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6 Things Your Child Will Learn in our Tucson Preschool

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Do you have a little one heading to preschool? If so, this is an exciting phase for you and your child! The first years in school as a preschooler are crucial. This is when the foundations of child growth and development are formed. That’s why you need a child care center which offers a preschool program that will equip them for the future.

At The Apple Tree Learning Centers, we focus on the brain development of your child. We make sure to pay attention to their emotional needs as well.

Our amazing and experienced staff create a nurturing environment which encourages children to learn. This environment also inspires them to express themselves, explore and use their natural talents.

Sending your child to a preschool is a significant milestone for them.

Here are six important skills your child will learn in our Tucson preschool.

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Preschools allow kids to learn through play

Numbers and pre-Math skills

One of the first and most important skills your preschooler learn in our Tucson preschool are the foundations of Mathematics. They will learn about numbers and be able to identify what the numerals look like. Children are taught how to count from one to ten. As soon as they advance, they will also be taught how to count up to twenty. This is done by having them memorize the order of numbers as they count objects.

Alphabet

Learning the alphabet takes more than just singing the ABC song. What your kids learn at The Apple Tree Learning Centers is how letters correspond with sounds. Then they learn how they go together to form words.

They learn to recognize both uppercase and lowercase letters. Eventually, they are able to recognize their own name and write it! These lessons are all vital because they are the foundation of their pre-reading skills.

Imaginative and cooperative play

Because most kids at preschool age love to play, a play-based approach is also used in our Tucson preschool. Playing truly is a learning experience for children. Playing can also be productive. In fact, it is through playing that your preschooler develops their sense of self, and practices their problem-solving skills. It helps them use their imagination, and develop better social skills.

Colors and shapes

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Kids learn their first ABC’s in preschool

Our Tucson preschool will also be teaching your kids how to identify and name colors. They will learn about different shapes as well, which is going to be useful when they study Geometry. Learning about colors and shapes are essential in your kid’s language development and creativity.

Fine and gross motor skills

Preschool is the best time for kids to learn, develop and strengthen fine motor skills. This is when they are fine-tuning their finger strength and their pincer grip. They also practice this a lot through sensory play and making arts and crafts.

Gross motor skills, as well as coordination, are best learned in preschool as well. There are several activities which develop your child’s gross motor skills, including dancing and other outdoor activities.

Socializing

In our Tucson preschool, we believe your little ones need to learn how to be independent as early as possible.  This helps them be better prepared when they proceed to kindergarten. At The Apple Tree Learning Centers, they learn how to cooperate with their teachers and classmates. There will also be plenty of group activities which encourage their active participation. These interactive group activities teach them how to follow simple instructions.

They will be able to communicate more effectively without having to rely on their parents to speak for them. They’ll feel more confident and independent when their parents are not around. Your child will also feel more comfortable about approaching and making new friends.  Being more independent helps your child connect and play with their classmates.

If you are looking for a nurturing and engaging preschool in Tucson for your child, consider The Apple Tree Learning Centers. Focused on early child development, our educational preschool program is tailored to the needs of your kid. Our learning activities and opportunities are all geared towards ensuring a holistic growth for your preschooler. See you soon!  

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How to Help Kids Explore Their Interests During National Hobby Month

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Every kid should have something they enjoy doing outside of school. National Hobby Month is a great way to help your child explore hobbies he may not be aware of!

Why hobbies?

Adults aren’t the only ones who benefit from having a hobby.Hobbies are an enjoyable way to gain new skills and learn something new about yourself and the world around you.Children who excel at something grow to perform well at other tasks because of the confidence they gain from their hobbies.

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Encourage children to discover their interests at a young age.

When your child enjoys one or more hobbies she will:

  • Develop strong social and emotional skills
  • Grow academically
  • Learn to be more patient
  • Gain a sense of accomplishment which leads to confidence in other areas
  • Develop willpower, concentration, determination and dedication
  • Learn how to set – and meet – goals
  • Feel more confident when asked to try new things
  • Develop good reading habits by actively participating in a hobby; not sitting passively and being entertained (e.g. reading vs watching tv)

Kids who excel at something tend to define themselves by what they’re good at. For example, think back to your school days.
Maybe you had someone in your class who always had his head in an engine fixing up old cars, or maybe your friend always knew the best fishing holes.

