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We had a festive month at Rock and Roll, the biggest change children experienced was the introduction to the family style lunches as oppose to individual lunches. Naturally, teachers and parents prepared children, but they enjoyed this change a lot; they practiced serving food themselves, their friends having the same lunch as them motivated them to eat more, and more children are getting up to get second helpings everyday!
Self serving some delicious honey glazed carrot coins, Turkey Chili, fresh fruit and brown rice!
Some ideas we explored this month were Spring planting, Earth Day, South Korea and other smaller themes. Let’s take a quick peak inside the classrooms to see what the tiny humans were so busy with in April.
As we studied South Korea, we looked at delicious foods and the Toddlers made their very own paper versions of Bibimbap
This little guy is celebrating his 6 month birthday. He has learned how to roll from front to back and is starting to pull up on his hands and knees to begin to crawl. At Rock and Roll we believe every moment should be celebrated especially half birthdays!
This rock and roller is enjoying our new busy board. Utilizing his fine motor skills he works through the different manipulatives on the board. He learns how to use hand eye coordination and develops his cognitive skills as he learns about cause and effect.
Exploring the farm and zoo animals with our favorite sensorial work! Some babies loved using oil and water sensory bags this month too.
Best friends since birth! R and F enjoying some rocking chair time together. Our teachers love seeing us get along. And we love being able to sit in the teacher chair.
Toddler A are always looking for fine motor skills activities to add into the mix. This fun milking a Cow activity is perfect for a farm or animal theme in a toddler classroom. Here’s a quick easy project for hand strengthening that’s sure to get a couple off laughs too! We allow the child to grasp and squeeze the finger downward to simulate milking a cow.
In this Toddlers, we do a lot of fun fine motor activities, just to help children develop their fine motor skills. There’s something magical playing with tape, maybe it’s the sound that it makes when they pull it or the sticky stuff. They enjoy to pick at and peel tape off on the surface of the table and stick it back down. Toddler A, enjoy this activity, and it is also a very clean activity.
Toddlers got to pick seeds and plant them with soil. They monitored the growth each day and marveled at their foot-long successes!
Preschoolers, tried something different. They began their botany unit started with a study of roots with the help of bean seeds. They discovered roots can be as big or longer than the plant itself and are the most important part for holding it down.
Counting with Easter eggs
We love letting our toddlers chat about what they see and encourage them by providing visuals and books! This toddler loved telling us about Easter eggs and the flowers she saw at the Park on their walk.
Older Toddlers are working on familiarizing themselves with the concept of wiring in books, holding a pencil and what letters look like- Preparation for Preschool. But they most enjoyed learning about recycling and Earth day!
As we study South Korea, we looked at some delicious foods including Kimchi and Bibimbap. Toddlers made their own paper versions too.
Earth day is a great time to share with children the importance and love for our Earth, children were curious to know how recycling actually happens, how paper is made and why its so important to save it as well as how to help the animals living in cold areas. They used recyclable materials to make art, like this friend above who made a tree with egg cartons.
Practicing using chopsticks for snack
Ms Tasha, gives her preschoolers plenty of opportunities to scribble and do mock writing as children are learning on “conveying messages” and understanding that this is why we read an write
sewing together patches and making a collage, both inspired by Korean concept of Bojagi, design put together in the form of squares!
Using a Bojagi block work
Our language program, especially in preschool, focuses a lot on building strong foundations with sound association and phonics, rather than letters and ABCs. This carefully guided process with the teachers sets very young children up for success in later years like Kindergarten and even high school.
Just a day in Preschool when children were eager to prepare and serve their own snack, the teachers love giving the children as many “teachable moments” relating to practical life as possible.
Believe it or not, summer will be here before you know it. Perhaps you’ve started making vacation plans or maybe you’ve even booked a trip. That’s great, but that only takes care of a small fraction of your summer. What are you going to do for the remaining time?
Whether your kids are school-aged or younger, summer is a great time to not only take advantage of seasonal activities but to also make memories going to different places and taking new adventures.
While you may have a list of ideas floating around in your head with everything else you have to do, it’s best to jot them down somewhere so you can actually see them. This bucket list of sorts makes those items on your list more tangible and realistic.
