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Celebrating The Week of the Young Child

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The Week of the Young Child is a week long recognition of children, families, and teachers. Prestige Preschool Academy participates in this fun-filled event every year by celebrating The Week of the Young Child. There are themes that are set by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children) to incorporate the fun and learning that students receive at their preschool. This year, the themes for the week are as follows: Music Monday, Tasty Tuesday, Work Together Tuesday, Artsy Thursday, and Family Friday. There is sure to be tons of smiles, activities, and events this week as we are all celebrating The Week of the Young Child!

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National Holidays – April 2019

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National Holidays for April 2019

Have some fun this month celebrating and honoring these National Holidays. These holidays make great conversation starters with your child. It is a perfect opportunity for learning about the world around them.

  • April 1 – April Fools’ Day
  • April 2 – National Peanut Butter and Jelly Day
  • April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day
  • April 3 – National Find a Rainbow Day
  • April 10 – National Hug Your Dog Day
  • April 10 – National Siblings Day
  • April 11 – National Pet Day
  • April 12 – National Grilled Cheese Sandwich Day
  • April 16 – Wear Pajamas to Work Day
  • April 21 – Easter
  • April 21 – National Kindergarten Day
  • April 22 – Earth Day
  • April 23 – National Picnic Day
  • April 24 – Administrative Professionals Day
  • April 26 – Arbor Day
  • ​April 28 – National Superhero Day

Check with your local Prestige Preschool Academy for more fun events in April!

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Summer Adventures Camp

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What is more fun than SUMMER??  Summer Camps at Prestige!

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Join the Summer Adventures Camp experience at a Prestige Preschool Academy near you!

 

Prestige offers 13 weeks of summer fun camps! In addition to our fun themes, children will enjoy special shows and guests from magicians to petting zoos to fun with bubbles. Plus, our school-aged children go on field trips and tours.

 

There are 13 fun weeks full of exciting adventures!

Artful Antics Week

Toy Construction – Engineering Week

Edible Engineering Week

Fun and Fitness Week

Party in the USA  Week

Wilderness Week

.……..and more!!!

 

Save your spot—ENROLL TODAY!

Contact your nearest center for details: PRESTIGE CENTER LOCATIONS

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10 Inspirational Quotes About Preschool

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Prestige Preschool Academy – March 4, 2019

A quick read of 10 Inspirational Quotes About Preschool. We spend our day in preschool teaching and bonding with children. This is our passion. We are here to help children develop their skills while in a safe and fun learning environment. These following quotes are some that you may see in the classrooms or in our front office. We truly believe them and feel they are universal to all children no matter their age. Hope you enjoy reading.

“Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children, play is serious learning.” – Mr. Rogers

“Play is the highest form of research.” – Albert Einstein

“It takes a big heart to shape little minds”. – Unknown

“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn.” – Benjamin Franklin

“They may forget what you said, but they will not forget how you made them feel.” – Carl Buechner

“The more that you read, the more things you will know.  The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.” – Dr. Seuss

“Children are not a distraction from more important work. They are the most important work.” – C.S. Lewis

“All children are artists.” – Picasso

“If a child can’t learn the way we teach, maybe we should teach the way they learn.” – Ignacio Estrada

“Please excuse the mess. The children are making memories.” – Every Preschool Teacher in the world

 

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March 2019 National Holidays – Fun and Important Days To Remember and Celebrate

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National Holidays are important to remember, and some are just for fun! Here are some Holidays for March 2019 that you can also click on the link for more information and resources. There are many more National Holidays on the internet if you search for March Holidays. Some are silly and would be fun to incorporate into your calendar to celebrate with your little ones. We hope you have a Marvelous March!

MARCH 2 – Dr. Seuss’s Birthday  

MARCH 2 – National Read Across America Day 

MARCH 3 – World Wildlife Day   

MARCH 7 – National Cereal Day

MARCH 9 – National Barbie Day 

MARCH 10 – Daylight Savings Time

MARCH 10 – National Pack Your Lunch Day          

MARCH 11 – National Napping Day          

MARCH 12 – National Pancake Day

MARCH 13 – National K9 Veterans Day   

MARCH 14 – National Pi Day

MARCH 17 – St. Patrick’s Day

MARCH 19 – National Let’s Laugh Day     

MARCH 20 – Spring Begins

MARCH 20 – International Day of Happiness         

MARCH 21 – World Down Syndrome Day              

MARCH 23 – National Puppy Day

MARCH 25 – International Waffle Day

MARCH 28 – Major League Baseball Opening Day

Check with your local Prestige Preschool Academy for more fun events for March 2019!

