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Ways To Dress During The Winter

Brunswick weather can be a little tricky, one day it’s super cold and then the next day the sun is shining. But with weather like that you have to be careful when it comes to dressing your child. Fluctuating weather is one of the quickest ways your child can catch a cold.

Babies lose heat more rapidly than adults do, experts agree that it’s best to dress your child in one more layer of clothes than you would wear. Except for in the car because the big puffy coats can cause more injury if you were to get into a car accident. The best way to keep your child warm for car rides without the puffy coat is to dress them in light layers and put a blanket around them after they get buckled in. Also, do not forget the gloves, hats and socks. They play an important role in keeping your child warm.

Below is a description of the type of layers you should use to keep your baby warm.

Three la​yers:

  • Inner (Base) layer: The skin should be covered in a thin layer that helps to move moisture away from the body. Keeping your skin dry helps keep you warm and comfortable. Your inner layer should cover almost your whole body: arms, legs and torso. Polyester and silk, and related modern materials are best. Cotton is a poor choice.
  • Middle layer: This is the insulating layer. Wool and fleece work best. The mid10-Tips-for-Dressing-Your-Kids-this-Winterdle layer can be made up of several thin layers.
  • Outer layer: This is the water and wind protection layer. Get a long coat so that you can sit comfortably. Coats should have high collars and a hood. You should be able to easily ventilate the coat by loosening sleeve ends, opening zippers under the arms and opening a front zipper. This will help get rid of the moisture inside the coat. For very cold temperatures or for kids rolling around in the snow, bib-type snow pants are a good choice.

Akeba Academy and The Rock bring make sure are students are bundled up before going outside. If you are in need of a daycare that cares for your child give us a call (912) 289-2725


How To Save On Childcare During Tax Season

Who qualifies as a person who needs care? In order to be eligible, the person who needs the care can fall into one of four categories:

1. Your spouse who lived with you for at least half the year and is not physically or mentally unable to care for themselves.

2.  A dependent of yours, other than a child, who lived with you for at least half the year and is physically or mentally unable to care for themselves.

3. Someone who is unable to care for themselves and lived with you for more than half the year and otherwise would qualify as your dependent. For example, they do not have too much income or someone else’s dependent has filed as married filing jointly.

4. In general, you can claim a tax credit as an expense paid for someone who is your child 12 years or under or otherwise a dependent at 13 years or older and not able to care for themselves.

You must also subtract any amount of money that has been given to you by your employer as a benefit for this total expense. You are permitted to claim up to $3,000 in expenses if you have one person who qualifies for childcare services and up to $6,000 if you have two or more. However, these do not have to be split up evenly. For example, if you have one infant and one eight year old and both went to Akeba Academy and received childcare services, the infant’s care may cost more than half of the $6,000. You can still claim all of those expenses toward your credit.

Who can claim this credit?

You may claim this credit if you needed Akeba Academy to provide your childcare services because you are working or even looking for a job. If you file as single head of household or qualifying widower, you must have some type of earned income such as wages, salaries, tips, or self-employment income.Have you been a full-time student or unable to care for yourself? You can still claim this credit.

How big of a tax credit can you get?

You can receive up to 35% of your expenses and the expenses. The expenses you can get that 35% on are capped at $3,000 for one qualifying person and $6,000 for two or more. The percentage goes down as the earned income goes up. You cannot claim expenses that exceed either you or your spouse’s earned income for the year.

Be sure to choose Akeba Academy as your childcare so that you know at the end of the year you are eligible for this tax credit. All you need to do is complete form 2441 and also a 1040 or a 1040A. You cannot use a 1040EZ to take this credit. Once you’ve been enrolled with our organization, you can receive your tax documents every year no later than January 5. We look forward to serving you in your childcare needs.

Christmas is a time for family to get together, to give thanks, and to be grateful for everything that has been supplied to them throughout the year. Sometimes one may get the feeling that Christmas is only about Santa, giving of gifts, and making the children happy during this one day of the year.

