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Posted by on Dec 7, 2015 in Uncategorized |

4 Tips For Sending Your Bed-Wetting Child To Overnight Camp

If your child is emotionally and physically prepared to go to an overnight camp, you should not let bed-wetting stand in their way. Camp counselors are usually trained to deal with occasional bed-wetting and, with some foresight, your child should have a positive experience at camp even if they still regularly wet the bed.  

Plan for an Accident 

If your child has occasional bed-wetting, or has been wetting the bed until a few months before summer camp, you should prepare for at least one bed-wetting incident at camp. The full days can make your child more tired than usual. They may also be drinking more water during the evenings to compensate for the high level of activity throughout the day. Finally, many young children are nervous about getting up to use the bathroom in an unfamiliar setting. All of this can contribute to bed-wetting. 

Many children who have not had issues with bed-wetting for years have an accident while at summer camp, so it is important to realize that it is likely that your bed-wetting child will likely have an accident and prepare accordingly. 

Write It On Their Medical Form 

You should include bed-wetting on your child’s medical form as well as in the space for extra notes about your child. This allows your child to be added to the list of children who take nighttime and morning medications. Most camps bring children to the nurse’s office for medication before bed and before breakfast, and being included in this group will ensure a private place for your child to put on and take off their disposable pants, if they use them. 

Specify Any Current Practices You Have In Place 

If you are currently waking your child up in the night to use the bathroom, you should let their counselors know. Most counselors will be willing to set an alarm and help your child use the bathroom at their regularly scheduled times to prevent a nighttime accident. 

Opt For a Short Session 

For your child’s first summer camp, opt for a short session, less than a week long, to allow them to try it out. They will likely see that their bed-wetting is not an issue and may want to opt for a longer session next time. If there are any issues, you can learn from them and prepare a different method for dealing with them in the future. 

The most important thing you can do before camp is to talk with your child and the camp director about your child’s readiness for camp and create a plan to deal with nighttime urination. 

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Posted by on Nov 4, 2015 in Uncategorized |

4 Ways To Help Your Toddler Socialize

While teaching your child important skills like walking and potty training, don’t overlook their social skills. Learning to socialize with other children and adults means knowing how to adapt to new situations, share toys, and get along well with others. By helping them to socialize when they’re still little, you will help ensure a successful transition to preschool or kindergarten later. Here are four ways to help your child socialize:

Enroll Them in Day Care

Even if you are a stay-at-home parent, consider enrolling your child in a part-time day care center. At day care, your child will learn to be comfortable in social settings when you are not around, all under the supervision of caring and trustworthy professionals. They will learn to play and share with other children their age, and as an added bonus you will have some time to yourself to tackle errands, chores, or simply relax.

Teach Social Skills While Playing

Using playtime to teach your children social skills means they will learn in a natural, no pressure manner. When playing with toys, offer to share toys and then enthusiastically thank your child when they do the same. Show them how to patiently take turns and ask for the toy they want instead of yanking it out of your hands, then tell them how proud you are of them for being so good.

Model Good Social Behavior

Children pay close attention to their parents and unconsciously model their behavior. Use this tendency to your advantage by modeling good social behavior whenever you are out and about. Greet strangers in a polite, warm manner, and always ask others how they are doing.

Show appreciation for people who help you, for example by warmly thanking strangers who open the door for you when you’re struggling with the stroller. Your child will learn that being polite and social in public is the norm.

Sign Up for Playgroups

Playgroups and play dates can be a great way for your toddler to learn social skills. You can find playgroups at the local library, children’s activity center, or rec center. If there aren’t any active playgroups in your area, consider hosting a small one at your own home once a month. While the kids learn to interact with each other in fun ways, you can get some much needed time with other parents.

By being proactive about your child’s socialization you can help your child become well-adjusted and socially comfortable.

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Posted by on Sep 23, 2015 in Uncategorized |

A Child’s Garden of Learning

Young children in kindergarten are beginning the greatest adventure of their young lives. The purpose and aim of kindergarten is to acquaint young children with a rich, meaningful, and balanced set of skills and activities taught in a way that entices them to want to learn and experience more. With this in mind, here are a few important skills and activities taught in a good kindergarten:

Reading and Writing

  • Alphabet: reciting the alphabet, recognizing the letters when written, and writing the alphabet
  • Words: learning some short, three-letter words and recognizing them in books
  • Text: recognizing that words in a book are written in a sequence that progresses from left to right
  • Name: recognizing their own name when written

Mathematics

  • Numbers: learning numbers in sequence from one to ten and beyond
  • Counting: reciting the sequence of objects and steps as they build things, play, and dance
  • Measuring: learning about size and volumes with rulers and containers

Science

  • Observation: using the five senses to gather information
  • Communication: talking about the information that can be seen, heard, tasted, smelled, and felt

Art

  • Colors: knowing the names of basic colors. 
  • Drawing: telling a story with a pencil or marker
  • Painting: telling a story with a paint brush and paint
  • Shapes: learning basic shapes like a circle, square, triangle, and rectangle
  • Illustrations: recognizing the visual images in books 

Music

  • Singing: learning and singing songs (like the alphabet song) that reinforce other lessons
  • Dancing: learning dance steps in coordination with other children
  • Listening: recognizing the sounds of musical instruments and knowing their names

