It’s important to provide your preschooler with the opportunity to take on a bit more responsibility as they get older, and chores are a wonderful way to implement these increments of change. It can be difficult to find the right type of task to give to a preschooler, but we’ve figured it out for you. Keep reading to learn how you can get your preschooler to do chores this summer.
Make a chore chart!
First things first—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.
Create a positive environment.
Remember to enforce doing chores as a positive, productive activity rather than a form of punishment. Adding negative connotation to these chores can either cause your child to lose interest in the task or complete each task half-heartedly. A positive attitude (and praise or rewards for a job well done) will help your little one accomplish anything on their to-do list.
Try to remain consistent with daily chores you give to your preschooler, such as tidying up their room each night before bed or practicing their reading skills for thirty minutes each day. Children thrive when they have a set routine, and your continuous encouragement will keep them on track with their assigned chores and personal goals.
By giving your little one more responsibility at home (and giving them positive feedback when they get the job done), they will be more inclined to carry out these great habits elsewhere. Correct them when they’re not completing the job the right way and praise them for their hard work. Positive results are sure to follow.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
Art is a wonderful way to teach preschoolers about letters, numbers, colors, shapes, and the world around us. Additionally, by unleashing their imagination and creating unique pieces of art, your child develops small motor skills and a sense of creative confidence. Try these fun educational activities and watch your preschooler learn!
Make a collage!
Create an abstract picture or collage by gluing different colored shape cut outs to paper. You can print these images online, or cut them out from magazines and newspapers. This fun activity will teach your tot about shapes and colors—and they won’t even realize they’re learning!
Make it 3D.
Think 3D when creating art with your child! Use buttons, seeds, string, tissue paper, and other items around the house, and watch your child’s vocabulary grow while discussing the process. This will take your art experience to an entirely new level and show them there’s more to art than meets the eye.
Get out the clay!
Think outside the “paint and color box” and get out the clay! You and your child will have loads of fun working with this medium. Roll 3D shapes and figures and go to town talking about their color, texture, and other characteristics. You can even turn it into a game—take turns creating clay figures and guessing what the other person made.
Let your preschooler decide.
Create a “process-focused” art experience by leaving all the choices entirely up to your child. Eliminate samples, step-by-step instructions, and the concepts of right and wrong. Instead, focus on exploration of techniques and materials to create something entirely unique and original. This will allow your preschooler to work freely without a care in the world.
Remember, art isn’t only about coloring inside the lines. Push your child to explore all areas of life, from painting to sculpting, and praise them for letting their imaginations take over. Happy painting!Show Less
Playing in the rain can be a lot of fun if you prepare properly and aren’t afraid to get a little wet. Check out these rainy day ideas and try them with your preschool child the next time the rain clouds roll over you.
Make rainy day art.
All you need for rainy day art is washable markers and watercolor paper! Draw abstract patterns, and then set them out in the rain to let nature do the rest of the work. The paper will absorb the water and create watercolor effects that will make your little artist look like a pro!
Make mud pies and sand castles.
The sandbox and dirt will all turn to mud, so there will be perfect conditions to make mud pies. Go on a nature walk to find little flowers and rocks to decorate your lovely pies. You can also pull out the sand castle molds and use the wet sand to make sand castles. You can make the whole sandbox into a sand kingdom with a little imagination and creativity.
Start water balloon fights with your preschool children.
Water fights when it’s raining? Why not! A little more water isn’t going to make a difference, and it can be a lot of fun to run through the water sprinklers or host a mini water war with water balloons. You may want to stay in a central location with the water balloons since you’ll have to pick up all the balloons pieces once the sun shines again.
Jump through and around puddles.
Pull out your rubber boots and splash through all the puddles. Don’t even worry about getting wet and dirty—that’s what makes it so fun! While on your nature walk, count the number of puddles that you jump through. This incorporates learning and fun!
When your day in the rain is over, leave your rain gear on the porch to dry and to avoid getting the house messy. Then dry off, change clothes, and show off your rain art!Show Less
If you’re feeling a little ambitious and in touch with nature, this spring might be the perfect time to start a garden with your preschool child! You don’t have to break out the tiller and dedicate half your backyard to homesteading unless you just really want to. You can garden in a box or on a windowsill and minimize the mess to maximize the fun for your child!
Build the box.
Depending on the work you want to put into it, you can garden in a windowsill, or even in a cup. The bigger the garden, the bigger the produce! If you want a garden in a box, you can build a square box out of four pieces of 2" by 4" wooden boards. The boards can build a simple square. Your preschooler can then line the bottom of the box with a garden bed liner that can be found at any gardening store.
Fill the box.
Then, have your child fill the box with the dirt of your choice, and fill the box with your plants. You can either raise seedlings in the house to transfer out into the garden, or you can buy plants that are already grown and then just transfer them into your raised garden bed.
If you want something that is a little bit more containable, you can raise seedlings with your little ones. This process is very simple since it requires very minimal work. It depends on the seed, but most of the time, all you need to do to raise a seedling is to put the seed into a dish of water, and wait for it to sprout!
This way of gardening is most fun for the little ones because they can just sit back and watch the progress of the sprouting seedling. Make it fun and develop in your preschool student a love for nature—and then let them take it to their childcare academy or school!Show Less
“Exercise more” and “get in shape” are two of the top New Year’s Resolutions made by adults each year. If this sounds familiar, here are some tips to get your little ones moving in 2017.
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!
Fun family outings: By expressing a positive attitude toward exercise and getting the entire family involved, your little one will be much more excited to get active! Walk or ride bikes to your local park, sign up for a family fun run, or go on a hike.
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.
Volunteer as a coach or team mom: Cheering your kids on from the bleachers is a wonderful symbol of support, but there are several ways to get more involved if you wish to do so. Volunteering to coach their sports team or provide post-game snacks are two great options in addition to helping your child practice at home.
There’s no better way to get your child moving than to set an example and make exercise a fun family activity! Make 2017 the year to get the whole crew in shape—you’ll be glad you did!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
A new year and a new preschool can be a lot for your little one to handle! Here are 4 tips to make that transition a little bit easier on everyone.
1. Talk about it a lot ahead of time.
Talk about what it’s going to be like, the types of things they’ll be doing every day, just so they’ll become comfortable talking about the changes that are going to happen. You want them to be emotionally and mentally prepared—as few surprises as possible. Ask them what they’re most excited about, and what they’re most scared about. Talk about all of it and you can get a better idea of where your preschooler is struggling and where they’re feeling confident.
2. Involve them in the process of preparation.
Ask their thoughts on lunches, and clothes, and all the accessories you’re going to buy. Backpacks and lunch boxes are fun things to let them pick out and show off to their new friends.
3. Stick to a routine.
Once the school year starts, stick to a routine in the mornings so your child will feel stable and able to grow comfortable with the changes that are happening.
4. Be patient.
Most importantly, be patient as they are going through this transition. It can be difficult for a little one to change schools and make new friends and become comfortable with new teachers. Always remind them that you’re there for them and that you’re walking right alongside them as they start this new journey. Patiently hear out their fears and excitements at the end of each day, and be intentional about giving them the love they need after a long day at school.
Your little one is going through big changes and it is normal for them to need some time to adjust. Be there for them when harder days come along, and be excited for them when they have a good day. Before long, this will be their new normal!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, technology, engineering, art & math. Learn more about us in our latest digital magazine! Check out this issue for tips on disciplining your kids, getting them to eat healthier, and learn more about the strategies we use within our Brain Waves℠ curriculum!Show Less
Some preschoolers are quieter than others, and that’s okay. Not every child is going to be the most charismatic, talkative kid alive. (Thank heavens!) However, it’s easy to think that these children are . . . well, different. Yet there is absolutely nothing wrong with children who are more introverted.
Shyness and sensitivity are still viewed as positive traits in countries like Japan and Sweden where citizens are not as success-driven as Americans. Interestingly enough, employers are now valuing Emotional Quotient over Intelligence Quotient. Why? Because employees respond better to understanding and empathetic managers and are more willing to work harder for people that value employees and their well-being over profit and fame. It’s a win-win situation.
Sensitive children demand more patience, too, since they are often less willing to offer their opinions or their demands. They reflect within themselves more than they do with others, and this worries some parents. However, if you’re simply a little more patient, the quiet child will open up in his or her own time.
