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28 Jul How Girls view Brilliance

NYU recently performed a study on how girls view Brilliance as they grow up.  It was interesting because children are so impressionable at such a young age.  How people speak to them, how they see people speak to others, building self confidence and love for themselves is so important to even the youngest of children.  I sat down with WCCO to discuss how important it is to teach them they are SMART! https://vimeo.com/user14179445/review/227302937/cc3ec97697...

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28 Jul New Curriculum

It is so exciting to continue to perfect the curriculum and we are so often challenged by the children's ability to learn and desire more.  Children, ages 0-5, have an incredible opportunity to set themselves up for life long learning and success.  Little Newtons believes that children can learn anything if we set them up right.  But it is also important to nurture their inner self, their confidence, love them, and respect them.  The new curriculum will be released on Sept 5th for both Toddler and Preschoolers.  This curriculum will still include our FIVE languages, and still be historic in nature, but will have more in depth training on handwriting, emotions, self esteem, Presidents, Chemical Elements, Time Telling, Reading, etc.  We are also studying the different cries of infants and what each of them mean to better attend to the needs.  It's a very exciting time for Little Newtons!!...

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29 May Children and Leadership

As we wrap up our "school year," at Little Newtons, we prepare for Graduation this Friday.  This is always a very emotional time for both us and parents.  We have worked together to get our children to where they are this week.  At Little Newtons, we loved, educated, respected and pushed them to exceed their abilities.  Some of the children have been in our program since they were little babies, which of course, has been incredible to see them grow into amazing individuals.  Some have been in our program, for the school year--but again, we have seen them exponentially grow in such a short time. They have learned languages, math, science, reading, writing, yoga (some of our kiddos critique my yoga to show me how to do it better), music, encyclopedic knowledge (US presidents, chemical elements, all of the different types of monkeys), dramatic play, etc.  So many of our graduating class any can read, write and add. A few thoughts on leadership as the children leave our program.  I keep thinking of what is the best quote I can tell these kiddos?  Anywhere from "don't let anyone dull your sparkle," to "just keep swimming," to lastly "let your smile change the world, don't let the world change your smile." Any child can grow up to be a leader.   Our wish is that they continue to learn accountability, integrity, perseverance, confidence, respect (of themselves and others), and never ever give up! We thank all of you for your support you have given your children, our teachers and our program....

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27 May Fidget Spinners

My oldest daughter came home and said she needed a "fidget spinner." I wasn't certain what this was, but started to research it a bit.  My response to her was, "No,you don't need a fidget spinner."  A few days later and I found out that fidget spinners are now banned at her school, according to her. With more and more posts on the internet, facebook, etc--some in mockery, some showing benefits--had me still intrigued by this new "object."  At the very same time, I have been looking very deeply into classroom management at Little Newtons.  As the Founder, I feel it is imperative to always be doing quality assurance and making sure the program is doing what we say, that we stand by what we deliver and offer the most exceptional education and care.  One very important part of LN's program is classroom schedules.  My philosophy surrounds keeping children engaged, strong education and fun.  With that comes sticking to the schedule.  Typically when we see children getting bored, antsy, looking for other things to do, it is because they are sitting too long.  Which brought me to the thought of fidget spinners. Are fidget spinners something that we are using to keep children "engaged" in their studies longer? Do they distract from learning?  Children's minds are very complex but do we want them"playing" with an object while trying to learn math, reading, etc.  What if we broke up the learning a bit?  The body as a whole needs to be exercised.  What people are saying is more detrimental to those in office jobs, is sitting all day.  So many studies have come out saying that extended periods of sitting results in a less production.  What if we focus on a learning subject, say reading, for 15 mins, then stand up and "shake our wiggles out" while counting by 5s, then move to another area of the room for a different activity?  Would that negate the need for an additional "object" to occupy our attention? It works for children 0-5 years old, and we see how engaged they are for the shorter periods of time and how effective the learning is, while not needing a lot of outside resources to keep them engaged....

