Thursday, August 15, 2019

Music with your Infant and Toddler




Did you know that early music experiences can enrich your child's language, literacy, social development, cognition, attention span, mathematical, fine motor and self regulation skills?

The first six months are critical to the development of babies auditory system. In toddlers, music increases their sensory development and can create neuron pathways between cells in the brain. Children can learn a musical instrument or to read music much easier before the age of twelve but you don't have to enroll baby in violin lessons just yet. Here are some simple ways to incorporate music into your infant or toddlers routine.

  •  Turn on music at home or in the car.
  •  Let your toddler have a jam session with pots and pans while you cook dinner.
  •  Do a bedtime song when you do bedtime stories.
  •  Teach songs with gestures. Ex. Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, Itsy Bitsy Spider, and Wheels on the Bus
  •  Make homemade musical instruments. 
  •  Dance and clap with them when you hear a beat.
  • Go to Music Festivals as a family.
Here at The Academy of Gateway our weekly focus is Music. We had Ms. Kelly from Music with Mommy come do some sessions with the kids. They had fun learning all about music.





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Wednesday, August 7, 2019

Nature Week

This week at The Academy of Gateway our weekly focus is nature. It is all about getting outside and exploring our surroundings. When you explore with your little one you can keep it simple by just talking with them about what they see. Ask open ended questions that encourage back and forth conversation. Here is a Nature Bucket List to get you started.


Our AOG kids went on a nature walk outside. They observed rocks, leaves, and sticks. They played, built, and used their imagination. 




Today the Nashville Zoo came to The Academy. It was great to see all the animals and learn about how they live and where they are from.



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Friday, August 2, 2019

Outdoor Art Fun




This summer is flying by. About this time of year the kids start getting bored outside. Have some fun by taking the art outside. There are so many art projects that are more fun outside and you don't have to worry about the mess.

Here are some great Outdoor Art Ideas:

  • Nature Art Rubbings
  • Rock Painting
  • Sidewalk Puffy Paint
  • Frozen Popsicle Paint
  • Observation drawings 
  •  Paint pictures using sticks and leaves
  • Do vertical surface painting
  • Paint with water guns
  • Paint with your bike
  • Make mud sculptures
  • So many more ideas!!!
Here are some of examples of the fun we had with Outdoor Art at the Academy of Gateway.







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Wednesday, July 24, 2019

Conversations with Children

It is easy to ask yes and no questions when talking to a young child. These are called close ended questions. When you ask children open ended questions it supports critical thinking and language development.These questions allow children to go beyond short answers and get to something deeper. Keep in mind your child's strengths and interest when asking open ended questions. Encourage them to talk about themselves, their ideas, and reflections. When playing with your child ask them questions that encourages them to analyze, evaluate, and create. These can increase back and forth dialogue. Here are some great conversation starters for young preschoolers.


Here are some great questions for older children.


As a parent, it's up to you, the one who knows your child best, to decide which questions are best for your child and in what scenerios. It can be challenging to develop and ask questions that engage your child who will answer in there own way, but this is well worth the effort!

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Tuesday, July 16, 2019

Water Play with Toddlers

Water play is a great sensory activity.  It is easy, versatile, and the kids love it. You can keep it really simple or find tons of different water ideas.
  • Take your indoor toys out and get them wet.
  • Use sponges, strainers, cups.
  •  Build there vocabulary by using words to describe the water. Such as; wet, dry, deep, shallow, sink, float, pour, and splash.
  •  Make alphabet soup using foam bath letters. 
  •  Paint with water. They will love watching it dry in the sun as much as painting it.
  • Let them use their imagination.
  • They learn social skills while playing with other children. Even if it's just parallel play. They have to be cooperative.
  • Go with the flow! Let your child led the way!



Here at The Academy of Gateway we had fun with bubbles and letters in our water table. We also had fun with a caterpillar sprinkler.





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Monday, July 8, 2019

Best of Parenting


We have been voted Best of Parenting for the last 11 years and we are ready to make it 12! Best of Parenting is voted by local readers of the Rutherford County Parent Magazine. Please help us by voting! Nominations are open until July 31st and voting begins August 8th. If you would like to nominate The Academy please click here.

Our goal is to give children the highest quality preschool education in a fun and safe environment and to provide you with the peace of mind that your child is receiving the best possible care.

We have had a great year at The Academy of Gateway! Here are some pictures of the fun we have had so far and why we do what we do.






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Tuesday, July 2, 2019

4th of July Fun and Safety




4th of July is the epitome of summer family fun but tends to include fire, water, and crowds. Here are some tips to navigate these hazards so that your family can have the best possible holiday!

  • Sparklers are a family favorite but pose hazards.
    •  Make a sparkler cup. Poke a hole in the bottom of a cup to place the sparkler in.
    • Always supervise. These are hazardous.
    •  Never point them at people or animals.
    • Wear closed toed shoes.
    • Dispose of sparklers in water. 
    • Glow sticks can be a great alternative.
  • Firework Fun
    • Keep family seating far away from fireworks.
    • Have water and/or a fire extinguisher handy in case of fire.
    • Get sound proof headphones for little ones.
  • Water Safety
    • Keep life jackets on anytime children are near water.
    • Supervision is key.
  • Crowds
    • Make a plan for what to do and where to go if seperated.
    • Make a supervision plan and verbally agree.
    • If alcohol is being served make sure children's cups are distinguishable and can't be mixed up with a adult cup.
Here at The Academy of Gateway we are closed for 4th of July. We are welcoming the kids back on July 5th with a fun water slide day. 

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