Throughout the year, people celebrate a number of different holidays. Be Black Friday or Thanksgiving, people have assigned almost every single day to any holiday that they could think of. But what’s so special about chocolate to have a day for it?
The holiday season is the time to give and receive gifts, such as books, toys, and movies. Children look at different toys that shine in malls that make their eyes sparkle with joy. Parents, on the other hand, worry about the safety of the toys they buy.
What are the best gift ideas?
Approximately 10 years ago, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported around 251,700 toy-related injuries treated in emergency rooms in different hospitals. Around 72% of the casualties included youngsters below 15 years of age. Toy makers want to prevent these injuries since it affects the children that want toys and the parents who purchase them as gifts.
How to carefully inspect toys?
Aside from enjoying shopping trips to the mall, make sure that you raise awareness of this issue for other families you know.
Make sure to inspect the toys before you buy them. Try to avoid toys with sharp edges, lots of little parts, or parts that can be easily pulled off. (Especially if it’s for a baby or toddler)
- Check the labels for recommended ages and skill level. Make sure the age and skill indicated are appropriate for your child.
- Look for the label that says ATSM which means American Society for Testing and Materials. This ensures the toy manufacturer complied with quality requirements.
- Parents should try out the toys before buying them.
- Refrain from buying toys that contain cords and ropes that can be harmful to kids. Also, avoid coloring materials that do not show non-toxic labels.
What are the best Christmas gift ideas?
With Christmas nearly here, parents swarm to the nearest mall. It can get crazy browsing every shelf, rack, and department. To avoid long lines, prepare a list of all the toys that you intend to buy beforehand. Read through this list of gift ideas to make shopping easier.
For 5 year old children
Every parent wants their young children to continue building their skills in time for school.
Pedal bicycle (with training wheels)
Every child longs to have independence during their childhood. When they receive their first bicycle, they feel excited even if they don’t know how to ride. Bicycles symbolize independence, transportation, and mobility. It teaches kids about safety, basic rules and regulations, and even discipline. Find a bicycle that is safe for children.
Gonge river stones
Back in the day, children use to pretend that the floor was lava. Through their imagination, they be anything they want, from superheroes to super villains. These river stones amplify their imagination and present a physical challenge. Whether kids play indoors or outdoors, this toy gives a safe experience.
Children develop their balance and coordination from this game. They learn to adapt to the environment and survive an obstacle course with their friends. Some use this in physical and occupational therapy since it aids in the development of physical attributes. Other teachers use these stones in PE classes.
Teepees give children their own privacy and space. Here, they can decorate and fill it with their favorite toys. Some children bring their best friends and talk about how their day went.
Children with great imaginations enjoy this kind of gift. Other times, parents encourage their children to read whenever they spend time inside. To most children, when they get their own, it’s their safe haven.
Coloring books and crayons
For those who indulge in arts and crafts, coloring materials, such as crayons and oil pastels entice them to be creative. These are best when paired with coloring books. Coloring books come in different themes, like animals, fairytale characters, or even popular people. The more children color books, the more they exercise their color coordination and cognitive skills.
Remember to always check the labels and observe the packaging of toys before buying. Ensure that it’s safe and appropriate for children. Let’s continue to raise awareness and educate people about obtaining safe and quality toys.
Being an integral part of the food supply of many countries, a world without potatoes is unimaginable! This month, we have more reasons to take in our favorite vegetable and make wonderful recipes because September is National Potato Month!
To help you get started, here are some great potato recipes that you can make at home to celebrate National Potato Month with the entire family!
Chicken and Potato Pot Pie
Chicken and Potato Pot Pie is an excellent meal for when everyone’s already starving and you’re running short on time. It is a fast and easy comfort food for both kids and adults alike. The following are the ingredients you need.
- 2 medium sized potatoes or 3 to 4 small potatoes
- 1 can of cream chicken soup
- 1 chicken breast
- 1 cup frozen vegetable blend
- 1 egg beaten
- 1 package refrigerated pie dough
Directions: Cut potatoes in half lengthwise and the chicken breast should be cut into small cubes. Mix the potatoes, vegetable, chicken, soup and a soup can of water together in a 1-quart microwave-safe dish. Top the mixture with pie dough. Brush the dough with egg. Microwave for 20 minutes or until chicken and potatoes are completely cooked.