It’s also important to realize how deeply affected sensitive children are by their world. They often like a quieter environment so they can process information better. If a sensitive child is in a stressful or loud environment, it will likely have more of an effect on her than if it were a louder, more extroverted child.
Keep these simple tips in hand when you notice your child scooting off near the edge of the playground. They simply need the space to process!Show Less
In the midst of the holiday season it’s easy for young preschoolers to get caught up in the pull of getting more, more, more. Children anticipate lots of gifts under the tree and are busily making their Christmas wish lists for Santa. Being excited about gifts is completely normal and a fun part of the holiday celebration, but what if you could start teaching your child about giving to others?
Opening up a child’s heart (and allowance!) to the needs of others is an important part of instilling values of compassion, awareness, and selflessness. Christmas is the perfect opportunity to introduce the importance of giving.
Here are some helpful ways to introduce the idea of giving to your child:
- Show them where you, as a family, are already giving or plan to give. When children see their parents modeling a behavior they are more compelled to follow suit. Explain to them why you chose to give to the different organizations.
- Ask them who or what organization they would like to help. Consider your child’s interests and research opportunities to give within their interests. For example, if your child loves to play soccer, he may be interested in a charity that makes it possible for kids around the world to have their own soccer ball.
- Give from their own money. Young children usually don’t have the ability to give as much as an adult with a full-time job, but that’s okay! If they don’t have their own allowance, encourage them to do chores around the house to raise money to give. This gives the child more ownership of giving, taking it from principle to practice.
There are plenty of options when it comes to giving during the holidays. Think carefully about which one might be best for your family, and about which one might be best to show your child what really matters in 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
A mom recently wrote about how banning screen time for two days for her family revolutionized the way they interact with each other.
The children, she says, don’t seem to mind the pause. They spend time playing with toys or just lazily curled up on the couch. Her husband accidentally turns on the TV, but then quickly turns it off when he remembers the deal.
She thought her children would be chaotic, racing for the TV or the iPad® on the third day, but it turns out they just hung out like normal people. But she notices something interesting.
She realizes she has more patience for her children than she’s had all summer. “I’m even back to wishing the first day of school wasn’t creeping up on us so fast,” she recalls.
What’s the lesson here?
It seems we can too easily get caught up in the eternal fount that is the internet. The constant barrage of political pundits and celebrity controversy overstimulates the brain and we can get all out of whack.
Consider slowing down over the next few weeks, maybe even turning off the devices for a few days. We guarantee the slow-down will come like a breath of fresh air.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
What is your favorite book? What book have you been meaning to read but just haven’t found the time? Maybe you don’t read at all, and that’s okay, but now might be the perfect time to start. “Reading out loud is one of the things that you can do,” says Dr. Annie L. Zimmer in an article in Momaha Magazine, “to ensure that your child is going to do well in school.”
Say you’re really into The Hobbit. (Who could blame you?) Why not share with your child the joy you felt when Bilbo Baggins started his adventure with Gandalf and the dwarves? Humans love hobbits. Okay, maybe Smaug is a little scary for young children, but you could skip ahead a bit without losing too much of the plot. You know?
Humans Love Habits
“It’s never too early” to start reading, the article continues. “Pediatricians often encourage parents to begin reading to their children at 6 months.” Dr. Zimmer suggests that what you read isn’t as important as that you read, or maybe just point at pictures together. “It’s the frequent activity children will get used to,” she says, “and start eliciting that behavior.”
Finding a rhythm in life is one of the healthiest things a human can do. Combine that with reading, another one of life’s healthiest things, and that’s a killer combo to start your child off on the right page. “Reading can reduce stress levels by 68 percent,” according to research by the University of Sussex. Why not adopt a new routine into your child’s life? Why not adopt a new routine into your life?
Talking and Reading
There is a difference, however, between reading to your children and simply talking with them, as important as that may be.
“Talking to your toddler or baby a lot is very important,” she says, “but reading provides more diverse word exposure and allows for complexity of vocabulary, language skills and sentence structure. Ultimately, the practice of reading books is going to have them wanting to read when they get to ages where they can read on their own.”
As the summer draws to a close, and your reading list is shorter than it was a few months ago, taking a new step to connect with your child over a pile of books might be just the thing to calm her mind to sleep. It might even calm yours, too.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
Are you thinking about signing your preschooler or kindergartener up for an extra-curricular activity this fall? There are so many perks to enrolling your child in a special program that will encourage creative and critical thinking skills. While the normal curriculum at a daycare, childcare, or preschool may include the primary areas of study, there are several extra curricular activities and special programs that are extremely beneficial for effective learning and continued growth both academically and socially.
Extracurricular activities such as fitness programs, creative movement, and music are extremely beneficial for taking young learners beyond the average educational experience. Health and fitness can emphasize healthy bodies, the food pyramid, and family-style dining, while music and dance gives children a fun way to interact with the environment around them while learning new skills!
When the time comes to choose the special program for your child, here are several questions to ask yourself and your school:
How much will it cost me?At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, we have special programs that are included in the tuition at no extra cost to parents. We keep things convenient by hosting these special programs in our own state-of-the-art facility!
How will the activity benefit my child?It’s important to make sure that you understand the value of the activity. Look for long term benefits that will help with social, physical, and academic goals. Pay attention to how your child responds to the activity. A new activity normally takes several weeks for a child to get used to, but if the activity becomes something your child dreads, it’s time to re-think the activity.
Is the activity appropriate for my child’s personality and ability?This can be a tricky question. It’s important to see your child’s natural ability, but you may also have to look deeper. Sometimes, children need parents to help them overcome an area and discover new talents and ability. Talk with your child about his likes/dislikes and sign him up for an activity you think might fit with his interests.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, we love offering special programs in addition to our engaging educational programs that are offered for infants as young as six weeks old all the way through our before and after school participants up to twelve years of age. Contact us today to find out how we can offer you the best in preschool and childcare services in Keller, TX!Show Less
Staying cool in the summer can be a challenge! Luckily, there are so many easy and creative options to consider that your children can enjoy. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we love providing opportunities for every child to safely enjoy the great outdoors as well as our engaging classroom environments and curriculum. We provide year-round activities from our excellent preschool, creative summer camp and more!
Check out this article for fun ways to stay cool during the remainder of summer!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller 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
Even when your child is not sitting in a traditional classroom or intentionally moving through a curriculum, he’s learning! The first five years of every child’s life is crucial for laying a solid educational foundation. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller we love equipping our preschoolers with helpful tools like ABCMouse.com.
ABCMouse.com provides preschoolers with thousands of interactive games and learning activities to take what they learn in school and keep the education going at home or on-the-go! Even though summer has just begun, it will fly by and soon back-to-school items will be flooding department stores as you prepare your child for the next step in their education. At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Keller, we are passionate about teaching students year-round the importance of learning and growing. From our infants to our before-and-after school students, every child thrives under the nurturing care of our friendly, trained team of teachers.
As your preschooler experiences our exclusive STEAM AHEAD™ preschool curriculum, along with the resources available to him through ABCMouse.com, he will continue building a firm foundation for his elementary education and beyond! Contact us today to learn more about all of our programs that provide so much more than an average childcare experience. Our youngest learners are 6 weeks old and never stop learning as they grow up through our toddlers and preschool programs. Our before-after-school program gives space for elementary school kids to relax as well as continue their learning through homework help and educational activities facilitated by our enthusiastic staff team!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 Keller digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.
Don’t forget to check back for every new monthly edition for more tips on parenting, child development, and all things preschool!Show Less
Keeping your preschooler active throughout the summer helps them avoid the dreaded “brain drain” while allowing your child to have a lot of fun! As always, moderation is key when it comes to your child’s schedule. Having time to be a kid is very important but adding some structure and teamwork to your child’s life equips them with important social and emotional skills. Try and choose an activity that you think your preschooler or kindergartener might enjoy and give a new activity at least 6 weeks before giving up – it often takes a few weeks for your child to adjust to a new routine.
This article is a great resource in talking more about the benefits of extracurricular activities for your child.Show Less
It doesn’t take long for the Spring season to melt into a hot Texas summer and that often means a few weeks of some severe thunderstorms and tornado watches. If you have young children at home, these storms can be particularly unsettling for your little ones and it can be challenging for you to comfort them. While it may be impossible to completely eliminate their fear, there are some easy steps you can take to make the storms feel less threatening.
