Preschool Maple Grove

04 Oct The Big Difference Between Daycare & Preschool

There are so many factors that go into how our children develop. Parents really come to term with this once they’ve had their first child, and at times it can take beyond the second and third to really gain an idea of what is beneficial for a child. At Little Newtons, we are always looking to improve our methods and techniques to the competitive expectations that life requires of individuals. In this challenge, we have perfect a curriculum that has allowed for us to enhance the learning experience that your child gets and the individual that they grow to become, but it can be difficult knowing what program is right for your child. We offer a selection of programs for you to enroll in, but here are a few of the key differences for you to be aware of when determining which of these programs are going to be the best fit. Similarities Between the Two While there are a few differences between preschool and daycare, we figured that we would start with the similarities. Because both of our programs focus on excellence and challenge education, there are quite a bit of similarities, but where they differ makes a difference too. Here are some of the most basic similarities. Both challenge growth mentally and socially Both will have your child in a group of children their age The group with rarely be more than 20 children Half and full day are options for both A licensed professional providing around the clock care A Breakdown of Daycare Daycare is going to be the best option for children that are younger, this means children from 0 years to 2 years old. At times there are 2-year-olds that will be advanced enough to move on to preschool to continue to develop their skills. That being said, daycare is much more about providing care to children during the times where their primary caregiver is unable to. The time spent at daycare is going to be spent with activities that pass the time, rather than a lesson plan like preschool. A Breakdown of Preschool Preschool is going to be perfect for any children between the ages of 2 ½ and 5 to 6 years old. The preschool program at Little Newtons is built around a curriculum that is intended to provide these young students with the tools that they need to grow into the education system. That means that they will continue to use as they go into kindergarten and beyond. The lessons that they learn will vary in both the foundations of their education but also in the way that they develop socially. These programs are offered in both half day and full day options, depending on what your child is accustomed to and what you think will be best suited for them. We are an extremely competitive preschool in the curriculum that we have designed, and that is something that can provide your child with much more in the long run than a standard preschool that doesn’t draw focus to these aspects of a child’s life. The programs that we offer prioritize your children and the things that they need to succeed. Learn more about the daycare and preschool curriculum that we offer at our facility and allow for us to provide you with a tour. We would be more than happy to give you a glimpse into what your child’s care would look like here at Little Newton's daycare and preschool in Maple Grove. We can’t wait to see you stop by! As always make sure to keep up to date with our blog and see what other fun topics we’ll be covering in the weeks to come....

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22 Aug Questions To Ask Before You Commit To A Preschool

For some strange reason, daycares and preschools don’t get the credit they deserve when it comes to education. Parents spend plenty of time scoping out elementary, middle and high schools, but spend very little time looking into daycares or preschools. Maybe it’s the concept that time should only be spent on the phases of education where kids will be strongly influenced; but if we’re being honest, the influence of education has already begun at the age that your child attends daycare and preschool. So in that case, isn’t it just as important that you scope out what daycare your child is going to go to? At Little Newton in Maple Grove, we believe that it’s entirely necessary that you ask some in depth questions to ensure that you know what you’re signing up for and that you’ve truly picked the daycare, or preschool, that is going to be the very best for your child. Here are some questions that we suggest asking as you browse around daycares. What will my child be doing all day? Every daycare and preschool will provide different activities or lessons for your child to participate in, the real question lies in what those include. At Little Newton, we create a curriculum that allows for your child to start developing skills at a young age, so that as they grow and progress with their education, they’re ahead of the game. Without asking this, your child may be passing up an opportunity like this to simply play with other kids and knock out a few coloring sheets a day. Which we definitely support, but fun activities like this are paired with a curriculum that provides your child with skills. How many kids are there per class? Volume is something that needs to be considered in every classroom, regardless of age. Making sure that your child is going to get ample amount of attention whether in learning or in basic care, is a must. At Little Newton, we keep our class sizes at reasonable numbers so that our team of professionals is always able and ready to assist. Call our office today to see specifically what each class is currently sitting at. There are plenty of other great questions that you ought to be asking before committing to a preschool, and those questions will be covered in the next couple of blog posts. Make sure that you continue to visit our blog frequently, but that’s all for now!...

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01 Aug Creating An End of The Day Routine

At the end of a long day at preschool there are so many things to be shared. From the fun lesson plan covered to the games played outside, it’s extremely exciting for a little one to be able to share the various things that they experienced during their day at preschool. We know how great it is for you to be reunited with them too, especially after a long day of work. If you are entirely aware of how much this moment ought to be treasured, then you will love some of these ideas that we suggest compiling into an end of the day routine with your little one. Gather Up All Of Their Stuff Before You Leave This is a tip that nearly every parent has said makes the end of the day a smooth one. Some of our parents suggest gathering stuff up and then providing the child with a 5 minute warning so that there is some sort of expectation as to when leaving is actually going to happen. As the preschool teachers, we do see that this makes for an easy exit from preschool, even though it may be hard the first couple of times. This is also a great way to help your child develop a concept of time. Create A Transition One of the concerns that most parents have, some even experienced, is their children having a difficult time transitioning from preschool to home. Whether it be the rules, the social expectations or the way they carry themselves, these settings are different, and it’s hard for a child to understand why. A method that we’ve seen ease the difficulty of transitioning is talking about what happened at school on the way home. Once you’re anywhere from 5 to 10 minutes away from the house, start to tie the conversation to an end and bring up what’s going to happen when you get home. Is it going to be bath time? Will you sit down for dinner? Setting an expectation of what’s going to happen once home will help keep a steady plan outlined. Leaving daycare will also be difficult the first couple of weeks, at times months, but will definitely get easier. If you are struggling with any issues in particular, talk with a member of our administrative department;  we would be more than happy to look into some suggestions for the issue....

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12 Jul Benefits That Your Child Will See Through Learning Music

At Little Newtons, we pride ourselves on the curriculum that we’ve worked hard to perfect. From the age groupings that we’ve outlined to the different lesson plans, we truly have taken a good chunk of time and dedicated it to discovering various methods to ensure that we are providing your child with only the highest standard of education. One of the classes that we are always so excited for are the music ones. Not only are these classes a great time, but they provide quite a bit of growth in children of this age. As one of the curriculums that is less and less common, we felt it necessary to break down just how great it is that your child is able to participate in these lessons here at Little Newtons in Maple Grove Cultivates Creativity Music is one of the studies that supports and cultivates a creative mind. Whether that mind and passion stay in music, or transform into a passion for writing, drawing or dancing, the introduction to music education at a young age promotes a creative mind. While you may be wondering what a child truly benefits from a creative mind, as opposed to individuals with stronger mathematical and science skills, it’s pretty clear cut. Being able to expand one's mind to different concepts, styles, sounds, colors and movements opens a mind to more complex ideas down the road. Enhances Focus With Other Subjects Musical classes challenge focus throughout the class. While it is a fun and exciting class to be a part of, music requires quite a bit of focus to stay on beat and to keep up with where the other instruments are. Playing in a group is also a great method for immersing children into the concept of teamwork; the sound is only achieved through the collaboration of a group. These skills transfer into other classes and situations, making this one of the best ways to develop some more serious skills. These are only two of the reasons that we find music to be an essential part of our preschool curriculum for our Maple Grove preschool curriculum. Your child will develop some amazing talents, skills and passions when they develop their musical skills in daycare. ...

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