In today’s world, there is no option but to interact with, learn, and utilize technology for almost everything we do. Therefore, using and understanding technology from a very early age is important. Most experts agree that technology is not only necessary for children to grow into the modern world, but it also provides a platform for well-rounded and immersive education. There is much debate around when and how technology should be introduced to children, however there is a time and place as well as developmentally appropriate use of technologies that most schools in the modern day practice.
Starting in early childhood care and education, technology is used to monitor and educate young children. It starts with baby monitors and electronic thermometers for infants and toddlers, and finally to iPads, computers and phones for preschool and school age children. Many classrooms throughout the country use iPads, SmartBoards and computers for fun and educational activities with kids. These range from alphabet videos to mini documentaries about animals and interactive math games and more. Most schools and daycare programs have well defined uses and practices with technology in the classroom- talk with your child’s center to see how and when they use technology in the classroom.
NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children, has a set of guidelines on how technology should be used in the classroom. Below are just some of the listed general guidelines for how technology should be used in early care and education:
- Above all, the use of technology tools and interactive media should not harm children.
- Developmentally appropriate practices must guide decisions about whether and when to integrate technology and interactive media into early childhood programs.
- Appropriate use of technology and media depends on the age, developmental level, needs, interests, linguistic background, and abilities of each child.
- When used appropriately, technology and media can enhance children’s cognitive and social abilities.
- Interactions with technology and media should be playful and support creativity, exploration, pretend play, active play, and outdoor activities.
- Technology tools can help educators make and strengthen home–school connections.
- Technology and media can enhance early childhood practice when integrated into the environment, curriculum, and daily routines.
- Assistive technology must be available as needed to provide equitable access for children with special needs.
- Digital citizenship is an important part of digital literacy for young children.
To read the complete list of recommendations and research by NAEYC on early care and education visit: https://www.naeyc.org/sites/default/files/globally-shared/downloads/PDFs/resources/topics/PS_technology_WEB.pdf
The introduction of technology with children can be tricky, and sometimes even scary, but when used appropriately it opens a broader world of knowledge, skill and fun for children in a quickly developing world.Show Less
Around this time of year, we take time to think about the power of giving and its importance. As Thanksgiving and
Christmas come around, this is a good time to talk to your child about why giving and giving back is important. It is easiest to show the effects of giving to children by example. Below, we have listed some charitable acts you can practice with your child:
- Donate old clothes that your child has grown out of. Many charities take old clothes like The Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc.
- Donate canned goods. Especially this time of year, when there is a huge focus on food and hearty meals, try donating some canned food to charities for those less fortunate.
- Volunteer at local organizations like a soup kitchen, local church charity, etc. Choosing a day or days for this as a family activity teaches kids about giving back to the community.
- Recycling and cleaning up in the community. Recycling and making sure our environment is clean and protected is another major way to teach your child about giving our environment the chance to stay clean and survive.
- Donate some or all of a birthday or Christmas. Another wonderful way to show children the importance of giving is to donate some or all of the money they would use or receive during a birthday or other holiday to a cause of their choosing. Learning to share an important day is a valuable lesson for a child…that part of a celebration is also giving.
There are many more ways you can give back to the community and share these values with your children. Whatever you choose, we hope these ideas will help you and your family learn and participate in the process of giving.Show Less
Chores are a valuable tool in teaching children about responsibility. However, establishing an effective chore system requires some effort from parents. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies has compiled a list of pitfalls for parents to avoid when it comes to chores:
Don’t be stingy with praise. Don’t wait until your child is finished with a chore to praise him or her for a job well done. Encourage your child throughout the process and congratulate progress! Praise is often a better motivator than money.
Don’t insist on perfection. Your child is still learning what “clean” really means, so don’t be hard on him or her when there are still streaks on the window and dust in the corners. And by no means, don’t jump in and do the chore instead of your child. That undermines the whole point of chores!
Don’t make chores boring. Turn on some music or make a game out of it! Laugh and dance together as your child puts away toys, helps sort dirty laundry, and loads the dishwasher. Doing so teaches children that responsibility can be fun.
Don’t wait too long. Some parents think their children are too young for chores. However, there are plenty of age-appropriate tasks even your two-year-old can do!
