First-time parents are often overwhelmed after arriving home with a newborn. A new “bundle of joy” is a major responsibility, combined with a lack of sleep, and the added stress of caring for an infant, it can equate to a multitude of major life adjustments. This blog will offer a few tips for first-time parents and that challenging “month one” of newborn care.
Don’t hesitate to ask for help
Reach out to parents, in-laws, an aunt, neighbors, or recruit friends to answer questions and give you reassurance. Most of them will have parental experience and can offer valuable advice on how to survive these first few stressful weeks and months of infant care. A “parental mentor” can be the difference between regular meltdowns and staying calm.
Take a needed-nap while your infant sleeps
Sleep will be a precious commodity and at a deficit for you while first caring for an infant. While your baby sleeps, take time for yourself. If this includes napping, so be it. You may not think these short naps are important, but they are often essential to surviving the remainder of a new parent’s day.
Ensure that your child’s crib is safe for sleeping
It is tempting to fill a crib with the new gifts of stuffed animals and fancy bedding. However, it is better and much safer just to have a firm mattress covered by a fitted sheet for your baby. Bedding and stuffed animals are a leading cause of infant suffocation and crib death if a baby pulls an item over its head or chokes when chewing on a harmless-looking toy.
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Some children instinctively shy away from the idea of having to do math. However, teaching your child about numbers and math can be fun and engaging, especially with the advent of mobile technology and educational applications. There are literally thousands of excellent apps available that focus on teaching your child about the four basic arithmetic functions. Here, we take a closer look at some of the best educational math apps for preschoolers:
Einstein Math Academy for Android
This is an excellent app that caters to a wide variety of different age groups. Toddlers, who are not yet able to add or subtract, can use this app to better acquaint themselves with numbers and symbols. Preschoolers, who generally have more familiarity with numbers, can work through activities involving the four basic operations (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division).
Counting Caterpillar for iOS
This game contains very nice visuals and sounds, and is appropriate for preschoolers between the ages of four and five. In this simple game, your child will need to feed the caterpillar, by capturing aphids in the right numerical sequence. This fun app will keep your child entertained for hours, while teaching important mathematical concepts.
Kids Math – Android
This is another great app that teaches your preschooler about the fundamentals of mathematics. The aim of this game is to pass all eight levels by correctly answering ten math related questions at each level. It may not be as visually stimulating as some of the other games, but it generates brand new questions each time your child plays, so learning is ongoing.
The childcare team at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West Cobb, Georgia, is committed to giving your child the best possible care and education. For more information regarding our exclusive facilities and our excellent programs, feel free to contact us today.Show Less
A child will learn an overwhelming amount in the first year of birth, and many parents may not know all the intricacies of early infant intellectual development. Join Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West Cobb, Georgia to discover how vital the first year is in child development.
Zero to six months
In the past people believed that more growth occurred rather than intellectual development during the early stage of a child’s life. We now know this is not the case. While physical growth is very apparent during the first year of a child’s life, he or she will develop more intellectually. The child will start to react to verbal language and visual stimuli.
Seven to twelve
The second half of the first year of your child’s life is more exciting because of advanced communications from him or her. He or she will start saying some basic words such as “mama” or “dada” even though he or she does not know what the words mean. The child will also start to wave goodbye. Intellectual development is again evident by the fact that he or she will no longer forget about objects that are out of the range of vision. Instead, the child will actually search for them.
Your child will, either verbally or physically, communicate precisely what is wanted and needed. At this point the critical stages of communication development are finished. If you would like to give him or her even greater advantage, consider a high quality child care facility like Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West Cobb in Marietta, Georgia. We offer an exclusive Brain Waves™ Curriculum that caters to a young, exploring, and developing mind. You can contact us to find out how to take advantage of our programs.Show Less
Although your infant won’t say his or her first word for a long time, he or she will start developing language skills right from birth. This growth is driven by different sensory input. By hearing the people in his or her environment talk and listening to stories read by family members and teachers, your infant will learn to produce pre-verbal sounds like cooing and babbling. Here is a helpful guide to these milestones in your child’s first year:
0 – 3 Months
- Smiling when seeing you or another familiar face
- Being surprised by unexpected sudden or loud sounds
- Increased response to mother’s voice
- Develops different cries for hunger, tiredness etc
3 – 6 Months
- Responds to communication by babbling towards the speaker
- Can express positive and negative responses through sound
- Follows sounds with eyes
- Enjoys toys that make sounds/music
- Imitates words with distinct sounds, especially when repeated by parents
- Is able to say “Mama” and “Dada”
- Can understand short commands including “No”, “Come here” etc
- Understands the names of familiar objects like “Bottle” or “Blanket”
Milestones are helpful, but keep in mind that every child develops at a unique pace. Loving support, mental stimulation and activities like learning pre-verbal sign language, encourage this area of development. This will allow your child to communicate more effectively before being able to speak. Naming different objects around the house is a fun game that improves vocabulary.
