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Fitness Tips for Kids

A nice kid playing in the playgroundYou teach your children to properly brush their teeth, get the right amount of sleep, and reach for fruit or other healthy option when they’re hungry. But what about movement? Granted, you don’t want your little one joining you for boot camp workout classes, but modeling positive fitness practices and providing your children with options is a great way to set the foundation for a lifetime of excellent health habits.

Young children are often naturally active. However, if your child could use more structured exercise, it might be time to make changes to the way you approach playtime. The National Association of Sports and Physical Education has developed some parameters for young children, including the amount of exercise that best meets their needs.

Is your child getting too much exercise, too little or just enough?

How to Keep Your Kids Healthy This Year

girl-eating-appleNew Year’s Resolutions are often motivated by the states of being and people we hold nearest and dearest, including our health and our families. As 2015 gains steam, you may be working on adapting choices that you made on January 1 to your real life, trying to balance idealistic principles with the rigors of each day.

If maintaining the health and well-being of your family is important to you, the following the tips can help you strike a healthy balance in terms of food, fitness, and rest.

Strategies to Help Parents and Day Care Teams Work Together

parent-teacher-meetingKidspace Child Enrichment Center is so much more than just a child care center. We actively work toward promoting the growth and success of children and their families. One of the most effective ways to ensure that the services we provide are working for each family is to engage in strong, ongoing communication with parents and caretakers.

With this in mind, we feel that it is our responsibility to communicate our process for increasing family/ staff engagement with you, in the hope that you will let us know how we’re doing. Our goal is always to improve our offerings, and we appreciate the valuable feedback we receive from parents and caretakers on a daily basis.

How to Teach Your Kids About Diversity

girl-with-globeChildren living in today’s United States are exposed to a wide variety of racial and cultural diversity, creating the potential for well-rounded perspectives and an appreciation of all that we both share and have to learn from others.

Whether or not your child is asking questions about different cultures depends largely on the diversity of your family, local community, and the types of messages shared with him or her at daycare or school. While toddlers can observe and take part in cultural activities that enrich their experience and broaden their horizons from an early age, grade-school children can put cultural and racial differences into perspective.

Halloween Safety Tips for Parents

kids-trick-or-treatingHalloween is an exciting holiday, intended to thrill and inspire kids of all ages. Parents are often amazed at the creativity unleashed in their children as they dream up costumes and even voices for the characters they wish to portray. There are many ways to encourage creativity in your kids, including allowing them to help make their own costumes and Halloween decorations.

Unfortunately, Halloween is also a time of year when parents must be extra aware of their children’s safety. According to Safe Kids Worldwide, “children are more than twice as likely to be hit by a car and killed on Halloween than on any other day of the year.” In addition, the candy children consume may be contaminated and must be thoroughly examined before being consumed. Consider the following tips for safety at this fun and fanciful time of year:

Helping Your Preschooler Develop Healthy Self-Esteem

self-esteemAs your child grows, helping her to develop a healthy sense of self is one of the hallmarks of good parenting. Children of all ages blossom in loving environments, but there are special ways that you can encourage your child to grow, depending on her age.

At Kidspace Child Enrichment Center, we do our very best to stimulate and encourage children based on their developmental needs. The following are age-appropriate self-esteem boosters that we use at our center every day. If you are looking for ways to relate to your child and grow her self-worth, consider the following:

The Best Profession in the World

Lots of people ask, “how can you do this (teaching) day after day?  I’d be in a looney bin if I had your job.”

 
No matter how many times we hear that statement (and we hear it often), we’re always so surprised.  Why wouldn’t everyone want to spend their days observing, learning, interacting,teaching, guiding, supporting, problem solving, hugging, and lovin’ on these precious children.  We know we have the best job in the whole wide world (second only to parenting!).  
 
 
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In all actuality, working with children takes a dedicated, strong person with a very special gifting.  Not just anyone can do this job (though many think so).  It takes a true professional with a heart and a passion for enriching and changing the lives of our future generations.  
           
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Our teachers, at Kidspace Child Enrichment Center, are a passionate group of professionals.  They are the warmth, wisdom, love and strength of the classroom.  They strive to build a community of learners.  The foundation though, of the classroom community, is the individual relationships the teachers seek to build with each individual child.
 
 
 
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Our teachers are the heart of Kidspace.  We applaud them.  We are truly thankful for each of them:  Anna, Crystal, Charissa, Dawn, Ginger, Gwen, Heather, Jeannie, Julie, Michele, Rachel, and Sue.  They are the best.  We are extremely grateful for their service and dedication.  We love them.

 
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Cheers to kiddos and their teachers and a fabulous twenty fourteen!
 

 

 

ROBINS – The Great Pumpkin Investigation

 

As most of you know, over the last few months, the Robins have been conducting an in-depth long term study of pumpkins. Please take a look at all we’ve been learning…
 
It all began in September, just weeks after school started. Miss Dawn brought in some green pumpkins her neighbor had grown. The Robins noted that these pumpkins looked quite a bit different than the pumpkins they were used to. One day a Robin asked what was inside the pumpkin and since one of our main goals in the Robins class is to provide opportunities for relevant hands-on learning, we knew there was only one way to find out. That day at circle time we cut one pumpkin open and let the Robins look, feel, smell, and taste the answer to their question. 
 
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DEVELOPING FINE MOTOR SKILLS

 In our last Spotlight post, we focused on emergent writing. This week, we’d like to take a step back and look at the importance of practicing fine motor skills, which refers to any small movements of the hand. We know that before we can even think of  helping young children learn to write, we must provide them with a multitude of opportunities to strengthen the muscles in their hands. Developing fine motor skills is an important part of kindergarten readiness, because as preschool children practice their hand strength and coordination, they begin to develop a greater sense of independence. It is our hope that throughout their time in the Robins class, the kiddos will develop their fine motor skills in a way that will allow them to gain a sense of confidence as they learn to do more things by themselves, like writing their own name, putting on their shoes, buttoning their coat, or pouring their own milk.

 
 Here are just a few examples of how we foster the development of fine motor skills in the Robins class at KIDSPACE Child Enrichment Center in Vancouver, Washington:
 
The Robins regularly work on projects that involve drawing, tracing, and cutting.
 
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