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
Music can have positive effects on your child’s brain by stimulating cognitive development, aiding in the development of perceptual skills, and improving spatial reasoning, which is related to skills used to do math. Plus, music is calming and just plain fun! Here are some tried and true ways to involve your preschooler in music.
Start with the classics for preschoolers to remember.
Preschoolers enjoy singing along to songs that are easy for them to remember, especially those with upbeat, repetitive melodies and lyrics. Start with classic, simple songs, such as “If You’re Happy and You Know It,” “The Wheels on the Bus,” “Old MacDonald,” and “Rain, Rain, Go Away.”
Create DIY maracas.
Create your own DIY maracas with only two supplies, both of which you probably already have on hand. Fill an empty water bottle with a handful of popcorn kernels or dry beans, screw on the lid, and shake away! You can even use these makeshift maracas to teach your child all about rhythm.
Take your preschooler to a concert!
Nothing is as engaging and exciting as live music. Take your child to an age appropriate concert or hold a jam session in your home. This is a great way to involve other members of the family, especially older siblings who will enjoy the opportunity to show off the results of their piano or violin lessons.
Create an “active” playlist.
Music isalso a wonderful way to keep your child active. Songs like “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” will get your little one moving, but nothing is as fun as freeform dancing to fun upbeat music. Check out this playlist of energetic, kid-friendly songs.
Show your child different instruments.
You can also teach your preschooler about the wide variety of instruments that can be found at your local music store. Bongo drums, a piano, and the recorder are all easy to play and fun to use.
So, crank up the tunes, and enjoy the wonderful benefits music has to offer!Show Less
Flowers are one of the most beautiful parts of nature, but they’re not here just for looks. You can teach your preschool child these four ways that flowers impact our environment for the good of the world around us.
Flowers and other plants produce oxygen, which is one of the things that we need to breathe! Not only do they produce oxygen, but they take in carbon dioxide, which is what we breathe out. The flowers give us what we need, and then absorb what we exhale to keep the air clean for us. We wouldn’t be able to breathe if it weren’t for flowers! Point these things out to your child as you’re walking through a garden.
If the world was just black and white with no variation of color or vibrancy, we would get bored with nature very quickly! Flowers were made in all sorts of shapes and sizes to enhance the beauty of nature and to show the order and care that was put into growing all 2.5 million different species of flowers. Flowers make the world beautiful, and your child needs to know how beautiful they are!
Pollen for bees to make honey
If there were no flowers, we wouldn’t have honey! Did you know that bees use pollen from flowers to make their honey? Bees digest the pollen and then digest it in a special part of their bodies to make it into honey. Sometimes, the honey will taste like the flowers that the bees used. You can find special kinds of honey like chamomile or lavender honey that was made exclusively from those flowers.
Enrich the soil through decomposition
Lastly, when the life of a flower has ended, they will decompose into the soil and provide vitamins to the soil that will aide in producing other plants that can produce fruits and vegetables for us to eat. The flowers make the soil better, and better soil means more food for us! Flowers are an amazing part of nature that serve so many special purposes. Go out today with your preschool child and pick some flowers together to remind you of all the ways that flowers help to make your life better.Show Less
We all have those books from our childhood that took us places that we could never go and helped us to peek into the lives of those from long ago. As we’ve grown up and had preschool children of our own, there are pieces of those stories that still resonate with us, and as parents, we have the opportunity to pass on those stories to the next generation.
Set aside time for reading.
Create a time each day to set aside for reading, and pull out those old books to share them with your preschooler. Your enthusiasm for the characters and plot will intrigue them and cause them to fall in love with the stories as well. Let them ask questions about the story and engage in conversation on the characters that you loved.
Find what interests your preschooler.
In addition to your favorite books, try to find out what interests them, and help them develop their own set of favorite books that they can someday share with their children. If your little ones are interested in dinosaurs, find all the books you can about dinosaurs, and after reading them all, let them pick their favorites to keep reading over and over again. Use their interests to increase their learning abilities. Reading about subjects they love will encourage them to pick up books and learn!
Relight the reading candle.
Reading is the key to the portal of so many new places. Grab a book and go places with your little one. Relight the reading candle, and make reading a tradition in your family. As Dr. Seuss once said, “The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” Travel the world with your little one as you share with them the books that took you on your favorite childhood journeys.Show Less
Some say a well-balanced diet is the key to success. With a full belly and a happy heart, your child will be prepared to thrive in school, excel in extracurricular activities, and stay energized throughout the day. Here are some tips that any parent can use in order to teach children about the importance of a healthy diet.
Eat this, not that: Even the most heroic of supermoms can’t put a perfect meal on the table every time, but it is possible to keep healthy options around the house when your child’s tummy starts to growl. Here are some easy tips to remember:
- Opt for frozen fruit bars over ice cream
- Choose pita chips and hummus over salty, cheesy chips
- Look for vitamin-fortified, low-sugar cereals when at the grocery store
Get creative: If you decide to pack your child’s lunch the night before school or find yourself with extra time in the morning, put a little excitement into their meal! You can use star- or heart-shaped cookie cutters to transform sandwich slices into an enticing work of art. Who said healthy eating couldn’t be fun?
Sweeten things up: For those of you whose children view greens as the enemy, here are two tips to make those veggies seem a little less villainous:
- Add honey or a dash of cinnamon to sweet potato wedges and roast them for 30 minutes at 375 degrees.
