Rainy days are upon us, and you may be looking for ways to keep your preschool children content through the weather. Instead of staying cooped up inside all day, venture outdoors! A little water can’t hurt. Get outside and sing and dance in the rain.
Suit up in proper rain gear.
Don your rain coats and rubber boots, and head outdoors! Use an umbrella or a rain cap to keep your preschool child’s head dry, and get ready to sing in the rain. Wear multiple layers to stay warm and avoid any colds. It’s going to be a lot of fun if you have proper rain gear!
Zig-zag through the puddles
Most preschool children are satisfied if you just turn them loose in the backyard. They are creative little people and will almost always find some way to amuse themselves. If they need your help, encourage them to zig-zag through puddles, race leaf-boats on the water’s surface, or build mud pies. Play in the sandbox and build castles since the sand will be in perfect condition to build awesome castles. Get out in the yard with them and have fun together!
Rainy day art with preschool children.
If you’re looking for a more organized activity, look at this rainy-day art activity. All you need is watercolor paper and washable markers. Draw on the watercolor paper with the markers in whatever pattern you wish. Get creative! Then place your drawing out in the rain and let nature make the art!
Make a water slide.
Find a tarp and get sliding! Find a small hill for elevation and lay out the tarp. Then back up, take off running, and slide across the tarp. You can even have contests to see who can slide the furthest. Pour dish soap all over the tarp if you want to make it even more slippery.
After you play outside, run back in to get warm and dry again. Drink hot chocolate and find a good book to read together.Show Less
Instilling in your preschool a heart for those in need can start as early as the cradle. Teaching them to share with those in need is more doable if you show the reason behind sharing—to love others!
Read historical stories to your preschooler.
One of the best ways to become aware of the need in our world is to read stories of those who have gone before us that made do with very little. Learning about the first presidents that lived without the things we have today shows that greatness does not come from material possessions. Read stories of those that went through hardships during the Great Depression to understand a little bit more how blessed we are today.
Put life into perspective.
After reading and thinking on these stories, help your little one put life into perspective and understand how blessed we are in the 21st century. With materialism being at an all-time high, we have so much more than we need. Read the story of the little slave girls that were elated to have a cornhusk doll, and then help them compare it with the mountains of toys that they have at home.
Find others in need.
Understanding how blessed you are will propel you to bless others in need. Look around you for those suffering want, and find ways to help them! Ask your local preschool if there are any families in need, or if there are any local shelters that they would recommend donating to.
Let your preschooler give.
Find others in need, and then let your preschooler give! You could minimize your child’s closet and give away all the things they no longer need. Let your child go through his toys and belongings to find things that someone in need could use. There are people all around us and we can always reach out a helping hand show some love.Show Less
Basketball season is in full swing this month and provides the perfect opportunity to get outside with your preschool children to introduce them to a new sport. Whether they’re familiar with basketball or have never played before, we’ve compiled our top tips on how to get your children excited about the game.
The first step in showing your kids all the fun sports have to offer is to provide them with equipment that they can practice with. Head over to your local athletic store and let them pick out their very own new basketball or shoes. This will give your children a sense of empowerment when exploring their new interest in basketball.
Set up a goal.
Once you have the proper equipment to practice, you can either set up a basketball court in your driveway or find a new go-to spot at your local gym or park to practice with your kiddos regularly. Practice makes perfect, and having you by their side to encourage and teach them will keep them working towards improvement.
Go to a game!
Practicing together in your neighborhood or local gym is great, but nothing compares to the exhilarating atmosphere that can be felt at a live basketball game. Whether you go to a professional NBA game or head to a public, free game at a local high school, the music, lights, and cheering crowd will have your children eager to hit the court and keep practicing.
Play with friends.
Another way you can light a basketball-fueled fire in your preschool children is by getting their friends involved. One-on-one practice is great, but scrimmaging in small groups will teach your kids the value of teamwork and communication on the court.
At the end of the day, what matters the most is that your kiddos are enjoying their newfound interest in basketball. Remind them that improvement takes time and practice, and that it’s always okay to have off days.Show Less
A well-balanced, nutritious diet is the key to a happy kid. With a full belly and a positive attitude, your child will be prepared to participate in class, excel in sports, and stay energized throughout the day. Here are some tips that any parent can apply in order to teach children about the importance of a healthy diet.
Water, water, and more water: On average, preschoolers need one liter of water each day to maintain a healthy lifestyle. Instill the importance of hydration in your child, and try to cut back on sugary drinks like soda and certain pre-packaged juices.
Healthy snacking, happy child: Encourage your child to choose healthy snacks over processed chips or sugary cereal bars. These options will keep your child full and give them the energy they need to excel throughout the day.
- Carrots and ranch
- Apples or bananas and peanut butter
- Frozen grapes or banana slices
Say hello to your sous chef: Have your children help out when cooking dinner at night. Assigning them simple tasks like mixing ingredients or setting the table is an opportunity to teach them about nutrition and get them excited about healthy cooking. You may even spark a new interest in them!
Sweeten things up: For those of you whose children view greens as the enemy, here are two tips to make those veggies seem a little less villainous:
- Add honey or a dash of cinnamon to sweet potato wedges and roast them for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
- Squeeze lemon juice over broccoli or asparagus to counteract any bitterness.
It’s never too early to begin to educate your child about proper nutrition and healthy eating. Armed with this vital information and provided with healthy eating options, your tyke is more likely to make good choices that will serve them well now and into the future.Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on avoiding post-holiday blues, fostering creativity, and the benefits of music lessons!Show Less
If you’re a parent of preschoolers, then you may feel like you’re constantly running around but never have time to stop and workout. How is a parent of kids supposed to stay active when the only running you have time to do is chasing toddlers? Here are three ideas to be active with kids in 2017.
Run around with your kids. If they’re outside playing chase, go and play with them! You can supervise and workout all at the same time. There are a great number of videos online that show how to get a workout on normal playground equipment. You can even try to cross those monkey bars if you’re feeling a little bit more ambitious.
Learn to dance. This is an exercise that kids can do too! Pull out a dance tutorial and start jammin’. Make sure you have plenty of room to kick it, and everyone can learn the moves together.
Invest in a jogger stroller. You may want to go running, but little Sally is going to get tired a lot quicker than you are. After a few minutes, put your little one in the stroller and keep going. You’ll get extra exercise by pushing the stroller and running at the same time.
Staying active with toddlers isn’t as difficult as it sounds. They’re already getting a lot of exercise on their own, so all you have to do is try and keep up with them! Supervise, exercise, and have fun with your kids.Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, technology, engineering, art & math. Learn more about us in our latest digital magazine! Check out this issue for tips on getting kids active in sports, kitchen experiments, and the benefits of responsibilities!Show Less
Holidays are fun, traveling is fun, and kids are fun, but put the three together and you have a headache, especially at the preschool age. However, that’s not how it has to be. Before you head out on the road trip to grandparents’ house this year, consider using these four fun ideas to make everyone’s experience more enjoyable.
- I Spy
“I spy something blue!” It’s more fun when everyone is playing, so, mom and dad, join in! What do you spy? This game can last as long as there are things to spy, but make sure to spy things that are in the car. Otherwise you might be trying to guess something that’s ten miles behind you.
- Alphabet Signs
Start with A, and look out the window to find a sign that starts with every letter of the alphabet. Use only one letter per sign. See who can complete the alphabet the fastest! But no one can use the same sign. Shout out the word that you found so that everyone knows you’re playing fairly. “M! Main Street!”First one to Z wins!
- Tongue Twisters
Can you say British wrist watch? How about rubber baby buggy bumper? How many times in a row can you say toy boat without sounding silly? Tongue twisters are a sure way to lighten up the mood and get everyone laughing at their inability to speak properly.
Snacks are a must because, two miles down the road, everyone will find that they’re suddenly hungry despite having lunch fifteen minutes earlier. That’s okay! Come prepared. Whatever keeps the peace. Pack mess-free snacks like apple sauce pouches, individual animal cracker packets, or cereal cups. Keeping drinks to a minimum might be a good idea because necessary bathroom trips come often enough without any additional help from juice boxes.
There are so many fun things that you can do to keep everyone from getting bored. Count the houses with lights, share your favorite childhood memories, or jam out to your favorite music! You’ll be there before you know it!Show Less
We know how well we are doing when we compare ourselves to those around us. If you’re more successful than your neighbors, then you’re doing pretty well. If you’re not, then you may feel like you need to step up your game. This tendency to compare ourselves to the success of others rolls over into how we view our children. Is little Johnny smarter than Sally, or is he failing by not measuring up?
Constantly feeling pressured to be “good enough” is not healthy, and being compared to friends may cause feelings of bitterness in your child toward his friends instead of motivating and encouraging them. “Sally can do this; why can’t you?” Like Mark Twain said, “Comparison is the thief of joy.”
We should stop worrying so much about their academic success and instead learn to be concerned with their psychological and emotional development. Instead of worrying about our children and scrambling to keep them at the top of their class, we have to understand that every child develops at their own unique pace. How are they developing emotionally? Are they learning to be kind and empathetic? Are they coping well with any stressors that they may have, or are they overwhelmed with the pressure to be smart?
“Don’t waste time chasing after success or comparing yourself to others. Every flower blooms at a different pace.” –Suzy Kassem
Set realistic expectations for your child, and teach them how to learn. Recognize what their strengths are, and patiently help them work on their weaknesses. If you teach your child that learning is fun, they will continue on a quest for knowledge and wisdom their whole lives. Set small personal goals for them to work toward, and make it fun! Be encouraging and supportive as you discover your child’s unique strengths and natural intellectual abilities.Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, technology, engineering, art & math. Learn more about us in our latest digital magazine! Check out this issue for tips on disciplining your kids, getting them to eat healthier, and learn more about the strategies we use within our Brain Waves℠ curriculum!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on listening to music with children, details about our winter camps, and how setting good boundaries with children is one of the healthiest things you can do!Show Less
It seems everyone is on Pinterest. Those cupcakes didn’t turn out quite like you thought, but it’s the thought that counts, right? With our lives getting so hectic and busy, we thought you might like these Pinterest boards for better morning routine productivity to be of some help.
With everyone in such a rush, it might be helpful to plan out your mornings with a little help from Pinterest.
What happens more often than not, of course, is that you forget someone’s lunch, someone else forgets their backpack, and another child needs the top screwed onto her milk while you’re driving through traffic. It’s bananas out there.
The morning routine pins have checklists for getting all these things ahead of time. One has a checklist with potty, brush teeth, get dressed, make bed, eat breakfast, backpack and lunch, and hugs and kisses. You’re not a child anymore, but I bet you forget some of those things, too! We all do.
