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  • Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine September 2017

    Back to school! New classes, new teachers, new friends…new magazine! Take a break from your back to school routine and browse our new issue! We’ve got some tips to help all of you parents t... Read More

    September 2017 Magazine

    Back to school! New classes, new teachers, new friends…new magazine! Take a break from your back to school routine and browse our new issue! We’ve got some tips to help all of you parents to get your children to practice their musical instruments and some insight for you on teaching your child to learn through failure. These articles will be worth the read!

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  • Hurricane Harvey & Helping Your Child Cope With Natural Disasters

    Hurricane Harvey & Helping Your Child Cope With Natural Disasters On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast, bringing powerful winds and heavy rainfall wi... Read More

    This 'Sesame Street' episode can help you talk to your kids about Harvey

    Hurricane Harvey & Helping Your Child Cope With Natural Disasters

    On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast, bringing powerful winds and heavy rainfall with it. After days of non-stop rain, Houston and many other regions were left in shambles, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to walk away from what was once their home. While this devastation undoubtedly affects many people’s jobs, daily routines, and mental health, it is important to remember that children are affected as well.

    It can be difficult for young children to grasp natural disasters and why and how they occur. Children cope with events such as this differently depending on their age, but they are all susceptible to its negative impact. Whether your child was directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey or not, these tips for coping with natural disasters are sure to help your family move forward no matter what you face in the future.

    Talk About It

    One of the best ways to help your child process what has happened is by discussing the events that have occurred. Explain the disaster in logical terms so your child can fully understand why or how things have changed. Most importantly, allow your child to express his or her emotions about what has taken place, and listen to their worries or fears. By creating a safe space for your child to share their feelings, they will be less likely to bottle up or hold onto any negative emotions. A wonderful resource on how to discuss natural disasters with children can be found in this Sesame Street episode, where Big Bird’s friends help him rebuild his nest after a storm.

    Maintain A Routine

    Your child can hold onto a sense of normalcy by maintaining their typical routine in whatever way possible. Try to stick with their normal bed/wake up time in order to ensure they’re getting enough sleep. Allow them time to learn and play, and stick with any rules you would enforce on a daily basis. Many parents feel the need to coddle children in the midst of a disaster, but sticking to a routine can provide a sense of safety and security.

    Be Patient

    Remember – each child processes natural disasters differently. While one child may appear totally unaffected, another could display symptoms of anxiety or even depression. Be patient as your little one copes with how their life has changed, and know that it could take weeks, months, or even years for them to fully recover. Love, comfort, and patience go a long way when helping your child move past a difficult time.

    Would you like to help Kids ‘R’ Kids employees who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey? Simply visit our  GoFundMe link and make a donation. It is our hope to raise $100,000 or more for all staff members and teachers whose homes, families, and livelihood have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

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  • Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine August 2017

    The summer is winding down, and school time is just around the corner! We’ve published one more magazine for you to enjoy before you trade in your bathing suits for backpacks! In thi... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine August 2017

    The summer is winding down, and school time is just around the corner! We’ve published one more magazine for you to enjoy before you trade in your bathing suits for backpacks! In this issue you will learn how to identify symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder, and how you can help a child struggling with it. You will also find an article on developing communication skills and emotional intelligence in your child.

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  • July 2017 Magazine

    It is hot outside! Grab a cold beverage and kick back for a while as you peruse the  July edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine! This month you will find articles on “Why Kids with Hobbies do Better in School” and “The Im... Read More

    July 2017 Digital Magazine

    It is hot outside! Grab a cold beverage and kick back for a while as you peruse the  July edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine! This month you will find articles on “Why Kids with Hobbies do Better in School” and “The Importance of Traditional Play in a Digital World.” Sounds like a good read to us!

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  • June 2017 Digital Magazine

    Are you ready for a little summer reading? We’ve published a new edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine! In the June edition you will find some DIY gift ideas for Father’s Day (no peeki... Read More

    June 2017 Digital Magazine

    Are you ready for a little summer reading? We’ve published a new edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine! In the June edition you will find some DIY gift ideas for Father’s Day (no peeking Dads!), good reasons to give your children responsibilities, and ways to be a “light reflector” for your child.

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  • May Edition Digital Magazine

    It’s a new month! That means the new Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine edition is ready! Take a peek inside the May issue to find ways you can enjoy the spring while preparing for a fun summer, how to keep a child active when he doesn't enjoy team sports, and how you c... Read More

    KRK Magazine May Edition

    It’s a new month! That means the new Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine edition is ready! Take a peek inside the May issue to find ways you can enjoy the spring while preparing for a fun summer, how to keep a child active when he doesn't enjoy team sports, and how you can incorporate Montessori learning principles in your home.

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  • April Edition Digital Magazine

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for ideas to help nurture your child’s creativity, ways to celebrate Earth Day, and steps parents of multiples can take to recognize unique qualities in each child. Click ... Read More

    April Edition Digital Magazine

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for ideas to help nurture your child’s creativity, ways to celebrate Earth Day, and steps parents of multiples can take to recognize unique qualities in each child. Click here to see more.

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  • March Edition Digital Magazine

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for tips on helping children find their passion, fun St. Patrick’s Day recipes, and ways to incorporate fun and play into everyday activities! Click ... Read More

    March Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for tips on helping children find their passion, fun St. Patrick’s Day recipes, and ways to incorporate fun and play into everyday activities! Click here for the latest issue. 