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21 May Early Brain Development

Many years of research has demonstrated that high academic, high quality early childhood education produces short and long term effects on cognitive and social development of children.  All children should have access to a high quality education program. Brain Development in Ages 0-5 Children are born with the maximum amount of brain capacity (number of neurons) and must develop those neurons by the end of age five when 90 percent of the brain has completed development.  During these years, the brain creates a "wiring path" and connects to the areas in the brain responsible for life, language, thinking, hearing, etc. The strength of the wiring path is dependent on repetition and exposure to new experiences in education. Think of the first year of life: Infants are able to recognize their mother's voice, learn to cry and receive food, sit up, roll over, ultimately learning how to walk.  During our teacher training we stress the importance of how incredible the first year of life is. Year two includes the most dramatic changes in the brain. This is a time of "Vocabulary Explosion."  Some say their vocabulary will quadruple during this year. As well as vocabulary and language development, this age group is also learning about themselves and having "self awareness."  They start using the "I" reference and knowing their name. It is pretty fascinating if you stop and think about all of the things children can learn in such a short about of time. Because the brain develops so rapidly and is so dependent on experiences, this is a crucial window of opportunity to provide positive educational experiences that will result in wiring that leads to life long learning, achievement, and success later in life!...

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20 May Language Development

One of Little Newtons' focus of education is the basis of language acquisition.  When designed to teach five languages; Spanish, French, Italian, Mandarin and American Sign Language (lets not forget English too), it was with the understanding that children age 0-5 are recommended to have fast, quick, new language exposed to them.  In fact, some research suggests that children need to hear 30,000 words a day. The study found that children who heard at least 33 million words, which is 30,000 words a day from birth the age of 3 tend to have higher IQs at the age of 10 than those who hear fewer words. People say "why five languages?" why not focus on a second one?  The reasoning behind it is to optimize the brain development of 0-5 to ensure they are expanding and developing their brains at the time it is most crucial. The brain produces more than a million connections each second during the years of 0-3.  By age 5, the brain's development is almost 90 percent completed. Children's brains exposed to many languages, math concepts, art, science, etc at such a young age rapidly make the connections.  ...

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17 May Managment

Greetings! We are so excited to announce the addition of several people to our team.  Krissy has recently joined us to lead our Directors.  Krissy will support our management team in any training, questions, problem solving and team building.  She comes with an extensive background in Early Childhood Education and Leadership.  Krissy supports all of our locations. We are so very excited to have her on our team! We also welcome Amanda, as our Maple Grove Director.  Amanda also comes to us with great experience and has a very engaging leadership style that is wonderful for both staff and parents. Her sweet personality is paired with knowing what is best for children and fulfilling the mission of Little Newtons. Krystle will join Nicole, Corinna and Ashley in Plymouth. Krystle comes to us with over 6 years of childcare management experience. Krystle is excited to meet every child and family in joining Little Newtons. She has vast experience in helping to develop children's growth in social, emotional, cognitive, and physical development. Krystle specializes and has trained in early childhood education, with health and safety being a number one priority. She is excited to strive to help the teachers educate your child with the quality curriculum at Little Newtons. Krystle has been preparing children for academic success and building strong social skills and will bring this success to Little Newtons' classrooms. Sirena has been offering a safe and secure learning environment for children since 2012. Sirena's goal is to build a strong relationship with your family and partner with you on your child's educational journey. She believes that each child is unique and is excited to learn about your child's interests while watching them grow and develop through Little Newtons' program. She takes great pride in building amazing relationships with teachers, children and their families. Sirena is eager to partner with your family and support your child's educational success!    ...

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01 Apr Investing in Early Childhood Education

Investment into Early Childhood Education Investment into Early Childhood Education is one of the wisest and future-oriented decisions we should have in mind. There is an incredible amount to gain for your child in setting them up for success. A study recently showed the investment has return of 7-10 percent. Knowing the brain develops the most during years 0-5, Early Childhood Education is very important to life long learning. Overall, a study recently documented a return to society of more than $17 for every dollar invested in the Early Childhood Education Program. Early education is one among the most important and well spent investments we can make in our nation’s future. It amplifies and solidifies the child’s development and helps nurture and improve the child’s performance in school and also contributes to boosting the long-term social and economic rewards....