That’s why people invent things like Pinterest. Not only is it a great place for finding that interior décor you’ll never own and pictures of the French Riviera you’ve never been to, but it’s also a repository for handy little routines and checklists. Now that’s something you can do!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Take a peek inside of our latest digital magazine for tips on Check out our latest digital magazine for tips on learning mathematics, how to deal with whining, and parenting during transitions!Show Less
There has been a movement swelling in American parenting circles for some time. From James Dobson’s book The Strong-Willed Child to articles throughout newspapers like this one, it’s a movement surrounding how exactly to rear a child with defiant behavior and opposition to authority.Show Less
Children crave interaction with something or someone, and in today’s world, it’s common to see parents give their children an iPad® or a smartphone for entertainment purposes. And although the games and videos children love to play and watch may be educational, research suggests that reading, and reading aloud to your children, is best.Show Less
It’s true. We didn’t make that up. But good food is hard, right? You have to plan, it takes a long time to make, or maybe you’re not even that great in the kitchen. Not everyone is a Chef Ramsay, you know, dancing around a professional range in a funny little chef hat. Some of us are lucky enough to remember to remove the plastic wrap on the mac and cheese.
We’ve been there too.
That’s why we’re going telling you about this helpful guide from the Mayo Clinic about a child’s nutrition. It turns out it isn’t that hard. To sum it up: Shop around the edges of the grocery store rather than the aisles. (We got that tip from Michael Pollan’s Food Rules, a brilliant book if you haven’t read it.)
They suggest a diet consisting of five categories: protein (seafood and lean meat), a variety of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, and low-fat dairy products. What to avoid? Added sugar and saturated fats—the kinds that come from red meat and poultry.
These foods you’ll find around the edges of a grocery store. In the middle is where you’ll find all the added sugars and processed foods. So, when thinking of what to get the family for dinner, the edges are where it’s at.
To help you become the next culinary artist in your castle, blogs like Healthy Children, in association with the American Academy of Pediatrics, have tons of articles about nutrition, picky eaters, and how to eat good on the go. We know. Amazing, right?
(Fun fact: The best restaurant in the world is Osteria Francescana, tucked away in Modena, Italy. We’re not even going to guess how much a plate of that spaghetti costs.)
While you don’t have to eat at the fanciest restaurants or wear the funniest hats—parents already wear enough hats as it is, am I right?—you can start eating healthier around the house, and we hope these tips might come in handy.Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Inside this month’s issue you can explore information on a baby’s language development, how children build relationships, and how to properly, constructively help your child!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Take a peek inside of our latest digital magazine for tips on how to manage young children while shopping, how to differentiate effective and ineffective discipline methods for your child, and more!Show Less
Back-to-school season will be here in a matter of weeks. Department stores are already lining their shelves with pencils and paper for the crowds of students gearing up for another school year. Maybe this is the first year your little one will be attending preschool – how exciting! There are so many benefits to enrolling your child in a top-quality preschool program. Your child will obviously gain important developmental and academic skills, but preschool also creates a great environment for learning social skills!
One social skill that your child will develop in preschool is the ability to listen well. The structured classroom environment creates an atmosphere that gives your child cues and directions for how to interact with his teachers and peers. During times of intentional instruction, your child will be asked to sit and listen along with his peer to the teachers. In other instances, such as during group activities, your child will be required to listen to directions given by the teacher and will see their peers following instructions as well. These opportunities to practice listening will help your child be prepared for their continued education in elementary, middle and high school.
Another benefit of giving your child an elite Preschool experience is his exposure to advanced educational technology. Technology drives so much of our nation’s economy and permeates all areas of our life – whether it’s using our personal smartphone, a tablet at work, or watching TV as a family on the weekend – technology is everywhere! Your child may already be able to successfully navigate a smartphone, nowadays it seems like it’s a built-in skill! If your child attends a high-quality preschool, he will have a chance to interact with tools such as SmartBoard technology, educational websites like ABCMouse.com and other resources. Educational technology brings another layer of learning to his experience and will help reinforce all that he’s learning.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West, we are passionate about providing the best technology, cutting-edge preschool curriculum, and excellent teachers for our preschoolers. Each program we offer – from infants to before and after school – includes an engaging team of teachers and resources to give every child a firm First Step to Higher Education. Contact us to find out how we can meet and exceed your childcare needs!Show Less
Staying cool in the summer can be a challenge! Luckily, there are so many easy and creative options to consider that your children can enjoy. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we love providing opportunities for every child to safely enjoy the great outdoors as well as our engaging classroom environments and curriculum. We provide year-round activities from our excellent preschool, creative summer camp and more!
Check out this article for fun ways to stay cool during the remainder of summer!Show Less
The first five years of your child’s life are the most formative, and receiving a solid First Step to Higher Education™ is crucial for your child. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West we equip our preschoolers with the engaging and educational curriculum found on ABCMouse.com.
ABCMouse.com provides preschoolers with thousands of interactive games and learning activities to take what they learn in school and keep the education going at home or on-the-go! Before you know it the summer will be gone and sharpened pencils and notebooks will be lining the shelves for back-to-school. At Kids ‘R’ Kids of West Frisco and Legacy West we love equipping our pre-K and preschoolers with the tools they need to spend a lifetime learning and growing into responsible, innovative citizens.
Our teachers seamlessly implement the activities of ABCMouse alongside our exclusive STEAM AHEAD™ curriculum that teaches all STEM pillars as well as art to our preschoolers. Children are always learning – whether they are in a formal classroom environment, enjoying a day at the park, reading a book, or watching mom make dinner. We understand the importance of keeping your child engaged year-round so that back-to-school doesn’t involve dusting off the cobwebs of summer, but continuing to learn, grow and explore further than your child has ever gone!
Contact us today to find out more about our programs for infants, toddlers, and preschool through before-and-after school students. At Kids ‘R’ Kids of West Frisco & Legacy West, every child is nurtured and loved by our exceptional staff team, all year long!Show Less
From fun Father’s Day gift ideas and creative games to understanding the importance of play in your child’s life, the June edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.
We’re particularly excited about the community news section this month which highlights are involvement in the Frisco Public Library’s early literacy initiative!
Don’t forget to check back for every new monthly edition for more tips on parenting, child development, and all things preschool!Show Less
The Earth Day celebrations have come and gone but the opportunities to teach your child about taking care of the planet are available year-round! Springtime is the ideal time to get your child excited and involved in reducing, reusing and recycling to help Mother Earth thrive. One of the easiest ways to get your preschooler or toddler excited about helping the Earth is by finding something they can help with. Even something as simple as watering plants around the house (maybe even have one plant designated just for them!). Planting a spring garden is another fun option for promoting an earth-friendly lifestyle. This article gives more fun ideas for involving preschoolers and kindergarteners in keeping your house “green”.Show Less
Keeping your preschooler active throughout the summer helps them avoid the dreaded “brain drain” while allowing your child to have a lot of fun! As always, moderation is key when it comes to your child’s schedule. Having time to be a kid is very important but adding some structure and teamwork to your child’s life equips them with important social and emotional skills. Try and choose an activity that you think your preschooler or kindergartener might enjoy and give a new activity at least 6 weeks before giving up – it often takes a few weeks for your child to adjust to a new routine.
This article is a great resource in talking more about the benefits of extracurricular activities for your child.Show Less
Warmer temperatures and sunny days mean more time spent outside with your preschooler, toddler, or elementary-schooler! For some children, it can be more of a challenge to get them excited to get up and move. If you would like your child to adopt a healthy lifestyle filled with exercise, the best option is for you to model the healthy behavior for them! Children are always looking to adults for cues on how to live, play, and relate to others. Check out this article for how you can keep your children active this spring and summer!Show Less
Encouraging your child to be an early reader is an important step in setting them up for a lifetime of success in learning. Some children may love the idea of reading, while others may find it requires them to sit still for too long. Let’s face it – many kids just never seem to stop moving during the day! It’s amazing to watch their limitless energy, but it can feel a little overwhelming sometimes!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West, we know how to keep the toddler, preschooler and pre-k student’s mind engaged by making learning a fun experience, rather than a traditional sit-and-listen-all-day model. Children interact with learning stations that build on each other and help them sharpen and strengthen critical thinking skills. Additionally, our state of the art SmartBoard™ technology encourages children to interact with the world around them to instill concepts such as shapes, colors, objects, and even math!
Since we know early literacy plays such an irreplaceable role in setting your child up for success, our programs also include literary learning stations and other fun activities – such as story-time where our teachers read books out-loud to their captive audience. With summer time right around the corner, it can be easy for children to lose interest in anything related to studying or learning, but with the right books on the bookshelf, you can keep their enthusiasm alive year-round! Check out this year’s Children’s Choice Book Award winners for stories that are sure to thrill your child’s imagination and strengthen their love for reading.
Every aspect of your child’s care, from our secure facility to the dedicated team of teachers, exists to help your child thrive and become the best learner they can be! Ask about our exclusive STEAM AHEAD™ Preschool curriculum that incorporates the value of arts into your child’s early education. Or, you can always stop by for a free tour! We are happy to answer any of your questions!Show Less
For most of us, summer is a time to slow down and enjoy time with family and friends. But for many parents of young children, summertime also presents a challenge – how to keep their kids safe, entertained and engaged during their time off from school.
For many families, the answer is summer camp, but that doesn’t necessarily mean packing your kid off to a remote location, or busting your budget. Summer day camps are a convenient and affordable option, but choosing the right one for your child can be a daunting task.
When choosing a summer camp for your child, the American Camp Association recommends that you start by considering your child’s age, personality and interests.
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The new Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine for the month of May is here! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies, our hope is to provide your child with only the best in care, education, and nurturing.
This month’s edition includes helpful tips and tricks for successful parenting and child development. The issue features helpful articles on the value of problem solving skills, as well as the importance of giving each individual child space to grow and learn at his or her pace without comparison to other children. No doubt, you will be encouraged to love and care for your children in a way that stimulates their learning and development!
In addition to helpful articles, you will find information about different school programs and activities your children can get involved in. This month you can learn more about our exciting Summer Camp 2016 program!
As you flip through this month’s edition of the digital magazine, remember to keep an eye out for the Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine every month! Each edition will highlight new areas of parenting and early education that will help equip you as you continue on the exciting and challenging journey of parenthood and early childhood education!
So go ahead! Take a peek inside our magazine! And, feel free to share it with your friends! As always, our door is open to your comments, questions and suggestions as we work together to provide your child with a firm foundation in early learning. Contact us today!Show Less
Raising children in such a technologically-charged culture comes with its perks and challenges. As a parent, how do you balance the amount of time and exposure your young child has to the internet and TV? At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we love giving our students the opportunity to learn with our SmartBoard technology but also balance their day with plenty of interactive activities both indoors and outdoors to further enrich and deepen their knowledge and skill-sets.
Check out this article for 3 practical ways you can Balance Your Child’s Use of Technology.Show Less
Choosing the right childcare or preschool for your little one can seem like a daunting task. What should you look for? Who do you talk to about the programs and facility? Where do you start? At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we know just how important it is that families feel confident in their choice. One of the best ways to learn about a childcare or early learning center is by asking the families who already send their children to that location. Hearing from someone you love and trust about their experience will be extremely helpful for you when making the final decision.
Check out this helpful article for more tips on choosing the best fit for your child!Show Less
So much happens in the first five years of your child’s life! The amount of learning and growth that your child’s body and brain processes Is staggering. From learning how to crawl, to speak, to read and write – the skills seem endless. As a parent, your role in helping your infant, toddler, or preschooler achieve these exciting developmental milestones is critical.
