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How Does Your Garden Grow?

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May 2018 – Prestige Preschool Academy – Start a Garden with Your Children

How Does Your Garden Grow?

 

Gardening with your children is a great bonding experience and the lessons they learn will astound you.  After harvesting a carrot from the garden you may be surprised that your “picky eater” really likes veggies.  Plus, you will be outside and exercising!

Here are some age-by-age garden ideas for your little green thumbs.

Age 2

  • Speed-garden. Toddlers and waiting don’t mix. For fast results, place a few pea or bean seeds and a slightly moistened cotton ball in a see-through plastic cup or sandwich bag (tape it to the window for maximum sun and easy viewing). “This is the absolute easiest way to begin,” says Cohen. “You’ll see sprouts within a week.” Then transfer the seedlings to a garden or container (see “No Backyard? No Problem!” below).
  • Let ’em get dirty. “Give your child a small hand trowel and let her search through the soil for worms,” says Rose Judd-Murray, a youth gardening specialist with the National Gardening Association. “She can even carefully handle the worms and measure how long they are.”

Ages 3 to 4

  • Build a bean tepee. This easy, fast-growing project makes a terrific fort. Pick a spot that gets at least six hours of sun per day. Buy five 6-foot wooden stakes (or use fallen tree branches sturdy enough to support a growing plant) and stick them a few inches into the ground, tying the stakes together at the top like a tepee. Add a bit of new soil around each stake and have kids press a few pole-bean seeds an inch or so into the ground. Sprouts will wind their way up the stakes in a couple of weeks.
  • Keep a calendar. Preschoolers are learning patience and a sense of time—concepts that can be reinforced in the garden. Use a calendar to highlight the days when you expect seeds to germinate. To add to kids’ sense of accomplishment—and make the waiting more bearable—have them put a sticker or check mark on days they water and weed.
  • Choose the right plants. For the best chance of success, pick easy-to-grow veggies such as radishes, carrots and lettuce. Seeds that are big enough for little fingers to handle easily include sunflowers, nasturtiums, beans, and peas.

Ages 5 to 6

  • Start with seedlings. For an edible haul faster, start with small veggie plants instead of seeds; kids’ feelings of accomplishment will be boosted by the quick results.
  • Create a storybook garden. Read a favorite garden-themed book and create your own garden to match. Two favorites: The Carrot Seed, by Ruth Krauss. Pick a sunny spot and plant carrot or sunflower seeds in the ground or a container (be sure to choose a place with enough room—sunflowers can grow up to 15 feet tall!). The wow factor with sunflowers makes them a special favorite with kindergarten kids.

No Backyard? No Problem

You can still grow plants in a container garden on a porch or windowsill, says gardening expert Rebecca P. Cohen. To get started, you’ll need a 12-inch-diameter bucket with good drainage (soil that’s too wet is bad for plants); potting mix; and a location with full sun every day. Or add a fun twist with containers that can be adapted for growing, such as milk cartons, baskets, plastic pails or items in the recycling bin (poke holes in your container if necessary).

Gardening at Your Local Prestige Preschool Academy 

Find your nearest Prestige Preschool Academy and see how our gardens grow!!

 

 

Read more at KidsGardening.org

From Parenting Magazine – By Charlotte Latvala

 

 

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Restaurant Tips For Kids

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April 2018 – Prestige Preschool Academy – Tips For Eating Out With Kids

Eating out With Kids

Here are some great tips for eating out with kids and enjoying the experience.  Children learn and gain confidence as they develop social skills and manners.  Learning restaurant manners at an early age will get your child off to a good start.  Prepare for a stress-free outing by using these simple tips.

Make Sure Kids Are Welcome

Not all restaurants embrace children; some are explicit about that, others are not. Play it safe and call ahead. This is a good opportunity to check that there is a children’s menu or something on the regular menu that your kids will eat.

Ease Slowly Into Fine Dining

If this is your first foray into dining out with the little ones, choose somewhere nice, not too fancy, and family-friendly. In the beginning, order just one course.  “Most parents can gauge what their children can handle,” says Jessica Ritz, creator of Taster Tots LA (tastertotsla.com), a blog that lists child-friendly restaurants with adult-friendly food in Los Angeles. “By a certain age, some kids enjoy dining role-play too, like placing a cloth napkin in their laps.”

