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 looking for an exciting and enriching summer experience for your preschoolers? Why not enroll them in Kids 'R' Kids Summer Camp 2017? Kids 'R' Kids Summer Camp of Charlotte offers a wide variety of engaging activities that will keep your little ones learning lots and loving life this summer!
Enjoy Various Activities
Attending a daytime summer camp is wonderful for numerous reasons. It's a great way to build confidence, forge new friendships, and establish independence in your preschooler. There are countless activities for your child to participate in, and if one doesn't spark their interest, you can bet the next one will! If your youngster enjoys performing, they will love the opportunity to create a play of their very own while dancing and singing the days away. Or maybe they have a passion for nature, which means they'll love spending time outdoors exploring plants and animals in their community.
Unplug and Get Moving
Additionally, sending your children to Kids 'R' Kids Summer Camp is a great way to help them unplug from technology and embrace their youthful spirits. Tablets, TVs, laptops, and computer games consume the minds of children each day, which is why it is so important to encourage your children to step away from the screen and head outdoors for some fun! There is no lack of fun fitness activities and nutritional snacks and meals at Kids 'R' Kids Summer Camp. What better way to spend the summer than getting out of the house and staying active?
From art, to engineering, to community service, there are countless new skills and hobbies for your preschooler to explore. Children from ages five to twelve can enroll in Kids 'R' Kids of Charlotte Summer Camp now and have the summer of a lifetime! So what are you waiting for?
Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte located in Charlotte, North Carolina? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family.Show Less
School’s out for summer, and high temperatures are here! There’s nothing like ice-cold lemonade on a summer day, but sometimes it’s not enough to beat the heat. Check out these ways to have a ton of fun this summer with your preschooler while keeping cool.
Have inside fun with your preschooler!
Your child may be dying to head outside and play, but some days it’s just plain hot. Here are a few fun indoor activities to try when it’s too hot to go outside.
- Visit your local art or science museum.
- See a new movie.
- Visit your local library or bookstore.
- Have an indoor dance party or movie marathon.
Go to the pool.
Hot summer days are perfect for hitting the pool. An even better idea? Take a day trip if you live near a lake or beach! Make sure you remember to apply sunscreen, pack towels, and bring those floaties along. Everyone loves spending time in the water. So take a dip, cool off, and enjoy spending time as a family.
Applying sunscreen is a no brainer when taking a trip to the beach or a dip in the pool, but did you know the sun’s UV rays can affect your child’s skin on any given day? Summertime is perfect for outdoor fun, but spending time in the sun without protection is dangerous. Use sunscreen, wear protective clothing, and even throw on a hat. You won’t regret it!
Drinking water and staying hydrated is a necessity during those hot summer months. If your youngster is resistant to drinking multiple glasses of water throughout the day, try adding fresh fruit like strawberries or blueberries to add natural sweetener to your hydrating beverage. You can also keep plastic water bottles in the freezer, which melt into an icy delight when you’re on the go.
When in doubt, swim it out. Those June through August days will fly by with these fun summer tips and activities.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
Spring is upon us and it’s the time for new life and growth in nature. Who doesn’t love flowers and new seedling sprouts? You can encourage your preschool child to develop a green thumb and a love for nature through these little gardening projects that are some of the easiest plants for kids to grow.
Preschoolers love sunflowers because they can grow to be so tall—up to twelve feet! They also require minimal work and can grow in most any type of soil. Once they’re fully grown, they will produce sunflower seeds that will attract all kinds of birds to watch and study.
Poppies take little to no water and are a beautiful option to get your little one started in the gardening area. They are very easy to manage, and the vibrant red color is fun to watch bloom and grow.
Peas are very easy to grow, and they will produce vegetables that your preschooler can eat. If you have trouble getting them to eat their veggies, try growing them yourself and see if they will become a little more interested in their peas after they watch them grow.
Strawberries are perhaps a bigger favorite. While being relatively easy to grow, it is almost guaranteed that they will produce a delicious fruit that is sure to excite. They will want to pick them as soon as they begin to bloom, but encourage them to be patient and wait until they’re finally ripe. The longer they’re left on the vine, the sweeter they will be!
Try out these four gardening ideas and watch as your preschooler develops a love for the outdoors and the different aspects of botany. Take every opportunity to teach them through fun, and the experiences will stick with them much longer than information from a book alone. Make it fun and enjoy the time that you spend together in the garden.Show Less
Science is an awesome way to learn about the world around your preschool child through observation and experimentation. That means that science is everywhere! There are so many ways that you can learn science with your family, and here are just a few options to get you started.
Observe a sunset with your child.
Talk about where the sun sets and where it rises, and discuss the beautiful colors that are painted across the sky every night. What makes the sky appear pink or orange as the sun sets? Talk about your favorite colors to see across the sky each night.
Dissect a flower and recreate it with paper.
Talk about all the different parts such as the petals, leaves, anther, and stigma. Cut the different parts out of paper and glue them all together to make and learn about the makeup of a flower. Use any flower—let them pick their favorite!
Make a volcanic eruption.
Make a volcanic eruption with just three simple ingredients. Use equal parts of baking soda and vinegar with a little bit of food coloring for a fun factor. Put the baking soda in a glass and slowly add the colored vinegar to the baking soda for an epic overflowing eruption that will leave smiles on your preschooler’s face. Be prepared for the eruption and prep the area for minimal clean up. This is a favorite!
Try out these three and you’re sure to whet an appetite for science in your little one. Remember that science is everywhere, and there are many other ways to learn about science that don’t take too much time. You can discuss things like the formation of clouds and why the sky is blue on long car rides to pass the time. Be creative and get the conversation flowing!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 disciplining your kids, getting them to eat healthier, and learn more about the strategies we use within our Brain Waves℠ curriculum!Show Less
There may be some kids that just can’t wait to get to school, but there are also the more introverted ones that would prefer not to leave mom and dad. Though the morning transition into preschool or daycare may be difficult, here are 4 ways that can make it just a little bit easier for you and your child.
- Bring something familiar.
Bring some kind of comfort object to leave with your child. Having a little piece of home to take along could give them the confidence they need to bravely take on the day. A little blanket or a small stuffed animal that is dearly loved just might ease away the fear.
- Be confident (don’t show your fear).
If you’re happy and confident in the situation, then they are more likely to be happy and confident also. Kids can smell fear, so don’t be hesitant! Be firm and let them know that everything is going to be okay! They’ll have a lot of fun once they warm up.
- Don’t sneak away.
It may seem like the easy solution, but it’s only going to cause trust issues in the future. Be honest about the fact that you’re about to leave instead of creeping away when they’re not looking. They’ll be even clingier next time if this is your habit. Always say goodbye, give them a hug, and confidently leave. They’ll be just fine!
- Validate feelings.
Try not to say things like “You’re fine, just go play.” Validating feelings could be the key to leaving them happy. Your child needs you to recognize the fact that being left is a big deal to them. Instead you could say something like “I know that you’re sad, but you’re going to have so much fun today!”
Help them understand that the way they are feeling is natural, and try to not judge them for that. Reassure them that you love them and you’ll be back for them soon! As soon as a routine is in place, being dropped off will be the new normal for your child, and the drop-offs shouldn’t be so dramatic anymore. Just remember to give your child time to adjust to new surroundings, and reassure them that you’ll be back in no time at all!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
Some dogs are sweet little angels around children, and some dogs are grumpy, and still others are down right mean, but how can you tell them apart?
Family Education has provided a list of ten kid-friendly dogs. Guess which one came in first. If you guessed the Dachsund, you were wrong! It’s actually a Bichon Frise. All the parents reviewing dog breeds for this list found that they had the best demeanor for children.
The Dachsund came in second, however. With their small, oddly shaped bodies and minimal shedding, these dogs are often fun cuddlers and great with children.