Just like adults, children are empowered when they have a better understanding of something. A lot of what makes thunderstorms so scary for children is that they do not know what is causing all the flashes and booms. It may be difficult to get through to a very small child about what’s happening. One way to ease their fears is by making up silly reasons for the noises. You can say something like, “Oh! Sounds like the angels are bowling again! Did you hear that boom?” or, “Oh my! God must be taking pictures with the flash on, that was a bright light!” “What else do you think it could be?” Your child will enjoy coming up with silly explanations to describe the thunder and lightning. You can even ask them, “What does that sound like to you?” and listen to them associate the loud thunder with a loud dump truck or some other familiar loud object. For older children, it’s a great idea to get into the “nitty-gritty” of what makes a thunderstorm. Jump on the internet and research storms and how they’re made so when that next time a storm is brewing, you can talk about what’s happening!
In addition to talking about what’s happening, you can also have a “storm game plan” for your house. Structure adds a sense of security and order to your young child’s life, so coming up with a response to severe weather can make the experience less stressful. Have an emergency box filled with water bottles, flashlights and non-perishable foods in case the power goes out. Designate a part of the house for the family to gather if the weather gets bad. When waiting out a storm in the bathroom or in the dark, singing and laughing can often ease much of the tension. Keep the atmosphere as light-hearted as possible for your child and it will likely help keep you calm as well.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, we love taking care of our students. Your child’s safety is our number one priority. This is why we have severe weather procedures in place – such as fire and tornado drills. We also keep parents informed of any early release days or unplanned school closings. Contact us today to schedule your free tour or just stop by and we’d be happy to show you around our facility!Show Less
The new Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine for the month of May is here! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies, our hope is to provide your child with only the best in care, education, and nurturing.
This month’s edition includes helpful tips and tricks for successful parenting and child development. The issue features helpful articles on the value of problem solving skills, as well as the importance of giving each individual child space to grow and learn at his or her pace without comparison to other children. No doubt, you will be encouraged to love and care for your children in a way that stimulates their learning and development!
In addition to helpful articles, you will find information about different school programs and activities your children can get involved in. This month you can learn more about our exciting Summer Camp 2016 program!
As you flip through this month’s edition of the digital magazine, remember to keep an eye out for the Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine every month! Each edition will highlight new areas of parenting and early education that will help equip you as you continue on the exciting and challenging journey of parenthood and early childhood education!
So go ahead! Take a peek inside our magazine! And, feel free to share it with your friends! As always, our door is open to your comments, questions and suggestions as we work together to provide your child with a firm foundation in early learning. Contact us today!Show Less
Choosing the right childcare or preschool for your little one can seem like a daunting task. What should you look for? Who do you talk to about the programs and facility? Where do you start? At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we know just how important it is that families feel confident in their choice. One of the best ways to learn about a childcare or early learning center is by asking the families who already send their children to that location. Hearing from someone you love and trust about their experience will be extremely helpful for you when making the final decision.
Check out this helpful article for more tips on choosing the best fit for your child!Show Less
So much happens in the first five years of your child’s life! The amount of learning and growth that your child’s body and brain processes Is staggering. From learning how to crawl, to speak, to read and write – the skills seem endless. As a parent, your role in helping your infant, toddler, or preschooler achieve these exciting developmental milestones is critical.
If you aren’t the teacher type – there is no need to fear! There are simple and natural ways you can encourage and enhance your child’s learning experience that don’t involve a million creative crafts you don’t have time for or creating your own curriculum!
Check out this article of easy ways to help integrate learning into everyday parts of your child’s life!Show Less
With the clear, crisp air and bright sunshine of spring, now is the perfect time to encourage your child’s imagination. Whether it’s a rainy day for indoor play or a beautiful day for outdoor adventures, there are so many ways to engage your child’s imagination and help her to establish a healthy self-expression.
The most obvious way to enjoy the spring and activate your child’s imagination is to get her outside in the beautiful weather. With a toddler or preschooler, keep a close eye on her, but let her make new friends on a playground and watch as she engages in some creative fun. If you are able to, jump in and play with her as well. Let her set the rules of the game (within reason) and play along as the duke, monster, princess, ballerina, or whatever role needs filling! You will learn a lot about your child when you enter into her imagination – it’s a great chance to connect.
But what do you do on those rainy days that keep the playground out of reach? Instead of spending the whole day in front of the TV or iPad, pick up a good old-fashioned book (complete with actual pages you can turn!) and make it into an imagination moment. Depending on the age of your child, you can grab a board book for your toddler or a chapter book for your kindergartener. Then, follow the three simple steps below to make the book come alive!
- Read the book out loud – use silly voices to make it more interesting!
- Act out the book (or chapter) and let your child choose who gets to be which character.
- Ask your child questions about the plot or moral of the story to help her “get in the shoes” of the characters. “Why do you think they behaved that way?” “How do you think that made him/her feel?” etc.
Encouraging early literacy in your child is an excellent way to guarantee your child will have a firm First Step to Higher Education™. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller we are passionate about equipping every child with everything they need to enjoy learning – from our committed staff team to our state-of-the-art facility, we give our best every day for each child to succeed! Contact us today for more information about our exclusive curriculum in our preschool classrooms and all of our excellent programs for children as young as 6 weeks old!Show Less
With Spring Break right around the corner, it’s easy to feel antsy and excited because summer is coming! Visions of pool days and family vacations are dancing in the heads of our students while parents of school-age children are wondering what to do for the weeks they aren’t on vacation with their children. The solution is simple – Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller’s gold-medal Summer Olympic Games camp!
The 2016 Summer Olympics are kicking off in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on Friday, August 5 – but your child won’t have to wait that long to begin enjoying Olympic festivities. Our summer camp will take campers for a 10-week around-the-globe experience before ending with an Olympic field day at AT&T Stadium in Arlington for some friendly competition with other Dallas/Fort Worth Kids ‘R’ Kids schools!
Your child will experience the cultures, customs, and cuisines of nations all around the globe while participating in fun activities and teamwork-building games. School-age children will also enjoy local field trips to fun spots around town. Enrolling your child in a summer camp that can be simultaneously fun AND educational makes it a no-brainer. Many school-age children suffer from summer “brain drain” if the majority of their summer is spent in front of the TV, so give your child the gift of getting out and making friends!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Keller we love providing an environment for children of all ages that inspires learning and creative fun. Sign up your preschooler for some summer camp fun, enroll your infant in our nurturing nursery, or give your toddler a place to run and smile and learn in the company of friends and under the care of our highly-qualified teachers. We are confident we will exceed your childcare or preschool expectations. Contact us today!Show Less
It’s often the ordinary day-in, day-out tasks that can cause the most stress for busy families, right? Laundry, dinner, grocery shopping and doctor appointments are just a few necessities that somehow have to squeeze into our busy lives on a regular basis. How can you possibly keep track of them all? If you’re not careful, you may find your children wearing clothes that were dug out from the bottom of the basket and eating who-knows-what from the back of your fridge!
The good news? Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a stressful or time-consuming endeavor if you have some simple steps in place that set you up for success. Check out this article about how you can streamline your grocery shopping process and spend more time doing things you enjoy – like eating family dinners together or curling up with a good book before bed.Show Less
The holidays have passed and new reasons to celebrate are coming. Valentines Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations are just a few reasons we celebrate with our friends and loved ones. While the celebrations are about expressing our love and appreciation, most special occasions require extra time and spending.
The best way to celebrate freely without the stress of over-spending or being unable to meet expectations, is to plan ahead and create a spending budget for your special occasion.
Take a look at these beneficial tips to help you budget for special occasions.Show Less
Teaching a toddler or preschooler about money may seem trivial but the rewards of modeling good spending and saving habits can last a lifetime. Children always learn best by watching the behavior of the adults around them. Whether they attend a local preschool or childcare or stay at home – they are always watching for cues on how to behave. Managing your money is just one more skill that your child can benefit from when you’re intentional about sharing your spending and saving decisions with them. This article provides a helpful framework for how you can include your child in money decisions and teach them at an early age how to make good choices.Show Less
Parents – flu season is upon us! We all know what that means. The odds of parents hearing the words, “I don’t feel so good” have increased exponentially. The good news is parents can take proactive steps to help protect their family and neighborhood from the misery of the flu.