Eat Early

An overtired or over-hungry child is no fun for anyone, so hit your favorite spot in the mid-afternoon, after your little one has had a nap, or while the Early Bird Special is still available. The restaurant will be quieter, you’ll be less likely to disturb other diners, the waitstaff will be less frazzled, and (best of all) your child won’t be exhausted.

Pack Your Own Distractions

Pack a few toys, books, tools for coloring, or anything that will keep your kids quiet and won’t make noise that will distract other diners. Murphy cautions against electronics, though. “Coloring is fine, but please leave the iPads, iPods, DS games, and any other electronic device at home. Parents want peace and quiet when they eat, but the way to get that to happen is not to reinforce that children will get to watch a movie if they scream or misbehave.

Think About Seating

Request a corner table rather than one in the middle of the room or ask your server where the least conspicuous spot in the dining room is. Your kids will be out of the way of other diners and more contained in a private area. This will also help keep any kids’ noises or disturbances from being too noticeable and make the overall experience more enjoyable.

 Always Say “Thanks”

“What better setting for adults to model and teach good manners than in restaurants?” Ritz asks. Take the opportunity to explain how important it is to say “please” and “thank you” to waiters when making a request and to say “thank you” again to the restaurant host at the end of the meal. If the kids are old enough, teach them about tipping for good service, and get them to help count out the tip. “If you can spare a minute before you leave, make an effort to tidy up your area a bit,” Ritz says. “Especially if it’s a place you want to eat at again!”

Manners for 3, 4, & 5  Year Olds is part of the Prestige Curriculum.
Taken from Parents Magazine by Kirsten Matthew.  You can read the full article here .  Copyright © 2012 Meredith Corporation..
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Choosing a Preschool

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January 1, 2018 – Prestige Preschool Academy – Choosing a Preschool

CHOOSING A PRESCHOOL

 

Your little one is growing and it’s time to choose a preschool!  Here is a checklist that will help you make this important decision.  Take this list with you as you visit your local preschool or daycare.  If you want to see the preschool in action, visit before lunch or after nap time.  The first step is to call and schedule your tour!

FIRST THINGS FIRST

  • Is the location accessible to my/our home/job?
  • Do the hours fit my/our schedule?
  • Can we afford the fees including tuition, registration, co-payments, etc.?

THINGS TO LOOK SEE

  • Is the provider’s license posted and available?
  • Does the environment appear clean and safe for children?
  • Does the caregiver get down to the children’s eye level when talking?
  • Does the caregiver sit with the children, rather than away from them?
  • Is there enough equipment for all children to play with?
  • Is the staffing sufficient based on the number of children?
  • Are the children busy with fun and developmentally appropriate activities?
  • Are there security cameras?
  • Do the children sound happy and involved?
  • Is the sound level appropriate?  Too quiet or too chaotic?

THINGS TO ASK

  • What training and experience does the caregiver have?  Are CPR and first aid included in the training?
  • How does the caregiver deal with behavior problems?
  • Will they provide you with a list of parents you can contact for references?
  • Which days will the school be closed?  Holidays?
  • Do children go on field trips?  If so, what transportation is used?
  • Do the children spend time watching TV or videos?  How much?
  • Do they accept children who are ill?
  • Is there a secure drop-off/pick-up procedure?
  • Do they offer a free trial day?
  • What curriculum is used and are there regular assessments of a child’s progress?
  • What are the medical emergency procedures?
  • How are prescribed medicines handled for the children?

THE PARENT’S ROLE

  • Are parents welcome to drop in whenever their children are in their care?
  • Are parents encouraged to participate in activities?
  • How is the child’s day communicated to the parents?

HOW IT FEELS

  • Was I greeted by a friendly smile?
  • Was the person conducting the tour knowledgeable of age-appropriate practices?  Professional? Friendly?
  • Does this appear to be a warm inviting place that my child would enjoy?

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The Value of Superhero Play

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November 3, 2017 – Prestige Preschool Academy – The Value of SuperheroPlay

The Value of Superhero Play

 

Ask a child, any child, about their favorite superhero and they will quickly name a superhero or princess—-Spiderman, Batman, Elsa, Rapunzel, Superman, Captain America…you name it! So, why the fascination with superheroes?  Is there any value in children engaged in superhero and fantasy play?  The answer is absolutely yes!

Superhero Play Supports Moral Development

The most common adult belief is that there is no importance or value in children’s fascination and type of play when it comes to superheroes. Most adults quickly dismiss it as nothing more as a common stage for young children—a frivolous type of play and fascination that children will soon outgrow.