Other top-ten-listers include the Maltese, pug, Keeshond, and the lab. You should see the Keeshond. It’s actually a very pretty dog.
Do you have a dog now? Maybe you’ll find it on this list!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
In today’s age of gadgets and apps there are a myriad of opinions surrounding how much technology is too much for young toddlers or preschoolers. Everyone has seen a toddler pick up a smartphone or iPad and begin swiping and tapping with incredible ease. It’s an easy and effective way to quiet loud children in public places or distract children when fussy or bored. Moderation is a key element in effectively using technology with your preschooler.
Some may worry that screen time will mean losing brain cells, dropping IQs, etc. It’s true that your child’s brain reacts differently to a screen than to other surfaces or toys, but it’s not accurate to assume your child’s brain is ruined by the screen time. An easy way to limit screen time in your child’s day is by designating a particular time of day for TV or iPad. Many mothers use a tablet or favorite TV show as a way to keep older siblings quiet during younger siblings nap times. Another option is to limit screen time for just when you take long road trips. Whatever time of day or frequency you choose, be consistent. A toddler or preschooler will come to expect to have screen time at a certain part of the day, which will hopefully limit any tantrums surrounding their use of electronics.
Also, when your child watches TV or plays on the iPad be sure you know what they are watching. There are several options available for educational apps and websites like ABCMouse.com – which help your child learn as they play. Be sure the TV shows your child is watching is something you are comfortable with. Many parents have differing opinions about popular kid shows so take the time to watch shows for yourself and determine which ones you would like your child to watch. You can use this time to connect with your child as well or get some things accomplished while they watch. Try not to give your child several extended sessions in front of the TV during the day as it’s best for them to engage with the world around them more than sit in front of the TV or iPad. Also, avoid having the TV on all day as background noise. Your child will naturally gravitate towards it when bored which prohibits him/her from using creative or critical thinking skills to entertain himself/herself.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte our excellent team of teachers love providing the most elite preschool curriculum in the Charlotte, Concord, and Huntersville areas. From our infants to our before-and-after school students, we ensure that each child receives an engaging educational experience. Contact us today for more information!Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte 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
School may be out, but learning is always in. As a parent, you may be excited about evenings free from the hassle of homework and school projects. But, if anecdotal and statistical information is even close to being right, your child will lose some of her hard-won math and reading knowledge over the summer if those skills are not continually being fostered throughout the summer. It’s fine to take a break from rigorous learning for a few days when school lets out, but don’t let the summer go by without creating opportunities for your child to continue learning and growing. Even your toddler and preschooler can benefit from some structured learning time this summer.
To help parents make their child’s learning a priority this summer, we’ve come up with 4 suggested rules to adopt with your family:
1. Play at least one game every day!
Plenty of popular board games reinforce memory and counting skills – like Candyland, Chutes and Ladders, and the Memory Game. Or, create your own games like charades with popular book characters! Your child will be squealing with delight, and learning at the same time!
2. Participate in a summer camp.
Our Olympics-themed Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte Summer Camp combines physical activities, interactive learning and good old-fashioned fun for an unforgettable summer experience. Children will learn about the cultures, customs and cuisines of countries participating in this year’s Olympic Games. Enroll your child today, and get ready to launch your child on a learning adventure!
3. Limit technology use to one hour a day.
Chances are your child loves watching TV or playing games on a tablet, but these activities are often not interactive enough for your child’s development. Set aside a regular time for your child to enjoy these activities, like during snack time, but keep all other technology out of reach for the rest of the day. This will force you and your child to think of creative ways to make use of your time together – like playing games outside or going for a walk around the block!
4.Take a trip to the library every week.
Reading stimulates little minds to think more complex thoughts and fosters their imagination. Taking a trip to the library every week keeps your young reader excited about exploring new worlds with new books. If your public library has a summer reading program, enroll your child. You’ll set your child up for a lifetime of reading success!
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte, we understand that bridging the gap between home and school helps with your child’s success. our door is always open for families to discuss needs, ask questions, and offer comments and suggestions. Everything we do is designed to promote your child’s personal and educational well-being. Feel free to contact us today to learn more about our school!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 Charlotte digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.
Don’t forget to check back for every new monthly edition for more tips on parenting, child development, and all things preschool!Show Less
The new Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine for the month of May is here! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies, our hope is to provide your child with only the best in care, education, and nurturing.
This month’s edition includes helpful tips and tricks for successful parenting and child development. The issue features helpful articles on the value of problem solving skills, as well as the importance of giving each individual child space to grow and learn at his or her pace without comparison to other children. No doubt, you will be encouraged to love and care for your children in a way that stimulates their learning and development!
In addition to helpful articles, you will find information about different school programs and activities your children can get involved in. This month you can learn more about our exciting Summer Camp 2016 program!
As you flip through this month’s edition of the digital magazine, remember to keep an eye out for the Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine every month! Each edition will highlight new areas of parenting and early education that will help equip you as you continue on the exciting and challenging journey of parenthood and early childhood education!
So go ahead! Take a peek inside our magazine! And, feel free to share it with your friends! As always, our door is open to your comments, questions and suggestions as we work together to provide your child with a firm foundation in early learning. Contact us today!Show Less
While there may be more rain coming, according to the weather forecast, your child has had enough rainy day indoor activities. She is ready for some serious outdoor fun! It’s not too early to take her outside to run around, play, and soak in the sunshine. Before you think about pricey amusement parks and extended trips to the beach, take a moment to plan some simple outdoor activities that your child can experience today. Requiring only a little bit of preparation and creativity, here are some outdoor ideas that will have your child squealing with delight!
Whatever you choose to do with your child, remember that quality time spent with her is more important than the activity that you actually end up doing! So, don’t stress out and enjoy exploring the great outdoors together!
Get out the chalk and make sidewalk art.
This outdoor activity requires nothing more than colored chalk and a sidewalk. All you have to do is pick out a shady area and let your child’s imagination go wild! To spice things up, pick a theme for your sidewalk chalk art. Tell your child to create a fairytale land with castles, dragons and princesses. Or, create a zoo with giraffes and monkeys!
Plan a scavenger hunt.
Before you go out to your favorite park or nature area, make a list of items for your child to find or do when you get there. It can be as easy as “Find a tree with flowers on it,” “Find a dandelion,” or “Do 10 jumping jacks!” The goal is to keep your child occupied and active! If you want to encourage some healthy competition, set a timer and reward the child who gets done with the scavenger hunt first!
Pitch a tent and have a “camp out” in the backyard.
If you have a backyard, take your kids outside for a “camp out.” Pitch a tent, bring out some sandwiches and lemonade, and pretend you’re in the middle of a forest. When it gets dark, look for shooting stars, and maybe even tell spooky stories!
Go on a nature safari.
Is there a creek or lake near your home? Or maybe a wooded area? Pack some binoculars, a sketch pad and a glass jar and go exploring! Ask your child to be extra quiet as you observe different types of birds, squirrels, and other critters. Pay attention to different types of flowers and plants that are sprouting out of the ground. If you come across an interesting bug, or even a frog, help your child scoop it up in a jar and look at it up close. If your child is artsy, give her time to draw the critter in her sketch pad before returning it to its natural habitat.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte, we value outdoor play, creativity and imagination. That’s why our center is equipped with outdoor play areas with state-of-the-art equipment. Children have scheduled times in the morning and afternoon to explore the outside world in a safe environment with well-trained supervision. As if that wasn’t enough, we also offer year-round field trips where children get to experience fun places in the community – like the library, petting zoo or even the local grocery store! At Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte, children are always learning, growing and exploring! Learn more about us through our FAQ page!Show Less
Preschool teachers have a difficult job. Between nap time, finger painting and trips to the potty, they are investing precious time and energy into nurturing, teaching and encouraging preschoolers to develop into respectful and bright little humans.
