The winter season comes with cozy sweaters, holiday festivities, and lots of hot chocolate. However, dropping temperatures can lead to cabin fever among your kiddos. If you’re in need of some indoor activities, look no further! We have compiled a handful of fun winter crafts for any frosty day.
Valentine’s Day Cards: Wintry days can provide the perfect opportunity to get started on those Valentine’s Day cards and send some love to the people you cherish most. Whether they’re for neighbors, family friends, teachers, or grandparents, everyone can agree there is nothing like a handmade, heart-felt card. Take it one step further by showing your child how to address, personalize, and even decorate an envelope.
Homemade Snow Globe: To create your own snow globe, simply take a glass mason jar (with a screw-on lid) and super glue a plastic figurine of your choice to the bottom of the jar. Some popular ideas range anywhere from favorite movie characters, animals, and superheroes to frosty figurines such as snowmen. Add water and glitter to the jar, shake it, and watch your child’s eyes light up as their homemade snow globe sparkles and shines.
Indoor S’mores: No campfire necessary for this indoor activity. With a bag of marshmallows, graham crackers, and any kind of chocolate, you can transform your stovetop (or fireplace) into the ultimate spot for s’mores! Make sure to supervise your children when melting your marshmallows.
Cookie Decorating: This winter craft is both delightful and delicious! With uniquely shaped cookie cutters, frosting, and sprinkles, your little one can create a festive sweet treat and enjoy every bite. Pick up some blue and white frosting for a snowflake sugar cookie, or red and pink to celebrate Valentine’s Day.
Don’t let the drop in temperature get you down. Raise your little one’s spirits with these entertaining indoor winter crafts!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
The New Year is upon us, and we’re all about New Year’s resolutions and committing to be more organized and productive for 2017. With preschoolers, this can be a lot trickier to accomplish, so here are some things to implement this next year to be more productive with the time you have.
Put things in their place. It seems simple, but it’s harder than it sounds, and it’s so helpful if you do it! It’s easier to put things away right the first time. Isn’t this what we tell our kids? If you have a key rack, put your keys back every time you get home and you won’t have to search for them in the morning when you’re in a rush.
Determine your priorities for each day. We want to get everything done every day, but with little ones, that’s just not realistic some days. So, make a list of the top two or three things that are priority for that day, and feel accomplished when you get them done! It’s okay if you don’t get everything done. Raising children is a big enough feat without adding on anything else. If your kids are taken care of, you have done well.
Include your little ones in the chores. If you have a lot of house chores to get done and you’re not sure how to accomplish them all, to make sure your children don’t wreck another part of the house, let them help you! If you’re concerned with the chemicals of your cleaning products, consider switching to natural based cleaners so that your little ones can help wash the windows and mop the floors. They can also put away silverware and wipe off chairs! Find fun little things for them to do, and you’ll be getting your chores done and entertaining them all at the same time.
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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
Holiday shopping can be one of the most stressful times of the year. Kids send wish lists to Santa that include everything they’ve ever seen on the store shelves, and parents are left wondering how much is too much, and where all the newest toys and gadgets are going to be stored after the emotional high of the holidays wears off.
It really can be simple for you and fun for your child. Avoid mindless spending by considering these four things.
Of course, they want everything, so be strategic and think of something about which your child is very passionate. An addition to his killer Lego collection or maybe a fancy doll house for her stuffed animal family could be better ideas than a random toy that caught their eye that one time.
You know what your child needs, so what better time than the holidays to finally get it! It could be a new bath towel set, or cool organization shelves for their room. But the important thing is that it’s something they’re going to use on a regular basis, so they’ll have a reminder of the holidays all year long.
Something to wear! This can be those light-up sneakers they’ve wanted for ages, a shirt with their favorite super hero, or maybe a pretty dress that makes her feel like a princess. This will probably be their favorite gift of all, and they will want to wear it eight days in a row so they can show it off to everyone. Good thing it will be holiday break…
Pick a classic and educational book that can be read over and over. Start building a library for your child, and choose books that have lasting meaning. (Don’t pick anything too cheesy because, remember, you’re probably going to be reading it to them fifty times a week.) The Giving Tree, Caps for Sale, and Goodnight Moon are great options.
Tweak the list to meet your personal preferences, but avoid some of the stress by having a plan! Something they want, something they need, something they can wear, and something that they can read covers all your bases. Shopping can be as fun as giving, given enough preparation and thought. The holidays are a jolly time!Show Less
With the holidays coming soon, parents will spend time preparing meals to entertain family and friends. Preschool children enjoy the extra time at home and helping out in the kitchen. While allowing your preschool child to help prepare snacks and holiday meals can be fun, there are many safety precautions for parents to take when children are in the kitchen, especially infants and toddlers:
- Avoid using refrigerator magnets. While they can be pretty for decoration, the small magnets are a choking hazard.
- Use back burners whenever possible. Many accidents occur while reaching for a pot.
- Turn pot handles toward the back of the stove.
- Keep flammable items away from the stove (towels, napkins, etc.).
- Do not allow children to handle sharp items. Always do the cutting for them.
- Keep toddlers out of the kitchen when you are distracted with cooking and cleaning.
- Keep the floor skid-proof and wipe up any spills quickly.
- Dispose of plastic bags safely.
- Supervise your children carefully and assist with all tasks that involve handling hot or sharp items.
There are many things that require parental supervision when children are in the kitchen. By maintaining a close presence when you have an infant, toddler, or preschool child in the kitchen, you can avoid many of the unexpected accidents that can happen.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
Which is more important for a child: to be happy or to be ambitious? Can he have both? Neither? This is a question one parent takes up in a recent article in Salon.
She was raising her children in the Netherlands, a fairly relaxed atmosphere, when she was watching her children play on the playground. Everything was idyllic, as if it were out of a movie. Kids were happy, parents were relaxed, and the birds tootled gaily.
All of a sudden, she was approached by another parent complaining about how all these kids lacked ambition and how he sent his children to an international school.
This raised an important question: How do we raise high-achieving children while also making sure they’re happy and healthy?
Kids ‘R’ Kids tries to balance these two by giving goals for our students to achieve, but we also establish a fun and creative learning environment where our students can be happy and unique.
Students at our learning academy learn how to navigate social relationships—which are, of course, integral to both ambition and happiness—academics, and responsibility.
