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  • Hurricane Harvey & Helping Your Child Cope With Natural Disasters

    Hurricane Harvey & Helping Your Child Cope With Natural Disasters On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast, bringing powerful winds and heavy rainfall wi... Read More

    This 'Sesame Street' episode can help you talk to your kids about Harvey

    Hurricane Harvey & Helping Your Child Cope With Natural Disasters

    On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast, bringing powerful winds and heavy rainfall with it. After days of non-stop rain, Houston and many other regions were left in shambles, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to walk away from what was once their home. While this devastation undoubtedly affects many people’s jobs, daily routines, and mental health, it is important to remember that children are affected as well.

    It can be difficult for young children to grasp natural disasters and why and how they occur. Children cope with events such as this differently depending on their age, but they are all susceptible to its negative impact. Whether your child was directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey or not, these tips for coping with natural disasters are sure to help your family move forward no matter what you face in the future.

    Talk About It

    One of the best ways to help your child process what has happened is by discussing the events that have occurred. Explain the disaster in logical terms so your child can fully understand why or how things have changed. Most importantly, allow your child to express his or her emotions about what has taken place, and listen to their worries or fears. By creating a safe space for your child to share their feelings, they will be less likely to bottle up or hold onto any negative emotions. A wonderful resource on how to discuss natural disasters with children can be found in this Sesame Street episode, where Big Bird’s friends help him rebuild his nest after a storm.

    Maintain A Routine

    Your child can hold onto a sense of normalcy by maintaining their typical routine in whatever way possible. Try to stick with their normal bed/wake up time in order to ensure they’re getting enough sleep. Allow them time to learn and play, and stick with any rules you would enforce on a daily basis. Many parents feel the need to coddle children in the midst of a disaster, but sticking to a routine can provide a sense of safety and security.

    Be Patient

    Remember – each child processes natural disasters differently. While one child may appear totally unaffected, another could display symptoms of anxiety or even depression. Be patient as your little one copes with how their life has changed, and know that it could take weeks, months, or even years for them to fully recover. Love, comfort, and patience go a long way when helping your child move past a difficult time.

    Would you like to help Kids ‘R’ Kids employees who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey? Simply visit our  GoFundMe link and make a donation. It is our hope to raise $100,000 or more for all staff members and teachers whose homes, families, and livelihood have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

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  • Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine September 2017

    Back to school! New classes, new teachers, new friends…new magazine! Take a break from your back to school routine and browse our new issue! We’ve got some tips to help all of you parents t... Read More

    September 2017 Magazine

    Back to school! New classes, new teachers, new friends…new magazine! Take a break from your back to school routine and browse our new issue! We’ve got some tips to help all of you parents to get your children to practice their musical instruments and some insight for you on teaching your child to learn through failure. These articles will be worth the read!

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  • Macaroni Kid Article

    We have published a new article on the Macaroni Kid website... Read More

    Back to School at Kids R Kids

    We have published a new article on the Macaroni Kid website! 

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  • Balancing Technology with Your Preschooler

    Your preschooler loves to watch a favorite show or listen to a favorite song on your phone or your computer. But how much screen time is really okay for your little one? As a parent, you try to strike a balance between too little and too much in almost every area, and the use of technology is no exception.Guidelines for screen timeThe American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends an hour or less of high-quality digital media per day... Read More

    Your preschooler loves to watch a favorite show or listen to a favorite song on your phone or your computer. But how much screen time is really okay for your little one? As a parent, you try to strike a balance between too little and too much in almost every area, and the use of technology is no exception.

    Guidelines for screen time

    The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends an hour or less of high-quality digital media per day for children 18 months and older. For children under 18 months, the AAP suggests zero screen time unless it is for a video chat, for example, talking with a parent or grandparent. The AAP recommends that children spend most of their waking hours either playing or learning.

    Good practices at home

    Even though we live in a media-rich culture, you can make simple choices to guide your preschooler's exposure to media. When your child is at home with you, you can take a few steps toward a healthy relationship with technology.

    Establish non-tech times or zones: When your child arrives home from school, you may declare the first two hours at home non-tech times, and then you can focus on playing together or fixing the evening meal!

    Engage in media together: If you do have small windows that you choose for technology use, then engage in the media together. Talk while fixing a meal about the show your preschooler watched, and ask questions about how your little one thinks and feels about what was viewed.

    Choose high-quality content: You can choose high-quality videos and music for your child, and then curate them through an online account. You can also take an old phone or other device and retool it so that it is filled with only preschooler-friendly material!


    Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Riverstone located in Sugar Land, Texas? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family. 

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  • Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine August 2017

    The summer is winding down, and school time is just around the corner! We’ve published one more magazine for you to enjoy before you trade in your bathing suits for backpacks! In thi... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine August 2017

    The summer is winding down, and school time is just around the corner! We’ve published one more magazine for you to enjoy before you trade in your bathing suits for backpacks! In this issue you will learn how to identify symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder, and how you can help a child struggling with it. You will also find an article on developing communication skills and emotional intelligence in your child.

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  • Teaching Your Preschooler About Stranger Safety

    Safety is most parents’ number one priority when it comes to their child. As your child grows and starts preschool, one of the most important things you can do for her is teaching her about stranger safety. Here are a few points to cover with your child to ensure her safety at all times.... Read More

    Safety is most parents’ number one priority when it comes to their child. As your child grows and starts preschool, one of the most important things you can do for her is teaching her about stranger safety. Here are a few points to cover with your child to ensure her safety at all times.

    Use language she will understand

    Children all generally have different levels of shyness and comfortability when it comes to meeting new people, and this will be important when it comes to discussing the concept of a stranger with your preschooler. If your child is already very shy or wary of others, avoid using extremely strong language that will further encourage her fear of others. Discuss the concept of a stranger as someone that she does not know. Talk about boundaries and the difference between a “safe place”—like home or her classroom—and an unfamiliar place.” Discuss the different behaviors that are appropriate in a safe place versus a not safe place. For example, at home, if Mom or Dad introduce her to a new friend, it is safe and okay to say hi and interact with this person. However, at the store, she should not approach people she does not know or leave Mom or Dad’s side.

