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  • Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine December 2017

    Oh, the hustle and bustle of December! Another year is coming to a close—but what excitement this final month contains! Between school plays and office parties, why not take a little time to yourself to catch up on ... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine December 2017

    Oh, the hustle and bustle of December! Another year is coming to a close—but what excitement this final month contains! Between school plays and office parties, why not take a little time to yourself to catch up on our final issue of the year? If you had a chance to read “What’s the Rush?” last month, the second part of that article can be found in this issue. We also added some goodies about encouraging your children through creative play and ways you can give your children the gift of time this holiday season. After all, those toys won’t last as long as the memories your create together! Happy Holidays, and enjoy the read!

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  • Gift Giving with Preschoolers

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Which means lots of gift giving and gift receiving—and who doesn’t love receiving gifts? This winter is a wonderful opportunity to teach your preschooler about gift giving and how to have a generous spirit, not just during the holidays, but all year long.The Why The first thing you should make sure to do t... Read More

    It’s the most wonderful time of the year! Which means lots of gift giving and gift receiving—and who doesn’t love receiving gifts? This winter is a wonderful opportunity to teach your preschooler about gift giving and how to have a generous spirit, not just during the holidays, but all year long.

    The Why

    The first thing you should make sure to do to instill a giving nature in your child is explain why we give gifts. It’s not to get something in return or “because I said so,” it’s because you want to. Tell your preschooler how happy it makes you to give them a gift—how you love to see their happy smiles and their excitement when they open a gift they’ve been wanting. Don’t they want to do that for someone they love, too?

    The Way

    It’s important to include the concept of thoughtfulness when gift giving with your little one. Take your preschooler shopping with you when you go pick out gifts for family and friends, and don’t be afraid let your little one be in on your choices. Ask them, “Do you think they would like this? Why? What do you think we should get them?” You’d be surprised at what your kiddos can come up with when they get to pick out gifts, and a lot of the time, they have great ideas you never would’ve considered.

    The What

    Not every gift has to be expensive or flashy—homemade gifts or inexpensive items are just as valuable and precious as any pricey gift. Instill in your child a sense of meaning when it comes to gifts that doesn’t come from a price tag, but on the heart of the gift. Make homemade gifts for their classmates, or take the time to write a heartfelt card with your preschooler.

    The Who

    The last thing you can teach your preschooler is that gifts come in all shapes and sizes—this includes giving your time or your efforts. Give the gift of volunteering this year by picking a cause together. Does your little one love animals? Volunteer together at the animal shelter—the holidays are a busy time for many animal shelters, and many have programs where even small children can give back. Donate toys or presents to organizations that specifically serve to help low income families or orphanages. The possibilities to give back are endless!

    Whether it’s by giving time, a handwritten card, or a store-bought gift, your little one will gain so much by learning how to give the perfect gift this winter. By teaching them how to give cheerfully and meaningfully, you are truly giving your preschooler the most precious gift.

    Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro located in Richmond, Texas? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family. 

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  • Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine November 2017

    It is November! The holiday season is officially upon us! We hope that during the hustle and bustle, family and friends, and love and laughter, you will take a quiet minute to read up on ... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine November 2017

    It is November! The holiday season is officially upon us! We hope that during the hustle and bustle, family and friends, and love and laughter, you will take a quiet minute to read up on our latest issue. We have some great articles for you about rushing through milestones and the importance (and benefits) of family traditions. We even threw in a list of tips to help you ignite your child’s love of learning! We hope you enjoy the read!

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  • Teaching Preschoolers About Gratitude

    The month of November brings up the concept of giving thanks and giving back to communities. Your preschooler is at the perfect age to learn about gratitude and how they can give thanks for what they have. Here are some great ways to discuss gratitude with your preschooler and instill in them a thankful heart that will last a lifetime.Start SimpleAsk your preschooler what they are thankful for. ... Read More

    The month of November brings up the concept of giving thanks and giving back to communities. Your preschooler is at the perfect age to learn about gratitude and how they can give thanks for what they have. Here are some great ways to discuss gratitude with your preschooler and instill in them a thankful heart that will last a lifetime.

    Start Simple

    Ask your preschooler what they are thankful for. What do they say? Use their responses as a way to teach them about the bigger picture. Are they thankful for toys? Tell them about other children that might not have many toys and how important it is to share. Are they thankful for their house? Remind them how special it is to have their own room or their own bed. If they say, “I don’t know,” use it as an opportunity to point out the bigger things they have like freedom, school, and other things they may not realize are special.

    Expressing Thanks

    Once your child knows what they are thankful for, teach them how to express their thankfulness--from baby steps like saying, “thank you” when someone hands them something, to treating others kindly and sharing what they have. Talk to your child about treating their things nicely because of their thankfulness—being thankful means knowing the value in what they have and treating those things well.

    Giving Back

    Emotionally, your child may feel sad for others who have less than them when they realize how thankful they are for what they do have. Teach them to put that empathy for others into action by donating to homeless shelters or volunteering in soup kitchens.

    No matter what, everyone has something for which to be thankful. Teaching your child about gratitude isn’t about counting how many possessions they have or comparing what they have to what others have. It’s about acknowledging how blessed they are and wanting to express their thankfulness to others and give back to their community.

    Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro located in Richmond, Texas? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family. 

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  • DIY Halloween Costumes for Preschoolers

    You don’t have to break the bank to get your preschooler an adorable costume that they’ll love. Here are some totally do-able, kid-approved DIY Halloween costumes that you can make at home—it’s more fun that way!Kitty catWith some face paint, an ear headband, and a creatively made tail, your little one will be absolutely adorable. Sew some fake ... Read More

    You don’t have to break the bank to get your preschooler an adorable costume that they’ll love. Here are some totally do-able, kid-approved DIY Halloween costumes that you can make at home—it’s more fun that way!

    Kitty cat

    With some face paint, an ear headband, and a creatively made tail, your little one will be absolutely adorable. Sew some fake fur to a wire hanger to fashion a tail for your little kitty, and maybe throw on a tutu for extra fluffiness.