Here at Akeba Academy we believe in all of those things as well, but we also believe that everyone in the family has a major part to play in the success and in the idea of having family time together. In today’s blog, we want to talk to you about how to include your infants and toddlers in your Christmas time together. We believe that the little ones are the most important and it is a great time for them to understand the reason for the season. Infants and toddlers can participate with their own arts and crafts, created by them for family members as well as friends and family who participate in your Christmas time.

At Akeba Academy our infant room offers infants six-weeks to twelve-months of age an opportunity to have one-on-one time with their teacher where they can create sensory arts and craft activities. They can be used as ornaments or even given as a gift inside of a picture frame. As you can remember when we were younger, our parents would take our baby shoes and dip them in copper and make plaques from our baby shoes. Those things are old-school but they were some of the most memorable gifts that you could ever give a parent or grandparent.

We believe that as the children get older the arts and crafts from their younger years is really what matters during this time of the year. Our infant program provides a small teacher-to-child ratio, loads of hands-on activities, lots of independence and love, and a large space for small explorers to move around and to become more independent each and every day. At Akeba Academy our infants are creating arts and crafts activities that can be used for years to come for grandparents, aunts, and uncles, as a memory.

If you’re looking for a childcare provider that values what you value, give us a call today by contacting us at 912-289-2725. We would love for you to visit our infant room and to allow your little one to become a part of our family today.IMG_0291

At What Age Should My Child Start Childcare?

In truth, there is no best time to start childcare. The decision entirely rests on what suits your family and your child. Irrespective of the age, the first time you leave your child in childcare, it is bound to be challenging. Your child may cry for the first few days, but eventually things will start getting easier.


Usually, when parents wait longer for placing their child in childcare, it gives them more time to bond with each other, for the umbilical cord to heal completely, and for other newborn newness faced by both parent and child to diminish. This adjustment period is said to be between 3-6 months. However, if you’re a working mom, and have only a six-week maternity leave, then starting childcare between 3-6 months is not a practical option for you. Where here at Akeba Academy we start accepting children at the age of 6 weeks old. So the 3-6 month wait will not become an inconvenience to parents.Image result for parents talking to baby teacher


The prevalent practice in childcare institutions is that a healthy and full-term infant can be enrolled into a childcare program at 6 weeks of age. Institutes such as Akeba Academy equipped to handle infants and cater to their special needs. If the young age of your child gives you anxiety, you can build a relationship with your child care worker and get regular updates about their progress. Here at Akeba Academy we believe in a open line of communication to all parents on their child’s progress throughout the day.Image result for parents talking to baby teacher


Remember, there is no such thing as the perfect age for starting childcare; it varies for everyone. Try to relax and make an informed decision. Your positive approach to childcare arrangements can have a great effect on your child.


So when it comes to making the decision on what age your child should start childcare and you need assistance at the end of your 6 week maternity leave, consider Akeba Academy. We are always excepting children 6 weeks and up. So stop by our location at 2606 Altama Ave or give us a call at (912) 289-2725. Where Childcare is Our Specialty!!




4 Ways To Save On Childcare

4 Ways to Save On Childcare

Childcare’s are a blessing for working parents, the cost of childcare is about 8% of your paycheck. So, as responsible you’ve got to be prepared for the expense. But, just because you want to opt for a full-time care, doesn’t mean you can’t trim costs. Here are some tips that we recommend from Akeba Academy that will help lower your child care cost:

1. Start early: You must begin your hunt for the right childcare facility early on, for two reasons – best childcare centers stay full or space gets taken early, and you may be lucky to get early bird discounts


2. Consider the distance: when looking for a Childcare center, calculate the drive time and gas cost it will take to drop and pick up your child. It may turn out to be that a slightly more expensive childcare located closer to your home may be cost-effective than a cheaper childcare further away. Especially if you work in our downtown Brunswick, Georgia area, choosing Akeba Academy is directly on your path.... downtown brunswick georgia originally settled in 1738 today brunswick


3. Look at the base price as well as the benefits: cost is an important factor while searching for childcare, however, it shouldn’t be the only factor. Check out their learning curriculum and the activities that they children perform during the day. Going cheap could cause you to have your child in an “Play all day” “Watch TV all day” environment. Here at Akeba Academy your child will be exposed to our published curriculum that’s designed to help your child to master their early learning skills and build self confidence! We focus on opportunities for children to be Smarter than the average!

