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.
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Technology is a great way for your preschooler to learn on an interactive level. However, as with anything, too much of it can be bad. With our society so involved with technology, it can feel like an uphill battle trying to balance your child’s technology use. However, with some structure and a balance of carefully chosen alternative activities, your child will have no problem putting down their tablet or device.
First off, it’s important to have set times every day where technology is not allowed. All the devices should be turned off or put in a specific place. If your child spends most of his free time enjoying tv, set timers on the tv where after a certain amount of minutes, it shuts off automatically.
Do it as a family
Doing this as a family is the best way to instill these rules. Use this time to spend together as a family. One of the most important things you can do after setting limitations to your child’s technology use is to spend the time they’re not using the tablet or watching tv doing something just as fun. Because much of technology use is sedentary, make efforts to balance this time out with exercise and time outdoors. Take advantage of the technology-free time to do things that are not possible with a tablet or tv on. Play a game, read a book, or bake something in the kitchen.
If you stick with the guidelines you set forth for your house’s technology use, before you know it your child will be willingly putting the tablet down to spend time outdoors or doing something just as fun.
Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Landstar located in Orlando, Florida? 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
For preschoolers, every change in their environment is a great learning opportunity. While many adults may not even think about the changes in seasons, it’s actually a very enjoyable and exciting concept for small children. There is much to learn when it comes to changes in weather, and this learning opportunity is also a great way to have fun with your child.
Start with the basics
The simplest way to introduce seasons to your child is to point out the differences in weather as you come across them. When picking out their clothes in the morning, talk to them about why they’re going to wear a sweater or rain boots. Have simple conversations like, “Today it will be hot, so we will wear shorts and sandals,” or “It looks like it might rain today, so we will bring the umbrella with us.”
Go out and investigate
There’s nothing like first hand observation when it comes to learning! Acknowledging all the changes in your neighborhood is the best way to open your child’s eyes to the seasons. Talk about the differences between dark heavy clouds and light fluffy ones and explain why they look that way. Ask your little one questions like “Why do you think leaves change colors in the fall?”
You can use the seasons as a reason to do some new activities that also get your children to use their senses with the seasons. Make cotton ball art to depict fluffy clouds and snow, or play in the fall leaves, or make a wreath for the front door.
It’s also important to discuss safety when it comes to weather. Talk about hurricane and tornado safety and show them where flashlights and safety points in the house are. Use every opportunity to teach your child about nature while making it fun for the whole family—your child will grow up to love the changing seasons and always interact with the world around them.
Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Landstar located in Orlando, Florida? 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
Summer is quickly coming to a close, and the new school year is right around the corner! Before the first day arrives, you may want to spend some time refreshing your little learner on general rules and guidelines to follow while at school. After three unstructured months of summer fun, a review on having good manners, respecting other classmates, and listening to the teacher could go a long way. Here are a few ways to teach your preschooler to follow the rules.
Why follow rules?
Start off by explaining to your child why rules matter. Tell him that rules are put in place to ensure that everyone is safe and kind to one another. Calling other children mean names, hitting others, or disrespecting the teacher are all obvious no-no’s. In order to be safe and happy at school, your child should stay with the class at all times, listen to the teacher and other staff members, and be friendly to other students. Once your child realizes that rules are put in place with good intentions, he will be more likely to follow them.
Set an example
Children mirror their parents’ actions each and every day, whether parents realize it or not. This is why it’s so important to set a positive example for your preschooler. Your little one is watching, so remember to always display good manners and not to raise your voice when you’re in the middle of a disagreement.
When it comes to temper tantrums, zero tolerance is your best bet. If your child whines, screams, or cries when he’s upset or isn’t getting his way, simply tell him you cannot understand him. If he can calm down and tell you what he is upset about, you can help him. Once he understands this, he’ll put the tantrum on pause, take a deep breath, and explain his frustration. Another approach would be to designate a special area for your child to go to when he is throwing a fit. A small bathroom or place out of the way is a good choice. Explain to him that every time he begins to throw a fit, you will simply take him to his “fussing spot” and leave him until he calms himself down. When he decides to stop he may then rejoin the family all on his own. Throwing a fit is a lot less fun when there is no audience to watch you!
Your children will make mistakes as they grow up - it’s simply inevitable. However, if you strive to provide a safe and comforting place to talk, they will continue to seek your advice and confide in you. Be loving and encouraging as they learn right from wrong, and don’t give up.
Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Landstar located in Orlando, Florida? 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 that children typically start their days in a state of dehydration? Humans can lose up to two pounds overnight through sweat and respiration. Smaller children lose less fluids, but the percentage of water loss is still significant. When children are dehydrated, their physical performance and cognitive ability are negatively impacted. Therefore, kids head to school unprepared to learn or play. This is why it’s so important to stay hydrated.
Why drink water?
Water makes up 60% of our bodies, which means it’s imperative to stay hydrated in order for our bodies to function properly. For example, our brain is made up of 80% water, making water one of the primary tools for neurological transmissions. Without the necessary amount of water, both yours and your child’s abilities to focus, absorb and regurgitate information greatly decrease when you are thirsty. When engaging in physical activity, your child loses even more water through perspiration.
Keep it interesting
Sometimes, children are a bit hesitant when it comes to drinking anything other than sugar-filled juice or soda. Luckily, there are a few great ways for parents to encourage their kids to stay hydrated all day long. Using colorful, fun straws or adding frozen slices of fruit to keep your drink cool are simple ways to make water more enticing for your preschooler.
The exact amount of water each child needs varies greatly due to factors such as age, weight, gender, and the amount of daily physical activity they do. However, it is best to aim for six to eight glasses of water each day. Remember to keep a water bottle on hand at all times on hot, exercise-filled days so your child has a hydrating option to turn to when feeling thirsty. Your best bet is to begin and end every day with a glass of water, and always encourage your children to stay hydrated. Drink up!
Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Landstar located in Orlando, Florida? 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
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
Everyone loves summer break, but it can sometimes be difficult to stay in touch with friends who are on vacation or away at summer camp. If your preschooler is feeling disconnected from friends or is eager to reach out to their preschool peers, there are a handful of ways to ease those worries. Try one of these tips for staying connected all summer long:
Write a letter
There's nothing like a handwritten letter or hand-drawn picture to say "I miss you"! Help your youngsters write letters to friends who are out of town. You can teach them how to address an envelope, where to place the stamp, and even take them to the post office to mail it themselves.
Schedule a video chat
Take advantage of technology and utilize phone calls or video chatting! Get in touch with your child's friend's parents and allow them to Facetime or video chat if you're cities or states away and can't plan a playdate.
Create a scrapbook
Take pictures of any activities you do or trips you take, and create a summer scrapbook to share with friends at the start of the school year. This will help your child jog their memory and recall all of the fun they had from June to August.