- Squeeze lemon juice over broccoli or asparagus to counteract any bitterness.
It’s all about balance: At the end of the day, it is important to teach your child that everything is okay in moderation. After a week’s worth of nutritious meals, you both deserve a treat. Head to your local frozen yogurt shop and enjoy some sweet quality time with your child!
Knowledge is power! Help your child reach their full potential by teaching them about nutrition, moderation, and balance. One day they will thank you for these lessons that will benefit them throughout life!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
We enter into 2017 with eager anticipation as we look forward to all the things that the new year will bring. Looking forward is exciting as we consider all the possibilities, but sometimes we need to reflect on the past and dwell on how far we have come, and all the things that have made us who we are today.
The same is true of our children, and it is important for them to remember the sweet memories of yesteryear. Here are two ways that we can help our children reflect on the past year and all the memories made together:
1. What was your favorite memory of 2016?
Ask your child this, and engage them in conversation. Get those thinking wheels turning, and fill them in on any details that they might be missing. Share your favorite memory with them because sometimes the best memories are made just in everyday conversation as we share our heart with one another.
2. Look through old pictures and watch old home videos.
This is a wonderful way to bring back memories through visual means. As we’ve heard, a picture is worth a thousand words. Looking through pictures and videos is likely the best way to help your child remember all the things they did in 2016. Look through pictures of holidays, birthdays, or family vacations, and ask them what they remember about the scene that was captured. “Do you remember when we went fishing at the lake? What was your favorite part about that day?”
Reflecting on the past is encouraging to little ones because they can see how much they have grown and how much they have learned through the years. It is also a great way to grab ahold of the time that you have together, and to make intentional effort to stop and make time to see just how amazing your little one is. It seems like we look up, and they’re already grown, so maybe we just need to take the time to look up a little bit more often.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
Some kids are quieter than others. That’s okay. (Actually, sometimes, that’s a huge blessing!) Our culture values ambitious, charismatic people, thinking they would make better leaders. In fact, that has little to do with success. What matters is character and emotional intelligence. Often, quieter, more introverted children can be more emotionally intelligent than louder, more extroverted children.
All this means that if you see your child sitting off in the corner by herself, don’t fret! She might be just observing her surroundings, trying to take it all in. Hypersensitive children like her are more internal thinkers, and they need to get away to process things. They might need quieter surroundings where they can process.
Have you ever had a friend who needed to verbally process something or vent to you? Well, quieter, more sensitive children aren’t like this. They need time to themselves to think it over before they release their opinions or their emotions.
Shyness and sensitivity are still viewed as positive traits in countries like Japan and Sweden where citizens are not as success-driven as Americans. Interestingly enough, employers are now valuing Emotional Quotient over Intelligence Quotient. Why? Because employees respond better to understanding and empathetic managers and are more willing to work harder for people that value employees and their well-being over profit and fame. It’s a win-win situation.
Sensitive, quiet children build whole worlds in their heads. They’re typically avid readers and end up in successful places later in life. So, make sure your quiet child has plenty of alone time and space to process their own universe, and be patient when waiting for their world to come alive!Show Less
Some apps out there claim they train your preschooler’s brain, helping improve all areas of brain function and ward off the damaging effects of aging. It turns out, though, that those apps aren’t as helpful as they claim.
Playing music engages all areas of the brain, helping with motor skills, memory, and emotion. Even seemingly unrelated parts are stimulated because it integrates vision, hearing, touch, and our deepest emotions.
It’s best to start early, and there is no “too early.” Studies show that the nerve fibers in musicians are significantly larger than in non-musicians. As time goes on, your preschooler can develop their brain at a much better rate than other preschoolers by simply learning to play an instrument. “Those who started training at the youngest age showed the largest changes when compared to non-musicians,” as The Guardian reports.
“Music reaches parts of the brain that other things can’t,” says one scientist. “It’s a strong cognitive stimulus that grows the brain in a way that nothing else does, and the evidence that musical training enhances things like working memory and language is very robust.”
If you’ve ever wondered what hobby your child can get into at a young age, one of the best hobbies is playing music. Heck, your child could even turn it into a career! The possibilities are endless.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
Have you ever tied your shoes only to have the laces come undone moments later? Maybe you didn’t even make it down the stairs before they noodled their way out of that knot. It happens all the time.
Not to worry. When TED talks first started years ago, one three-minute talk revolutionized the philosophical landscape. This one is called “How to tie your shoes,” and it might just change your life.
Speaker Terry Moore said he bought a fancy pair of shoes once, and the laces kept coming untied. The employee at the store said he was tying his shoes wrong. Terry said, “Now, up until that moment, I would have thought that, by age 50, one of the life skills that I had really nailed was tying my shoes.”
The way we typically tie our shoes is actually the opposite way we’re supposed to. Instead of looping the right lace over the left ear (remember the bunny ears?) from front to back, loop it from back to front. That is, take the lace in your right hand, start from behind the left ear, and loop it forward, around the ear so that you pull the right lace with your left hand.
That sounds complicated, but watch this video a few times and see if you’ve been tying your shoes incorrectly for your whole life!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Take a peek inside of our latest digital magazine for tips on Check out our latest digital magazine for tips on learning mathematics, how to deal with whining, and parenting during transitions!Show Less
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
It’s already July, and before you know it, department stores will begin lining their shelves with paper, colored pencils, binders, and all kinds of school supplies. For parents of first-time preschoolers this back-to-school season is particularly special and potentially stressful. How do you prepare your little one for the adventures of preschool? Even if your child attends a childcare or learning academy, the transition to a more structured curriculum that can be found in preschool can take some getting used to. Try the tips below to help your child adjust to a preschool environment this fall!
