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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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30 Sep Solutions for Your Toddler’s Stress – Part 2

In our last blog post, we got started talking about a few of the reasons that young children experience stress. While we would rather there not be plenty more reasons that your child could wind up stressed at a young age, there are unfortunately more reasons that children undergo this stress. At Little Newtons, we do our absolute best to provide the best experience and exposure for your children so that they’re able to develop to the best of their abilities. In posting about these stressful factors, we hope to help you recognize when your child is under stress so that you can act accordingly before it becomes a bigger issue. Changes at Home Big changes become stressful for anyone, but when something is off in the only stable environment that children have, they’re aware of it. Whether it is something like a divorce, a big move that’s about to happen, a new birth or some other form of high anxiety experience in the household, your children can pick up on this energy. There isn’t any great way to avoid this stress from happening, especially since it’s difficult for adults to contain the stress they undergo. However, rather than let your child be exposed to it, do your best to discuss these stressful matters in private quarters where your child won’t ever have to pick up on something being wrong or out of the ordinary. It also helps to disclose that there may be a stressful environment at home to your child’s daycare teacher, just so that we can be aware and make note of any change in behavior that we see in the classroom. Too Busy for Their Own Good While our little ones aren’t walking around with a planner and a Blackberry, they are definitely still held to a schedule. Aside from the time spent at daycare, plenty of children are also spending their time participating in sporting events, attending religious services and still spending time with the family. When a child is too busy, they can become quickly irritated and can carry this mood into their everyday life. Sometimes the simple change in a schedule can be enough to create aggravation in a child’s life. Make sure to be conscious of your child’s tiredness levels and how easily they are sleeping at night. We can also keep an eye out on their napping and do our best to play a part in the rest that they’re getting. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, Little Newtons is dedicated to providing your child with the best experience that they can possibly have at this age. We’re able to do that through our challenging curriculum and the environment that we create for them at our daycare. Make sure to check our blog out on a regular basis so that we can continue to provide you with helpful information and guidance on what your child is experiencing at this age. We can’t wait to see what your child can become after they settling into our daycare center....

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23 Sep Solutions for Your Toddler’s Stress

There are plenty of things that contribute to stress in adult life, from the bills that seem to flow on a consistent basis to the amount of time that we spend sitting at a desk for work, it’s not uncommon for adults to have one or more factors in their life that are leaving them stressed. While it may seem unlikely for your toddler to be experiencing stress given they aren’t at work and don’t have any bills to pay, stress in toddlers and young children is in fact very common. There are many signs that a parent may recognize in their child that will signal stress within a toddler. While the chances of these stresses leading to something like high blood pressure or cardiovascular problems, there are plenty of ways that children are physically affected by this stress and it should not be taken lightly. Here are a few of the most common reasons that toddlers experience stress at such a young age, as well as ways that you can minimize and care for them. Common Signs of Stress Everyone handles stress differently, and as a child who is extremely reliant on their parent or some form of provider, the primary ways that they deal with stress will be by acting out towards this person. Some of the most common ways that we see children acting out their stress are: Change or difficulty with a sleep schedule Loss in appetite or upset stomach Change in emotions; constantly upset or aggravated Increase in sickness Constipation or change in bowel movements Nightmares or night terrors Coping mechanisms like thumb sucking Reasons Children Stress Out In the same way that children react to stress differently, there are plenty of situations and circumstances that cause children to stress out in the first place. Below are a few of the reasons that we see children stress out at daycare and ways that you can minimize the situations at home and while they’re at school. Remember, it’s important to take these issues seriously so that they don’t lead to further issues, both emotionally and physically. Separation Anxiety Sometimes this reason becomes a component for stress for us parents as well. When children are accustomed to spending a majority of their time with a parent, spending a half or full day at daycare can seem like an eternity. This may happen in the first few months and maybe even year that your child attends daycare. This can also happen every once in awhile, this can happen when children move to different daycares or start a new program at a school. The best way to counter this is to ask them about their day afterwards and make the drop off as seamless as possible. Creating a comfortable relationship with the daycare teacher will improve the ease at which dropoffs go, and will allow for your child to feel much more comfortable when they are dropped off at daycare. Being comfortable with the daycare provider will also benefit any stress that is created from separation anxiety. Learning New Things Whether it’s in the classroom or at home, learning new things can create a big shift in the way a child’s life works, especially during the learning process. One of the best examples of life lessons that cause stress is potty training. With so much pressure and the discomfort of having an accident, there are plenty of reasons that kids wind up stressed. Patience is one of the ways that you can work on minimizing stress with this particular cause. Positive reinforcement is another way that children can feel confident in this new skill that they’re learning. Also, make sure that you don’t rush with whatever skill it may be that they are learning, this will only increase the chances of them stressing out about the situation. We’ve only just begun to visit the circumstances that can cause stress in toddlers and young children, but we have definitely not covered them all. Make sure to check back in the next couple of weeks as we cover a few other reasons that children undergo stress at a young age or while in daycare. Little Newtons in daycare in Champlin will always provide you with the information and guidance that you need for your child to succeed....

