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  • Three lessons your toddler will learn in our preschool program

    The benefits of preschool are becoming more widely known and preschool is vitally important for optimal brain development in children of preschool age. This is the age when the brain is developing neural connections for future learning which is why the preschool curriculum from Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore in Apollo Beach has a strong ... Read More

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    The benefits of preschool are becoming more widely known and preschool is vitally important for optimal brain development in children of preschool age. This is the age when the brain is developing neural connections for future learning which is why the preschool curriculum from Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore in Apollo Beach has a strong focus on brain development. Below are a few important lessons that your child will learn in our preschool.

    Letters and numbers

    Learning the alphabet and numbers are important ways to encourage brain development in your child. Learning these concepts at a young age will build a solid foundation for future schooling. We have a pre-literacy program for infants and toddlers as well as more advanced literacy programs for preschoolers. It is never too early to start your child on the road to literacy.

    Social skills

    Having healthy social skills is more important today than ever and a preschool environment is an ideal place to teach these concepts to young children. Your child will learn to interact with the others in the classroom, both with peers and with teachers. Your preschooler will learn such social concepts as sharing, waiting for a turn, speaking when spoken to and working together as part of a group.

    Bathroom and hygiene skills

    Our team at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy is more than capable of teaching your child how to effectively and independently use the bathroom. Exercising patience and reinforcing good habits can go a long way in helping your child’s confidence when it comes to learning these skills. If your child already has these basic skills, our staff will build upon what he or she already knows.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore offers the best preschool experience for your child. Contact us today to learn more about our AdvancED™ accredited program.

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  • Four tips for the first month of infant care in Apollo Beach

    Having a child is not an easy endeavor, but it is a rewarding experience. While it can be a very stressful time, help and advice can alleviate even the most stressful situations. Many hospitals actually offer mandatory infant care courses for new parents.Kids ‘R... Read More

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    Having a child is not an easy endeavor, but it is a rewarding experience. While it can be a very stressful time, help and advice can alleviate even the most stressful situations. Many hospitals actually offer mandatory infant care courses for new parents.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore discusses how you can make life easier at home with these four tips that will help you survive the first month and provide the special care you want for your infant.

    Ask for help

    When it comes to caring for your infant, there will be times when you need to ask for help. By asking for assistance, you are ensuring that you provide the level of infant care that is required for healthy growth. Studies have shown that parents who ask for help are far more successful than those who try to do everything alone.

    Use available resources

    Connect with hospitals, clinics, friends and relatives to ask for infant care tips and advice. There are many resources available that can provide valuable insights and recommendations. There are also numerous pamphlets, brochures, books and online resources that can help. You can find many of these by asking your pediatrician.

    Plan ahead

    Plan ahead for things such as feedings and laundry. Put a plan into place to manage daily and weekly tasks so that you are ready at the moment of need. For example, prepare for feedings by having milk ready ahead of time, so that when your infant is ready, so is the milk. Also, include in your plan, time for you to get the rest you need to properly care for your child.

    Share the workload

    Enlist your family members to help share the amount of time and effort in caring for your infant. This cuts the workload significantly and reduces stress. Also, it helps all family members enjoy quality time with the new baby.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore in Apollo Beach, Florida, offers specialized infant and child care services. If you are interested in learning more, contact us today

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  • Apollo Beach Child Care: Second Trimester of Fetal Brain Development

    Brain development for children begins before birth. It is important for a parent to understand the stages of fetal development so that the right care can be provided to ensure optimal brain development. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore in Apollo Beach, Florida, highlights the brain development of your unborn child during the second tri... Read More

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    Brain development for children begins before birth. It is important for a parent to understand the stages of fetal development so that the right care can be provided to ensure optimal brain development. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore in Apollo Beach, Florida, highlights the brain development of your unborn child during the second trimester of pregnancy.

    When is the second trimester?

    As a general rule the second trimester starts from the beginning of your thirteenth week of pregnancy through the end of the 28th week. By this stage, you will have noticed that your baby is forming and is moving inside you, generally at about sixteen weeks. At around twenty weeks, the brain of the fetus begins its most important stage of growth.

