Has your child mastered their ABC’s and can they recognize each letter? If you answered yes to those two questions, then they are on the right path to becoming literate. However, if your child is still struggling here are 7 things that can help them begin to read effortlessly.
- The first thing your child should be taught is how to spell their name. Their name is one of the most important words to them so start with the first letter of their name whenever you see it. “Then do some letter scrambles using blocks, magnetic letters or letters on index cards. Mix up the letters of the child’s name and work together to put them back in the proper order (http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/reading-language/reading-tips/learning-to-read/).” After your child has mastered their name move on to the names of their siblings, cousins, etc.
- Next you want to make sure not only does your child know the letters in alphabetical order, but they can recognize each letter out of order and know the sound it makes. You should begin pointing out random letters and their sounds after they have mastered the letters in order (using their full name is a great start). Then use relatable and likeable objects to point out letters http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/reading-language/reading-tips/learning-to-read/).” For instance, if their name was Brittany you can start out by saying B for ‘Brittany’ and B for ‘blankie’ Then you can continue to say words like ‘bear’, ‘ball’, etc. also start with the letter B.
- Introduce you child to lowercase and uppercase letters early on so they don’t get confused when they finally notice them in a book (https://study.com/academy/lesson/teaching-students-to-recognize-uppercase-lowercase-letters.html). You can play games with your child where you have them point them out in a book.
- Practice early writing techniques such as: practicing writing with paint, sand and with their finger in shaving cream. This creates a fun learning environment for practicing the alphabet (https://www.prekinders.com/alphabet-letter-formation-activities/).
- Connect objects with words. You should illustrate objects with words and point to the object when you say the word. You can point to the first letter while saying the sound that first letter makes. Then you should move on to the whole word while your pointing to the picture of it (http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/reading-language/reading-tips/learning-to-read/).
- Practice print referencing (http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/reading-language/reading-tips/learning-to-read/). You should point to the title of the book as you read it so your child learns every book has a title and that we read from left to right.
- Lastly, read, read, read! Read with your child every day and read everything you see together: posters, signs, etc. However, never forget to celebrate your child’s successes, because learning to read is a big accomplishment.
As educators and caregivers, we at Rosewood Academy know that life with a toddler can be as challenging as it is rewarding. Toddlers have limited language skills, so the easy path when frustrated is to throw a tantrum or just have a meltdown. Nevertheless, as educators or parents, there are some simple strategies we can use to make life easier.
1. I NEED TO (STATE THE NEED).
Before wiping a child’s face or anything that requires assistance, let toddlers know what you are going to do. The child may not like it any better, but when they know what to expect it builds cooperation over time. It also demonstrates to children that we trust them.
2. GENTLE HANDS, PLEASE.
When a toddler is playing rough, using phrases such as “Use gentle hands, please” reinforces good behavior. It can be hard for a toddler to see they are inflicting pain upon another person because they don’t have the cognitive ability to understand another person’s perspective quite yet. By using such phrases, we are teaching the language and social skills needed for them to better understand another person’s perspective. (https://www.parents.com/toddlers-preschoolers/development/manners/teaching-kids-to-mind-their-manners/)
3. WALK AWAY
When a child misbehaves, the phrase “walk away” tells them what to do in a clear manner without having to use the overused negative words “stop” or “no-no”. If a child continues with the bad behavior state, “I will help you” then say, “walk away” again. Ending by giving some form of positive reinforcement such as “Thank you for walking away (from the other child).” (http://www.teachkidshow.com/teach-your-child-to-walk-away-from-fights/)
Many children at this age still have a hard time understanding right from wrong. It’s always better to be direct and tell them instead of asking them what to do so there is no confusion. Children need concrete directions and if they are still confused we should show them what we mean. Using positive language in the process is much more beneficial and likely to result in better behavior than negatives words such as ‘no’, ‘don’t do that’ and ‘stop.’ (https://www.scholastic.com/teachers/articles/teaching-content/ages-stages-learning-follow-directions/)
