Back to school! New classes, new teachers, new friends…new magazine! Take a break from your back to school routine and browse our new issue! We’ve got some tips to help all of you parents to get your children to practice their musical instruments and some insight for you on teaching your child to learn through failure. These articles will be worth the read!Show Less
Hurricane Harvey & Helping Your Child Cope With Natural Disasters
On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast, bringing powerful winds and heavy rainfall with it. After days of non-stop rain, Houston and many other regions were left in shambles, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to walk away from what was once their home. While this devastation undoubtedly affects many people’s jobs, daily routines, and mental health, it is important to remember that children are affected as well.
It can be difficult for young children to grasp natural disasters and why and how they occur. Children cope with events such as this differently depending on their age, but they are all susceptible to its negative impact. Whether your child was directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey or not, these tips for coping with natural disasters are sure to help your family move forward no matter what you face in the future.
Talk About It
One of the best ways to help your child process what has happened is by discussing the events that have occurred. Explain the disaster in logical terms so your child can fully understand why or how things have changed. Most importantly, allow your child to express his or her emotions about what has taken place, and listen to their worries or fears. By creating a safe space for your child to share their feelings, they will be less likely to bottle up or hold onto any negative emotions. A wonderful resource on how to discuss natural disasters with children can be found in this Sesame Street episode, where Big Bird’s friends help him rebuild his nest after a storm.
Maintain A Routine
Your child can hold onto a sense of normalcy by maintaining their typical routine in whatever way possible. Try to stick with their normal bed/wake up time in order to ensure they’re getting enough sleep. Allow them time to learn and play, and stick with any rules you would enforce on a daily basis. Many parents feel the need to coddle children in the midst of a disaster, but sticking to a routine can provide a sense of safety and security.
Remember – each child processes natural disasters differently. While one child may appear totally unaffected, another could display symptoms of anxiety or even depression. Be patient as your little one copes with how their life has changed, and know that it could take weeks, months, or even years for them to fully recover. Love, comfort, and patience go a long way when helping your child move past a difficult time.
Would you like to help Kids ‘R’ Kids employees who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey? Simply visit our GoFundMe link and make a donation. It is our hope to raise $100,000 or more for all staff members and teachers whose homes, families, and livelihood have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.Show Less
Your preschooler will often express natural empathy when noticing the cries of a baby or seeing an animal in need of care. You can help your child to grow in this area by teaching about International Charity Month and the importance of charity work and giving back. You can learn together about simple ways to support those in need in your community and have a lot of fun in the process!
International Charity Month
The General Assembly of the United Nations chose to recognize the anniversary of Mother Teresa’s death, September 5, as the International Day of Charity. Organizations around the world celebrate September as International Charity Month and use this commemorative holiday to encourage and draw attention to the valuable work of charitable organizations and individuals. Community-wide activities and events are often held in conjunction with International Charity Month.
Giving back together
You and your preschooler can give back to your community in simple, memorable ways during International Charity Month.
~Pick out a colorful backpack at the store and then fill it with supplies. You can drop it off at the local YMCA or an area church that does a back-to-school drive for children in the community.
~Join the local Meals on Wheels delivery in your neighborhood, and chat with your preschooler during the drive about how preparing a hot meal can make a difference in the life of an elderly person.
~Grab a couple of trash bags and a few pairs of gloves and join a local beautification group as they collect trash at a local park or by an area lake. You and your preschooler can race to see who fills the bag up first!
~Visit a local nursing home, take along a few favorite books, and offer to hold an impromptu story time. Your little one will love hearing a favorite story and being able to talk about it with the residents!
Want to learn more aboutKids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton located in Mableton, Georgia? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family.
The summer is winding down, and school time is just around the corner! We’ve published one more magazine for you to enjoy before you trade in your bathing suits for backpacks! In this issue you will learn how to identify symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder, and how you can help a child struggling with it. You will also find an article on developing communication skills and emotional intelligence in your child.Show Less
While every family has their own set of rules and discipline in their house, preschool is its own form of hierarchy and regulation. Your child will have to learn how to interact with both his teachers and classmates in order to succeed and enjoy his time in preschool. Your child may be reluctant and stubborn when it comes to listening to others, but don’t fret! We’ve found a few ways to teach your little one about discipline and following rules at school.
Obeying the teacher
First and foremost, your child must learn to respect and obey his teacher. Explain to your child that the teacher is there to make sure everyone has a positive experience at school and that each child treats others with kindness and respect. Tell your child to always listen when the teacher is speaking and to follow directions. Remind him that he will have more fun and learn so much more if he listens to his teacher!
Raise your hand
A vital part of following the rules in school is learning how to raise your hand and wait before speaking or asking a question. Many preschool classrooms are filled with children talking at once, not yet aware of this rule. This puts more responsibility on the teacher to discipline the whole class, thus cutting time out of the day that could be spent learning or playing. Remind your child to raise his hand in order to be heard in the classroom.
Be kind and patient
To make friends and have fun with every activity, your child must learn how to use kind language with his classmates. Words like “please” and “thank you” are powerful and go a long way! Even in a small classroom, your little one might need to be reminded to always wait his turn. Instilling this early on teaches patience and respect for others.
The foundation of following directions is learning how to listen to teachers in order to know what to do. Remind your child not only to be quiet while the teacher is speaking, but to actually pay attention to the teacher’s words at all times. Remember to be consistent when disciplining your child, and create a bit of balance by showing lots of love.
Want to learn more aboutKids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton located in Mableton, Georgia? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family.Show Less
Finding the perfect preschool for your child can be an overwhelming and daunting task. An exceptional early education program can put your preschooler on the path to success, but how do you know what to look for when searching for the right school? There are countless factors to consider, and we’ve narrowed it down to six key components.Show Less
It is hot outside! Grab a cold beverage and kick back for a while as you peruse the July edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine! This month you will find articles on “Why Kids with Hobbies do Better in School” and “The Importance of Traditional Play in a Digital World.” Sounds like a good read to us!Show Less
If your preschooler is in need of a little activity, or shows signs of having a love of sports, get them started by teaching them the basics of baseball.
Begin with the Basics
Not all children are the same, and some may need more introduction time to throwing and catching than others. Start with the basic fun of tossing a ball back and forth. You can even give them a glove to hold while doing so if they’re highly coordinated.
A good way to teach your little ones about swinging at the plate is through T-ball. Stand your child at the T correctly, showing them how to swing slowly at first. While this activity should be fun and not like a structured lesson, the earlier you show them how to swing correctly, the better.
Once your preschooler is comfortable with hitting the ball at the T and can aim fairly well, move on to having them hit a ball that you throw. Softer, bigger baseballs and lighter bats are ideal for smaller children who just need to focus on the motions and will have a harder time aiming. If your child is showing signs of frustration, don’t let them throw their bat or make a fuss. At the preschool level, most of the learning at this point is the basics, and they’re not going to have the hand-eye coordination that the game fully requires.
Let this be a fun, light hearted activity that’s mostly about time together and learning the basics. If done right, your child will have a love of the game by the time they’re ready to step up to a bigger plate.
Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton located in Mableton, Georgia? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family.Show Less
Did you know there are numerous benefits to cooking with your preschooler? Chopping vegetables and pouring ingredients can strengthen their fine motor skills, while following a recipe promotes literacy and listening skills. Not to mention, cooking with kids is a blast! Why not spend the summer teaching your tot a brand new skill? Here’s how you can get cooking.
Start with simple tasks like stirring batter together, pouring measuring cups of ingredients into a bowl, or tearing cabbage to add to a salad. Even the small steps of cooking can be a fun experience, and your little one will love getting involved.
Have a cookie party!
Chocolate chip, peanut butter, sugar—oh my! When grocery shopping, pick up a variety of cookie dough, different types of icing, and lots of fun sprinkles. Set up your cookie making station and get creative. This yummy activity is perfect for younger and older kids.
Learn to identify different flavors together!
Set up four small bowls, one filled with salt, one with honey, one with pepper, and the last with lemon juice. Take turns taste testing each ingredient and describe them as salty, sweet, sour, spicy, or bitter. Then, incorporate these flavors into whatever you plan on cooking!
There’s always a job for your preschooler.
Cooking as a family is fun and promotes teamwork, and cleaning up as a family can do the same! From clearing and wiping down the table to rinsing and drying dishes to putting leftover food away, there’s a job for everyone—and you can certainly find one for your preschooler!
You can even spend time looking back on and recreating old family recipes, whether that’s baked cranberry bread or a special barbeque sauce. Your little one will love exploring a new hobby and potentially developing a brand new passion.Show Less
Are you ready for a little summer reading? We’ve published a new edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine! In the June edition you will find some DIY gift ideas for Father’s Day (no peeking Dads!), good reasons to give your children responsibilities, and ways to be a “light reflector” for your child.Show Less
It’s a new month! That means the new Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine edition is ready! Take a peek inside the May issue to find ways you can enjoy the spring while preparing for a fun summer, how to keep a child active when he doesn't enjoy team sports, and how you can incorporate Montessori learning principles in your home.Show Less
Spring has sprung, and so have our ideas for crafting with your preschooler. From DIY bookmarks to popsicle stick puzzles, these seasonal crafts will get your little ones excited for all things spring. Try the following to get the fun going in your home.
Create DIY rainbow wind chimes to enjoy all year.
