There may be times ahead when Valentine’s Day might not be the easiest thing for your preschooler. You know, when they hit middle school and they are just realizing the opposite gender isn’t all bad. Or the first Valentine’s after their first break-up, when you have to tell them that love will come around. But for now, you’ve got a preschooler, and Valentine’s should be easy! No drama, no romance, just an exhausting amount of pink and a surprising excess of heart shaped candy. Here are a couple fun ideas on how to keep your preschooler entertained this coming holiday:
Valentine’s Day Cards
The first thing that comes to mind with Valentine’s Day is the cards, and it can turn into a really fun craft to make them at home yourselves. Whether your preschooler’s class is giving out candy and Valentines to one another or not, creating cards yourself makes for a really fun activity! Ask your child to make a card for who they care about in their life (their best friends, their siblings, the family) and then just let them go to town. Don’t be afraid to get messy! Get out the glue and the glitter and the construction paper and let the fun begin.
In the Kitchen
In addition to homemade cards, why not make homemade goodies as well? Again this can be either just for fun or for your preschooler’s classmates, but sweet snacks are hard to argue against either way! Run to the store, grab some cookie dough, a heart shaped cookie cutter, and some icing and sprinkles, and suddenly you are set with all the supplies you could need. Once you’ve got the cookies made, decorating can be quite a messy yet fun activity and fits within the holiday very easily!
Commit to the Festivities
Even if you're not the mushy type (looking at you dads) don’t be afraid to join in on the craziness. You don’t have to tell everyone you love them a hundred times just to have some fun with the kiddos. Whether or not baking is your forte, one smudge of icing on your nose and you will be a hit! Your preschooler is going to get as much out of the day as you put into it, so dig all your pink out of the closet and prepare to have a fun, family-filled Valentine’s Day!
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Happy New Year! A fresh start and a new beginning is here again! If your new year resolutions included “reading more” or “becoming a better parent,” we’ve got you covered each month! Our magazine is packed full of ways to help you be the best parent you can be and to raise the best child you can. This month we are exploring the topics of playtime in preschool, the stages of childhood, and raising a strong-willed child.Show Less
Is your preschooler a little ball of constant energy? Teach them about exercise and fitness! It’s a great way to start healthy habits while also helping them burn off some of that extra energy. Here are ways to make fitness fun for your preschooler.
Do It Together
If it’s hard finding time to exercise and spend time with the kiddos, kill two birds with one stone and exercise together. There are tons of resources online for mommy and me workouts, but you don’t have to get super fancy to get in shape if that’s not your style. Walk the dog together, have a dance party while you clean the house, have a contest to see who can do the most sit- ups and pushups and jumping jacks, or just play tag. Every parent knows just how much of a workout it can be to chase around a preschooler!
Get In the Habit
The only thing harder than starting to work out is to make a habit out of it, so teach your preschooler early how to regularly work exercise into their lives. Pick a day where both you and your little one aren’t as active, and plan to spend at least thirty minutes being active every week. Shake things up to keep it interesting and fun—try something new every week!
Try not to talk about exercise as something to dread around your preschooler. Associating fitness with happiness is imperative for children of all ages, and they’ll pick up on whatever attitude you present about fitness (as well as everything else). Get motivated, and watch your preschooler get motivated too.
Being a parent can be exhausting enough without adding exercise on top of it, but you don’t need to do a heavy workout to teach your preschooler about fitness. Even simple, easy actions like stretching in the morning or choosing to walk somewhere close instead of driving are great ways to instill in your child a healthy lifestyle that will later prepare them to embrace regular exercise into their routines.
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Oh, the hustle and bustle of December! Another year is coming to a close—but what excitement this final month contains! Between school plays and office parties, why not take a little time to yourself to catch up on our final issue of the year? If you had a chance to read “What’s the Rush?” last month, the second part of that article can be found in this issue. We also added some goodies about encouraging your children through creative play and ways you can give your children the gift of time this holiday season. After all, those toys won’t last as long as the memories your create together! Happy Holidays, and enjoy the read!Show Less
With one year coming to a close and another one just on the horizon, it is time that many people start thinking about goals for the new year. Why not make it a family affair and include your preschooler in the goal setting fun this time around?
Less is more
With preschoolers, it is best to choose just one or two goals for them to work on at any given time. Too many goals will lead to loss of focus and frustration. So, pick just a couple things that they could use a little improvement on. Maybe your preschooler is really bad about remembering to put his clothes in the laundry hamper. Or, maybe he forgets his manners at the dinner table. As your preschooler achieves his goals (puts his clothes in the hamper regularly, for example) feel free to come up with new ones. You may want to plan on doing a new goal each month.
It is always easier to remember when you have visual cues. Making or buying a simple sticker chart can help your preschooler focus on his goals and see the progress he has made. At the end of each day assess whether or not his goals were met. If so, let him place a sticker on his chart. If not, leave the square empty. Before long, you and your child will see a pattern forming. As he begins to make this new goal a habit, be ready to start a new goal with him.
After reaching a goal, it is always fun to reward yourself for all of your hard work. So, treat your preschooler to a little something special when a goal is attained. This will propel him forward as he starts working on the next goal.
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It is November! The holiday season is officially upon us! We hope that during the hustle and bustle, family and friends, and love and laughter, you will take a quiet minute to read up on our latest issue. We have some great articles for you about rushing through milestones and the importance (and benefits) of family traditions. We even threw in a list of tips to help you ignite your child’s love of learning! We hope you enjoy the read!Show Less
Starting a tradition as a family may seem like a daunting undertaking. But do not be deterred by the idea! A tradition is merely a habit or routine that you and your family recognize, appreciate, and enjoy doing together. You may, in fact, already have some beloved traditions in place—such as bedtime sing-a-longs with your preschooler or pancake breakfasts on Saturdays, or even a gratitude jar leading up to the Thanksgiving holiday. But even if not, you can start a tradition with your preschooler that will be fun for everyone!
Families and Traditions
As regular, recurrent rituals in the life of a family, traditions can provide both identity and a sense of belonging to those involved. Traditions can strengthen relationships, provide confidence, teach heritage and values, and commemorate loved ones. Traditions can also help with navigating challenges and recovering from loss.
Traditions with Your Preschooler
With your preschooler, you can start a new family tradition in a few easy steps:
Select A Focus
Decide together something that you want to be a part of family life that currently is not. You may, for example, want to develop a regular practice of expressing gratitude as a family, not just around the holidays, but throughout the year.
Decide On Practice
Brainstorm together with your preschooler as to ways you may practice gratitude as a family throughout the year. Choose an idea that everyone likes—such as, keeping a gratitude journal together—and then talk about how to make the idea work for your unique family.
Let It Grow
Take it slow when introducing your new tradition and let it grow over time. For example, you may start with writing in a gratitude journal and transition to keeping thankful notes on a calendar. As with any tradition, your new one will evolve over time. Relax and enjoy as you explore it together!
Fall is in the air! The leaves are changing, the temperatures are slowly dropping, and pumpkins are everywhere! Grab a mug of apple cider and a cozy blanket while you take a look at what we’ve put together for you this month! (If it’s still sweltering hot where you live, we are sorry—just ignore the previous sentence!) We know you will enjoy reading through our list of family friendly Halloween activities! And, you can find out why it is important for your child to play alone sometimes (which means you get some alone time as well)!Show Less
As a parent, you can embrace the festive spirit of Halloween and still avoid all the candy the holiday seems to entail! When running errands with your preschooler, practice saying no to some of the candy offerings that you encounter. And when at home, choose flavorful, healthy Halloween-inspired treats over sugary sweets!
Traditional treats for Halloween
Even though candy seems ubiquitous with the holiday, traditional treats for Halloween often focused on fruits and vegetables common during harvest season. For example, annual apple harvests occur at the same time of year, and many long-standing Halloween traditions and treats involve apples, from bobbing for apples to eating candied or caramel ones.
