Category : After School Programs McKinney TX

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5 Fall After-School Activities

Kids’ activities after school can be just as fun and educational as what they do during school, ideally even more so. They are often more enjoyable because they are in their environment and have the freedom to choose what they want to do. Here are five easy, after-school activities you can do with your child this fall. 1. Dress Up Games Playing dress-up fuels your child’s imagination! It’s an excellent way for them to release stress after a long day at school. So have fun playing dress-up with your kids or let them dress up and perform stories for you! Read more
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2021 Halloween Safety Tips

Halloween is a very exciting time of year for many people, especially when kids get to go trick-or-treating! Amidst COVID-19, there are a lot of concerns about health and safety this year for October 31st along with the questions that parents ask all the time about the safety of going out on Halloween. It can be a tricky thing to think about and try to navigate, especially these days. That’s why we’re giving you some Halloween safety tips for the spooky season coming your way! Safety and Costumes Believe it or not, there are some things you should be safe Read more
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Benefits of Dance for Kids

Nowadays, getting your kid to be active can be quite a task. One easy way to make sure they’re getting enough exercise is to enroll them in active extracurricular activities. Dance is an excellent option for kids of all ages, and it has plenty of benefits outside of keeping them active. Here are some ways dance can positively impact your child’s life besides helping them get that daily energy out.  Self-Confidence Self-confidence is a funny thing as a child. Kids can feel invincible, like they can conquer the world until someone tells them they can’t. Dance is an excellent way Read more
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Benefits of After-School Clubs

After-School activities, organizations, and clubs are becoming more popular than ever! There are so many options to choose from that kids can get involved in anything they’re passionate about. After-school activities offer many benefits for children of all ages, so let’s discuss some of the ways that an after-school organization or club can benefit your child. Improved Academic Performance A recent study showed that children involved in extracurricular activities achieve better grades and have a higher attendance rate than those who are not involved.  Safety Sometimes it’s hard to be sure what your kids are up to if they don’t Read more
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How to Set a Homework Schedule

It can be difficult for kids to finish their homework. If your child has trouble finishing their homework in time, a homework schedule might be the right thing for them. Not only does it communicate clear expectations, but it establishes a time frame for kids to finish their homework. Here are some tips for setting a homework schedule! Free Time is Still Important Unless your child likes to get their homework done right away, many children want time to decompress after they get home from school. Allow some free time at the front end of your kid’s homework schedule to Read more
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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