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  • February Edition Digital Magazine

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for tips on President’s Day activities, raising a problem solver, and learn mor... Read More

    February Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for tips on President’s Day activities, raising a problem solver, and learn more about keys qualities for early success!

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  • January Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool... Read More

    January Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on avoiding post-holiday blues, fostering creativity, and the benefits of music lessons!

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  • December Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, tech... Read More

    Kids R Kids Magazine December

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, technology, engineering, art & math. Learn more about us in our latest digital magazine! Check out this issue for tips on disciplining your kids, getting them to eat healthier, and learn more about the strategies we use within our Brain Waves℠ curriculum!

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  • November Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our a... Read More

    November Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, technology, engineering, art & math. Learn more about us in  our latest digital magazine! Check out this issue for tips on disciplining your kids, getting them to eat healthier, and learn more about the strategies we use within our Brain Waves℠ curriculum!

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  • October Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on listening to music with childr... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on listening to music with children, details about our winter camps, and how setting good boundaries with children is one of the healthiest things you can do!

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  • September Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best p... Read More

    September Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine is Here!

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Take a peek inside of our latest digital magazine for tips on Check out our latest digital magazine for tips on learning mathematics, how to deal with whining, and parenting during transitions!

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  • August Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families ... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Inside this month’s issue you can explore information on a baby’s language development, how children build relationships, and how to properly, constructively help your child!

    August Digital Magazine 

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  • Huntersvile, NC Childcare: July Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Take a peek inside of our latest digital magazine for tips on how to manage young children while shopping, how to differentiate effective and ineffective discipline methods for your child, and more!

    July Digital Magazine 

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  • Huntersville, NC Childcare: June Edition Digital Magazine

    From fun Father's Day gift ideas and creative games to understanding the importance of play in your child’s life, the June edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.Don’t forget t... Read More

    From fun Father's Day gift ideas and creative games to understanding the importance of play in your child’s life, the June edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.

    Don’t forget to check back for every new monthly edition for more tips on parenting, child development, and all things preschool!

    Click here to read now!

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  • May Edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine is Here!

    The new Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine for the month of May is here! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids L... Read More

    The new Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine for the month of May is here! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies, our hope is to provide your child with only the best in care, education, and nurturing.

    This month’s edition includes helpful tips and tricks for successful parenting and child development. The issue features helpful articles on the value of problem solving skills, as well as the importance of giving each individual child space to grow and learn at his or her pace without comparison to other children. No doubt, you will be encouraged to love and care for your children in a way that stimulates their learning and development!

    In addition to helpful articles, you will find information about different school programs and activities your children can get involved in. This month you can learn more about our exciting Summer Camp 2016 program!

    As you flip through this month’s edition of the digital magazine, remember to keep an eye out for the Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine every month! Each edition will highlight new areas of parenting and early education that will help equip you as you continue on the exciting and challenging journey of parenthood and early childhood education!

    So go ahead! Take a peek inside our magazine! And, feel free to share it with your friends! As always, our door is open to your comments, questions and suggestions as we work together to provide your child with a firm foundation in early learning. Contact us today!

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  • Things to Take on a Fun Day Outdoors With Your Infant, Toddler, or Preschool Child

    Summer is almost here and that means plenty of outdoor fun, swimming, attending outdoor events, and playing outside. A fun day in the sun can be enjoyable for children of all ages. Even infants and toddlers appreciate all of the exciting activities during a stress-free day outside with the family. Before you find your comfortable spot for fun in the sun, consider these ideas for items to ... Read More

    72513 042.JPGSummer is almost here and that means plenty of outdoor fun, swimming, attending outdoor events, and playing outside. A fun day in the sun can be enjoyable for children of all ages. Even infants and toddlers appreciate all of the exciting activities during a stress-free day outside with the family. Before you find your comfortable spot for fun in the sun, consider these ideas for items to carry to make everyone more comfortable and prepared.

    If you have an infant, always be watchful, even after using sunscreen. Direct sunlight for a prolonged period of time can be dangerous. Also, pay close attention while your toddler enjoys the free mobility that the outdoors can offer. If you are around strangers and have a limited view, hold your child's hand. You can also create a safety zone on a blanket, where your toddler can safely move around within your view. With all of the fun that comes from spending time outdoors, younger children can still get easily bored.

    To make the most of a fun day together, here are a few more things to take with you to make it a great day in the sun:

    • Carry plenty of water. Children can easily become dehydrated when they are active in the heat of the summer. Keep them hydrated with their own water bottle.
    • Use sunscreen to protect your family's skin.
    • Carry snacks. While food may be available, infants and toddlers are much easier to satisfy when they get to enjoy their favorite snacks at any time.
    • Take your own entertainment. Download books, music and games on your mobile or other hand held device. Bring paper, markers, puzzles, books, and games the whole family will enjoy, including your toddler and preschooler.
    • Consider a change of clothes for young children. If you are having fun outside, a spill is always possible. A change of clothing makes it easy tochange without interrupting the fun.
    • Pack hats or umbrellas. You can create your own shade very easily with a hat or umbrella.
    • Take any toiletries that you may need.
    • Pack your hand sanitizer, wipes, and napkins for snacks.
    • Be sure to check the details of your outside event and find out what will be provided. You will also find many additional tools for fun outside at your local outdoors store.