Healthy treats for preschoolers
Whether you plan to throw a Halloween party for a group of preschoolers, or you want to whip up a nutritious snack for your own little one, you can prepare easy, healthy Halloween treats with minimum fuss.
Enlist your preschooler to help you turn a standard vegetable snack platter into a Halloween ghoul--such as a skeleton, a ghost, or a Frankenstein monster. Use black olives or cucumber slices to stand in as eyes and a nose, and include a bowl of tasty dressing on the side for dipping. Admire your handiwork together before enjoying the first tasty bite!
Let your creativity loose by creating spooky Halloween creatures, such as a spiders and snakes, from a bowl of black olives or black grapes. If helpful, secure pieces together with small toothpicks, but make sure that little snackers know to remove them later! You can also use small crackers, pretzel sticks, and cream cheese or peanut butter to make creepy crawlies and friendly fall animals, such as owls and cats. Experiment with your designs, and let the process be part of the fun!
Back to school! New classes, new teachers, new friends…new magazine! Take a break from your back to school routine and browse our new issue! We’ve got some tips to help all of you parents to get your children to practice their musical instruments and some insight for you on teaching your child to learn through failure. These articles will be worth the read!Show Less
Hurricane Harvey & Helping Your Child Cope With Natural Disasters
On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast, bringing powerful winds and heavy rainfall with it. After days of non-stop rain, Houston and many other regions were left in shambles, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to walk away from what was once their home. While this devastation undoubtedly affects many people’s jobs, daily routines, and mental health, it is important to remember that children are affected as well.
It can be difficult for young children to grasp natural disasters and why and how they occur. Children cope with events such as this differently depending on their age, but they are all susceptible to its negative impact. Whether your child was directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey or not, these tips for coping with natural disasters are sure to help your family move forward no matter what you face in the future.
Talk About It
One of the best ways to help your child process what has happened is by discussing the events that have occurred. Explain the disaster in logical terms so your child can fully understand why or how things have changed. Most importantly, allow your child to express his or her emotions about what has taken place, and listen to their worries or fears. By creating a safe space for your child to share their feelings, they will be less likely to bottle up or hold onto any negative emotions. A wonderful resource on how to discuss natural disasters with children can be found in this Sesame Street episode, where Big Bird’s friends help him rebuild his nest after a storm.
Maintain A Routine
Your child can hold onto a sense of normalcy by maintaining their typical routine in whatever way possible. Try to stick with their normal bed/wake up time in order to ensure they’re getting enough sleep. Allow them time to learn and play, and stick with any rules you would enforce on a daily basis. Many parents feel the need to coddle children in the midst of a disaster, but sticking to a routine can provide a sense of safety and security.
Remember – each child processes natural disasters differently. While one child may appear totally unaffected, another could display symptoms of anxiety or even depression. Be patient as your little one copes with how their life has changed, and know that it could take weeks, months, or even years for them to fully recover. Love, comfort, and patience go a long way when helping your child move past a difficult time.
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Your preschooler loves to tumble around the living room, read books to stuffed animals, and prepare lunch in a toy kitchen. Preschoolers learn best through play, and when it comes to helping your little one learn at home, your best option is to encourage what comes naturally and to embrace play time together!
How preschoolers learn
The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) has identified play as essential to the learning process for young children. The earliest sensory experiences lead a child first to playing alone and then to playing with others. When children have positive experiences with play, they are better able to develop positive perspectives and attitudes toward future learning.
Learning together at home
You can help your preschooler learn at home in a variety of ways. Just remember the power of play, and jump right into the fun with your little one!
• Bake some cookies together, or maybe scramble eggs for breakfast, and use that time to introduce a few new vocabulary words or to talk about concepts such as measuring and mixing. Or, you can count out the quantities together as you measure ingredients for the recipe.
• Take an evening walk around your neighborhood. Your little one is already super observant, so all you need to do is ask about the color of a car or the shape of a window to start a conversation about shapes or colors. Take it a step further, and enjoy an “I Spy” game of looking for certain colors or shapes together!
• Use playacting to bring the story of a favorite book to life. If additional characters are needed, grab a favorite stuffed animal or two. Even though you both know how the story unfolds, give your preschooler the chance to process the action analytically by asking questions like “What happens now?” and “What do you want to do next?"
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The summer is winding down, and school time is just around the corner! We’ve published one more magazine for you to enjoy before you trade in your bathing suits for backpacks! In this issue you will learn how to identify symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder, and how you can help a child struggling with it. You will also find an article on developing communication skills and emotional intelligence in your child.Show Less
If your child is getting ready to start her first day of preschool, you may feel overwhelmed and unsure of how to prepare for this huge step. Luckily, there are several things you can do to get your child ready for her first day, even if you feel like it’s right around the corner.
Write it all down
From putting it on a calendar to writing on a whiteboard, or even putting sticky notes around the house; the more you write things down, the more prepared you will be. Start creating a weekly calendar filled with your child’s new schedule and activities. Make a list of groceries you need to buy and make reminders for yourself of the things you’re normally sure you’ll remember. After doing these things, you’ll feel a lot less stressed or like you’re constantly forgetting something.
Start your new schedule early
Just because school hasn’t started yet doesn’t mean you can’t begin to get your child acquainted with her new routine. If you don’t already, put your little one to bed at the time you would begin bedtime once school started so by the time school starts, she’ll be adjusted to her new sleep cycle and will be well rested for her first day.
You may be tempted to avoid talking about this change too early, but refrain from keeping it a secret; the more time she has to process, the better. When picking out new things at the store for her first day, tell her what it’s for, and even have her help. If she shows signs of reluctance or nervousness, acknowledge these feelings and make her feel understood while also encouraging her that she has nothing to be afraid of. Regularly remind her of all the positive things that will excite her about starting school.
Start talking about school now
One of the biggest adjustments in a child’s life when she begins school is mental/emotional. Don’t get so busy trying to get lunches and carpools in order that you forget to truly sit down with your preschooler and talk to her about what to expect. Let her ask questions and regularly bring up all the fun new things she’ll get to do once she starts school. Before you know it, she’ll be more than ready to run into her classroom and start this new adventure.
It is hot outside! Grab a cold beverage and kick back for a while as you peruse the July edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine! This month you will find articles on “Why Kids with Hobbies do Better in School” and “The Importance of Traditional Play in a Digital World.” Sounds like a good read to us!Show Less
Are you at a loss for how to fill the Fourth of July with fun activities for your preschooler? Or are your children not excited about this national holiday? Here are some great ways to entertain even your youngest children get them in the Fourth of July Spirit!
Start with Some Games
Get your kiddos’ energy up by playing a game! Put a twist on a classic game, like pin the stars and stripes on the flag, or pin the hat on Uncle Sam. If that doesn’t work, fill up some red, white, and blue balloons with water and play tag with them!
Bringing out your kiddo’s artsy side is a great way to enjoy the day while staying inside. Try a craft like making popsicle stick flags, or even red, white, and blue wreaths.
Have Some Fun in the Kitchen
Baking some festive treats isn’t just fun—it’s tasty too! Bake some sugar cookies or your favorite cupcakes, and then let your kids decorate with some red, white, and blue icing and sprinkles.
Don’t Forget the Fireworks
A Fourth of July classic, fireworks are a must for a classic July Fourth celebration. Grab a picnic blanket, cook out, or watch from the truck bed with your tasty treats—the possibilities are endless! If your children are easily startled, make a guessing game out of it by having them predict what color is coming next, or bring some noise-canceling headphones just in case.
Teach your kids about the Fourth of July
Never miss an opportunity for learning! Your kids are never too young to learn about the Declaration of Independence and what freedom means to you and your family.
You may be surprised to learn that your preschooler has a natural ability for art that reflects their own unique personality. Get your little one involved in art, and watch their opinions form and mold. Here are some ideas to get you started.
Visit an art museum with your preschooler.