    Super hero

    You’d be amazed at what adding a cape can do! Draw the Superman logo on an old tee shirt or have your little one come up with his own hero name and logo. A felt mask and a cape made of an old sheet or some shiny fabric will be sure to make your kiddo feel super.

    Spooky ghost

    An oldie but a goodie! Channel “It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown!” and cut some holes in a large white sheet, and your preschooler will be both spooky and adorable.

    Pretty princess

    If your little one is a princess, this is her day to shine. With a sparkly tutu, costume jewelry, a beautiful tiara, and maybe a wand or fairy wings to make her a fairy princess, she’ll be the most beautiful princess there ever was.

    Cool Cowboy

    If you’ve got some cowboy boots and a hat just dying to be worn, your little one just might need to be a cowboy for Halloween. Cut out a star to make him a sheriff and put him in a plaid shirt, if you have one, for the full effect.

    Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro located in Richmond, Texas? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family. 

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  • Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine October 2017

    Fall is in the air! The leaves are changing, the temperatures are slowly dropping, and pumpkins are everywhere! Grab a mug of apple cider and a cozy blanket while you take a look at wha... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine October 2017

    Fall is in the air! The leaves are changing, the temperatures are slowly dropping, and pumpkins are everywhere! Grab a mug of apple cider and a cozy blanket while you take a look at what we've put together for you this month! (If it’s still sweltering hot where you live, we are sorry—just ignore the previous sentence!) We know you will enjoy reading through our list of family friendly Halloween activities! And, you can find out why it is important for your child to play alone sometimes (which means you get some alone time as well)! 

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  • Hurricane Harvey & Helping Your Child Cope With Natural Disasters

    Hurricane Harvey & Helping Your Child Cope With Natural Disasters On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast, bringing powerful winds and heavy rainfall wi... Read More

    This 'Sesame Street' episode can help you talk to your kids about Harvey

    Hurricane Harvey & Helping Your Child Cope With Natural Disasters

    On August 25th, Hurricane Harvey made landfall along the Texas coast, bringing powerful winds and heavy rainfall with it. After days of non-stop rain, Houston and many other regions were left in shambles, forcing hundreds of thousands of people to walk away from what was once their home. While this devastation undoubtedly affects many people’s jobs, daily routines, and mental health, it is important to remember that children are affected as well.

    It can be difficult for young children to grasp natural disasters and why and how they occur. Children cope with events such as this differently depending on their age, but they are all susceptible to its negative impact. Whether your child was directly impacted by Hurricane Harvey or not, these tips for coping with natural disasters are sure to help your family move forward no matter what you face in the future.

    Talk About It

    One of the best ways to help your child process what has happened is by discussing the events that have occurred. Explain the disaster in logical terms so your child can fully understand why or how things have changed. Most importantly, allow your child to express his or her emotions about what has taken place, and listen to their worries or fears. By creating a safe space for your child to share their feelings, they will be less likely to bottle up or hold onto any negative emotions. A wonderful resource on how to discuss natural disasters with children can be found in this Sesame Street episode, where Big Bird’s friends help him rebuild his nest after a storm.

    Maintain A Routine

    Your child can hold onto a sense of normalcy by maintaining their typical routine in whatever way possible. Try to stick with their normal bed/wake up time in order to ensure they’re getting enough sleep. Allow them time to learn and play, and stick with any rules you would enforce on a daily basis. Many parents feel the need to coddle children in the midst of a disaster, but sticking to a routine can provide a sense of safety and security.

    Be Patient

    Remember – each child processes natural disasters differently. While one child may appear totally unaffected, another could display symptoms of anxiety or even depression. Be patient as your little one copes with how their life has changed, and know that it could take weeks, months, or even years for them to fully recover. Love, comfort, and patience go a long way when helping your child move past a difficult time.

    Would you like to help Kids ‘R’ Kids employees who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey? Simply visit our  GoFundMe link and make a donation. It is our hope to raise $100,000 or more for all staff members and teachers whose homes, families, and livelihood have been impacted by Hurricane Harvey.

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  • Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine September 2017

    Back to school! New classes, new teachers, new friends…new magazine! Take a break from your back to school routine and browse our new issue! We’ve got some tips to help all of you parents t... Read More

    September 2017 Magazine

    Back to school! New classes, new teachers, new friends…new magazine! Take a break from your back to school routine and browse our new issue! We’ve got some tips to help all of you parents to get your children to practice their musical instruments and some insight for you on teaching your child to learn through failure. These articles will be worth the read!

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  • Macaroni Kid Article

    We have published a new article on the Macaroni Kid website... Read More

    Back to School at Kids R Kids

    We have published a new article on the Macaroni Kid website! 

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  • Helping Your Preschooler Build a Strong Vocabulary

    When children are in preschool, they are constantly learning and taking in the world around them. One of the main ways children learn is through listening to how others talk and gaining a vocabulary to interact with those around them. One of the best things you can do for your preschooler is make efforts to ... Read More

    When children are in preschool, they are constantly learning and taking in the world around them. One of the main ways children learn is through listening to how others talk and gaining a vocabulary to interact with those around them. One of the best things you can do for your preschooler is make efforts to build their vocabulary.

    Use your words

    Many parents find themselves immediately giving their children what they want, or anticipating their needs before they vocalize them. You will help your child’s vocabulary and communication skills greatly by telling them to ask for what they want instead of pointing or saying “that.” Teach them the correct terms for things, always, and encourage them to describe new objects they’re not sure how to label. Requiring them to use their words will help them practice words they know and even encourage them to pick up some new one! As they grow out of infancy and toddlerhood, it’s an important skill for them to learn in using words to ask for things instead of using sounds, gestures or even crying. Telling children to “use your words” helps them to communicate with others.

    Grab a book

    Reading is a wonderful way for people of all ages to build their vocabularies. When reading with your preschooler, make sure to pick books that have a wide range of topics and many pictures. Don’t speed through the book, but take time to ask your child what the name of the objects are. Use reading as an opportunity to teach your child different words for the same thing. Even simple “Look and Find” books can go a great way in promoting vocabulary. Finding and naming objects in a picture helps children recognize familiar objects and learn about new ones.