Here are some ideas to consider adding to your bucket list to make it a summer to remember.
Road trip to a zoo or museum you’ve never visited
Did someone say road trip? Pack the snacks and some entertainment for the car ride and get going to a zoo or museum that’s either new in general or just new to you!
If it’s a museum, make sure it’s age-appropriate. Kids may get a little bored if it’s not on their level. Zoos are always a win because who doesn’t love animals? Whatever it is, it will be a great day trip!
Backyard picnic or camping
If the idea of packing up the kids for a camping trip or loading the cooler makes you cringe, you can do it in your backyard.
This way you can always run inside if you forget something and there’s also a bathroom nearby! If you go the camping route, you could make it a true camping experience and even pitch a tent in the backyard and sleep out all night. If not, you can still pitch a tent and make smores, but go inside for bedtime. It’s your bucket list so you can do what you want!
Beach day or days
You can’t call it summer without a few beach days.
Invite some friends to build sandcastles and have the best beach days ever! Don’t forget the sunscreen and plenty of sand buckets.
Nothing says summer like a lemonade stand. This is not only a fun idea, but it also teaches your little ones the ABC’s of business and money. It’s never too soon to start teaching entrepreneurship!
Homemade pizza party
Make some extra lemonade to drink at your homemade pizza party. Buy the dough and all the toppings you like and bring them home to make your own pizza. Have your little ones stretch out the dough and do the work with you. Depending on your pizza preference, you may choose to cook your pizza on the grill. There are many different types of equipment to choose from that can help you get the perfect grilled pizza.
The whole idea with all of these suggestions is to make memories with your kids. This way when they’re asked what they did all summer they’ll have some really cool answers. What else would you add to the list?
Rock n Roll “flew” to South Korea this month with children, and welcomed Spring, amongst other work topics. Throughout centers, children were observing the signs of Spring and how they feel during this season; the consensus was that of GLEE!
Rock and Roll teachers help children focus on gaining skills and knowledge through themes studied throughout the year. Some themes maybe the same across the board and some might vary so children and teachers have creative freedom. Here is how some younglings focused on gaining strength and hand eye coordination through sensorial experiences; using all 5 senses to learn!
Touching and moving eyes with colored scarves, music and movement
Working on hand-eye coordination and making shapes
Making and painting flowers
Learning to sit up!
Beating the drum with control
Painting with feet
While painting with feet, some toddlers giggled through their bellies while others expressed icky feelings! Some banged on the drums while others listened to the beat; these sensorial experiences help children sharpen all their senses through exposure, for better learning.
Leaves are beginning to bud, grass is starting to sprout and Preschoolers and certainly noticing it. On their nature walks they discussed natural changes in the environment and began their favorite activity- planting and gardening. Some preschoolers even planted peppers and herbs, they are eager to see the results!
Planting some seeds
Noting planting observations
Acting out seed germination process together
Preparing some food for bird feeders Preschoolers made
What happens next? Arranging Spring sequences
Exploring insects and their lifecycles is undeniably one of the best ways for young children to understand the ever changing seasons, reproduction, and story of life and death. Photos below highlight children learning about the lifecycle of a butterfly and bugs in Spring.
Welcome South Korea
Children looked at some geography in South Korea by looking at the map and neighboring countries, as well as the land inside. They also looked at surrealism and realism Art for explorations in the afternoon and used color tablets to find the hues in the paintings. The South Korean Ambassador also visited all the centers!
“Siri, how many sides does a pentagon have?” “Alexa, what’s 3 plus 2?”
With virtual aids such as Alexa and Siri becoming more common in households and more accessible in smart phones, how are children’s learning experiences being affected?
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In a viral video, a kid uses Alexa to solve a homework problem. This raises the question: are virtual aids stripping children of their problem-solving skills? Experts say that like anything, moderation is key.
There is nothing wrong with using Google to spellcheck, yet Diane Levin, a professor of applied human development at Boston University, says that it’s crucial for kids to learn to struggle through challenging problems.
