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…

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…