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!Show Less
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.Show Less
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.Show Less
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!Show Less
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 getting kids active in sports, kitchen experiments, and the benefits of responsibilities!Show Less
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!Show Less
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!Show Less
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!Show Less
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!Show Less
Staying cool in the summer can be a challenge! Luckily, there are so many easy and creative options to consider that your children can enjoy. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we love providing opportunities for every child to safely enjoy the great outdoors as well as our engaging classroom environments and curriculum. We provide year-round activities from our excellent preschool, creative summer camp and more!
Check out this article for fun ways to stay cool during the remainder of summer!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Frisco is 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 our latest digital maga zine for tips on how to manage young children while shopping, how to differentiate effective and ineffective discipline methods for your child, and more!Show Less
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 Frisco digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.
We’re particularly excited about the community news section this month which highlights are involvement in the Frisco Public Library’s early literacy initiative!
Don’t forget to check back for every new monthly edition for more tips on parenting, child development, and all things preschool!Show Less
The Earth Day celebrations have come and gone but the opportunities to teach your child about taking care of the planet are available year-round! Springtime is the ideal time to get your child excited and involved in reducing, reusing and recycling to help Mother Earth thrive. One of the easiest ways to get your preschooler or toddler excited about helping the Earth is by finding something they can help with. Even something as simple as watering plants around the house (maybe even have one plant designated just for them!). Planting a spring garden is another fun option for promoting an earth-friendly lifestyle. This article gives more fun ideas for involving preschoolers and kindergarteners in keeping your house “green”.Show Less
Keeping your preschooler active throughout the summer helps them avoid the dreaded “brain drain” while allowing your child to have a lot of fun! As always, moderation is key when it comes to your child’s schedule. Having time to be a kid is very important but adding some structure and teamwork to your child’s life equips them with important social and emotional skills. Try and choose an activity that you think your preschooler or kindergartener might enjoy and give a new activity at least 6 weeks before giving up – it often takes a few weeks for your child to adjust to a new routine.
This article is a great resource in talking more about the benefits of extracurricular activities for your child.Show Less
Warmer temperatures and sunny days mean more time spent outside with your preschooler, toddler, or elementary-schooler!
For some children, it can be more of a challenge to get them excited to get up and move. If you would like your child to adopt a healthy lifestyle filled with exercise, the best option is for you to model the healthy behavior for them! Children are always looking to adults for cues on how to live, play, and relate to others. Check out this article for how you can keep your children active this spring and summer!Show Less
Raising children in such a technologically-charged culture comes with its perks and challenges. As a parent, how do you balance the amount of time and exposure your young child has to the internet and TV? At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we love giving our students the opportunity to learn with our SmartBoard technology but also balance their day with plenty of interactive activities both indoors and outdoors to further enrich and deepen their knowledge and skill-sets.
Check out this article for 3 practical ways you can Balance Your Child’s Use of Technology.Show Less
Choosing the right childcare or preschool for your little one can seem like a daunting task. What should you look for? Who do you talk to about the programs and facility? Where do you start? At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we know just how important it is that families feel confident in their choice. One of the best ways to learn about a childcare or early learning center is by asking the families who already send their children to that location. Hearing from someone you love and trust about their experience will be extremely helpful for you when making the final decision.
Check out this helpful article for more tips on choosing the best fit for your child!Show Less
So much happens in the first five years of your child’s life! The amount of learning and growth that your child’s body and brain processes Is staggering. From learning how to crawl, to speak, to read and write – the skills seem endless. As a parent, your role in helping your infant, toddler, or preschooler achieve these exciting developmental milestones is critical.
If you aren’t the teacher type – there is no need to fear! There are simple and natural ways you can encourage and enhance your child’s learning experience that don’t involve a million creative crafts you don’t have time for or creating your own curriculum!
Check out this article of easy ways to help integrate learning into everyday parts of your child’s life!Show Less
From the moment a child is born, he is learning and discovering the world around him. Some skills come without any intentional education such as swallowing, breathing, and eating, while others must be taught. One of the surest ways to set your child up for a lifetime of learning is by enrolling your child in an elite preschool or learning academy. A childcare or preschool facility that offers a unique curriculum for your child is an integral tool for helping them cultivate a love of learning.
