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Choosing a preschool or child care

Posted by Ellie Springer on Sep 14, 2018 2:00:00 PM

The first time you drop your child off at school or child care can be full of mixed emotions--for you and for your child, as you are sad to be away from one another but also excited about all the new experiences s/he will have. School should be a fun, exciting place where your child learns new things, makes new friends, and feels safe and loved with wonderful caregivers. How do you find the right place for you and your child? (Remember, this has to work for the parents as well as the kids.)

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Topics: Preschool, child care

Why Sensory Play

Posted by Ellie Springer on Aug 10, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Do you see headlines everywhere about sensory play for babies and toddlers? Are you wondering what sensory play is, or why so many people recommend it? Or do you just HATE a mess, and you think that's inevitable with sensory play?

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Topics: Babies, Play, Toddlers, Sensory

Dialogic Reading

Posted by Ellie Springer on Aug 3, 2018 2:00:00 PM

 

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Topics: Preschool, Toddlers, literacy, Playgroup, Babies

Going to the library with your toddler

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jul 27, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Tips on taking your young child to the library:

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Topics: Toddlers, literacy, Community resources

Sorry, Not Sorry

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jul 20, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Often, when adults see a child do something that hurts someone else, intentionally or unintentionally, they immediately admonish the child, "Say you're sorry!"

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Topics: Preschool, Toddlers, Behavior

Social and Emotional Skills for 2- and 3-Year-Olds

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jul 13, 2018 2:00:00 PM

                     

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Topics: Preschool, Toddlers, Social Emotional Skills

Play Dough Recipe

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jul 6, 2018 2:00:00 PM

To make homemade play dough:

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Topics: Preschool, Toddlers, Play

Clean Up Time

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jun 29, 2018 2:00:00 PM

It is often harder to get children to clean up at home than it is in a group setting such as playgroup or school.  The routines at home are more variable, and whatever they are leaving play time to do is usually not as exciting as circle or the playground.

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Topics: Toddlers, Preschool

Sensory Play Ideas

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jun 22, 2018 2:00:00 PM

Materials for a sensory tub:

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Topics: Toddlers, Babies, Play

Sharing

Posted by Ellie Springer on Jun 15, 2018 2:00:00 PM

You hear parents and other adults telling kids all the time, "Share your toys!" But do kids always have to share? And when can they do it without help from an adult and/or throwing a tantrum? 

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Topics: Toddlers, Preschool

First Connections

A Blog to Connect Families with Resources to Foster Healthy Parenting

Our mission at First Connections is to equip parents with tools, practical strategies, and connections to other families and their communities to foster healthy parenting and guide them through the first years of the parenting journey.

We offer support groups and play groups to families with children from birth to age 8 in the communities of Acton, Bedford, Boxborough, Carlisle, Concord, Hanscom AFB, Harvard, Lincoln, Littleton, Maynard, Sudbury, and Westford

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