Preschool Champlin

06 Sep Enjoying National Read A Book Day

We live in a world where National Hot Dog Day and National Saxophone day are mentioned on a calendar, what a time to be alive. While some of the holidays that are recognized nationally are absolutely ridiculous, there are plenty of great ones that we can take advantage of. Today, for instance, is National Read a Book Day. As a preschool facility that loves providing a challenging curriculum to our group of students, we figured this is a fun holiday that could be celebrated both at home and in the classroom. Here are a few ways that you can take advantage of this holiday in your home! Make a Visit To The Library A love for the library is something that is often sprouted from a young age, so making a visit to the library today is a great way to spark that love for reading and the library as a whole, in your child. Showing them the variety of stories that they have to choose from, getting them to participate in a reading program or working with a librarian to help develop a higher understanding of how a library works is a great way to not only find a book to enjoy on National Read a Book Day, but also a fantastic way to gain knowledge about what the library offers them. Head Over To A Bookstore While there aren’t very many well known bookstores around town, they are certainly there. Google local bookstores in Champlin and find one that you can visit with your little one to pick out a new book. There are also plenty of used bookstores where you can get books at a ridiculously affordable price. This is another great way to experience a wide variety of books while also introducing them to a new venue to experience literary works through. A Bedtime Story If bedtime stories aren’t something that you do on a regular basis, this is a great day to enjoy one. Let your little one pick out a book of their choice and read it to them as they fall asleep. This is a great way for children to listen to what words sound like and gain an idea of how to start formulating words and sentences to create an overall meaning. At Little Newtons, we value the curriculum that we’ve created for our daycare and preschool students, and we definitely find value on these lessons carrying on over to home life. We can’t wait to hear about the stories that your children love listening to. Check back soon for more exciting news, unique holidays and information from the team here at Little Newtons in Champlin....

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23 Jul Lessons We Learn Through Songs – Part 2

In our last blog post we touched on a few songs that we love to use in our lesson plans. These songs are not only loaded with tidbits of information that your child will hold onto for the rest of their life, but they are also catchy and fun to learn. Here are two more songs that we love to practice in our class and why what they teach is so incredibly important for your child to know. Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes Similar to being unable to pinpoint exactly when we learned sounds animals make, very few of us can remember exactly what age we learned to tell the difference between our body parts. This song is likely the way that we were taught when we were younger, and the good news is that it hasn’t gone anywhere. This song allows for children to physically find these body parts on themselves which makes it easier to hold onto this knowledge as they grow. This song is  a fun and easy one to practice at home too! Following this song with questions similar to “show me where your nose is” are a great way to ensure that this knowledge only continues to solidify. The Wheels On The Bus This song tends to be forgotten when it comes to lesson plans and songs that teach necessary skills. While your toddler probably won’t be driving buses any time soon, this song is a great way to teach your kids direction. You can count on them learning the difference between, up, down, and side to side. This song is usually accompanied with a dance that replicates the movements as they are sang, so that children can grasp onto the actual shift in motion. At Little Newton, we want your child to develop skills that are important and will stick with them as they age. Use some of these fun songs at home and you’ll see that your child's understanding of these concepts enhances the more you sing....

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18 Jul Lessons We Learn Through Songs

It’s hard to pinpoint the exact moment that we learned what each of our body parts are, or when exactly we learned what sound a chicken makes. Thinking back, most of us are unlikely able to pinpoint these lessons to a day, time or even an age, but we all most likely remember the words to “Head, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and “Old McDonald Had a Farm”. At Little Newton's daycare and preschool, we love incorporating lesson into fun and exciting techniques that children are sure to enjoy and are more likely to remember. Here are a few fun songs that you can sing with your child to help them develop a sense of understanding for different areas. The A, B, C’s It goes without saying how beneficial this song can be. The alphabet is something we will carry for our lifetime, so of course it’s something we want our children to learn. The song, while fun, is a little bit more complex, so while you may be singing it to your little one, it’s going to be much harder for them to grasp. We suggest waiting till they’re a little older just so that they don’t retain the incorrect memories and are able to transition into a development of understanding the alphabet, shortly after learning the song. Old McDonald Had A Farm We didn’t all grow up the same way as Old McDonald, but we sure do know all of his animals and all the sounds they make. The thanks for that can go directly to this catchy, and adorable song. Often incorporated with images to fulfill the visual component of the learning development, we play this song quite a bit to help develop a general understanding of animals and the sounds they make. We’ve got a few more songs that are fantastic for lesson plans in and outside of the classroom. Check back soon to see what other choruses you can include on your day to day routine with your little one....

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09 Jul How To Survive Your Child’s First Month In Daycare – Part 2

In our last blog post we touched on how difficult the first month of daycare can be, for the parents. While you may be in denial about how difficult of a time you’re having leaving your little one at daycare, we know the truth. If the tips in our last post have lessened the pain of having to say goodbye, but haven’t quite eliminated it, you’re in luck. Here are a few more things that you can do so that goodbye isn’t so hard. Take Advantage of Your Time Alone This little bit of information is always easier said than done, especially if it’s your first child that you’re dropping off at daycare. While you may shed a tear or two as you say goodbye, the truth is that you are now going to experience some alone time. While it may not seem that way while you’re workin away, or even if you’re simply at home, the truth is that every adult needs alone time. After countless nights of checking on the baby, every adult needs to take advantage of whatever time they get. Take an hour to go to the gym, read a book, watch a movie or call a friend. In the end, you won’t regret taking the time love yourself a little. Create A New Routine Like we just stated, it’s not a bad thing to enjoy your alone time, we all need it. Creating a new routine will help you feel better about your child being at daycare all day, but will also provide you with a purpose throughout the day. As you create your new routine, make sure to plan out time so that you can have some family time as well as alone time, it all comes down to balance. While dropping your child off at daycare may seem like the end of the world, you’ll notice that after the first few days, maybe weeks for some, it will get better. You can trust that your little one is in safe hands here at Little Newton’s in Champlin....

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30 Dec Give your Child Comfort this School Year

It’s never easy to prepare your child for their first day of preschool in Champlin at Little Newtons, but we’ve come up with some helpful tips and tricks to make starting preschool an easy and fearless transition. If you have read any of our previous posts, then you know that daycare in Champlin can also be fearful. Catch up now by reading some past tips we’ve posted, and continue reading what we suggest you do on your child’s first day at preschool at Little Newtons in Champlin. Make sure that you're giving your child plenty of time to get ready every morning they have preschool! Preschool is a big deal for your child, and they should be excited. Try not to rush them by giving them an amount of time that will enable them to eat breakfast and get ready for their school day. On their first day of school, it’s important that you send them to school with something that makes them feel at home. If they have a favorite teddy bear or they like wearing a cape, be sure they can bring it to preschool to make them feel more comfortable. When you arrive at school, park the car and head in with them. Help to get your child settled in. If you haven’t taken a tour of the school prior to their first day, guide them to their cubby, where they will place their lunch, etc. Introduce them to their teachers and some students nearby. Discuss a goodbye routine before you leave your home for school that day. Explain to them that you won’t be able to stay with them during the school day and give them reasons why. Tell them what they’ll be learning about, activities they will be able to do and it’s always a great idea to tell them how many friends they’ll be able to make! It’s never a bad idea to tell your kiddo about your experiences when you were a child and let them know that you’ve been through what they’re going through as well. ...

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