Additionally, parents can engage their children throughout the day in such a way that encourages learning – through conversations, household chores, and other creative means. Check out this article for ideas on how you can help your child cultivate a lifelong love for learning!Show Less
It’s often the ordinary day-in, day-out tasks that can cause the most stress for busy families, right? Laundry, dinner, grocery shopping and doctor appointments are just a few necessities that somehow have to squeeze into our busy lives on a regular basis. How can you possibly keep track of them all? If you’re not careful, you may find your children wearing clothes that were dug out from the bottom of the basket and eating who-knows-what from the back of your fridge!
The good news? Grocery shopping doesn’t have to be a stressful or time-consuming endeavor if you have some simple steps in place that set you up for success. Check out this article about how you can streamline your grocery shopping process and spend more time doing things you enjoy – like eating family dinners together or curling up with a good book before bed.Show Less
The holidays have passed and new reasons to celebrate are coming. Valentines Day, birthdays, anniversaries, and graduations are just a few reasons we celebrate with our friends and loved ones. While the celebrations are about expressing our love and appreciation, most special occasions require extra time and spending.
The best way to celebrate freely without the stress of over-spending or being unable to meet expectations, is to plan ahead and create a spending budget for your special occasion.
Take a look at these beneficial tips to help you budget for special occasions.Show Less
Teaching a toddler or preschooler about money may seem trivial but the rewards of modeling good spending and saving habits can last a lifetime. Children always learn best by watching the behavior of the adults around them. Whether they attend a local preschool or childcare or stay at home – they are always watching for cues on how to behave. Managing your money is just one more skill that your child can benefit from when you’re intentional about sharing your spending and saving decisions with them. This article provides a helpful framework for how you can include your child in money decisions and teach them at an early age how to make good choices.Show Less
With Thanksgiving behind us and Christmas up ahead, now is the perfect time to get your child involved in charitable activities. Teaching children the value of generosity and gratitude are especially important as we navigate the largest consumer-driven holiday of the year. Amidst all of the discounts, deals, and must-have wish lists, take some time to give to others around you. It’s very likely a family near you is hurting this holiday season and could use a friendly, generous gesture. Whether it’s inviting your new neighbors over for dinner, or baking cookies for a nearby nursing home, include your child in the activities and make it a new family tradition to look forward to!
This article provides more creative ideas for reaching out to those around you this holiday season:Show Less
One of the greatest gifts of being a parent is watching your child grow, develop and achieve new milestones. When children are younger they seem to grow at the speed of light! The tiny baby you brought home from the hospital is now walking, talking, and full of his own ideas and opinions. While each new milestone may be a little bittersweet for the parent it’s so important to celebrate your child’s growth!
Check out this article for creative, simple ways to celebrate when your youngster begins the adventure of preschool!Show Less
Helping your child develop strong literacy skills will set them up for a lifetime of success in learning. Even with very young infants and toddlers, reading out loud is a great habit to model as they begin to soak in the words and the world around them. There are so many wonderful books to choose from as you introduce your child to the world of reading. Check out this helpful article for 10 books your child will enjoy!Show Less
Children have a universal language of love, laughter, and acceptance. It doesn’t matter what culture they represent, the common denomination in the heart of a child is the desire to enjoy a loving, nurturing and supportive environment. As long as children are having fun and being treated kindly, the difference in appearance is not important to them. Check out this helpful article for ways that parents can help support their child’s appreciation for different cultures.Show Less
At Kids ‘R’ Kids we understand how important it is to teach the next generation about caring for others. That’s why we participate in a fun summer-long fundraiser that culminates at our annual Summer Olympics event! This past weekend we enjoyed some friendly competition with other Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies in the area and collectively raised $17,000 for Scottish Rite Hospital! We also got an incredible surprise on the day of our Olympic event from the CEO of Kids ‘R’ Kids! Read more about it all in this article:
Picture: Singing the National Anthem at the start of the festivities!Show Less
Every childhood milestone is important from an infant’s first time rolling over to the first day of preschool, parents love to see their children learning and growing! During your child’s growth, it’s nice to know what to expect in terms of normal development. As you read this helpful article that details a few behaviors to look for as your infant races towards toddlerhood, keep in mind that every child is unique and your little one is no exception!Show Less
We are so excited to announce the arrival of our new digital magazine! 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 Academy of Frisco our hope is to provide your child with only the best in care, education, and nurturing.
