Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Take a peek inside of our latest digital magazine for tips on how to manage young children while shopping, how to differentiate effective and ineffective discipline methods for your child, and more!Show Less
We all remember the first night we brought home our firstborn. All of the unknowns and the excitement surrounding having a new person living with you can be so overwhelming! As your child grows older, you learn how to handle his/her needs. From teaching your child how to eat, sleep, crawl and play – watching your child grow up is such a rewarding experience! But what happens when you add to your family and all of a sudden, you have another new bundle in the home? As your children grow together you will likely encounter early on just how different they are! What may have worked with one child is completely ineffective with the other!
Many parents are amazed at just how different their children are from each other. Each child brings with him/her a unique personality, a unique set of gifts and a unique set of challenges. One child’s bedtime routine may be twice as long as another. One child will eat anything and everything while the other has a very picky palette to contend with. Check out some of these tips you can implement when navigating a family filled with varying personalities:
1. Encourage Their Differences Openly– When you notice a certain personality trait or gift in one of your children, let them know! If their personality exhibits some frustrating habits (i.e. stubbornness or disobedience) address those as well. Be clear that you love your child and his/her uniqueness but will not tolerate disrespect or bullying.
2. Resist Comparing Siblings to Each Other –At an early age, children begin to imitate their parents’ attitudes and words. Well-meaning parents must be careful when discussing their children with other adults while the children are present. It’s important to have a good support team of friends and family as you raise your children, but be sensitive to what your child’s ear is hearing.
3. Celebrate as They Grow –You will notice that your child’s personality is increasingly more clearly expressed as they grow and develop from an infant, to toddlerhood, preschool and beyond. When you notice your child has achieved a new skill or milestone, celebrate it! It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, but showing your child that you are proud of who he is becoming will set him up for a lifetime of success.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Flower Mound we love celebrating all of the different types of students and families we get to invest in! From our youngest learners in our infant program to our before and after school program participants, every child is valued at our premier Flower Mound, TX childcare and preschool. Contact us today to learn how we can provide your child with the personalized care he deserves!Show Less
Staying cool in the summer can be a challenge! Luckily, there are so many easy and creative options to consider that your children can enjoy. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we love providing opportunities for every child to safely enjoy the great outdoors as well as our engaging classroom environments and curriculum. We provide year-round activities from our excellent preschool, creative summer camp and more!
Check out this article for fun ways to stay cool during the remainder of summer!Show Less
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 North Flower Mound digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.
Don’t forget to check back for every new monthly edition for more tips on parenting, child development, and all things preschool!Show Less
Keeping your preschooler active throughout the summer helps them avoid the dreaded “brain drain” while allowing your child to have a lot of fun! As always, moderation is key when it comes to your child’s schedule. Having time to be a kid is very important but adding some structure and teamwork to your child’s life equips them with important social and emotional skills. Try and choose an activity that you think your preschooler or kindergartener might enjoy and give a new activity at least 6 weeks before giving up – it often takes a few weeks for your child to adjust to a new routine.
This article is a great resource in talking more about the benefits of extracurricular activities for your child.Show Less
Every new day provides countless opportunities for a young child to learn. As she takes in the world around her through touch and smell, taste and sound, she is embarking on a learning adventure. With each passing year, your child is gathering the tools she needs to develop strong problem-solving and critical thinking skills. In the first five years of her life, she is learning and developing at a rate that will be unmatched the rest of her life!
Having the right tools for learning is one thing, but having someone showing you how to effectively use those tools is another. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Flower Mound, we are passionate about providing the First Step to Higher Education™ for our students. Our highly-trained and qualified team of teachers facilitates a creative learning environment for children in each of our classrooms – from infants to before and after school.
Our preschool classroom incorporates the STEAM AHEAD™ curriculum that was exclusively made for Kids ‘R’ Kids by professionals in the field of early education. The curriculum introduces preschoolers to the STEM pillars of early education – science, technology, engineering and math while also exposing them to the importance of the arts. We understand that children need to be engaged in their learning experience, which is why our curriculum creates memorable, teachable moments. Students enjoy theme-based learning stations as well as state-of-the-art SmartBoard® technology to enhance their learning and sharpen their critical thinking skills.