The warm spring weather is perfect for outdoor nature walks with your little ones and collecting sticks for your wind chimes. Paint them a variety of colors, screw an eye hook into one end of each stick, and use wire or twine to hang them. Then sit back, relax, and wait for a breeze!
Make a rainbow puzzle with popsicle sticks.
Line them up, paint a rainbow using the seven classic colors (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, indigo, and violet), and separate the sticks after they dry. Have fun watching your child work his very own puzzle.
Make your own bookmarks.
If you’ve got a bookworm on your hands, you can make the ultimate spring-themed bookmark with minimal materials! All you need is a popsicle stick and a handful of colorful buttons of different sizes to create your flower-shaped bookmark. Every time your tot turns the page, they’ll be reminded of the spring-time sunshine right outside their door.
Create your own handprint bouquet in two easy steps.
Using a variety of paint colors, add a few handprints to the upper-mid section of a blank sheet of paper. Next, take a thin brush and some green paint to create the stem of your handprint bouquet. This ‘hands-on’ craft will be a hit among your preschoolers.
Paper Plate Animals
With paint, crayons, or markers, you can transform white paper plates into your favorite animals! Check out these chickens, bunnies, and even adorable ladybugs.
Each of these crafts are preschool-friendly and are sure to keep your kiddos buzzing with excitement all season!Show Less
Minimizing things in the house you no longer need and finding a place to donate them can seem like a daunting task, especially with preschool children. Let’s break it down into four manageable steps that can help eliminate the intimidation factor and equip you to give to those around you.
Teach your preschooler to minimize.
Taking the first step is usually the hardest, so just start with a small closet and sift through it, removing everything that your family no longer needs. If you have issues, ask yourself if you’ve used it in the past year. If you haven’t, put it in the box to donate. There’s someone out there that can actually use it!
Decide what’s donate-able.
Once you have removed everything your family no longer needs, you have to decide which things are worth keeping or donating, and which things just need to be thrown in the garbage. If it has stains or is a toy that no longer works, consider recycling it to save the donation location time and energy. If it’s unusable, it’s unusable.
Choose a donation location.
Once you have a pretty nice chunk of items to donate, start looking for places to donate. Try not to keep your piles of things around the house too long or you’re going to start bringing it all back into the house. Choose to donate it, then find a place! You can consider local shelters, a Goodwill location, a family in need, or any local drop-box that charities have set up for convenience.
Let your preschool child give.
Include your little one in the giving process to get the excited about helping others. Show them how much fun it can be to give and help others. After donating everything, go get ice cream together to reward yourselves for all the hard work you’ve accomplished.Show Less
Rainy days can be a ton of fun if you have a few activities tucked up your sleeve for days when you’re stuck in the house with preschool children. Ease the tension and help your little one burn off some energy with these ideas for rainy day fun.
Have a dance off.
Turn on music from your childhood, and share it with your little one as you dance through the house together. You can even make your own music videos together so the memories can last and be watched over and over again.
Read books together.
Find a series that you can read together and get lost in the world of another character. After the story is over, have your preschooler draw their own book report about the things that they like most about the story.
Play board games.
Pull out the board games and play a round of Chutes and Ladders or Connect Four. Find a few games that everyone can play, and let the competition begin. Go Fish and memory matching games with a deck of cards are always great options too. Make it fun!
Whenever everyone is finally worn out, you can make a blanket fort and settle in for a movie night together. Bring out the classics and any of your old favorites to share with your kids. Sometimes movie and popcorn is all you need to make a dreary day perfect.
Enjoy the time that you have together on those rainy days, and make it a point to make memories and create moments together that will last a lifetime. Document your day through pictures and videos so that you can look back on these younger days with a smile. Your preschooler will grow up before you know it, so cherish these rainy days that you have to spend together.Show Less
A preschool child’s sleep is one of the most important topics when we talk about development. Getting enough sleep will improve your child’s mood and educational performance dramatically.
Read “The Importance of Sleep for Preschool Children” on Atlanta Moms.
Healthy kids are happy kids, and one critical key to good health is to be active. Try these tips to get your child moving, bright-eyed, and bushy-tailed!
Walk, walk, walk: Choosing to walk instead of driving somewhere is not only environmentally friendly but includes many health benefits for both your mind and body. A visit to the zoo or your local dog park is a fantastic way to get outside and get walking, so slip on your comfiest sneakers and head out the door!
Encourage exploration: Your child has unique interests, strengths, and capabilities, and with a little encouragement you can help them discover their own passion for exercise and sports. There are countless athletic activities that you can get your child involved in, whether it’s a classic ball sport like soccer or basketball, or something unique like gymnastics or martial arts. If one activity doesn’t spark their interest, try another!
Incorporate rewards: When your child achieves a fitness goal or excels in their favorite sport, let them know you’re proud of them! Take the family out to dinner to celebrate or reward your child with a new piece of sports equipment that they have been eyeing. With the knowledge that you are always there to support and encourage them, they will be eager to get active, work hard, and achieve their goals.
Remember to stay healthy while staying active. Here are a handful of tips to remember when exercising with your child:
- Bring hand wipes to public places such as indoor parks or the zoo
- Stay hydrated! Young children need five glasses of water each day to stay healthy.
- Wear sunscreen when swimming or playing outside.
- Don’t forget helmets when biking and roller blading.
Turn off the TV and get your kiddos moving to help them flourish! Encourage activity while having family fun and staying healthy. After all, no one ever set a goal to be the top couch potato!Show Less
Now that the holiday season is over, it’s a great time to think about establishing new traditions for your family. Traditions are vital for human flourishing, even as young as preschool age. We need repetitive, even sacred, rituals to remember what’s important in our lives. Here are some traditions to try to incorporate over the coming year.
Read “How to Establish Traditions with Your Family” on US Family Guide.
Now that the holiday season is over, it’s a great time to think about establishing new traditions for your family. Traditions are vital for human flourishing, even as young as preschool age. We need repetitive, even sacred, rituals to remember what’s important in our lives. Here are some traditions to try to incorporate over the coming year.
Read “How to Establish Traditions with Your Family” on US Family Guide.Show Less
January is the time to set goals, keep resolutions, and try to be better in the coming year. It’s no different with preschool children, but how do you keep them on track with their goals?
Read “New Year’s Resolutions with Children” on Atlanta Moms.
Some winter days, it’s just too cold to go outside. It’s easy to run out of things to do when you have to stay inside all day, so here are some things to try when you run out of other options.
Movies are always a big hit! Try shorter films since attention spans are shorter in those younger ages. Learning movies are even better! You can try videos that teach sign language, or maybe music videos and they can learn to sing and dance to music.
Reading books together is a great way to bond and to help them with their language comprehension. Reading is a peaceful way to spend those cold winter days, and you can add in some hot-chocolate and blankets for even more fun!
Draw a picture of the whole family. It will be a fun way for them to show you what they know about your family, and it’s a great way to spend time with them. Don’t forget to show off their art-work to everyone depicted. Provide plenty of Crayons and paper so that their artwork will be perfect.
Make the hallway into a laser beam maze with streamers! If they have a lot of energy that needs to be used up, you could tape streamers to the walls in a hallway to create a maze-like scene. Just hang the streamers down low from wall to wall, and crisscross them here and there. Let them crawl through and see if they can make it down the whole hallway without pulling any down.
If you use all of these and they’re still bored, you could always bundle them up really tightly and send them out to play for a few minutes. Have them run some laps or walk the dog with you. A few minutes in the cold can be a nice break from the indoors, and maybe make your little one appreciate that warm house a bit more.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
Cooking can be fun, especially for preschool children. There’s no doubt about it. Put on some holiday music and dance and sing while you and your child create wonderful memories together.
Read “Holiday Recipes with Children” on Atlanta Moms.
When you’re stuck inside during winter break, sometimes you need ideas for things to do, especially if you’re a preschooler. The movies and games grow old and your child just wants something fun to do.
Read “Winter Crafts and Activities for Children” on US Family Guide.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, technology, engineering, art & math. Learn more about us in our latest digital magazine! Check out this issue for tips on getting kids active in sports, kitchen experiments, and the benefits of responsibilities!Show Less
You’re struggling to find a gift for your preschooler for the holidays. We get that. What do you get a child that has little interest in anything but the Suzi Doozi Lifesize Baby Doll she saw on TV that one time? And then the thing cries for hours until you feed it? So, you’re not willing to pay $42.99 for a crying baby doll you will end up taking care of anyway? Totally understandable. Maybe these ideas will help.
Instead of the Suzi Baby thing those advertisers are cramming onto every single cartoon on earth, why not couple your gift with something they already have and love? Most gifts will be tossed aside within 48 hours, so if there’s a toy that your child plays with non-stop, what would be perfect is a nice complement to that already-loved toy.
Sometimes the needs in our lives have to outweigh the wants in our lives. Even as adults that’s true. So, the trick is to find out how to turn what your child needs into what your child wants. Isn’t that always the hardest part? If she wants the Suzi Lifesize Doll, maybe she only wants the dress on it, so you could get her a new dress instead.
Children need good clothes. They need to learn how to dress appropriately for each occasion, especially as they get older. They need to learn how to match their clothes, how to tuck in their shirts and hold down their dresses. Perhaps the holidays are the perfect time to teach them how to dress like a little gentleman or lady.
Books change lives. They’re arguably the most important thing a child could own. A well-stocked library can change the course of a child’s life far more than any other thing. The holidays might just be the right time to start a classic literature collection, picking books that are suitable for children as well as adults. Remember, your child will ask you to read it about fifty times in a row!