With blooming trees and sunshine outside providing extra distraction, preschool teachers need an extra dose of encouragement to keep little ones focused and behaving well. Show your child’s preschool teachers that you care about them by sending them a handwritten thank you note.
There are a couple things you may want to mention in your note. For example, list out one or two specific things your child learned at preschool that he or she can’t stop talking about. Maybe it’s a new song with silly hand motions. Maybe it’s facts about the solar system. Mentioning specific things your child is taking away from the curriculum helps your preschool teacher know that what she’s teaching is actually sticking!
Thank your child’s preschool teacher for her warm smile and gentle hugs. Your child’s preschool is another home away from home and your child’s teacher makes it feel that way. Thank your child’s preschool teacher for showing up, loving well and showing compassion to your child when you can’t physically be there. Isn’t this the greatest benefit of preschool?
Also, thank your child’s preschool teacher for her creativity in trying new games and art projects. Many preschool teachers spend countless hours on the Internet looking up new and fun activities to keep your child’s brain active and learning. When your child excitedly runs up to you with another beaded or glittery art project, acknowledge the preschool teacher’s time and creativity in making this moment possible.
Finally, thank your child’s preschool teacher for putting up with your child’s temper tantrums, “accidents,” pouty lips and occasional pushes and shoves. Children don’t become angels the moment they step into a classroom and your child’s preschool teacher has probably seen your child at his or her worst. Thank your preschool teacher for being patient, kind and understanding. Being a preschool teacher is hard work and every teacher deserves to know that her work is acknowledged and valued.
Something as simple as a handwritten note from a parent can put an extra bounce in a preschool teacher’s step. Which Kids ‘R’ Kids preschool teacher will you thank today? Contact Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte for the best way to reach each of our excellent teachers.Show Less
From infants and toddlers, to preschool children and beyond, guarding young children from colds and sniffles is always a challenge for caring parents. During the cold winter months, parents dress their children in coats, hats, and gloves hoping to protect them from the chill in the air. Some parents spend valuable time preparing healthy meals to build their child’s immune system so they can resist exposure to germs and illness.
As you take steps to protect your child, consider these simple recommendations to help guard your child from colds and sniffles.
- Make sure your child eats nutritious meals. Prepare plenty fruit, vegetables, and protein options for your child to enjoy. Avoid excessive sweets and fast food meals with little nutritional value.
- Make sure your child gets plenty of rest. Children require adequate sleep for their growing and developing body. Sleep also helps keep your child healthy and alert while learning in preschool.
- Teach your child proper hand washing. Demonstrate appropriate hand washing technique using soap and warm water.
- Discuss key hand washing times with your child. Talk about the importance of hand washing before meals, after bathroom breaks, after playing outside, and after playing with pets.
- Always carry hand wipes or sanitizer to clean your child’s hands when soap and water are not available.
Whether your child is in daycare, childcare, preschool, or at home, it’s important to follow steps to keep your child healthy minimizing the risks of colds and sniffles. Help your child make healthy habits fun by making up silly hand washing songs and creating bedtime routines.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we make learning fun with songs, music, technology and much more. For more ideas to protect your child from colds and sniffles, talk to our staff or take a tour of our facility. We would love to share the many ways we keep your child safe. Also, talk to your child’s doctor for more health recommendations for your child’s specific needs.Show Less
The new year if filled with anticipation and excitement about positive change and new opportunities. It’s a great time to start fresh, make new decisions, and set new goals. As you consider your plans and goals for the new year, we hope you will consider the excellent growth opportunities we provide for infants, toddlers, preschoolers, and students with before and after school needs.
Working parents can take advantage of our Before and After School program by providing safe and fun activities for children while parents are working. You can also encourage your child to take advantage of our Special Programs and enjoy our health and fitness, foreign language, music, and computer classes. With so many possibilities for new goals and experiences, our preschoolers, school-aged children and parents will enjoy new milestones in the new year.
Here are some suggestions for creating meaningful goals for the new year:
- Set fun goals. Don’t be too serious. Create goals in different categories. Some plans can be entertaining like learning to dance, improving your golf swing, and preparing new recipes. Others can be work related, like learning a new skill or improving your communication. Your child may want to improve a score on a video game or learn a new skill at school. Remember, it takes time to change a habit. When needed, adjust your goals to meet your schedule and time demands.
- Set goals to share your child’s learning experience. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte is an excellent resource for this goal. Visit our ABCmouse website for engaging opportunities to take learning beyond the classroom. Your child is learning through many difference sources, including songs, technology, and fun activities. Ask for a demonstration of how your child is learning join in on the songs, dance, or other fun learning experiences.
- Set goals together. Discuss personal goals with your family. Discuss what you want to accomplish in the new year. What steps do you need to take? Help each other with set goals and discuss ways you can work together. Help your children with ideas such as eating more fruit and vegetables, putting toys away regularly, and keeping the bedroom clean.
The staff at Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte would love to hear about your goals for the new year and celebrate your child’s efforts. We are not like a daycare or childcare that simply watches over your child while you work. We are a learning academy with a state-of-the-art facility, highly trained, quality teachers, accredited programs, and a big heart for children. We love to see infants, toddlers, and preschoolers growing, creating, and learning in our fun and nurturing environment. Contact us for more about setting goals for children.Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte is a locally owned and operated national franchise offering First Class CurriculumÔ and dynamic programs for infants, toddlers, and for children in preschool, pre-k, and before and after school. Kids ‘R’ Kids brings years of educational excellence and experience as the First Step to Higher EducationÔ for your child. We hope you will browse through our website to learn more about our dynamic programs.
Here is a snapshot of our programs and benefits:
First Class Curriculum
Our STEAM AHEAD curriculum is an integrated project-based curriculum incorporating more science, technology, engineering, art, and math into students’ everyday learning through play. Written for preschool students ages three to five, STEAM AHEAD is designed to be used as a supplement to the Kids ‘R’ Kids core curriculum providing students with opportunities to be innovative, creative, and inventive as they build strong foundations in five core areas of their education.
Our Infant Program provides personalized care and attention in a nurturing manner that fosters a solid foundation for learning and development. Infants gain valuable skills beyond a normal childcare or daycare experience through our excellent educational materials such as blocks, soft books, activity mats, and tactile and sensory toys. We also provide a cozy and soft atmosphere with plenty opportunities for your baby to strengthen important muscles that are essential for physical development.
Our Toddlers Program is designed to grow along with your child, building on previous knowledge and offering new challenges. We understand busy toddlers. That’s why our toddlers enjoy hands-on projects, a structured learning plan, problem-solving challenges and puzzles, a fun, safe play environment, daily reports for parents and lots of hugs and giggles. Toddlers also learn language development, creativity, social interaction and much more.
Preschoolers are continuing their learning adventure with a desire to do things on their own and make new discoveries. That's why our Preschool Curriculum is divided into monthly topics, with a focus on a weekly theme. Daily and weekly activities introduce learning in subject areas such as: Math/Science, Literacy and Reading, Phonics, Art, Dramatic Play, Blocks and Building, Sensory Activities, Music and Movement and Outdoor Learning.
Continuing to nurture your preschooler's mind, the Kids 'R' Kids Pre-K program is filled with enjoyable activities as the next stop on your child's way toward elementary learning. Pre-K activities include large and small hands-on groups, independent activities, and realistic application. The learning stations and curriculum were designed to build your child’s comprehension. Through independent and cooperative learning strategies, children are able to apply thought, imagination, and creativity into their educational experiences.
Every activity in our Before and After School program is designed to pique your child`s interests in a friendly, safe, and nurturing environment. We provide supervised fun activities, homework help, and child-directed play. Your child can relax in the supportive and loving environment while creating lasting connections with teachers and friendships with classmates.