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu is most effectively spread through person-to-person contact. This means when someone sneezes or coughs and does not cover their mouth, the germs can easily travel to another person. With young children at home it is very easy to spread germs through uncovered coughs and sneezes. However, it’s never too late to begin teaching your child the proper way to cover their mouths! If you have a toddler or preschooler at home, make a fun game out of “catching the germs” each time you sneeze or cough. When your children forget, use it as a learning opportunity and a chance to remind them to cover their mouth next time.
Another helpful way to keep your house safe is by diligently wiping down shared surfaces. The bathrooms and kitchen are popular communal areas in the home that usually contain a great deal of germs. Spend some time wiping down these areas as well as the doorknobs in your house. Every little bit helps!
Finally, if even after all of your hard work to keep the flu at bay it enters your home, please do not ever take your child into their daycare, childcare, or preschool facility. Having a sick child around other children has a 99.99% chance of infecting at least one or two other children. Stay home when you or your child is sick. Never be afraid to ask for help from others if you need more chicken soup or saltine crackers!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, we care about your child’s well-being and safety. This is why we have policies in place to handle any medical emergencies and every staff member has up-to-date training on Infectious Disease control. Our classrooms are designed to always provide a safe, sanitary environment for your child to learn and grow! Contact us today for more information about our unique curriculum and state-of-the-art facility.Show Less
From classical to hip-hop and everything in between, music has always been like a pulse on the culture of our world. Artists express emotions through instruments, moving lyrics, and memorable beats and it connects people from the most unlikely of places! The magic and inspiration of music can begin at a very early age. When babies are exposed to a lot of singing it acts as a great bonding tool as well as encourages verbal skills and can lead to advanced reading and math skills when they grow older.
As your child learns a variety of musical rhythms and participates in engaging activities that stimulate the mind, new neural connections are being formed that sharpen your child’s cognitive and social abilities. The plus side is – they have a ton of fun in the process! So if you have a preschooler at home who can’t stop singing that one song over and over – don’t pull your hair out! Your child is making a connection with the world around him and strengthening his brain.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Keller, our music program provides children with an enriching musical environment that reinforces positive behavior and builds self-esteem while giving each child the opportunity to explore the world of music. In addition to our music program, we offer a fitness program as well because we know learning can happen beyond the classroom. Contact us today to learn more about our programs. We would love to answer all of your questions!Show Less
With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas up ahead, now is the perfect time to get your child involved in charitable activities. Teaching children the value of generosity and gratitude are especially important as we navigate the largest consumer-driven holiday of the year. Amidst all of the discounts, deals, and must-have wish lists, take some time to give to others around you. It’s very likely a family near you is hurting this holiday season and could use a friendly, generous gesture. Whether it’s inviting your new neighbors over for dinner, or baking cookies for a nearby nursing home, include your child in the activities and make it a new family tradition to look forward to!
This article provides more creative ideas for reaching out to those around you this holiday season:Show Less
It’s hard to believe Thanksgiving is coming up so soon! Families all across the nation are preparing for the fun, food, and fellowship that comes this time each year. If your gathering includes infants, toddlers, and preschool children then you will likely have a special section or table reserved just for them. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, we know children bring wonder and magic to the holiday season. However, expecting children to sit quietly for the entire duration of the Thanksgiving feast is like telling a tornado to stay put! With all the different personalities and ages around the table it’s no surprise it can be a challenge. The good news is, with a little creativity and flexibility, everyone can enjoy a nice meal and mom may even be able to eat her food while it’s still warm – imagine!
Set Clear Expectations - First of all, if your child is old enough to understand your instructions, explain how the dinner will work. Many children get restless because they don’t know when the end is in sight. Saying something like, “Mommy and daddy will be eating for the next hour but after we’re finished we can go back outside together” will make that hour feel less like an eternity. This doesn’t necessarily guarantee a whine-free experience, but it can help! Clear expectations are a must when communicating with young children.
Incorporate Their Interests - Once you have established the structure of the dinner, be sure to have some fun activities at the kids’ table to occupy young minds. Know your audience – are you entertaining preschool children? Toddlers? What are their interests? Sports? Disney movies? You don’t need to go overboard but having some stickers or coloring sheets with favorite characters at the table are sure to be a big hit!
Simple Décor – One of the best options when setting a table for children is to use a paper tablecloth and provide crayons for some fun spontaneous doodling. Paper or plastic utensils and place settings will save everyone from unnecessary headaches as well. If you have older school-age children at the table, you can make the meal an educational experience with Turkey Time Trivia and use the turkeys as fun place setting decorations!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, we love celebrating the holidays with all of the families of our preschoolers, infants, and school-age children! We are proud to be the home away from home for so many precious children and are excited to share this holiday season with you. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us. Our doors are always open to you!Show Less
Kids 'R' Kids is passionate about seeing each child succeed! Every aspect of our Learning Academy, from the teachers and curriculum in the classroom to the state-of-the-art facility and expansive playgrounds, works together to create the optimal learning environment. We love what we do and the families we do it for! That’s why we are delighted to have received the honor of Best Childcare & Early Preschool Education from the 2015 Consumer’s Choice Awards.
Whether you need care for your young infant or growing preschooler, we have a program that will challenge and encourage your child’s growth. The first five years of a child’s life are critical in developing neural pathways that will enhance the child’s learning capability. We know that parents are always looking for the best fit for their child and we are confident in our ability to exceed all expectations! Contact us today for more information about how we can be the First Step to Higher Education® for your child.Show Less
One of the greatest gifts of being a parent is watching your child grow, develop and achieve new milestones. When children are younger they seem to grow at the speed of light! The tiny baby you brought home from the hospital is now walking, talking, and full of his own ideas and opinions. While each new milestone may be a little bittersweet for the parent it’s so important to celebrate your child’s growth!
Check out this article for creative, simple ways to celebrate when your youngster begins the adventure of preschool!Show Less
Pumpkin patches and apple orchards are springing up all over which can only mean one thing – fall has officially arrived! There are so many great opportunities to spend time outdoors together as a family during this season. The cooler weather invites children to indulge in longer outdoor play and the whole family can enjoy a nice picnic together. Making memories with the family doesn’t have to be complicated! If your children attend preschool or daycare there is a good chance they will be spending some time outside with their classmates on the playground, which is an excellent environment to learn and explore. In addition to those activities, consider the list below for other ideas to ensure your whole family can enjoy this season:
Figure out your family schedule. Since many extracurricular activities begin around this time it’s important to have a good understanding of your family schedule. Spend some time over dinner discussing the details of the season to avoid becoming over-booked.
Make a scarecrow. Scarecrows have become a familiar symbol of fall, even if you don’t have any reason to scare away crows! Creating a scarecrow is a simple and fun way to involve the kids in decorating for fall. Make the body of your scarecrow by stuffing a bunch of leaves or other filler into a large bag. Gather some old clothes, and other accessories like a hat or bandana and dress your scarecrow. Proudly display your creation in your yard!
Attend a community fall harvest event. Hayrides and festivals abound this time of year! Many family-friendly activities take place throughout the season and provide the perfect place for memory-making.
Plant a garden. Springtime isn’t the only season that boasts beautiful plants for the garden. Research the best flowers and vegetables that thrive during the fall and enjoy the fruit of your labor! Your children may really enjoy watching the progress of their efforts and enjoy the extra splash of color in your yard.
Update your closets. A change in the weather demands a change in your wardrobe. Set aside a day for everyone in the family to update their closet from summer to fall. Donate clothes that were hardly worn or were outgrown during the summer. Also make a list of items that need to be replaced so you can be prepared for success in the cooler weather.
Go for a nature walk. The landscape comes alive during this time of year. Bundle up and go for a walk together as a family, collecting bright leaves along the way. Leaves can make a beautiful centerpiece or can be used for kid-friendly crafts. Bring a frisbee or football on your walk so you can enjoy some healthy outdoor exercise together.
Fall is a beautiful season and at Kids ‘R’ Kids of Keller, we love to take advantage of the changing seasons with creative learning activities indoors and outdoors. We strive to expand learning beyond a daycare or childcare experience by creating an ongoing academic learning opportunity for infants, toddlers, and preschool children.
