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STEM vs. STEAM: Why the “A” is Critical

Many schools throughout the nation have begun to adopt STEAM programs in lieu of STEM, adding the arts to the former science, technology, engineering and mathematics education. Although this adoption of STEAM has begun in earnest, some are still skeptical as to why the arts should be included. Here, the educational professionals at Hot Spots…

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A Little Holiday Cheer from the HSECP Students at Joppatowne Elementary

Hot Spot’s students at Joppatowne Elementary wrote holiday letters to Precinct 8’s first responders working on Christmas Day. Learn more about this heartwarming project, in the words of HSECP’s Joppatowne Program Director, Laura Sorrells, below. This holiday season, our Hot Spots Extended Care Program (HSECP) Joppatowne students were writing holiday cards for friends and family,…

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The Influence of Art on Children’s Social and Emotional Development

After analyzing nearly 20 peer-reviewed studies on the benefits of art on children’s social and emotional development, the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) drafted a report detailing the importance of art in children’s lives. Here, the child development and educational specialists at Hot Spots Extended Care Program detail the findings of the report, and…

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Non-Traditional Teaching Strategies that Motivate Students

Traditional learning methods are not effective for all individuals, and as such, educators must find new ways to engage their students. Here, the education and enrichment professionals at Hot Spots Extended Care Program describe several non-traditional teaching strategies that motivate young students. Inquiry-Based Learning Inquiry-based learning focuses on the curiosities and interests of students, rather…

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The Importance of Before and After School Enrichment Programs

The intellectual, social and emotional growth of school children does not end when the school bell rings. After-school enrichment programs are just as critical for accelerating your child’s development. Here, the after-school enrichment providers at Hot Spots Extended Care Program detail why school age children benefit from additional enrichment beyond the classroom. Before and After…

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Understanding Culture—And Each Other–Through Visual Art

This month, the students at Hot Spots Extended Care Programs got to experience creative, hands-on lessons about art. Here, the education professionals at Hot Spots provide additional information and detail activities that can reinforce this knowledge at home. Through exciting, creative lessons that allowed for fun and learning, students at Hot Spots Extended Care Programs…

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Helping Children Become Citizens of their Local Community

This month, the students at Hot Spots Extended Care Programs learned about their home state of Maryland. Here, the education professionals at Hot Spots provide additional information and detail activities that can reinforce this knowledge at home. Through a balance of guided lessons, fun activities and intellectual challenges, students at Hot Spots Extended Care Program…

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The Value in Educating Young Students about Business

This month, students who participate in Hot Spots Extended Care Programs around Maryland had the opportunity to learn about money, society and business through engaging activities and lesson plans. During the month of February, students at Hot Spots Extended Care Program had the unique opportunity to create their own businesses. Students conceived and developed organizations…

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Landmarks Around the World

This month, the students at Hot Spots Extended Care Programs are learning about landmarks around the world. Here, the childhood education specialists at Hot Spots provide resources and statistics related to famous landmarks around the globe, and explain how you can incorporate this theme into at-home activities.   Many of the Common Core Standards are…

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Read All About It!

In support of December’s curriculum theme, “Read All About It!”, the childhood education professionals at Hot Spots Extended Care Program highlight the benefits of reading with your children, and provide suggestions for extending learning beyond the classroom.   Hot Spots’ December Curriculum Theme invites children to get cozy and curl up with a good book.…

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