Why Play Should Be A Part Of Your Child’s Day No Matter Where He Or She Goes

Posted by on Jan 26, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you’re a parent trying to choose between preschool, pre-kindergarten, or another form of educational activity for your young child, no doubt you’ve seen a lot of different educational and psychological philosophies and agendas at these schools. Some parents want their children to go through classes that prepare them for kindergarten, while others just want the child to be somewhere safe. No matter which form of pre-elementary school class you choose, just be sure the classes allow the child to play at some point. Play, as non-educational as it might look, is actually a key part of healthy development. Social Skills Being able to play, whether alone or with others, helps social skills and self-sufficiency skills develop. Playing alone gives the child practice being alone and keeping him- or herself occupied. Playing with others develops skills like compassion, cooperation, a sense of fairness, decision making, conflict resolution, and language/communication. If a child is not given a chance to spend time playing and not dealing consciously with academic concerns, especially a young child, that can result in a lot of restlessness. Young children of preschool age have energy and limited concentration skills. They need to have the opportunity to simply play and let go. Math and Number Skills Play improves math skills without any apparent math lesson. Children playing a physical game learn how to keep score and learn numbers — even very small children playing kickball or handball learn how to do this. They learn how to judge distances; even if they aren’t dealing with feet, inches, or miles, just running around a playground allows children to make the connection between the distance from one point to another with the time it takes to cross that distance. Physical Skills And speaking of running or playing games, play lets children learn physical skills, from more graceful walking to faster running to how to inevitably take a fall (as painful as those can be, falls show children that they need to be careful running lest they trip over something). Climbing skills, the connection between body movements and using a swing, fine motor skills when using building blocks, and learning the limits of their own strength are all reinforced during play time. Even if your child is ahead developmentally and is showing early signs of being able to handle regular school days, incorporating general play time is essential for healthy growth. As you check each preschool or pre-K school, like Foundations Child Development Center Inc, to see if they’re appropriate for your child, ask about how the school handles play and how much time the children have to do...

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3 Ways As A Parent You Can Help Your Struggling Reader At Home

Posted by on Jan 11, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If your child is struggling with reading due to a learning difference or ability, you can help them with their reading by providing support at home as well. Here are a few ways you can support your struggling reader at home. #1 Set Small, Achievable Goals Do not overwhelm your child with lofty goals. Set, small, achievable goals so that your child can feel successful and like they are making progress. For example, instead of setting a goal of having your child increase their reading level by two grade levels in one school year, focus instead on micro-goals that will help your child achieve their overall goal. Instead, set a goal of having your child read a specific list of words accurately. Once they meet that goal, set another small, achievable goal for your child to work on. When your child meets a goal, celebrate your child’s success. Realize that your child is working as hard as they can at their ability level. Don’t go without praise just because your child is not the top reader in their class. Give them positive affirmation about little successes, and celebrating meeting large goals together.  #2 Let Your Child Know It Is Okay To Read Slowly Many struggling readers read slower than their peers. This is okay. Let your child know it is okay if they are reading slow; let them know that reading more quickly will come with time and practice. Instead of focusing on speed, encourage your child to focus on reading words correctly. Do not pressure your child to read faster. Praise your child for reading accurately, and help your child focus on remembering what they read. You can help them remember what they have read by having them summarize what they read to you, by writing a sentence about what they read, or by drawing a picture about what happened. This will help your child see that reading accurately and understanding what they read is more important than reading quickly.  #3  Read Aloud To Your Child Learning to read is not just about being able to read, it is about being able to comprehend what is being read. Read aloud to your child every day. Your child’s reading comprehension levels may be far above their actual reading level. This is a great way to expose your child to information that is at their comprehension level. It will also help your child increase their reading comprehension. Reading out loud to your child is also a great way to model appropriate reading behavior to your child. Your child will see you following along with the book and will be able to hear you pronounce words.  You can help your child who...