It’s not a matter of whether they can be happy or high-achieving, but how much happiness they can handle!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
You might be one of those people who prefers low-lit lamps rather than overhead fluorescent lights. You might like the room in only natural light or the screen with awarm Kelvin temperature. Studies show you’re not alone. In fact, studies show the type of light emitted in a classroom can affect children’s behavior and learning abilities.
“Students with autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) are particularly sensitive to environmental stimuli in the classroom,” according to Livestrong. Children with these conditions are particularly sensitive to lighting and tactile senses. This is why you may have noticed your child with ADHD wanting very soft clothing or blankets, or maybe he showers often, since he likes the clean feeling after a shower.
Lighting for Humans
We all are greatly affected by the light surrounding us. In Europe, there’s even a project called Human Centric Lighting, where scientists are discovering the uses of various light wavelengths. Blue light, for example, makes people very alert, reacting faster than they would if they were in red light. You might have guessed that this makes it difficult to sleep after being exposed to blue light, but, as many are finding out, this is the very light emitted from our computer and phone screens.
The Human Centric Lighting project is even testing these lights in schools, gauging the effect lighting has on students. The higher color temperature, meaning the more blue light emitted, the higher the concentration and memory impact, according to their research. This will require some schedule adjustment.
Routine, Routine, Routine
In her bestselling book, The Sleep Revolution, Ariana Huffington talks about her bedtime routine, which includes taking all of her electronic devices out of her room, charging them in the foyer, and dimming all the lights. It isn’t all about the lighting, however. She also writes down everything she is grateful for, takes a candlelit bath, and changes into pajamas to “greet the night with respect.”
Of course, you might be thinking, “I can’t even remember the last time I took a candlelit bath.” The point is that it’s about a mindset of embracing sleep as a trusted friend, and your child needs this 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. Take a peek inside of 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
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 Round Rock Teravista digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.
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With summer around the corner, there is likely a vacation marked on your family calendar and if you have toddlers or an infant at home then it may not be the stereotypical relaxing vacation. For many new parents, the realization that traveling with young children will jeopardize any effort to relax and unwind can be very disheartening. However, don’t throw away all hopes of relaxation out the window just yet! There are some easy ways you can make the most of your family vacation and still find time for refreshment.
One of the ways to avoid feelings of resentment or disappointment surrounding your summer vacations is a simple fix – semantics! The word “vacation” comes with a variety of connotations such as “restful” “recharge” etc. which will not happen very much (if at all) for the young mom or dad traveling with a toddler or baby. Instead of calling a week at the beach a “Family Vacation” say that you are “Going on a trip to the beach.” It may seem like a trivial shift but you’d be surprised how it helps you to better prepare for the experience without loading it with a bunch of unrealistic expectations.
Another great step to take to enjoy your time together is to travel with another family! Whether it’s your own family members or some cherished family friends, rent a space big enough for everyone to fit. Take turns watching each other’s kids so you know you’ll have at least one date night to connect with your spouse. It always helps having extra sets of eyes making sure little hands aren’t reaching for glass vases or little feet aren’t running into traffic.
Finally, instead of focusing on the moments you won’t have - like sleeping in or uninterrupted time on the beach everyday – look for the new joys this season brings. Watch your infant take in the sound and expanse of the ocean for the first time. Listen to your toddler squeal with glee as they watch their feet sink into the wet sand. Childhood only happens once! Now you get to be a part of shaping it for your child. Amidst the wet bed sheets and tantrums there are giggles and memories that will impact your child for a lifetime.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista we love being a part of your child’s early education and development. The first five years of life are crucial for establishing a solid foundation and all of our programs from infants to preschool to before/after school are facilitated by highly-trained teachers who love what they do! Contact us today for more information about how we can meet and exceed your childcare needs while you do the important work of making sweet family memories this summer.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
One of the best ways to maintain a great relationship with your daughter is by spending quality time with her! With a little intentional planning you can create an environment that helps your daughter feel comfortable as she enjoys time with you. If you have more than one child it may seem impossible to get one-on-one time with him/her but remember – it doesn’t have to be an elaborate date! Sometimes even just one hour with your child can add significant depth to your relationship.
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.
Plan your day based on what your child enjoys. It may be as simple as going for a bike ride, to the playground, 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?” Keeping the mood light-hearted and open will encourage your daughter to open up and share her thoughts and feelings.
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, naptime, and any other interests that she may have. Let your Mommy and Daughter Day Out pave the way to a great relationship, now and in the future!
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.
1.Get a manicure
2.Have a tea party at home
3.Go to the botanical gardens
4.Go to a family play in the park and then walk around, play, or jog together
5.Take an art class together
6.Go for a walk
7.Go to a movie and then ice cream to discuss the movie
Feel free to contact us to schedule a visit to Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista and find out how we are so much more than a childcare or daycare. Our excellent Mother’s Day Out program is also a great option for moms who need a little break in their week! We would love to share with you about our exclusive preschool curriculum and versatile programs for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age!Show Less
With warm weather in the air, children are getting excited about all of the festivities of spring and summer. For working parents, the summer may provide you with a few weeks of family vacations but for the remaining weeks you need a safe place for your school-age children. The temptation for many children is to spend their whole summer indoors watching TV or playing video games. Too much inactivity can lead to what is often referred to as “brain drain” or “brain fog.” At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista we have a solution that is educational, safe and most of all FUN for children from 5 to 12 years of age!
As the whole world looks to Brazil for the 2016 Summer Olympics this summer, our campers will enjoy a unique spin on some of the most popular sporting events and learn great team-building skills, right here in Round Rock, TX! Our school-age campers will even go on some enjoyable local field trips during the 10-week camp. The Kids ‘R’ Kids Summer Olympics Experience will keep your child learning, laughing, and loving every minute of summer.
Our camp will begin in Athens, Greece – the birthplace of the prestigious Games and will continue all throughout Europe, Asia, Africa and the Americas. Every week the campers will experience the cultures, customs, and even cuisines from all across the globe. If you have a first-time summer camper at home, this will be the perfect introduction to the amazing world of summer camp fun! As a parent you will have peace of mind knowing your children are participating in a safe and fun camp with qualified teachers and games that will keep them active.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Round Rock/Teravista, we love being a safe place for children to learn, explore, and grow to their highest potential! We know that the summer is a great time to keep children connected to learning which is why all of our accredited programs, from infants to before/after school, give your child a firm First Step to Higher Education™!