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12 Aug Getting Back To The Work Grind

If you are the parent of a newborn baby, then you’ve likely just enjoyed a few days off of work, maybe a couple of weeks or even months, but now it’s time to get back to the grind. If you’re finishing up with the loose ends before heading back, there are a few tips that we have found to be beneficial to parents that are just now getting back to work. Glance over these tips and take a deep breath as you accept the fate that work is still a necessary part of adult life. Don’t Over Work Yourself When you get back into the office, your boss will know that you’re not the same person that you were when you left, but that doesn’t mean that the job has changed. When you’re at work, make sure that you are being smart with how you exert yourself. At times it’s better to do work smarter, not harder. Analyze the different tasks that you have to do, whether physical or mental, and determine what method is going to be best for you as you progress through your work day. You’ll notice that over time the transition back into work will get better with time, especially if you ease into the pace that you’re accustomed to. Get Rid of That Guilty Feeling Any parent that has had to drop their child off at daycare, has experienced the feeling of guilt when they have to drop their child off at the daycare center. The first couple of days will always be harder than the rest, but it is absolutely necessary that you shake off the guilt of having to do so. At the end of the day, you’re going to have to make it through the work day, whether your child is at daycare or not, so you may as well relieve yourself of this guilt and put your best foot forward at the office. The part of going back to work that you can entirely eliminate is worrying about where your kids are and who’s taking care of them. When your kids are enrolled at Little Newton Daycare & Preschool in Maple Grove, you know that they are with a group of professionals that have their best interest at hand. Aside from that, the curriculum that we offer is among the best in the state. Shake off your nerves, and go get em!...

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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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06 Jul How To Survive Your Child’s First Month In Daycare

It’s a moment that we all hear about before we even have kids: the first drop off at daycare. Whether you’re having to drop your child off at daycare a few months after being born, or you’ve been lucky enough to wait it out until preschool, this drop off is never an easy one. Strangely enough, it’s the parents that have a harder time with this goodbye. If you’re dropping your child off to either daycare or preschool here at Little Newtons in Champlin, you’ll notice that we have become pro’s at this unbearable goodbye. Here are a few tips to help you survive through your child’s first month at daycare. Prepare The Night Before Getting ready for daycare will take a little bit of time, but not too much since your nerves likely have you over prepping for your child’s first day. It’s always easier to pack everything up the night before so that you can enjoy that extra time in the morning with your little one, but also so that you can confidently head out of the house all packed up and ready. Add On An Extra 30 Once you’ve got their daycare bag packed, their tiny outfit picked and have already thought through their next three meals, you can relax and know that we will handle it from there. Determine how much time it will take for you to get everything together in the morning, add on the drive time to Champlin and then tack on an extra 30 minutes. These extra 30 minutes are for you to say that final goodbye and sneak in extra kisses. These 30 minutes also provide a little fluff in case you have any questions. You’ll notice that over time you will use up less and less of this allotted time. Don’t worry, these aren’t the only components to surviving this first month of daycare. Check back in the next couple of days to see what other helpful tips we’ve got for you to ensure that you live through your child’s first month at daycare, here at Little Newton’s in Champlin. Until next time!...