Roasted Garlic Mashed Potatoes
Mashed potatoes don’t have to be boring. Just when you thought you have tried every possible variation, this recipe introduces you to mashed potatoes with a twist. The ingredients for the roasted garlic mashed potatoes include:
- 5 pounds of russet or Yukon gold potatoes
- 8 ounces of softened cream cheese
- 1 and ½ sticks salted butter
- ¼ cup half-and-half
- Heavy cream
- 3 to 5 heads roasted garlic
- Salt and black pepper
Directions: Prepare your oven and preheat it to 350 degrees F. Cut the potatoes into cubes and boil it for about 30 minutes until tender. Drain and mash the potatoes for 5 minutes while allowing steam to escape. Then add the cream cheese, butter, cream, half-and-half, roasted garlic, salt and pepper. Mash and mix them together. Once done, spread the potatoes into a large baking dish and leave a slice of butter at the top. Bake for about 30 minutes or until heated thoroughly.
Potato Salad Cha Cha Cha
Potato Salad Cha Cha Cha is going to be your next family’s favorite potato recipe. Why? Because aside from offering a good mix of flavors, this recipe is also healthy. So, without further ado, here are the ingredients and steps to make this dish.
- 4 medium-sized potatoes
- 2 and ½ tbsp lime juice
- 3 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 1 and ½ tsp chili powder
- 1 1/2 Tbsp. bottled mild jalapeno sauce
- 15 oz black beans
- 1 cup diced tomatoes
- 7 oz can vacuum packed kernel corn
- 1 and ½ cup sliced green onions
Directions: Cook potatoes in 2 inches of boiling water for 12 minutes or until tender. Once cooked, drain it and allow to cool. Meanwhile, whisk together the rest of the ingredients in a large bowl. Add salt if desired.
Twice baked potatoes
Twice baked potatoes is a recipe that your family will surely love! It features an explosion of flavors including fresh green onion, crispy bacon bits and gooey cheddar on top of hollowed out potato halves. Check the list of ingredients below.
- 8 baking potatoes
- 2 sticks salted butter
- 3 tbsp canola oil
- 1 cup sour cream
- 1 cup bacon bits
- 1 cup whole milk
- 1 cup cheddar cheese
- 2 tsp seasoned salt
- Freshly ground black pepper
- 3 green onions
Directions: Preheat your oven to 400 degrees F. Rub the potatoes with canola oil and place them on a baking sheet. Bake for an hour or until they are well cooked. In a large mixing bowl, place slices of butter in and add the sour cream and bacon bits. Then, remove the potatoes from the oven and reduce the heat to 350 degrees F. Cut the potatoes in half lengthwise. Scrape out the insides and add them in your mixing bowl. Make sure not to tear the shell. Then, place the hollowed out potato halves on a baking sheet. Meanwhile, mash the potatoes into the mixture of butter, bacon and sour cream. Then add milk, cheese, seasoned salt, green onions and black pepper. Fill the hollowed out potatoes with this filling and top each potato with more cheese. Pop them into the oven for 15 minutes and they’re ready to eat!
Now that you have these exciting potato recipes, you’re on your way to having a blast this National Potato Month! So, what are you waiting for? It’s time to get messy in the kitchen and enjoy a wonderful meal with the family!
Friday, November 10: Superhero & Princess Day!
Friday, November 10: Date Night (6:45PM to 10:00PM)
Our families deserve an inexpensive way to spend a night on the town! Leave your child with us, so you can have a night of fun. This will be a good chance to have dinner without the kids, see a movie, go shopping, or do anything else you enjoy!
Your child is welcome to get comfortable – wear their pajamas and bring a sleeping bag. The children will enjoy dinner and snacks and have a lot of fun with their friends and teachers! Please see the posted information at school.
Sign-up sheet is at the check in monitor. Payment is due at sign-up. (*For enrolled families only. Enrolled families are welcome to bring older siblings)
Tuesday, Nov. 14: ‘Tooth Buddy Tales’ Puppet Show for Preschool & Pre-K!
Friday, November 17: Pajama & Teddy Bear Day
Wednesday, Nov. 22: Chef Dave’s Thanksgiving Lunch!
Thursday, Nov. 23 & Friday, Nov. 24: CLOSED for Thanksgiving
Circle time is important for infants and toddlers. It engages them in activities that help them to learn and grow. At the Langhorne Preschool, it is an important part of our daily routine for children. Below are thirteen excellent circle time ideas for infants and toddlers.
1. Song Board
Having a “song board” that lets children pick the song their group sings is a fun activity. This is a good idea for preschoolers.
2. Story Time
Telling a story and letting children add characters and settings keeps the children engaged. It is fun for them and for you! You are also less likely to lose their attention.
3. Coloring Sheets or Books
This activity promotes artistic creativity and hand-eye coordination in children. It also allows them to create something on their own. Provide them with all the tools necessary and let them create! At the Langhorne Preschool, this is a daily part of our curriculum.
