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  • Fostering Thankfulness

    by added on 20 November 2020

    By: Maggie Homer, Parent Educator As the weather gets colder and we spend more time cuddled up indoors with loved ones, it’s natural to turn our hearts inward to reflect on all for which we are thankful. In this season, I encourage you to invite your children to explore gratitude and thanksgiving. Whether it’s sitting around the dinner table, in front ...

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  • Falling Back: How to Support Your Child Through the Time Change

    by added on 5 November 2020

    By: Maggie Homer, Parent Educator Daylight savings snuck up on our family this year. Usually we try to start shifting our family sleep schedule back a couple days before we lose that precious hour of sleep, but not this year. If you’re anything like me and your kids are waking up at 5 AM and going to bed before 6 PM, ...

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  • The 5 Senses at Bedtime: Free Printable

    by added on 20 October 2020

    By: Maggie Homer, Parent Educator Reading fifteen books. Endlessly rocking. Hour long cuddle sessions. A million special stuffed animals. A different bedtime routine every night. Does any of this sound familiar? Bedtime can be a battleground. Children strongly desire to stay awake and continue to play. Parents desperately want a moment alone or simply to go to sleep themselves. These dueling wants ...

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  • Free Printable: WFP at Home Daily Schedule

    by added on 16 October 2020

    Created by Maggie Homer, Parent Educator Check out this free printable with a simple daily schedule to organize your preschool days at home. Print it out, stick it on the fridge, and enjoy getting into a rhythm and routine with your child(ren)! Click on the image to download and print. For more information on implementing a daily schedule, check out A Simple Schedule ...

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  • A Simple Schedule for WFP at Home

    by added on 2 October 2020

    By: Maggie Homer, Parent Educator School in 2020 looks different. Whether it’s distance learning, a hybrid, or in-person with masks, it’s simply not the same as it was 6 months ago. Thankfully, WFP is providing as seamless of a transition as possible by providing curriculum bins, art supplies, and preschool pods to bring everything we love about preschool home in a ...

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  • Rain Gear: Thoughts from Teacher Kelly

    by added on 2 October 2020

    By: Kelly Petersen, Outdoor Curriculum Specialist   https://youtu.be/YSTrxSDN7RA   As we welcome in the fall season, I highly recommend you prepare yourselves, as well as your children, for the many wet fun days ahead. As the Norwegian proverb goes, “There’s no such thing as bad weather, just bad clothing.” By immersing ourselves in all types of weather, we are communicating to our children that ...

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  • How Teamwork Can Work for Your Family

    by added on 20 May 2020

    By Susan Carroll, Parent Educator   When I was finishing my Master of Education degree this year, one of the most helpful courses I took is surprisingly applicable to family life right now in quarantine. It wasn’t a course on education or psychology, but one on how to work effectively in a team. The longer we are all home together as a ...

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  • An Opportunity to Slow Down and Get Back to What is Truly Important

    by added on 17 April 2020

    Timeless Tips By Jodi Spitalli, Parent Educator As most of you know, I had the opportunity to attend the Learning and the Brain Conference in San Francisco. I would like to share some of the tips, tools and insights of leading experts in the field of Brain Research. In February, we had no idea of what was really to come with the ...

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  • You Can’t Say You Can’t Play

    by added on 5 March 2020

    Maggie Homer, Parent Educator   I sat quietly on the floor in the book area, enjoying a hands-free moment at preschool when I observed a conversation among three children. Two of the children were playing a board game in the manipulatives area when another student approached who wanted to play. As the new student sat down, I overheard the words, “no, you ...

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  • Four Hugs A Day

    by added on 9 January 2020

    By Dr. Cecile Culp Mielenz, Director of Woodinville Family Preschool   Arriving in Boston for the Learning and the Brain Conference, my schedule allowed for a few hours in the morning before the conference began at noon.  I had arranged to visit the campus preschool at Boston University.  Walking on campus, I passed a group of three smiling students who were holding ...

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