Encourage Group Play – A big part of preschool for your child will be learning social and emotional skills in relation with her peers. Try planning some play dates where your child will be in situations where she will be expected to wait her turn, ask for permission, and share her toys. Learning appropriate social responses and cues will enable your child to connect with her peers and experience the joy of making new friends in preschool!
Practice “Goodbye” – For many preschoolers the separation from mom or dad at the start of the school day may be difficult. If your child does not do well with goodbyes, try and make a ritual or special handshake that makes saying “Goodbye!” more like a game than a dreaded event. Keep the ritual short – prolonged goodbyes will make it harder for you and your child.
Cultivate Listening Ears – In preschool, your child will find herself in situations where her teacher will require her to listen to directions. Sitting still and listening do not come naturally to preschool children; so, the more you can practice at home, the better prepared your child will be! You can make it fun by playing games such as “I Spy” and “Simon Says.” Your child’s teacher will thank you for any efforts you make to encourage listening!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill, we have an exceptional team of teachers who are dedicated to providing a preschool experience that will give your child a solid First Step to Higher EducationÔ. Whether your child is already attending a childcare facility or if this is her first time in a learning academy or preschool, Kids ‘R’ Kids of Fort Mill is the premier preschool choice for families in the Fort Mill, SC area! Enroll your child for an unforgettable preschool experience, today!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill 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
Anecdotal and statistical information tells parents that children lose some of their hard-won math and reading knowledge over the summer – but only if those skills are not continually being fostered throughout the summer. Parents can make sure their children are continuing to learn and develop by setting some family rules for the summer. Whether your child is a preschooler, kindergartener or elementary-school-aged, being intentional with your child’s learning experience over the summer is sure to set him up for success in the following school year.
Here are the 4 rules we suggest you adopt with your family this summer:
1. Participate in a summer camp.
Our Olympics-themed Kids ‘R’ Kids of Fort Mill Summer Camp combines physical activities, interactive learning and good old-fashioned fun for an unforgettable summer experience. Children will learn about the cultures, customs and cuisines of countries participating in this year’s Olympic Games. Enroll your child today, and get ready to launch your child on a learning adventure!
2. Play at least one game every day!
Plenty of popular board games reinforce memory and counting skills – like Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, and the Memory Game. Or, create your own games like charades with popular book characters! Your child will be squealing with delight and learning at the same time!
3. Limit technology use to one hour a day.
Chances are your child loves watching TV or playing games on a tablet, but these activities are often not interactive enough for your child’s development. Set aside a regular time for your child to enjoy these activities, like during snack time, but keep all other technology out of reach the rest of the day. This will force you and your child to think of creative ways to make use of your time together – like going to the neighborhood park or working on an art project!
4.Take a trip to the library every week.
Reading stimulates little minds to think more complex thoughts and fosters their imagination. Taking a trip to the library every week keeps your young reader excited about exploring new worlds with new books. If your public library has a summer reading program, think about enrolling your child. Then, set some goals and spend time every day reading with your child to meet those goals!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Fort Mill, we understand that bridging the gap between home and school helps with your child’s success. our door is always open for families to discuss needs, ask questions, and offer comments and suggestions. Everything we do is designed to promote your child’s personal and educational well-being. Feel free to contact us today to learn more about our school!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 Fort Mill 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
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
There may be more rain on the horizon but your children have likely had enough rainy day indoor activities and are ready for some serious outdoor fun! So, pack your bags, load up the minivan and take the kids outside to run around, play, and soak up the sunshine. Going to the neighborhood park is a great idea, but there are definitely other ideas for outdoor fun – some of these activities just take a little bit of extra creativity and preparation.
Whatever you choose to do with your children, remember that quality time spent with them is more important than the activity that you actually end up doing! So, don’t stress out and enjoy exploring the great outdoors together!
Go on a nature safari.
Is there a creek or lake near your home? Or even a wooded area? Pack some binoculars, a sketch pad and a glass jar and go exploring! Ask your child to be extra quiet as you observe different types of birds, squirrels, and other critters. Pay attention to different types of flowers and plants that are sprouting out of the ground. If you come across an interesting bug, or even a frog, help your child scoop it up in a jar and look at it up close. If your child is artsy, give her time to draw the critter in her sketch pad before returning it to its natural habitat.
Get out the chalk and make sidewalk art.
This outdoor activity requires nothing more than colored chalk and a sidewalk. All you have to do is pick out a shady area and let your child’s imagination go wild! To spice things up, pick a theme for your sidewalk chalk art. Tell your child to create a fairytale land with castles, dragons and princesses. Or, create a zoo with giraffes and monkeys!
Plan a scavenger hunt.
Before you go out to your favorite park or nature area, make a list of items for your child to find or do when you get there. It can be as easy as “Find a tree with flowers on it,” “Find a dandelion,” or “Do 10 jumping jacks!” The goal is to keep your child occupied and active! If you want to encourage some healthy competition, set a timer and reward the child who gets done with the scavenger hunt first!
Pitch a tent and have a “camp out” in the backyard.
