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Why Preschool Gives Young Children the Best Start in Life (Part 1 of 2)

Sending your child to preschool has many benefits for their personal and educational development.

Whether it’s lessons in STEM subjects or social skills that come through making friends, preschool has positive lifelong effects on young children.

It’s no secret that the Bay Area economy seems to be thriving. But behind the scenes working families are struggling.

Did you know that according to a recent study, over the past four years, childcare costs in the Bay Area have increased by 40 percent?

Although the North California region is home to a higher than average percentage of educated residents, a diverse employer base and robust startups, not everything is as it seems.

Inadequate housing production is a huge concern for young families, as are the worsening traffic problems and resulting pollution.

Rising costs don’t seem to be dampening daycare demand however. A 2017 study found that only 23 percent of children of children in California who needed childcare had a place available.

Play-Based Learning: 5 Fun Ways Preschool Children Learn STEM (STEAM) Concepts

 
Learning through play is one of the most exciting and enjoyable experiences for preschool children.

That’s why, at Kids Konnect we offer your child our play-based curriculum filled with STEM (STEAM) focused activities to encourage your little one to develop and grow in a friendly and interesting environment.

But why do we focus so much on play? And how do STEM activities in early childhood prepare children for further education and later life?

Let’s discover 5 ways preschoolers learn about STEM subjects through play based learning and how these activities get your child ready for the world of work.

What is STEM Education? A Simple Guide for Parents

At Kids Konnect we believe your child deserves a high quality, well rounded and age appropriate curriculum.

That’s why play-based learning is at the core of everything we do at our Bay Area preschools.

What is a Play-Based Curriculum?

Did you know your preschooler learns valuable and applied skills from preschool activities?

Growing seeds, sorting toys, or playing with shapes can all introduce your child to basic principles of science and math.

Sound fun? Click here for some fun sensory based activities to try with your preschooler at home.

STEM and STEAM education are sure to be hot topics in 2019, but what do these terms really mean and how do they apply to your child’s future?

Let’s find out.

Understanding Preschool Anxiety: 3 Quick Tips to Help Manage Your Child’s Separation Anxiety

 

 

Separation anxiety is a common experience in preschool children and usually occurs when preschooler’s struggle if kept apart from their caregiver.

Like in adults, children can experience physical symptoms of anxiety such as feeling fidgety, finding it hard to concentrate or trouble sleeping.

Children under 5 are beginning to understand the world around them and with this newfound knowledge comes a need to express their worries.

Preschool is a fantastic environment for your child to play with others and learn valuable life skills.

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Be that as it may, for some children, being dropped off can be a difficult experience, particularly for preschoolers who haven’t spent much time away from home without a caregiver.

Separation anxiety can negatively affect a child’s daily life. Even more importantly, watching your child become tearful can be upsetting and confusing.

Are you feeling the stresses of being a parent? Click here for our 7 secrets to help you relax.

It’s important to remember that anxiety is a normal emotion and a response to our fears and uncertainties.

But how can you help your preschooler to manage their worries?

Discover our pick of 3 quick strategies to ease your preschooler’s separation anxiety.

10 Fun New Year’s Resolutions for Preschool Children (2019)

 


New Year’s Resolutions are an interesting way to start the year afresh. 2018 has been another busy year at our Kids Konnect preschools in
Oakland, Pacifica and San Mateo - we’ve even celebrated our 10th year. But how can your child get 2019 off to the best start?

Setting goals is an important part of your preschool child’s early development. Making commitments teaches children how to be responsible and creating resolutions together can be a great way to start good habits from a young age.

Try sitting down with your child and talking to them about how New Year can be an exciting time for growth and change. Letting your child come up with their own ideas is an opportunity for family bonding in a fun and exciting way.

Encourage your preschooler to set some resolutions and then evaluate the options to come up with the most specific and achievable choices. Remember to keep things positive too – challenges that start with “I am going to…” are much more positive than saying “I am going to stop…”

So, would you like some ideas to get started? Discover our pick of 10 fun New Year’s resolutions that are perfect for preschool children in 2019 below.