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0-4 years

From birth to age 4 children depend on adults for care and protection. They are innocent, impressionable, receptive and open to the influence of their surroundings.   During this stage, parents lay the foundation for all learning.  The objectives for children 0-4 are:

  • Safety and security
  • Trust in caregivers
  • Family Values
  • Family Identity
  • Family Routines
  • Value and love of work and play

Learning Activities for Toddlers and Preschoolers

What should a 4 year old know?   This is a great blog post to help you stay focused on the most important needs of your preschool children. 


Reading List for Toddlers and Young Children

Click here for our suggested reading list for children ages 2-6

Fun Teaching Ideas and Printables for Toddlers:

Montessori Method Printables for preschool from The Helpful Garden

Preschool Printables from Layers-of-Learning


Resources for Parents of Infants and Toddlers

Many parents are eager for their children to receive the best education possible. Even while your child is an infant, parents can help their child lay a foundation for a successful future.  The following three books are a great way to begin your journey of educating the next generation.

A Thomas Jefferson Education by Oliver DeMille:

Every person has inner genius. A Thomas Jefferson Education consists of helping each student discover, develop and polish her genius. This is the essence and very definition of great education.

Parents can give their children the gift of a great education by understanding and practicing the principles in A Thomas Jefferson Education.   This is an outstanding resource for parents to read while children are young to gain knowledge and skills that will  guide their children through a great education.  Parents of young children should pay close attention to how you can help your young child successfully navigate through Core Phase during their preschool years.  
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Restoring the Art of Storytelling by Marlene Peterson

The first step to learning how to read is to learn to love stories and books. This is accomplished by establishing a routine story time with children.  

Story time includes sharing a story from memory.  The eye-to-eye, heart-to-heart interaction allows children to make connections with the storyteller and connect the story to real life.  Mothers can become great storytellers as they develop their own resource bank of stories that can be told by heart.  

To learn more about storytelling, we recommend the book Restoring the Art of Storytelling in the Home by Marlene Peterson.

Story time is the first step to a great education.  It can begin in infancy and continue throughout the school years, even after children have learned how to read.  

If story time becomes a routine in the home, children will show an interest in learning how to read.  Parents are advised to begin phonics lessons only after the child has shown interest. 

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The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease

Reading aloud includes reading stories from favorite books.  This experience is also important to help children develop reading comprehension and to build vocabulary.  We recommend a daily story/reading time in the home.  This daily activity for young and old children alike will be the most important thing you can do for your child's education.  

We recommend The Read Aloud Handbook by Jim Trelease as a guide for parents seeking to establish quality reading time in the home.

If story time and reading time become a routine in the home, children will show an interest in learning how to read themselves.  Parents are advised to begin phonics lessons only after the child has shown interest. 

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Parenting Courses

Online Programs for Kids

Online parenting classes:

Love, Laughter, and Limits (LLL) teaches you practical ways to be a warm, positive, and happy parent.

Teaching Self-Government

No more whining, tantrums, and disobedience. Learn how you can transform your home.

Grandma Polka-Dot

We are pleased to introduce you to the fresh, new personality in children's entertainment, Grandma Polka Dot. Grandma, who is played by Dotty Ralphs, will light up your home as she teaches your children good values in a fun and entertaining way!

Click here for Grandma Polka Dot's YouTube Channel.

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