December 2017

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Read A New Book Month

Baby it’s cold outside, so bundle up and read a book or two this month!!

  • 12/01   National Pie Day
  • 12/04   National Cookie Day…..Yum!
  • 12/12   First Day of Hanukkah  (8 Days)
  • 12/12   National Poinsettia Day
  • 12/17   Wright Brothers Day
  • 12/21   Winter Begins….brrrrrr
  • 12/25   Christmas Day  – Schools Closed
  • 12/26   Boxing Day…no fighting, just famly fun!
  • 12/26   First Day of Kwanzaa (7 Days)
  • 12/27    Visit the Zoo Day
  • 01/01    New Years Holiday – Schools Closed

Create Holiday Gifts Using Your Child’s Art

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November 29, 2017 – Prestige Preschool Academy

 

Are you running out of time and money for gifts this Holiday season?  Involve your children in the process and use their art to create holiday gifts that family, friends and teachers will treasure.  You and your child will create simple gifts and will cherish the time spent together in these creations!

Here are some awesome gifts to make using your child’s art!

1. Iron-On Pouch

This is the perfect, practical gift for school friends. Experiment with using multiple images on one pouch or cutting out selected images from different drawings.

Iron-On Pouch

What to do: Photograph artwork, reduce the size to fit a small canvas pouch, and print onto iron-on transfer paper. Peel off backing and iron the image in place. We ordered plain white canvas pouches from inkodye.com ($12 each), but you can also use this technique on plain canvas tote bags.

2. Candle Holder

Your child’s creativity will light up the room! Give these quick crafts to aunts, uncles, or teachers.

candleholder vase

What to do: Scan or take a high-resolution digital photograph of a horizontal artwork. Print it on a 81/2 x 11-inch sheet of plain vellum paper. Wrap the paper around a cylindrical glass vase (measure and cut the paper to fit) and adhere the overlapping edges with double-sided tape. Trim, then discard excess paper. Place a battery-operated tea light inside the vase.

3. Canvas Silhouette

Your kid will get a kick out of creating an image of himself or a beloved pet. For a wow-worthy result, paint a white stretched canvas in a bright color and choose art that contrasts.

Canvas Silhouette

What to do: Take a photo of your child or pooch in profile. On a computer, enlarge the photo so it fills the screen, then tape a piece of butcher paper to the monitor. Trace the image with a soft pencil; remove the paper from the monitor and cut out the silhouette with scissors. Use a glue stick to adhere it to the back of your artwork, then carefully cut around the silhouette’s border. Flip silhouette over, then use white glue to attach it to a stretched canvas. Let dry totally, then spray with a final coat of clear gloss varnish.

4. Paper Globe

Help your child make a cool ornament from strips of her masterpieces.

paper globe

What to do: Cut her paintings into 12 strips 6 x 1/2-inch wide. Use a push- pin to poke a hole at the end of each strip. Thread a needle with a 15-inch length of embroidery floss. Tie several knots at the end, and add a bead. Stack the strips, then pass the needle through all the holes at one end. Bend the strips into a C shape. Thread the needle through the other end. String on another bead and tie a knot to hold it in place. To form a loop for hanging, bring the end of the floss back down to the bead, then tie several knots to secure the bead. Fan out the strips evenly to form a globe.

5. Covered Journal

Jazz up store-bought notebooks with your little Picasso’s doodles.

Covered Journal

What to do: Place an open notebook on the back of the artwork. Using a pencil, trace around the book leaving a 1/2-inch border. Cut out, using scissors. Coat the outside of the notebook with a glue stick. Holding the notebook open, press the spine down on the back of the artwork, then press down the covers. Smooth wrinkles. Cut out a notch at the top and bottom of the cover’s spine, and cut a diagonal line at the four corners. Glue down each corner, then fold over and glue down each edge along the inside of the book. Repeat process, using clear Con-Tact paper.

 

 

From an article By Lindsey Boardman in 

Images:  Lucy Schaeffer

 

 

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
Image:  HuffingtonPost

 

 

Choosing a Preschool

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November 1, 2017 – 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?

We invite you to take a tour of  Prestige Preschool Academy.  Find your nearest location here !

Proprietary Enrichment Curriculum at Prestige Preschool Academy

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Prestige students love learning about heroes, character traits, artists, composers and manners. Ask them what they learned in school and they are likely to tell you that George Washington Carver invented more than 100 products from peanuts or that helpfulness is all about cooperation! Our proprietary Enrichment Curriculum is part of the learning day at Prestige so there is no additional fee!

 

  • Baby Signing Time©
  • Handwriting Without Tears©
  • Prestige Fitness Club©
  • Manners for 3, 4 and 5 Year Olds©
  • Hooray for Heroes©
  • Artists and Composers©
  • Developing Character©
  • Prestige Reading Program©
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Tips For Eating Out With Kids

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August 1, 2017 – 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..
Image:  BabyGizmo.com

 

 

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

Image: Washington Post 7/7/2015