    Go over simple rules she will remember

    The simpler the rules you make for your child, the more likely she is to remember them. Simple rules like these are great:

    1. Don’t talk to strangers.
    2. Don’t get in anyone’s car unless it’s Mom or Dad’s (or a previously accepted family member, carpooler). If someone new is picking your child up from school, always remember to discuss this with your child.
    3. Don’t take items from a stranger.
    4. Don’t wander off in public.
    5. If you get lost, go back to the last place you were with your mom and dad

    Take new environments into consideration

    When in a new environment, like going on a trip or to a large event, say a circus, with your child, it’s always important to go over new rules and point certain things out like where the front of a building is and even establishing a meeting place if you get separated. Some parents will write a number on their child’s hand or on a name tag that says, “If I’m lost, please call my Mom at this number.” Always hold hands with your child and remind her to stay with you.

    Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Riverstone located in Sugar Land, Texas? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family. 

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  • July 2017 Magazine

    It is hot outside! Grab a cold beverage and kick back for a while as you peruse the  July edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine! This month you will find articles on “Why Kids with Hobbies do Better in School” and “The Im... Read More

    July 2017 Digital Magazine

    It is hot outside! Grab a cold beverage and kick back for a while as you peruse the  July edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine! This month you will find articles on “Why Kids with Hobbies do Better in School” and “The Importance of Traditional Play in a Digital World.” Sounds like a good read to us!

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  • Indoor Fun When It’s Too Hot Outside

    Sometimes the heat of summer is just too much and you need to protect your preschoolers from the harmful rays of the sun. Here are some fun indoor activities to beat the heat and still entertain your little ones.Simon SaysThis activity is not only effortl... Read More

    Sometimes the heat of summer is just too much and you need to protect your preschoolers from the harmful rays of the sun. Here are some fun indoor activities to beat the heat and still entertain your little ones.

    Simon Says

    This activity is not only effortless, but it also inspires listening and following directions.

    Arts and crafts

    The potential for fun and inspiration in arts and crafts is endless—whether it’s finger painting, coloring, or making sock puppets and putting on a show, you’re sure to find something that your little one will love.

    Build a fort

    Collect blankets, pillows, and even couch cushions and turn the living room into a fort! Your preschoolers will be thrilled to create a secret playhouse in the middle of their own homes. It doesn’t hurt that you can also teach them the significance of cleaning up as a team afterwards when it’s time to put everything back.

    Fun in the Kitchen

    Making a snack like ants on a log is both entertaining and healthy, or you can spend more time mixing and stirring and bake some desserts like Rice Krispies treats.

    Dance to music

    Pick your preschooler’s favorite song and get your kiddos moving. You can also play the music video on TV or use a sing-along video. This will use a lot of that built up energy while getting much needed exercise for your growing kids.

    Balloon Fun

    While athletics can seem like an unsafe activity for your living room, balloons make for a softer-impact toy. Play balloon volleyball or a game where you can’t let the balloon land on the floor—watch your preschooler transition from uninterested to excited in just minutes!

    Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Riverstone located in Sugar Land, Texas? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family.

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  • Water Activities to Beat the Heat with Preschoolers

    Water games and activities are a great way to beat the summer heat and have some fun in the sun! Aside from a cool day at the pool, here are some water activities that your preschooler is sure to love. Remember to lather on the sunscreen to avoid getting sunburn!Water balloons with preschoolersLittle ones love throwing and po... Read More

    Water games and activities are a great way to beat the summer heat and have some fun in the sun! Aside from a cool day at the pool, here are some water activities that your preschooler is sure to love. Remember to lather on the sunscreen to avoid getting sunburn!

    Water balloons with preschoolers

    Little ones love throwing and popping water balloons because there’s just something about throwing bubbles of water that is immensely fun. Fill a bucket full of water balloons, and have a water-war with your preschooler! Wear clothes that can get wet. And remember that you’re going to have to pick up all the little busted balloon pieces, so try to stay in one general area!

    Preschoolers love playing in water sprinklers.

    Water sprinklers are an easy way to entertain little ones in the summertime heat. Pull out the swimsuits and sunscreen, and turn them loose to run through the yard. Encourage your preschooler to wear a sun hat to avoid toasted noses and cheeks from the sun.

    Buy a mini pool for your preschooler.

    If you do not have a neighborhood pool (or even if you do), invest in a mini pool for hours of fun. Adult supervision is still required since standing water is involved, so pull out a lawn chair and hang out outside as well! Since the mini pools are portable, you can consider setting them up on a porch or under an awning to avoid the sun altogether.

    Preschoolers think water guns are a blast.

    Water guns are a great addition to any other water activity. Take them to the pool, play with them as you run through the water sprinklers, or just play with them on their own! Water guns are a lot of fun, and your preschooler will love it if you play with the water guns too!

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  • June 2017 Digital Magazine

    Are you ready for a little summer reading? We’ve published a new edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine! In the June edition you will find some DIY gift ideas for Father’s Day (no peeki... Read More

    June 2017 Digital Magazine

    Are you ready for a little summer reading? We’ve published a new edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine! In the June edition you will find some DIY gift ideas for Father’s Day (no peeking Dads!), good reasons to give your children responsibilities, and ways to be a “light reflector” for your child.

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  • May Edition Digital Magazine

    It’s a new month! That means the new Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine edition is ready! Take a peek inside the May issue to find ways you can enjoy the spring while preparing for a fun summer, how to keep a child active when he doesn't enjoy team sports, and how you c... Read More

    KRK Magazine May Edition

    It’s a new month! That means the new Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine edition is ready! Take a peek inside the May issue to find ways you can enjoy the spring while preparing for a fun summer, how to keep a child active when he doesn't enjoy team sports, and how you can incorporate Montessori learning principles in your home.

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  • Movie Ideas for Preschoolers

    There are so many movies out there for your children to watch, but some movies are classics that every kid needs to see before growing up. Here are four movies that your preschooler is sure to love, and you will too!The Lion King is great for preschoolers.Watch as Simba fights against all odds to take his rightful place as king. He must choose between remaining ... Read More

    There are so many movies out there for your children to watch, but some movies are classics that every kid needs to see before growing up. Here are four movies that your preschooler is sure to love, and you will too!

    The Lion King is great for preschoolers.

