to Prevent Cavities

    It’s Easy to Prevent Cavities. Here’s how. Did you know tooth decay affects children in the United States more than any other chronic infectious disease? If left untreated tooth decay causes pain and infections that may lead to problems with eating, speaking, playing, and learning. The good news is that tooth decay and other oral […]

  • How is your child developing?

    Ages & Stages of Child Development

    Ages & Stages of Child Development Should my son start sitting up soon? When should he drink from a cup? Start scribbling? Babbling? We all want to know our children are on the right track. At Halsey Schools we will let you know how your child is doing everyday. We will also complete formal detailed […]

  • How to teach Sequencing

    How To Teach Sequencing

    How To Teach Your Child Sequencing Introduce & use sequencing words often Engage your child in language and discussion about their daily activities to help them understand sequencing using the basic sequencing vocabulary: First, second, third…, in front of, behind, before, after, next, first, then, last, beginning, middle, end, began, concluded, and finally.  Focus on […]

  • Safety tips for water play swiming

    Water Safety Tips

    How to prevent drowning and keep your child safe around water NEVER leave your child in or near any water unattended. Keep constant VISUAL supervision in all water within arms reach of your child at all times. At a party? Be certain only qualified and undistracted adults are entrusted with supervising children in water. Never assume […]

  • I’m counting 1,2,3! Do you want a time out!

    Some often used discipline techniques just don’t work. How to fix discipline techniques that don’t work I’m counting 1, 2, 3 – We are leaving… I’m counting… What you are really saying: Don’t listen to me until I get to the last number. Why it doesn’t work: Children learn that it just means they have extra […]

  • tummy time builds muscles

    Tummy Time – Why is it so important?

    Why is Tummy Time important? It helps develop the muscles that keep your baby’s head up and turn her head side to side; and it builds strength throughout her back, neck, shoulders, buttocks and legs. A baby learns how to push up on his elbows and hands to help get ready to roll, belly crawl, and sit […]

  • Acknowledgment instead of praise

    How to Acknowledge Instead of Praise

    Narrate what you see When you make short objective statements like, “You painted a picture of a house,” or “You picked up the red block,” you are acknowledging your child’s accomplishments without judgement. Narration without judgment allows children to judge the merits of their efforts themselves. Connect the effort with a desired character trait If […]

  • Forts are fun! Build one today!

    Fun with Forts

    Let your children build Their fort Help but don’t take over. Let  your child’s imagination go! Just help out where needed to keep it safe. A fort can be whatever your child wants: a castle, a home, a cave, a tent, an igloo. The options are limitless. Just like our imagination. Building forts will encourage your […]

  • Sunburns cause permanent skin damage

    Sunburns last forever – Protect your child

    A sunburn today can lead to skin cancer tomorrow Whenever outdoors your child’s skin needs protection from the sun’s harmful ultraviolet (UV) rays. Protective clothing, hats, sunglasses, and sunblocks are a must. Sun facts Cumulative long term unprotected sun exposure increases your child’s risk of skin cancers later in life. Just a few serious sunburns can increase […]

  • Don't ever leave any child in a car

    Your car is an oven

    Your car can be 30-50° hotter than it is outside Heatstroke is the leading cause of non-crash, vehicle related deaths for children under the age of 14, with an average of 38  fatalities reported every year. Preschool and Infant children are at greatest risk. But it is easy to prevent. Really easy. Never Leave Children in […]

  • AAP agrees "no juice for children under 1 year old.

    Is your child drinking too much juice?

    How much 100% fruit juice is too much? Infants under 1 shouldn’t drink any juice. Toddlers 1-3 years old shouldn’t consume more than 4 ounces a day. Preschoolers 4-6 years old shouldn’t consume more than 4-6 ounces a day. Youths, ages 7–18 years old, shouldn’t consume more than 8 ounces a day. Are Hi-C and […]

  • Your child should not sit in front

    Are you using the right car seat? Is your child sitting in the safest spot?

    Make sure your child is properly buckled up in a car seat, booster seat, or seat belt, whichever is appropriate for their age, height and weight. Car seat, booster seat, or seat belt? Birth up to Age 2 or 3 – Rear-facing car seat. For the best possible protection, infants and children should be buckled in a […]