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3 Things to Consider before Enrolling Your Child in a Bilingual Preschool

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 3 Things to Consider before Enrolling Your Child in a Bilingual Preschool

Bilingual preschools are becoming more prevalent in the United States. They offer an opportunity for young children to be exposed to more than one language on a regular basis and become proficient in a second language. Whether you want your child to pick up a second language that your family does not speak fluently or you want to help normalize the language you speak at home by sending your child to a school where it is spoken, a bilingual preschool can offer many benefits. However, before you decide to enroll your child in a bilingual program, here are three things you should consider.  1. The Level of Immersion  Preschools offer different levels of language immersion. At full immersion preschools, lessons are conducted entirely in the foreign language and emphasis is placed on the acquisition of that language. At partial immersion schools, both English and a second language are taught, either at the same time or by switching regularly throughout the day.  Whether you want a full-immersion or partial-immersion school depends on what language you speak at home, whether you will continue to send your child to a bilingual school throughout their academic career, and how comfortable your child feels with the situation.  You should also note whether your child will be allowed to speak in both languages. Some full-immersion schools require or heavily encourage your child to only use the language of the school, which may frustrate some young children.  2. The Ability of Staff to Communicate with You  If you do not know the second language your child will be learning, it is important that the staff is able to communicate with you. If there are teachers at the school who do not speak English, will there be interpreters available to help you ask questions about your child’s progress and discuss any problems they may have?  3. The Cultural Atmosphere of the Preschool  While some preschools are solely bilingual, other preschools are both bilingual and multicultural. This means that in addition to learning a second language, your child will also be exposed to basic cultural aspects that are often associated with that language. This is often the case when bilingual preschools hire teachers with a background in another country. If this is something you are interested in, it is important to ask to make sure it is available at the school you are considering.  Although bilingual education can be beneficial to your child, it is important that you consider these aspects carefully before enrolling your child. Speak with representatives from facilities like the Montessori School Of Salt Lake Inc to learn...

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How Daycare Instructors Can Handle Children With Ease

Posted by on May 5, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Daycare Instructors Can Handle Children With Ease

Teaching young children is certainly a challenge, and parents know that raising kids is a tough job. For daycare workers and teachers at centers like Mountainside School, the job is exponentially challenging thanks to the sheer number of children they have to watch over each day. For those working in the daycare sector, it’s important to know how to deal with young children in a manner that gives them a nurturing environment while making sure they’re following all of the rules. Here are some ways daycare workers can ensure they have success when dealing with their classes. Structure And Routine Children need structure in order to understand how to follow instructions and manage their time. In a daycare setting, this is especially important. Making nap time the same set period each day will get young children into the routine of knowing when it’s time to settle down and get ready to sleep. Story time just before a nap can help kids ease into this time of day and it helps get their attention in a quiet setting. A successful daycare instructor creates a schedule and sticks to it so that the kids know when it’s time for a nap, a snack, or time to play. Mean What You Say All too often, parents and teachers will ask children to do a specific thing and then allow them to continue playing or running around without being firm in their instructions. In order to be successful in this venture, instructors should mean what they say and stay firm in their request. If children don’t listen, you can employ tactics such as flashing the lights on and off or giving warnings to get kids to listen. You can be gentle yet firm in your tone, but it’s important to be serious about your requests so that children realize there are consequences if they disobey. Make It Fun It’s a known fact that young children have very short attention spans. This often means that getting the group together to participate in activities can be a difficult task. In order to foster a fun environment where kids will learn and enjoy their daycare experience, getting creative is essential. Come up with new games, craft projects, and songs that will keep kids engaged throughout the day. You can even host special dress-up days or fun themed events that will help kids look forward to daycare and keep them happy. Use music, touch toys, and visual tools to help spark young imaginations and encourage learning in a place where children will feel at home while their parents are away, and you’ll be successful in managing your daycare...