Enroll in summer camp
Get in touch with the parents of your little one's friends, and enroll your children in Kids 'R' Kids of Landstar Summer Camp together! From fitness activities, to arts and crafts, to spending time in the great outdoors, your kiddos will have a blast bonding at Kids 'R' Kids day camp.
Staying in touch with friends from school over summer break will help your preschooler get over any first-day fears when the summer festivities come to an end and the new school year begins, so keep these tips for staying connected in mind!
Independence Day is right around the corner, which means parades, parties, and tons of fun. From yummy treats, to party games, to creating your very own DIY fireworks art display, these four preschooler-friendly crafts will make your Fourth of July celebrations the very best they can be.
Dipped Ice Cream Cones
Satisfy your sweet tooth with these delicious 4th of July dipped ice cream cones! Keep it simple or get as creative as you'd like. Dip your cones in melted chocolate or colored candy, add sprinkles, and lay them top side down to harden!
Firework Salt Painting
Create your own colorful fireworks display with just a few materials! This firework salt painting uses salt, glue and watercolors to turn a simple black piece of paper into an exciting work of art! This one may be a little messy - but it's just too fun to care!
DIY Can Toss
This next craft-ivity is perfect for parties! Take a few canned goods, make them as festive as you'd like, and stack 'em! Once you make your "rockets" (using small socks filled with rice and tied off with rubber bands) you've got a super fun DIY can toss!
This sparkler shield is absolutely genius. If your little one is a bit of a Nervous Nelly around fireworks, this is the solution for you. With a simple red solo cup, you can create a shield from any flying sparks and have a worry-free Fourth of July!
Firework Ribbon Wands
We love these DIY firework ribbon wands, and we're sure you will too! Embrace the magic this Fourth of July with your little ones by creating festive red, white, and blue wands. If you like this craft, you'll love the other ten others listed here, too. Abra-cadabra!
These star-spangled crafts are bound to brighten your Independence Day festivities this year. Enjoy spending time with family, stay safe, and have fun!
When the excitement of summer wears off for your preschooler and the boredom begins to set in, you’re going to need a few fun activities on hand. Baking is a great go-to for several reasons (especially on days when it’s just too hot to play outside). Children can develop skills like math and reading by following a recipe, explore a brand new hobby, and create a tasty treat with mom or dad!
S’More Pie Pops
These S’more Pie Pops will be a huge hit in your home. All you need is pie crust, small pieces of milk chocolate, mini marshmallows, a beaten egg, and popsicle sticks! After 20 to 25 minutes of baking in the oven, your home will smell of chocolate and marshmallows and your family will feel like you were just roasting s’mores by the fire. Enjoy these bite-sized treats all summer.
M&M Peanut Butter Bars
This delicious (and easy) recipe also only requires 5 ingredients: M&M’s, peanut butter, brown sugar, baking mix, and beaten eggs. Feel free to substitute M&M’s for chocolate chips or any other sweet and small candy. Follow the recipe, and in no time you’ll have chewy, golden brown M&M peanut butter bars to munch on as a family. Yum!
Quick Blueberry Breakfast Muffins
What are the perks of baking this sweet batch of blueberry muffins? Breakfast is made for the week (that is, if you don’t eat the entire batch as soon as they’re done!) They’re just that good. You simply can’t go wrong with this classic recipe - and the best part is, it can be done in just one bowl! Your little one will love baking (and devouring) this delicious breakfast treat.
From purchasing ingredients, to preparing and completing the final product, baking is a blast. The best part is chowing down on the masterpiece you created! You can bet your preschooler will love these treats. So, when in doubt, bake it out.Show Less
School has ended, and summer is finally here! If you’re looking for ways to keep your preschooler busy this summer, or you simply want to give your little one more responsibility around the house, look no further. Chores are a wonderful way to help your child feel independent and productive all summer long. Check out these chore ideas.
Make a chore chart!
Create a chore chart! Your little one can earn stickers or gold stars for simple tasks like making their bed, putting their toys away, or helping you carry in lightweight groceries. Once they earn a certain amount of stars or stickers, you can have a family pizza party or movie marathon! Using rewards as incentive will motivate your little one to complete their chores and do their very best.
Pretend you’re running a restaurant and assign your child with tasks like setting and clearing the table before or after a meal. This is a fun way to encourage your child to help around the house and use their imagination!
Give your preschooler simple tasks.
Separating laundry into colors and neutrals is a super easy task for preschoolers to try. You can even discuss and learn about the different fabrics, patterns, and colors you see as you separate all your laundry.
Teach them responsibility.
If you have a cat or dog, ask your preschooler to help feed them in the morning or at night. This establishes even more independence and your child will feel a sense of fulfillment from getting to take care of something.
Help with the garden.
The summer sun provides the perfect opportunity to plant your very own garden, so why not have your preschooler help out? From planting seeds to watering your plants on a daily basis, this “chore” is fun for you and your child!
Remind your little one to continue these positive habits wherever they go. Keeping things tidy around the house will inspire your child to take initiative outside their home as well, whether that’s at a friend’s house or at summer camp.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
If you think poetry and preschoolers have nothing in common, think again. Children this age have a wonderful sense of language and love creating, and poetry can be just the ticket! Here are a few ways to introduce your little one to poetry this spring.
Start reading with your preschool child!
Read up on classic poems and popular books to familiarize yourself with poetry—and even get ideas on how to write your own! A Light in the Attic and Where the Sidewalk Ends are two wonderful poetry books written by Shel Silverstein. Additionally, One Fish Two Fish, Green Eggs and Ham, and The Cat in the Hat are three classic poems written by Dr. Seuss, who is famous worldwide for his children’s literature.
For traditional poems, start with easy, one syllable words like cat or bed. Practice rhyming, and make a list of words your child identifies. Help your child incorporate these words into a short poem. Don’t worry about perfection—relax and have some fun!
Go free verse.
Encourage your child to create free-verse poetry, where there are no patterns, formulas, or rhymes. Have your child express his or her feelings, and remember, anything goes!
Start a journal.
Start a poetry journal with your child and write in it once a week. At the end of the summer, your child will have his or her first book of poems. Encourage illustrations, if your tot likes to color or draw.
Be patient, have an open mind, and remember to have fun when showing your child the world of poetry. Once they see a passion for poetry in you, they’ll be bound to love it too!Show Less
Rain or shine, spring days are perfect for crafting and creating. From DIY wind chimes to spring-themed collages, there are endless entertaining art projects to get your little one involved in. So, get out the supplies, grab your preschooler, and let the fun begin!
Create a preschool wish list!
It’s May and the end of the school year is coming up, so why not make a “picture list” of all the things your little one hopes to do this summer? From swimming, to visiting the beach or the lake, to learning to ride a bike without training wheels—get creative by printing pictures online or cutting out photos in magazines.