    At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman, we understand the need for children to have plenty of room to safely move and explore. That's why our center is approximately 17,000 square feet with 11 classroom suites, a cafeteria, a large activity gym for before and after school students, and four large play areas separated by age groups.

    We invite you to stop by for a tour, see our state-of-the-art facility, and learn about the many safety precautions that we have implemented for your child’s safety indoors and outdoors. 

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  • Surprising Ways Your Child Learns in Preschool

    When a beautiful infant comes into the world, parents eagerly watch as their child begins to learn and grow. Every new milestone, from rolling over to the first giggle makes parents proud.Learning continues through every stage of life, from a toddler and preschool, to elementary and beyond. With all of the learning a child experiences, parents have many opt... Read More

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    When a beautiful infant comes into the world, parents eagerly watch as their child begins to learn and grow. Every new milestone, from rolling over to the first giggle makes parents proud.

    Learning continues through every stage of life, from a toddler and preschool, to elementary and beyond. With all of the learning a child experiences, parents have many options to position their child for an advanced learning experience, especially through a preschool environment. A normal daycare or childcare may offer basic learning (i.e. reading and math) but can fall short of a school with AdvancED Accredited Programs.

    Here are some surprising ways your child learns in preschool:

    Learning new social skills – In a preschool environment, children interact with each other everyday. They play together, learn together, and participate in different activities. They interact during lunch and on the playground. Learning new social skills becomes a fun part of the everyday experience.

    Learning to be responsible – Children may have chores at home, but in preschool it is a different experience.When your child is at school, everyone is putting the toys and supplies away. Being responsible is not a chore. It is a fun activity that is enjoyed with every child in the class.

    Learning better communication – Talking and communicating is an ongoing experience in preschool. Children learn to better express themselves as they interact with teachers and other children throughout the day.

    Improved listening skills – Kids ‘R’ Kids of Lake Norman provides plenty of room for children to interact, play and move around, but that’s not all. Preschoolers also learn to sit and listen to their teacher and follow instructions.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman, we welcome the opportunity to meet you, provide a tour of our academy, and discuss the many additional ways your child can learn in a preschool environment. Contact us to schedule a personal tour and see for yourself!

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  • Sunscreen Safety Tips

    Playing outside is a pleasure that almost every infant toddler, and preschooler enjoys. As a parent, the concerns about protecting your child’s skin from the sun’s UV rays can overshadow the joys of fun in the sun.Of course, protecting your child’s skin from painful sunburn is important. While over exposure to the sun can be very damaging, approximately 20 minutes of sun can have healthy benefits from the vitamin D3 that t... Read More

    Playing outside is a pleasure that almost every infant toddler, and preschooler enjoys. As a parent, the concerns about protecting your child’s skin from the sun’s UV rays can overshadow the joys of fun in the sun.

    Of course, protecting your child’s skin from painful sunburn is important. While over exposure to the sun can be very damaging, approximately 20 minutes of sun can have healthy benefits from the vitamin D3 that the sun provides. Children can be vulnerable to damaging rays because they are usually busy having fun and not thinking about how their skin is feeling.

    When using sunscreen, consider a natural mineral sunscreen to lesson the possibility of allergic reactions from harmful chemicals found in some sunscreens. The most common sunscreens on the market contain chemical fillers that can be potentially harmful. These non-mineral sunscreens penetrate the skin and can possibly be disruptive to hormones, skin, and overall health. As an alternative, mineral sunscreens use zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide. They do not breakdown in sunlight, are not usually absorbed into the body, and are generally more effective at blocking UV rays.

    Here are a few additional safety tips for avoiding sunburn:

    1. If you plan to be in the sun for an extended time, wear light clothing to cover up. Also wear your natural sunscreen.
    2. Eat a diet high in anti-oxidants to protect your skin
    3. Remember, sunscreen may not protect your child’s skin if too much time is spent in the sun. Always pay attention to any sign of skin problems and find a place in the shade to better protect your child from the sun’s UV rays.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman is serious about children’s safety. We take careful measures to make sure our infants, toddlers, and preschoolers are loved, nurtured, and safe. That’s one reason why we're not a normal daycare or childcare. Our staff is trained in First Aid/CPR, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention, and Child Abuse Awareness. Teachers are also encouraged to further their education through CDA and CCP programs and are given opportunities to attend professional training conferences.

    Contact us and tour our Learning Academy to learn more about how we keep children safe!

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  • 8 Reasons Why Your Child Should Attend Summer Camp

    Summer is fast approaching and that means sunshine, outdoor fun, and children out of school. For school aged children, it is the most anticipated time of the year, when they are free to enjoy daily activities without the responsibility of school assignments. For parents, it can create a challenge to answer the question, “What will my children do while I am at wor... Read More

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    Summer is fast approaching and that means sunshine, outdoor fun, and children out of school. For school aged children, it is the most anticipated time of the year, when they are free to enjoy daily activities without the responsibility of school assignments. For parents, it can create a challenge to answer the question, “What will my children do while I am at work during the day?” Summer Camp is a great solution that solves the parent’s dilemma while creating the fun activities that your child desires.

