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    Creating a Literate Home for Your Child

    Last updated 1 day 14 hours ago

    The early experiences in a child’s life—including literacy experiences—guide brain development. When your youngster is still in child care or preschool, he or she can learn important literacy skills through everyday activities. You can nurture your child’s cognitive development and encourage early childhood literacy by creating a home environment that is conducive to language development.

    Be a Good Role Model
    An important step in creating a literate home for your child is being a good role model. Your child will learn that reading is a positive, important experience by observing you and other family members reading frequently. Set aside time each day to read out loud with your child.

    Designate a Special Reading Space
    Your preschooler may take pride in having a special area just for him or her to practice reading and writing. Place a child-sized writing desk in his or her room, along with plenty of paper and easy-to-grip pencils. Install bookshelves that are at a height your child can easily reach and fill them with his or her favorite stories.

    Provide Plenty of Literacy Materials
    Young learners often have short attention spans. They can benefit from having a variety of educational materials in easily accessible places within the home. For example, place magnetic letters on the refrigerator for your child to play with. Many kids also enjoy ABC puzzles, alphabet blocks, and similar toys. If your youngster resists practicing the alphabet with a pencil, he or she might enjoy painting it with finger paint.

    Have Vocabulary-Rich Discussions
    Extend literacy practice beyond story time by including new vocabulary words into your discussions with your child. Remember that children need lots of repetition before they can incorporate a new word into their vocabulary. You should also repeat your explanations of the meaning of the new word.

    At the child care and preschool programs of Children’s Learning Adventure, literacy plays a significant role in preparing children for school. Our child care centers feature a complete library, in addition to interactive story times and group discussions geared toward improving comprehension skills. Parents in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma who are looking for a high-quality child care program or preschool can learn more about us by calling (888) 674-1487.

    Update Regarding CLA Oklahoma City/Edmond Grand Opening on October 11, 2014!

    Last updated 7 days ago

    Children's Learning Adventure is so excited to be part of the Oklahoma City Community! We have been inundated with inquiries and interest by parents wanting to enroll in our beautiful new campus being constructed in Oklahoma City. Over 1,000 parents have already contacted us and we are still over a month away from our Grand Opening! 

    Several of you have mentioned that you will be out of town for the big Texas v. Oklahoma Red River Showdown game. To be fair, enrollment will be on a first come first serve basis. 

    We highly recommend that you send someone in your place if you are unable to attend. Doors will be opening at 9:00AM on October 11, 2014. However, we strongly suggest coming early to secure your place in line to ensure your able to enroll in our wonderful programs.

    Do not worry about missing any of the pre-game or game either since we are planning on having a jumbo screen in the parking lot!

    We truly are overwhelmed by the welcome we are receiving from the community and honored by your trust in us. Our amazing team cannot wait to meet you and your family.

    ***If you have not had the opportunity to reserve your attendance for the Grand Opening Hosted on October 11th, Simply email with your First/Last Name, Child/ren’s Names & Age. We will be sure to place your family on the RSVP list!***

    Boomer Sooner! -CLA

    Sensory Art Activities for Kids

    Last updated 13 days ago

    Sensory art activities are great educational tools for children. As your little one heads to preschool this fall, he or she may do these types of activities with classmates. One example of a sensory art activity is a leaf rubbing. Your preschooler can select a large leaf with visible veins, place it on a mat with the vein side pointed up, and place a piece of white paper on top of it. Then, your preschooler can rub the paper with a crayon to bring out the pattern of the leaf, and then paint on top of it with watercolors.

    You can see a demonstration of a leaf rubbing by watching this video. This art expert also offers some tips for using this sensory art activity to begin science-related discussions.

    Children’s Learning Adventure offers child care and preschool programs with a dedicated art studio to encourage children to develop creative expression. Parents can call (888) 674-1487 to reach one of our preschools in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, or Oklahoma.

    A Look into Our July Week Four Learning Adventures

    Last updated 26 days ago

    During the last week of July, children enrolled in child care programs at Children’s Learning Adventure explored the wonders of the great outdoors with our “Camping in the Backyard” theme. Kids worked on their direction-following skills to create fun art projects, such as vegetable prints and nature prints. They also enjoyed using the parachute, which helps strengthen listening skills and encourages group collaboration.

    Our well-rounded weekly curriculum included activities to strengthen language and literacy skills. Our child care group read some exciting books about camping, such as Curious George Goes Camping. We also had fun while practicing walking like animals, which improves gross motor skills. Then, we exercised our scientific reasoning skills by comparing hot versus cold items, matching moms to babies, and participating in a treasure hunt.

    These are just a few of the exciting activities the child care programs of Children’s Learning Adventure planned. For more information, parents in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma can call (888) 674-1487.

    Fostering a Love of Nature in Your Child

    Last updated 1 month ago

    Increasingly, children as young as the preschool years are spending more time with electronic devices and less time exploring nature. Past generations spent endless hours entertaining themselves with mud puddles and insects. These valuable outdoor experiences have been scientifically proven to encourage emotional well-being in preschoolers and facilitate problem-solving abilities. Try the following nature-inspired activities to encourage your preschooler to develop a love of the outdoors.

    Preschoolers can work on basic scientific skills such as logic and reasoning while exploring nature. Challenge your little one to determine whether the sounds he or she hears outdoors are natural or manmade. Find some animal tracks and follow them, while trying to guess which creature made them. Hang a bird feeder together and spend some time observing its visitors. Help your child name the different birds with a bird identification guide.

    Language Arts
    The great outdoors can even inspire language arts activities. Collect some objects outdoors with your child, such as stones and flowers. Encourage your child to imagine stories about these objects, such as a “flower person” who lives with the forest creatures.

    Preschools begin working on pre-math skills, such as shapes, colors, and sorting. Challenge your youngster to find various shapes in nature, such as oval leaves and rectangular pieces of bark. Examine the patterns in nature, such as leaves growing directly opposite each other on a branch. Compare and contrast objects found in nature, such as the rough texture of bark versus the smooth feel of a leaf.

    Free Play
    Structured activities help kids build an academic foundation and a love of nature. However, free play is also essential for a child’s well-being and development. Encourage your child to experience nature by smelling the rain and making mud pies. Observe awe-inspiring lightning with your child—from a safe vantage point indoors, of course.

    The Nature’s Nook specialty classroom at Children’s Learning Adventure instills an appreciation of the outdoors in children while teaching them valuable academic skills. For more information on the specialty classrooms for our preschool and child care programs, parents are invited to take a virtual tour on our website or give us a call at (888) 674-1487. Our child care, preschool, and after school programs are available in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

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