preschool curriculum Tag

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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16 Sep Are Your Kids Getting The Sleep They Need?

As an adult, we take advantage of every opportunity that we get for a wink of sleep, but sometimes we forget that our children need much more sleep than us. In order for focus to be at a high point and a good mood to be in swing, our children require a certain amount of sleep. How many hours of sleep should your child be getting? The amount of sleep a child should be getting differs based on age. Below are the recommended amounts of sleep that children should be getting, based off of their age range, in a 24 hour period. 4 to 12 months: 12 to 16 hours of sleep including naps 1 to 2 years: 11 to 14 hours of sleep including naps 3 to 5 years: 10 to 13 hours of sleep including naps 6 to 12 years: 9 to 12 hours 13 to 17 years: 8 to 10 hours These recommended amounts of sleep allow for our children to perform at their absolute best. Whether it be physically or mentally, the right amount of sleep allows for them to be their absolute best. It is also this amount of sleep that contributes to how well your child’s immune system is working. Techniques to Improve Sleep Quality It is entirely possible for a child to be in bed or resting, but not getting quality sleep. To make sure that your child is getting the absolute most out of their time sleeping, we’ve compiled a list of a few tips to help improve the quality of sleep that your child is getting. Turn Screens Off Children are exposed to electronics long before we used to be. From cell phones to televisions, all screens should be turned off at least 30 minutes before bedtime. These screens provide a light stimulus which signals to our brain that it should stay awake. This in turn, makes it more difficult to fall into deep sleep. Follow A Bedtime Our bodies are happy when they follow a routine. When it comes to sleeping, a routine helps our bodies understand what time they should be getting tired at and when they’ve had enough rest. The more that you maintain this routine, the more likely you are to follow and get the hours that you need to sleep. Adding teeth brushing and changing to the routine will help make sure that the bedtime is followed, and not pushed back. At Little Newtons, we want to help increase the chances of your child succeeding. We start that from a young age where we incorporate nap times and routine activities so that they can develop these skills. For more questions and techniques to help your child get the best sleep, speak with their doctor. You can also ask their care provider to see what techniques they’ve seen provide success in the classroom. Make sure to check back soon to see what other things we’re up to here at Little Newtons in Plymouth.  ...

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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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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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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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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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01 Mar Four To Eight Month Sleep Cycle

Many parents place their children in child care when they’re young. The reality is that many parents have to keep working in order to support their new family, and Little Newtons is the best option for child care in Maple Grove. In fact, we think we’re the best because we don’t just keep your kids happy with great games and learning activities, we allow them to sleep when they need to! Sleep is a very important process in every child’s life, which is why we are here to give you some facts and tips about your kiddo’s sleep. But before you start reading, we suggest you catch up by informing yourself about newborn and one to four-month-old sleep habits. Four to Eight Months Babies who are four to eight months old need about 14 to 15 hours of sleep each day, and it’s the period in time when their circadian rhythms are emerging. Because of this, our child care providers recognize that it’s important to have a routine sleep schedule. Ideally, a child should sleep at 9:00 AM, 12:00 PM and 3:00 PM for short daily naps. This sleep is needed for both mental and physical development. Sleep can make or break the way a child develops, including retaining the new things learned at child care. If you want your kiddo to get the best sleep for developmental purposes, it’s time that you learn more about the required amount of sleep he or she needs. Learn more by staying tuned for our next blog: Eight to 10 Month Sleep Cycle. If you’re ready to enroll your baby at our child care center in Maple Grove, contact us online today!...

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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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