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18 Oct Awaken All 5 Sense with Your Toddler’s Food

Daycare and preschool are very much the time where children begin to develop their social skills and gain comfort with their capabilities. We see children begin to understand depth perception and determine what types of food they do and don’t like, and these things can be done through a variety of practices in and out of the classroom. While we love being able to awaken the senses of your child in the classroom, it’s impossible to deny the importance that doing so outside of the classroom remains. If you’re looking for fun ways that you can dive into the mind of your child to further develop their learning abilities, one of the best ways to do this is through their senses. One of the tools that we believe every family should be using to awaken sense in the home is food, because it provides more than just a delicious taste! Here are the ways that we suggest vitalizing the senses. Sight Food is composed with so many colors. From the vibrant colors of vegetables to the different types of food coloring that are added to sweets, there are definitely a few ways that you can use the colors of food to open up the sense of your child. Incorporating these vibrant foods into tasks that involve your child, for instance having them watch you eat vegetables, awakens their visual senses in practicing the same act. It’s always great to use these brightly colored foods as a way to learn and remember colors too! Touch Along with colors, foods all have variant textures. Allow for your toddler to play around with their food a little, so that they can gain a better understanding of what different textures feel like and how they differ. As children grow up, they move forward from a bland and puree based diet, so it’s great to start incorporating these different textures prior to them chewing away on them. Smell Let your child experience a variety of smells in the food that they play with. Adding in sweet fruits and salty, seasoned crackers provides them with a variance in smells. This is especially the case if you begin to add herbs to the food that they’re enjoying or playing with. One of the best ways to go ahead and do this is through crackers that have these seasons baked into them or bread that has some of these different flavors added into them. Sound With the variety of textures comes a variety of sounds. As your child enjoys different types of food, allow for the crunches and slurps of the food to be taken into account. One of the best examples of this is spaghetti. The slurping of the noodles is one that children find amusing and can relate to the dish that they’re eating. Aside from that, the crunch of carrots and crackers make for great sound awakening foods and squishy, juicy foods like grapes and peaches also add quite a bit to the sense of sound. Taste It goes without saying that playing with food awakens your child’s sense of taste. As they get older they will begin to experience foods that are delicious, which allows for them to then pick and choose which ones are their favorites. Adding sweet and salty foods not only adds to their sense of smell, but also to their sense of taste. Add a variety and see what types of foods they like, and which ones they’re just not a fan of. You may be surprised by what you find out in doing so. Continue to enrich the mind of your child by providing them with activities and experiences that challenge them to gain a different understanding of what they’re going to continue to experience in life. These little lessons provide quite a bit of insight as to who they’ll become as they continue to grow. Make sure to keep up with the Little Newtons blog so that you can learn new fun and exciting methods and techniques that will help your child grow. We can’t wait to share with you the different areas that we like to work with. For more information on how we utilize your child’s senses in the classroom, call the Little Newtons daycare in Plymouth....

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11 Oct Too Sick for Daycare?

Sick days are inevitable, especially with the change of seasons that happens here in Minnesota. When the brutal cool temperatures of fall and winter finally start to settle in, catching a cold becomes all the more likely. There are definitely days where making it through a day of sniffles is something we’re capable of doing, but in a daycare, where your child is surrounded by countless other children who are exposed to their siblings and children outside of daycare, coming to school sick could pose as a greater issue. If your child is sick, and you’re unsure of whether or not your child should be going into daycare, here are a few things that you should take the time to think over before making up your mind. Signs & Symptoms Most serious illnesses will show up with some signs and symptoms. Depending on what it is that your child has come down with, you should take note of what signs and symptoms they are showing. Take a look at how bad the symptoms that they’re showing are. Is their temperature pushing a fevere? How badly is their nose running? Does their cough hurt them? Once you’ve gaged just how bad the symptoms are, you can gain an idea if time spent at daycare is going to improve their health or only leave them drained at the end of the day. It’s also a great way to at least gain some sort of idea as to how ill your child is and whether or not professional care is needed. Another great way to look at the situation is to consider whether or not you’d want a child with those symptoms around your kiddo. If the answer is no, then it’s probably best to take the day off. Daycare Expectations & Regulations There are certain standards in place in order for children to maintain a healthy and safe lifestyle while they are at our daycare. One of those factors is in relation to the health of the children that we take care of. If your child is throwing up, has diarrhea or is highly contagious, then we ask that you please keep your child home until they are well enough to be coming to daycare without putting other children at risk. At Little Newtons, we do our absolute best to provide your child with an experience that is only going to enhance their development and propel them to learn more. Doing this is difficult to do when a child requires more care because they are sick. Mom & Dad Know Best While there are plenty of ways that you can go about determining if your child is too sick for going to school, for the most part is entirely your choice. You know your child better than we ever could, and if you can tell that they’re going to be miserable all day at daycare and could possibly transfer their illness to other children, then it’s better to keep them home where they can rest and get back to good health in time to head back to daycare! For any questions regarding your child being sick or our preferences with health related issues, please feel free to call our daycare office in Maple Grove. ...

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