    Watch your tone

    Many people get in the habit of using “baby talk” when talking to young children and don’t realize how limiting this is to their vocabulary. Speaking to your child like they are responsive, understanding people instead of babies who don’t yet know words will change the way your child learns how to speak. Don’t use words that they have outgrown, for example, “booboo” for “hurt.” Children are very smart, and the more they are treated like the learning individuals they are, the faster they learn and will grow to be intelligent and expressive people.


    Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro located in Richmond, Texas? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family. 

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  • Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine August 2017

    The summer is winding down, and school time is just around the corner! We’ve published one more magazine for you to enjoy before you trade in your bathing suits for backpacks! In thi... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine August 2017

    The summer is winding down, and school time is just around the corner! We’ve published one more magazine for you to enjoy before you trade in your bathing suits for backpacks! In this issue you will learn how to identify symptoms of Sensory Processing Disorder, and how you can help a child struggling with it. You will also find an article on developing communication skills and emotional intelligence in your child.

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  • Games for Preschoolers During Summertime

    The new school year is quickly approaching, but summer isn’t over yet! Take full advantage of the last few weeks of fun by trying one of these summertime games. From water balloon baseball to hide and seek, you won’t want summer to end!Scavenger HuntThis engaging activity can be done indoors or outdoors. Create an excitin... Read More

    The new school year is quickly approaching, but summer isn’t over yet! Take full advantage of the last few weeks of fun by trying one of these summertime games. From water balloon baseball to hide and seek, you won’t want summer to end!

    Scavenger Hunt

    This engaging activity can be done indoors or outdoors. Create an exciting scavenger hunt for your preschoolers with a special prize at the very end and helpful hints leading them every step of the way. Destinations such as “the big tree in the backyard” or “the basketball goal in the driveway” are easily identifiable outdoor spots. If you’re playing indoors, you can use furniture such as “the red couch” or “the fridge” to help your little one find the next clue.

    Water Balloon Baseball

    Fill up a large amount of water balloons and get ready for this fun game! Grab a baseball bat, set up your bases, and assign positions. Since a catcher won’t be necessary for this alternative version of baseball, you can simply race through the bases as fast as you can and see who completes a home run the fastest!

    Water Hose Limbo

    Water hose limbo is the perfect way to cool down on a hot summer day while having a blast! Simply place your thumb over the hose spout or use a hose nozzle to get a stream going. Each child must try to pass under the stream of water while leaning back. If they get wet, they are eliminated! Lower the hose little by little every time someone passes successfully. The final winner is the player who passes successfully under the lowest stream without getting wet.

    Classic Games

    If your little one is feeling bored this summer, you can’t go wrong with a few classic games! If you’re feeling sneaky, hide and seek is the ultimate indoor game. Or, you can head outside and expel some energy with a fast-paced game of tag. If you have a pool in your backyard, why not play Marco Polo? As long as an adult is supervising, they’re sure to have a great time.

    Say goodbye to summertime boredom; time flies when you’re having fun, and these games will make the day fly by!

    Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro located in Richmond, Texas? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family. 

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  • July 2017 Magazine

    It is hot outside! Grab a cold beverage and kick back for a while as you peruse the  July edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine! This month you will find articles on “Why Kids with Hobbies do Better in School” and “The Im... Read More

    July 2017 Digital Magazine

    It is hot outside! Grab a cold beverage and kick back for a while as you peruse the  July edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine! This month you will find articles on “Why Kids with Hobbies do Better in School” and “The Importance of Traditional Play in a Digital World.” Sounds like a good read to us!

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  • Teaching Your Preschooler About Independence Day  

    Fireworks, family picnics, and a whole lot of red, white, and blue…there's nothing quite like the Fourth of July! Your preschooler may be wondering how Independence Day came to be and why exactly we celebrate patriotism, so continue reading for tips on how to teach your child all about the Fourth of July.The Declaration of Independence... Read More

    Fireworks, family picnics, and a whole lot of red, white, and blue…there's nothing quite like the Fourth of July! Your preschooler may be wondering how Independence Day came to be and why exactly we celebrate patriotism, so continue reading for tips on how to teach your child all about the Fourth of July.

    The Declaration of Independence

    On July 4th, 1776, the Continental Congress approved the Declaration of Independence. The Declaration of Independence was created to separate the thirteen American colonies from Great Britain, breaking them from their obligation to follow the rules of the king of Great Britain. Fifty six men signed the Declaration that day, and thus, Independence Day was born!

    The American Flag

    Your preschooler may also be curious about the American flag, what it symbolizes, and how it ties into patriotism. The fifty states in our nation are represented through the flag's fifty stars, while the thirteen red and white stripes represent the thirteen colonies that existed when the Declaration of Independence was signed. For this reason, many view the American flag as a patriotic symbol, standing for the rights and freedoms that Americans have.

    Patriotic Activities

    Consider trying one of these fun and festive activities to get your little one excited about Independence Day:

    Have a patriotic pool day! With fun music, festive floaties, and delicious food, you can soak in the summer sun and celebrate Independence Day by the water.

    Bake a Fourth of July cake! You can model your cake after the American flag or get creative with red, white and blue icing. Pick up patriotic sprinkles and frosting at your local grocery store and bake the day away.

    Many neighborhoods host bike parades on this festive holiday, so why not have a family bike decorating party? Break out the red, white, and blue streamers and stickers and ride through the neighborhood altogether!

    Remember the brave men and women who fought for our freedoms as you enjoy Independence Day with your loved ones this month!

    Want to learn more about Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro located in Richmond, Texas? Our mission is to provide secure, nurturing, and educational environments for children ages 6 weeks – 12 years. We help children to bloom into responsible, considerate, and contributing members of society. For more information, give us a call or stop by for a tour! We’d love to get to know you and your family. 