    Brain development within your baby

    During the second trimester, your unborn child will begin receiving nourishment through the umbilical cord. One of the main aspects of ensuring strong brain development is ensuring you receive adequate nutrition. It is essential that you keep your body free from toxins and harmful food and drink. The right food, vitamins, and minerals reaching your baby in utero will help to ensure optimal brain development.

    Stress and your unborn child

    Your unborn baby can hear your heartbeat and everything else going on in your environment. This means that the way in which you conduct yourself will affect your child’s brain development. Giving the best care before your child is born is essential, and can be done by keeping calm and stress free. Stress and an escalated heartbeat will affect your child in negative ways.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore in Apollo Beach, Florida, understands brain development in infants and young children. Contact us now to find out more about how we nurture your child’s development, or to enroll your child in our AdvancED™ accredited program.

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  • What Causes Misbehavior in Your Apollo Beach Preschooler, and What Can Be Done About It?

    By the age of two, your child may be demonstrating some new behaviors that you find unacceptable. This is completely normal at this stage of life, as your child is growing older and becoming more independent while at the same time struggling with many of the same communication issues as a toddler. There may be other reasons for your child’s misbehavior ... Read More

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    By the age of two, your child may be demonstrating some new behaviors that you find unacceptable. This is completely normal at this stage of life, as your child is growing older and becoming more independent while at the same time struggling with many of the same communication issues as a toddler. There may be other reasons for your child’s misbehavior as well, which Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore in Apollo Beach understands, and can help you as a parent understand and help the child overcome.

    Conflict

    At home and in school, your preschooler takes in everything around him or her. Your child is constantly learning from words and actions, sights and sounds, and mimicking that which is seen or heard. Hence, one of the reasons why your child could be misbehaving is that he or she is spending time in an environment where there is constant bickering and arguments. Maintain a healthy environment for your child by keeping conflict to a minimum in his or her presence.

    Are they tired?

    A young preschooler might not have the ability to transfer his or her thoughts or feelings into a spoken sentence. Thus, with actions, they can show you how they are feeling. Fatigue is a major cause of misbehavior in a child. He or she might get cranky at a certain time of day and can be helped with properly monitored sleeping times.

    These are two of many reasons for your child to begin misbehaving. It becomes imperative to know why your child acts out in this way, as it will assist you and your child later in life. Contact us now at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore in Apollo Beach, Florida to find out more on how to deal with your misbehaving child, or to enroll your child in our Learning Academy.

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  • Apollo Beach Child Care: Vitamins Your Child Needs for Brain Development

    Your child’s brain development requires more than mental stimulation. Parents need to consider vitamins and a healthy diet to provide the body with everything it needs to boost performance and development. These essential vitamins can be found in ... Read More

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    Your child’s brain development requires more than mental stimulation. Parents need to consider vitamins and a healthy diet to provide the body with everything it needs to boost performance and development. These essential vitamins can be found in the following foods:

    • Omega-3: Found in oily fish like salmon and tuna as well as avocados and walnuts, omega-3s have been linked to improved concentration and academic performance.
    • Whole-grains: Rich in Vitamin B, these foods provide complex carbohydrates that provide the brain with a steady supply of fuel, while enhancing memory and recall abilities.
    • Vitamin B12: Found in lean red meat as well as tofu, milk and cheese, this vitamin helps keep energy levels up, which is essential for a learning and developing brain.

    The same attention should be given to choosing a day care center for your child. At Kids ‘R Kids Learning Academy of Southshore, we have a “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy where love and encouragement is the foundation we use to educate each child, allowing us to understand each child as an individual, which in turn gives us the ability to provide for each child’s emotional needs.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore, each age group will discover the joy and excitement of learning when engaging in a variety theme-based educational activities. By doing so, a love for science, math, music, art and drama is created. When your child is challenged, it opens up the mind to new ways of thinking.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore, we have a curriculum for each age group. Our Infant-Toddler Curriculum is offered to children from the ages of six weeks to two years of age and focuses on proper stimulation, indoor and outdoor activities, as well as pre-literacy skills. Our Preschool curriculum is offered to children between the ages of two to five years. This curriculum focuses on helping your child build foundational skills. Furthermore, we have a School Age Program for children between the ages of five years to twelve years of age. This challenging and fun program will prepare your child for the more advanced school years.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore, we place emphasis on proper brain development with a variety of proven strategies that will stimulate your child’s neural pathways for language, social-emotional, cognitive and physical development.

