Staying cool in the summer can be a challenge! Luckily, there are so many easy and creative options to consider that your children can enjoy. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we love providing opportunities for every child to safely enjoy the great outdoors as well as our engaging classroom environments and curriculum. We provide year-round activities from our excellent preschool, creative summer camp and more!
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Keeping your preschooler active throughout the summer helps them avoid the dreaded “brain drain” while allowing your child to have a lot of fun! As always, moderation is key when it comes to your child’s schedule. Having time to be a kid is very important but adding some structure and teamwork to your child’s life equips them with important social and emotional skills. Try and choose an activity that you think your preschooler or kindergartener might enjoy and give a new activity at least 6 weeks before giving up – it often takes a few weeks for your child to adjust to a new routine.
This article is a great resource in talking more about the benefits of extracurricular activities for your child.Show Less
Choosing the right childcare or preschool for your little one can seem like a daunting task. What should you look for? Who do you talk to about the programs and facility? Where do you start? At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we know just how important it is that families feel confident in their choice. One of the best ways to learn about a childcare or early learning center is by asking the families who already send their children to that location. Hearing from someone you love and trust about their experience will be extremely helpful for you when making the final decision.
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So much happens in the first five years of your child’s life! The amount of learning and growth that your child’s body and brain processes Is staggering. From learning how to crawl, to speak, to read and write – the skills seem endless. As a parent, your role in helping your infant, toddler, or preschooler achieve these exciting developmental milestones is critical.
If you aren’t the teacher type – there is no need to fear! There are simple and natural ways you can encourage and enhance your child’s learning experience that don’t involve a million creative crafts you don’t have time for or creating your own curriculum!
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It’s often the ordinary day-in, day-out tasks that can cause the most stress for busy families, right? Laundry, dinner, grocery shopping and doctor appointments are just a few necessities that somehow have to squeeze into our busy lives on a regular basis. How can you possibly keep track of them all? If you’re not careful, you may find your children wearing clothes that were dug out from the bottom of the basket and eating who-knows-what from the back of your fridge!
The good news? Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a stressful or time-consuming endeavor if you have some simple steps in place that set you up for success. Check out this article about how you can streamline your grocery shopping process and spend more time doing things you enjoy – like eating family dinners together or curling up with a good book before bed.Show Less
The holidays have passed and new reasons to celebrate are coming. Valentines Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations are just a few reasons we celebrate with our friends and loved ones. While the celebrations are about expressing our love and appreciation, most special occasions require extra time and spending.
The best way to celebrate freely without the stress of over-spending or being unable to meet expectations, is to plan ahead and create a spending budget for your special occasion.
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Teaching a toddler or preschooler about money may seem trivial but the rewards of modeling good spending and saving habits can last a lifetime. Children always learn best by watching the behavior of the adults around them. Whether they attend a local preschool or childcare or stay at home – they are always watching for cues on how to behave. Managing your money is just one more skill that your child can benefit from when you’re intentional about sharing your spending and saving decisions with them. This article provides a helpful framework for how you can include your child in money decisions and teach them at an early age how to make good choices.Show Less
With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas up ahead, now is the perfect time to get your child involved in charitable activities. Teaching children the value of generosity and gratitude are especially important as we navigate the largest consumer-driven holiday of the year. Amidst all of the discounts, deals, and must-have wish lists, take some time to give to others around you. It’s very likely a family near you is hurting this holiday season and could use a friendly, generous gesture. Whether it’s inviting your new neighbors over for dinner, or baking cookies for a nearby nursing home, include your child in the activities and make it a new family tradition to look forward to!
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One of the greatest gifts of being a parent is watching your child grow, develop and achieve new milestones. When children are younger they seem to grow at the speed of light! The tiny baby you brought home from the hospital is now walking, talking, and full of his own ideas and opinions. While each new milestone may be a little bittersweet for the parent it’s so important to celebrate your child’s growth!
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Helping your child develop strong literacy skills will set them up for a lifetime of success in learning. Even with very young infants and toddlers, reading out loud is a great habit to model as they begin to soak in the words and the world around them. There are so many wonderful books to choose from as you introduce your child to the world of reading. Check out this helpful article for 10 books your child will enjoy!Show Less
Children have a universal language of love, laughter, and acceptance. It doesn’t matter what culture they represent, the common denomination in the heart of a child is the desire to enjoy a loving, nurturing and supportive environment. As long as children are having fun and being treated kindly, the difference in appearance is not important to them. Check out this helpful article for ways that parents can help support their child’s appreciation for different cultures.Show Less
Every childhood milestone is important from an infant’s first time rolling over to the first day of preschool, parents love to see their children learning and growing! During your child’s growth, it’s nice to know what to expect in terms of normal development. As you read this helpful article that details a few behaviors to look for as your infant races towards toddlerhood, keep in mind that every child is unique and your little one is no exception!Show Less
We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new digital magazine! 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 Academy of Flower Mound our hope is to provide your child with only the best in care, education, and nurturing.