Communication

  • Stories: learning to communicate experiences and information by telling stories
  • Rhymes: learning nursery rhymes and poems and reciting them in unison with others students

Hand-Eye Coordination

  • Building blocks: stacking and constructing objects, areas, and enclosures with wooden blocks
  • Coloring: staying within the lines of a drawing to colorize familiar objects

Social Skills

  • Sharing: learning to share all toys, tools, books, and objects in school
  • Listening: learning to be quiet and listen to the teacher and other students as each expresses their ideas
  • Taking turns: learning to wait patiently until it is their turn to participate
  • Working with others: cleaning up, putting away toys and tools, and maintaining the order of the school room
  • Waiting in line: recognizing a queue and following behind other students
  • Equality: learning that all children are equal without regard to race, gender, or looks

Play

  • Physical exercise: playing with others in coordinated activities and games that emphasize sharing and participating
  • Games: holding and tossing a ball and playing tag and hide and seek in structured games with other students

These skills and activities are essential for learning all subsequent subjects taught in grammar school, high school, and college. A wise parent will acquaint their young children with many of these skills and activities before they begin kindergarten so that when they are introduced to them again, they will recognize them and feel confident about participating in the lessons. 

The word “kindergarten” means “a child’s garden,” and today’s kindergarten sews the seeds of life-long learning into the brains and hearts of young students. An excellent kindergarten program will include all of the above lessons and more.

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Posted by on Aug 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Top 3 Reasons To Send Your Child To A Private School

Do you have a child who is currently attending school? Are you trying to decide how to give them the best education possible? Although you may live in a very good neighborhood, your local public school simply may not be good enough. Here are some reasons why you should consider having your child attend a private school:

Smaller class sizes: Depending on what state you live in, your public schools may average nearly thirty students in each class. With classes this size, it can be difficult to give each student the attention that he or she deserves. In contrast, many private schools focus on having smaller classes, with some averaging class sizes that are half the size, or less, of public school classes. This can not only give teachers a better opportunity to tutor failing students, but students who excel can receive more attention as well.

Better discipline: Sometimes blamed on large class sizes, public schools are notorious for having large numbers of children who misbehave. Although your child may not have bad habits now, he or she may pick up undesirable traits, such as smoking or cursing, simply by being around other students who already do these things. In a private school, the rules forbidding poor behavior may be more strict, or the teachers may simply be able to keep a closer watch on potentially troublesome students. As a result, it’s less likely that your child will pick up bad behaviors from other students.

More interesting classes for your child: Most public schools will provide a generic education for all their students. While this is good for many children, it may not be the best option for your child. For example, your son or daughter may have an interest in becoming a musician, a painter, or other type of artist. If this is the case, you can find a private school that not only teaches the basics, but also has an emphasis on helping to nurture the most talented artists possible. Instead of being stuck with beginning musicians who have barely mastered the musical scale, your talented violinist can be performing symphonies from Beethoven or Mozart.

Although sending your child to a private school can cost a little more money than having them attend a public school, many parents feel that the greater academic possibilities are more than worth the additional expense. You may also be pleasantly surprised to find out that the prices of attending a private school are not quite as high as you’d believed. For more information, visit http://www.cadets.com.

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Posted by on Jul 27, 2015 in Uncategorized |

Parallel Parking Tips To Help You Master The Skill

Driver’s ed classes are meant to prepare you for passing the road test and keeping you safe while driving on the roads. One of the most difficult elements of the road test is the parallel parking portion of the test. This is one skill that many drivers with years of experience still struggle with if they don’t live in a city setting that doesn’t require much use of the skill. Below, you will find a few tips that can help you get through the parallel parking portion of your road test with a passing score.

Use Reference Points

Reference points are elements that can help you judge exactly where your car is on the road and with regards to the car that you are trying to park behind.

Reference Point 1 – The reference points are the front bumper of the car you are parking behind and the middle of the passenger side window of your vehicle. This point is used to line up your vehicle alongside the parked vehicle before you begin backing into the parking spot.

Reference Point 2 – The reference points are the rear bumpers of both vehicles lined up. This is easy to judge if you are parking behind a vehicle that is the same size as your vehicle, but a bit more challenging if they are of difference sizes. In that case, sit up with your back straight and look over your shoulder out the back of your car to see if the two rear bumpers are close to aligning.

Reference Point 3 — This reference point is the triangle formed in your side view mirror. As you begin to reverse into the parking space with your wheels cut, watch your mirror. Continue backing into the space until you see a triangle form – the sides of the triangle should be the bottom of the mirror, the curb and the side of your car. When this appears, it is time to cut the wheels the other direction and begin straightening out in the space.

Tips

Keep your cool. It is easy to become flustered when you don’t get things to line up perfectly the first time. This is a skill that does take practice to master, so continue practicing until you get the feel for parallel parking. You may want a friend or family member to stand on the curb and help you maneuver a few times until you get a feel for your car’s dimensions.

Use slow movements. Don’t rush through each step of parallel parking. Rushing will cause you to hit another car or bump the curb.

Be on alert for passing motorists and pedestrians. Even during the road exam, you should continue to monitor your surroundings to avoid a failing score.

Even with the auto-park feature built into many new cars these days, you must know how to parallel park in order to pass your road test. Hopefully, the tips here can help you master the skill with little stress and anxiety. Talk with Dollar Driving School for more tips and driver’s ed class information.

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