    Take a look at these 8 additional reasons why your child should attend Summer Camp:

    1. You will have peace of mind knowing that your child is in a safe and loving environment while you are at work.
    2. You don’t have to be concerned about preparing meals during the day, because meals are provided at summer camp.
    3. Your child will get to enjoy fun activities, field trips, as well as indoor and outdoor activities.
    4. Summer camp is a great way to avoid the “brain fog” that results from inactivity during the summer.
    5. You can help your child avoid an overexposure to electronics while you are at work.
    6. Your child will meet new friends and develop better social skills from the summer camp environment.
    7. Fun activities will keep your child moving and active for better health.
    8. The activities at summer camp create opportunities for your child to try new things and make new friends.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman, we understand the needs of busy working parents, especially those how care for an infant, toddler, or preschool child. That’s why we provide nutritious meals, exciting activities, field trips, and more all in a safe and loving environment. Check out our American Road Trip Summer Camp experience for 2015. For questions about summer camp enrollment and additional details, feel free to contact us at (704) 655-8883. We hope you share this news with your friends as well. 

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  • Getting In Shape with Your Preschooler

    Choosing to get in shape is one of the best decisions a person can make. The entire family gets to benefit when a parent is healthy and feeling well. When parents get in shape, family meals tend to become more nutritious and snacks usually become healthier. Getting in shape is not only good for parents, but children can experience many benefits as well.Take a look at these great ideas to help you get in shape with your presch... Read More

    Choosing to get in shape is one of the best decisions a person can make. The entire family gets to benefit when a parent is healthy and feeling well. When parents get in shape, family meals tend to become more nutritious and snacks usually become healthier. Getting in shape is not only good for parents, but children can experience many benefits as well.

    Take a look at these great ideas to help you get in shape with your preschooler.

    • When you exercise at home, purchase a mat for your child and exercise together. The goal is for your child to move and have fun with you.
    • Ride a bike or scooter together. You can also allow your child to go with you on a skateboard, electronic car, etc.
    • Invite another parent and child to exercise with you. When the children get tired, they can enjoy a play date together.
    • Look for healthy meal alternatives that you and your child can share.
    • Let your child help you create your own recipes combining fruit and vegetables with fun treats.
    • Be encouraging! Let your child know how much fun you are having and how much you enjoy exercising together.

    Good nutrition is crucial for proper development of your child’s body and brain. When you get in shape with your toddler or preschool child, you are not only demonstrating a healthy lifestyle, you are also creating healthy habits for your child that can last a lifetime.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman, we also take nutrition seriously. That’s why we provide nutritious meals daily and plenty of exercise in our gym or any of our 4 large play areas. Come by and see why we are more than a childcare or daycare. Feel free to contact us, take a tour, and see how we include physical activity throughout our daily activities.

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  • Education Technology in Preschools in Huntersville NC

    As our world continues to grow in terms of digital technology, we need to consider the importance of computer literacy and digital skills for today’s students. Some parents may be concerned about this significant change from traditional teaching methods. Kids ‘R... Read More

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    As our world continues to grow in terms of digital technology, we need to consider the importance of computer literacy and digital skills for today’s students. Some parents may be concerned about this significant change from traditional teaching methods. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman in Huntersville, North Carolina, utilizes preschool educational technology that has been carefully designed with both schools and young learners in mind. Preschool technology can provide excellent benefits as long as its use is age appropriate, balanced, and monitored properly.

    Knowledge of digital technology is now a necessity

    Today’s and tomorrow’s students must develop a mastery over digital technology in all its forms, from basic computer training, use of tablets and smartphones, to gaming and coding. Most activities today are connected to digital platforms, so any student without this knowledge will be at a distinct disadvantage. Even applying for a job today requires doing so online. The earlier a child is exposed to digital education, the more advantages the child will accrue. Many preschools are now including digital education in their programs as a result of this need.

    Open up more opportunities

    Another benefit of educational technology in preschools is that more training opens up exponentially more opportunities for your child. Today, it is possible for your child to experience so much about the world and ignite new passions for a variety of subjects through online exposure. However, any use of technology by young children must be monitored to ensure that the technology is being used appropriately.

    When you choose a preschool for your child, choose the school that offers the best opportunities for success. Trust Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman in Huntersville to ensure that your child is prepared for the many challenges of life. We offer our AdvancED™ accredited program to ensure the best education for every student. Contact us today for more details.

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  • Lake Norman Learning Academy: Fetal Brain Development Week-by-Week

    Parents recognize the importance of brain development, however many do not understand that some of the most important developments take place in the prenatal stage. In this piece we will take a look at some of the most important prenatal brain development milestones.Week threeMany experts still consider the child to be an embr... Read More

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    Parents recognize the importance of brain development, however many do not understand that some of the most important developments take place in the prenatal stage. In this piece we will take a look at some of the most important prenatal brain development milestones.

    Week three

    Many experts still consider the child to be an embryo at this stage, however, important organs and structures are already starting to form. These include the cardiovascular system, the spine and most importantly, the brain. Your baby is already forming at this early stage.

    Week four through ten

    Your child has already developed three different brain sections, the middle brain, forebrain, and hindbrain. The hindbrain sees the most development at this stage as it controls vital functions such as heartbeat, muscle control, and breathing. By the tenth week your child is forming around 300,000 neurons every minute.

    Week eleven through twenty- five

    Your child’s spinal column has been clearly formed with nerves beginning to move out from the spinal cord. The brain’s development is at a stage where various sensory stimuli can be felt. By week twenty-five the brain will begin to regulate all bodily functions while initiating both auditory and visual systems.

