Pacifiers can be a gift sent from heaven when your little one is tiny. Other than the fact that they keep your child from bawling their eyes out, pacifiers can help prevent Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). It’s no shock that a lot of parents use the simple device as a crutch when things are…

Improving Attention Spans

Child development experts say that, on average, a four or five year old child should be able to stay focused on a particular activity two to five minutes times the year of their age. With this in mind, your child should be able to focus between four and twenty minutes depending on the task. If…

Why Music Lessons Might be Helpful for Child Development

We’ve discussed ways to get your little one involved in extracurricular activities and one of the ideas mentioned was playing an instrument. Playing an instrument can do a lot of good for your little one. There are a multitude of benefits such as the development of physical and social skills, patience and discipline and a…

Fun & Festive Fall Activities for Virginia Families

It’s that time of the year again!  A welcomed change in weather and the overwhelming presence of pumpkins…it’s FALL TIME! The summer heat seems to be gone and no one seems to be complaining. We are so excited for the fall festivities to begin. We’ve thought of a couple fun, outdoor activities for you and…

Eco-Friendly Families: How to Reduce Plastic in Your Home & Day

Most of us can’t imagine a world without plastic. It’s in everything – from bottles to toys to even your food packaging! While it’s hard to completely cut it out, reducing how much you use is not only good for your health, but also the environment, too. It’s almost impossible to know what exactly is…

Tips for a Smooth Back to School Transition!

The Transition Back to School It’s been a long summer…exciting for some and tiring for others. For a number of children, getting back into the groove of studying and learning again can be difficult.  Summer has been a whirlwind of pool days and play dates and it can be hard to adjust to a set…

Public Tantrums? Here’s How to Handle Them

Another tantrum in the store? Ah…the beloved moment when your child begins to act as a human windshield wiper against the grocery store floor. It’s a humbling experience for all to go through a public temper tantrum. We’ve gathered some tips and thoughts on how to turn the embarrassment level from a 10 to a…

Sleepover Survival Tips for Parents

So your child wants to have a sleepover… It’s inevitable. The days of sleepover requests are approaching. We have a few ideas on how to gear up… Take it slow Your child wants to have a sleepover and invite over 8 of her closest friends! Did we mention you’ve never hosted a sleepover at your…

Unleash your Child’s Inner Golf Pro – A Fun Family Activity

Let your child unleash her inner golf pro with this fun activity that combines arts and crafts, games, and math practice all into one. Not only will your child create his own golf putter but he’ll also design his own putting course in a room of the house and play to his heart’s content. No need…

Minnieland Academy at Heritage Hunt granted NAEYC Accreditation

Minnieland Academy @ Heritage Hunt was recently granted accreditation by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). In the 30 years since NAEYC Accreditation was established, it has become a widely recognized sign of high-quality early childhood education. More than 7,000 programs are currently accredited by NAEYC—less than ten percent of all…

Improving Vocabulary…One Meal at a Time

The Jar Place a jar on your dinner table filled with new vocabulary words.   Have your children pull a word out of the jar.   Go around the table and discuss associations you may have with the word.   It’s a great time to chat and also an amazing learning opportunity for your children….

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…