Improving Vocabulary…One Meal at a Time

The Jar Have a jar at your dinner table filled with new vocab words. Every time you sit down, have your children pull a slip out of the jar to find out what word will be discussed. Go around the table and talk about associations you may have with the word. It’s a great time…

Your Child Wants a Pet…What Now?

Try visiting an animal shelter and spending time with the dogs and cats there. This can either be to see how your child interacts with pets or it could be a opportunity to give your child animal time, without actually buying an animal.   If you are not opposed to having a pet, maybe negotiate…

Is your Child having a Hard Time Making Friends?

It’s a problem that many parents worry about. While we make Minnieland Academy an engaging environment and reach out to each child, sometimes shyness makes them a bit reserved when reaching out to other children. While it’s a difficult topic to navigate, we have a few tips that may just help.   Stay up to…

5 Ways to Get Children to Play Nicely

Include the Interests of Both Children Sometimes there seems to be little remedy for children who want to do two completely different activities. Instead of letting this overwhelm you, think about how the activities might fit together. Let’s say one child wants to run laps in the yard (a dream for some parents) and the…

Now for Some Outdoor Activities!

It’s beginning to get a little warmer outside and we all can’t stop but think that it’s about time! Earlier in the month, we had some ideas for activities to do indoors and now it’s time to bring out some of the outdoor activities! The following are a couple of ideas taken from some different…

Does Your Family Have a Fire Safety Plan?

It’s never too late to make a fire safety plan for your family. The following is a list of basic things you can do with your family to make sure you are prepared if a fire ever happens in your home.   Make sure you have a home fire escape plan and if you don’t…

Educational Shows for Young Children

Sometimes parents just need a break from the craziness, but don’t want their kids to waste time in front of a mindless TV show. Luckily for everyone, YouTube offers up some great educational YouTube channels for kids! The following are a couple of shows that many parents found rewarding for their young ones! Oh My…

Setting Limitations to your Worry

Worrying is nothing new to parents. Whether you’ve just had your first child, or you’re on your fourth, worrying never seems to go away and probably never will. People have the misconception that all worrying is useless and not helpful. This is not necessarily the truth, as constructive worrying can often be helpful to parents…

Surviving the Last Bits of this Cold Weather

Warm and sunny days are approaching, and may even be dispersed through the month, but we’ve prepared a list of fun indoor activities in the meantime! Instead of going straight for the TV remote or the videogame controllers, try out a few of these games that work on a number of locomotion and stability skills….

Productive Parenting

We get it. Parenting is tough. Parenting is not for the faint of heart. Parenting makes you sometimes want to pull your hair out…unless your child has beaten you to the punch on that one. We’ve scoured the web for some tips that may help get you through the day…. productively. Let us know what…

5 Tips on Keeping the Kids Healthy

Set the example It can be hard for your child to appreciate those carrot sticks when you’re busy emptying the Dorito bag. Remember to set an appropriate example of healthy eating and your child will most likely follow suit. Working together Eating healthy doesn’t mean you have to become the supreme ruler of broccoli and…

Lessons of Love

As almost all of us are aware of, Valentine’s Day is coming up. If it has not hit your radar yet, then a walk through the aisle of giant teddy bears and chocolate hearts might serve as a good reminder. Valentine’s Day is the perfect chance to show your love to others…and maybe indulge in…