The best way to learn art is to study the professionals. Let your little one see art from all eras and ask them what they think the artist wanted to say with their piece of art. Show them Picasso, Da Vinci, Michelangelo, and the other greats. They will become familiar with each of their styles from a young age.
Read to your preschooler about a famous artist.
Find books about historical artists that you can read with your preschooler. Read some like Linnea in Monet’s Garden, or Leonardo and the Flying Boy. Letting your little one see into the lives of these artists will give them a glimpse into the meanings that their works carry. Let them learn about Picasso when he was a little boy, and they will be able to relate more to the artists when they realize that even the great painters were once children too.
Let your preschooler replicate a piece of art.
After you’ve taken your preschooler to visit an art museum and read to your little one about the lives of the great artists, let them pick their favorite piece of art to replicate. Use famous piece as inspiration, and have them recreate what they see in the art.
Watch your little one create as their personality unfolds onto the paper. They will reveal things about themselves through their artistic preferences. Does he insist on staying in the lines? Would he rather create his own picture? See what you can learn about your child through art projects!Show Less
Are you ready for a little summer reading? We’ve published a new edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine! In the June edition you will find some DIY gift ideas for Father's Day (no peeking Dads!), good reasons to give your children responsibilities, and ways to be a “light reflector” for your child.Show Less
It’s a new month! That means the new Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine edition is ready! Take a peek inside the May issue to find ways you can enjoy the spring while preparing for a fun summer, how to keep a child active when he doesn't enjoy team sports, and how you can incorporate Montessori learning principles in your home.Show Less
Communication is key to our existence, and the earlier that your preschooler can learn to effectively communicate their thoughts and emotions, the better. Here are a few tips that you can consider to help your little one communicate with the world around them.
Read to your preschooler.
Reading aloud to your child is arguably the most effective way to build communication skills. When your little ones can read on their own, have them read as much as they can! But until then, you’re their storyteller. Find books of great literature to read to your children and encourage them to talk about the things that they learned from the books. Try to refrain from explaining the books as you read along, and instead read it straight through and see if your child can retain the details of the storyline without extra explanation by you. This will increase their reading comprehension too!
Talk to your preschooler.
Try not to talk in baby talk to your preschooler. Talk to them as if they have the communication capabilities of an adult. Firstborn children are often the best communicators because they spend more one-on-one time with their parents.
Listen to your preschooler.
Listening is four times more important than talking. Listen when your child speaks to positively reinforce the fact that you hear what they’re saying and are comprehending and reacting accordingly. Let them tell you about their day, about their feelings, and about the unbelievable things that happened in their imagination.
Provide plenty of opportunity for your child to communication with people of all ages.
It is good to spend time communicating with peers, but it is very important for preschoolers to learn to communicate with people of all ages. Provide frequent opportunities for your little one to communicate with those older than them. Let them spend time with both grandparents and babies.Show Less
It’s time to shed your winter coat and head outdoors to enjoy that springtime sunshine with your preschool child. Here are a few ideas to try throughout the season.
This activity is fun for both children and parents. Head to your local craft or hardware store and pick up a small, neutral colored flowerpot. With some colorful paints and a few brushes, you can transform your flowerpot into whatever you’d like. Next, fill the pot with soil and bury the seed of your favorite flower in the center. Add an extra layer of soil on top, dampen the soil with water, and you’ll have your own tiny flower garden before you know it.
Springtime scavenger hunt
Make a list of things to search for in your community, such as specific birds, insects, and different types of flowers. Head to the park or find a local trail, and start searching! Wishing you could hold onto the memories you make forever? Take a photo each time you find something on the list, and then create a scrapbook to add to throughout the season.
Temperatures may be heating up this spring, but you can transform your yard into a waterpark by simply turning on the sprinklers. Play freeze tag, have a dance party, or set up a slip and slide using plastic sheeting, landscape anchor pins, and baby oil.
Visit an orchard or market.
Find a local orchard or fresh produce market near you and enjoy the natural beauty your community has to offer. From strawberries to sweet corn, you can find a large variety of farm fresh fruits and vegetables. Additionally, many farms hold Easter egg hunts every April for children. So, gather up your family, and enjoy the experience of collecting fresh produce to take home.
Beautiful days should be spent outside, so take advantage of the spring weather and try out one of these family-friendly activities with your preschool child.Show Less
The celebration of women’s history began as “Women’s History Week” in 1978 in Sonoma County, California. Nearly a decade later, in 1987, congress declared that women’s history be celebrated for an entire month, and March officially became Women’s History Month.
Celebrating history with your preschool child is important for plenty of reasons. It teaches us what has and hasn’t worked in the past, how to move forward toward a successful future, and also enlightens us to the sacrifices made by those who have gone before us to protect our freedom.
Examples of three incredible women that your children should know about are Harriet Tubman, Rosa Parks, and Amelia Earhart.
Born into slavery, Tubman fought tirelessly to free 300+ slaves via the Underground Railroad. She cared deeply for those escaping slavery in the southern states, leading them to travel north to freedom.
In December of 1955, Rosa Parks, an African-American civil rights activist, refused to give up her bus seat for a white passenger and was arrested. She left a lasting legacy and set an example for women everywhere to stand up for themselves and demand respect, no matter their gender, skin color, or socioeconomic status.
Amelia Earhart, in 1932, became the first female pilot to fly across the Atlantic Ocean in 1932. Tragically, however, as she was attempting to fly around the world in 1937, her plane was lost, and she was never heard from again. Yet we continue to celebrate her achievements today.
You and your family can celebrate Women’s History Month in your own home by spending time reflecting on the many important women in your children’s lives. Aunts, grandmothers, babysitters and teachers all play an important role in your little ones’ day-to-day lives and deserve to be celebrated. Encourage your preschool children to write personal letters to any female role models they look up to.
Politics, science, technology, medicine, art and sports—women from all different walks of life have excelled in these areas and deserve to be celebrated for their achievements.
By lifting up these powerful, influential women, young women and girls gain confidence and high self esteem, and young men and boys learn to respect women as equals. Through this, boys and girls are encouraged to strive for success and support each other. Remember to share Women’s History Month with your children throughout March and lift up any history-making women around you.Show Less
When Mother Nature orders you to stay inside, don’t despair. From delicious goodies to winter works of art, there are endless craft projects to entertain kids of all ages. We’ve compiled a few ideas for you and your youngsters to try out below.
Create a bookmark: One of the best ways to stay warm on a winter day is by snuggling up with a wonderful book. If your kiddos are stuck on story time, they’ll love getting to create their very own bookmarks. Using Popsicle sticks or sturdy slips of construction paper, you can construct a unique, personalized bookmark that will unlock your preschooler’s imagination and get them excited about reading.
Homemade Snow Globe: To create your own snow globe, simply take a glass mason jar (with an screw-on lid) and super glue a plastic figurine of your choice to the bottom of the jar. Some popular ideas range anywhere from favorite movie characters, animals, and superheroes to frosty figurines such as snowmen. Add water and glitter to the jar, shake it, and watch your child’s eyes light up as their homemade snow globe sparkles and shines.
White Chocolate Peppermint Pretzels: Your entire family will enjoy chowing down on this winter treat just as much as they’ll enjoy making it. All you need to achieve this sweet snack is melted white chocolate chips, crushed peppermint candy canes, and a bag of pretzels. Simply dip the pretzels in the white chocolate, sprinkle on the peppermint, and let your tray of pretzels sit for 45 minutes to an hour. These frosty, fun-size snacks pair wonderfully with a comforting cup of hot chocolate.
The next time Old Man Winter orders you indoors, be ready! Kids of all ages—and their parents too!—will have a blast doing these three activities.Show Less
The number one New Year’s resolution is to lose weight. But where can you find the time and resources to get in shape when you have little people running around and needing attention? Here are 3 ways that you can involve your children in your quest for fitness.
1. Exercise with your little ones.
Whether you use your children as weights to squat or help them learn yoga with you, the best way to make time to exercise is including them instead of leaving them out. You can do lunges while you’re holding little Sally, and you’ll be motivated to stretch a little bit further when you see just how flexible your little ones are.