Make a wind chime.
Make rainbow wind chimes to enjoy all year long. The warm springtime weather provides the perfect opportunity to head outside and enjoy a nature walk with your little ones while 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!
Or let your preschooler make a windsock.
Make a colorful windsock using a construction paper tube, crepe paper, and string. Have your child use markers, paint, and glitter to decorate the tube to their heart’s content. Once the final project is complete, head outside and watch your windsock come to life.
Create a collage!
Create a spring themed collage with some simple materials. Compile any old kid-friendly magazines and begin sifting through the pages for spring-related photos and phrases. Flowers, birds, and bright blue skies will make for a colorful collage to hang on the fridge all season.
If the spring season is bringing the heat, don’t fret. Your preschooler is bound to enjoy these seasonal art projects, so stay inside and craft away. Remember to lay down old newspapers before getting into messy crafts for an easy clean up, and, most importantly, have a blast!Show Less
Spring time is the perfect time to clean out all the winter things and bring out the warm weather apparel. To minimize clutter and destress your life, consider donating any unneeded items to a local charity or shelter—and teach your preschool children how and why we do it!
Everyone has their own preference on where they like to donate their things, so here are three options to consider when making that choice for your family.
Donate to local shelters.
Local shelters are going to take the things that you donate, sort them, and then give them to those in need that come to them for assistance. You can usually donate non-perishable food, clothing, hygienic items, and toys. You can call your local shelter to find out exactly what they will accept.
Donate to Goodwill or The Salvation Army.
If you have a local Goodwill or Salvation Army location, you can donate items such as clothing, books, DVDs and VHS tapes, any home décor items, and essentially anything besides food. They will take the things that you have donated, sort and clean them, and then put them on their store floor to resell at an affordable price. They also give you a tax form to get a tax break on the things you donated. In some locations, the Salvation Army will even come pick up your items from you! You don’t even need to leave the house!
Give to a family in need.
Lastly, if you have a friend or acquaintance in need that can use the things you no longer need, bless them and give to them! It may be that they have recently gone through a rough time, or maybe you just know that your donation would be a blessing to them. You can donate your items directly to someone in need without going through the middle man of a donation facility.
Whatever you decide, be sure to include your preschooler in the process so that they too can experience the joy of giving.Show Less
April showers bring May flowers. We love the flowers, but we must get through the rainy season first. If you’re looking for rainy day ideas to do with preschool children, check out these fun ones for inspiration.
Read books with your preschooler.
Read books about the rain with your little ones and talk to them about how the rain helps the plants and flowers grow. Find books about the rain at your local library, and relax and enjoy the rainy days indoors with educational books and a warm blanket. Enjoy the time together indoors and try to draw pictures of the rain if you want!
You can sing indoors or outdoors! Learn songs about the rain, like “The Itsy-Bitsy-Spider” that was washed away by the rain, or listen to the soundtrack from Singin’ In the Rain for fun rainy day music. Learn a new song together, and then go sing outside in the rain! Learn the hand motions to better enjoy the song and make fun memories singing and dancing together.
Play in the rain.
If weather conditions are safe enough, head outdoors and play in the rain! As long as it’s just a spring shower, put on your rain gear and head outside to splash through the puddles and build mud pies and sandcastles together. All you need is a rain coat and rubber boots to make the day full of rainy fun.
Go for a walk through nature.
Grab your umbrella and head outside to take a walk through nature with your preschool child. Watch and see how the plants react to the rain, and see if you can spot any animals running for cover from the weather. Look out for frogs and other animals that love the rain, and watch them splash through the puddles as well! Have fun and help your little one learn to love the beautiful outdoors.Show Less
April showers brings May flowers. That’s exciting for May, but first we’re going to have to get through the rainy spring days. If you are looking for new ideas to pass the time on rainy days with your preschooler, look no further!
Make music videos together.
Pick a favorite song and act it out. Record it and share it with your friends. These videos will make memories that will last a lifetime, and they can be shared and viewed over and over again. Be creative and silly, and it’ll be sunny again before you know it!
Read a riddle book.
If you’ve ever given your preschooler a riddle book, you know that they will become enthralled with each and every riddle and want to share them all with you. If you haven’t shared a joke book with your children, you should. They provide hours of laughter and entertainment, and you’ll have endless corny jokes to add to your repertoire.
Do science experiments.
If you want to do something educational, you can do science experiments together. Pull out the baking soda and vinegar and create volcanic eruptions with the chemical reactions. Or you can make slime putty with glue and shaving cream.
Research why it rains.
Research why it rains, and share the reasons with your preschooler. Even if it seems a little bit over their heads, you will be surprised at how much they pick up and remember about the rain cycle and the weather. Find a few good books to read about the weather and you can learn exactly why the rain is pouring.
Make the day fun and exciting and invest in the time that you have together instead of simply wishing that the day would come to an end. These rainy days are an awesome time to focus on your relationship with your little ones as you stay inside and enjoy one another’s company.Show Less
Spring is upon us and it’s the time for new life and growth in nature. Who doesn’t love flowers and new seedling sprouts? You can encourage your preschool child to develop a green thumb and a love for nature through these little gardening projects that are some of the easiest plants for kids to grow.
Preschoolers love sunflowers because they can grow to be so tall—up to twelve feet! They also require minimal work and can grow in most any type of soil. Once they’re fully grown, they will produce sunflower seeds that will attract all kinds of birds to watch and study.
Poppies take little to no water and are a beautiful option to get your little one started in the gardening area. They are very easy to manage, and the vibrant red color is fun to watch bloom and grow.
Peas are very easy to grow, and they will produce vegetables that your preschooler can eat. If you have trouble getting them to eat their veggies, try growing them yourself and see if they will become a little more interested in their peas after they watch them grow.
Strawberries are perhaps a bigger favorite. While being relatively easy to grow, it is almost guaranteed that they will produce a delicious fruit that is sure to excite. They will want to pick them as soon as they begin to bloom, but encourage them to be patient and wait until they’re finally ripe. The longer they’re left on the vine, the sweeter they will be!
Try out these four gardening ideas and watch as your preschooler develops a love for the outdoors and the different aspects of botany. Take every opportunity to teach them through fun, and the experiences will stick with them much longer than information from a book alone. Make it fun and enjoy the time that you spend together in the garden.Show Less
Prioritizing your marriage with children can be difficult, but it’s worth it! If you’re wondering how to make it happen, here are 3 tips that might help you put your spouse first:
- Make un-cancelable date nights.
This is one of the best things you can do. Don’t book anything else on a date night. If something comes up, you already have something more important planned! Set aside one night a week to get away together. Hire a babysitter or let the grandparents have fun with the kids for an evening. If you had a meeting to close a million-dollar deal, would you cancel the meeting? No! Your marriage is worth far more than any amount of money. Real emergencies are the only excuse.
