Jul. 27, 2015 at 8:00am

Why the First 2,000 Days Matter

Information for this blog post came from The Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences (I-LABS), at University of Washington.

When holding a new baby, it is hard to imagine them starting kindergarten. However, it only takes 2,000 days before the average child is heading off on the school bus. Clearly, a lot needs to happen in those 2,000 days. Let's reflect on brain development in those first five years and what parents can do to help.

The brain is busy growing each day. When babies are born, their brain is only one-fourth the size of an adult's brain. By age three a child’s brain has grown to 80 percent of its adult size. By age five the brain is 90 percent of adult size. That’s right; your child’s brain will increase by 65% in the first five years of life!


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Jul. 20, 2015 at 9:09am

7 Summertime Games To Play With the Whole Family

By Jane Blanchard

Mid-summer is here and hopefully you have not yet heard the dreaded phrase ‘I’m Board’. Keep boredom at bay and encourage outdoor physical fun. Here are seven games that the entire family can play!

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Jul. 13, 2015 at 8:00am

Supporting Nonprofits with Pride

By Christopher Bean

I am a homegrown Washingtonian from a small town in Kitsap County. Though I was not raised in the big city, I was raised with a big heart. I grew up with an influence in the importance of education and philanthropy as my mother was (still is) an extraordinarily patient teacher and my father always encouraged me and my brother to donate our time to causes we believed in such as church, school, the local Special Olympics chapter, Lions Club, and other community organizations.

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Jul. 6, 2015 at 8:00am

Let Your Kids Play in the Mud

By Janelle Durham, MSW, Parent Educator for Bellevue College and author of www.gooddayswithkids.com

It’s so easy to find excuses for not letting your child play outdoors. It’s too hot. It’s too cold. It’s too sunny. It’s raining. They get so dirty. They could get hurt. Parents worry they’ll get bored when “stuck” outside with the kids. It often seems easier to stay indoors.

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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. 

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Jun. 1, 2015 at 11:13am

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

By Carla Johnson Municipal, Market Assistant at Republic Services

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

By Alison Luk, Associate Director of Education & ExploreStore Manage

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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