Hurricane Harvey & Helping Your Child Cope With Natural Disasters
On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast, bringing powerful winds and heavy rainfall with it. After days of non-stop rain, Houston and many other regions were left in shambles, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to walk away from what was once their home. While this devastation undoubtedly affects many people’s jobs, daily routines, and mental health, it is important to remember that children are affected as well.
It can be difficult for young children to grasp natural disasters and why and how they occur. Children cope with events such as this differently depending on their age, but they are all susceptible to its negative impact. Whether your child was directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey or not, these tips for coping with natural disasters are sure to help your family move forward no matter what you face in the future.
Talk About It
One of the best ways to help your child process what has happened is by discussing the events that have occurred. Explain the disaster in logical terms so your child can fully understand why or how things have changed. Most importantly, allow your child to express his or her emotions about what has taken place, and listen to their worries or fears. By creating a safe space for your child to share their feelings, they will be less likely to bottle up or hold onto any negative emotions. A wonderful resource on how to discuss natural disasters with children can be found in this Sesame Street episode, where Big Bird’s friends help him rebuild his nest after a storm.
Maintain A Routine
Your child can hold onto a sense of normalcy by maintaining their typical routine in whatever way possible. Try to stick with their normal bed/wake up time in order to ensure they’re getting enough sleep. Allow them time to learn and play, and stick with any rules you would enforce on a daily basis. Many parents feel the need to coddle children in the midst of a disaster, but sticking to a routine can provide a sense of safety and security.
Remember – each child processes natural disasters differently. While one child may appear totally unaffected, another could display symptoms of anxiety or even depression. Be patient as your little one copes with how their life has changed, and know that it could take weeks, months, or even years for them to fully recover. Love, comfort, and patience go a long way when helping your child move past a difficult time.
Would you like to help Kids ‘R’ Kids employees who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey? Simply visit our GoFundMe link and make a donation. It is our hope to raise $100,000 or more for all staff members and teachers whose homes, families, and livelihood have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.Show Less
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!
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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
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.
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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
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.
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Teaching a toddler or preschooler about money may seem trivial but the rewards of modeling good spending and saving habits can last a lifetime. Children always learn best by watching the behavior of the adults around them. Whether they attend a local preschool or childcare or stay at home – they are always watching for cues on how to behave. Managing your money is just one more skill that your child can benefit from when you’re intentional about sharing your spending and saving decisions with them. This article provides a helpful framework for how you can include your child in money decisions and teach them at an early age how to make good choices.Show Less
With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas up ahead, now is the perfect time to get your child involved in charitable activities. Teaching children the value of generosity and gratitude are especially important as we navigate the largest consumer-driven holiday of the year. Amidst all of the discounts, deals, and must-have wish lists, take some time to give to others around you. It’s very likely a family near you is hurting this holiday season and could use a friendly, generous gesture. Whether it’s inviting your new neighbors over for dinner, or baking cookies for a nearby nursing home, include your child in the activities and make it a new family tradition to look forward to!
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One of the greatest gifts of being a parent is watching your child grow, develop and achieve new milestones. When children are younger they seem to grow at the speed of light! The tiny baby you brought home from the hospital is now walking, talking, and full of his own ideas and opinions. While each new milestone may be a little bittersweet for the parent it’s so important to celebrate your child’s growth!
Check out this article for creative, simple ways to celebrate when your youngster begins the adventure of preschool!Show Less
Kids 'R' Kids is passionate about seeing each child succeed! Every aspect of our Learning Academy, from the teachers and curriculum in the classroom to the state-of-the-art facility and expansive playgrounds, works together to create the optimal learning environment. We love what we do and the families we do it for! That’s why we are delighted to have received the honor of Best Childcare & Early Preschool Education from the 2015 Consumer’s Choice Awards.
Whether you need care for your young infant or growing preschooler, we have a program that will challenge and encourage your child’s growth. The first five years of a child’s life are critical in developing neural pathways that will enhance the child’s learning capability. We know that parents are always looking for the best fit for their child and we are confident in our ability to exceed all expectations! Contact us today for more information about how we can be the First Step to Higher Education® for your child.Show Less
Helping your child develop strong literacy skills will set them up for a lifetime of success in learning. Even with very young infants and toddlers, reading out loud is a great habit to model as they begin to soak in the words and the world around them. There are so many wonderful books to choose from as you introduce your child to the world of reading. Check out this helpful article for 10 books your child will enjoy!Show Less
Children have a universal language of love, laughter, and acceptance. It doesn’t matter what culture they represent, the common denomination in the heart of a child is the desire to enjoy a loving, nurturing and supportive environment. As long as children are having fun and being treated kindly, the difference in appearance is not important to them. Check out this helpful article for ways that parents can help support their child’s appreciation for different cultures.Show Less
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
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 East Allen 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
A difficult aspect of child care is trying to get your baby to sleep. It is important to understand that your child may have legitimate reasons for being grumpy and refusing to rest. Some of these issues could include teething pain, ear ache, skipping an afternoon nap or just a long tiring day. This blog will explore a few of the things you can do to assist your child in falling asleep.