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Here We Grow Again!

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Prestige Preschool Academy is growing and new schools are coming to a community near you very soon. Visit our website for more information.

 

COLORADO – Denver, Colorado – COMING SOON!

5668 N. Beeler Street  (located at the NE corner of N Beeler and 57th Ave)

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CALIFORNIA – Fontana, California –  COMING SOON!

16427 Sierra Lakes Parkway

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VIRGINIA –  Sterling, Virginia – COMING SOON!

24299 Liberty Harvest Court

email: pparcola@gmail.com


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New Year…Decluttered Year!

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January 2019 – Prestige Preschool Academy

Happy New Year! Let’s be honest, we all have that one junk drawer in our home that absolutely drives us crazy! Or that one closet that has become the catch-all for wrapping paper and clothes that need to be donated to charity. I can say I have both of those areas that catch my attention every day, but I seem overwhelmed by how to begin to declutter that I ignore the messy elephant in the room. So, with the New Year upon us it is finally time to have a Decluttered Year!

Let’s get rid of the clutter and have a less frazzled atmosphere to enjoy the calm. In my quest to have an organized and clutter-free home, I looked to the internet for tips and tricks. Seems as though there are a lot of others out there who are in the same boat as I am who are looking for help with this situation because there are a ton of articles and videos about ways to declutter. I picked out the top 5 tips that spoke to my messiness and bad habits, and thought I’d share with you here.

  • Drop-Off Spot

-Find a spot in each room that has the traffic pattern where items are dropped off when entering the room. By having a basket or tray readily available to catch those pesky little items, they will be less likely to be tossed in other places in that room. Spend 5 minutes at the end of your day to put those items in their proper place.

  • Clear Countertops

-Only allow items that are necessary to be displayed on the counter. All kitchen appliances don’t need to be on the counter. Put those in a cupboard or pantry and bring them out as needed.

-Place a paper tray on the counter at the area where you tend to pile papers. By doing so, you will have a tray full of papers that you can then take to your place of filing.

  • Donate to Charity

-Keep a basket labeled with DONATE in your laundry room. When you come across items that your kiddo has outgrown or no longer needs, place it in the basket. If the laundry room is close to your garage, then you’re more than halfway there to placing the basket in your car.

  • Clothes & Closet

-Dedicate a day to pull out everything from your clothes drawer and closet. This is the perfect opportunity to look through items you no longer use or want. Place those items in the charity basket located in your laundry room. Once you have looked through your items, now it’s time to put them back, but this time fold and place them in a way that you can visually see what it is.

-Pre-purchase bins or baskets to help with small or loose items that can contain possible re-clutter (that is a word, isn’t it?).

  • Children’s Room and Toys

-Oh boy, this is a big one! Start with decluttering their room and / or playroom first. Be sure to have that charity basket nearby because I can guarantee that it will get filled with toys that they’ve out-grown or they no longer play with. Dare I say, let’s rid our house of all those toys that come in kids’ meals?!?

-Once you’ve decluttered and used that handy-dandy charity basket, now put back items that are necessary. Have a clear purpose and perspective of what you want and need the room to look like. Keep every day items out on a shelf or in a basket, all other items should be in a closet or drawer.

-Teach your kiddo how to keep their area clean and decluttered. Use a chore chart if needed.

So, this doesn’t seem too hard to do. Right? Well, I am on my way to using these top 5 tips to help with my decluttering for the New Year. How about you?

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6 Ways Cooking With Kids Can Boost Literacy Skills

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My children love to help in the kitchen. And while it’s not something I have the time (or patience!) for every day, I recognize the learning value of cooking together. From toddlers to teenagers, cooking offers a practical, hands-on way for kids to:

  • Practice an important life skill.
  • Develop mathematical understanding (measuring ingredients, setting oven temperature, etc.).
  • Further their scientific knowledge (observing change).
  • Apply their reading, writing, speaking, and listening skills.

Encouraging literacy skill development as you cook together is easy when you allow it to flow naturally from what you’re doing. So, rustle up your favorite kid-friendly recipes (our Kids Cooking activity book has 30 great suggestions!) and give these simple ideas a try.

1. Make a shopping list together

Before you begin, name the items you’ll need with your child. Independent writers can jot down a list for you and you can entice pre-readers with a paper and a pen, just like the ones you are using. Sit beside your little one as you write your shopping list, saying aloud what you are writing as you add each item to the list. Your child will be sure to imitate you and will learn an important purpose of writing in the process. Younger kids also enjoy ticking off the items from the list once you’re at the store.