    Week twenty-six through forty

    The brain begins to form folds. Brainwaves are also becoming stronger at this point further enhancing sensory stimuli. The brain is now completely in control of breathing and body temperature. The final trimester sees even more folds being formed. The brain is now establishing innumerable connections between nerve cells. The brain along with the lungs is the last organs to be formed prior to birth.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman takes pride in the facilities provided for our students. For more information about our Learning Academy, feel free to contact us today

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  • Making Your Own Calendar For the New Year

    The New Year is here and has brought hope opportunities, and lots of plans for the future. One of the best ways to manage your plans for the year is to write them down on a calendar and track your progress daily. Your calendar can be your resource to help you remember your commitments, and track your revisions and progress.One way to make planning more interesting is to person... Read More

    Preschool.jpgThe New Year is here and has brought hope opportunities, and lots of plans for the future. One of the best ways to manage your plans for the year is to write them down on a calendar and track your progress daily. Your calendar can be your resource to help you remember your commitments, and track your revisions and progress.

    One way to make planning more interesting is to personalize your own calendar with photos, quotes, and inspirations. Visit Calendar Labs for free templates that allow you to create your own personalized calendar. 

    Once you decide which design you like, here are some ideas on events you may want to plan.

    • Special days at your childcare, daycare, or preschool (Check with the Kids ‘R’ Kids front desk to see what’s happening.)
    • Holidays – Record days when you are off work and school is closed (See important dates on our calendar.)
    • When Kids ‘R’ Kids Summer Camp begins (Check with the front desk for details.)
    • When your school- aged children are out of school
    • Travel days, work-out days, rest days
    • Personal commitments, payments, appointments
    • Daily activities
    • Any other important information

    The activities that you can record on a calendar are countless. Writing them down is the first step to seeing your plan through and enjoying the benefits of a well-designed plan. Make your calendar as creative as possible by adding your favorite colors, quotes, and photo. You can always go back and revise when necessary. This is your creation, designed for your benefit – make the most of it!

    Be sure to contact us for a tour and updates on our programs and daily happenings. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman, we are always busy planning fun and engaging activities for infants, toddlers, and preschool children.

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  • Creating A Budget for Special Occasion Spending

    There are some special days that always require extra spending. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, Christmas, weddings, and more can require major financial expenditures that can be very challenging if you are not prepared. Special occasions are meant to create lasting memories, not create so much stress that you can barely remember what happened! One of the best ways... Read More

    There are some special days that always require extra spending. Birthdays, anniversaries, graduations, Christmas, weddings, and more can require major financial expenditures that can be very challenging if you are not prepared. Special occasions are meant to create lasting memories, not create so much stress that you can barely remember what happened! One of the best ways to avoid the stress and embrace the joy of the occasion is to plan ahead. Creating a budget for special occasion spending can help you plan adequately and be prepared for the responsibilities that the special day will bring.

    Here are a few tips to help you create a budget for special occasion spending:

    • Be realistic. Take the time to carefully consider your costs. It’s good to be frugal, but also be honest with yourself. Plan the budget you will need to enjoy the occasion.
    • Be creative. Think about what you want and the most effective way to make it happen. Negotiate your costs down if possible. Think of creative ways to enjoy your event without excessive spending.
    • Be concise. Consider every expense that you are likely to accrue. Fees, gas, lunches, postage, upgrades, lodging and repairs are ideas of expenses that can easily be overlooked.
    • Start saving. Once you have your budgeted amount, start saving as soon as possible. Put your savings in a designated place and avoid using the money for unplanned reasons.

    Here is a template for a holiday budget, which can be adjusted for any special occasion. Practical Money Skills For Life offers other budgeting resources you may find useful. The goal is to enjoy your special occasion without creating future financial stress. Planning throughout the year can help you put the credit cards aside, and use your planned funds. Make your special occasions and holidays memorable and fun with careful planning and budgeting.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman, we understand your need to effectively manage different situations. That’s why our curriculum is designed for infants, toddlers and preschool children to learn critical development skills through many different techniques and sources.

    Contact us to find our why we are more than a childcare or daycare center. Learn about our special programs that allow children to learn in many different ways. 

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  • Safety Tips for Holiday Decorations

    Children love to take a family ride to see the beautiful lights and decorations during the holidays. From Rooftop Santa Clauses to musical lights, there is always something to amaze us during the holiday season. If you enjoy creating your own light show, the National Safety Council... Read More

    Children love to take a family ride to see the beautiful lights and decorations during the holidays. From Rooftop Santa Clauses to musical lights, there is always something to amaze us during the holiday season. If you enjoy creating your own light show, the National Safety Council has compiled an excellent list of safety precautions to consider. Proper safety steps can make the difference between avoiding unwanted challenges and enjoying the beautiful smiles and fun that the holidays can bring.

    To help ensure a safe holiday season, here are a few safety tips from the National Safety Council to consider as you decorate your home.