    Watch as Simba fights against all odds to take his rightful place as king. He must choose between remaining an outcast with no worries, or facing his past, his uncle, and taking back his throne. Simba has friends that stick with him all along the way, keeping the journey fun with each twist and turn along the way.

    Watch The Jungle Book with your child.

    Mowgli is raised by a pack of wolves and becomes a man-cub when he is lost in a jungle far away from other humans. After 10 years, Mowgli is seen as a threat to the jungle, and his friends are on a mission to protect him from the jungle predators and deliver him safely to the closest village.

    Preschoolers love Cinderella.

    Following the death of her father, Cinderella is turned into a household servant. After she attends the Prince’s ball with the help of her fairy godmother, the Prince sets out on a search of the entire kingdom for her. The mice and farm animals keep her company as she does her chores without complaint, but when the shoe finally fits, she’s off to become Princess of the land.

    The Fox and the Hound is a must for preschoolers to see.

    The two unlikeliest of friends are childhood best friends, but their loyalty is tested when Copper the hound’s job is to hunt out his fox friend Todd. When childhood friends are forced to become enemies, will love win? Watch to find out!

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  • April Edition Digital Magazine

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for ideas to help nurture your child’s creativity, ways to celebrate Earth Day, and steps parents of multiples can take to recognize unique qualities in each child. Click ... Read More

    April Edition Digital Magazine

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for ideas to help nurture your child’s creativity, ways to celebrate Earth Day, and steps parents of multiples can take to recognize unique qualities in each child. Click here to see more.

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  • Fun exercise activities for 2017

    “Exercise more” and “get in shape” are two of the top New Year’s Resolutions made by adults each year. If this sounds familiar, here are some tips to get your little ones moving in 2017.Encourage exploration: Your child has unique interests, strengths, and capabilities, and with a little encouragement you can help them discover their own passion for exe... Read More

    “Exercise more” and “get in shape” are two of the top New Year’s Resolutions made by adults each year. If this sounds familiar, here are some tips to get your little ones moving in 2017.

    Encourage exploration: Your child has unique interests, strengths, and capabilities, and with a little encouragement you can help them discover their own passion for exercise and sports. There are countless athletic activities that you can get your child involved in, whether it’s a classic ball sport like soccer or basketball, or something unique like gymnastics or martial arts. If one activity doesn’t spark their interest, try another!

    Fun family outings: By expressing a positive attitude toward exercise and getting the entire family involved, your little one will be much more excited to get active! Walk or ride bikes to your local park, sign up for a family fun run, or go on a hike.

    Remember to stay healthy while staying active: Here are a handful of tips to remember when exercising with your child:

    • Bring hand wipes to public places such as indoor parks or the zoo.
    • Stay hydrated! Young children need five glasses of water each day to stay healthy.
    • Wear sunscreen when swimming or playing outside.
    • Don’t forget helmets when biking and roller blading.

    Volunteer as a coach or team mom: Cheering your kids on from the bleachers is a wonderful symbol of support, but there are several ways to get more involved if you wish to do so. Volunteering to coach their sports team or provide post-game snacks are two great options in addition to helping your child practice at home.

    There’s no better way to get your child moving than to set an example and make exercise a fun family activity! Make 2017 the year to get the whole crew in shape—you’ll be glad you did!

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  • Fun Basketball Games with Kids

    What better way to enjoy some springtime sunshine than by playing sports as a family? Whether your home is already filled with basketball fans or you’re hoping to introduce a new sport to your preschool kids, we have a handful of boredom-busting basketball games that will keep your family active and engaged.H-O-R-S-EFor this game, you need two or more players and one basketball. One player attempts a shot, and if they score, the second player must duplicate the same shot. If the first player misses their shot, the second pl... Read More

    What better way to enjoy some springtime sunshine than by playing sports as a family? Whether your home is already filled with basketball fans or you’re hoping to introduce a new sport to your preschool kids, we have a handful of boredom-busting basketball games that will keep your family active and engaged.

    H-O-R-S-E

    For this game, you need two or more players and one basketball. One player attempts a shot, and if they score, the second player must duplicate the same shot. If the first player misses their shot, the second player gets a chance to score. Each time a player misses an attempted duplicate shot, they earn a letter from the world HORSE. The game is finished once one person accumulates all five letters.

    Musical Basketballs

    This game requires four or more players and provides a great opportunity to get your preschool child’s friends involved. Players should walk in a circle dribbling a ball as a song plays in the background. When the song stops, each player shoots his or her ball in an attempt to score. Once a player makes a basket, they can sit down. The last player standing is out of the game. Continue until all players but one are out. You have a winner!

    Teach the Fundamentals

    Teach your children about the different types of scoring shots (layups, free throws, jump shots) and have them practice different drills. Dribbling drills and one-on-one scrimmaging are perfect for helping your children improve their skills.

    Go to a game!

    Another way to teach your kids about basketball is by taking them to a live game. Whether you go to a professional NBA game or head to a public, free game at a local high school, the exhilarating atmosphere, music, lights, and cheering crowd will have your children eager to hit the court and keep practicing.

    Encourage your kids to do their best, continue practicing and have fun this month as they explore their newfound interest in basketball. 

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  • Fun St. Patrick's Day Treats for Preschool Children

    Saint Patrick’s Day is a wonderful time of the year to become a little more aware of the culture in Ireland, and you can teach your preschool children about the things the Irish culture does to celebrate their heritage. You can celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with your preschooler with these fun Saint Patrick’s Day treats.

    Read “Fun Saint Patrick’s Day Treats for Preschool Children” on Family Fun Houston.

    Saint Patrick’s Day is a wonderful time of the year to become a little more aware of the culture in Ireland, and you can teach your preschool children about the things the Irish culture does to celebrate their heritage. You can celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with your preschooler with these fun Saint Patrick’s Day treats.

    Read “Fun Saint Patrick’s Day Treats for Preschool Children” on Family Fun Houston.

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  • March Edition Digital Magazine

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for tips on helping children find their passion, fun St. Patrick’s Day recipes, and ways to incorporate fun and play into everyday activities! Click ... Read More

    March Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for tips on helping children find their passion, fun St. Patrick’s Day recipes, and ways to incorporate fun and play into everyday activities! Click here for the latest issue. 

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  • February Edition Digital Magazine

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for tips on President’s Day activities, raising a problem solver, and learn mor... Read More

    February Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for tips on President’s Day activities, raising a problem solver, and learn more about keys qualities for early success!

