Tips & Tools for Parents

  • 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 […]

  • Setting goals with your preschooler

    Setting Goals with Your Preschooler

    With our encouragement and support children can achieve a lot. At birth children have a built-in set of goals; scoot, crawl, roll over, hold self up, walk… It is important to help your child learn to identify goals and work towards achieving them. Working towards goals will help your child understand there are rewards and […]

  • Teach your preschooler to be a giver

    Is your preschooler a giver?

    Mine! Mine! Mine! It’s not easy for preschoolers to share. But sharing and giving can help build your child’s sense of self-esteem and pride. It’s a vital life skill that encourages thinking about others and putting their needs or feelings above our own. Fortunately, giving and sharing comes with a built in reward system; It […]

  • Fun things to do in Woodland Hills For Christmas Hanukah holiday cheer

    Holiday Family Field Trips in Woodland Hills

    The holidays can be a wonderful time of joy, wonder and excitement. Here are some Woodland Hills family field trips your infants, toddlers and preschoolers will love! Candy Cane Lane Holiday Lights in Woodland Hills I’ve been going to Candy Cane Lane since I was an infant. The lights, the sights, the sounds and the […]

  • Parachute play is fun at Halsey Schools !

    Parachute Play – Try it at home

    We love parachute play at school. Try it at home too! Parachute Play Encourages cooperation, team work & socialization Strengthens upper torso Is non-competitive & fun Refines perceptual skills Reinforces taking turns Encourages sharing Develops a sense of rhythm Helps children learn to follow directions Promotes social interaction Enhances language development & communication Try these parachute […]

  • 6 kinds of open ended questions you should ask your preschooler

    6 kinds of open ended questions you should ask your preschooler

    What’s an open-ended question? Listening to your child’s answers is even more important than asking the open-ended questions Wait 5-10 seconds for your child to think and formulate responses. Allow your child to fully answer the question without interruption. Show that you are interested your child’s answers. Keep the conversation going until your child gives you clues to move […]

  • How to feed your 12-24 month old toddler

    Feeding Your 12-24 Months old Toddler

    Follow these general guidelines for feeding your healthy toddler. If you have any questions, please let us or your child’s physician know. Limit high sugar and high fat foods, offer variety Your toddler needs to eat a variety of foods every day but make sure you limit high sugar and high fat foods so your toddler has […]

  • Open ended questions in preschool encourage language development

    Open-Ended Questions; we use them everyday, so should you.

    What’s an open ended question? Open‐ended questions open up conversations When you ask an open‐ended question, you don’t know what your child’s answer is going to be. Close‐ended questions usually limit conversation to a one or two word response, and sometimes they end the conversation. Examples: Close‐ended question: “What color is this?” Open‐ended question: “You used […]