4. Playing Simple Musical Instruments
Give the children instruments that are easy to play. Doing this allows them to have fun while socializing with others. It also teaches them about the many different musical instruments and sounds they make. This keeps them busy and entertained!
5. Magnetic Letters
Use magnetic letters to allow children to spell out simple words. Give some examples that they can copy. let them associate letters and words with pictures. This will teach them basic language skills. Be sure every child gets a chance to arrange the letters at least once.
6. Weather Spinwheel
Make a simple spin wheel and talk about the different kinds of weather. Use fun props for special effects. A spray bottle for rain, cotton balls for clouds and a fan for wind are simple and engaging . As far as circle time ideas for preschoolers go, this is one of the easiest and most fun!
7. Color and Shape Cube
Create a cube from an empty box. Put shapes in different colors on each side. Have each child roll the cube and describe the color and shape that they get. In our Langhorne child care programs, we teach shapes and colors as one of our main focuses with infants and toddlers.
8. Puppet Shows
Put on a puppet show for your children! Colorful socks or oven mits can make great puppets. Make sure the show is a reasonable length and has a fun, easy-to-follow story. This engages children’s minds and keeps them entertained. You can even get the children to help you make the puppets for the show! This is also a great circle time ideas for preschoolers.
9. Color Sorting With Toys
Find a several baskets. Put all the toys in one basket and ask each child to find all the toys of a certain color and put them in a separate basket. Make sure all children get a turn. This helps reinforce colors and keeps children engaged.
10. Felt Board Stories
Create a felt board for the children to interact with, creating little characters that they can rearrange and tell a story with. Make sure all children get a turn!
11. Physical Activity
Let children get out some of their energy while having fun by playing a simple physical game (like Simon Says!). You could ask them to touch their toes, do jumping jacks, or pat their tummies.
12. Letter Charts
Begin teaching your children the alphabet with simple letter charts! This is a fun and easy way for them to learn their letters by associating them with a physical object or character (A for apple, E for Elsa, etc.).
13. Food Crafts
We all know about “macaroni art”, but you can also use cereals and other food items to create crafts for your children. This keeps the children engaged and lets them create on their own! Be sure to provide the materials for them so that they can easily reach them–less mess! This may be a better activity for older, pre-school children.
At the Langhorne Daycare, we believe that circle time is important in your child’s development.. If you’re looking for an excellent care center for your children, then we are the right place for you! Check out our child care center testimonials and see for yourself!
These activities will help your child learn and grow while having fun. We incorporate these activities into our care plan at Langhorne Daycare, but you can also do them at home. We want to give the best care to your child, so please give us a call today, or visit us online here for more information!
Winter is coming, and that means that the holidays are on their way. It’s the perfect time to feel the holiday spirit and try to help your fellow man. There are a lot of different ways to do that, so it’s easy to find something that can make a difference for a small part of the world that anyone can handle.
The Red Cross always needs blood donations, but the need increases during times when people are more likely to be injured. People travel a lot around the holidays, which means there are more accidents and thus more injuries, so blood banks can run into trouble during the holidays. Blood also spoils quickly, so you can be sure that your donation is needed, especially if you have a rare blood type. Donating blood is quick, easy, and free, so it’s a great option for people who are interested in giving back to others without going to too much trouble.
The best way to donate blood is to schedule a visit to a local blood drive. Most blood drives will advertise for several days before the event, so it’s relatively easy to find one. The Red Cross can also help you to find the nearest blood drive if there aren’t any local advertisements. If there aren’t any blood drives to attend, consider organizing one of your own. It takes more work, but blood can save lives, so it’s certainly worth the effort.
Volunteering as a Tutor
Education is one of the keys to building a better life, but sometimes getting an education is easier said than done. Volunteering your time as a tutor can give the gift of knowledge to someone in need, and that gift can pay dividends for years to come. There are several ways to do this, so most people can find some way to help.
Literacy is one of the most important skills because it enables people to learn other things, but some people have trouble with it. Children need to practice reading if they’re going to get good at it, but they don’t always get that chance at home. Providing it is a great way to give back to the community. Simply handing out simple books and giving children the chance to read to you as you fix their mistakes can be a big help. Reading to them is also useful, and almost any adult can do it.
Older students often need help with specific subjects. Helping them requires more specialized knowledge, but you can still do it if you understand the subject. Adults with specialized skills, like woodworking, can also take the chance to pass those on. They aren’t always taught in school, but they’re still useful.
The best way to get involved through tutoring is to contact a local school and ask if they need help with any of their clubs or programs. Libraries are also a good choice, especially for people who want to help with literacy issues. Even if they don’t need volunteers themselves, they can usually point you towards a program that does.
