Young children and even toddlers are surprisingly proficient at using technology. You don’t have to search long or hard before coming into contact with a young child playing with mom’s phone 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 little bit 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 5 years of his life. Did you know that those first 5 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. 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! 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 and also 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! Don’t leave the TV on all day. If nobody in the home is watching the TV, turn it off! If you enjoy having some kind of background noise on, turn on a radio and play music. 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! There are so many educational opportunities to utilize and many shows for children that teach great social skills. It is important not make technology the boss of the house. With healthy boundaries and clear expectations, you and your children can find a rhythm with iPads and iPhones and TV that will not jeopardize your child’s growth or development. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies, 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! Contact a Kids ‘R’ Kids in your area for a free tour and more information on how they can meet and exceed your childcare expectations!Show Less
... Read More
Wednesdays here at Kids 'R' Kids of Lawler Farm are a blast! Mr. Adam from Together We Groove Music rocks the school all morning with singing and dancing! Every class gets to experience the joy of music. Mr. Adam teaches the children songs and musical games He even educates them on different types and music and instruments! Just one of the many things that are part of our all-inclusive tuition!
Video by CApturing PhotographyShow Less
This time of the year is always so fun as we kick off the new school year. We love opening our doors to our families to let them explore what new things their child will experience and of course meeting their new teacher. At this year's Meet the Teacher the children got to play in their new classrooms as parents got to discuss, with the teachers, what they had to look forward to in the coming school year!
Fitness Adventures at Kids 'R' Kids of Lawler Farm has a new theme every couple of weeks. This week's theme is OUTER SPACE!
The kids will become astronauts as they do everything from taking a walk on the moon to dodging asteroids. Click below to get a peek at the activities!Show Less
Kids 'R' Kids of Lawler Farm provides some amazing field trips. One field trip this summer took the campers to Lego Land Discovery Center in Grapevine! They had a blast doing everything from building race cars to riding rides, and even splashing on the water playground.
READ ALL ABOUT IT!
Kids 'R' Kids' latest issue of their digital magazine is out. The July Edition has insights about the benefits of hobbies and why kids that have them do better in school. It also touches on the importance of play in a digital world. Take a load off and enjoy a great read!Show Less
Summer is in full swing here at Kids 'R' Kids of Lawler Farm! The school aged kids are going on their Summer Camp field trips and the splash pad is open once again. Even though the school season has changed that does not mean that we have done away with any of our school year extracurriculars. Our Spanish teacher, Ms. Gloria, still comes every M,Th and F to play with the children and get them excited about learning another language. She has been keeping the kids immersed in Spanish by practicing colors, numbers and singing songs.
Staying cool in the summer can be a challenge! Luckily, there are so many easy and creative options to consider that your children can enjoy. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we love providing opportunities for every child to safely enjoy the great outdoors as well as our engaging classroom environments and curriculum. We provide year-round activities from our excellent preschool, creative summer camp and more!
Check out this article for fun ways to stay cool during the remainder of summer!Show Less
The Earth Day celebrations have come and gone but the opportunities to teach your child about taking care of the planet are available year-round! Springtime is the ideal time to get your child excited and involved in reducing, reusing and recycling to help Mother Earth thrive. One of the easiest ways to get your preschooler or toddler excited about helping the Earth is by finding something they can help with. Even something as simple as watering plants around the house (maybe even have one plant designated just for them!). Planting a spring garden is another fun option for promoting an earth-friendly lifestyle. This article gives more fun ideas for involving preschoolers and kindergarteners in keeping your house “green”.Show Less
Keeping your preschooler active throughout the summer helps them avoid the dreaded “brain drain” while allowing your child to have a lot of fun! As always, moderation is key when it comes to your child’s schedule. Having time to be a kid is very important but adding some structure and teamwork to your child’s life equips them with important social and emotional skills. Try and choose an activity that you think your preschooler or kindergartener might enjoy and give a new activity at least 6 weeks before giving up – it often takes a few weeks for your child to adjust to a new routine.
This article is a great resource in talking more about the benefits of extracurricular activities for your child.Show Less
Warmer temperatures and sunny days mean more time spent outside with your preschooler, toddler, or elementary-schooler!