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Focus On These Things When Shopping For Childcare Software For Your Daycare Center

Posted by on Apr 8, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Focus On These Things When Shopping For Childcare Software For Your Daycare Center

As someone who runs a daycare center, there are a lot of things for you to take care of on a day-to-day basis. You may already have a record keeping system in place, but access to childcare software can give you a streamlined, more secure way of handling your finances, records and other documents related to your daycare center. Here are some things to focus on when shopping for this kind of software, so you can select a program that is suitable. Security Your facility may have sensitive information about a number of the children who attend your daycare, including addresses, payment information, medications and information about family members who are not allowed to pick them up. If you still keep a lot of paper records, anyone can walk into the office and take a look at a particular child’s file when no one is looking. Childcare software offers a layer of security, as you can scan documents and store all family records inside the software. However, as you choose the right software for your facility, look for additional security measures you can use. For example, one software suite may require passwords before allowing anyone to view records. Online, web-based childcare software can even provide SSL technology for additional security through encryption of information. Ability to Import Records It can be time-consuming to have to start from scratch with new software, particularly when you have used other programs for family information and payment schedules. Look for software that allows you to import information from other popular spreadsheet or word processors you may be currently using. This will save you time because you won’t have to enter information all over again. Free Trials Before spending money on a childcare software suite, look for free trials that will allow you to test out the software before making a final purchase. This will allow you to get an idea of which software is easy to use and which is more challenging and less user-friendly. You will also be able to find out how much of the package is useful for your particular daycare center. It will not help you or your staff to buy childcare software that you don’t use fully, so ensure that you select software that has features you’ll use regularly. Use these tips to guide you toward a suitable childcare software suite for your daycare center. You should soon see that your facility is better organized. Consider a program, such as I Care, for your daycare facility....

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Is Your Child Starting Preschool Next Fall? Now Is The Time To Get Your Child Ready!

Posted by on Jan 20, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Is Your Child Starting Preschool Next Fall? Now Is The Time To Get Your Child Ready!

Your child’s transition into the local child development center might be tough. Small children who have spent their entire lives at home near their parents can get nervous or scared in new environments. If your child is going to be enrolling in preschool this fall, now is the perfect time to get your child ready. In the months ahead, you can help your child adjust to new environments and get used to spending time with other children. With adequate preparation, your child may find the transition into preschool to be less frightening and more interesting or exciting. Plan a Visit Plan a visit to the preschool so your child can see the environment, meet the teacher and watch the other children at play. If possible, go more than once. Small children tend to forget things, so it may take several visits before your child will remember what the preschool is like and whether or not he or she likes it there.  Enroll Your Child in a Play Group By enrolling your child in a local play group, you’ll accomplish several things at once, including: Your child will get exposure to groups of people outside your home. Your child will learn to interact with other children of his or her own age. Your child will start spending time away from your side, and will begin to feel safe without having you nearby. Alternatively, you can get a similar benefit from enrolling your child in classes at a local rec center. Teach Your Child to Follow Basic Directions If your child doesn’t follow basic directions, he or she may find life in a preschool very difficult at first. Help your child by practicing simple instructions like: Sit down Stand up Line up  Move from point A to point B Put things away Listen It will also be helpful if your child is able follow simple two-step instructions. You can practice these skills by asking your child to put away toys, clean up messes and deliver objects to family members in other parts of the house. Also, tell your child where to go when you need your child to move, instead of physically lifting your child and moving him or her yourself. This helps develop your child’s sense of responsibility and independence. For more suggestions about ways that you can prepare your child for preschool, speak with the teachers at the child development center (like Small World Early Learning & Development Center). They can observe your child’s behavior and give suggestions as...

