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  • Teaching Your Child the Power of Giving

    Around this time of year, we take time to think about the power of giving and its importance. As Thanksgiving and Christmas come around, this is a good time to talk to your child about why giving back is important.It is easiest to show the effects of giving to children by example. Below, we have listed some charitabl... Read More

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    Around this time of year, we take time to think about the power of giving and its importance. As Thanksgiving and Christmas come around, this is a good time to talk to your child about why giving back is important.

    It is easiest to show the effects of giving to children by example. Below, we have listed some charitable acts you can practice with your child:

    • Donate old clothes that your child has grown out of. Many charities take old clothes like The Salvation Army, Goodwill, etc.
    • Donate canned goods. Especially this time of the year, when there is huge focus on food and hearty meals. Try donating some canned food to charities for those less fortunate.
    • Volunteer at local organizations like a soup kitchen, local church charity, etc. Choosing a day or days for this as a family activity teaches kids about giving back to the community.
    • Recycling and cleaning up in the community. Recycling and making sure our environment is clean and protected is another major way to teach your child about giving our environment the chance to stay clean and survive.
    • Donate some or all of a birthday or Christmas. Another wonderful way to show children the importance of giving is to donate some or all of the money they would use or receive during a birthday or other holiday to a cause of their choosing. Learning to share an important day is a valuable lesson for a child… that part of a celebration is also giving.
    • There are many more ways you can give back to the community and share these values with your children. Whatever you choose, we hope these ideas will help you and your family learn and participate in the process of giving.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, our exclusive preschool curriculum provides plenty of space for children to be creative as they explore the world. Our enthusiastic team of teachers makes each child feel welcomed and loved—from our infants to our after-school students. We offer so much more than a daycare or childcare experience—we give each child a firm First Step to Higher Education® that will propel them to academic success. Enroll your child into our excellent preschool program today! Contact us in Henderson/Silverado Ranch today and schedule a tour to check out facilities!

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  • New Mom: Making the best choice for infant or toddler care

    When it is time to go back to work after having your baby or even when your infant has become a toddler, entrusting the care of your child to someone outside of your immediate family is the most difficult decision you can make. This is especially important because at no other stage of your child... Read More

    New Mom Making the best choice for infant or toddler care.JPGWhen it is time to go back to work after having your baby or even when your infant has become a toddler, entrusting the care of your child to someone outside of your immediate family is the most difficult decision you can make. This is especially important because at no other stage of your child's life does learning occur so rapidly.

    How should you choose an infant care, toddler care or early childhood learning center for your infant or toddler?

    Your child will spend many hours during these formative years with caregivers or teaching staff when enrolled in a child care center. Consequently, you should choose a child care center that is aligned with your values and goals.

    1. Is the location easy to access? You may need to consider traffic, driving routes and balancing your family’s schedule with work or other engagements. Does the facility have hours of operation that fit the needs of your busy schedule?
    1. Does the facility accommodate other age groups? If you have more than one child, the convenience of picking up both children at the same place can offer you more quality time at home with less stress.
    1. What is the child care provider’s philosophy? Does the provider believe that children learn best when they feel safe and secure? What special features does the center contain that would reinforce this feeling? How does the provider deal with child illness and behavior? What records does the provider keep to be sure that you are always informed?
    1. Are you able to check on your child? Are the classrooms and interactive play areas equipped with an internet viewing system that allows you to monitor your child remotely through a secure connection?
    1. Is it simply a daycare facility? Does the center have an accredited infant or child care program with curriculum that is specifically written to allow caregivers to provide each child with individual attention and care? Infants should be immersed in a curriculum that invites and promotes multiple opportunities for motor and sensory activities. This will promote cognitive skill development at a faster pace. Does the center have planned activities that invite your child to interact with the environment and to demonstrate eagerness, curiosity, persistence, and problem-solving?

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, our locally owned and operated schools provide the best for your child. We have a state-of-the art facility that offers the latest in early development educational practices and is nationally accredited.

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  • What every Mom needs to know to help her child grow and thrive in daycare and early learning environments

    During infancy and early childhood, your child develops from a vulnerable newborn into a walking, talking toddler. During this time, mental stimulation is key to helping your child reach develo... Read More

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    During infancy and early childhood, your child develops from a vulnerable newborn into a walking, talking toddler. During this time, mental stimulation is key to helping your child reach developmental milestones, though every child will develop at a different rate. Interaction with family, friends and the environment can provide plenty of stimulation. It is important that your child receives significant attention and activity whether at a daycare or a childcare facility to ensure that the brain develops properly. Mental and physical stimulation play vital roles in helping reach child developmental milestones in each of the following developmental stages:

    • Birth to two months: At birth, your infant is ready to start learning. An infant’s brain has developed almost 100 billion neurons that require stimulation to become active and permanent. By two months of age, your infant’s social-emotional development includes smiling, self-calming behavior (i.e. sucking on the hand) and looking directly at adults. Cognitive development includes looking at faces, following things with the eyes and a short attention span. As your infant begins to respond to sounds, he or she will try to hold up the head and will start to gain more control of arm and leg movements.
    • Four months: At this stage, while learning to enjoy playtime, your child will likely begin to copy facial expressions. You will also start to hear babbling and crying in response to hunger, fatigue or pain. During this developmental stage, your infant will start to reach for toys and objects, will learn to recognize people and will respond enthusiastically to affection. Physical milestones will ordinarily include rolling over and pushing up when lying on the tummy.
    • Six months: The achievements above will begin to be far more pronounced. Learning to interact with adults, your child will begin to distinguish between familiar and strange faces. During this stage, your child will likely be able to sit up without support, roll over in both directions and use his or her legs to bounce when held in a standing position.
    • Nine months: Your child will begin to make limited sounds that are more like speech, will recognize favorite toys, show preference for familiar people and may act shy around strangers. Your child will be able to point to desired objects and pick them up using the thumb and index finger. Playing peek-a-boo is a favorite game at this stage and your child will watch and respond to your hiding objects. He or she may be able to stand with support and crawl.
    • 12 months: Your child may begin to respond to certain requests and to wave goodbye. Fear of strangers and new things is common. Your child will start to recognize the connection between images and words. Mobility can be problematic for you at this stage as your child begins to become mobile and even takes a few steps.
    • At all ages and stages: It is important to remember that each child develops at an individual pace. Not every child will reach the same milestones at exactly the same age. If you have any concerns about your child's development, discuss them with your pediatrician.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, the exclusive Toddler Big Steps Curriculum™ takes into account that development and learning begin prenatally and continue throughout life. Toddlers are immersed in a curriculum that invites and promotes multiple opportunities for motor and sensory activities. Cognitive skills are developed through planned activities that invite children to interact with the environment and demonstrate eagerness, curiosity, persistence, creativity, and problem-solving. Literacy and language development are nurtured.


    If you would like more information about how we can help your child get the most from preschool, then contact us in Henderson/Silverado Ranch today for a free tour.

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  • Smarter Child and Brain Development

    Smarter children do not just happen. Child brain development begins with understanding what is going on inside your child's brain. This is why stimulation and activity are so important at home and at daycare during the early preschool years.Sensory experiences shape and grow your child’s brain. The first five years are the... Read More

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    Smarter children do not just happen. Child brain development begins with understanding what is going on inside your child's brain. This is why stimulation and activity are so important at home and at daycare during the early preschool years.

    Sensory experiences shape and grow your child’s brain. The first five years are the most important years in your child's brain development. Using the five senses to interact with the environment and people will improve your child's brain development, focus and learning. Daily time and attention are the most precious gifts you can give your child. The best learning academies and daycare centers should follow through on that attention with guidance, love, empathy and understanding.

    Below is a look at what happens inside your child's brain.

    Your child’s brain is made up of different parts and each plays a role in the functioning of the body. These parts include the cerebrum, the cerebellum, the limbic system, and the brain stem.

    1. Cerebrum: This is the largest part of your child’s brain and the most important. It is divided into four sections, called lobes, and is also divided into right and left hemispheres. This part of the brain manages functions that include creativity, problem solving, behavior and intellect.
    2. Cerebellum: Called the little brain, this part of the brain controls body functions such as posture, balance and coordination.
    3. Limbic System: The limbic system contains glands that help your child manage emotions. Also, hormonal responses generate from this part of the brain.
    4. Brain Stem: Referred to as the simplest part of your child’s brain, the brain stem controls all basic life functions, such as the heartbeat, breathing and blood pressure.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, pre-k and preschool students enjoy learning with the interactive and innovative SmartBoard technology! The exclusive STEAM AHEAD® curriculum offered only at Kids ‘R’ Kids also works to equip your child with a firm foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! If you would like more information about how we can help your child get the most from preschool, then contact us in Henderson/Silverado Ranch today for a free tour. We are passionate about child care.

    Originally published Kids 'R' Kids

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  • Set the pace in your child’s life with a preschool that offers an AdvancED™ accredited program

    Making the right choice early in your child’s schooling career can provide a launch pad to further success. By enrolling your child in a preschool that is accredited and certi... Read More

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    Making the right choice early in your child’s schooling career can provide a launch pad to further success. By enrolling your child in a preschool that is accredited and certified by the AdvancED™ Accreditation Commission, you set him or her up for greater success.

    What is AdvancED™?

    The AdvancED™ Accreditation Commission is the largest community of education professionals in the world. This organization is non-profit and non-partisan and conducts rigorous, on-site external reviews of Pre-K to grade 12 schools throughout the country. Accreditation ensures that all learners realize their full potential. The AdvancED™ Accreditation Commission governs and maintains the highest standards of education for all accredited learning institutions. With a focus on continuous improvement, the Commission helps schools improve and students achieve.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academieswas the first national early childhood education franchise to be granted accreditation from the AdvancED™ Accreditation Committee. This accreditation allows Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch to effectively drive the performance of students through continual educational development.

    In 2014, the AdvancED™ Accreditation Commission was accepted as a member of the Board of Directors of the Early Care and Education Consortium (ECEC). In that role, the Commission provides leadership regarding strengthening early childhood education and supports state and national policy initiatives that further the development of young children.

    Think of your child's future

    By enrolling your child in a preschool that offers an AdvancED™ Accredited program, you ensure that his or her education is in the most capable hands. This fast track educational system means that the transition from preschool to elementary school is seamless. Your child will be "ready on day-one" for a lifetime of academic success!

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, pre-k and preschool students enjoy learning with the interactive and innovative SmartBoard technology! The exclusive STEAM AHEAD® curriculum offered only at Kids ‘R’ Kids also works to equip your child with a firm foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! If you would like more information about how we can help your child get the most from preschool, then contact us in Henderson/Silverado Ranch today for a free tour. We are passionate about child care.

    Originally published Kids 'R' Kids

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  • A New Beginning - Finding the Right Preschool for Your Child

    As our summer turns to early fall many children are heading back to school. For some little ones this will be their first time starting in a new school or preschool setting. While exciting it can also be a fearful time for both children and parents alike. We asked Michael Thompson, Ph.D., and his wife Debbie, co-owners of ... Read More

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    As our summer turns to early fall many children are heading back to school. For some little ones this will be their first time starting in a new school or preschool setting. While exciting it can also be a fearful time for both children and parents alike. We asked Michael Thompson, Ph.D., and his wife Debbie, co-owners of Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy Henderson / Silverado Ranch, for the past 19 years, to share their advice on supporting students and their families during this potentially stressful time.