Feel free to contact usand tour our Learning Academy to see firsthand how we engage our students and encourage them as they grow and learn through every stage!Show Less
With cooler weather in the near future, now is the perfect time to take advantage of the great outdoors! Being outside provides a great environment for young children to run, play and get some exercise. You can make a fun day of outdoor activities with your young child – the key is being prepared and keeping it simple.
Check out these ideas for enjoying a successful picnic/outdoor day as a family with young children.
1. Pack easy, favorite snacks – Nothing can bring down a great family occasion like a hungry child who doesn’t want to eat anything that’s been provided. Before going out, give each child the option to choose one snack they would like to take to the picnic. Remind them of their decision if they get angry when offered their snack at the picnic.
2. Plan to Play – Stay active as a family by packing a simple recreational toy or game that the whole family can enjoy like a football or Frisbee. If there is a playground at the picnic location don’t be afraid to jump in and play with your child. Quality time is irreplaceable and formative for young children.
3. Unplug to recharge – Don’t miss out on some awesome memories with your child by being distracted on your phone. Leave the phone in your car in case of emergency and give your undivided attention to your family. There is nothing wrong with staying connected to the world around you unless you start to lose sight of the people who are most important in your world. Take a deep breath of fresh air and enjoy!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller we are the biggest cheerleaders for involved parents and know that nothing can substitute the love of a parent for their child. We are passionate about nurturing and teaching each child to prepare for a lifetime of success and our door is always open for parents’ comments, or concerns. Whether you’re the proud parent of an infant, toddler, preschooler or school-age child we are confident our programs will exceed your expectations! Contact us today for more information or stop by for a free tour.Show Less
Helping your child develop strong literacy skills will set them up for a lifetime of success in learning. Even with very young infants and toddlers, reading out loud is a great habit to model as they begin to soak in the words and the world around them. There are so many wonderful books to choose from as you introduce your child to the world of reading. Check out this helpful article for 10 books your child will enjoy!Show Less
The first time a couple brings home a baby can be a thrilling and terrifying experience. In a matter of days and weeks the new parents learn the mannerisms of their child and are making progress at meeting the needs of their baby through food, rest, and quality time together. But what happens when you introduce another personality into the picture?
Many parents are amazed at just how different their children are from each other. As a family grows and more personalities enter the picture, it can be a challenge to moderate and maintain a sense of normalcy in the home. Each child brings with him/her a unique personality, a unique set of gifts and a unique set of challenges. Baby #1 may have slept like a rock but baby #2 had no respect for night and day routines. Baby #1 is the pickiest eater you’ve ever encountered while you have to keep baby #2 off the messy carpet so he doesn’t eat all the dust bunnies! Many parents find the challenge of managing these personalities to be very exhausting.
Here are some helpful tips for the parents who want to make the most of the different personalities around them:
1. Encourage The Differences Openly – When you notice a certain personality trait or gift in one of your children, point it out and encourage the strengths. Some personality traits can be frustrating such as stubbornness that leads to disobedience. Be clear that you love your child but will not tolerate disrespect or bullying.
2. Resist Comparing Siblings to Each Other – Children are always observing and listening to what their parents are saying. Well-meaning parents should be careful when discussing their children with other adults while the children are present. It’s important to have a good support team of friends and family as you raise your children, but be sensitive to what your child’s ear is hearing. This same guideline applies for comparing your child to someone else’s child or to the other children in her preschool classroom.
3. Celebrate as They Grow – You will likely notice that your child’s personality is more clearly expressed as she grows older. From infancy to toddlerhood to the first day of preschool, she will begin to exhibit her own personality and independence. When you notice your child has achieved a new skill or milestone, celebrate it! It doesn’t have to be anything elaborate, but showing your child that you are proud of who she is becoming will set her up for a lifetime of success.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller we love all of our students and enjoy celebrating their differences. From the littlest learners in our Infant Care Program, to the children in our Before/After School Program – we’re always amazed at how clever and curious they are! Contact us today for a tour of our school and discover for yourself all the ways we are so much more than an average daycare or childcare in Keller, TX!Show Less
Children have a universal language of love, laughter, and acceptance. It doesn’t matter what culture they represent, the common denomination in the heart of a child is the desire to enjoy a loving, nurturing and supportive environment. As long as children are having fun and being treated kindly, the difference in appearance is not important to them. Check out this helpful article for ways that parents can help support their child’s appreciation for different cultures.Show Less
At Kids ‘R’ Kids we understand how important it is to teach the next generation about caring for others. That’s why we participate in a fun summer-long fundraiser that culminates at our annual Summer Olympics event! This past weekend we enjoyed some friendly competition with other Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies in the area and collectively raised $17,000 for Scottish Rite Hospital! We also got an incredible surprise on the day of our Olympic event from the CEO of Kids ‘R’ Kids! Read more about it all in this article:
Picture: Singing the National Anthem at the start of the festivities!Show Less
Every childhood milestone is important from an infant’s first time rolling over to the first day of preschool, parents love to see their children learning and growing! During your child’s growth, it’s nice to know what to expect in terms of normal development. As you read this helpful article that details a few behaviors to look for as your infant races towards toddlerhood, keep in mind that every child is unique and your little one is no exception!Show Less
It’s hard to believe that we’re already halfway through the summer! While you may not want to remind your school age child of that reality, it’s a good idea to keep an eye on how they are maintaining an active and engaged mind during the summer months. Studies have shown many kids losing up to 2 to 3 months of math and reading skills over the summer, due to a phenomenon known as “Summer Brain Drain.”1
When your child’s day lacks any type of engaging or interactive activities, it is easy to lose the knowledge acquired during the school year. It’s a good idea for parents to provide opportunities to grow and challenge their child’s critical thinking and problem solving skills. Without going overboard, you can make sure your children are exercising their brain over the summer giving them a great start for the next school year.
For young children, it’s important to allow them plenty of active playtime during the summer. It may appear to be counter-intuitive to let your child engage in play that is not directly educational but, at early stages of learning, play is one of the best ways to reinforce concepts. Be sure your child is staying active when during playtime. TV watching in moderation is completely normal and acceptable but take your child outside and encourage some free exploration and playtime away from electronics to activate the imagination!
As your child gets older, it becomes more important to demonstrate the connection between school knowledge and everyday life. When a child sees how information is connected to what they experience, the information goes from just information to useful, relevant knowledge! At any stage of learning, be creative with your children allowing time for exploring new hobbies, going out for dessert or coffee and talking about what they enjoy or don’t enjoy about school. The more you get to know your children, the more you’ll know how to engage them and fill some of their summer vacation with enjoyable and educational activities.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, we love being creative and trying innovative ways to engage the minds of our students. Our littlest learners in our infant care, and our curious and active students in our preschool program are all encouraged to explore the world around them. Contact us today to schedule a free tour and see firsthand how we provide so much more than an average daycare or childcare facility!Show Less
Before you held your tiny infant in your arms, he recognized the sound of your voice. Isn’t that amazing? While he may not understand what you’re saying, he is able to pick up on your loving tone and affectionate smile. As your little one grows up into the toddler stage, he picks up on what your words mean, like “Stop” “No” etc. Usually around age 3 your child has developed his own small vocabulary of a few hundred words.
The first few years of your child’s life are filled with lots of growth, learning, and brain development. Placing your child in a certified preschool that offers accredited curriculum and an experienced staff team is the perfect environment to watch your child be nurtured and flourish under attentive care.
Establishing great communication skills is very important for your preschooler, particularly as he prepares for the more structured learning environment of elementary education and beyond. There are several ways in which Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller helps to encourage your child’s communication skills:
1.An interactive classroom experience – Each classroom in Kid’s ‘R’ Kids of Keller incorporates lots of fun and playtime along with purposeful instruction time that requires children to sit and listen to their teacher. From our infant nursery, toddler classrooms, and preschool programs, each child learns and communicates while being supported in a loving and nurturing environment.
2.Different types of technology – We use several types of technology to give preschoolers a diverse learning experience. Each child gets “hands on” opportunities to interact with our state-of-the-art technology under the instruction and supervision of their teacher.
3.Developing Friendships – Our Learning Academy is equipped with multiple classrooms, a cafeteria with a commercial sized kitchen, large playgrounds with shade, and a portico for rainy days. Every area of our Academy offers children a chance to interact with each other and develop social skills that better enhance their ability to communicate clearly.
