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Investigate Nahant Marsh with Toddlers

Learning, understanding, inquiring and exploring begin the minute a child is born. From the first day of their life, they’re looking at everything, wondering about the world and the people around them. As children grow into toddlers and preschoolers, they are into everything — literally. Pulling out the brooms, towels, make-up bags and hair-bands, and piling up everything on the floor they for someone to notice as they count out the objects. Soaked in mud, children run back into the house, beaming in pride at their family members because they found an insect.

The exploration never stops, and the learning does not either. It’s the perfect combination that Nahant Marsh Education Center wants to continue to foster during childhood development through their early childhood programs.

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11 places to take your child in the Quad Cities before kindergarten

As parents, we are lucky to raise our kids in a wonderful spot with tons of great family-friendly events and activities. And the learning opportunities! We live in a community with museums, parks and natural wonders like the Mississippi River!

But if you are anything like me, you may miss some of the hidden gems in the area because you get in the habit of going to your favorite spots.

Research shows that much of your child’s brain development occurs before age 5. We can help that brain development in lots of ways, but I especially love taking my son to local spots to help him learn and grow before he enters kindergarten. As a bonus, I enjoy these spots, too.

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Artists Study the Sanctuary of Nahant Marsh

Nahant Marsh Acrylic  by Deborah Doehler
Nahant Marsh
Acrylic
by Deborah Doehler

I first discovered the nature preserve of Nahant Marsh in west Davenport, Iowa, while taking a landscape painting class from artist, Kristin Quinn, in the fall of 2008. It was here that I rekindled my love of landscape painting while being intrigued with the natural habitat of the marsh. Inspiration through natural form is abundant in this mystical space.photo(31) copy 13

So, it was interesting to me to discover that artists Audrey Brown of Rock Island, IL, and Randy Richmond of Muscatine, IA, were also drawn into the Nahant Marsh experience.

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