At a very young age, your child will begin to show signs of motor skill development. This is the ability and willingness to use muscles throughout the body to perform certain tasks and do a variety of actions. There are two separate types of motor skills. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Meadow Pointe in Wesley Chapel, Florida has put together this information on the two categories, and how you can enhance their development:
Fine motor skill development
Fine motor skills are those that require the movement of smaller muscles. These skills are generally used by your child’s hands and fingers, as he or she grasps and picks up objects or turns the page of a book. Letting your child play under your supervision is a great way to enhance these skills, as it ensures fun, learning, and safety. Activities like drawing and painting also develop this skill as your child grasps a crayon or painting utensil.
Gross motor skill development
The other type of motor skill which your child will develop is a little more complex. These are the gross motor skills, which cover larger muscle movements like the legs, neck, and back. These muscles generally start to develop as your child reaches six months and begins to attempt to sit up without support, then starts crawling and eventually walking. One of the best ways to strengthen this development in your child is by giving him or her “tummy-time” and allowing your child to lift his or her head off the ground. This develops the neck muscles and also allows for brain development.
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Parents want to be around for a child’s first word, first steps, and a host of other aspects of the child’s growth. A parent wants to know when a preschooler might achieve a new milestone. This information provides some insight as to when your child might reach certain milestones, and how your daycare can aid with this process.
Prior to preschool
Your child’s growing process begins from the moment he or she is born. Before your child is one year old, he or she will begin to mimic the sounds they hear others make. Talking and playing with your child is a great way to bring about this milestone. During this stage your child will also begin to babble, attempting speech. This too requires encouragement.
During the first year of life your child will undoubtedly begin to say words like “mama” or “dada”, and soon after the eighteen month mark your child will probably be able to say proper words. This is one of the bigger milestones to look for. As a parent, fostering your child’s language development starts with how you go about your childcare.
The preschool years
Once your child enters the preschool years, he or she will be in one of the bigger growth stages of childhood. Your child will already have the ability to independently go to the bathroom, walk, and run, which are big milestones for your child.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Meadow Pointe in Wesley Chapel, Florida understands how parents feel about missing a child’s milestones. Our classrooms are equipped with technology so that you can watch how your child is learning and never miss a single moment. For more information on our childcare or to enroll your child in our AdvancED™ accredited program, contact us now.Show Less
The essential link between nutrition and fetal development for Wesley Chapel mothers, from Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Meadow Pointe
While pregnant, any food or other substance a woman ingests directly influences a baby and his or her development. A pregnant woman’s environment can have an impact on a fetus’ growth; one negative example is smoking by the mother-to-be or second-hand smoke by those around her. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Meadow Pointe looks at this link of environment and nutrition and offers a few infant care tips for eating while pregnant to guarantee a baby’s optimum well-being.
Eating and your baby’s growth
The cliched reminder that expectant mothers are “eating for two” when pregnant might not be the best advice. Staying well-nourished, while getting enough sleep and minimizing stress are all important to an unborn child, but the types of foods consumed are particularly important. An “overfed” fetus can have weight problems from birth. A mother who consumes too much fatty food will find that the baby does not absorb a lot of these fats but instead, the fats are stored and can become dangerous to the mother. Maintaining a desirable weight during pregnancy is essential, and a balanced diet will benefit both you and your infant. Your doctor can advise you on the appropriate amount of weight you should expect to gain during pregnancy.
The pace at which fetal physical and mental development occurs is astounding. The period of time from conception to birth might only be nine months, but a baby develops at an astonishing rate. Under-feeding yourself will result in a baby of low birth weight when born, which can be problematic. By maintaining proper eating habits and a correct intake of nutrients, a mother can help ensure the birth of a healthy baby with essential physical and mental abilities.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Meadow Pointe in Wesley Chapel, Florida are experts in the field of infant and child care. The benefit of this is that our staff are always willing to help mothers-to-be, new mothers, or parents just looking for guidance. Contact us today for more information on infant care, or to enroll your child and find out about the benefits we offer here at our exceptional preschool facilities.Show Less
Your infant needs an optimal environment in order to grow and stimulate brain development. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Meadow Pointe, we use our Brain Waves™ Curriculum to provide the ideal environment and activities for children, which promotes healthy brain development. Infants as young as six weeks old are involved with stimulating, hands-on play.
Below we outline several developmental stages of infants:
- One to three months: During this stage your infant’s brain learns how to handle stimulus from the outside world. Your infant will learn how to smile, raise the head and push up onto the chest.
- Four to six months: During this stage, your infant will learn how to reach out and manipulate objects using hands and voice.
- Seven to nine months: During this stage, your baby becomes more active. He or she will spend the next few months learning how to become mobile.
Our Infant Program includes:
- A comforting place that focuses on love and trust
- Sign language techniques to maximize communication skills
- Daily exercises and activities designed to coincide with physical development
- Daily reports and weekly lesson plans to keep you informed of your child's development
- Outdoor Time
- Targeted Activites to stimulate brain development
There are four essential components to our infant program which are: language development, physical development, cognitive development and social and emotional development. We also know the importance of nurturing when it comes to babies, which means we provide hugs, love, and one-to-one attention through the implementation of our “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy.