It’s important for kids to develop the patience that problem solving takes. Problem solving is a vital skill that kids will need repeatedly throughout their lives, so it is imperative that they develop it in their childhood. Kids who do not develop the patience and persistence to solve problems on their own, grow up to avoid issues they cannot solve. This leads to kids dropping out of school or struggling to maintain relationships and friendships.
Parents can help their kids develop problem solving skills by:
Encouraging creative play.
Allowing them to experience failure.
Intentionally ask the for help with your own problems.
Making them explain their homework answers to you.
Praising creative solutions.
Virtual Aids are not the enemy, but parents should be aware of how their kids are using them. Parents should explain to their kids why it is not smart to have Siri or Alexa or Google just give them the answers to their homework. Let kids struggle, be supportive, but don’t rush to their aid. Be aware that parents, too, can easily, unconsciously turn into the Alexa of their household.
You put your child to sleep and hope this is the night you’re all going to get an uninterrupted night of much-needed rest.
Then 3 a.m. rolls around and you’re nightly visitor shows up, right on cue. It’s your child and they’re climbing into your bed. It’s another night of elbows in the rib and hanging onto the bed like you’re on the edge of a cliff.
If so, you’re not alone. Not everyone is lucky enough to have their child stay in their bed all night long. There are plenty of kids who still take a stroll into their parents’ room in the middle of the night…every night.
While you love your child, you also want them to sleep in their own bed all night.
How can you make it happen? Check out these tips.
Make sure they fall asleep in their bed.
Don’t make the mistake of letting them fall asleep and then transferring them to their bed. Put them to bed, kiss them goodnight and leave the room. Letting your child fall asleep on their own will help when they wake in the middle of the night. They’ll have a better chance of getting themselves back to sleep rather than go in your room for comfort.
Set the perfect sleeping conditions with them.
Some kids may wander into their parents’ room because they say it’s too cold or too dark or too noisy, etc.
Whatever the case may be, they’ll find an excuse to come in. Try asking them how to make their room perfect for sleep. This may mean adding a night light, extra blanket, or maybe even a sound machine. Making them part of the process can also help in your efforts.
Walk them back to their bed.
As much as you want to roll over and go back to sleep, get up and walk your child back to their bed. Hopefully, after a few nights, they’ll get the message and you’ll get some rest. But, you have to be consistent with this one. If you’re not, it’s not going to work.
Give them a lovey…or ten!
Some kids just like someone or something to cuddle with when they sleep. If they don’t have a lovey or special stuffed animal, get them one and see if it helps. Maybe even two!
Rewards never hurt.
Rewarding your child with a treat if they can sleep in their own bed may be incentive enough for them to stay in their room.
Some kids may not take the bait, but others will keep their eye on the prize and not on your bed.
Stay positive and don’t yell.
As much as you may want to scream at the top of your lungs, stay calm and positive. Yelling isn’t going to get your child to sleep in their bed all night. Try selling all of the pluses of staying in their own bed (they’re a big girl/boy, more room, etc.). If your child starts crying and says they can’t do it, reassure them that they can and hopefully it will begin to sink in.
Remember, kids do things at their own pace. As frustrating as it is for you, sometimes it’s just a case of letting them grow out of it. Eventually, they will!
Welcome back to the Rock and Roll daycare monthly blog! Here we cover what the community has been busy with, with a peak inside each classroom. During the month of January, these tiny humans explored certain themes across the board, while simultaneously working on classroom and individual goals, as they usually do so. The three themes were; Jamaica, caring for our bodies and transportation.
Attempting to reach, pluck and bang on the guitar; working on gross motor skills and hand eye coordination during infant music class.
While giving their bodies a closer look, infants enjoyed some much needed tummy time and crawling, as well as exploring painting with their hands and feet, walking and holding a bottle. Toddlers and Preschoolers too learned about the parts of their bodies, food and Teeth-brushing.
Preschool teachers worked diligently on promoting healthier eating habits and independence in serving snack as well as important food groups. Preschoolers also explored their five senses; learning to use your five senses effectively at an earlier age, can lead to sharper senses. As part of the Practical life program, they occasionally prepare their own snack, last month; delicious banana-yogurt popsicles!