There’s no easy answer to, “What should we get for the holidays?” Perhaps you shouldn’t buy anything! Maybe your children should learn the value of giving to others rather than getting for themselves. It depends on your family’s situation and what your child most needs in his or her life. Either way, we hope these gift ideas will inspire you to think deeply through your choices this year—both for you and your child.Show Less
Preschool children are naturally good at giving. Well, they’re naturally good at giving when they have a little help. Parents can help their children by showing them how to give. Show them how it’s done. In other words, to give the gift of giving, give them an example!
Read “How to Teach Kids to Be Giving” on US Family Guide.
Preschool children are naturally good at giving. Well, they’re naturally good at giving when they have a little help. Parents can help their children by showing them how to give. Show them how it’s done. In other words, to give the gift of giving, give them an example!
Read “How to Teach Kids to Be Giving” on US Family Guide.Show Less
There are few relationships more important than that of a parent and a preschooler.
According to the Encyclopedia of Children’s Health, one of the most important aspects of an infant’s psychosocial development is the infant’s attachment to parents. This attachment is a crucial consideration as a child grows and develops. Spending quality time with your preschooler will influence your child’s education and emotional well-being.
Unfortunately, busy schedules can make spending quality time with your preschooler difficult to manage, but there are creative ways to enjoy more time together.
Here are some ideas for parents to spend more quality time with their preschoolers:
- Volunteer at your child’s daycare or childcare. While your time will be shared with others, you will be able to observe your child and show your admiration for his learning milestones and other activities. Your presence will be a positive enforcement for your child and a benefit your relationship.
- Join an organization that involves parents and children. Nearly all schools and libraries have opportunities for parents and children to enjoy together. Look for interesting activities that your child will enjoy.
- Volunteer with your child’s athletic organization. Enjoy supporting your child’s athletic interest. Be encouraging as your child showcases his special talent.
- Read a book together. Look for a family classic and enjoy reading out loud with your child.
- Ask your child to teach you how to play his favorite video game. Your child will enjoy the role change as he teaches you the skill of maneuvering his favorite game.
- Share a meal with just the 2 of you. Spend the quality time asking questions about what your child thinks and feels.
- Eat together at home as often as possible. Taking a quiet moment to eat together can be the easiest way to share quality time together.
According to a report from the National Parent Teacher Association, children who share involvement with their parents tend to have higher grades, better attendance, and are better adjusted overall. When you spend quality time with your child, the benefits are priceless!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
Everyone makes mistakes. This goes without saying. If you’re human—and odds are good—then you’ve probably made a mistake or two along the way. Either way, one day you’ll have to communicate these mistakes to preschool-age child.
But how do you do that? How do you appear on the one hand to be the all-knowing, all-wise parent, yet on the other hand find yourself asking other moms and dads how they may have handled the situation. Rest easy. We’ve all been there.
Read “Parents Make Mistakes Too” on Atlanta Moms.Show Less
It’s almost hibernation time. When it’s the middle of winter, there’s nothing better than wrapping up with a big fat blanket and a tub of ice cream on the couch. We’re packing on the pounds and staying warm, and tossing our thoughts of summer in the sink with our ice cream spoon.
Instead of ice cream, though, children could use an extra boost of nutritious food during the holidays when they’re not at preschool. They’re filled with energy, and they need healthy food to convert that energy into precious nutrients their bodies need. They also need to expel this energy and nutrients in healthy ways, but sometimes it’s hard to play outside during the winter.
Read “ Healthy before the Holidays” on US Family Guide.Show Less
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! The official start of fall is September 22, and if you look closely you can already see the leaves turning from green to gold and pumpkin-flavored foods lining grocery store shelves.
Read “Fun Things for Fall” on Atlanta Moms.
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! The official start of fall is September 22, and if you look closely you can already see the leaves turning from green to gold and pumpkin-flavored foods lining grocery store shelves.
Read “Fun Things for Fall” on Atlanta Moms.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
There comes a point in every parent’s life that they realize their kids are growing older. People tell you all the time, “It goes by faster than you think.” That’s true. Remember high school? It wasn’t that long ago. Your kids will feel the same way.
One writer talks about her children growing up, how they keep asking you those endless questions when they’re young. She says they don’t stop, but that they “become deeper, more complex, and kids no longer exclusively ask you their questions. They ask teachers, peers, and complete strangers on social media.”
Most parents are worried about the firsts—the first time she walks, the first time she uses the potty correctly, the first time she finishes all her vegetables. But parents, argues this writer, need to think about the lasts too—the “last time they want you to rock them to sleep. The last time you pick them up to carry them. The last time a kiss is able to fix an injury.”
It’s these lasts that tell us about how fast time is really moving. We blink and they’re going to college.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we want to slow down those memories and make them last longer. We want children—and parents!—to enjoy their time with us, to sweetly remember those firsts and their lasts.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
There has been a movement swelling in American parenting circles for some time. From James Dobson’s book The Strong-Willed Child to articles throughout newspapers like this one, it’s a movement surrounding how exactly to rear a child with defiant behavior and opposition to authority.Show Less
Children crave interaction with something or someone, and in today’s world, it’s common to see parents give their children an iPad® or a smartphone for entertainment purposes. And although the games and videos children love to play and watch may be educational, research suggests that reading, and reading aloud to your children, is best.Show Less
We Americans are all fighting an obesity problem. What can we do? Well, for starters, we can get our children to bed on time. New research from The Ohio State University argues that “preschoolers who are regularly tucked into bed by 8 p.m. are far less likely to become obese teenagers than young children who go to sleep later in the evening.”
The researchers grouped children’s bedtimes into three groups: before 8 p.m., between 8 and 9, and after 9 p.m. The children were then studied ten years later, when the children were around 15 years old, on their health. The results? Children in the after 9 category were twice as likely to be obese.
Of course, there is much more going on in a child’s life than simply a bedtime routine, like the relationship that child has with her mother, for example. But even when the researchers measured the quality of that relationship through video-recorded playtime, the results were still the same.
Help, My Kids Are Defiant
“That’s easy for you to say,” you might think. Some children, as you know, are little angels at bedtime, spreading their tiny cherub wings gracefully down the hallway and flittering into their cozy, miniature beds, saying, just before drifting off into a blissful unconscious state, “I love you, mommy. Your work ethic and schedule-keeping abilities are truly astounding. I’m grateful to be your child.”
Other children rage at the mention of bedtime, as if they just stepped off their motorcycle, and while, flinging their leather jacket onto the couch, silently brood and think, “What’re you gonna do about it?”
We know. We’ve been there too.
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A few things from the American Academy of Pediatrics might be particularly helpful. They say the key to starting a bedtime routine is in the three Bs: brush, book, bed.
First, establish a healthy teeth-brushing schedule. Help your child understand why we brush our teeth.
Third, getting to bed at a decent hour and on a consistent schedule helps your child establish healthy routines and will serve him or her later in 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. 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
Since living in a technological age, the question regarding how much is too much or how the benefits of educational technology impacts our children has been buzzing around many parents’ minds. There are so many helpful tools and resources to enhance your child’s early education and technology plays a big role in many of them. Check out this article to learn more about the benefits of educational technology for your preschooler.Show Less
Summer is in full swing, and there are still several weeks left for your child to enjoy the carefree days. You may have already heard the infamous “I’m bored!” from your preschooler or school-age child, and it’s time to combat those sentiments with some creativity! Many childhood experts comment that children benefit from periods of boredom because it forces them to get creative with what they have and where they are in order to entertain themselves. In today’s culture, many have bought into the notion that a bored child is a neglected child, and family and friends should pull out all the stops (or iPads!) to entertain the child. On the contrary, when a child experiences boredom, it’s an open door to try something new, take risks, make new friends, etc.
If you have a nearby outdoor area that’s safe for children, going outside is a great option for bored children. Whether it’s climbing trees, playing tag, or just digging up “treasures” in the dirt – being outdoors is a great remedy for restless hands and feet.
Sometimes the weather doesn’t permit outdoor adventures; so, when that happens give your child some simple tools to make memories and watch your house transform into a dragon’s lair, a princess’ castle, or department store filled with homemade drawings and crafts! Crafts are a big hit with toddlers, preschoolers, and even elementary-school children – especially when given free reign over the creativity. Empty paper towel rolls may become swords, bed sheets are fair game for capes and flying carpets, and construction paper may find it’s way haphazardly dangling off of the mischievous brow of your previously “bored” pirate king.
