Fall is in the air! The leaves are changing, the temperatures are slowly dropping, and pumpkins are everywhere! Grab a mug of apple cider and a cozy blanket while you take a look at what we’ve put together for you this month! (If it’s still sweltering hot where you live, we are sorry—just ignore the previous sentence!) We know you will enjoy reading through our list of family friendly Halloween activities! And, you can find out why it is important for your child to play alone sometimes (which means you get some alone time as well)!Show Less
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!Show Less
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.
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.Show Less
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.Show Less
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 McKinney 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 magazine 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 McKinney 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
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
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 McKinney 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
Mobile technology has become increasingly prevalent in modern life, with the vast majority of adults owning smartphones and tablets. Preschoolers have benefitted from this mobile revolution too, with thousands of excellent educational apps available for parents to choose from. This piece will highlight some of the top educational apps currently available.
TeachMe Toddler / Kindergarten
This is a great app that familiarizes your child with basic numbers, shapes, letters, and colors. The kindergarten version of the app is for slightly more advanced learners, and incorporates basic addition and subtraction as well as spelling. The application allows each parent to track their child’s progress. It is basic, simple to use, and offers your child a great overall learning experience.
This app takes the form of a pop-up book that assists your child in counting. The great thing about this app is that it will not let your child count an item that has already been counted. Tapping on the objects makes them disappear as they are counted. The pop-up book portion of this app is free, while other features will require you to purchase the full application.
Little Writer – The Tracing App for Kids
Formation of letters is an important part of learning how to read and write. The app allows your child to practice forming both upper and lowercase letters in a fun an interactive way, and it is completely free. This app is perfect for developing the fine motor skills necessary for writing.
The team of childcare professionals at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney, Texas prides itself on being able to provide the best education and care for all learners. For more information regarding our preschool programs, facilities and more, contact us today.Show Less
One of the most challenging aspects of child care is when an infant begins teething. Obviously, teething happens before you can see any physical signs of teeth. During these months, your child endures a lot of pain and discomfort as the baby teeth start to make their way through the gums. The information below lists three reminders for parents to consider during this period of child development.
Reducing the stress of your infant’s teething
One reminder about teething is that your baby is experiencing more pain and stress than the crying is causing you. While you may be familiar with teething issues, you may still have a tough time dealing with your infant during this time. One important fact about infant care is to remain calm and administer soothing remedies. This type of support lessens the teething ordeal.
Lessening the pain of teething
One way to lessen an infant’s pain is by wrapping an ice cube in a clean, soft dish towel and moving the cube around the teething site. Rubbing your child’s gums with a clean finger or a chilled teething ring also soothes the gums. Alternatively, you can ask your pediatrician or pharmacist for products which are specifically designed to lessen teething pain.
Drooling and facial rashes resulting from teething
Facial rashes are very common when it comes to teething because your child will drool a lot. Keep the face dry by wiping the drool away with a clean, soft cloth. Use a product like petroleum jelly around the chin and cheek area to protect the sensitive skin from irritation.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney, Texas, offers the highest standards of child care, safe and secure facilities, and strong foundational education programs. For more information, contact us today.Show Less
If you are tired of hearing your kids complain about how bored they are, or of watching them waste a perfectly good day slumped on the sofa in front of the TV, then this is for you. There is so much for kids to do during school holidays, and there are solutions for working parents. Read on for fun stuff to do during the school holidays in McKinney, TX.
Enjoy culture at the theatre
Head to the McKinney Repertory Theatre to watch a child-friendly play. Check the local listings for dates and times. This is a great way to have your child try something new and it might inspire them to appreciate theatre and acting.
See the dinosaurs
Try out the Heard Natural Science Museum and Wildlife Sanctuary. It is fun for the whole family and a great way to get out into nature and breathe in some fresh air. They have massive animatronic dinosaurs which move and roar! These are popular with kids of all ages.
Visit Jump Street for hours of fun in a huge room of wall to wall trampolines! This is an exciting way to keep kids active and is fun for adults too. The venue is also great for birthday parties and there are strict rules to keep everyone safe while there.
Go camping under the stars
Why not enroll your child into a summer camp, like the one offered by Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy in McKinney, Texas? The program is ten weeks filled with exciting activities like learning about plants, bugs and wildlife, cooking over an open fire and sleeping under the stars. It is a good solution for working parents who cannot be home to entertain their kids during the school break.
Kids ‘R’ Kids does not just have summer camp, we also offer care for infants, toddlers, preschoolersand beyond. Children are fed a healthy, balanced meal while they are with us and we make use of the exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum. Contact us today!Show Less
At birth, your child is filled with potential. Caregivers play a vital role in helping this potential to become fully realized. Here are some interesting facts about early brain development and how you can support this growth:
1. At birth, the majority of your child’s brain cells are unconnected:
Newborns have around 100 billion neurons. These neurons are largely unconnected with one another. Over a period of time, stimulation will cause these cells to become active, building strong connections with other brain cells. It is these connections that are key to future academic learning and a balanced, independent life.