- Develop a routine.
In addition to date nights, develop a routine or schedule that includes at least 40 minutes of undisturbed alone-time with your spouse every day. It can be in the morning before work and school and be used for discussing the day, and the plans that you all have, or it could be at night after the little ones have gone to sleep and be used to discuss the events of the day and anything else that needs to be communicated. Some have found that lunch dates work great because they don’t take away from family time during the mornings or evenings, and is a great way to keep in touch throughout the day.
- Communicate about expectations.
Communication is the number one necessity for a healthy relationship. Be open with each other, talk about everything, and have an understanding and graceful attitude toward one another. Couples that are most open with each other have great relationships, but the ones that understand forgiveness have it even better.
Prioritizing your marriage can take a lot of time to learn and relearn, but the outcome is well worth the effort. Your marriage and your children will thank you for the time that you took to create a beautiful marriage.Show Less
Exercise is a wonderful thing, despite many children viewing it as a chore or a punishment. If you’re struggling with getting your child moving in 2017, we can help. Here are just a few activities you can engage your kiddo in without them even noticing they are moving in a healthy manner.
Have fun with it: If you’re looking for a way to introduce exercise to your preschooler or if your child simply isn’t interested in working out, consider playing a classic game such as freeze dance, Simon Says, hop scotch, tag, or jump rope! Show your little one that not only does exercising come with wonderful benefits, but it can also be a blast!
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!
Get those wheels turning: If you’re burnt out on ball sports, grab a helmet and hit the pavement! Biking and roller blading, which can increase muscle strength and flexibility, are two great ways to stay active and enjoy beautiful weather. It can also be a wonderful bonding opportunity if your little one is ready to say goodbye to their training wheels.
While you’re getting your child moving, remember to stay healthy. Bring hand wipes to public places such as indoor parks or the zoo. Stay hydrated! Young children need five glasses of water each day for optimal health. Wear sunscreen when swimming or playing outside. And finally, don’t forget helmets when biking and roller blading.Show Less
If your child is struggling in school, or starting to regress a little in their behavior toward you or those at school, here are some things to consider as you try to find out the cause of their struggles.
Understand your child’s personality and learning styles, and help his teacher to understand what is normal. Some kids learn visually, and some are more hands-on kinesthetic learners. Spend time with your child and research some things to find out what kind of learner your child is. Let your child’s teacher know so that they can make sure that they are helping your child learn in a way that is more beneficial to them.
Make sure your child is getting enough sleep. This one is really important because moods are determined by the amount of sleep your child gets. A good night’s rest can set the tone for the rest of the day. Make sure to go to bed early so they can be refreshed and ready to take on the day as soon as morning comes!
Make sure they have a healthy diet. Like sleep, diet also has a big influence over mood. Feed them a big healthy breakfast to prepare them for the day. Send a well-packed lunch with snacks aplenty. We’re all happier when we’ve had a nice meal!
Ensure they’re not overwhelmed. At this young age, it can be easy for them to feel overwhelmed with all that this big world is asking of them. Make sure there isn’t too much on their plate, and remember that kids pick up so much just from living life. Even playing is learning for them! Several extracurricular activities are not needed for young children. Just having a parent read out loud to them every evening could be more beneficial to them than an extracurricular activity.Show Less
Entering the school year with a new preschool can be a big adjustment for a little one, and we want to help make sure that adjustment is as smooth as possible. These 4 steps can help you along the way.
1. Visit the preschool with your little one.
Let them become familiar with their new school. Be excited about it, and let them know that they are going to have such a great time this year! Get to know the teachers, and let your child form a relationship with them on their own. You can introduce yourself to the teacher, and then let your child introduce themselves too!
2. When dropping off your child, make the goodbyes short and sweet.
Be confident about dropping them off, and assure them that you will be back and they will have an awesome day! Figure out a drop-off routine, and stick to it so they will know what to expect every day. Drop-offs might be more difficult toward the beginning of the year, but it will get better soon!
3. Encourage your child to make friends.
It could also be a good idea to plan some playdates with other kids from the preschool as they all get to know each other. Friends make the days more fun!
4. Pack fun lunches with surprises in them.
Let them know that you’re thinking about them throughout the day. A happy picture from mom in their lunch box could brighten up their day just a little bit more!
Always remember to be patient as your little one is going through this new adjustment. After school, ask how their day went, and listen to the little stories that they tell you. Reassure them if they have any fears, and encourage them by telling them that they’re doing a great job!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
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
All the other little kids are running around shouting, playing, and having a good time, but your little one is just sitting quietly to the side soaking in the atmosphere.
Usually children seem unaware of the emotional state of other children, but your child seems to join in on the wails of another child even when everything seems fine.
Well, would you be surprised if I said nothing?
The American stereotype for young children is an energetic, bold, and rowdy young one. Because of this, the more sensitive, introverted child is over-shadowed. Emotion is viewed as a weakness, and the quiet child is run over by the notion that success equals extroverted and unemotional.
It is only in the past 50 years that this type of child has been viewed in a negative light. Shyness and sensitivity are still viewed as positive traits in countries like Japan and Sweden where citizens are not as success-driven as Americans. Interestingly enough, employers are now valuing Emotional Quotient over Intelligence Quotient. Why? Because employees respond better to understanding and empathetic managers and are more willing to work harder for people that value employees and their well-being over profit and fame. It’s a win-win situation.
Quiet children are usually more introverted and prefer calm environments that stimulate their ever-thinking minds. Unlike the “normal” boisterous and outgoing children, hypersensitive children are deep thinkers that thrive on controlled environments, consistency, and perfection.
Over-stimulation is rampant in our culture, and, for more sensitive children, it can be too much to take in at one time. Sometimes it may seem like the hypersensitive child takes everything as a personal attack. But, that deep emotion, if channeled correctly, can produce deeply empathetic and caring, nurturing adults.
In the younger years, sensitivity and shyness might be a challenge to channel, but they are actually wonderful characteristics that can make for successful individuals if they are raised with confidence instead of disappointment. Instead of trying to encourage these sensitive children to be something they’re not, we can embrace them for the gift that they are to the world. Empathy, gentleness, and peacemakers are all things that our society could use more of, and it all starts from infancy.Show Less
The holidays are here. That means your preschooler has been bugging you about her holiday wishes for at least a few weeks. To make it easier on you, we’re thinking about a few things that might help you out a bit as you go shopping this year. We’ve categorized them into four themes.
Think clearly about what your child is wanting. Suppose he wants an army base for his soldiers, but he’s also really into Legos. Why not get him a Lego set to build his army base? That way you’re satisfying two wants. He’ll be extra thankful that you’re thinking through all his desires.
