Expressive Art for Children: The Benefits

Parents instinctively know the importance of art for their children. From the time they are born, children are surrounded by various colors, shapes, and artwork: a trendy nursery, a colorful play mat, light-up toys, mirrors, and more!

Children are drawn to colorful objects, books, and games. Children can outwardly express their creativity with paint, play-doh, coloring materials, stickers, and more as they grow.

But are there scientifically-proven benefits of early artistic expression and cultivation? Keep reading to learn three ways art aids in child development.

Development of Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills are essential for all of life: using utensils at mealtimes, buttoning shirts and using zippers, properly holding and manipulating a pencil for schoolwork, and so much more. One of the best ways to develop fine motor skills is through art.

Children initially use crayons, markers, and paintbrushes in broad and uncoordinated strokes. But the more exposure and practice children have, the faster they develop fine motor skills and coordination. Not only does this result in adorable artwork for your fridge, but it also gives your child an advantage in kindergarten.

Builds Autonomy

Every art teacher has can tell you about the diversity in children’s art. For instance, if children are to make a Christmas card for their parents, each child will have a completely unique interpretation and execution of the task.

This individual expression of artistic ability builds a child’s self-esteem and autonomy. Children learn to express their unique voices through art.

Builds Creativity

While this is the most obvious, it’s worth mentioning! The more exposure children have to various art forms, the more their confidence and creativity grow. But this is only possible when children are given the materials to experiment and grow their skills.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer a robust art curriculum for your child, so they can grow their creativity, autonomy, and fine motor skills.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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Benefits of Reading to Children

Benefits of Reading to Children

We instinctively know that reading to your child is good, but the benefits are worth elaborating on. Here are five benefits of reading to children.

Cognitive Development

Cognitive development is “the construction of thought processes, including remembering, problem-solving, and decision-making, from childhood through adolescence to adulthood.” Reading improves cognitive skills and supports cognitive development by helping children think through stories and assimilate new information.

Better Language Skills

Children are born with no understanding of language. Reading, even from infancy, helps children understand how language communicates with their world. Reading various books improves language acquisition, social skills, communication, and literacy skills.

Imagination and Creativity

Children love the stories in books. These can be a springboard into imaginative play and increased creativity. They may dress up like their favorite storybook character or draw a picture of the story. Reading helps your child develop a big imagination and bigger dreams.

Improves Academic Success

Academic success hinges on language assimilation. Studies show that the more language skills a child has at kindergarten, the greater their academic success. While this may sound like a lot of pressure, simply reading to your children covers phonics, vocabulary, reading comprehension, phonemic awareness, and early reading skills.

It can be hard to prioritize reading to your child when you have so many other tasks vying for your time. Thankfully, our teachers take great delight in reading at Children’s Academy Childcare. Your child has access to quality literature and fun picture books that will spark their imagination, and improve their language skills so they’re ready for academic success.

 

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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What Curriculum Does Children’s Academy Use?

If you’re trying to decide on a preschool program for your child, you’re paying special attention to what curriculum each program uses. You want your child to receive the best early childhood education that prepares them for kindergarten and is playful and fun.

That’s where our personalized curriculum comes in!

Mother Goose Time

We use this fun and adorable curriculum for our two-year-old classroom. Mother Goose Time uses age-appropriate tools to teach your child literacy, math, music and movement, science, art, and social skills. These educational activities keep your child engaged–letting them learn through play, just as they should!

The Learning Box

We use this curriculum for our three, four, and five-year-old classrooms. It includes daily activities written by experienced childhood educators that are fun and educational.

Each month, your child will experience two themes–for example, “Using My Senses” and “Giving Thanks” are the themes for November. A number of fun and educational activities surround these two themes. Your child also learns letters, numbers, shapes, word chunks, sight words, and so much more!

If you have any questions about our curriculum, feel free to contact our office! We are happy to tell you more about how our curriculum will benefit your child and prepare them for kindergarten.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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How To Prepare Your 3 or 4-Year-Old for Daycare

How To Prepare Your 3 or 4-Year-Old for Daycare

Early preschool is a big deal for you and your little one!

