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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 →

Technology is Like Dessert

By Jenette Dean

Early Childhood Manager

children-on-ipad-alamyWhen my children were young, we spent a lot of car rides singing songs, talking, and playing rhyming games. My children are now in college, but they still remember those long road trips where Mom sang with them and played the ABC game.

It seems that everyday I notice younger and younger children who have amazing skills using electronic devices. Though we want our children to develop competence with the technology they will eventually use in everyday life, the amount of time some young children spend looking at and manipulating screens is troublesome. The American Academy of Pediatrics says that children under the age of 2 should not have any screen time. Though this approach might seem rigid, it’s based on what is happening in the brain during the first two years of life. Continue reading →

Familiar PlayGym Faces: Meet the Sundstrom Family

By: Jenette Dean
Early Childhood Manager

The Sundstroms are familiar faces in PlayGym. They have been coming to PlayGym since 2005 when they started classes with Alden, their first child, at six Continue reading →

“Where a Leaf Will Land, Only the Wind Knows!”

Jenette DeanBy: Jenette Dean
Early Childhood Manager

Leaf Man by Lois Ehlert is one of my favorite books that embraces the season. Once you share the story with your child, you will never look at a pile of leaves in the same way as you and your child will be forever searching for the figure of leaf man or perhaps some of his friends. Continue reading →

Planes, Trains, and Automobiles: Why Children Love Vehicles

Jenette DeanBy: Jenette Dean
Early Childhood Manager

Children love vehicles. We have all witnessed a fascination in young children for wheels and modes of transportation. Even before they understand the concept of riding in a vehicle, children get great joy from wheels on vehicles.
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Creative Discovery Museum‘s upcoming Preschool Adventure Day will focus on the many “Ways to Go” by exploring the various ways people travel. Preschool Adventure Days focus on a variety of activities that will help expand a child’s vocabulary. Reading is also emphasized during Preschool Adventure Day, and helps children learn new words and concepts.

For many years, educators have been Continue reading →

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