    Q. Going to school, especially for the first time student, can be a huge adjustment for kids. What types of things can parents do to assist their child in getting ready for a new year of schooling?

    A. The process really begins at home as parents begin to talk with their child about school in an emotionally exciting way. This allows them to have something to look forward to, and to help them visualize being at school meeting new friends.

    It is important for parents to understand how important structure is in a child’s life to make them feel comfortable. Parents can look at their child’s current daily schedule and modify it to look more like a typical school day. Part of the new structure you can create at home could include schedules for meals, computer or TV time, bath and bedtime.

    As we give tours of our school to new families one of the things that parents notice and comment on is how well behaved and involved the children are in their classrooms or during meal times. This often gives us a chance to talk about how structure and daily routines within the school helps to encourage a student’s feeling of comfort.

    Q. As parents, when we begin to think about our children going off to school for the first time it causes some anxiety. Is this a common experience for parents?

    A. Sending your child out into a brave new world outside of your home can come with its fair share of feelings and anxieties for parents. It is an emotion filled time of letting go, and at the same time a great celebration of your child growing up. The more comfortable you are about your decision to send your child to a particular school, and the excitement your child feels about his/her new school, will lead to fewer anxieties for each of you as you begin the next journey of your child's life.

    Q. What can parents do to feel more comfortable about their decision?

    A. Choosing a school for your family is one of the more important decisions that you will make. First of all, parents should do their homework to understand and evaluate the school that you are thinking about sending your little one to. Parents often will begin their evaluation by making phone calls to schools, which should be followed up with a school visit/tour. Remember, all schools are not created equal, and seeing is believing. When you set up your tour, bring your child along if possible. Along with learning about the school’s educational philosophy, curriculum, and programs, you will want to explore how they work with creating an environment that will welcome and encourage involvement of your child into their school and into his/her new class. This visit will also give you and your child an opportunity to meet the teachers and spend time in his/her classroom. Parents want and need peace of mind when choosing to leave their child to the care of someone. We decided to address this peace of mind issue as we built our school by using advanced technology that allows parents the ability to log in to a secured video streaming system to watch their child as they learn and play in their classroom.

    Q. It seems that preschool and kindergarten have changed dramatically since we went to school. What should we look for in a school to be sure our children will be ready?

    A. When you boil it all down, what children really need to bloom is to feel loved, accepted and given focused time and attention. On the other hand, we live in a society and era that are moving very rapidly, and quality early childhood education programs are changing to meet the demands for future academic success. Currently, high quality early childhood educational programs include infant/toddler sign language and yoga, brain development curriculum, computer iPad and online learning programs, interactive program curriculum in science, technology, engineering, art and math, accredited learning curriculums and academic skills testing, in addition to good old favorites like mud finger painting.

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    Debbie & Michael Thompson, Ph.D. are the owners /operators of Kids R Kids Learning Academy in the Henderson / Silverado Ranch. For the past 19 years, they’ve educated thousands of children while serving the needs of their families. If you have questions about parenting or early childhood education, please contact Michael at KidsRKidsSerene@gmail.comStarting school for the first time doesn’t have to be a scary experience. A few simple changes in your routine and choosing a school that both you and your child are comfortable with will make this exciting transition a happy one

    Originally published in 89123 Zip Code Magazine

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  • Tips for Helping Your Child with Homework

    Almost every kid brings home homework at the end of a busy school day. And oftentimes, once at the comfort of their homes and away from the classroom, a child requires aid in tackling the task in front of them. Many parents have found themselves struggling to help their child with homework for many reasons. Chief among these are havi... Read More

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    Almost every kid brings home homework at the end of a busy school day. And oftentimes, once at the comfort of their homes and away from the classroom, a child requires aid in tackling the task in front of them. Many parents have found themselves struggling to help their child with homework for many reasons. Chief among these are having a busy schedule themselves. But also, many parents struggle with remembering concepts from grade school that they last learned many years ago. And as time goes on, teaching methods change so the old ways to tackle a math problem for example, may be different to what your child is learning today. Here are some helpful tips for parents to use to better help their children with homework.

    Sit down with you child and read through the assignment. When you actively participate in the assignment with your child, you are involving them and allowing yourself to understand the concept of the assignment.

    Find videos and tutorials online. Since the rise of the internet and the need to get information quickly, a lot of online tutorials are now easily available. Some are even free! Check out places like KhanAcademy.org, E-LearningforKids.org, and more!

    Use a variety of household objects to display ideas. Some examples of this are using beans to show addition and subtraction by counting out the beans and then taking away or adding a certain number of beans to show the final number. Using paper to mold or even stackable items like cardstock or books to show 3 dimensional shapes, using water to show properties of water, and more can help you show your child the concepts in a way they can easily visualize.

    Don’t be afraid to seek help. Sometimes, either because of time or because some concepts are hard to remember, we don’t have the means to best help a child learn or tackle an assignment. Don’t be afraid to look for help yourself. Oftentimes you can check out a book from the public library on the subject. You can then read through it or even read it to your child so you both can learn that concept. Or you can use the internet and have your child learn how to safely search for answers and materials online that will help them learn the new subject matter.

    Get a tutor. As they get older, the concepts they learn will get harder and most people’s lives don’t get any less busy. Consider hiring a tutor for those subject areas that you know your child struggles with the most. This way your child is getting help from a source that is specifically knowledgeable in that area, and oftentimes a tutor’s teaching methods and patience may be exactly what your child needs to get comfortable with the subject they are struggling with.

    With these tips, homework doesn’t have to be a headache. It’s hard to keep up with every assignment your child brings home but with a little extra help they and you, will be able to tackle every one!

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    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, pre-k and preschool students enjoy learning with the interactive and innovative SmartBoard technology! The exclusive STEAM AHEAD® curriculum offered only at Kids ‘R’ Kids also works to equip your child with a firm foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! If you would like more information about how we can help your child get the most from preschool, then contact us in Henderson/Silverado Ranch today for a free tour. We are passionate about child care.

    Originally published Kids 'R' Kids

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  • Creative Ways to Build Your Child’s Vocabulary

    A few months after a beautiful baby is born, parents begin to hear exciting sounds of joy and personal expression. A toddler’s use of words can be adorable and entertaining as your child learns to use new words and communicate. While it’s entertaining to watch a growing toddler use a variation of a wor... Read More

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    A few months after a beautiful baby is born, parents begin to hear exciting sounds of joy and personal expression. A toddler’s use of words can be adorable and entertaining as your child learns to use new words and communicate. While it’s entertaining to watch a growing toddler use a variation of a word, as a child enters preschool the vocabulary is expected to increase. Better communication and increased vocabulary does not happen automatically. It requires intentional learning and an excellent curriculum in childcare, daycare, or preschool. Parental support is also beneficial. Learning happens in a balanced, loving, and nurturing environment.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids, we understand every stage of learning. Our curriculum is designed to help your child develop through our infant, and toddler programs, to our preschool, pre-k, and after school programs. At Kids ‘R’ Kids, children enjoy lessons designed to increase vocabulary, build better communication, and much more!

    We understand the commitment of our parents to complement the learning experience at home. Here are some helpful ways to build your child’s vocabulary through everyday activities at home.

    Be a careful listener. It may take time for your child to express himself. Listen carefully and allow your child to take the needed time to communicate.

    When speaking to your child, use real words. It may be fun to use “play words,” but as your child learns and grows, take the opportunity to use real words for your child to repeat and understand. While some “play words” are cute, they can be confusing and stifle vocabulary.

    Ask plenty of probing questions. Your questions will create opportunities for your child to think, reason, and express himself better.

    Encourage your child regularly. Always look for opportunities to affirm and encourage your child. Respond with care and thoughtfulness as your child learns to express thoughts and feelings.

    Keep your baby talking and making sounds. Your baby is growing and developing in many ways. Engaging activities, talking, and fun interactions are ways your child learns and develops. Even though your baby may not understand your words, he will recognize your voice and body language.

    Read to your child regularly. Choose a fun book appropriate for your child’s age and read regularly. Your child will begin to recognize and repeat words. Also discuss what the words mean.

    While Kids ‘R’ Kids provides an excellent preschool learning experience, parents love to join the learning process. These simple steps will support your child’s learning along with our excellent curriculum. Our STEAM AHEAD® curriculum is an integrated project-based curriculum written for students ages three to five, providing them with opportunities to be creative, innovative, and ingenious—learning to use problem-solving skills, critical thinking skills, and best of all, finding the “ah ha” moments in our five core areas of education.

    Learn more about the many ways we support your child, with our dynamic curriculum, excellent programs, and qualified teachers and staff. We hope you will contact us to learn more about our commitment to advanced learning, increased vocabulary, and our overall educational success that is far beyond a daycare or childcare.

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    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, we make sure children are cared for and nurtured in an age-appropriate environment that fosters the process of learning. We offer programs for toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children that help build your child’s vocabulary. Contact us in Henderson/Silverado Ranch today for a free tour.

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  • Chores for Kids Don’t Have to Be a Chore for Parents

    Chores can help children learn responsibility. However, establishing an effective chore system requires some effort from parents. We put together a list of pitfalls for parents to avoid when it comes to chores.Don’t be stingy with praise. Don’t wait until your child ... Read More

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    Chores can help children learn responsibility. However, establishing an effective chore system requires some effort from parents. We put together a list of pitfalls for parents to avoid when it comes to chores.

    Don’t be stingy with praise. Don’t wait until your child is finished with a chore to praise him or her for a job well done. Encourage your child throughout the process and congratulate progress! Praise is often a better motivator than money.

    Don’t insist on perfection. Your child is still learning what “clean” really means, so don’t be hard on him or her when there are still streaks on the window and dust in the corners. And by no means, don’t jump in and do the chore instead of your child. That undermines the whole point of chores!

    Don’t make chores boring. Turn on some music or make a game out of it! Laugh and dance as you put away toys, sort dirty laundry, and load the dishwasher. Doing so teaches children that responsibility can be fun.

    Don’t wait too long. Some parents think their children are too young for chores. However, there are plenty of age-appropriate tasks even your two-year-old can do!

    Don’t be inconsistent. Establishing a chore system for children can feel like a chore for adults. As a parent, remind yourself to remind your child about chores. When you don’t set clear expectations and or follow through, you are communicating to your child that chores are not really that important. If chores are important to you, they will become important to your child.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, we make sure children are cared for and nurtured in an age-appropriate environment that fosters the process of learning responsibility. We offer programs for toddlers, preschoolers and school-age children that make even chores a fun classroom activity! Contact us in Henderson/Silverado Ranch today for a free tour.

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  • Balancing Your Child’s Use of Technology in Henderson and Silverado Ranch

    Young children and even toddlers are surprisingly proficient at using technology. You don’t have to search long or hard before coming into contact with a young child playing with mom’s phone in the grocery store, at a local park, or in the ai... Read More

    Young children and even toddlers are surprisingly proficient at using technology. You don’t have to search long or hard before coming into contact with a young child playing with mom’s phone in the grocery store, at a local park, or in the airport. With such a compelling distraction it can be very tempting to just hand a child a tablet or phone to keep them occupied, especially when in public. While a little bit of screen time in your child’s day is by no means detrimental, like every other aspect of parenting it should be done in moderation. Will your child’s brain crumble after watching a few episodes of his favorite cartoon while you do the dishes? No. Does your child’s brain respond differently to screens than to other surfaces or toys? Yes.