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Kids learning how to play football

Each kid was the best at his particular hobby, and because he loved it so much – and grew to be competent at it – he became an authority among his peers.

What do your kids enjoy doing?

Your kids are probably already enjoying a hobby, but they may not think of it in those terms. For our purposes, a hobby is simply defined as an activity done outside of work or school that you enjoy doing.You may have thought of some things your kids love to do already. But are there other things they have shown an interest in that you can explore this month?

How to help your child explore her interests

Take some time this month to brainstorm ideas with your child. Encourage her to think of all the hobbies that people do, all across the globe.Then, narrow down the list to those things which interest her as well as those things you believe she might enjoy if she gave them a try.
Ask her to choose which one she’d like to try first and help her get started. Of course, some hobbies may be more realistic – such as stamp collecting or scrapbooking – than others, such as falconry or deep sea diving! So it’s important to discuss all the factors that go into choosing a hobby.

Even if it’s not practical to help your child start a particular hobby, that doesn’t mean you can’t explore the idea. Look for videos and/or articles about people doing the hobby(ies) that interest your child.

National Hobby Month is the perfect opportunity to take some time to help your children explore different hobbies. They’ll never know what they can do until they try it!

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7 Holiday Activities for Preschoolers in Tucson

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Everyone’s most awaited time of the year is finally here – the Christmas time! The yuletide is something people of all ages, especially children, are looking forward. It is indeed a very jolly and cheerful season as it is a time to celebrate togetherness and love. As parents, despite being busy with Christmas shopping, wrapping presents and decorating your home, one of the things you should aim to achieve is to keep your preschool children pumped up for the season. Make the most of the holidays by giving your little ones some exciting activities that give them opportunities for learning. From gift-making to decorating and making some Christmas goodies, there’s a plethora of fun holiday activities you can do together with your preschoolers. Take a look at the list below for some ideas on holiday activities for preschoolers in Tucson. 

Have a snowman building contest

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Have fun in the snow and make a snowman

Don’t you think this is the best time to enjoy the cold weather outside and play with snow together with your family? To make it more exciting especially for your preschoolers, you can have a snowman building contest and give a prize to whoever can create probably the biggest or the most creative snowman. It depends on your criteria and you can decide or ask everybody to agree on it.

Go caroling

Caroling is more fun when you do it with the entire family. If your preschool children have not had this experience yet, now is the best time to share this wonderful experience with them. Select some songs that are easy for them to sing and memorize. Then, go around the neighborhood and make rounds around the town. This fun holiday activity will surely make new and great memories for the entire family.

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Teaching Kids How to Share on National Re-Gifting Day

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It’s often thought of as tacky, but is it really?

Re-gifting is the practice of individuals giving unused gifts that they received from others.

Declared a national holiday by money management website Regiftable.com, National Re-gifting day is celebrated each year on the third Thursday in December.

The date was chosen because it’s when companies are most likely to hold their office holiday parties giving individuals the chance to offload unwanted or unused gifts.

Re-gifting as a teaching tool

At first glance you might not believe that regifting offers any benefit…other than perhaps cleaning out your closets, but this common practice gives parents and child care educators the perfect opportunity to teach kids how to share.

Thoughtful giving

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Great gifts are those from the heart

Gift giving is a way to show someone that you care. Help children to understand that giving someone a gift is not a way to “show off”, so there’s no need to spend more than your budget allows.

In fact, in classroom situations, teachers set a limit on the amount each student can spend to avoid the chance of any hurt feelings.

To help children connect with the purpose of gift giving, ask each child about the last present they received. Who gave it to them? How did it make them feel?

Discuss what the other person must have been thinking when they gave it to them and ask what they think this person might like to receive from them.

