Monday, December 17, 2018

Indoor Gross Motor Movement

The cold weather is here. Even when it's too cold to go outside kids still need to get their wiggles out.
We have had several days recently where the cold weather kept us in but that didn't stop the movement or fun.
Gross motor skills can help your preschool child to move more easily, prevent developmental delays, improve confidence in their abilities and improve health as they stay active.  

You can pull out a indoor tunnel or balance beam.

Do the Reindeer Hokey Pokey.

Throw a soft ball.

It can even be as simple as placing painter's tape on the floor and practicing walking on the line.

Don't let the cold weather stop your little from getting their daily gross motor movement in.

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Monday, December 10, 2018

Hand Washing

Hand washing is the single best way to prevent spreading germs and disease. Handwashing is a basic hygiene skill to teach children. Here at The Academy of Gateway we have been working on teaching the children proper handwashing.

The earlier a child learns to properly wash their hands, the greater defense they have against germs that cause illness. 

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends washing hands with soap and warm water, scrubbing for about 20 seconds. 

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Tuesday, December 4, 2018


Exploration is detrimental in early childhood development. Through exploration children gain a better understanding of themselves, others, and the world around them.
Here are some steps you can take to help your young child explore. 
  • First, Always make sure the environment and objects are safe for children to explore.
  • Position the infant or toddler in a way to help them explore objects and their surroundings.
  • Model or demonstrate ways to use, move and play with a object.
  • Provide toys that allow a child to play or use them in different ways and encourage them to fully explore the toy.  
  • Talk to them about what you are doing.
Today at The Academy of Gateway our toddlers were exploring the sorting cups.

They use their senses to investigate the color, shape, patterns, and size. 

They are learning how they work and fit together. 

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Tuesday, November 27, 2018

Creating Family Traditions

Family traditions bring a sense of belongingness, commitment and familiarity with each other. They establish bonds that will last a lifetime. This year is the perfect time to start a family tradition in your house. 

You can start a Christmas countdown, write letters to Santa, go light-seeing with Hot Cocoa, or get matching Christmas pajamas. The possibilities are endless. Do what works for your family and makes you and your family happy. Enjoy this time of year!

We have started a new tradition at The Academy of Gateway. We are doing Winterfest! This event will be from 10am- 12pm with Santa visiting from 10-11am. There will be other fun surprise activities as well as snacks. Bring your family and make this a new Christmas Tradition! 

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Monday, November 19, 2018

Thanksgiving Fun

Thanksgiving crafts are a great way to let your little one help decorate for the holiday. The decorations are so much cuter with their help. Here are some great ideas.

Here at The Academy we had a great time making a turkey craft. Crafts are a great sensory experience and it allows them to express themselves.

Another great idea is to make a Family Thankful Tree or make thank you notes for each other. 
Here is our tree!

It is easy to get caught up in the holiday rush and miss the reason for the holiday. In this Thanksgiving season relax and remember what you are thankful for. Take time out for the ones you love and enjoy this Thanksgiving. From the our Aog family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving!

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Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Indoor Fun For Cold Days

This week it has definitely brought in the cold. BRR!
The little ones are enjoying the extra gross motor we are doing indoors. We have brilliant art projects and fall snacks to keep their little minds going while being inside. We had a great cornucopia snack yesterday. It was a grab an go treat they could enjoy and talk about with their family on the car ride home. They loved it!

 We are working on fall trees today. They are making them out of their adorable little fingerprints. Look how cute!

We also are doing our thanksgiving lunch with the parents this Friday from 11am-12pm. The kids have told me they are ecstatic to eat with their parents at school. 
We have a petting zoo coming on friday as well. We cannot wait to see the children interact and learn about the different animals. 
What an exciting week!

It looks like a cold weekend! Here are some great ideas to do indoors to keep your little ones busy. 

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Friday, November 9, 2018

Giving Back

There are so many ways to teach children thankfulness. One way is by showing them how to give back to their community. 

 This month we will be focusing on learning how we can help others! We will be holding a can food drive and a travel-size toiletry drive to deliver to the homeless shelter! Items requested include the following: 
*Nov 5 -9 Canned veggies
*Nov 12-16 Canned fruit 
*Nov 19-23 Rice, pasta, dried goods
*Nov 26-30 travel sized toiletries 

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