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The 5 Best Parts Of The Child Care Day

Posted by on Jul 14, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on The 5 Best Parts Of The Child Care Day

Your little one’s day at child care is more than crayons and nap time. Whether she spends five hours a week or all five days at daycare, knowing what she does and how it helps her to develop is part of parenting her. While not every center is the same when it comes to the overall program, curriculum, and classroom activities, you may find that some of the best parts of your child’s day include: Socialization. Infants and young children need to experience give-and-take relationships, learn how to resolve conflicts in appropriate ways and feel like they are receiving responsive care, according to the national early childhood organization Zero to Three. These activities are part of developing essential social skills. During her day at “school” your child has the opportunity to practice sharing, taking turns and mediating conflicts while under the care and guidance of a teacher. Not only does your child enjoy the social parts of child care, but she is also learning from them. Creativity. From dress-up to art time, your child is getting creative at her center. By the time your child is 2-year-old it’s likely that she’s scribbling spontaneously, according to the American Academy of Pediatrics. Her child care teacher knows this and is giving your pint-sized Picasso plenty of opportunities to flex her artistic muscle through craft projects, exploration-based activities and creative expression. Story time. High-quality preschool programs recognize the importance of developing early literacy skills and incorporate reading/language activities into the daily curriculum, notes the International Reading Association. The structured language-based activities (such as hearing a story or looking at picture books with the teacher) are both entertaining and educational for your child. Outdoor play. Provided the weather isn’t threatening to pour down rain, snow severely or drop the mercury well below freezing, your child is going outside to play. Not only is she getting a daily dose, or two, of fresh air, but she’s building large motor skills. Outdoor play provides the opportunity to run unobstructed, climb on playground equipment and maybe even learn how to ride a tricycle! Coming home to you. Sure, she’s had a blast all day. But, your child may just realize how important you are when she sees your smiling face at the end of the day. Even though being at child care has benefits, it also makes your little one appreciate the time that she spends with you just that much more. Child care is filled with activities, games and projects that promote skill-building, learning and having fun! From making new friends to running relay races in the outdoor play yard, your preschooler has the opportunity to do things to help her learn and grow.  To make sure your child is receiving all of these learning opportunities, contact a professional child care service, like Rainbow Montessori, to discuss their...

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6 Questions And Answers About Charter Schools

Posted by on Jun 30, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 6 Questions And Answers About Charter Schools

A charter school is a specialized public school whose oversight is provided by a group or organization under a legislative charter. The charter provides exemptions from some state and local regulations. However, the charter school is required to meet specified standards, or the school’s charter can be revoked. Nevertheless, if you are considering a charter school for your child’s education, the concept can seem foreign. Here are a few questions and answers to demystify charter schools: Are charter school students restricted to a specific school district? Regular public schools usually provide an education to children of a specific school district only. The geographic region of enrollment can be more extensive for a charter school. In addition, charter schools can recruit their students instead of having them automatically assigned. Still, there are usually a limited number of students permitted. If an excess of qualified students apply, a lottery is performed to narrow the candidates. Who runs a charter school? Charter schools can be managed by a myriad of governing bodies, including parents, nonprofit groups, companies and teachers. Additionally, their oversight can change periodically. It can be helpful to identify who runs a charter, since a charter’s philosophy may be linked to its current oversight.  Are charter school classrooms as crowded as those in regular public schools? Charter school class sizes are usually smaller than those found in traditional public schools. Thus, students who attend charter schools may receive more individualized attention. Do charter schools have to follow strict guidelines? Charter schools are required to adhere to regulations. However, the guidelines are frequently less stringent than those of regular public schools. Charter schools may even have more control over how they apply their funding. Is the curriculum of a charter school standardized? Some core curriculum is standardized for charter schools. However, charters often stress a specific interest, such as medicine or performing arts. The classes offered are designed to provide more knowledge of the specified interest. Do you have to pay for your child to attend a charter school? A charter school is still a public school, so parents don’t have to pay tuition.  If you would like your child to receive a specialized education, a charter school could be a great option. Smaller class sizes and career-focused classes could help prepare your child for his or her secondary education or career. If you are interested in learning more about charter schools, contact a charter school in your area, like Freedom...

