Technology plays a significant role in the way in which we approach education today. Preschool classrooms are investing in mobile devices and interactive whiteboard technology with increasingly encouraging results. Did you know that you can implement similar strategies at home with your preschool child? There are a huge number of free and for-purchase apps available across a number of operating systems that cater to toddlers and preschoolers.
Handwriting without Tears: Wet, Dry, Try Capital Letters and Numbers – iPad and iPhone
This app utilizes the techniques employed by the Handwriting without Tears curriculum. This digital version teaches your preschool child to form letters and numbers using a simulation of a chalk board with lines. While it does not quite replicate writing on a piece of paper, unless your child is using a stylus, it still effectively teaches your child how to correctly form numbers and letters.
Farm 123 Free - iPad and iPhone
This app takes the form of an electronic pop-up book and teaches your child how to count. The nice thing about this app is that it does not allow your preschooler to count an object more than once. The game is visually appealing and is easy to understand making it suitable for toddlers as young as three-years-old. You can purchase other games within this offering but the pop-up book is free.
Read Me Stories – Android, iPad, iPhone and iPod Touch
Read Me Stories adds a new children’s eBook every day. The app works similarly to karaoke with a voice reading the story to your child highlighting each word as it is read, making it easy for your preschooler to read along.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of University Center in Lawrenceville has successfully incorporated a number of different electronic devices into our preschool classrooms. Get in touch with us today to learn more.Show Less
You want to enroll your child in a preschool educational program that is capable of helping nurture all of the necessary developmental skills he or she will need to succeed in school. While some preschools require that your child display some basic developmental skills before enrollment, our experts at Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of University Center are able to help your child from day one no matter the age or stage of development. However, if you want to give your child a boost before starting preschool in order to fast track development, then you might consider helping your child learn one or two of the following skills.
While we can help your child develop good bathroom and hygiene skills, you may want to do this yourself. Many parents feel that teaching a child to use the bathroom independently is private and that it helps bonding with their child. However, if you teach your child these skills before preschool, then our teachers will build upon what he or she already knows and your child will have a head start, leaving more time for the development of other skills.
Part of independence is your child’s ability to be away from you for extended periods of time. To get your child on the road to independence, you can leave him or her with a family member or a friend for short periods of time, which will allow him or her to become familiar with being in a new environment and with someone other than yourself. We are here to help your child learn to become independent even if your child has no prior experience.
With Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of University Center your child will receive peak brain development, plus the necessary skills that can help maximize the benefits of preschool. To find out more or to enroll your child in our AdvancED™ accredited program, contact us today.Show Less
Toddlers and preschoolers can be amazingly stubborn, especially at naptime. Some days your child might nap easily without resistance. While other days require extreme patience due to a testy toddler who would rather stay awake versus sleep. This blog by the child care team at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of University Center in Lawrenceville looks at what you can do if your child is one of those “anti-nappers.”
How to win the battle at naptime
If a child is fatigued and cranky, there is usually less naptime resistance. However, if your child feels that a nap is not necessary, he or she often becomes resistant to a parent’s suggestions, and a “battle of wills” ensues. Quarreling with your child, if he or she does not want to nap, is usually futile. Instead, simply carry on with your day as normal since a “nap battle” is of minimal benefit to either you or your child.
Establish a route and stay on-schedule
Most preschoolers and toddlers require a post-lunch nap to have enough energy for the remainder of the day. Implementing a naptime every day, at the same hour, establishes a routine. While this may be difficult to implement at first, once your child becomes accustomed to a schedule for a needed daily rest, he or she will be less combative as naptime approaches. As a parent, having some down-time for your own nap or to accomplish needed tasks, will prove beneficial to both of you!
Prepare for a change in schedule as your child grows
A routine is important when it comes to naptime, but as your child matures, his or her need for sleep can change quickly. The napping schedule which was fine for a three-year-old might not work for that same child upon reaching age four.
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Your preschool child’s brain development is shaped by everything he or she is exposed to, both inside and outside of the womb. Two of the most prominent factors are genetic and environmental, both of which can significantly shape brain development in your child. We discuss here how genetic and environmental factors shape your child’s brain development:
Parents have little control over genetic factors, of course. There are both positive and negative genetic factors that may pass to your child, which can impact cognitive development. It is not unusual for a child to receive the same positive traits that one or both of the parents have. These traits are passed through genes, and genes can be expressed or not. This is why each child is unique, and will have some of the parent’s traits but not others.