2. If you have a hard time dieting and sticking to it, consider making a meal plan.
Make several freezer meals to serve as lunches. Set aside one day a week to cook so you can succeed at living healthy.
3. Encourage your children to keep you accountable.
Chances are, once you involve them in your workout, they’re not going to let you forget that you haven’t worked out yet today. Try bullet journaling to keep up with your progress. Or you could make a brightly colored chart to hang up on the wall, and fun stickers to track your progress. Let your little one be in charge of making your progress, and their enthusiasm for sticking today’s sticker is sure to motivate you to finish that workout session.
Healthy living with children is possible, and it can be enjoyable. Remember that taking care of yourself is actually taking care of your children too. They need healthy and happy parents to care for them, so a healthy lifestyle is beneficial to everyone.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
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
Music is one of the most powerful forces on earth. It calms people down, helps them fall in love, and even helps them learn! That’s right. If you’re having trouble teaching something to your preschooler, say, learning language, setting the lessons to music can help him learn faster.
Research by Parlakian and Lerner states,
“Like all the best learning experiences in early childhood, music activities simultaneously promote development in multiple domains. Singing a lullaby while rocking a baby stimulates early language development, promotes attachment, and supports an infant’s growing spatial awareness as the child experiences her body moving in space. Being intentional about integrating music into your program’s daily routines—thinking through, ‘What do I want the children to learn from this music experience?’—helps you design and choose activities to support specific developmental goals.”
When you sing “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” to a child, for example, she will instantly learn the words and the rhythm, among other things, which will quickly cement themselves in her brain. Do you remember learning a language? It was so hard, wasn’t it? Well, learning a language for a preschooler is no different.
Perhaps all your child needs is a little bit of magic music to help those words stick!Show Less
It only takes a few weeks to observe a precious newborn baby beginning to discover the world around him. From observing and looking around to rolling over, crawling, and walking, every child eventually progresses down the road to independence. It doesn’t matter if a child receives care in the home, at a daycare, or in preschool, the desire for independence will be evident.
As a parent, it’s important to give your child plenty of room to grow in his independence. A child’s level of independence will vary at every age. A toddler will learn to feed himself and will grow to dress himself. Eventually, your child will read to you, and tell you about his own thoughts that may not be the same as yours. This display of independence may be a shock to you initially, but be encouraged: this is a normal part of growth and development. Watch as your child learns to figure things out and overcome small obstacles without your assistance.
As you allow your child to grow through the process of developmental independence, you are also helping to increase his confidence. When your child works to connect a toy or get an item to fit into a container, give him time to figure it out without your help. Working in this manner is a vital part of your child’s developmental process and an important learning experience. As he solves his own challenges, be sure to offer encouragement, praise, and affirmation. Of course, continue to help with the many needs that your child can’t handle on his own.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
One parent has found the perfect fun activity: Instagram.
Okay, not really, but on his Instagram account this dad provides hours of educational instruction for his children. He creates little activities through which his children learn about science, colors, and physics.
A video from last month went viral when he showed how you can make a beautiful rainbow with a plate full of Skittles. Simply place Skittles around the edge of a plate and pour water in the middle. Voila. The colors on the Skittles run down into the middle of the plate, creating a nice little rainbow.
Another video shows him with four glasses of colored water: two blue and two yellow. The blues are placed on top, but only one of them mixes with the yellow! Read the caption to find out why.
Another one is seriously interesting—and simple. Grab a big bottle of water and a packet of ketchup. Place the ketchup in the water and screw on the cap to the water. Now, squeeze. The ketchup is sinking! Why’s that?
These are the easiest, most interesting activities you could do with your children on a rainy day. The activities will teach them the basics of all sorts of sciences, while still having fun!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!September Digital MagazineShow 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
The summer is flying by, and before you know it, it’ll be back-to-school in all of the department stores! With each passing school year, your little one grows closer and closer to entering preschool – which can be both exciting and intimidating. Some parents make the mistake of thinking that a child’s learning experience begins at the start of preschool. Nothing could be further from the truth – the first 5 years of your child’s life are the most critical in establishing a firm foundation for educational success.
It’s important for your child to experience environments and situations where they are challenged not only physically and developmentally, but socially and emotionally as well. If you are not someone who is naturally inclined to be a teacher then this can seem very intimidating. The good news is it doesn’t have to be! While we tend to think that children learn the most in classroom environments, there are plenty of activities and opportunities to learn in everyday life. Pointing out shapes and colors to your child and singing the ABCs on a regular basis are easy ways you can begin to foster his/her understanding and awareness.
Exposing your child to a variety of topics, early on in his life helps him begin preschool and elementary school with the tools necessary for keeping up with the more rigorous pace of formalized learning. Finding an elite preschool or learning academy in the Wake Forest area where your child will thrive is a very helpful, positive step you can take. Look for a preschool that offers engaging curriculum and highly trained teachers who understand the dynamics of teaching young children and are up for the task. A first-class childcare facility will also offer extracurricular activities that your child can enjoy around his regular school day. From foreign language, to music and art, expanding learning beyond the traditional classroom is a proven method for helping your child grow and mature.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, we offer an elite childcare facility with state-of-the-art security measures in place in addition to classrooms led by enthusiastic and professional teachers who love working with children. From our infants as young as 6 weeks old to our before and after-school program participants, we offer the best possible educational experience of all Wake Forest, NC preschools or childcare facilities. Contact us today to find out more information about how we can meet and exceed your expectations!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest is 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 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
When school lets out for the summer, it doesn’t take long before every parent hears the dreaded complaint, “Mom! I’m BORED!” For working parents, childcare centers and learning academies are lifesavers. Featuring programs that incorporate stimulating learning curriculum, outdoor playtime, and even extracurricular activities, these schools keep little ones engaged, active and entertained all summer long! Kids ‘R’ Kids of Wake Forest even hosts a 10-week summer camp for 5 to 12-year-olds that combines physical activity, interactive learning and good old-fashioned fun for a summer camp experience of Olympic proportions!
While a summer camp experience is hard to beat, there are plenty of activities that you and your child can do together in the evenings after camp or on the weekends. No guarantees, but we think creating a summer bucket list with your family has the potential to take “bored” out of your child’s vocabulary for the summer. To get started, check out our list of 20 summer activities and then ask your child which activities he likes best. Create a list of your summer activity plans on a piece of paper that you tape to the refrigerator. Check off and add activities all throughout the summer! If you’re a little more creative, write out each activity on a popsicle stick and stick them all in a glass jar. Your child will love going through the popsicle sticks and reading all the fun activities he can choose from!
1.Take a trip to the city zoo or a farm.
2.Get out the hose and have a water fight!
3.Set up a lemonade stand in the front yard and donate the money to a charity.
4.Lay out on the grass and watch for shooting stars.
5.Fly a kite.
6.Make sidewalk art with chalk.
7.Blow bubbles and have a contest about who can blow the largest one!
8.Go for a bike ride around the neighborhood.
9.Watch the sunrise with a picnic breakfast.
10.Play mini golf.
11.Go on a road trip.
12.Plant flowers or fresh herbs.
13.Make a birdhouse and decorate it together.
15.Watch fireworks on the 4th of July.
16.Go swimming at the community pool or waterpark.
17.Build a treehouse or fort.
18.Catch bugs or fireflies in a jar.
19.Join a summer reading program at your local library.
20.Go to a drive-in movie.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Wake Forest, we desire to make parenting as easy as possible for you – even in the hot summer months. We always care about your child and his educational and social development. That’s why we use our exclusive Brain Waves™ curriculum in a nurturing learning environment, with hands-on play, to ignite your child’s imagination and stimulate learning! Find out more about our school by beginning the enrollment process this summer!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 Academy of Wake Forest digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.
You can add some fun flavor to your dinnertime routine with some of our entertaining games, or learn more about just how important it is for you to encourage your child's imagination in play.