If you have a backyard, take your kids outside for a “camp out.” Pitch a tent, bring out some sandwiches and lemonade, and pretend you’re in the middle of a forest. When it gets dark, look for shooting stars, and maybe even tell spooky stories!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Fort Mill, we value outdoor play, creativity and imagination. That’s why our center is equipped with four outdoor play areas with state-of-the-art equipment. Children have scheduled times in the morning and afternoon to explore the outside world in a safe environment with well-trained supervision. As if that wasn’t enough, we also offer year-round field trips where children get to experience fun places in the community – like the library, petting zoo or even the local grocery store! Contact us today to see if Kids ‘R’ Kids of Fort Mill is the right place for your child!Show Less
Who’s looking forward to summer? All the school-age children are most likely jumping out of their seats in anticipation, while all the working parents are wondering how to keep their children entertained! Too often children are suffering summer “brain drain” from spending too much time inactive and in front of the TV instead of out and about. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill, we have the answer – our epic Kids ‘R’ Kids Olympic Summer Camp Experience!
On August 5 of this year, the world’s attention will be turned to the Summer Olympic Opening Ceremonies in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. Hundreds of athletes from across the globe will compete with one another as they showcase incredible strength, precision and fitness. If your child participates in our Summer Camp, they will have their own taste of the Olympics before the opening ceremony! Our 10-week camp takes campers all around the world, learning new cultures and customs while participating in some good-natured competition along the way. We begin in Athens, Greece – birthplace of the Games, before “traveling” to Africa, Europe, Asia and the Americas.
Don’t wait to sign up your child! Our campers range from 5 to 12 years of age. All of our school-age campers will also have the chance to embark on interesting local field trips across the Fort Mill, SC area.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill, we are passionate about providing a firm First Step to Higher Education™ for every child while having a ton of fun! Whether you have an infant in need of our tender care, or a first-time preschooler, we are confident our programs will give your child what he or she needs for a lifetime of success! Contact us today!Show Less
Preschool teachers have a difficult job. Between nap time, finger painting and trips to the potty, they are investing precious time and energy into nurturing, teaching and encouraging preschoolers to develop into respectful and bright little humans.
With blooming trees and sunshine outside providng extra distraction, preschool teachers need an extra dose of encouragement to keep little ones focused and behaving well. Show your child’s preschool teachers that you care about them by sending them a handwritten thank you note.
There are a couple 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 talking about. Maybe it’s a new song with silly hand motions. Maybe it’s facts about the solar system. Mentioning specific things your child is taking away 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. Your child’s preschool is another home away from home and your child’s teacher makes it feel that way. Thank your child’s preschool teacher for showing up, loving well and showing compassion to your child when you can’t physically be there. Isn’t this the greatest benefit of preschool.
Also, thank your child’s preschool teacher for her creativity in trying new games and art projects. Many preschool teachers spend countless hours on the Internet looking up new and fun activities to keep your child’s brain active and learning. When your child excitedly runs up to you with another beaded or glittery art project, acknowledge the preschool teacher’s time and creativity in making this moment possible.
Finally, thank your child’s preschool teacher for putting up with your child’s temper tantrums, “accidents,” pouty lips and occasional pushes and shoves. Children don’t become angels the moment they step into a classroom and your child’s preschool teacher has probably seen your child at his or her worst. Thank your preschool teacher for being patient, kind and understanding. Being a preschool teacher is hard work and every teacher deserves to know that her work is acknowledged and valued.
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? Visit the Kids ‘R’ Kids staff page for a description of our excellent teachers and their training.Show Less
How are your New Years Resolutions coming along? If you have made a new goal of living a healthier and more active lifestyle, you are in good company. The number one goal for Americans in 2016 is to lose weight, followed closely by getting organized. If you have a young infant, toddler, or preschooler at home, those goals can seem laughable – and near impossible! But don’t give up too quickly; the importance of modeling a healthy lifestyle for your children is crucial.
Help yourself out by setting goals that are realistic but will still give you great results. For example, instead of watching TV after dinner every night, set aside one or two nights to go for a walk together as a family or make regular visits to a nearby park. During your lunch break, taking a walk outside or going for a quick jog can help your heart health as well as boost endorphins. Check to see if your workplace has any type of fitness incentive program to help encourage you in your goals as well. It can be easy to overbook yourself when you’re trying to include more healthy activities into your schedule. A good rule of thumb is to replace activities rather than add new ones.
Signing your preschooler up for an activity is a great way to encourage an active and healthy lifestyle. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill, we understand how tricky it can be for busy, working parents to carpool their kids all over town, to and from childcare or preschool, appointments and practices. We offer convenient, on-site special programs for your child to participate in while remaining on our secure facility. Included in those programs is a health and fitness program as well as dance, soccer, and tennis!
As the premier Learning Academy in the Fort Mill, Rock Hill, Tega, South Carolina and Charlotte, North Carolina areas, we are passionate about giving children the opportunity to develop academically, socially, and physically. From our unique curriculum to our incredible staff team, each child encounters an environment that promotes and encourages a lifetime love for learning. Contact us today to schedule a free tour!Show Less
Even if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket, it’s so important to introduce your young preschooler to music. Many studies have shown a positive relationship between children who have musical education and their academic performance, particularly in the areas of math and reading. You don’t have to be a maestro to enjoy music, and to encourage your child to listen to it. If your child has a shy personality, music can often be a non-threatening way for them to express themselves.