If you aren’t the teacher type – there is no need to fear! There are simple and natural ways you can encourage and enhance your child’s learning experience that don’t involve a million creative crafts you don’t have time for or creating your own curriculum!
Check out this article of easy ways to help integrate learning into everyday parts of your child’s life!Show Less
The air is fresher, the sunshine is warmer and the grass is greener – ahhh, springtime! The opportunities to explore and enjoy the outdoors seems endless and for young children and preschoolers, it’s the perfect way to expend all of that extra energy. But what do you do on the cooler rainy days that prohibit a lot of outdoor play?
One of the best rainy day activities for children and adults alike is curling up with a good book by the rain-spattered window and getting lost in a world with lovable characters, carefully-crafted plots, and a feast of words and worlds to spur on your imagination! Perhaps your little one is just now learning how to read; or perhaps your child isn’t showing an interest in reading yet. Never fear! There is still a chance to redeem the rainy days of spring with an exciting exploration of books. Here’s how:
- Find an age-appropriate book to read aloud - Whether you need to grab a thick board book for your toddler or a more involved chapter book for your budding preschooler or kindergartener, find a book that would have a plot that your child could follow.
- Once you have read the book (or chapter of the book) aloud – ACT IT OUT! - Let your child choose their favorite character and you can fill in the gaps for the other characters. Make it as involved or as simple as you would like. Does your child enjoy crafts? Make some props! Do they like dressing up? Grab the sheets off the bed for a cape, a pillowcase for a silly hat and voila – you’re all set!
- Talk about the plot or moral of the story. – Ask your child questions like “What did you learn?” “Why do you think that character acted that way?” “How would that situation make you feel?” etc. Getting your child to put themselves into the shoes of the characters helps solidify the lessons of the story and can help take reading from just recreational to life-changing.
Even on the rainy days of spring, you and your child can enjoy imaginative and active time together. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West we are passionate about early literacy and many of our pre-K graduates are already reading upon graduation! We understand how critical the early years are for a child and our enthusiasm for reading at all ages contribute to establishing a firm foundation for every child! Contact us today for a free tour and to learn more about our excellent programs from infants to after-school!Show Less
From the moment a child is born, he is learning and discovering the world around him. Some skills come without any intentional education such as swallowing, breathing, and eating, while others must be taught. One of the surest ways to set your child up for a lifetime of learning is by enrolling your child in an elite preschool or learning academy. A childcare or preschool facility that offers a unique curriculum for your child is an integral tool for helping them cultivate a love of learning.
Additionally, parents can engage their children throughout the day in such a way that encourages learning – through conversations, household chores, and other creative means. Check out this article for ideas on how you can help your child cultivate a lifelong love for learning!Show Less
It’s often the ordinary day-in, day-out tasks that can cause the most stress for busy families, right? Laundry, dinner, grocery shopping and doctor appointments are just a few necessities that somehow have to squeeze into our busy lives on a regular basis. How can you possibly keep track of them all? If you’re not careful, you may find your children wearing clothes that were dug out from the bottom of the basket and eating who-knows-what from the back of your fridge!
The good news? Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a stressful or time-consuming endeavor if you have some simple steps in place that set you up for success. Check out this article about how you can streamline your grocery shopping process and spend more time doing things you enjoy – like eating family dinners together or curling up with a good book before bed.Show Less
Spring is right around the corner and we can feel it! We can tell our students are excited too because spring is just one step closer to glorious, popsicle-dripping, pool-splashing summer! It may seem silly to be considering your summer plans in the middle of February but we already have great Summer Camp plans that we would love your family to be a part of. This is the perfect year to introduce your first-time summer camper to the wonderful world of Summer Camp at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West!
The 2016 Summer Olympics are in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil this year. Before you know it, we’ll be seeing gymnasts spiraling through the air and divers slicing effortlessly through the water. The Olympic Games are a global celebration of strength, fitness, and passion of athletes from every part of the world. Here at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West, we are ramping up to have some Olympic-sized fun of our own.
Our Summer Campers will experience the Olympics like never before – beginning in Athens, Greece where the games originated. We will “travel” across the globe and celebrate the culture, cuisine, and customs of nations both familiar and exotic. Campers will learn the value of teamwork, create lasting friendships, go on fun local field trips and more! Our camp is open to preschool through school-age children up to 12 years old.
And you won’t want to miss the last day of our summer camp, culminating with a full-day of Olympic-style games and friendly competition with other Kids ‘R’ Kids in the Dallas/Fort Worth Area at the AT&T Stadium! Stay tuned to learn more about the charity our school will be raising money for during the summer. This is a summer experience you won’t want to miss – so be sure to enroll today because spaces fill up FAST!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West, we are passionate about providing a firm First Step to Higher Education™ for every child but we are also all about having F-U-N! Whether you have an infant in need of our tender care or an energetic toddler full of life and curiosity, we are confident our accredited programs will give your child what he or she needs for a lifetime of success! Contact us today!Show Less
The holidays have passed and new reasons to celebrate are coming. Valentines Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations are just a few reasons we celebrate with our friends and loved ones. While the celebrations are about expressing our love and appreciation, most special occasions require extra time and spending.
The best way to celebrate freely without the stress of over-spending or being unable to meet expectations, is to plan ahead and create a spending budget for your special occasion.
Take a look at these beneficial tips to help you budget for special occasions.Show Less
Teaching a toddler or preschooler about money may seem trivial but the rewards of modeling good spending and saving habits can last a lifetime. Children always learn best by watching the behavior of the adults around them. Whether they attend a local preschool or childcare or stay at home – they are always watching for cues on how to behave. Managing your money is just one more skill that your child can benefit from when you’re intentional about sharing your spending and saving decisions with them. This article provides a helpful framework for how you can include your child in money decisions and teach them at an early age how to make good choices.Show Less
We’re in the middle of the storm known as flu season. Every year, parents all across the nation dread those four little words, “I don’t feel good.” Children and the elderly are particularly susceptible to contracting the flu so it’s important to have a game plan in place for staying healthy.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is most effectively spread from person to person contact. While it is still very important to wash your hands with warm soap and water, it’s most important to stay away from sick people or stay home when you are sick. Cleaning off shared surfaces is also important to prohibit the spread of germs.
At home you can take simple steps to prevent the flu from spreading under your own roof. Teach your children at an early age how to properly wash their hands. It may be a tedious (and messy!) endeavor but the results of keeping a germ-free house are worth it. If you have an infant or toddler at home be sure to keep away anything that could be contaminated off of the floor and out of your baby’s reach. Finally, if your child does get sick please do not go to your childcare or preschool. It can be very difficult caring for a sick child but creating more sick children will only make the problem worse.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West, your child’s safety is our number one priority. This means not only do we keep our facility secure but we also utilize tools such as the ZONO sanitizing machine on a daily basis. The ZONO disinfects all the toys and furniture used by the children to ensure the health of everyone in our Learning Academy.Contact us for more information about how we keep your child safe!Show Less
Did you know that listening to music for your preschooler is about more than entertainment? While you may enjoy a spontaneous dance party to your favorite tune or doing a sing-along on your long family road-trip, music is busy at work in your child’s brain as well! Studies have shown that neural connections are created when children actively listen to music. In addition, many toddlers and preschoolers who participate in musical activities show an advanced understanding of math and higher level of reading when starting school.
Even babies benefit from living in a musical environment. Singing songs helps babies bond with parents, as well as exposes them to a wider vocabulary and encourages verbal skills. Singing in your home is also a great way to involve the whole family in an activity – from infancy to adulthood, music has a unique way of bringing people together.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of West Frisco & Legacy West, our Opus One Music program introduces a variety of musical styles, cultures and techniques to your child. From playing on a musical instrument to singing their favorite songs, every activity enhances your child’s brain development in a fun and energetic atmosphere. We also provide Colorsoundation as a musical and colorful way of introducing children to the world of music! Contact us for more information about our music programs as well as all of our curriculum enhancements that are included in the tuition for children ages 2 through Pre-K!Show Less
If you’re stuck in an area where winter weather means bundling up and counting the days until spring and warmer weather, this is for you. If you’re dreaming of warmer weather and long for a get-a-way but it just isn’t in the budget, staying at home may not sound like the most exciting of vacations, but there are plenty of benefits to a winter-time staycation: you save money – a lot of money, you get the opportunity to learn more about your area, no packing and unpacking and the money you DO spend stays local, which helps support the local economy. What a staycation ISN’T? It’s not a time to do chores, running errands or finishing projects that you’ve pushed off until you have more time.
Try these instead:
- Explore the parks and trails in your area – are they snow covered? Try snow-shoeing or learn to ski!
- Visit your local museums and historical societies – they can be found just about anywhere. Take your time and you’ll be surprised at how many times you might say “Hey I didn’t know that!” when it comes to your local area.
- Try new recipes and cook together as a family with these new recipes. Make a gourmet meal or try your hand at an ethnic food.
- Dust off your ice skates and find a rink.
- Take on some indoor fun like bowling or indoor miniature golf.
- Professional sporting events are fun but can be very expensive, especially if you have a large family. Try a semi-pro team or even a local high school game. And remember –there’s nothing like a view from the cheap seats!
Staycations can be a fun and unique time to bond as a family – so use these little day trips to your advantage. Take the time to plan what you’ll be doing on your staycation so you aren’t sitting around staring at each other instead of having fun!Show Less
With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas up ahead, now is the perfect time to get your child involved in charitable activities. Teaching children the value of generosity and gratitude are especially important as we navigate the largest consumer-driven holiday of the year. Amidst all of the discounts, deals, and must-have wish lists, take some time to give to others around you. It’s very likely a family near you is hurting this holiday season and could use a friendly, generous gesture. Whether it’s inviting your new neighbors over for dinner, or baking cookies for a nearby nursing home, include your child in the activities and make it a new family tradition to look forward to!
This article provides more creative ideas for reaching out to those around you this holiday season:Show Less
Every parent has the same battle at some point in their lives – getting your kids to eat healthy but not completely depriving them of the foods they love. It can be a challenge, yes, but it doesn’t mean you need a degree in diet and nutrition to make sure your kids are eating healthy. Here are some “Rules to live by” when it comes to making sure your kids are maintaining a healthy diet:
- Remember you are the supply line – you control the apron strings so to speak. This simply means that you are the one in charge of buying the food as well as when to serve it. Your kids will no doubt pester you for less healthy options but you will need to stand your ground on how much of those less healthy options are kept on hand at any given time. They will eat what’s in the cupboard or fridge.
- The clean plate club is over-rated. Let your children stop eating when they feel they’ve had enough. Most of us have grown up as card-carrying members of the clean plate club and as such may be battling with nutrition and healthy eating habits. Let your child have some say about their bodies – if they feel full let them be finished.
- Start your kids young. Their food preferences tend to develop early so make sure you are providing lots of choices for them. Even as babies they know what they like or don’t like. When offering new foods, offer a few bites if they truly don’t like it, don’t push.