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Considering Private Education For Your Children? What To Know Before You Enroll

Posted by on Jan 7, 2016 in Uncategorized |

If you are considering putting your kids in private school because you want them to get the best education possible, you want to make sure you choose a private school that’s worth the investment. There are great private schools that offer your child many opportunities they can’t get through public schools, but there are others that don’t have the same benefits. You need to tour each of the schools you’re considering, including the public schools in your areas to get the most information. Ask the following questions when you take your tours. Smaller Class Sizes You want to compare the student to teacher ratio with the public schools, to see where your child will get the most attention. Ask about teacher’s aids, and how long they are in the classroom. You want the school with the smaller class sizes and with the most help, because you are paying for your child to get all the help they can. Advancement Options Do all the children learn at the same pace? Often in public schools the teacher will follow a particular curriculum, and it can be hard for children to move ahead if needed, or to get extra help when necessary. Ask the private school if they have progressive programs for students who are ahead of the class, and if they can give extra attention to the kids that need it. Class Options Is the private school going to offer language classes, a music class, yearbook, or things like that? Some private schools are able to offer a wide range of class options outside of what the public schools can offer, while others don’t have nearly as many. You have to decide which electives are important to you for your child, and then find out what schools offer these electives. Test scores and statistics can be impressive when you’re looking at private schools, but you have to make sure that the school you pick is the right fit for you and your child. You can get a lot of information online when you look at a school’s website, but this isn’t all the information you need to get about the school. When you walk through the buildings, check out the security details and also the atmosphere on campus. Make sure you get a good feel for what the school is like. Then you’ll be able to make the right decision for your...

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3 Ways To Establish A Relationship With Your Child Care Provider

Posted by on Dec 24, 2015 in Uncategorized |

One of the most important relationships in your life is the one with your child’s child care provider. The provider is responsible for caring for your child in your absence and you want to ensure that the lines of communication are open. Here are some tips to help you work with your child care provider and communicate effectively. Know and Follow Policies Your child care provider most likely has policies in place for every aspect of your child’s care ranging from potty training to discipline. It is your responsibility to learn those policies and teach your child about them.  In addition to learning them, it is imperative that you follow the policies. For instance, respect the drop-off and pickup times established by the provider. The policies are in place to ensure that not only your child, but other children are adequately cared for. The policies also help to protect the provider’s rights, too.  Check In When Possible Drop-off and pickup times can be a difficult time to speak with the child care provider about your child’s progress and behavior. However, it is important that you take time out to regularly check in with your provider. When it is possible, schedule time to meet with the provider. He or she can help find a time that works best for you. You can also arrange for a phone conversation if a face-to-face meeting is not possible. You want the provider to know that you are actively involved in ensuring your child has the best experience while in child care.  Get Involved Occasionally, your child’s provider might host events that encourage parent involvement. For instance, some providers have a Family Day and Water Day. If your child has events scheduled, do your best to attend.  You should also offer to become involved in any other ways that the provider needs. The provider could need volunteers for activities, such as monitoring the children while playing on a water slide. When you participate with your child’s program, you get a first-hand look at how the provider communicates with your child and also learn more about the program in which your child is involved.  Consult with a child care provider, like Cottonwood Montessori, to learn of other ways you can build a relationship with him or her. Be open to suggestions and be prepared to offer some of your own when you do discuss the issue with your...

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How To Give Your Kids A Great High School Education

Posted by on Nov 29, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Do you have middle schoolers who will soon be in high school? You already know if you’re happy with the school system in which they are enrolled. If you’re thinking about making a change, here are some things for you to consider. It’s not to soon to be thinking about college for your kids, and their high school experience will be an important part of the preparation process. Public High School – If your children are high achievers and they are also self-motivated, they’ll do great in public school. Most high schools have excellent programs that focus on helping your children get into college and the school counselors will be available to help kids know how to take the steps to enroll in the colleges of their choice. Unfortunately, public school classrooms are usually large, so if you have a student who struggles, he or she might get lost in the system. You’ll need to stay connected to all of their teachers, just as you did in his or her elementary and middle school years. Home School – Have you ever thought about home schooling your children? Home school is an excellent choice because you are in control of things like the curriculum your children will use, and how much homework, if any, will be given. Besides, who in the world can teach your children better than somebody who loves them as powerfully as you do? When you home school, you can also connect with other home schooling parents for things like fun sports, field trips, science fairs, and cultural activities.   Christian Private School – If one of your goals is to have your children in a school setting where values that are taught in the home will be supported, Christian private school would be an excellent option. Catholic schools, like Saint Thomas Academy, are one example of a place where your teenagers will be expected to adhere to a dress code, where they will be part of an honor system that doesn’t allow cheating, and where obscene language and using the name of the Lord in vain is simply not tolerated. Whether it’s at Catholic high school or another Christian school, your kids can still participate in sports and other extra-curricular activities that help round out their education. Even though you will have to pay for tuition, every penny will be worth the expense. No matter which high school setting you select for your kids, consider keeping the SAT or ACT study guides at your house so they can be part of their...

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