Toddlers explored Transportation by learning about different vehicles and their purposes. Their obvious interest in firetrucks sparked much interest in firefighters and community helpers too. While learning about EMTs, buses and airplanes, during some of their walks children were attentive to sounds surrounding them, including one of a propeller of an airplane. They thought it would be fun to create their own airplanes and discussed the steps and visions needed to build one. While learning about traffic lights, they played “Red light green light” for gross motor time!
Making a firetruck
Children began with learning about Martin Luther King junior on MLK Day, and further delved into black history during February. They read many story books and had heartfelt discussions throughout. Children honored MLK by hearing parts of his monuments speech and learning about his dream and sharing what their own dreams are. They also created a door to show unity.
Painting red lanterns for Chinese New year
Our current cultural study is Jamaica. Preschoolers explored the wondrous land in Jamaica with mountains, tropical forests, water bodies, foods, festivals, the lives of people and much more with non fiction books and all the teachers useful research! Children prepared for their musical performance in February and created Dr Hummingbirds and the Jamaican flag too.
Students discovered that mangoes were slightly acidic when they added baking soda. They mixed different food colors and created new colors with the mango’s color, and learned many different things about the skin of the mango too, naturally we ate some to enlighten our tastebuds too.
Finding intricate snowflake matches
Working on size discrimination and building
Skip counting by 5s during Circle time
Working on Addition with the Montessori Golden Beads
It’s the middle of winter. Do any of these scenarios sound familiar?
You’ve read your child every book in your house…twice.
You’ve gone through your DVD selection from A to Z and exhausted all of your Netflix options.
The board games have been played so many times that your kids (and you) are bored.
If any of these symptoms sound familiar then you and your family have a case of cabin fever.
Lucky for you, we have some cures!
Make a spring/summer wish list:
Why not escape to warmer temperatures by thinking of all the things you want to do once the weather improves? Ask your little ones what they want to do when it gets warmer. Talk about the places you want to visit and make a list. Just be sure to make it a list of things that are reasonable. There’s nothing worse than having a wish list that remains just that! By making this list early you can also keep an eye out for any coupons or deals that may pop up.
Create your own movie:
If your kids like watching movies, try making one where they’re the stars! Get all of those dress-up clothes out and help them develop a storyline.
If your kids are younger, this is going to be a shorter movie with lots of improvising! But, if your kids are school-age, try helping them write lines and a story that they can act out. You can play the role of director and record them on your phone. Better yet, if you have a home video camera, use that! This can be a project that can span a few weeks, creating a cabin fever cure that goes the distance.
Make an indoor hopscotch board. :
Who says you have to be outside to play hopscotch? Get your hands on some large pieces of cardboard and some masking tape. “Draw” the board with the tape and secure it down to the floor.
This will not only make your kids feel as though they’re outside, but it will also give them the physical activity they may be lacking from being inside all winter. If you don’t have rugs in your home you can also tape the board right to the floor. But, don’t ruin your floors in the name of cabin fever!
Build the tent or fort; bring a flashlight to tell ghost stories, as well as any favorite blankets and toys. Your kids can feel like they’re going camping but with the modern conveniences of a bathroom and homemade food!
Create a scavenger hunt:
Hide clues and items around the house and create your own scavenger hunt. If your child is reading age they can do this by themselves. If not, create the scavenger hunt and have an older sibling or adult help your little one figure out the clues and find all the items. This is an activity that will get their minds and bodies moving.
The next you’re feeling the cabin fever creep in, try one of these activities to cure everyone’s boredom and maintain your sanity!
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, this is a great time to teach your kids about the value of love. Make sure they understand that love goes beyond heart-shaped candies and red roses.
Chocolates, roses, candies, teddy bears. Valentine’s Day, as most holidays is advertised as a consumer’s paradise. With a soon to come red and pink overflow of advertisements, it is important to teach young kids that love is not measured or expressed in ‘things’.
Show your children you love them by giving them your time. Turn off the TV, close the computer, and be with them rather than just near them. Your time is the most valuable thing you can give another person, so give it to your children to show them how much you love them. Teach them that actions are the best way to express love.
And say it. Tell your kids you love them. You probably already do … a lot. But do it more. Leave them little notes in their lunch boxes or under their pillows. This will remind them of your love even when you are not with them.
