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4 Reasons To Look For A Child Care Program That Includes Art Education


Date: November 18th 2015

When shopping around for child care, choosing the best program requires you to look deeper than just the price and the qualifications of the caretakers. Whether your child is still an infant or almost old enough to stay home alone, care programs integrating art education can pay off years from now. Since your child is already spending hours a day at a daycare program, making sure that program includes art results in these four important benefits. Better Motor Skills It’s true that active play and sports work well for encouraging gross motor skill development, but most of the fine motor skill training practices used by early childhood educators are a lot less fun for the child. Even basic finger painting and dough sculpting increases the strength of the fingers and hands, develops the gross and fine motor skills, and keeps the attention of the child because it’s fun. It’s also a lot easier for the child care workers to help a large group of students with art activities instead of trying to give each of them individualized attention for skill development. Healthier Emotional Expressions The most well-behaved six year old can still end up on the floor in a tantrum if the right thing goes wrong. Hands-on art projects like sculpting, building sand castles, and finger painting is particularly useful for encouraging children to find other ways to express their emotions in more appropriate ways, which is crucial when there are 30 or 40 kids sharing one room. Slapping paint covered palms on a canvas in frustration is a lot easier to clean up after than a fight between two or more kids. Stronger Social Abilities Art time is particularly important in the child care setting because it’s the perfect tool for teaching cooperation and sharing. Everyone can get involved in setting up the art station and putting it away again, demonstrating the power of working together. Disagreements will naturally arise over limited art supplies, giving the caretakers plenty of chances for teaching conflict resolution skills to the children too. Improved Critical Thinking Skills It’s never too early to encourage your child to think critically by observing the world around them and taking action based on their decisions. Art encourages these skills because children get to make decisions about colors, textures, and techniques. Learning the difference between the patterns produced by finger painting and using a brush as a toddler can result […]

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How to Decrease Separation Anxiety When You Drop Your Child Off at Daycare


Date: September 2nd 2015

One of the hardest things about being a parent is going back to work after your maternity or paternity leave is finished or after your child is old enough for you to feel comfortable sending him or her to daycare. You are leaving your child in a strange place and, regardless of the child’s age, you both will have a difficult time performing this action. Your child might scream and cry and you might find yourself extremely worried about him or her to the point of distraction. One way to decrease your suffering is to decrease the separation anxiety of your child. Here are some tips for decreasing separation anxiety. 1. Practice with a Babysitter The first step is to practice with a babysitter. Invite an older child or nanny to your home to watch your child for an hour the first time. Tell your child what is going to happen. Then, when the babysitter comes, just leave. Don’t look back. You’re just going to be gone for an hour. This might be difficult because your child is crying. After thirty minutes, call the babysitter to see how your child is doing. In many cases, your child might be playing happily by this point. Do this several times leading up to the first time your child goes to daycare. Each time, leave your child for a longer period of time so that he or she gets used to being with different people for a few hours. 2. Create a Ritual When you leave your child, you are going to want to do so without fanfare or else you might alert your child to the fact that something is wrong or different. However, a ritual can help your child ease into being at daycare without you, making the transition easier. Consider kissing your child three times on the forehead, creating a short, goodbye handshake that you perform every time, or a call and response phrase pairing that your child can do with you. Your child will find this ritual comforting and will be more willing to accept new situations. 3. Leave after Lunch or Breakfast If possible, drop your child off right after he or she eats lunch or breakfast. Hungry children are worse at coping with separation anxiety and if you leave right after a meal, you can feel confident that your child will experience the least amount of emotional […]

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How To Enrich Your Preschoolers Life Through Teaching


Date: August 18th 2015

When you were a child you probably didn’t give a lot of thought to how you were going to educate your own children some day. Yet, here you are with children of your own and with the desire to give them the best their world has to offer them. Here are some ideas that might inspire you to help them to learn from the time they’re little. In The Home What better place is there to begin learning than right at home? It’s in the home that children generally feel the most secure and the most loved. Aren’t you lucky to be your children’s first teacher? And, you don’t have to spend a great deal of money while you’re looking for ways to enrich those little brains. Of course, reading is one of the most important things your children can learn to love, and it comes pretty naturally when you provide them with a variety of reading experiences. Think of making their own little reading nook away from the television set or any other distractions. Bean bag chairs, a hammock, or their own cute little pillows on the floor will be cozy and inviting settings for reading time on their own. Besides reading their own books, consider letting them make their own books. For example, you can find pictures of animals and provide your child with colorful paper and paste so they can make their first animal encyclopedia. Another place for your children to learn is right in your kitchen. When you’re going to make 7-Bean Soup, think of asking the kids to separate all the beans and put the different types of beans in their own little containers. Plastic kitchen utensils can double as learning toys, too. For example, measuring cups are fun to stack. In The World As you plan your days, consider how your children can have learning experiences outside of your home. Of course, field trips to places like the zoo, children’s museums, planetariums and factories are excellent. However, think about even making your shopping a learning time. It’s fun to write down the place where items in the store were made. Then, when you get home, it’s even more fun for the children to see on a world globe where those places are. Do you have friends who have lived in other countries or who come from a different cultural background than yours? If so, […]

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When you take your child to child care, do you want your child to partake in educational activities, or do you simply want someone to care for your child while you cannot? Some child care facilities focus a great deal on educating your child while others will simply keep your child happy and safe while you work. This blog can show you the differences between child care facilities and help you find the questions that need to be asked prior to signing your child up for care at any child care facility. Hopefully, those questions will lead you to the answers that make you comfortable and pleased with the facility you choose.


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