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  • How to Travel with Preschoolers

    Summertime has arrived! If you’re planning a family vacation, you may be stressing about how to prepare, what to pack, and how to keep your preschooler occupied while you’re on the road. Whether you’re traveling by car or airplane, we have the best tips and tricks to make your travel day fly by! Check them out!Get comfortable.Comfort is key when you have a long travel day ahead. Soft fabrics, fuzzy socks, and an extra blanket or sweater in your bag will keep you cozy and content as you hi... Read More

    Summertime has arrived! If you’re planning a family vacation, you may be stressing about how to prepare, what to pack, and how to keep your preschooler occupied while you’re on the road. Whether you’re traveling by car or airplane, we have the best tips and tricks to make your travel day fly by! Check them out!

    Get comfortable.

    Comfort is key when you have a long travel day ahead. Soft fabrics, fuzzy socks, and an extra blanket or sweater in your bag will keep you cozy and content as you hit the road.

    Bring your preschooler’s favorite item.

    Consider packing your child’s favorite blanket or stuffed animal in their suitcase or carry on. Traveling to a new city (or country for that matter) can cause feelings of uneasiness. However, a small piece of home will provide your child with a sense of familiarity and comfort in case they’re feeling homesick.

    Pack a snack!

    Remember to prepare and pack easily portable snacks. Some great options are Tupperware containers of fruit, protein packed granola bars, or trail mix. These snacks are easy to pull out, whether in a car or on a plane, and will tide your tot over until the next meal.

    Bring a treat—but make it a healthy one.

    Treats are a great way to keep your child content, but you may want to avoid sugary sweets as much as possible. A sugar rush plus two hours sitting still on a plane equals one unhappy camper. So, as long as you keep the sugar to a minimum, your travel day will be a success.

    Whether you’re beach-bound or heading for the mountains, these tips will keep your youngsters happy as you make your way to your vacation destination. Happy trails!

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  • June 2017 Digital Magazine

    Are you ready for a little summer reading? We’ve published a new edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine! In the June edition you will find some DIY gift ideas for Father’s Day (no peeki... Read More

    June 2017 Digital Magazine

    Are you ready for a little summer reading? We’ve published a new edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine! In the June edition you will find some DIY gift ideas for Father’s Day (no peeking Dads!), good reasons to give your children responsibilities, and ways to be a “light reflector” for your child.

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  • May Edition Digital Magazine

    It’s a new month! That means the new Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine edition is ready! Take a peek inside the May issue to find ways you can enjoy the spring while preparing for a fun summer, how to keep a child active when he doesn't enjoy team sports, and how you c... Read More

    KRK Magazine May Edition

    It’s a new month! That means the new Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine edition is ready! Take a peek inside the May issue to find ways you can enjoy the spring while preparing for a fun summer, how to keep a child active when he doesn't enjoy team sports, and how you can incorporate Montessori learning principles in your home.

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  • Involving a Preschool Child in Art

    Young children, preschoolers especially, love to unleash their imaginations and create new things. One of the best ways to do this is through art! If you’re looking for the right way to introduce your child to all things art, look no further. With these starter tips you can encourage your little one’s creativity and watch your child focus, relax, and express himself, a... Read More

    Young children, preschoolers especially, love to unleash their imaginations and create new things. One of the best ways to do this is through art! If you’re looking for the right way to introduce your child to all things art, look no further. With these starter tips you can encourage your little one’s creativity and watch your child focus, relax, and express himself, all while using small motor skills, gaining confidence, and having a wonderful time.

    Let your preschool child decide.

    Create a “process-focused” art experience by leaving all the choices entirely up to your child. Eliminate samples, step-by-step instructions, and the concepts of right and wrong. Instead, focus on exploration of techniques and materials to create something entirely unique and original.

    Don’t just copy it!

    Minimize “product-focused” art experiences where children copy patterns and examples. Although this method teaches children to follow instructions, it can leave them frustrated and disappointed in their work if they feel their product doesn’t “live up to” the sample.

    Play with art.

    Approach art like play. Make the experience joyful and unique, and encourage your child to express his or her individuality. If your child isn’t particularly enjoying painting, move onto sculpting with Play-Doh! There are endless ways to have fun with art.

    Do arts and crafts with your preschooler.

    Think 3D when creating art with your child! Use buttons, seeds, string, tissue paper, and other items around the house, and watch your child’s vocabulary grow while discussing the process. Using three-dimensional objects will inspire your child and bring their piece of art to life.

    Remember, it’s important to not only allow, but also encourage your child to think outside of the box and create whatever inspires them. When they’re proud of their masterpiece, hang it on the fridge or place it on a shelf. This will motivate them to continue pursuing this new hobby. You never know—you may have the next Picasso on your hands!

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  • What are taxes? Explaining Money to Preschool Children

    Taxes and finance can be a difficult concept to explain to young children, but they may be more receptive and interested than you’d expect. There are countless benefits to teaching your youngster the value of money, and we’re here to help you get started.Teach the value of money to a preschool mind.One of the first steps in teaching your children about ... Read More

    Taxes and finance can be a difficult concept to explain to young children, but they may be more receptive and interested than you’d expect. There are countless benefits to teaching your youngster the value of money, and we’re here to help you get started.

    Teach the value of money to a preschool mind.

    One of the first steps in teaching your children about finances is to teach them the literal value of money. Start by explaining that pennies are worth one cent, nickels are worth five, and so on. You can even take it a step further by adding in a few math problems. (For example, one dime plus one nickel = 15 cents, which is equal to 15 pennies.)

    Tell them about taxes.

    Explain to your children that a portion of the money earned from working goes to the government to fund things that will benefit the public, such as roads, bridges, schools, and even policemen who protect the community every day.

    Give an allowance.

    Consider giving your children an allowance, or rewarding them for extra jobs they do around the house. Whether it’s $1, $5, or $10, this will give your kiddos a sense of responsibility and independence.

    Have a yard sale.

