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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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?”
Canned “I’m incredibly proud of your school book report.”
Credible “You must be so proud of your school book report.”
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From an article originally published in the January 2012 issue of Parents magazine. magazine article
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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.
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
Some References for more information:
- Before choosing a pet: What parents need to know. (2013, December 10). from: http://www.healthychildren.org/English/safety-prevention/at-home/Pages/Before-Choosing-a-Pet.aspx
- Dowshen, S. (2014, April 1). Selecting safe pets. from http://kidshealth.org/parent/firstaid_safe/home/pets.html
- Teaching your dog how to behave around children. (n.d.). from https://www.aspca.org/pet-care/virtual-pet-behaviorist/dog-behavior/teaching-your-dog-how-behave-around-children
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.
From an article by Michelle Crouch, Parents Magazine
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:
- Cook heart-shaped pancakes for breakfast.
- Wear that macaroni necklace to work. Well, at least until you’re at work.
- 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.
- Go for a walk with just one child.
- Slip a note (and an occasional small treat) into her lunch box.
- Say “yes” to something usually off-limits, like sitting on the counter.
- Go ahead: Let your 4-year-old stomp in every puddle along the way. Even without rain boots.
- Get out the glitter glue and make a birthday card for your child.
- Take in a pet that needs a home—and a child’s love.
- Cultivate your own traditions: Taco Tuesdays, Sunday-afternoon bike ride, apple picking every fall.
- 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.
- Let your child wear her dress-up clothes to the supermarket. All month if she wants to.
- Let your child overhear you saying something wonderful about her.
- Make a secret family handshake.
- Hang a whiteboard in her room to leave messages for each other.
- Start a pillow fight.
- Share your old diaries, photos, and letters from when you were her age.
- 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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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
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.
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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)
- Carbonated drinks
- Fruit drinks with high-fructose corn syrup
- Bubble gum (with sugar)
- Potato chips
- Hard candy
Original article by Gina Roberts -Grey, Parents Magazine, found here: Smile Savers
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?
- 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).
- Encourage your child to rest in bed or on the couch with a supply of magazines, books, quiet music, and perhaps a favorite movie.
- 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).
- Dress your child in layers so you can add and remove layers during bouts of chills or fever.
- Ask a close relative or faraway friend to call and help lift your child’s spirits.
- 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