- Don’t bribe with sweets. Goodies and desserts are fine on occasion but don’t use sweets or dessert as the main reason for eating a meal.
- Finally – be a role model. If your kids see you eating unhealthy foods on a regular basis they’re going to think its ok for them to do it as well. Choose healthy foods, have at least one meal all together at the table and do your best not to skip meals during the day.
We do everything we can to keep our family safe and well taken care of – from locking the doors at night to making sure our children are kept out of harm’s way. For parents – keeping our family safe is our first priority.
But with all of the things that we have to do on a daily basis – urgent things that keep our families protected, it’s no big surprise when other, less urgent things get pushed to the back burner and saved for a rainy day. One of the tasks we typically put off until the last minute is organizing our family’s important documents. We’re all guilty of it at one time or other but the good news is, even if you’ve neglected this for a long period of time, it doesn’t have to be quite as time-consuming as you think. Here are a few tips to get you on your way:
- Collection: Go through your entire house (don’t forget the “junk” drawers!) and collect all of the papers that need to be kept in one central location: birth certificates, baptism records, social security cards, medical records, vaccination records, passports and insurance information. If you’re unsure about the importance of a document, simply ask yourself what the consequences would be if that paper was lost forever.
- Copycat: Original documents are necessary for things like passports and registering for school, but it’s never a bad idea to make copies of everything. Copies of immunization records can be given directly to the school or to a new pediatrician. Keep your originals tucked in a safe place.
- Store the rest: It’s unlikely you’re going to need baptism records on a regular basis or even passports or birth certificates. Lock these important papers in a safe deposit box. Keep in mind, however, that you’ll be at the mercy of “banker’s hours” when you need the documents so plan accordingly.
- Use technology to your advantage: Scan and back up documents to be easily recovered later on. This can work for important papers and photos alike.
- Share the secret: Be sure to let at least one other person in your family know where you keep all of these important documents should you not be available to access them.
So there you have it – it’s not really that difficult to put your documents in one place and have them easily accessible – you just have to get started!Show Less
Kids 'R' Kids is passionate about seeing each child succeed! Every aspect of our Learning Academy, from the teachers and curriculum in the classroom to the state-of-the-art facility and expansive playgrounds, works together to create the optimal learning environment. We love what we do and the families we do it for! That’s why we are delighted to have received the honor of Best Childcare & Early Preschool Education from the 2015 Consumer’s Choice Awards.
Whether you need care for your young infant or growing preschooler, we have a program that will challenge and encourage your child’s growth. The first five years of a child’s life are critical in developing neural pathways that will enhance the child’s learning capability. We know that parents are always looking for the best fit for their child and we are confident in our ability to exceed all expectations! Contact us today for more information about how we can be the First Step to Higher Education® for your child.Show Less
One of the greatest gifts of being a parent is watching your child grow, develop and achieve new milestones. When children are younger they seem to grow at the speed of light! The tiny baby you brought home from the hospital is now walking, talking, and full of his own ideas and opinions. While each new milestone may be a little bittersweet for the parent it’s so important to celebrate your child’s growth!
Check out this article for creative, simple ways to celebrate when your youngster begins the adventure of preschool!Show Less
From a very young age, children are exposed to different people on a regular basis – any of whom can form their thoughts and beliefs. None of the people they are exposed to on a regular basis are more important than their parents.
Many parents don’t see themselves in a teaching role, but the fact is, as parents we are our children’s first teachers. We teach our children to walk, talk, dress themselves, feed themselves, how to be polite, how to be tolerant and a million other things that shape the people they become – all before they’re every expose to teachers in a classroom setting.
What parents do forget, especially those who work full-time, is that even when children enter the classroom, they can still be the best teacher that their children will have. While we want to instill good morals and values into our children – these are both valuable to them as functioning members of society – it’s also important that we teach our children to think for themselves and form their own beliefs. While classroom teachers can instruct them and provide them with a sound educational experience, they are unable to reach a child in the same way a parent can.
While we all have different teachers teaching us different things in our lives, we must remember as parents, we are the best and most important teacher our children will ever know.Show Less
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West, we are always looking to incorporate new programs that will enhance your child’s learning experience. In addition to our fitness programs and foreign language curriculum, we are proud to offer ColorSoundation to our students.
ColorSoundation is a creative and engaging program that unlocks the world of music to children like never before! Created to harness the immense learning power of young children to provide a foundation of music literacy, ColorSoundation takes each child on a journey of beats, rhythm, and musical notes.
Kids ‘R’ Kids will now adopt this excellent music program in all of its franchises and we are honored to have been one of the first to offer it to our families. Click here to read an article that provides more information about the program as well as our partnership.Show Less
There are plenty of studies that prove that children aged 3-4 years-old who are exposed to good, quality preschool program have more successful experiences in kindergarten and even beyond. The problem is, many preschool programs don’t provide the high quality that the children need for this success.
If you are considering putting your child in a preschool program but you’re unsure what to look for, the two areas that are most important and provide the best program are the “process” and the “structure” of the program.
“Process” consists of interactions with others, the activities that children are involved with, learning materials and opportunities and of course the health and safety routines that we all should follow. “Structure” includes the size of the class, the student-teacher ratio and the training and experience of the teacher and rest of the preschool staff.
A child’s socio-economic status should not determine the quality of his or her preschool experience. While statistics show that children from lower income families typically attend a lower quality preschool, it doesn’t, and shouldn’t, be that way. Every preschool has the ability to maintain the same high quality standards whether considered “low income” or not.
When choosing a preschool, speak to the administration and find out what activities are provided that will give your child the challenge that he or she needs; make sure they will have ongoing opportunities for learning and making the right decisions; that there are adequate interactions with other children both in small groups and larger ones; assure that there is variety in the program to keep your child from getting bored which can lead to disinterest in the program.
By making informed decisions based on the preschool program of the facility you’ve chosen, you can assure that your child’s preschool career as well as the rest of his or academic career, is successful.Show Less
We all have had at least one role model in our lives. Role models are important to our psychological well-being because they help us guide us through certain decision making processes that can ultimately affect the outcome of our lives. Children often have many choices when it comes to choosing role models – most often their first role models are parents followed by other adults and relatives, such as teachers.
Role models should be a point of inspiration and give us an idea of how we should behave no matter the situation. This is why it’s very important for a potential role model provide good behavior – behavior that children can imitate without repercussion. There are many choices when children are younger, however as they grow older it can become more difficult for good role models to be found.
Helping your child choose a role model involves finding a person who has good morals, doesn’t take part in behavior that is self-destructive, is hard working, creative and free thinking. And yes it’s true that you can’t pick the role model your child emulates, you can do your part to make sure they are exposed to the type of people who would make good role models to begin with.
Your child’s role model doesn’t have to be Superman or someone famous – in fact, a celebrity may not always be a good choice as many tend to indulge in self-destructing behavior or take part in behavior that is just unsavory to begin with. A good role model will be someone who is similar to you.
When your child has discovered that he or she has a role model, it’s important for you as the parent not to put this person on a pedestal. Role models are human and as such subject to failure and mistakes. You can recognize this person as a guide for the behavior you would like your child to imitate but not necessarily someone your child should act like exclusively.Show Less
A magical cure for shyness doesn't exist, but there is more than one way for your child to navigate feelings related to timidness and aprehension. . As a parent, social interactions involving your introvert child may stress you out, however that doesn't mean you and your child can't both benefit from coping mechanisms. The following must-read children's books offer beneficial ways to help your shy child discover his or her inner voice:
Books for Preschool to First Grade
- "Shy Charles" by Rosemary Wells: Charles is a mouse of few words. He likes playing by himself, but his well-meaning parents are surprised by his timidness. They push him toward a multitude of activities that Charles could care less about. Charles' parents discover their son's shyness may deserve some respect.
- "Llama Llama Misses Mama" by Anna Dewdney: Llama Llama gets struck with a bout of separation anxiety when he begins school. During his first day, all he can think about is seeing Mama again. You and your child will appreciate Dewdney's mix of rhyme and colorful illustrations as Llama Llama learns that perhaps he can cope without Mama around.
- "Willow's Whispers" by Lana Button, illustrated by Tania Howells: No one seems to pay attention to soft-spoken Willow, the shy kid at school. "But one day your voice will wiggle its way out," Willow's father reassures her. Willow resolves to find a way to make her voice louder.
Books for Ages 8 and Older
- "How Kids Make Friends: Secrets for Making Lots of Friends No Matter How Shy You Are" by Lonnie Michelle: Inspired by Dale Carnegie's bestseller, "How to Win Friends and Influence People", this children's book helps instill self-confidence. Your child will learn how to meet and make new friends with the assistance of Michelle's lighthearted words and accompanying whimsical drawings.
- "The Shy One" by Dorothy Nathan: Set in 1921, "The Shy One" leads your child through a girl's experiences integrating family members from another country into her home. Fifth-grader Dorothy has just started emerging from her shell at school, but now she's embarrassed by her 14-year-old uncle. He can't speak English, he has different customs, and he's been assigned as a student to her classroom.
Shyness can be overcome in our extroverted world. Now that these stories have sparked break-through discussions with your shy child, let him or her practice new social skills and increased self-esteem through the activities in the Kids 'R' Kids G.Y.M. (Growing Young Minds) Curriculum™
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco and Legacy West offer an excellent standard-based curriculum, state-of-the-art facilities, playgrounds separated by age group, and much more. We offer programs that establish firm educational foundations for infants, toddlers, preschool, pre-k, and school age children. We also offer special extracurricular programs such as ColorSoundation, foreign language classes, and more.
We understand that learning happens through a variety of experiences and our Extracurricular and Enhancement classes help to fill your child’s day with fun and unique skills and activities. To make participation even easier, we offer parent-paid extracurricular activities right on our campus! With so many interesting classes to choose from many parents are wondering how to determine the program that is best for their child.
Check out these helpful pointers that can help you decide:
- Contact us for more information. Find an activity that fits your schedule and your budget. Ask questions about the duration of the program, the type of activities involved etc. Our staff is happy to answer your questions!
- Listen to your child. Let your child know what type of programs are available and see if there is a certain class that peaks their interest.
- Coordinate with other parents to see if you can find other children who are interested in the same programs as your child. If your child takes a class with friends it can make the whole experience more enjoyable for everyone.
- Come see for yourself! Take a tour of our facility and observe firsthand how our Enhancement classes can benefit and encourage your child’s growth in learning.
We are always looking to strengthen your child’s learning experience and these Extra Curricular and Enhancement Classes are just one more way we honor that commitment. With so much variety in learning, and a facility that can’t be rivaled, it’s obvious we provide so much more than a daycare or childcare.