The truth is that there has been much research to support children’s interests in these very popular and iconic characters, and how it supports various aspects of children’s development. Most of all, engaging in superhero play actually greatly supports moral development!

Superhero Play Empowers

Sometimes we view superheroes and superhero play as aggressive and potentially physically harmful, and one that promotes violence. However, adults quickly forget the values that superheroes actually instill in children. For one, superheroes give children a platform of feeling in control, empowered, and the all-mighty powers to create good in the world, a world in which they are already feeling small and powerless, and even helpless.

Superheroes, like Spiderman, Wonder Woman, and Batman, are all faced with moral dilemmas and must use their good to fight evil. In the article “Children’s Attitudes Toward Superheroes as a Potential Indicator of Their Moral Understanding” Justin F. Martin states that “superheroes often try to avoid the use of violence. They first try to resolve a situation by reasoning with villain. When that does not work and superheroes are forced to use violence, the goal is apprehension, not annihilation. Superheroes use violence only to prevent harm to others.”

Superhero Play Develops Character

According to Butler and Kratz in “From Superhero to Real-Life Hero: Encouraging Healthy Play,” when given the opportunity to connect superheroes to real-life heroes, we must “encourage healthy superhero play by creating opportunities outside of playtime to talk and read about what makes ‘good guys’ good. Qualities like determination, kindness, helpfulness, selflessness, and courage create heroes, not necessarily physical strength.”

Superhero Play Connects to Real Life

How can you help your child connect their fantasy superheroes to everyday real-life heroes like firefighters, police officers, war heroes, medical heroes, family and friends?

  • Ask them critical, and open-ended questions about how these real-life heroes are alike and different from fantasy superheroes
  • Ask children how they themselves are heroes in order to help build a healthy self-esteem
  • Continue to foster their moral development and support them as they choose right from wrong and good from bad
  • Actively help them construct a more just world

 

HOORAY FOR HEROES is part of the curriculum at Prestige Preschool Academy.  In 2016, we will introduce our favorite superheroes!

 

 

Article By:  Lisa Callejas, Assistant Director at Prestige Preschool Academy Morgan Hill
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Sleep Affects Success at Preschool

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March 7, 2016 – Prestige Preschool Academy – Sleep Affects Success at Preschool

How Does Sleep Affect Success at Preschool?

 

How does sleep affect your child’s success at preschool and beyond?  If your preschool child isn’t getting the recommended 10-12 hours of sleep daily, their success will be affected.   “Parents need to pay as much attention to sleep as they do to nutrition and other health issues,” says Judith Owens, M.D., coauthor of “Take Charge of Your Child’s Sleep”.  

If you see these problems, your child may not be getting enough sleep that is critical for success at school.

Attention Problems

When a child has difficulty listening to detailed instructions or focusing on planned activities or is slow to react to a question, lack of sleep is often the culprit. It also inhibits time management and task prioritization, Dr. Judith Owens says. Because of this, the child might miss out on information learned at school.

Reduced Cognitive Functioning

If your preschooler has trouble describing a painting she made at school, she could benefit from more sleep. A 1998 study published in Sleep journal showed that just one night of insufficient sleep impaired verbal creativity and abstract thinking in children. “The ability to spontaneously come up with words was compromised,” Dr. Judith Owens says.

Dulled Memory

A good night’s sleep keeps your little one’s brain fresh and helps him retain information. When paired with slow-wave sleep, rapid eye movement (REM) sleep — the stage where dreaming occurs — plays an essential role in memory consolidation, Dr. Judith Owens says. When your preschooler learns a new color or the words to a new song at school, REM sleep helps to solidify this information in her brain. “Almost everything preschoolers learn is new,” she says.

Hyperactive Behavior

When your little one feels fatigued during the day, he won’t yawn or doze off like you do — he’ll start bouncing off the wall. Why? Preschoolers “tend to get wired,” Dr. Judith Owens says. “They get hyper and irritable.” And if they can’t sit still, they’ll have a harder time learning.

Emotional Outbursts

Irritability, constant crying, temper tantrums, zero patience: Preschoolers who skimp on sleep are much less able to control their emotions. As a result, moodiness might affect their social standing with their peers. “If they’re aggressive and oppositional with other kids, it impacts social interaction,” Dr. Judith Owens says.

