It is November! The holiday season is officially upon us! We hope that during the hustle and bustle, family and friends, and love and laughter, you will take a quiet minute to read up on our latest issue. We have some great articles for you about rushing through milestones and the importance (and benefits) of family traditions. We even threw in a list of tips to help you ignite your child’s love of learning! We hope you enjoy the read!Show Less
Fall is in the air! The leaves are changing, the temperatures are slowly dropping, and pumpkins are everywhere! Grab a mug of apple cider and a cozy blanket while you take a look at what we've put together for you this month! (If it’s still sweltering hot where you live, we are sorry—just ignore the previous sentence!) We know you will enjoy reading through our list of family friendly Halloween activities! And, you can find out why it is important for your child to play alone sometimes (which means you get some alone time as well)!Show Less
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!Show Less
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.
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.Show Less
The summer vacation season can equate to boredom for daycare-aged children who are lacking appropriate activities to occupy their time while away from school. At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Spring, Texas, we are accepting registration for our popular Camp Nature Kids summer camp. This unforgettable ten-week virtual odyssey transforms campers into miniature scientists, explorers and adventurers as they investigate the vast and wonderful world that awaits them. Our summer camp program accommodates children ages 3 through 12, and our year-round Learning Academy accepts infants at six weeks through children of 12 years.
What our Kids 'R' Kids program involves:
During the first two weeks of camp, your child will be introduced to many of the topics covered later, with an emphasis on developing their five senses to investigate dirt and mud, animals, insects, and plants, too!
We emphasize childhood exploration and learning, while also having fun!
Most kids enjoy getting dirty! Our classroom camp gives children an appropriate and supervised outlet to play in the mud, and investigate why dirt is so essential to the Earth's ecosystem. Understanding why pigs wallow and the reason wiggly worms glide through the mud, are just a few things uncovered when our campers dig in the dirt!
Bugs, wildlife and more!
Chirp like a cricket? Hop like a grasshopper? Flutter like a butterfly? There are so many interesting insects for campers to investigate and understand that all living creatures are important!
Animals, insects and other creatures possess unique characteristics that make them perfectly suited for their habitats. Our summer campers will learn about all of these living creatures and those compatible habitats which include snakes, rabbits, and owls. Campers also will investigate reptiles, mammals, and birds in our classroom to become a young ambassador for all creatures both big and small!
Learn more about our program and how to enroll your child
Our 2014 Summer Camp promises to be the most exciting yet! Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Spring, Texas has programs for pre-school aged children through 12 years old. It is our philosophy that interactive activities contribute and enhance every child's learning experience and cognitive development.
Discover the wonderful summer activities awaiting your children at Camp Nature! Summer break will not equate to boring for your children if they become one of our campers! Enrolling them in Camp Nature Kids will allow your child to explore the outdoors while also engaging their five senses, and developing an appreciation for nature.
School schedules and parental work responsibilities often clash and that is why our academy remains open during all school vacations and seasonal holidays. We provide flexible and fun options for working families with young children.Show Less