Contact us today to learn more about how we can meet and exceed your early education needs. We are so much more than the average childcare or daycare in Round Rock, TX – we are an elite Learning Academy! Stop by for a tour to see our unique environment firsthand!Show Less
If you’re like many people, this time of year is when you are experimenting with new goals – both for yourself and for your family. A popular goal for many is to become more active and adopt a healthier lifestyle. Unfortunately, many people stick to their goals for only a few weeks before slipping back into their old habits of sitting on the couch instead of getting up and being active.
As parents, it can be difficult to prioritize exercise and healthy living when the bustle of family life keeps you busy with carpooling, play dates, and dropping children off at childcare. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista, we understand how challenging it can be to maintain an active lifestyle, which is why we offer programs to get your child up and moving during the day!
Our Health and Fitness program emphasizes healthy bodies, the food pyramid, family-style dining, and physical fitness. We stress the importance of fair play, team cooperation, and physical well being while in an environment that encourages fun and creativity! In addition to a special program offered at your child’s preschool or daycare center, you can also incorporate simple habits into your family routine.
Starting small is the surest way to guarantee you will stick with your goals. If you have never run a mile, don’t pledge to run a half-marathon! Instead, begin routines that can fit into your schedule – bearing in mind that you may have to sacrifice prior habits (like Netflix marathons) with new habits (like taking a walk together after dinner). Children are always watching their parents for cues on how to spend time, treat others, and prioritize. Even your simple positive habits will make a difference!
At our elite Learning Academy we are passionate about promoting the overall health and development of your child. From our unique curriculum to our creative special programs, we make sure each child has a positive learning experience every time they walk through our doors. Contact us today to find out how we can best serve your family!Show Less
Several studies involving young toddlers and preschoolers have identified a link between a child’s exposure to music and their academic performance (particularly in reading and math). Typically, the children who have a lot of musical experiences tend to excel academically compared to children who have not had any musical training or exposure.
Even infants benefit from music! When you sing to your baby, it helps her begin to comprehend language, which could help increase her vocabulary in the future. People and cultures universally enjoy music all across the globe. Introducing children to a variety of musical rhythms and instruments helps them develop respect and appreciation for people and cultures that are different from them.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista we know children learn important lessons both in and outside of the traditional classroom. That’s why we offer several special programs to enhance your child’s learning experience. The first five years of a child’s life are the most important in terms of developing healthy neural connections in their brain. Music is one of the most effective ways to create neural pathways that contribute to their creativity and comprehension in more advanced education.
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Christmas is fast approaching and retail stores across the nation (and online!) are gearing up for the biggest consumer holiday of the year. Over the past several years, most of the popular toys involve some type of technology – whether it’s a functional iPad or cell phone or just a mock one. Even young toddlers get excited about their “new phone” with the bright yellow heart-shaped call button and built-n voicemail recording. We have access to more resources and opportunities than ever before in this technological world. While the Internet and advanced technology are such great assets, they also need to be monitored. Young children and impressionable pre-teens could easily end up down the wrong path if they are not given healthy guidelines for navigating the internet and all of the technological gadgets made available to them.
Many parents are intimidated by technology and unnecessarily antagonize it. However, using technology does not have to be a detriment to your child’s development. By playing an active role in your child’s exposure and usage you can create a healthy perspective at an early age.
Here are three easy tips for parents to implement when tackling this concern:
Be involved in their online time. – Instead of completely restricting your child from using the Internet, make it an activity that you do together. Younger children will likely be more open to asking you questions and permission to do things than when they reach adolescence and teenage years. You may get tired of visiting the same websites but your presence and explanation of boundaries will help them make good choices in the future when you are no longer sitting next to them.
Set clear boundaries. – Spend some time intentionally talking with your children about the amount of time they can spend on the computer and which sites they are allowed to visit. You can even have them sign an agreement and post it next to the computer so that everyone is on the same page. Go to www.SafeKids.com for some free contract agreements you can use.
Location matters! – When setting up a computer with Internet connection in your home, make sure you place it in an area that makes the screen easily visible to anyone who is around. Putting the computer in a central location helps you monitor what your child is viewing and how long they have been using the computer.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista, we know that technology is an integral component to helping your child understand the world around them. We offer state-of-the-art SmartBoard technology for our students and partner with the award-winning ABCmouse.com website to help your child learn and grow. This holiday season you can rest easy knowing your child can enjoy new gadgets and gizmos without stifling their love for learning and growing!
We believe the more we can prepare children to use technology in healthy and productive ways, the more we set them up for a lifetime of success! Contact us to learn more about our technology-filled classrooms and exclusive curriculum!Show Less
Involving your child in a sport is a great way to build in exercise and structure into their schedule. Children have what seems like a limitless amount of energy and trying out different sports provides the opportunity for them to explore how to constructively use all of that energy. Choosing the right sport will take some trial and error but in the end it’s worth your investment of time and energy.
Consider the following simple steps to help you in the process:
1. Play with your child – This seems simple enough but the goal is to figure out what really intrigues your child and what keeps their attention. Throw a football, swing a baseball, kick a soccer ball and see if anything seems to stick out to your child. Keep in mind that some children may thrive best in a singular sport at first such as tennis or golf so be sure to think outside the box of only team sports.
2. Keep your commitments manageable - It may be tempting to enroll your child in several activities to try and find which one works the best but this will likely overstretch your schedule. When your child attempts something new, it’s important for a parent to have the time to be an available source of support. Try sticking to one new activity at a time. If it isn’t your child’s favorite activity there is nothing wrong with moving to a better fit.
3. Practice good sportsmanship in the home and at preschool or childcare – A child learns so much from watching his parents and teachers as they interact with others. Raising a good sport happens long before your child puts on his first jersey or her first tennis skirt. Be consistent in explaining and demonstrating behavior that is respectful towards others. Your child will take with him the lessons he learned off the field and translate it into the new sporting activity.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista, we take our role as the First Step To Higher Education™ for your child very seriously. In addition to offering a dynamic curriculum that stretches and challenges your child, we are always teaching our students to be kind, respectful and considerate towards others. Consistency is always the key in developing children to reach their potential. You can be assured we are absolutely committed to setting your child up for a lifetime of success! Contact us today or take a tour of our facility to see for yourself how we provide so much more than a childcare or daycare.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 Round Rock/Teravista 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
As you watch your children grow, you will be amazed at their capability to pick up new words. Beginning at the toddler stage, your child will likely have a vocabulary of around 50 words. After a few months, that vocabulary will increase to 200-300 words and eventually your child will have a solid vocabulary of up to 500-1000 words by the age of three! When your child begins to develop his own vocabulary, it opens up a whole new world of self-expression and learning.