Attendance Issues

Sleep deprivation might weaken the immune system, making the body more susceptible to infection and disease. It also shifts the balance of hormones in the body — particularly essential growth hormones, Dr. Judith Owens says. And although it’s not proven, this could cause your little one to get sick more frequently, resulting in missed school days.

Make sure you have a bedtime routine and then stick to it.  Your child will be ready for their day of preschool and will learn more.  Find more information and helps here  Sleep Time for Kids  and here  Sleep in Preschoolers

 

 

from an article by Katie Stuhler from Parents Magazine

image:  sleepcouncil.org.uk

 

 

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Six Ways to Upgrade Your Praise

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March 2, 2016 – Prestige Preschool Academy – Six Ways to Upgrade Your Praise

Six Ways to Upgrade Your Praise

There are many ways to upgrade your praise of your child’s accomplishments.  Parents and teachers walk a fine line in complimenting children. Too much “over-the-top” praise might even have a negative effect.  The child may feel that he is being manipulated.  So, what are the keys to making your praise meaningful?

 Focus on Improvement

Canned “This is the most creative art project in the class.”

Credible “Your art project is even more detailed than last time.”

Emphasize the Effort

By praising a child’s effort, you help her to be confident about taking on new challenges,” says Carol Dweck, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Stanford University, in California.  “ It also instills resilience, which will come in handy when the going gets rough.”

Canned “I’m proud you didn’t get anything wrong on the spelling test.”

Credible “I see you worked hard on memorizing the spelling words.”

Be Understated but Sincere

“It’s a curious phenomenon, but people believe things they overhear more than things that are told to them,” says Dr. Harvey Karp, M.D., Parents advisor and creator of the DVD and book The Happiest Toddler on the Block.Karp.  “Kids this age trust understated praise more than overstated praise,” says Low-key praise seems more honest and sincere.

Canned “You’re a great big brother.”

Credible To Father:  “You should have seen Ben helping Lila put her toys away today.”

Spotlight Specific Achievements

Canned “Terrific job selling all those Girl Scout Cookies!”

Credible “It was smart to smile and look customers in the eye when you asked them to buy the cookies.”

Take Time to React 

Instead of reacting right away, allow your child to evaluate and appreciate his own work; it lays the foundation for building self-esteem.

Canned “It’s so exciting that you won a ribbon at the science fair.”

Credible “Hmmm. Would you like to tell me about this ribbon?”

Acknowledge “You”

Canned “I’m incredibly proud of your school book report.”

Credible “You must be so proud of your school book report.”

 

Find out more about Prestige Preschool Academy and our positive approach to learning here !

From an article originally published in the January 2012 issue of Parents magazine.  magazine article

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The Best Pets for Kids

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February 19, 2016 – Prestige Preschool Academy – The Best Pets for Kids

The Best Pets for Kids

 

What are some of the best pets for kids?  Pets can  be a chance for kids to learn valuable life lessons as they care for a living creature. Pets can teach children about responsibility and dependability with parents’ guidance.  As an added bonus, some pets give affection in return for a child’s loving attention.  The first step is choosing the best pet for your family.

FISH

How about a fish?  A  fish may be the perfect “starter” pet for a child. But not just any fish will do. Goldfish may seem like the most obvious choice, but they’re actually more difficult to raise than the Siamese fighting fish (Betta fish).

Betta fish are Southeast Asian natives and are adapted to thrive in isolation, in surprisingly small amounts of stagnant water. No aerators, filters, heaters, or chemicals are required.

BIRDS

Birds can be excellent pets. But owning a bird is more demanding than caring for a  fish. Some birds are highly intelligent. Others are very social. All birds require almost daily attention.

A parakeet, canary or finch may be a good starter for kids who haven’t raised birds before.

SMALL MAMMALS

Smaller mammals, including hamsters, guinea pigs and gerbils, are relatively easy to raise. Most require only a small living space and simple care. Regular, gentle handling promotes friendliness, but bites are possible. Guinea pigs are can make excellent kid-friendly pets.

CATS

Kittens are childhood favorites. Who can resist the antics of a fluffy feline? Cats require regular veterinary checkups and immunizations, but less attention and care than dogs. A cat may be a better choice than a dog if your family has limited living space. Choose a kid-friendly breed.

DOGS

A cuddly puppy is probably the most classic children’s pet. But choosing the ideal dog involves more than falling for big brown eyes. Some breeds may be unsuitable for children.

Any breed or mix will need a commitment of time and effort. Puppies must be housebroken and require daily exercise, regular veterinary checkups and immunizations, and plenty of love.