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  • Making Meaningful Friendships: Preschool Edition

    Preschool is a wonderful time to begin to make friendships. Making new friends can be easy for those children that are bold enough to just ask, “Will you be my friend?” but for others it can be a little more difficult. Regardless, you can help your preschooler out by providing guidance and encouragement as they set out to begin their preschool squad.Get together with other moms and set up opportunities for play dates with other children. These play dates can be fun for your child since they will have the chance to play with their ... Read More

    Preschool is a wonderful time to begin to make friendships. Making new friends can be easy for those children that are bold enough to just ask, “Will you be my friend?” but for others it can be a little more difficult. Regardless, you can help your preschooler out by providing guidance and encouragement as they set out to begin their preschool squad.

    Get together with other moms and set up opportunities for play dates with other children. These play dates can be fun for your child since they will have the chance to play with their friends, but it can also be a refresher for parents to connect with other parents that are walking the same path of life. Meet up at the park for lunch, or visit a museum together if you don’t want to have to clean up the house for everyone. Make it fun and as stress-free as possible!

    Encourage your child to make friends. Show them how to befriend those that need a friend, and how to be kind and empathetic to other children. Young children are probably the best at making friends because they are so naturally forgiving and rarely hold grudges. If they do, however, you can walk them through the process and guide them toward the right reactions and feelings.

    Raise up your child to be the kind of child that you would want your child to befriend, and teach them how to be kind to everyone. Teach them while they’re young how to make and keep good friends, because that is a trait that they will keep with them for the rest of their lives. Enjoy these preschool years and the adorable little friendships that your little one will form. And who knows, one may last a lifetime, so invest in these precious preschool years at hand. 

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  • Healthy Food This Year

    Food is one of the most important things in our lives, and preschoolers need better food than anyone really, since their bodies are growing at an incredible rate.

    Read “Healthy Food This Year” on Family Fun Houston. 

    Food is one of the most important things in our lives, and preschoolers need better food than anyone really, since their bodies are growing at an incredible rate.

    Read “Healthy Food This Year” on Family Fun Houston. 

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  • January Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool... Read More

    January Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on avoiding post-holiday blues, fostering creativity, and the benefits of music lessons!

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  • Tips for Organizing Your Calendar with Preschoolers

    Life with preschoolers can be hectic, but a little planning and organizing for your day can help things go a lot smoother! Here are three tips that can help make your day a little more productive:Write things down. Too many things are going on to try to remember them all by memory. You can use the note app in your phone so that you don’t have to worry about losing your list. This is a great way to document all of the thoughts that are flying through your head throughout the day. At the end of the day, you can go bac... Read More

    Life with preschoolers can be hectic, but a little planning and organizing for your day can help things go a lot smoother! Here are three tips that can help make your day a little more productive:

    Write things down. Too many things are going on to try to remember them all by memory. You can use the note app in your phone so that you don’t have to worry about losing your list. This is a great way to document all of the thoughts that are flying through your head throughout the day. At the end of the day, you can go back through your notes to see if there is anything you missed that day, or to plan out things for the next day.

    Do things now. Don’t procrastinate! If it can be done in less than three minutes, just do it right now. This is a good rule to live by if you want to make sure that tasks don’t get piled up to be crammed in at the last second. When the mail comes in, immediately go through it to avoid that big pile of mail that you have to go through every other month. Sort your laundry into colors and whites as you throw it into the laundry room so that you don’t have to go through a big pile on laundry day. Staying on top of little things like these can make your life a lot less hectic.

    Make schedules and deadlines. Making plans and giving yourself deadlines is a way to make sure that you’re getting your priorities done each day. This can go along with the notes that you’re keeping for yourself. Bullet journaling is one form of scheduling that is becoming popular. You can use it to keep track of all of the things that you need to accomplish daily.

    These are just a few things that you can do to help make your calendar a little bit more organized. Organize the areas of life that can be organized so that you can be freer to deal with the unexpected things that come along with life with kids.

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  • Making Fun Ornaments with Kids

    Do you remember the first time your preschooler gave you something homemade? Maybe she came home with a special project from school, and your heart jumped a few beats knowing she made it especially for you. Allowing a child to be creative on her own, without too much instruction from you, can be difficult; however, as she grows older, her preschool art projects become something you’ll cherish forever.Read “Making Fun Ornaments with Kids” on Family Fun H... Read More

    Do you remember the first time your preschooler gave you something homemade? Maybe she came home with a special project from school, and your heart jumped a few beats knowing she made it especially for you. Allowing a child to be creative on her own, without too much instruction from you, can be difficult; however, as she grows older, her preschool art projects become something you’ll cherish forever.

    Read “Making Fun Ornaments with Kids” on Family Fun Houston.

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  • December Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, tech... Read More

    Kids R Kids Magazine December

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, technology, engineering, art & math. Learn more about us in our latest digital magazine! Check out this issue for tips on disciplining your kids, getting them to eat healthier, and learn more about the strategies we use within our Brain Waves℠ curriculum!

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  • Creative Christmas Crafts for Kids

    Christmas ornaments adorn the trees all winter. Why not make your own with your preschooler?Children love to learn and build things, and there’s no better way to do that this holiday season than by making simple ornaments for the tree. Everyone in the house gets to enjoy the creation, and your child gets to show off what she can do. How fun!Puzzle SnowflakesFor a simple ornament idea, grab some puzzle pieces, paint, glue, and a string to make a ... Read More

    Christmas ornaments adorn the trees all winter. Why not make your own with your preschooler?

    Children love to learn and build things, and there’s no better way to do that this holiday season than by making simple ornaments for the tree. Everyone in the house gets to enjoy the creation, and your child gets to show off what she can do. How fun!

    Puzzle Snowflakes

    For a simple ornament idea, grab some puzzle pieces, paint, glue, and a string to make a puzzle snowflake!

    When you stack puzzle pieces on their edges, you can see how they make a little snowflake. Well, just paint those little pieces a shade of white—maybe you can add some glitter—and glue them together. And now there’s a little snow flurry in your living room!

    Popsicle Stick Toy Soldier

    A little toy soldier. Is there anything that reminds you of the holidays than that? Well, maybe there is.