Next time your preschooler or school-age child is tempted to gravitate towards the TV or iPad to satiate their boredom, point them to the great outdoors or to the abandoned bin of dress-up clothes. You may face some resistance, but eventually the boredom will lead your child to stretch her imagination, a win for everybody!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton, our exclusive preschool curriculum provides plenty of space for children to be creative as they explore the world. Our enthusiastic team of teachers makes each child feel welcome and loved – from our infants to our after-school students. We offer so much more than a daycare or childcare experience – we give each child a firm First Step to Higher EducationÔ that will propel them to academic success. Enroll your child into our excellent preschool program today!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton 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
Summer is in full swing and this season usually means at least half-a-dozen birthdays are on the calendar for your preschooler or toddler. Attending birthday parties is an excellent environment for teaching your child the importance of celebrating others; but how do you handle the summer birthday boom without going completely crazy? And what if your child has a summer birthday – how do you plan that on top of the rest of the summer festivities? Check out this article for ways you can handle the birthday boom while still enjoying the carefree days of summer.Show Less
The summer has arrived and with it – lots of hot, hot, hot weather! How will you stay cool this summer? From garden hoses to water balloons, there are endless opportunities to make cooling off an entertaining, memorable family affair. Your preschooler and toddler are sure to love some of the ideas in this article, check it out and keep cool all summer long!Show Less
Pool safety is a primary concern for many parents as the summer season kicks off! The best way to prepare for pool safety is to have clear boundaries, constant supervision, and children who are able to practice water safety skills when around a pool or other large body of water. Check out this article for how to make your next pool party a safe one!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 Academies 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
Warmer weather and long daylight hours mean summer is here! For many working parents, summer comes with the challenge of deciding what to do with children out of school for the summer. It can be tough for parents to think of ways to keep their toddler, preschooler or kindergartener happy, active and engaged all day long. That’s why it’s a great idea to enroll your child in Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton’s Academic Literacy and Math Camp or Olympic-themed summer camp. Our 10-week summer camp is a “journey around the world” that combines physical activity, interactive learning and good old-fashioned fun for your 5 to 12-year-old! But what about all the time you have with your child in the evening after camp, or on weekends? Make your child’s summer unforgettable by creating a family bucket list!
Round up the kids and brainstorm things they want to do this summer! Allow them to dream big without shooting down ideas! Then, narrow the list down to things that are realistic, fun and within your family’s budget. To help you get started, we’ve created a list of 20 activities we’re sure your family will enjoy this summer!
1.Take a trip to the city zoo or a farm.
2.Get out the hose and have a water fight!
3.Set up a lemonade stand in the front yard and donate the money to a charity.
4.Lay out on the grass and watch for shooting stars.
5.Fly a kite.
6.Make sidewalk art with chalk.
7.Blow bubbles and have a contest about who can blow the largest one!
8.Go for a bike ride around the neighborhood.
9.Watch the sunrise with a picnic breakfast.
10.Play mini golf.
11.Go on a road trip.
12.Plant flowers or fresh herbs.
13.Make a birdhouse and decorate it together.
15.Watch fireworks on the 4th of July.
16.Go swimming at the community pool or waterpark.
17.Build a treehouse or fort.
18.Catch bugs or fireflies in a jar.
19.Join a summer reading program at your local library.
20.Go to a drive-in movie.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton, we value playtime, learning and discovery. We even offer extra-curricular activities for children that are interested in dance, Mandarin Chinese, gymnastics, chess, and more! Schedule a tour of our school this summer to see why Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton is the best place for your child’s academic development and success!Show Less
It’s your child’s first educational milestone – her preschool graduation! As you take hundreds of pictures, you can’t help but wipe away happy tears from your eyes. Your little one is growing up, and quickly! But is she ready for kindergarten?
Many parents of young children struggle with anxiety when it comes to their child’s educational and social preparedness for the next grade level. It’s easy to get caught up in the whirlwind of a new school, new teachers and new expectations for learning. You may be asking, “Does my child know all that she needs to know?” “Will she handle the transition well?” “How can I prepare her best for kindergarten?” To help you determine if your child is ready to step out of the preschool classroom and enter kindergarten, we’ve prepared a checklist for you. Use this checklist as a tool to test whether your child has mastered the skills necessary to step into kindergarten equipped for success. But, don’t worry too much if your child doesn’t get an A+ on the test. Progress is just as important as competence!
To view the checklist, read the full article here: Prepare Your Child for Kindergarten with this ChecklistShow Less
As the grass dries out and the weather gets warmer, take your children outside to run around, play, and soak up the sunshine. There are many options for outdoor activities – but some of them take a little bit more planning and creativity. Here are a few outdoor activities that require very minimal planning 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!
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!
For more outdoor activity ideas, check out the full article here: Outdoor Activities That Are Anything But BoringShow 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
Its normal for parents to feel a sense of anxiety the first time they leave their little ones in a child care facility. Countless questions swirl around in their minds. Will my child be safe? Will my child be fed on time? What if my child is scared or uncomfortable? What if she cries?
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton, we are able to give parents an extra dose of peace of mind. It comes in the form of our Watch Me Grow Technology. Every single one of our classrooms is equipped with a high resolution camera that provides parents visual access to their child while they are away at work, traveling or running errands. Every parent has the ability to log into our secure viewing site to see their child at any time of the day. Parents can rest assured that their children are safe and secure when they are in the care of our well-trained child care professionals.
Watch Me Grow Technology is even more special for grandparents who live far away and don’t have the opportunity to see their grandchildren on a regular basis. Given permission by the child’s parents, grandparents can log into the system and watch in delight as their grandchildren learn to read, create art, and play with interactive toys and technology.
Military parents who are deployed also love the Watch Me Grow feature. They are able to connect from anywhere with internet access! Watch Me Grow offers free apps for iPhone, iPad and Android, so parents can watch their children on a variety of devices – even on the go!
The best part about Watch Me Grow Technology is that access to it is included in our Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton all-inclusive tuition. You don’t have to pay extra for all of its cool features! Just download the app, log in, and watch your child learn, grow and flourish! Enjoy the peace of mind that comes with knowing (and seeing!) that your child is in good hands.Show Less
Spending time outdoors before it gets unbearably hot is a great option for some quality family time. Even if you have little ones, you can make an outdoor adventure a day that everyone enjoys. The best way to ensure a fun experience for your family is by planning ahead. Any time you leave the house with your kiddos, a great rule of thumb is to keep the outing as simple as possible. Cramming too many activities in to one afternoon can lead to grumpy children and an exhausted parent.
1. Location, Location, Location – In the spirit of keeping it simple, have your outdoor adventure on familiar territory. If you are comfortable with the area, it will take a load off of your mind and allow you to enjoy the day more freely. When your kids are older or whenever you are more comfortable to visit a new place, venture out to a local park or zoo for your picnic festivities.
2. Bring a Friend – Since toddlers and preschoolers always seem to have an inexhaustible amount of energy, it’s a great idea to collaborate with another family so that your children can play together. Not only will your children have a ton of fun together, you will also enjoy some adult conversation while they play – everybody wins! The great outdoors is the perfect place to allow your children to use their imagination, and bringing a friend is sure to create new, unexplored adventures involving space ships and castles and who knows what else!
For more tips, read the full article here: Tips for a Grumpy-Free Picnic with KidsShow Less
Earth Day is here and it’s a great chance to teach your child about the importance of taking care of the environment. There are several ways you can incorporate earth-friendly habits in to your life and one of the easiest is through recycling.
The first step to teaching your child about recycling is making it a fun experience! Since recycling involves sorting and containers, it’s the perfect set-up for a basketball game. Line up your recycling bins and have your children practice tossing paper, cardboard, and other lightweight recyclables in to the bin. If you have more than one child, try assigning a particular recyclable item to each child and have them go on a “treasure hunt” around the house and neighborhood looking for his/her specific recyclable item. Reward their efforts with a pre-determined prize (ice cream cone, day at the park, etc.) if they reach a certain goal.
For more fun ways to get your children excited about recycling, read the full article here: Teaching Kids the Importance of RecyclingShow Less
Childcare centers may be readily available, but they are not all the same. Daycares have different educational philosophies and levels of experience. They hire staff differently, and vary in the amount of training required to give your child the best care possible.
The best way to find a leading childcare, daycare or preschool is to find the best location and take a tour of the facility. Before you spend the time taking a tour, here are 10 things to look for in a leading childcare, daycare or preschool:
1. Accredited Preschool Curriculum
2. Plenty of room for your child to play indoors and outdoors
3. A philosophy of learning that includes fun activities
4. Opportunities for extra-curricular activities
5. A commitment to safety
For the rest of the items, read the full article here: 10 Things to Look for in a Leading PreschoolShow Less
There are generally two kinds of parents – those who “wing it” and those who are particular about every particular thing. The particular parents tend to care about structure and are often strict about their child’s routines. The parents who “wing it” tend to respond to all their child’s demands in the moment and are flexible with routines.
While there is room for parents to be flexible about establishing boundaries and guidelines for their toddlers, routines help toddlers feel comfortable and secure in knowing there is certainty and predictability in their lives. As toddlers grow and develop, they need a strong sense of safety. Routines help toddlers learn how to interact with the world by doing the same things over and over again. The bottom line is that patterns help toddlers learn.
When there is routine and structure in the home, toddlers tend to be more calm and relaxed. Changes to schedules and routines can be particularly stressful for young children. It is not uncommon for a child who is used to mommy putting him to sleep every night to throw a fuss when the new babysitter tries to do the same thing. Changes in routine make toddlers uncertain and scared because they notice when something is different. Read the full article here: The Benefits of Routine for ToddlersShow Less
It’s that time of year again. Time for Easter egg hunts! Scouting for brightly colored eggs filled with jellybeans is fun, but did you know it can also be educational? Children of all ages can learn important skills from participating in an egg hunt. Whether you’re planning to go to an egg hunt hosted by your community center or church, or hosting your own, check out these creative ideas to keep your child’s body and mind healthy and active!
While some of the ideas work better for toddlers or preschoolers, all children can learn healthy competition from participating in an Easter egg hunt. Before your children participate in an egg hunt, remind them to be kind and respectful to other children participating. Teach your children to be competitive without being mean. Remind children that collecting the most eggs is not the point of the activity. Having fun is!