Your preschooler wants a Super Blast Laser Action Figure 5000, or whatever, but you know he needs a new jacket to wear for that event you have coming up in January. We recommend you get the jacket. Soon enough your child will probably forget about the Super Laser Man thing anyway, right? Sometimes kids need things to function in life, and money is tight. It’s okay. We’ve all been there.
Maybe your little daughter wants a new doll that she saw on TV, but she likes it because it has a pretty dress. Why not buy a dress that looks really similar to the doll’s? She’s been needing a new dress for a while, so packaging a real need as a present can get two birds with one stone.
One of the best gifts you could ever give your child is the gift of reading. Science shows that reading engages all areas of the brain and makes children much more able to handle the world as they grow up. The most successful people in life have been avid readers from childhood. Why not pick a nice piece of classic literature as a gift, but make sure it’s something you wouldn’t mind reading a thousand times—you know they’ll ask you to read it over and over again.
With these gifts in mind, we hope this holiday is set to be the best one your family has ever had.Show Less
A parent’s day can easily be filled from the early morning hours before the children are awake to late night hours when children are snuggled in their beds. For some parents a normal day can start at 5:00 a.m. and include preparing meals, cleaning, dropping off at preschool, attending sports events, volunteering at a daycare or childcare, settling disputes, and helping with homework.
If you experience a rigorous schedule like this, then you know how draining it can be. While it is understandable that a busy family season requires tremendous sacrifice, there are times when even a parent needs to find some quiet moments for rest.
Here are some creative ways to find the quiet moments and rest that every parent needs:
- Share breaks with another parent. Implement a “Parent’s Night Out” with other parents who need some quiet time. On Parent’s Night Out, parents rotate keeping each other’s children while the other parents enjoy some quiet time or a night out.
- Implement a “Mommy Time” rule in your house. Choose a good time when you can rest at home. This has to be carefully planned and explained to your family. Plan ahead to make sure the children have what they need and toddlers and infants are in a safe place. Then retreat to your room and enjoy your planned rest time. If anyone knocks on your door to ask a question, remind them, “This is Mommy time.” Let them know that you will be available when Mommy Time is over.
- Implement a rest time for the entire family. Look for a time on the weekend, when everyone is home. Family rest time means that everyone retreats to their beds for a nap or rest. School-aged children may desire alternatives like reading or watching a movie.
- Look for balance and opportunities to quietly find rest. On holidays, when the family is together, slip away for a nap. When there is a sporting event, ask a friend to take your child so you can enjoy some quiet time. Then offer to do the same for your friend.
- Take short naps. Of course, several hours of quiet time would be nice, but sometimes a 30-minute rest can make a huge difference.
- Look for a preschool in your area that offers an After School program and Summer Camps. In these environments your child will enjoy an engaging atmosphere, and get homework help, saving time when you get home.
Everyone knows it’s hard to find rest these days, but hopefully some of these tips will help you find that long-forgotten beauty sleep!Show Less
Children and adults of every age, nationality, and background are fascinated by the glitter, sparkle, treats, and warmth of holidays and special occasions. Preschoolers are no exception. With favored food, and the comfort of family friends, these special days can create fun and memories that will last a lifetime, but it can feel like a lifetime just budgeting the thing!
Holidays and special occasions can create pressure to provide the best gifts and experience available. Financial planners recommend spending no more than 1.5% of your annual income on holiday spending, so whatever you purchase always consider how spending affects your overall cash flow. Before you start spending, meet with your family to discuss your budget and plans. Communicate clearly and develop realistic expectations. Also, discuss the true meaning of celebrations beyond just the gifts and toys.
Here are a few budgeting tips for your special occasion:
- Determine the amount of money you have available. Subtract your normal financial commitments and determine the total amount you have available for spending.
- Make a spending list of the items you would like to purchase and determine the approximate cost of each item.
- Look for special deals at the grocery store, department stores, and online. Also, consider using coupons and taking advantage of specials. (Don’t forget about Cyber Monday!)
- Put the credit cards aside unless you are able to pay the bill completely when the statement arrives.
- Observe or communicate with your children about their desires. If the gifts will be unusually limited, tell them so there are no surprises.
- Be creative with your giving. There are many ways to make a person feel loved without over spending.
- If the spending amount is over your budget, revisit your list and delete or replace a few items.
- Continue until your planned spending amount is equal or less than your budget.
- Stick to your commitments.
- Remember the amount needed and start a monthly savings plan to meet the need next year.
With so much money coming out of your bank account for the holidays, these tips can help save your life!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, technology, engineering, art & math. Learn more about us in our latest digital magazine! Check out this issue for tips on disciplining your kids, getting them to eat healthier, and learn more about the strategies we use within our Brain Waves℠ curriculum!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on listening to music with children, details about our winter camps, and how setting good boundaries with children is one of the healthiest things you can do!Show Less
In a strange world like this one, it’s common to see children engrossed in a Netflix® binge before the age of five. Some kids have iPhones® by age ten. We get that.
However, the American Academy of Pediatrics has a whole heap of articles to better understand media’s effects on children. They say that children exposed to a lot of TV and other media run a higher risk of being obese, having difficulty focusing, and poor performance in school.
Of course, there are educational programs and media out there, but much of what is found on TV is not appropriate for toddlers.
They suggest a screen-free zone in the house where they are able to play with their toys, which also allows for time running around outside with their friends.
“Television and other entertainment media should be avoided for infants and children under age 2,” the AAP notes. “A child’s brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.”
We hope these recommendations will spark some imagination and creativity. Think of fun ways to engage children without screens! We’re here to help.Show Less
Have you considered saving money for your children? You might be thinking, “Shoulda asked me five years ago!” Either way, it’s never too late. As they say, these things take time.
Let’s say, for conversation’s sake, that tuition prices continue to climb on the current rate. That means by the time your five-year-old is 18 years old, tuition may be as high as $2.4 million per credit hour. Only royalty and A-list celebrities will be able to afford college, and the rest of society will whittle down to an illiterate servile state.
Jokes aside, college is quite expensive, and the likelihood of your child having to take out student loans is rather high. That is, if colleges can keep their doors open. Additionally, a down payment on your child’s first home will be expensive for them, so why not jump the gun?
At some point you also need to teach your children about finances. But when a financial advisor says, “We need to diversify the derivative mutual funds to better allocate the asset annuities in this bear market,” where do you start?
Investopedia has some helpful tips on how to do just that. First, make it a family activity. Let your kids in on the income and spending, teaching them about how to really allocate those assets. You can teach them about risk and reward, about opportunity cost—that is, if you have two dollars, you can either buy an expensive candy bar or an expensive soda, but not both. (And then teach them to go with the cheapest of both options!)