While you may feel tempted to give in to the material side of Valentine’s Day, teaching your children to express love through actions, words and time spent together will be far more beneficial and valuable.
Remember, kids ultimately adopt actions they see. So lead by example and teach your kids that love goes far beyond the material world. It is something you can show and share without the need of a fancy object. It is a feeling before it is anything else.
(This doesn’t mean you have to skip out on the holiday’s traditional activities like cutting out heart-shaped cards. Just make sure you explain the value behind the material things and how love is much more.)
From the moment your child is born you are pretty much doing everything for them. Feeding, dressing, diaper changes…it’s all on you for the simple fact that they can’t do those tasks on their own. But as they get older they can and should begin to learn how to do things on their own. While kids can watch and copy actions, many times they need to be taught simple life skills that will help them function by themselves as they get older.
Here’s a look at some life skills you can start to teach your child.
While your toddler isn’t going to cook you a three-course meal, they can still help you in the kitchen so they can start to get an idea of how things work.
Give them easy tasks like pouring in ingredients or stirring the ingredients in the bowl. As you’re doing things explain to them simply so they can begin to understand how to cook.
Your toddler isn’t going to balance the family checkbook, but they can begin to realize how much things cost and how to pay for them. Take ten dollars out of their piggy bank and take them to the store so they can buy a treat. Explain that they only have ten dollars to spend. There’s a good chance they’ll pick up items that cost well over ten dollars. It’s your job to explain they don’t have enough money. Soon enough they’ll realize what ten dollars can and can’t buy them.
Clean clothes may seem like they magically appear, but kids need to learn how the whole process works.
Let your child begin to put laundry in the washing machine and dryer and then fold the clothes when they’re clean. Soon enough they’ll start to realize how their dirty clothes get clean again.
Speaking for themselves
You’re probably used to doing all of the talking for your child, but as they get older they need to start learning how to speak for themselves. Teach them when someone asks a question they need to answer. You can also teach them how to order in a restaurant as you teach them how to speak for themselves.
When your child reaches the pre-school age, you can start to teach them how to get ready in the morning. This includes getting clothes ready the night before, dressing in the morning, brushing their teeth and getting their bags ready.
Pretty soon they’ll start telling you that they’re “big boys” and “big girls” and they’ll want to do everything on their own!
When teaching your toddler life skills, you have to remember that what may take you no time at all to do is something new for your child. Be patient and let them get the hang of it themselves. Eventually, they’ll get it and they’ll do it like it’s nothing, just like you!
Let’s be honest, most new year resolutions last a couple of weeks. By the end of January, most of us have already broken them or forgotten them altogether. This is why this year you should focus on resolutions you can make as a family. It is easier to stick to group resolutions rather than individual ones. This way, you can remind and help each other to make sure your resolutions last more than just a few weeks.
Yes, technology is great and all, but it tends to get in the way of family time. Make a family resolution this year to give up technology for a brief period of time every day. Turn all electronics off an hour before bedtime and use that time to connect with your kids without any interruptions. Try not to use electronics for the first hour after you wake up as well.
2. Get healthy!
This is a resolution that is easier done as a group. Make small changes to your diet; replace soda with juice and sugary desserts with fruit. Opt to walk or ride your bikes to the grocery store instead of driving. Go to the park, join a sports team, go rock climbing, get active! Help each other stick to this resolution by encouraging healthy habits, staying active, and having balanced meals.
3. Read, read, read.
Revitalize this habit that seems to be getting lost among the next generations. Set a goal of a number of books you want to read this coming year. Sit down and let everyone in the family choose a book they are interested in reading. Assign a few weeks to each book and read them together. Stick to consistency; try to read a few pages every night. Don’t forget to discuss the book once you are done with it!
This one sounds easy, but it’s an important one. Remind each other to be thankful, polite, and generous. Take a few minutes at night to reflect on your day. How could you have been better? What did you do that was good? Go out of your way to make people smile. Remember, small gestures go a long way.
2019 is right around the corner. Use this fresh start to encourage your loved ones to be better. Use their support to stick to your resolutions this year.