Scientific and pediatric research now gives parents a better understanding of infant and early childhood brain development. Using standardized milestones in conjunction with developmental timelines, parents are able to compare their infant or young child with established standards of normal growth and the progression of both physical and cognitive abilities. This piece explores a child’s brain developmental milestones.
Starting at birth to three months
The first three months of an infant’s life can be a blur when learning the basics of parenting a newborn. Even though this is a hectic, often sleep-deprived time, it is still important to notice developmental milestones and be aware of any delays or difficulties that your baby is encountering.
During a newborn’s first month, moving one or both hands within range of his or her eyes and mouth is normal. Visually an infant will prefer high-contrast patterns and colorful pictures. They also should have recognition of familiar voices or sounds and will turn toward the person or object emitting the noise.
At the third month after birth, an infant should be able to turn his or her head from side-to-side while lying on the stomach. A baby will also begin to develop what is called a “social smile” when feeling happy or at ease with his or her surroundings.
Ages six to twelve months
An infant of this age will now be able to find partially hidden objects directly in his or her line of sight. Your child will grab for objects that are within reach either skillfully or with some awkwardness.
A baby should be able to respond to sounds, and start experimenting with early language or “baby talk.” Infants can also distinguish between emotions via voice tone and respond accordingly. When an infant is labeled “fussy” it might be more the result of a stressed parent versus an agitated baby. And finally, an infant should now be more mobile and start crawling. At this point it may be challenging for parents to keep objects out of reach.
Years one and two
By now, a child should be able to identify and sort objects by shapes and colors. He or she will also begin to imitate the behavior of both adults and peers. Walking around unaided and being fully mobile is achieved at this age. Language will be developing rapidly with the use of short sentences and mostly one-syllable words.
The childcare and early education team at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Crabapple in Alpharetta, Georgia, takes great pride in offering a learning environment that enhances your child’s brain development. This is achieved by using our researched and acclaimed educational programs at the Kids ‘R’ Kids modern, child-friendly facility. Contact us today to find out more.Show Less
An ever-evolving world of technology offers innovative ways to aid in raising a child. Smart phones, tablets, and an array of other gadgets offer thousands of applications which are child-specific. Wading through the lengthy list of applications can take time and effort, however finding those which can enhance your child’s future are worth the investment.
The child care experts at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Crabapple offer some information about a few applications to benefit your child’s growth and development, and to provide parents with the information needed to ensure their child’s success.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Parent Portal for Child Care
The Kids ‘R’ Kids Parent Portal is a helpful application which aids parents who want the very best in child care. Busy parents will appreciate this application that provides extensive information regarding daily care and education in an easy to use and accessible format. There is an expanded private area on the school’s website just for parents, where they can monitor the activities of their child and be alerted to any problems. It also works on mobile devices. The Parent Portal makes it much easier for parents to communicate with teachers and know their child’s schedule on a daily basis. This application will be made available to all Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies in 2015, to be used at the discretion of the Academy owner.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Crabapple, in Alpharetta, Georgia, provides the best early learning and child care environment. From infancy to preschool education, we will provide your child with the most effective child care experience available.
Reading and Math
Reading to your child is fundamental, because the first few years of your child’s life are critical in the brain development process. Parents can access a variety of early childhood educational applications, including such crucial subjects as reading and math, for each stage in their child’s life. One example is Bedtime Math, which is an application that makes this sometimes challenging subject a fun learning experience. Your quality time, paired with this application specific to math fundamentals, will offer your child a headstart in learning.
Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Crabapple can help you with useful child care tips and age-appropriate applications to enhance at-home learning. Contact us today for more information.Show Less
More brain development occurs more in the first five years of your child’s life than during any other learning period. It is during this time that your child forms the foundation for future achievement in terms of academic, career, and social success. Though each child will develop at his or her own pace, below is a general timeline of your child’s development:
- At birth, your child has almost all of his or her brain cells. These cells are not connected yet by neural synapses and if they are not connected during this time, most of these cells will be lost. Healthy stimulation will make and reinforce these connections.
Between birth to one year old, your child may be able to:
- Recognize you and differentiate between familiar from unfamiliar faces.
- Speak around three words.
- Explore through the five senses.
- Remember where favorite toys are.
- Stand unaided and even walk a few steps.
- Follow sounds and objects.
- Notice when someone leaves and returns.
- Manipulate objects and shapes.
Between one and two years old, your child may be able to:
- Play with simple puzzles.
- Turn pages in a book.
- Mimic adults and others in play.
- Understand basic time principles: now, later, soon.
- Draw a circle or lines after being shown.
- Recognize different animals, shapes, etc.
Between two and three years old, your child may be able to:
- Draw a person or animal.
- Speak in short sentences.
- Build basic structures with blocks, etc.
- Walk up and down stairs.
- Pedal on a tricycle.
- Turn pages one at a time.
- Kick balls.
Between three to five years, your child may be able to:
- Show a preference for left or right-handedness.
- Talk with more complex sentences.
- Copy letters and shapes.
- Dress and undress without assistance.
- Use simple reasoning skills.
- Count objects.
- Eat independently.
