Early brain development for your child is vitally important. This development occurs naturally, however there are ways in which you can enhance the process. The first three years of your child’s life are equally as important at home or during the years your child attends preschool. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wesley Chapel, Florida, discusses what you can expect from your child’s brain development in the first three years. We offer infant and child care advice in which you can depend.
Be a role model
One of the main aspects of providing your child brain development opportunities is to set a good example. Your child learns nearly everything from you and from other family members during the first few years of life. Your infant mimics almost everything, and it is of vital importance to set positive examples through words and actions in order to foster peak brain development.
Your infant will benefit from breastfeeding during the early years, after which you will have to ensure you continue to provide the right nutrition for the next phase of development. The right foods contain the perfect combination of vitamins and minerals, and will ensure that your child obtains optimal brain development. Always check with your pediatrician before you make any changes to your child’s nutrition program.
During this period, provide your infant with the right types of stimulation to promote brain development. This can include baby massaging, snuggling, tickles and giggles and other types of physical stimulation which help reinforce neural pathways. You can also read out loud to your baby, show your baby picture books, and also listen to music together. Auditory and visual stimulation assists in early brain development, and you’ll notice your child’s eyes focusing and lighting up when he or she hears your voice, and eventually begins to connect words with objects.
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As a parent looking to provide optimum childcare, it can be challenging to know exactly what is required. There are many aspects to giving a preschooler the best care. A good learning environment with professional caregivers is a must, but what type of physical activities are best? Kids ‘R’ Kids understands exactly what a child requires to grow healthy both physically and mentally. This is why we have prepared a short piece on some of the best physical activities for your preschooler in Wesley Chapel.
One of the easiest ways to get your child physically active is with a sport. Kicking, catching and throwing a ball, or just running around are all great. These not only give your child a physical workout, but will increase hand-eye coordination. It is also an opportunity to have a great bonding experience with your child. These sports need not be pushed onto a child, but when you take him or her to the park it can be a nice way to relax and enjoy being active together.
Jumping rope is an extremely energetic activity. It will give your child an amazing workout, in addition to strengthening both leg and arm muscles. Your preschooler will love jumping rope. Be sure to supervise this activity carefully to avoid injury.
This is easily the most fun and best physical activity to build your child’s muscles. A jungle gym in your backyard will give your child hours of physical activity and possible social interaction with friends. Make sure there is a thick, resilient surface beneath your climbing equipment in the event of a fall. This will aid in preventing injury. Children should always be supervised while playing on a Jungle Gym. These activities will encourage physical and social growth while increasing brain development.
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Ways to foster language development in newborns and infants with optimum child care in Wesley Chapel
The first five years of a child’s life are most important for the brain developmental phase. Everything around a child impacts and imprints upon his or her brain, leading to an understanding of language, social cues, colors, shapes, and many other life skills. A child begins to speak, and this is precisely when child care and your parenting abilities are vitally important and have a life-long impact. Playing with your child and talking to them enhances language learning. Kids ‘R’ Kids has compiled a short summation of language skill learning for your child.
The newborn phase
As mentioned previously, the environment around your child contributes largely to his or her development. When you play and bond with your child, he or she is developing the brain for language skills. Reading and talking to your child during the newborn period is essential as it will first instill basic words, then later to master language. When you read educational materials to your child, you allow him or her to decipher words and the meaning of the text.
Much like the newborn phase, an infant is continuing to make noises or babble. This should be encouraged, since it is forming a vocabulary for your child while keeping him or her entertained and engaged in his or her surroundings.
Sounds and small words emitted from your baby need to be recognized as the beginning of a child’s language formation. Letting your child read to him or herself, as well as reading aloud to your child, can increase his or her learning and verbal skills.
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A child’s brain development begins in the womb and continues through the first five years of life. These early years are the most important when it comes to the healthy development of neural connections that strengthen the brain.
Here are a few interesting brain development facts:
- Early development. The first brain cell starts to develop only two days after conception and will expand at a rate of approximately 500,000 cells a minute. During the second to third trimester, rapid head and brain growth takes place and all of the brain’s major structures are formed and become functional. During this time, the brain also forms connections with different parts of the body, a process that is complete by seven months. It is during this time that it is thought that babies start to recognize their mother’s voice.
- Neural connections. The brain produces 800 neurological connections for every second it is properly stimulated.
- Repetition is key. Repetition is the key when developing brain function; the more times a child hears a correct answer the stronger the neural pathway.
The Brain Waves™ Curriculum used by the Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wesley Chapel has an excellent history of child care success. We have stimulating activities such as building blocks, board games, painting and puzzles. Your child’s reasoning and planning abilities are tested and enhanced when he or she works with puzzles.