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3 Reasons Investing in your Child’s Preschool Education Beats the Stock Market

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Is a preschool investment a good financial bid? Currently investing in preschool education is bringing many returns to investors. And it has helped in reducing social crimes.

In every business, one focuses on the returns. Investing in preschool education is an excellent idea. Investing in your child’s preschool education is not only be beneficial to investors but also to you, as a parent. In this article, we examine why you should invest in your child’s preschool education and a preschool in Tucson, AZ.

Preschool education investment

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Preschool education is a great investment for your kids

What is a preschool education investment? Some term it as early childhood development with a high public return because it brings financial, as well as justice returns to the public. Reduced crime saves on criminal justice costs which is beneficial to society and ultimately, to the growth and development of your child.

What are the benefits of investing in early childhood education? Here are some of the advantages that your child will get from having a preschool education.

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How to Teach Your Children to Be Grateful During National Gratitude Month

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November is National Gratitude Month. This is the perfect time to teach your children this beneficial emotion. The gift of gratitude is a present you can give your children that will outlast the happiness brought by all their holiday toys. Having gratitude has been shown to block toxic emotions that may rise. People with higher gratitude levels have lower levels of stress and higher self-esteem.

Studies done with children have resulted in better satisfaction with school and home. Children who show more gratitude also give more support to others and have better social support. Having more gratitude will help them in a big way, and will help them grow into caring, empathetic adults. Here are five ways you can foster the development of gratitude among your children this year.

Say Thank You at Home

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Teach gratitude at home

This is a great way for young and older children to focus on giving thanks. Teach them that whenever they receive a gift or a compliment, they should always say thank you. This starts with the parents. Remember that when your child does something that deserves some ‘thanks’, be generous with your gratitude. Model the behavior you would like them to have.

Teaching children to always say “thank you” will create an atmosphere of gratitude in the home. It will also turn into a lifelong practice. If at first, your children are forgetful to give their thanks, help them by having them restate their sentence with “thank you” included.

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Celebrating National Book Month: Help Your Child Develop a Love for Learning through Reading

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It’s National Book Month, which means there is no better time to help your child develop a love for learning through reading. Children who read are more likely to perform better in all school subjects. They have larger vocabularies and are more confident in their academic career. Reading is fundamental for children of all ages. The toddler and preschool years are the best time to help your child develop a love of reading. Read on for some great tips to help your child fall in love with reading and learning.

Make It Fun

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Make reading interesting for your kids

If you make reading seem like a chore, your child is likely going to treat it like a chore. Reading should be another form of playtime. Show your child that reading is a special time for you to spend together. Choose a special place like a cozy chair or hammock to cuddle and read a book. Read stories in exciting voices to make the characters come to life and enhance your child’s experience. Kids today are used to videos and apps, so anything you can do to make the story more exciting is a plus!

Discuss and Extend

After you have finished the book, have a discussion with your child. Talk about parts they did or did not like. Analyze choices the characters made. Ask your child questions about setting and the plot. Kids love to share their opinion and getting them to talk about what they read will help with comprehension. Once you have finished a story, see what connections you can make. If the characters in the book baked cookies, make cookies. If they created an art project, let your child do a similar project. Making connections with the book strengthens comprehension. It also gets your child excited about what happens in the story.

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Closing the Preschool Gap: Help Your Child Reap the Benefits of Early Childhood Education

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If you wait until kindergarten to start your child in formal education, your child may already be behind. Studies show the benefits of early childhood education for children who go to preschool have a head start on those who do not.

Short-Term Benefits of Early Learning

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Preschool helps give a child structure

There are immediate benefits when providing your child with an early learning opportunity to close the preschool gap. One of the best reasons to go this route is to introduce your child to formal learning.

While much of the learning is done through play, it still has a purpose. Your child will develop an understanding of the difference between play and learning play. They will also have the chance to learn in a group and become comfortable with the school setting.

Learning is easier for young children whose brains absorb all the information they can. A report by the National Center for Education Statistics show 65 percent of children between four and five could recognize shapes and numbers. Other preschool vs. no preschool statistics support this finding. Preschool age children are often readier to learn than what parents might expect.

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