The most important environmental factors that affect brain development begin during the prenatal stage. These factors include diet, stress, and the mother’s age when she becomes pregnant. Most of these types of factors can be controlled. A healthy diet is critical for the healthy development of the fetus and, because stress can experienced by the fetus, it is important for a mother to manage her stress on a daily basis. After your child is born, the most important factor is to ensure that your child grows up in a loving, nurturing environment.
The childcare professionals at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of University Center, in Lawrenceville, Georgia embrace our philosophy of “Hug First, Then Teach” so that each child feels safe and secure for maximum learning. For more information regarding our excellent preschool programs and facilities, contact us today.Show Less
While most parents might think that preschool is a place to care for their children while at work and that children just play and take naps during the day, the reality is that the care your child receives during the first five years of life is essential in preparing for kindergarten and future education. The correct preparation means that your child will enter kindergarten with all the necessary skills it takes to succeed. Here is what makes some preschools better than others:
Teachers need to engage students
There are many preschools which claim to offer a comprehensive foundational educational when, in fact, they are just babysitting your child. Teachers who engage students using fun and imaginative activities, focusing on vocabulary for example, are more likely to produce kindergarteners with better skills, such as vocabulary and language.
A sound curriculum
A balance between recreation and education is important for preschoolers to properly learn and be successful in kindergarten and beyond. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of University Center, our AdvancED™ Accredited program and our Fast Track Curriculum™ offer the best foundational education for your child. Our teachers use age-appropriate content, group and individual activities, and encourage fun and physical activity to promote learning and maximize your child’s development.
Allow preschoolers to express themselves
Some preschools do not allow students to express themselves effectively. Dialogue in the classroom should be two-way between the teacher and the student. Encouraging independent thought in preschool children can lead to more self-reliant students later on.
Many day care centers and some preschools do not have highly trained, professional teachers. Our teachers have deep experience and knowledge, and offer caring and effective teaching through our “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of University Center in Lawrenceville provides a quality preschool curriculum. For more information, contact us today.Show Less
Expecting a new infant is an incredibly exciting time for parents. It is important to prepare well in advance to make sure everything goes smoothly. Here are some key tips:
- Childproofing: It is best to start childproofing your home and yard as soon as possible. Contact consultants from a company like Prepare First Family Safety to make sure that all risks on your property are properly identified and resolved to ensure your child’s safety.
- The nursery: Your child’s nursery needs to be both fun and practical. Make a checklist well in advance of all the furniture you will need. Have everything painted and in place about a month before your child’s arrival.
- Friends and family: A new infant is a lot of work. Friends and family will be very happy to help out. Your loved ones can help with anything from babysitting to grocery runs.
- Child care: When seeking a child care facility, it’s best to start researching your options well in advance. Top facilities have limited space and fill up very quickly. Narrow your options by making a list of your priorities. Begin an internet search to find programs that meet your requirements. Be sure to call each facility on your list and interview them by phone. Finally, visit the facility and take a tour to see how they operate firsthand.
When searching for a top accredited child care center, consider Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of University Center in Lawrenceville, GA. We offer an exceptional, research based infant care program that provides fun-filled activities that stimulate your child to achieve developmental milestones. We assist your child in accomplishing their full mental potential, while providing plenty of love and nurturing care. For more information on our infant program or to visit our state-of-the-art facility, please contact us today.Show Less
The first five years of your child’s life are the most important for brain development. These years form the basis for learning in school and later in life. As a working parent, it can be tough to maintain a good balance between work and fostering your child’s brain development. We have provided some useful information here regarding the most crucial aspects of brain development for your young child.
Your baby at birth
At birth, your baby’s brain is not fully developed. It is still processing, developing and making neural connections through learning. These periods of learning are critical in your baby’s early years. Every experience adds to the brain’s development as the baby gets used to his or her surroundings. Certain things are very important to do with your baby in the first few months. Playing and interacting with your child, plus reading aloud, are very important not only for learning but for parent-child bonding. These types of activities strongly support your baby’s brain development.