Each day is a new opportunity to learn and at Kids ‘R’ Kids of North Flower Mound, we are always eager to teach, encourage and help your child thrive! Our clean and bright classrooms, spacious outdoor playgrounds separated by age-groups, on-site kitchen and cafeteria and so much more makes us the clear choice for your childcare and early education needs in and around Flower Mound, TX! Contact us today or stop by for your free tour. We would love to see you!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
Choosing the right childcare or preschool for your little one can seem like a daunting task. What should you look for? Who do you talk to about the programs and facility? Where do you start? At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we know just how important it is that families feel confident in their choice. One of the best ways to learn about a childcare or early learning center is by asking the families who already send their children to that location. Hearing from someone you love and trust about their experience will be extremely helpful for you when making the final decision.
Check out this helpful article for more tips on choosing the best fit for your child!Show Less
So much happens in the first five years of your child’s life! The amount of learning and growth that your child’s body and brain processes Is staggering. From learning how to crawl, to speak, to read and write – the skills seem endless. As a parent, your role in helping your infant, toddler, or preschooler achieve these exciting developmental milestones is critical.
If you aren’t the teacher type – there is no need to fear! There are simple and natural ways you can encourage and enhance your child’s learning experience that don’t involve a million creative crafts you don’t have time for or creating your own curriculum!
Check out this article of easy ways to help integrate learning into everyday parts of your child’s life!Show Less
Spring always brings with it so much life and joy and hope! Gone are the cold, long nights of winter, it’s time for sunshine! Toddlers and preschoolers love having the opportunity to burn energy outside on the playground, at their preschool, or in their own back yard. Parents love spring time too because it provides many chances for quality time outdoors as a family. There’s no doubt about it--spring is a wonderful time of year! But what do you do on the cooler rainy days that prohibit a lot of outdoor play?
You don’t have to let the rainy days of springtime put a damper on this beautiful season! One way to avoid rainy day blues is through the tried and true old-fashioned avenue of reading a good book! Is your little one just learning how to read or maybe your child isn’t showing an interest in reading? Being creative with how you approach a story can help your child enjoy reading more! With a little bit of effort, you can make the rainy days of spring something to look forward to! Here’s how:
- Find an age-appropriate book to read aloud - Whether you need to grab a thick board book for your toddler or a more involved chapter book for your budding preschooler or kindergartener, find a book that would have a plot that your child could follow.
- Once you have read the book (or chapter of the book) aloud – ACT IT OUT! - Let your child choose their favorite character and you can fill in the gaps for the other characters. Make it as involved or as simple as you would like. Does your child enjoy crafts? Make some props! Do they like dressing up? Grab the sheets off the bed for a cape, a pillowcase for a silly hat and voila – you’re all set!
- Talk about the plot or moral of the story. – Ask your child questions like “What did you learn?” “Why do you think that character acted that way?” “How would that situation make you feel?” etc. Getting your child to put themselves into the shoes of the characters helps solidify the lessons of the story and can help take reading from just recreational to life-changing.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Flower Mound we love encouraging early literacy in all of our students. Whether your child is a preschooler, toddler, or even a 6 week old we offer excellent programs and exclusive STEAM AHEAD curriculum! We also offer special programs, like music and fitness for our students. Contact us today to find out more about how we can meet all of your childcare needs!Show Less
It’s often the ordinary day-in, day-out tasks that can cause the most stress for busy families, right? Laundry, dinner, grocery shopping and doctor appointments are just a few necessities that somehow have to squeeze into our busy lives on a regular basis. How can you possibly keep track of them all? If you’re not careful, you may find your children wearing clothes that were dug out from the bottom of the basket and eating who-knows-what from the back of your fridge!