Try to eliminate any distractions in the room
Your child may be easily distracted when it comes to bedtime as settling down and going to sleep is difficult. Ensure that no toys are in reach, there are no television sets within earshot and there is minimal light entering the room. A dark, quiet room is ideal for creating a calm environment conducive to sleep.
Try to avoid sleep trainers
Sleep trainers have been around since the introduction of parenting manuals, often touting miracle ‘cures’ for getting a child to sleep peacefully throughout the night. One thing that sleep trainers do not take into account is that every child develops different sleep patterns. Sleep trainers are expensive and often employ the cry-it-out technique for the child which is not an ideal way to get your child to fall asleep.
Keep a consistent bedtime routine
Routines are important when it comes to infant care and healthy sleeping. Try to implement and stick with a routine that works for your child. This could include a warm bath followed by a gentle massage which will calm your baby and relieve stressed muscles.
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Mobile technology has had a profound effect on the way preschoolers learn both inside and outside of the classroom. Smartphones and tablets have doubled as both sources of entertainment and education. Restless toddlers are now honing their math, language, and fine motor skills with a wide selection of excellent applications. Here are some of the best math apps available today for preschoolers:
Math training for kids: Android - Free and iOS - $0.99
This a great application for preschoolers over the age of three. The simple layout makes it easy to use, even for an inexperienced child. This app expands on your child’s ability to add, subtract, multiply, and divide. By building these fundamental skills, it prepares your child for preschool, kindergarten, and elementary school.
Mathmateer:iOS - $0.99
This app has stunning visuals and an interesting concept which appeal to your child’s more creative side. The aim of this game is to earn money to be used to build a rocket that will be launched into space. Your child will be required to complete rudimentary mathematical challenges which include addition and subtraction, the telling of the time, and an introduction to fractions.
Peter Pig’s Money Coin Counter: Android – Free
An excellent app developed by the team at Visa which aims to teach your child how to identify coins currently in circulation. The app also helps your preschooler sort and count various coins. The game is narrated by Peter the Pig, who helps your child better understand the concepts being taught.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of East Allen, Texas, offers so much more than typical day care facilities. For more information regarding our age-appropriate programs, contact us today.Show Less
Different parts of the human body require different types of food to operate at an optimal level, and the brain is no different. The brain is the command center of the human body and therefore requires different nutrients and vitamins. Here we explore some of the foods that can help ensure healthy brain development in your child. Be sure to consult with your doctor before changing your child’s diet.
Just like every other organ in your body, the brain requires energy. This energy comes in the form of glucose from our bloodstreams. You can help give your child’s brain the fuel it needs to operate throughout the day by serving sandwiches made with whole grain breads. These breads help release glucose slowly into the bloodstream fuelling the brain for longer periods of time. Use whole grain pastas, wheat bran, and whole grain cereals wherever possible.
The human body cannot produce essential fatty acids on its own and therefore needs to acquire these nutrients through diet. Oily fish such as salmon, trout, herring, and sardines are all known to be excellent sources of omega 3 fatty acids. Not only do these fatty acids help with healthy brain development, they also reduce the risk of developing memory loss related diseases in older age.
Apples and plums
Apples and plums make delicious lunch box snacks and can easily replace your child’s craving for candy and other unhealthy snacks. These fruits contain an antioxidant called quercetin, which researchers believe helps fight against cognitive decline.
Be sure to consult with your doctor or pediatrician when developing a meal plan for your young child.
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The appropriate environment for optimal brain development is one of the most important aspects of your child’s early years. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of East Allen provides a unique preschool environment and a variety of stimulating age-appropriate activities that are focused on your child’s brain development. We offer the exclusive Brain Waves™ curriculum, which is open to children ages six weeks through five years. During these early developmental years, our curriculum supports the formation of neural pathways that encourage language, social-emotional and physical development.