At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Meadow Pointe, we fully support your infant to maximize his or her full potential and have the best possible care. Our curricula are adaptable so they grow along with your infant to be ready to advance to the next stage.
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Talent identification as early as preschool can help fast track your child’s curriculum in Wesley Chapel
Being able to identify talents in your Wesley Chapel preschooler can play an important role in his or her cognitive development. By honing in on and nurturing these talents early, your child is able to get a good start on his or her school career and progress seamlessly through school life. Here is how Kids ‘R’ Kids academy can identify and nurture your preschool child’s talents.
The teaching staff here at our Meadow Pointe facility have been specially trained to identify your child’s unique abilities. Each child receives individual attention so that the staff has enough time to learn about each child’s individual talents. This individual attention in conjunction with our exclusive preschool fast track curriculum supports your child in getting the best possible start to his or her school career.
Kids ‘R’ Kids’ Learning Academies
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Meadow Pointe in Wesley Chapel is fully equipped with everything your child needs in order to develop his or her talents. Our facilities are clean and state-of-the art. Since each child learns differently, our well-trained teaching staff, supported by our great facility, are able to identify and nurture your child’s talents.
Fostering these talents both at home and at school
If you have a child that tends to watch and imitate, or play with colors and pictures, then he or she is probably a visual-spatial learner and will learn best by making use of visual aids. These children generally tend to lean towards design, architecture or photography careers. This is in contrast to children who tend to learn by using their hands and body which are physical learners. These children are good at sports or in physically demanding careers.Show Less
The early months of a child's life can be overwhelming for new parents. While learning to adapt to their new surroundings, a child will experience many changes. At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Meadow Pointe we understand and have compiled a list of five things that will happen during the first few months.
- When was your infant's last feeding?
- Does the child's diaper need changing?
- The child may have gas. Burping can relieve the gas.
- Is it naptime? Make sure your child is getting enough sleep.
2. Belly Button
Although very normal, when the dry umbilical cord falls off it is a concern for many new parents. The doctor cuts the umbilical cord at birth, and the remaining end falls off naturally within a few weeks. This is where your infant's belly button will develop. It is important to keep it clean and dry at all times. Be sure to follow your doctor's care instructions.
Your child's skin may look somewhat off color at birth, and a few days after. Do not be concerned as this is normal. Also, the skin may be dry and scaly. It is always best to keep your child's skin moisturized, and to bathe your child thoroughly and carefully.
4. Hair loss
Your child may be born with a head full of hair. It is normal for a new infant to lose some of that hair. This is not a cause for concern.
5. Diaper changes
For the first couple of weeks your child will probably have very loose stools in their diapers. The digestive system is adjusting, and this is a normal process. After a while your baby will become accustomed to their diet and their stools will become firmer.Show Less
The development of a child's brain in the early years of life is critical to future academic, career, and social success. The first brain cell is present just two days after conception, developing into the 100 billion brain cells that will be present at birth. From birth to the age of five, your child's brain changes dramatically as neural pathways are activated for developing language, social, emotional, cognitive, and physical abilities. During this time it is essential that children's brains are stimulated to ensure activation of a variety of cells.
Brain development in the womb
Your child's brain develops all of its main sections by the third week in the womb and is already functioning at four weeks. During the second trimester, the brain works to connect to all parts of the body, a process that is completed by the end of the second trimester. By the eighth month of pregnancy, an infant can recognize his or her mother's voice.
Brain development of an infant
The potential for development during the first year is higher than at any other time. Newborns can recognize human faces and prefer them to other objects. They recognize the mother's voice and can recognize sounds from stories told during pregnancy. By two months, an infant even feels complex emotions, including empathy and joy. At this age development is accomplished through imitation, repetition, listening, fun, and lots of hugs and love. During the first year they learn to smile, laugh, say their first words, eat solid food, and take their first steps.
Development in the brain of a toddler
Amazingly, 75% of brain growth happens in the first three years of a child's life. When they reach their second and third years, the brain is working on emotions, attachments, planning, and reasoning skills as well as developing a working memory. Growing in a nurturing and intellectually stimulating environment ensures optimal healthy brain development.
How to ensure healthy brain development
To prioritize healthy brain development, spend time with your infant or toddler doing age-appropriate activities that help develop cognitive and motor skills. For infants, these toys allow them to explore their different senses and the relationship between objects. For toddlers, physical activities like exploring the outdoors, running, and playing catch provide essential stimulation. Lettuce Lake Park, which covers 240 acres, is an ideal environment for these sorts of activities.
Good nutrition is also essential for optimal brain development. A balanced diet that includes avocados, nuts, blueberries, and other fresh fruits and vegetables will keep children's bodies and brains healthy.A stimulating learning environment is essential to ensure your child reaches his or her potential. At Kids 'R' Kids of Meadow Pointe in Wesley Chapel, Florida, our acclaimed Brain Waves Curriculum learning program has been scientifically developed to maximize your child's mental capacity by providing professionally supervised, targeted stimulation for neural pathways as they become active. We support our curriculum with healthy, balanced meals and our highly qualified teaching staff are on hand at all times to meet your child's unique needs and learning style. Contact us to find out more.