To learn more about our Extracurricular and Enhancement Classes please contact us and take a tour. Don’t forget, we offer extraordinary programs for children as young as 6 weeks through 12 years of age. Kids ‘R’ Kids is the perfect place to watch your child succeed!Show Less
Helping your child develop strong literacy skills will set them up for a lifetime of success in learning. Even with very young infants and toddlers, reading out loud is a great habit to model as they begin to soak in the words and the world around them. There are so many wonderful books to choose from as you introduce your child to the world of reading. Check out this helpful article for 10 books your child will enjoy!Show Less
It can be a difficult task teaching children that it is better to give than to receive – after all who doesn’t like to receive a gift right? However, by teaching your children this valuable lesson is one of the most rewarding things you can give them.
Going about can be difficult if you don’t know what the right to go about it is, so here are a few ways to work with your children.
- Start small, especially if you are working with very young children. An example would be making cookies for a sick friend. Let the child know that he or she is doing something nice for the friend, even though your child may want to make and keep the cookies. Avoid this by making enough for both of them.
- Next, teach them that money isn’t necessary in order to give. They can wash your car, do the dishes without being asked or even make breakfast in bed.
- Let your child be involved in deciding who will benefit from the gift. Maybe you’ve given to the cancer research society for years, but your child heard about a need at the local pet shelter. By allowing them to help with the decision they feel important and learn the value of giving to those who are less fortunate.
- Children learn by watching their most influential role model: YOU. If you volunteer at a local soup kitchen, when your child is old enough, let them go with you and start helping.
Teaching your children the value of giving rather than receiving, you’re instilling a sense of pride and self-esteem, character traits that will take them far as they grow.Show Less
Caring for an infant can be challenging, particularly in a day care setting, however if done properly, having an infant in a day care that is properly equipped to handle them can positively impact your baby’s experience.
With the state of the economy, more and more families are forced to have homes with two working parents, which means that children are being put into day care environments at younger ages and even for longer time during the day. If you are among those families who have been forced to place your infant in a day care setting, it doesn’t have to be as scary or challenging as it seems. Things to consider when choosing a good day care environment for your infant are group size of the day care, the quality of the actual physical environment of the day care facility and how the needs are going to be met for each individual infant.
- Group Size: Infants thrive better in a calm environment, it’s true, but each infant reacts differently in different environments. Keeping this in mind, a large group of infants can create chaos and confusion and an unhappy baby – even if there are enough adults to adequately care for all of them. Many infants in a group creates a louder noise level which further leads to confusion and chaos. To have a pleasant experience for all involved, choose a day care facility with six infants or less.
- Environment: As with the group size, the environment of your day care center can mean the difference between an enriching experience and a miserable one. The environment should be comfortable and encourage interaction between the adult caregivers and the infants as well as for the parents to visit with the children at the end of the day.
- Meeting the Needs: Meeting the needs of each infant is directly related to the size of the group of infants in the day care. Smaller groups allow for more intimate care, more flexibility for sleeping, eating and playing schedules and allows for children with special needs to receive the attention they need when they need it.
Caring for children, especially in a group setting like day care, is a profession. Choose your day care facility wisely based on the needs of your family and their ability to meet those needs.Show Less
It’s that time of year – in fact, I’ll bet if you listen closely, you can hear the whine from children all around “Oh no, it’s time to go back to school!”
If your child has been in daycare or a preschool type setting over the summer, the transition to regular school may not be as bad as if they weren’t, but there is still some preparation that needs to be done before the first bells ring this fall.
Children who have been in daycare or preschool over the summer months will have some idea of what a setting with other children is like on a daily basis. However, these settings tend to be on a much less strict schedule than a regular school day. Helping your child adjust for “big boy or big girl” school isn’t difficult if you know the steps to take.
Things to know before the first day:
- Take the time to talk to your child and begin explaining some of the things they can expect on the first day of school and even beyond. Don’t frighten them! School years are supposed to be the best time of their life, don’t get them on the wrong foot. Share some of your favorite school memories.
- Go to the school for a visit. If your child is starting elementary school, start by taking a trip to the playground and then setting up a visit to the classroom. Help him/her find the classroom, restroom, lunchroom and principal’s office.
- Let your child ask questions and answer them as openly and honestly as you can.
- Remind your child of all of the friends he/she will make when they go to school and also remind him/her that many of the children from preschool or the daycare will likely be in the same school and classroom.
Finally, remember that the school your child attends is a part of your community and easy to get involved with. Sign up to be a classroom parent for your child’s class or join the PTA. Your child will likely find the daycare to school transition that much easier if you are involved.Show Less
In the summertime, it’s second-nature to apply tons of sunscreen on our children to protect their skin from the harmful effects of the sun. But many times, as much attention as we give to their skin, we often overlook another area that can be damaged by the sun – their eyes.
We put sunglasses on to shield our eyes and our children should have the same protection. This protects them now and also helps to prevent them from developing common eye problems later on in life. Keep in mind that UV rays are radiation and radiation is damaging to the eyes just as much as it can damage anything else. Here is just a partial list of those common eye problems that you should be aware of:
- Over-exposure to the sun’s UV radiation can cause the cells of the eye – inside and out – to divide abnormally. This abnormal division can cause tumors – both malignant and benign.
- “Surfer’s Eye” is common in coastal regions and is caused by sun exposure. This affects the cornea which can affect your ability to focus clearly.
- Overexposure to the sun also effects the lens of the eye as well as the retina which can lead to macular degeneration and cataracts later on.
A good rule of thumb to help protect your children’s eyes is to put sunglasses on them if they are going to spend any extended amount of time in the sun. It’s never too early to start this practice. You’ll want to use standard tinted glasses not the colored lenses that are popular with kids.
If you have younger children who are having a hard time wearing the sunglasses, a large hat with a wide brim or visor is the next best thing. You can also try attaching an elastic band to the sunglasses to help hold them in place.
Sunglasses, sunscreen and your children should be a common routine in the summer!Show Less
In a world where the charismatic and outgoing personalities dominate, it can be easy to label a shy or sensitive child as somehow socially malfunctioning. In reality, being shy is not a personality fault, it’s one of the many traits that make up the DNA of your child!
If you have a shy child, try to learn the situations that seem to make your child uncomfortable and seek to help him communicate his feelings. Sometimes a new circumstance or environment will bring out your child’s shyness – such as starting at a new preschool or meeting a new neighbor. It’s important to help your child feel comfortable when he is adjusting to a new environment. Take time to listen to why your child is shy and how you can help him understand the new circumstance. Your child will not magically become comfortable overnight but by helping him understand the new circumstance, you are also helping him feel more secure and valued.
Unfortunately, other children who have bolder personalities may intimidate your child purposefully or just by being more outgoing. Talk with your child about the experience at preschool or in play group. Ask specific questions about the day to help pinpoint the source of anxiety so you can address it effectively.
Consider these other ideas for how to encourage your shy child:
- Spend time in situations where your child feels completely comfortable. Whether at home, at a nearby park, or with close friends, positive social interactions will give him the confidence to adjust to new circumstances.
- If your child will be attending a new childcare or preschool, take a tour with your child and show him the classrooms, cafeteria, playgrounds and any other new area he may experience. If you have a chance to meet with his teachers before the first day, take advantage of it!
- Since outgoing personalities can be intimidating for a shy child, encourage him to find other quiet children in his new preschool or neighborhood that he can play with.
- Help your child discover what he likes to do for fun and encourage him in those activities!
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco and Legacy West understand that every child is special and unique. Our standards-based curriculum is designed to help children learn through a variety of activities and approaches. Whether you’re looking for a place that offers an excellent Before/After School program or a preschool program that will help your shy child thrive, we are confident in the care and education of every child! Stop by for a visit and tour our secure, friendly state-of-the-art facility, today!Show Less
Children have a universal language of love, laughter, and acceptance. It doesn’t matter what culture they represent, the common denomination in the heart of a child is the desire to enjoy a loving, nurturing and supportive environment. As long as children are having fun and being treated kindly, the difference in appearance is not important to them. Check out this helpful article for ways that parents can help support their child’s appreciation for different cultures.Show Less
We’ve given birth and nurtured our children and watched them begin to grow into wonderful little people in awe of the world and all their surroundings. Now it’s time to prepare for them for the first big step in their lives – preparing for the first day of kindergarten.
Getting ready is probably the most difficult part. You have likely already been working to instill good, healthy habits into your child’s life but it’s even more important as they prepare to enter school to instill healthy habits like getting enough sleep – at least 10-12 hours per night and eating right – a healthy breakfast and lunch will help your child get through the day.
Once your child is in school on a full-time basis, it’s common to think that after school activities are all part of the process. We want our children to be well-rounded and involved and in our quest for making this happen, we tend to get our children wrapped up in many after school activities. Children can become as burnt out as adults can so it’s important to fight the urge to let them get involved with everything and keep these after school activities to a minimum.
The next step in helping your child adjust to school is to help them foster independence. Allowing your child (within reason of course) to pick their outfit and dress themselves will help give them both independence and confidence. Keep in mind that this doesn’t include tying their shoes. It is not uncommon for children not to learn to tie their shoes until their kindergarten year.
You also want to address things like making sure your child understands the importance of putting away things when they are done using or playing with them, putting the lids back on paints and markers and putting the crayons back in the box when they are finished.
Finally, make sure you have the “potty” talk before your child heads off to the classroom. Make sure they are able to take care of themselves after using the potty and don’t forget to stress the importance of washing their hands when they are finished.
Talking over these few tips will help your child be better prepared for their school day – take the time to make it a positive one!Show Less
At Kids ‘R’ Kids we understand how important it is to teach the next generation about caring for others. That’s why we participate in a fun summer-long fundraiser that culminates at our annual Summer Olympics event! This past weekend we enjoyed some friendly competition with other Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies in the area and collectively raised $17,000 for Scottish Rite Hospital! We also got an incredible surprise on the day of our Olympic event from the CEO of Kids ‘R’ Kids! Read more about it all in this article:
Picture: From L to R: Kelly Glasscock (Scottish Rite Representative), Jackson Smart & Brandon Kepley (students at Legacy West)Show Less
Summer vacation is always a fun time for you and your family. Why not hold onto those memories a little longer and make them last a lifetime with a few simple crafts to capture those memories.
One simple idea is a “beautiful places” key chain. With just a few simple items, you can create a keychain keepsake.
You’ll need a few metal caps, pictures of the places you visited, a key chain accessory, duct tape, glue and yarn. Carefully cut the picture to fit the shape and size of the caps you are using and glue them to the inside of the cap. Cut pieces of yarn to match the number of caps you’ve made. Cut a small piece of duct tape and attach the yarn to the back of the cap. Cut a longer piece of yarn and pull it through the loop you’ve just attached to the back of your cap and knot it. Do this for all of the caps but be sure to leave enough space into between the caps. Attach your keychain accessory to the end and you’re all finished.
Another fun summer vacation project is a travel timeline. This can actually be done during the trip itself and will not only make the trip more enjoyable but will also limit the number of times you hear “Are we there yet??” All you need for this craft is a line of string or yarn, a hole punch, some drawing paper, crayons, colored pencils or markers and a few paper clips. See? No mess! Before you leave for your trip, install the string in your car like a clothes line. Have your child or children draw pictures or write short stories about each milestone of the trip. When they are finished, hang on the string with a paper clip. A good first picture to start with is of your own vehicle with everyone inside smiling and excited for the trip!