For some children, it can be more of a challenge to get them excited to get up and move. If you would like your child to adopt a healthy lifestyle filled with exercise, the best option is for you to model the healthy behavior for them! Children are always looking to adults for cues on how to live, play, and relate to others. Check out this article for how you can keep your children active this spring and summer!Show Less
Raising children in such a technologically-charged culture comes with its perks and challenges. As a parent, how do you balance the amount of time and exposure your young child has to the internet and TV? At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we love giving our students the opportunity to learn with our SmartBoard technology but also balance their day with plenty of interactive activities both indoors and outdoors to further enrich and deepen their knowledge and skill-sets.
Check out this article for 3 practical ways you can Balance Your Child’s Use of Technology.Show Less
Choosing the right childcare or preschool for your little one can seem like a daunting task. What should you look for? Who do you talk to about the programs and facility? Where do you start? At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we know just how important it is that families feel confident in their choice. One of the best ways to learn about a childcare or early learning center is by asking the families who already send their children to that location. Hearing from someone you love and trust about their experience will be extremely helpful for you when making the final decision.
Check out this helpful article for more tips on choosing the best fit for your child!Show Less
So much happens in the first five years of your child’s life! The amount of learning and growth that your child’s body and brain processes Is staggering. From learning how to crawl, to speak, to read and write – the skills seem endless. As a parent, your role in helping your infant, toddler, or preschooler achieve these exciting developmental milestones is critical.
If you aren’t the teacher type – there is no need to fear! There are simple and natural ways you can encourage and enhance your child’s learning experience that don’t involve a million creative crafts you don’t have time for or creating your own curriculum!
Check out this article of easy ways to help integrate learning into everyday parts of your child’s life!Show Less
From the moment a child is born, he is learning and discovering the world around him. Some skills come without any intentional education such as swallowing, breathing, and eating, while others must be taught. One of the surest ways to set your child up for a lifetime of learning is by enrolling your child in an elite preschool or learning academy. A childcare or preschool facility that offers a unique curriculum for your child is an integral tool for helping them cultivate a love of learning.
Additionally, parents can engage their children throughout the day in such a way that encourages learning – through conversations, household chores, and other creative means. Check out this article for ideas on how you can help your child cultivate a lifelong love for learning!Show Less
It’s often the ordinary day-in, day-out tasks that can cause the most stress for busy families, right? Laundry, dinner, grocery shopping and doctor appointments are just a few necessities that somehow have to squeeze into our busy lives on a regular basis. How can you possibly keep track of them all? If you’re not careful, you may find your children wearing clothes that were dug out from the bottom of the basket and eating who-knows-what from the back of your fridge!
The good news? Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a stressful or time-consuming endeavor if you have some simple steps in place that set you up for success. Check out this article about how you can streamline your grocery shopping process and spend more time doing things you enjoy – like eating family dinners together or curling up with a good book before bed.Show Less
The holidays have passed and new reasons to celebrate are coming. Valentines Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations are just a few reasons we celebrate with our friends and loved ones. While the celebrations are about expressing our love and appreciation, most special occasions require extra time and spending.
The best way to celebrate freely without the stress of over-spending or being unable to meet expectations, is to plan ahead and create a spending budget for your special occasion.
Take a look at these beneficial tips to help you budget for special occasions.Show Less
Teaching a toddler or preschooler about money may seem trivial but the rewards of modeling good spending and saving habits can last a lifetime. Children always learn best by watching the behavior of the adults around them. Whether they attend a local preschool or childcare or stay at home – they are always watching for cues on how to behave. Managing your money is just one more skill that your child can benefit from when you’re intentional about sharing your spending and saving decisions with them. This article provides a helpful framework for how you can include your child in money decisions and teach them at an early age how to make good choices.Show Less
With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas up ahead, now is the perfect time to get your child involved in charitable activities. Teaching children the value of generosity and gratitude are especially important as we navigate the largest consumer-driven holiday of the year. Amidst all of the discounts, deals, and must-have wish lists, take some time to give to others around you. It’s very likely a family near you is hurting this holiday season and could use a friendly, generous gesture. Whether it’s inviting your new neighbors over for dinner, or baking cookies for a nearby nursing home, include your child in the activities and make it a new family tradition to look forward to!