Attending a preschool or childcare facility will help foster even more growth in your child’s ability to learn and use new words. If your child attends a preschool that provides standards-based curriculum with motivated, professional teachers then he will have a great foundation for developing his social and verbal skills. There are also some fun activities you can implement at home to encourage your child’s vocabulary!
Take a look at these ideas to help increase your child’s vocabulary at home:
- Visit your local library on a regular basis and let your child choose books that feature topics of natural interest. Make sure to challenge him to read books that may be a little beyond his reading comfort zone since he will likely encounter new words in those books.
- Have a family game night that involves word games. The whole family can play games such as Scrabble Junior and help your child think creatively with words!
- When you are speaking with your child, use synonyms to help learn new ways of saying familiar phrases. For example, you can point to a large dog and say, “Wow! Isn’t that dog big? He’s huge! Look at how large his paws are!” As you use several descriptor words, your child will learn new words and begin to use them in his everyday communication.
- Increasing vocabulary has a lot to do with increasing knowledge. Always encourage your child to ask questions like “What is that? What does that mean?” This allows him to gain greater understanding while being exposed to new words.
A Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista, we give our students a variety of enjoyable activities to help them develop their vocabulary. From infants to school-age children, all of our programs incorporate a holistic approach to learning. We always welcome the feedback of our parents as we seek to give the best in care and education for every student. Stop by today for a free tour or contact us for more information about our excellent curriculum, motivated teachers, and secure childcare facility!Show Less
The first time a couple brings home a baby; it can be a thrilling and terrifying experience. In a matter of days and weeks the parents learn the mannerisms of their child and are making progress at meeting the needs of their baby through food, rest, or quality time together. As a routine develops, the new family settles into their new normal and begins to enjoy watching their little one discover the world.
But what happens when you introduce another personality in the picture? Many parents are amazed at just how different their children are from each other. Each child brings with him/her a unique personality, a unique set of gifts and a unique set of challenges. One child’s bedtime routine may be twice as long as another. One child will eat anything and everything while the other has a very picky palette to contend with. Many parents find the challenge of managing these personalities to be very exhausting. Here are some helpful tips for the loving but worn-out parents tasked with this demanding reality.
1. Encourage Their Differences Openly – When you notice a certain personality trait or gift in one of your children, let them know! If their personality exhibits some frustrating habits (i.e. stubbornness or disobedience) address those as well. Be clear that you love your child and their uniqueness but will not tolerate disrespect or bullying.
2. Resist Comparing Siblings to Each Other – At an early age, children begin to imitate their parents’ attitudes and words. 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.
3. Celebrate as They Grow – You will likely notice that your child’s personality is more clearly expressed with grow and development from an infant, to toddlerhood, preschool and beyond. 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 he is becoming will set him up for a lifetime of success.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista 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 Round Rock, TX!Show Less
Welcoming a new infant into the world begins an exciting adventure of observing your child grow and develop at an astonishing rate. Even before a newborn makes her grand entrance into the world, she can recognize the sound of your voice and within months she can recognize her own name. As she enters into toddlerhood, she will begin to understand commands such as “No” or “Don’t touch.” By the time she turns 3 years old, she will typically have developed a vocabulary of a couple hundred words and is able to more clearly communicate with those around her, whether at home or in a preschool environment.
As a child’s vocabulary grows, it’s important to develop excellent listening skills as well. When your child becomes a preschooler, the need to understand the expectations of a classroom environment becomes more important in preparation for elementary education and beyond!
Take a look at these ways your child can learn better listening skills by attending an elite preschool:
1.Structured and Balanced Classroom – Every classroom in Kid’s ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista incorporates plenty of time for children to play. There are also times of intentional instruction where students are asked to sit and listen to their teacher give instruction. This helps teach children the importance of listening to authority and gives them important practice for when they enter into an elementary school environment. It also helps when there are other children learning how to listen in the same preschool environment since children are often influenced by what their peers are doing.
2.Educational Technology – We are proud to offer the finest in educational technology for our toddler and preschool programs. As teachers introduce new activities to their students, it provides additional opportunities for your child to learn how to listen to instructions, ask questions, and make the most of their enhanced learning experience.
3.Peer Interaction - The increased interaction and communication your child will experience with other children creates additional listening opportunities that may not be available at home. This also helps develop healthy social skills in young children as they learn to listen to and respect their peers.
As you plan for your child’s future, we hope you will consider Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista to provide an exceptional learning experience for your infant, toddler, or preschooler. Unlike a normal daycare or childcare, we are an accredited preschool with dedicated teachers, plenty of room to learn and play, and secure online viewing that allows parents to watch their child grow throughout the day! Contact us today for more information!Show Less
For many children, this summer may be their first experience participating in a summer camp. If this is true of your child, it could be a really exciting time or a very stressful time, depending on your child’s personality.
If your child is ordinarily very shy then there may be some anxiety involved at the thought of participating in summer camp. Great friendships can be made over summer camp but it’s important to try and make the transition as smooth as possible.
1. Have a “Practice Camp” at Home – Give your child an example of situations they may find themselves in at summer camp. What kind of conversations will they have? Will they eat at a cafeteria with other kids? If you know where they’ll be going on field trips, visit the locations beforehand to familiarize them with those surroundings.
2. Talk with the Summer Camp Workers – The more they know about your child’s shyness or anxiety, the more they will be able to help your child acclimate. At an accredited and professional childcare center, the staff will be welcoming and help to ease you and your child’s anxiety about this new experience.
3. Validate their feelings – It’s important to listen to your child’s fears and acknowledge their anxiety while also encouraging them to make new friends and help them get excited about the camp experience. Follow up with your new camper after each day – ask about what they did, who they met etc. If you have any concerns, never hesitate to talk with camp staff.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista we are excited about our engaging and educational Summer Camp program. This summer we’ll be taking a fun virtual road trip across America with many great memories to make along the way! Campers 5 – 12 years old are welcome. Contact us today for more information, spaces are limited.Show Less
BOOM! FLASH! Another springtime thunderstorm works it’s way across the sky and your sweet child is terrified. Storms can be quite scary for young children with all of the loud, rumbly thunder and bright flashes of lightning. Even as an adult, it’s easy to see what could be so unsettling about a thunderstorm. So what can you do to soothe the frightened child quivering beneath the bed sheets? Here are two suggestions:
1. Beat the fear with knowledge! – No matter our age, we are all more likely to experience fear when facing a situation we don’t understand. The same is true for children. Take some time to research thunderstorms with your child and talk about what causes the rumbly thunder and bright lightning. There are also several children’s books written that address this fear to help children overcome it.