    Holding a yard sale can be a fun, engaging, and educational experience for your children. If you’re planning to sell a handful of items, you can easily get your kids involved. Start by encouraging them to sort through their toys and decide which items they no longer need. Help them set reasonable prices and organize their items for customers to browse. From beginning to end—your little ones are sure to enjoy this experience all while learning about the value of money.

    Let it sink in.

    Use these tips to teach your children about money, and remember to encourage earning, saving, and spending. When your children earn money, they’ll be proud of their work and the jobs they completed.

    Saving money teaches your little ones to prioritize and have patience when they have their eye on a certain item.

    Finally, spending teaches them about the actual process of purchasing an item. Start teaching your preschool children about money today—the benefits are priceless.

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  • April Edition Digital Magazine

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for ideas to help nurture your child’s creativity, ways to celebrate Earth Day, and steps parents of multiples can take to recognize unique qualities in each child. Click ... Read More

    April Edition Digital Magazine

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for ideas to help nurture your child’s creativity, ways to celebrate Earth Day, and steps parents of multiples can take to recognize unique qualities in each child. Click here to see more.

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  • Fun Spring Activities for Preschoolers

    Spring has sprung, so step outside! From gardening to camping, all four of these spring activities will have your family members smiling from March through May.Bake spring sugar cookies.You can get as creative as you’d like with this tasty spring activity. Use flower shaped cookie cutters to bake up a cookie garden, or stick with a simpler oval shape to create ladybugs or Easter eggs. If you ma... Read More

    Spring has sprung, so step outside! From gardening to camping, all four of these spring activities will have your family members smiling from March through May.

    Bake spring sugar cookies.

    You can get as creative as you’d like with this tasty spring activity. Use flower shaped cookie cutters to bake up a cookie garden, or stick with a simpler oval shape to create ladybugs or Easter eggs. If you make a big enough batch, you can send your child off to preschool with cookies for the class. Have fun with multi-colored icing and sprinkles, and enjoy!

    Start a garden

    Want fresh herbs and vegetables growing in your very own backyard? How about a beautiful landscape of flowers to take your home to the next level? You can start your very own garden in 10 easy steps. Incorporate your little ones when choosing which seeds to plant, and have them help you water your garden each day. You can even pick out a dinner recipe together involving different ingredients from your garden.

    Go camping

    Whether you’re planning spring break or simply want to take a weekend trip, there is no better family bonding experience than camping. Make sure to prepare for the trip by purchasing a durable tent, packing according to the weather, and bringing plenty of food, water and sunscreen (don’t forget the marshmallows and graham crackers!). You can read up on more camping tips by clicking here.

    Have a picnic

    Outdoor picnics are a wonderful way to get fresh air and enjoy quality time as a family. Pack up your picnic basket and head to the park to make the most of your sunny, spring days. Classic club sandwiches and single serving containers of pasta salad are perfectly portable. Throw in sliced bananas and strawberries for a serving of fresh fruit, and cookies for dessert. Yum!

    Spring means longer days and warmer weather, so head outdoors, explore nature, and get active as a family. Try something new, and have fun! 

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  • Fun St. Patrick's Day Treats for Preschool Children

    Saint Patrick’s Day is a wonderful time of the year to become a little more aware of the culture in Ireland, and you can teach your preschool children about the things the Irish culture does to celebrate their heritage. You can celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with your preschooler with these fun Saint Patrick’s Day treats.

    Read “Fun Saint Patrick’s Day Treats for Preschool Children” on Family Fun Houston.

    Saint Patrick’s Day is a wonderful time of the year to become a little more aware of the culture in Ireland, and you can teach your preschool children about the things the Irish culture does to celebrate their heritage. You can celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day with your preschooler with these fun Saint Patrick’s Day treats.

    Read “Fun Saint Patrick’s Day Treats for Preschool Children” on Family Fun Houston.

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  • March Edition Digital Magazine

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for tips on helping children find their passion, fun St. Patrick’s Day recipes, and ways to incorporate fun and play into everyday activities! Click ... Read More

    March Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for tips on helping children find their passion, fun St. Patrick’s Day recipes, and ways to incorporate fun and play into everyday activities! Click here for the latest issue. 

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  • February Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for tips on President’s Day activities, raising a problem solver, and learn mor... Read More

    February Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    The latest Kids ‘R’ Kids Magazine issue is here! Check out this issue for tips on President’s Day activities, raising a problem solver, and learn more about keys qualities for early success!

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  • Teaching Your Preschooler about Groundhog Day

    Every year in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on February 2nd, Phil makes his prediction about when spring is coming. Who is Phil? He’s a furry little groundhog, and he’s been making his predictions since 1887. This February will be his 130-year anniversary! The tradition began with badgers and sacred bears making the weather predications, but in recent years, the groundhog has been adopted instead. How big are groundhogs? Bigger than you may think! They’re typically 8–10 pounds when they’re fully grown. They dig burrows for hom... Read More

    Every year in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, on February 2nd, Phil makes his prediction about when spring is coming. Who is Phil? He’s a furry little groundhog, and he’s been making his predictions since 1887. This February will be his 130-year anniversary! The tradition began with badgers and sacred bears making the weather predications, but in recent years, the groundhog has been adopted instead.

    How big are groundhogs? Bigger than you may think! They’re typically 8–10 pounds when they’re fully grown. They dig burrows for homes, and these homes can reach anywhere from 8–66 feet long. It’s in these burrows that they hibernate through the long winter months. Groundhogs are known as “true hibernators” and they can reduce their heartbeat to 5 beats per minute and their body temperature can reach as low as 41 degrees Fahrenheit when at their deepest hibernation.

    When the groundhog emerges from hibernation, he looks out to see if it’s safe to wake up from hibernation for good. If he sees his shadow, he is startled, and returns to his burrow for 6 more weeks. If he doesn’t see his shadow, he knows that winter is over, and spring is coming!

    Interestingly, in the years that have been recorded, Phil has seen his shadow 97 times, and he has not seen it 16 times. In these years, Phil’s accuracy reaches only 39%. Despite his low accuracy, people still flock to watch him make his predictions every year in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

    If you want to watch Phil make his prediction in 2017, you can tune in live at www.visitpa.com/groundhog-day-live-stream/. Will we get an early spring, or will we have 6 more weeks of winter? We’ll find out on February 2nd!