    Simply put together some popsicle sticks in a way that looks like a toy soldier outline, and then paint him in! You can add fuzzy things for the hat and hang him with a string. Painting him gives you all the texture you need, but feel free to get creative with your kids!

    Christmas Tree Popsicle Ornaments

    Another simple popsicle creation is a Christmas tree. When you put three popsicle sticks like a triangle, and then a little one on the bottom for the tree trunk, you have the world’s most elaborate tree structure.

    Then, all you have to do is paint it and add some decorations! Your child’s imagination can run wild with this one—there are no limitations. Does she want a blue tree? Some sprinkles or glitter? How about a tree that’s actually a box? No problem!

    With a little loop on the top, this tree can be hung on your big tree with all the other fancy creations.

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  • How to Help Others This Holiday Season

    How do you spend your holidays? Some families travel, some stay indoors, some sip coffee by the fire. (Mm, that last one sounds heavenly.) Some parents shop for long hours for their child’s favorite toy or game, waiting in long lines and spending countless hours online. They wear fun holiday clothes, attend parties, and watch the beautiful lights that adorn many neighborhoods and streets. When it’s time to eat, most families enjoy the meal they have chosen with the people they love. Read “... Read More

    How do you spend your holidays? Some families travel, some stay indoors, some sip coffee by the fire. (Mm, that last one sounds heavenly.)

    Some parents shop for long hours for their child’s favorite toy or game, waiting in long lines and spending countless hours online. They wear fun holiday clothes, attend parties, and watch the beautiful lights that adorn many neighborhoods and streets. When it’s time to eat, most families enjoy the meal they have chosen with the people they love.

    Read “How to Help Others This Holiday Season” on Family Fun Houston. 

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  • Safety during the Fall

    Fall is the best season. From college football to cooler weather to fun holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, there isn’t a better time of the year. Unless you’re more into spring or summer or winter. Then there’s a better time. For the rest of us, that means we’ll be outside enjoying the sunshine and the cool weather. We want our kids to enjoy the weather and activities just like we do. Among all these events, however, we need to remember to keep our preschool children safe. Read “ ... Read More

    Fall is the best season. From college football to cooler weather to fun holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, there isn’t a better time of the year. Unless you’re more into spring or summer or winter. Then there’s a better time.

    For the rest of us, that means we’ll be outside enjoying the sunshine and the cool weather. We want our kids to enjoy the weather and activities just like we do. Among all these events, however, we need to remember to keep our preschool children safe.

    Read “ Safety during the Fall” on Houston Kid Stuff.

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  • Classic Children's Books

    Over and over again, when the most successful people in the world are asked about their achievements, they point to one thing: reading. They were all avid readers when they were younger, and their love for reading only increased throughout life. Once someone has caught the joy of reading, little else seem so beneficial. It’s important to establish this joy while kids are near preschool-age—it will pay off a thousand times over. Reading ... Read More

    Over and over again, when the most successful people in the world are asked about their achievements, they point to one thing: reading. They were all avid readers when they were younger, and their love for reading only increased throughout life.

    Once someone has caught the joy of reading, little else seem so beneficial. It’s important to establish this joy while kids are near preschool-age—it will pay off a thousand times over. Reading reduces stress, makes you smarter, and teaches empathy. It’s literally one of the best things a person can do for themselves. But you can help your child start reading today!

    Read “Classic Children’s Books” on Family Fun Houston.

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  • November Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our a... Read More

    November Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, technology, engineering, art & math. Learn more about us in  our latest digital magazine! Check out this issue for tips on disciplining your kids, getting them to eat healthier, and learn more about the strategies we use within our Brain Waves℠ curriculum!

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  • October Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on listening to music with childr... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on listening to music with children, details about our winter camps, and how setting good boundaries with children is one of the healthiest things you can do!

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  • September Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best p... Read More

    September Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine is Here!

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Take a peek inside of our latest digital magazine for tips on Check out our latest digital magazine for tips on learning mathematics, how to deal with whining, and parenting during transitions!

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  • Apps to Help the Back-to-School Crazy

    Your family is hard to keep up with. We get that. Between work and its demands, after school activities and dinner on the table by 7:00 p.m., it can be a nightmare trying to get everything done. That’s why there’s an app for that. Check out our latest article on Family Fun Houston!

    Apps to Help the Back-to-School Crazy

    Your family is hard to keep up with. We get that. Between work and its demands, after school activities and dinner on the table by 7:00 p.m., it can be a nightmare trying to get everything done. That’s why there’s an app for that. Check out our latest article on Family Fun Houston!

    Apps to Help the Back-to-School Crazy

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  • Help: Transitioning Back to School

    With a new school year comes many fun things for you and your family, such as fall festivals and family gatherings. Looking forward to the fun things makes it easier to transition back into work and school. Check out our latest article on Houston Kid Stuff!

    Help: Transitioning Back to School

    With a new school year comes many fun things for you and your family, such as fall festivals and family gatherings. Looking forward to the fun things makes it easier to transition back into work and school. Check out our latest article on Houston Kid Stuff!

    Help: Transitioning Back to School

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  • Sugar Land, TX Preschool: Making Playtime Fun For Parents Too

    Sometimes playing with your child can be a source of anxiety for tired parents. Playtime is an important part of your child’s developmental journey but with a few creative approaches you can make the time together more enjoyable!Making Playtime Fun for Parents Too... Read More

    Sometimes playing with your child can be a source of anxiety for tired parents. Playtime is an important part of your child’s developmental journey but with a few creative approaches you can make the time together more enjoyable!

    Making Playtime Fun for Parents Too

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  • August Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families ... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Inside this month’s issue you can explore information on a baby’s language development, how children build relationships, and how to properly, constructively help your child!

    August Digital Magazine 

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  • Sugar Land, TX Childcare: July Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing res... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Take a peek inside of our latest digital magazine for tips on how to manage young children while shopping, how to differentiate effective and ineffective discipline methods for your child, and more!

    July Digital Magazine 

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  • Sugar Land, TX Preschool: Hosting a Pool Birthday Party

    Hanging out at the pool is one of the most effective ways to stay cool in the summer heat. Children love attending pool parties for friends and if you’re hosting one of those parties this summer, it’s important to create an environment that is safe for preschoolers and toddlers. Help put parents mind at ease and ensure a good time is had by all with the simple rules fo... Read More

    Hanging out at the pool is one of the most effective ways to stay cool in the summer heat. Children love attending pool parties for friends and if you’re hosting one of those parties this summer, it’s important to create an environment that is safe for preschoolers and toddlers. Help put parents mind at ease and ensure a good time is had by all with the simple rules found in this article: Hosting a Birthday Pool Party.