The key to boosting early development is to ensure that your child has plenty of age appropriate stimulation. Try a visit to Webb Bridge Park for a day of exploration and play.
If you are looking for a child care facility that is focused on early childhood development, consider Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Crabapple. We offer the exclusive Brain Waves™ Curriculum, which targets your child’s developmental needs as he or she grows. For more information, contact us today.Show Less
Preschoolers learn at a rapid rate, and these developmental needs have to be properly met in order for your child to prosper both inside and outside of the preschool environment. Preschools that have achieved exclusive AdvancED™ Accreditation, such as Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Crabapple, are in a unique position to help your child in the most effective way.
This accreditation is only granted to educational and child care facilities that offer programs that are ideally suited to supporting and encouraging healthy child development. From our state-of-the-art facilities, innovative programs and educational resources to our high quality staff and teaching methods, your child will be provided with everything he or she needs to succeed.
Our priority is your child’s future
As we know, each and every child has different skills and talents that need to be identified, encouraged and developed. This is why we give your child access to highly trained teachers who will work one-on-one with your child to discover new abilities, explore the world and build positive character traits through exciting learning activities.
Our preschool curriculum not only focuses on developmental needs, but also on introducing your child to academic studies and structures. With fun learning stations that teach your child about math, science, music, literature, and much more, your child will feel inspired to participate and grow alongside his or her peers.
You can continue this growth outside of preschool with stimulating educational activities, such as a trip to Legoland Discovery Center. There your child will learn about constructing practical and creative structures while having fun and refining motor skills.
At our education center, your child will also start on a journey towards learning vital life skills that he or she will use throughout their life including interactions with others. Skills like teamwork, leadership, cooperation, reasoning, and problem solving are introduced through supervised play and projects to help facilitate this learning and offer your child balanced development.
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As your infant grows, he experiences growth in response to stimulation, whether it is physical stimulation such as learning to grasp or roll a ball, or language stimulation such as learning to respond to his own name. Social development is no different and, just as new toys stimulate infants, new relationships stimulate them as well. These new relationships are usually with immediate family, friends, caregivers and other infants, and play a vital role in teaching your child how to interact with others. This is where they will develop behaviors that will continue through a lifetime. Here is some great advice to start your child on the road to learning about conflict, discipline, empathy and compassion:
1. Develop trust: When you meet your infant's need for food or comfort, you are showing her what it means to be in a relationship built on trust. Continuing to build on that trust will help your child to trust others and form relationships more easily.
2. Copy sounds and movements: Although it seems that infants cannot do much socializing, they are actually watching every move and learning directly from you. Talking to your child, copying the noises he makes and even making faces at each other, helps your child to realize the importance of interaction and communication. These activities stimulate language as well as social development.
3. Explore together: You are the person your child trusts the most, so it is important that parents take every chance to help their infant safely explore the world. Whether you are playing in an infant-friendly playground like that at the Sweet Apple Park or going to a bakery or a friends house, keep these experiences fun and positive and it will help your child develop a curiosity and self-confidence about the world.
At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Crabapple in Alpharetta, Georgia, we place an equal emphasis on language, cognitive, socioemotional and physical growth in a comprehensive and nationally accredited infant program. Designed with the philosophy of ''Hug First, Then Teach,'' our facility is a comfortable, loving and nurturing environment that combines stimulating play with individual attention. Contact us today and let us help your child unlock their academic and social development potential.Show Less
The way we eat affects every part of our bodies, including early childhood brain development. In preschoolers, the effect of a healthy or unhealthy diet on the brain is particularly significant, as their brains are growing rapidly and building the platform for future academic success.
The effects of junk food
Studies have shown that children who eat significant quantities of convenience food in the first two years of life exhibit lower IQ scores at age eight than children who do not eat these foods. In contrast, children who are fed a diet rich in fruits, nuts, complex carbohydrates, and vegetables show higher IQ scores and better memory skills by age four. The study found that the brain reacts to refined sugars in the same way it would to a virus or bacterial infection. This reaction has been linked to an immune response consistent with conditions that involve decreased cognitive function later in life, such as Alzheimer's disease.
How healthy food helps with brain development
Ensuring that your child eats a healthy, balanced diet is a significant step in the right direction. Many healthy foods contain the fatty acid Omega-3 which actively supports brain development. Other healthy foods for the brain include apples, which help support a healthy immune system, and dark, leafy greens that are packed full of antioxidants. At Kids 'R' Kids of Crabapple in Alpharetta, Georgia we offer balanced meal options that are updated weekly.
Mental stimulation to promote growing minds
In addition to a healthy diet, a child needs mental stimulation to promote cognitive development. Preschoolers need to learn problem solving, focus, and self control along with understanding their senses and movement. These skills are taught through play, use of technology, and through science and math by qualified early childhood education professionals.
At Kids 'R' Kids of Crabapple in Alpharetta, Georgia, we understand the importance of good nutrition and mental stimulation, which is why we utilize the scientifically developed Brain Waves™ Curriculum. Designed to provide exceptional support for brain development in infants, toddlers, and preschoolers, this acclaimed program will provide your child with individual care and the attention needed in order to maximize mental capacity and build a foundation from which your child can reach their full learning potential.Show Less