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  • Healthy Food This Year

    Food is one of the most important things in our lives, and preschoolers need better food than anyone really, since their bodies are growing at an incredible rate.

    Read “Healthy Food This Year” on Family Fun Houston.

    Food is one of the most important things in our lives, and preschoolers need better food than anyone really, since their bodies are growing at an incredible rate.

    Read “Healthy Food This Year” on Family Fun Houston.

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  • January Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool... Read More

    January Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on avoiding post-holiday blues, fostering creativity, and the benefits of music lessons!

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  • New Year, New School

    One of the most difficult adjustments that preschoolers have to make is separation from their parents. It’s totally understandable—who would want to be left alone with strangers in an unfamiliar place? This is why it is important to help your child become familiar with their preschool. Talk about it often. Talk about how your schedule is going to work, and how much fun they are going to have, and how much they are going to learn! Do little things like driving past the preschool and saying, “Look, that’s your school! Aren... Read More

    One of the most difficult adjustments that preschoolers have to make is separation from their parents. It’s totally understandable—who would want to be left alone with strangers in an unfamiliar place? This is why it is important to help your child become familiar with their preschool.

    Talk about it often. Talk about how your schedule is going to work, and how much fun they are going to have, and how much they are going to learn! Do little things like driving past the preschool and saying, “Look, that’s your school! Aren’t you so excited?” Your enthusiasm will spill over and soon they’ll be excited too!

    Involve them in the planning and purchasing for the new year. Let them pick out their backpack and lunch box, and maybe even invest in some special school clothes. You could even involve them with their lunch packing and let them pick a few snacks to take along.

    For the first few weeks, it could be helpful to send a favorite blanket along with them for comfort. You may find that after a few weeks, they won’t need this anymore, and that’s a sign that they’re adjusting well!

    Encourage them to make friends with the other kids. This can make the days so much more enjoyable if they have a little friend they can play with. You might even want to arrange some play dates with friends from the preschool during the beginning of the year so they can develop their friendship and have a head start on the coming school year.

    Remember to be patient during this transition, and be prepared to spend a little extra time with your child as they learn to love their new school. Be enthusiastic about this change, always interested in hearing what they have to say about their day. Let them know you’re proud of them and all they’re learning as they’re going through this time of adjustment.

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  • Making Fun Ornaments with Kids

    Do you remember the first time your preschooler gave you something homemade? Maybe she came home with a special project from school, and your heart jumped a few beats knowing she made it especially for you. Allowing a child to be creative on her own, without too much instruction from you, can be difficult; however, as she grows older, her preschool art projects become something you’ll cherish forever.Read “Making Fun Ornaments with Kids” on Family Fun H... Read More

    Do you remember the first time your preschooler gave you something homemade? Maybe she came home with a special project from school, and your heart jumped a few beats knowing she made it especially for you. Allowing a child to be creative on her own, without too much instruction from you, can be difficult; however, as she grows older, her preschool art projects become something you’ll cherish forever.

    Read “Making Fun Ornaments with Kids” on Family Fun Houston.

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  • December Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, tech... Read More

    Kids R Kids Magazine December

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, technology, engineering, art & math. Learn more about us in our latest digital magazine! Check out this issue for tips on disciplining your kids, getting them to eat healthier, and learn more about the strategies we use within our Brain Waves℠ curriculum!

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  • Creative Holiday Crafts with Kids

    When you’re spending so much time indoors with your preschooler this winter, why not try to bring in some creativity? Cabin fever is a real thing, so to make it easier we’ve found a list of fun holiday crafts to do with your child.The blog No Time for Flash Cards has a list of twenty-five activities you can do with your child during the break!Snow PaintingIf you get any snow this year, one acti... Read More

    When you’re spending so much time indoors with your preschooler this winter, why not try to bring in some creativity? Cabin fever is a real thing, so to make it easier we’ve found a list of fun holiday crafts to do with your child.

    The blog No Time for Flash Cards has a list of twenty-five activities you can do with your child during the break!

    Snow Painting

    If you get any snow this year, one activity that would be super fun and easy—and one that gets your child’s creativity outside rather than on your living room wall—is painting in the snow!

    All you need is paint and snow. Pretty simple. And then let your kids have the time of their lives! Instead of the paint ending up on your walls, they end up in biodegradable snow. Just make sure they keep it on the snow and not their clothes.

    Snowflake Craft

    This one is equally easy—a snowflake for toddlers! All you need is cotton balls, paper, and glue. (Be careful with that last ingredient.)

    Paint a star of glue on the paper, sort of like an asterisk. Then, add the cotton balls on the parts with the glue, and there you have it! A snowflake as unique as all the others.

    Hole Punch Snowflakes

    Another kind of snowflake just requires paper. You remember the ones you made as a kid, right? Well, now it’s time to pass on the tradition.

    Take some paper and fold it up a few times. Grab some scissors, or a hole puncher, and cut little shapes along the seams. Then, when you unfold it you’ll find a magical snowflake appearing. Your toddler will be amazed.

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  • How to Help Others This Holiday Season

    How do you spend your holidays? Some families travel, some stay indoors, some sip coffee by the fire. (Mm, that last one sounds heavenly.) Some parents shop for long hours for their child’s favorite toy or game, waiting in long lines and spending countless hours online. They wear fun holiday clothes, attend parties, and watch the beautiful lights that adorn many neighborhoods and streets. When it’s time to eat, most families enjoy the meal they have chosen with the people they love. Read “... Read More

    How do you spend your holidays? Some families travel, some stay indoors, some sip coffee by the fire. (Mm, that last one sounds heavenly.)

    Some parents shop for long hours for their child’s favorite toy or game, waiting in long lines and spending countless hours online. They wear fun holiday clothes, attend parties, and watch the beautiful lights that adorn many neighborhoods and streets. When it’s time to eat, most families enjoy the meal they have chosen with the people they love.

