Click here to read —>Fun in the Sun for your baby and young toddler!

Click here to read —>Fun in the Sun for your baby and young toddler!

There are many low cost, engaging, and fun summer activities that are infant friendly for the whole family to enjoy! Laying out a blanket in the backyard or park is a great way to expose infants to summer and nature. The grass and flowers are excellent ways for babies to discover textures and colors. The sounds of other children and animals are wonderful for an infant’s sense of sound development and may even strike up curiosity! Baby pools and water tables are an amazing way to expose a baby to sensory and water play! Allowing young children to play with water will enhance confidence in their swimming abilities in their older years. Sand boxes may be a messier clean up, but can be a lot of fun to young children who are starting use their hands and build their fine motor skills. Going for nature walks, visiting zoo’s, and creating art with sidewalk chalk are also fun outdoor activities! The simplest activities are sometimes the most important. Everyday an infant is learning something new. No matter how silly an activity may seem to an adult, all experiences are new connections being made in an infant’s brain. Miss Casey Young Toddler Lead Teacher ——————————————————————ESPAÑOL—————————————————– Hay muchas actividades de verano baratas, atractivas y divertidas que son amigables para los bebés y que toda la familia puede disfrutar. Coloque una manta en el patio o el parque ya que es una gran manera de exponer a los niños al verano y la naturaleza. La hierba y las flores son formas excelentes para que los bebés descubran texturas y colores. Los sonidos de otros...
Click here to read —> Exploring Emotions.

Click here to read —> Exploring Emotions.

As our children enter the school age years although their language skills, writing skills, and cognitive skills are improving, some of the communication between themselves, their parents, siblings, and teachers may dissipate. As individuals with important roles to fulfill in a child’s life, it may be challenging to understand what difficulties they may be facing, what new things they are learning, and what our new expected role exactly is. We could become frustrated as our children give us little information and feedback when we ask the very general question, “how was your day?” Although we may become frustrated, angry, or upset that all we receive in response is a simple, “good,” it is not our school age child’s fault! They are attending school for a long period of time and as parents, it is imperative to realize the difficulty they must face when trying to organize their thoughts and describe key components to their day. Instead, we should reexamine the question which we are asking our children. Rather than asking how their day was, seeking more specific responses may bridge communication gaps experienced in this stage of development and help the school age child improve their social  and emotional health, express themselves, and bond with caregivers over common interest in their lives! Try asking your child some of the following questions instead! Who or what made you happy today? Why? Who or what made you sad today? Why? Who did you play with at recess? What did you play at recess? What did you eat for lunch? What did you discuss in language arts? What did you study in...
Click here to read—> The Power of Play.

Click here to read—> The Power of Play.

The Power of Play! When you walk into one of our classrooms here at Freckles and Frills, you will most likely see blocks and toys all over the carpet, children dressed up in diverse play clothes, and play food on trays and plates! With this image, I am sure you can imagine all the fun your child has had that day learning through play. Play-based learning allows children to develop language and social skills, problem solve, enhance cognitive skills, foster decision making, and so much more! It is important for parents and teachers to support this type of learning as it encourages hands-on learning and provides children with the opportunities to develop thinking skills and make connections to real life experiences. Parents, at home you can foster play-based learning by interacting with your child to better understand their skills and interests, create a relaxing environment for children to explore and investigate, and simply make more time for play. What are some ways you foster play at home? Miss Ali Preschool Class **********************ESPAÑOL********************* ¡El poder del juego! Cuando entras en una de nuestras aulas aquí en Freckles and Frills, lo más probable es que vea bloques y juguetes por toda la alfombra, niños vestidos con diversa ropa de juego y comida de juguete en bandejas y platos. Con esta imagen, estoy seguro de que usted puede imaginar toda la diversión que su hijo ha tenido este día aprendiendo a través del juego. El aprendizaje basado en juegos permite a los niños desarrollar habilidades de lenguaje y sociales, resolver problemas, mejorar las habilidades cognitivas, fomentar la toma de decisiones y mucho...
Click to read—> “The Great Outdoors”

Click to read—> “The Great Outdoors”