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 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
Parents often feel anxious the first time they leave their little ones in a child care facility. They trust that their child will be safe and comfortable, but countless questions still swirl around in their minds. Will my child like it there? Will my child be fed on time? What if my child is scared or uncomfortable? What if she cries?
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Wake Forest, we are able to give parents an extra dose of peace of mind. It comes in the form of our Watch Me Grow Technology. Every single one of our classrooms is equipped with a high resolution camera that provides parents visual access to their child while they are away at work, traveling or running errands. Every parent has the ability to log into our secure viewing site to see their child at any time of the day. It’s like taking a peek into a classroom without ever stepping foot through the door! Parents can rest assured that their children are safe and secure when they are in the care of our well-trained child care professionals.
Military parents who are deployed love the Watch Me Grow feature! They are able to connect from anywhere with internet access! Watch Me Grow offers free apps for iPhone, iPad and Android, so parents can watch their children on a variety of devices – even across the world!
Watch Me Grow Technology is also special for grandparents who live far away and don’t have the opportunity to see their grandchildren on a regular basis. Given permission by the child’s parents, grandparents can log into the secure system and watch in delight as their grandchildren learn to read, create art, and play with interactive toys and technology. They are able to view and track their grandchildren’s development without all the travel expenses!
Watch Me Grow Technology is a feature of our facility that makes us stand out above other preschool and child care centers in the area. However, the best part about Watch Me Grow Technology at Kids ‘R’ Kids of Wake Forest is that access to it is included in our all-inclusive tuition. You don’t have to pay extra for all of its cool features! Just download the app, log in, and watch your child learn, grow and flourish! You can enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing (and seeing!) that your child is in good hands.Show Less
Preschool teachers play a big part in your children’s lives. And, their job isn’t always easy. Between nap time, finger painting and trips to the potty, preschool teachers are investing precious time and energy into nurturing, teaching and encouraging preschoolers to develop into respectful and bright little humans.
With blooming flowers and sunshine outside providing extra distraction for little ones, preschool teachers need an extra dose of encouragement to keep children on task and learning well. Show your child’s preschool teacher that you care about her by writing a simple thank you note.
There are several things you may want to mention in your note. For example, list out one or two specific things your child learned at preschool that he or she can’t stop gushing about. Maybe it’s a new song with fun hand motions. Maybe it’s being able to write their own name. Mentioning specific things your child is learning from the curriculum helps your preschool teacher know that what she’s teaching is actually sticking!
Thank your child’s preschool teacher for her warm smile and gentle hugs. Kids ‘R’ Kids of Wake Forest is another home away from home and your child’s teacher certainly makes it feel that way. Thank your child’s preschool teacher for showing up every day, loving well and showing kindness to your child when you can’t physically be there. There is a certain peace of mind that you have when you know your child is getting the best possible care.
Don’t forget to thank your child’s preschool teacher for her creativity in trying new learning activities and art projects. The preschool teachers at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest are always thinking of new and fun activities to stimulate your child’s healthy brain development. Encourage your child’s preschool teacher to continue incorporating science, technology, engineering, art, and math into your child’s everyday play. Your child’s preschool teacher is setting your child up for success!
Finally, thank your child’s preschool teacher for putting up with your child’s temper tantrums, “boo-boos,” pouty lips and occasional clenched fists. Children get tired and cranky and your child’s preschool teacher has probably seen it all. Thank your preschool teacher for being patient and understanding. Being a preschool teacher is hard work and every teacher deserves to know that her work is valuable.
Something as simple as a handwritten note from a parent can put an extra bounce in a preschool teacher’s step. Which Kids ‘R’ Kids preschool teacher will you thank today? Contact Kids ‘R’ Kids of Wake Forest for the best way to reach each of our excellent teachers.Show Less
With summer just around the corner, now is the time to begin planning summer activities for your school-aged children. For busy, working parents, finding safe, nurturing, and engaging activities can be a challenge. That’s why Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest has designed our exciting 2016 Catch The Sprit Summer Games Summer Camp. With the needs of our parents, children, and families in mind, we have planned activities that will keep your child interested in learning, meeting new friends, and having fun everyday!
Take a look at these benefits your child will experience by attending our Summer Camp:
- Daily Nutritious Meals - we serve nutritious meals so parents don’t have to worry about what their child is eating during the day.
- Fun Activities – We provide a full day of interactive, engaging, and fun, activities allowing your child to experience an educational program in an exciting and loving environment.
- Field Trips - School-aged children will enjoy visiting interesting placing with their friends and our staff.
- Improved Social Skills – Summer Camp provides a great opportunity to learn social skills and make new friends.
- Peace of Mind for Parents – Your child will spend the day in our safe and secure environment allowing parents to rest assured knowing their child is being nurtured and loved.
- No “Brain Fog” - We will keep your child active and heathy with our summer activities and games avoiding the “brain fog” that can happen with inactivity.
Your child won’t spend the beautiful summer days indoors watching television and playing video games. Instead, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest will provide exciting activities that your child enjoys. We understand the needs of infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and busy, working parents and families. That’s why we have designed this exciting Summer Games Summer Camp experience to meet and exceed your child’s expectations. Feel free to contact us at (919) 453-2543 for more information. We would love to answer your questions and tell you more about this exciting experience.Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest goes far beyond a typical daycare or childcare experience to keep your child safe and comfortable. We understand a caring parent’s desire to provide the best for their growing child including taking steps to avoid colds and sniffles. Like parents, our desire is for infants, toddlers, and preschool children to enjoy learning and growing instead of wrestling with the discomforts of not feeling well.
As you take steps to keep your child healthy at home, consider these simple ways to protect your child from sniffles and colds.
- When you prepare your meals, include healthy choices like protein, plenty vegetables and fruit. Your child is growing and needs the nutrition for healthy development. Also avoid excessive sweets and fast food with low nutritional value.
- Show your child how to adequately wash his hands. Discuss the key times to wash his hands including before meals, after bathroom breaks, after playing outside, and after playing with pets.
- Carry hand sanitizer and wipes when you go out to keep your child’s hands clean when soap and water are not available.
- Make sure your child gets enough sleep. Young children need adequate sleep for their developing and growing body to stay healthy. Adequate sleep also helps them stay alert when learning in preschool.
- Make healthy habits fun with silly songs during hand washing and creative bedtime routines.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, we understand the importance of a safe and nurturing environment where children can learn, grow, and enjoy their day. That’s why our staff is trained in First Aid/CPR, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention, and Child Abuse Awareness. Feel free to contact us for more information about our programs and the many steps we take to keep your child thriving with Kids ‘R’ Kids of Wake Forest.Show Less
When a new year begins, families and businesses will evaluate the past year and make new plans and goals for the new year. A new year provides an excellent opportunity for parents, children, and families to consider new ways to be more successful and effective. Working parents can take advantage of our Before and After School program giving their child fun and safe activities while parents are busy and working. You can also encourage your child to try new foods for the year by trying a new menu item prepared by the Kids ‘R’ Kids chef. With so many opportunities for new goals and experiences, many preschoolers, school-aged children and parents will enjoy making milestones in the new year.
Here are 3 ideas for making New Year’s goals for the entire family:
- Create new learning goals for your children. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest is your resource for this goal. Our curriculum is designed to grow along with your child and has excellent strategies for your new learning goals. Be sure to visit our ABCmouse website for fun ideas to take learning beyond the classroom. Also consider teaching your child how to prepare a new snack or treat at home and share with siblings. For more possibilities, determine how you can support your child’s learning during family time at home. Ask for a demonstration of a song, dance, and other fun ways your child is learning at school.
- Set Fun Family Goals. Discuss personal goals with your family. What would you like to accomplish in the new year? What steps do you need to make in order to accomplish your goals? Ask each person in your family these questions and help them set small, achievable goals to get one step closer to success. Help your children with ideas such as keeping their bedroom clean, putting toys away daily, eating more fruit and vegetables, making a new snack, or becoming more active.
