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‘Tis the Week for San Diego Preschools To Let Out

5 Places To Go Once San Diego Preschools Are Out for the Holidays

By now, you’re looking into the cold eyes of those two dreaded words: Christmas vacation.

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Image from Huffington Post

Because most San Diego preschools close up shop along with the public school system, it’s about that week when children everywhere will begin to run amuck.

Not only is your preschooler going to be home around the clock again for the next two weeks, but also they’re going to be hopped up on energy from the coming holiday.

Cue the moments of panic for those of us still looking to get some work, shopping, or relaxation done.

Luckily, if you’re one of the parents looking for inexpensive or even free things to do with your preschooler during the holiday, then you’ve come to the right place.

Check out these five places to take not only your preschooler, but your family, to get in on the Christmas spirit.

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Activities Child Development

First Thing’s First

What Essentials Your Preschooler Needs for School

Listen, I get it. As a parent of a toddler it can be heart wrenching to realize that their days as you baby are quickly approaching an end. Of course, they’ll always be your baby, but with back-to-school inching ever nearer, it’s likely you’re starting to wonder about how they could’ve grown up so fast. I know what you’re thinking: How are you talking about school when it’s still August? Well, San Diego preschools, regardless of the rising temperatures, head back to school come September—yes, even if it still feels like summer here in southern California. Come the start of August, much like anywhere else, the stores start shoving back-to-school essentials on the parent’s agenda, bringing pre-k parents to near tears.

classroomUnless you happen to be of the other side, wherein as sad as it is to have your child grow up and head into their first days of preschool, it’s exciting to finally have them starting school. No matter where you fall on the spectrum, or somewhere in between, it’s a fact that every parent must face. Kids head off to school, and it starts with preschool. Whether your child is heading into their first day of pre-k, or they’re heading in for year two, there’s every possibility that you’ll feel it much more than your child ever will. Make your first day easier by being prepared and stuffing your toddler with every back-to-school essential they might need.

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Activities Child Development

Play Ball

Five Reasons Why You Should Involve Your Preschooler In Sports

As summer comes to a close and fall inches nearer on the horizon, parents are left wondering what to do with their kids in the baseballcoming afternoons. For many, the near change in season brings about a change in routine. Older brothers and sisters may be off to grade school, while the younger kids may be starting or continuing preschool and kindergarten. No matter the situation, when the season changes so do a family’s daily ins and outs, leaving a new schedule to be planned out and enforced.

Perhaps one of the best means for after school and afternoon care that a parent can find comes in the form of sports. Some will argue that putting preschoolers into sports too soon is fruitless and that they’re too young to understand the rules involved. This is true. Preschool-aged children do not have the technical understanding for sports until a little later on. However, getting children involved in sports early on has more benefits than detriments, among which involves having your children cared for during the hours after school.

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Activities

Making A Splash

Cost Effective Water Play In San Diego

I’ve mentioned before about the drought that California is currently in. It’s a doozy to be sure and one that’s unlikely to go away any time soon. Even with an El Nino currently in the forecast for this winter (meaning California is likely—fingers crossed—to get water playmore rain than we have had in years), scientists have made the statement that it takes just about as long to come out of a drought as it does to get into one. While this isn’t a bad thing necessarily, it does mean that the people of southern California will need to be water conscious for awhile longer. This isn’t a bad thing; on the contrary, because we’re anticipating the holy grail of drought-landscapes, it means that our state is on the right path to finding our mountains lush with green landscape once again.

But what does that mean for right now?

As parents, it’s likely that you spent last weekend with a raised eyebrow as southern California was plastered in torrential and unseasonal downpours. Of course, these rains are something that those in the Midwest are used to this time of year, but for those of us used to sending our kids outside on a hot summer day, it left much to be desired. While some basked in the freak summer storm, taking refuge in the water, others thought ahead, finding ways to conserve the water before it even hit the ground. Even if you didn’t happen to load up on buckets full of water (a practice the news urged many Californians to do), that doesn’t mean that you can’t enjoy the comfort of some nice H2O as we head into the hottest months of the year.

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Activities Child Development Summer

School’s Out for Summer–Kind Of

Encouraging Your Preschooler’s Education
Over the Summer

Though many preschools remain in session over the summer months, a good handful of them close down. While this provides many parents with the opportunity to spend more time with their kids, it often is cause for worry over what it will do to their toddler’s continued education. Particularly for those who have just entered the school-world, taking a month or two off from their education can have an adverse effect on what they’ve learned. You know the old saying, “use it or lose it”, the same holds true for preschoolers fresh off of their first year, who are now thrust back into their pre-school (ha!) life.preschool play

So What Do We Do?

However, the time off is not cause for alarm or worry over your child’s continued education. Instead, it provides you, the parent, with time to help supplement your child’s preschool education and keep their interest in learning alive and well. Instead of spending all summer letting them run rampant in the hopes that some energy will be burned off, try finding time to spend on books, science projects, and arts and crafts. Begin by fostering a healthy learning environment for your child in the home and finding educational scenarios in everyday life.

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Activities Summer

Livin’ Wild and Free

What To Do With Your Kids During the Summer

It’s summer time and the living’s easy. At least, for some of us, for others, however, it’s become something of a frustrating period. It’s hot, kids are out of school, and if you’re a stay at home parent, you’re likely panicking over what tobeach play do with them all day. For whatever reason when the temperatures climb higher, kids, unlike their parents, have an influx of energy. The high heat and humidity does nothing to dim their excitement, leaving parents even more tired and their toddlers more restless than during the cooler months.