    Read “How to Help Others This Holiday Season” on Family Fun Houston. 

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  • Safety during the Fall

    Fall is the best season. From college football to cooler weather to fun holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, there isn’t a better time of the year. Unless you’re more into spring or summer or winter. Then there’s a better time. For the rest of us, that means we’ll be outside enjoying the sunshine and the cool weather. We want our kids to enjoy the weather and activities just like we do. Among all these events, however, we need to remember to keep our preschool children safe. Read “ ... Read More

    Fall is the best season. From college football to cooler weather to fun holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, there isn’t a better time of the year. Unless you’re more into spring or summer or winter. Then there’s a better time.

    For the rest of us, that means we’ll be outside enjoying the sunshine and the cool weather. We want our kids to enjoy the weather and activities just like we do. Among all these events, however, we need to remember to keep our preschool children safe.

    Read “ Safety during the Fall” on Houston Kid Stuff.

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  • Classic Children's Books

    Over and over again, when the most successful people in the world are asked about their achievements, they point to one thing: reading. They were all avid readers when they were younger, and their love for reading only increased throughout life. Once someone has caught the joy of reading, little else seem so beneficial. It’s important to establish this joy while kids are near preschool-age—it will pay off a thousand times over. Reading ... Read More

    Over and over again, when the most successful people in the world are asked about their achievements, they point to one thing: reading. They were all avid readers when they were younger, and their love for reading only increased throughout life.

    Once someone has caught the joy of reading, little else seem so beneficial. It’s important to establish this joy while kids are near preschool-age—it will pay off a thousand times over. Reading reduces stress, makes you smarter, and teaches empathy. It’s literally one of the best things a person can do for themselves. But you can help your child start reading today!

    Read “Classic Children’s Books” on Family Fun Houston.

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  • November Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our a... Read More

    November Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies focus on child care, teacher care, family care and facility care to ensure each day is a great day! It was founded on the realization that children should be “hugged first, then taught.” Our accredited programs incorporate science, technology, engineering, art & math. Learn more about us in  our latest digital magazine! Check out this issue for tips on disciplining your kids, getting them to eat healthier, and learn more about the strategies we use within our Brain Waves℠ curriculum!

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  • October Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on listening to music with childr... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education. From our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. Our latest digital magazine is out! Check out this issue for tips on listening to music with children, details about our winter camps, and how setting good boundaries with children is one of the healthiest things you can do!

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  • September Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best p... Read More

    September Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine is Here!

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Take a peek inside of our latest digital magazine for tips on Check out our latest digital magazine for tips on learning mathematics, how to deal with whining, and parenting during transitions!

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  • Apps to Help the Back-to-School Crazy

    Your family is hard to keep up with. We get that. Between work and its demands, after school activities and dinner on the table by 7:00 p.m., it can be a nightmare trying to get everything done. That’s why there’s an app for that. Check out our latest article on Family Fun Houston!

    Apps to Help the Back-to-School Crazy

    Your family is hard to keep up with. We get that. Between work and its demands, after school activities and dinner on the table by 7:00 p.m., it can be a nightmare trying to get everything done. That’s why there’s an app for that. Check out our latest article on Family Fun Houston!

    Apps to Help the Back-to-School Crazy

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  • Help: Transitioning Back to School

    With a new school year comes many fun things for you and your family, such as fall festivals and family gatherings. Looking forward to the fun things makes it easier to transition back into work and school. Check out our latest article on Houston Kid Stuff!

    Help: Transitioning Back to School

    With a new school year comes many fun things for you and your family, such as fall festivals and family gatherings. Looking forward to the fun things makes it easier to transition back into work and school. Check out our latest article on Houston Kid Stuff!

    Help: Transitioning Back to School

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  • Richmond, TX Preschool: Making Playtime Fun For Parents Too

    Sometimes playing with your child can be a source of anxiety for tired parents. Playtime is an important part of your child’s developmental journey but with a few creative approaches you can make the time together more enjoyable!Making Playtime Fun for Parents Too... Read More

    Sometimes playing with your child can be a source of anxiety for tired parents. Playtime is an important part of your child’s developmental journey but with a few creative approaches you can make the time together more enjoyable!

    Making Playtime Fun for Parents Too

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  • August Edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Digital Magazine Is Here!

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families ... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Inside this month’s issue you can explore information on a baby’s language development, how children build relationships, and how to properly, constructively help your child!

    August Digital Magazine 

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  • Houston Metro, TX Childcare: July Edition Digital Magazine

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing res... Read More

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies are always on the cutting – edge of early childhood education; from our highly trained teachers to our exclusive preschool curriculum, you can count on us to provide your child with the best preschool or childcare experience. A part of our commitment to serve our families well is by providing resources that will equip parents with tools and information to use along the parenting journey. Take a peek inside of our latest digital magazine for tips on how to manage young children while shopping, how to differentiate effective and ineffective discipline methods for your child, and more!

    July Digital Magazine 

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  • Richmond, TX Childcare: Hosting a Pool Birthday Party

    Hanging out at the pool is one of the most effective ways to stay cool in the summer heat. Children love attending pool parties for friends and if you’re hosting one of those parties this summer, it’s important to create an environment that is safe for preschoolers and toddlers. Help put parents mind at ease and ensure a good time is had by a... Read More

    Hanging out at the pool is one of the most effective ways to stay cool in the summer heat. Children love attending pool parties for friends and if you’re hosting one of those parties this summer, it’s important to create an environment that is safe for preschoolers and toddlers. Help put parents mind at ease and ensure a good time is had by all with the simple rules found in this article: Hosting a Birthday Pool Party.

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  • Houston Metro, TX Childcare: June Edition Digital Magazine

    From fun Father's Day gift ideas and creative games to understanding the importance of play in your child’s life, the June edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.Don’t f... Read More

    From fun Father's Day gift ideas and creative games to understanding the importance of play in your child’s life, the June edition of the Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro digital magazine provides information on family-friendly summertime fun and more.