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  • Sugar Land, TX Childcare: June Edition Digital Magazine

    From fun Father's Day gift ideas and creative games to understanding the importance of play in your child’s life, the June edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Riverstone digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summerti... Read More

    From fun Father's Day gift ideas and creative games to understanding the importance of play in your child’s life, the June edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Riverstone digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.

    Don’t forget to check back for every new monthly edition for more tips on parenting, child development, and all things preschool!

    Click here to read now!

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  • Kids 'R' Kids Riverstone: Top 10 Things Your Child Should Know Graduating from Preschool

    Your preschooler never looked cuter than in that oversized cap and gown walking across the school stage to get his graduation certificate. Smiles, cheers and applause filled the room. But now you’re left with thoughts of your child’s readiness for the future. Maybe you’re wondering if he’s sufficiently prepared for kindergarten. Maybe you’re nervous about the tr... Read More

    Your preschooler never looked cuter than in that oversized cap and gown walking across the school stage to get his graduation certificate. Smiles, cheers and applause filled the room. But now you’re left with thoughts of your child’s readiness for the future. Maybe you’re wondering if he’s sufficiently prepared for kindergarten. Maybe you’re nervous about the transition from one classroom to another, or a new, unfamiliar teacher. As you consider your child’s educational experience, use the following checklist to make sure your child is prepared to step out of the preschool classroom and enter kindergarten equipped for success!

    To see the checklist, read the full article here: Top 10 Things Your Child Should Know Graduating from Preschool

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  • May Edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine is Here!

    The new Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine for the month of May is here! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids L... Read More

    The new Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine for the month of May is here! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies, our hope is to provide your child with only the best in care, education, and nurturing.

    This month’s edition includes helpful tips and tricks for successful parenting and child development. The issue features helpful articles on the value of problem solving skills, as well as the importance of giving each individual child space to grow and learn at his or her pace without comparison to other children. No doubt, you will be encouraged to love and care for your children in a way that stimulates their learning and development!

    In addition to helpful articles, you will find information about different school programs and activities your children can get involved in. This month you can learn more about our exciting Summer Camp 2016 program!

    As you flip through this month’s edition of the digital magazine, remember to keep an eye out for the Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine every month! Each edition will highlight new areas of parenting and early education that will help equip you as you continue on the exciting and challenging journey of parenthood and early childhood education!

    So go ahead! Take a peek inside our magazine! And, feel free to share it with your friends! As always, our door is open to your comments, questions and suggestions as we work together to provide your child with a firm foundation in early learning. Contact us today!

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  • Picnicking With Your Children

    Before the weather gets unbearably hot (as we know it will in the TX summer) get outside with your toddler or preschooler and go on a fun family picnic! While the idea of having small children in wide open spaces may sound too exhausting, you can eliminate some of the stress with good planning. Anytime you leave the house with your kiddos, a great rule of thumb is to keep... Read More

    Before the weather gets unbearably hot (as we know it will in the TX summer) get outside with your toddler or preschooler and go on a fun family picnic! While the idea of having small children in wide open spaces may sound too exhausting, you can eliminate some of the stress with good planning. Anytime you leave the house with your kiddos, a great rule of thumb is to keep the outing as simple as possible. Cramming too many activities into one afternoon can lead to grumpy children and an exhausted mom.

    1. Location, Location, Location – When deciding where to picnic start by doing it at a familiar place. You could even start in your own backyard or at a friend’s house. Being familiar with your surroundings will give you peace of mind to be able to enjoy yourself. Once your kids are older or whenever you are more comfortable, venture out to a local park or zoo for your picnic festivities.

    2. Bring a Friend – Children almost always do better when they have friends to play with. Even introverted children appreciate the company of another child to play with outside. Being outside is the perfect place to spark imagination so having a friend explore with your child makes it even more fun! Plus, having another adult to watch the kiddos means you will have a chance to talk to a grown-up and have another set of eyes looking out for your child as you look after theirs.

    To find out the rest of the picnicking tips, read the full article here: Picnicking With Your Children

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  • What Your Child Can Learn From An Easter Egg Hunt

    An Easter Egg Hunt can be a fun event for the whole family, but did you know it can also be an educational opportunity for your child? Here are six creative ways your child can learn through an egg hunt:1.Toddlers Can Learn ColorsBefore letting your toddler loose to find as many plastic eggs as possible, tell your toddler only to collect a specific color or colors of eggs. Th... Read More

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    An Easter Egg Hunt can be a fun event for the whole family, but did you know it can also be an educational opportunity for your child? Here are six creative ways your child can learn through an egg hunt:

    1.Toddlers Can Learn Colors

    Before letting your toddler loose to find as many plastic eggs as possible, tell your toddler only to collect a specific color or colors of eggs. This will help your toddler distinguish between different colors and make the game more challenging!

    2.Toddlers Can Learn Shapes

    If you’re creating your own egg hunt, fill plastic eggs with different shaped objects. After the eggs are all found, reward your child for naming each of the shapes found in his or her eggs.

    3.Preschoolers Can Learn Numbers

    If you’re creating your own egg hunt, use a permanent marker to number the plastic eggs before hiding them. Challenge your children to find the eggs in order from 1 to 20, or 1 to 100 if you’re that ambitious!

    For the rest of the ways your child can learn through an egg hunt, read the full article here: What Your Child Can Learn From An Easter Egg Hunt

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  • How to Stop Back Talking Without "Because I Said So"

    Is your child’s back talking becoming a problem? Are you tired of hearing “No! You do it!” from your toddler or preschooler? There may be something you can do to help curb those annoying, whiny, temper tantrums.Instead of responding by saying “You’ll do it because I said so” or “Don’t ever talk to me like that!” there are other ways to help your child learn to disagree with you respec... Read More

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    Is your child’s back talking becoming a problem? Are you tired of hearing “No! You do it!” from your toddler or preschooler? There may be something you can do to help curb those annoying, whiny, temper tantrums.

