It’s often the ordinary day-in, day-out tasks that can cause the most stress for busy families, right? Laundry, dinner, grocery shopping and doctor appointments are just a few necessities that somehow have to squeeze into our busy lives on a regular basis. How can you possibly keep track of them all? If you’re not careful, you may find your children wearing clothes that were dug out from the bottom of the basket and eating who-knows-what from the back of your fridge!
The good news? Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a stressful or time-consuming endeavor if you have some simple steps in place that set you up for success. Check out this article about how you can streamline your grocery shopping process and spend more time doing things you enjoy – like eating family dinners together or curling up with a good book before bed.Show Less
The holidays have passed and new reasons to celebrate are coming. Valentines Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations are just a few reasons we celebrate with our friends and loved ones. While the celebrations are about expressing our love and appreciation, most special occasions require extra time and spending.
The best way to celebrate freely without the stress of over-spending or being unable to meet expectations, is to plan ahead and create a spending budget for your special occasion.
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
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
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
Helping your child develop strong literacy skills will set them up for a lifetime of success in learning. Even with very young infants and toddlers, reading out loud is a great habit to model as they begin to soak in the words and the world around them. There are so many wonderful books to choose from as you introduce your child to the world of reading. Check out this helpful article for 10 books your child will enjoy!Show Less
Children have a universal language of love, laughter, and acceptance. It doesn’t matter what culture they represent, the common denomination in the heart of a child is the desire to enjoy a loving, nurturing and supportive environment. As long as children are having fun and being treated kindly, the difference in appearance is not important to them. Check out this helpful article for ways that parents can help support their child’s appreciation for different cultures.Show Less
Every childhood milestone is important from an infant’s first time rolling over to the first day of preschool, parents love to see their children learning and growing! During your child’s growth, it’s nice to know what to expect in terms of normal development. As you read this helpful article that details a few behaviors to look for as your infant races towards toddlerhood, keep in mind that every child is unique and your little one is no exception!Show Less
The Importance of Early Development of Child Sleep Patterns
April 06 2015
A good bedtime routineis the first step to a lifetime of healthy sleeping habits for your child. A healthy routine will prepare your child for the busy day ahead and will allow you to get a better night's rest, lowering your stress level as well. As your child grows, his or her sleep needs may change, but maintaining quality sleep time will mean that your family will get the best out of every day.
Early techniques for establishing child sleep patterns:
● Teach your infant the difference between day and night:Beyond the age of two weeks, you can begin to teach an infant the difference between night and day. Keep your infant’s environment bright and active during the day and play and interact with your baby as much as possible during daylight hours. Then, at night, dim the lights and create calm and peaceful surroundings. This will aid in a smooth transition to bedtime and restful sleep.
● Put your infant down to sleep or rock him or her to sleep:Setting a bedtime routine will encourage better sleep habits. You can rock your infant to sleep with a lullaby or allow your baby to fall asleep on his or her own. Either way, your infant will learn to adapt to a consistent routine and benefit from healthy sleep on a regular basis.
● Be consistent.The most important factor in establishing a healthy nighttime routine for your child is to put him or her to bed at the same time every evening.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, children up to the age of two years spend more time sleeping than awake. Newborns can sleep for up to 17 hours a day, but generally only sleep for two to four hour at a time.
The exclusive Kids ‘R’ Kids Infant Big Steps Curriculum™is specifically designed to allow caregivers to provide each child with the attention and individualized care he or she deserves. This includes getting proper rest throughout the day. Each baby is provided a separate crib, outfitted with a mirror and plexiglass panels for optimal supervision.Sheets are laundered in-house daily, or more often as needed, to provide for optimal comfort. This Curriculum takes into account that development and learning begin before birth and then continues throughout life. Infants are immersed in a curriculum that invites and promotes multiple opportunities for motor and sensory activities.
About Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies ®
Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies® provide a secure, nurturing, and educational environment for children (ages 6 weeks - 12 years) to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. With over 160 locations in 14 states, Kids 'R' Kids Richardson is a family owned and operated organization that ranks in the top 10 nationwide for franchised early childhood education centers (www.krkrichardson.com).Show Less
We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new digital magazine! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Richardson our hope is to provide your child with only the best in care, education, and nurturing.