- Make goal setting fun! Try not to be too serious. These are goals that will likely need to be adjusted to meet schedule and time demands. It takes time to change a habit. So be patient and watch your child grow and flourish through the Kids ‘R’ Kids of Wake Forest Programs and your own commitment at home.
As you set your goals, seek to get the entire family involved. The staff at Kids ‘R’ Kids of Wake Forest is also on board with you. We would love to hear about your goals for the new year and celebrate your child’s efforts. We are not like a daycare or childcare that simply watches over your child while you work. We are a learning academy with highly trained, quality teachers, a state-of-the-art facility, accredited programs, and a big heart for children. We love to see infants, toddlers, and preschoolers learning, creating, and growing in our nurturing and fun atmosphere. Contact us for more ideas for setting goals for your child.Show Less
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, we are proud to offer our excellent programs for children 6 weeks through 12 years of age in Wake Forest, Rolesville, Forestville and surrounding areas of North Raleigh. Our commitment to helping children grow and learn comes from several years of experience in the childcare and early education industries.
Here are some highlights of the programs we offer:
Our infant activities are designed to help your baby achieve developmental milestones in the safety of our nurturing and fun Learning Academy. With Kids R’ Kids of Wake Forest, your baby will be giggling, singing, cuddling, reading, and enjoying “Tummy Time” in our comfortable state-of-the-art facility. Infants also enjoy learning sign language techniques to help with communication skills, daily exercises and activities that coincide with physical development.
We are experts with busy exploring toddlers! Our Infant-Toddler Program grows with your child. We build on previous knowledge and prepare for upcoming challenges with hands-on projects and our structured learning plan. Our toddlers have fun building language and fine gross motor skills through creativity, social interaction, and stories and songs.
In preschool our goal is to equip your child for future challenges. Preschoolers desire to do things on their own and making new discoveries is a part of the adventure. That’s why our standards-based Preschool Curriculum is divided into weekly, theme-based units and Words of the Week to help strengthen vocabulary and develop character. Our group exercises help with developmental growth and Weekly Character Connections help build self-esteem and positive character.
Our Pre-Kindergarten program is the next stop in your child’s preparation for elementary learning. We address all learning styles and utilize literature-based units that meet and exceed the national educational standards. Our Pre-K Program is broken down into three categories: Academic Introductions, Individual and Group Activities, and Station Opportunities including Alphabet, Art, Construction, Dramatic Play, Reading, and more.
We understand the challenges busy, working parents face. That’s why we have designed our enriching and challenging environment with plenty opportunities for your school-age child to unwind. Our Before and After School program provides a Homework Help Club, Game Room, and interest clubs including Cross Fit Challenge, Artistry Club, Computer Whiz, Weird Science, Action Club, Dance Club, and more.
It is our pleasure to provide our First Class Curriculum giving children an excellent educational experience in our loving and nurturing environment. We invite you to browse our website and learn more about our programs and the many ways we surpass a daycare or childcare. Feel free to contact us at anytime, take a tour, and ask questions. Kids ‘R’ Kids - Smart Choice. Smarter Child.®Show Less
Preschool children are well into the Fall season and likely more familiar with new environments, teachers, friends, and curriculum. For many young learners who have moved up to higher levels in childcare, daycare, and preschool, a time of adjustment may be needed. That’s one reason why our staff is committed to providing encouragement that brings smiles and fun to the learning environment.
Parents enjoy hearing the good news that their child is thriving and doing well in preschool. Instead of spending time being concerned, parents can be comforted knowing their child is developing, growing, and learning behavior skills including better communication and social skills.
When you hear good news regarding your child’s growth and accomplishments, consider these creative suggestions to celebrate your child’s good behavior and development.
- Seek reasons to reward your child. A reward can be as simple as an ice cream cone. The goal is to let your child know that you recognize his hard work and care about everything pertaining to him, big or small.
- Keep it Simple. Seekeasy ways to reward your child. For example, allowing him to stay up late on a weekend night, providing a special sweet treat, or enjoying your child’s favorite activity.
- Choose an activity that you can easily repeat. Rewarding your child does not have to be stressful or costly. Look for an activity that is easy to accomplish and simple to do again.
- Be positive. When your child is enjoying your positive remarks, try not to mention problem behavior or other negative factors. Let this time be for affirmation and encouragement.
- Allow your child a special privilege. Think of something your child wants to do like stay up late on a weekend or enjoy a late night sweet treat and consider saying, “yes,” to celebrate the good behavior. Let your child know the privilege is a reward and not a normal event.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, we understand how to affirm and encourage children. That’s why our Hug First, Then Teach philosophy still holds true in every classroom and throughout our curriculum design. Our teachers are always eager to offer a kind word, giving parents many reasons to celebrate their child’s accomplishment.
For more information on how we build encouragement into the fabric of our curriculum, contact us, take a tour and see why we are so much more than a daycare or childcare.Show Less
Listening to a toddler’s amusing use of words and sentence structure can be entertaining and delightful. One expressive toddler can captivate a room full of adults as the toddler asks questions and makes cute observations and commands. While this behavior is amusing for a toddler who is busy learning to talk, the expectation of increased vocabulary and better communication skills grows as the child learns and develops. Better communication doesn’t happen automatically. Learning to communicate happens through intentional learning. Children learn in daycare, childcare, preschool, and at home. They learn through interactions and intentional programs. To enhance the learning experience, our Kids ‘R’ Kids curriculum, designed to build vocabulary and communication skills, grows with your child from an infant, toddler and through preschool.
Here are some suggestions to help build your child’s communication skills:
- Talk to your infant regularly. Even before language skills are developed, your child is able to communicate. Your child may not understand the words, but he will understand your body language and voice inflection. The words will eventually be understood.
- Use real words. Your child is learning rapidly, growing, and developing. While “play words” are cute, they can be confusing and stifle the vocabulary.
- Ask probing questions? Give your child plenty opportunities to talk and express himself. Ask why questions to help your child think through situations.
- Listen attentively. Try not to interrupt when your child is talking even when it’s taking time to communicate. Remember, your child is still learning.
- Always encourage your child to express thoughts and feelings. Respond with care and thoughtfulness that a child can understand.
- Read together often. Show words to your child and ask him to say the words and comment about the story. For younger children, tell them how to pronounce the word then ask them to repeat what you said.
Any activity that encourages communication can be beneficial as your child learns to communicate. Your efforts will be supportive of the learning experience happening from the infant program, through preschool and beyond. Another solutions is our STEAM AHEAD curriculum which is an integrated project-based curriculum written for students ages three to five, providing them with opportunities to be innovative, creative, and ingenious – learning to use problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills and, best of all, finding the “AH-HA” moments as they build strong foundations in these five core areas of their education.
Contact us to learn about the additional ways we help increase your child’s vocabulary and communication skills.Show Less
You have probably heard the word, “curriculum” used in educational circles. The general understanding of the word means the particular course of study in a school. However, what an effective curriculum delivers is so much more!
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest understands the importance of early learning for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and before and after school children. Children have different learning styles and require different material. They learn through their environment both indoors and outdoors, by reading, using technology, and through peer and teacher interaction.
Unlike other preschool environments, we bring years of experience, knowledge and expertise into our standards-based curriculum with our new STEAM AHEAD curriculum, interactive classroom technology, brain development expertise, and AdvancED Accreditation. Kids ‘R’ Kids is proud to offer a curriculum that goes far beyond what you might find at an average daycare or childcare center!
Our excellent curriculum is a stepping-stone for the beginning of a lifetime of learning and sets the pace for the journey that will take your child into the elementary years and beyond. A curriculum like ours establishes a love of learning and discovery by making learning fun, exciting and engaging! It integrates technology to prepare your child for future learning and cultural norms and shapes your child’s educational future. That’s why we have taken so much time and effort to make sure Kids ‘R’ Kids offers the best curriculum available as the First Step To Higher Education TM for your child.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Wake Forest, it is our privilege to help parents provide the best possible education for their child. In addition to an excellent education, we know children need lots of love and nurturing in a fun environment in order to flourish. That’s why our infant, toddler, pre-k, preschool, and before and after school programs always involve a ton of fun, laughter and engaging activities!