The good news? Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a stressful or time-consuming endeavor if you have some simple steps in place that set you up for success. Check out this article about how you can streamline your grocery shopping process and spend more time doing things you enjoy – like eating family dinners together or curling up with a good book before bed.Show Less
Are you a fan of the Olympic games? Do you plan on watching all the athletes showcasing their fitness, strength, and ability this summer in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil? What if you could participate in an Olympic experience right here in Flower Mound, TX? That’s exactly what Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Flower Mound is offering this summer – an epic Kids ‘R’ Kids Summer Camp Olympic Adventure!
If you are looking for a summer camp that effortlessly combines learning with FUN, your search is over. Our camp is a 10-week high-energy, educational experience for campers ages 5 to 12 years old. Parents won’t need to worry about meals either, since we provide daily fresh and nutritional meals for all our campers.
The adventure begins in Athens, Greece – home of the original Olympic Games and then continues all across Asia, Europe, Africa, and the Americas. Each week, your child will learn about the cultures, customs, and even cuisines of nations all across the globe! At Kids ‘R’ Kids of North Flower Mound, we love teaching children how to value and appreciate different cultures and this summer we get to do it every week! In addition to our on-site Olympic activities, our school-aged campers will also enjoy local field trips to exciting places around Flower Mound.
To end on a high note, we will be participating in an Olympic Field Day at AT&T Stadium in Arlington full of healthy, good-natured competition with other Kids ‘R’ Kids in the Dallas/Fort Worth area! From start to finish, this is a camp experience your child will not want to miss.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of North Flower Mound, we are committed to making sure every child in our care is nurtured and encouraged. Whether you’re looking for a safe learning environment for your infant, toddler, preschooler, or pre-kindergartener we have programs that will exceed your early education expectations!
Our highly-trained staff team and secure, state-of-the-art facilities create an atmosphere where imagination and learning work together to achieve new developmental milestones. And, your child will have a TON of fun in the process. Contact us today to find out how we can provide your child with a firm First Step to Higher Education™!Show Less
The holidays have passed and new reasons to celebrate are coming. Valentines Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations are just a few reasons we celebrate with our friends and loved ones. While the celebrations are about expressing our love and appreciation, most special occasions require extra time and spending.
The best way to celebrate freely without the stress of over-spending or being unable to meet expectations, is to plan ahead and create a spending budget for your special occasion.
Take a look at these beneficial tips to help you budget for special occasions.Show Less
Teaching a toddler or preschooler about money may seem trivial but the rewards of modeling good spending and saving habits can last a lifetime. Children always learn best by watching the behavior of the adults around them. Whether they attend a local preschool or childcare or stay at home – they are always watching for cues on how to behave. Managing your money is just one more skill that your child can benefit from when you’re intentional about sharing your spending and saving decisions with them. This article provides a helpful framework for how you can include your child in money decisions and teach them at an early age how to make good choices.Show Less
Parents across the nation are bracing themselves for flu season. With the short days and long nights, the winter months can be difficult to endure, but when your child gets sick, it’s much worse! Unfortunately, children are particularly susceptible to contracting the flu since they are so good at sharing germs. The good news is there are practical ways you can guard you and your family from catching a cold or contracting the flu.
First, teach your children the proper way to cover their mouths when coughing or sneezing. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention have noted that the flu is most effectively spread from person to person contact. Instructing your child to cough into their elbow plays a huge part in keeping any virus from spreading rapidly. For younger children this will be a difficult skill to remember but making it into a fun game of “catching your germs in your sleeve” may help to reinforce this habit.
Second, proper hand-washing techniques can also help your family stay healthy. Warm water and soap is the best combination to kill harmful bacteria on your hands but if that’s not available, be sure to always have anti-bacterial hand wipes for young infants and toddlers, or hand sanitizer for older school-age children. Make sure your child understands the most important times to wash their hands such as before meals and after potty breaks.
