Enjoy the insights and ideas of our teaching team on child development, parenting, and how to incorporate the arts at home.
When my daughter, Hayley, was three, she came home and declared that day would be her last attending the preschool she loved so much. When I asked her why, tears began streaming down her face. She explained to me that the teachers hung up a growth...read more
Preschool is an entirely new social context for your child. Not only are they in a room full of their peers, for perhaps the first time, but they are also transferring their caregiving model to their teacher. This requires a whole new level of...read more
Having a baby is an overwhelming, emotional experience. The realization that this tiny and fragile being is completely dependent on you—paired with the physical exhaustion and recovery of delivery, rapid hormonal changes, and sleep deprivation—can...read more
Sight words, having a child memorize the shape of most commonly used words such as "it" "the" "is" etc., are a popular trend in literacy education. However, there is no research to indicate that this method supports long term success in learning to...read more
Tips for visiting the museum with your preschooler: Bubbles Academy visits the Art Institute of Chicago!
This past weekend we took 15 preschoolers (and their grown-ups) to the Art Institute, and no one cried, no statues got knocked over, and everyone had an amazing time! You may be thinking, "Why would we attempt this?" Well, in my classroom we use...read more
What’s the first thing that comes to mind when I say “mess.” Ummm, was it something like “hate it,” or “no way,” or even an intense bodily reaction of tensing up in fear? Well, I hate to break it to you, but kids are messy! And, it is IMPORTANT to...read more
Daylight Savings Time is no fun for anyone, but especially for parents of young children! Kids are creatures of routine, and they don't understand the concept of loosing or gaining an hour. Below are some suggested strategies that you can and...read more
Cultivating Kindness in young children can seem like an impossible task at times, in large part because developmentally the brains of toddlers and preschoolers are still forming the neural connections that help them to understand that other people...read more
The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that, “Babies should be put on their stomachs while awake for 3-5 minutes at a time 2 to 3 times a day and building up.” The importance of tummy time in relation to our child’s development is one of...read more
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