Hopefully, your kids will turn out to be financial gurus who swing by your house in their yacht on the way to the Hamptons. If not, at least they’ll be a little more able to handle the real world when they grow up.Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Take a peek inside of our latest digital magazine for tips on Check out our latest digital magazine for tips on learning mathematics, how to deal with whining, and parenting during transitions!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Inside this month’s issue you can explore information on a baby’s language development, how children build relationships, and how to properly, constructively help your child!Show Less
As the summer wraps up, you might find yourself preparing to send your child off to preschool for the first time in August. There is so much excitement and anticipation surrounding this big milestone for your child, but you know it’s not without hurdles and concerns. If this fall marks the first time your child will go to preschool and be separated from you for the entire day, it’s bound to be difficult for your child to adjust.
One way to help minimize the crocodile tears is by visiting your child’s new preschool or childcare facility before she will be attending and letting her walk around and meet her teachers. Any effort you can take to make the building and faces familiar for your child will likely result in an easier time adjusting once the school year begins.
Another great idea for smoothing out the transition to preschool is leaving your child with a little “mom memento.” It can be as obvious as a small picture of you she can carry in her pocket or even a bracelet or accessory to wear during the day as a little piece of home. Blow a kiss into the memento to make it extra special!
With every aspect of life, your child thrives when she has a structured routine in place. Just like you have a bedtime routine in place, make a “drop off/pick up” routine. Incorporate a silly handshake, fist bump, bear hug or whatever you desire! Keep the ritual short, however, because a prolonged goodbye only makes it harder.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Landstar we love providing the most elite preschool option in the Orlando, FL area. Our exclusive preschool curriculum, friendly, welcoming environment, and commitment to giving each child a solid First Step to Higher Education makes us the perfect option for your childcare needs. Contact us today for more information!Show Less
With summer winding down and back-to-school season winding up, it’s time to prepare your child for his first preschool experience! For most children, preschool is the first structured classroom environment in which they will be a part. It can be tricky making the transition for many little learners, but a great way to prepare your child is by making preschool as familiar as possible before he begins attending.
If you already have routines set up in your day for bedtime, lunchtime, quiet time, etc., then the structure of preschool may be a little easier for your child to adapt to. Toddlers and preschoolers thrive on routines and schedules and preschool will bring a lot of structure to their learning process. One creative way to introduce the structure and expectations of preschool to your child is by reading him books that talk about going to school. As you read the story, talk with your child about how he will experience something similar at his preschool. Point out things or activities that are already familiar to him such as lunchtime or snack time. Whenever the character of the book faces a conflict or dilemma try and help your child relate to him.
For many children, the social and emotional expectations of preschool are the most challenging. Find books that address those social areas such as making friends and listening to the teacher. If your child is particularly shy or reserved, starting preschool will be more intimidating for him than exciting. Know your child’s strengths and fears and address them before the first day of preschool.
When you talk with your child about preschool be sure to mention not only the wonderful parts of it, such as recess and playing outside, but also take time to mention the parts that may be more difficult for him, such as listening to the teacher’s instructions or waiting his turn. Starting preschool is an exciting time for you and your child!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Landstar we offer the elite Orlando, FL preschool experience with exclusive curriculum, engaging teachers, and a welcoming environment. Our infant program begins with babies as young as six weeks old, and we host children as old as twelve years of age in our fun before and after-school program! We are so much more than a daycare or childcare facility; we are an elite Learning Academy committed to the academic success of every child! Contact us today to find our more about how our programs can give your child a solid First Step to Higher Education.Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Landstar 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
For new parents, sending a child to an overnight summer camp can feel unsettling and scary. For preschoolers and kindergarteners, an overnight summer camp usually isn’t even an option. That’s why day camps provide parents and young children a great alternative. At a summer day camp, children experience fun games, activities, and field trips while parents get a break from their children’s limitless energy! It’s a win-win for everyone!
When every movie in the house has already been watched and every board game played, summer camp becomes the cure for bored, restless children. Both fun and educational, summer camp makes sure children are continuing to develop and grow even outside the traditional classroom environment. Without the pressure of homework assignments and grades, children often end up learning even more! Camp is a place where young children truly experience and satisfy their need for physical activity, creative expression and participation in community.
Because we believe that children need to feel like learning is an adventure and success comes with boosts of confidence, Kids ‘R’ Kids of Landstar is leading the way with a 2016 Summer Camp experience that is fun, engaging and educational. All without the stress of leaving your child overnight at an unfamiliar place! This year’s summer camp features an Olympic Games theme, taking campers on a “journey around the world” to learn about the sights, smells and tastes of different countries. Fun games, creative activities, unique ethnic foods and field trips are just part of the summer camp experience! Campers ages 5 to 12 are welcome to enroll in our 10-week summer camp. We want the experience to be as easy and stress-free as possible, so we allow parents to only pay for the weeks that their children will be present.
To help the decision to send your child to summer camp a little bit easier, we’ve put together a list of 10 reasons why every child should go to summer camp this year!
1.Summer camp instills leadership skills.
2.Summer camp provides unforgettable memories.
3.Summer camp helps children make new friends.
4.Summer camp keeps children active.
5.Summer camp boosts self-esteem.
6.Summer camp exposes children to new things.
7.Summer camp gives parents a break.
8.Summer camp keeps children’s brains learning and active.
9.Summer camp develops independence.
10.Summer camp gets children out in nature.
Enroll your child today for a jam-packed summer designed to instill confidence, encourage teamwork and foster fun!Show Less
If you’ve been a parent long enough, you’ve heard the repeated complaint that this or that activity is “B-O-R-I-N-G!” With school out 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. Childcare centers and learning academies like Kids ‘R’ Kids of Landstar offer summer programs and summer camps for children during the week. This can be a fun way to keep children learning and growing while you’re away at work, but what about long summer evenings and weekends?
A great way to ensure that your child’s summer is filled with laughter, excitement and delight is to create a list of summer activities for your family to do together. Consider it a bucket list for the summer! You can list out these activities on a piece of paper that you tape to the refrigerator, or if you’re more creative, write out each activity on a popsicle stick and stick them all in a glass jar. Check off each activity as you go, or throw out the popsicle stick! Add more activities if you run out!
We’ve created a list of 20 activities to get you started! You get to decide what works best for your family. Just don’t forget to include your child in the brainstorming process. She may have activities she wants to do this summer that you haven’t even thought of!
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 Landstar, we value playtime, learning and discovery. Our special programs for children include health and fitness, foreign languages, dance, music and computers – all part of our All-Inclusive Tuition! Schedule a tour of our school this summer!Show Less
From fun Father's Day gift ideas and creative games to understanding the importance of play in your child’s life, the
June edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Landstar digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.
Spice up your family meals with our entertaining game ideas, or check out our helpful advice on teaching your child about forgiveness.