Lastly, if you or your child does end up getting sick please do not leave your home. It can be frustrating to manage a sick child at home but the best way to prevent a virus from spreading is to keep it contained. One sick child in a classroom directly impacts the other children and adults he/she comes into contact with.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Flower Mound, our primary concern is the safety of every child in our care. In addition to always operating in a secure building, we also implement tools such as the ZONO sanitizing machine to help combat the spread of germs. Every day, the toys and furniture your young infant, toddler, and preschooler uses are disinfected inside the machine. We would love to give you a free tour or of our facility and show you all the ways we create a safe and engaging learning environment for your child. Contact us, today!Show Less
All the different styles and genres of music bring a unique beat to the world. In addition to just the entertainment value of music there are greater academic benefits for young children who are exposed to music. Many studies link children who receive some kind of music education with an increase in their academic performances in reading and math. So if your preschooler won’t stop singing that same song over and over again – don’t pull your hair out! Chances are, he is developing important neural pathways in his brain that will contribute to his education in the years to come.
As your child learns a variety of musical rhythms and participates in engaging activities that stimulate their mind, new neural connections are being formed that sharpen your child’s cognitive and social abilities. The plus side is – they have a ton of fun in the process!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Flower Mound, we have partnered with the Rojas School of Music to provide a program that teaches your child the basic principles of music, composition, rhythm and more! In addition to our music program, we offer a fitness program and a building program that encourages your child’s imagination through proprietary lessons and model plans. We know learning happens beyond the traditional classroom and are committed to providing each child with a learning experience that engages and challenges them. Contact us today to learn more about our programs, we would love to answer all of your questions!Show Less
With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas up ahead, now is the perfect time to get your child involved in charitable activities. Teaching children the value of generosity and gratitude are especially important as we navigate the largest consumer-driven holiday of the year. Amidst all of the discounts, deals, and must-have wish lists, take some time to give to others around you. It’s very likely a family near you is hurting this holiday season and could use a friendly, generous gesture. Whether it’s inviting your new neighbors over for dinner, or baking cookies for a nearby nursing home, include your child in the activities and make it a new family tradition to look forward to!
This article provides more creative ideas for reaching out to those around you this holiday season:Show Less
Making new friends is an integral part of your child’s social life. It’s a learned skill that helps promote healthy social interactions as well as provide your child with settings that he/she is comfortable in. For some children, every new social environment is an adventure and is a welcomed experience! For other children however, new surroundings and new people are cause for concern and worry. While it may be easy for parents of more reserved children to be come discouraged that their child is not as willing to meet new people, it is simply a unique part of the child that must be nurtured.
If your child is not a “friend magnet” who makes friends wherever he/she goes, no need to worry! Your shy child simply needs your guidance and practice in new environments. Encouraging your child through this process will help ease their fears and free them to make friends. Below are some tips for helping your child navigate new social settings:
1.Start with a safe place. Children are most comfortable in their own homes so invite one or two children over for a play date. Provide a few games and some snacks and always be nearby so that your shy child knows he/she is able to reach you.
2.Be a model of social interaction. Learn the activities your child enjoys doing and get involved in those activities. Find a group or club that compliments your child’s interests and sign them up. Reach out to parents who also have children in the club and invite them over. When your child sees you making friends with new people it can give them courage to make new friends as well. Connecting with parents who have children with similar interests is an excellent way to be involved in your child’s social skills development.
3.Notify childcare staff and teachers. If your child attends a childcare, daycare or preschool, ask for assistance with your child’s discomfort in social settings. Discuss your concerns with his/her teachers and staff and give them the opportunity to help your child grow. Double check that your child’s childcare facility’s programs are designed to encourage new friendships among children. Look for a staff that is qualified to recognize children who seem to be experiencing social anxiety and need help making friends.