Don’t be inconsistent. Establishing a chore system for children can feel like a chore for adults. As a parent, remind yourself to remind your child about chores. When you don’t set clear expectations or follow through, you are communicating to your child that chores are not really that important. If chores are important to you, they will become important to your child.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Cumming, we make sure children are cared for and nurtured in an age-appropriate environment that fosters the process of learning responsibility. We offer programs for toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children that make even chores a fun classroom activity!
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Children as young as toddlers are becoming surprisingly proficient at using technology. You don’t have to search long or hard before seeing a young child playing with mom’s phone or dad’s tablet in the grocery store, at a local park, or in the airport. With such a compelling distraction, it can be very tempting to just hand a child a tablet or phone to keep them occupied, especially when in public. While a littlebit of screen time in your child’s day is by no means detrimental, like every other aspect of parenting, it should be done in moderation. Will your child’s brain crumble after watching a few episodes of his favorite cartoon while you do the dishes? No. Does your child’s brain respond differently to screens than to other surfaces or toys? Yes.
It’s important to understand just how impressionable and formative a child’s brain is in the first five years of his life. Did you know that those first five years will lay the foundation for the rest of your child’s learning capability? Before panicking and throwing away every electronic device in your home, take a deep breath and remember—everything in moderation!
Since this can be a tricky topic to navigate, let’s get practical with 3 ways you can help your child manage his or her exposure to electronics throughout the day:
1) Avoid using the electronic device as a reward or punishment tool. If the child only gets the tablet when he’s “good,” then you may be amazed at how angelic your child becomes! But if the tablet or phone is taken away before the child is ready, it will likely cause a meltdown and the child may associate the removal of the tablet with bad behavior—even if that isn’t why you’re taking it away!
2) Schedule TV/tablet time as a regular part of the day. Instead of using it as a bargaining chip, treat tablet or phone usage as something associated with a particular time of day. For example, do you have a toddler who still takes naps during the day, as well as an older sibling who no longer requires a nap? Use that naptime as “quiet time” for your older child and give your child the tablet to play with during that time and only during that time. They may fuss when you remove the tablet but they know—there will be quiet time tomorrow!
3) Don’t leave the TV on all day. When no one in the home is actively watching the TV, turn it off! If your family enjoys a little background noise, consider turning on a radio and playing music instead. Children are immediately drawn to the moving pictures on a TV or tablet so by eliminating that distraction, it will encourage your child to find other ways to occupy his or her time such as going outside to play, reading a book, or playing with other toys.
Technology can be a great asset for parents and children alike! There are so many educational opportunities to utilize and many shows for children that teach great social skills. However, it is important not to allow technology to rule the roost. With healthy boundaries and clear expectations, you and your children can find a rhythm with tablets, smartphones and TV that will not jeopardize your child’s growth or development.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Cumming, our pre-k and preschool students enjoy learning with the interactive and innovative SmartBoard technology! The exclusive STEAM AHEAD® curriculum offered only at Kids ‘R’ Kids also works to equip each child with a firm foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! Drop by or contact us for a free tour and more information on how we can meet and exceed your childcare and early education expectations!Show Less
There are few moments more special than bedtime with a child snuggled under the covers listening to a great story shared by a loving parent. As children get older, they often remember dialogue from stories shared at bedtime when they were younger. Even as a child grows, the bedtime story tradition can continue with a few modifications to increase interest for older children and even adults.
Take a look at these creative ideas to enhance your bedtime story experience for toddlers, preschoolers and older children:
- Choose an appropriate book for your child’s age. Younger children will need more sounds, visual stimulation and animated characters. They should not be frightened or given content meant for older children
- To make story time fun, make weird sounds just like the book. Give your characters a fun voice and make the reading exciting.
- Engage your child by asking for help with sounds and words.
- For younger children, feel free to read the same book more than once. They will enjoy the familiarity and will eventually be able to remember the story and tell you what comes next.
- Create a routine by allowing your child to snuggle in bed with eager anticipation of a story to end the day.
- For older children, you may need to change the name from bedtime stories to Family Reading Time (or choose your own name). Select stories that are appropriate for preschool-age children with deeper storylines and more interesting characters. Share the reading with your child and ask questions about the characters and theme.