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Tips For Helping Jewish Boys Maintain Traditional Values

Posted by on Jun 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips For Helping Jewish Boys Maintain Traditional Values

In a society where traditional values of all sorts seem to have gone out the window, raising a Jewish boy who will adhere to traditional values isn’t easy. Spending time learning about their religion and meeting high standards at the academic level helps, but that isn’t all that’s required. As a parent of a Jewish boy, you know the challenges; now you just have to find a way to overcome them. Here you can learn some tips that you may not have thought of in your daily efforts to raise a Jewish boy into a wholesome Jewish man. Encourage Questions Traditionally, you may have been taught that children shouldn’t ask questions. Yet today’s society questions everything and your own son is going to as well. The only difference is that if you don’t open yourself to answering those questions, he’s going to make his own assumptions or ask someone who may give him a different answer than you would like for him to have. Just listen while he talks, leaning forward so that he can see you are actively paying attention. Ask if there are any more questions so that you end the conversation with encouragement for more dialogue. Refer to Jewish texts so that you answer questions, but also offer references for him to refer to and interpret on an individual basis as he becomes a man. Support Education on Multiple Levels Today’s educational system places a heavy focus on test scores, but you want your son to actually learn things, not just ace tests. That means you need to encourage learning outside the classroom and demonstrate different ways that learning happens and is promoted. Education is important for those who want to succeed in today’s world, but it also lines up with the traditional values that you hold dear. Make Jewish education donations to educational services and providers. Not only do you help these services remain active, but you also show your son how important it is to support your culture. Plan activities around current educational details. For example, visit a live historical reenactment to foster interest in historical events. Offer entertaining books and movies that relate to his education. As a parent in the 21st century, you face more influence from the outside world than ever before. Help your child learn traditional methods by providing encouragement and education rather than being negative about his outside influences. A positive approach fosters interest and learning while a negative approach only creates negative feelings and actions.    ...

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Biting In Daycare – Why Does It Happen And What Do You Do?

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Biting is a common occurrence when you put a group of toddlers together in a child care center. Unfortunately, these little creatures don’t have the maturity or ability to grasp that biting is wrong and can injure the kids that they play with. Here, you will find some of the answers that you probably have about biting in daycare. Why do toddlers bite? Toddlers are working to find a release for anger, frustration, and anxiety. Unfortunately, biting provides many of these kids the emotional release that they need to get over what they are feeling. These young ones don’t think about the consequences of biting, so they follow their instincts and bite the person that they feel is causing them to experience these strong emotions. Very young children don’t have the verbal communication skills that older children do. Because of this, they turn to physical communications tactics, such as biting, as a way to be heard. What do you do if your child is bit in daycare? First, talk with the child care provider. Chances are, the situation has been handled and the provider has done what is necessary to teach the biting child that it was wrong and did what can be done to put a stop to it. This could include removing the biting child from the area where the other kids are playing or possibly in a time-out area. If the child care provider had no knowledge of the bite, it can be difficult to figure out which child bit your child, so little can be done. The only thing you can really do at that point is to talk with your child to teach him or her that biting is wrong and that they shouldn’t do it. Having been bit, your child may not be so likely to bite another child because they know how badly it hurts. If your child is the biting child, please, try not to get too upset. It can be embarrassing and heart-breaking to learn that your child is hurting the other kids in daycare. All you can really do is talk with your child about how it feels to be bitten and try to teach your little one how to express his or her emotions. Tell him or her that it is OK to cry or stop playing with a child who is not playing nicely. Let him or her know that you understand that the other kids’ actions can make him or her mad, but that biting is not allowed for any reason. If your child comes home with bite marks day after day, talk with your child’s care provider, one like Cottonwood Montessori, to see what is being done about the situation. They may or may not know that it is going on, so your calm discussion could go a long way in improving the...