Unlike a normal daycare or childcare, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller is a premier preschoolwith dedicated teachers, plenty of room to learn and play, and live online viewing capability through our Watch Me Grow Technology. We hope you will stop by and learn more about the many benefits our preschool environment can offer you and your child. Contact us today!Show Less
Over this weekend our nation will take some time to honor all of the men and women who gave the ultimate sacrifice to protect the values and freedom we enjoy in the United States. It’s a wonderful opportunity to spend a long weekend with people you love and enjoy some grilling, barbecuing, and fun outdoor activities. This is also a great learning opportunity for the young children in your home. As your family celebrates, take some time to intentionally explain the meaning of Memorial Day to your preschooler.
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. Visiting a nearby veteran 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, be sure to take some time to explain how important it is that we show gratitude and appreciation for military families who have lost a loved one in war. Don’t forget, Memorial Day weekend also marks the unofficial beginning of summer so be sure to have some fun outdoors together too – sack races in the backyard and running through the sprinklers are some great ideas for making memories together!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, 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
Can you believe that summer is just around the corner? It’s time to start thinking about how your child will spend the summer months. If left to their own devices, many children experience a “brain fog” over the summer from the lack of activity. To avoid the fog, look for a summer camp program that will engage your child and give offer lots of time to have fun with friends while learning.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, 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 to 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 Georgia.
Next we’ll explore the beaches of Florida, the Mississippi River and other fascinating waterways scattered across the U.S. Our adventure will then take us “out West” to the familiar rodeos and barbecues of our beloved 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 and knowledge will increase with each new leg of the adventure! Most of all, your child will have a lot of FUN during the summer! Contact us today for more information and don’t delay, spaces are limited!Show Less
We all know how mischievous children can be! With April Fools Day coming up, there are many opportunities for some good-natured jokes and pranks. We must be mindful however, that children are still developing sensitivity to the feelings of others and may not understand the difference between silly fun and bullying someone.
In an effort to help your child experience an April Fools Day filled with lots of laughter instead of hurt feelings, abide by the following simple guidelines:
1. Will the joke/prank hurt someone physically? – If the answer is ‘Yes,’ then the joke is an act of bullying. Nobody should be harmed during good-natured fun.
2. Know the person you are pranking and respect their personality traits. – Take note of this distinction. If the person is usually the class clown who loves to make a room full of people laugh, then making the person a part of a joke where a lot of people will see, is likely to be well received. If the person is normally shy and does not like to be the center of attention, consider if the prank would be hurtful. If you believe it is harmless, then make sure the prank takes place where only a few trusted friends will join in on the laughter.
3. Be willing to apologize – If your prank goes sour and someone’s feelings really do get hurt, be sure you take the time to apologize. By apologizing, you acknowledge the other person’s feelings and have an opportunity to reassure them of your friendship!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, we love watching all of our students grow into responsible and kind members of their community. We always have a ton of fun while instilling lasting character traits that encourage respect and understanding for all people. If you would like more information about our program, we would love to hear from you! Contact us, today!Show Less
Valentine’s Day isn’t just a holiday reserved for happy couples; it’s a great time to celebrate all kinds of love! As a family, take some time together to celebrate the love you have for each other.
Here are 3 ideas for building some fun family Valentine’s Day traditions:
1. Decorate your house with Valentines from years past. As your children grow older they will love seeing the valentines they made when they were younger. It’s a great way to reminisce about years gone by.
2. If you want to save Valentine’s Day dinner for a nice get-together with your spouse, plan one dinner around February 14th that will be a special dinner with family. Decorate the table with flowers, light some candles and make some heart-shaped desserts etc. It may seem cheesy, but your family will feel very loved and will remember how important it is to value each other.
3. Make extra valentines to pass out to people you meet during the day. Obviously, only do this with older children who are able to discern people they meet (like a grocery clerk or mailman) from someone who may not be safe to approach. Spend the week passing out valentines and share stories over dinner about how people responded. Everyone loves to be loved!
For more great ideas on how to make Valentine’s Day a day filled with fun traditions, visit this site! At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, we love celebrating all of the wonderful connections our students are making with their classmates and teachers. Contact us today to find out how we can serve your family!Show Less
We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new digital magazine! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller our hope is to provide your child with only the best in care, education, and nurturing.
This month’s edition includes a helpful article on how to understand and address your infant or toddler’s anxiety as well as making math a fun learning experience for preschoolers. Each edition will highlight areas of parenting and early education that will help equip you as you continue on the exciting and challenging journey of parenthood.
In addition to helpful articles you will find information about different school programs and activities our children are getting involved in. This month you can learn more about our exciting Summer Camp 2015 program!
Take a peek inside our magazine and feel free to share it with friends. As always, our door is open to your comments, questions and suggestions as we work together to provide your child with a firm foundation in early learning. Contact us, today!Show Less
Limit-pushing behavior is not uncommon in preschoolers, however, it can often leave parents stressed and bewildered. Why would your child throw his or her food at you and follow it up with a giggle? This piece will take a closer look at why your preschooler may be starting to push the limits in terms of behavior.
Preschoolers deal with feelings and impulses differently than adults
Parents need to understand that preschoolers tend to act on impulse. Stormy emotions and a slightly underdeveloped prefrontal cortex mean that most preschoolers are overcome with, and act on, emotions and impulses more powerful than they can handle. Most adults have the mental capacity to suppress these feelings and impulses whereas preschoolers simply do not. The next time your child lashes out, remain calm, and try to get to the crux of the situation.
Ensure that your child is getting enough attention
Limit-pushing behavior is often born out of a lack of attention. We need to remember that preschoolers need love and attention at home in order to feel like they belong. While hugs and kisses are good, you also need to show understanding, patience, and respect as well as taking a sincere interest in the life of your child.
Do not snap or overreact to this behavior
Always try to understand why your preschooler is displaying these limit-pushing behaviors. Although it may stress you to see your child screaming at you, do not scream back. Make a genuine attempt to understand why your child is so frustrated.
The team of childcare professionals at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, Texas is constantly striving to achieve more with your preschooler. Contact us today to find out more about our programs and facilities.Show Less
It’s easy to tell what a society values based on how many people participate in certain events, groups, and fundraisers. When it comes to football, America always has an astonishing number of supporters and fans. According to an article from the International Business Times, over 100 million people watch the Super Bowl every year including more than half of American households!
The 49th annual Super Bowl is bound to bring some hilarious and heartwarming commercials, a five-star halftime performance and plenty of gatherings happening all across America. If you’re planning on hosting a Super Bowl party, don’t forget about the youngsters in your life! Some parts of the Super Bowl may need to be monitored by adults before allowing children to view them (such as certain commercials or segments of the halftime show) but for the most part, children can also have a great time with friends!
Here are some helpful tips to plan your family-friendly Super Bowl bash:
1. Know your crowd – Do you or someone who is attending have a small infant or toddler who will need to nap during the party? Set aside a space for the purpose of naps and let all parents of youngsters know where they can go for some quiet time. How many young children will be attending? If it’s several, try sectioning off a part of the house that’s set up with baby gates and toys to occupy youngsters. Older children may want to play in a bedroom or outside. If children are in a room with a door, be sure to always have the door open so adults can monitor the activity.
2. Know your roles – If you have your children are old enough to help setup or facilitate the party, have a family team meeting before the event to determine who will be in charge of certain tasks. This will help avoid any complaining or whining from your children on the night of the event if they know what they’re responsible for prior to the party. The children will probably have an opinion on what snacks to serve too! It’s a fun chance to have your family work as a team and celebrate the great successful party together after it’s over.
3. Know your boundaries – Guests are often most comfortable in an environment where there are clear expectations set by the host. When you send an invitation to your party be sure to mention if guests are able to bring additional people with them, how long the party will last, and if guests are expected to bring anything. Starting a party with everyone on the same page helps to avoid unnecessary stress and anxiety during the party.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller we are passionate about family involvement in the shaping of each little learner’s life. We love hearing from parents about how we might improve and excel our programs for all ages. Contact us to learn about all we have to offer your family!Show Less
Every new parent feels somewhat overwhelmed at some point during the early days with a new baby. One topic that is often researched is the most desired position in which an infant should fall asleep. Sleeping is slightly more complicated for an infant and parents can never be too careful when it comes to providing the right care for a baby.