The care that you give your baby in the early years forms the basis for him or her to develop the correct mental and social ability for entering preschool. From as young as two years old, he or she might be ready for a more important learning experience. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of University Center gives your child the best support, attention and education that they need during the preschool years.For your child’s optimal development, they need a bright, fun and exciting learning experience to activate the brain. Your child’s brain will be developing through immersion in hands-on, multisensory activities all while continuing to have fun. We will ensure that he or she grows and learns at his or her own pace.
Contact us now at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of University Center in Lawrenceville, Georgia to get your child started in the right direction.Show Less
As parents, we understand the importance of enrolling our child in a good preschool. We get that great preschool facilities are important to our child’s development, but what exactly are these facilities, and why does having access to them at Kids ‘R’ Kids University Center mean that my child is getting the best education possible?
1. Learning and play
Firstly, we are big believers in preparing children for the modern technology-driven world, and therefore make use of creative computer applications and other innovations to help your child grow. These cutting-edge technological preschool facilities also help your child gain an understanding of the technologies he or she will need to master for future success.
Furthermore, we know that a clean environment is paramount to ensuring the health of your child and therefore disinfect all the classrooms, equipment and toys throughout the day. And, as we’re serious about washing hands, we provide child-size sinks in every room.
2. Safety first
Sadly, we live in a world where security is a serious consideration and have therefore gone to great lengths to make sure that every child in our care is safe, every moment of the day. So, besides implementing standard security measures like electronic monitoring and access control we also do extensive background checks on all our staff. Kids R Kids University Center is fitted with unique tempered glass walls that provide us with the best possible view of ongoing child care throughout the day.
3. Healthy bodies, healthy minds
Good nutrition is a vital part of your child’s development, so we have installed commercial-grade kitchens on all our premises. Our delicious and balanced meals are then served in kid-sized cafeterias so that kids learn to enjoy and understand the importance of mealtimes.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids University Center we believe that happy, loved and connected children are destined for success in every aspect of their lives and that is why we have tailored our preschool facilities to create a secure, educational and nurturing environment for your child. Contact us to find out more about our unique programs that foster an excellent environment for your child.Show Less
Are you searching for the right after school program for your child? Come visit Kids ‘R’ Kids University Center and see how our after school programs offer fun and exciting activities while encouraging children to learn, interact and grow. You undoubtedly want an after school program that is stimulating, educational and fun for your child; you don’t want them to feel bored or disinterested. At Kids ‘R’ Kids University Center we believe in providing an environment where school-aged children can relax, take a break from their school day and interact with friends while exploring, growing and learning.
Why enroll your child in our after school program?
- We have interest clubs that allow students to explore science and the environment, art and drama, games and group activities, cooking, crafts, computers and literacy. There are hobbies and activities for all interests!
- We keep all of our students busy and stimulated, encourage them to interact with other students and provide a safe and secure environment. Your child won’t ever feel bored or run out of engaging, learning-based things to do in our program!
- Our after school programs are fully supervised by qualified, responsible staff members that know exactly how to keep your child safe while still having fun!
We know your child will enjoy themselves tremendously in our after school program. There’s no need to worry about them feeling bored or uninterested and they’ll have many opportunities to become involved in a variety of fun and engaging activities.
For more information about how to enroll your child in our after school program, please contact Kids ‘R’ Kids University Center today!Show Less
Childhood experts agree that attaining a quality early education can help prepare children for kindergarten and the following years of formal education. “There is increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool,” says Parents advisor Kathleen McCartney, PhD, Dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education. It is at preschool that children will learn how to socialize and get along with other children.
According to the National Institute for Early Education Research (NIEER), more than 40% of three-year olds and over two thirds of four-year olds were enrolled in a preschool in 2005. Quality kindergarten curriculum that are well-designed and well-executed have proven to produce long-term improvements in school success. These improvements include higher achievement test scores with lower rates of grade repetition and special education.
Kindergarten and its lasting effects
The first five years of your child’s life are a critical time. This is when the brain is developing and the brain cells are forming connections for learning and future success in school. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies, we have always adopted the philosophy of a “Hug First, Then Teach”, since we know that a safe and secure emotional attachment is vital for the growth and full development of your child’s brain.