We hope you will visit our website for more information about our dynamic curriculum and the educational excellence we provide for every child. We understand that you may have many more questions about how children learn so feel free to contact us, tour our learning academy, and see our dynamic curriculum and programs in action!Show Less
The preschooler who talks too much in class could become a prosperous motivational speaker, attorney, or salesperson. The toddler who consistently beats on pots and pans in the kitchen could grow up to be an award-winning musician. The child who makes messy concoctions in the kitchen could one day be a renowned and respected scientist! The never-ending possibilities of a child’s talents can manifest in many different ways and observant parents and teachers are the key to recognizing and nurturing those talents at an early age.
Personality traits begin to manifest during the early infancy stage, throughout the toddler years and become more recognizable as children grow and develop. One of the many advantages of a preschool environment is the opportunity it creates for your child’s gifts and talents to be discovered and nurtured. While children have many opportunities to explore talents in a preschool environment, parents will also notice signs at home.
Here are some clues to help identify early signs of your child’s talents.
- Your child shows a special interest in a subject or activity. Pay attention to the particular aspects of the activity that interests your child and look to see if he displays any natural giftedness when engaging in the activity.
- Your child has a natural ability to excel in an area beyond a normal child the same age.
- Your child does not exhibit boredom when focused on a certain activity or topic outside of recreational fun.
- If there is a particular talent that runs in your family your child could have a genetic predisposition to excel in that area (but you will still need to nurture the talent).
- A teacher or staff member at your daycare or childcare has noticed your child’s unique talent.
Every child is born with special gifts and talents. That’s one reason why Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest goes beyond a normal daycare or childcare experience to meet the needs of every child with different learning styles. We use interactive technology to complement learning in the classroom, and ABCMouse to take learning beyond the classroom. With our AdvancED Accredited programs we create an elite learning experience for our infants, toddlers, preschool, Pre-K, and Before and After School Program students.Show Less
With summer approaching, health conscious parents will spend more time exercising outdoors. From yoga and jogging to preparing healthy meals, many parents enjoy a strong commitment to nutrition and fitness, which is the best way to help a preschooler learn healthy habits. Infants, toddlers, and preschool children learn many of their values from parents. This is a great age for a parent to take advantage of the teaching opportunity to demonstrate beneficial habits for better health and nutrition.
Take a look at these fun activities to help your preschool child learn healthy habits.
- When you exercise find modified ways your child can exercise along with you. If you exercise at home, purchase a mat for your child’s exercise routine. Be sure to encourage regularly, even if your child’s routine looks different from yours. The goal is for your preschool child to move and have fun.
- Play some of your child’s favorite music while you exercise together.
- When you exercise outside, take your child with you even with a skateboard, bicycle, tricycle, or motorized car, etc.
- Talk to your child about the reason you eat healthy. Discuss nutrients and the benefits of vegetables, protein, and whole grains. Try to make some healthy foods that your child can enjoy.
- Have an exercise play date, and invite another parent and child to join you.
- Let your child help you create healthy meal alternatives that you both can enjoy.
- Encouraging regularly! Let your child know how proud you are of the effort and how much you enjoy exercising and being healthy together.
Exercise and good nutrition have great benefits for preschool children and adults. It’s much easier to practice a healthy lifestyle when the concept is introduced at an early age. It’s even better when a child observes a healthy parent who make exercise fun and inviting.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest understands the need for children to be active and healthy. That’s why our chef prepares daily healthy meals including vegetarian options. Our infants, toddlers and preschool children get plenty of time to interact and move. For more information on how we support health and nutrition for preschool children contact us for a tour and see our excellence in action!Show Less
When a beautiful infant comes into the world, parents are happy simply watching every move their newborn baby makes. It’s not long before the sweet infant becomes a busy toddler, and eventually a preschool child in need of various teaching styles and learning tools. With brain development and a curious mind, it’s important to keep a preschool child interested in the learning process. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, we work diligently to make learning fun using various tools and resources in the classroom and on our playgrounds. As parents, you can join us in our commitment to make learning fun, with these creative activities that you can do at home.
Here are some creative ways to make preschool learning fun:
Ask questions. – There are many learning opportunities found in everyday life. When you drive to the store, ask your preschooler to tell you the way to go. Ask for specific instructions like, “turn left and turn right.” You can also ask questions like, “Which one do you like”? Allow your child to think over and choose an object, then have them tell you why one was chosen over the other.
Let your child help. When you are completing everyday tasks, find creative ways for your child to help. Spend some time showing your child how to organize items, separate colors, make piles, or help put things away. Your child will enjoy spending quality time together and you will appreciate the learning experience
Enjoy child friendly activities. When you are choosing a board game or movie, choose child friendly entertainment that your preschooler can understand. Then look for opportunities for your child to think and reason when you ask more questions that require careful thought.
Play electronic games with your child. Almost every child enjoys a fun game that can be played electronically. When you play with your child, you can be more involved in the game selection and take advantage of any learning opportunities. Choose games that are fun, but require thought and understanding to play.
Enjoy interesting conversation together. There are so many learning opportunities in everyday conversation with your child. Enjoy a snack and some uninterrupted time simply listening to your child’s thoughts and ideas. Enjoy discussing subjects that interest your child, like preschool, friends, animals, and sports.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, we understand the need for children to learn in many different ways. That's why our programs are designed to capture your child’s imaginations and create an experience that is much better than a normal daycare or childcare environment. We hope you will visit our Learning Academy, take a tour and see us in action!Show Less
A toddler’s world changes everyday. Your child may be crawling and discovering new tastes and sounds, but it doesn’t take long to become a student who continues to learn and grow. You’ll see increased mobility and independence. New brain cells and connections will form and every day becomes an adventure.
One of the greatest advantages you can give your child at this crucial learning stage is an excellent education at a highly advanced school that offers unique and specialized programs. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we provide an accelerated foundation for elementary school with our state-of-the-art facility and AdvancED Accreditation.
As the intentional introduction of new information accelerates, parents sometime need to help keep their child interested in the learning process.
Take a look at these creative ideas to stimulate your child’s interest in learning:
- Balance learning with fun. Your child’s preschool should provide an interactive and fun learning environment. Your child should be able to move around and have access to the latest technology, science, and an age appropriate playground.
- Look for creative learning experiences. Your child will be more engaged when learning is creative, with projects and hands-on activities. Look for class activities beyond sitting and listening. Also look for special activities on holidays or community events.
- Volunteer and get involved. Get to know your child’s teachers and staff. Ask questions about how your child is doing and compliment the learning experience at home. Your child will be more interested when you are excited about the learning experience.
- Always compliment and affirm your child. At this age, your child is enjoying major milestones and development. Be sure to compliment and praise your child often.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, we understand that every child is different. That’s why our programs are designed to meet the needs of different interests and learning styles. Our excellent teachers are experts at creative teaching that’s fun and effective. For more information on effective ways to stimulate your child’s interest in learning, feel free to contact us today.Show Less
Are you wondering what your child will be doing this summer? A great summer camp experience can be the difference between the stress of finding activities every day and the peace of knowing your child is having a great summer. Finding an excellent summer camp for your child can be the highlight for a parent and child.
As you consider your options, take a look at these tips and benefits to help you make your decision:
- Participating in a summer camp is a great decision because it provides the child a safe, nurturing environment that busy and working parents desire.
- Choose a camp that offers fun and educational activities to help your child avoid “brain fog” that easily happens with summer inactivity.
- Summer camp protects your child from over exposure to electronics during summer break.
- Your child will enjoy a healthier summer with fun activities indoors and outdoors.
- As a parent, you don’t have to be concerned about meals during the day while you are working.
