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    Helping Your Child Learn Using All Five Senses

    Last updated 1 day 14 hours ago

    Young children learn the best by doing. Actively encouraging your children to use their senses—by moving, feeling, tasting, touching, and seeing—can help stimulate brain function and motivate them to understand the world around them. Enrolling your kids in a preschool or child care program that utilizes engaging activities is a great way to foster their development. There are also many activities that you and your children can enjoy together that can encourage them to use all five of their senses. 

    Learning in the House
    There are many places in your home that you can use to assist your youngsters in using their senses. As you are preparing a meal in the kitchen, you can ask them to describe the different smells they encounter. You can also have them touch the various foods and tell you the differences between them. Linking words with objects or actions helps children to cultivate mental representations. As your children get ready for bed, you can ask them to describe the objects they use. For example, they can tell you what toothpaste tastes like or what kind of nocturnal critters they hear outside of their bedroom windows.

    Learning Outdoors
    Taking your children on a walk through your neighborhood or a nearby park is an excellent way to allow them to use their senses. As you walk down the street, ask them to describe what they see, hear, smell, or touch. Bringing along a notebook and some crayons is a great way to allow your child to use observation and some creativity. Going on an overnight camping trip is also a great thrill for your child’s senses. You can help your young ones describe the vast world around them and teach them about nature.

    At Children’s Learning Adventure, we like to create extraordinary day care and after school care programs that encourage active learning. We also focus on concepts of Attention, Bonding, and Communication to promote brain development. Call us at (888) 674-1487 for more information. There is nothing like seeing the facility in person, so don’t hesitate to schedule a visit to any of our Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, or Oklahoma locations. We provide different programs for children ranging from infants to school-age kids.

    Recycling Household Items into Kids' Crafts

    Last updated 9 days ago

    You would be surprised by how many simple objects around your house can be used as craft materials for your young ones. With a little inventiveness, you can take these daily items and make them into tools that your child can use to develop his or her creativity.

    For example, you can even make a doll out of a clothing pin, some yarn, and a leftover button. For some inspiration, watch this video to see how to use these materials to create an imaginative bag clip.

    At Children's Learning Adventure, we specialize in providing high-quality, creative learning environments for children based on the latest research in brain development. We have multiple locations in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma for your convenience. Call us at (888) 674-1487 to find out about all of our child care options. 

    How Rhyming Encourages Literacy

    Last updated 18 days ago

    Nursery rhymes such as “Jack and Jill” and “The Itsy Bitsy Spider” are an integral part of childhood experiences. At your child’s daycare or preschool program, his or her teacher is likely to use rhymes on a regular basis. Not only are nursery rhymes fun for kids, they encourage early childhood literacy skills. 

    Phonemic Awareness
    A phoneme is the most basic unit of speech. Multiple phonemes are combined to create words. Phonemic awareness, which refers to the detection and manipulation of the individual sounds of words, is a critical early literacy skill. Nursery rhymes can help children develop phonemic awareness. For example, a preschool teacher might ask children to listen closely to a verse to identify various sounds and determine which word does not rhyme.

    Pattern Recognition
    Pattern recognition is a necessary step toward literacy. Language is characterized by countless patterns. With repeated exposure to rhymes, preschoolers can learn to associate certain letters with certain sounds. He or she begins to realize that the replacement of one or more letters creates a new word with a similar sound. For example, children can recognize the pattern in the family of rhyming words, “mitt, fit, and spit.”

    Vocabulary Expansion
    As any preschool teacher can tell you, all young kids need plenty of repetition to acquire new knowledge. Your child will need to hear a word and its meaning multiple times before adding it to his or her vocabulary. One of the many wonderful aspects about nursery rhymes is the capacity of a child to hear the rhyme over and over again without tiring of it.

    Positive Attitude
    Since nursery rhymes are fun for children to listen to and to repeat, they help children develop a positive attitude toward learning in general and literacy in particular. A love of reading will serve your child well throughout his or her academic career and beyond.

    Literacy is a significant component of the curriculum available at Children’s Learning Adventure. Our child care and preschool educators work closely with children to help them learn important pre-literacy skills and develop a lifelong love of reading. Call (888) 674-1487 to find one of our child care, preschool, or after school care programs in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, or Oklahoma.

    A Look Back at Children's Learning Adventure's August Updates

    Last updated 26 days ago

    Here at Children’s Learning Adventure, our little students are always exploring and learning! Our primary themes for August involved understanding empathy and the importance of caring for each other. Throughout the month, your little one worked on self-help skills and developing problem-solving abilities. During August, our educators placed a special emphasis on the importance of reading with children every day. Our preschoolers enjoyed interactive books, such as “That’s Not My Train,” to facilitate language development and encourage cognitive connections.

    In addition to reading their favorite stories, children improved their listening skills and verbal abilities by exploring rhymes. The use of rhymes lends itself to greater vocabulary development and enables children to understand relationships among words. Throughout August, our young learners enjoyed creative endeavors, such as sensory activities with the use of play dough, water play, and texture books. Our carefully designed curriculum also included various activities to develop gross and fine motor skills in young children, in addition to the development of important socio-emotional skills.

    If you have any questions about the curriculum available at the preschool and child care programs of Children’s Learning Adventure, please call (888) 674-1487. Our unique child care programs are available at convenient locations in Arizona, Nevada, Texas, Colorado, and Oklahoma.

    Creating a Literate Home for Your Child

    Last updated 29 days 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.

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