Our private kindergarten classrooms are filled with stimulating materials that enable your child to explore through sound, sight, taste, touch and smell. These sensory experiences send information directly to the brain, forming the platform for healthy brain growth. And of course, our teachers are there beside your child to facilitate these explorations.
At Kids R Kids University Center, we believe in a nurturing learning environment with hands-on play and novel experiences that will ignite your child’s curiosity. This is why our kindergarten curriculum is centered on stimulating learning experiences.Show Less
At Kids R Kids University Center, we offer our exclusive Brain Waves™ curriculum. During your child’s formative years, every part of her brain should be stimulated to better prepare her for the future. The Brain Waves™ curriculum focuses on creating neural pathways for the key developmental areas: language, social-emotional, cognitive and physical.
How will this help my child’s educational development?
The Brain Waves™ curriculum targets four areas of the brain: the frontal lobe, the temporal lobe, the parietal lobe, and the occipital lobe. Together these lobes make-up the cerebral cortex, but each has its own function and should be stimulating accordingly.
Our “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy ensures your child feels secure and at ease to aid the learning and brain development process. Since every child is unique, our teaching staff caters to different interests as well as learning styles and allows your child to learn at her own pace. Our classrooms are filled with stimulating materials that use all five senses and allow teachers to facilitate your child’s exploration. We also expose your child to different languages, including sign language for infants, to support neural connections and develop a strong base for future language skills.
Problem solving skills are critical to brain development so each teaching station has activities to help your child explore cause and effect and to learn questioning strategies that promote higher level thinking. We take a balanced approach to technology meaning that we employ technology tools but also provide down time to avoid overstimulation and reinforce neural pathways through rest.
Our priority is to maximize your child’s brain development through stimulating learning experiences and fun, teacher directed activities.Show Less
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of University Center, we proudly offer an AdvancED Accredited preschool, but what is accreditation and why does it matter?
AdvancED is a global education community that serves almost 30,000 schools around the world. Their goal is to continually evaluate and improve learning institutions to ensure that they are keeping pace with an ever-changing world by offering the highest quality educational programs.
Applying for this accreditation is voluntary and indicates an institution’s willingness to align themselves with the exceptional ethics and standards the organization represents. This process does not just apply to a curriculum or a single part of the school. It applies to the entire educational process from the school’s mission, teaching methods and curriculum to the allocation of resources and more. Through this process, they help schools to continually evaluate in order to ensure that the children who attend the facility are receiving the highest quality education.
At our Learning Academy, we are fully aligned with AdvancED Accreditation standards, giving you the peace of mind that comes with knowing that your child is receiving the best possible start in life. With our innovative preschool curriculum, dedicated staff members, state-of-the-art facility, loving environment and everyday convenience for parents and families, we are happy to offer your child the opportunity for optimal early growth and development.
While you are considering our facility for your child, why not visit the Rhodes Jordan Park? With plenty of fun activities for preschoolers in a beautiful setting, your child will have a great time, meet peers and receive lots of healthy stimulation.
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At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Lawrenceville at University Center, we offer a unique approach to child education in comparison to other providers. Our Brain Waves curriculum focuses on the rapid cognitive development of children ages six weeks to five years. We are able to create an emotionally safe, educational environment while also catering to a wide variety of learning styles and the uniqueness of each child.
Our view on technology
Offering a balanced approach to technology, we teach children how to use it wisely from an early age. ABCmouse.com, an early learning website, is another component of our instruction which helps toddlers learn in a fun and engaging way.
Equally important is having a stimulating learning environment, which is essential for your child to stay interested, curious, and motivated to learn more. We design our lessons focusing on hands-on experiences, and plenty of play, which keeps him or her occupied and enthralled. While receiving the best possible opportunity for child development, we can assure all parents that safety and security at our Academies is of absolute priority.
Why choose Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Lawrenceville?
Cognitive development for children should start at an early age from a combination of stimulating activities and environments. If you have been seeking a Pre-School for your child, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Lawrenceville is the best choice. Here you can expect a safe, well-equipped and stimulating environment, which offers the perfect opportunity for childhood development.
Brain development ideas to keep your child occupied outside of school hours
In Lawrenceville there are a multitude of places to go if you are seeking a fun adventure that stimulates early childhood development for your toddler. Popular places for parents to visit with their children ages five and younger include:Contact us for more information about Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Lawrenceville.