Babies also benefit from hearing songs! In addition to being an excellent way to bond, singing to your child helps them in their journey of language comprehension and vocabulary development. Music is universally enjoyed across all ages and cultures, making it a very effective tool for education.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill, our music program gives your child the opportunity to play various musical instruments, learn about how music is used in different cultures, and even create a musical masterpiece of their own! We also offer several other special programs that take your child beyond the traditional classroom and into a unique learning experience.
Contact us today to find out more about our special programs as well as our educational programs for children from 6 weeks to 12 years old. We would love to answer all of your questions and show you all the benefits that await your child at our learning academy!Show Less
With Christmas right around the corner, it’s the perfect time of year to teach your children about the joys that can be found in sharing and giving. Most children are very eager to receive gifts but instructing them in the value of giving gifts can be tricky for a toddler’s or preschooler’s mind to understand.
Below are some ways you can begin to teach the value of generosity:
Model – Children learn the most from watching adults interact with the world around them. If you are volunteering at a local non-profit or participating in a holiday charity such as an Angel Tree, talk with your children about your experience. When your child is old enough to volunteer alongside of you, make it into a fun date!
Motivate – The idea of giving something away can be difficult to understand. Making baked goods provides an opportunity to make extra for those who are less fortunate while still leaving something for your child to enjoy. When generosity is included with a sweet treat, you may be amazed at how enthusiastic your child will be! Eventually the reward of sharing to be kind may trump their desire for a reward but you must take small steps with little ones.
Memory-make – Children can also learn that giving does not always involve a financial contribution. Brainstorm with your child how they might give of their time and talents to bless someone else. Offer to wash your neighbor’s car, rake the leaves in the yard, or any other chore that would communicate care and promote a generous spirit.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill we are passionate about teaching the importance of generosity to all of our students from infants to preschool and after-school. We are committed to seeing each child succeed and giving opportunities to serve and love the community around them. Contact us today for more information!Show Less
Attending preschool for the first time is a big adjustment for your preschooler and for you! For some children, the transition is more difficult because they are very shy and are more nervous in new social situations. It may seem like a daunting task to prepare your shy child for this new adventure but there are some simple steps you can take together to make the transition smoother. With a little preparation and encouragement, your child can successfully adapt to and thrive in preschool!
Join a Playgroup
Look for opportunities to place your child in new social situations. Ask around about local playgroups that meet near your home and make a habit of attending one at least once a week. As your shy child is exposed to new friends they will also have the comfort of having you nearby as they learn to interact. This asks as a great steppingstone to preschool!
Develop a Routine
Children thrive in a world that is somewhat structured and predictable. While it’s great to make time for spontaneity and adventure, establishing familiar patterns will build security into your child’s daily life. Before you begin the preschool routine, start a rhythm at home that will reflect what this new season will look like. Many preschools will allow you to take a tour of the school prior to the first day so make a date out of it! Visit the school, take your child out for ice cream or another sweet treat and talk about what you saw in the school. Familiarity brings security for every child and will help alleviate first day fears.
Talk to your child’s teacher
Your child’s teacher is committed to her students flourishing in the classroom. Having a discussion with your child’s teacher will help everyone be on the same page for the first day. It’s very normal for a preschooler to be nervous about this transition and it’s likely your child will not be the only shy child in the classroom. Your child’s teacher can help your child better understand what will be expected of her and how the classroom will be structured. Chances are your child will be making friends and thriving after only a few days of attending preschool!
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School is back in full swing and the summer heat is slowly giving way to cooler breezes, which can only mean one thing - Fall has arrived!
With school back in session, children have begun to adjust to their new classrooms and have likely made new friends. Even children enrolled in preschool or childcare are settling into a new normal as they build a solid foundation for their education. With the cooler weather, Fall provides the perfect opportunity to spend time outdoors. Many extracurricular activities and sports teams provide children with a healthy and fun outlet to enjoy the weather. Fall also provides a great environment to spend quality time together as a family! Check out some of these creative ideas for making the most of this season:
- Figure out your family schedule. Since many extracurricular activities begin around this time it’s important to have a good understanding of your family schedule. Spend some time over dinner discussing the details of the season to avoid becoming over-booked.
- Make a scarecrow. Scarecrows have become a familiar symbol of Fall, even if you don’t have any reason to scare away crows! Creating a scarecrow is a simple and fun way to involve the kids in decorating for Fall. Make the body of your scarecrow by stuffing a bunch of leaves or other filler into a large bag. Gather some old clothes, and other accessories like a hat or bandana and dress your scarecrow. Proudly display your creation in your yard!
- Attend a community fall harvest event. Hayrides and festivals abound this time of year! Don’t forget to check with our front desk staff for updates on fun fall events taking place nearby in Tega Cay and Fort Mill.
- Plant a garden. Springtime isn’t the only season that boasts beautiful plants for the garden. Research the best flowers and vegetables that thrive during the Fall and enjoy the fruits of your labor!
- Update your closets. A change in the weather demands a change in your wardrobe. Set aside a day where everyone in the family updates their closets from summer to fall. Donate clothes that were hardly worn or were outgrown during the summer. If you need to replace items in your Fall clothes, make a list and plan a day to shop for those items.
- Enjoy a family picnic. Spend some time outdoors together as a family. Ask your children if they can find any signs of Fall in the landscape around you. Pack a football or frisbee with your picnic and take advantage of your time together as a family by exercising!