2. Have a Plan! – Just like understanding what a thunderstorm is can put your child at ease, so can having a plan for thunderstorms. As a family, figure out your thunderstorm game plan. Also discuss how your children can be safe if they’re away from home, outside, or anywhere else during a storm.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock, we offer a safe and nurturing environment for children to explore the world around them. Our state-of-the-art facility and highly trained staff sets us apart from our competitors. We would love to give you a tour! Contact us today and see the Kids ‘R’ Kids difference firsthand.Show Less
April Fools Day is coming up, which means there are many opportunities for silly pranks and fun-loving jokes! This day can be filled with lots of laughter or it can lead to some hurt feelings. Young children have not entirely mastered the difference between appropriate and inappropriate joking. Parents experience this when they try and curb any potty talk, or when they teach their stubborn child the importance of sharing or apologizing.
Children need a lot of guidance as they learn social cues and develop an understanding of people around them. As we approach April Fools Day, now is a good time to talk to your children about the difference between bullying someone and simply enjoying some silliness together.
Guidelines for Bullying vs. Good Natured Fun
1. Will this joke/prank hurt someone physically? – If the answer is ‘Yes,’ then this 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 and loves to make a room full of people laugh, then making a joke that 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, then consider if the person can handle your prank. If so, 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 Round Rock/Teravista, we are passionate about teaching children respect towards others who may be different from them. We love having a good time and being silly while instilling lasting character traits that will help each child develop into a loving, confident member of society. Contact us today for more information about our programs!Show Less
Even though most people think of Valentine’s Day as a holiday only for romantic, starry-eyed couples, it can also be an excellent opportunity to spread some love for your family! This year, turn this holiday into one that is full of family-celebrating traditions!
Here are 3 ideas for building some fun family Valentine’s Day traditions:
1. Keep treasures from the past to decorate your home! – All of the handmade and charming valentines your children make over the years will make great conversation pieces every year.
2. Make family dinner plans – You can still reserve a special night with your spouse but set aside a dinner for the family and make it special – decorate the table with flowers, light some candles, 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. Spread the love! - Make extra valentines to pass out to strangers you meet during the day. Obviously, only do this with older children who are able to discern a friendly stranger (like a grocery clerk or mailman) from someone who may not be ok to approach. Spend the week passing out these 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 Round Rock, 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 could serve your family!Show Less
Considering our modern world, it has become extremely important to ensure that your child is prepared to take on the demanding challenges facing every young child. Early brain stimulation is essential for each and every daycare and preschool child. Many parents still do not understand how this early developmental process can provide enormous benefits to a young child.
Join us as we talk about the importance of early infant stimulation and brain development, during child care.
The foundations for advanced conceptual cognition
A child’s brain development takes place at an optimal rate during the first five years. Foundations, called neural pathways, need to be encouraged through early development and stimulation. These neural pathways connect ideas and concepts in your child’s brain enabling the child to easily identify, understand and be able to utilize and interact with objects, ideas and even people.
Early development provides exponential benefits
These early foundations then provide benefits to your child, allowing for even greater cognitive understanding. Stimulation through age-appropriate activities encourages the development of cognitive skills to maximize a young child’s potential. Forming excellent foundations, a child will grow and learn as he or she continues through child care, daycare, preschool and beyond.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock / Teravista, Texas is passionate about everything related to child care. If you are interested in providing your child with all the early development and mental stimulation necessary for a successful future, then consider our excellent services. With our exclusive Brain WavesTM Curriculum you will be able to notice how your child excels in a daycare or preschool environment. Contact us today if you are eager to give your child the best chance at real success in our modern world.Show Less
As we learn more about the brain, we are constantly being inspired by the power and capabilities that your preschooler’s brain has. Each generation is getting notably more intelligent and this is partially due to the development of technology. We now have so many more opportunities for real learning and for genuine fun. Learning is much easier for young children when it is coupled with fun.
Tablets are a natural draw for a child
Children are naturally drawn to tablets, smart phones, laptops, and other digital devices. With the amount of applications and learning games available, it is no surprise that your child may be getting better than you at utilizing the latest gadgets. Parents are often surprised when a child picks up a smart device and immediately understands how the touch screen works, but for your child, it seems natural.
Cognitive development and practice
During the past thirty years there has been much more promotion of early childhood education, and there has also been an explosion in the development of technology. When these two things are combined, your child can learn much faster. With the successful use of smart devices and academic applications, there is an excellent preschool learning environment that your child can enjoy.
You can help your child learn about smart devices and about apps and games at home. You may even find, as many parents do, that your child prefers these games to cartoons or videos...even when the games are teaching subjects like spelling and math!
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock / Teravista, Texas, is the ideal place for your child to learn everything he or she needs to succeed in life. Contact us here if you would like more information about our excellent quality preschool services and our preschool Fast Track CurriculumTM.Show Less
Have you seen our playgrounds? If not, now is a good time to come and tour and see how seriously we take your child’s safety and health, even during playtime.
Education does not only happen in a classroom setting. Infants, toddlers and preschoolers are learning from the moment they are born. They learn through every activity and discovery, indoors and outdoors. That’s why our Learning Academy is designed with 4 large outdoor playgrounds separated and built for different age groups.
Each playground is equipped with XGrass, a synthetic playground turf designed from the ground up for safety. XGrass is fully certified by the International Play Equipment Manufacturer’s Association (IPEMA). It also has a SoftPad underlayment and antimicrobial infill. With it’s patented Heat Block technology, it’s up to 17.5°F cooler than other artificial grass systems. At Kid’s ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista, children enjoy one of the safest play surfaces available today!
Here’s how our Anti-Microbial Turf Protects Your Child
- Reduces allergic reactions caused by grass
- Dries quickly, allowing children to play safely immediately after it rains
- Environmentally friendly
We are proud to be certified as an "Eco-Healthy Child Care Center!" This program allows parents to choose daycare and childcare facilities that are committed to creating a safer, healthier environment for children to learn and grow. At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Round Rock/Teravista, we are committed to your child’s health and safety.