    It’s important to understand just how impressionable and formative a child’s brain is in the first 5 years of his life. Did you know that those first 5 years will lay the foundation for the rest of your child’s learning capability? Before panicking and throwing away every electronic device in your home, take a deep breath and remember—everything in moderation!

    Since this can be a tricky topic to navigate, let’s get practical with 3 ways you can help your child manage his or her exposure to electronics throughout the day.

    Avoid using the electronic device as a reward or punishment tool. If the child only gets the tablet when he’s “good,” then you may be amazed at how angelic your child becomes! But if the tablet or phone is taken away before the child is ready, it will likely cause a meltdown and the child may associate the removal of the tablet with bad behavior—even if that isn’t why you’re taking it away!

    Schedule TV/tablet time as a regular part of the day. Instead of using it as a bargaining chip, treat tablet or phone usage as something associated with a particular time of day. For example, do you have a toddler who still takes naps during the day and also an older sibling who no longer requires a nap? Use that naptime as “quiet time” for your older child and give your child the tablet to play with during that time and only during that time. They may fuss when you remove the tablet but they know—there will be quiet time tomorrow!

    Don’t leave the TV on all day. If nobody in the home is watching the TV, turn it off! If you enjoy having some kind of background noise on, turn on a radio and play music. Children are immediately drawn to the moving pictures on a TV or tablet so by eliminating that distraction it will encourage your child to find other ways to occupy his or her time such as going outside to play, reading a book, or playing with other toys.

    Technology can be a great asset for parents and children! There are so many educational opportunities to utilize and many shows for children that teach great social skills. It is important not make technology the boss of the house. With healthy boundaries and clear expectations, you and your children can find a rhythm with iPads and iPhones and TV that will not jeopardize your child’s growth or development.

    At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, pre-k and preschool students enjoy learning with the interactive and innovative SmartBoard technology! The exclusive STEAM AHEAD® curriculum offered only at Kids ‘R’ Kids also works to equip your child with a firm foundation in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math! If you would like more information about how we can help your child get the most from preschool, then contact us in Henderson/Silverado Ranch today for a free tour. We are passionate about child care.

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  • Early Childhood Education - Helping Children Reach Their Potential

    Kids 'R' Kids on Serene is excited to announce our being chosen to become a new partner with the United Way to offer preschool & prekindergarten students a chance to enter school ready to learn.Earl... Read More

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    Kids 'R' Kids on Serene is excited to announce our being chosen to become a new partner with the United Way to offer preschoolprekindergarten students a chance to enter school ready to learn.

    Early childhood education is one of the most effective methods of closing learning gaps that form in a child’s first five years of life. Not only does preschool have a significant effect on a child’s academic progress while enrolled, it can also positively impact student health.

    Nevada has some of the lowest rates of preschool enrollment in the United States; only 32% of 3 and 4 year olds in Clark County are enrolled in a full-day pre-kindergarten program.

    Our goal is to increase the number of 3 and 4 year olds attending pre-kindergarten programs and reading on time.

    We’re expanding access to early education by investing in and creating programs that provide:

    • Quality early education scholarships for children in need
    • Teacher training with new research and methods
    • Parent and caregiver engagement in their child's education
    • Take-home books to build literacy skills at home

    We are now enrolling students for our first class to begin August.

    Call 702-270-6010 to see if your family qualifies or contact us.

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  • Debunking the 'Why is Preschool so Important?' Myth

    Have you ever asked yourself, "Why is preschool so important?"  Plenty of people ask us that question all the time and instead of us answering the question, we want you to hear from other professionals.    We'd love to hear from you whet... Read More

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    Have you ever asked yourself, "Why is preschool so important?"  Plenty of people ask us that question all the time and instead of us answering the question, we want you to hear from other professionals.    

    We'd love to hear from you whether you have ever felt this way, or even if you have myths of your own. 

    We believe the importance of preschool is paramount which is why we have dedicated our livelihood to it. 

    Michael Thompson, Ph.D 

    4 Common myths about the value of preschool

    1.  All the kids do is play games and sing songs.

    • Singing songs encourages speech and language development, enhancing vocabulary and communication skills. Students who struggle with a certain skill (ABCs, counting or math patterns) are able to show mastery through learning a song about it.
    • Playing games is the perfect opportunity for kids of this age to express their curiosity, learn teamwork, practice sharing and develop problem-solving skills.

    2.  I can teach all of these things at home. 

    • Preschool teachers are highly trained educational professionals and are specifically trained with techniques to enhance a child’s physical, social, emotional, cognitive and language development. 
    • They know how to immerse children in engaging learning experiences and have years of experience doing it. 

    3.  The benefits of preschool don’t last.

    • The first five years are most crucial due to the brain’s ability to make connections. 
    • Our capacity to develop vocabulary, a lifelong communication skill, is largely decided by the time we reach age five. 

    4.  Preschool is only for children from well-off families.

    • Some states fully fund preschool for all children, and many states have legislation in the process to do so. 
    • Many schools also offer financial aid to families who make preschool possible.
    • Head Start is an early childhood education program that has been active since 1965 and provides education for children from low-income families from birth to age five.

    Originally published on Rasmussen.edu

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    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, understands that this time in your child’s life is crucial. Our “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy helps to comfort your child, building a bond essential for successful learning. If you would like more information about how we can help your child get the most from preschool, then contact us today. We are passionate about child care.

    Debbie & Michael Thompson, Ph.D. are the owners /operators of Kids R Kids Learning Academy in the Henderson / Silverado Ranch. For the past 19 years, they’ve educated thousands of children while serving the needs of their families. If you have questions about parenting or early childhood education, please contact Michael at KidsRKidsSerene@gmail.com

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  • More Mindful Tips for Las Vegas Parents

    How children are naturals at being mindful in their surroundings.In a busy world it is a challenge sometimes to really be aware of our surroundings, as we journey through our day. From racing to cook breakfast because you are late for work, to wolfing down your lunch so as to get back to your desk for tha... Read More

    How children are naturals at being mindful in their surroundings.

    More Mindful Tips for Las Vegas Parents

    In a busy world it is a challenge sometimes to really be aware of our surroundings, as we journey through our day. From racing to cook breakfast because you are late for work, to wolfing down your lunch so as to get back to your desk for that big report, to speeding off to your child’s daycare, to pacing in line to check out at the grocery story, to burning a dinner as you speak to Grandma on the phone. Now you can add your own story line. With all of these challenges, how does one become aware, awake or mindful of your surroundings, and how might you teach these skills to your children while they are young?  Well the first step is to just take 3 deep breathes. Do it now. That alone is pretty amazing.

    We continue our series of helpful tips for parents as we talk about how children are naturals at being aware. 

    Michael Thompson, Ph.D 

    What is the best way to introduce mindfulness to my child?

    The most important thing is to follow the oxygen mask principle: put your own mask on first, before you help the child. Small children are naturally mindful, noticing the world around them with great curiosity, fascinated by a leaf or stone they find on the road. We adults are often the ones who are hurrying them along, teaching them that life is all about getting to the next place. So the more we rediscover how to be mindful ourselves, the more we can appreciate and nurture our children’s innate capacity to be present in each moment.

    To introduce the idea of mindfulness more directly to children, you can use simple games getting them to tune into their senses. Instead of gobbling down a piece of chocolate or fruit, you can both try eating it very slowly, savoring the smell and texture and taste. Spend a minute or two outside just listening, inviting them to pay attention to all the sounds they can hear. Go for a mindful walk, noticing things that are interesting or unusual to look at. On journeys by car or train, find ways to encourage them to look out the window instead of spending all their time glued to phones and other devices.

    Originally published on mindful.com.

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    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, understands that this time in your child’s life is crucial. Our “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy helps to comfort your child, building a bond essential for successful learning. If you would like more information about how we can help your child get the most from preschool, then contact us today. We are passionate about child care.

    Debbie & Michael Thompson, Ph.D. are the owners /operators of Kids R Kids Learning Academy in the Henderson / Silverado Ranch. For the past 19 years, they’ve educated thousands of children while serving the needs of their families. If you have questions about parenting or early childhood education, please contact Michael at KidsRKidsSerene@gmail.com.

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  • Mindful Tips for Las Vegas Parents

    Emotions, the spice of life!Emotions are a part of life. The question is, are they controlling you or are you controlling them. Without emotions we would not know the power of love, or the pain of loss. It is not emotions that are the challenge, it is our reactions to them. Unconsciously people will react to a situation without any hesitatio... Read More

    Emotions, the spice of life!

    Mindful Tips Las Vegas Parents

    Emotions are a part of life. The question is, are they controlling you or are you controlling them. Without emotions we would not know the power of love, or the pain of loss. It is not emotions that are the challenge, it is our reactions to them. Unconsciously people will react to a situation without any hesitation. While this may be helpful when being chased by a large black bear, it is not as helpful when we face challenging situations with our children.

    We continue our series of helpful tips for parents as we talk about how children are naturals at being aware.

    Michael Thompson Ph.D

    I’m constantly shouting or nagging.  Can mindfulness really help me and how?

    Mindfulness helps us to be more aware of our own emotions without letting them trigger us into knee-jerk reactions. Gradually we discover how to notice and feel the body sensations associated with our stress, anger or irritation, without having to act them out by shouting at our kids. In the quiet ‘laboratory conditions’ of our mindfulness practice, we discover that when irritations and unhelpful impulses come up, we can let ourselves feel them without judgement, as a natural part of being human. But we don’t have to act on them. This training helps us to respond more calmly when our children press our buttons throughout the day. 

    Originally published on Mindful.com.

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    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, understands that this time in your child’s life is crucial. Our “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy helps to comfort your child, building a bond essential for successful learning. If you would like more information about how we can help your child get the most from preschool, then contact us today. We are passionate about child care.

    Debbie & Michael Thompson, Ph.D. are the owners /operators of Kids R Kids Learning Academy in the Henderson / Silverado Ranch. For the past 19 years, they’ve educated thousands of children while serving the needs of their families. If you have questions about parenting or early childhood education, please contact Michael at KidsRKidsSerene@gmail.com.

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  • Family Ties - A New Beginning - Finding the Right Preschool for Your Child

    The summer is coming to an end, and children are getting ready to go back to school. For some little ones this will be their first time starting in a new school or preschool setting. This can be an exciting and sometimes fearful time for both children and parents alike. We asked Michael Thompson, Ph. D., and his wife Debbie, co-owners of K... Read More

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    The summer is coming to an end, and children are getting ready to go back to school.

    For some little ones this will be their first time starting in a new school or preschool setting. This can be an exciting and sometimes fearful time for both children and parents alike. We asked Michael Thompson, Ph. D., and his wife Debbie, co-owners of Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy Henderson / Silverado Ranch, their advice on dealing with this exciting, yet potentially stressful time.

    Q.

