How to Help Kids Beat the Holiday Blues

We all get them – kids and adults alike. While the season between Thanksgiving and New Years can be a festive time with all the celebrations and activities, it can also be a time of sadness and stress for some that might make them feel blue. Usually children aren’t able to express this as easily…

Want a Silent Night? Holiday Sleep Tips for Young Children

While your child may be on a regular sleep routine during the rest of the year, dinners, visiting family, and travel plans can throw off your child’s schedule during the holidays. Even changing it more than 30 minutes for a few days can cause sleep debt. Here are some tips to avoid cranky moods during…

Morning Routines for a Stress Free Start to Your Family’s Day

Mornings set the tone for the whole day.  When you’re balancing your to-do list and getting the kids ready in time for daycare or school, they can be a challenge. What’s the difference between a good and bad morning? It’s simple: having a routine. The Importance of Routines Routines are your daily habits – something…

Thanksgiving: Teaching Children Gratitude

  Thanksgiving is right around the corner and always a great time to be thankful for the things you have. It’s also an opportunity for kids to learn gratefulness and develop an ‘attitude of gratitude’. The Power of Gratitude Research has shown that gratitude is a big factor in levels of happiness, and also contributes…

Meaningful Ways to Celebrate Veterans Day

Did you know why it’s always celebrated on November 11th? On the 11th hour, of the 11th day, in the 11th month, the armistice to end World War I (known then as the Great War) was signed in 1918. The next year, President Wilson declared an Armistice Day to honor those who fought in the…

How to Have a Safe and Spooktacular Halloween

As we crawl into the end of October, you can see the leaves changing colors and menus everywhere changing flavors (can you have enough pumpkin spice?). Children especially love this month because they get to dress up as their favorite character and get candy for it. Halloween is a fun and exciting night for the…

Pilot Takes Flight at Minnieland Academy

Minnieland Academy Chosen to Participate in Mixed Delivery Preschool Pilot Minnieland Academy at England Run at 151 Litchfield Boulevard in Fredericksburg, and Minnieland Academy on Courthouse Road in Spotsylvania have been chosen to partner with Smart Beginnings Rappahannock in the Mixed Delivery Preschool Pilot which works to ensure all children eligible for the Virginia Preschool Initiative (VPI) are…

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Minnieland Academy Partners with UVA on Micro-Credential Pilot Study

Minnieland Academy is proud of our exclusive relationship with the University of Virginia (UVA), Center for Advanced Studies of Teaching and Learning (CASTL) in developing the first “Earning Your Badge: Supporting Children to Observe and Describe” Micro-Credential professional development pilot study that will transform early childhood education. This program reflects our profound and everlasting commitment…

Little Green Thumbs Grow Healthy Children

  Benefits of Gardening for Children Exposure to healthy foods, moderate physical activity, and positive social interactions while gardening in childhood can lead to a lifetime of gardening, as evidenced by semi-structured interviews conducted with participants ranging in age from 18-85 years old. In a nationwide telephone survey of 2,004 respondents, people who reported picking…