Finally, try an easy treasure chest. Get a box with a lid and long sheet of paper folded accordion-style. Glue the first sheet of the paper into the lid and the last sheet into the bottom of the box. On each page, glue or draw a picture from summer vacation and then tuck it neatly away in the box to be enjoyed through the years.Show Less
It’s never too soon to teach your children about the importance of good oral health and get them in to a routine that will carry them throughout their lives. While some children will take to the task at hand easily and without much fuss, everyone learns differently and may take a little extra coaxing. Here are a few tips for you to help your little ones keep their teeth and gums healthy.
- Teach your children about their teeth. Explain the different types of teeth, how many they have, where they are located and even what their jobs are. As adults we have 32 teeth – twelve molars (in sets of three and are in the back of the mouth), eight premolars (also known as bicuspids and are used to crush and tear food), four cuspids (next to the bicuspids or premolars and are pointed which make tearing food easy) and eight incisors (located in the front of the mouth and are used to cut food.)
- Read books specifically about dental health. A trip to your library or local book store will provide plenty of age-appropriate reading material that talk about good dental health. For younger children, books with more illustrations are a better choice. If you are able to connect to the Internet, the American Dental Association’s website offers an animated book about going to the dentist.
- Experiments are fun, too! You can come up with your own experiments or, if you prefer, Crest offers a great experiment on their website that shows how teeth can become soft and weak if they are continuously exposed to acids that are normally found in foods we eat every day.
The younger your children are the better when it comes to teaching about good oral health habits. Don’t put it off another minute.Show Less
Breast cancer is scary enough for adults but for children who don’t understand what’s involved with this awful disease and don’t understand the big medical words and procedures, it can be downright devastating. But how do you know when it’s ok to talk to your children about it?
Some experts say that when children learn how to control their own emotions, they are likely ready to discuss important issues like this. There are a wide range of emotions associated with the breast cancer – anger, denial, sadness, fear and when you’re talking with your children they will likely experience any or all of these emotions. The most important thing you can do is to be in control of your own emotions in order to be able to be supportive of your children and inform them of “what’s next.”
In addition to controlling your emotions, it’s best to wait until the family is together as a whole and have the conversation together in the privacy of your home. The group of you together can support each other and share the range of emotions as well as retreat into your private spaces and deal with your emotions privately.
It won’t be necessary to follow a script, unless it’s what is easiest for you to get everything out that you want to say. Either way, you want to make sure you cover the important aspects of what will happen as the disease takes its course: hair loss, nausea from chemotherapy, etc. All of this information may be confusing to particularly young children, and you will want to make sure you explain that what is happening to the cancer sufferer as a result of treatment, will not happen to them, too.
While this can be a difficult conversation to have with your children (remember, they will not react in the same way you did) it’s important above all else to be honest during your conversations. Some parents think that protecting their children from a cancer diagnosis, experts disagree with this. It’s important to be honest up front and with what’s happening and you’ll find that the honesty will make a difficult situation that much easier.Show Less
Every childhood milestone is important from an infant’s first time rolling over to the first day of preschool, parents love to see their children learning and growing! During your child’s growth, it’s nice to know what to expect in terms of normal development. As you read this helpful article that details a few behaviors to look for as your infant races towards toddlerhood, keep in mind that every child is unique and your little one is no exception!Show Less
Now is the time when families are embarking on vacations together to make great memories! Whether you’re taking a train, plane, or automobile to reach your vacation destination there are always opportunities to make your vacation a fun and educational experience for your preschooler or school age child.
Here are some ideas for creating an educational vacation:
1. Include your child in the trip-planning process. Show your children some pictures or, if they can read, provide them with some informational brochures about your destination. Browse the websites of potential places to visit and ask them what interests them and what they would like to do while on vacation. When children sense they are involved with event planning, it usually gets them more excited to participate!
2. Find educational apps to beat backseat/flight boredom – Many children travel with phones or iPads to keep them occupied and they love trying new aps and games! Spend time with your spouse choosing apps you think would be helpful, interesting, and age-appropriate for your child. You can even surprise your children with these apps as a vacation gift right before leaving! Remember, many airlines allow electronic devices to be used during flight but you may not have Wi-Fi access so be sure to download the apps before boarding.
3. Savor the flavors of your vacation destination! – Even with a picky eater in tow, you can find opportunity to expand the palate by trying a local specialty food. You may get some grumbling from your preschooler who will only eat A-B-C type foods, but it’s worth taking the risk and soaking in the culture. You can learn a lot about a destination from its local menu.
However you spend your family vacation this year, whether you have school-age children, an infant, or a preschooler, it’s always a great idea to include them in your planning and make it a fun adventure that will be enjoyed by everyone.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West, we are passionate about making learning fun for all ages – from our infant care, to our after school program, we offer so much more for your child than an average childcare! Contact us today to find out more about our engaging curriculum, experienced staff team, and state-of-the-art facility!Show Less
Life itself is an unpredictable ride – but when you add children and the craziness of their schedules to the mix, it becomes even crazier. It’s no wonder that as parents we sometimes feel there is never enough time in the day to get everything done. It’s impossible to completely avoid chaos – and really, would you want to? But with a few of time-saving tips like the ones below, you can begin to make the most of your time.
- Watch closely how you spend your time. Most of us spend more time on things every day that can either wait or really don’t need done at all.
- Prioritize. The key to getting and staying organized is all about making and keeping priorities. Schedule more important tasks to be done and let the rest carry over until you have more time.
- Multitask. Every parent has to master the art of multitasking. Use downtime like naps, doctor appointments or school time to get jobs done that are difficult to focus on when caring for your children.
- Be prepared. With babies especially it’s important to be prepared. Keep a packed diaper bag in the car at all times to avoid having to carry extra baggage when you leave home.
- Baskets, not diamonds, are a girl’s best friend. Baskets are a great way to store toys, video games and books in your children’s playroom or bedrooms.
- Prepare for meals ahead of time. When you are making dinner, double or triple your recipe and freeze the extras for future meals. You’d be surprised just how much time this alone will save you!
These are just a few tips that can help parent’s lead less chaotic lives, spend less time on working and more time on more important things – spending time with our kids.Show Less
Few things strike fear into the hearts of parents more than the word “cancer” – particularly when it involves their children. While cancer in children tends to be rare, it can happen and there are things that parents should be on the lookout for.
Always be observant of any sudden changes in your child – either with their health, behavior or both. Keep in mind that these sudden changes don’t necessarily indicate cancer, but should be checked out by a professional. Here are several signs that you should look for. If you notice any or all of these, bring them to the attention of your doctor immediately.
- Continued and unexplained weight loss
- Headaches accompanied by early morning vomiting
- Increased swelling and/or pain in the joints, back, bones and legs
- Lumps or masses in the armpits, abdomen, neck, chest or pelvis
- Excessive bruising or bleeding
- Constant infections
- White color behind the pupils
- Persistent nausea with or without vomiting
- Constant fatigue
- Noticeable paleness
- Sudden and persistent changes in vision
- Recurring fevers of unknown origins
The chances that your child will develop cancer are slim, in fact, the odds of developing cancer before the age of 19 are 1 in 330. However, that being said, you should know that cancer is the second leading cause of death in children, only behind accidents.
As a parent, there is plenty you can do to stay on top of your children’s health in order to be aware of any situations early on. Be sure to take your infants to their regular check-ups with the pediatrician and make sure your older children are seen at least yearly, and more frequently if there is a problem. Don’t be afraid to ask questions during the appointments and ask the doctor or nurse practitioner to explain what he or she is doing, what tests they are ordering, etc.
Finally, go with your gut instincts if something just doesn’t seem right about your child’s health or behavior. It doesn’t mean perform a self-diagnosis, but nobody knows your child like you do. If you think there’s a problem – get it checked out, don’t second guess yourself.Show Less
If you have a preschooler at home you know how inquisitive and eager they are about understanding the world around them. Everywhere a young child goes, whether it’s daycare, on a playdate or spending time at home, there are countless opportunities to learn and grow! As a parent or caregiver, it’s essential to keep an eye out for ways you can help your little learner explore and gain new knowledge.
Math is a subject that can be taught and explored in a variety of creative ways with the toys you already have at home!
Take a look at how you can help enhance your preschooler’s math skills while at home:
1.Organize Toys– Task your child with the responsibility of sorting toys. At first, do not give any specific instructions, let your child decide how to organize and you may be surprised how your child groups things! After your child has grouped the toys, ask questions about how the toys were grouped such as, “Did you sort the toys by how much they weigh? By color? By how often you play with them?” etc. Then proceed to do variations of sorting with your child by asking him to group the toys by size, color, shape etc. Your child can also count the toys in each container to determine how many toys are able to fit.
2.Guessing weights- Ask your child to guess which toy is the heaviest. Then, show your child how to use a scale to weigh the toys and see if the guess was correct.
3.Matching- Play a match game. Ask your children to choose 2 items in the house that weigh the same. Then place the items on the scale and see if the match is correct.
4.Pattern Scavenger Hunt– Ask your child to walk around your home and look for matching patterns, lines or shapes. Join them in the search and see who can find the most patterns.
5.Do a puzzle together –Show your child helpful tips on how to complete the puzzle (place the end pieces together, place similar colors together, etc.).
6.Counting money- Purposefully leave change in your purse or pocket. Review the different types of coins and show your child how 10 pennies is the same amount as 1 dime and 2 nickels and a dime make 1 quarter etc.
7.Measuring food– The kitchen is a great place to practice math skills! Invite your child to help you prepare a dish and give them simple instructions that involve numerical amounts, “Would you please get me 3 strawberries, 1 egg, and 1 cup of milk, etc.”
Any activity that involves numbers, shapes, patterns, or structures can help with math skills. Even simple tasks can be beneficial! At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West, we are passionate about being The First Step to Higher Education™ for your infant, toddler, or preschool child. We understand that a child can learn anywhere – outside on the playground, on a summer camp field trip, and of course, in our classrooms. Our engaging curriculum helps meet each student where they are developmentally while building on previous knowledge. We love seeing our students learn and grow!Contact ustoday for more information, and see firsthand how we are so much more than an average preschool or childcare.Show Less
Summer is the time of year for running around, playing outdoors, and staying active in the Frisco, Texas beautiful weather. However, all this running and physical activity in the heat of the day can put preschool children, and adults, at risk for heat stroke and related types of complications.
Heat stroke is not just a slight problem; it can be extremely harmful and even fatal if not treated immediately once it reaches a severe stage. The good news is that parents can teach their children to recognize when they are getting too warm and take the right steps to cool off and enjoy the rest of the day.
The earliest signs of heat stroke, sometimes known as heat exhaustion, include symptoms such as:
- Weakness, fatigue and muscle cramps
- Feelings or nausea or even vomiting
- Dizziness and headaches
If the child is not cooled off at this point the symptoms progress to full heat stroke and include elevated body temperature, hot dry skin, lack of sweat production, rapid pulse, difficulty in breathing and agitation and confusion.