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03 Jul The Perfectly Packed Bag For Daycare – Part 3

Hello again! Welcome to the final part of this blog series. If you’ve followed thus far, you’ve learned about why packing diapers, bibs, burping towels, blankets and extra clothes are so important for every kiddo that is headed to daycare. While it may seem that we’ve covered it all, there are two more items that will always be helpful for your child in daycare. Without further ado, here are the last two items that you should be packing into your child’s daycare bag. Bottles One of the absolute must haves for your little one at daycare is a bottle. Just as with diapers and the other essentials, bottles should be packed based on the amount of time that your child will be in daycare. If they are planning on being there for a full day, you need to make sure that you have enough, if not a little bit extra, milk or formula to keep your baby content through the day. A hungry baby is never a happy baby, so this is another instance where it is much better to over prepare than to under prepare. Sheets or Blankets Nap time is a staple in the daycare routine. We’re able to provide your baby with the supplies they need to get a good nap in, but we do ask that you bring in a sheet for us to put on top of the mat or inside of the crib. This makes it easier to wash sheets and keep them from getting mixed up within a daycare. It also provides a sense of comfort to your little one, making it easier for them to get comfortable for a nap. Always consider the material that you’re bringing in and how it relates to the season; fleece will always be a better match for the cooler seasons while like materials are great for summer. We have finally completed the list of essentials for your daycare bag. Each of these items truly will make a difference for your little one while they stay with us. Be it a half or a full day, coming in prepared will make a difference in the way that they adapt and the way that they act when they go home with you. For any further questions about any of these essentials or any questions regarding other supplies you think may be suitable to bring to daycare, call the Little Newton office. We are the leading daycare in Plymouth and would be more than happy to help you along this new journey! That’s it for today, check back frequently to see what other topics we cover here!...

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27 Jun The Perfectly Packed Bag For Daycare – Part 2

Welcome back to the Little Newton's blog post! If you’ve been keeping up with our blog, then you know that our current topic of discussion is properly packing a daycare bag! In our last blog post we covered the ideal amount of diapers to pack for a day at daycare, as well as why a few extra pairs of clothes can make all the difference. Today, we are going to cover two more essentials to every daycare bag as well as why we believe them to be an absolute must for your child to have access to while at daycare. Blanket or Teddy When babies have a tough time falling asleep at night, we comfort them by giving them a blankie or a teddy bear. Once this bond is made, it’s pretty hard to break. When your child comes to daycare, it only makes sense that they have access to the teddy or blanket that provides them with comfort. Being able to find that comfort in the classroom keeps your child from getting fussy and allows for them to develop a routine, which is one of the primary necessities as a child grows and continues on in daycare. Whether it be a teddy, a blanket, or both, we do strongly suggest at least bringing one item that your child consoles for comfort so that nap times run smoother. Bibs or Burping Towels Every good meal ends with a burp, and if it doesn’t, it ends with a bigger mess. We love those tiny little burps, but it definitely saves a mess when we’re able to tuck a nice bib in during the meal and use one of your burping towels immediately after. When you pack burping towels, consider how long your child is going to be at daycare. We suggest packing one for each meal, simply in case their little burps call for a bigger mess. We aren’t done yet. There are a few more essentials to double check for. We’ll be back in the next couple of days to dive into yet another two items that we love to see in the bags of our daycare students. See you next time!...

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23 Jun The Perfectly Packed Bag For Daycare – Part 1

In our last blog post we briefly went over how beneficial packing a bag for daycare can be. From the times that your child has an accident and needs a new pair of clothes to the times that they’re upset crying and asking for their favorite stuffed bear, packing a bag allows us to be the best possible care providers for your child, simply by being prepared. If you are dropping your kiddo off at daycare, these are a few of things to include in your bag, regardless of their age. Diapers This is one of the things that parents always remember to pack, but won’t always pack enough of. Diapers are an essential to the comfort of your child, and if while we are often able to improvise in the instance that your child doesn’t have enough, it doesn’t help us to be under prepared for an accident or too many dirty diapers. We suggest anywhere between 8 to 10 diapers for a full day at daycare. It doesn’t hurt to pack a few extra. Extra Clothes Let’s face it, as adults we still have accidents where our shirts end up with lunch or coffee displayed on them, so can you imagine what the life of a baby is like? We suggest bringing at least two or three extra outfits each week just in case. If your child does have an accident, it helps to bring an extra pair of clothes to replace that set. Many parents are accustomed to bringing one set of extra clothes each day their child goes to daycare, but there are definitely days where more than one spare pair of clothes is used, so keeping 3 sets with us is never a bad idea. These two crucial components of your daycare bag will definitely make our life easier, but there is so much more that you can help us out with. Check back in a couple of days to see what other essential items you should be packing in your child's daycare bag....

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