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Parents can help preschoolers develop an abiding interest in mathematics by incorporating these skills into their daily lives. Preschoolers are much more likely to be interested in math lessons when they see the practical applications of mathematics skills. It’s also helpful to demonstrate math lessons in a tangible way, since preschoolers aren’t quite ready for abstract thinking yet. Preschoolers can work on their math skills at the grocery store, in the home, while playing outdoors, and many other places.
At the Grocery Store
The grocery store offers virtually limitless opportunities to teach pre-math and math skills. Preschoolers can identify the various colors of fruits and vegetables, and learn to compare whether there are more apples or pears in the produce bags. They can count how many bananas in a bunch and then consider whether there are enough to eat one banana a day for a week. Older children can help assess the nutritional profile of packaged foods by comparing the total calorie count to the number of portion sizes. They can also help parents count change.
While Doing Chores
Preschoolers are often eager to help parents with household chores. They can practice their color recognition skills by sorting the laundry into piles of whites, darks, and colors. They can help measure out a capful of detergent. Preschoolers might also help set the table by counting out how many plates and pieces of silverware are needed.
During a Nature Walk
Outdoor play is an essential component of healthy development. Parents can incorporate math lessons into outdoor exploration by challenging their preschoolers to find a certain number of leaves and rocks. They can identify flowers by color and count how many birds they see.
The preschool programs available at A Child’s World daycare centers integrate mathematics, language arts, and more into a dynamic, enriching environment. Learn more about giving your child a head start in life by calling our preschool center in Doylestown at (215) 348-7200. Or, visit us on the Web to take a virtual tour of our child care centers.
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When you enroll your child in A Child’s World’s Discovery Camp, he or she will make new friends and have lots of exciting adventures. During our Sports Week in June of last year, we enjoyed a field trip out to the ballpark. The kids also had lots of fun exploring the BounceU complex, an indoor bounce room full of age-appropriate games and activities that encourage children to enjoy physical activity.
You can catch a glimpse of our Discovery Camp by watching this video. You’ll learn how our educators turned a trip to the baseball field into an educational adventure and you’ll see snapshots of kids enjoying the bounce room.
For information about enrolling your youngster in our daycare center, call A Child’s World of Doylestown at (215) 348-7200. Parents are invited to explore the unique curriculum of our child care centers on our website.
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The daycare programs of A Child’s World are designed around the 4 Brain Essential Learning Steps of the Living Education Series (4 B.E.L.S.) curriculum. This unique curriculum is based on the latest scientific studies determining how a child’s brain learns most effectively. It encompasses an integrated, multidisciplinary approach to instill academic fundamentals and critical life-long skills in children.
In our daycare program, your child will develop divergent thinking skills, which enable kids to devise creative solutions to problems. In addition to building problem solving skills, children in our daycare problem learn to become smart risk takers, which encourages them to enjoy new experiences and continually strive toward personal achievements. They also work on cooperative learning projects to strengthen their social skills and peer relationships.
If you have any questions about the unique curriculum available at the daycare centers of A Child’s World, you can connect with our location in Doylestown by calling (215) 348-7200. We also invite you explore our curriculum on our website.
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Throughout the daycare and preschool years, children learn by exploring and interacting with the world around them. Exploratory play engages the senses. When children participate in sensory activities at their child care program, they sharpen their cognitive skills, develop language and communication abilities, and grow in self-confidence with their own decision making skills. As an added bonus, sensory learning activities help preschoolers develop fine motor skills and encourage them to enjoy cooperative learning. While your child will undoubtedly enjoy many sensory activities at a high-quality preschool program, you can also set up a sensory learning station at home.
Kids love to play in the snow. Now, with the help of Insta-Snow, your little one can play with faux snow all year long! Find Insta-Snow in arts and craft stores or online. Add two teaspoons of it to one-half cup of water inside a plastic bin. You can double or triple the recipe for more snow. Your child can enjoy pretend play by setting up figurines in the snow.
Cloud dough is easy to make at home and it offers your children a wonderful sensory experience. The texture varies from fine powder to damp, moldable clay. Mix four cups of flour with half a cup of baby oil or vegetable oil. Knead the ingredients with your hands for about five minutes. Then, give your child some silicone baking molds and explore various shapes together.
Sensory tables are classic activities for young children. One of the many great aspects of sensory tables is that there’s no “wrong” way to build one. Simply fill a large plastic bin with whatever materials you happen to have on hand. Try to find a variety of textures, ranging from sand to rice to fabrics. Shaving cream, dried beans, Jell-O, and uncooked oatmeal are also good choices. Your child will enjoy exploring the various textures and improvising art projects.
When you enroll your little one in a daycare or preschool program at A Child’s World, he or she will have fun interacting with peers while learning valuable life-long skills. Our unique, brain-based curriculum fully integrates academic subjects with movement and other enrichment activities. If you have any questions, call our Doylestown location at (215) 348-7200.
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In most schools, foreign language instruction is often added to the curriculum as an afterthought and students are often not introduced to foreign languages until the middle school or high school years. This is unfortunate because numerous scientific studies have revealed that children who are bilingual enjoy many cognitive advantages, particularly when they are introduced to foreign languages in daycare or preschool. The following benefits illustrate why it’s a good idea for parents to look for a child care program that offers foreign language instruction.
Enhanced Inhibitory Control Ability
Research has demonstrated children who are bilingual tend to perform better than monolingual individuals on tasks that require enhanced inhibitory control ability. Inhibitory control refers to the ability to mentally “set aside” competing, yet irrelevant perceptual information and focus only on the relevant information. For example, a child may be asked to look at a printed word and state the color the word is printed in. When the two match (i.e. the word “blue” printed in blue ink), individuals state the correct answer more quickly. Inhibitory control ability comes into play when the two factors do not match (i.e. the word “blue” printed in red ink).
Improved Executive Function
In addition to enjoying cognitive agility, children who are bilingual demonstrate better executive function. Executive function refers to an array of critical mental processes, including managing time and space, organizing, remembering details, planning, and developing strategies.
Reduced Risk of Age-Related Cognitive Decline
Children who are bilingual carry the benefits of foreign language instruction well into their adult years. In fact, bilingual individuals have been shown to enjoy a reduced risk of age-related cognitive decline due to factors such as Alzheimer’s disease. Bilingual individuals boast a greater cognitive reserve, which enables them to use brain networks to keep cognitive function sharp throughout the aging process.
At A Child’s World, children in our daycare centers and preschool programs are introduced to bilingualism at a very early age. All of our preschool teachers are taught to integrate sign language directly into the curriculum and children receive regular foreign language instruction with our international teachers. Parents in the Doylestown area can contact our daycare centers at (215) 348-7200 for enrollment information.