Read the full article here: Easter Egg Hunt Ideas for Toddlers and PreschoolersShow Less
Clouds, rain and blooming flowers make spring one of the best seasons of the year for children to learn about weather. Weather is fascinating for young minds trying to understand the world that is around them. As a parent, you’ve probably answered countless questions like, “Why does water fall from the sky?” “How do clouds stay up there?” “What makes flowers grow?” Taking time to teach your child about weather helps your child’s brain develop through curiosity, exploration and higher level thinking.
Here are a couple ways you can make learning about weather a fun family experience:
- 1.On a particularly cloudy day, spread out a picnic blanket in the front yard or at the park, lay down, and watch the clouds go by. Ask your child to look for patterns and shapes in the clouds. Explain that clouds look different based on the amount of water they carry, how high they are in the sky and how cold it is up there.
- 2.Cut a plastic 2-liter bottle in half and leave it outside during a particularly rainy day. Collect the bottle of water once the storm ends and let your child observe it. Ask questions about its volume, color and even smell!
- 3.If you see leaves blowing on trees and flags waving sideways, that’s a good indicator for kite-flying weather. Build or buy a kite to fly together and learn about wind, gravity and lift. Talk to your child about the power of the wind to lift the kite off the ground and defy gravity!
- 4.Post a monthly calendar on your child’s wall and take time each day to observe the weather outside and mark it on the calendar. Provide different stickers for different elements like rain, clouds, sunshine and wind.
- 5.Take a walk in a garden or nature center with blooming flowers. Look for flowers in each stage of the flower life cycle and explain the process of germination, pre-flowering growth, pollination and seed dispersal. If you can, buy some flower bulbs and plant some flowers in your own backyard or flower pot. Just add soil, water and sunshine and watch your flowers blossom!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton we encourage toddlers and preschoolers to ask questions, explore, and learn. In addition to our exclusive Brain Waves curriculum, our classrooms are filled with stimulating materials that allow teachers to facilitate children’s exploration through sight, sound, smell, taste, and touch. Contact us today to learn more about the programs Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton offers to help your child learn about the weather – and more!Show Less
Finding some much needed “just us” time is an important part of maintaining a healthy relationship with your spouse or significant other. But spending fun and quality time together with the whole family is also crucial! The recipe for a successful “at home family date night” is simple, easy and affordable. Start with yummy food, throw in a fun activity that can be enjoyed by every family member, and wrap it up with a family movie night complete with PJ’s and popcorn!
Creating positive childhood memories helps establish a safe and firm foundation for your child as they continue to learn and grow. While it may seem like you have to pull out all the stops to create a family night that won’t have eyes rolling (if that’s even possible?) the simpler and easier you make the planning on yourself, the more likely you’ll find yourself enjoying the night! When tantrums or fights break out – deal with them as best you can but make an effort to not let it ruin the night. No family is perfect but spending time together as a family is an excellent way of reminding your children that they are a part of a family unit that loves and appreciates them!
Check out this helpful article on more tips for throwing a fun family date night!Show Less
When a child is born she immediately begins the process of learning and adapting to the world. Many skills come very instinctively to a child such as swallowing, eating, laughing, and crying. For the majority of a child’s life, however, she will need the help of others around her to explain important concepts and demonstrate healthy social skills.
One of the most effective ways to establish a solid educational foundation at an early age is by enrolling your child in an elite preschool or childcare facility. Learning can also be enhanced and encouraged at home as well and parental involvement plays a key role in making this happen. From making conversation to including your child in household chores, there are many ways you can invite your child into a learning experience.
Taking the time to understand what your child’s preschool teacher is teaching in class can also help you find creative ways to continue the learning at home. Your child will take notice of your interest in her education and may even find herself enjoying school more when you are excited about it too!
Check out this article for more tips on how you can be a part of expanding your child’s learning!Show Less
Are you traveling to Rio de Janeiro, Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics this year? Don’t worry if that seems a bit unrealistic and join us for an Olympic experience right here in Mableton, GA! Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton is offering an incredible Kids ‘R’ Kids Summer Camp Olympic Adventure for your child! Our 10-week, high-energy camp is an educational experience that is loads of fun for campers 5 to 12 years old. Fresh, nutritious meals are provided each day, so it’s one less thing for parents to worry about.
The camp 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! In addition to on-site Olympic activities, school-age campers get the added bonus of local area field trips visiting exciting places around Mableton. The Kids ‘R’ Kids Summer Camp Olympic Adventure will keep your child learning, laughing and loving every minute of summer.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton, we love being a safe place for children to learn, explore, and grow to their highest potential! We know that summer is a great time to keep children connected to learning. That’s why all our programs, from infants to before/after school care, give your child a firm First Step to Higher Education™!
Contact us today to learn more about exciting opportunities for your child at Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton. We’re confident we’ll meet and exceed all your early childhood education expectations! Schedule a visit to our Learning Academy today to see for yourself!Show Less
Teaching your preschool children about money starts with them watching you handle money.
Wise money management is a skill that children learn from parents. With activities as simple as managing their own allowance to counting coins from a parent’s pocket, children can learn valuable financial principles to help them begin a journey of wise money management.
Children enjoy watching and learning from parents when they get to share in decisions and simple conversations. Preschool children can learn how to count, save, and decide whether to buy a toy, a piece of candy, or save.
Here are some excellent ideas that you will find useful for teaching your child about money.Show Less
"Mom, I don’t feel so good.” All parents have been there with children looking up with feverish faces and upset stomachs. Flu season – every parent knows it’s coming and every parent dreads it. Considering children are among the most susceptible to the flu, there is legitimate cause for concern. The good news is there are proactive steps you can take to protect your family from the flu.
What is the best way to prevent the flu from spreading in your neighborhood? -- Stay at home when you are sick and keep your sick children home as well. Taking care of sick children is no easy task, but having an entire preschool or neighborhood contract the flu is even worse. Be smart as you care for your child – wash your hands, and clean off counters and tables and doorknobs that are touched by the child.
To help guard your family from contracting the flu you can also take steps to boost your immune system such as taking a vitamin C supplement. Talk with your pediatrician if you have questions about the flu vaccine that can also help guard against the spread of infection in your home.
It’s never too early to start teaching your children good hygiene! Even with a young toddler, spend some time teaching them how to properly wash their hands. Also make a fun game out of “catching your germs” when sneezing or coughing by showing kids how to cover their mouths with their elbows. When children see this modeled by you they are much more likely to participate. If you have an infant or toddler at home, be sure to keep them away from any items that were touched by anyone who is sick. Babies love to explore with their mouths and that’s the easiest way for them to end up sick.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton, your child’s safety is our number one priority. In addition to maintaining top security at our facility, parents can be confident in our staff team as well. Each staff member is trained in Infectious Disease Control and our classrooms are held to a high standard of cleanliness and safety. Contact us today to learn more about how we provide a safe and secure environment for your child to thrive.!Show Less
Including your child in household activities can sometimes be tricky but the rewards of shared memories and learned skills make the mess all worth it! One of the easiest places to create a mess and clean it back up is in the kitchen. Children can learn a lot about the importance of healthy eating, meal preparation, and family time when you invite them to help you prepare a snack or meal. Obviously there are also safety concerns to consider when in the kitchen, especially when sharp objects are near by. Refer to this article for tips on keeping a kid-friendly kitchen while creating memories with your little chefs.Show Less
With the holidays behind us and the New Year ahead, it can be easy for children (and adults!) to fall into a slump and have wintertime blues. The shorter days and longer nights with no fun or festive days in sight can make for a rough time of year. But it’s important to cultivate and demonstrate an attitude of gratitude year-round. Your children are always looking to you to determine how to treat others and what to prioritize. Check out this article for creative ways you can teach your children the importance of being generous and gracious.Show Less
During the holidays, many children enjoy an array of gifts and tasty treats, others are not so fortunate. One way to extend the joy is to create an opportunity for your family to help others.
A new year offers an excellent opportunity to begin teaching your children how to give more and learn to help others. With so many people in need, there are many ways to get involved as a family.
Here are some excellent ideas to keep the holiday giving alive throughout the year.Show Less
Many studies of young children have shown a link between excellent academic performance and exposure to music. Even as an infant, participating in and observing musical activities can positively influence your child. For many babies, singing is an effective way to bond with parents and also encourages verbal skills to develop.
Toddlers and preschoolers naturally enjoy music since it gives them a way to play and learn. You may have a child at home who has a favorite song and always wants to sing it or listen to it. While this behavior may make you want to pull your hair out, take heart! This is actually a great indicator that your child is establishing important neural connections as they sing and learn music.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton, our Opus One music program is available for all of our students from our infants and all the way through second grade! We understand the unique advantage music gives children, especially at an early age. Our teachers are committed to seeing each child thrive as they explore the world of music across various cultures, types, and instruments.
Whether you have a young infant or a school-age child, Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton has the right program to engage their minds and enhance their learning capabilities. We know that creating a positive preschool environment is crucial in giving your child the solid academic foundation they need for a lifetime of successful learning! Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about all of our extracurricular programs that give each child a chance to grow and develop new skills.Show Less
With Thanksgiving right around the corner many families are preparing to gather and give thanks for another year. After the dishes are cleared from the main meal, the coffee is on and the pies are being set out, there is usually that perfect moment to begin sharing things you are grateful for. It’s a wonderful unofficial tradition in many homes and this year will likely be no different.