Cook a Feast
Most holidays involve big meals with big groups of people. If you’re filled with the holiday spirit and want to give back in a way that fits the season, you can’t go wrong by contributing to a meal for the community.
These community meals help to solve several different problems at the same time. At a basic level, they can help to fight hunger in the community. They can also spread some holiday joy to people who aren’t able to afford the traditional meal on their own. One meal may not seem like much, but it can make a big difference to people who are on the verge of poverty.
Community feasts also offer a hidden benefit. It isn’t much fun to be alone for the holidays, but it happens to a surprising number of people. These events give those individuals a chance to come together with other people for the holidays that would otherwise be denied to them. That’s a powerful gesture, and it can make the holidays much brighter.
Remember the Essentials
In the end, the holidays are a time to give back to the community. Even a small effort can make a big difference, so there’s no reason not to do something to help others. As long as you remember the golden rule when you volunteer, it’s hard to go wrong.
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All too many children are entering public schools already unprepared for success. They don’t have the tools, the foundations, or the background they need in order to succeed among classmates who may have been attending private preschools from their earliest days, whose parents can afford private tutors when they are unable to learn in a traditional classroom setting, and who have had their educations enriched from well before they entered a classroom for the first time.
The Importance of Early Education
Between the ages of 0 and 5, much of the foundation of a child’s brain is built. During these critical formative years, children aren’t necessarily learning that two plus two is four or that t-h-e spells “the,” though they’re certainly able to start developing those skills along the way. Instead, they’re learning how to think: how to approach problems, how to develop skills that they don’t currently have, and most critically, how to learn.
Unfortunately, children who are living in poverty may struggle to pick up those basic life skills. In many cases, parental education in these households is not up to the same standard as that of children who grow up in affluent households. This means that in many cases, they lack the ability to give their children those critical educational skills. Parents may not have the time and energy to work with their children on basic skills, from reading to math and more. In many cases, parents may not have any idea how to begin building the scaffolding their children need in order to succeed.
Children who grow up in poor households may also have key financial limitations that make it difficult for them to keep up with their peers. They’re unable to attend field trips. Even simply going to the park or to the library may be a stretch for parents who need to make every penny count. They may also live in unstable environments that are ill-suited to the consistency and security that children need in order to learn effectively. For these children, the importance of early education to help bridge those gaps is obvious. Interventions through early childhood education programs are the best way for these students and their families to receive the tools they need in order for these children to be successful in their early educational opportunities and beyond.
The Impact of Early Education and Development
Early education and development are intrinsically linked, especially for the 11% of young children who are currently living in poverty. Children who receive early education opportunities are able to develop the foundation they need in order to succeed throughout their school days. This education helps enhance development and push children forward, building stronger brains early in their lives in order to help them throughout the educational process and even as they choose careers.
Parental attention is still critical for student success, as early child development and care received from the parent are some of the most important factors in determining how much a student is able to accomplish. In fact, the role of the parent is greater than any other influence in securing the child’s educational success. However–and this is key–targeted early childhood education has the ability to support parents who might not have the tools they need to help their children succeed. It can provide parents with materials, offer them advice, and provide an additional support to children who would otherwise struggle when they reached a traditional educational setting.
Linking the Parent and the School
The significance and benefits of early childhood education are obvious. Many parents, however, feel that government-regulated early childhood education will take away their rights as parents, forcing them to adhere to government schedules and strictures much younger in a child’s life. In reality, however, the goal of most early childhood education programs is to link parent and teacher so that they are able to work more effectively together. The teacher isn’t taking over for the parent; instead, they are providing the parent with the tools they need to help their child succeed.
Most parents don’t have a library of tools in their back pockets to provide their children with educational basics. Early childhood educators, however, know how to work with a struggling child, how to offer different styles of instruction for different learners, and how to provide children with pieces of educational tools while still making the instruction fun and interesting. It’s not about removing parental rights or responsibilities. Rather, it’s about giving parents more options, including qualified educational professionals who are able to work alongside them to build children who are better prepared for success when they enter the real world.
Why does early childhood education matter? Simply, because it is the tool that students from poorer homes need in order to succeed. Parents from affluent families will offer their children the tools they need for success, often without realizing it. They can afford to purchase educational toys, take their children on trips to public monuments and museums, and spend money on as many books as they like. For children living in poverty, however, an early childhood education helps to bridge the gap between what the parents are able to offer and what the child needs in order to succeed.
Early Education with Children Central in Yardley
Children Central Child Learning Center is dedicated to providing quality early education programs to the children of Yardley and Langhorne PA. Come check out our programs and contact us today! We look forward to hearing from you!