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Child Development

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5 Key Signs of Kindergarten Preparedness

How do you know whether or not your preschooler is ready for kindergarten?

There’s never one telltale answer.

Even your preschooler’s age is not always a clear deciding reason in whether to send them to the big leagues.

No mater the age, most parents panic at the idea of sending their preschooler to kindergarten too early.

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“It’s too soon”, “they aren’t ready”, “it’ll be too much for them”, are all common phrases often uttered by the preschool parent.

No matter when your preschooler makes it to kindergarten, it will always feel like it’s too soon and they aren’t ready.

However, checking for these five signs will help you feel more comfortable moving your toddler out of pre-k and into kindergarten.

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Back To The Future

3 Key Factors For Your Preschooler’s Successful Future

A quick quiz for you: when does a child’s future begin?

  1. When they enter the preschool classroom
  2. When they first enter the world
  3. Before they’re even born

If you guessed a or b then you are wrong.

Yes, your child’s education begins when they enter the preschool classroom. They begin to learn the ABC’s the 123’s and how to interact with other children their age. Preschool is where your toddler embarks on their first experiences without mom or dad always around. It’s where their first friends and memories are made.

Likewise, your child’s life really begins when they enter the world. Sure, you as a parent planned, stressed, and counted the days down before they’d make their appearance, but their life—as a real, thriving human—doesn’t begin until they are born. Sensory experiences are molded from the moment they enter the world, memories become formed, and even their first learning occurs. After birth your child grows, learning how to walk, talk, and become the tiny people their future selves were meant to be.

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However, it’s not at birth when your child’s future begins. Contrary to what you might believe, your child’s future begins before they’re even born. Your own family life and history plays a huge role on how well your preschooler will perform in the future.

I’ve already discussed the importance of finding a quality preschool and how to go about searching for the San Diego preschool that is right for your toddler, but what about the time before they’re even born can you do to help?

The most important factors that dictate your child’s future are:

  • Income
  • Household Background
  • Educational Encouragement

Let’s take a look at how these three points can impact your child’s life.

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Child Development

Eenie Meenie Miney Mo

Finding A Preschool That’s Right For Your Family

As Labor Day approaches, so do the number of back-to-school sections in department, grocery, and multi-purpose stores increase. No matter whom you are or where you happen to live, there’s no escaping the coming of the school year. Even for those without kids, or kids that are too young to attend school, the prospect of the end of summer looms ever nearer. Perhaps you’re
trying to decide on a preschool that’s right for your child in the future. Maybe it’sback to school
that the back-to-school signs have you looking at your two-year-old son, a flutter in your stomach, as you consider a year into the future when they’ll begin their first year at school. Whatever the case, the different kinds of preschools available to you and your child are numerous. This makes choosing a preschool not only confusing, but difficult as well.

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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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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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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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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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Join the Club: the Babysitter’s Club

Tips for Searching for the Right Baby Sitter

Like most every teenage girl, I spent a great amount of time searching for babysitting jobs in my neighborhood to make some extra cash. Particularly as a preteen, after the boom of “the Babysitter’s Club”, I took my career seriously, investing in name cards for my would-be clients and posters signaling my desire to further my career. All this while gathering with my best friend, and neighbor, to make our plan of attack for the summer camp we’d create to watch our sure to be huge influx of clients. Of course, preschool playour summer camp never happened, my mom promptly removed my posters from telephone poles, and my client’s name cards went, for the most part, unused. I guess in a world where it’s hard to trust just anyone, my mom wasn’t willing to put my phone number or information out there for the world to see.

My how times have changed.

These days, looking for a babysitter for your young ones is not only much easier to do, but slightly more stressful as well. With things such as iPhones and computers taking over our pre-teen and teenager’s worlds, it’s hard to separate the responsible, from those who simply want the house alone for the night. Not to mention, there’s always the problem of finding someone available on the days and times that you need them. A night after work is often problematic for those still in school, while a weekend night might turn your potential sitter off because it’s likely their night off as well. Granted, you’d think that a sitter seriously looking at looking toward making some money will of course jump at the chance to work regardless of the night, but unfortunately that’s not always the case.

With so many factors playing a role in your babysitting needs, and your child’s care resting in the palm of their teen hands, it’s important to take considerable thought over who you choose to care for your toddler.

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Child Development

Bully On Me Part II

Advice for Dealing With Bullies

When I was little, I was teased mercilessly for a variety of things. In preschool it was for my smile, because it wasn’t like everyone else’s smiles and only showed my top row of teeth. While in the third grade it was because my last name was the same as the gasoline provider at camp (causing me to promptly be called ‘Gas’ for the remainder of the year), and in sixth grade it was because my body was adjusting to that ever loving period of life: puberty. It wasn’t until years later as an adult that I even realized that I was something more than a punching bag, or for that matter, that others were teased just as much as I was at some point or another. Now looking back, I’m able to recognize that bullies are everywhere, waiting to prey on those even mildly different from them.

What is perhaps most startling to find, is that bullying does not wait until we’ve reached our brain’s full capacity of understanding. As discussed in a previous post, bullying begins as young as the preschool level, before preschoolers even understand what they’re doing. At 3-5 years old, our kids are only just beginning to learn how to articulate what they mean to say 1415869_31101194and think, while trying to wrap themselves in the world around them. While this is happening, however, they partake in roles around the playground, finding him or herself as either the alpha or underdog, as bullying patterns are created and honed. Because this age group is unaware of what they are doing and is only exerting qualities of their own personality, it’s important for we—the parents—to keep a keen eye and handle the situations as they come.
If you think your child is exhibiting early signs of bullying you’ll want to visit this post here for advice and tips for how to help your child learn how not to act, if your child is the subject of the bullying, you’ll want to keep reading.

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Well Bully On You Part I

Advice for Dealing With Bullies

I’d say it’s safe to assume that at some point in each of our lives, we’ve been the target of bullying in some way, shape, or form. Particularly with the uproar of sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, cyber-bullying in particular has become a problem with school-aged children as young as fourth and fifth grade. This, of course, is due in large part to our children growing up too fast in a world that is developing at an equally alarming rate, but nevertheless is cause for concern in parents and teachers alike. But when does bullying really begin? And how, once it’s begun, can we as parents and preschool San Diego teachers learn to end it quickly and swiftly.preschool bullying

Firstly, while preschoolers might not have the problems that their future selves will certainly have (puberty, crushes, ect…), and while they most definitely do not need to worry about cyber-bullying issues, they do encounter first hand bullying situations on an everyday basis. From the little girl who openly invites Susie, Sally, and Annie over to play after school, while leaving Cassie out, to the little boy who continually rejects Peter from playing in his sandbox but no one else, bullying is a very real problem. While most children might display feelings of hurt or anger at being forced to the sidelines, others will likely forget their feelings by the end of the day and move on, leaving parents none the wiser about bullying in the preschool San Diego school yard.

Luckily, handling the early signs and stages of bullying is something that most preschool teachers are prepared to do, but even so, understanding what you—the parent—can do while your child is outside of the preschool San Diego realm, can help but a stop to bullying before it gets out of hand as well.

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