    • Be careful with small children when you have mistletoe, holly berries, Jerusalem cherry and amaryllis. Small children may think they can eat holiday plants, but many plants can be poisonous or cause severe stomach problems.
    • Place your breakable tree ornaments or ones with small, detachable parts on higher tree branches where small children or pets can’t reach them.
    • Be sure to turn off your lights on trees, decoration, and outside when you go to bed. Unplug extension cords when not in use and turn everything off when you leave the house.
    • Don’t use chairs or furniture as a ladder. When putting up holiday decorations, always use the proper step stool or ladder to reach high places.
    • When you climb using a ladder, always face the ladder and grip the rungs to climb – not the side rails. Keep three points of contact on the ladder whether two hands and one foot, or two feet and one hand.
    • Stand your tree away from fireplaces, radiators and other heat sources. Make sure the tree does not block foot traffic or doorways.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman, we understand the need for safety, even in a fun and relaxing environment. Our staff is trained in First Aid/CPR, Infectious Disease Control, Injury Prevention, and Child Abuse Awareness. They also have additional training in curriculum, child development, classroom arrangement, classroom management, age-appropriate activities, nutrition, field trip planning and OSHA regulations.

    We hope you enjoy a relaxing and safe holiday season at your house, and feel free to tour our school to see how we are enjoying a safe holiday season at our school. Contact us for a tour at any time!

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  • Lake Norman Child Care: Infant cognitive development

    When your child is born, he or she will not only grow physically but will also develop mentally at an amazingly rapid pace. The development of the brain, how information is processed, and the ability to think and understand are all part of a child’s cognitive development. Our infant child care program at ... Read More

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    When your child is born, he or she will not only grow physically but will also develop mentally at an amazingly rapid pace. The development of the brain, how information is processed, and the ability to think and understand are all part of a child’s cognitive development. Our infant child care program at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman is designed with the parent and child in mind. The components of our infant child care curriculum include: cognitive, language, physical, social and emotional development. Our teaching method expands your childs brain, and encourages him or her to enjoy learning and playing with peers. We have listed information below about cognitive development in your infant:

    Understanding cognitive development

    Your child is born knowing how to do things such as sleep, eat and breathe. There are parts of the brain that need additional stimulation in order to develop and function well. As your childs grows the ability to remember improves. At two months a child is less likely to remember much, but at six months this changes.

    When your child is born his or her brain is not fully able to to cope with thought, memory and perception. This process, where your child learns and begins to understand all these things, is called cognitive development.

    Boosting cognitive development

    Your child’s cognitive development will happen naturally. However, you can play a big role in boosting it. There are many ways of doing this, and they include:

    • Reading to your child (language development)
    • Simple exercises (physical development)
    • A healthy diet
    • Age-appropriate toys

    Your child learns by doing things over and over again, so be sure to allow practice and repetition to improve the learning process.

    Should you be worried about your child’s development, please consult your family doctor for further clarification.

    For more information on our infant child care program contact us today, and we will assist you with all your child care inquiries.

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  • Lake Norman infant child care: Infant cognitive development skills

    As your infant grows, he or she develops cognitive skills by learning from the environment and from you. Cognitive development is the study of the process involved in a child’s thinking and knowing ability. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman, we... Read More

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    As your infant grows, he or she develops cognitive skills by learning from the environment and from you. Cognitive development is the study of the process involved in a child’s thinking and knowing ability. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman, we run an excellent infant child care program that is accommodating, educational and provides the highest quality care for your child. Below we have compiled information on infant cognitive development that may assist you to better understand your infant’s brain development.

    What is cognitive development

    Cognitive development is the ability for your infant to learn language, memorize things and have physical coordination. Your child’s brain is hard to understand, as everything is not fully wired and continuously developing everyday. The parts of the brain that control a child’s bodily functions will remain the same for the rest of his or her life. They already know how to breathe, sleep and feed by the time they are born.

    When does the development begin

    Cognitive development can begin even before birth. Your child is able to remember certain things from the time they were in the womb. A few weeks after birth they can realize that they are able to make things happen, but their ability to remember this will only develop over time. From two months to six months your child will start developing memory, and begin connecting the dots between action and reaction. This is called recognition. You can aid in improving your child’s cognitive development by performing specific exercises and activities.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman we can provide your child with the best infant care possible, for more information on how to enroll your child into our Learning Academy click here.

    For more information on our infant child care services in Lake Norman, contact us or pay us a visit and we will assists you with all your child care enquiries.

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  • The benefits of an AdvancED accredited preschool education in Huntersville

    Today, it is becoming widely accepted that early preschool education is vitally important for young children’s development. A quality education will provide the foundation for future academic success for your child in elementary school and beyond. Here is how an AdvancED accredited education from ... Read More

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    Today, it is becoming widely accepted that early preschool education is vitally important for young children’s development. A quality education will provide the foundation for future academic success for your child in elementary school and beyond. Here is how an AdvancED accredited education from Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman in Huntersville can benefit your child.

    Why should you choose an AdvancED accredited preschool program?

    AdvancED is an accreditation commission that governs and maintains a high standard of education for all accredited learning establishments, and is recognized globally. AdvancED is designed primarily to distinguish schools adhering to a set of educational standards and is under continuous improvement and development to maintain those high standards. Enrolling your child in such an accredited preschool program ensures that he or she receives a high quality foundational education.

    The Kids 'R' Kids International Education Department writes the exclusive curricula used in our schools, and this was part of the review during the accreditation process. For example, our exclusive Kids 'R' Kids Preschool Curriculum is focused on supporting brain development for language, social-emotional, cognitive, and physical development during the vital preschool years. We have curricula specifically designed for each stage of development from infants through the elementary school years, and each child progresses as his or her own developmental pace.

