How to Know When Your Child Is Ready for Pre-K: Here’s What the Experts Say…

Sending a child to school for the first time can be a difficult experience for parents – partly because it is rarely easy to watch a child move on to that next, important milestone, but also because many parents worry that they haven’t made the right decision. Is my child really ready to attend school? Will he succeed, academically, or have I set him up for failure by asking him to achieve things he simply isn’t ready for? Will she fit in, socially, or have I endangered her emotional well-being by expecting things she isn’t mature enough for?

How to Prepare and Know When Your Child is Ready for Pre-K

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Parents Are Not Alone

Parents are not alone in their concerns. In fact, the U.S. government’s National Education Goals Panel made school readiness a primary focus of its annual Goals Report beginning in 1995, when it listed the topic first on a list of overarching goals for the United States public education system. In the report the NEGP – a panel of senators, representatives, governors and professionals – outlined the significance of readiness for kindergarten and elementary school and stressed the importance of access to a high-quality Pre-K program to prepare for it.

Perhaps unsurprisingly, educators are just as invested in child readiness as you are:

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Three Ways to Spark Creativity Using Art Easels

Art easels are a staple of a well-rounded learning environment for early and late childhood. In addition to being quite fun for children, they also encourage children’s social interaction with educators and peers and their own creative self discovery. The simplicity of kid’s art easels allows for hundreds of different ways to foster children’s self expression. Here are a few ways to maximize your children’s own expression with classroom art easels.

Nature Art Assemblage with Kids by Art Bar Blog
Nature Art Assemblage with Kids by Art Bar Blog

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Are You Ready for a (Diaper) Change?

When it comes to day-to-day operations in business, most owners and managers often have their bases covered in terms of accommodating their customers.  However, is your business ready for every emergency?  Most parents have countless stories about awkward (and often inopportune) diaper-changing situations but the question is, can your business handle these particular emergencies?  While baby changing stations are common in daycares and retail establishments, many large employers such as Google and Disney also offer amenities such as dry cleaning services and daycares for their employees.  If your organization is somewhere in between a small business and Fortune 500 company, this post is definitely worth your time. Having a solid baby changing solution not only keeps your customers happy but also your employees which are both considered the lifeblood of any organization.

When searching for a great baby changing station, here are several ideas to guide your search:

Versatility at a Moment’s Notice

For diaper-changing situations that demand an adaptable solution, the Economy Series Wall Mounted Baby Changing Station by Foundations is available in a horizontal or vertical model since every organization’s layout is different.  It also offers a baby seat mount option so you don’t have to worry about monitoring one baby while changing the diaper of another.

Economy Series Wall Mounted Baby Changing Station

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How to Get More Out of Active Seating Arrangements

Active seating (aka flexible seating) is all the rave in the academic furniture community. The idea that all students are comfortable in the same type of environment is definitely antiquated.  Teachers want students to learn in an environment where they are comfortable and most open to their instruction. The best way to accomplish this is through a variety of options for where and how they do their work.  A solid active seating arrangement helps to maximize both student learning potential and your school’s furniture expenditures while creating a fluid and dynamic learning environment for changing curriculum.

Here are several ideas to help guide you through your active seating search:

Adaptive Desks for Adaptive Chairs

One way to keep your students engaged is by providing a standing height table solution to complement active seats.  The Apex Series Double Student Stand-Up Desk by Marco Group provides a standing height table that is sturdy and easy to move.  In addition, it offers ample space to study and take notes, supports a dry-erase option, and is height-adjustable to accommodate sit or stand learning preferences.

Apex Series Double Student Stand-Up Desk by Marco Group

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