    For more information about our Learning Academy or the benefits of our specialized curriculum, contact us today.

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  • Five reasons why digital playground apps can fast track your child’s curriculum in Apollo Beach

    Introducing your preschool child to the wonderful world of digital playground apps has a number of benefits. Here, we take a close look at five of these benefits.Introducing your child to technology at an early age is beneficialAs our world becomes more reliant on digital t... Read More

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    Introducing your preschool child to the wonderful world of digital playground apps has a number of benefits. Here, we take a close look at five of these benefits.

    Introducing your child to technology at an early age is beneficial

    As our world becomes more reliant on digital technology, your child should be exposed to and begin to learn about the various technologies available. By allowing your child to learn about basic principles through the use of mobile playground apps, you are preparing them for life in an increasingly digital world.

    Digital playground apps are great fun

    Preschool and daycare children learn more when they are having fun. These digital playground apps are age appropriate and fun for your young child. These apps generally appeal and engage most of your child’s senses especially sight, sound, and touch.

    Your child can learn at home

    Fast tracking your child’s curriculum requires constant learning. By allowing your child to learn at home utilizing mobile playground apps, you ensure that he or she will use time at home in a way that will be beneficial instead of just watching television.

    Parents can spend time with their children

    As a parent, you are interested in how your child learns. By watching while he or she interacts with a mobile device, you can better understand how they learn, whether they are visually or audibly inclined. Knowing how your child learns can help in academic studies in the future.

    There are thousands of great apps available

    Because of the sheer number of mobile playground apps available on the market, you can constantly introduce new ones. If your preschool child does not enjoy an app, simply download a new one.

    For more information about our preschool facilities, as well as our AdvancED for preschool fast track curriculum, feel free to contact Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Southshore in Apollo Beach, Florida.

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  • A parent's guide to AdvancED programs for pre-schoolers in Apollo Beach, FL

    Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Southshore is dedicated to providing pre-schoolers with an education that establishes a foundation for future academic success. As recognition of t... Read More

    childcare_gibsonton_flKids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Southshore is dedicated to providing pre-schoolers with an education that establishes a foundation for future academic success. As recognition of this superior pre-school education, our program was awarded AdvancED accreditation.

    What is AdvancED accreditation?

    AdvancED is an international educational organization which includes public and private schools within the United States. Focused upon the continuous improvement of education, this leading agency evaluates and accredits academic programs which demonstrate exceptional qualities and achieve the rigorous standards based on innovative and proven research.

    How does this impact my pre-schooler?

    This accreditation guarantees that your child will be introduced to the most innovative educational policies, teaching methods, and academic curriculum available. The emphasis of the AdvancED curriculum targets continuous improvement. Your child will learn using educational tools within our pre-school programs that are constantly updated to enhance their academic, social, and developmental potential.

    What will my pre-schooler experience in this accredited program?

    Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Southshore offers a wide range of learning activities that are grounded in a loving and nurturing environment. Our emphasis focuses on brain development and establishing vital cognitive pathways for exceptional cognitive, emotional, language, physical, and social advancement.

    The program is divided into weekly, theme-based units. This encourages your child to explore the world around them and develop a healthy, positive attitude towards learning. Group exercises and individual skills are practiced, allowing your child to develop healthy social skills, while also pursuing their own personal interests.

    Your child will learn about the alphabet, art, music, and their numbers which all establish memory and recognition abilities, which assists in the foundation for academic learning. Our teachers focus on developing the fine motor skills needed for writing, and the connection as to how literacy and communication are linked. All of this learning is balanced with fun physical activities and plenty of play to assist in developing balance, decision-making, and teamwork skills.