If you have young preschool children attending the Thanksgiving festivities however, this ritual can be seen as just more sitting around and talking – and little minds and bodies get restless with too much talking! Even having a festive kids table for Thanksgiving may not be enough to keep the toddlers and preschoolers occupied. This year why not mix it up a bit with a new twist on this time-honored tradition?
Invite your children to put on a “Show and Thank” extravaganza! It’s great entertainment for the adults and a fun exercise for learning thankfulness for the children!
How it Works:
Prepare the Memories – Tell your children ahead of time about the extravaganza and provide them with the creative supplies they’ll need to document their memories. Some children may want to draw a picture while other more gregarious children may even act out their memory!
Set the Stage - After the main Thanksgiving meal has been enjoyed by everyone, have one adult act as the emcee of the event and introduce the children one-by-one. Every child will then have the chance to share.
For shy children, offer to stand with them and help share their story. Not only is this a creative exercise in thankfulness, it’s a great public speaking practice!
Audience Participation – Perhaps the creative memories and fun moments will have inspired the adults sitting in the audience to also participate. Give a chance for anyone else to chime in and give thanks for their favorite memories of the year.
Cherish the Memories – If your child put together a craft for this extravaganza you can keep it and treasure it for years to come. If they decided to act out their thankfulness – get your camera ready so you can capture the moment!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton, our staff members love helping each child understand the importance of being kind and grateful all year round! From our infants to our school-age children, our Learning Academy offers cutting edge curriculum, innovative programs and a safe environment to learn and grow. Contact us today or stop by for a free tour!Show Less
Life can get busier in the blink of an eye when you have a toddler, preschooler or school-aged child at home. Between pickup and drop-off at a childcare or daycare and all of the extracurricular activities that happen in the evenings and on the weekends, your calendar fills up quickly! Every parent desires their family to have quality time together and also have their children explore new interests as they grow and develop new skills. How can you strike a balance between family time and other activities? Below are a few tips on helping busy parents find a schedule that works for their family.
1.Before you say, “Yes,” consider your family goals and make sure this activity would not hinder them. For some, one night a week is sufficient for family time while other families may want to carve out more time to be together. Know your priorities and make decisions based on your family’s goals instead of other external factors.
2.Ask a lot of questions about the activity. Adding another commitment to your calendar means you need to know exactly what is involved and how much time needs to be dedicated to that new commitment. Even activities that happen only once a month can absorb a lot of your time and attention.
3.Consolidate your schedule. Look at your schedule and see if there are any opportunities available that would help you spend your time more effectively. For example, some of our Extracurricular activities are offered on our Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton preschool campus which makes planning your child’s day that much easier!
4.Discuss the schedule with your family. Pay attention to the commitment level and keep in mind that certain times of year tend to be busier than others. Is the schedule creating too much stress? Is your child having fun, learning and growing through each activity?
5.Does the activity enhance or distract from your child’s learning? For some children, participating in extracurricular activities helps them put the knowledge they’re using in preschool to work and it helps develop social skills. For other children, too many activities create a distraction from their learning abilities and their academic performance can suffer as a result.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton, we understand the challenge of managing a busy family schedule, especially for parents with children in daycare or childcare. We know your desire is to give your children the best curriculum, environment and experience as they learn and grow. This is why we are committed to supporting our parents to help create a balanced schedule and the best experience for infants as young as 6 weeks old through our After school program for children up to 12 years old. Stop by for a free tour or give us a call today!Show Less
With the cool snap in the air it’s important to remember to dress your children warmly as they play outdoors in leaf piles and pumpkin patches. Fresh air is the perfect atmosphere for some fun memories! Without the proper attire however, playing outside can quickly become uncomfortable and sometimes even dangerous to your child’s health. Read this article for practical, easy ways you can keep the outdoor play going for longer this season by being prepared and dressing appropriately.Show Less
An excellent foundation, better communication and social skills, and opportunities for increased creativity - those are just a few of the many advantages of attending a quality, accredited preschool.
Preschool parents make many sacrifices to give their children the absolute best experience in daycare and childcare. In preschool, children receive an advanced and important beginning to an educational experience that prepares for future learning.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we understand our parents commitment to quality education. Our programs, curriculum, staff, and everything we do meets and exceeds the benefits of a preschool education.
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Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton is committed to delivering the best possible learning experience for infants, toddlers, and preschool children, which is why we are proud to announce the addition of our STEAM AHEAD™ Curriculum. Children will learn valuable skills including how to reason, theorize, predict, and hypothesize. They also learn aspects of technology, art and math, science, and engineering. We are excited for children to learn the skills to build a stronger educational foundation through hands-on projects, and play. Your child will become more resourceful, imaginative, and inventive creating an experience far beyond a childcare or daycare.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton, our programs are designed to help children learn through engaging interaction with teachers and peers including fun and creative activities indoors, and outdoors. We understand a parent’s commitment to provide the absolute best learning experience for their child, which is why we provide the absolute best in curriculum for every stage of learning.
An effective curriculum should enhance learning by encouraging children to be hands-on, problem solve and develop better critical thinking skills. It should create opportunities for children to explore projects together, ask questions, investigate, build, predict, and observe as they discover new ideas and concepts. An excellent curriculum is a roadmap for successful learning. We are excited that our Kids ‘R’ Kids curriculum meets and exceeds each of these goals.
Take a look at our STEAM AHEAD Curriculum website page to learn more about the many benefits for your child. At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton, we are committed to helping your child discover the “AH-HA” learning moments to build a strong educational foundation.
Feel free to contact us to learn more about our STEAM AHEAD™ Curriculum and other measures we have take to offer an experience beyond daycare or childcare. We also invite you to tour our state-of-the-art Learning Academy. Come and see the many measures we have taken to be the First Step to Higher Education™ for your child.Show Less
Many parents love to maintain an active and healthy lifestyle. When little ones are introduced into the family it can be quite challenging to incorporate routine exercise into your schedule. This article gives several helpful tips on how you can involve your children in your fitness routine. In addition to regular exercise, a healthy diet can help keep your family looking and feeling their best!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 Mableton, 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!
As we gear up for the new academic school year, there are some simple activities a parent can keep in mind to help their new preschooler thrive. Many parents make the mistake of assuming their child won’t develop crucial learning skills or habits until elementary school. At Kids ‘R’ Kids we know that can’t be farther from the truth! The first 5 years of your child’s life are critical to establishing a solid foundation. Read this article to learn more!Show Less
Summer is a popular time for birthdays! Despite the sizzling temperatures, there are a lot of fun ways to celebrate your child’s special day. While some parents may thrive on the party planning frenzy, others are overwhelmed by all of the intricate, Pinterest-inspired parties they find themselves attending for other children nowadays. The great news is, you can keep a party simple and everyone can still have a wonderful time!
Check out these creative birthday party ideas for a budget-friendly and fun experience for your child’s special day:
1. A Scavenger Hunt Party – Bring out the explorer in each child by setting up a bunch of fun treasures around your backyard or in a local park. Provide clues for each of the hidden items and set a time limit for how long the children have to find them. If you have a large number of children, break them into teams to search together!
2. Dr. Seuss Party – “One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish!” There are so many fun characters created by Dr. Seuss, from The Cat in the Hat to the Lorax! Use brightly colored decorations and play some fun rhyming or silly story-telling games to entertain your guests. As a fun craft, have the children design and name their own Dr. Seuss character! You can even name all of the snacks something goofy and crazy in true Dr. Seuss fashion.
3. Outdoor Movie Party – If you’re throwing a party for school age children, host an outdoor movie night for a memorable birthday bash! Order pizza for dinner, open the gifts and give the children a chance to play in the early evening and then close out the night with an outdoor movie! Many party stores rent out inflatable screens or portable screens you can project the movie onto. Don’t forget the popcorn!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton, we love celebrating our incredible students! 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
In the early weeks and months of your child’s life, your life will likely revolve around two things: your baby’s sleeping and eating patterns. Establishing a healthy sleep schedule for your infant is a crucial part of setting your child up for educational and developmental success. At Kids ‘R’ Kids we are passionate about caring for our littlest learners and are committed to ensuring they will receive only the best in care and encouragement! Read this helpful article for tips on how you can help your child develop healthy sleep habits at an early age.Show Less
As a parent, it can seem like a daunting task to introduce your child to the world around him. Helping your preschooler become an avid learner doesn’t have to be a complicated process! This article gives excellent insight into how you can assist your young learner in furthering his education at home.Show Less
As a parent you probably understand how quickly the time goes by with your little one. Before you know it, your child goes from barely crawling to running across the yard, to kicking a soccer ball, graduating from high school, and beyond! Having a young preschooler in the home can be a very exhausting but rewarding season of life.
One of the greatest advantages you can give your child at this crucial early learning stage is an excellent education at a highly advanced school that offers unique and specialized programs. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton, 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. Instead, 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 frequently!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Mableton 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’s 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
Every family faces some kind of unexpected trial in life, often leading to additional financial pressures. How can you help your young child understand the new circumstances of your family's financial situation? This article gives great practical advice!Show Less
This weekend our nation will take some time to honor all of the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect our country. It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend a long weekend with people you love and enjoy some grilling, barbecuing, and fun outdoor activities. As your family celebrates, take some time to intentionally explain the meaning of Memorial Day to the young children in your home.
