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Written by: Ron Seidman VP/GM of A Child's World
Many of you have seen plaques in businesses you frequent or in advertising claiming a “Best of Category”. The truth is that quite often a company will send a business a letter informing that they have been selected as the best of their town in their business category and for a fee they will make the business a plaque. Newspapers do it a different way. They entice the business to place an ad and their clients, friends, relatives or anyone can vote for them. Besides the pay-for-play nature of this marketing, it is all very subjective. My brother doesn’t like any restaurant I choose.
However the issue is different when it concerns childcare and pre-school better referred to as early care and education (ECE). ECE centers are heavily regulated. In addition, standards put in place by the state in the last 6 years have done much more to upgrade quality, safety, teacher and director qualifications and much more. There is now a quality rating scale known as KEYSTONE STARS that is based upon The Environmental Rating Scale (ERS). The ERS was developed at the University of North Carolina and has become a national standard. Centers are given a rating based on their score in the ERS which is a very rigorous instrument. The highest level achievable is 4STARS and if the center your child attends has this rating you can be assured he or she is in a good to excellent program that is focused on a quality environment. Many centers have difficulty reaching 4 stars and many others such as the chains and the franchises do not participate at all because it is costly and difficult to comply with facility improvements, required supplies and most important development and training for a high quality staff. Less than 10% of centers in Pennsylvania are rated 4STARS. When it comes to early care and education the only rating you should care about is the certificate from PAKEYS and the rated number for KEYSTONE STARS. If the center your child attends does not have a rating, you should ask why or just find one that does. For more information about KEYSTONE STARS visit www.PAKEYS.org
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Socialization is an important part of your child’s development that introduces him or her to new experiences. Through social interactions with peers and adults, your little one will learn the fundamental rules of society. Very young children have a self-centered view of the world. That is, they are primarily concerned with their own needs and wants. As your child grows, however, he or she will slowly learn to empathize with the needs and wants of others.
The development of social skills in your child takes many forms. At a pre-k program, for example, your child will start learning how to share toys and take turns. These important cooperative learning skills will set the stage for later success in school. Your youngster will also learn how to engage in group work or play, as well as individual work.
Are you looking for a child care center to encourage your child’s social skill development? Call A Child’s World at (888) 861-7857 or visit our website to learn more about our pre-kindergarten curriculum.
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The development of early math skills is crucial for your child’s lifelong success. Even before your child enters a pre-kindergarten program or child care center, you can begin teaching him or her early math skills. When you foster a love of learning in your child, he or she will be better prepared for scholastic success in pre-kindergarten and beyond. Talk to your child’s early childhood teacher about developing a love of math and use the following tips to get started.
Maintain a Positive Attitude
Many parents express the concern that since they struggled with math in school, their children will experience the same problems. Indeed, communicating to your little one that math is difficult or unpleasant can foster those same feelings in your child. Instead, maintain a positive attitude toward learning and using math skills. For example, avoid commiserating with your child when he or she struggles with a problem by saying, “I had trouble with math, too.” Instead, offer your child encouragement and tell him or her that you’re confident in his or her ability to solve the problem.
Use Concrete Explanations
Some youngsters struggle with the abstract theories of mathematical problems. However, rendering mathematical ideals into concrete demonstrations can help your child become more excited about math. For example, when demonstrating addition, use both paper and objects, such as pretzel sticks. Give your child a group of three pretzel sticks and a second group of four pretzel sticks. Write those numbers on the paper. Then, ask your child to add the pretzel sticks together to come up with the correct total.
Demonstrate Real World Applications
Demonstrating the usefulness of math in everyday life can also help your child learn to appreciate math skills. For example, ask your child to help you count the correct number of muffin cups for your recipe. If your child is older, ask him or her to help you divide the recipe in half.
At A Child’s World, our pre-k educators apply the latest research in education to help your child develop a solid academic foundation for life. We offer convenient pre-kindergarten locations in Doylestown, Langhorne, and Newtown. For more information about our child care centers and pre-k program, please call (888) 861-7857.
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A Child’s World Early Age Learning centers are committed to developing life-long skills in its students. The unique curriculum, developed and implemented by Dr. Andrea Seidman, is designed to exercise the child’s mind and body by making multiple neural connections that increase intellectual potential. Throughout the program, children are developing essential problem solving and socialization skills for life-long success. Take a closer look at what makes A Child’s World different:
Educators at A Child’s World teach according to the unique 4BELS instructional process. The 4 Brain Essential Learning Steps of the Living Education Series curriculum© provide a thematic approach to stimulate and develop the brain through interpretation and application. The curriculum is based upon the most recent research on how the brain learns best. This process is designed to integrate the disciplines of Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, and the arts into an environment of auditory, visual, and kinesthetic activity.
The 4 BELS process builds all students confidence according to their learning strengths and talents. Every child is a unique learner and our degreed educators work together as a skilled team with expertise in differentiating instruction to the individual student’s learning style preferences and abilities. The brain-friendly classrooms create the most optimal surroundings for learning.
A Child’s World offers customized educational programs for families in Newtown and the surrounding areas. To speak with A Child’s World representative about our early learning center, pre-kindergarten and kindergarten services, please call (888) 861-7857.
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Youngsters often look forward to sleeping in during the summer and watching their favorite TV shows. Unfortunately, the lack of cognitive stimulation means that most children lose a great deal of the skills they learned the previous school year, both in math and reading. You can give your pre-K child an edge for the following school year by encouraging his or her participation in learning activities over the summer.
The trick to active summer learning is making it fun for kids. Watch this video to get some great ideas for learning activities, including writing out math problems on the kitchen table in shaving cream.
Parents seeking a quality child care or pre-kindergarten program are encouraged to call (888) 861-7857 to speak with a representative of A Child’s World. Our pre-K curriculum is based on the latest scientific research regarding how children learn best.