Fall is a beautiful season and at Kids ‘R’ Kids of Fort Mill, we love to take advantage of the changing seasons with creative learning activities indoors and outdoors. We strive to expand learning beyond a daycare or childcare experience by creating an ongoing learning opportunity for infants, toddlers, and preschool children.
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It can be easy to label a shy or sensitive child as somewhat socially malfunctioning when we live in a culture that elevates the outgoing personality. In reality, being shy is not a personality fault, it’s one of the many traits that make up the DNA of your child!
If your child is shy, she may exhibit more discomfort in new social situations and also may struggle to connect with other children. Try to identify the situations that seem to make her uncomfortable and seek to help her communicate her feelings. Sometimes a new circumstance or environment will bring out your child’s shyness – such as starting at a new preschool or meeting a new neighbor.
It’s important to help your child feel comfortable when facing a new situation. Take time to listen to why she is nervous about the new circumstance so you can help her understand why it is necessary and reassure her it does not have to be a negative experience. She will not magically become comfortable overnight but by helping her understand her new circumstance, you are helping her feel more secure and valued.
Unfortunately, other children who have bolder personalities may intimidate your child purposefully or just by being more outgoing. Talk with your child about her experience at the new preschool or play group. Ask specific questions about her day to help pinpoint any source of anxiety you might be able to address.
Consider these other ideas for how to encourage your shy child:
- Spend time in situations where your child feels completely comfortable. Whether at home, at a nearby park, or with close friends, positive social interactions will give her the confidence to adjust to new circumstances.
- When your child will be attending a new childcare or preschool, take a tour with your child and show her the classrooms, cafeteria, playgrounds and any other new area. If you have a chance to meet with her teachers before the first day, take advantage of it! Familiarity always helps to alleviate nerves and anxiety.
- Since outgoing personalities can be intimidating for a shy child, encourage her to find other quiet children in her new preschool or neighborhood that she can play with.
- Help your child discover what she likes to do for fun and encourage her in those activities! As she builds confidence in a hobby, she will likely begin to approach new circumstances with less anxiety.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill understands that every child is special and unique. Our standards-based curriculum is designed to help children learn through a variety of activities and approaches. Whether you’re looking for a place that offers an excellent Before/After School program or a preschool program that will help your shy child thrive, we are confident in our care and education of every child! Stop by for a visit and tour our secure, friendly, state-of-the-art facility today!Show Less
Today childhood obesity is a growing and important problem. Toddlers who suffer from obesity are at increased risk of growing up to become obese adults. The importance of daily physical activity from a young age cannot be overstated. You must ensure that your child develops good physical activity habits, as well as, healthy eating habits, so that he or she can live a healthy life. Here we discuss in more detail why physical exercise is so important for preschoolers.
Prevent obesity and resulting complications
The number one cause of obesity among preschoolers is a lack of exercise coupled with an unhealthy diet. By ensuring that your child gets plenty of exercise beginning at the toddler stage, your child will develop good physical habits. Toddlers have energy to run and play so encourage this as much as you can. Preschoolers need to have a lot of physical activity on a daily basis.
Lay the foundation for an active, healthy lifestyle
By ensuring that your child remains active throughout childhood, he or she will be more likely to have an active lifestyle later on in life. One way to promote physical fitness is to enroll your child in some local team activities. As your child becomes more accomplished at the activity, he or she may develop a lifelong love and always be active. You can also promote family activities such as walking and exploring to keep your preschooler moving.
Improve motor skills
Physical activity beginning from a young age helps your child develop both gross and fine motor skills. Activities such as catching, throwing, kicking, climbing and running all have an impact on your child’s motor skills development.
The childcare specialists at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill, South Carolina, strongly believe in a healthy balance between academics and physical activity. Contact us today to find out how your preschooler can benefit from our excellent learning program.Show Less
Your child starts to develop communication skills from the day he or she is born. The acquisition of communication skills follows a pattern starting with babbling, then progressing to trying to speak single words, then moving on towards forming sentences. This learning is a mixture of rapid brain development and the encouragement of communication by parents and family members. Here, we take a closer look at how your child develops communication skills during the first three years of life.
For the first six months, your infant will listen intently to the sound of your voice and those of others in the environment. Then your baby will begin to imitate you, but will only be able to babble initially. You will begin to hear your child start to form basic words as he or she turns one year old. To encourage your child to learn more quickly, speak and read to your child on a regular basis.
This period is often referred to as the two-word stage by most developmental researchers. This is because most toddlers between the ages of one and two will begin to communicate in basic two-word sentences. By the end of year two, your child will start to understand basic commands and may possess a vocabulary consisting of dozens of words.
By now, your child will start using language in more advanced ways, stringing together sentences. Your child should be able to say his or her own name, speak several hundred words, recount what happened during the day, and speak simple sentences, all while beginning to use adverbs and adjectives to describe things.
Contact the child care professionals at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill, South Carolina, to learn more about our beneficial brain development program for children of all ages, including infants, toddlers and preschoolers.Show Less
Infants are enormously needy for obvious reasons. Their continuous care includes feedings, burpings, and the daily deluge of diapers, and can be exhausting for the most attentive and loving parent or teacher. For a baby to feel loved and secure, they also need constant attention during these first formative months. This blog will examine why it is beneficial to have a 1-to-1 ratio of a primary teacher for each infant in child care.