This month’s edition includes a helpful article on how to understand and address your infant or toddler’s anxiety as well as making math a fun learning experience for preschoolers. Each edition will highlight areas of parenting and early education that will help equip you as you continue on the exciting and challenging journey of parenthood.
In addition to helpful articles you will find information about different school programs and activities our children are getting involved in. This month you can learn more about our exciting Summer Camp 2015 program!
Take a peek inside our magazine and feel free to share it with 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
It should not come as a surprise that your child’s brain development is dependent on several different factors. The brain develops at an unbelievable rate in the first few years of life, and this development requires plenty of fuel in the form of healthy brain foods. We will take a look at some of the important foods that are essential for your child’s brain development.
Your child should be fed a diet solely of breast milk for the first few months of life. Breast milk contains everything your infant needs in order to grow and experience healthy brain development. If you are unable to breastfeed, then you should be using a baby formula.
Naturally fatty fish are an outstanding source of vitamin D and omega-3s. These nutrients help to protect the brain from debilitating cognitive conditions that can negatively affect brain development. Omega-3s also help your child focus on tasks both at home and at school. Tuna, sardines, and salmon all contain excellent amounts of omega-3.
Oatmeal is simple to prepare and contains protein and fiber which helps to keep blood vessels leading to and from the brain clear. A recent study that explored memory retention in relation to oatmeal showed that students who ate sweetened oatmeal scored higher on memory tests than those students who ate artificially sweetened cereals.
Eggs are packed full of nutrients which aid in brain development including omega-3s, zinc, choline and lutein. Eggs are a great snack for your child to nibble on between meals because of the protein and carbohydrates they contain.
The childcare team at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Flower Mound, Texas, makes use of excellent age-appropriate programs to maximize brain development. Contact us today to find out more about our facility.Show Less
Provide your mobile infant with activities to stimulate the mind and body. Once your child is able to move around, you will want to ensure that your infant has activities that will provide stimulation and engagement. You can involve the entire family in these activities as well. Here are a few fun activities to consider:
Head to the local park
Interacting with nature for the first time fascinates most infants. They love to feel the grass, play with leaves, and enjoy a soft breeze. You can pack a lunch, dress your infant properly for the weather, and enjoy a visit to your local park. This is a great way to engage the entire family while introducing your infant to the beauty of nature.
Roll a ball
This is one of the simplest and most enjoyable activities for any infant. Sit opposite your baby and roll a soft ball towards him or her and, once the ball reaches your baby, gesture for him or her to roll the ball back. This exercise is not only fun, but it helps to develop both fine and gross motor skills in your infant. The development of these motor skills is one of the most important aspects of infant care and development.
Dance to your favorite music
Young children, especially infants, love listening to and dancing with music. Your infant will wiggle and sway with enthusiasm. You can play music especially made for young children, play your own favorite music, or just turn on the radio. Most types of music will engage your child.
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From the moment that your child is born, he or she starts learning. Every new sight, smell, taste, texture or sound is a learning experience that builds the foundation for your child’s brain structure, and his or her ability to achieve academically.
This phase of learning is concentrated in the first five years of life. During this time your child builds more neural connections than at any other period. Supporting this brain development at home and at your child care facility will allow your child to achieve their full mental potential, building a bright future.
How to support early brain development
Your child’s brain development is encouraged and guided through healthy exposure to a variety of age-appropriate stimuli. Be sure to talk to your infant as often as possible. Constant exposure to the spoken word stimulates language centers in your child’s brain, improving communication skills and vocabulary. Encouraging your child to interact with family and peers also enhances these skills, while activating socio-emotional development, empathy, cooperation, sharing and leadership.
It is important to balance variety with repetition. It is through repetition that your child learns most effectively. A trip to the new, exciting Indoor Safari Park, is filled with interesting things to look at, great activities and play areas, adding variety to your child’s life. Looking at all the different model safari animals, naming them and then looking at a storybook about them will add that essential repetition that enables your child to learn.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Flower Mound, we offer the ideal support structure for your child’s development. Through our exclusive Brain Waves™ Curriculum and highly experienced staff, your child will have access to all the guidance and stimulation needed to fully realize mental abilities. With age-appropriate programs for your child from six weeks to five years, we ensure that your child thrives in our state-of-the-art environment as we build a lifelong love of learning.