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Tips For Finding The Best Child Care Service

Posted by on Mar 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

Because most people spend a minimum of 40 hours per week at work, it is important that they make sure that during that time they’re at work, their kids are in good hands. The way to do this is to find a licensed and insured child care business that can help you out. You will need to make sure that they look after your child’s health and safety, in addition to edifying their mind and making sure that they get plenty of time to move around and be creative. In that regard, consider some of these tips, so that you are able to give your child the best child care experience that they need.  Tip #1: Get A Copy Of Their Policies In Writing When it comes to choosing a child care provider, you will need to be sure that you select one that jibes with your sensibilities. What this means is that you should know specifically how they discipline children who break the rules, what foods are served at what times, nap schedules, the educational focus and other things that will tell you all about their philosophies. By getting this in writing well ahead of time, you will best be able to know the standard that your child care facility adheres to so that you can hold them to that standard.  Tip #2: Visit The Facility When They Are Not Expecting You You truly get an accurate representation of the facility that you’re considering hiring when you pay them an unexpected visit. This way, you’ll be able to see how children are treated, the cleanliness of the facility and how they act under stress. Any facility that frowns upon unexpected visits likely has something to hide, so make sure that you drop in a couple times to survey the scene for yourself.  Tip #3: Choose An Accredited Daycare You can learn a lot about the standards of the daycare based upon their accreditation. In the case of daycares, you should make sure that they are accredited by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) and the National Association of Child Care Research And Referral Agencies. By making sure that they maintain their business to the standards of these agencies, you will be able to protect your child and send them to facilities that have their best interests at heart.  Child care facilities, like The Cottage School, provide a place for children to learn and grow, but you still have to do you homework. With this in mind, you’ll have the information that you need in order to help your child grow, learn and maintain safety when you are not with...

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4 Ways Accredited Preschools Engage Families

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

You want the best for your young child’s early education. Accredited preschools provide quality programs that meet nationally recognized standards. Not only do these early learning centers and schools have to prove their worth when it comes to what they teach, they also have to demonstrate that they know who they teach. Maintaining relationships with families is a key part of any effective preschool program, according to the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC). Accrediting agencies, such as NAEYC and the National Early Childhood Program Accreditation organization, require a commitment to this ideal before granting accredited status. What are some of the ways that accredited preschools create relationships with parents and families? 1. Teacher-level engagement. You see your child’s teacher every day during drop-off or pick-up. In a quality preschool program the teacher makes an effort to engage you in some form of communication at these times. This doesn’t always mean a lengthy discussion or a full run-down on how your child is doing. It may be something as simple as, “Hi! Gina is really enjoying music. Did she sing the alphabet song to you yet?” If all of the parents come in at once, it’s not likely that the teacher has plenty of time to talk. If this is the case, she may schedule special conferences, send email updates or hand out regular classroom newsletters. 2. Cultural sensitivity. Not every family communicates or engages in school the same way. According to NAEYC, accredited preschools need to set family engagement in the context of cultural diversity. This means developing a sense of sensitivity to other culture’s values, beliefs and language. 3. Provide program information. A school handbook may seem like a simple list of rules and regulations, but it’s also a way that programs engage families in the learning experience. The more information that you have on the program, the more that you understand what your child is doing during her day. This breeds a higher level of comfort. Information on how to contact the teacher, when the teacher may contact you and ways to take part in classroom activities also help you to become part of the preschool community. 4. Classroom-level engagement. Field trips, classroom parties and other special events all offer opportunities for families to engage. For example, your child’s teacher may ask for help planning crafts for the Valentine’s Day party or send a letter home detailing the times of the annual preschool performance. Preschool accreditation means much more than setting standards for curriculum and learning. Family engagement at the teacher-parent and classroom levels need to take cultural sensitive approaches and include the provision of essential information that makes everyone feel included. When you’re looking for a preschool program, ask about accreditation and how they meet parent engagement needs. For more information, talk to a place like D & J Educational...

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