Tips & Tools for Parents

  • 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 […]

  • Assessments - how is your child doing

    Assessment Time – Ages & Stages of Development

    This month your child’s teachers are carefully observing your child to assess for appropriate developmental milestones. Children develop at their own pace so the criteria we follow offers a broad age range for each milestone. Some children might reach a designated milestone at 7 months old. But others might reach it at 4 months or […]

  • 2017 rear facing california car set law

    Rear facing car seat required

    California Car Seat Law Changes 1/1/17 Children under 2-years old: must be rear facing unless they weigh 40 pounds or more, or are 40 inches tall or more. Most children will outgrow an infant seat before age 1 ■ The next step is a convertible car seat. ■ Rear-facing is 5 times safer than forward-facing. ■ […]

  • Use repetition & extension language to increase preschool children's vocaulary

    Using Repetition & Extension Language will increase your child’s vocabulary

    How to use repetition to increase your child’s vocabulary Listen to what your child says and then restate or rephrase your child’s words.  Listens to your child, then use your child’s words in a more complete phrase or sentence. Your child says: Painting the box. You say: Oh, you’re painting the box blue. Your child: Car goes fast. […]

  • Halsey Schools teaches Baby sign language

    We use Sign Language with your baby everyday

    Images from © 2016 Download your free Baby Sign Language Chart We use these signs everyday. Do you know what they mean? How to use Baby Sign Language How to use & teach signing with your baby Learn the signs above using this free Baby Sign Language Chart and/or visiting Make it fun. Sign while saying […]

  • How to improve your child's vocabulary with advanced langauge

    Use Advanced Language to increase your preschooler’s vocabulary

    How to use advanced language to increase your child’s vocabulary You: “Tell me about your hat.” Your child: “It is red, orange, yellow, green and blue.” You: “You have many different colors in your hat. It’s a multicolored hat.” You: “I feel embarrassed right now!” Your child: “Why?” You: “I couldn’t remember my friend’s son’s name so […]

  • 7 ways to help your child read

    Seven Ways to Help Your Preschooler Read

    Everyone wants their preschooler to reach his/her full potential. Early literacy that leads to reading is one of the most important ways you can help your child achieve now and in the future. You can help reinforce the learning fun your child experiences at Halsey Schools, with these seven easy reading tips. Cuddle up and […]

  • Best Indoor Playgrounds in Woodland Hills

    Rainy Day Places to Take Your Preschooler in Woodland Hills

    Active things to do in Woodland Hills on a rainy day with your preschooler. Sure you could watch a movie or play a board game but these places are a lot more fun and they get your body moving! Our preschoolers picked these as some of their favorite field trips. Kid’s Ahoy | 20929 Ventura Blvd […]