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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, ColoradoNOW OPEN & ENROLLING!

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

303-307-9077

email:  ppanorthfield@gmail.com


CALIFORNIA – Fontana, California –  COMING SOON!

16427 Sierra Lakes Parkway

email: ppsierralakes@gmail.com


VIRGINIA –  Sterling, Virginia – COMING SOON!

24299 Liberty Harvest Court

email: pparcola@gmail.com


Call us toll-free at 855-520-5437 for more information.

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Summer Camp Fun

Summer Camp Fun!

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Are you looking for summer camp fun for your child? Do you need to keep your child busy with learning during the summer time? Prestige is the place to be for summer fun! Our Academy’s host a large amount of fun activities for our enrolled students that keep their interest, keep the learning in motion, and make new friends along the way. We have a weekly theme each month that is sure to be packed full of fun and exciting adventures. For example, Fun and Fitness, Wilderness, Super Heroes, Safari Adventures are sure to be a hit with the children. Our teaching staff also have a lot of fun during the Summer Camp festivities which makes the activity even more special.

Some of our older students will also be able to leave the campus for field trips (with prior parent permission, of course) so they can experience a new environment and activity. We also have special guests that we invite and will come to our schools for those that are too little to leave the Center on a field trip excursion. The guests can range from magicians, petting zoo, bubble makers, and so much more! There is something for everyone!

Along with the daily field trips and special guests, we also have a variety of special events that we recognize. During the summer months, we will celebrate Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten graduations (for the Academy’s that offer Private Kindergarten), Father’s Day, Fourth of July, and our end of the summer bash, just to name a few.

Posted below is a summer camp calendar for June from our Lake Ridge Prestige as an example of what you can expect for daily activities. Each Prestige Preschool Academy creates their own events and activities. To learn more about our summer camp and to inquire about availability, please click here to find the Prestige Academy near you: Summer Camp locations

We also have a Pinterest board full of summer fun ideas for all ages. Check it out here >>> Summer Fun

June Summer Camp

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Private Kindergarten

Private Kindergarten at Prestige Preschool Academy

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Private Kindergarten at Prestige Preschool Academy

Kindergarten-The Next Step In Your Child’s Education is truly a correct statement when thinking about your child’s education. Some children start off with attending preschool and then off to Kindergarten they go.  Kindergarten is the next step in their education path. Kindergarten is just a short few months away. Time really slips by quickly and if you haven’t yet chosen a school for your child, we would like to highlight some information on our Private Kindergarten offered at select locations.

 

We would like to take this opportunity to compare our Private Kindergarten Program to the local Public School Kindergarten Program.

     Prestige Private Kindergarten                                                                                

  • Class size ratio is 1:14
  • Class hours are from 8am – 2:00pm
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curriculum
  • Hot lunch plus 2 snack times (included with weekly tuition)
  • Weekly Homework Packet
  • State Qualified Teacher
  • Before/After school care available from 6:30am – 6:30pm
  • Cap & Gown Ceremony
  • On-Site Extra Curricular Activities
  • Safe and Secure Environment, with Restrooms in class
  • Child Care open during Spring/Winter Breaks & Holidays

      Public School Kindergarten      

  • Class size ratio is 1:30
  • AM Session 8:15am – 11:35am or PM Session 11:25am – 2:50pm
  • Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Curriculum
  • Pack a snack
  • Weekly Homework Packet
  • State Qualified Teacher
  • Before/After school Program operated by the public school from 7:00am – 6:30pm
  • Centralized Restrooms for use by all students on campus
  • Spring/Winter Break care offered at another site in the area

 

      Benefits of Private Kindergarten

  • Ratio is 1 teacher to 14 students which allows for more one-on-one time.
  • More curriculum coverage
  • Math, Language & Handwriting workbooks provided
  • Pencil box with school supplies provided
  • Homework folders provided
  • We follow the same State Common Core Standards and curriculum as the public schools but in a smaller class size setting
  • IPad Technology Center
  • Parent-Teacher Conversations – NOVEMBER & MAY or as requested
  • Lunch and two snacks provided daily
  • Program runs from 8:00am – 2:00pm
  • Before and After care provided
  • Cap & Gown Graduation Ceremony
  • Indoor Plaza play space
  • Telephone in classroom- allows direct link to teacher and child.