4. Tax savings: By simply paying for child care, your family may be able to gain tax benefits. You can either opt for flexible spending accounts with your employer or the Child and Dependent Care Credit on your taxes. Compare the two and see which option is best for your needs. Either service that you choose we can accommodate our parents and provide you with accurate yearly statements.

Paying for child care is definitely one of the “must have” expenses you have to bear as a parent. But, with these steps, it will be possible for you to save big on high-quality childcare for your children.
We would love to work with you! Call our office so that we can create a childcare package to fit your schedule and budget needs, we can be reached at 912-289-2725.


Everyday Ways To Support Your Toddler’s Learning And Development

  • Encourage fine motor development.Provide your toddler with fat crayons or non-toxic, washable markers, and let him scribble on paper. This will get him interested in and give him practice drawing, coloring, and writing.
  • Spend time outside.Your toddler will want to run and climb, and the outdoors is a great place for her to do this. Help her climb and play on an age appropriate playground structure. You can also engage your child outdoors by playing with a ball, or introducing her to a bicycle or riding toy that is safe and appropriate for her age and size.
  • Use rhythm and rhyme.A great way to stimulate your toddler’s language development is with rhythmic rhymes. Sit with him on your knees facing you and recite simple rhymes. Don’t worry, if you don’t know any, you can make them up as you go along! You can also listen to music and hold his hands and dance.
  • Toys and games.At this age, there are many things your toddler can play with. She will like blocks and toys that can be stacked. She may also like push, pull, and riding toys, such as a miniature stroller or cars and trains. You can also engage her with simple puzzles. She may also like to ‘help’ you with what you are doing; for example, if you are cooking, give her some pots and pans to play with.
  • Read to your child.Reading to your child is one of the best gifts you can give him. Pick simple sturdy books with bright pictures and let him help turn the pages while you read the words on each page. Wordless books are also great at this age, and you can make up your own storyIMG_20150618_110012592

At Akeba Academy our lesson plans are always filled with activities such as the ones listed above. The picture in this blog is our class working on their fine motor skills. When it comes to learning and development we don’t stop until your child reaches their goal!

Call us at (912) 289-2725

5 Board Games That Can Improve Reading Skills

Family game nights are a great way to spend time together, but what about adding a little bit extra to the mix?

What if we, as parents, made a teensy-tiny more of an effort to sneak in some learning along the way?  We can add in little number recognition practice by playing bingo, or work on quick addition skills with dice games.  We can help kids practice some critical thinking by doing family brain teasers or even strategy with simple card games like Rummy, Uno, or Spades.

The cool thing is that many of the board games we played as children can do more for our kids than just be fun ways of passing time together.

Try sneaking in some reading with these 5 board games:

Majority Rules:  this game gives players a chance to see Democracy in action! Reading, voting, and writing, imaginations run wild with this game.

Life: There’s a whole lot of chance in this classic board game, but there’s also a whole lot of reading.

Monopoly: Yes, you may need to set aside a good chunk of time to play this favorite board game, but who cares because your kids will be reading more than you think!

Apples to Apples: A super-fun family game that will get players thinking and laughing and stretching their minds, since every single card requires reading.  It’s all about comparing with this game, friends. Apples to apples.

Scrambled States of America: One of our all-time favorite games to play. You’ll never look at our nation’s states, capitals, or nicknames quite the same.

At Akeba Academy we play learning games with the children all the time. It motivates them to learn while they’re having a good time as well.