This article provides more creative ideas for reaching out to those around you this holiday season:Show Less
Kids 'R' Kids is passionate about seeing each child succeed! Every aspect of our Learning Academy, from the teachers and curriculum in the classroom to the state-of-the-art facility and expansive playgrounds, works together to create the optimal learning environment. We love what we do and the families we do it for! That’s why we are delighted to have received the honor of Best Childcare & Early Preschool Education from the 2015 Consumer’s Choice Awards.
Whether you need care for your young infant or growing preschooler, we have a program that will challenge and encourage your child’s growth. The first five years of a child’s life are critical in developing neural pathways that will enhance the child’s learning capability. We know that parents are always looking for the best fit for their child and we are confident in our ability to exceed all expectations! Contact us today for more information about how we can be the First Step to Higher Education® for your child.Show Less
One of the greatest gifts of being a parent is watching your child grow, develop and achieve new milestones. When children are younger they seem to grow at the speed of light! The tiny baby you brought home from the hospital is now walking, talking, and full of his own ideas and opinions. While each new milestone may be a little bittersweet for the parent it’s so important to celebrate your child’s growth!
Check out this article for creative, simple ways to celebrate when your youngster begins the adventure of preschool!Show Less
Helping your child develop strong literacy skills will set them up for a lifetime of success in learning. Even with very young infants and toddlers, reading out loud is a great habit to model as they begin to soak in the words and the world around them. There are so many wonderful books to choose from as you introduce your child to the world of reading. Check out this helpful article for 10 books your child will enjoy!Show Less
Children have a universal language of love, laughter, and acceptance. It doesn’t matter what culture they represent, the common denomination in the heart of a child is the desire to enjoy a loving, nurturing and supportive environment. As long as children are having fun and being treated kindly, the difference in appearance is not important to them. Check out this helpful article for ways that parents can help support their child’s appreciation for different cultures.Show Less
Every childhood milestone is important from an infant’s first time rolling over to the first day of preschool, parents love to see their children learning and growing! During your child’s growth, it’s nice to know what to expect in terms of normal development. As you read this helpful article that details a few behaviors to look for as your infant races towards toddlerhood, keep in mind that every child is unique and your little one is no exception!Show Less
Building a healthy brain is not something that occurs quickly. In fact, this process begins before a child’s birth and continues through the first five years of life. This is also a process that requires nurturing, encouragement and love. Child care professionals believe that every experience has an impact on how your child’s brain develops. Our staff at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lawler Farm in Frisco offers some useful information for developing a healthy brain in your child.
Ensure that your child is eating the right foods
Diet plays a significant role in how well your child’s brain develops. Ensuring that your infant is breastfed regularly is a good way to encourage brain development at an early age. The fatty acids found in breast milk, which are generally not found in commercial formulas, give your infant’s brain a strong start in terms of development. As your child grows, you need to make sure that your child’s diet is healthy and balanced. Consult your pediatrician before making any changes in your child’s diet.
Interact in meaningful ways with your child
Numerous studies have shown that meaningful interaction with your child is likely to lead to healthier brain development. Spend time with your child during infancy and make an effort to talk, play and bond with your baby throughout these early years. These interactions instill a sense of security, which allows your child to focus on playing, learning and exploring, which all contribute to healthy brain development.
Afford your child the opportunity to interact with others
Interaction between young children not only impacts the brain, but also fosters social-emotional development. This type of exposure is significant since social and emotional pathways can be cemented after a single interaction.Show Less
We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new digital magazine! 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 Academy of Lawler Farm in Frisco our hope is to provide your child with only the best in care, education, and nurturing.
This month’s edition includes a helpful article on how to understand and address your infant or toddler’s anxiety as well as making math a fun learning experience for preschoolers. Each edition will highlight areas of parenting and early education that will help equip you as you continue on the exciting and challenging journey of parenthood.
In addition to helpful articles you will find information about different school programs and activities our children are getting involved in. This month you can learn more about our exciting Summer Camp 2015 program!
