Archive for August, 2010
If you are a parent and have to leave your baby or young child in another persons care during the day you need to carefully choose a day care center. You want your child to be in a healthy and safe environment.
Plenty of stimulation and emotional support is important as your child will be in the facility you choose for several hours and you want him/her to feel safe and secure. Here are a few things to look for while you are touring a possible child care center.
Observe the other children, do they appear to be happy? Look around the facility; is it bright, clean and cheerful? Does it have well-maintained, safe equipment?
Are there adequate changing and hand washing areas and are they neat and clean? Decide if you would want to come here if you were a child.
Make sure there are a variety of open-ended toys and that they are all in good repair. Find out how often the kids building blocks and other toys are washed; I can’t emphasize this tip enough.
Ask the owner/manager to see the toys. You will want to ensure there are many jigsaw puzzles and/or 3d wooden puzzles for children of all ages. Another important toy that should be available is building block toys. Kids need building toys that are large enough to stack, make large towers and are safe to be knocked down.
Kids love to carry about or put in a wagon, large block toys and move them from one location to another and if the day care facility does not already have ImagiBRICKS in their facility it will be a good idea to introduce these blocks to them.
Let the owner of the day care center know that bulk quantities are available at discounted prices for our large toy blocks. These discounted prices are also offered to homes, libraries, play zones or any one needing larger quantity of blocks.
Before you leave the facility find out if there is sleeping space with individual beds, cots or mats and that they are clean. Maybe you could supply your own so you know it is freshly laundered.
If you believe your child/children will be comfortable and fit in with the other children you may have found a day care center where you can comfortably leave your child for a few hours.
Recognizing letters of the alphabet is the beginning of reading. Many children’s TV shows have fun ways to introduce young children to their ABC’s and their sounds.
Phonics skills are one valuable asset of learning to read and are fun for young children. Learning the letter sounds with fun pictures also helps children learn the names of animals and other objects.
Little Reader Blocks by Smart Monkey Toys are important preschool learning toys for children and belong in all homes and schools. These blocks are especially useful for English as a second language or a school that has non-English speaking children enrolled.
Because all children love playing with blocks, having blocks with the 100 basic sight words on colored blocks will make learning simple words and forming short sentences easy and will prepare them for reading books. They can also learn that some words are verbs, nouns and so forth.
When you want to teach nouns you can have the children pull out all the green blocks or blue for the verbs. The white blocks are prepositions and the yellow blocks are your adjectives and red blocks provide you with 30 pronouns. As your children learn the different words they can help point them out in the books you read to them.
It is a good idea for your school and the preschool you have your children enrolled in to have many large print books that can be read to them. Stories that have a lot of rhymes and repetition will help children learn and remember their letters, words and sounds.
After the books are read to your children leave them out where they can pick them up and look at them during fee play time. Children learning the phonics method of reading will get the idea that reading involves thinking, looking, sounding out and saying their words.
You miss your baby whenever you have to be away from him and love playing with him and giving him all your attention. But, are you playing with your baby too much? Is there such a thing as too much attention?
Your baby is fed and dressed and laying on his back on a soft blanket. Your husband is home and both of you are giving him attention and providing a rattle or clutching toy for him to play with. But, are you over stimulating your baby?
Although over stimulation probably won’t lead to the same problems as lack of stimulation, it may be unpleasant for your baby and can lead to emotional difficulties if it becomes a regular routine.
If your baby is being over stimulated he will “tell” you it’s time to stop by looking the other way. He may also begin to cry or simply frown.
Provide your child a safe, handcrafted clutching toy and sit by and watch him play. You can still enjoy his company without being involved in his play time. A wood baby toy will have a good feel for your baby and is safe for him to put in his mouth.