The back is the best option
To avoid any complications or problems during sleep, the best option is to lay your baby down on the back. This position, although sometimes irritable for the infant, helps to keep airways open, and allows your baby free limb movement. This will help to ensure your infant sleeps comfortably. It also helps to prevent other problems that can occur during the night, and significantly reduces the risk of SIDS.
Keep airways clear
Another helpful piece of information is to keep your infant’s airways clear of obstructions. This means that you should leave out of the crib fluffy toys, blankets or anything else that could obstruct the infant’s breathing. While providing the obvious benefit of free and unobstructed breathing, this also allows for less distractions for your baby so that he or she can fall asleep quickly and wake up less often throughout the night.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, Texas is passionate about providing safe, secure and loving child care for every child. This includes providing an excellent brain development curriculum as well as tips and guidelines for fun and healthy development at home. If you would like more information about our extensive infant care services, then contact us today or visit our facilities and meet our professional staff.Show Less
Amidst the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, our minds are filled with thoughts of fun get-togethers, Secret Santa gift swaps, and evenings filled with Christmas lights and hot cocoa. It’s equally important to be thinking about safety during this busy time of year. With just a little bit of patience and planning, you and your family can celebrate a fun, safe, and memorable holiday together.
Here are a few Holiday Safety Tips from the National Safety Council to keep in mind:
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, your child’s safety is always our primary concern. Our facility is a secure, password-protected building equipped with cameras in each classroom. We love to provide peace of mind to our parents by offering live online viewing access to their child at anytime during the day. All of our staff members are trained in First Aid/CPR, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention, and Child Abuse Awareness and had a very extensive background check done before being hired.
If you have any questions about our facility or staff team we invite you to contact us! We would love to give you a tour and answer all of your questions.Show Less
We've all participated in the around-the-table thankfulness exercise at the Thanksgiving meal. Each person lists a number of things they’re thankful for, nod politely as everyone shares and then dig into some pie and coffee.
If we’re honest, this ritual can get sort of repetitive and there isn’t a lot to hold the attention of a young child. But what if there were props, pictures, and storytelling involved?
This year as you settle around the table with full bellies, have the children participate in a “Show and Thank” extravaganza as they share what they’re most thankful for. It’s great entertainment for the adults and fun for the children!
How it Works:
- Tell your children a few days in advance about the activity so they can prepare their memories. Give them some construction paper and stickers and tell them to draw or write out a favorite memory from the year. If you have children with a flair for the dramatic, feel free to include costumes and props!
- After everyone is done eating the main Thanksgiving meal, introduce the kids who would like to share one-by-one and have them take turns sharing their stories with their pictures and props.
- For shy children, offer to stand with them and help share their story. Not only is this a fun exercise in thankfulness, it’s a great public speaking opportunity!
- Ask if anyone around the adult table would like to share too! Who knows? You may be inspired to share what you’re thankful for with paper and crayons too!
- Keep the treasured memories made by your children for years to come!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller we love teaching about the holiday spirit of charity and gratitude and are confident our innovative programs and excellent staff team are the best choice for your child’s care and education. Contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about our creative and exclusive curriculum!Show Less
"Play with me!” Those are three little words that some parents may come to dread. As much as we love our children, it can often be a challenge to engage with them enthusiastically as we play the same game of make-believe with the same action figures or toy cars. What many parents do not realize is that being a faithful play partner with their child is an excellent avenue for establishing trust with the child.
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.” He also states, “Sometimes it’s work mustering up enthusiasm when you feel bored and listless.” Don’t feel guilty for feeling bored when you play with your child but instead, be encouraged that your willingness to participate in their imagination will lend itself to a healthier and happier bond when they grow older.
Here are 5 helpful tips to consider when playing with your child:
1. Get creative with your playtime. Your child may suggest the same activity everyday, but feel free to offer new alternatives for playtime. They may not always be willing but you will be surprised at how refreshing it is when you are able to do a new activity together. Take them on a nature walk and collect acorns or make a pizza together! Not all play has to be wrestling on the floor or playing dress-up.
2. Show your child how you enjoy playing! While it’s important that your child do most of the directing as you play together, feel free to demonstrate how you like to spend your time too as a means of connecting with your child. Whether that’s painting your nails, throwing a football, or reading a book, allow your child to enter into your world. As your child begins adolescence she will likely enjoy doing more grown-up things with you.
3. Set aside specific time. It’s easy to be distracted as a parent with all of the chores and errands that need to be done in a day. Don’t let your whole day go by without some playtime with your child. Set a timer or alarm for 30 minutes to an hour and give your child your undivided attention. No phone or multi-tasking during playtime. Just play!
4. 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.
5. Enjoy your child. Even if the thought of playtime is stressful for you as a parent, try to view it as an opportunity to discover new aspects of your child that you may not have already noticed. Sharing these discoveries with your spouse or close friends may also encourage you to spend more time playing!
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller is proud to offer an exclusive Preschool curriculum that seamlessly incorporates play and learning. We understand that children are motivated and inspired when they are able to have fun as they learn. We developed our curriculum with learners in mind, which makes 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
When daycare and kindergarten close for school holidays, parents can find it hard to keep their children stimulated both physically and mentally. It can be so easy to let them watch TV, however this is not healthy or productive. This is time that could be spent doing some fun and educational activities. Read on for some ideas for your child during this school break.
School holiday fun for toddlers
There is so much you can do with your toddler over the school holiday. Toddlers are full of energy and it is important to make sure they are entertained. Some ideas include day trips to a zoo or aquarium or to an indoor play area or just playing in the backyard.
Have fun with your preschooler
Preschoolers love trips to zoos and aquariums, but you can also do some fun things at home like baking cookies together or painting pictures. If the weather is warm, pitch a tent in the backyard and have a camp-out complete with roasted marshmallows. You can also have your child put on a show for you in the living room. They will have fun coming up with ideas, dancing, singing and dressing up for the occasion.
For working parents
Of course, not all parents have the luxury of being able to spend the school break with their child- but this does not mean the summer break can’t be just as exciting! This is where Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy in Keller, Texas comes in. We understand that when school is out, it does not necessarily mean a parent is home. We have a variety of special programs, including a ten week nature themed summer camp. While your child is with us, our staff will give him personal attention and care. We also offer a healthy and balanced meal plan. Contact us today to learn more about enrolling your child.Show Less
With the return to a school routine and the busyness of fall activities, it can be easy for parents to rarely see their kids! Yet, it’s important for parents to spend quality time with their children when they get the chance. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, we applaud every parent who makes an effort to be present. We know it isn’t always easy but the efforts made by parents to connect with their children will go a long way into developing healthy, secure, and contributing members of society.
While it may seem that moms spend most of the time with children, a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center, indicated an increase in the number of stay-at-home-dads. The role a father plays in a child’s life is irreplaceable and spending time with your children, as a father figure, can do a lot to build a child’s self-esteem. Despite living in a culture that equates busyness with success, we fully support and encourage dads who take the time to slow down and get to know their children! That’s why we put together a list of “Daddy Date”activities, to assist you in creating memories and bonds that will last a lifetime.
We encourage dads and children to choose from this list or adapt these ideas in a way that would mean something special for your own family.
1. Go on a bike ride
2. Have a water balloon fight in your backyard
3. Go on a mini-golf adventure
4. Go to a nearby ice cream shop and enjoy a sweet treat
5. Wash the car together
6. Bake cookies together
7. Have a picnic at Bear Creek Park or other nearby parks
8. Pick out presents for each other at the Dollar Store
9. Go bowling
10. Pick up a book from the Keller public library and read it together
Every day is an opportunity to make a memory, large or small. Every act of intentionality with your kids goes a long way in shaping them into confident, successful, and thoughtful adults.Show Less
The first five years are the most vital years in any child’s life. These are the years that require extensive mental stimulation to develop the brain. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller we run a successful and trusted brain development program that has changed the lives of many families. Below we have compiled a list of useful information regarding your child’s brain development.
During the first five years of your child’s life, the brain changes rapidly. It grows to 80% of an adult sized brain by the age of three, and 90% by the age of five. These changes are due to individual neurons which are structured much like trees. Picturing a tree: each brain cell begins as a tiny sapling, then gradually sprouts its dendrites. The growth of the brain is due to these dendrites.