    Instead of responding by saying “You’ll do it because I said so” or “Don’t ever talk to me like that!” there are other ways to help your child learn to disagree with you respectfully. The best way to stop back talk is to provide your child with some independence – but within your own limits. Kids of all ages need a sense of personal power to make their own choices and express their differences in opinions with parents. When parents make all the decisions for them, children naturally want to lash out, and so they do — with words and sometimes, physical aggression.

    So how can parents teach their children to disagree respectfully? Read the full article here: How to Stop Back Talking Without "Because I Said So"

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  • Teaching Kids the Value of Money

    Children are always picking up on cues from the adults around them – How should I talk to people? What should I do when I’m worried or happy or sad? How should I spend my money?While it may be strange to think of a toddler thinking about money, teaching wise financial stewardship can start at a very early age and you can talk with your child about money in a lot... Read More

    Children are always picking up on cues from the adults around them – How should I talk to people? What should I do when I’m worried or happy or sad? How should I spend my money?

    While it may be strange to think of a toddler thinking about money, teaching wise financial stewardship can start at a very early age and you can talk with your child about money in a lot of fun and creative ways. From playing fun children games such as Monopoly Jr. ® and even helping your child start his/her own personal bank (hello, piggy bank!) your child can start on a path towards having a healthy view of finances and money management!

    Teaching Kids the Value of Money

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  • Helping Your Family Keep New Year’s Resolutions

    Now that we are well into the new year, how are you managing your resolutions and goals? Even with sincere intentions, creating new habits is a challenge, especially for busy and working parents with an infant, toddler or preschool child.Pursuing goals can be fun if you take your time and practice patience with yourself and others. Here are some suggestions for successfully managing your ... Read More

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    Now that we are well into the new year, how are you managing your resolutions and goals? Even with sincere intentions, creating new habits is a challenge, especially for busy and working parents with an infant, toddler or preschool child.

    Pursuing goals can be fun if you take your time and practice patience with yourself and others. Here are some suggestions for successfully managing your resolutions and goals while enjoying the process along the way.

    Helping Your Family Keep New Year’s Resolutions 

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  • 10 Ways Your Family Can Help Others During the Holidays

    With so many holiday opportunities to enjoy family, friends, fun and food, don’t forget to spend time helping others who are not so fortunate. From visiting a senior care center to donating to a food pantry, your family can enjoy sharing the joy and warmth of the holidays together.Here are some excellent ideas for ways your family can help others during the holidays.... Read More

    With so many holiday opportunities to enjoy family, friends, fun and food, don’t forget to spend time helping others who are not so fortunate. From visiting a senior care center to donating to a food pantry, your family can enjoy sharing the joy and warmth of the holidays together.

    Here are some excellent ideas for ways your family can help others during the holidays.

    10 Ways Your Family Can Help Others During the Holidays

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  • Keeping Your Young Chef Safe in the Kitchen

    This is the perfect time of year to share some special memories making delicious treats in the kitchen. From cookies to breads, pies and muffins, the holidays are full of sweets! In addition to the baking frenzy, there are also dinners to prepare for loved ones who may have traveled far to be with family. If you have a preschooler or toddler at home, inviting them into the... Read More

    This is the perfect time of year to share some special memories making delicious treats in the kitchen. From cookies to breads, pies and muffins, the holidays are full of sweets! In addition to the baking frenzy, there are also dinners to prepare for loved ones who may have traveled far to be with family. If you have a preschooler or toddler at home, inviting them into the food preparation process may seem like asking for trouble! But with a few helpful guidelines, your budding chef can be a part of a treat they can be proud of – and you get quality time in the process. Check out this article about safety tips while cooking with young children, and then go whip up some delicious memories together!

    Keeping Your Young Chef Safe in the Kitchen

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  • 8 Tips for Safe Family Fun During the Fall and Winter Holidays

    Fall and winter seasons offer several opportunities for family gatherings, outdoor fun, festivals, and holiday celebrations. Toddlers, preschool children, school-aged children, and parents will enjoy the fun, festivities, and food. For parents, child safety is always an important factor while enjoying the fun.Here are 8 tips to help keep your family safe during holiday celebrations. ... Read More

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    Fall and winter seasons offer several opportunities for family gatherings, outdoor fun, festivals, and holiday celebrations. Toddlers, preschool children, school-aged children, and parents will enjoy the fun, festivities, and food. For parents, child safety is always an important factor while enjoying the fun.

    Here are 8 tips to help keep your family safe during holiday celebrations.

    8 Tips for Safe Family Fun During the Fall and Winter Holidays

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  • 6 Steps for a Child-Proof Home

    Is your busy toddler discovering everything around your house? Natural learning and growth means being mobile and exploring everything indoors, outdoors.As a parent, your child's safety is a top concern. Here are some important steps you can take to make your home safe for your exploring toddler.6 Steps for a Child-Proof Ho... Read More

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    Is your busy toddler discovering everything around your house? Natural learning and growth means being mobile and exploring everything indoors, outdoors.

    As a parent, your child's safety is a top concern. Here are some important steps you can take to make your home safe for your exploring toddler.

    6 Steps for a Child-Proof Home

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  • Music and Language Development Activities for Your Child's Brain

    The things your child learns in the first six years of life will greatly influence his or her future success. While many parents choose to focus on reading, numbers and spatial reasoning, they often overlook a critical tool in child brain development: music. The incorporation of music serves as a catalyst that promotes development by stimulating areas of the brain responsible for language, auditory processing, and cognitive thinking. Using music to improve your child's brain develo... Read More

    The things your child learns in the first six years of life will greatly influence his or her future success. While many parents choose to focus on reading, numbers and spatial reasoning, they often overlook a critical tool in child brain development: music. The incorporation of music serves as a catalyst that promotes development by stimulating areas of the brain responsible for language, auditory processing, and cognitive thinking. Using music to improve your child's brain development isn't complicated, nor does it require musical ability in either parent. These three simple exercises are enjoyable and facilitate learning development with music.

