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5 Tips for How To Deal With Toddler Tantrums

5 Tips for How To Deal With Toddler Tantrums

Consider the last time your child had one of those real, true-blue toddler tantrums.

How did it go for you?

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How did it go for them?

What was the end result?

If you’re like most parents, then everyone probably felt pretty tired afterward.

Tantrums can be not just loud and frustrating, but also time consuming and exhausting.

They’re common enough and even with the happiest of children are likely to occur more than once in your child’s young lifetime.

Temper tantrums are just one of the many developmental stages of children and is likely the one you may be looking forward to handling the least.

However, despite being a common developmental step in kids, the aggressive behavior in children can be more than you bargained for.

If this sounds like you, then you may benefit from these five ways to taming your toddler’s temper tantrums.

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Child Development

The Importance of the Montessori Method On Early Childhood Education

Characteristics of the Montessori Method

If you’ve been driving around lately you might have seen one or two signs boasting of a “Montessori preschool”.

You might have even thought:

the montessori method

Dr. Montessori and Student (Image from University of Pennsylvania Digital Library)

What the heck is that?

What is a Montessori school?

What makes it different than other places?

There’s no doubt that it sounds fancy and like there’s a wait list a mile long.

Okay, okay, so there very well might be a wait list, but the point is that there’s a stigma attached to the name Montessori, leaving parents often confused and intimidated.

I’m here to tell you, however, that there is nothing to be overwhelmed by.

We all know by now that children learn differently and at different rates, which is why preschools offer many different types of learning methods to their students.

What the Montessori method does is offer one more alternative learning opportunity for preschoolers and their parents.

In particular, for those interested in child independence.

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Child Development

Ready Spaghetti Part 2

9 Signs Your Child Is Not Ready for Preschool

We’ve talked a fair amount about kindergarten readiness.

kindergarten readiness checklist

Image from the Self Regulated Teacher

It is an important topic for those with preschoolers who are getting closer and closer to a kindergarten start date.

But what about the signs that say your child is not ready for kindergarten?

How do we, as parents, look at our preschoolers and recognize whether or not there are some areas that need work?

Though San Diego preschools will have a different set of guidelines for kindergarten than somewhere in say, Kentucky, there is a standard for which every child is expected to meet.

Here we bring you the 9 signs that your child is not ready for kindergarten and how you can help.

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Child Development

Little-To-No-Cost San Diego Preschools: Do I Qualify?

Three Little-To-No-Cost Programs for San Diego Preschools You Need To Know

The United States is home to some 23.7 million preschool aged children.

San Diego preschools

Image from 10 News.

With San Diego being one of the most populated cities, it stands to reason that a large majority of those preschoolers live in America’s finest city.

Unfortunately, San Diego is also home to a large portion of low income and homeless families.

Many times these families have preschoolers of their own, and cannot afford to send them to school.

Preschool is considered one of the foundations of a solid education, leaving these preschoolers open to a lifetime of struggles in academia if left alone.

Luckily, San Diego Unified provides free-preschool options for low-income families.

Take a look to see whether or not your child qualifies for support and where programs are available to them across the various San Diego preschools.

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Child Development

‘Tis the Season for Sharing and Caring

5 Tips for Making It Graciously Through the Holidays With Your Preschooler

The holidays are here—something that no department, commercial, or grocery store is likely to let you forget.

preschool christmas

Image from Time

With the holidays comes time spent with family, over-indulging, and yes—you guessed it—gifts.

Unfortunately, while this season is filled with cheer and happiness, it’s also filled with young children who don’t really understanding the meaning behind the holiday.

No matter what you believe, or how you celebrate, there’s always room to help your child learn to be gracious throughout the season.

Even if your child has the basics down, and they happen to say “please” and “thank you” whenever necessary, there’s still a lot to be learned.

With their growing minds and developing personalities it’s easy for gratitude to be lost in the shuffle.

Check out these five tips for making it through the holiday season with grace, and how to help your preschooler be appreciative.

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Child Development

Wh—achoo! Can Do To Keep Your Preschool Safe From the Flu

5 Secrets To Reducing the Chances of Your Preschooler Getting Sick

In San Diego we finally have cooler temps.

The mornings are no longer tinged by eighty-degree nights.

preschool hygiene

Image from Well Commons

Our days are no longer met with sweltering heat waves.

Instead, we have finally joined the ranks of the rest of the country and hit our stride in the fall season.

Unfortunately, with these much desired cooler temperatures come the first waves of illness in the classrooms.