Milestones and brain development
Brain development goes hand in hand with each child’s milestones. The first five years are critical to the development of a child’s character and the achievement of certain milestones. Milestones occur at different ages as shown below:
3 years old
- Ride a tricycle
- Assemble simple puzzles
- Run around obstacles
4 years old
- Can catch and throw a ball
- Cuts on a line
- Can brush teeth and comb hair
Reaching these milestones will vary with each child. Gradually they will be achieved as he or she grows.
Child brain development is important for social and emotional skills at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy in Keller. Our brain development program philosophy is “Hug First, Then Teach.” This allows us to teach your child in a safe and secure environment. Our program aids in building strong, healthy relationships with staff members, and a child’s peers.
For more information on our brain development program in Keller, contact us or pay us a visit.Show Less
It’s the First Week of School! New bus routes, homerooms, and teachers are swimming in the minds of the students as they file into school and prepare themselves for another year of learning. For many children, the first week of school is happily anticipated as they think of all the new faces they’ll meet and memories they’ll make. However, many children who are naturally shy or introverted find the start of a school year to be particularly daunting. Here are some practical ways you can prepare your anxious child for all of the newness he’ll encounter in the first few days of another school year.
- Plan A Fun After-School Outing - Give your child something to look forward to as they brave their first day of school. Take them to their favorite restaurant for dinner or out for ice cream after school. Make the outing something that will give your child a chance to talk with you about his day.
- Meet Their Teachers - If you are able to spend a few minutes meeting your child’s teacher on the first day it will help him feel like you can relate to his world when he mentions his teacher or classmates. Ask him specific questions about his teacher and classmates to get a good understanding of what a typical school day looks like for him and to encourage him to make new friends.
- Make a Memento - If you enjoy doing crafts, try making a picture frame magnet for their locker or a bookmark for their school books as a nice way of reminding them about people who love and support them. In moments when your child is nervous, it is reassuring to have a tangible reminder of loving friends and family.
- Follow up after Week One - 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, he could be having difficulty adjusting and it may be wise to consult his teacher and see how he can better acclimate.
It is completely normal for children to be nervous during the first week of school, especially on the first day! Be careful not to make your child feel foolish for being nervous. On the morning of the first day, be supportive and excited for them and when you pick them up or see them after work ask a lot of questions about their experience. Your enthusiasm and involvement helps give them courage to tackle this new adventure!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller we hope to help calm your little one’s fears about going back to school or preschool. Please contact us if you have any questions or if we can help in any way!Show Less
Gone are the days where preschools and day care centers were places for a child to spend the day playing outside and watching movies. In today’s increasingly competitive world, it is important to give your child the best possible foundational education. Here are some of the benefits of an AdvancED Accredited preschool program, which will help you make the right choice for your child’s future.
Why choose an AdvancED Accredited program?
AdvancED is an internationally recognized as well as voluntary accreditation system that governs and maintains extremely high standards of education at all associated learning centers. The AdvancED system undergoes continual development and growth and is quickly becoming the catalyst for positive change in education throughout the world.
How can your child benefit?
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, Texas, we understand that child care and preschool education go hand-in-hand. Our AdvancED Accredited program and exclusive Fast Track Curriculum™ encourages your child to learn while having fun. Our preschool curricula are constantly evolving, ensuring that your child gets the best possible foundational education.
Think about your child’s future
Kids ‘R’ Kids’ AdvancED Accredited program lays the foundation that your child will need to transition easily to elementary school. This means that by the time he reaches elementary school, he will already have a firm grasp on a number of basic concepts that will still be relatively new to other children. Children are given opportunities to play as they learn in our stimulating educational environments.
Give your child an edge when it comes to preschool education and enroll him at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller, Texas. Take a look at our informative website or feel free to contact us for more information. Your preschoolers will be welcomed, hugged first, and then taught for the best foundation for their future.Show Less
It’s crucial for parents to maintain good communication with their children. One of the best ways to develop a close relationship with open communication is through talking to each other in a non-threatening environment. When you start communicating early, talking becomes natural and easier as the child matures. A Mommy and Daughter Day Out is a great way for a mother to enjoy her daughter while creating a habit of spending time together and encouraging open communication.
Mommy and Daughter Day Out should be fun for mother and daughter. Plan your day based on what your child enjoys. It may be as simple as going for a bike ride, to the play ground, or enjoying an ice cream cone. Whatever you decide, make sure there is an opportunity for communication and personal interaction. Talk on her level and about her interests. Ask questions that encourage her to think about her feelings and preferences. For example, “Tell me your favorite part of that movie. Why do you like that part?” Remember to laugh, play, and have fun.
One goal of the date is to spend quality time with your daughter. An additional goal is to intentionally build a relationship that is close enough for your daughter to feel comfortable sharing her heart with you as she gets older and experiences more complicated issues. Start now discussing her thoughts about toys, nap time, and any other interests that she may have. Let your mommy and daughter day outpave the way to a great relationship, now and in the future for you and your daughter.
Here are a few ideas for activities to enjoy on your Mommy and Daughter Day Out. Make sure the activity is age-appropriate for your child.
- Get a manicure
- Have a tea party at home
- Go to the botanical gardens
- Go to a family play in the park and then walk around, play, or jog together
- Take an art class together
- Go for a walk
- Go to a movie and then ice cream to discuss the movie
Feel free to contact us to schedule a visit to our Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller and find out why we are more that a childcare, daycare or preschool. Talk to us about how our programs can help in your child’s communication development.
For additional help communicating with your child, here is an article, Communicating Effectively With Your Child, that may be useful.Show Less
Researchers say that having a cat or dog at home during the first year of your infant’s life may help prevent allergies.
Not only are pets loveable, but it has been discovered that parents who have a dog or cat in the home during their child’s early years allows for their infant to develop a significant amount of antibodies. These antibodies to dog or cat allergens are developed through a process called allergic sensitization. Therefore, parents may want to consider getting a pet when they are compiling their child care “Dos and Don’ts”.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller
Parents have a lot to consider during their infant’s first year of life. Feeding a child properly, preventing allergies and choosing a professionally staffed, reputable day care center presents new parents with much deliberation. If you are looking for a day care center for your infant, consider our state-of-the-art facility at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Keller.
We offer an exclusive Infant Big Steps Curriculum which takes into account that development begins prenatally. Your child will be immersed in a curriculum that invites and promotes participation in developmentally stimulating sensory activities. Using our philosophy of “Hug First, Then Teach,” our child care providers do their best to ensure that your infant feels loved and secure.
We provide an innovative curriculum that targets each part of a child’s brain as it becomes active. Our professional staff will be there to provide support for your child as they begin their journey to developing a life-long love of learning.
Practicing exceptional values, we strive to maintain the highest standards in child care and early childhood education.Show Less
Day care age kids in Keller, Texas, do not have to be home with nothing to do during school holidays
For busy parents of Keller, Texas, school holidays can be a complicated time. Managing your day care age children's school schedules while balancing your work schedule can leave you feeling like there are few options, but at Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Keller, Texas we provide a loving, nurturing, and educational environment for children during school breaks.
If you have been a Keller resident for a while then you may already know about the fun things that Keller has to offer, such as the Urban Air Trampoline Park and the Story Time Theatre. Both offer fun and interesting activities for children. However, it may not be easy or convenient to take time off work to attend these places with your children during the summer break and holidays.
During most school breaks and holidays, our Learning Academy is open to provide fun and flexible options for families with young children. There is no reason that children have to be bored or feel like they have nothing to do during school holidays. Bring them to Kids 'R' Kids of Keller, Texas and let them have fun, continue learning, and be physically active for the summer.
What kind of activities do we offer?
- Fun field trips
- Creative, educational and physical activities
- Special group play designed to foster social and emotional development
Every summer we offer Camp Nature Kids, an exciting ten-week odyssey in the classroom that transforms children into scientists, adventurers and explorers who investigate the wonderful world of nature beyond their back door. Your children will use all of their senses to dig into dirt and mud, while also learning about insects, animals and plants. Rather than sitting inside watching television or playing video games, give your children the chance to explore the great outdoors.
If you are searching for the perfect place to send your children during school holidays, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Keller, Texas, is an ideal option. Please do not hesitate to contact us today.Show Less