    Going to school, especially for the first time student, can be a huge adjustment for kids. What types of things can parents do to assist their child in getting ready for a new year of schooling?

    A.

    Let us begin by talking a little about creating emotional security and the importance of structure. Children really appreciate and need structure in their lives to feel comfortable and safe. Often when we give tours of our school to new families one of the first things parents notice and comment on is how well behaved and involved the children are in their classrooms or during meal times. We point out that this is really about how structure and daily routine helps to encourage a student’s feeling of comfort.

    To help your child’s adjustment when newly starting or going back to school, it is important for parents to create and begin using some daily structure and routines at home commencing a few weeks before school begins. This may include schedules for meals, computer or TV time, bath and bedtime. This will set a good foundation for your child and it will give you an opportunity to talk with your child about what he/she can expect at school.

    Q.

    As parents, when we began to think about our children going off to school for the first time it causes some anxiety. Is this a common experience for parents?

    A.

    Sending your child out into a brave new world outside of your home can come with its fair share of feelings and anxieties for parents. It is an emotion filled time of letting go, at the same time a great celebration of your child growing up. The more comfortable you are about your decision to send your child to a particular preschool, and the excitement your child feels about his/her new preschool will lead to fewer anxieties for each of you as you begin the next journey of your child's life.

    Q.

    What can parents do to feel more comfortable about their decision?

    A.

    It really starts with taking the time to do a complete evaluation and visit of the school that you are thinking about sending your little one to. This is one of the most important decisions you will make in their child’s early years, and all schools are not created equal. We encourage parents to download a school feature’s checklist to better understand what to look for in a high quality school setting. Next, set up a complete school tour visit, making sure to bring your child along. Along with learning about the schools educational philosophy, curriculum, and programs, you will want to explore how they work with creating an environment that will welcome and encourage involvement of your child into their school and into his/her new class. This visit will also give you and your child an opportunity to meet the teachers and spend time in his/her classroom.

    Some schools also offer video technology that allow parents the ability to login to a secured video streaming system to watch their child as they learn and play in their classroom. This can be a great tool to provide peace of mind, especially when your child is first starting out.

    Q.

    It seems that Preschool and Kindergarten have changed dramatically since we went to school. What should we look for to keep our kids up to speed?

    A.

    We’d like to think that in some ways the important foundational things have changed very little. When you boil it all down, what children really need to bloom is to feel loved, accepted and given focused time and attention. On the other hand, we live in a society and era that are moving very rapidly, and quality early childhood education programs are changing to meet the demands for future academic success. Currently, high quality early childhood educational programs include infant/toddler sign language and yoga, brain development curriculum, computer iPad and online learning programs, interactive program curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, accredited learning curriculums and academic skills testing, in addition to good old favorites like mud finger painting.

    Starting school for the first time doesn’t have to be a scary experience. A few simple changes in your routine and choosing a preschool that both you and your child are comfortable with will make this exciting transition a happy one.

    Debbie & Michael Thompson Ph.D. are the owner / operators of Kids R Kids Learning Academy in the Henderson / Silverado Ranch. For the past 18 years, they’ve educated thousands of children while serving the needs of their families. If you have questions about parenting or early childhood education, please contact Michael at KidsRKidsSerene@gmail.com

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  • What Is Good Discipline?

    The word "discipline" means "to teach." The discipline you use to get your child to behave teaches her about herself and about her relationships to others. Good discipline sets limits and rules and helps a child focus on how to follow the rules. Good discipline doesn't punish a child for making mistakes. It teaches her what to do instead. Some people think discipline means sp... Read More

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    The word "discipline" means "to teach." The discipline you use to get your child to behave teaches her about herself and about her relationships to others. Good discipline sets limits and rules and helps a child focus on how to follow the rules. Good discipline doesn't punish a child for making mistakes. It teaches her what to do instead.

    Some people think discipline means spanking or yelling unkind words to make children suffer enough so that they will never do wrong again. Unfortunately, this kind of discipline teaches a young child the wrong things. It teaches her that the world is unpredictable and unsafe. This kind of discipline teaches a child that if no one is watching, she can get away with "bad" behavior. It also teaches a child that threatening and hurting people is how to get them to do what you want.

    Wise parents understand that good discipline teaches a child to behave even when parents are not around. This is the power of teaching important lessons into our children’s heart.

    They know that a child will be better behaved in the long run if parents act like caring teachers rather than angry "bosses." They know that a child does not need to be taught "who is the boss." Instead, a child needs to know how to get along with other people. Your child will work very hard to please you when you treat her with love and respect while setting fair and firm limits on her behavior.

    Parents must also hold children to the same standards of respecting you as a parent, and subsequently through this important lesson will come to respect other adults in authority as well as the rights of other children.

    Good Parenting Behaviors Avoid Spoiling

    Raising children who are self-reliant, cooperative, and considerate rather than spoiled is a challenging but rewarding process. Parents who succeed know how children grow and what to expect of their children at different ages. They can respond to their children's genuine needs for care and comfort. They recognize when the limits they set need to change.

    Good parents know how powerful their positive attention, affection, and support is to their children's willingness to be cooperative. They also recognize how important setting limits and simple rules is for helping young children to understand and do what is expected of them.

    Knowing all these things is important. But even wise parents find that it's not always easy to know if they are doing the right things every time. Parenting is a balancing act that asks you to decide many things at once. How much attention and how much discipline does my child need right now? Whose needs should I meet first? How will what I do now affect what happens later?

    Sometimes you will lose your balance. You will make mistakes. The important thing is not to be perfect, but to learn a little more and do a little better the next day. Be patient with your child and with yourself. In time, your steady guidance will help your young child grow into a responsible and considerate youngster.

    How do I know when I’m spoiling my child?

    The love of a mother for her child is said to be the most unconditional, unselfish love. She wants to see her child happy and protect her from all possible harm. Mothers often sacrifice their own needs, always putting their child first. Children are spoiled when parents make them the center of their universe. The child is made to feel that no one and nothing is as important as she is.

    Overindulgence means allowing your child’s will to prevail over yours. It means allowing your child to get her own way through wheedling and bullying you.


    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Silverado Ranch / Henderson, understands that raising your child can be difficult. With our AdvancED™ accredited program, you will be able to give your child the best education and peak brain development in the important formative years.Contact us today to find out more about our child care services.

    Debbie & Michael Thompson, Ph.D. are the owners /operators of Kids R Kids Learning Academy in the Henderson / Silverado Ranch. For the past 19 years, they’ve educated thousands of children while serving the needs of their families. If you have questions about parenting or early childhood education, please contact Michael at KidsRKidsSerene@gmail.com

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  • Can You Spoil a Child?

    Dear Dr. Miller:We have an adorable new baby, and we find her so delightful that we pick her up whenever she cries. Some people are telling us that we’re "spoiling" her. Are we? It doesn’t feel like it. What do we have to do in order not to spoil this child as she grows?No, you’re not spoiling y... Read More

    Newborn.jpgDear Dr. Miller:

    We have an adorable new baby, and we find her so delightful that we pick her up whenever she cries. Some people are telling us that we’re "spoiling" her. Are we? It doesn’t feel like it. What do we have to do in order not to spoil this child as she grows?

    No, you’re not spoiling your baby. It is, as the saying goes, impossible to spoil a baby. When you delight in her and respond to her, you’re teaching her that your family is a safe and loving place, that she is wanted in this world, and that even though she is small and helpless, she can have effectively get her needs met by making them known. As a psychologist I often work with people who did not get these messages in infancy, and the effect is devastating!

    However, as your child gets older it will become possible to "spoil" her. There are two ways to spoil a child. Dr. Hugh Missildine, in his book "Your Inner Child of the Past," calls them "overindulgence" and “over submissiveness." Overindulgent parents have bought the media message that a parent should constantly entertain his or her children, so they meet all their child’s needs, wants, and wishes before the child even asks. An at-home mother can easily become a one-woman daycare center, toy store, arts and crafts director, theater manager, and so on. Working parents can "burn out" doing everything for their children at the expense of their own needs.

    The problem with overindulgent parenting is that it deprives the child of the opportunity to think for himself, make decisions, and develop his own needs and preferences. An overindulged child never has to struggle or take the initiative to get something for himself. He never has to work for anything. He never has to entertain himself (perhaps with creative, imaginative play) when his parents are busy, and he’s bored with all his toys. This child is "spoiled" into believing that life will provide for him without his own effort, and when he grows up he will expect everyone to read his mind and provide for him in this way.

    The other kind of spoiling is over-submissiveness. An over-submissive parent gives in to all her child’s demands, often because she fears the child won’t love her if she doesn’t. She just isn’t able to say a firm "No." The child learns that whining will work to get what she wants, and if whining doesn’t do the trick a temper tantrum will. The parent has no time to herself, can’t get anything happening without an argument, and has to listen to whining continuously. When she’s had too much, she explodes in anger, and then gives in to the child even more because she feels guilty for exploding. Children need to learn that there are firm and consistent limits, and that they won’t be allowed to take advantage of other people. The child with an over submissive parent doesn’t learn to accept a "No" from other people, or to set limits for herself. She learns to get her way by fussing, temper tantrums, and the ever-present threat: "If you loved me, you’d do what I want."

    The child "spoiled" by over submissive parenting grows up into a teenager and adult who can’t set limits on herself, and who won’t respect other people’s limits and personal boundaries. She will make life miserable for her parents, spouse, and children, infringing on their rights and feelings without even being aware of them.

    A new baby needs to have all her needs responded to, so she feels secure, loved, and effective in communicating her needs. As she grows a little older it’s important to help develop her independence by not being overindulgent, and her respect by not being over submissive. If when your child’s a year old you still get up at night for her on a regular basis, and you never get a sitter and go out to have time for yourselves, you are spoiling her. She is not learning that when you leave you will return, and that you too have needs which she should respect. The real trial years regarding "spoiling" come in the preschool years, when the child develops a clear will of her own. That’s the time to assert your personal boundaries, let "No" mean NO, and allow her to entertain herself some of the time. Provide for your child’s needs, and teach her to provide for them herself as she grows. Set limits, and teach your child that other people matter. If you do these things, with love, your child will not be spoiled.

    Originally published at lifeseminars.com.

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    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, understands that this time in your child’s life is crucial. Our “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy helps to comfort your child, building a bond essential for successful learning. If you would like more information about how we can help your child get the most from preschool, then contact us today. We are passionate about child care.

    Debbie & Michael Thompson, Ph.D. are the owners /operators of Kids R Kids Learning Academy in the Henderson / Silverado Ranch. For the past 19 years, they’ve educated thousands of children while serving the needs of their families. If you have questions about parenting or early childhood education, please contact Michael at KidsRKidsSerene@gmail.com.

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  • Am I Spoiling My Child?

    Parenting a young child is a challenging task for new parents. From the time the baby arrives, parents want to do the right things. One big worry parents often have is whether they are spoiling their child. It's common for parents to ask, "If I let him have what he wants, am I spoiling him?"What does it mean to be spoiled? Most people agree that a spoiled child is self-centered and demand... Read More

    Baby4c.jpgParenting a young child is a challenging task for new parents. From the time the baby arrives, parents want to do the right things. One big worry parents often have is whether they are spoiling their child. It's common for parents to ask, "If I let him have what he wants, am I spoiling him?"