Owning a pet can be a positive experience for children. Pets provide companionship, entertainment, and educational opportunities. But pet ownership is also serious business. Pets are living creatures that require regular care and attention.  Choosing the pet that will fit with your family is the first step.

 

From an article written by Dale Kiefer and Rena Goldman  Article
Medically Reviewed on March 3, 2015 by George Krucik, MD, MBA

 

 

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5 Habits of Healthy Kids

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February 17, 2016 – Prestige Preschool Academy – 5 Habits of Healthy Kids

5 Habits of Healthy Kids

Here are 5 habits of healthy kids that you will want to put into place in your family to avoid illness this year.  They are simple and make sense, but children need to practice them to make them a habit!  You may find that your child is the healthiest one in the neighborhood.

Keep hands clean

The healthy way to wash hands is to scrub for 15-20 seconds.  Teach your child to sing “Happy Birthday” to themselves—twice—before rinsing.  Remind them to “scrub” up after preschool or play dates and before they eat.

Be active every day

Studies have shown that regular exercise can reduce the number of cold and flu episodes during a year.  “Exercise is better than any advertised cure or miracle,” according to Harley A. Rothbart, M.D., Parents magazine advisor and author of Germ Proof Your Kids: the Complete Guide to Protecting (Without Overprotecting) Your Family from Infections (ASM Press, 2007).

Get plenty of ZZZs

The healthy habit of getting enough sleep is very important for children.  Dr. Rothbart says that sleep deprivation nearly doubles the risk of getting a cold or flu.  Most preschoolers need 11-13 hours of sleep per day and babies need about 14 hours per day.

Avoid touching your face

The reality is that viruses enter the body through the nose, eyes, and mouth.  Help your child keep their hands away from their face.  Also, teach them not to share a straw, cup or toothbrush!

Consume a balanced and healthy diet

Healthy eating means healthy kids.  Make sure the meal has plenty of colorful fruits and vegetables that will help boost your child’s immune system.  Some of those immune building foods are broccoli, strawberries and oranges along with tuna, milk and cereals.  Yogurt with probiotics helps to build defenses.  YUM.

Make Foods More Nutritious for Kids

 

From an article by Michelle Crouch, Parents Magazine

 

 

 

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Little Things Mean a Lot to Kids

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February 12, 2016 – Prestige Preschool Academy – Little Things Mean a Lot to Kids

 

Little things really do mean a lot to kids and will have a huge impact on their lives.  These little things may seem silly or trivial to adults, but they will make your child smile!  Here is a list to get you started:

  1. Cook heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast.
  2. Wear that macaroni necklace to work. Well, at least until you’re at work.
  3. Tape your family slogan (Unstoppable! We can, we will! We’ve got this!) to your refrigerator door and invoke it whenever your child feels discouraged.
  4. Go for a walk with just one child.
  5. Slip a note (and an occasional small treat) into her lunch box.
  6. Say “yes” to something usually off-limits, like sitting on the counter.
  7. Go ahead: Let your 4-year-old stomp in every puddle along the way. Even without rain boots.
  8. Get out the glitter glue and make a birthday card for your child.
  9. Take in a pet that needs a home—and a child’s love.
  10. Cultivate your own traditions: Taco Tuesdays, Sunday-afternoon bike ride, apple picking every fall.
  11. Ask your child to teach you how to do something for a change. And once you get the hang of it, be sure to tell him what a good teacher he is.
  12. Let your child wear her dress-up clothes to the supermarket. All month if she wants to.
  13. Let your child overhear you saying something wonderful about her.
  14. Make a secret family handshake.
  15. Hang a whiteboard in her room to leave messages for each other.
  16. Start a pillow fight.
  17. Share your old diaries, photos, and letters from when you were her age.
  18. Thank your child when he does a chore on his own—even if it’s just hanging up a wet towel without prompting or refilling the empty water pitcher.

 

from an article by Margery D. Rosen – Parents Magazine 30 Little Things That Mean a Lot to Kids

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Best Creative Art Activities for Preschoolers

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February 10, 2016 – Prestige Preschool Academy – The Best Creative Art Activities for Preschoolers

Best Creative Art Activities for Preschools

Preschoolers and process-focused art experiences are a match made in creativity heaven!  The best creative art activities for preschoolers are those that are process-focused.  What are process-focused art experiences?  Here are the characteristics of preschool process-focused art experiences as explained by Dr. Laurel Bongiorno, Champlain College.