4.Role play with your child. Acting out potential social scenarios with your child can be quite helpful. Think of a situation where your child may feel uncomfortable – such as his/her first day of preschool. Give your child a few options for how he/she would approach the classroom, interact with other children and the teacher. When your child has a plan for handling new situations it may help them adapt more easily.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Flower Mound, our programs are designed to maximize friendly interactions between children and teachers, no matter the nationality, religious belief, or cultural differences. Feel free to contact usfor more information on how we encourage infants, toddlers and preschool children to connect with those around them! For additional help on this topic, here is an informative article that you might find useful.Show Less
As your energetic toddler grows into an even more active preschooler, it may feel impossible to keep up with them! Involving your child in a sport could be part of a constructive and enjoyable outlet for all of that energy. As a child participates in a sport they will learn important lessons about teamwork, discipline, and being a gracious winner and loser. It can be difficult to know where to start if your child has not yet participated in sporting activities but the time and effort you place in helping your child choose an activity that works well for him or her is worth the time and energy!
Consider the following simple steps to help you in the process:
1. Play with your child – Introduce your child to a little bit of each sport to see if there is anything that seems particularly interesting to him/her. Throw a football, swing a baseball, kick a soccer ball and be attentive to how each activity is received. Keep in mind that some children may thrive best in an individual sport at first such as tennis or golf so be sure to think outside the box of only team sports.
2. One thing at a time- It may be tempting to enroll your child in several activities to try and find which one works the best but this will likely overstretch your schedule. When your child attempts something new, it’s important for a parent to have the time to be an available source of support. Try sticking to one new activity at a time. If it isn’t your child’s favorite activity there is nothing wrong with moving to a better fit.
3. Model good sportsmanship in the home and at preschool or childcare – A child learns so much from observing the people around him. Raising a good sport happens long before your child puts on his first jersey or her first tennis skirt. Be consistent in explaining and demonstrating behavior that is respectful towards others. Your child will take with him the lessons he learned off the field and translate it into the new sporting activity.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Flower Mound, we take our role as the First Step To Higher Education™ for your child very seriously. In addition to offering a dynamic curriculum that stretches and challenges your child, we are always teaching our students to be kind, respectful and considerate towards others. Consistency is always the key in developing children to reach their potential. You can be assured we are absolutely committed to setting your child up for a lifetime of success! Contact us today or take a tour of our facility to see how we provide so much more than a childcare or daycare.Show Less
One of the greatest gifts of being a parent is watching your child grow, develop and achieve new milestones. When children are younger they seem to grow at the speed of light! The tiny baby you brought home from the hospital is now walking, talking, and full of his own ideas and opinions. While each new milestone may be a little bittersweet for the parent it’s so important to celebrate your child’s growth!
Check out this article for creative, simple ways to celebrate when your youngster begins the adventure of preschool!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids is passionate about seeing each child succeed! Every aspect of our Learning Academy, from the teachers and curriculum in the classroom to the state-of-the-art facility and expansive playgrounds, works together to create the optimal learning environment. We love what we do and the families we do it for! That’s why we are delighted to have received the honor of Best Childcare & Early Preschool Education from the 2015 Consumer’s Choice Awards.
Whether you need care for your young infant or growing preschooler, we have a program that will challenge and encourage your child’s growth. The first five years of a child’s life are critical in developing neural pathways that will enhance the child’s learning capability. We know that parents are always looking for the best fit for their child and we are confident in our ability to exceed all expectations! Contact us today for more information about how we can be the First Step to Higher Education® for your child.Show Less
A typical day in the average household with an infant, toddler, or preschool child can be extremely busy. From little league dads and soccer moms, to swim practices, piano lessons, games, and competitions, a typical family day can be full from early morning to late night.
Every family has their own commitment and values that determine how time is spent. While the activities can be fun and desirable, it is still important to approach each task with careful planning and consideration. As you consider your schedule, personal time, activities, and commitments, take a look at these ideas for managing your family’s busy schedule.
- Before you say, “Yes,” consider what your family could accomplish if you were free during time required for the activity. Making a balanced decision means committing to a task and being unavailable for other needs.
- Does the activity distract from more valuable activities like family gatherings, meals together, or learning activities? If so, be cautious about and length of time you are willing to commit.
- Ask questions. Try to determine exactly how much time will be required if you commit to the activity.