- Story time does not have to happen in the bed. Older children may prefer to read in a family room with snacks and relaxation.
- Check online for bedtime stories and other fun ideas for your family story time.
While bedtime storytelling is fun for children and adults, the benefits are numerous and lasting. For more information on reading to children and the many benefits, talk to our childhood education experts at Kids ‘R’ Kids of Cumming. You might be surprised to know how easy it is to enhance your child’s learning during story time at home and in preschool.Show Less
How a child grows and develops is an amazing process! From birth, most children automatically know many simple yet life-sustaining skills like swallowing, crying and eventually smiling. It’s not long before the toddler is mobile and busy exploring their environment. Although some learning is natural like eating, walking and laughing, most of your child’s early learning will be the result of deliberate, well-planned educational experiences like those at Kids ‘R’ Kids of Cumming.
While a formal learning experience is crucial for your child’s development, there are many informal ways to learn that will also support your child. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies has compiled a few valuable ways that parents can support their child’s learning experience:
Talk to your child’s teacher about the curriculum they are using. Ask what you can do at home to support the learning experience. If your child is learning a foreign language or new skill, create opportunities for your child to demonstrate and practice what is being learned. Reinforcement is a key to progress.
Have engaging conversations with your child that gives her an opportunity to tell you how she feels or what she thinks. Ask questions like, “What did you learn in preschool today? Why do you think he did that? How do you like this?” The goal is to help your child create a pattern of thinking, communicating and reasoning during normal activities and events.
Learn through everyday activities. Informal learning can happen in many different ways. If you are preparing a meal, show your preschooler how to measure the ingredients. If you are planning a trip, let your child look at pictures, hear you talk about where to go and what to do when you arrive. If you attend a sporting event, talk about what’s happening in the game, discuss the rules of good sportsmanship and the history of the sport.
Your child learns at home, in school, from the environment – just about anywhere. With informal learning and the well-planned strategies of an accredited preschool program, infants, toddlers and preschool-age children are afforded an advantage that continues throughout their educational lifespan. When parents support the educational process, learning becomes a positive experience that children enjoy. With parental encouragement, your child’s educational experience can become fun and exciting, laying the foundation for ongoing educational excellence.Show Less
Enrolling a child in a preschool program is an important decision for any parent. It takes diligence and determination to research and find the ideal school, with the best programs and a qualified staff of professional teachers.
Preschool is substantially beneficial to your child’s cognitive and social development. Preschool offers your child the opportunity to gain a sense of self. Your child will be able to learn about new ideas and concepts, play with new friends and work together with educators and peers, in order to solve problems. Learning and honing these skills will prepare your child for moving forward towards a successful future.
The social aspect of preschool is probably the biggest benefit. However, it is also about learning appropriate social behavior, such as waiting for a turn to speak, or how to listen intently. Some studies have even shown that learning and practicing these skills will aid in preventing inappropriate behavior in the future.
The benefits of a preschool education cannot be underestimated, especially in terms of cognitive development. This goes far beyond simply learning the alphabet. A child will benefit from age-appropriate programs geared toward building on existing skills and knowledge. This technique is often referred to as a developmental continuum.
There is no substitute for receiving a quality, well-balanced foundational education. The lessons learned will aid in making a successful transition into kindergarten, and elementary school.
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Nutrition is the single most important aspect of early brain development both prior to and after birth. The right balance of vital nutrients early in life are essential for normal brain development. This is especially important when parents rely on childcare. Knowing if the provider is informed about the role of early nutrition and cognitive development should be a question asked by every parent when comparing childcare providers.
Breastfeed for as long as possible
Breastfeeding a newborn can offer an advantage for early brain development. Studies have shown that breast milk contains more than 300 nutrients and minerals. The fatty acids of breast milk promote healthy brain development in infants. Many pediatricians recommend breastfeeding a baby for the first six months to a year after birth.
It is all about the right balance
After breastfeeding ends, providing your infant with a balanced diet is important. Studies have determined that toddlers, who tend to consume a majority of high-fat, processed food in their diet versus fresh fruits and vegetables, suffer with slower cognitive development, language, and problematic behaviors.