    What does it mean to be spoiled? Most people agree that a spoiled child is self-centered and demanding, inconsiderate of others, and unpleasant to be around. The classic spoiled child sees himself and his needs as more important than anything else and does everything he can to get what he wants. A parent’s daily task must be to encourage their children to behave in ways that are self-confident rather than self-centered, cooperative rather than controlling, and considerate rather than demanding.

    Are Parents Doing Too Much for Their Children?

    Sometimes children act spoiled when parents do too much. Don't continue to do things for your children that they can physically do for themselves. For example, most preschool-age children can dress themselves, brush their hair, and put their own toys away. To do these things regularly for children teaches them to feel they deserve such service all the time. Few children learn to show appreciation for these efforts. Instead, they often become impossible to satisfy, thinking there is no limit to what they can demand. Parents who feel exhausted and unappreciated may find that they have made their children dependent on them. In that case, you need to encourage children to do as much as their age and abilities allow them. Wise parents will do this in a step- by-step manner, starting out with suggestions that the child and parent complete the task together. As children understand what is expected of them, parents can remove their help little by little. It will take some time, but you can teach children to gradually become more self-reliant.

    Not Setting Limits Can Cause Spoiled Behaviors

    Some parents who may be very good at allowing their children to be independent may not be good at setting clear and firm limits for behavior. Children easily discover rules that can be broken if their protest is long and loud enough. Parents allow this to happen for different reasons.

    • Some parents just want to avoid the hassle of a conflict with their children. It's easier for them to let the rules slide than to deal with the fuss.
    • For other parents, it is hard to refuse their children anything, because they don't want them to be unhappy. These parents think "unhappy children" equals "bad parents."
    • Still others are afraid their angry children will not love them. The fact is that children want to know that their parents are in charge; they need structure and limits.

    Parents who set rules and then do not enforce them very often have children who think that rules don't apply to them. Not only are these children hard to live with, but they may be disliked by other children and put at a disadvantage when they enter school. Caring parents firmly and fairly require their children to follow rules that have been made clear ahead of time. Doing this encourages responsibility in children and teaches them not to hurt or behave disrespectfully to others.

    If you are looking for a child care facility that will keep your infant happy and learning, consider Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch. Our “Hug First, Then Teach” philosophy helps to comfort your child, building a bond essential for successful learning.  Our innovative infant program will provide your child with healthy, fun distractions that provide essential brain stimulation. For more information on our program, staff or state-of-the-art facility, please contact us today.

    Debbie & Michael Thompson, Ph.D. are the owners /operators of Kids R Kids Learning Academy in the Henderson / Silverado Ranch. For the past 19 years, they’ve educated thousands of children while serving the needs of their families. If you have questions about parenting or early childhood education, please contact Michael at KidsRKidsSerene@gmail.com.

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  • Is There a Right Age to Start Your Child in Preschool?

    One of the issues parents often wonder about is the right age for enrolling their child in preschool. Basically, the simple answer is no. Age does not play a major role in the decision to start a child in preschool. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Silverado Ranch / Henderson, explores the right reasons to ... Read More

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    One of the issues parents often wonder about is the right age for enrolling their child in preschool. Basically, the simple answer is no. Age does not play a major role in the decision to start a child in preschool. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Silverado Ranch / Henderson, explores the right reasons to enroll your child in a preschool facility.

    Independence

    One of the main aspects to look for in your child is independence. The ability to go to the bathroom alone and the ability to be away from parents are important to your child’s acceptance into a preschool system. The best way to gauge your child’s independence is to set up play time with other children of the same age. This will help you to understand whether or not your child is ready for preschool independence.

    Social adaptation

    One of the main functions of a preschool is to help your child socialize with other preschool students. Your child will be required to interact with the other students in a fun filled learning environment during the preschool day. Your child’s social skills can be judged in the same manner as independence. Organizing play time with other children can help your child learn to adapt in social situations.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Silverado Ranch / Henderson, understands that finding the perfect preschool for your child can be difficult. With our AdvancED™ accredited program, you will be able to give your child the best education and peak brain development in the important formative years. Contact us today to find out more about our child care services.

    Debbie & Michael Thompson, Ph.D. are the owners /operators of Kids R Kids Learning Academy in the Henderson / Silverado Ranch. For the past 19 years, they’ve educated thousands of children while serving the needs of their families. If you have questions about parenting or early childhood education, please contact Michael at KidsRKidsSerene@gmail.com.

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  • Three Lessons to Teach Your Toddler Before Starting Preschool in Silverado Ranch / Henderson

    The first six years of life are the most important for brain development and learning. It is essential to provide your child the best preschool e... Read More

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    The first six years of life are the most important for brain development and learning. It is essential to provide your child the best preschool education to make the most of this time. It is also crucial that your child learns during the time prior to preschool. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Silverado Ranch / Henderson, offers some tips for teaching your child before starting preschool.

    Reading

    A large part of both preschool and kindergarten is your child’s ability to read. From an early age it is crucial that you start teaching your child about language and reading. Start with books that have just a single word per page and progress to more advanced books including fictional works for your child. Reading is something that will benefit your child throughout life.

    Math

    Math skills, like reading skills, are essential in your child’s preschool education. Teaching your child the basics of numbers, counting, addition and subtraction can give your child an advantage when the time comes to go to preschool.

    Independence

    The main skill that will be required of your child is being independent. Being able to go to the bathroom alone, as well as being able to spend the entire day away from parents will be required. A child needs to be taught independence prior to preschool.

    Preschool can be a tough time for both you and your child. With Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Silverado Ranch / Henderson, you will have peace of mind and your child will have a successful start in life. We understand child care and will give your child the best preschool education. Contact us today to enroll your child in our AdvancED™ accredited program.

    Debbie & Michael Thompson, Ph.D. are the owners /operators of Kids R Kids Learning Academy in the Henderson / Silverado Ranch. For the past 19 years, they’ve educated thousands of children while serving the needs of their families. If you have questions about parenting or early childhood education, please contact Michael at KidsRKidsSerene@gmail.com.


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  • Las Vegas Preschool, ready or not? - How to evaluate

    There are several important factors that parents need to consider before deciding to send their toddler off to preschool. You will need to carefully evaluate whether or not your child is indeed ready for the challenges that he or she will face in a prescho... Read More

    pre_school_las_vegas_nv 11/11/2017There are several important factors that parents need to consider before deciding to send their toddler off to preschool. You will need to carefully evaluate whether or not your child is indeed ready for the challenges that he or she will face in a preschool environment. This piece will serve as a guide for parents who want to know if their child is ready for preschool.

    Has your child attended daycare before?

    The transition into preschool will be made a lot easier if your child has had a year or two of daycare. Experiences in the daycare environment will prove invaluable to your child, as he or she moves into preschool. These include being able to successfully spend time away from mom and dad, playing cooperatively, sharing toys and having been previously socialized with other toddlers of the same age.

    Does your child possess the systematic skills necessary for preschool?

    Being organized is a large part of preschool. Your child will be responsible for packing a bag, keeping stationery safe, and keeping tabs on his or her clothes. A child who has not been taught or achieved good organizational skills may struggle to cope with the burden of the extra responsibility. It is important that you teach your child how to properly look after things in the weeks leading up to preschool.

    Are you prepared for your child to go?

    Are you, as a parent, ready to let your child go to preschool? At the end of the day the decision is yours to make, and nobody knows your child better than you do. If you don’t believe he or she is ready yet, do not hesitate to wait for another year before enrolling.

    Contact the team at Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy Henderson / Silverado Ranch, Las Vegas, today for more information regarding our excellent teaching staff, facilities and superior programs.

    Debbie & Michael Thompson, Ph.D. are the owners /operators of Kids R Kids Learning Academy in the Henderson / Silverado Ranch. For the past 18 years, they’ve educated thousands of children while serving the needs of their families. If you have questions about parenting or early childhood education, please contact Michael at KidsRKidsSerene@gmail.com.


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  • How to Evaluate Whether Your Child is Ready for Preschool

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    Preschool, AdvancED™ accredited program

    Your child’s preschool phase is paramount for peak brain development. Parents know it is tough to give great child care, let Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy in Silverado Ranch help ease your mind with our great child care advice. One of the most asked questions is what age a child is ready for preschool. In simple terms, it is not an actual age. We have put together some information that will explain how to know if your child is ready for our AdvancED™ accredited program.

    Age is not everything

    Many parents think that there is a correct age to enroll your child in a preschool education. There is no correct age, as it depends on your child and how independent he or she is. Social and mental development factors are the real gauge of your child’s ability to enter a preschool environment.

    Social and mental ability

    To function and be accepted into a preschool it is imperative that your child partake in group activities and interact with the class. Your child needs some sort of social skill training prior to preschool admittance. Apart from this, a child must be able to learn at a regular pace and have some sort of basic knowledge of the material being taught.

    Independence

    An independent child is one that is not anxious about being away from a parent for the entire day. When a child is left at preschool, he or she must be willing to learn rather than fret for a parent’s attention. Your child must also be potty-trained.

    If all these criteria are met, then consider Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy in Silverado Ranch which offers an AdvancED™ accredited program. Contact us now to enroll him or her in our facilities or to find out more about our great curriculum.

    Debbie & Michael Thompson, Ph.D. are the owners /operators of Kids R Kids Learning Academy in the Henderson / Silverado Ranch. For the past 18 years, they’ve educated thousands of children while serving the needs of their families. If you have questions about parenting or early childhood education, please contact Michael at KidsRKidsSerene@gmail.com.


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  • Finding the Right Prechool in Las Vegas for Your Child

    The summer is coming to an end and children are getting ready to go back to school. For some little ones this will be their first time starting in a new school or preschool setting. This can be an exciting and sometimes fearful time for both children and parents alike. We asked Michael Thompson, Ph... Read More

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    The summer is coming to an end and children are getting ready to go back to school. For some little ones this will be their first time starting in a new school or preschool setting. This can be an exciting and sometimes fearful time for both children and parents alike. We asked Michael Thompson, Ph.D. and his wife Debbie, co-owners of Kids R Kids Learning Academy, their advice on dealing with this exciting, yet potentially stressful time.

    Q. Going to school, especially for the first time student, can be a huge adjustment for kids. What types of things can parents do to assist their child in getting ready for a new year of schooling?

    A. Let us begin by talking a little about creating emotional security and the importance of structure. Children really appreciate and need structure in their lives to feel comfortable and safe. Often when we give tours of our school to new families one of the first things parents notice and comment on is how well behaved and involved the children are in their classrooms or during meal times. We point out that this is really about how structure and daily routine helps to encourage a student’s feeling of comfort.

    Q. As parents, when we began to think about our children going off to school for the first time, it caused some anxiety. Is this a common experience for parents?

    A. Sending your child out into a brave new world outside of your home can come with its fair share of feelings and anxieties for parents. It is an emotion filled time of letting go, and at the same time a great celebration of your child growing up. The more comfortable you are about your decision to send your child to a particular school, and the excitement your child feels about his/her new school will lead to fewer anxieties for each of you as you begin the next journey of your child's life. 