This month’s edition includes a helpful article on how to understand and address your infant or toddler’s anxiety as well as making math a fun learning experience for preschoolers. Each edition will highlight areas of parenting and early education that will help equip you as you continue on the exciting and challenging journey of parenthood.
In addition to helpful articles you will find information about different school programs and activities our children are getting involved in. This month you can learn more about our exciting Summer Camp 2015 program!
Take a peek inside our magazine and feel free to share it with 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!Show Less
Most of us tend to think of brain development as the on-going development of your child’s brain after he or she is born. However, brain development starts just a few weeks after conception. In this blog we will take a look at the stages of prenatal brain development.
The first trimester is when your unborn baby’s brain begins to form. Around 15 days of fertilization your child’s neural tube will form, and this will eventually become the brain and spinal cord of your child. Later on this tube will begin to resemble a human brain as the cerebral cortex forms. This part of the brain allows the embryo to react to the environment around it, which includes multiple processing going on both inside and outside of the womb.
The second trimester is often considered to be the most important part of prenatal brain development. Your child’s brain will become fully developed at this stage with every neuron found within the nervous system present. During this period your child will be able to react to sensations such as sound, taste, and smell as well as being able to control self movements.
The brain is now fully developed and it continues to grow as well as form folds. The embryo will continue to master its movements while storing information that has been acquired through the senses. The information stored during this period is vital as it is carried through to birth and afterward.
Here at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Frisco, Texas, we pride ourselves on our child care facility and staff. For more information regarding any of our programs, feel free to contact us today. Our AdvancED™ accredited program, as well as our safe and secure learning environment, are established to maximize the full potential of your child.Show Less
Do you have a child starting preschool in Frisco TX this fall? This can be a big milestone for both parent and child.
Preschool can be a challenging step for both parents and toddlers, especially if your child has not spent much time in a group setting prior to being enrolled in a preschool program. Spending time away from mom or dad is the first step towards developing the independence that will impact your child’s ability to excel in school. We will take a closer look at why starting preschool can be such a big step in your life, as well as your child’s.
Separation can be quite difficult at first
You and your child will need to come to terms with periods of separation that may be longer than you have been accustomed to. Some new preschoolers, as well as parents, deal with this separation better than others. One way to get your child used to spending time away from you is to introduce preschool slowly. You can begin by sending your child for two-three days every week, and working your way up to a five days a week. While this is successful for some children, many parents find that it is best to establish a regular routine from the very beginning so that their child can begin to adjust as quickly as possible.
Social integration skills are necessary
Try to attend playgroups with your child prior to enrolling in preschool. This exposure to group play will have a profound impact on how he or she copes at preschool. Learning to share toys, waiting for a chance to speak, and working within a group are all fundamental parts of the preschool experience. Providing your child with a head start in this regard is extremely helpful.
Try to understand your child’s fear or uncertainty
Always try to be compassionate towards your child as the experience of starting preschool can be slightly difficult. Walk your child into the classroom before saying goodbye, and reassure your new preschooler that you will be back at the end of the day. Being patient and caring will do wonders for your child.Show Less
Choosing an infant care provider for your baby can be difficult. You want to ensure that an infant care provider is reputable and offers all the services that you require for peace of mind. Here are a few questions you should ask all prospective infant care providers before you make a decision.
How do you deal with discipline?
Discipline can be a sensitive topic for both parents and infant care providers. You should request to see the provider’s policy because most centers will have written guidelines regarding discipline. You can get a copy of this document from the center’s director.
Inquire about the infant care philosophy of the center
Some infant care centers focus on providing a loving and nurturing environment, while others may offer an academic element as well. You need to inquire about the teaching staff. Ask about how the staff is trained and what credentials the teachers possess. It is necessary to understand what educational curriculum and activities are offered that will benefit your child. Information about the daily schedule will also be helpful for planning your day.
What sort of safety and security measures do you have in place?