Take a peek inside our magazine and feel free to share it with 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
Preschool represents a very important part of your child’s life. The skills and lessons learned in preschool will more than likely stay with your child for life. A child will be well prepared when it comes to future endeavours. Proper preparation for preschool will also mean that your son or daughter will enter preschool possessing the necessary skills to adapt and excel in this new environment. We will take a look at the factors that make some preschools better than others.
Highly qualified teaching staff
The role of a preschool teacher has evolved in the last few years, ensuring that he or she has a lot more responsibility than simply watching over a group of preschoolers. Today’s teachers need to actively engage with their students, in order to maximize social and cognitive development. Teachers who engage with their students, using a diverse and colorful vocabulary, are more likely to produce preschoolers who possess extensive vocabularies.
Programs need to be age-appropriate
Creating age-appropriate programs that work to assist in your child’s cognitive development is extremely important. These programs employ the use of a developmental continuum, which builds on your child’s current skills and knowledge, in order to acquire new talents and abilities. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lawler Farm takes great pride in being able to provide programs that work to develop your child’s unique set of skills.
Allowing a child to be expressive
Different preschoolers express themselves in different ways, and it is important for staff members to understand this. Teachers who facilitate effective two-way communication, and allow students to express themselves, will produce a more self-reliant child.
The childcare team at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lawler Farm in Frisco takes great pride in providing our students with the best programs and facilities. Contact us today for more information about our excellent preschool.Show Less
Age is not generally the determining factor for enrolling your child in preschool. Rather, a child’s cognitive and social abilities are better guides. Here are some of the main factors to consider regarding when you should enroll your child in preschool.
There is no correct age to enroll
As mentioned above, there is not a predetermined age for children to enter preschool. Most schools will accept children from the age of three, however, this does not mean that your child is ready to be enrolled.
How can I tell if my child is ready?
There are a few questions you should ask before you consider sending your child to preschool. Is your child somewhat independent? Can he or she spend periods of time separated from you? Does he or she have the ability to keep a regular schedule? Is he or she able to work quietly alone for ten minutes? Does he or she possess the social ability to participate in group activities? If all or most of these questions are positive, then your child may be ready to start preschool.
Ease your child into preschool
You can start your child in preschool a few times a week to see how he or she responds. This will allow him or her time to adjust to the new surroundings before beginning a more complete schedule.
When is too early?
Today even children as young as two or three years old are enrolled in preschool. It almost seems that preschool has become a prerequisite to kindergarten. If your child is not potty trained, cannot use words to communicate or cannot eat solid food, then he or she is not ready and will be overly stressed if enrolled in a preschool. You might consider instead a quality infant care program.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lawler Farm in Frisco has an AdvancED accredited program and offers a Fast Track Curriculum™. We also have excellent infant care services. For more information, contact us today.Show Less
If you are looking for something a little different to try with your infant, consider infant massage. This is a relaxing way to provide your child with healthy stimulation which has many benefits, including:
- Enhancing the immune system: infants are born with a very limited immune systems. Building up the immune system helps your child fight off germs more effectively.
- Building muscle tone: massage increases the flow of blood and oxygen to the muscles.
- Helping improve digestion: an aspect that is especially important as it can help underweight infants gain healthy weight more rapidly.
- Building the nervous system: stimulating the nervous system through the nerves in the skin can help strengthen circulation.
- Relaxing your infant: this can be helpful if your infant has colic or is fussy.
- Improving circulation: this benefits the heart.
- Bonding: infant massage is a time with your infant to build a relationship of trust, touch and love.
If you would like to try an infant massage class, visit Breathe Yoga and Massage in Frisco. Their yoga specialists will teach you how to perform the massage at home, allowing you to have this beneficial interaction with your infant at your own convenience.
Furthermore, do not forget yourself, ask a family member or friend to babysit so you can enjoy some time away to de-stress and return refreshed to care for you infant.
If you are looking for a child care facility that will take care of all of your infant’s needs in a state-of-the-art facility, consider Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lawler Farm in Frisco. Our innovative and accredited infant program is designed to build a loving, trusting relationship with your infant where learning and development are maximized.