    Q. What can parents do to feel more comfortable about their decision?

    A. It really starts with taking the time to do a complete evaluation and visit the school that you are thinking about sending your little one to. This is one of the most important decisions you will make in your child’s early years, and all schools are not created equal. We encourage parents to make as list of what is important to them in a high quality school setting, then carefully review each school’s website for information about their programs. Next, set up a complete tour, making sure to bring your child with you.

    Along with learning about the school’s educational philosophy, curriculum and programs, you will want to explore how they create an environment that will welcome and encourage involvement. This visit will also give you and your child an opportunity to meet the teachers and spend time in his/her classroom.

    Some schools also offer video technology that allow parents the ability to log in to a secured video streaming system to watch their child as they learn and play in their classroom. This can be a great tool to provide peace of mind, especially when your child is first starting out.

    Q. It seems that Preschool and Kindergarten have changed dramatically since we went to school. What should we look for to keep our kids up to speed?

    A. We’d like to think that in some ways the important foundational things have changed very little. When you boil it all down, what children really need to bloom is to feel loved, accepted and given focused time and attention. On the other hand, we live in a society and era that are moving very rapidly, and quality early childhood education programs are changing to meet the demands for future academic success. Currently, high quality early childhood educational programs include infant/toddler sign language and yoga, brain development curriculum, computer iPad and online learning programs, interactive program curriculum in Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math, accredited learning curriculums and academic skills testing, in addition to good old favorites like mud finger painting.

    Starting school for the first time doesn’t have to be a scary experience. A few simple changes in your routine and choosing a school that both you and your child are comfortable with will make this exciting transition a happy one.

    Debbie & Michael Thompson, Ph.D. are the owners/operators of Kids R Kids Learning Academy in the Henderson/Silverado Ranch area. For the past 15 years, they’ve educated thousands of children while serving the needs of their families. If you have questions about parenting or early childhood education, please contact Michael at KidsRKidsSerene@gmail.com.

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  • Healthy Tips for Happy Kids Entering Preschool

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    healthypreschoolWhether your child is entering preschool for the first time or returning after a fun summer break, it's important to start the year off right. Addressing any medical concerns and scheduling routine health appointments before the school year begins may ensure that your child has a happy and productive school year. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for a healthy child entering preschool.

    Visit the Pediatrician

    While many childhood diseases are not serious, it's a good idea to make a well-visit appointment with your child's pediatrician to discuss the risks and prevention methods. Your child's pediatrician can perform screenings and alert you to any vision or hearing concerns. The pediatrician will also make sure that vaccinations are up to date and provide valuable tips for staying healthy, all year long.

    Visit the Dentist

    If your child has never visited a dentist, the summer before entering preschool is a great time to schedule an appointment. Many children loose their first tooth during the preschool years. A pediatric dentist will examine your child's mouth and scope out any potential problems. They will also talk with your child about healthy habits, like brushing teeth and flossing.

    Visit the Eye Doctor

    Some parents may wait for their child to express an issue with their vision before scheduling an appointment with an optometrist. According to a national study, one of every four children has a vision problem. The eyes are just as important to care for as are the ears when it comes to providing your child with all the tools he or she needs for a successful preschool year.

    Talk About Staying Healthy

    Take the time to talk with your child about staying healthy when it's time to begin preschool. Discuss the importance of getting plenty of sleep and a healthy breakfast. Demonstrating good hygene habits like hand-washing and covering your mouth when sneezing or coughing is another way you can teach your child to stay healthy.

    Entering preschool season is exciting. Make the most of it by following these back to school activities for preschool so that your child stays healthy during this busy time.

    To help parents make the right decision in choosing the right early childhood education centerdownload the Kids 'R' Kids Free Guide to Choosing the Best Preschool for your child.

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  • Developmental Milestones for your Preschoolers

    Developmental Milestones for Preschoolers - Will your child be readySmart Choice. Smarter ChildThe First Steps to Higher Education™We believe that happy, loved and connected children are destined for success in every facet of their lives. Our most cherished principle, “Hug First, Then Teach,” defines every aspect of who we are at Kids ‘R’ KidsWe also feature: AdvancED&t... Read More

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    We believe that happy, loved and connected children are destined for success in every facet of their lives.

    Our most cherished principle, “Hug First, Then Teach,” defines every aspect of who we are at Kids ‘R’ Kids

    We also feature:

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  • Peek-a-Boo and other Kids Games for Child Brain Development

    Kids R Kids on Serene is offering the highest level of learning programs for children of every age. 

    Call today to set up a tour.   702.270.6010

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    Kids R Kids on Serene is offering the highest level of learning programs for children of every age. 

    Call today to set up a tour.   702.270.6010

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  • Child Brain Development-How To Raise A Smarter Child

    Kids R Kids on Serene is proud to offer the most cutting edge curriculum programs for children. Like our BrainWaves interactive learning program for children ages 6 months to 5 years of age.  Brain Development-How To Raise A Smarter Childhttp://offer.kidsrkids.com/blog/smarter-child-brain-developmentGo To www.KidsRKidsLV.com to learn more about how BrianW... Read More

    Kids R Kids on Serene is proud to offer the most cutting edge curriculum programs for children. Like our BrainWaves interactive learning program for children ages 6 months to 5 years of age.  

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  • Getting Your Child To Take The Perfect School Picture

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  • Nevada Education Saving Account

    Great news for parents who want the choice to send their child to a private school.Nevada has passed an historic Senate Bill 302 which will give parents $5100.00 per year to send your child to our Kids R Kids Private Elementary school program. You will need to apply to get the money.  See link below for application. NOTE: Applications that are received for children under the age of 7 will be placed in an approved/pending status. These applications will be reviewed after the Legislature has... Read More

    Great news for parents who want the choice to send their child to a private school.

    Nevada has passed an historic Senate Bill 302 which will give parents $5100.00 per year to send your child to our Kids R Kids Private Elementary school program. 

    You will need to apply to get the money.  See link below for application. 

    NOTE: Applications that are received for children under the age of 7 will be placed in an approved/pending status. These applications will be reviewed after the Legislature has approved final regulations.

    Click here for the Early Enrollment Application   

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  • Infant childcare, the power sign language

    The world around your child is full of visual and auditory stimuli. The spoken word is first a modeled behavior. Parents are encouraged to offer a rich environment of language to stimulate early language development. Even before your child can speak they can communicate with the use of sign language. At Kids R Kids Silverado Ranch we are proud to offer our infant / toddler sign language program to begin the process of communication. Learn More Below... Read More

    The world around your child is full of visual and auditory stimuli. The spoken word is first a modeled behavior. Parents are encouraged to offer a rich environment of language to stimulate early language development. Even before your child can speak they can communicate with the use of sign language. 

    At Kids R Kids Silverado Ranch we are proud to offer our infant / toddler sign language program to begin the process of communication. 

    Learn More Below

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  • Learning Your ABC's at Kids R Kids on Serene

    Kids R Kids Silverado Ranch is proud to show you our new commercial featuring our learning partner ABCMouse. 

    Come by, take a complete tour, enroll and get in on the quality learning our schools offers our students.

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    Kids R Kids Silverado Ranch is proud to show you our new commercial featuring our learning partner ABCMouse. 

    Come by, take a complete tour, enroll and get in on the quality learning our schools offers our students.

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  • Gameday Guide for your Child's first Sporting Event

    Sports are one of the best ways a family can bond. From playing outside to watching professionals, sporting events can be a great way to get your child excited about being active. It’s common for parents to want to take their children to a sporting event, but to feel unsure about when the correct time is to do so. The tips below can help you decide what events are ideal for your child.    Con... Read More

    Sports are one of the best ways a family can bond. From playing outside to watching professionals, sporting events can be a great way to get your child excited about being active. It’s common for parents to want to take their children to a sporting event, but to feel unsure about when the correct time is to do so. The tips below can help you decide what events are ideal for your child.    

    Consider the Environment

    Big gameday events attract large crowds of fans. Some fan groups have reputation that should be considered. For example, teams with loud or rowdy fans will likely not behave differently even if there is a child present. Consider sporting events that are marketed as family friendly or that have specific seating areas geared toward families. This will make the experience more enjoyable for yourself and your child.

    Consider the Time Frame

    Sporting events are often all day affairs. Particularly those that begin the festivities with tailgating. Other events are held at night. Think about your child and his or her schedule. Will they be comfortable given the time frame of the activities? For small children, all day events or night games may be difficult. However, older children may find joy in all day activities that begin with a celebration and conclude with a late game.

    Prepare Yourself

    The most important aspect of taking a child to a sporting event is to be prepared. Talk with your child about what they can expect during the game and your expectations of them. Set realistic expectations for your child and create a plan for what to do if an issue arises, including if you become separated. At the event, keep in mind that the goal is spending quality time with your child.

    For additional tips on ways to spend time with your child while keeping them engaged, download the Kids ‘R’ Kids School Age Activity Book. Part of the G.Y.M. Curriculum. This resource provides a number of activities, including activities that emphasize how sports are good for their health.

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  • 5 Things that have to change in Education - From birth to 3

    Individualized learning models that take children from where they are to where they can grow through education WHY PRIVATE SCHOOLS CAN WORK

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  • What makes a quality preschool

    Choosing the best preschool for your child can be a challenge. A good preschool will prepare your child for kindergarten and provide tools for future school success. Here are some things to look for when choosing the best preschool for your child:Leadership and ManagementThe best preschools are happy to show you around. Schedule a tour first, because seeing is believing. All brochures may look good, but all sc... Read More

    Choosing the best preschool for your child can be a challenge. A good preschool will prepare your child for kindergarten and provide tools for future school success. Here are some things to look for when choosing the best preschool for your child:

    Leadership and Management

    The best preschools are happy to show you around. Schedule a tour first, because seeing is believing. All brochures may look good, but all schools are not created equal. Touring the facility will give you a great feel for whether the environment is clean and well-kept, the entrances and exits are secured and how much classroom technology is in use. Either by phone or in person, ask about the owners and their daily involvement in school operations. Find out about their philosophy on balancing learning with play.

    Low Student to Teacher Ratios

    Inquire about student to teacher ratios. Required ratios can vary, based on local regulations, however, the best preschools will maintain smaller class sizes, allowing for more personal attention.

    Quality Curriculum

    Preschool curriculum should include a solid pre-reading program, along with age appropriate language and social activities. There has been a shift in recent years to incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) programs into the preschool classrooms, and now many preschools include Art instruction (STEAM). The best preschools utilize evidence-based curriculum that is specially designed for preschoolers with varying learning styles.

    Qualified Teaching Staff

    Ask about the credentials of both the teaching staff and the preschool director. Preschool teachers should have a strong background in early childhood education and have the ability to make children feel comfortable. The best preschools regularly encourage their teachers to participate in continuing education activities and stay on top of new trends in early childhood education.

    Adherence to Health and Safety Standards

    A great preschool will go above and beyond to ensure your child’s safety. Classrooms and outdoor play areas should be clean and free of hazards.

    Preschool can be a wonderful experience for your child, when you find the right fit. Download Kids 'R' Kids Essential checklist to selecting the best preschool. Start your child's early learning experience on the right road. 

