Monitoring a child’s developmental progress is an extremely important part of infant care. Prudent observation can lead parents to discovering developmental delays early. This will allow a parent to address any underlying issues that could be problematic later on. Seeking professional help while the child is still young can prevent any future issues. Keep in mind that children are unique and develop at different paces, so pediatricians should be contacted with any concerns about passing a milestone without achieving a particular skill. We will take a brief look at a few important developmental milestones.
Once a child reaches the age of three months he or she should be able to raise the head and chest. A child will also begin to focus on faces more closely, and respond to familiar voices. The foundations of important social skills will begin to develop as a child enjoys playtime, and interacting with others. A child this age will also begin imitating movements and facial expressions.
At this stage of development, an infant should be much more mobile. A child will begin crawling, pulling with his or her arms and pushing with his or her legs. He or she should be able to pull up into a standing position, and walk around by holding on to sturdy furniture. During this period, a child’s first word is generally spoken, and his or her speech is also characterized by much more babbling than normal.
By now a child should be able to walk without assistance. He or she should also be able to stand on tiptoes, and will soon begin running. A child this age should also begin uttering basic three-to-five word sentences, and listening and responding to simple commands. He or she will begin to enjoy the company of other children through interaction at home, or at school.
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Tracking your child’s development via milestones is important as it allows you to gauge whether or not your child is developing on pace. Leading Childcare and preschool professionals, the staff at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Woodstock, take a look at developmental milestones and what you can expect:
Your child is already mobile after his or her first birthday, and may or may not have babbled the first few sounds resembling words such as “mama” or “dada.” By now your child should be able to take the first few clumsy, unaided steps in learning how to walk. This should be followed shortly by utterances of a few discernible words, even though stringing a sentence together is still proving tricky.
Eighteen months – two years
By now your child should be completely mobile and walking around independently. Childproofing your home becomes important at this stage of development. This is largely due to the fact that your toddler will become highly inquisitive about the world around him or her. The child’s mobility should be further noticeable after two years, when he or she will start running and jumping. In terms of language, your child should now be able to construct simple, understandable sentences when communicating with other people.
Three – five years
Your child will be more energetic now. He or she will be climbing, swinging, skipping and running around. Your preschooler will also be able to hold a steady conversation with other children as well as adults. Your child may be able to get dressed without assistance.
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Motor skill development is an important part of a child’s early physical progress. Child care experts say that motor development can be defined as a child’s ability to use both large and small muscles. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Woodstock, Georgia will take a closer look at your child’s motor development in the paragraphs below.
Motor development can be broken down into two main categories:
Fine motor skills
Fine motor skills refers to a child’s ability to use their smaller muscles. Utilizing hands and fingers, they will be able to pick up and use small objects effectively. Drinking from a cup, drawing with a pencil or simply holding and using a spoon will be accomplished using these smaller muscles.
The development of fine motor skills during a child’s early years will benefit the child throughout life. The child will gain the ability to accomplish the tasks necessary to learn and excel in this age of technology. Communicating using cell phone keypads and computer keyboards have quickly become necessary skills. It is incredibly important, in this digital age, to master and develop these skills competently during early childhood.
Gross motor skills
Gross motor skills refers to the child’s ability to use the larger muscles in the body. Honing and perfecting gross motor skills allow infants the ability to sit up and crawl. Slightly older preschool children will become successful at running, jumping, and climbing.
Gross motor skills should be fine-tuned at a young age. They are important as your child progresses through life, and will impact your child’s ability to excel in such activities as sports or dancing.
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A child needs to have the right nutrition in order to grow a healthy body and brain. There are numerous foods that are appropriate for your infant to help boost brain development. Successfully running a high quality infant care program for many years, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Woodstock understands the importance of eating the right foods for the development of your infant’s brain. We recommend the following foods:
The blue in blueberries comes from flavonoids called anthocyanins. These are good for your infant’s brain as well as for the eyes and a healthy urinary tract.
Whole-grain products, eggs and cereal
These foods have ARA and DHA fatty acids which are important for the transmission of neurons in the brain, contributing to a faster brain. DHA is an omega-3 fatty acid that makes up 25 percent of the total fat in the brain. ARA is the main omega-6 fatty acid in the brain. These are both essential for brain development in your child.
Yogurt is a good food to introduce when your infant is ready to start eating solid foods, generally around six months old. Of course, yogurt has calcium for bones, but it is also good for supporting brain and heart health and can boost the immune system. Stay away from yogurts that have added sugar.
