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Never Stop Learning Because Life Never Stops Teaching

Never Stop Learning Because Life Never Stops Teaching

By: Dr. Jenn Ripepi, The Choosy Pediatrician Recently my husband and I were doing a bit of geneology research. We were lucky enough to see a microfilm copy of the ship manifest listing his paternal grandfather's arrival to the United States. We were awed that this 18 year-old man had traveled across the world with $16 in his pocket. But we also had many questions as my husband was very young when his grandfather passed away. He feels as if he has missed something from his past by not knowing his grandfather. There are many changes in our society over...

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Getting Ready for School with Fine Motor Skills Development

Getting Ready for School with Fine Motor Skills Development

Fine motor skills are actions that generally involve small movements of the hands, wrists, fingers, feet, toes, lips and tongue. These skills are learned and refined as children grow. From infancy, when they find their fingers and toes, and start to swat at and grab toys, to toddlerhood when they learn to hold a crayon and color and turn the pages in a book and kick a ball! Fine motor skills become even more important once children are preschool age as their bodies are getting stronger, their brains are soaking up even more information than ever before, and their energy...

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Your Children’s Hearts Will Say Thanks When You Do These 3 Things

Your Children’s Hearts Will Say Thanks When You Do These 3 Things

It is important to focus on our children’s hearts daily because according to HealthFinder.gov, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the United States. Every year, 1 in 4 deaths are caused by heart disease. We know that when you take care of your heart, starting at a young age, you will increase the likelihood that you will live a longer life. Let’s start to invest in our children’s hearts, and our own, this month so that they will be saying thanks for years to come by doing these three things: 1. Serve a...

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Non-Traditional Chairs Help Children Get the Wiggles Out in the Classroom

Non-Traditional Chairs Help Children Get the Wiggles Out in the Classroom

“Sitting is my least favorite part of school,” said my 4-year-old daughter, Capri, when I asked her about preschool. She rarely sits at home and while I understand there are certain times when sitting is necessary (eating meals, for example) I don’t think we should have our children constantly sitting in school. Most children are naturally curious and therefore they need to explore. Children are also natural movers so they are unsurprisingly wigglers. They have to move their little bodies because they have so much pent up energy. And think about the kids that have been diagnosed with a hyperactive...

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100 Seasonal Active Learning Ideas - Winter Edition

100 Seasonal Active Learning Ideas - Winter Edition

In some parts of the country, cooler weather is on the way. Parents often have to search high and low to find fun indoor activities to keep kids moving and learning. If you live where the sun is still shining down and it is warm, you may be looking for some winter or holiday crafts to do with the kids to ring in the holiday season. Choosy Kids has all of your indoor and outdoor activities covered with our 100 Seasonal Active Learning Ideas - Winter Edition list! We’d also like you to try to participate too! Think you and...

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