To help you child avoid heat exhaustion or the more serious heat stroke teach them to:
- Always ensure that children bring water with them and hydrate regularly throughout the activity. Children should be limited to water or sports drinks but not sodas, energy drinks or drinks containing caffeine.
- Wear a hat to help keep direct sun of the head, also wear lighter colored, loose fitting clothing to allow perspiration to evaporate and cool the body.
- Limit any intensive activity or competitive events in the hottest parts of the day or when humidity levels are high.
- Encourage kids to find games that can be played in shady areas of the yard or playground area.
Last, and most important, parents need to focus on never leaving a child in a car or leaving a vehicle unlocked so that children can get into the hot interior. The greatest cause of injury and death due to heat stroke is related to children being left in vehicles, often for as little as five minutes, resulting in a tragedy that could have easily been prevented.Show Less
Among all the grilling, picnicking, and family get-togethers it’s important to explain to young children the meaning of Memorial Day. This day commemorates and honors all of the men and women who gave their lives in defense of our nation’s ideals and values. While it may be a sobering topic, there are helpful ways you can teach your child the value of respect and honor during this long weekend.
The easiest way to explain the importance of Memorial Day to your children is to have an intentional conversation with them before the weekend begins. As a family, gather together at dinner and explain what it means to give the ultimate sacrifice and ask your children what they think about the bravery and sacrifice of the soldiers.
A creative way to commemorate Memorial Day is to visit a nearby veteran cemetery as a family and talk about how you feel or take a moment to bring snacks and small gifts for living veterans in a nearby nursing home.
In addition to showing gratitude for those who gave their lives, Memorial Day also marks the unofficial beginning of summer. Be sure to take some time to enjoy your family and leave room for some outdoor summer festivities like sack races in the backyard or turn on the sprinkler system for a free water park experience!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West we are passionate about teaching our students to be respectful and understanding towards all people. As the First Step to Higher Education™ for your child, we instill a lifetime love for learning while teaching important life skills for every age – infant, toddler, preschooler, and beyond! Contact us today to find out how we can meet and exceed your childcare needs!Show Less
Summer camp in Frisco, Texas will alleviate childcare stressors and give your child a summer to remember!
Enrolling your child in a summer program is an important decision. It can be impactful to both you and your child and determines if the next two months will be a resounding success or a dud. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Legacy West has an extensive background in providing a fun and safe summer experience for ages 3-to-12 years. These are a few of the fun activities your child will learn while “camping” with us this summer!
- Learn to pitch a tent and sleep “under the stars” in our classroom, as we create a virtual outdoor experience
- Cook, through dramatic play, using a campfire and enjoy tasting and eating what they create
- Understanding the uses of a compass and how to learn to read a map and follow the compass
All of these scheduled activities are useful skills that are important for life! Your child will be accompanied on every adventure by our highly qualified staff members, who will guide them through their explorations!
Digging in the dirt
Your child will have opportunity to play in the outdoors with their peers. They will dig in the dirt, and through our educational program, will comprehend the importance of teamwork, while learning more about each other. Camp participants will understand the essential role of dirt, especially in growing the food we eat and why it is essential to all plants and animals.
Bugs and slugs
Our qualified staff will introduce campers to a variety of different bugs and slugs, including what these insects eat and where they live. This equates to plenty of time outside with classmates!
For more information or to enroll your child for our upcoming summer camp in Frisco, please contact us.Show Less
“April Showers bring May flowers!” Unfortunately, many preschool children are frightened by thunderstorms and springtime storms can usually pack quite a punch as the warmer air of summer pushes against the last cool fronts of winter. Rumbling thunder and illuminating lightning can easily unsettle a child, so what can you do to help?
1. Use it as a Learning Opportunity – No matter how old we are we usually experience more apprehension when dealing with circumstances we don’t understand. The same is very true for children. If your child is scared of the noisy thunder, spend some time researching exactly what it is that causes thunder to be so rumbly! The more a child understands, the less likely they will feel threatened by the loud noises.
2. Discuss Storm Safety – Just like understanding the mechanics of a thunderstorm can ease a child’s mind, so can having a plan. Routines and plans can make an unsettling situation more bearable so set one up for what your family will do during a storm. Also talk about how they can stay safe if they aren’t at home, if they’re outside during a storm etc.
The more you know, the more you grow! At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco and Legacy West we are passionate about providing each child with a safe and nurturing environment to develop a deeper understanding of the world around them. Contact us or stop by for a free tour of our facility, we’d be happy to show you around!Show Less
With Spring Break around the corner and summer closely following, there are a lot of fun options waiting for your child! For many children, this summer may be their first experience participating in a summer camp. This could be a really exciting time or a very stressful time for your child, depending on their personality.
If your child is ordinarily very shy, it’s important to prepare them for a new social experience with other children. Great friendships can be made over summer camp but it’s important to give tips on how to transition.
1. Practice at Home – Give your child an example of situations they may find themselves in at summer camp. What kind of conversations will they have? Will they eat at a cafeteria with other kids? If you know where they’ll be going on field trips, visit the locations beforehand.
2. Talk with the Summer Camp Workers – The more they know about your child’s shyness or anxiety, the more they will be able to help your child acclimate.
3. Validate their feelings – It’s important to listen to your child’s fears and acknowledge their anxiety while also encouraging them to make new friends and help them get excited about the camp experience.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco and Legacy West we are excited about our engaging and educational Summer Camp program. We’ll take a fun virtual tour of a road trip across America with many fun memories to make along the way! Contact us today for more information, spaces are limited.Show Less
With Valentine’s Day at the end of this week, it’s a great time to explain to your preschooler the importance of celebrating friendships. Your child may have some questions with all of the red roses, pink balloons, and a lot of cards with hearts on them at the grocery store and pharmacy. While it may be a holiday that’s centered around romance, it’s important to use it as a time to celebrate all kinds of love too!
Here are 3 ways to celebrate your child’s friendships this Valentine’s Day:
1. Look for valentines that use phrases and images that highlight the importance of friendship.
2. Consider inviting one of your preschooler’s friends over for an afternoon snack with heart-shaped cookies or a favorite candy. Make it about how much fun they have together and show your appreciation for their friendship!
3. Over dinner, talk to your preschooler about how important it is to have friends and share some of your own personal experiences! It could be a great time of bonding for you both!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West we love teaching our students how to respect and value each other. Each of our programs for all ages incorporates advanced curriculum, a nurturing environment and a highly trained, professional staff team. Contact us for more information today!Show Less
Creating New Year’s Resolutions with your toddler or preschooler may seem like a waste of time. Yet it’s never to early to start teaching your child about the benefits of hard work and the joys of helping others.
As you enter into the New Year, now is the perfect time to begin practicing habits or routines with your child that inspire good character and healthy practices. Don’t feel pressured to set a lot of goals and try to make them reasonable and achievable. Your young child will need help meeting these goals, which means you should also factor in how much time and energy you will be able to contribute to the task.
To make the process more manageable, break down your New Year Resolutions by month. For example, one month you can focus on saving your money to buy a gift for someone else, another month you can teach the value of respecting your elders by bringing cookies to a nursing home etc. Each month focus on a character trait that you can help model and instill in each of your children. This gives you the flexibility to focus on one goal at a time and only one goal per month! Encourage your child’s involvement by having them decorate the family calendar and display it in your kitchen or dining room so that everyone can remember the focus for each month.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco and Legacy West, we love providing our students with a well-rounded and engaging experience through Before/After school care, creative Summer Camps, and our accredited curriculum programs! Contact us today to find out how we can benefit your family!Show Less
In the midst of the holiday season it’s easy to get caught up in the pull of getting more, more, more. Children anticipate lots of gifts under the tree and are busily making their Christmas wish lists for Santa. Being excited about gifts is completely normal and a fun part of the holiday celebration, but what if you could start teaching your child about giving to others?
Opening up a child’s heart (and allowance!) to the needs of others is an important part of instilling values of compassion, awareness, and selflessness. Christmas is the perfect opportunity to introduce the importance of giving.
Here are some helpful ways to introduce and implement the idea of giving to your child:
- Show them where you, as a family, are already giving or plan to give – When children see their parents modeling a behavior they are more compelled to follow suit. Explain to them why you chose to give to the different organizations.
- Ask them who/what organization they would like to help – Consider your child’s interests and research opportunities to give within their interests. For example, if your child loves to play soccer, he may be interested in a charity that makes it possible for kids around the world to have their own soccer ball (http://charityball.org).
- Give from their own money – Young children usually don’t have the ability to give as much as an adult with a full-time job, and that’s ok! If they don’t have their own allowance, encourage them to do chores around the house to raise money to give. This gives the child more ownership of giving, taking it from principle to practice.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West, we are passionate about teaching children how to play fair, be generous, and respect people from different backgrounds, nationalities etc. Contact us today to learn more about our accredited and exclusive curriculum!Show Less
Every year, as the Thanksgiving feast begins to wind down someone starts the age-old tradition of the around-the-table thankfulness exercise. Each person dutifully lists a number of things they’re thankful for, nods politely as everyone else shares and then grabs some pie and coffee.
If we’re honest, this ritual can often feel forced and repetitive. For a young child itching for some of grandma’s pecan pie, it can be almost unbearable! But what if there were props, pictures, and storytelling involved?
This year, jazz up the old routine by inviting your children to put on a “Show and Thank” extravaganza! It’s great entertainment for the adults and a fun exercise on learning thankfulness for the children!
How it Works:
- Tell your children a few days in advance about the activity so they can prepare their memories. Give them some construction paper and stickers and tell them to draw or write out a favorite memory from the year. Encourage them to use pictures taken of the memory and if you have children with a flair for the dramatic, feel free to include costumes and props!
- After everyone is done eating the main Thanksgiving meal, introduce the kids who would like to share, one-by-one. Have them take turns sharing their stories with their pictures and props.
- For shy children, offer to stand with them and help share their story. Not only is this a creative exercise in thankfulness, it’s a great public speaking practice!
- Ask if anyone around the adult table would like to share too! Who knows? You may be inspired to share what you’re thankful for with paper and crayons too!
- Keep the treasured memories made by your children for years to come!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco and Legacy West, our staff is committed to teaching our students about the importance of gratitude, respect and compassion. Our exclusive curriculum and innovative programs inspire learning and creativity in kids of all ages. We would love for you to contact us today to schedule a tour!Show Less
Did you now that October is National Cyber Security Awareness Month? In today’s technological world, we have access to more resources and opportunities than ever before. While technology has opened many doors, it also means that we, as parents, need to take extra precautions when giving our children access to the Internet.
Instead of being completely scared of technology, parents have the unique position of offering their children safe ways to navigate through technology. Even at a young age, children can become very familiar with technology making it important to help them create healthy, non-harmful habits when using it.
Here are three easy tips for parents to implement when tackling this concern:
- Be involved in their online time. – Instead of completely restricting your child from using the Internet, make it an activity that you do together. Younger children will likely be more open to asking you questions and permission to do things than when they reach adolescence and teenage years. You may get tired of visiting the same websites but your presence and explanation of boundaries will help them make good choices in the future when you are no longer sitting next to them.