Do not be afraid to give your child treats from time to time
A candy bar may not be the healthiest nutritional item, but it can be a special treat on occasion. Sodas and other high-sugar or caffeinated beverages can be problematic if given in excess. Weight gain and hyperactivity are linked to sugary drinks. Many fruit juices are loaded with sugar, so you should always check the label before purchasing.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Cumming, Georgia is a premier provider of childcare services. Our trained, knowledgeable staff knows the nutritional needs of growing infants and young children. Feel free to contact us today to schedule a tour and learn more about our services and the care we give each child.Show Less
Mobile technology has advanced rapidly during the past five years. Millions of families use devices such as smart phones and tablets every day, and these devices can be handy for supplementing preschool education. How can the use of tablets boost your preschooler’s early literacy and math skills?
Mobile devices make learning exciting for preschoolers
Technology, especially tablets, add excitement to the learning experience for preschoolers. These devices can provide visually stimulating images and interesting sounds, and offer fun tutorials that can capture a young child’s attention. There are many apps that can aid in the development of fine motor skills and also appeal to a child’s senses. This makes learning with a tablet more fun than the non-interactive methods of writing in a notebook or coloring a picture.
There is a vast array of educational apps available
Browsing through a store’s educational section, you will see hundreds of child-friendly apps, and it can be overwhelming when you are trying to decide which apps are best for your child. There are apps and games that target every age group and every subject, including early math and reading skills for preschoolers. Considering the number and variety of subjects available, your child will always have something new and exciting to learn.
Learn wherever you go
Mobile technology has allowed children to learn anytime and anywhere. Long road trips or airline flights provide opportunities to use mobile technology to make travel time educational and fun. Through the use of these devices, parents can have less anxiety when their children are calm, engrossed and quiet.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Cumming / Old Atlanta Rd, Georgia offers your child an AdvancED™ accredited program. For information about our specialized curriculum and facilities, contact us today.Show Less
A developing child’s brain needs a lot of proper stimulation to promote neural connections. This stimulation can be provided at home, at preschool and during play. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Cumming/Old Atlanta Rd we have a high quality, educational brain development program for preschool children that was developed specifically to promote your preschooler’s brain development.
Our Brain Waves™ Exclusive Curriculum
The first five years of your child’s life are when critical brain development takes place. This is when mental stimulation should be the main priority. Our Brain Waves™ curriculum in Cumming is focused on building neural pathways for language, cognitive, physical, social and emotional development during these years. Watch our Brain Development Videos for more information.
Some facts about your preschool child’s brain
When your child is born, only 17% of neurons are activated and each brain cell has a short and finite time frame in which it can be activated. Repetition is key to brain development. The more times a child hears something, the stronger the neural pathway will be. Social and emotional pathways create links with the first event while other pathways for things such as colors, shapes, letters and numbers require hundreds of repetitions. Newly formed synapses are very fragile and are linked through sleep, so ensure your child gets enough sleep to properly support brain development.
Our Brain Waves™ Curriculum has activities that are specifically designed to stimulate and activate your preschooler’s brain cells in a holistic manner. We have the perfect mix of interactive play and materials to stimulate brain development through repetition and by utilizing all five of your preschool child’s senses.
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Going to preschool is both an exciting and stressful time for both parents and children. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Cumming/Old Atlanta Road, we offer a unique child-centric approach to teaching preschool that caters to each child as an individual. This, accompanied by our AdvancED Accredited preschool program, makes our academy the best choice for your child to learn all the fundamental subjects needed for future academic success.
We know every child is unique and requires an individualized approach to learning. We ensure that your child can attend preschool at the time which is right for him or her. We support your child in adapting to the learning environment as effortlessly as possible.
Being ready for preschool is more than simply being the right age, however. A certain level of independence is important, such as being potty trained, having a willingness to spend time away from parents, and having an ability and desire to work in groups as well as independently. At our child care facility, dedicated staff members will help to make this transition as comfortable and easy as possible for your child. With a fun and safe environment and a learning program that gently transitions your child towards a more academic structure, we will take your child’s budding independence and help him or her grow and achieve.