Characteristics of Preschool Process-focused Art Experiences

  • There are no step-by-step instructions
  • There is no sample for children to follow
  • There is no right or wrong way to explore and create
  • The art is focused on the experience and on exploration
  • The art is unique and original
  • The experience is relaxing or calming

In her article in Teaching Young Children, Dr. Bongiorno continues with a list of easy art activities and tips that offer open-ended, creative art experiences for preschoolers.  Open-ended art experiences will offer hours of fun for you and your preschool child.  As she says, “Remember that it’s the children’s art, not yours.”

Open-ended, creative preschool art experiences

  • Easel painting with a variety of paints and paintbrushes (with no directions)
  • Watercolor painting
  • Exploring and creating with clay or homemade dough
  • Finger painting
  • Printing, painting and stamping (stamps purchased or made with sponges)
  • Collages using tissue paper, glue sticks, scissors, and recycled materials

What do preschoolers learn through process-focused art?

  • Preschoolers relax, focus, feel successful, and can express their feelings
  • Preschoolers compare, predict, plan, and problem solve
  • Preschoolers use small motor skills to paint, write, glue, use clay, and make collages

Art does teach preschoolers more than just the names of colors.  Your preschool child’s social, cognitive, and physical skills will grow along with their creativity!  These are life skills that will support a happy, healthy, creative child.

 

From Teaching Young Children, a NAEYC Publication    By LAUREL BONGIORNO

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Why Teach Baby Sign Language?

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February 5, 2016 – Prestige Preschool Academy – Baby Signing Time

Why Teach your Baby Sign Language?

When children’s hands are moving, their minds are learning.

Children are able to understand language as early as 6 months, but the ability to speak requires complex fine motor skills that don’t develop until much later. The result is a frustration and tantrums.

On the other hands, the motor skills required to use sign language develop much sooner than spoken language.  Children who learn baby sign language can start using signs as early as 6 to 9 months! The result is a baby who can express her wants and needs.

For babies, sign language is a visual language. Many basic signs resemble what they mean. For example, to sign ball, you show the shape of a ball with your hands. See some examples on our Baby Sign Language Dictionary. This makes sign language fun and easy for kids.

Teaching your baby sign language can unlock the world around them and give their minds a head start.

  • Open a window to your child’s heart & mind
  • Reduce tantrums & increase bonding
  • Build vocabulary & instill confidence
  • Cognitive benefits of being bilingual

Prestige Preschool Academy parents love Baby Signing Time !  For more information about this program see the Baby Signing Time website here.

Baby Signing Time   Here is a video!  Baby Signing Video

 

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Good Foods for Healthy Teeth

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February 3, 2016 – Prestige Preschool Academy

Good Foods for Kids’ Teeth

Candy for kids is not on the “good” list, but here are some foods that are actually good for your child’s teeth!  Since February is Children’s Dental Health month, here is a list of some dental hygiene heroes.  Your child will benefit and the dentist will be impressed.

Oranges, kiwis, strawberries, limes, and peppers

Fruits high in Vitamin C in fruits such as oranges, limes, kiwis, cantaloupe, papaya, and strawberries help kill bacteria in the mouth and promotes a healthy supply of collagen in the gums that encourage healthy teeth. Other good vegetable sources: red, yellow, and orange peppers; tomatoes; and sweet potatoes.  After eating, wait for about 30 minutes before brushing.

Milk, yogurt, and cheese

Sugar feeds other types of bacteria in your child’s mouth that produce cavity-causing acid. When your child drinks milk or eats yogurt or cheese — which are rich in calcium, vitamin D, and phosphate — it raises the pH level in his mouth, lowers acid levels, and reduces the risk of tooth decay, says Ray J. Jurado, DDS, director of pediatric dentistry at Children’s Memorial Hospital, in Chicago.

Raw carrots, celery, cauliflower, green beans, and snap peas

Crisp veggies are “chewing foods” that mechanically clean your child’s teeth and gums. “These foods naturally scrape away plaque that builds up between meals or that kids miss when brushing,” says family dentist Jimmy Wu, DDS, of San Diego. Encourage your child to eat slowly and to completely chew each crunchy mouthful.