Take my cousin, for example. A mother of two, she’s a stay at home mom who has her hands full with her eldest, who is eight, and her youngest, who is four. No matter the day, no matter what’s been done already during the week, and no matter how much energy they may have expelled in the hours before, they are still always craving for something more to keep their blood pumping. From summer camps and sleep-aways, to family vacations, my cousin has out did herself, trying to keep her little ones entertained during the long stretch of vacation. Only, there comes a point when the money runs out, and suddenly you’re left scratching your head, looking for things to do to occupy your kids.

Fortunately, when this happens, there’s always a handful of free activities to partake in, giving your kids back their summer fun, while keeping your pocket full in the mean time.

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Activities Child Development Summer

Float On

Helping Your Preschooler Overcome A Fear of the Water

In case anyone’s keeping track, spring is quickly approaching its end. Here in San Diego, we’ve been experiencing something like the last dregs of winter, however, but per the calendar; the warmest time of the year is quickly on its way in. With something close to only four weeks left until summer solstice takes place, the stores have quickly filled with outdoor patio furniture, barbecues, Fourth of July gear, and swimming supplies. Despite summer’s June 21 start date, anyone who’s everyone knows that summer really begins on Memorial Day weekend, leaving you and your family only a short week and a half from the beginning of outdoor cookouts, short sleeves, and pool days.

My own husband only in recent years has decided he’s comfortable in the water, having spent the majority of his life hovering preschooler swimmingclose to the edge from a traumatizing near-drowning experience as a child. Unfortunately for him, despite his fears he was never reintroduced to the water, leaving him uncertain of its depths, and fierce oceanic waves. Yet, as he’s grown older he’s spent his time learning to cope with the fear and now even water-skis when we visit our family’s lake house.

No matter a person’s age, fear of the water can strike when you least expect it, but for those of us with preschool aged children, that fear seems to be a constant issue. Luckily, this summer you can start your toddler off early and get them in the water. Whether they have been in the water and are uncomfortable or if it’s an experience you will be embarking upon for the first time, getting your child to be accepting of the water early on will help keep them from being fearful in their later years, leaving you free to hit the beach or pool throughout the summer.

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Activities Spring

Children Laugh In Flowers

Gardening and Your Preschooler

Unless you’ve been entirely out of the loop, you’d agree with me on the point that personal gardens have made a big comeback. Even heading to the grocery store on most days I’m bombarded by seed packets, fresh herb bunches, and soil to feed my flourish seedlings. Aside from being a very fruitful—pun intended—endeavor for me, gardening brings a sense of peace and calm to an otherwise stressful day, while prov1440603_72605143iding nourishing food for my family. But the perks of gardening don’t stop there, for my preschooler especially having a garden has proven to be nothing but beneficial.

Particularly for those San Diego preschoolers, living in a world of near constant sunshine and warmth, gardening is an amazing way to get your preschooler outdoors and interacting with nature (more on that here). By having my toddler help with watering, weeding, and harvesting I help them observe, discover, experiment, nurture, and learn about the world around them. With observation and discovery comes the realization that plants, both big and small, must be cared for properly, and with this comes a growing sense of responsibility in your child. This sense of responsibility increases a toddler’s understanding and desire to nurture a positive environment for their plants and flowers, which in turn feeds their understanding of the world around them.

Additionally, studies have shown that toddlers that help with gardening early on in life develop and encourage the consumption of fruits and vegetables. Toddlers who help with gardening are less likely to question the green on our their dinner plates, and more likely to accept the vegetables that they themselves have not only grown, but picked for their meal.

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Activities Spring

Spring Clean-A-Bloomin’

How To Let Your Toddler Help You Clean

Like I mentioned in a previous post (visit here), spring has definitely sprung in San Diego. Here in southern California, we’re only twelve short days into the spring season and already, we’ve hit our highs of 90’s and lows of 70’s, leaving us just shy of a typical summer day. With spring being the current season and with flowers and allergies-a-bloomin’, (does this remind anyone else of Meryl Streep in the Devil Wears Prada, “Florals, for spring. How ground-breaking,”? No? Just me? Moving on, then.) We’re not only more likely to spend our time outside basking in the long forgotten sun, but we’re more apt to make room for the things in our lives that we 1445426_32607218can’t otherwise fit.

There’s a reason that it’s called “spring cleaning” and not “winter wash” or “fall hose down”, and it’s because with spring comes a sense of renewal. As the bulbs break free from their soil in the ground, so do our souls yearn to break free of the clutter in our lives. If nothing else, spring-cleaning is the perfect excuse to gut that corner closet that you’ve been too afraid to open for a year, or to go through your toddler’s toys and decide what they can and cannot live without. Of course, if you’re anything like me, then your toddler has a penchant for making sure they’re present whenever toys that they haven’t seen in awhile make an appearance, making cleaning with a toddler nearly impossible. If this is you, then read on for tips and tricks for cleaning with your preschooler.

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Activities Spring

Spring Has Sprung

Getting Your Preschooler To Spend Time Outdoors

Well folks, it’s official. Despite what the groundhog might’ve said six weeks ago, spring has definitely sprung—and for those of us in southern California it’s sprung in a big way. Last weekend we were hit with a heat wave, which even as I type, is still stifling the outside air. Our last weekend of winter was spent in ninety-degree, dry, allergy-inducing heat. Now for those of you not in southern California, you may be rolling your eyes, and wondering why this is such a big deal. To you I say, I understand. Well, kind of, in all honesty while I was preschoolwalking around the mall the other day, looking at all of the bathing suits and shorts, I couldn’t help but reminisce on that one real week of winter we had. But that was it, one.

With the sun shining bright, and the winter gloom quickly disappearing, the urge to spend time outside is greater than ever. No longer do we need to bundle up and brace the chill (or in my case sixty degree weather—brrr), but shorts and flip-flops are calling our names. But what about for our kids? In a world where the web and iPhones rule our lives, the inclination to get outside and get some sun has dwindled greatly.

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