If you know a parent of a newborn, toddler, or preschooler in the Georgetown, Hutto, or Cedar Park area, feel free to share this post. It would be our pleasure to offer a tour of our playgrounds and the rest of our state-of-the-art facility.Show Less
The excitement of Christmas in the air is contagious! As children dream of presents under the tree and write letters to Santa, convincing him that they were simply angelic this year, Christmas provides a unique opportunity for parents to teach their children about giving and generosity.
Opening up a child’s heart (and piggy bank!) to the needs of others is an important part of teaching children how to be gracious, generous, and selfless individuals. Our society is becoming increasingly focused on self and it’s important for parents to take the time to teach about the power of giving and the impact their child can have on the world around them.
Here are some helpful ways to introduce and implement the idea of giving to your child:
- Explain what you already give as a family and why – Children are often watching parents for cues on how to interact with the world around them. If you demonstrate a generous spirit, your children will be more interested in continuing that legacy of giving. Be sure to explain to them why you chose to give to the different organizations so they can see the personal element to giving and keep it from feeling obligatory.
- Let them choose their charity/cause – Your child probably has different interests than you and it’s very likely that you can find a charity that connects with your child on a personal level. For example, if your child loves to play soccer he may be interested in an organization called charityball that makes it possible for lower-income kids around the world to have their own soccer ball.
- Give from their own pocket – Obviously, a young child won’t have the same giving capacity as adults with full-time jobs, and that’s ok! If they don’t usually receive an allowance, encourage them to do chores around the house to raise money and give. This gives the child more ownership of giving, taking it from principle to practice.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista we are passionate about teaching children key principles of character such as generosity, respect, teamwork, and fair play. Contact us today to learn more about our accredited and exclusive curriculum!Show Less
What many parents may not realize is that language development starts at birth. Infants listen to and absorb new or different sounds, even while they are calmed and soothed by the reassuring voice of their mother. Here are some of the earlier stages of language development in a young child:
Zero – six months
Infants below the age of three months will turn to look at their mothers when the mothers speak and will often respond with a smile. Infants will also halt all activity if they hear a voice with which they are not familiar. Once your infant reaches five months of age, he or she may be able to respond to certain words like yes and no, as well as respond according to the tone of your voice.
Twelve – eighteen months
Many child care experts believe that this is arguably the most important time in your child’s language development. By the age of twelve months, he or she should be using one to five words with meaning. Your infant may begin to understand and grasp basic instructions. By eighteen months of age, your baby will have developed a vocabulary of around five to twenty-five words, most of which will be nouns. Your child may also be able to follow the most basic of commands.
Two – four years
By this stage of your toddler’s life, he or she should be able to understand slightly more complex two stage commands such as: “Put your fork on the plate and set it down on the table.” At three years of age, your child will start to grasp more complex questions like: “Where did you put your shirt?” It is also at this stage of your child’s life where auditory conditions may become apparent.Show Less
Once the school year starts, it’s GO-time for many families with basketball practices, dance classes and band concerts popping up on the calendar. And as if your normal family schedule isn’t busy enough, here come the holidays! We all love the idea of Happy Holidays and quality time spent with loved ones but, if we’re honest, it can be hard to prioritize your activities when your schedule feels out of control.
The good news is it doesn’t have to be chaotic! With a few basic habits and routines in place, your family can enjoy all of the joys of the holidays and school activities without feeling overwhelmed. Having a manageable schedule has great benefits for your overall health. It’s also beneficial for helping your children grow and develop healthy routines.
Here are some tips to implement:
For more help in planning your schedule, check out these 8 Time Management Apps for Busy Parents.
A well-managed schedule can make a huge difference for a family. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista, we love serving the busy families in Round Rock by offering several innovative programs for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. Contact us or come by for a visit to find out how we can meet and exceed your childcare needs!Show Less
Many of us are familiar with the issue of identity theft. In America alone someone becomes a victim of identity theft every 2 seconds. Unfortunately, because they are naturally more vulnerable, children are one of the most targeted groups.
When it comes to protecting your child’s identity, it’s never too early to begin. Many identity thieves target children because they have no credit history and parents rarely see a need to check their child’s credit, which allows the problem to go unnoticed for years. When found, it can take countless months and a great deal of effort to untangle all of the damage done. The best way to protect you and your children from identity theft is by taking precautions now in every area where their safety and security may be compromised.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista, we understand how crucial it is to maintain a safe and secure environment for your child. We take many precautions in our facility to ensure privacy and safety for your child. Each caregiver/parent is given access to a secure online viewing site that allows them to watch their child as they are cared for by our professional, screened, and trained staff team. The website is password-protected.
Our school is also equipped with a weather band radio, a fire alarm sprinkler system and fire extinguishers. Our staffis trained in First Aid/CPR, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention, and Child Abuse Awareness. In addition to protecting the physical well being of your child while they are being cared for outside of the home, there are also ways to secure your child’s safety and identity at home.
Here are four tips to protect your child at home:
1. Avoid unnecessarily sharing your child’s personal information. Some organizations will ask for a social security number, birth date, and other personal information for their own records. Feel free to ask, “Why do you need that information?” If you don’t feel comfortable with the organization or the explanation, opt out of giving the information. You may also request another identifying source.
2. Teach your children to exercise caution when using social media sites. Many social media sites ask for personal information when joining. Some sites may even allow strangers access to your child’s profile. Once identifying information is online, the possibility of a safety issue or identity theft threat grows exponentially. If you have shared any passwords or personal identifying information with your child, take time to teach them about the importance of discretion and privacy.
3. Shred everything containing personal information about your child when it is no longer useful. Pay attention to small instances that could pose as an avenue to your child’s information such as pieces of mail or emails.
4. Always report any suspicious activity to your bank, credit card organization, the IRS, or police.
For additional safety steps, visit the Federal Trade Commission.
It can be difficult to believe that someone would take advantage of a young child’s identity. At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Round Rock/Teravista we are always careful and intentional when it comes to handling any sensitive information about your child. We invite parents to discuss any questions or concerns with us so that together we can protect the next generation from the crime of identity theft. Contact us today or stop by for a tour and see for yourself the measures that we take to keep your child safe!Show Less
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista we work hard at equipping each child with all the skills necessary to thrive as they get older. Our infant child care program includes:
- Daily exercise
- A safe, secure environment
- Sign language
- A daily report and weekly lesson plan
- Activities with targeted mental stimulation to enhance brain development
Your child is nurtured and educated in a fun, safe and loving environment. At our Learning Academy we understand the importance of a healthy diet for every child, so we have listed nutritional requirements for your child that you may implement at home.
