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Preparing For Preschool

Starting preschool is one of the many exciting milestones of childhood. However, it can also be a stressful time for both children and parents, especially if it is your child’s first time going to school. By taking some time to prepare your child and yourself, the transition can go smoothly for your whole family.

Keep your child informed. It is natural for your child to be nervous about going to preschool. Talk to your child about preschool and what he will do there. Try to keep these conversations casual so your child does not feel intimidated or overwhelmed.

Use books to prepare. Include some children’s books about the first day of school along with the other books you and your child read together. This will give your child the opportunity to ask questions and express any fears she may have. You can ask her new teachers or the librarian at your public library for recommendations.

Get into a routine. Start to adjust your child’s sleeping and eating schedules slowly in the weeks leading up to the first day of preschool. This will help smooth the transition and make him more comfortable when school finally starts and you have to be out the door at a certain time.

Go for a visit. Find out if your child’s preschool has a visiting day or orientation for new families. This is an opportunity for you to talk with the teachers and have your questions answered. Your child will also have a chance to meet his teachers, other students, and experience the preschool with you present.

Meet other preschoolers. If possible, organize a play date or two with children who will be in your child’s preschool class. This way not every face in the classroom will be unfamiliar when your child enters her classroom on the first day, and you can find other parents to share experiences with.

Give it time. Leave plenty of time on the first day to arrive at school and be prepared to spend some time in the classroom with your child. Some preschools even request that parents stay in the classroom for all or part of the first day of school. Anticipate some ups and downs the first few weeks of school as your child gets settled, but know that soon your whole family will be adjusted to your new routine.

Here at Akeba Academy we can help prepare your child for preschool with our learning made easy curriculum. We are actually enrolling kids now to be apart of our preschool program. Give us a call today (9120 289 – 2725kids learning outside

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.

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

Importance of Preschool

The majority of kids attend at least one year of preschool. Children who attend preschool enter kindergarten with better skills, and stronger basic math skills than those who do not go to preschool. Also to above skills children can learn to be respectful of others and also build confidence. Preschool provide a better way of teaching. Rather than sit kids down and ‘teach’ them, children learn best through doing the kinds of activities they like.

It supports that early education is key to long-term achievement. Many working parents could benefit from childcare. There is a growing belief that children gain a lot of knowledge from going to preschool. At preschool, children are exposed to information, numbers, letters, and shape. More important children learn how to interact with people — get along with other children and share.

Is FREE Childcare Better Than Private Childpreschoolcare?

Free Childcare:

The Government appreciates that the requirements of the children and the parents may change from time to time. For this purpose, the Government encourages flexibility on the part of the service provider.

Effective changes in the later educational outcomes of three-year-olds saw large increases in free early education. Changes are sighted making childcare easier. Children from a poor upbringing tend to have inferior language skills when they arrive at school.

Benefits of Free Childcare:

  • Free Childcare Center function in a variety of places including offices, community centers, schools and places of worship.
  • Free child care benefits disadvantaged children to improve their skills and show their abilities.
  • It can help your child to socialize with other children

But free childcare policy has no educational benefits in the longer term. It might be because the private pre-school places were high enough quality. Free childcare offer less personal one-to-one care

Private Childcare:

Child care is the supervision of a child or children. Private Childcare can run out of centers or private homes.Circle Time

Benefits of private childcare:

  • Private childcare is licensed private-home day care. These type of childcare Centers are Government- regulated and inspected.
  • Children of the same family can place together.
  • The caretaker has to assure safety and security of the child.
  • The caretaker has to meet standards of care.

But then again private childcare is expensive. Also, it works to fixed times with no flexibility if you need to work late or drop off early.

Here at Akeba Academy your kids will be safe and secure, they also will get attention and learn new things. We have a potty training system. We work hard to improve their math and reading skills. One of the pictures above is an actual picture from Akeba where our teachers are reading to the students. If interested please feel free to give us a call. (912) 289-2725

How to Handle a Clingy Child

Sometimes separation anxiety is triggered by a stressful change in your toddler’s life (such as a new sibling, home, or child-care arrangement). Or it can occur when your toddler (whether by design or by accident) has rarely been outside your care and isn’t used to being around other adults. Hence, the freak-out when it’s time to introduce a sitter into the mix. Sometimes, however, it seems like nothing but elaborate theatrics – the tearful meltdowns every morning at day-care clingy childdrop-off, which (your child’s teacher assures you) are over as soon as the door closes behind you.