Bonding is not just between parents and their newborn
The bonding process can occur equally with an infant and a primary teacher, very similar to what occurs at home with the baby’s parents. While a primary teacher can never replace the parents, this person can be equally important in a young child’s life. For working parents, often a primary caretaker spends much time with the child as the birth parent, and has much influence during these first formative months.
Devotion and the benefits of 1-to-1 caretaking
A primary teacher who has a 1-to-1 ratio to a child, not only facilitates better care, but provides your child with the sense of security and trust that influences their future interpersonal interactions. Even though difficult to achieve, 1-to-1 care can be extremely beneficial to a young child early in life.
Allowing your child to grow with a teacher is also beneficial
Continuity of care is something that all parents and daycare facilities should consider. This concept refers to a baby, several infants, or a group of young children remaining together for more than one year. This is best achieved when a teacher or staff advances with these young children in their care to sequential age levels within the facility. This bond allows the child to form healthy peer relationships, while having a long-term sense of security with the teacher or personnel.
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Pretend play forms a very important part of growing up as a preschooler. Most parents tend to think that watching a child pour imaginary tea into a cup for a few dolls means nothing. However, studies by child care professionals around the world show that pretend play is developmentally significant. Here are some reasons why pretend plays supports your child’s development:
Pretend play allows your child to experiment with different roles
When your child pretends, he or she is actually experimenting with different social roles. When your child pretends to be a mother or father to a doll, he or she is actually beginning to understand parenting. These types of imaginative scenarios teach your child to see the world through someone else’s eyes, which in turn exposes him or her to the notion of empathy and understanding.
Pretend play helps your child deal with a variety of different problems that he or she may not typically face. These challenges present themselves in different ways, such as two preschoolers who both want to play the role of prince or princess. This challenge will force the two to use their combined problem solving skills in order to find a resolution to the problem.
Language skills through impersonation
How often have you listened to your child converse with imaginary friends? Chances are you will hear him or her use words that you might have not heard your child use before. Preschoolers are incredibly perceptive, and will pick up on words used by teachers and parents and use them in imaginary play.
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Parents understand that brain development in early childhood is extremely important. There are a variety of books and toys that can help stimulate a young child’s brain. However, proper nutrition is also extremely important for brain development. When discussing a healthy eating plan with your doctor, you can ask about some of these foods that contribute to healthy brain development in children. Always consult with your doctor or pediatrician for the best recommendations.
Eggs contain a nutrient known as choline. Studies have shown that choline is responsible for the creation of memory stem cells within the brain. The more stem cells we have in our brains, the better memory we have. Other vital nutrients found in eggs include protein, zinc and omega-3s.
Blueberries and strawberries both contain high levels of antioxidants and have been shown to improve cognitive ability. People who ingest substantial amounts of antioxidants have less tendency for diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.
Fatty fish are good sources of both vitamin D and omega-3s, which have been proven to protect the human brain from things such as cognitive decline. Sardines, salmon and tuna are options for a young child. Parents should never feed a child fish containing mercury. These fish include tilefish, king mackerel, and shark.
Many young children suffer from a deficiency in iron. Research has shown that even the smallest deficiency can lead to a sharp decline in cognitive ability. Beef is one of the best absorbed sources of iron, even in very small amounts.
Remember to discuss all eating choices for young children with your pediatrician before implementing a diet plan.
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A well structured learning environment is among the many aspects that contribute to the successful development of your child’s brain. Your choice of a preschool is vitally important because it provides the basis of how your infant child will learn and prosper. Our Learning Academy offers a variety of skills and activities that will assist your child to develop, and discover abilities. We maintain an open line of communication so that each parent is continuously informed as to their child’s progress.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill utilizes a “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy when communicating with your child, providing a loving, supportive environment. We provide an experienced staff of nurturing, professional caregivers, who supply one-on-one attention. This affords each child the opportunity to develop full mental potential. Taking part in various challenging, age-appropriate activities, your child will have the benefit of a superior program that will educate the child for future learning and academic success. Our specific infant program is available to your child offering optimal development.
Our Infant-Toddler Program includes:
- A comforting place that focuses on love and trust
- Sign language techniques to maximize communication skills
- Daily exercises and activities designed to coincide with physical development
- Daily reports and weekly lesson plans to keep you informed of your child's development.
Apart from our Infant-Toddler program, our Learning Academy offers many other programs that can help to make the most out of your child’s development. This also includes programs for preschoolers, and more. Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill believes in balancing fun with fitness, and learning with laughter. Communicating, crawling, creating and exploring emphasize the meaning behind developing the whole child.
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Preschool classrooms have traditionally been led by female teachers. One of the new trends is towards having male teachers in those same classrooms.
The demand for male teachers is driven by the larger # of boys in classrooms for ages 3-5. The data below shows that the % of males exceeds those of females from ages 0-9 in
|% of Males||% of All||% of Females||% of All|
|Median Ages:||38 yrs.||37.5 yrs.|
Having the majority of kids in a classroom be male drives very different class dynamics. Some of the things that occur are:
- Teachers have greater challenges controlling order in the classroom. There is nothing like having 18 energetic boys in the classroom after naptime.
- There is increased need for physical stimulation and interaction.
- Boys tend to be more interested in playing sports during recess time.
These are just a few of the reasons we made the decision to have at least one male teacher in each of our preschool classrooms. Male teachers tend to be more comfortable engaging in sports and other physical activities with the children. Boys also value having someone in the classroom that looks like them.