Research has shown that constantly talking to your baby helps to boost language development. You can talk to your child when eating, or take him or her to a day outing in Glover Park and point out trees, plants and animals.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West Cobb, we offer a highly recognized infant program that provides exceptional support for your child’s brain development. Full of age-appropriate activities, this program supports the growth of physical, language, cognitive and social-emotional skills. Our classes offer the perfect mix of security, engaging activities, and expert guidance. For more information on this nationally accredited program or our state-of-the-art facility, please contact us today.Show Less
Far too many preschool children spend their weekends sitting in front of a television or a gaming console. While this is fine in small doses, it is important to remember to keep your child active and mentally stimulated even over the weekend. Here are some weekend entertainment ideas for your preschooler:
Camping in the backyard
This is a wonderful activity that requires very little preparation or effort. Simply grab a tent or some blankets and sleeping bags out of the closet and set this up in your backyard. You can spend the evening with your child putting up the tent, bringing in some cushions and enjoying the outdoors. A preschool child will find this activity exciting and will be willing to learn more about camping. Talk with your child about how, when they are a bit older, you can go camping together away from home.
Introduce digital playground apps
If you have a Smartphone or a tablet, allow your child to play with a few digital playground apps. This could be a fun activity to do while in the tent in the backyard. These apps allow your young child to learn while having fun. These apps are also far more beneficial than just sitting in front of a gaming console. Additionally, you can access online interactive books for your child to enjoy.
Teach your child how to play a sport
Teaching your child the basics of a sport is a great way to get out of the house and exercise. Teach him or her how to throw or kick a ball, such as a soccer ball or tennis ball. You can also find a larger bouncy ball to play together by bouncing the ball back and forth between the two of you.
These are just a few activities you can try at home with your preschool child over the weekend. Here at our AdvancED accredited Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West Cobb, we offer our stimulating preschool fast track curriculum to keep your child active and learning during the week. For additional information, contact us today.Show Less
Packing a lunchbox each day is challenging for busy parents who want their child to have a balanced mid-day meal and snack. Here are some great, easy lunchbox ideas that will keep your child happy while boosting brain development:
Adding a few slices of avocado to your child’s sandwich makes it taste even better, and it gives your child a healthy source of essential fatty acids. These nutrients help the brain function properly and contain plenty of potassium for a healthy heart. Try it on chicken salad, turkey or egg sandwiches.
2. Whole-wheat bread
Switching to 100% whole-wheat bread is easy and has great benefits. Full of folate and fiber, your child will have a steady stream of stable energy through the day, helping him to focus on learning and staying alert.
Fresh fruits give a child the sweetness that they love so much as well as plenty of antioxidants, helping to protect the brain and keep it healthy. Berries, apple slices, plums, peaches and grapes are all tasty to eat, easy to pack and healthy.
Packed full of a nutrient called choline, eggs, especially the yolks, help your child’s brain develop, especially memory centers. An egg salad sandwich, hard-boiled egg or scrambled egg with vegetables will give your child plenty of tasty brain-boosting nutrients.
The protein found in lean meat, chicken, fish, Greek yogurt, beans and eggs form the building blocks for your child’s cellular growth. A small cup of Greek yogurt makes for a healthy, tasty snack that is easy to include in your child’s lunchbox.
To find fresh, locally grown products that are ideal for your child’s lunchbox, visit the Marietta Square Farmers Market. Open year-round, this market offers everything from everyday grocery staples to flowers, herbs, soaps and preserves.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of West Cobb, we know how important it is that your child gets the most out of this early learning stage, which is why we offer the exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum. Developed to maximize your child’s learning potential through fun, stimulating activities in a state-of-the-art facility, this curriculum grows with your child during their first five years. To find out more about this innovative brain development program, our staff and facility, please contact us today.Show Less
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When you consider early childhood development and preschool options, you probably realize how important it is that your child is given the best learning advantages for life and future success.
At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of West Cobb in Marietta, Georgia we offer the Brain Waves Curriculum which is designed for the ultimate preschool child development experience. At our Learning Academy, we have created a stimulating educational environment where your child is given the opportunity to learn, play, and laugh. This approach to teaching fits perfectly with our ''Hug First, Then Teach'' philosophy.
This Brain Waves Curriculum is designed to encourage and optimize development in preschool-aged children during the first five years of life for language, social-emotional, cognitive, and physical abilities. Our classrooms are designed to stimulate and interest your child, and encourage lifelong learning and development.
What else does our preschool offer for healthy development, in addition to our curriculum?
At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of West Cobb we also ensure that a nutritional meal is served daily. Menus are website accessible for parents to see our daily meal plan and what their child is being served. Healthy nutrition combined with our exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum will ensure the best learning and brain development opportunity for every child.
After a productive day at school, you might want to dine-out for a delicious yet nutritious meal. Some great child friendly restaurants in West Cobb which serve healthy and organic foods include:
You will find that we have the ideal learning environment for your child's early childhood development at Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of West Cobb. We encourage you to take the time to find out more about what our Brain Waves Curriculum has to offer and how our experienced staff can benefit your child! Contact us today for more information.