- Consolidate your schedule. Look at our schedule and see if you can consolidate any activities. For example, our Enrichment Classes are offered at the Kids ‘R’ Kids of North Flower Mound preschool, which helps you avoid taking the time on another day.
- Discuss the schedule with your family. Pay attention to the commitment level. Is the schedule creating too much stress? Is your child having fun, learning and growing through the activity? Would you child enjoy a more convenient activity just as well?
- Will the activity hinder your child’s learning experience in preschool? A busy schedule motivates some children to do better in school. Others children find too many activities to be a distraction.
- Does the activity distract from family values and goals? If so, seriously seek to find a more suitable way to spend your time.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Flower Mound, we understand the challenge of managing a busy family schedule, especially for parents with children in daycare or childcare. That’s why we offer our Before and After School Program to provide a safe, fun, and nurturing environment for children ages 5 through 12 years of age. We are committed to supporting our parents to help create a balanced schedule and the best experience for infants, toddlers, and preschool children. We hope you will stop by for a tour of our Learning Academy and meet our staff to see the many ways we can benefit your family.Show Less
Helping your child develop strong literacy skills will set them up for a lifetime of success in learning. Even with very young infants and toddlers, reading out loud is a great habit to model as they begin to soak in the words and the world around them. There are so many wonderful books to choose from as you introduce your child to the world of reading. Check out this helpful article for 10 books your child will enjoy!Show Less
Transitioning your child into a preschool program can be tough. Even if the child has attended a childcare facility in the past, becoming familiar with the structure of any preschool can be challenging. Thankfully there are things that parents can do to prepare and make this transition as smooth as possible.
Here are some helpful tips that can help prepare your child for this new and exciting season!
Plan more social activities
Some important aspects of preschool are being able to get along in groups. Making sure that your child spends time with other children will help them develop social skills like sharing, taking turns, playing nicely.
Come up with a goodbye ritual
Having a unique goodbye ritual when dropping your child off can relieve some of the stress and worry they may have. Children may often worry that you won’t come back, you may get lost, or forget about them. Saying good-bye can reassure them that they have nothing to worry about and that you will return. It can be as simple as a special handshake, a fun saying, or even just a big hug. Don’t spend a lot of time saying goodbye, it should be a confident and firm ritual that teaches your child not to worry.
Practice listening skills
In preschool children are often in positions where they have to sit still and listen. Preparing your child to use their listening skills will help preschool teachers tremendously. When at home you can start telling your child to do minor chores like putting their clothes in their drawers, cleaning their room, or helping you complete a task. You can also play fun listening games that will teach your child to follow directions like Simon says or ISpy.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Flower Mound, we encourage our students to get along and learn together! From the youngest learners in our infant care program, to our inquisitive toddlers and energetic after-school program participants, we know how important it is to create an environment where children feel safe and valued. Contact us today for more information about our excellent curriculum and superior staff team. We would love to give you a free tour to experience first hand how we are so much more than an average childcare!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
Believe it or not, we’re already halfway through the summer! Your school age child may not want to be reminded of that reality, but it’s a good idea to keep an eye on how your child maintains an active and engaged mind during the summer months. Studies have shown many kids losing up to 2 to 3 months of math and reading skills over the summer, due to a phenomenon known as “Summer Brain Drain.”1
The good news is “Summer Brain Drain” does not have to be inevitable! There are several ways your child can conquer summer fun and still retain the knowledge received during the school year. The most crucial ingredient to help your child retain school learning is to make sure your child remains active during the summer. When your child’s day lacks any type of engaging or interactive activities, it is easy to lose the knowledge acquired during the school year. It’s a good idea for parents to provide opportunities to grow and challenge their child’s critical thinking and problem solving skills.
For young children, it’s important to allow them plenty of active playtime during the summer. It may appear to be counter-intuitive to let your child engage in play that is not directly educational but, at early stages of learning, play is one of the best ways to reinforce concepts. Be sure your child is staying active during playtime. TV watching in moderation is completely normal and acceptable but take your child outside and encourage some free exploration and playtime away from electronics to activate the imagination!