Don’t forget to check back for every new monthly edition for more tips on parenting, child development, and all things preschool!Show Less
The new Kids ‘R’ Kids of Landstar 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 of Landstar, 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
Well-planned extracurricular activities can help enhance your child’s learning experience and overall development. Children learn most when they are given new and challenging experiences that expand their knowledge and broaden their skillsets. It’s important to encourage your child to explore and try a variety of extracurricular activities to promote development, enrichment and boost confidence!
Extracurricular activities are especially beneficial for social development. Any time children are encouraged to work together and share ideas, they are fostering important social skills like teamwork and camaraderie. Kids ‘R’ Kids of Landstar offers children the opportunity to learn these valuable skills through our health and fitness challenge, foreign language classes, dance, music and computers!
Extracurricular activities also benefit cognitive development. Cognitive development has to do with a child’s ability to think and reason. Any activity that promotes thinking skills, like learning a foreign language or engaging in computer technology, enhances brain development. Kids ‘R’ Kids of Landstar provides children the opportunity to learn multiple languages as well as coordinating values of diversity and communication. Electronic lessons and games on computers continue to expand children’s understanding of computers and technology.
Children also benefit emotionally and physically from extracurricular activities. Children who are consistently challenged and learning grow to become more confident, coordinated, and creative. Activities that encourage hard work and collaboration with peers foster a sense of pride and accomplishment for children to share with each other, while physical activities contribute to increased fitness, agility, strength and even academic performance. Kids ‘R’ Kids of Landstar provides music and dance classes for children to express themselves in a healthy and safe environment.
As a parent, you want to see your child grow and flourish. Extracurricular activities can help your child be more physically active, alert and creative. By enrolling your child in one of our special programs, you are helping your child develop into a healthy and active lifelong learner. To see a full description of all the extracurricular activities offered at Kids ‘R’ Kids of Landstar, click here.Show Less
It’s normal for parents to feel some sense of anxiety when they leave their little ones in a child care facility. There are numerous questions swirling 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 Landstar, 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. Whether children are playing, eating, or napping, 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 secure system and watch in delight as their grandchildren learn to read, create art, and play with interactive toys and technology. It’s like taking a peek into the classroom without ever stepping foot through the door!
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 across the world!
The best part about Watch Me Grow Technology is that access to it is included in our Kids ‘R’ Kids of Landstar 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. Log in today to see your child at play!Show Less
It is now well known that an investment in early childhood education is valuable and makes a difference in the long term educational success of children. You should start preparing your preschool child for the many challenges of academic life from an early age. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Orlando, Florida, discusses how preschool can help your child.
Understanding how to learn effectively
Without understanding how to learn effectively, your child may be at a disadvantage in school. Therefore, we teach your child how to learn effectively in a way that he or she is comfortable with. Our quality preschool provides your child with the best foundational education and the tools to understand how to learn and why learning is important.
An academic head start in school and life
Attending a quality preschool will help your child learn more successfully in school, not only in kindergarten and elementary school, but also beyond. When your child attends preschool, he or she will have better outcomes on standardized tests and a quality preschool will help your child have better literacy and math skills to support learning down the road.
Learning necessary skills
When your child attends a quality preschool, he or she will have more advanced skills in areas such as following directions, problem-solving, and in social activities. With our focus on brain development, your child will build stronger neural pathways for language, social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development during these critical years.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Orlando, Florida, has a preschool program that helps your child learn valuable skills, such as vocabulary and math, and will have your child participate in sensory and physical development activities. If you are interested in a quality preschool education, then contact us today. With our AdvancED™ accredited program, we know that your child will be better prepared for the many exciting challenges ahead.Show Less
Choosing a preschool or day care is one of the most important decisions you will make as a parent. Understandably, you want the best for your child. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Orlando, we explore how to choose the ideal child care or preschool environment for the healthy development of your child.
Decide on what is important
Because each parent is different, it is important for you to decide which factors are most important for you and for your child. Do you want more focus on academics, physical activity and emotional development? Do you prefer a learning environment that prioritizes safety and security first?
Prepare your questions before the interview
Prepare a list of your priorities and questions that you want to get the answers for beforehand, so that when you visit a day care provider, you will be ready. This can save you a lot of time and it will ensure that you do not forget anything. You can also research day care providers online and ask your friends and neighbors for their advice on child care providers in your area.
Be sure you get all the information you need to make the right decision
The daycare or preschool you choose is an investment in your child’s future success. Therefore, do not be too hasty about making a decision. You need to get the answers you are seeking, so ask as many questions as you need. If you are not satisfied, ask again. You should leave the interview with the confidence that you have all the information you need to make the right decision for your child’s future.
Choose the child care organization that understands you, as well as your child. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Orlando, Florida, is an industry leader in early childhood education. We have programs and services for all your child care needs. Contact us here for more information.Show Less
As your child starts growing you will notice amazing brain developmental milestones. From basic lessons like learning shapes and colors to advanced, intangible concepts such as math and creativity you can expect some of the most exciting times of your life. What can you do to promote healthy brain development in your child? Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Orlando, Florida shares valuable insight with parents on brain development for your growing child.
As early as twenty eight weeks in the womb, the fetus starts developing various senses, including smell. Surprisingly, the fetus will actually share your sense of smell since he or she cannot smell outside your body. More than that, the amniotic fluid actually enhances your child’s sense of smell. At twenty eight weeks your child will start developing all senses in preparation for birth and later development.
After birth your child will begin developing strong cognitive capabilities. These provide your child’s brain with an understanding of the world and includes physics, languages, and general communications. He or she will first start to communicate with you, nonverbally, and then quite soon after explore and discover cause and effect. If you see these developments occurring, you can rest assured that your child is developing naturally and in a favorable direction.
We are passionate about child care and love to share relevant knowledge with all parents. If you want to provide the best early education for your child, trust us to cater to your child’s every learning need. We offer physical, emotional, social and intellectual development that far exceed any typical child care, ensuring effective learning at all times. Contact Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Orlando if you are interested in our comprehensive child care solutions designed to take your infant to new levels of learning.Show Less
Many new parents are sometimes concerned that their child may not be the best at making new friends when first attending preschool. Many children have had limited experience with strangers, and preschool may be their first time in a group setting. This is a minor problem, as the child simply needs a little bit of encouragement. We will take a closer look at how you can motivate your child to make new friends in preschool, and start to truly become an independent individual.
Encouragement and motivation
Since your child is most likely very influenced by what you say and do, try to encourage him or her to make new friends at preschool by explaining how much fun a friend can be. Explain how you made your first friend, and how much more fun it made your life.
Schedule “playdates” with other parents
When encouragement does not work, then you may have to step in and directly help your child make new friends which can be done by arranging a playdate. This is surprisingly easy, as other parents will also be excited to arrange such activities for the same reasons. Speak with other parents with a similarly-aged child, and plan a date or activity for your children to play together.