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  • How to Overcome Shyness for Preschoolers

    The transition to preschool can be intimidating for both you and your child. Preparing for preschool is especially daunting for parents when also asking how to overcome shyness for a child. The good news is, ... Read More

    The transition to preschool can be intimidating for both you and your child. Preparing for preschool is especially daunting for parents when also asking how to overcome shyness for a child. The good 

    ShyChildnews is, most children adapt quite well to preschool, even if they are shy. There are several steps that you can take to prepare your shy child for a successful preschool experience.

    Join a Playgroup

    Before starting preschool, find a local playgroup to join. Exposing your child to new friends and experiences, while you are there to assist, will help her develop social skills in a safe, comfortable environment.

    Develop a Routine

    Talk to your child about preschool and allow her to share her fears. Walk through the daily schedule so that she knows what to expect and begin practicing your at-home routine a few weeks before preschool begins. Most preschools will allow you to bring your child in prior to the first day of school. Feeling familiar with the preschool environment will help your child adapt.

    Talk to your child’s teacher

    Before preschool begins, talk to your child’s teacher and discuss any concerns that you might have about her fitting in. Being shy is quite common among preschoolers and your child’s teacher can provide preparation tips and assist with the transition.

    A parents guide to finding a quality Preschool for your child.  Click Here for Offer

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  • Don't throw good money at a bad education

    The success rate of public school educational systems across the country is dismal.  Why should parents accept the status quo of failing schools for their children. The debate continues around why throwing money at education systems has not produced success.  This is the driving force behind school choice initiatives putting the power of choice in the hands of parents. Watch this challenging video.   VideoKids R Kids on... Read More

    The success rate of public school educational systems across the country is dismal.  Why should parents accept the status quo of failing schools for their children. 

    The debate continues around why throwing money at education systems has not produced success.  This is the driving force behind school choice initiatives putting the power of choice in the hands of parents. 

    Watch this challenging video.   

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    Kids R Kids on Serene is an Approved "Education Savings Account" school for Kindergarten and First Grade.

    Go to our Kindergarten and First Grade pages to sign up for your Nevada ESA.

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  • Our failing schools. Enough is enough!

    Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now -- and it's because we're clinging to a business model that clearly doesn't work!!See this challenging VIDEO by Geoffrey Canada
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    Why, why, why does our education system look so similar to the way it did 50 years ago? Millions of students were failing then, as they are now -- and it's because we're clinging to a business model that clearly doesn't work!!

    See this challenging VIDEO by Geoffrey Canada


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    Kids R Kids on Serene is an Approved "Education Savings Account" school for Kindergarten and First Grade. 

    Go to our Kindergarten and First Grade pages to sign up for your Nevada ESA. 

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  • Understanding Value of Private School

    At Kids R Kids on Serene we have been offering a Private Elementary school experience for children for the past 13 years.  We now offer Private Kindergarten and First Grade and recently was approved to offer Second Grade as well. With the new Nevada State Educational Savings Accounts parents can choose to send their child to a private school with tuition fees paid by the State of Nevada. Parents need to become informed about the private school movement,  come to understand the elements that make their school... Read More

    At Kids R Kids on Serene we have been offering a Private Elementary school experience for children for the past 13 years.  We now offer Private Kindergarten and First Grade and recently was approved to offer Second Grade as well. 

    With the new Nevada State Educational Savings Accounts parents can choose to send their child to a private school with tuition fees paid by the State of Nevada. 

    Parents need to become informed about the private school movement,  come to understand the elements that make their schools different, and obtain tools to evaluate why you might choose Kids R Kids on Serene for your child. 

    We would like to begin a dialogue with parents to help you explore this very important school choice movement.  Let the dialogue begin. 

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    Kids R Kids on Serene is an Approved "Education Savings Account" school for Kindergarten and First Grade.

    Go to our Kindergarten and First Grade pages to sign up for your Nevada ESA.

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  • New NV Educational Saving Account - Free Tuition $$

    As a family have you wanted your child to attend a private elementary school school but finances got in the way?  Worry no longer.   The new NV ESA accounts are available for all families regardless of income so that your child can attend our Private Kindergarten & First Grade programs. Go the the website below to learn more and to apply for the money $5,200.00Nevada Educational Savings Account Application Kid... Read More

    As a family have you wanted your child to attend a private elementary school school but finances got in the way?  Worry no longer.   

    The new NV ESA accounts are available for all families regardless of income so that your child can attend our Private Kindergarten & First Grade programs. 

    Go the the website below to learn more and to apply for the money $5,200.00

    Nevada Educational Savings Account Application 

    Kids R Kids on Serene is an Approved "Education Savings Account" school for Kindergarten and First Grade.

    Go to our Kindergarten and First Grade pages to sign up for your Nevada ESA.

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  • How to get your child excited about going to preschool in Henderson / Silverado Ranch

    Preparing your child to attend preschool is an exciting and maybe a little bit of a stressful time. You are happy to see your child enter the next stage of development, but you may also be worried about how your child will make the transition. Here we provide a few tips... Read More

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    Preparing your child to attend preschool is an exciting and maybe a little bit of a stressful time. You are happy to see your child enter the next stage of development, but you may also be worried about how your child will make the transition. Here we provide a few tips to help you and your child make this transition easier. You can get your child excited to attend preschool if you can help him or her understand what to expect.

    New friends and exciting adventures

    Every child wants to make friends and have fun and this is the ideal motivation to get your child excited about preschool. Take some time to explain to your child that there will be many fun adventures and new friends to meet while at preschool. You can help your child socialize before attending preschool by scheduling play dates with children of the same age and introducing your child to the parents. This will help your child adjust to meeting peers and teachers at preschool.

    Promote independence

    Preschool children want to begin to do things by themselves and you should encourage these attempts at independence. One way to promote this is to leave your child in the care of friends or family members away from the home. This will help your child adjust to being away from you and to being in an unfamiliar environment. Another idea is to take your child to visit the preschool in advance to meet the teachers and the staff. This will help your child adjust faster since he or she will be somewhat familiar with the environment.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch, Nevada, understands that this time in your child’s life is crucial. If you would like more information about how we can help your child get the most from preschool, then contact us today. We are passionate about child care.

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  • Infant care in Henderson / Silverado Ranch: What is attachment parenting?

    Attachment parenting is a group of techniques that uses the what experts refer to as The Seven B’s. The Seven B’s are guidelines in caring for your infant. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson / Silverado Ranch discusses a few of The Seven B’s of attachment parenting. ... Read More

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    Attachment parenting is a group of techniques that uses the what experts refer to as The Seven B’s. The Seven B’s are guidelines in caring for your infant. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson / Silverado Ranch discusses a few of The Seven B’s of attachment parenting. Providing your infant with the best day care has never been as easy as it is with us.

    Bonding at Birth

    Early attachment is the basis of this technique. Both mother and infant are best suited to bonding with one another during the first few weeks. Since the mother is generally the main source of care at this time, this early bonding together is natural and will set the stage for your infant’s future development.

    Breastfeeding

    Breastfeeding is the best time for a mother and child to bond. It is also a great way to learn your infant’s body language through the cues that he or she sends to indicate hunger and other needs.

    Baby wearing

    Baby wearing is a technique in which your infant is carried with you throughout the day. An infant that is shown constant attention using this technique will cry less. Keeping your infant with you while moving through the day is a good way to provide stimulation for development.

    Respond to crying

    Your infant cries to communicate his or her needs to you. You will learn that different types of cries signify different needs, so it is important to pay close attention to your infant’s cries to learn what he or she is telling you.

    Attachment parenting ensures that you and your infant develop a strong bond, making these early years so rewarding. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson / Silverado Ranch understands the best in infant care. Contact us today to find out more about our specialized infant care program.

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  • Silverado Ranch Day care: Sensory development in children

    Parents will observe how easily a young child learns with all five senses. A young infant will readily hold your finger tightly if you allow it. A baby will also quickly look towards sounds and contrasting colors to try and discover what is responsible for the sensory stimulation. As humans we interact with the world through the five senses, which is what m... Read More

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    Parents will observe how easily a young child learns with all five senses. A young infant will readily hold your finger tightly if you allow it. A baby will also quickly look towards sounds and contrasting colors to try and discover what is responsible for the sensory stimulation. As humans we interact with the world through the five senses, which is what makes these senses imperative for healthy child care development. For this reason you will notice that an abundance of toys for your child are noisy, colorful and sometimes even vibrate to sounds and pictures.

    We will explore the world of sensory brain development and discover what you can do to provide your child with optimal sensory development, during these early child care years.

    Buying the right toys

    Focusing on sensory stimulation, we are suggesting that you purchase toys that will enable your child to understand the five senses. These should include toys that make particular animal noises, build pictures with various shapes and offer learning experiences, while being fun. Choose toys that stimulate simple sensory brain development for your child to enjoy.

    Encouraging sensory development

    Another excellent way to provide sensory stimulation is by simply exposing your child to as many tastes, smells, sights, sounds and tactile experiences that you can. If you can do this at a young age, your child will be more than prepared to interact with the world, and will seek to learn more about these amazing experiences.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson / Silverado Ranch in metro Las Vegas, Nevada is passionate about child care, and we are here to assist in every aspect of your child’s early brain development. If you are interested in our comprehensive learning programs that cater to each child as a unique individual, simply contact us, and we will be delighted to help you in every step of the enrollment process.

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  • Tablets and apps have the potential to boost learning and development in Silverado Ranch preschoolers

    When children’s brains are engaged in learning, they can quickly grasp new concepts and apply them to problem solving. This is why Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson / Silverado Ranch encourages the balanced use of smart devices, such as tablets, in our... Read More

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    When children’s brains are engaged in learning, they can quickly grasp new concepts and apply them to problem solving. This is why Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson / Silverado Ranch encourages the balanced use of smart devices, such as tablets, in our AdvancED™ accredited program.

    Since the popularization of these devices, we have been closely watching how games and applications have evolved to become more than just handheld entertainment. These devices have the potential to offer a preschool child the opportunity to develop cognitive and social skills. You can use these devices at home to benefit your child’s learning as well.

    Interactive learning

    An immediate advantage of digital learning games and applications is that they allow your child to interact and have fun with exciting characters. There are applications ranging from math literacy to reading and writing that are fun and engaging for young children. These can encourage your preschool child to develop a love for learning.

    Learning made fun for greater effect

    It is well known that children learn better and retain more when engaged in fun learning activities. Utilizing colorful educational apps on a tablet can help your young child learn about such subjects such as math or science, which might be less engaging in a typical classroom setting.

    A tool for learning and development

    These devices are only a tool that should be used to benefit your preschool child’s learning and development. They should be used at home or in day care only to support the healthy development of your child. At home, as in our Learning Academies, you should always supervise your preschool child when using digital technology and ensure a healthy balance of technology and traditional learning methods.

    If you are interested in quality child care programs that consider all aspects of your child’s development, then contact us today. We offer an AdvancED™ accredited program that will ensure that your child maximizes learning.

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  • A Great New Year Awaits

    Our school is so excited for the New Year 2015 and some of the new amazing programs and services that we are planning on rolling out to educate our children and serve our families. Take a Virtual Inside Tour of Our School - Google Virtual TourKicking off Social Media Campaign -  Our Facebook PageKicking off New Infant /Toddler CurriculumExpanding our Learning Pro... Read More

    Our school is so excited for the New Year 2015 and some of the new amazing programs and services that we are planning on rolling out to educate our children and serve our families. 