While giving the ultimate sacrifice is a very sobering topic, don’t be afraid to intentionally explain to your children why we are so grateful to those brave men and women. Ask them how they would like to honor those who died for their freedom. Visiting a nearby veterans cemetery as a family is an excellent way to honor the fallen. You can also make some snacks to distribute at a nearby nursing home to connect with living veterans.
However you choose to celebrate Memorial Day this weekend, we encourage you to use this time as a learning opportunity for your children. Don’t forget, Memorial Day weekend also marks the unofficial beginning of Summer so be sure to have some fun outdoors together – sack races in the backyard and running through the sprinklers are some great ideas for making family memories.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton, we are passionate about teaching our students to be respectful and understanding towards all people. As the First Step to Higher Education™ for your child, we instill a lifetime love for learning while teaching important life skills for every age – infant, toddler, preschooler, and beyond! Contact us today to find out how we can meet and exceed your childcare needs!Show Less
BOOM! FLASH! Another springtime thunderstorm works it’s way across the sky and your sweet preschooler is terrified. Storms can be quite scary for young children with all of the loud, rumbly thunder and bright flashes of lightning. Even as an adult, it’s easy to see what could be so unsettling about a thunderstorm. So what can you do to soothe the frightened child quivering beneath the bed sheets? Here are two suggestions:
1. Beat the fear with knowledge! – No matter our age, we are all more likely to experience fear when facing a situation we don’t understand. The same is true for children. Take some time to research thunderstorms with your child and talk about what causes the rumbly thunder and bright lightning. There are also several children’s books written that address this fear to help children overcome it.
2. Have a Plan! – Just like understanding what a thunderstorm is can put your child at ease, so can having a plan for thunderstorms. As a family, figure out your thunderstorm game plan. Also discuss how your children can be safe if they’re away from home, outside, at daycare, or anywhere else during a storm.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton, we offer a safe and nurturing environment for children to explore the world around them. Our state-of-the-art facility and highly trained staff sets us apart from the average childcare center. We would love to give you a tour! Contact us today and see the Kids ‘R’ Kids difference firsthand.Show Less
It's that time of year again! Time to start considering what your child will be doing during the summer months. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton, we understand the difficulty facing working parents when it comes to finding a great place for their kids during the summer.
This year we’ll be going on an exciting virtual Road Trip for our summer camp adventure. Over the course of 10 weeks we’ll be exploring five different parts of the U.S. and making new friends as we go. Your child will take part in engaging, educational field trips as they learn about what makes the landscape and culture of our country so unique!
The first two weeks are dedicated to exploring along the Blue Ridge Mountains of Tennessee and Virginia and finally to Ohio, the birthplace of the first man to walk on the moon! Following the Blue Ridge extravaganza, we’ll head down south for some sweet tea and charming hospitality from our friends in the Carolinas and our own beloved Georgia.
Next we’ll explore the beaches of Florida, the Mississippi River and other fascinating waterways scattered all across the U.S. Our adventure will then take us “out West” to the rodeo and barbecues of Texas and the majestic Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Our summer will end with a trip to the hot desert of Nevada, the amazing Hollywood Hills in California and finally on a cruise that will take us straight up to Alaska!
Your child will make great friends on this journey, have their knowledge grow with each new leg of the adventure, and most of all have a lot of FUN during the summer! Contact us today for more information and don’t delay, spaces are limited!Show Less
St. Patrick’s Day is around the corner and with it comes a lot of green festivities, traditions, and delicious snacks. Even though green eggs and ham isn’t exactly a treat to satisfy your sweet tooth, there are other fun recipes you can make with your child to celebrate the day!
If your child is a fan of Lucky Charms, try making some Rice Krispies with Lucky Charms mixed in. Just make the loveable cereal treat the normal way and add Lucky Charms for a St. Patrick’s Day treat! Or you can take a red velvet recipe and make it a green velvet one, simply by adding green food coloring. With green baking batter you can make a whole company of tasty treats – including cupcakes, mini cupcakes, cakes, and cake pops!
Like to mix in some salty with the sweet? Try some Pot ‘o Gold Chex Mix to take a festive spin on a favorite snack. Whatever fun concoction you make to celebrate this holiday, don’t forget to involve your child in the baking extravaganza! The kitchen is an excellent environment for learning opportunities.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton we love teaching our students about different holidays and cultures. We encourage an environment of respect and nurturing in all of our programs and would love to talk with you about what we can offer your child. Contact us today!Show Less
While Valentine’s Day may be a holiday that’s centered around romance, it’s important to use it as a time to celebrate all kinds of love too! This time of year is a great time to explain to your preschooler the importance of celebrating friendships. With all of the red roses, pink balloons, and a lot of cards with hearts on them at the grocery store and pharmacy, your child will likely have some questions!
Here are 3 ways to celebrate your child’s friendships this Valentine’s Day:
1. Consider inviting one of your preschooler’s friends over for an afternoon snack with heart-shaped cookies or a favorite candy. Make it about how much fun they have together and show your appreciation for their friendship!
2. Look for valentines that use phrases and images that highlight the importance of friendship.
3. Over dinner, talk to your preschooler about how important it is to have friends and share some of your own personal experiences! It could be a great time of bonding for you both!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton we love teaching our students how to respect and value each other. Each of our programs for all ages incorporates advanced curriculum, a nurturing environment and a highly trained, professional staff team. Contact us for more information today!Show Less
The New Year has arrived and as we all get back into the regular routine after the holidays, it may seem pointless to try and talk to your children about setting goals. When talking to children about goals, it’s important to remember what type of world they live in. Their goals will not be about making a certain amount of money or planning a great family vacation, so help them by incorporating what’s already a part of their life and making it more intentional.
For example, if your child attends a childcare center consider teaching them about kindness by having them compliment a random person in their classroom each week. This random act of kindness will help the child understand the importance of using nice words and considering other people during the day. If your child loves to read, choose a book they would enjoy reading all by themselves and set a goal to finish by the end of the year.
Setting goals can be an enjoyable task when you keep in mind the uniqueness of each child. Start small and each year try something that would provide a little more of a challenge to help your child grow and develop.
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It’s the most wonderful time of the year! As children anticipate the presents under the tree, dining rooms across the country are groaning under the weight of festive feasts and cookie swaps while neighbors wrestle with Christmas lights to make their home light up with Christmas cheer. With all of the excitement it can be easy to over-spend and overstretch the family budget. Unfortunately for some, the frenzied holiday rush in November and December can lead to a New Year filled with many unwanted credit card bills. A holiday budget is a great solution for managing spending and honoring the financial responsibilities that will continue throughout the New Year.
Here are 5 Easy Ways to Stick to a Holiday Budget:
1. Base it off of your annual income – Financial planners recommend spending no more than 1.5% of your annual income on holiday gifts/events. Gather the family together and explain how much you will spend and why you will not spend more than the established amount.
2. Create a Template for your Budget – When you are able to see the numbers easily and clearly, it motivates behavior to not over-step the agreed-upon boundaries. Check out this template for a start.
3. Be Accountable – Tell close friends what you plan to spend and allow them to ask you how you are doing on your budget. While this may seem awkward or intrusive, accountability is a great tool to use to keep yourself from having to answer for your behavior later. Choose someone you love and trust.
4. Shop Early – While it may seem silly to do your Christmas shopping in the summer or fall, the entire process will likely be a lot less stressful if you take it out little by little instead of rushing in the last minute. You are also likely to save money as you will not be pulled into as many sales and gimmicks that lead shoppers to spend more than they planned during the holidays.
5. Explore creative, cost-effective options – If you know you will need to purchase 10 teacher gifts, a gift for the mailman, your nanny, and other important connections in your everyday life – prepare! Consider things like baking loaves of holiday bread or batches of cookies. For extended family, personalized items with photos of grandkids or nieces/nephews are a big hit! Give out family calendars or coffee mugs with photos of family. Visit sites such as Shutterfly and Vistaprint for more affordable personalized options!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton, we want your Holiday season to be enjoyable and memorable. That’s why we equip all of our families with peace of mind that their child will be loved and taught in our safe, secure, password-protected facility and offer Watch Me Grow Technology which provides anytime access to live online viewing of their child’s day. Contact us for a tour!Show Less
Setting the kids table for Thanksgiving may seem like a waste of time when you think about the utter chaos that is about to strike those unsuspecting plates and napkins. Yet making a creative table setting could help keep your child occupied and give you a few moments to enjoy your own meal!
There are many creative ideas to implement that won’t break your budget or your sanity! Check out some of our favorite settings:
Corn on the Cob and Crayons! – Give your child an incentive to stay seated at their table by providing these easy DIY treat bags filled with goodies! We also approve of the paper tablecloth and crayons approach – keep it easy and entertaining.
Mess-free crafting! – Idle hands usually lead to messes and tantrums. Curb your child’s mealtime boredom by setting out easy, glue and scissors - free crafts for the kids. If you have older children who wouldn’t be tempted to try and swallow small beads, lay out some materials to make their own bracelets/necklaces or try these cute paper turkey finger puppet printables, safe for all ages!
Turkey Time Trivia – If you have older kids at the table, make the meal a learning experience by making Trivia Turkeys and setting them at each place setting. Check out this site for info on how to make them and ideas for Thanksgiving trivia questions. Or, if you plan in advance, you can have everyone send you what he/she is thankful for about different individuals sitting at the table and make a “Thankful for YOU!” turkey table setting.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton, we are so excited about the Holiday season and thankful for all our families who make our school a delightful place to play, learn, and teach! If you would like more info about our innovative programs for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age, contact us today!Show Less
Parents have to wear the hat of referee to settle disputes among their children on a daily basis. Inevitably the words “She started it!” or “He pushed me!” will echo in every living room and playground.