6. THANK YOU FOR….
Giving “specific” praise for a child’s good behavior reinforces and thereby makes it a habit. Letting a child hear about the exact action and exact praise also supports positive language development, forming connections between certain words and action. (https://www.webmd.com/parenting/features/the-right-way-to-praise-your-kids#1)
8. I’M SORRY YOU’RE MAD.
When a child has a meltdown or a tantrum, it’s always best to remain calm. Acknowledging their feelings, addressing them by name and showing empathy can go a long way in helping an angry child calm down. Research shows that empathy is the most effective way to respond to a tantrum. (Brain Rules for Babies, by Dr. John Medina). As the adults in children’s lives, our role is to provide the kind of guidance that will help model their long-term behavior. Showing empathy, then helping a child walk away or redirecting their mind are helpful strategies. (http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/positive_discipline_tips.html)
At Rosewood Academy, we cherish the opportunity partner with you in shaping the hearts and minds of a future generation. As such, we believe in using positive strategies for managing the behavior of young children. Our goal is not just to deal with the moment with the care and respect that each child deserves, but to instill values that will shape each child’s behavior long into the future.
Developing crucial skills through play
Now that the holidays are over, let’s weigh in some of those keepers – specifically, those pesky toys that take up space and may cram not only your space, but your style. As with any toys, there’s always an upside. They are likely the toys that go a long way in helping toddlers and preschoolers enhance their gross motor skills; a critical aspect of body and mind development in early childhood.
At Rosewood Academy, gross motor skill development is a fun part of daily routine across all age groups; whether it’s dancing while singing, jumping up and down while learning the letter or number of the week, or just monkeying around on the playground. Children especially enjoy weekly classes with Mr. Bonner, Rosewood’s own physical fitness coach.
Back to those holiday gifts. If your child happened to have been gifted some of those favored by fitness experts, you’re in luck. If not, when you’re on the search for ways in which to channel their energy, take some tips from Sheryl Cooper, founder of Teaching 2 and 3 year olds.
Play tunnels teach bilateral coordination skills – left and right side – as well as core, neck, shoulder and leg strengthening. When balancing their body weight on all fours while crawling, tunnels help children’s vestibular system; inner ear and balance.
Schools love using parachutes for group large motor play, lifting and lowering it while singing songs with eager children. These activities help develop a child’s upper torso and strengthen shoulder, arm and hand muscles.
Ball play can help a child develop vital gross motor skills such as: bouncing, rolling, catching, throwing, kicking, aiming, and tracking. What’s great is that in the process, they’re enhancing social skills through interactions with other children.
Developing motor and balance skills further, a popular toy is scooter boards .
The actions of maneuvering, swerving and twisting and balancing provide excellent opportunities to fine tune gross motor skills.
Finally, take a look at Moluk Bilibo Chairs . The benefits include, “stimulating creativity, improving hand-eye coordination, strengthening the core, improving balance, and helping with sensory issues.” (Teaching2and3yearolds.com). Preschoolers and toddlers rock side to side in these chairs and pick them up due to their size to turn them over and even practice balancing on them – but those are just a few of the ways you can use these chairs!
Visit Sheryl Moore’s link for more information.
In the educational sphere as well as in daily life, children are now being exposed to technology-based learning at a younger age. The primary focus at Rosewood continues to be an emphasis on personal interaction, hands-on learning through manipulative material, the development of coordination and gross and fine motor skills through art, music and physical activity and a sense of the world around them through story-telling and exploration.
Can technology play a role in all of this? We think it can, but as an enrichment, rather than primary learning tool. At a tender age, we, as educational professionals, have a responsibility to keep exposure to technology within clearly-defined limits. As mentioned in a recent scholastic journal “Children need real-life experiences with real people to truly benefit from available technologies. Technology should be used to enhance the world around them.” (Perry, MD., Ph.D.).
