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Importance of Student-Teacher Ratios in Preschool

children in a preschool playing gamesThe most successful preschool programs have small class sizes and low student-to-teacher ratios. While the statewide standard in Washington for ratios in preschools is one teacher for every ten students (1:10), high-quality preschools typically maintain even lower ratios.

It is vitally important for that number to remain low. Many studies have shown the correlation–beginning in preschool–between low child-teacher ratios and future positive outcomes for students. Committing to small classes and low ratios gives preschools the capacity to develop and nurture in each child a love for lifelong learning, provide the most stable academic foundation, and proudly send well-prepared students off to their formal education.

Effects of Exercise on Executive Functioning in Children

Since the time of the Ancient Greeks, there have been long-standing beliefs that physical activity is related to intellectual ability and functioning. Researchers have been looking at the effects of exercise on cognitive functioning since the 1950’s. A historical overview done in 1986 by Kirkendall (1986) evidenced a decline in the 70’s and 80’s of active research being done on children’s cognitive functioning and physical activity. In Kirkendall’s opinion, the decline reflects a shift in research interest towards the physical benefits of exercise, and a divergence from studying the cognitive benefits.

Young chidren running in nature

Family-Friendly Hikes in Clark County

Kids are happy and healthy when they get regular exercise. Our Vancouver daycare keeps kids moving with an outdoor playground and indoor gym. We believe physical play boosts our students’ spirits and helps them learn.

Family friendly hikes in Clark County Washington.

You can keep the fun going by staying active with your kids after work and on weekends. Summer’s long days are the perfect time to enjoy being outside with your family. But the parks around Clark County beckon even when the weather’s cold and wet.

How to Read With Your Child

Reading with your children is a great way to develop their love of books, language and learning. It’s fun for them and for you. Perhaps you already read with your preschool kids. Don’t stop there! Even after children learn to read, many still enjoy sharing a good story with a parent or sibling.

Learn how to read with your child.

At Kidspace, we integrate language and literacy learning into our Vancouver child care center. Our preschool and school age classrooms have ample opportunities to read, write, learn and enjoy a good book.

5 Ways You Can Help Kids Eat Healthier

Are you planning to eat healthier in 2016? It’s common for adults to make diet New Year’s resolutions. Kids can also set goals to eat better. The American Academy of Pediatrics has compiled a list of healthy resolutions appropriate for children.

It's more fun when parents and kids eat healthy together.

Make it easy for kids to grab a healthy snack by leaving fresh fruit on the kitchen table.

Whether your children make resolutions or not, you can help them develop good eating habits. Let’s Move suggests a family can improve its diet by focusing on five areas. Small changes in eating habits can make a difference. Here are some simple ways you and your kids can start eating healthier.

Reduce Fat and Sugar

Prepare lean meats such as skinless chicken breast or ground turkey. Choose lower sugar breakfast cereals or prepare old-fashioned oatmeal. Offer your child milk rather than juice and switch to fruits for desserts and snacks. Talk to your child about the health benefits of eating foods with lower sugar and saturated fat.

10 Ways to Encourage Your Child to Share

Two young boys share a toy train set.Sharing is a vital part of relating to other human beings. By cultivating openness in our interactions with others, we create harmony and support within communities large and small. However, young children often have a hard time learning to share. As with any new skill, practice builds confidence, and even enjoyment. The following are tried-and-true tips for encouraging your child to share.

Are Your Kids Wearing the Right Kind of Shoes?

A child stands in shoes that are too big.Finding the right pair of shoes for your child can be a challenge. Kids develop their own preferences early on, so what your little one wants to wear may not be seasonally appropriate, or even her correct size. To find shoes your child will like and feel comfortable wearing, you’ll need to get the right fit, construction and style.