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…

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…