Using technology at Rosewood
When a child reaches the age of 1 and 2 they will begin to understand the concept of object permanence and cause and effect. This is a great time to teach them the cause and effect between a keyboard and mouse. “A computer keyboard and mouse can provide practice in finger and hand-eye coordination..the development of fine motor skills plays a crucial role in school readiness and cognitive development” (Encyclopedia of Children’s Health. N.P., N.D.).
As young children gain number and letter recognition skills (pre-reading skills), spatial concepts (over and under) and memory skills, we use computer-based games to gently reinforce those concepts in a fun and engaging way. By the time a child is 3 or 4 they will be ready for software with puzzles to solve and storylines to follow, further helping to develop cognitive skills.
Free play and creative exploration
It is vital for young children to have the opportunity to play freely, create and explore, so if technology is introduced, we make sure to balance the open play software with the structured learning software (right or wrong answers). However, “Even experts who are skeptical about younger children’s growing media use recognize its value (Parents.com). Technology can connect children to the real world outside their classrooms because it can show them how today’s people research, communicate, and solve problems in real time, paving the way for a child to enter the new frontiers of technology and science with a greater understanding of the world around them.”
Perry, M.D., Ph.D., http://teacher.scholastic.com/professional/bruceperry/using_technology.htm
Encyclopedia of Children’s Health. N.P., N.D., http://www.healthofchildren.com/E-F/Fine-Motor-Skills.html
Michael Rich, M.D., M.P.H, http://www.parents.com/fun/entertainment/gadgets/is-technology-good-for-little-kids/
Since it is almost Valentine’s Day we thought it would be great to share a blog about compassion and loving one another. These are some of the most important lessons children learn. Valentines celebrations are a perfect time to teach your little ones to learn how to be compassionate, thoughtful and kind to others. A great way to highlight this is through story telling. Valentine’s Day provides a fabulous opportunity to share stories of compassion, friendship and even helping those in need. Through your personal stories or through children’s books, there are plenty of fun ways to reiterate valuable childhood lessons.
Preschoolers are still so young that they are just beginning to see how their individual actions can potentially affect others or impact their lives. We know they are beginning to experience this phenomenon because we have witnessed it when we see our little ones show compassion for their friends or family members in our daily lives. We encourage and steer our children towards compassion through a respectful attitude, generosity and good old-fashioned hugs and kisses.
To further develop this trait of love and compassion, why not participate in a quick Valentine project? The task is to have your child choose a teacher, family member or even a friend they care about. Then help your child create something special for them; a small gift, just to show that they care. There are plenty of ideas for home-made creations that will say, “I care and love you.” For great ideas and for Valentine book recommendations, please check out our Rosewood Academy Pinterest holiday board!
Happy Valentine’s Day!
If you’re a parent of young children living in the Carrollton, Frisco, or Dallas, Texas areas, look no further than Rosewood Academy for the top preschool and after school programs. In fact, according to Youth.Gov , a U.S. government website dedicated to promoting and strengthening effective programs for youth, enrolling your child in an after school program poses many beneficial factors, including.
These beneficial factors include the following five things:
- Improves Academic Performance: After school programs have been shown to boost academic performance among youth, according to a national evaluation. According to this study, 40% of students who participated in some sort of after school program saw an improvement in their reading and math grades.
- Improves Classroom Behavior: In addition to improving academics, after school programs have also been shown to improve classroom behavior among students, including their school attendance record and even their classroom effort and participation.
- Reduces Criminal Behavior & Drug Use: After school programs are an excellent alternative to leaving your children unattended after school until a parent arrives home from work. When enrolled in these programs, children are exposed to a positive environment and role models, lessening the likelihood they’ll find themselves in troubling situations, like drug use and other criminal behavior.