This month’s edition includes a helpful article on how to understand and address your infant or toddler’s anxiety as well as making math a fun learning experience for preschoolers. Each edition will highlight areas of parenting and early education that will help equip you as you continue on the exciting and challenging journey of parenthood.
In addition to helpful articles you will find information about different school programs and activities our children are getting involved in. This month you can learn more about our exciting Summer Camp 2015 program!
Take a peek inside our magazine and feel free to share it with friends. As always, our door is open to your comments, questions and suggestions as we work together to provide your child with a firm foundation in early learning. Contact us, today!Show Less
The importance of toys and games simply cannot be underestimated when it comes to preschoolers. While toys and games provide invaluable entertainment, they also allow your child to develop the vital cognitive and social skills necessary to excel later in life. We will take a closer look at why toys and games are such an important part of any preschooler’s life:
Sharpening up the mind
You may not think so, but certain games and toys can have a significant bearing on your child’s cognitive development. Most toys today are specifically geared toward helping your child expand on his or her current skills and knowledge. Always make sure that a toy is age-appropriate before giving it to your child, as something too advanced may just end up causing frustration.
Learning how to engage with others more effectively
Toys and games play an important role in your child’s social development. Learning to share toys or play a game cooperatively will teach your child valuable lessons when it comes to life. These include working together in order to achieve a common goal, learning to be gracious in both victory and defeat, and learning how to engage with peers and educators in order to solve problems.
Your child just wants to have some fun
Toys and games allow your child to escape the stresses of the real world. A child can unwind and relax, and completely immerse his or her mind and attention into the chosen toy or game. Studies have also shown that free-play is extremely important in terms of your child’s development.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Richardson, Texas offers so much more than your average preschool establishment, and therefore you get the very best for your child. Contact us today to find out more about our world class facilities and outstanding programs.Show Less
The first five years of your child’s life is critical when it comes to brain development, and this is especially true for newborns and infants. Here are a few ways that you can support healthy brain development in your baby.
Breastfeed your infant
Studies carried out by numerous infant care professionals have shown that infants who are raised on breast milk scored higher on language and math tests later on in life than infants who were fed commercial formulas. This is largely due to the fact that breast milk contains numerous nutrients and minerals, such as fatty acids, which are not present in commercial formulas.
Respond quickly and lovingly when your child cries
When your infant cries be reassuring and soothing, speak using a soft tone of voice, and pick your baby up very gently. Responding in this manner can be important to the limbic section of the brain, which is responsible for emotional security. An emotionally secure infant feels safe and this allows him or her to develop and learn more effectively.
Be careful with discipline
Infants do not have the capacity to understand discipline so be very careful when dealing with your crying baby. Since an infant cries for specific reasons, you need to become attuned to which cries signify which discomforts. In this way, you can be prepared for and deal with the situation calmly and gently.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Richardson, Texas, offers high quality infant care services. For more information about our Learning Academy, contact us today.Show Less
A preschool plays a vital role in your child’s early development and education. Choosing the best educational preschool and environment will enhance a child’s ability to learn, develop and excel. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Richardson offers the exclusive “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy, providing one-on-one personalized attention and a loving environment, in conjunction with constantly encouraging brain development.
Your child will benefit through participation in our unique Brain Waves™ curriculum. The program works to stimulate your child’s brain development during these early developmental years. In our state-of-the-art learning environment, with a dedicated staff of professional teachers, your child will receive the one-on-one attention necessary for the achievement of full mental potential. We offer a variety of activities that are focused on developing your child’s brain, and maximizing his or her learning capabilities .
Why you should choose our Learning Academy:
- Accredited by APPLE. We are accredited by APPLE (Accredited Professional Preschool Learning Environment) as well as AdvancED™.
- Personalized attention. We will always put your child first and encourage learning, developing new skills and building relationships.
- A loving environment. Our Learning Academy believes in offering a loving, supportive environment for your child that will encourage growth and development.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Richardson places an emphasis on brain development with a variety of programs and age-appropriate activities for your preschooler. Our child care center is filled with a variety of stimulating materials to help facilitate your child’s exploration through the senses. Our innovative curriculum will target each area of your child’s brain as it becomes active. We help your child to develop in many areas, and offer a loving, supportive environment.