- Set clear boundaries. – Spend some time intentionally talking with your children about the amount of time they can spend on the computer and which sites they are allowed to visit. You can even have them sign an agreement and post it next to the computer so that everyone is on the same page. Go to www.SafeKids.com for some free contract agreements you can use.
- Location matters! – When setting up a computer with Internet connection in your home, make sure you place it in an area that makes the screen easily visible to anyone who is around. Putting the computer in a central location helps you monitor what your child is viewing and how long they have been using the computer.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco and Legacy West, we know that technology is an integral component to helping your child understand the world around them. We offer state-of-the-art SmartBoard technology for our students and partner with the award-winning ABCmouse.com website to help your child learn and grow. The more we can prepare them to use technology in healthy and productive ways, the more we can set them up for a lifetime of success! Contact us to learn more about our technology-filled classrooms and exclusive curriculum!Show Less
At some point during the day parents have to wear the hat of referee and help children work through a conflict. “She started it!” “He pushed me!” are phrases that echo in every living room and playground. Most often we will instruct the children to look at each other and say ‘I’m sorry!’ before allowing them to continue on with their day. However, many children will use the words ‘I’m sorry’ as an easy way to move on from the conflict without ever addressing the problem with their behavior. It’s important to teach them that sincere apologies are followed by an effort to change the hurtful behavior.
Pay attention to how soon your child says ‘I’m sorry’ after the incident. When children say ‘I’m sorry’ very quickly and then immediately move on, they neglect to acknowledge the hurt they caused. It’s very likely they have only learned the words and don’t understand what the words mean. In these cases the child will likely repeat the offending behavior, according to psychologist and author Dr. Sal Severe.
Another key element to teaching a child about forgiveness is for parents to model it with their children. When you apologize to your child be sure to be specific in what you’re sorry for and efforts you will take to not repeat the behavior in the future. This will teach your child about sincerity and show them that ‘I’m sorry’ is followed by an effort to be kinder or more patient in the future. When parents model this to children, it’s more likely the child will begin to mimic the behavior when interacting with other children and adults. Keep in mind that when you seek forgiveness from your child you need to resist the temptation to give them excuses or reasons for why you did what you did. Justifying our mistakes will teach our kids to do the same, owning our mistakes will give them a healthy perspective on how to interact with others when we are in the wrong.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies of West Frisco & Legacy West understands the delicacy of conflict and the importance of using conflict as a teachable moment for the children in our care. We are passionate about developing the next generation to be kind, respectful, and contributing members of our community! We also believe in partnering with parents to work together in shaping, teaching, and loving on every little learner. Contact us today about scheduling a tour and meeting our exceptional teaching team!Show Less
It’s the First Day of School! New bus routes, homerooms, and locker combinations are swimming in the minds of the students as they file into their school and prepare themselves for another year of learning. For many children, the first day of school is happily anticipated as they think of all the new faces they’ll meet and memories they’ll make. However, many children who are naturally shy or introverted find the start of a school year to be particularly daunting. Here are some practical ways you can prepare your anxious child for all of the newness he’ll encounter in the first few days of another school year.
- Have Your Own First Day - From setting the alarm clock, to driving to school, and walking to each classroom they will be sitting in, make your own first day of school a week or so before the actual First Day of School. As you walk the halls with your child, ask them questions about how they’re feeling or what they’re noticing. Once you’ve visited all the main locations (gym, cafeteria, classrooms) consider taking them out to lunch and talking about your own experiences with first-day jitters while reminding them of how they were able to adjust during previous school years.
- Meet Their Teachers - Don’t skip “Orientation Week” at your school. Making a few new faces familiar before the first day will help your child settle into a new routine with less anxiety. This is also great for the teachers as they begin to welcome new faces to their classroom!
- Throw a Back-to-School Bash - If your child is introverted it may seem counter-intuitive to throw a party but this isn’t meant to be a huge neighborhood blowout. Instead, have them invite one or two friends over for dinner, games, and one last night of chasing fireflies before school begins. If you enjoy doing crafts, throw in a craft for them to do and take with them on their first day of school — Maybe making a picture frame magnet for their locker or a bookmark. Make it something simple that reminds them of people who love them and can comfort them when they get nervous or scared.
- Follow up after the First Week - For many children, after the first week the anxiety significantly decreases. If you notice that your child is still very reluctant to go to school after the first week, they could be having difficulty adjusting and it may be wise to consult a guidance counselor or homeroom teacher and see how he can better acclimate.
It is completely normal for children to be nervous on the first day of school, so do not make your child feel foolish for being nervous. On the morning of the first day, be supportive and excited for them and when you pick them up or see them after work ask a lot of questions about their day. Your enthusiasm and involvement helps give them courage to tackle this new adventure!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West Frisco we hope to help calm your little one’s fears about going back to school, childcare, daycare or preschool. Please contact us if you have any questions or if we can help in any way!Show Less
Mom guilt is a real and driving force among moms today. The list of “shoulds” and “should nots” surround almost every decision a mom makes. One of those decisions involves whether or not to take advantage of a Mother’s Day Out program. Stay-at-Home moms feel guilty for having others care for their child when they could be taking care of them. Part-time working moms often feel guilty for dropping their kids off as well since it feels like it’s only an acceptable option when it’s absolutely necessary.
Leaving your child in the care of others can be a difficult decision for parents but it’s essential for moms to have the freedom to give themselves a break. Just like taking consistent breaks in the middle of a workday can increase your productivity and energy levels so can taking a break from watching your kids 24/7.
Many childcare centers and local churches offer a Mother’s Day Out program for as many as five days a week and incorporate fun and interactive learning experiences in the curriculum. If you are nervous about participating in a Mother’s Day Out program, take a tour of the facility before enrolling your child and meet the teachers to familiarize yourself with the ones who will be watching your child.
If you have ever felt overwhelmed, exhausted, or near your breaking point during the day as you handle the dozens of requests from little hands and feet, you are the perfect candidate for a Mother’s Day Out program. When you have a chance to be productive sans children or just find some time to kick back and have some “me-time” you will be amazed at the energy and patience you will acquire.
And consequently, you may discover your child greatly enjoys it and has learned a lot by the end of the day, too!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West Frisco we know that when Mom is happy, everybody is happy! Check out our Mothers Day Out program available from 9a-2p, Monday through Friday. Contact us to schedule a tour, today!Show Less
Infant sign language is a great way to bond with your child while boosting their language skills. Research has shown that learning to sign can more than double your child’s vocabulary.
Step one - Start young: Your child’s motor skills develop long before language skills. At seven months he/she will have the dexterity, focus and memory skills needed to begin learning this activity.
Step two - Start small: Begin your lessons with just one word that is simple and relates to something familiar, like “Mommy.” Point at yourself, say “Mommy” and then sign. Your child will develop a verbal and sign language vocabulary.
Step three - Play to learn: Your child learns through play, so try to make the lessons fun. Incorporate signing into other activities. This will reinforce the spoken word to the sign. Change activities as soon as your child begins to lose focus.
Step four - Be positive: When he/she signs for the first time, immediately reinforce the moment with lots of praise and enthusiasm. Your child will learn that signing is effective communication when you respond positively to their request.
Step five - Expand your vocabulary: Your child’s potential for learning this form of communication is infinite. Observing an enthusiastic response, they will learn quickly and enjoy the process. Expand your vocabulary to familiar, useful concepts or words like “tired,” “hungry,” “thirsty,” “play,” and “toy.” Once he/she has learned to sign for these, then proceed to more complex concept. Each time teach the spoken word along with the sign.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West Frisco, we offer an innovative infant program that supports your child’s early development. Our curriculum includes story time, sensory play, tummy time and cuddles, and infant sign language. We have the expertise to assist your child in achieving essential developmental milestones. For more information about our state-of-the-art facility, please contact us today.Show Less
Baby talk isn't just about responding to your infant. At the University of Washington, research at the Institute for Learning & Brain Sciences has shown that how you talk to your child is an integral part of a child's brain development. This chatter, also known as parentese, comes naturally to many parents in one-on-one interaction with their child.
- Speaking to your infant and telling them what you are doing aids in developing a relationship of trust. Although your infant won't understand your words just yet, your tone of voice and body language will be what they associate with fulfillment, love and nurturing. When speaking to your child, be sure to use proper adult speech. This way, your child will begin to build a proper vocabulary.
- Research has revealed that infants who experience an adequate amount of verbal interaction learned around 433 words by age two. Infants who did not only learned 169 words. These skills have long-term effects that produce excellent future academic performance, and the ability to learn new skills.
- Effective communication is a vital life skill that is influenced by early language development. Speaking to your infant and having them respond encourages the development of these skills. It teaches your infant how communication is structured.
Include an abundance of verbal communication while interacting with your child. Talking to your child about whatever activity you and your baby are involved in will assist in strengthening their communication skills.
If you are looking for a child care facility that emphasizes healthy early childhood development, consider Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Legacy West. We are a state-of-the-art facility, with a leading infant program, providing your child with a safe, loving environment in which to learn, grow and discover. Stimulating activities your child will experience include, tummy time, sign language, singing, story time and much more. For more information on our facility and programs, please contact us today.Show Less
Childcare advice: How attending a summer camp in Frisco, Texas, can help your child develop new skills
Many parents view leading summer camps as a way to keep children active and occupied during the summer break. Childcare specialists say that summer camps provide many benefits for children. Time away from home in a safe, exciting environment challenges children to learn different social structures and to develop new or underdeveloped skills which bring long-term benefits.
Initially, some children and parents may be anxious about a summer camp; however, experience shows that children who attend camp are more likely to emerge from the program with a healthy sense of self and independence.
The success of summer camps is based largely on the fact that children are drawn out of their comfort zones and allowed to participate without pressure in activities and unstructured play. Children meet new friends and find comfort in caring adults who are good role models. The role of camp staff is to support children in the event they feel anxious or if they are struggling to adjust to this unfamiliar experience. They also provide encouragement to help children try new things and make new friends.
Camp activities are different from the activities children experience at school. These activities cover a range of creative and physical skills that help children tap into unrealized potential and develop their interests. Leadership skills, how to work in a team, and how to manage different social groups are all life skills that a child can learn and build while at summer camp.
On the weekend, consider taking your family on eye-opening adventures that focus on learning to reinforce some of the concepts your child discovered during summer camp. Urban Air is a fun and safe environment for children to develop coordination skills as it offers guests a wide variety of physical activities across its wall-to-wall trampoline arenas, trampoline runway, foam pit, slam dunk track, and trampoline dodgeball arena.
Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of West Frisco/Legacy West in Frisco, Texas, is now open for registration for our 2014 summer camp experience for children between the ages of preschool to twelve years old. We are devoted to building excitement about camp activities including; meeting new friends, participating in great indoor and outdoor activities and exploring nature. Our camp focuses on continued learning through "outdoor" adventures, fun learning activities in the classroom using our Camp Nature Kids curriculum, and the individualized attention of our highly qualified camp staff.Show Less