For more information, visit our facility or contact us today.Show Less
As a continuation of the academic year, a daily summer camp provides your child with many opportunities to grow and develop. Unlike school, however, these summer programs offer a blended structure and focus, which emphasizes new skill development and discovering talents, versus spotlighting just academics. A summer camp curriculum includes:
- Learning how to work together: The development of teamwork skills is an essential component to the summer camp experience. Here, your child will have more time to work on tasks, explore, and achieve goals together in a group setting. With effective guidance, your child will learn through communication and cooperation how to lead and guide others, and follow the directions advised by peers and summer camp instructors. These skills are very important to a child's academic future and a career choice where cooperation is key to professional success.
- Discovering how to lead effectively: By giving each child the chance to lead different activities, your child will learn there is more to leadership than simply telling everyone what to do! It also involves teamwork. Your child will be guided in developing problem-solving skills, communication abilities, enhanced socialization, and the confidence to implement their decisions.
- Growing in confidence: Within an academic setting, subjects are taught directly from teachers to students, while at summer camp, children are encouraged to take a more active role in the learning process. By giving your child fun tasks and plenty of support, he or she will learn how to approach problems and overcome them. This increases self-esteem and abilities toward becoming an independent, confident adult.
- Building a sense of responsibility: By fostering a sense of independence in your child through leadership tasks, unstructured play, and participation in sports, he or she will develop a stronger sense of responsibility. At camp, your child will learn how every action and their decision-making impacts the world around them. This is accomplished by allowing your child to take an active role in making choices and participating in camp.
It's not just camp activities that encourage this type of growth for your child. You can continue the developmental process outside of camp or after the summer fun ends. A day trip to Arbor Hills Nature Preserve with a few of your child's friends is a great adventure for continuing their summer learning. Here, you and your child can hike, have fun on the playgrounds, picnic, or spend time riding bikes for a great day of physical activity, teamwork, and play.
At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Lawler Farm in Frisco, Texas you can enroll your child in our innovative, fun and comprehensive daily summer camp program for 2014. Camp Nature Kids, for preschoolers through 12 years of age, is a day camp at our Academy that explores the wonders of the natural world. Our agenda includes field trips, educational tours, and plenty of fully-supervised play, which could transform your child into a young explorer and scientist! Contact us today for more information or to enroll your child, since space is limited.Show Less
Parenting shy children can present many challenges, especially when it comes to developing healthy social relationships. Summer camps led by childcare specialists will provide your child with a variety of tools to help them overcome their shyness and shine along with their peers.
Summer camps focus on creating a rich and stimulating environment that puts children at ease and makes them comfortable in being themselves. By gently encouraging participation, children discover their talents and realize their contributions are important. This builds self-esteem and encourages positive social interaction.
Parents can continue this growth on the weekends by encouraging children to engage with their peers at playgrounds like that at Hope Park. This inclusive park was specially designed to meet the needs of all children and build self-confidence through safe, positive play.
How does summer camp help shy children?
Interacting with peers: By incorporating a variety of activities that require teamwork, children interact with their fellow campers. Caring camp counselors also provide support and over time the shyness dissipates for most children.
Finding their element: With so many different types of summer camps available, you can find a summer camp that focuses on an activity your child is interested in and enjoys. This sets the stage for positive interaction from the moment they arrive, and helps them settle in quickly and make friends through shared interests.
Independence: By supplying plenty of support and guidance, camp staff encourage children to be independent and make their own choices. This gives shy children more confidence and helps them play a more active role in daily activities.
Communication: The activities your child will experience at summer camp are designed to develop their communication skills in a positive, fun way. By creating bonding experiences and working as a group, children are able to form healthy social relationships and develop social skills that will be beneficial in the future.
At the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Lawler Farm in Frisco, Texas, summer camp for children between the ages of three and twelve will experience ten weeks of fun-filled and stimulating activity focused on their individual needs. Whether they are shy or outgoing our dedicated staff will give your child all the love, support and guidance they need to excel during this exciting adventure. Our staff will also help them discover new talents, build their self-confidence and develop healthy friendships.Contact us today if you have any questions about our summer program or would like to enroll your child.