Your infant needs adequate nutrition for the brain to develop properly. Be sure to visit your pediatrician in Woodstock to ask for further assistance with a proper diet plan for your infant.
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Today more than ever it is important that we understand how to manage money. Money is used to buy the things we need and want, provide our loved ones with their needs and desires, and it allows us to enjoy a better standard of living. Knowing how to handle money properly is a life skill that your child should learn as early as possible.
Preschoolers are learning about financial concepts by watching and listening to parents, teachers, and other caregivers, and then acting out what they see in pretend play. For this reason, it is important that you take your child through simple financial processes as you manage them day to day, whether you are drawing money from an ATM, paying for a toy or groceries, or doing your home budget. While many of these concepts are beyond a preschooler’s ability, introducing them to the process early can help them learn to use money responsibly.
Furthermore, you can also use these opportunities to teach simple math and reasoning skills. For example, if you are helping your child save money using a piggie bank, you can keep a record of how much is going in and show your child how to count the coins. You can also set a goal for the money, such as helping your child save towards a favorite toy or trip to the movies. Demonstrating that saving is something to manage consistently and that, over time, it brings rewards, helps teach your child that knowing how to manage money is important.
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As your child starts to transition from an exclusive diet of formula or breastmilk and begins to sample solid foods, they will be exposed to new tastes, smells, colors and textures. Even more importantly, they will be taking in foods with different nutritional contents, foods that will be used by their bodies to continue physical growth and brain development. Consult your pediatrician before starting your infant on solid foods of any kind so they can guide you as to what types of food are appropriate at what age. Certain foods are better sources of essential nutrients than others, so you can guide your child towards eating the foods that will give them the biggest boost. These include:
1. Eggs: Eggs contain choline, a nutrient essential for brain development and memory function as well as the nervous system as a whole. Part of the B Vitamin group, choline is found primarily in egg yolks, but also in beans, cauliflower, Greek yogurt and beef. Try serving eggs soft scrambled alone or with bite-sized pieces of steamed vegetables.
2. Berries: Strawberries, blueberries and blackberries are all rich in antioxidants, the nutrients that boost your child's immune system and keep them healthy for learning. You can serve them in slices or blended with some yogurt. They make a great breakfast or tasty, sweet treat.
3. Fish: Oily fish like tuna or salmon are full of omega-3 fatty acids that play a vital role in brain and eye development. One of the best ways to prepare fish is to steam it, making it soft and juicy. It will also keep well for several days in the refrigerator, so you can make it in advance for serving later. Be sure to check the fish carefully for bones before serving it to your infant.
4. Whole grains: These complex carbohydrates are the perfect fuel for a growing mind and body, and keep energy levels stable. For young children, whole grain bread is too filling and may pose a choking hazard, but whole grain pasta and crackers are great healthy alternatives.
5. Fortified infant cereal: This contains plenty of iron, which plays a vital role in ensuring enough oxygen is sent to the brain and nervous system. It is very easy for infants and toddlers to become iron-deficient, so this cereal is very important for growing up healthy. Lean beef, pork, lamb, spinach, parsley and dried apricots are also good sources of iron.
To find all these great foods in one place, plan a visit to the Woodstock Farmers Market. The food items you pick up at this market will be naturally tasty and bursting with nutrients. This also makes for a great, stimulating day out with your child, filled with new sights, sounds and smells.
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At Kids 'R' Kids of Woodstock, Georgia, our AdvancED accredited preschool program is based on the philosophy that children learn through play. Our curriculum incorporates exploration, interaction with materials, and imitation of positive role models into an educational program. Our age-appropriate classrooms are arranged with learning stations that help develop a child's mind through the use of art, blocks, books, dramatic play, math, science, manipulative play, music, and sensory experiences.
A comprehensive Kids 'R' Kids learning philosophy has been developed for preschoolers to:
Identify and incorporate individual learning styles
Maintain a teacher-friendly, easy-to-use program
Offer guidelines for effective and appropriate lessons that stimulate children to think and progress at their own rate
Implement schedules that offer consistency, encourage freedom of choice, promote independence, and provide structure
Involve the community in efforts to support children's growth and learning
The Kids 'R' Kids Curriculum recognizes the individuality of children and assesses progress through:
Ongoing, non-aggressive evaluation strategies
Assessment strategies that provide an alternative to paper and pencil, such as observation portfolios, art projects, and social play
Interpretation of data to plan appropriately for children as they prepare for the next classroom