    • Switch Up:
      • Materials: Music player, crayons, paper
      • Activity: Load a selection of unique songs into the music player and tell your child to start coloring. Allow him or her to continue coloring until you stop the music, at which point direct your child to switch to his or her other hand.
      • Goal: This activity aids in the development of the frontal lobe, which controls cognitive thinking and motor skills. The cues of the music, and the switching of your child's hands, will strengthen muscle control of the non-dominant hand.
    • Music Drawing:
      • Materials: Music player, crayons, paper
      • Activity: Choose a playlist of fast and slow songs. Instruct your child to color to the tempo of the music. Alternate the speed of the songs, switching paper when a new song starts.
      • Goal: The temporal lobe is responsible for expressive language and auditory processing. During this game, your child learns to recognize differences in sound, a key factor in learning more advanced language skills.
    • Body Movement:
      • Materials: Music player, open space
      • Activity: Play some music and dance with your child. While dancing, encourage your child to mimic your movements. The movements should be across the body, forcing your child to cross the mid-line of his or her torso. For instance, tug your left ear with your right hand, or touch your right toe with your left finger. (Think about when you were a child and played Twister™ with your friends.)
      • Goal: Senses, spatial awareness and coordination are formed in the parietal lobe. Through this exercise your child will learn to coordinate his or her body parts and to process visual clues.

    In your child, brain development is occurring rapidly, and the skills learned early on will form an educational foundation which will be used for the rest of his or her life. Want more exercises to stimulate your child's learning and growth? Download our free guide for more parent-child games you can play, to promote healthy brain development.

    Download Brainwaves Activity Book

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  • Infant Child Care and Development - Communication skills and baby talk

    Hearing your child’s first words evokes a sense of pride and happiness. Even before those first words are uttered, your baby is communicating with you. Infants use “pre-verbal communication” to express their needs and show affection. Basic sign language is easy to learn and simple to use. It opens up the door between "baby talk" and true pre-verbal communication for you and your child. Here are the top five Sign Language skills that you’ll need to effectively communicate with your in... Read More

    Hearing your child’s first words evokes a sense of pride and happiness. Even before those first words are uttered, your baby is communicating with you. Infants use “pre-verbal communication” to express their needs and show affection. Basic sign language is easy to learn and simple to use. It opens up the door between "baby talk" and true pre-verbal communication for you and your child. Here are the top five Sign Language skills that you’ll need to effectively communicate with your infant.

    1. Learn the Basics: Choose a few signs that you’d like to learn to communicate with, like Mom and Dad or Give Milk. Start by focusing on these signs and grow your child’s signing vocabulary from there.
    2. Repeat: Repetition is the key when teaching your child to communicate with sign language. Keep at it. It will soon pay off.
    3. Be Flexible: Sometimes the response is not immediate. Your child is learning, so keep at it. Infants sometimes pick up certain signs more quickly than others. You child may even make up a new sign. Be flexible and seize the opportunity to learn together.
    4. Incorporate Learning Aids: Sign language might be a highly visual communication tool but incorporating other senses by using learning aids will help your child piece together concepts. Incorporate the sense of hearing by saying the word that goes along with the sign, out-loud. Encourage your child to touch the object you are signing about. Think up creative ways that your child can use all of the senses to learn.
    5. Have Fun: If you are frustrated, your child will be too. Be encouraging, foster a love for life-long learning and most of all, have fun!
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  • Bright Ideas for Age Appropriate Chores for Kids

    Asking your child to help out with the chores is about more than just getting the house clean. Assigning chores teaches your child to prioritize, be responsible and work as part of a team. Chores are also a great way to build self-esteem by taking pride in a job well-done.When considering ... Read More

    ChoresAsking your child to help out with the chores is about more than just getting the house clean. Assigning chores teaches your child to prioritize, be responsible and work as part of a team. Chores are also a great way to build self-esteem by taking pride in a job well-done.

    When considering chores for your child, it is important to think about age-appropriateness. Chores for kids should take some effort, but not be overly frustrating for your child to complete. As your child grows, so will her responsibilities. Here are some ideas for age appropriate chores:

    Ages 2-3

    • Pick up toys.
    • Get dressed and put on socks and shoes.
    • Put dirty clothes in the hamper.
    • Help dust.
    • Help move clothes from washer to dryer.

    Ages 4-5

    • Empty wastebaskets.
    • Set the table.
    • Water plants.
    • Help sort laundry.
    • Help feed pets.

    Ages 6-7

    • Sweep floors.
    • Fold laundry.
    • Vacuum.
    • Assist with meal preparation.

    Ages 9-11

    • Wipe down counters.
    • Clean mirrors.
    • Take garbage to the curb.
    • Make simple meals.
    • Wash and dry clothes.
    • Load dishwasher.

    Ages 12 and Older

    • Clean tubs and showers.
    • Rake the lawn.
    • Wash dishes.
    • Iron clothes.

    Talk to your child and allow for input. Developing a chore list together requires teamwork, which builds positive character traits.

    If you’d like to learn more about activities that will encourage your child’s artistic, physical, problem solving and social skills, download the School Age Activity Book. This excerpt from the G.Y.M. Curriculum is filled with ideas for before and after school activities.

    Download After School Activity Book

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  • How to Overcome Shyness for Preschoolers

    The transition to preschool can be intimidating for both you and your child. Preparing for preschool is especially daunting for parents when also asking how to overcome shyness for a child. The good news is, most children adapt quite well to preschool, even if they ar... Read More

    The transition to preschool can be intimidating for both you and your child. Preparing for preschool is especially daunting for parents when also asking how to overcome shyness for a child. The good ShyChildnews is, most children adapt quite well to preschool, even if they are shy. There are several steps that you can take to prepare your shy child for a successful preschool experience.

    Join a Playgroup

    Before starting preschool, find a local playgroup to join. Exposing your child to new friends and experiences, while you are there to assist, will help her develop social skills in a safe, comfortable environment.

    Develop a Routine

    Talk to your child about preschool and allow her to share her fears. Walk through the daily schedule so that she knows what to expect and begin practicing your at-home routine a few weeks before preschool begins. Most preschools will allow you to bring your child in prior to the first day of school. Feeling familiar with the preschool environment will help your child adapt.

    Talk to your child’s teacher

    Before preschool begins, talk to your child’s teacher and discuss any concerns that you might have about her fitting in. Being shy is quite common among preschoolers and your child’s teacher can provide preparation tips and assist with the transition.

    Starting preschool can be both exciting and challenging. Preparing for the preschool classroom in advance will help your child thrive when the big day arrives.

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