Our approach to resolving conflict among children usually involves having them look at each other and say ‘I’m sorry!’ before allowing them to go back to playing. Many children however, will use the words ‘I’m sorry’ as an easy way to end the conflict without ever acknowledging the problem with their behavior. It’s important to teach them that sincere apologies are followed by an effort to change the hurtful behavior.
The next time your child has to apologize to someone, pay attention to how quickly they say ‘I’m sorry’ after the incident. When children say ‘I’m sorry’ immediately after the offense and then continue on with no signs of remorse, they neglect to acknowledge the hurt they caused. It’s very likely they have only learned the words and don’t understand what the words mean. In these cases the child will likely repeat the offending behavior, according to psychologist and author Dr. Sal Severe.
In addition to teaching your child about the importance of sincere apologies, the best way a parent can help their child understand it is by modeling it for them and with them. Many parents feel awkward when they make mistakes in front of their children but it is actually a great learning opportunity for you both! When you apologize to your child be sure to be specific in what you’re sorry for and efforts you will take to not repeat the behavior in the future. This will teach your child about sincerity and show them that ‘I’m sorry’ is followed by an effort to avoid hurtful behavior. When parents model this to children, it’s more likely the child will begin to mimic the behavior when interacting with others.
Keep in mind that when you seek forgiveness from your child you need to resist the temptation to give them excuses or reasons for why you did what you did. Justifying our mistakes will teach our kids to do the same, owning our mistakes will give them a healthy perspective on how to interact with others when we are in the wrong.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton understands the importance of using conflict as a teachable moment for the children in our care. We are passionate about developing the next generation to be kind and respectful members of our community! We also believe in partnering with parents to work together in shaping, teaching, and loving on every little learner. Contact us today about scheduling a tour and meeting our exceptional teaching team!Show Less
As a parent, much of your day is spent working, preparing meals, cleaning your home, and chauffeuring your children. You are constantly considering what is best for your children and providing them with an excellent educational experience is of utmost importance. In addition to the primary area of studies which are covered by a typical preschool curriculum, there are also several extra curricular activities and special programs to consider to help your child develop academically and socially.
Learning a foreign language like Chinese is one option that can include fun lesson plans, games, songs, and rhymes to teach vocabulary and basic conversation skills. Enrolling your child in a technology or computer-skills course is also very beneficial in securing the tools and resources needed to excel in higher education. Health and fitness classes teach your child about a healthy body, the food pyramid and family-style dining. While, music education class exposes your child to a rich appreciation for music and the arts.
When the time comes to choose the special program for your child, here are several questions to ask yourself and your school:
How much does it cost? At Kids ‘R’Kids, we offer special programs and extra curricular activities included in the price of tuition. You also have the choice to participate in additional activities that involve a fee. Each childcare or learning center is different so be sure you know the cost of any activity before signing up. Remember to add the amount to your tuition cost.
How will the activity benefit my child? Look for long term benefits that will help with social, physical, and academic goals. It’s important to make sure that you understand the value of the activity and are listening to yourchild as he talks about the program. What does he like? What is difficult for him? Your child’s insights are important! Remember, having fun is still a good reason to participate in a special program.
Is the activity appropriate for my child’s personality and ability? This can be a tricky question. It’s important to recognize your child’s natural ability but as a parent, you can also guide your child through new territory as he discovers new skills and interests. Again, listen to your child as he discusses the program with you to determine if it is a good fit.
At Kids ‘R’Kids Learning Academy of Mableton, we are happy to provide several special programs at no additional cost. Feel free to contact us to discuss our special programs and extra-curricular activities and find out all the ways we can benefit your child!Show Less
It’s the First Day of School! New bus routes, teachers, and classrooms are swimming in the minds of the students as they file into their school and prepare themselves for another year of learning. Many children are excited to return to school and make new friends but for others this time of year can cause a lot of anxiety. If you have a child who is naturally shy or introverted it is particularly helpful to engage with them in helping prepare for the transition back to school. Here are some practical ways you can prepare your child for all of the newness he’ll encounter in the first few days of another school year.
- Have Your Own First Day - From setting the alarm clock, to driving to school, and walking to each classroom they will be sitting in, make your own first day of school a week or so before the actual First Day of School. As you walk the halls with your child, ask them questions about how they’re feeling or what they’re noticing. Once you’ve visited all the main locations (gym, cafeteria, classrooms) consider taking them out to lunch and talking about your own experiences with first-day jitters while reminding them of how they were able to adjust during previous school years.
- Meet Their Teachers - Don’t skip “Orientation Week” at your school. Making a few new faces familiar before the first day will help your child settle into a new routine with less anxiety. This is also great for the teachers as they begin to welcome new faces to their classroom!
- Throw a Back-to-School Bash - If your child is introverted it may seem counter-intuitive to throw a party but this isn’t meant to be a huge neighborhood blowout. Instead, have them invite one or two friends over for dinner, games, and one last night of chasing fireflies before school begins. If you enjoy doing crafts, throw in a craft for them to do and take with them on their first day of school — Maybe making a picture frame magnet for their locker or a bookmark. Make it something simple that reminds them of people who love them and can comfort them when they get nervous or scared.
- Follow up after the First Week - For many children, after the first week the anxiety significantly decreases. If you notice that your child is still very reluctant to go to school after the first week, they could be having difficulty adjusting and it may be wise to consult their teacher and see how they can better acclimate.
It is completely normal for children to be nervous on the first day of school, so do not make your child feel foolish for feeling anxious. Rather, on the morning of the first day, be supportive and excited for them! When you pick them up or see them after work ask a lot of questions about their day. Your enthusiasm and involvement helps give them courage to tackle this new adventure!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton we hope to help calm your little one’s fears about going back to school. Please contact us if you have any questions or if we can help in any way!Show Less
As grown-ups we easily lose touch with the world of ninjas, make-believe and dress-up. Often our comfort level in imaginative play shrinks as the years continue on and when our children ask us to play we can get nervous or (when we agree to play) quickly bored with it.
According to Dr. Lawrence Cohen, psychologist, play therapist, and author of Playful Parenting, “Play allows parents to enter a child’s world, on the child’s terms, in order to foster closeness, confidence and connection… Sometimes it’s work mustering up enthusiasm when you feel bored and listless.” In other words, don’t feel guilty for feeling bored when you play with your kids but be encouraged that, with commitment to it, your child will feel closer to you and more likely to connect with you as they grow older.
If playing with your child seems intimidating here are 5 helpful tips to consider:
- Get creative with your playtime - Not all play has to be wrestling on the floor or playing dress-up. Go for a nature walk around the neighborhood, create something that you can enjoy together: a pizza, play dough, etc.
- Introduce ways that you enjoy playing to your child - While it’s important that your child do most of the directing as you play together, feel free to show them how you like to spend your time too as a means of connecting with them. Write a poem, read a book, paint your nails etc. This allows your child to get to know you a bit better and remind you that you can still have fun playing as a grown-up!
- Set aside specific time - Set a timer or alarm for 30 minutes to an hour and give your child your undivided attention. No phone, no making dinner during playtime. Just play!
- Remember that play can happen throughout the day - There are obvious times of the day when your child will play but you can also play during trips to the grocery store, while driving in the car, getting ready for school, etc.
- Enjoy your child - Even if the thought of playtime is stressful for you as a parent, view the opportunity as an adventure to have with your child. Make an effort to discover new aspects of your child that you may not have noticed at first. Sharing these discoveries with your spouse or close friends may also encourage you to spend more time playing!
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Mableton understands the unique role of play in a child’s learning and is proud to offer standards-based Preschool curriculum that seamlessly connects education with fun! We develop our curriculum with the learner in mind which make our programs accessible and engaging for children of all ages! Contact us today to see how we might be able to meet your childcare needs!Show Less
Deciding upon the best childcare provider in Mableton can be challenging. However, preschools such as Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Mableton rise above the rest, making this decision much simpler.
The acclaimed early learning program we use, our exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum, sets us apart by creating an educational experience that promotes a child's brain development. This curriculum is designed to create an emotionally secure and comfortable learning environment for your child. A happy and secure child is at ease, allowing them to absorb and learn. Our tutors and child care specialists are nurturing and our strategies are age-appropriate to ensure the very best neuro-pathways are established, for ultimate physical, social-emotional and cognitive development.
Effective early development opportunities for children
At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Mableton, our classrooms are designed for safety and equipped with interesting and stimulating features, allowing your child to think, explore, investigate and most importantly, learn.
Our Brain Waves Curriculum begins with activities specifically created to engage brain cells in all four separate regions, or lobes, of the brain. These activities have been designed for infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers. Our curriculum provides the perfect mix of interactive play and activity materials to stimulate development through repetition, and utilizing all five senses. The first five years of your child's life are the most important for stimulating brain development. The latter is maximized through the activities we have developed with our exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum.
Tip for Mableton parents
If you want to enhance your child's learning potential with brain training, maintaining this environment at home is essential. Attending a variety of workshops and events which are designed for family fun is a great place to start! Check-out what's offered by the South Cobb Arts Alliance in Mableton for child-friendly activities that you, as a parent, will enjoy too!