4 Tips For Your Picky Eater

  • Serve right-sized portions.Parents often overestimate how much food a child should eat. Especially with foods that aren’t yet favorites, a couple of tablespoons is plenty to start with. Small portions are less overwhelming, while bigger portions may encourage overeating.
  • Don’t negotiate.It’s fine to encourage kids to “try one bite” but don’t fall into the negotiating trap. Prepare and serve healthy meals and let them decide what to eat.
  • Have family meals together.Set your toddler’s place at the family table — it’s good for kids of this age to see their parents and siblings eating together and eating healthy foods. Kids eat a more nutritious diet, with more fruits and vegetables, when they regularly have family meals.
  • Create positive peer pressure.Toddlers are more likely to eat fruits and vegetables if they see their peers eating them, so look for opportunities where they can eat healthy with friends.

At Akeba Academy we serve breakfast, snack and lunch. We always make sure the meals are healthy. Having your child here daily at Akeba Academy gets them in the habit of eating healthy foods that they wouldn’t normally eat.

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Tidy Up The House In 10 Minutes

Pop the little kids’ favorite DVD into the player and give them a small no-mess snack so they’re occupied—this way, they won’t undo your work as you go. Meanwhile, you, your partner and big kids can zip around the house.

 Give yourself three minutes for a sweep through the rooms. Grab a bin or basket or two and pick up everything that doesn’t belong: dirty laundry, excess shoes, toys, models of the Eiffel Tower. In the family room, stash books and magazines  into an ottoman or a drawer in your coffee table, if you have one. In the kitchen, the big kids can clear the counter and load the dishwasher. Don’t worry about sorting things nicely—that’s for another time.

 Finish picking up in the bathroom and, while you’re there, take three minutes: Flush the toilet, close lid, close the shower curtain, wipe counters and replace towels. The key to a quick bathroom turnaround is a little prep. Pack a set of clean coordinated towels and washcloths in a zippered bag (the kind comforters come in). Include kitchen and dining room linens, if you like. When company drops by, you won’t have to scrounge in the linen closet. After they leave, do the laundry and pack the set back up, ready for the next visitors.

 On to the kitchen! You and your helpers have three minutes to wipe the table and counters, put out the garbage, clean under the table with something like a Swiffer WetJet (especially if your children are small and floors are sticky).House_Cleaning_Home

A minute left! Enough time to comb your hair. And take a big breath.

If you need some time to just relax, bring your kids to Akeba Academy, we’ll keep them occupied for you. We understand how busy you parents are. Feel free to give us a call (912)289-2725

How To Help Your Child Overcome Fear


Give children information about their fears. Knowing about things helps to make children less fearful (but not too much detail for young children).


This means listening to, understanding and not making fun of your child’s fears.

  • Respond to your children’s fear or cries by reassuring your children that they are safe, and cuddling or patting them until they calm down.
  • However, while you show your child that you understand that her fears are real, it is important not to let her think that you are also afraid because it will make her more fearful.


Praise and reward your child when he makes a step towards fighting or confronting his fear, eg. getting closer to a dog if he is frightened of dogs.

  • Don’t force your cchild care overcoming fearhild to fully confront his fear, but take it a small step at a time.


These help children know what to expect and make children feel more secure and confident, eg. bedtime routines can help a child with fear of the dark.


Having some control of the situation often helps with fears.


Provide opportunities for your child to develop skills and gain confidence in her own ability. Confidence can’t be developed on praise alone. It is success and being able to do things that build up a child’s confidence.

  • Let your child try things that she can do, and then give her lots of support and approval.
  • Read children’s stories that deal with fearful events that children overcome.
  • Provide times for fantasy play, dress-ups, drawings, etc., where children can express their fears and take control of them.

Here at Akeba Academy your child gets the opportunity to step out of his or her comfort zone giving them the chance to overcome fears and do things they wouldn’t normally do. Give us a call at (912) 289-2725.