Tips & Tools for Parents

  • 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 […]

  • 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 […]

  • 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 babysignlanguage.com. 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 BabySignLanguage.com Make it fun. Sign while saying […]