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While everyday learning is necessary for your preschool child, it is equally important to let them have time to relax and just have fun. The weekend presents a great opportunity for your family to spend some quality leisure time together. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Wesley Chapel, Florida, reviews some entertainment ideas for your preschool child:
Camping is a fantastic way to experience the outdoors as a family. The wonderful thing about this activity is that every member of the family can get involved, whether setting up the tent or helping prepare food. Introducing your preschool child to the outdoors from an early age will teach them to value their natural surroundings. Be sure to pack everything you need for camp:
- Toys for your child
- First aid kit
- Food and water
- Sleeping gear
- Hiking, fishing or swimming gear
You can all enjoy telling stories around the fire while roasting marshmallows. Teach your young child how to swim or fish, and make memories that will last a lifetime.
See a movie
Young children love going to the movies and with a number of quality children’s films being produced at any given time, you should have no problem finding a family friendly and age appropriate choice. This is another fun outing that every member of the family can participate in. After the movie, why not treat everyone to ice-cream and discuss the movie together? Sharing your child’s perspective on the movie can be a great bonding experience.
Spend the day at the beach
This is a fun summer activity that allows every member of the family to relax and have fun. Florida’s summer months can be very hot, so be sure to bring sunscreen, sun umbrellas, beach chair, hats and lots of water to drink. Spending the day at the beach as a family building sandcastles and cooling down in the water is an exciting way to spend the weekend.
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Everyone needs a good night sleep, especially babies. When an infant gets the right amount of sleep, they are less likely to be cranky during the day. Always create a comfortable and safe environment for a child's bedtime. Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Wesley Chapel has compiled the following five useful tips to help parents with bedtime.
Consistent bedtime rituals such as a bath, brushing teeth or a bedtime story aid the parent in creating an easier environment in preparation for sleep.
Choose the Best Sleeping Location:
Each child is different as they become accustomed to sleep habits. Infants sleep better in cribs and some prefer to be cuddled by parents. Become familiar with what your child prefers so that bedtime will be easier and quicker for both parent and child.
Limit Caffeine When Breast Feeding:
Breast feeding is best for an infant, however caffeine can cause restlessness. Avoid drinking coffee, tea or soda prior to breast feeding.
Select Best Bedtime Ritual to Encourage Sleep:
Some infants enjoy a bedtime story and some want to be rocked to sleep. Learning how an infant prefers to fall asleep helps bedtime proceed smoothly.
Be sure to provide a safe and comfortable sleeping environment:
Medical experts recommend placing a baby on a tightly fitted sheet on a firm mattress in order to reduce the risk of SIDS. Blankets, quilts, bumper pads, and stuffed animals are highly discouraged, as they pose a suffocation hazard. In order to make sure your infant is comfortable, regulate the temperature of their room and dress them appropriately for the season. Be sure not to overdress your infant, as becoming overheated is not only another risk indicator for SIDS but it also impedes a restful night's sleep. If you are looking for a child care facility for your baby, Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Wesley Chapel is a leading academy for those six weeks and older, infants, and young children.
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Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academies are focused on children's brain development through our exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum which aims to stimulate and activate brain cells in all four regions of the brain. Good nutrition is essential fuel for a child's brain development. When a child reaches the age of six, their brain is 95% the size of what it will be when he or she reaches adulthood. This is a critical time to teach healthy eating habits and make sure your child is getting plenty of the nutrients that support brain function.
Lunch ideas with fish
Fish is a rich source of essential fatty acids like Omega-3, which assists in the formation of membranes in the brain. It is present in high quantities in oily fish like salmon and tuna. Good ideas for lunch include tuna sandwiches on healthy, whole-wheat bread, a small tuna salad, or leftover grilled fish, should you have it on hand.
Using eggs in lunches
Eggs are highly nutritious and rich sources of proteins that help build a child's brain. Eggs contain Vitamin B2 for concentration as well as Vitamin B12 for the formulation of the red blood cells that carry oxygen to the brain and body. For breakfast or for weekend lunches, add a hard-boiled egg for an easy, tasty snack.
Organic yogurt is high in protein, calcium, and vitamins that support healthy brain and bone growth. Give your child a small yogurt cup or use plain Greek yogurt as a substitute for mayonnaise in healthy tortilla wraps.
Plums and apples
These fruits are packed with nutrients, including antioxidants that help keep immune systems strong. A healthy body means a learning brain. Add plums to your child's diet for a sweet treat. A nice snack idea to try at home is fresh apple slices with peanut butter. You can get all your organic fresh produce from a market such as Fresh Market at Wiregrass or a farmers market to teach your child about fresh produce.
At Kids 'R' Kids of Wesley Chapel, Florida, we provide your child with nutritious meals. We also utilize our exclusive Brain Waves Curriculum which focuses on providing an immersive environment for healthy brain development. This acclaimed sensory play curriculum covers children from 6 weeks to 5 years of age. This program is designed to activate the neural pathways that build the foundation for your child's future as an independent, confident and driven achiever. Contact us today to find out more about how our extensively qualified staff can help your child maximize his or her mental capacity during this critical time.Show Less