Jun. 29, 2015 at 8:00am

Learning the Sounds of Language

Language Development with I-Labs

This week we are wondering how young children learn a language. Turns out language learning starts before a baby is even born! From the beginning of the third trimester of pregnancy, a baby can hear language. An infant’s exposure to their mother’s native language while in the womb allows them to identify their own “home” language right when they are born. 


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Jun. 22, 2015 at 8:00am

Hiking is fun! (repeat after me) Hiking is fun!

By Mike Nolan, School Counselor and Outdoor Enthusiast

One thing I've learned after raising three children: you have to give them your time. And giving them your time is a lot easier, and much more enjoyable, if it's spent doing activities that you both enjoy. Now that my kids have grown and I am a grandfather of a four year old, it’s my turn to go back and relearn some of those parenting techniques, acquired through trial and error, which served me so well a generation ago.


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Jun. 15, 2015 at 9:04am

Bringing Back Music

By Nathalia Palis, IMF, MT-BC & Children's Recording Artist/Entertainer

Did you know that the sense of hearing starts to develop in the sixth week of pregnancy and by week twenty-four a fetus can turn their head to familiar sounds? All the while listening to a steady beating drum and humming of his/her mother’s voice. Maybe this is why I have always been so passionate about singing to my children and using music as a teaching device.


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Jun. 5, 2015 at 10:57am

KidsQuest: One Activity Brought to Life with Boundless Imagination

By: Nicole Frymier, KidsQuest Children’s Museum Educator

The museum floor at KidsQuest is never dull. Even if we are about to close and there is just one toddler in the backyard, you can be sure amazing play is still happening. As an educator, interacting with visitors out in the museum is a valuable opportunity to help learning through play. Whether it’s building catapults together to demolish targets, or stacking the blocks in the wheelbarrow to carry across the museum, I’m always ready to follow a child’s lead when it comes to what they want to explore that day. 

Blog Photo 6.8.15 #4

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Jun. 1, 2015 at 11:13am

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Get the conversation started with your child!

Republic Services pioneered comingled recycling in the Northwest and is passionate about educating our communities to be great stewards of the environment.  Educating kids is our top focus. With that in mind, here are some ideas about how to start the conversation and empower children in making a difference.
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May. 25, 2015 at 9:46am

Bringing the World to Children and Families

The KidsQuest Children’s Museum staff loves to play and learn too!

Last week, five KidsQuest team members participated in the Association of Children’s Museum’s 2015 InterActivity conference in Indianapolis! The conference’s theme, Bringing the World to Children and Families, focused attention on what it means to be a children's museum in a time of increasing connectivity. The staff presented and attended educational sessions with almost 1,000 other children’s museum professionals. Presentations and workshops covered topics like pedagogy, early learning, the latest developmental research, events and programs, community engagement, and more. The team also had the opportunity to expand their skills in areas of museum operations including fundraising, financial management, exhibit design, outreach, staffing, and evaluation.  The conference was a wonderful opportunity for KidsQuest’s staff to share their knowledge and expertise and get lots of ideas about how they can help the museum serve our community in even better ways!

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May. 21, 2015 at 12:26pm

Parent Advisory Group

Early Learning

At the Department of Early Learning (DEL), we believe parents are their children’s first and most important teachers. The DEL Parent Advisory Group (PAG) is a sounding board for decisions, ideas and questions that shape the future of DEL. Parental involvement in decision-making is the key to having policies and programs that support families’ strengths and needs.

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May. 18, 2015 at 9:54am

Don’t be Dramatic, it’s just Play!

Benefits of Dramatic Play for Child

The Importance of Play

Children learn much about the world through exploration and discovery; encouraging play helps children develop their own problem solving skills and social skills, as well as physical development. Offering children opportunities to play in a safe environment gives them the chance to develop skills necessary for school-readiness and important life-lessons.

Dramatic Play and the Developing Child

Children begin to understand how and why the world works as they explore. Often times in dramatic play— dress-up and role-playing— children act out scenes from their own lives, television, or books. These can be everyday routines of people in children’s lives or fantasy tales of good versus evil. In both types of dramatic play, children use their knowledge about how the world works to play.

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Apr. 21, 2015 at 9:50am

MathFest 2015

Zeno Logo

When Kesten walked in the door to Rainier Community Center on a Thursday in November 2014, she did not expect to see such a large scale celebration. The community center’s basketball court was filled with people, some in blue T-shirts sitting at tables, surrounded by curious kids and adults. Kesten had brought her 5 year old son Leo, and he had never seen anything like this! He ran from one table to the next, bubbling with curiosity. Everything looked so colorful and fun! At each table he discovered something different. There were cards, dice, guessing games, strategy games - no two tables were alike. But they all had one purpose. Every table, every game, every volunteer in a blue T-shirt sporting the Zeno logo, was there for one reason - to bring together the entire community in a celebration of math. Kesten and Leo had walked into their very first MathFest and they were experiencing math like never before. 

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Apr. 14, 2015 at 10:06am

Listening Mothers

Parenting an infant? Caring for such a young child is full of so many brand new experiences. Whether you are parenting your first child or not, making the adjustment is sometimes easy and sometimes not. When parenting stress is compounded by conflicting advice, lack of sleep, differences in opinion with your parenting partner, and a baby who can’t talk and who may be crying, crying, crying for some unknown reason, it is always helpful to establish your parenting priorities and your parenting compass to ease those difficult moments. By making the harder moments better, the bond between the parent and child grows stronger and those “falling in love” moments between parent and baby will happen more often.
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