    Direct your child’s education toward future success

    If you choose to enroll your child in our AdvancED accredited preschool, you will ensure that your child will have the best start towards future academic and social success. This preschool curriculum builds your child’s academics and social behaviors to make his or her progress through elementary school and beyond more successful.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman, we provide one of the best foundational phase educations in North Carolina. For more information, contact us today. 

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  • How to Get Kids Ready to Go Back to School

    Transitioning from the end of summer to the start of school is never easy. In fact, the mere mention of school’s return initially produces more groans than grins, which is common. Even for parents! Oft times, the new school schedule means more early morning activity and carpool coordination, but once the transition is over, everyone finds their niche and enjoys the new routine. Make the tran... Read More

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    Transitioning from the end of summer to the start of school is never easy. In fact, the mere mention of school’s return initially produces more groans than grins, which is common. Even for parents! Oft times, the new school schedule means more early morning activity and carpool coordination, but once the transition is over, everyone finds their niche and enjoys the new routine. Make the transition less intimidating by trying these 5 simple steps for getting your kids ready to go back to school!

    1. Discuss the Benefits. Start the conversation now. Acknowledge that the return to school may be hard at first but it will be fun to see old friends, meet new friends, and learn new things. Discussing the benefits of school with your child may help the transition be more enjoyable.

    2. Read, Set... Wake Up! No more sleeping in! Waiting until school is back in session to set the alarm clocks to go off before the sun shines most likely won't yield great results. Go ahead and set the alarm clocks now for a reasonable hour and help them start to adjust to their upcoming new wake up time. 

    3. Walk the Campus. If your child is feeling hesitant to return to school, even before orientation, take a "field trip" to their school and walk around. Remind your child where the cafeteria is, where recess takes place, where he will be picked up and dropped off. Familiarize your child with the are again, giving him time to get reacquainted and less intimidated.

    4. Find Some New Gear! Often finding the right back-to-school gear can make a big difference. Help your child find a backpack that he/she loves or a new pair of shoes, perhaps a lunch box that will bring a smile to her face. You don't have to break the bank to find some new gear to help the transition for your child.

    5. Craft Time! Make a Countdown Banner. Pull our some scissors, crayons, glue and construction paper to make a countdown-to-school banner! Write the numbers of the days left on separate pieces of paper that can be removed daily until school starts. Using bright and cheery colors will bring a feeling of eager anticipation!

    Help your child get excited about their return to school. As parents, be sure you exude the same enthusiasm! HINT: If you've grown to love the summer schedule just as much as the kids, you may have to ACT like going back to school is fun, too! Enjoy these last days of summer!

    At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman, we are excited to see all the children get back in the swing of things! Please feel free to contact us and come in for a tour and learn about our programs for infants, toddlers and preschool children. Come and see for yourself why we are not your ordinary childcare, daycare or preschool.


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  • Child care tips: Healthy food for brain development in Huntersville, NC

    Child brain development is a big job, and requires the right nutrition to be handled properly. A child needs to have three full meals a day to get adequate nutrition for their body and... Read More

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    Child brain development is a big job, and requires the right nutrition to be handled properly. A child needs to have three full meals a day to get adequate nutrition for their body and brain. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman, we take our brain development program very seriously and utilize our scientifically developed Brain Waves curriculum to maximize each child’s learning potential. Here we have compiled a list of healthy food parents can prepare to enhance brain development in their children.

    Broccoli

    Children need to eat vegetables, as they are a large source of “brain food”. Broccoli is high in vitamin K and helps with cognitive functions in the brain. This tasty vegetable also helps with physical growth, which means your child will receive a double benefit from this green veggie!

    Purple cauliflower

    This vegetable is low in sugar and high in fiber, and it also contains folate and B6. All these nutrients are good for:

    • Memory
    • Mood regulation
    • Improved attention to detail

    You can make a puree of the cauliflower and serve it like mashed potatoes, or serve it chopped with a dipping sauce. Be careful when serving chopped pieces to very small children to avoid choking.

    Greek yogurt

    Yogurt contains healthy fats, which are important for brain health. Greek yogurt is also high in protein, which helps keep cell membranes flexible. These ingredients make Greek Yogurt a healthier alternative to traditional yogurt. It can be served on cereal, salads or alone as a light snack at day care or at home.

    Child brain development is important during the first five years of a child’s life. Parents should make it a priority to stimulate their child’s brain everyday, and also provide the right nutrition to support brain development.

    If you are looking for more information on the innovative brain development program at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman in Huntersville, please contact us or visit us today!

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  • Helping Your Child Make New Friends

    Preschool children should feel a sense of community and have good friends to enjoy. Some children are born with a natural ability in social settings that is evident at an early age. They have no problem making friends, they get invited to more parties than you can attend, and they are able to communicate effortlessly. They are like friend magnets, always attracting new friends and chil... Read More

    Preschool children should feel a sense of community and have good friends to enjoy. Some children are born with a natural ability in social settings that is evident at an early age. They have no problem making friends, they get invited to more parties than you can attend, and they are able to communicate effortlessly. They are like friend magnets, always attracting new friends and children to play with. Other children may need help developing their social skills and encouragement for feeling comfortable in new settings.