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Create visual art using numbers
This is a great way for preschoolers to begin recognizing different numbers, and just about any form of visual art can be used. One way to do this is to give your preschool child a number and ask him to draw, paint, or sketch it. This will allow him to become familiar with how the number looks while he has fun with art.
Connect the dots
This activity teaches your preschooler about the importance of numerical sequence and helps her learn to count, while making a picture. You can find some examples here http://www.activity-sheets.com/connect_dots/ or make your own, such a star pattern to illustrate the numbers one through five.
Measuring is another good activity that aids your child with units of measure, as well as the counting and sequencing of numbers. Allow him to measure something – this could be anything from a pencil to a box – and have him count how many inches the object is in length.
Make use of number cards
Find or make some flash or playing cards with different numbers on them. Have your child try to identify the numbers that you hold up. This will aid in her ability to recognize the different shapes of each number. You can also teach her numbers, and how to play, with the card game UNO.
Whether you are in the car or in the supermarket, you can get your preschooler to count things he sees. He could count anything from red trucks on the road to people wearing blue shirts in the supermarket. This is another great sequencing activity that will get your child excited to count.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Flower Mound, Texas, our excellent AdvancED Accredited Program and Exclusive Fast Track Curriculum™ will prepare your child for all the rigors of elementary school. For more information about our professional child care and preschool services visit our website or contact us.Show Less
More growth occurs during your infant’s first year than any other time in your child’s life. It is important to feed your infant a variety of healthy foods. Part of your child care routine should be to implement good eating habits that will help your infant set healthy eating patterns for life.
Breastfeeding your child, if possible, is highly recommended for at least the first 6 months. It is important because breast milk is high in essential nutrients and provides antibodies that strengthen your child’s immune system.
If you are formula-feeding your child, The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that infants and toddlers ingest enough Vitamin D to prevent complications through this deficiency. Your pediatrician can advise you on the formula that is most appropriate for your child.
As your child moves on to solid foods, iron-fortified cereals are highly recommended. This nutrient plays a vital role in ensuring that your infant’s system gets plenty of oxygen and also prevents any chance of anemia.
Infants and toddlers should not be eating foods such as hotdogs, round candies, popcorn or any similar foods that could cause a child to choke. This is just one of the many important reasons why parents should know and trust the person who is caring for their infant when they are at work.
To find organic, locally-grown produce that is bursting with nutrients and flavor, visit the Grapevine Farmer’s Market just 18 minutes away.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Flower Mound
If you are looking for a child care center for your infant, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Flower Mound is a leading academy for infants. You can rest assured that your infant’s nutritional needs will be taken care of. All meals and snacks are prepared in a commercial-grade kitchen away from classrooms. USDA balanced meals are served in our kid-sized cafeteria by nurturing child care providers, and all foods served are age appropriate for safety.
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Childcare specialists discuss the benefits of sending your child to top summer camps in Flower Mound, Texas
It is well known that summer camps have amazing benefits on the overall health and development of your child. Not only does the experience of attending a summer camp get children off the couch and physically active, but it also builds confidence and instills valuable lif... Read More
It is well known that summer camps have amazing benefits on the overall health and development of your child. Not only does the experience of attending a summer camp get children off the couch and physically active, but it also builds confidence and instills valuable life skills in children that will grow their confidence and help them create meaningful friendships.
Another way to help younger children get active and meet new friends is to join the Get Fit Flower Mound Initiative, a community-wide health program for all residents and families. By approaching health and fitness in a fun way, children are sure to respond positively!
How summer camp benefits children
Psychologists have learned that children who have a healthy self-esteem, possess good social skills, and are part of a group of friends, are less likely to get involved in trouble at a young age. At a quality summer camp, healthy social behaviors and friendships are encouraged and children are taught to value their strengths and improve upon their weaknesses. They are also encouraged to respect and help their peers in order to succeed through group endeavors.
Children can also learn resilience while at summer camp. The atmosphere of camaraderie helps teach children how to handle setbacks and understand that growth comes from breaking out of one's comfort zone and trying new things.
At camp, children have the opportunity to enhance their sporting and creative abilities through instruction from a dedicated camp staff. This provides them with an opportunity to identify their strengths and passions and gives them guidance for the future. By unplugging from technology and gaining a deeper and more personal appreciation for the world around them, children learn to value themselves for greater self confidence.
When you send your children to Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Flower Mound, Texas, you will expose them to a high quality summer camp program that can turn them into explorers and adventurers. With camp programs that cater to children from three to 12 years of age, your children are likely to have the experience of a lifetime! We take our day-to-day care of the children at summer camp seriously.To find out more about our summer program for your child, please contact us today.