Regardless of what’s causing your child’s clinginess, your best bet is to approach her with empathy – and a willingness to brush a few (or a lot) of tears off your shoulder on your way out. Don’t belittle, bribe, or beg; her feelings are valid, even if they are frustrating. When you’re leaving her at child care (or at home with a sitter), help her get busy with an activity she enjoys. Then make your departure short and sweet: A hug and a kiss, a few reassuring words, and a cheerful wave. (It’s never a good idea to sneak off when your toddler is looking the other way. This can backfire fast, since she may quickly conclude that it’s wisest never to let you out of her sight.) Once you’re gone, stay gone – looking back or giving in to her cries will only prolong the agony for both of you. Reassure yourself by checking in with the caregiver later. You’ll most likely learn that the drama of departure has long since dissipated, replaced by utter happiness.

If given the chance to branch out and be a little bit more independent can also help with clinginess. Enroll your child at Akeba Academy, your child will be able to branch out and interact with others and have so much fun that the next time you have to somewhere to go your child wouldn’t mind leaving your side. Give us a call (912) 289-2725

Tips For Hand Writing At Home

As your child begins to read and write in kindergarten, you must take an active interest in developing its hand writing. Kindergarten teachers are always pre-occupied with the task of teaching children their alphabets or teaching them how to write proper words. They are also busy with running the school, handling events and other administration work. So you cannot hold them responsible if your child has bad handwriting. A teacher has to handle many kids in one class, so devoting time to each one of them is difficult. If you have a child who has poor hand writing, there is a lot that you can do to help. Check out these few tips to help you get started.

  1. Devote time and be patient:

The one thing you need to give to your child to help them learn and write better is time. You have to be patient with them and show them how to write their letters neatly. You have to explain to them slowly and help them write properly if they make certain mistakes. If you are not patient with them while they learn, they will never be able to write the letters tidily or learn their alphabets properly.

  1. Give regular exercises:

As they say- “practice makes perfect”. So help your children perfect their handwriting by giving them regular writing exercises to do on a daily basis. However, make sure you do not overload them with writing work as the important thing here is to help them improve their hand writing and not make them feel bored and exhausted. Also, help them out when they have difficulties and supervise their work constantly.

  1. Compliment their good work:

Lastly, don’t forget to praise your children when they show signs of improvement in their handwriting. Kids love the appreciation and affection they receive from their parents. So give them a peck on the cheek or a hug whenever they do something right.

Here at Akeba Academy we have the students do plenty of handwriting activities. The picture above is actually one of our students perfecting his handwriting skills. Give us a call today (912) 289-2725

Math Games to Start Your Preschoolers With Early Learning

Using math games is the best way in which you can start off your preschooler with early learning. However, you cannot use conventional methods of teaching your preschooler math. They will not be able to grab hold of the concepts if you are not creative in the way you teach them math. You will first and foremost need to be patient with them and somehow find a way to make math interesting and fun for them. Here are a couple of online math games which will help your preschooler get an early start on their math.

  1. Color by Number:

This is a very creative math game where a certain pattern or shape is given in black and grey on the screen, and a list of colors on the left side. Your child will have to color the picture with the color that matches the number given on the screen. The pictures keep changing as your child finishes a set.math game color by number

  1. Count Money:

This game teaches kids the different values and types of money. Plus, they will even learn how to count in this game as your child will have to learn the total value of money that is given to them on each level. This game promises that your kids will improve their counting skills as well as concentration. They might even learn the value of different kinds of coins with this game.

  1. Learn to Count:

Learn to Count is a very easy counting type of game which is designed for preschoolers. In this game, your child will be shown pictures of some cartoon characters on the screen and will be asked to count the number of those characters that they see.  The game will help them to count better and more accurately.

Enrolling your child at Akeba Academy they will learn to count, master their shapes and colors and much more! We are the only childcare provider with a published curriculum. Call us today (912) 289-2725