Even if your child has attended daycare before, their new classroom has more structure to help prepare them for kindergarten. Our qualified staff works through our exceptional curriculum, so they have a leg up on kindergarten material–but this may still be an adjustment for your child.

If your child hasn’t attended daycare regularly, the transition may be more challenging. But intentionally preparing your child will help them have an easier transition. Here are some practical tips:

  • Become familiar with Children’s Academy: Drive by the building, take our virtual tour, and come inside the facility to visit the early preschool classroom! We highly encourage children and parents to meet the teachers and children in their class. You can even visit a few times if your child is especially shy.
  • Sleep well and eat breakfast: Ensure your child has plenty of rest before their first day. If your child arrives at daycare early, be sure they have a good breakfast to keep them full until breakfast is served at Children’s Academy.
  • Say goodbye: It’s tempting to sneak away when your child is happily distracted, but this can cause distress once your child notices you’ve left. Be sure to say goodbye–and make it fun! Have a silly handshake, a special phrase you say every day, or a tight hug goodbye.

These are just a few tips to give your child the best transition to daycare. Feel free to ask our director or early preschool teachers for more helpful tips.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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How To Prepare Your Toddler for Daycare

Your toddler’s first day of daycare is coming up soon, and you want to make the transition as smoothly as possible. How do you prepare your child to be away from you during the day and help them have fun? Here are some expert tips.

Visit Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool

We welcome visits from new children and their parents. These short visits allow your toddler to their room, meet their teacher, and observe new playmates. Some toddlers are more shy than others; if your child is prone to shyness, feel free to have them visit more than once, so they see the same faces.

Make Routine Changes

Contact our office to learn more about the toddler’s daily routine and implement little changes at home. For instance, wean your child off a morning snack by feeding them a bigger breakfast to help them be satisfied until lunchtime.

Transition With a Half-Week

Many toddlers need at least one (or sometimes two) part-time weeks at daycare before transitioning to a full-time week. Giving your child a day or two at home with you will help ease anxiety and stir excitement for the next time they go to daycare.

Bring a Toy From Home

Your child is welcome to bring a loved toy from home, but it’s best if the toy can be easily washed or sanitized. A special toy gives a sense of security to children feeling lonely or anxious. However, you may soon find that your toddler loves their classroom and can come to Children’s Academy without it.

 

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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How To Prepare Your Baby For Daycare

How To Prepare Your Baby For Daycare

It’s hard to believe that six weeks ago, your precious angel was still cozy in its mother’s belly. The past month has been a roller coaster of emotions–both high and low–as well as adjusting to a new needy person in your life. There has been plenty to treasure, and plenty to look forward to.

Whether you’re ready or not, it’s time to get back to work. Some parents are ready to hand off their child and clock back in. Others have a much harder time being away from their little one–and perhaps, their baby has a hard time, too. How can you both prepare to be separated during the day? Here are a few tips.

For Baby

Every baby is different. Some babies won’t be bothered by the change in their routine, while others may be upset at first. Some ways to help a baby transition include:

  • Use the same soother. For instance, use the same soft blanket, pacifier, or snuggie when calming your baby, and then bring those to daycare.
  • Be consistent with the baby’s food. If the baby is breastfed, don’t send formula to daycare. If the baby has formula, don’t change brands.

For Parents

If you’re nervous about leaving your baby, here are some ways to calm your nerves and prepare for the transition.

  • It’s okay to be sad, but sadness won’t last forever. Transitions are hard, but there is stability and joy on the other side of transition.
  • Spend a few hours away from your baby before they start daycare.
  • Asks questions and share your routine with the nursery worker.

Our nursery teachers are fantastic! They will help you feel comfortable leaving your child and will provide the best care while you are away.

Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool is proud to offer an outstanding curriculum that is educational, fun, and prepares your child for kindergarten per state educational standards.

If you’re looking to give your child a head start in school, contact Children’s Academy Childcare and Preschool today!

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