There is so much more to share about the many ways Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte can benefit your child. We invite you to contact us, take a tour, and ask questions. Our teacher and staff would enjoy meeting you so you can see for yourself why we are much more than a daycare or childcare. Kids ‘R’ Kids - Smart Choice. Smarter Child.®Show Less
Fall is a beautiful time of year when the leaves are turning gorgeous shades of yellow, brown and gold. The cool breeze has arrived inviting toddlers and preschoolers to enjoy the great outdoors in a comfortable temperature for playgrounds and neighborhood parks. In October infants to adults will dress in fun costumes for Halloween and Fall Harvest. In November the holidays will continue with the Thanksgiving treats and we will top off the holidays in December leading to a New Year’s celebration.
While the celebrations are fun, especially for preschool children, the cost of purchasing costumes, toys, and decorations, and extra food can be challenging to a family whose budget is already stretched.
Here are a few ideas to help loving parents who seek creative ways to enjoy the fun while managing a limited budget:
- Contact Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte for information about special events. We love to have fun events for children and families. Be sure to check for our special events, celebrations and other fun activities at our center for your child to enjoy.
- Make your own costumes. If you plan to celebrate Halloween, consider a costume-making day at home. There are many creative ideas for making your own costume using normal household items. Your children will also enjoy the time together.
- Make your own treats. Instead of buying or ordering food, have a cooking day and allow your child to assist with making the meal.
- Join another family and share the responsibilities. Your meal will be less costly if you share the fun with another family.
- Discuss your budget with your children. Discuss your family financial goals with your child. If you are saving for a large purchase, recovering from a loss of income, or trying to eliminate debt, help your child understand your desire to balance fun and responsibility. Try to talk on a level your child understands without imposing any stress on your child.
- Be creative. Preschool children can enjoy the simplest fun. Laugh, play, and enjoy thinking of creative ways you can bring a smile to your child’s face for the upcoming holidays.
- Substitute. There may be a purchase or activity that you decide against. If so, think of ways to replace the activity or event with another more affordable substitution or program.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we love to make learning fun. That’s why our curriculum is designed for children to learn indoors and outdoors. We take every opportunity to create a fun and engaging learning environment for infants, toddlers, and preschool children.Show Less
A few months after a beautiful baby is born, parents begin to hear exciting sounds of joy and personal expression. A toddler’s use of words can be adorable and entertaining as your baby learns to use new words and communicate. While it’s entertaining to watch a growing toddler use a variety of words, as a child enters preschool the vocabulary is expected to increase. Better communication and increased vocabulary does not happen automatically. It requires intentional learning and an excellent curriculum in childcare, daycare, or preschool. Parental support is also beneficial. Learning happens best in a balanced, loving, and nurturing environment.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we understand every stage of learning. Our curriculum is designed to help your child develop from infancy and toddlerhood to our preschool, pre-k, and after school programs. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, children enjoy programs designed to increase vocabulary, build better communication and much more!
We value the commitment of our parents to enhance their child’s learning experience at home. Here are some helpful ways to build your child’s vocabulary through everyday activities at home:
- Be a careful listener. It may take time for your child to express himself. Listen carefully and allow your child to take the needed time to communicate.
- When speaking to your child, use real words. It may be fun to use “play words,” but as your child learns take the opportunity to use real words for your child to repeat and understand. While some “play words” are cute, they can be confusing and stifle the vocabulary.
- Ask a lot of follow-up questions. Your questions will create opportunities for your child to think, reason, and learn how to better communicate.
- Encourage your child regularly. Always look for opportunities to affirm and encourage your child. Respond with care and thoughtfulness as your child learns to express thoughts and feelings.
- Keep your baby talking and making sounds. Your baby is growing and developing in many ways. Engaging activities, talking, and fun interactions are ways your child learns and develops. Even though your baby may not understand your words, he will recognize your voice and body language.
- Read to your child regularly. Choose a fun book appropriate for your child’s age and read regularly. Your child will begin to recognize and repeat words. Also discuss what the words means.
While Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte provides an excellent preschool learning experience, we love to see our parents join their child’s learning process. These simple steps will support your child’s learning along with our excellent curriculum. Our STEAM AHEAD curriculum is an integrated project-based curriculum written for students ages three to five, providing them with opportunities to be creative, innovative, and ingenious – learning to use problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills and, best of all, finding the “AH-HA” moments in our five core areas of education.
Learn more about the many ways we support your child, with our dynamic curriculum, excellent programs, and qualified teachers and staff. We hope you will contact us to learn more about our commitment to advanced learning, increased vocabulary, and our overall educational success that is far beyond a daycare or childcare.Show Less
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte provides a state-of-the-art facility, with 10 classrooms, an activity room, and 4 large playgrounds separated by age group for our infants, toddlers, and preschool children to enjoy. Some of the most recognized highlights of our Learning Academy are all of the Special Programs and Extra-Curricular classes we offer.
Although every child experiences our standard-based curriculum designed to meet their individual needs, they also benefit from our foreign language, music, health and fitness, and computer programs. We are excited to offer additional extra-curricular classes conveniently located on-site to create an environment for children to enjoy and compliment the learning experience.
Here are some helpful tips for choosing an extra-curricular class for your child:
- Contact Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte to learn more about the class. Find out if any additional costs are involved. Take a moment to learn about the programs and the specific activities your child will enjoy.
- Ask your child. Let your child know the available extra-curricular options and see which ones may appeal to your child. Strongly consider choosing the activity your child likes most.
- Find out which activities your child’s friends will be participating in. Your child may have an even more enjoyable experience when sharing the activity with friends.
- See for yourself. Take a tour of our Learning Academy and see these dynamic programs in action. You will see the fun and excitement in each class and see that they all offer a great experience.
One of the advantages of our Special Programs and Extra Curricular activities is the time we save our busy parents by offering these programs on-site. Parents can avoid spending their valuable time driving to a different location on another day. Children are also able to enjoy the activities with their Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte friends.
This is just one of many ways we show our commitment to going above and beyond the services of an average daycare or childcare! To learn more about our dynamic Special Programs and Extra-Curricular activities, contact us and take a tour. We love to meet new families and have the chance to showcase our excellent programs!Show Less
When the first adorable baby comes along it’s easy to know when to offer food, laughter, and rest. You quickly learn to recognize signs that your baby is tired, wants to be held, or doesn’t like an environment. As new parents, you quickly change the situation, and patiently watch as your little one becomes satisfied.
When a second child is born, parents are surprised when the personalities are totally different. One baby sleeps quietly for long hours, another child takes quick naps and requires more care for bedtime. One loves every type of food provided, while parents struggle to find a dish that another child will eat. As they grow up, parents learn that one does most of the talking while another is more shy and quiet. The list of differences in each child’s personality can be inexhaustible and a major issue for loving parents to manage.
If you have more than one child, you have likely experienced this challenge. The differences in your children are a sign of their growing independence that should be celebrated and encouraged. Your children were born to be different as they explore and discover their own likes, dislikes, gifts, preferences, and talents. You will begin to notice the difference in your infant and even more in your toddler, and preschool child. As a parent, seek to manage the differences in a way that encourages growth and personal development in a loving and accepting manner. Try not to compare your children. Instead compliment each child for her special gifts and talents. Instruct your children to avoid critical remarks when a child is challenged in an area of giftedness for another child. Remember to be patient as your children learn about themselves and the world around them.
Parents always want the best for their children. That means helping them to understand their areas of giftedness and teaching them to respect the differences in siblings and friends. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, children are special with their differences, likes, and dislikes. Our curriculum takes into account every aspect of your child’s development and each stage of growth from infant, to toddler, and preschool, and even our Before and After School program. For more beneficial solutions to manage your children’s different personalities, talk to our Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte teachers and staff. We love children and take the time to celebrate all of their differences. We are so much more than a childcare or daycare center. Visit us today!Show Less
As summer approaches, families have many options for a fun day outdoors in Charlotte, North Carolina. Even parents with infants, toddlers, and preschool children can enjoy outdoor festivals and music events, boating, fishing, or a quiet picnic at a local park. The key to a great day outdoors is to pack everything you need to keep the entire family satisfied.
