Happy New Year! A fresh start and a new beginning is here again! If your new year resolutions included “reading more” or “becoming a better parent,” we’ve got you covered each month! Our magazine is packed full of ways to help you be the best parent you can be and to raise the best child you can. This month we are exploring the topics of playtime in preschool, the stages of childhood, and raising a strong-willed child.Show Less
Oh, the hustle and bustle of December! Another year is coming to a close—but what excitement this final month contains! Between school plays and office parties, why not take a little time to yourself to catch up on our final issue of the year? If you had a chance to read “What’s the Rush?” last month, the second part of that article can be found in this issue. We also added some goodies about encouraging your children through creative play and ways you can give your children the gift of time this holiday season. After all, those toys won’t last as long as the memories your create together! Happy Holidays, and enjoy the read!Show Less
It is November! The holiday season is officially upon us! We hope that during the hustle and bustle, family and friends, and love and laughter, you will take a quiet minute to read up on our latest issue. We have some great articles for you about rushing through milestones and the importance (and benefits) of family traditions. We even threw in a list of tips to help you ignite your child’s love of learning! We hope you enjoy the read!Show Less
During the early stages of your day care child’s development you will notice that, as your child grows older and develops intellectually, he or she will start mastering the language that is spoken in the home. Young children learn language with ease. Many parents wonder what affects language development during these early years. We share some insight into how early brain development can affect language skills, and what you can do to promote this development, during the day care and preschool years.
As your child hears more words being spoken, an understanding of tone, pronunciation, and the intricacies of language will begin to develop. Your child will develop the ability to form full, comprehensive sentences, and will begin to tell and makeup stories. In order to promote this learning, you must be clear in your communications to help your child understand the meanings of words. You can encourage your child by being a careful listener. In both listening and talking to your child, you promote active brain development.
Social skills are an important part of brain development. Language is social in nature, and one needs to understand language in order to effectively engage with others. You can help with this development by allowing your child ample opportunities to observe social skills in action. Family, friends, playdates and engaging in social activities such as enrolling in day care or preschool, can assist your child in developing social and language skills.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Austin, Texas, is the ideal child care facility for parents seeking quality early education. We offer exceptional facilities and a staff of professional teachers. We provide superior early education- so much more than traditional day care- with our exclusive Brain WavesTM Curriculum, which provides your child with all the right stimulus for optimal brain development. Contact us today for more information.Show Less
One of the most important factors in child care is nutrition. Children, and especially infants, need a healthy, balanced diet in order to grow and develop properly. Here is some information from Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Austin regarding healthy nutrition for your infant. Take note that you should discuss all nutrition decisions with your child’s pediatrician.
Breast milk and baby formula
Most infant care experts agree on one thing: Breastmilk is the most essential part of an infant’s diet. Most seem to agree that for the first six months of your child’s life, breast milk or a pediatrician approved infant formula should be the only source of nutrition. Sometime after about four months, you can begin to introduce very soft foods such as rice cereal, but check with your pediatrician first. Breast milk should continue to be part of the diet until at least age two.
This should be the first solid food that your infant consumes. After about four months, you can begin to introduce about two teaspoons of rice cereal every day. It is important that you use either breastmilk or baby formula to mix in and not cow’s milk or other milks at this young age. Defer to your pediatrician’s advice regarding the exact age at which you should introduce rice cereal, or any other first solid food.
Fruit and vegetables
By the time your child reaches the age of seven months, you can begin to introduce very small amounts of fruit and vegetables into the diet with your doctor’s approval. Start by introducing about a quarter of a cup of soft fruit and/or vegetables every day. Ideally, you want to start with more mild foods such as soft-boiled carrots, bananas or mashed potatoes.Show Less
Language is one of the most effective ways to boost your child’s brain and cognitive development. We use language to communicate and interact on a daily basis, and your child can begin this process naturally. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Austin we provide a brain development program that offers each child an opportunity to learn in a safe and comfortable environment, while using the latest technology.
Our exclusive brain development program will expose your child to many forms of language, one being sign language for infants. Your child will be engaged in an environment rich in language and literacy, which boosts brain and cognitive development. We offer digital activities that encourage each child to develop language, science and fine motor skills.
Brain and cognitive development and language
According to studies, learning language alters the structure of your child’s brain and boosts cognitive development. It is important to teach your child as many languages as possible at an early age. Because a child has twice as many synapses (connections) in the brain compared to an adult, the older the child the less absorption of new information there will be. How and what your child learns will be the result of brain and cognitive development. As your child learns the use of language, the synapses are stimulated and the connections are securely fixed in the brain. This process creates a permanent pathway for your child to learn quickly and accurately.
Offering developmental activities, a dedicated staff and a state-of-the-art learning environment, we will provide your child with all the guidance, love and one-on-one attention needed to achieve his or her full mental potential.
For more information on our brain development program in North Austin, contact us and we will gladly assist you.Show Less
Mathematical literacy is vitally important in today’s competitive world, and the earlier your child begins to learn about numbers and math, the better. A quality preschool can help build a strong mathematical foundation for your child. You can even do some activities at home with your preschooler outside of daycare to continue and reinforce what is being learned at preschool.
Count things while on the road or in a store
Make trips to the supermarket enjoyable by incorporating fun counting games. If you are on on the road for some time, help your child count cars or trucks or specify a certain color of car to count. This turns an ordinarily boring trip into a fun game that familiarizes your child with number sequencing and counting. In the supermarket, count cereal boxes or other items together.
