Testimonials

A few of our families would like to share their experiences with you! Check out our testimonials below!

Smarty Kindergarten is a great place for my son to start his schooling experience. He loves being there, especially loves Spanish classes with Mrs. Strickland!

Tasha Castagna

My sons have been with Mrs. Miner since they were infants and we are all a big family now! We have always felt like a part of her family and the care our kids have gotten has always been loving and excellent. Our children love being there!

Jennifer Fitzerald

Mrs. Miner and her staff are phenomenal! My kids have learned so much and have been excelling since starting at Smarty Kindergarten!

Rebekah Donowan

The teachers at Smarty go that extra mile to help each child. My son came to the school not being able to say more than a few words. Now, 5 months later, he is talking and even learning to read! Nothing compares to the committment that they show. Thank you teachers!

Sandy Raymond

Thank you Smarty for creating such a perfect place for my daughter! She begs to go to Kindergarten every day and is so proud of her accomplishments when I pick her up. We love your Kindergarten!

Trisha Kinnaman

My son has been going to this Kindergarten since 2015. He loves being at the school! Now he is almost ready to leave for Kindergarten. His skills have progressed well since he’s been going there! Mrs. Miner and her staff are very active and attentive. The place is well organized and clean. There is a lot of backyard playground space you could not see from the front office. The service fee is reasonable too! The most important thing is that you can rely on them to leave your little loved on there. Highly recommended!

Utisa Forester

Many toddlers are naturally drawn to drawing and writing, but not all toddlers will find drawing and writing an enjoyable experience. Some toddlers might resist writing because they would rather be doing other activities or because the task is difficult for them. Parents and caregivers can encourage toddlers to write by supplying them with a variety of writing tools and writing experiences.

Tools

Toddlers might not be ready to hold a regular crayon or pencil. Try other writing tools such as larger-sized crayons and pencils to make writing easier. You might also want to buy a clipboard to hold papers still for your toddler while they are writing. Also, often children enjoy writing more when they perceive the task to be fun. To make writing more entertaining, give the child dry-erase markers and a dry erase board, or chalk and a chalkboard. Also, if your child enjoys outdoor play, buy sidewalk chalk for him to draw with. Keep writing and drawing supplies in plain view so that your toddler will see them every day. If your toddler is having trouble holding any type of writing utensil, encourage the development of fine motor skills through play with blocks, Play Doh and finger paint.

Motivation

Some children need motivation to write. Parents might want to implement a reward system such as a sticker chart to encourage toddlers to write. Always praise your toddler’s writing attempts and display written work somewhere visible such as on the refrigerator or on a bulletin board. Set aside time each to sit down with your toddler to write or draw with them. Never force your child to write or engage in a power struggle. If your toddler starts to associate handwriting with negative experiences, then the child will resist writing even more.

Developmental Milestones

Children should be scribbling by the age of 2 and holding crayon between their thumb and fingers by age 3. By the age of 4, children should be able to draw a circle and by the age of 5, children should be able to write some uppercase letters. Children should be able to draw other shapes and hold a pencil properly by the age of 6.

Learning Disabilities

Children with learning disabilities might have fine motor skill deficits. An inability to write or draw, or an aversion to writing, might indicate a learning disability. Some learning disabilities often associated with fine motor deficits include ADHD, dyslexia, autism spectrum disorders, dyspraxia and cerebral palsy. Early intervention with an occupational therapist might be necessary for toddlers with an underlying problem causing handwriting difficulties.

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