Sesame, sunflower, and pumpkin seeds, and nuts

Nuts and seeds contain natural fats that coat teeth and help shield against bacteria, says Dr. Wu. The oils in the seeds help strengthen enamel, making teeth more resistant to cavities, and most seeds also contain calcium. Kids older than 4 can eat trail mix as a healthy snack.

The Dentist “No No” List

If your kid eats these, be sure he brushes well afterward.

  • Gummy candy (even vitamins)
  • Caramel
  • Taffy
  • Carbonated drinks
  • Fruit drinks with high-fructose corn syrup
  • Bubble gum (with sugar)
  • Raisins
  • Potato chips
  • Hard candy
  • Honey

Original article by Gina Roberts -Grey, Parents Magazine, found hereSmile Savers

 

 

 

6 Helpful Tips If Your Child Has the Flu

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January 29, 2016

Helpful Tips If Your Child Has the Flu

Here are 6 helpful tips if your child has the flu.  Children younger than 5 years old are among those who are at a high risk for serious complications when the flu hits.  If symptoms are reported within the first 2 days of the illness, your doctor might prescribe an antiviral medicine, but that only shortens the course of infection by about 2 days.  What can you do to help ease the symptoms?

  1. Offer plenty of fluids (fever, which is common with the flu, can lead to dehydration). If your child is tired of drinking plain water, try ice pops, icy drinks mixed in a blender, and soft fruits (like melons or grapes).
  2. Encourage your child to rest in bed or on the couch with a supply of magazines, books, quiet music, and perhaps a favorite movie.
  3. Give acetaminophen or ibuprofen for aches and pains as directed by your doctor (but do not give aspirin unless your doctor directs you to do so, as it has been linked to a rare but serious illness called Reye syndrome).
  4. Dress your child in layers so you can add and remove layers during bouts of chills or fever.
  5. Ask a close relative or faraway friend to call and help lift your child’s spirits.
  6. Take care of yourself and the other people in your family!  Check with your physician about a flu vaccine. Also, wash your hands well and often, especially after picking up used tissues.

 

Read more at KidsHealth.org  Elana Pearl Ben-Joseph, MD

 

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Family History is Good for Kids

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Written by Prestige Preschool Academy on October 5, 2015

Family History is Good for Kids

 

October is Family History Month!  This is the perfect time to help your child understand his family history.  Research out of Emory University has found that kids who know more about their family history can turn out to be more emotionally resilient than children who don’t. Feeling like they are part of something larger than themselves—a family—gives them a greater sense of their “intergenerational self.” And that’s a good thing.

But how do you get kids to put down the phone or tablet long enough to introduce them to their past? We’re glad you asked. We’re celebrating Family History Month with a heap of great ideas for getting the next generation into their ancestors.

  • Family History Bingo
    • Create a family bingo card with five columns and five rows and simply add family photos and play!
  • Where in the World?
    • Get a wall map and show children where their ancestors lived and migration paths.  This is a great way to learn about the world.
  • Family History Road Trip!
    • Take the family on road trips to places that are significant to your family.  Creating new family memories is part of the itinerary.
  • Family History Journalist
    • Have a budding journalist?  Have them capture family interviews by video, audio or photos.
  • Family Cookbook
    • During family gatherings collect recipes and involve your family in creating a fun family cookbook.
  • Create a Family Tree
    • It’s important for children to understand family relationships.  Help them complete their own family tree.

Be sure to share your memories of family members and tell stories about your childhood too.  Let your children know about the struggles your family had as you were growing up.  They will be better equipped to cope in better and difficult times.

 

Learn more here: Family History Activities

For help searching for your family history, check out these helpful sites:   Family Search  Write a Family History

 

Photo DA Blodgett from Grand Rapids History.org

 

 

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Story Time Boosts Your Child’s Brain Power

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Written by Prestige Preschool Academy on October 5, 2015

Boost your child’s brain power.

 

Grab The Very Hungry Caterpillar and cozy up with your kid—new research suggests story time might boost your child’s brain power.

A recent study  found that reading to children positively effects the areas of the brain that support reading skills. The results showed that children who are read to more often had increased activity in the areas of the brain which lay the foundation for learning, imagination and reading.

Behavioral evidence has shown that children who are read to, especially before school entry, experience stronger parent-child relationships and learn valuable language and literacy skills.

“We hope that this work will guide further research on shared reading and the developing brain to help improve interventions and identify children at risk for difficulties as early as possible, increasing the chances that they will be successful in the wonderful world of books,” Hutton said.