    How to help a child who has difficulty making friends:

    • Encourage new friendships and talk to teachers and staff. If your child attends a childcare, daycare or preschool, discuss your concerns with his teachers and ask for assistance. Make sure the facility’s programs are designed in a manner that encourages new friendships among children. The staff should be qualified to recognize children who need help making friends and give them the assistance needed.
    • Community involvement. Look for programs and activities in your community where your child can get involved. Seek activities that interest your child. As the parent, begin building relationships with the other parents involved, as well. Making friends is a lot easier when the parents are friends.
    • Invite friends into their comfort zone. Encourage your child to invite friends over to your home to play. Make sure you keep games and activities available. Having good snacks on hand, never hurts either!
    • Role play with your child. Have pretend conversations with your child, acting as if you are another child who is playing alone near your child. Help him learn how to ask another child, “Do you want to play?” Then role play responses to questions from other children. For example, if another child asks, “What are you doing?” Your child’s response might be, “I’m making an airplane, would you like to help me?”

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman, our programs for infants, toddlers, and preschool children are designed to maximize friendly interactions between each child and teachers, no matter the nationality, religious belief, or cultural differences. If you are in the area, we’d love to have you stop by for a tour! See why we are more than the average childcare or daycare center and feel free to contact us for more information on how we encourage friendships.

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  • Our Journey Through Camp Nature Kids

    As many of our current and past families know every summer our curriculum has a new camp theme. This summer we really lucked out and our theme is Camp Nature Kids! This blog is going to take our families and some new friends (Welcome!) through our summer adventure. Two weeks in and the kids are running full steam ahead with all of the nature themed... Read More

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    As many of our current and past families know every summer our curriculum has a new camp theme. This summer we really lucked out and our theme is Camp Nature Kids! This blog is going to take our families and some new friends (Welcome!) through our summer adventure. Two weeks in and the kids are running full steam ahead with all of the nature themed activities and field trips we have planned. The first two weeks of camp kicked off with the theme of Nature Rocks. Our classes from young to old have participated in nature walks and scavenger hunts, worm exploration with one class exploring their worm compost and habitat, and of course everyone’s favorite mud play. We have a small community of handmade mud huts in our school age room and a variety of plants growing in the classrooms. During our nature walks some of our more daring friends discovered that just because a bug is still when you pick it up does not mean it won’t crawl away when you try and glue it to your collage. That was a fun discovery for everyone! Our school age program has also been going on a ton of fun field trips over the last two weeks, from Carowinds to the Aviation Museum we have really been out and about town. Come in and check out our growing scrapbook at the Camp Table with pictures from around school and field trips. If you are not a current family please feel free to come check out our summer camp and see if it’s a fit for your camper.

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  • Infant child care advice in Huntersville, NC: How to babyproof your home

    Infants are at a very vulnerable stage of their lives. An infant's vulnerability is matched only by their desire to explore and learn. Baby proofing your home is the best way to ensure that your child has the freedom to explore while keeping him/her safe. Here's a quick guide to ensuring this safety:... Read More

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    Infants are at a very vulnerable stage of their lives. An infant's vulnerability is matched only by their desire to explore and learn. Baby proofing your home is the best way to ensure that your child has the freedom to explore while keeping him/her safe. Here's a quick guide to ensuring this safety:

    • Get your infant's perspective: Observe your home from a child's perspective by asking yourself some the following questions: What's within reach, where can my infant bump into something sharp, and are there small spaces that could be a problem? This will help you evaluate which cupboards, structures and pieces of furniture need to be modified in order for the child to remain safe. Stairs should also be blocked at the bottom and top with gates.
    • Cleaning products and medicine: These items represent some of the most dangerous substances in the home. Be sure they are stored in a secure place well out of the child's reach. It's important that all medications be placed in a safe location and returned to that location directly after use.
    • Decor: Valuable and decorative items that contain small parts should be placed out of reach or packed away. All small and brightly colored objects present a serious choking hazard if the child puts them in his/her mouth. When your child starts crawling, make sure that all stands, lamp bases and other pieces of furniture are placed out of reach or secured. Infants often use these items to pull themselves up and accidentally topple the furniture over onto themselves. Curtain ties and blinds should also be lifted out of reach. Ties and blinds have been known to cause children to suffocate due to strangulation.
    • Electrical outlets: Baby-proof all electrical outlets; even ones behind furniture or those that are used infrequently. Rather than using small plugs that can pose a choking hazard to your child, choose covers that have a safety latch.
    • The yard: Infants love exploring the outdoors as much as the indoors, so cover or fence in your pool, ponds and water features. Poisonous plants should be removed and gardening equipment, fertilizers and poisons safely locked away.

    Buy Buy Baby carries a wide range of high quality baby proofing products from well-known brands. They have a store in Huntersville as well as a website for convenient online shopping.

    At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Lake Norman in Huntersville, North Carolina, we know that your child needs a safe, loving environment in order to get the most out of this developmental period. Our state-of-the-art facility is fully infant-proofed and access is strictly monitored. Our dedicated staff are highly experienced in child care and provide constant supervision to every child in our care. As part of our exclusive infant learning program, we ensure that your child receives targeted mental stimulation for optimal brain development, helping to build a foundation essential to future learning and achievement. To find out more about our program, staff or facility, please contact us today

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  • 'R' You Ready for Back to School? 'R' You Ready for Back to School?
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