Nutrition for your child in Round Rock/Teravista
Your child requires the right nutrients for optimum performance during these early years of growth. Studies show that the food you feed your child must be age-appropriate. A healthy two year old requires an ample amount of fruits and vegetables.
As your child grows eating patterns and preferences will develop. It is always best to make sure a child receives all the nutrients necessary on a daily basis.
Calcium: calcium is great for bone development and can help prevent fractures once a child becomes more active. You can serve it as a glass of milk, or a container of yogurt.
Zinc: zinc is essential for growth and has a positive effect on cognition development. It’s primary role is assuring optimal cell growth and repair, and maintaining immune function.
Vitamins D,A and K: Vitamin D increases calcium absorption. Vitamin A promotes proper vision and healthy skin. Vitamin K helps with normal blood clotting.
A daily dose of these nutrients will ensure that your child receives all that is needed to grow a strong, healthy body.
For more information on our infant child care program in Round Rock/Teravista contact us today and we will assist you.Show Less
If you are a mom, you understand how mom guilt is such a driving force among women today. The list of what you “should”or “should not”do surrounds almost every decision a mom makes. Placing your child in a Mother’s Day Out program is one of those decisions. Many Stay-at-Home moms feel guilty when they take a break and rely on others to care for their child. The same is true for some part-time working moms who often feel guilty for dropping their kids off in another’s care. Unfortunately for some, there is a stigma against daycare and Mother’s Day Out programs. Many feel they are an acceptable option only when it’s absolutely necessary.
It’s understandable that leaving your child in the care of others can be a difficult decision for parents. They are the most valued treasures you have! However, it’s essential for moms to have the freedom to give themselves a break. Just like taking consistent breaks in the middle of a workday can increase your productivity and energy levels, so can taking a break from watching your kids 24/7.
Many childcare centers and local churches offer a Mother’s Day Out program for up to five days a week. These programs incorporate fun and interactive learning experiences into the curriculum while providing your child with many opportunities to socialize with other children. Take the time to meet your child’s teacher and take a tour of the facility before enrolling your child, if possible. Don’t hesitate to ask questions about the staff’s training or experience with children, as well as what is involved in a typical day. Creating this familiarity will make the transition easier for you if you are nervous about taking the next step.
If you have ever felt overwhelmed, exhausted, or near your breaking point during the day as you handle dozens of requests from little hands and feet, you are the perfect candidate for a Mother’s Day Out program. When you have a chance to be productive sans children or just find some time to kick back and have some “me-time”you will be amazed at the energy and patience you will acquire.
And consequently, you may discover your child greatly enjoys it and has learned a lot by the end of the day, too!
At Kids ‘R’Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock Teravista we know that when Mom is happy, everybody is happy! Check out our Mothers Day Out program available from 9a-1p, Monday through Friday.Contact us to schedule a tour, today!Show Less
Getting your preschooler to engage in and enjoy literature is an important step in fostering good reading habits for later in life. Engaging in literature and developing a love for reading will provide your child with benefits and joy for the rest of his or her life. Here are some ideas for helping interest your child in reading at home:
Read with your child and ask open-ended questions
Read a few pages of an age appropriate book with your child, then pause. Start to ask a few simple questions that stimulate meaningful thought in your child. You can help your child get started on an answer if he or she is having trouble, but normally, once a child starts talking about a engaging and interesting book, he or she is likely to speak right up.
Allow your child to choose a book
As your child becomes more fascinated by books, allow him or her to choose the reading material. Fill your child’s shelf with several books so he or she has multiple choices. This gives your child some control over the activity, and helps with self-esteem. You may find that he or she wants to read the same book over and over again for a period of time. This is common, just continue to encourage reading in your child no matter the book he or she chooses.
Refer to the book later on
Find an opportunity to refer to a book that you and your child have read together previously. This will help develop his or her memory skills, and gives you an opportunity to revisit the book with your child and review what you discussed.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Learning Academy of Round Rock, we offer the best in preschool education and specialized daycare. We have an AdvancED accredited program and exclusive fast track preschool curriculum that focuses on comprehensive development for your child. Contact us for more information.Show Less
The transition from summer to school is not usually an easy one. Trading beach towels for textbooks, swimsuits for uniforms, late mornings for alarm clocks, can initially produce more groans than grins, which is common for all involved. But this can be changed! Adding school back into the mix can seem less fun from afar, but here are 5 simple steps for getting everyone back in gear and ready to go back to school!
- Start the Conversation. Begin now talking about the return to school. Discuss that it may be hard at first but it will be fun to see old friends, meet new friends, teachers and learn new things. School is a great opportunity for children to learn and grow, and discussing the benefits of school with your child may help the transition be more enjoyable.
- Adjust the Alarm Clocks. Now is the time to rise and shine! Don’t wait until school is back in session to get your kids up and at ‘em. Instead, start setting the alarm clock for a reasonable hour and help them adjust to the soon-to-be new wake up time. Gradually move the clock back closer to their wake up time for school.
- Take a Field Trip. If your child is feeling hesitant to return to school, even before orientation, take a “field trip” to their school and walk around. Remind your child where the cafeteria is, where recess takes place, where he will be picked up and dropped off. Familiarize your child with the area again, giving him time to get reacquainted and less intimidated.
- Buy Something Practical and Fun! Going back to school does not have to be a drag! Often finding the right gear can make a big difference. It does not have to be expensive, but helping your child find a backpack that he/she loves or a new pair or shoes, perhaps a lunch box that will bring a smile to her face. You don’t have to break the bank to find a practical and fun item that will help the transition for your child.
- Make and Hang a Countdown Banner. Have the kids join in on a fun project of making a countdown-to-school banner! Have them write the numbers on separate pieces of paper that can be removed daily until school starts. Use bright and cheery colors and decorations so it will bring a feeling of excitement and not dread.
Going back to school is an exciting time! Helping your children along in this way may make all the difference in the world in raising their morale. As parents, be sure you exude the same enthusiasm. HINT: If you’ve grown to love the summer schedule just as much as the kids, you may have to ACT like going back to school is fun, too! Enjoy these last days of summer!