2. Read the recipe together

Recipes provide a wonderful introduction to instructional texts. Older children can read the ingredient list, gather the necessary ingredients, and read the recipe instructions aloud, step-by-step, as you go. Keep it simple for little ones. For example, “A recipe tells us what we need to make our cupcakes, and how to make them. It says we need flour, here’s the flour…” 

3. Taste ingredients

Sometimes when cooking together, I’ll ask my daughters if they’re brave enough for a blind taste test. To play, simply ask your child to cover her eyes and open her mouth. Then, offer a small taste of one of the ingredients you’re cooking with and invite her to guess which it is. It’s a great way to get your kids talking about different categories of foods (spices, fruit, dairy product, etc.), as well as textures (smooth, lumpy, crunchy, etc.) and flavors (sweet, spicy, sour, salty, etc.) and it provides a physical connection between the senses and the descriptive words used. 

4. Grow vocabulary

There are so many interesting words to learn when cooking! Names of ingredients — cinnamon or saffron — as well as processes, such as whisking and dicing, measurements and temperatures. Hearing and seeing these words used within a real-life application, equips your child to better understand and remember the words and their meanings.

5. Encourage younger children to notice environmental print

Environmental print is all around us. It’s the name given to print that appears on signs, labels and logos. Encouraging preschoolers and beginning readers to notice environmental print helps them to learn that reading involves not just letters and sounds but pictures and context too. Asking your three-year-old to find the cornflakes from among the cereal boxes in your pantry, or your six-year-old to find the all-purpose flour that sits next to the self-raising flour on the shelf, is inviting them to take notice of environmental print.

6. Read a story

While the jelly sets or your cake bakes, why not sit together and enjoy a story related to food or the dish you are cooking? 

MORE: Bake Giant Pretzel ‘Bones’ Inspired by Clifford the Big Red Dog

Inviting your child to spend time cooking with you is a delicious way to encourage literacy learning through all of the sounds, sights, and tastes in the kitchen. Hopefully, the end-product of your cooking time will be delicious too!

Please visit our website to learn more about our Culinary Artist Academy

Article by Christie Burnett found on Scholastic Parents

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New Schools Are Open and Enrolling

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New Schools Are Open and Enrolling!

New Schools are open and enrolling in a community near you. Join the Prestige family by contacting one of our new schools listed below, or find a school in your area: Find a School

 

COLORADO – Arvada – OPEN AND ENROLLING!

14659 W. 86th Parkway  near Indiana St.

(720) 531-7774    email:  pparvada@gmail.com

 

COLORADO – Meridian –  OPEN AND ENROLLING!

12824 Lynnfield Drive, Meridian, CO 80112 – Near Lincoln Ave.

(303) 662-1755

 

MINNESOTA –  Eden Prairie – OPEN AND ENROLLING!

9201 Mitchell Road, Eden Prairie MN   –  Mitchell Road & Pioneer Trail  

(952) 856-2690       email: ppeagan825@gmail.com

 

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National Holidays for October 2018

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National Holidays for October 2018

National Holidays for October 2018 that can be recognized and celebrated for implementation of activities for children to learn about the world around them. Child Health Month & Family History Month is the focus of the month of October. Prestige Preschool Academy teachers are sure to plan activities and events on their lesson plans for their students. Their classroom is full of art pieces to showcase their creativity.

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NEW SCHOOLS

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New Schools

 

New schools are now open and enrolling at Prestige Preschool Academy. Visit our website to learn more and schedule a visit.

  • Arvada, CO          720-531-7774 – OPEN
  • Meridian, CO           303-662-1755 – OPEN 
  • Eagan, MN               952-855-7173 – OPEN 
  • Eden Prairie, MN   952-856-2690 – OPEN

 

We Make It Easy

Finding a school that fits both your child’s needs as well as your own can be difficult. We do our best to give you all the information you need to make your decision easier. We work hard, so saying yes to Prestige Preschool Academy is easy. Enrolling your child is just a few steps away.

Enrollment Process

  1. Find a school in your area.
  2. Call and schedule a tour
  3. Register to enroll in our program
  4. Complete the enrollment packet provided by the school
  5. Choose a start date for your child

Ready to Enroll

When you choose Prestige Preschool Academy you can be assured that your child will receive quality care in a safe and educational environment. We look forward to speaking with you.

For information, call us toll free at  855-520-5437 or visit our website: Prestige Preschool Academy

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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?

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

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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
Image:  HuffingtonPost

 

 

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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

 

 

Some References for more information:

 

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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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