Category : After School Programs McKinney TX

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Ways to Encourage and Motivate Your Child

 Do you wonder why and how some children are so motivated, while others appear not at all? Some children are very self-motivated and eager to accomplish anything and everything. Then, there are those less motivated, in need of a push to accomplish any given task. At Heritage Learning Center in McKinney, TX, we believe in the importance of teaching self-motivation as essential to the long term success of any child, and this is an important part of our curriculum at any age group: from our preschool programs to our K-5th McKinney after school programs. If you’re wondering how to Read more
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How to Choose the Right After School Activities for Your Kids

Do you know which after-school activities best fit your children?  Keeping them occupied and happy after-school can be a difficult task at times. In most cases, kids are full of energy and ready to play when school finishes. It’s important to consider what activities best fit your children. Kids need time to blow off steam and interact with their peers in a wholesome environment.  In reality, there is no “one size fits all” activity when it comes to after-school programs. All children are uniquely different, which means their after-school activities should be as well.  Consider the following factors in deciding Read more
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4 Fun STEM Activities for Young Children

As parents, we should be active participants in our children’s education. Young minds are moldable and impressionable, meaning the influences, subjects, and activities we introduce to our children will make a long lasting impact on their life. It doesn’t take a genius to understand that STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) are vital to our children’s core education. School curriculums often undervalue these subjects and skills, which is why teaching them in the home is even more imperative.  The age of information has shifted the value placed on marketable skills, meaning, the ability to innovate, be technologically fluent, and understand Read more
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Time Management Tips for Your Grade Schooler

Empowering our children with the gift of time management is of paramount importance. Children tend to thrive in consistent routines and patterned schedules, which provide structure and a set of shared expectations. As summer comes to an end and a new school year begins, help your children introduce important methods and time management strategies. The following tips will help get your kids on the right track and ready to return to school.  Help your kids establish and set their own schedules. Sit with your children and add their events to a virtual or physical calendar. Help them understand what the Read more
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Helping Non-Athletic Children Handle Disappointment in McKinney Tx

Helping children deal with disappointment can seem like a daunting parenting task. There are many points in your children’s lives when things don’t turn out the way you planned, leaving your children feeling disappointed. Not every team can be a winner; not every child gets chosen to be in the play. You can help your children turn these situations into learning opportunities. Display Your Empathy Acknowledge your child’s understanding of the situation. You do not have to agree with what your child says about the events, but you can still offer your full support. Phrases like I understand how you Read more
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Fun indoor after school activities for Kids in Mckinney TX

 Keeping your kids occupied when they are stuck indoors during the winter months is hard, but these fun activities should keep them entertained if they can’t go outside. “Cave of Stars” You’ll need: a box and a string of lights Poke holes into the top of the box and insert the Christmas lights. “Snowman in Texas” You’ll need: Baking soda & hair conditioner Mix 3 cups of baking soda with 1 cup of conditioner. Mold until you have desired size. “Marble Maze” You’ll need: Legos and a marble Use a Lego baseplate and various sized Legos to create a maze for the marble to exit. “Cinnamon Read more
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Five Indoor After School Activities for Kids Mckinney TX

Your toddlers could find themselves bored spending more time inside as it begins to get colder outside. These five after-school activities for kids in McKinney, TX are great ways to keep the attention of any toddler who wants to stay busy. Cardboard box creations. A box can be used to create anything from a costume to a ramp for cars. Indoor Bowling. Set up empty soda bottles or even paper towel rolls and use any ball laying around to knock them down. Tape Balance beam. Tape lines in different directions and see if your little one can walk it without stepping Read more
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The Four Best After-School Fall Activities for Kids in McKinney, Texas

 What is there to do on a beautiful fall day? Many fall activities will keep your kids excited and engaged. What can you do with your child after school? Make apple recipes. Delicious apples are in season, and it’s never too soon to teach your child good health! Carve pumpkins. There is nothing more fun than creating silly pictures out of a pumpkin. Have a campfire. Roast a s’more and watch your child’s face light up! Decorate a bird feeder. Your kids will love seeing their imagination boom – and so will the birds. Fall is a time for Read more
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Learning Never Sleeps: Choosing the Best After School Programs

Education doesn’t have to stop just because the school day is over. Children can continue to learn, socialize, have fun and thrive at after school programs. Parents and caregivers are steadily choosing this option for their children, especially if they are unable to be home with them after school dismissal. Quality programs inspire children and get them excited about learning. Along with education, they provide a safe and active environment in which to interact with peers. Selecting the program that meets the needs of your child and family is perhaps the most important factor when making the choice. It doesn’t Read more
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Your Checklist for Choosing a Quality After School Program

Choosing a quality after-school program for your children may seem like a daunting task. You can make the job easier by developing a list of expectations that you assume will be met by the program you are considering for your children. The following points will help you in creating your expectation checklist. Welcoming Atmosphere Does the program welcome parents and other family members into the center at any time? Does the program offer opportunities to have a conference time with caregivers and other staff members? Does the program provide a written outline of its policies, procedures, and practices? Qualified Care Givers Read more