Particularly for those with kids in the lower grades, such as preschool, you’re likely to see a heavy influx of cold and flu-type symptoms in your home.

Being in daycare, preschool, and even after-school care leaves kids vulnerable to various germs and viruses that leave them ill.

While catching a cold is common for young kids, especially as their immune systems grow and strengthen, it is not impossible to help reduce the chances of them getting ill.

Take a look at these five secrets that will help reduce the chances of your preschooler getting sick.

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Child Development

Zero To Kindergarten In 7 Steps

Understanding the 7 Domains of ELORS
with San Diego Preschool, Children’s Paradise

Have you been in your preschooler’s classroom and seen the letters ELORS posted?

Or maybe you’ve been reading up on the quality of the preschools in your area and keep seeing the letters pop up?

Whatever it is, when you have a preschooler, it’s likely that you’ve at some point come across the letters ELORS.

kindergarten readiness

Image from Teachers Pay Teachers

But what, exactly, do they stand for?

ELORS, or Early Learning Observation Rating Scale, was designed to collect and share information from both parents and teachers that might call attention to potential learning disabilities in preschoolers.

The system was designed to help parents and teachers decide whether specific preschoolers would benefit from additional educational support.

For the program to be most effective, it is advised that the teacher and parent work together to determine whether or not there is anything of concern that needs to be brought to attention.

In most cases, observation occurs when the preschooler is four-years-old, or during the year leading up to their first year of kindergarten.

If this is you and your child is coming up on their penultimate year at their San Diego preschool, then be prepared to cover these seven different developmental domains that make up the ELORS.

Take a look at the seven domains and familiarize yourself with the observable skills and behaviors that are specific to each domain.

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Child Development

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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Image from She Knows

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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What’s In A Preschool?

5 Key Elements In Great San Diego Preschools

Finding a preschool is easy.

In some neighborhoods there’s one on every corner.

Finding a quality preschool on the other hand, is not so easy.

preschool enrollment infographic

Image from Childrens-LearningAdventure.com

Even when you’ve done your research, looked into classroom sizes, picked a location, and chosen the program that’s best for your child there’s still lingering doubts that you’ve made the right decision.

With nearly 500 San Diego preschools available to choose from, it’s no wonder that parents find themselves scratching their heads as they try to decide what to do.

Sure, high quality preschools are not hard to come by, but finding a high quality preschool that suits yours and your child’s needs is not always so simple. Understanding the components that make up a stellar preschool program is key to choosing the one that’s right for you. Take a look at these five areas, each just as important as the next for an optimal early education for your child

  1. The Staff
  2. The Administration
  3. The Curriculum
  4. The Community Involvement
  5. The Environment

For the best results, a preschool will utilize all of these factors to create a schooling system that operates smoothly. Yes, things like deciding between a public and private preschool, or a full or part-time school are important, too. But if you do your analysis correctly, those decisions should already be included within the five categories above. Keep this list handy as you move through your preschool appointments and you’ll find that picking a preschool is not just uncomplicated, but also downright easy to do.

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When The School Bell Rings

3 After School Activities
That Will Leave Your Child Begging For More

We’re deep into September.

In fact, we’re so deep into it that we’re almost out of it.

As the days grow shorter, it’s hard not to notice that back-to-school weight we all seem to carry.

With extra activities, groceries to be bought, dinner to be eaten, and school lunches to be packed, the weight of stress falls heavier on our shoulders.

It’s about this time that most parents begin to realize the benefits in after-school activities.

children extracurricular info graphic

Image from Census.gov

Whether you have one, two, or five children, after-school activities give the parent back some time to get done the stuff that needs getting done.

But what about the preschooler in your life?

Many—if not most—after school programs are designed for school-aged children. Unfortunately, this leaves many parents scrambling to keep their preschoolers busy at all times, making those few hours after work increasingly difficult. It is not impossible, however.

With a little research, it’s easy to find an activity for your toddler that will keep them busy and active throughout those last few daylight hours. Whether you and your spouse are in work until 6pm or you need the extra time to get life together for the week, an after school activity will leave your child happy and fulfilled. Before deciding on an activity, however, be sure that a program is what your child and family truly need.

Ask Yourself:

  • Will your child be able to handle the extended time away from you and the family?
  • Will this extra time be beneficial for both you and your preschooler?
  • Will your wallet be able to take the financial hit?

If all of these questions seem perfectly amenable to you, then it’s time you consider these three solutions for after school toddler care.

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