We understand the different stages of development, and that learning begins prenatally and continues throughout life. Our programs are structured with one-in-one attention to support each child’s unique needs. Your child will undergo various developmental stages in their first three months. Our curriculum provides numerous opportunities for stimulating sensory activities to support brain development.
During the next three months, your child will learn how to reach out and manipulate his or her world. A child will learn the use of its hands, try to roll over, laugh, and make different sounds. From seven to nine months movement will progress to a forward and backward motion, and crawling will begin.
We provide classes for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and school aged children. These programs are aimed at providing specific, educational programs to stimulate your child’s development at each particular stage of their development.. Our Learning Academy provides a loving, safe environment with an experienced staff of nurturing professional teachers, and classrooms that are appropriate for each developmental stage.
Taking part in various challenging activities, your child will have the benefit of a superior program that offers a high quality comprehensive early education, resulting in future academic success.
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Your child’s first five years of life are critical for his development, especially for his or her brain development. Your child needs the correct attention and necessary teaching during the preschool years to successfully build a foundational education and appropriate emotional, social and physical development.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of East Allen, our AdvancED accredited preschool program and exclusive curriculumis focused on maximizing your child’s brain development and we take a holistic, comprehensive approach to your child’s education with child-directed, teacher supported activities.
A high-quality preschool benefits your child the most when he or she enters kindergarten with better reading skills, vocabulary, and basic math skills than children that do not attend a quality preschool. He or she will also learn to socialize, get along with teachers and peers, and manage his or her own behavior, so the transition to elementary school will be easier. Preschool is also where your child can build self-confidence, explore, ignite his or her imagination and be engaged in the learning process.
Preschool should be a fun, safe learning experience for your child. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of East Allen knows that your child will learn more effectively when he or she feels safe and secure and while interacting and having fun. For this reason, we employ our philosophy of “Hug First, Then Teach” and our curriculum is designed to keep your child engaged in learning. Our highly skilled teaching staff has many years of experience and our AdvancED accredited preschool program and exclusive curriculum is adaptive since we know that each child develops at his or her own pace.
Preschool provides your child the opportunity to learn basic skills such as reading, math, science, language, and other skills which will form the foundation for future educational success.
Contact us today at Kids ‘R Kids Learning Academy of East Allen, Texas to find out more about how a quality preschool can benefit your child.Show Less
Play dates, day care facilities and playground trips are not only ways to keep your child busy and entertained, but they are also important for your child’s brain development. Although interacting with family is your child’s first step in socialization, interaction with peers and other adults significantly broadens the scope of their brain development. This is especially critical if your child is an only child or does not have peer interaction at home.
Through early childhood interactions, your child is able to:
- Practice and improve language skills
- Learn how to deal with emotions
- Develop conflict resolution skills
- Build a positive sense of self
- Develop a sense of empathy
- Understand how social groups work
- Strengthen communication, teamwork and leadership skills
Positive social interaction is necessary for your child’s future academic success and it has far-reaching consequences for how your child determines her sense of place in the world. Well-developed social skills determine how your child will approach relationships with peers, colleagues and partners.
To encourage your child to socialize more, why not plan a picnic or BBQ at Celebration Park? This park has a huge playground as well as sports fields and trails, so there will be plenty of children who are looking to meet new playmates.
Unlike traditional day care facilities, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of East Allen offers a comprehensive brain development program that includes extensive socialization with teachers and peers in a safe and fun environment. Furthermore, this program includes activities that target each area of your child’s development. To find out more about how our exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum can help your child maximize her mental potential, contact us today.Show Less
Understanding the child care issues of a lengthy road trip with an infant will allow for a more pleasant travel experience. At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of East Allen we know how difficult travelling with an infant can be. Here are a few tips to ensure a perfect road trip:
1. Always choose the correct car seat
Be sure to select the correct car seat when traveling with an infant. Make sure that it is the right size and properly installed in the back seat of your car. Most fire departments are happy to check your child's car seat free of charge to make sure it is properly installed.
2. Know when is the right time to leave
Feed your infant before leaving. Depart once the baby is sleeping. This will give you a few hours on the road, while the child is sound asleep. Schedule in stops for feedings and diaper changes if you are driving for several hours.
3. Do not be afraid to over pack
Regardless of how old your child is, it is always best to over pack on toys, clothes, blankets, music, food and water. This will assist in keeping the child content.
4. First aid kit
Always have a first aid kit packed in your car for unexpected emergencies. This should also include a thermometer and any medication that your infant might need. Store this in the bag along with your infant's diapers and creams, assuring that you can find them quickly if an emergency arises.Show Less