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Six Things Kids Need to Succeed at School

Playcore Profile PictureBy Lisa Moore, Guest Blogger
Sr. Vice President, Corporate Strategic Services
Playcore

The achieve-at-all-costs educational culture is taking its toll on kids and their performance at school. Experts suggest that there are six things that kids really need to succeed in the classroom.  Continue reading →

Children and Technology: Finding a Healthy Balance

JayneBy Dr. Jayne Griffin
Director of Education

As his little hands reached into my purse, his face reflected a familiar sheepish grin and twinkle in his eyes! Once again my grandson was reaching for the normally forbidden fruit… my smart phone!

The relationship between technology and my grandchildren is a constant battle for me. As an old educator, I want to stay current wit Continue reading →

The Benefits of Outdoor Play

Emily LemonsBy Emily Lemons
Early Childhood Manager

Children playing in a big pile of leaves.

Playing in the beautiful fall leaves is just one activity to do with your child outside!Is there anything more beautiful than Chattanooga in the fall? As the trees start their transformation and the

Is there anything more beautiful than Chattanooga in the fall? As the trees start their transformation and the temperatures start to cool, children in our area have the perfect opportunity for outdoor play.

Playing outside is not just a fun way to pass the time; it’s an important factor in a child’s development and overall health. From birth to age 5, children learn a great deal about the world around them and their role in it. The best learning comes in sensory-rich environments like the great outdoors. Continue reading →

Bicycling for a Good Mind

By Lisa Moore, Guest Blogger
Sr. Vice President, Corporate Strategic Services
PlayCore

Riding bikes can be healthy for both your body and mind.

Riding bikes can be healthy for both your body and mind.

The benefit of bicycling is not just a physical one. Researchers are discovering exactly how we can maximize the cognitive benefits of a good bike ride. Every pedal that we make forces more nerve cells to fire. As these neurons light up, they intensify the creation of proteins like derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) and noggin, which promote the formation of new brain cells.  Continue reading →

Beyond the Paint Brush: Art Exploration and a Child’s Creative Mind

Jenette DeanBy: Jenette Dean
Early Childhood Manager

Parents often ask for activities they can do at home that are fun and that will positively affect their child’s development. I encourage parents to offer their children a lot of art materials since the developmental benefits of exploring with art are immeasurable, especially  Continue reading →

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