At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista, we are excited to see all the children get back in the swing of things! If your child is not school-aged, yet you need time to refresh a few times a week, we proudly offer a Mother’s Day Out Program just for you! Please feel free to contact us and hear why we are not your ordinary childcare, daycare or preschool.Show Less
“She started it!” “He pushed me!” We’ve all heard these disputes bubble up and burst on the playground or in the living room at home. As parents we have often played the referee between disgruntled children. We teach them to look at each other and say ‘I’m sorry!’ before allowing them to continue on with their day. But it’s also important to teach them that sincere apologies are followed by an effort to change the hurtful behavior. Many children just use the words ‘I’m sorry’ as a magic eraser that eliminates their disobedience or harmful action.
If children say ‘I’m sorry’ very quickly after the incident and then immediately continue on without acknowledging the hurt they caused, it’s very likely they have only learned the words and don’t understand what the words mean. In these cases the child will likely repeat the offending behavior, according to psychologist and author Dr. Sal Severe.
It’s also just as important for parents to apologize to their children in an effort to teach about sincerity and forgiveness. When you apologize to your child be sure to be specific in what you’re sorry for and efforts you will take to not repeat the behavior in the future. When parents model this to children, it’s more likely the child will begin to mimic the behavior when interacting with other children and adults. It’s also important that when you seek forgiveness from your child that you resist the temptation to give them excuses or reasons for why you did what you did. Justifying our mistakes will teach our kids to do the same, owning our mistakes will give them a healthy perspective on how to interact with others when we are in the wrong.
As a premier preschool and childcare provider, Kids ‘R’ Kids of Round Rock/Teravista understands the delicacy of conflict and the importance of using conflict as a teachable moment for the children in our care. We are passionate about developing the next generation to be kind, respectful, and contributing members of our community! We also believe in partnering with parents to work together in shaping, teaching, and loving on every little learner. Contact us today about scheduling a tour and meeting our exceptional teaching team!Show Less
Round Rock child day care: Negative external factors during pregnancy that may affect brain development in infants
There are many external factors that can affect infant brain development during pregnancy. When women are pregnant, they may not be fully aware that there are outside factors that could affect the fetus. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista, we have had years of experience with infants and brain development.
In this case, we are going to look at three negative external factors that can seriously impact an infant’s brain development.
Smoking during pregnancy can be dangerous for any child. Nicotine interacts with the lungs and brain during pregnancy for both the mother and the child. Studies show that an infant’s brain develops in the early trimesters, so smoking anytime during pregnancy can affect the growth of the child and could also cause defects. If you smoke and discover that you are expecting a child, consult your doctor about for help and advice about quitting.
Drinking alcohol when pregnant may negatively affect your child’s brain development and growth. Alcohol is passed from mother to child through the placenta. When consuming alcohol, the child will have the same level of alcohol in its blood as the mother and this can affect the brain and may cause FASD (Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Syndrome.)
Depression is a serious illness that may alter an infant’s brain development during pregnancy. The brain structure may become altered during the pregnancy. The infant is at risk of suffering from depression later in life as well due to genetics and environmental factors.
For more information on pregnancy and depression, please visit your doctor or therapist.
For further information about the Kids ‘R’ Kids brain development program in Round Rock/Teravista, contact us or visit our facility. We can assist you in any child care needs.Show Less
With Father’s Day just a few short weeks ago, many reflected on the impact their dads have had on them. Dads have the potential to impact the course of their children’s lives in ways that no other individual can. They can symbolize strength, dependability, kindness, and love. Or they can embody the deep chasm of abandonment and neglect. No dad is perfect, but we applaud the dads who make an effort to be present.
Living in the midst of a culture that equates busyness with success, many dads face the tricky task of providing for their families while still finding the space to spend time with their children. Incidentally, researchers have noticed an increase in the number of stay-at-home dads according to a recent study conducted by the Pew Research Center. Therefore, whatever life situation you find yourself in, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock Teravista fully supports all dads making the effort to connect with their children. A great way for a child and dad to spend time together is by going on a “Daddy Date.”
Here are 10 creative “Daddy Date” ideas that could lay the foundation for some quality time spent one-on-one with a son or daughter. 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.
- Go on a bike ride
- Have a water gun fight in your backyard
- Go on a mini-golf adventure
- Visit the Thinkery Children’s Museum in Austin
- Wash the car together
- Bake cookies together
- Have a picnic in Old Settlers Park or other nearby parks
- Pick out presents for each other at the Dollar Store
- Go bowling
- Pick up a book from the Round Rock 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
At around 6 months and sometimes earlier your infant is going to start teething. This is often uncomfortable and causes the gums to swell and become tender. Symptoms to watch out for: An increase in mouthing behaviours, a temperature of 101 or less (if it is over 101, you should visit your pediatrician), a higher frequency of diaper rash and an increase in drooling. You can run your fingers along your infant’s gums to feel the slowly emerging teeth. If in doubt contact your pediatrician. Methods to help your infant get some relief from this discomfort:
●Cold: Chewing on a refrigerated pacifier or clean, wet washcloth will give your infant some relief. If your infant has started eating solids, a frozen waffle works wonders. A young child should be carefully supervised at all times while eating to avoid any choking risks.
●Pressure: Applying gentle pressure helps if the child does not respond to cold. You can offer him/her a teething toy. There is an assortment of teething toys available. If the child doesn’t like one, try another. There are even some great vibrating ones.
●Teething gels: Topical anesthetics will leave your infant’s gums numbed for about 20 minutes. Use minimally if nothing else is working. If you are breastfeeding, avoid using topical anesthetics for about 30 minutes before feeding your infant. It will make it difficult for your infant to feed. Teething gels are not appropriate for every child; be sure to check with your pediatrician before using this or any other over-the-counter remedy.
●Pain Relievers: Pain relievers that are suitable for teething babies are available. Your pediatrician can recommend a product and dosage. This option is usually a last resort used for infants that are exhibiting a great deal of discomfort.
●A healthy distraction: Teething causes infants stress and irritability especially at night when there are few distractions. Soothing music, a warm bath, a gentle massage or even just cuddles with a parent can make a huge difference. The Round Rock City Library offers some great daytime distractions for infants with their Babytime Program, which includes rhymes, music and storytime set to different weekly themes.
Teething can be a difficult time for babies and parents. Remember to take time to relax and unwind. Being a relaxed parent is the perfect way to calm an unhappy infant. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Round Rock/Teravista, all of our highly qualified, loving staff have tried and tested methods for helping teething babies and their parents, during this difficult stage. Our exclusive infant program will help distract, entertain and calm your child while providing the stimulation essential for optimal brain development. Contact us today to find out more.Show Less