    Our extensively qualified staff understands that every child develops at an individual pace. We guarantee that your child will receive the attention, encouragement, and support they need to reach and possibly exceed their developmental goals. Our innovative teaching methods and quality programs have earned our Academy nine national awards for educational excellence and the Platinum Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education. To learn more about our pre-school program, please contact us today. Parents of prospective students are welcome to schedule an appointment for a tour of the Academy.

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  • Infant child care in Apollo Beach: Massage is good for brain, heart and liver function

    We know that massage is a wonderful and healing practice for adults, but did you know that massage also has many benefits for young child, including infants? For example, massaging an infant during the the day or just before bedtime may help improve brain, heart and liver function. In addition, it can help produce a feel good chemical, which reduces str... Read More

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    We know that massage is a wonderful and healing practice for adults, but did you know that massage also has many benefits for young child, including infants? For example, massaging an infant during the the day or just before bedtime may help improve brain, heart and liver function. In addition, it can help produce a feel good chemical, which reduces stress and allows the baby to fully relax. Massage can lead to improved sleep as well.

    At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Southshore, we have vast experience with infants and young children, and we take pride in providing excellent child care services in Apollo Beach, Florida.

    To Massage an infant just before bedtime you will need the following items:

    • Baby Oil
    • Warm Towel
    • Baby Wipes
    • Clean Clothes

    Follow this procedure gently:

    Give the child a warm bath then place him in a warm, but not hot, towel. Be sure the room itself is warm and not drafty. Ensuring that your hands are warm, apply some oil and rub it on the baby's body, concentrating on the following areas:

    • Tummy
    • Back
    • Chest
    • Head and Face

    Make gentle but firm circular motions on all these areas. You can gently wipe off the excess oil using the baby wipes and then put your infant into warm, clean sleeping clothes.

    Do this once every other day to help improve brain, heart and liver functions and to help your infant relax for better sleep. After a few sessions you should see a difference in your infant's readiness for sleep. You can make this part of the bedtime routine.

    For more information on our child care services in Apollo Beach, contact us or visit our Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Southshore

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  • How to Improve Motor Skills Development in Apollo Beach Infants Through Toys

    Many Apollo Beach parents with newborns are concerned with how to improve motor skills development in their infant. The impact of infant toys on a baby's brain development has received extensive attention in recent years.  Through continued research, a lot has been learned ... Read More

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    Many Apollo Beach parents with newborns are concerned with how to improve motor skills development in their infant. The impact of infant toys on a baby's brain development has received extensive attention in recent years.  Through continued research, a lot has been learned about a child's brain development during its first three years of life. It's also been revealed that a three-year-old toddler's brain is actually twice as active as that of an adult's!

    As most of your child's development takes place in this three-year window, it is crucial to provide the right type of early interaction and stimulation for healthy brain development throughout these formative years. Infant toys that engage all of your child's senses offer excellent early stimulation that will spur on healthy child development.

    Because your child is developing at such a rapid pace, it's also vital that all caregivers understand the importance of the right educational toys and activities for your little one. Our Brainwaves Curriculum is designed specifically to address the needs of infants in this developmental phase, giving them the ideal environment to safely learn about the world. By encouraging curiosity, creativity and problem solving while meeting their cognitive, physical and emotional needs, the infants on this curriculum build a foundation for a very bright future.

    Early Milestones

    Your child achieves many significant milestones throughout their first year and it is an exciting and amazing time for both infants and parents alike. It's because of this that you have to provide your toddler with age appropriate toys, as it can be frustrating for any infant to play with toys that are too difficult for them to interact with.

    During your child's first year, try to provide them with toys that interact with all five senses - even smell! With regards to newborn babies, you will be best advised to concentrate on toys that focus on sight, sound and touch.

    At Kids 'R' Kids of Southshore, we are proud to be an AdvancED and APPLE accredited Florida Gold Seal Learning Academy. Our team of experts is excited to provide your baby with all the help and assistance he or she needs to achieve healthy child development milestones in their first years through a safe and nurturing environment.

    If you have any questions about our curriculum or about how to improve motor skills development in your infant, please don't hesitate to contact Kids 'R' Kids of Southshore in Apollo Beach to learn more!

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