Here are 10 Packing Tips for a Fun Day Outdoors in Charlotte, North Carolina:
- Take plenty of water and encourage your children to drink often, even if they don't feel thirsty.
- Take easy to eat finger snacks that your infant and toddler enjoy.
- Take plenty of sunscreen and make sure everyone is adequately covered.
- Take some mosquito repellant especially if you will be outside when it gets dark.
- Take some fun games for your children to easily enjoy.
- Take a change of clothes for your younger children and be prepared for any changes in the weather.
- Take any needed supplies like a tent, ice chest, and chairs.
- Take any toiletries that you may need especially if you will be using a public restroom.
- Take some wipes, hand sanitizer, and paper towel.
- Be sure to charge all of your needed electronic devices or take a portable power source.
Sunny days outdoors in Charlotte, North Carolina can be very entertaining for the entire family. Even families with infants and toddlers can enjoy a day outside when they plan and pack well. For more resources on things to do in Charlotte, North Carolina, visit our previous post, “Help for Planning a Fun “Stay-cation” in Charlotte, North Carolina.”
At Kids 'R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we know growing infants, busy toddlers, and developing preschoolers need plenty of space to move around and excellent resources to learn and grow. That’s why we offer programs that employ many different teaching techniques and resources that provide an elite educational experience far beyond a daycare or childcare center. Stop by for a tour and see for yourself!Show Less
Learning begins as soon as your child is born. It begins as an infant with basic concepts like discovering how to drink and eat, then a toddler rolling over and talking. Your baby will learn throughout preschool, adolescence, and adulthood. One of the best ways to ensure that the learning process is efficient and interesting is to take advantage of the many opportunities to learn in a preschool environment.
Advanced learning goes beyond what a child would gain from an average daycare or childcare. An elite learning experience is usually offered in a preschool environment from a Learning Academy that offers AdvancED Accredited Programs. Your child not only learns the basic educational skills like reading and math, but much more!
Here are some interesting skills your child learns in our accredited preschool:
Social Skills - In preschool, children enjoy interacting together in the classroom, on the playground, and small groups. They make new friends, learn about each other’s preferences and cultures, and talk about how they feel. Some friendships develop beyond the classroom as children make friends and enjoy time together away from school. Learning social skills early will reap benefits far beyond preschool.
Responsibility – The responsibility of putting toys away in preschool is different from doing chores at home. When your child is at school, everyone is putting the toys and supplies away. It is an activity that is enjoyed with every child in the class. It’s fun, and it is sometimes done with the accompaniment of music and songs. Learning responsibility is not perceived as a chore, but as a pleasure.
Communication – Preschoolers enjoy talking--especially to children their own age. In preschool, children enjoy interacting and laughing with other children and adults, which can lead to better self-expression and communication.
Listening Skills – While Kid’s ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte provides plenty of room for preschoolers to enjoy moving around, children also learn to sit and listen to instruction. They learn to watch and pay attention to technology and follow instructions.
Critical Thinking Skills - Through listening, communicating, and reasoning, children learn valuable critical thinking skills. By interacting with other children in preschool, they are able to learn and grow in an environment that fosters critical thinking skills.
The staff at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte would enjoy discussing the many additional ways your child can learn in a preschool environment. Contact us and schedule a personal tour of our Learning Academy. You can see us in action while we answer all of your questions. We hope to see you soon!Show Less
Children learn in many different ways. They learn in preschool, at home, through using the five senses, and through various experiences. It’s important to use different opportunities to help young learners comprehend the subject and remember what is being taught. Math is one subject that offers many ways to learn through daily activities that children enjoy.
Take a look at these creative ways to enhance your preschooler’s math skills:
- Organizing toys – Give your child the responsibility to organize toys in a particular manner. Put the small ones and large ones in a particular place. Put the same colors together. Your child can also count the toys in each container to remember how many toys are able to fit. The toys can also be put away based on shape and type.
- Guessing weights - Ask your child to guess which toy is the heaviest. Then, show your child how to use a scale to weigh the toys and see if the guess was correct.
- Matching - Play a match game. Ask your children to choose 2 items in the house that weigh the same. Then place the items on the scale and see who is correct.
- Looking for patterns – Ask your child to walk around your home and look for matching patterns, lines or shapes. See who can find the most patterns.
- Do a puzzle together - Help your child organize the steps to complete the puzzle (place the end pieces together, place similar colors together, etc.).
- Counting money - Purposefully leave change in your purse or pocket. Make an offer to your child to keep the change if he or she can tell you the exact amount of money you have.
- Measuring food – Invite your child to help you prepare a dish. For example, tell your child, “Would you give me 3 strawberries, 1 egg, and 1 cup of milk, etc.”
There are so many ways for your toddler or preschool child to learn math concepts. Thinking that involves numbers, shapes, patterns, or structures can help with math skills. Even simple tasks can be beneficial. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we teach children in many different ways. A child can learn outside on the playground, on a summer camp field trip, and of course, in our classrooms. We understand that bridging the gap between home and school also helps with your child’s success.
For more ideas on ways you can partner with us to give your child the best learning experience possible, contact us today.Show Less
Spring is almost here and summer will quickly follow. That means school aged children will be out of school and parents will be looking for creative ways to keep them busy, safe, and active. One of the best solutions for parents and children is an exciting summer camp experience. If your child has never participated in a summer camp program, this is a great opportunity for fun activities in a creative and safe environment. You can get rid of the daily comment, “I’m bored,” and replace it with, “That was so fun!”
When your toddler, preschooler, or school aged child gets to enjoy a summer camp that’s engaging, creative, and full of exciting activities, you can rest knowing your child is fully immersed in a fun, interesting, and educational environment.
A great summer camp experience can be the highlight of your child’s summer. Take a look at these ideas to prepare your child for a new summer camp experience.
- Tour the location with your child and meet the staff and teachers. This will help you and your child feel familiar on the first day of camp.
- Show your child a list of the activities that summer camp offers.
- Let your child know about the opportunity to meet new friends who are the same age and like to have fun too.
- Show your child the list of field trips that the camp will enjoy during the summer.
- Take a look at the playground the camp offers (when applicable).
- View the camp details together and highlight activities that your child will enjoy.
- Assure your child that the camp environment has a caring staff that is committed to safety and lots of fun throughout the summer camp experience.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we are excited to offer an excellent Summer Camp experience for your child to enjoy. It won’t take long for a first time camper to feel at home with our state-of-the-art facility, playgrounds, and many activities that we offer. Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte understands the needs of busy working parents, which is why we provide nutritious meals, exciting activities, field trips, and more all in a safe and loving environment. For questions about summer camp enrollment or other inquiries, feel free to contact us at (704) 503-4001, or stop by the front desk for details. Don’t forget to share this information with your friends!Show Less
Spring break travel can present a challenge for families with have and infant, toddler, or preschooler. The cost, time, planning, and time off for spring break can also be difficult to manage, but there are other options. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we are experts at understanding the many opportunities for children to learn and have fun in a loving environment. If spring break travel presents a challenge, consider having a “stay-cation” instead. A “stay-cation” can be a great alternative that provides a fun week of activities, for a reduced cost, and no travel. Charlotte offers many fun and interesting attractions for a family to enjoy without spending the money required to take a traveling vacation.
Take a look at these fun ideas fora “Stay-cation” in Charlotte:
- Visit one of our sister museums. Discovery Place Kids is for younger children and Discovery Place is for all ages. Charlotte Nature Museum is for all ages as well and connected to one of Charlotte’s best parks.