The comfort of knowing your child will be in a safe, secure and loving environment will provide you with peace of mind. Observe the environment and surroundings when you visit. Notice if there is a procedure to check in and out for visitors. Is everything kept clean? Is the inside temperature comfortable? These are a few of the things you need to consider before choosing a center for your infant.Show Less
Scientific research has shown that the first five years of your child’s life are critical in terms of brain development. Genetics provide the basic map for brain development. Environmental factors have the most influence on this developmental stage. Here is a brief guide to your child’s brain development and changes during each stage:
- At Birth: Your child is born with around 100 billion brain cells. Stimulation activates specific cells and builds neural connections.
- Birth to One Year: Your child will beginusing senses of smell, taste, texture or sight and exploring, which provides stimulation. Physical activities like rolling over and crawling will aid in accessing new stimulation. Your child will also learn to differentiate you from strangers.
- One to Two Years: At one year a child will learn to manipulate knobs and dials, walk with assistance and, by two, may start to run. Self-awareness, a wider range of feelings and a sense of independence will begin to emerge. By two, a child will have a vocabulary of around 200 words.
- Two to Three Years: At this stage, your child will become highly mobile, understand most of what you say, and be able to respond in sentences. Playing with others aids in strengthening language, communication and problem solving skills.
- Three to Five Years: A child will develop a preference for the left or right hand, be able to copy shapes and some capital letters, writing with a marker. He will be able to dress and undress without help, and interact with other peers
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Frisco, we offer exceptional support for growth and development. Our exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum™ provides the proper stimulation needed to ensure that the strongest neural connections are built. This curriculum includes fun, age-appropriate activities to support and boost cognitive, language, physical and socio-emotional growth.
For more information on this program and our state-of-the-art facility, please contact us today.Show Less
There are many factors that contribute to your child’s success in preschool. Here are five factors for you to consider for your child to ensure a successful start in preschool.
A solid educational foundation
One of the most important factors to consider for your child is a quality preschool education. Building a solid foundation for future academic success will help your child transition seamlessly through preschool, elementary, middle and high school. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Frisco, Texas can provide your child with the best education through our AdvancED Accredited Preschool Program and exclusive Fast Track Curriculum, which will prepare your child for the transition to elementary school.
Unconditional love will build your child’s self-esteem, and a child with good self-esteem will have the confidence to learn from their mistakes and progress well through school.
A good diet
A healthy, nutritionally balanced diet is necessary for your child’s health and cognitive development. Teaching your child good eating habits early will help him or her eat well throughout their life. You can however, treat your child to an occasional treat. Remember to be reasonable with regards to healthy eating habits.
It is critical to promote physical fitness starting at a young age. Allow your child to join a soccer or softball team where they can make new friends, learn a new sport and develop the habit of daily exercise. Other options for promoting physical activity are to spend Saturday afternoons at a local park or play outside in the the backyard. Teaching a child how to ride a tricycle is another great way to be active and have fun. The entire family can ride together.
Allowing your child to make mistakes is the fastest, most effective way to for them to learn. Just be sure to guide your child so that they learn from each mistake, allowing their self-confidence to grow.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Frisco, Texas, our AdvancED Accredited Preschool program and exclusive Fast Track curriculum is the best foundational education program for your preschooler. For more information about our curriculum, visit our preschool page or contact us.Show Less
Occasionally, working mothers may believe that they are depriving their infant of some essential nutrients by not breastfeeding. The truth is, only you know what the pressures of being a working mom entail. Choosing not to breastfeed does not in any way reflect on your ability as a parent or diminish your child care abilities.
Breast milk is important because it protects your infant. Colostrum is the first thick yellow breast milk that you make during pregnancy. It is rich in nutrients and antibodies that boost your child’s immune system. Although your baby only gets a small amount of colostrum at each feeding, it matches the amount his or her tiny stomach can hold. Some infants and mothers, however, do not take naturally to breastfeeding. You may find it difficult to express milk for feedings once you return to work. There are high-quality formulas available that also offer your child plenty of essential nutrients needed for growth and development. If your infant has a milk allergy, certain pediatric-recommended formulas are a great solution and will allow your child to feed comfortably.
In the end, there are benefits and drawbacks to each feeding option. What works best for you and your infant is ultimately your choice.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy Infant Big Steps Curriculum
You can rest assured that your infant will be in the best possible hands at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Frisco. We take into account that development begins at birth. As early as 6 weeks of age, your child is immersed in an infant curriculum that offers multiple opportunities for motor and sensory development.