Incorporate numbers into fun artwork
This is a great way for your preschooler to better understand how to recognize numbers through a fun activity. Cut sponges into the shapes of numbers. Have your child dip each of these numbers into a bit of paint and press them against some newspaper. Ask the child to read out each number he or she applies it, and then help him or her learn how to put those numbers in sequence or in patterns, such as the age or the number of his siblings.
Play connect the dots
Connect the dots is a sure way for children to learn about number sequencing while having fun. This is an excellent counting activity that can also help with drawing and motor skills. Help your child make the dots in different shapes, like a tree or a star or a cat. Then he or she can take different colors and connect those same dots to complete the picture.
Teach your child about measurement
Measuring things is a good activity to teach your child about numbers and sequencing. You can use a tape measure or a ruler to measure things around the house, including your preschooler!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Austin, we have an AdvancED accredited preschool program and exclusive developmentally focused curriculum that can help your child grow. Contact us for more information.Show Less
The human brain is made up of intricate and fragile parts that govern the entire body, making it increasingly important that a child’s brain development be treated delicately and carefully. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Austin, we are experts in child brain development. We have many years of experience in supporting the development of children’s mental and physical health. Based on our research and experience, we have carefully put together some useful information regarding what makes up a child’s (and an adults) brain.
Parts of the brain:
The brain is made up of three parts:
- Cerebrum: (consists of two parts the left and rightcerebral hemispheres)
- Cerebellum: (motor control and cognitive functions)
- Brain stem: (controls body movement, breathing and heartbeat)
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Austin, we know that you can divide these additionally into the frontal lobe, the parietal lobe, the temporal lobe and the occipital lobe, each of which have different functions. Our curriculum provides targeted activities designed to stimulate each individual lobe for a well rounded education.
How the brain is used:
Lobes of the Cerebral Cortex
The Parietal lobe is associated with movement, recognition and perception of stimuli.
The Frontal lobe is associated with planning, reasoning, movement, parts of speech and problem solving.
The Temporal lobe is associated with memory, speech, perception and recognition of auditory stimuli.
The Occipital lobe is associated with visual processing.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Austin, we are active in ensuring that all parts of your child’s brain are being stimulated through reading, active play, exploring the senses, and sign language. The brain is a very complex, delicate organ that needs to be properly developed beginning at a very young age and then be stimulated and nurtured ongoing in order to fully develop.
For more information on our brain development program in North Austin, contact us or you are welcome to visit our facility and talk with our staff about your childcare needs.Show Less
Teething for an infant generally begins at six months, with the bottom front teeth emerging first from the gums. At approximately 30 months, the process ends with the appearance of the second molars. But in-between that time is an uncomfortable process for your growing infant. Although the pain level differs by child, they may become more fussy, drool, refuse to eat, and chew on objects to lessen their discomfort while teething. Luckily, many options are available to help your infant relieve teething problems.
- Gum massage: Using your index finger, gently rub your infant’s gums. This is very soothing, but it may take time for your child to adjust to this technique.
- Teething gel: If your child is fussing more than normal, ask your pediatrician if they recommend the use of a teething gel. Gels have a temporary numbing effect on the gums. They shouldn’t be used too often or near feedings, since the numbness can be problematic to bottle feeding or nursing.
- Chewing: This action helps your child to massage their gums and receive relief. A teething ring or crackers specific to teething can be useful. Cold objects such as a clean, cold washcloth can provide extra relief. To avoid the possibility of choking on one of these objects, an infant should be fully supervised.
- Cold food: Should an infant be eating solid foods, cool their food before serving it, which will provide some relief for sore gums. Cold yogurt, mashed fruit or baby cereal also can assist your child in regaining their appetite while teething.
- As a last option, a pediatrician can prescribe an appropriate infant pain reliever. This should only be used for extreme cases and dosed exactly how it is prescribed.
Baby Earth in Austin is a great store for finding many safe, age-appropriate infant items, including teething toys. They also offer an online buying option and same-day delivery for added convenience.
If you are seeking an Austin-located daycare facility that will keep your child playing, learning, and happy, please consider Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of North Austin. We go beyond the realm of a traditional child care center by providing infants from six weeks with an innovative, highly recognized infant program. Combining targeted stimulation to boost development, with an environment of love and support, all of your child’s needs will be met, including individualized attention by our dedicated staff. For more information or to schedule a tour of our Academy, please contact us today.Show Less
Week of the Young Child will run from April 6th to 12th, 2014. The purpose of this week is to focus public attention on the needs of young children as well as their families. It is also a time when the spotlight is placed on early childhood programs and services that work hard to meet those needs.
There are many challenges facing children and their families today. We know more than ever about the crucial importance of children's earliest developmental years and how these yeas are important in shaping a child's future learning and academic abilities.
During the Week of the Young Child, emphasis is placed on the responsibilities of caregivers and educators who work with young children. It is also a time when adults re-commit to ensuring each child has the opportunity to benefit from the best early development possible, whether that is at home, at childcare, at school, or in the community. All these areas will impact young children's early learning and it is the responsibility of the adults involved to promote positive learning opportunities.
Kids 'R' Kids of North Austin Promotes Educational Excellence at Every Age
Kids 'R' Kids of North Austin works with a nationally accredited curriculum aimed at providing each of our students with the best foundation for early childhood development. We are proud of our excellent educational facilities and programs for children as young as six weeks up through 12 years of age.
The curriculum programs for the different ages are designed to offer age-appropriate learning material which will guide your child through their developmental stages. Programs include:
We celebrate Week of the Young Child and commit to offering each of our students the best learning environment throughout the year. Contact Kids 'R' Kids of North Austin to learn more about our celebrated learning programs.Show Less