Story time is more than just quiet time before bed.  Story time helps develop your child’s brain and prepares him for school.  Read to your child each day.  It’s a win-win situation for you and your child!

Need some story time  inspiration to get started?  Check out this list of 40 classic children’s books even adults love.

 

See more at: Story Time and Brain Development

Read the full article here: Science Backed Reason for Reading to Your Child – by Grace Elkus

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Manners for preschoolers

Manners Every Child Should Know

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Written by Prestige Preschool Academy on October 1, 2015

Manners: 12 Basic Manners Every Child Should Know

Do you want to raise a polite, kind, well-like child?   Here are 12 manners every child should know. Focus on these basics of etiquette and you will be amazed about how often your child will be noticed—for the right reasons!

These simple manners may seem like common sense to you, but children need to learn how to be polite.  Take the time to reinforce these basics while your child is young.  You will thank us later.

    1. Please  – When asking for anything, always say “please.”
    2. Thank You  – When receiving something always say, “thank you.”
    3. Do Not Interrupt  – Do not interrupt grown-ups when they are speaking with each other unless there is an emergency.
    4. Excuse Me  – If you need to get somebody’s attention right away, the phrase “excuse me” is the most polite way for you to enter the conversation.
    5. Ask Permission  – When you have doubt about doing something, ask permission first.  It can save you many hours of grief later.
    6. Compliment Don’t Criticize  – Do not comment on other people’s physical characteristics unless, of course, it’s to compliment them, which is always welcome.
    7. Excuse Me…again!  – If you bump into somebody, immediately say “Excuse me.
    8. No Mean Names  – Don’t call people mean names and do not make fun of anyone for any reason.
    9. Cover Your Mouth  – Cover your mouth when you cough or sneeze, and don’t pick your nose in public!
    10. Use a Napkin  – Keep a napkin on your lap; use it to wipe your mouth when necessary.
    11. Don’t Reach  – Don’t reach for items at the table; ask to have them passed to you.
    12. Introduce Yourself  – When you make a phone call, introduce yourself and ask if you can speak with the person you are calling.

“While it’s normal for preschoolers to still be self-centered, teaching manners reminds them that other people in the world matter and deserve respect,” says Kathy Hirsh-Pasek, Ph.D., professor of psychology at Temple University, in Philadelphia.

Manners for 3, 4, and 5 Year Olds©, developed by The American School of Protocol®, is now a part of the curriculum at Prestige Preschool Academy.

Read more about Manners:

Manners Matter – Parents magazine     Manners Every Kid Should Know – Parents magazine

 

 

Yoga in Preschool is a Good Idea!

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Written by Prestige Preschool Academy on August 20, 2015

Yoga:  Enriching Preschool Children’s  Minds through Their Bodies

Yoga in preschool?  Well, it is known as one of the best exercises to connect the mind and body and has been practiced for thousands of years.  Yoga literally means “union” and exercises, known as poses, are designed to connect the mind and the body.  These ancient exercises are easy, fun and beneficial for preschool children!

Today the benefit of yoga for young children is gaining widespread recognition.  Professional organizations that promote high quality care and learning for children like the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP®) and the National Association of the Education for Young Children (NAEYC®) recommend that children should participate in activities that develop the whole child.  Yoga fits the bill.

Here are the top 3 benefits of yoga for preschoolers

 

  1. Flexibility & Endurance – Yoga increases flexibility which helps prevent pull and strain injuries. Flexibility in preschoolers leads to improved athletic performance and a healthier lifestyle.
  2. Balance & Coordination – Yoga includes many poses that focus on balance.   As preschoolers practice skills with their arms, legs, and whole body (gross motor movements) along with fingers, toes and facial muscles (fine motor movements), they learn how their bodies move and gain confidence and balance.
  3. Focus & Concentration – Yoga helps children to slow down, breathe and focus. Yoga teaches them how to be still and are less likely to be frustrated and distracted.  Stillness leads to the ability to listen with focus and attention.  Children who are focused discover that learning is fun.

Yoga works for preschoolers and school age children.  The beauty is that it doesn’t just have to be practiced in a classroom setting.  It is something for the whole family.  Programs for preschool children that include yoga, like Prestige Preschool Fitness Club©, are now expected by parents who want the best for their preschool child.

 

 

Darlene Hernandez has been a Preschool teacher in Claremont for over 8 years.  Her experience and understanding of how children learn and grow along with her love of yoga combine to make her classroom aaaahhhhhh-some!
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