- Visit Great Wolf Lodge and splash and play the day away in over 80,000 square feet of water-packed fun and excitement.
- Visit the US National Whitewater Center and enjoy playing, relaxing, and learning.
- Visit the NASCAR Hall of Fame. NASCAR Hall of Fame is an interactive, entertainment attraction honoring the history and heritage of NASCAR.
- Look for local entertainment, events, and performances available for family entertainment.
- Contact Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte to see if we have any events or opportunities coming up.
- Have a movie marathon. As a family, decide on the movies and spend the day enjoying fun snacks and all day movies.
- Spend the day at a local park grilling, fishing, and having fun.
- Have a sports tournament with another family and friends. Choose several games, divide the teams and see who wins!
- Visit an amusement park or attend a festival. Check local listings and see what’s available. Consider trying something different.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we understand that children and adults need a break from daily routines. A relaxing week does not always require spending lots of money and traveling. Take a moment to think about ways to get the quiet time your family needs without jeopardizing other boundaries that create additional stress.
For more ideas on creative solutions for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, contact Kids ‘R’ Kids of Charlotte. We would enjoy discussing other fun possibilities that would benefit your family.Show Less
The early years of your child’s life are some of the most critical in terms of development, growth and understanding the world. It is never too early to be thinking about what preschool you will choose for your child’s early development. Choosing the best preschool for your child takes some research, and may be challenging.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, North Carolina is here to help you identify and differentiate quality early education from just ordinary child care. You will learn and be confident knowing that your child will receive the best early education that you can provide.
Regardless of which preschool, daycare or child care facility you are considering, always ensure that they should have clear and easy-to-follow protocols in regard to emergency preparedness. There should be nothing more important to you than your child’s health and safety. Make sure they will be able to address any possible injury or medical emergency your child might experience.
Any preschool you are considering should offer an open-door policy, where you can visit at any time, and observe precisely what and how your child is doing. This benefits you and your child, by allowing you to ensure he or she is safe, and you have the ability to witness firsthand your child’s environment, and how your child is being cared for and learning.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, North Carolina we offer this and so much more than an average daycare or preschool. We maintain a high teacher retention rate, safe and secure premises and all the early development to provide your child with a superior early education. Contact us if you are interested in the quality child care services and the AdvancED™ accredited program that we offer.Show Less
Early brain developmentin a child is so important, even beginning in the fetal stages. Supporting brain development in your child is crucial for laying the proper foundation for future success. We explore how early brain development in child care and preschool affect your child.
A child’s cognitive function is manifested in how well the child can reason, interact, and communicate. Your child relies on these skills to function independently, as well as in groups. A child with strong cognitive capabilities tends to have more opportunities than one who has not developed these skills. Enroll your child in a preschool where there are ample opportunities to practice and develop these skills.
Self-confidence will determine your child’s future success. A good self-image and healthy self-esteem allow a child to communicate well with others, take on new challenges, and use imagination and creativity. Without a strong sense of self-confidence, your child may struggle to enjoy many of the exciting and rewarding things in life. You can support your child in boosting self-esteem by encouraging him or her to explore the world safely and take safe risks.
How to support your child’s brain development
Your child needs activities specifically created to stimulate and activate brain cells in all four separate areas of the brain. You should encourage interactive and free play and provide stimulating materials that utilize all five senses. Support this crucial development in your child’s life by starting early to ensure the optimal results.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, North Carolina is ideal for early childhood education that you can trust. We offer an exclusive Brain WavesTM Curriculum that will assure your child will succeed in kindergarten and beyond. Contact us here for further information.Show Less
It's not long after you have enjoyed the beauty of the holidays that you are faced with the task of taking down the decorations and storing everything for the next year. There is no quick and easy way to securely store every light, ornament, and decorative item. There are some helpful strategies to optimize your storage space and prepare for the next year. An organized strategy for storage can make next year’s decorating much easier and more enjoyable.
Take a look at these organizational tips for storing your holiday decorations:
- Get rid of everything you no longer use. It’s easy to keep every item that you have purchased over the years. If you’re still storing items you know you will never use again, consider donating them to charity. There may be another family who would love to decorate their home with your gently used items.
- Purchase the proper storage containers. A good storage container will help you secure your decorations in a manner that optimizes space. Proper containers can also protect your precious items for many years of use.
- Always cover items for protection. Wrap lights to avoid entanglement. Use tape if necessary to keep your lights secure. You can also purchase light storage containers.
- Dispose of live trees properly. Many communities offer Christmas tree pick-up on certain days.
- Label your boxes detailing items and colors. You will avoid unnecessary time sorting and unpacking when you use labels.
- Use hanging organizers. Storing wrapping paper, boxes, and ribbons in hanging organizers creates better space management. Store your organizer in closets and rooms where you decorate.
Holiday decorating can be enjoyable for preschool children and adults. Proper storage can help decorating become a fun activity for the entire family, even a toddler. For more holiday storage tips, visit www.thisoldhouse.com.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we understand the need for proper planning and organization. That’s why everything we do is well planned and designed for young learners who are growing and discovering. Contact us to learn more about elite programs for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.Show Less
The holidays come with many traditions, plans, and expectations. Children expect to get lots of toys and gifts. Families expect to eat great meals and sweet delights. Neighbors expect to see beautiful lights adorning community homes. With all of the fun, food, and festivities, comes a need for the financial resources to purchase everything you will need. The holidays can bring a sense of wonder and delight making it very easy to overspend. A holiday budget may be the solution for managing the spending and honoring the financial responsibilities that will continue throughout the New Year.
Financial planners recommend spending no more than 1.5% of your annual income on holiday spending.Before you start spending, talk to your family and develop realistic expectations. A holiday budget can be a great tool to help avoid overspending. Discuss the true meaning of the holidays beyond purchasing and gifts. Talk to your children about the gifts that are most desired and smaller gifts that they would like. Look for special deals at the grocery store and department stores. Consider unique ways that you can give gifts like baking and creative projects. If spending begins to exceed your budget, consider less costly substitutions.
Practical Money Skills For Life offers a Holiday Spending Guide that you may find useful. The goal is to enjoy the holidays without creating future financial stress. Try to put the credit cards aside, unless you are able to pay the bill completely when the statement arrives. If you see that your financial need is greater than your financial resources, plan ahead for the holidays next year. Use the amount needed this year to plan your savings throughout the coming year.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we understand the need for parents with infants, toddlers, and preschool children to manage different situations, even beyond the holidays. That’s why our curriculum is designed for children to learn critical development skills. We use strategies from our Brain Waves™ curriculum to support neural pathways for language, social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development.
Contact us for more information on how each of our programs is developed with age-appropriate learning and activities.Show Less
The Holidays are upon us, which means food, family fun, spending money, and beautiful decorations. According to a 2013 Gallop Poll, Americans typically spend at least $1,000 during the holidays. That means credit cards, cash, decorations, and gifts all need extra precautions for safety and security. Activities such as using Christmas lights and trees, and walking to your car after a shopping spree, create serious safety and security issues during the holidays. Using a few extra precautions and safety solutions will help keep your holidays filled with the fun and excitement that your family enjoys!
Here are a few Holiday Safety Tips from the National Safety Council that you may find helpful as you plan your holiday fun:
- Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.
- Use no more than three light sets per extension cord. Extension cords should be placed against the wall to avoid tripping hazards, but do not run cords under rugs, around furniture legs or across doorways.
- When displaying outdoor lights, fasten them firmly to a secure support with insulated staples or hooks to avoid wind damage. Never nail, tack or stress wiring when hanging lights and keep plugs off the ground away from puddles and snow.
- Never defrost food at room temperature. Thaw it in the refrigerator, in cold water or in the microwave.