The outdoor life is an important factor for your child’s development. Exposing your child to what the outdoors has to offer can benefit your child greatly and it is important to give your child these experiences early on in their life. By providing nature and outdoor experiences to your child early in their life, it can help foster their love for the outdoors. Experiencing the nature has many benefits. These benefits include physical fitness, mental health, intellectual development, and social development. With all of the new technologies we have today, more children are playing on tablets instead of being active outside. Unstructured outdoor play is crucial for your child’s health and development. Here are a few ideas to foster your child’s love for the outdoors: Go for a walk Set up a picnic in the backyard Pick flowers Feed the fish at a local park Have a nature scavenger hunt Go for a hike Dig in the dirt Plant flowers Grow a garden Listen for the sounds of nature (birds, crickets, frogs, rain, water flowing) Lay in the grass and look at the sky, clouds, stars, moon, etc. Bring your child outdoors consistently and help them explore the earth and all of the great things it has to offer us! How will you foster your child’s love for the outdoors?   Miss Ciara Older Toddler Teacher   *****************************************ESPAÑOL********************************************   La vida al aire libre es un factor importante para el desarrollo de su hijo. Exponer a su niño a lo que el aire libre tiene que ofrecer puede beneficiar a su niño enormemente y es importante dar a su...
Click to read—> Screen-Free activities for your child!

Click to read—> Screen-Free activities for your child!

Televisions, Tablets, computers, cell phones and video games have become a norm in today’s world. Although all could be good in moderation, too much of these things can start to harm your children. Too much of this technology could interfere with homework, being physically active, socializing, and spending time with family. There are so many different activities to do with your children other than watching movies or playing video games. One screen free activity is going on a nature walk or a scavenger hunt outside. Make a list before going outside with your child. This could include looking for items such as a squirrel, rocks, flowers, stop signs, different letters, and colors. Once you find the item, check it off of your list. The children will have fun looking for the different items and get so excited when they find them! If the weather isn’t nice enough to get outside and enjoy a walk, there are plenty of fun activities to do indoors! One of these includes reading a book that your children enjoys. To make this even better, build an indoor fort with your child and read the book inside the fort! Once the book or books are finished, you could play inside the fort! Also, after reading the book it might be fun to paint or color a picture that goes along with the book. Your child could color their favorite part of the book or their favorite character! Another fun screen free activity is performing science experiments. There are many different experiments for children of all different ages. One simple and fun one that all children love...
Celebrate Earth Day with your child!

Celebrate Earth Day with your child!

Today is  Earth day.and many may be wondering what they can do to teach their children the importance of caring for our World! It is very important to allow School Age Children to become involved in caring for their environments. This provides children with a sense of ownership and belonging to their community which is important for their social and emotional development. There are plenty of fun, educational activities that you can do with your school aged child on Earth Day! For parents interested in enhancing their child’s scientific comprehension abilities an activity such as starting to grow a garden may teach them about life and growing cycles of plants. Other families may want to teach their child more about the physical attributes of our planet. Perhaps on a rainy day naming mountain ranges, bodies of water,or continents on a map may interest you and your child. For families with a sweet tooth, creating earth day cookies may be a great reading and mathematics activity to do with your child! Ask your child to read the recipe, measure the ingredients as instructed, and identify three digit numerals when they preset the oven to bake their delectable earth day cookies! Here is an  fun, very earth mindful, and healthy recipe you can try with your child: Makes: 1 1/2 dozen cookies Ingredients: 2 ripe bananas 1 1/2 cups oats (can substitute gluten-free oats) 1/2 cup peanut butter (can substitute any nut butter) Food coloring blue and green (for earth day cookies) Directions: Preheat oven to 350 F. Line one or two baking sheets with parchment paper. Mix all ingredients in a bowl, either by hand or using a mixer. Then split the mix...
Click to read –> Music and Development

Click to read –> Music and Development

Music and Development Music can be used as a primary tool in many areas of development in young children. Children learn language skills, mathematical concepts and physical skill through music education. Oh no! Did we just say music education? Music education is not a phrase to be discouraged from. It can be quite easy to incorporate into your daily lives. Singing  Singing promotes early language skills and an understanding of sequence and patterns. Singing songs throughout the day will enhance a child’s ability to use words and phrases. It will also reach parts of the brain that focus on memory, sequencing and patterns. Many parents and teachers feel their lack of knowledge about music will decrease their ability to use it in their child’s daily lives, but it’s as simple as singing well known children’s songs (Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star, Old McDonald Had a Farm, or The Wheels on the Bus). You could also sing as you are completing everyday tasks with your child such as answering the door “Ding dong, the doorbell rang, let’s see who it is!” “Shake, Rattle, and Roll.”  Using musical instruments such as maracas and bells enhances hand-eye coordination and body awareness. As children play fast or slow and listen to high or low sounds, they can develop body coordination by figuring out to play faster or slow to create a sound. Hand-eye coordination is enhanced as the young child lifts up the rhythm instrument and begins to shake it. Get up and dance!  Dancing to music helps promote physical activity and using our large (gross motor) muscles. Moving to music also promotes a...
Ways to promote literacy in Preschoolers.