 

Kindergarten Curriculum

Literacy, mathematics, science, music and creative art are all included in the rich kindergarten experience using formal nationally recognized literacy and math curriculums. The programs incorporate common core standards and assessments. Children are immersed in a comprehensive reading program with a balanced literacy approach that is proven by a Gold Standard Study to boost student achievement. The trusted elementary math program focuses on children’s understandings and abilities in ways that produce life-long mathematical skills. Prestige Preschool Academy utilizes and implements the following curriculum standards for our students.

  • Math – Go Math! (Houghton Mifflin – Common Core)
  1. Timed addition and subtraction tests are implemented to promote rote memorizations of math facts (which helps build a strong basis)
  2. mathfactcafe.com
  • Houghton Mifflin – Journeys Common Core Language and Literacy
  1. Weekly Theme
  2. Grammar, punctuation, and sentence structure
  3. Sight Words
  4. Phonics, vowel sounds, and consonants
  5. Vocabulary
  6. Small Group readers that compliments weekly curriculum

 

  • A weekly homework packet is passed out every Monday that goes hand-in-hand with the curriculum. It is due the following Friday unless otherwise noted.
  • Road to Reading is a program we promote in Kindergarten to help students and parents set a reading schedule/routine at home.
  • Handwriting – we implement Handwriting without Tears along with using personalized worksheets generated from handwritingpractice.net
  • Muzzy – Spanish Class, Prestige Dance Academy, Culinary Artists, ABC Music & Me and Amazing Athletes are also offered at additional cost to Kindergarten students.
  • Kindergarten students who attend the after school program with school-age students focus on Hooray for Heroes, Artists & Composers and Character Development traits.

To find a Prestige Preschool Academy offering Private Kindergarten, please click here Find A School.

Alternatively, you can email the school directly:

Elk Grove, CA

Claremont, CA

Chino Hills, CA

Lake Ridge, VA

 

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May 2019 National Holidays

May 2019 National Holidays

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May 2019 National Holidays

Spring has sprung and there are quite a few fun and exciting special National Holidays for May 2019. Of course some of the days listed are meant to be silly and an excuse to participate in something out of the ordinary, but some of the Holidays are days that we recognize as a Country. Click on the text links next to the date for more information on the National Holiday and different ways to celebrate. We have included a link to our Pinterest boards for some of the dates. Be sure to check them out because we have a lot of ideas pinned there for special gifts that would be prefect for National Teacher Day and Mother’s Day. Pinterest is a great resource for browsing for occasions, celebrations, arts and crafts, etc. You name it, it’s probably listed there. Have fun creating memories with your family and friends this month!

MAY 1 – May Day

MAY 2 – National Brothers and Sisters Day

MAY 4 – Star Wars Day  

MAY 5 – Cinco de Mayo

MAY 7 – National Teacher Day

MAY 10 – National Clean Your Room Day

MAY 12 – Mother’s Day

MAY 15 – International Day of Families

MAY 24 – National Scavenger Hunt Day

MAY 27 – Memorial Day *reminder that all Prestige locations will be closed in observance of the Holiday.

 

There is always something fun happening at our schools! Our creative and wonderful teachers are sure to include activities on their lesson plans that they know their students will enjoy. They have plenty of art work to come home and songs to share. Ask your child what they enjoyed at school today, we’re positive you will hear a lot of fun stories and chatter. Check with your local Prestige Preschool Academy for more fun events and activities for May 2019! 

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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!

Be sure to visit your schools location for more information: Prestige Preschool Academy locations

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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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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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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

 

Call us toll-free at 855-520-5437 for more information

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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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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.

Why teach baby sign language? 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

 

 

 

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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

Image credit: Enquire

 

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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

 

 

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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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