- Refrigerate or freeze leftovers in covered shallow containers (less than two inches deep) within two hours after cooking. Date the leftovers for future use.
- Prepare your car for the winter by checking items such as the brakes, spark plugs, battery, and tires. Check your owner’s manual for the recommended interval for a tune-up.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte we are looking forward to the holiday season as we prepare fun lessons and interactive lesson plans for infants, toddlers and preschool children to enjoy in our secure state-of-the-art facility. The safety of your child is our top priority, which is why our staff is trained in First Aid/CPR, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention, and Child Abuse Awareness and undergo extensive background checks before being considered for hiring.
If you have any questions about our safety policies, hiring processes, or facility features we invite you to contact us to schedule a tour, today!Show Less
Child care can be stressful for parents, and one of the biggest challenges can be dealing with a child who refuses to nap. Some days your child may sleep well, while on others it may take more effort at naptime or bedtime. We offer a few tips to help parents cope with children who do not want to sleep.
Get into a routine
Routines are key to getting your child to nap or sleep at a consistent time every day. It may be quite difficult to establish a routine during the initial stages, however, after a week or two it should work quite well. Make the transition into sleep a little easier by reading your child a story, playing some soft music, or by sitting beside the bed until your child falls asleep.
A routine is critical, but you need to be flexible. A routine that worked for your two-year-old will most likely not work for the same child three years later. Be flexible and try to rework napping routines in order to suit your child’s changing needs.
Maybe your child does not require a typical naptime
Many child care specialists believe that taking naps is an important part of toddler life. What happens, however, if your child simply does not have the typical sleep patterns? If your child is functioning fine throughout the day without a nap, then perhaps an interim nap is not necessary. Or, your child could just be going through a developmental stage.Show Less
It’s not long after school starts, that families are dressing in costumes for Fall Harvest and wrapping gifts for loved ones. Fall and winter are great seasons for family fun, sports, fall festivals, and holidays. In the middle of the fun activities, families often work to manage busy schedules so that everyday priorities are handled in a timely and effective manner. But it’s not easy. When children and parents are moving in different directions, it can be difficult to keep it all together.
Managing priorities like proper nutrition, school activities, and general parental support are crucial for healthy child growth and development. Here are a few suggestions that might help:
- Plan ahead. You will find it extremely beneficial to plan events and accommodations ahead of time. Write down the dates for all events and talk about transportation, conflicts, and schedules. Solve potential problems and seek help when needed.
- Keep a family calendar in a central location. Once you plan ahead, write the details on a calendar and keep it visible. When a new and unscheduled activity happens, you can easily check the calendar to determine how or if it can be done.
- Identify your non-negotiables. Discuss the family priorities that can not be compromised and write them on the calendar. Communicate with your children about why certain commitments are more important than others.
- Prioritize. Whatever you decide to do, or not to do, work to stick with your plans and commitments.
- Get help. Feel free to get help from friends and family when necessary. Don’t forget to be helpful to them as well.
- Add family time to your plan. No matter how busy you get, family comes first. Be sensitive to times when your children need special attention. Also plan family meals and fun time together.
- Create a meal plan. It will help to know what meals will be served. Don’t forget the fruit and vegetables!
Take your planning a step further, by checking out these 8 Time Management Apps for Busy Parents.
A well-managed schedule can make a huge difference for a busy family with an infant, toddler, or preschool child. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we help busy families by offering several programs for children from 6 weeks to 12 years of age. We even offer bus service for our Before and After School Program. We also provide a fun-filled summer camp to serve our busy families. Contact us or come by for a visit and find out how we can benefit your family.Show Less
Learning about science is educational and fun, both at home and when attending preschool. Structured activities for your preschooler allow them to discover the wonders of science through exploration. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotteoffers an accredited educational program for preschoolers that emphasizes hands-on learning with weekly activities that include:
- Language and literacy
- Sensory activities using sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch
The goal of our preschool program is to allow each child to gain a sense of accomplishment and mastery, which increases self-confidence. We understand the importance of your child exploring the world and offer a fun and simple science exercise you can enjoy with your child. Here is a simple science activity you can do at home with your child:
This is a fun activity that allows your child to see what happens when different substances interact, but is suggested only with parental supervision.
What you need:
- Uncooked spaghetti,
- A cup of water,
- 2 teaspoons of baking soda,
- 5 teaspoons of vinegar
- A clear, tall glass.
Instructions: Pour the water and baking soda in the glass. Stir until the baking soda is dissolved. Break the spaghetti into one-inch pieces. Add approximately eight pieces into the mixture. The spaghetti pieces will sink to the bottom. Add the vinegar. Tell your child to keep close watch of what happens next to the spaghetti.
When the vinegar and baking soda mix, they create a chemical reaction. The spaghetti should rise to the top, as if “dancing” and then sink back down. This experiment can teach your child about the interaction of different chemicals. Again, please carefully supervise your child when performing this fun learning experiment!
Our preschool curriculum in Charlotte accommodates the unique learning style and comprehension rate of every child. We encourage them to enjoy learning, while also being respectful to teachers and their peers.
For more information about our Charlotte preschool program, contact us today.Show Less
Every 2 seconds someone in America becomes a victim of identity theft. Unfortunately, children are one of the most targeted groups. When it comes to protecting your child’s identity, it’s never too early to begin. Most children have no credit history which makes them an attractive target for identity theft. Since parents rarely see a need to check their child’s credit, the problem often goes unnoticed for years. When found, it can take countless months and a great deal of effort to resolve the many problems associated with identity theft. The best solution is to take precautions in every area of safety and security and seek to avoid identity theft entirely.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we understand the seriousness of privacy for your infant, toddler or preschool child. That's why we take extreme precautions to ensure privacy and safety. We give you online access to observe our classroom in action, by password only. Our school is also equipped with a weather band radio, a fire alarm sprinkler system and fire extinguishers. Our staff is trained in First Aid/CPR, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention, and Child Abuse Awareness. There are additional ways to secure your child’s safety and identity at home as well. Here are some suggestions that you may find useful.
Avoid unnecessarily sharing your child’s personal information. Some organizations will ask for a social security number, birth date, and other personal information for their own records. Feel free to ask, “Why do you need that information?” If you don’t feel comfortable with the organization or the explanation, opt out of giving the information. You may also request another identifying source.
Teach your children caution when using social media sites. Many social media sites ask for personal information when joining. Some sites even allow strangers access to your child’s profile. Once the information is online, the possibility of a safety issue or identity theft threat grows exponentially.
If you have shared your passwords or personal information with your child, teach them the importance of discretion and privacy.
Shred everything containing personal information about your child when it is no longer useful.
Pay attention to small clues like mail, emails, or phone calls using your child’s name.
Always report any suspicious activity to your bank, credit card organization, the IRS, or police.
For additional safety steps, visit the Federal Trade Commission.
As a parent, it can be hard to believe that a person would steal the identity of an innocent child in daycare, childcare, or preschool. Being proactive will help you avoid identity theft and focus on the quality education in a fun and loving environment, like Kids ‘R’Kids. We encourage you to come take a tour and see for yourself the measures that we take to keep your child safe.Show Less
Parents who have an infant, toddler, or preschool child often spend valuable time working, preparing meals, and trying to provide the best possible educational experience for their children. While the normal curriculum at a daycare, childcare or preschool may include the primary areas of study, there are several extra curricular activities and special programs that are extremely beneficial for effective learning and continued growth both academically and socially.
Extracurricular activities such as Spanish and technology are extremely beneficial for taking young learners beyond the average educational experience. Special programs like a foreign language can include lessons with games, songs and rhymes to teach vocabulary and basic conversation in Spanish. Health and fitness can emphasize healthy bodies, the food pyramid, and family-style dining. Music education is also an incredible tool that enhances brain development.