Need to find out more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Frisco? Contact us today.Show Less
Attending summer camp usually implies a lengthy stay away from home, however the daily summer camp offered at Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Frisco, Texas provides a great alternative for families. This camp gives you and your child the following benefits:
A convenient location: Busy parents will not need to change their travel routine or work commute to accommodate an inconveniently located summer program. You will be able to fulfill the demands of your rigorous schedule while your child benefits from a healthy, stable summer routine in a familiar, nearby location.
Experienced staff who know your child: Our summer camp is coordinated by our dedicated and exceptionally qualified staff. Seeing familiar faces will allow your child to relax and enjoy the summer camp experience starting with their very first day. Since our caring staff already knows your child, they will be able offer the perfect amount of encouragement, guidance, love, and support he or she needs to thrive during their summer camp experience.
No anxiety: Overnight summer camps can be overwhelming, with homesickness fairly common even for adventurous children. Daily camps allow campers to go home each night and spend time with their parents, siblings, and other familiar friends. This balance of a day camp experience with plenty of healthy independence, balanced with family bonding time and sleeping in a familiar environment, results in the best solution for young summer campers.
A safe location: Our daily camp occurs on-site at our Academy, combined with local field trips that are well-supervised by our highly trained staff. This gives parents peace of mind, knowing your child's safety at summer camp is an equal priority as it is during the school year. While attending our camp, parents don't have to worry about their children encountering questionable safety policies and unfamiliar procedures at a camp in the wilderness or located far from home!
Learning through fun: At our summer camp, dedication to education, fun, growth and development is ongoing from the academic year. While the summer structure includes more play-time, and exciting adventures, our staff is dedicated to ensuring that every experience assists your child to become a confident, talented teenager and later a successful adult.
During the weekends when summer camp is not in session, you can maintain your child's active outdoor lifestyle and adventuresome spirit with a trip to Storybook Ranch. Some of the activities offered include hayrides, dinner theatre, riding lessons, and a petting zoo. It is a piece of the Wild West which will provide hours of entertainment for the entire family!
If you'd like to find out more about our 2014 summer camp for preschoolers through age 12, please contact us today as space is limited.
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When it comes to choosing a summer camp in Frisco, Texas, parents are presented with many options. It is important to select a summer camp that best suits your child's personality and their individual needs as well as your own requirements.
Attending a summer camp can play a vital role in a child's early years, equipping children with skills that will serve them well later on. In the right setting, your child will be encouraged to grow through new experiences, new friends and new memories that will last a lifetime.
Five kinds of summer camps
Special needs camps. These camps are designed for children who need a higher level of assistance and supervision and offer more one-on-one interaction. Generally, they operate in much the same way as traditional camps. They offer fun and stimulating activities that encourage children to explore and build lasting relationships.
Faith based camps. These are traditional summer camps that allow the opportunity for both campers and staff to focus on incorporating a specific religion into different activities and messages.
Specialty camps. These camps usually focus on just one specific activity such as soccer, band, volleyball or football, along with some of the traditional activities expected from a summer camp. These camps often emphasize competition or sporting achievement.
Day camps. These camps operate on a nine-to-five basis, which is nice for children who do not feel ready for a sleepaway camp away from home but still want a camp experience. Children are supervised by camp staffers and introduced to fun activities which keep them occupied until the end of the day. However, the operating hours of a day camp can be difficult for working parents to fit into their busy schedules.
If you are looking for the best summer camp for your three to 12 year old child, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Frisco, Texas is now open for registration. We are open Monday-Friday from 6:30 am until 6:30 pm to accommodate the scheduling needs of a busy family. With our ten-week summer program, your child will be exposed to a wide variety of fun activities that are social, age-appropriate and specifically designed to encourage learning. This year our theme is Camp Nature Kids and all of our activities involve exploring the wonders of the natural world.
Our extensively qualified summer camp staff prioritizes individual care, love and attention for every child. We help your child settle in, make friends and build memories to last a lifetime! Contact us today to find out more or to enroll your child into our summer program.
For days when your child is not in summer camp, why not catch a game of baseball at the Dr. Pepper Ballpark? This is a nice event for the whole family. As the weather warms up, remember to pack plenty of sunscreen and some baseball caps for this exciting day trip.