    Take a Virtual Inside Tour of Our School - Google Virtual Tour

    Kicking off Social Media Campaign -  Our Facebook Page

    Kicking off New Infant /Toddler Curriculum

    Expanding our Learning Programs - Accredited ABCMouse Academy

    Keep Your Eyes Open for Our First Book - Written and Illustrated by our students 

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  • Seeing The Inside of Our School Is Amazing

    Through the use of new Google Virtual technology our families, relatives, and prospective families can actually take a complete tour of the inside of our school.

    CHECK out Kids R Kids Learning Academy on Serene

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    Through the use of new Google Virtual technology our families, relatives, and prospective families can actually take a complete tour of the inside of our school.

    CHECK out Kids R Kids Learning Academy on Serene

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  • Its Beginning To Look A Lot Like WinterFest

    The classrooms are decorated, the songs have been practiced, the costumes have been created, and our school is visibly prepared to celebrate our 14th annual WinterFest.  Now all we need to do is anticipate the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus. 

       Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

    A wonderful time to be a child. 

     

    The classrooms are decorated, the songs have been practiced, the costumes have been created, and our school is visibly prepared to celebrate our 14th annual WinterFest.  Now all we need to do is anticipate the arrival of Santa & Mrs. Claus. 

       Santa Claus Is Coming To Town

    A wonderful time to be a child. 

     
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  • A tablet has the potential to boost literacy and numeracy in Silverado Ranch preschoolers

    If you are a parent looking for more effective ways to teach a child important lessons about preschool subjects, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson / Silverado Ranch, Nevada has the ideal solution for you. Tablets are ingenious inventions that have certainly improved since their first introduction. Currently, they allow even more f... Read More

    las_vegas_nv_daycareIf you are a parent looking for more effective ways to teach a child important lessons about preschool subjects, Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson / Silverado Ranch, Nevada has the ideal solution for you. Tablets are ingenious inventions that have certainly improved since their first introduction. Currently, they allow even more functionality as the trend of learning games and applications has just recently boomed.

    Join us as we take a look at how you can utilize a tablet with your child to promote effective learning of numeracy, literacy, and many more subjects that he or she will need in day care and preschool.

    Reading

    Reading is so much more exciting for a young child when the words are dancing, moving, speaking and colorful. This is precisely what an tablet can offer. Letters are no longer simply characters on paper. Using a tablet, these characters come to life, sounding themselves out, dancing with joy, and even communicating directly to your child. This, coupled with the endless imagination that every child is naturally born with, is ideal for effective learning.

    Writing

    The old method of tracing letters and numbers is still an excellent option for learning to write. However, tablets have improved upon this by providing interactive imagery for a child to follow with a stylus. This promotes learning through fun and offers exciting rewards in either imagery, sounds or a blend of both.

    Give your preschooler the best cognitive, emotional and physical education around when you enroll him or her at Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson / Silverado Ranch, Nevada. We utilize the latest and greatest technology and teaching methods to provide each child with an education that far exceeds what any typical day care facility can offer. Contact us here to find out more.

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  • Creating Family Traditions

    WinterFest 2014For the past 14 years Kids R Kids Learning Academy on Serene has been family and a home away from home for hundreds of families. In a town like Las Vegas where may families are originally from some place else, the holidays can be a time when people long for old time traditions.  Our 14th Annual WinterFest Holiday event offers our children and families the sights, smells, sounds and fun often enjoyed when families gather during this festive time of year. Please join us: Saturday December 6... Read More

    WinterFest 2014

    For the past 14 years Kids R Kids Learning Academy on Serene has been family and a home away from home for hundreds of families. In a town like Las Vegas where may families are originally from some place else, the holidays can be a time when people long for old time traditions.  Our 14th Annual WinterFest Holiday event offers our children and families the sights, smells, sounds and fun often enjoyed when families gather during this festive time of year. 

    Please join us: Saturday December 6th from 11:00 - 2:00 

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  • Las Vegas Child Day Care: Brain Games and other Early Activities for Your Child

    During a child’s first five years, the brain develops at a phenomenal rate. It is crucial that a child is stimulated to maximize early learning potential. During these beginning years, a child’s brain is similar to a sponge, absorbing all stimuli, while observing and processing surrounding environmental cues. Also, neural-pathways are developed for express... Read More

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    During a child’s first five years, the brain develops at a phenomenal rate. It is crucial that a child is stimulated to maximize early learning potential. During these beginning years, a child’s brain is similar to a sponge, absorbing all stimuli, while observing and processing surrounding environmental cues. Also, neural-pathways are developed for expressing emotions, assimilating language, socialization, and physical skills This is why it is essential to choose the best childcare provider available to support early brain development and give your infant a head start for future success

    These early years are when cognitive connections continue to form, and the experiences and interactions your child encounters will determine which brain cells are activated and which atrophy from a lack of stimulation. A child’s early learning environment has a life-long impact on brain development and future academic success.

    Education starts from infancy, and that is why it is important your child’s day care or preschool has the curriculum and a trained professional staff to encourage early brain development. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson / Silverado Ranch, we ensure that your child receives the proper education and stimulation needed to maximize learning potential.

    Our classrooms offer learning stations, allowing every child to explore the expanding world using all five senses of sight, smell, sound, taste, and touch. Each station is filled with science elements, math manipulatives, and visuals that will stimulate the brain. We know that each child is unique, which is reflected by our individualized curriculum.

    For more information about the Learning Academy or our acclaimed early learning curriculum, contact Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson / Silverado Ranch today.

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  • A few reasons why preschool is a good investment for your child in Silverado Ranch

    “There is increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool," says Parents advisor Kathleen McCartney, PhD, dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When your child attends a ... Read More

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    “There is increasing evidence that children gain a lot from going to preschool," says Parents advisor Kathleen McCartney, PhD, dean of Harvard Graduate School of Education in Cambridge, Massachusetts. When your child attends a quality preschool, he or she will learn basic skills, character development, and social skills, while having fun and maximizing his or her brain development.

    Building your child’s potential

    The preschool years allow your child to become better prepared to enter kindergarten or elementary school and to develop better reading, math and communication skills. Your child will also make friends, and in interacting with others, will learn valuable social and behavioral skills. These skills will form the foundation for future academic and personal success. Preschool provides your child the ability to learn about oneself and others, while developing his or her brain through hands-on, multisensory play.

    A safe, secure and mistake-friendly environment

    To grow strong and develop positively, your child needs to have an environment where they can learn through making mistakes, solving personal and analytical problems, and not being afraid to try new experiences. This kind of environment is surprisingly rare outside of preschool, but is one of the greatest advantages that a high quality preschool can provide. Your child can learn to explore, experiment and share with others what they learn. Since children learn better when they are actively engaged and having fun, you need to choose a preschool that understands this and provides a fun, learning-centric environment.

    If you would like to find out more about how preschool is a good investment in your child’s future, then contact Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch. We offer specialized child care services that go beyond typical daycare and preschool services. We offer an AdvancED Accredited preschool program that teaches your child all of the necessary skills he will need to transition to the next stage in his life.

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  • Las Vegas child care tips: What to do when your infant is teething

    Teething can be a frustrating time for your infant as well as for parents and caregivers. New teeth pushing out of your child’s gums can be sore and sensitive, making your infant fussy and unhappy. Luckily, there are some helpful ways of treating this process.Teething starts before the first teeth actu... Read More

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    Teething can be a frustrating time for your infant as well as for parents and caregivers. New teeth pushing out of your child’s gums can be sore and sensitive, making your infant fussy and unhappy. Luckily, there are some helpful ways of treating this process.

    Teething starts before the first teeth actually emerge, which means that recognizing the teething process might be difficult. Symptoms can include drool, irritability, crying, biting behavior, waking up more at night, and refusing food. These symptoms can also be linked to other conditions, so it is always best to get a professional diagnosis from your pediatrician.

    Once you have a diagnosis, there are several treatments you can try, including:

    • Allowing your child to chew on a cold, clean, wet washcloth or a cold carrot.
    • Sugar-free teething biscuits for infants who have moved onto solid foods.
    • Refrigerating your infant’s food may also improve the appetite since the cool temperature is soothing.
    • Massaging or rubbing your infant’s gums with a clean finger.
    • Pediatricians sometimes recommend teething gels that numb the gums temporarily. These gels should not be used too often or less than 20 minutes before feeds as they can numb the sucking action. Use this treatment only under the advisement of your child’s pediatrician.

    It is important that any teething treatment you try is fully supervised to ensure that there is no risk of choking.

    If you are looking for a child care facility that will keep your infant happy and learning throughout the teething process, consider Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Henderson/Silverado Ranch. Our “hug first, then teach” philosophy helps to comfort and soothe your child, building a bond essential for successful learning. Our innovative infant program will provide your child with healthy, fun distractions that provide essential brain stimulation while keeping your child’s mind off of their uncomfortable new teeth. For more information on our program, staff or state-of-the-art facility, please contact us today.

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  • How to encourage motor skills and brain development while at daycare in Las Vegas, Nevada

    Motor skills development is an extremely important part of growth in young children. These skills are crucial for everyday life and play a vital role in everything from being able to run and dance to the ability to hold a pencil and write.There are two types of motor skills: gross and fine m... Read More

    daycare_las_vegas_nvMotor skills development is an extremely important part of growth in young children. These skills are crucial for everyday life and play a vital role in everything from being able to run and dance to the ability to hold a pencil and write.

    There are two types of motor skills: gross and fine motor skills. Gross motor skills pertain to the larger muscle groups and physical abilities like walking and jumping. Fine motor skills are about the smaller muscle groups and involve abilities such as writing and picking up small objects. Motor skills are fascinating because they are interlinked. For example, did you know that mastering the monkey bars on the playground can also help your child to write more efficiently?

    Encouraging motor skill development

    You may not know that shaking a baby rattle takes a lot of effort and coordination. There are many factors for learning the skills that we as adults take for granted. You can encourage your child's fine motor skill development right from the start when he or she is a newborn. Place your child on a play mat with colorful, dangling toys or put a rattle in his or her hand. Another idea is to move your child into different positions while he or she plays with a favorite toy.

    Other ways you can help your toddler with skill development are:

    • Throwing and catching a ball
    • Playing with push and pull type toys
    • Acting out nursery rhymes by jumping and dancing
    • Playing hopscotch
    • Having your child run towards you for hugs and tickles

    All of these activities work well in an open space such as Western Trails Park in Las Vegas. Here, your child will also experience the excitement of exploring the outdoors, something that encourages healthy curiosity and learning.

    When your child is of daycare or preschool age, consider the exceptional learning academy that is Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Henderson / Silverado Ranch. We offer the acclaimed, scientifically developed Brain Waves Curriculum that supports and stimulates neural development in all areas of the brain, including cognitive, language, and social and motor skills development. For infants and toddlers, we offer safe and gentle sensory play that provides the right amount of stimulation. This will ensure your child receives well-rounded brain development that is so essential for his or her future growth. Contact Kids 'R' Kids of Henderson / Silverado Ranch in Las Vegas, Nevada, today to find out more.

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