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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

By Apple Valley School News, Aurora School News, Books & Literacy, Brooklyn Park School News, Carlsbad School News, Child Development, Chino Hills School News, Claremont School News, Classroom Learning, Eastvale School News, Elk Grove School News, Family Fun, Irvine Oak Creek School News, Natomas School News, News & Blog, Parenting Tips, Roseville School News, Schools
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

By Apple Valley School News, Aurora School News, Brooklyn Park School News, Carlsbad School News, Child Development, Chino Hills School News, Claremont School News, Eastvale School News, Elk Grove School News, Family Fun, Health & Wellness, Irvine Oak Creek School News, Manners, Natomas School News, News & Blog, Parenting Tips, Roseville School News, Schools
Written by Prestige Preschool Academy on October 1, 2015

Manners: 12 Basic Manners Every Child Should Know

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

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

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

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

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

Read more about Manners:

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

 

 

Yoga in Preschool is a Good Idea!

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Written by Prestige Preschool Academy on August 20, 2015

Yoga:  Enriching Preschool Children’s  Minds through Their Bodies

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

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

Here are the top 3 benefits of yoga for preschoolers

 

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

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

 

 

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