- Encourages Physical Activity: Oftentimes, children arrive home from school only to sit and play video games or watch T.V. To promote a healthy, active lifestyle, consider enrolling your children in an after school program where they’ll have the opportunity to participate in fun and engaging activities.
- Encourages Relationship-Building: When enrolled in an after school program, kids have the opportunity to socialize and build positive friendships with other children their age. Learning relationship-building skills is something they’ll carry with them throughout life.
To learn more about how kids benefit from after school programs, contact the Rosewood Academy instructors today at (972) 512-9880. Rosewood Academy has three convenient locations in Carrollton, Frisco, and Dallas, Texas, and offers an array of programs specially designed for young children of all ages, including infants through 12 years old. For a complete description of their programs, including preschool classes, before and after school programs, and even summer camps, visit Rosewood Academy online .
When it comes to selecting the best Pre-K program for your child, it’s likely that you will find yourself becoming slightly overwhelmed by the sheer number of choices you have available to you. Located in the heart of the Dallas-Fort Worth metroplex, Rosewood Academy is more than simply a Preschool; they are a leader in early childhood education. As such, Rosewood Academy can provide your child with an enriching Pre-K experience that will fully prepare them to enter the wonderful world of Kindergarten.
Of course, you want to make the best possible decision so that your child is on solid footing as they prepare to make the transition to Kindergarten. There is now overwhelming evidence that children who participate in a high-quality Pre-K program enter Kindergarten more eager and ready for school than children who do not.
Rosewood has convenient locations in Dallas, Frisco, and Carrollton, offering quality care and education for infants through Pre-K. The curriculum offered by Rosewood Academy mixes elements of the Montessori approach with a more traditional approach to early childhood education. Rosewood’s Pre-K program focuses on developing math and language skills while helping to awake your child’s inner explorer by introducing exciting scientific, technological, and historical concepts and ideas.
The staff at Rosewood Academy knows your child desperately needs time to simply play and embrace the wonder of their world. Along with the in-depth and engaging classroom instruction provided by Rosewood, there is ample time provided for free play and silliness, so your child develops confidence, social skills, and a sense of community and belonging.
If you would like to learn more about the ways Rosewood Academy can help your child become ready for Kindergarten, you are invited to call any of their three locations. You can also like Rosewood Academy on Facebook , or follow them on Twitter to receive regular updates.
Many parents question the purpose of enrolling their children in pre-Kindergarten. In order to prepare students for elementary school, Rosewood Academy in Carrollton, TX, has developed an age-appropriate pre-K curriculum that reflects the most recent theories and practices in early childhood education. After all, your child deserves the best.
To help you understand the benefits of pre-Kindergarten, check out these three reasons to take advantage of the pre-K curriculum at Rosewood Academy:
- The Years Before Kindergarten Are Crucial To A Child’s Development: According to Homeroom , the official blog of the U.S. Department of Education, you should enroll your kids in a quality pre-K program for many reasons. Most importantly, they note that “about 70% of the brain is developed by age one and 90% is developed by age three.” That means there’s an incredible opportunity to learn during this window!
- Younger Children Have The Capacity To Learn More Than What Was Once Believed: If you think that pre-K-aged kids are incapable of learning, think again. Homeroom also notes that a quality pre-K curriculum will take advantage of a child’s natural ability to learn important concepts, like counting. Aside from this benefit, pre-Kindergarten can also encourage proper development of social skills and behavior.
- Children Need More Than Just Daycare: At Rosewood Academy in Carrollton, they pride themselves on their innovative pre-K curriculum, which goes above and beyond most daycare centers. With all of the current trends in the United States education system, it’s important to prepare your child in every possible way to succeed in kindergarten and beyond, thus looking out for the overall trajectory of their life.
To learn more about the pre-K curriculum at Rosewood Academy, call Rosewood Academy at (972) 512-9880. Visit them online for details, and don’t forget to like them on Facebook for regular news updates and more.