When the time comes to choose the special program for your child, here are several questions to ask yourself and your school:
How much will it cost me? At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we have special programs and extra curricular activities which are included in the tuition at no extra cost to parents. You can also elect to participate in additional programs at your discretion. If you are in another learning environment find out how much you will be charged for each activity before you begin. Remember to add the amount to your tuition cost.
How will the activity benefit my child? It’s important to make sure that you understand the value of the activity. Look for long term benefits that will help with social, physical, and academic goals. Pay attention to how your child responds to the activity and listen to his concerns and compliments. Remember, having fun is still a good reason to participate in a special program.
Is the activity appropriate for my child’s personality and ability? This can be a tricky question. It’s important to see your child’s natural ability, but you may also have to look deeper. Sometimes, children need parents to help them overcome an area and discover new talents and ability.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we make sure every child participates by providing several special programs at no additional cost. Feel free to contact us to discuss our special programs and extra-curricular activities and find out all the ways we can benefit your child!Show Less
One of the most critical issues a parent needs to consider for their infant is providing their child with the right nutrition in the form of a balanced diet. Whether your infant is at home or in day care, their diet should be focused on healthy brain development at this critical stage. Here are some of the foods that your infant should be receiving to encourage healthy brain development:
Studies have shown that breast milk contains around 380 – 400 nutrients that may not be available from baby formula. Mother’s milk, for example, contains certain fats that aid the child in building myelin. Myelin is the insulation covering the nerves that is vital for the nervous system to function properly. Also, your breast milk is perfectly suited to your particular child’s needs, whereas, scientifically formulated baby formula is not specific to your child.
Incorporate Iron into your baby’s diet
Ensuring that your infant gets enough iron in his diet is critical. A lack of iron during infancy can lead to conditions such as anemia. Anemia can develop when the blood lacks enough red blood cells. It is these cells which bind oxygen.
Once your baby has reached the age of about six months, or when your pediatrician recommends it, you can start incorporating infant cereals into their diet. There are a number infant cereals available on the market today, and most of them are rich in iron and other important nutrients.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we provide the best care in brain development for infants. You can find out more about our infant program or contact us for additional information regarding all of our child care and educational options.Show Less
It is quite important for a preschool child to have a group of friends or a social setting where he/she feels comfortable. While some children have an innate natural ability to interact effortlessly in social settings, your child may be one who is more introverted and exhibits reservations around other children his age. This attribute can be quite obvious very early on and can be discouraging for parents who want their children to thrive around others. Children who make friends easily are typically invited to many events and parties and have no trouble expressing his/her needs, opinions or desires. Classified as “friend magnets,” these socially-inept children attract new friends to play with easily. Though, many other children are not as comfortable. In fact, they may need something similar to coaching or guidance in the arena of social interactions. Quite a bit of encouragement will be necessary for helping your child feel comfortable in new settings. But it is possible!
4 tips to help your child relax in social settings:
- Create a comfortable space to invite others into. Many children feel more comfortable in their own homes. So, encourage your child to invite friends over to your house to play. Make sure plenty of games and activities are available; and having a few good snacks on hand, never hurts either!
- Get involved in the community. What activities interest your child? Seek them out in your community and help your child get involved! As the parent, it is important that you begin building relationships with the other parents involved. Making friends is a lot easier when the parents are friends, and serves as a great example for your child socially.
- Notify childcare staff and teachers. If your child attends a childcare, daycare or preschool, ask for assistance with your child’s discomfort in social settings. Discuss your concerns with his teachers and staff and give them the opportunity to help your child grow. Double check that your child’s childcare facility’s programs are designed to encourage new friendships among children. Look for a staff that is qualified to recognize children who seem to be experiencing social anxiety and need help making friends.
- Role play with your child. Acting out potential social scenarios with your child can be quite helpful. Act as if you are another child who is playing alone near your child. Give different options for how you child can respond or approach this potential friend. Help your child learn how to ask another child, “Do you want to play?” Then role play by offering possible responses to questions from other children. For example, if another child asks, “What are you doing?” Your child’s response might be, “I’m building a tower with my blocks, would you like to help me?”
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, our programs are designed to maximize friendly interactions between children and teachers, no matter the nationality, religious belief, or cultural differences. Feel free to contact us for more information on how we encourage infants, toddlers and preschool children. If you are in the Concord, Huntersville, or University areas of Charlotte, North Carolina, we would love to have you stop by for a tour! For additional help on this topic, here is an informative article that you might find useful.Show Less
A child's brain is growing, learning and developing every day. The right nutrition, and targeted physical and mental activities can maximize your child’s brain development potential. Studies show that a child’s brain is more active than an adult brain. This is because a child is born with about 100 billion brain cells, and all of the neural pathways and connections for those cells are developed within the first five years of life.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, we make brain development activities a priority. Through our exclusive, scientifically developed Brain Waves curriculum we incorporate targeted, age appropriate activities throughout the day to stimulate development in all four lobes of the brain. Here we have compiled a list of useful facts for parents to read about how a child’s brain develops:
Stress hinders learning
Stress is an emotion that affects everyone, adults and children alike, in a negative way. A child under stress cannot learn or concentrate, and this can hinder their development. During trauma or stress, a hormone called cortisol is produced that hinders connectivity in the memory and learning part of the brain. A parent must do their best to reduce stress for their child, allowing brain development to take place normally.
A very young child’s brain has limited sensory abilities
When a child is born, he cannot adequately see or speak and therefore cannot communicate with, nor understand his parents. The only sense that the child at this very young age can depend on is smell. Children can sense their parent’s scent, giving them a feeling of security and familiarity. Studies have found that when a parent gave a crying child an item of clothing from the mother, the child would calm down and possibly stop crying.
Affection makes the brain grow
Studies show that affection helps with brain development, and also makes the brain grow larger. Furthermore, the part of a child’s brain that is responsible for memory and stress modulation was shown to be larger in a child who was comforted during stressful times.
For more information on our brain development program at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy in Charlotte, contact us or stop by for a visit.Show Less
Introducing your child to their first day at preschool can be an emotional time for both parents and children. At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Charlotte, our staff offers extensive experience to alleviate "first day of school" jitters, while giving your child the individual attention, love, and support needed to feel at home.
Here are some tips for parents to prepare your child for this big transition, and to make it as easy and fun as possible:
- During the weeks prior to pre-school, talk with your child about what they can expect and answer their questions. Will their friends be there? What activities will they do? Always show excitement and positivity, while emphasizing the aspects of pre-school your child will enjoy the most. Any anxiety they perceive from you about their approaching enrollment will possibly make your child equally as anxious.
- Arrive early for their first day, allowing time to explore the Academy together. This gives both of you the opportunity to meet other children and talk to the teachers without rushing.
- Don't be worried about saying goodbye. Give your child plenty of hugs and kisses, but don't become upset if your child clings to you and cries. After you have said goodbye, leave promptly, especially if you are feeling emotional. Any tears might be interpreted negatively by your child, making them fearful. A smile and a hug are best for a cheerful goodbye.
- At the end of the day, greet your child happily and enthusiastically. Ask them questions about their activities and the children in their class. This builds enthusiasm and reinforces pre-school as a positive experience.
Pre-schoolers have reached an age when they are eager to embark on learning adventures, and are curious, while also filled with the joy of imagination. Our innovative pre-school curriculum is oriented around their tireless fascination with art, literature, music, outdoor activities, and exploring their world. We offer "imagination station" and other advanced learning tools that cater to the creativity, energy, and learning capabilities of your pre-schooler!
Once your child has successfully acclimated to school, consider rewarding them with a trip to the Children's Theatre of Charlotte accompanied by their new friends! This could be a wonderful bonding experience for your child to share with peers, while encouraging learning and participation!Show Less