We encourage you to contact Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Orlando, Florida if you are interested in providing your child with specialized child care services. These extend beyond the classroom to deliver academic excellence in all areas of life. We offer our amazing preschool Fast Track Curriculum™ that far exceeds the environment of typical daycare.Show Less
The subject of potty training is not always a comfortable subject in childcare, although it certainly is vital in raising a healthy child. Every young child needs to learn these fundamental skills in order to develop independence and function in society. Toilet etiquette may seem trivial, but a child should be introduced to potty training when the child is ready.
How do you know if your child is ready?
This may be the hardest part of potty training. Many parents want to know at what stage is a child ready. Only a parent will be able to tell. This readiness, however, can be encouraged by parents at an earlier age. With just a little bit of encouragement your child can start from as early as two years old.
Do not pressure him or her
Being pressured to try a new experience is never fun, especially at such a young age. Instead of forcing and pressuring your child to perform on the potty, try to encourage him or her, and possibly provide a reward for a job well done.
Develop a routine
The final step is to help your child develop a solid routine. Simply allow the child to sit on the potty every morning and evening, or whenever it is comfortable for the child. This routine will help to encourage healthy toilet habits. Finally, all you need to do is accommodate and facilitate the child’s unique needs.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Orlando, Florida, we offer more than simply a unique education. We consider each and every important factor that influences a child’s life. We give each of our students the greatest opportunities for early education success. Contact us today to find out more details about our Brain Waves™ Curriculum and childcare programs. Visit our facility to observe the quality academic, emotional and physical development occurring here every day.Show Less
Brain development in young children is crucial for future learning, and starts just after conception. From birth until the age of five years, brain cells begin to be activated and the right type of stimulation will ensure that more brain cells become activated. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Orlando, we support your child’s brain development with our highly successful Brain Waves™ Curriculum. This program is suitable for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
This unique Brain Waves™ Curriculum includes activities that stimulate the brain cells in all four lobes. We have learning stations that are filled with materials that support brain stimulation and your child’s curiosity. We also focus on encouraging a higher level of thinking towards problem solving.
Why you should consider our preschool and child care facilities:
- A safe environment: We provide a safe, happy and healthy environment where your child can learn effectively and develop skills. Our teachers are highly qualified and experienced, and will provide the best possible care.
- Unique attention: We know that every child is different and this is why we ensure that we provide each child with the attention and support he or she deserves. This helps each child to develop their skills and abilities in a natural way.
When it comes to brain development, technology can also be used to mentally stimulate a child, but we believe in maintaining a healthy balance; overstimulation using digital technology will lead to fatigue and irritability. At the Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Orlando our teachers will guide your child and help to prepare him or her for future life.
For more information about our Learning Academy or to find out more about our Brain Waves™ Curriculum, contact Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Orlando today.Show Less
It has become increasingly apparent how important the preschool years for a child are. Experts say that the first six years of a child’s life are the most critical for brain development. Preschool is the main place where a child will learn basic life skills. For a working parent, choosing the right day care center or child care facility can be difficult. However, we have a great solution in our AdvancED accredited preschool program. Our preschool is convenient for parents and is secure and safe. For children, we have a fun and engaging curriculum that will provide your child with love and attention while he or she is learning with peers.
Preschool rather than day care
Your child requires individualized attention to be able to harness his or her full potential. Since every child is different, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Orlando develops each child individually so he or she has the best learning experience to develop your child to his or her maximum potential. Your child should not have to struggle for attention in an overcrowded day care center. We focus not only on academics, but also on socio-emotional skills and interaction with adults and peers. Your child will have a fully rounded academic, yet fun, educational experience.
We have specially trained teachers who are ready and willing to work closely with your child. We provide a secure environment to give children the safety and comfort needed to make learning easier. Here at Kids ‘R’ Kids, we want your child to be the best, so give him or her the best by investing in the future today.Show Less
Kids learn a great deal by imitating their parents as they grow up. Having a busy lifestyle makes it difficult for parents to constantly be aware and keep track of the behavior a child witnesses. It is essential to be a good role model. At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Orlando we strongly believe in setting the right example for kids.
Behaviors That Children Learn by Example
Teach Your Child Respect
Respect goes a long way in life. By teaching your child to have respect for those around them, you have taught them one of the most important lessons in life. As your child grows, they will begin to learn respect you and others by the way you respect them. Having respect for each other as parents also teaches your child to respect you and all other adults they meet.
Teach Your Child Determination
Frustrating behavior and a lack of patience on the part of the parent teaches a child the wrong attitude. Children need to learn a positive attitude, perseverance, encouragement, and an optimistic view on life.
Honesty is the Best Policy
Everyone knows this saying. By being honest with your children and people around you, your child will learn the same values. This behavior is setting a very good example for your child. By avoiding lying at all costs and being truthful with children, they learn that telling the truth is really is the best policy. This quality will become a value that your young child will adopt and carry through into their adult life.
At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Orlando we have a wide range of innovative facilities and programs for children of all ages. For more information please contact us or visit us in Orlando, Florida.Show Less
Did you know that there are a wide range of activities you can do with your young child that are not just fun but also support your child's healthy brain development? Children learn best when they feel safe and secure, as well as when they are having fun, which makes time with parents and caregivers a great educational opportunity.
Brain development activities for infants
Babies learn at an incredible pace. During a child's first year they are challenged to learn some pretty impressive things such as: saying their first words, eating solid foods and taking their first steps. The latter are significant accomplishments given the fact that they are still in the early stages of their cognitive development.
Activities you can do with your infant that help support and stimulate growth include:
Reading and singing, which are essential for language development
Dancing, which helps with balance and motor skills development
Providing a fun play mat that includes colorful, dangling toys for interaction to stimulate their senses for cognitive and motor development
Activities for brain development for preschool children
Singing, dancing, and playing with your child helps with his or her brain development during the important first five years of your child's life. Some additional fun and stimulating activities to do with your preschool child include:
Taking a visit to a playground like the one at Lake Eola Park
Reading a book together
Painting and drawing
Asking questions and talking about everything they see, feel, and interact with
Playing a musical instrument together
Joining an early childhood music program
For busy, working parents, it is good to know that Kids 'R' Kids of Orlando, Florida, on Landstar Blvd., offers individual attention for every child. We believe in the Kids 'R' Kids philosophy of "hug first, then teach." This provides a safe and secure environment for your child in which to thrive. Our unique Brain Waves curriculum for children between six weeks and five years old is designed to stimulate and support the growth of neural pathways, which are essential for optimal cognitive, social-emotional, language, and physical development. Contact us to find out more about our unique Brain Waves curriculum.Show Less