A traditional preschool curriculum focuses on your child reaching specific benchmarks by a certain age, which allows them to gain a strong foundation, before entering kindergarten. However, one approach does not suit all, as children learn in different ways at different paces. The experienced educators at Rosewood Academy , with campuses in Dallas, Frisco, and Carrollton, TX, know that early childhood education is multi-faceted. They use a combination of traditional and Montessori methods in their curriculums, in order to maximize each child’s learning potential.
Rosewood Academy creatively mixes an accredited traditional curriculum with elements of a Montessori education. What exactly does this mean? Your student will achieve the standards required under an orthodox curriculum while interacting with engaging materials and learning through exploration and expert guidance, which are true hallmarks of a Montessori education.
This blending of learning styles will benefit your child in the following ways:
- Creativity: Childhood is a beautiful stage where young people learn how to interact not only with each other but with visuals and sound. At Rosewood Academy, art and music are essential and the Montessori-inspired aspects of the curriculum not only stimulate children’s minds but also allows them to be imaginative.
- Exploration & Manipulation: Sometimes, investigation and manipulation of a child’s surroundings within a nurturing environment are the best way for a child to study. Through theme-related materials and engagement with technology, students are able to discover information on their own.
- Purposeful Activity: There is no “busy work” at Rosewood Academy; every task leads the student to reach a clear objective. This concept is included in the academy’s Physical Education classes, and the children take part in exciting, yet meaningful physical activities that promote wellness.
Rosewood Academy has programs for 6-week-old infants to 5-year-old children in addition to before and after school programs for ages 5 to 12. Please call the Dallas location, at (469) 522-3739 , the Frisco campus at (469) 287-8076 , or the Carrollton location at (972) 512-9880 today to schedule a tour. You can also visit them online for more information.
With more and more research emerging that underscores the importance of early childhood education, parents should take particular care when considering their childcare, preschool and pre-K options. Luckily, residents in the greater Dallas, Texas area have Rosewood Academy , by their side. From excellent childcae to a comprehensive curriculum for each age level, including pre-kindergarten classes, the programs here prepare children for academic success in an engaging and supportive environment. Rosewood preschools focus on balancing a combination of a traditional curriculum with a Montessori approach.
What programs does Rosewood Academy offer? Here’s a quick breakdown:
- For Infants: Infants up to 1-year-olds take part in a program run by dedicated, specially trained teachers. They will be in an environment specifically designed to emphasize physical and cognitive development and learning through enriching activities.
- Toddler Program: Designed for toddlers ages 1 to 2, this program helps develop critical learning skills as well as independence and curiosity. Children’s cognitive and motor skills are rapidly developing at this stage, and teachers emphasize social skills development while fostering creativity and individual expression.
- Primary: Geared towards 2 to 3-year-olds, a hands-on approach to discovery and the development of learning skills is fostered by balancing structured and unstructured time. Children develop pre-literacy skills and self-expression, as well as important daily life and social skills.
- Preschool: The foundation for future academic success is created while fostering creativity and self-confidence. 3 to 4-year-olds begin to engage with a well-rounded curriculum, including math, science, language, social studies, and dramatic play, as well as arts, music, Spanish and sign language.
- Pre-Kindergarten: The goal here is to prepare 4 to 5-year-olds for kindergarten through enriching daily activities and instructional programs; building self-confidence and competence with language and reasoning. Skills in math, English, handwriting, art and other subjects are encouraged by stimulating natural curiosity.
- Before/After School Programs: Programs are also available for students between the ages of 5 to 12; Rosewood Academy offers school pick-up service, with the afterschool program allowing for homework completion, with assistance if needed, games, and group activities in a stimulating, media-rich environment.
Rosewood Academy is the perfect place to let your child gain a strong foundation. Learn more about the many early childhood education programs offered by visiting them online , or by calling the Frisco location at (469) 287-8076 , Carrollton at (972) 512-9880 , or the Dallas location at (469) 522-3739 .