A great way to foster the growth of this independence and encourage your child to explore more would be to get him or her more involved with children of a similar age. A trip to Catch Air Indoor Playground, a clean, child-friendly venue with a balloon house, bubble machines and much more will offer your child a chance to play and learn with children of the same age.
If you would like to enroll your child with us or find out more about our preschool program, contact us today. You can explore our website for further information about our specialized child care services.Show Less
How soon should expecting parents start looking for a child care provider in Cumming / Old Atlanta Road
Expecting parents in Cumming / Old Atlanta Road are often concerned and anxious about choosing a daycare or child care provider for their baby. Finding the best solution to care for their newborn, many working parents find it is an arduous and stressful task.Research will reveal numerous options.Kids 'R' Kids in Cumming can provide the best professional care for your child once you return to work.
Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Cumming / Old Atlanta Road offers an alternative to traditional daycare. Our learning academy provides innovative facilities with accredited programs that surpass that of the average child care and infant care in the Cumming / Old Atlanta Road area. If you have decided that you are enrolling your newborn at a daycare or a learning academy, we suggest that you immediately begin inquiring about availability.
Why Kids 'R' Kids of Cumming / Old Atlanta Road is not like a traditional child care facility
We accept infants as young as six weeks into our academy. Our trained professional staff will engage with your child and teach them through mental stimulation and hands-on play. Following a program that includes daily reports and weekly lesson plans parents have the ability to track their child's development. Children are exposed to developmentally appropriate toys.Our infant sign language program develops hand eye coordination and the ability to communicate their desires.In addition to lots of time on their tummies it aids in improving fitness and motor skills development.
Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Cumming / Old Atlanta Road provides a comforting environment with a "Hug first, then teach" philosophy to strengthen every child's emotional, physical, intellectual and social well being. Our child care providers take the utmost care in nurturing your child and ensuring that they feel loved and cared for.Show Less
Here at Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Cumming, Georgia, our infant care professionals are trained in First Aid and CPR, as well as Health and Safety and Infectious Disease Prevention. When it comes to infant care, we take our job seriously and use the most up-to-date technology and infant care methods available.
The Kids 'R' Kids of Cumming staff are also extensively trained on a variety of educational topics by the Child Care Education Institute (CCEI) and through the Kids 'R' Kids Corporate Academy Training Facility. CCEI is the leading distance training provider in the childcare industry and is accredited by the Accrediting Commission of the Distance Education and Training Council. The Kids 'R' Kids Corporate Trainers have over 200 years of combined experience in the field of early childhood education.
We know that when you trust us with your infant's care, you want to ensure your child is as comfortable as possible. Teething, which is a natural part of growing, is a common problem and source of discomfort at this age. Many parents use teething gel that numbs the gums and brings short-term relief. While this can effective way of bringing temporary relief if used properly under the guidance of your pediatrician, the disadvantage is that you can only use it a maximum of six times a day. Furthermore, it may affect your baby's ability to drink if applied prior to feeding. Here are some alternative tips - be sure to check with your doctor to see if they are appropriate for your child:
Frozen fruit / crushed ice: Visit the Cumming Harvest for fresh produce such as bananas, which you can cut and freeze or place them in a mesh feeder bag. Give these to your child in appropriate, smaller portions to relieve the pain of teething.
Pacifiers: Place a pacifier under the water tap and to fill up the nipple. Place it in the freezer and wait for the water to freeze. This serves simultaneously as both a pacifier and teether. It works well for children that do not want to use a normal teether.
Teethers: Buy a few to keep in the freezer. Simply wash them after use and re-freeze again. They are affordable and easy to replace.
Never use alcohol or aspirin, which could lead to poisoning and even be fatal in some instances.
Teething can be a challenging time for both parent and baby. A great way to ease some of the tension is to take a break and visit one of our local play parks here in Cumming, Georgia. Catch Air Indoor Playground is one of the best indoor play areas with giant play castles, balloon houses, ball pits, bubble machines, seesaws, merry-go-rounds, inflatables, and many more activities to keep your child entertained.Contact Kids 'R' Kids of Cumming, Georgia, to find out more about our excellent learning academy facilities for babies and kids from six weeks of age through 12 years.