Last updated 9 days ago
The benefits of raising a child to be a lifelong reader are indisputable. Reading introduces pre-K kids to important speech and communication skills, which facilitates healthy social interactions. Reading also promotes the achievement of academic excellence, improvement of logical thinking skills, and longer attention spans. Plus, reading is fun for kids! At Under the Sun Learning Centers, our pre-K educators take great pride in helping kids develop a lifelong love of reading. Children can work at their own paces with the help of our professionals and take part in fun reading-related activities. In addition to the learning center resources available in each classroom, our pre-K curriculum uses the Ready Readers and MCP Plaid Phonics programs.
Under the Sun Learning Centers uses the literacy program Ready Readers to help beginning readers become more fluent. Ready Readers provides our classrooms with high-quality children’s literature from notable authors. These books were written specifically for pre-kindergarten children to enjoy. Along with supplying our books, the Ready Readers program involves discussion questions, activity ideas, and similar enrichment initiatives designed to encourage pre-K children to develop critical thinking skills while enhancing their communication abilities.
MCP Plaid Phonics
MCP Plaid Phonics is a program that involves workbooks that have been used by pre-K educators for years. Phonics is a time-tested method of teaching reading fluency in pre-kindergarten kids. It refers to the relationships between letters and their sounds. For example, the letter grouping “tion” has the sound /shun/. MCP Plaid Phonics introduces children to varying approaches designed to suit every style of learner, including kinesthetic learners. Your child will become a more independent reader as he or she works through the fun puzzles, rhymes, and riddles.
If you have any questions about the curriculum at our Voorhees preschool program or need child care in Voorhees, contact Under the Sun Learning Centers at (856) 282-0460. For more information or to learn about our flexible schedules, visit our website.
Last updated 14 days ago
Encouraging your youngsters to be physically active every day is a great way to set a foundation for lifelong health. Physical activity improves cardiovascular fitness, maintains body weight, and even boosts cognitive abilities. Experts recommend that children be physically active for at least 60 minutes every day. However, your youngster can break it up into segments. For example, you might walk to school together or encourage your child to take a gymnastics class.
For more helpful ideas on encouraging physical activity in your youngsters, watch this video. You’ll see kids doing a variety of fun activities, such as playing hopscotch and swimming with their friends.
The child care and preschool programs at Under the Sun Learning Centers encourage kids to enjoy safe outdoor play in a supervised environment. To learn about enrollment in our preschool or child care programs, call our locations in Marlton, Stratford, or West Deptford at (856) 282-0460.
Last updated 21 days ago
Preparing your child for preschool in advance by discussing what he or she can expect is a great way to make the first day run more smoothly. However, despite your preparations, your little one may still feel a little anxious when it’s time to say goodbye. Consider using the following tips to make your child’s first day at preschool a success!
Plan to Arrive Early
Arriving at the preschool a little early allows your youngster to meet the teacher and settle in before the classroom becomes more crowded. Wake up your child in plenty of time to arrive early without rushing through the morning routine. Allowing your preschooler sufficient time to get ready will help him or her stay calm on the big day.
Nurture a Positive Attitude
Children are quick to pick up on feelings of anxiety. Throughout the morning, maintain a cheerful disposition to encourage your little one to stay calm and happy. If your child does express concerns about preschool, reassure him or her and then redirect the conversation to a pleasant topic.
Bring a Favorite Toy
Many preschools allow youngsters to bring a comfort object from home—especially on the first day. Your child might pick out a cherished stuffed animal or blankie to take to school. Make sure any items your child brings with him or her are appropriately labeled in accordance with the preschool’s policies.
Stay in the Background
After you and your child arrive at the school, introduce your child to the teacher, walk around the classroom together, and meet some other children. Then, gradually move to the background and allow your little one to explore. Your child will feel more confident knowing that you’re there if he or she needs you.
Make a Quick Exit
When your child seems comfortable with the surroundings, keep the goodbye ritual brief. Lingering over goodbye hugs and kisses will only reinforce to your toddler that you’re leaving and he or she is staying. However, it’s never a good idea to slip out without saying a brief goodbye.
Under the Sun Learning Centers offers a high quality preschool program for eager young learners. Our theme-based curriculum helps children build critical language and social skills. Parents in Marlton, Stratford, and West Deptford can learn more about our preschool program by calling (856) 282-0460.
Last updated 29 days ago
Playing may sound like just fun and games, but for kids, it’s serious business. Games and toys are wonderful ways for little ones to develop a range of cognitive, social, and physical skills they will need to succeed in school and in life. Modern toys and games may have a lot of bells and whistles, but some classic toys still set the benchmark for educational development. This infographic from Under the Sun Learning Centers in Voorhees highlights some tried-and-true classic toys that help preschool-age kids build critical skills. It also explains why play is such an important part of the day at our preschool and childcare centers. Do you have friends and family with little ones? Please pass along this helpful advice to them.
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An alarmingly high proportion of children in the U.S. are overweight or obese, which increases the risk for serious short-term and long-term health complications. Fortunately, you can safeguard your child’s health by implementing a few preventative strategies. Children who learn healthy lifestyle habits at an early age are likely to continue them into adulthood. Teach your child the importance of a healthy lifestyle as early as the child care and preschool years by setting a good example for him or her to follow. Keep reading to learn more about the causes of the childhood obesity epidemic and how you can help your little one avoid this issue.
There are a number of factors that can contribute to an unhealthy body weight in children. Very rarely, a medical problem, such as one that affects hormone levels, is the cause. More often, it’s a combination of an unhealthy diet and an inadequate level of physical activity. While watching TV, preschoolers are exposed to a wide range of junk food and fast food commercials, increasing the likelihood that they’ll ask for a fast food meal rather than a salad. In today’s hectic world, busy parents often resort to convenience food because cooking at home can be time-consuming.
An unhealthy body weight in childhood has numerous short-term and long-term complications. The immediate effects can include sleep disturbances, bone and joint issues, and poor self-esteem. Furthermore, youngsters who are overweight are more likely to be overweight as adults, putting them at risk of cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and similar health conditions.
Despite these alarming trends, you can be proactive about your preschooler’s health. Encourage your preschooler to play outdoors by asking him or her to kick a soccer ball around with you or play tag with friends. Sign your little one up for a gymnastics class and consider setting limits on screen time. You might also wish to plant a vegetable garden with your child to encourage him or her to explore healthy foods.
When you enroll your child in a preschool or child care program at Under the Sun Learning Centers, he or she will have access to nutritious, delicious meals prepared by a professional chef. If you have any questions, call (856) 282-0460. We offer convenient preschool and child care centers in Marlton, West Deptford, and Stratford.