For more information about our Learning Academy or to find out more about our Curriculum, contact Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Richardson today.Show Less
Studies have shown that there is no correct age for a child to begin preschool. Age generally is not a large factor in ascertaining a child’s cognitive ability. Social ability is also not decided by age, however, social and cognitive ability are key factors in deciding whether a child is ready for preschool.
Preschool and its effect on a child
Preschool is a vital time for a child’s growth as this is when a child learns many different skills, ranging from social and developmental skills to cognitive and physical skills. All are important to a child’s overall growth and development and set the stage for future learning success. Having the right preschool is critical, because choosing the right school can help your child progress optimally.
Independence is another important factor when considering daycare, since children need to be able to function somewhat independently in order to be considered for most child care facilities. However, at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Richardson, we help shy and more dependent children open up to others and to learning through our “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy.
We also provide complete facilities and individual attention to all children in our care. With our Preschool Fast Track Curriculum™ and our outstanding facilities, every child has the opportunity to meet all developmental milestones. We help your child build the foundation for success across many levels. Our expert teachers know how to focus and develop a child’s learning potential and with individual attention, each child can progress at an individual pace.
If you think your child might be ready for our AdvancED™ Accredited Program at our Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Richardson, contact us today or visit our facility.Show Less
As mobile technology becomes more prevalent today, more applications are being developed that aid in your preschooler’s cognitive development. In fact, these apps are becoming so popular that parents and teachers would like to see them introduced as a new way of teaching. Here are some of the best educational apps available today for your preschooler:
Montessori Crosswords is a mobile app that teaches your preschooler about reading and phonetics. It also helps teach him the letters and how each one sounds. This game is colorful and fun and costs as little as $2.99.
Monkey preschool lunchbox
This is an app which encourages visual-spatial development. The app offers excellent value for money at just $0.99. There are a number of different games available on this app, such as sorting of colors, color recognition, jigsaw puzzles and shape recognition. This app is perfect for younger children who have just started preschool.
This app is available for free and helps teach your preschooler how to count. It is styled like a pop-up book and requires your child to count a certain number of animals on each level. The app works in such a way that your child cannot count an animal more than once.
Wheels on the Bus
This is a great app for teaching your child another language and English. Your child can listen to the song in five different languages. He can also touch different objects on the screen to open the doors, turn on the windshield wipers and pop bubbles. This one costs between $0.99 and $1.99.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Richardson, Texas, we offer the highest quality educational standards in our AdvancED accredited program, including a Fast Track Curriculum™. For more information, contact us today.Show Less
Teaching infant sign language has been shown to help boost children’s cognitive and language development, increasing their vocabulary significantly. Here is how to help your child learn this valuable skill:
- Start early: Most infants will only start to learn and use signs around the age of seven months however, children begin focusing on their parent’s movements and voice much earlier than that. Try out a few signs and repeat the words you are signing while she is watching your fingers. This is the way to start early learning about communication.
- Start small: Choose five signs your child could use everyday. For example: mom, dad, hungry, tired and play. This will give you and your infant plenty of opportunities to practice making the right signs.
- Speak and sign: When your infant is alert and following your movements, speak the word you want your child to learn while making the sign. Repeat this a few times before moving onto a different activity. This will ensure that your child starts learning verbal as well as preverbal communication effectively, but without becoming bored or overstimulated.
A good activity for physical stimulation is an infant swimming class from Infant Aquatics. Not only does this provide a break from learning sign language, it also provides physical stimulation and teaches your child a valuable skill.
- Praise: When your infant signs back to you, give her positive reinforcement. Signing requires motor skills, coordination, language skills and focus, making mastery of it an achievement. Cuddle, clap your hands, smile or praise your infant to encourage her.
You can also help your child learn, practice and expand on her sign language skills by choosing our child care facility, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Richardson. Our accredited infant child care program includes sign language lessons, as well as daily physical activities, socialization, story time and care, with the goal of maximizing your child’s brain development.
To find out more about our programs and state-of-the-art facility, contact us today.Show Less