Category Archives: Child Development

Reading With Young Children As They Grow

children-gathered-reading-a-bookReading is a wonderful vehicle to take children on imaginative journeys, teach them new things, and help them get around in our world. Did you know that laying the foundation for reading can start as early as infancy?

One of my go to gifts for new parents is a board book because experiencing books with infants is the start of a lifelong love of reading. I say “experiencing” because it may not look like reading initially. Continue reading →

Get Ready for School at the Zoo

Girl-with-sheepsby Emily Lemons

A visit to the zoo is a wonderful opportunity to learn about animals from all over the world, but did you know it could also help your child get ready for kindergarten in a fun and meaningful context?  We are fortunate to have the Chattanooga Zoo in our community and as a partner in our kindergarten readiness program, Countdown to Kindergarten. While the ideas in this post are written specifically with the Chattanooga Zoo in mind, many of the ideas and activities can apply to many other places you might visit Continue reading →

Baseball Kindergarten Readiness

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By Emily Lemons
Early Childhood Manager

Who doesn’t love a baseball game? Peanuts, crackerjacks, balls and strikes, and… kindergarten readiness? Believe it or not, a visit to the ballpark is a great way to help young children learn valuable skills that will prepare them for school. Young children learn best through exploration and experience, and anytime they visit a new environment, there are many opportunities for learning. Continue reading →

Museum Spotlight: Countdown to Kindergarten

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By Curtis Jolley
Public Relations Coordinator

They might not know all of their numbers just quite yet, but rising kindergartners across Chattanooga will soon be counting down the days until they start big school thanks in part to our Countdown to Kindergarten program. Continue reading →

Out of Control: The Need for Executive Function Skills in Today’s Hectic World

Executive Function Skills

By Jayne Griffin
Director of Education

“What do you think my daddy will say?” These were the words my sad faced grandson asked his as his grandfather was driving him home. Our precious grandson, Hill, is blessed with the capacity to talk to anyone, anywhere and at anytime, and sometimes he uses this capacity at the wrong times, especially when he is in the kindergarten classroom where his mommy is his teacher. This particular day, Hill’s card had been moved which meant he was in the “danger zone” and, of course, he knew his teacher mommy would give full Continue reading →

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