A major barrier to men becoming early childhood teachers is the pervasive belief in our society and in the childcare profession that men are less able to care for and educate young children than are women (Kennedy1991; Neugebauer 1994). Several of the men that we employ have 4 year bachelor degrees and do an excellent job teaching our curriculum. Some other concerns about male teachers are,
- In many settings, parents are concerned with men working with young girls. We take a proactive approach and ensure that all our male teachers understand our very strict policies on touching and discipline, how to prevent suspicion(for example, by not being alone in a secluded place with a child or having a little girl sit on their lap), and how to build rapport with families.
- Fellow teachers and families might also believe that men are not well suited to work with young children. Like all teachers, men need to be able to articulate their approaches to teaching in terms of learning and development, describe clearly the reasons for their classroom practices, explain how these relate to school priorities, and share their previous education and training experiences.
Other teachers should not always expect men to assume the role of disciplinarian, playground manager, or substitute custodian, just as they would not expect females to have predetermined roles based on gender (Sargent 2001). Instead, men should be supported in exercising the full range of practices available to all teachers. When we first began employing men in the classrooms, some of the female teachers assumed that meant that the male teachers would be the only ones required to empty the trash cans at end of day. We had to quickly help them understand that each teacher would handle their share of the teaching requirements as well as the end of day cleaning requirements.
Male teachers have been overwhelmingly accepted by parents, students and their peers in our school. We employed this model first in our school age area and then began expanding to our preschool classrooms over three years ago. We appreciate the leadership, patience, charisma and energy our male teachers bring to the classroom.Show Less
With the ubiquitous nature of tablets and smart devices today, it is not too early to expose your preschool child to these devices. Many parents feel that allowing a child access to these devices may have a negative impact. However, the experts at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill understand the potential of tablets and the applications available for teaching preschool children.
We see the benefits that your child can receive from these devices and applications. These devices definitely have a place in the preschool classroom, as well as at home. Today there are thousands of games and applications available specifically designed for preschool children that can assist your child in learning and in his or her brain development. Here are some reasons why we believe in the use of tablets and smart-devices:
Ease of use
Tablets are very easy to use for both parent and child. Parents can download age appropriate applications to help boost their child’s skills in any subject. These applications are fun and engaging which keeps your child learning. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill has discovered that when your child is having fun, he or she is more open to learning. We use the latest technology in our preschool to support the development of a variety of foundational skills. Your child will spend his or her time exploring, learning, and accomplishing new skills at each of our different learning stations.
Complement your child’s preschool learning
Parents who want their child to continue learning beyond preschool can make use of these devices at home. By knowing what your child is learning during the day, you can prepare applications to use at home afterwards to reinforce those lessons learning during the day.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill provides your child with a high quality preschool education through our Fast Track Curriculum™ and our technologically advanced learning stations. Contact us for more information.Show Less
Extensive research has shown that the right forms of stimulation during your child's first five years of life can build your child’s brain. A healthy and strong brain can form the foundation for future growth. With such a far-reaching influence, brain development activities should be a priority for parents and caregivers. Here are the top ways of ensuring that your child gets the best start in life:
- Be loving and responsive: Touch, smiles and positive responses to your child’s needs teach your child about trust, which is key to maximizing learning. When your child feels safe and loved, he is more open to new experiences, challenges and information.
- Discipline is a teaching moment: Limits that help rather than punish your child are more effective at channeling constructive behaviors and limiting unacceptable ones. Patiently explain to your child the consequences for their behavior as well as the proper way to behave.
- Reading, speaking and singing to your child: From lullabies and sing-alongs to story time and baby talk, your voice is one of the best sources of learning. With these interactions, your child learns language, communication skills, builds memory, and better understands concentration and vocabulary. Children who regularly have this interaction with parents and caregivers have far more advanced reading and knowledge retention skills, putting them ahead in the classroom.
- Choices: Making good choices is a difficult life skill that is easy to introduce in childhood. Offering your child a choice of activities, toys or even food options teaches him to evaluate the options before making a decision. This helps develop reasoning and problem-solving skills. If your child loves baseball, for example, offer a choice between watching a Charlotte Knights baseball match or having a day out in the park with friends playing catch.
If you are looking for more than a day care, a facility that shares your priorities for early childhood development, consider Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill. Unlike traditional day care options, we offer the exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum, which is a program designed to provide your child with everything they need to develop their full mental potential.
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Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Fort Mill is the only pre-school in the area offering state and national accreditation by AdvancED, a leading international educational organization. But why is this important? And how does this impact your child?
A balanced approach to development
At our pre-school, we highlight all aspects of childhood development. Addressing and focusing upon your child’s milestones are essential for successful language, mental, physical, and social development. Our aim isn't just to entertain your child while they are enrolled, but to actively enhance their skills and establish a solid foundation for future achievement. While your child is in our care, we will offer abundant individual attention to enhance their positive character traits, and assist them to develop a healthy sense of self-awareness.
Activities that develop talents
Pre-schoolers are experiencing an exciting time in their lives, while also beginning to develop their own sense of identity. Our exclusive curriculum includes a variety of age-appropriate interests from learning other languages, including Spanish and Mandarin Chinese, to physical activities, music, science, and architecture. We will assist your child in discovering their talents early and often in life, giving them a great start while also establishing a life-long passion for learning.
At our pre-school, your child will develop their learning and cognitive skills while maximizing mental capacity for an exceptional future! Learn more about our Academy and the programs we offer by contacting us today.Show Less