Ways to promote literacy in Preschoolers.

An early start with literacy skills sets a child up for success in all school subjects. Parents play a role in encouraging an interest in books, but a solid foundation in literacy isn’t about just reading. Verbal and written communication skills also prepare preschoolers for literacy. A well-rounded approach to promoting literacy is important for preschool children. Here are a few things you could do with your preschooler to help encourage literacy. Encourage interaction- when reading to your preschooler, pause every other page to ask questions. Ex: What is going to happen next? Create a literacy-rich environment- Write words next to important items in your home. Label items in your home using written language. If your child sees the word refrigerator on the refrigerator they will eventually learn the word. Do this with various items around your house. Also, provide your preschooler enough access to paper and writing materials, such as pencils and crayons. Take a trip to the library- Introducing your child to different genres of books will help them captivate an interest in books and authors. Talk to your kids a lot- talk and even sing to them about everything. Don’t be afraid to feed into their curiosity. Talk about the characteristics of their bodies (eyes, ears, mouth), and your family history. Remember, studies have shown that exposing your child to a variety of words, even large words helps in their development of literacy skills. Miss Britanny M. & Miss Lan K. Preschool Teachers   Un comienzo temprano a habilidades de literarias preparan a los niños para tener éxito en temas académicos. Los padres toman un papel...
Easter Fun Activities for Young Children.

Easter Fun Activities for Young Children.

As we leave winter behind and say hello to the glorious days of spring. With Easter being right around the corner it is time to start brainstorming crafts and projects to do with your young ones to keep them busy over break. Here are some “egg”cellent indoor and outdoor Easter crafts and activities to complete with them! Hungry Bunny! What you’ll need: Cardboard Box, Construction Paper, Plastic Eggs, Tape, and Scissors Hungry Bunny is a great gross motor activity for children of all ages. Encourage the children to roll the plastic eggs into the bunny’s mouth! You can make it more challenging by taking a step back each time you get an egg into the bunny’s mouth. Have fun creating, decorating, and playing this game together! Easter Stamping! What you’ll need: Plastic Easter Eggs, Paint, Scissors, Pencil, and Bowls Easter Stamping puts a new spin on Easter eggs this season. This crafts reuses materials and teaches children recycling while having fun. Simply encourage your child to dip half of their plastic Easer egg into the paint color of their choice and stamp it onto the paper. Let kids have a blast while choosing different colors as they stamp! Bunny Mask! What you’ll need: Construction Paper, Bunny Mask Template, Scissors, Glue, Cotton Balls, and a pencil With Easter being right around the corner what better time is it to create a bunny mask? This is a great way for children to participate in creating their own dramatic play equipment. All you have to do is trace the template on construction paper and cut it out. Then, encourage your child to...
Ways to promote kindness in Young Children.

Ways to promote kindness in Young Children.

During the month of February, we are recognizing acts of kindness that the children show in the classroom and encouraging them to perform acts of kindness at home too. You may be wondering, “how can I teach my child about kindness and to be kind at such a young age?” There are many ways to teach or promote kindness in young children. One aspect that is very important is for the children to be givers of kindness. Although they are receiving kindness from different people all of the time, being givers of kindness will improve their well-being, feelings of happiness, build friendships and reduce bullying. Children love when they do something nice for someone, no matter how small it may be, such as picking something up that they dropped. Teaching manners at a young age is another way to promote kindness. Even before children can talk, “please” and “thank you” are two of the most used words that babies learn in sign language. When they do start talking, using reminders such as “how do you ask” or “what do you say” will help them to remember to use their manners. When they do use their manners, it is important to praise them for it simply by saying “I’m very happy that you used your manners”. A fun way to promote kindness with your children is doing something fun or simple that will make others happy such as leaving a picture that they colored for the mailman, donating toys or clothes that they no longer play with or fit into or helping make dinner. No matter what you try to...