2. There’s a short window of time in which to activate brain cells:
Time is of the essence for these neurons to become active. This time frame is concentrated in the first five years of life. It is essential that your child receives proper stimulation during this period. Targeting each part of the brain as it becomes active, ensures that the most neural connections are formed, strengthened and utilized.
3. The daycare you choose matters when it comes to supporting brain development:
The right kind of stimulation at the right time is vital. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney we understand how your child’s brain develops. Going beyond the role of traditional daycare we offer a scientifically developed program that provides exceptional early brain development. Our Brain Waves Curriculum™ focuses on sensory play and fun activities that directly engage your child’s brain, in line with his or her development. We ensure that your child is loved and cared for during this time by our professional staff, and that he or she gets the best possible start in life, by maximizing their mental capacity.
For more information on our exceptional child care programs and state-of-the-art facility, please contact us today.Show Less
Your child’s development is like a long and winding path. There will be challenges along the way, but the rewards will be great. There are several major stages in your child’s development from preschool to high school. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney, we help prepare young minds for the rigors of elementary, middle and high school life.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney, your child will learn through our AdvancED Accredited program and our exclusive Fast Track Curriculum. This foundational early learning phase is of vital importance in your child’s development, and our specialized curriculum will prepare your child to maximize their learning. He or she will learn basic principles in math, science and language, as well as social and emotional learning and physical fitness. Your child will be able to learn at his or her own pace, which is important since we know that each child develops at their own speed.
Elementary school provides your child with a number of new challenges and learning becomes more structured. You will notice a stronger emphasis being placed on traditional, formal methods education, rather than learning through play. With a strong background gained from our AdvancED Accredited program and Fast Track Curriculum, your child will be well prepared to make the transition from preschool to elementary school.
Middle and High school
By the time your child reaches high school, he or should already have developed the skills and habits necessary to be successful in a classroom setting. They should also have had the ability to identify and develop their unique talents so that they can focus on further developing those talents in high school. A strong early educational background and talent development will lead to a happy and productive time in high school.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney, Texas, we ensure that your preschooler is properly prepared for the challenges of elementary school, middle school, and high school. For more information on our AdvancED for Preschool Program, contact us or visit our facility.Show Less
Stimulating your child’s brain starts with the simple, informal things done at home. There are lots of ways to make your baby’s everyday activities educational. Playing with your baby during bath time is one of them.
While changing your infant’s diaper or getting your child ready for a bath, gently play with your baby’s toes and feet, giving them light tickles. Add the “This Little Piggy Went To Market” song, touching a different toe per verse.
After bath time, give your infant’s tummy a sampling of different textures. Collect an assortment of soft, touchable household objects. One at a time, brush each item ever so gently across your infant’s skin, describing the sensation as you go along. Implement this into your child care routine.
After bath time, warm a dime-sized amount of baby massage oil by rubbing it between your palms. Gently massage into your baby’s skin. Name your infant’s body parts as you massage each part.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy Infant Big Steps Curriculum
As a working parent, you want your infant’s physical and emotional needs to be taken care of as effectively as you do during your night time routine. Your infant should feel as loved during the day as he does at night. You can rest assured that at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney, your infant will be loved and cared for by our professional child care providers. They are trained in a curriculum that promotes multiple opportunities for motor and sensory activities for your child.
Need to find out more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of McKinney? Contact us.Show Less
In McKinney, Texas, working parents of preschool aged children can find the summer break to be a tricky time. Children can get bored easily and complain they have nothing to do and it is not healthy for them to be stuck inside all day. At Kids 'R' Kids of McKinney, Texas we offer an exciting and educational summer camp for children ranging from preschool age to 12 years old. We have fun and flexible options for families with young children.
Camp Nature Kids is our fun ten-week summer camp odyssey
Camp Nature Kids is a virtual educational camping experience in our classroom to explore the wild world of nature beyond their back door. Campers will be transformed into scientists, adventurers and explorers while they investigate dirt, mud, plants, insects and animals. Your child will have fun and learn simultaneously. Children bond well with their peers during these types of activities, which is essential for their development.
As a parent, you want to ensure that your children are in a safe, nurturing and loving environment when they are away from home. Demanding work schedules mean that working parents need flexible solutions that ensure their children are receiving high-quality care while they are at work. Whether we take field trips to local attractions such as the Monkey Trix Jungle Gym or Erwin Park, we will make sure your kids are active, engaged, and closely supervised at all times. Our rigorous field trip safety standards exceed minimum standard requirements, and give us peace of mind knowing that there are multiple safety checks in place to ensure a safe and fun experience for all.For more information about Kids 'R' Kids of McKinney,Texas please do not hesitate to contact us today.