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Television: Talking Violence

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Thursday, September 22, 2016
Television: Talking Violence As of late, watching the nightly news has become a challenge. For the last six weeks without a seeming break, I have been fed a steady diet of gun violence and loss related to the shootings in Orlando, Dallas, and ..

10 Ways to Prepare for Kindergarten & Life!

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Wednesday, September 21, 2016
The Top Ten Things You Can Do to Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten & Life! 10. Encourage your child to participate in play dates with friends. Life is all about getting along with others. Children need to learn how to play together ..

10 Back to School Reading Tips

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Tuesday, August 16, 2016
School starts in Elyria tomorrow!! No matter if your little one is entering preschool, kindergarten, or beyond the start of school is an exciting time of year. How can you prepare your children for reading success? Here are 10 tips:  ..

Books for Kids Starting School

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Thursday, August 11, 2016
Starting school can be an emotional roller coaster for kids! First day of daycare, preschool, or kindergarten, kids can feel anxious, curious, scared, and excited all at the same time! The Elyria Public Library (http://www.elyrialibrary.org/) recom ..

What is this Sales Tax Holiday?

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Wednesday, August 03, 2016
August is here which means it is almost time for everyone to go back to school! There are lots of great deals and steals on school supplies this time of year but if you really want to save, be sure to take advantage of this weekend’s Sales Tax  ..

Ahhhhhhh, Summer...or is it, Aaarrrggghhhh, Summer?!

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Saturday, June 08, 2013
Like it or not, summer vacation has arrived! Long days, long nights, heat….it could be a recipe for disaster—or the perfect opportunity to learn and grow! Whether you are a parent looking for new summer activities to en ..

Tips to Strengthen a Child's Creativity

Hesana Ralston - Tuesday, April 02, 2013
Every child is born with creative potential that parents, teachers, and caregivers must nurture and stimulate. Here are some tips to help foster the creativity that lies within each child. These tips are useful for the classroom and at home. B ..

3 Simple At-Home Learning Activities for Preschoolers

Hesana Ralston - Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Here are three fun and simple activities that can be done outside of the classroom to build the academic skills of preschoolers in the areas of math, science, and reading/language arts. These are great tips to pass along to families to reinforce  ..

5 Quick Classroom Tips for Engaging Preschoolers

Hesana Ralston - Wednesday, February 27, 2013
Engaging a room of preschoolers can be challenging! Being prepared as to eliminate any downtime is a golden rule. Here are some quick tips for preschool classroom management. 1. Use a consistent attention-getting cue. The key is tha ..

Have a Heart...14 Books to Help Develop Social Emotional Skills in Preschoolers

Nicolle Bellmore Pierse - Thursday, February 14, 2013
Sometimes we get so busy teaching academic content that we forget how important social and emotional development is for preschoolers. In fact, it is so important that the Ohio Department of Education recently adopted revised Early Learning Conte ..