- Your school-age child will enjoy field trips to fun places with friends.
- Social skills are enhanced as your child meets new friends and experiences new activities.
- Your summer camp location should provide experienced staff that help you and your child feel comfortable and safe.
- The location should offer age-appropriate activities and playgrounds.
- You should be able to visit the camp location and meet the staff that will care for your child.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest understands the needs of busy working parents. That’s why we have designed an exciting summer camp that meets and exceeds all of the above recommendations and benefits. We provide nutritious meals, exciting activities, field trips, and more, all in a safe and loving environment. Check out our American Road Trip Summer Camp experience for 2015, enroll, or contact us at (919) 453-2543 for questions. We hope you share this news with your friends as well.Show Less
Your child’s brain development is of utmost importance, which is why Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, North Carolina has prepared this blog to show how this development takes place. There are four distinct phases of brain development which occur continuously throughout your child’s life. Join us as we explore your child’s mental growth and help you to give the best care.
The sensorimotor period
Between the ages of zero to twenty-four months there are many aspects of cognitive development which occur such as grasping, sucking, and repetition of kicking actions as your child learns the world. Your child will also learn consequential movements such as pulling a toy closer or pushing it away again.
The preoperational period
This stage of mental growth generally spans the ages of two to seven. During this stage your child is used to talking, but still has a very small vocabulary and understanding. By the age of four this changes to fit social situations.
The concrete operational period
From the ages of seven to twelve your child is showing signs of order and construction in the brain, is able to think logically, to a point, and will be able to problem solve.
The formal operational period
While this phase occurs past the age of twelve and does not really have a set end, your child is able to logically think about every aspect which is presented to him or her. The basis for this phase is set early in life during the preschool years.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, North Carolina is your child care expert and is able to assist you in child care. To obtain peak brain development for your child, contact us now or to enroll in our preschool which will help your child excel at all stages in life.Show Less
Many parents ask Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, North Carolina how they can provide the best possible care for a child. The secret is that child care actually begins even before birth. The mother is essentially feeding and sharing her nutrients and vitamins with the fetus. A mother-to-be who stays fit, healthy, and happy will always provide benefits to her unborn child. Here are a few tips and tricks to maintaining a healthy and stress-free pregnancy:
Maintain a positive attitude
An unborn child may not be telepathic, but will certainly be able to feel and sense a negative state of mind, feelings of stress, and undue pressure due to the hormonal changes in the mother’s body. Try to be aware of your emotions while pregnant. Hormones and blood changes can have an effect on your unborn child.
Take care of yourself
It is important to remember that you need to consider your own health and wellbeing a top priority. Treat yourself to a relaxing day at least once or twice a week. You might consider visiting a spa for a relaxing massage.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest prides itself in providing a safe, secure and loving environment. Our philosophy extends beyond the classroom. Our excellent child care services and Brain Waves™ Curriculum offer excellent age-appropriate activities to promote brain development. We are far superior to any typical day care environment, and you can rest easy knowing that your child is receiving the best care possible. Contact us today to find out more about our services.Show Less
A child’s brain from birth until age six is like a sponge, and the proper support is absolutely essential when it comes to brain development. Each infant, toddler or preschooler should have stimulating activities, a supportive environment, and personalized attention from a dedicated child care staff to develop and maximize full potential.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, each child is unique and often differs in learning style and pace of assimilating information. We have created a safe environment where children are able to explore, experience, and play, while using all the developing five senses through activities that have been specifically designed for every age.
During infancy, your child will learn language and communication skills, including sign language. Repetition is key for successful brain development, making it essential that a child participates in creative and fun activities that will effectively enhance learning.
Why our Learning Academy is ideal for your preschooler:
- Engaging activities that will boost your child’s communication, educational, and social development.
- Unique Brain Waves™ Curriculum which enhances your child’s development from participation in activities and cognitive challenges specific to each age level.
- Loving and supportive environment which allows your child to flourish in a friendly, safe, and stimulating child care setting..
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, we offer the unique Brain Waves™ Curriculum which ensures that every child receives the best possible education during the essential developmental preschool years. The educational experiences your child has during these early years will determine which brain cells are activated and which ones atrophy due to lack of stimulation.
For more information about our Academy or to learn about the Brain Waves™ Curriculum, contact Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest today.Show Less
Parents today must be aware of the increased need to combine education with technology for their children. Parents should consider developing skills in their preschooler that are essential for their child’s success, which means they must start introducing their child to technology. Consider the fact that more than half of all transactions we make today can be done online. The lack of education in the STEM fields of science, technology, engineering and math is essential, and as technology continues advancing at an exponential rate, your child must be prepared.
Comprehensive education includes technology studies
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest is dedicated to a comprehensive approach to teaching, where smart devices and smart apps are utilized in early education. By embracing the latest technology, we can ensure that your child learns the most relevant skills at our specialized child care academy and will be better prepared for his schooling to come. Our facilities are state-of-the-art and are child-sized which means your child will be comfortable while learning, using all the latest tools and techniques.
Preparations for school and life
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest maintains the high quality standards of AdvancED for preschool accreditation. This is a voluntary accreditation that assures all parents that our advanced childcare facility can prepare your child with the knowledge and skills he or she will need to know in order to transition into kindergarten or elementary school. We also include mental and physical development as well as emotional and social development for a truly holistic educational experience.
Enroll your child at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, instead of a typical day care, where he will participate in an interactive, fun and healthy learning environment. Contact us today to learn more.Show Less
Studies show that infants and toddlers who are enrolled in a quality child care center are more likely to do well academically, from preschool all the way through high school and beyond. This is because a quality day care center provides training and preparation for children as they embark on their educational journey, and helps to set the stage for lifelong learning.
Finding the right child care facility for your infant
The first five years of your child’s life are the most crucial years for brain development, which means finding the right day care, including a nurturing child care provider, is imperative. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest, we have been running successful infant child care programs for many years.
Advantages of The Kids ‘R’ Kids Infant-Toddler Program
Our Infant-Toddler program implements our exclusive Big Step Curriculum. Infants as young as six weeks old are immersed in stimulating, hands-on play. Each infant activity is designed to assist your child in achieving important developmental milestones.
Through our partnership with the award-winning early learning website ABCmouse.com, the Kids ‘R’ Kids curriculum includes hundreds of computer-based interactive activities which allow parents and child care providers to be actively involved in the learning process.
Safety is our number one priority at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest
Your infant’s safety and security is important to us as child care providers and business owners. Our facilities have the highest possible childcare safety precautions, including features such as security cameras, fully staffed front desks, telephones in every room and a coded, secure entrance.
Internet access is always available for parents and grandparents so they can be involved in their infant’s daily activities. Infant, child and adult certification in CPR and First Aid is mandatory for our entire staff.
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Aside from prioritizing educational excellence, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Wake Forest understands the importance of your pre-schooler's social skills development. Our pre-school curriculum offers a balanced combination of individual and group activities to enhance your child’s development while also teaching essential life skills to maximize their future academic achievements.
At pre-school age, a child begins to develop their own identity, becoming less dependent on a parent, and with an increasing desire for peer interaction. This maturation is important for young children to understand how others act, behave, and think. Cooperation starts when empathy for others is developed which leads to such valuable skills as problem-solving, sharing, helping, respecting, and leadership.
Developing these skills is essential to early childhood development, and with appropriate stimulation and guidance, will build a foundation that leads to future academic success. Understanding teamwork, motivating others, demonstrating leadership, and building strong relationships will support academic and career achievement, and a happy life.
These skills are acquired during pre-school, where there are enthusiastic peers and extensively qualified staff members who can guide children towards developing essential social skills. The goal of our preschool is to give your child an academic introduction to elementary school expectations, while also developing positive character traits. Combined with individual attention, group activities, and child-led play, your child will receive support and guidance to develop positive decision-making abilities and communication skills, all while uncovering their creativity, boosting self-esteem, and having fun!Show Less