As your child gets older, it becomes more important to demonstrate the connection between school knowledge and everyday life. When a child sees how information is connected to what they experience, the information goes from just information to useful, relevant knowledge! At any stage of learning, be creative with your children allowing time for exploring new hobbies, going out for dessert or coffee and talking about what they enjoy or don’t enjoy about school. The more you get to know your children, the more you’ll know how to engage them and fill some of their summer vacation with enjoyable and educational activities.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Flower Mound, we love being creative and trying innovative ways to engage the minds of our students. Our youngest learners in our infant care, and our curious and active students in our preschool program are all encouraged to explore the world around them. Contact us today to schedule a free tour and see firsthand how we provide so much more than an average childcare facility!
1 Source: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/on-parenting/how-to-prevent-summer-brain-drain-tips-from-teachers/2013/06/04/32ca7de2-c14d-11e2-8bd8-2788030e6b44_story.html
We all know how quickly children grow and develop! From crawling to running and talking and learning, a young child is always developing at an astonishing rate. At Kids ‘R’ Kids of North Flower Mound we understand how having a young preschooler in the home can be a very exhausting but rewarding season of life.
The first few years of your child’s life are crucial in terms of early development and learning. One of the greatest advantages you can give your child at this stage is an excellent education at a highly advanced school that offers unique and specialized programs. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Flower Mound, we provide an accelerated foundation for elementary school with our state-of-the-art facility and AdvancED Accredited programs.
As your child continues to learn more and more each day, it’s important for parents to help keep their child interested in the learning process to avoid unnecessary stress or pressures.
Try some of these tips to help keep learning fun for your child:
Balance learning with fun. Your child’s preschool should provide an interactive and fun learning environment. Learning doesn’t have to be achieved in just one method so look for a preschool where your child is able to move around and has access to the latest in educational technology.
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 and pay attention to any special activities your child can participate in during the holidays or for a community event.
Volunteer and get involved. Get to know your child’s teachers and staff and offer to volunteer in your child’s classroom if you have the flexibility. Ask your child what material is being covered in the classroom and try to complement the classroom material at home. When you show excitement and interest in the learning process, your child will also be motivated to learn.
Always compliment and affirm your child. At this age, your child is achieving major milestones and development so be sure to encourage and celebrate every victory!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of North Flower Mound we understand each child is unique. 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 is both fun and effective. For more information on ways to stimulate your child’s interest in learning, feel free to contact us today.Show Less
As parents, we understand the importance of enrolling your child in a good preschool. We get that great preschool facilities are important to your child’s development, but what exactly are these facilities, and why does having access to them at all Kids ‘R’ Kids centers mean that my child is getting the best education possible?
1. Learning and play
First, we are big believers in preparing children for the modern technology-driven world, and therefore make use of creative computer applications and other innovations to help your child grow. These cutting-edge technological preschool facilities also help your child gain an understanding of the technologies he or she will need to master for future success.
Furthermore, we know that a clean environment is paramount to ensuring the health of your child and therefore disinfect all the classrooms, equipment and toys throughout the day. And, as we’re serious about washing hands, we provide child-size sinks in every room.
2. Safety first
Sadly, we live in a world where security is a serious consideration and have therefore gone to great lengths to make sure that every child in our care is safe, every moment of the day. So, besides implementing standard security measures like electronic monitoring and access control we also do extensive background checks on all our staff. Our Learning Academy is fitted with unique tempered glass walls that provide us with the best possible view of ongoing child care throughout the day.
3. Healthy bodies, healthy minds
Good nutrition is a vital part of your child’s development, so we have installed commercial-grade kitchens on our premises. Our delicious and balanced meals are then served in our kid-sized cafeteria so that kids learn to enjoy and understand the importance of mealtimes.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids we believe that happy, loved and connected children are destined for success in every aspect of their lives and that is why we have tailored our facility to create a secure, educational and nurturing environment for your child. Contact us to find out more about our Learning Academy.Show Less