    Don’t forget to check back for every new monthly edition for more tips on parenting, child development, and all things preschool!

    Click here to read now!

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  • Kids 'R' Kids Houston Metro: Top 10 Things Your Child Should Know Graduating from Preschool

    Your preschooler never looked cuter than in that oversized cap and gown walking across the school stage to get his graduation certificate. Smiles, cheers and applause filled the room. But now you’re left with thoughts of your child’s readiness for the future. Maybe you’re wondering if he’s sufficiently prepared for kindergarten. Maybe you’re nervous about the tr... Read More

    Your preschooler never looked cuter than in that oversized cap and gown walking across the school stage to get his graduation certificate. Smiles, cheers and applause filled the room. But now you’re left with thoughts of your child’s readiness for the future. Maybe you’re wondering if he’s sufficiently prepared for kindergarten. Maybe you’re nervous about the transition from one classroom to another, or a new, unfamiliar teacher. As you consider your child’s educational experience, use the following checklist to make sure your child is prepared to step out of the preschool classroom and enter kindergarten equipped for success!

    To see the checklist, read the full article here: Top 10 Things Your Child Should Know Graduating from Preschool

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  • May Edition of the Kids ‘R’ Kids Digital Magazine is Here!

    The new Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine for the month of May is here! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids L... Read More

    The new Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine for the month of May is here! As an effort to spread the word about all of the unique benefits and state-of-the-art technology we have to offer, this magazine is a great go-to for current and new families. At Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academies, our hope is to provide your child with only the best in care, education, and nurturing.

    This month’s edition includes helpful tips and tricks for successful parenting and child development. The issue features helpful articles on the value of problem solving skills, as well as the importance of giving each individual child space to grow and learn at his or her pace without comparison to other children. No doubt, you will be encouraged to love and care for your children in a way that stimulates their learning and development!

    In addition to helpful articles, you will find information about different school programs and activities your children can get involved in. This month you can learn more about our exciting Summer Camp 2016 program!

    As you flip through this month’s edition of the digital magazine, remember to keep an eye out for the Kids ‘R’ Kids digital magazine every month! Each edition will highlight new areas of parenting and early education that will help equip you as you continue on the exciting and challenging journey of parenthood and early childhood education!

    So go ahead! Take a peek inside our magazine! And, feel free to share it with your friends! As always, our door is open to your comments, questions and suggestions as we work together to provide your child with a firm foundation in early learning. Contact us today!

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  • Picnicking With Your Children

    Before the weather gets unbearably hot (as we know it will in the TX summer) get outside with your toddler or preschooler and go on a fun family picnic! While the idea of having small children in wide open spaces may sound too exhausting, you can eliminate some of the stress with good planning. Anytime you leave the house with your kiddos, a great rule of thumb is to keep... Read More

    Before the weather gets unbearably hot (as we know it will in the TX summer) get outside with your toddler or preschooler and go on a fun family picnic! While the idea of having small children in wide open spaces may sound too exhausting, you can eliminate some of the stress with good planning. Anytime you leave the house with your kiddos, a great rule of thumb is to keep the outing as simple as possible. Cramming too many activities into one afternoon can lead to grumpy children and an exhausted mom.

    1. Location, Location, Location – When deciding where to picnic start by doing it at a familiar place. You could even start in your own backyard or at a friend’s house. Being familiar with your surroundings will give you peace of mind to be able to enjoy yourself. Once your kids are older or whenever you are more comfortable, venture out to a local park or zoo for your picnic festivities.

    2. Bring a Friend – Children almost always do better when they have friends to play with. Even introverted children appreciate the company of another child to play with outside. Being outside is the perfect place to spark imagination so having a friend explore with your child makes it even more fun! Plus, having another adult to watch the kiddos means you will have a chance to talk to a grown-up and have another set of eyes looking out for your child as you look after theirs.

    To find out the rest of the picnicking tips, read the full article here: Picnicking With Your Children

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  • What Your Child Can Learn From An Easter Egg Hunt

    An Easter Egg Hunt can be a fun event for the whole family, but did you know it can also be an educational opportunity for your child? Here are six creative ways your child can learn through an egg hunt:1.Toddlers Can Learn ColorsBefore letting your toddler loose to find as many plastic eggs as possible, tell your toddler only to collect a specific color or colors of eggs. Th... Read More

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    An Easter Egg Hunt can be a fun event for the whole family, but did you know it can also be an educational opportunity for your child? Here are six creative ways your child can learn through an egg hunt:

    1.Toddlers Can Learn Colors

    Before letting your toddler loose to find as many plastic eggs as possible, tell your toddler only to collect a specific color or colors of eggs. This will help your toddler distinguish between different colors and make the game more challenging!

    2.Toddlers Can Learn Shapes

    If you’re creating your own egg hunt, fill plastic eggs with different shaped objects. After the eggs are all found, reward your child for naming each of the shapes found in his or her eggs.

    3.Preschoolers Can Learn Numbers

    If you’re creating your own egg hunt, use a permanent marker to number the plastic eggs before hiding them. Challenge your children to find the eggs in order from 1 to 20, or 1 to 100 if you’re that ambitious!

    For the rest of the ways your child can learn through an egg hunt, read the full article here: What Your Child Can Learn From An Easter Egg Hunt

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  • How to Stop Back Talking Without "Because I Said So"

    Is your child’s back talking becoming a problem? Are you tired of hearing “No! You do it!” from your toddler or preschooler? There may be something you can do to help curb those annoying, whiny, temper tantrums.Instead of responding by saying “You’ll do it because I said so” or “Don’t ever talk to me like that!” there are other ways to help your child learn to disagree with you re... Read More

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    Is your child’s back talking becoming a problem? Are you tired of hearing “No! You do it!” from your toddler or preschooler? There may be something you can do to help curb those annoying, whiny, temper tantrums.

    Instead of responding by saying “You’ll do it because I said so” or “Don’t ever talk to me like that!” there are other ways to help your child learn to disagree with you respectfully. The best way to stop back talk is to provide your child with some independence – but within your own limits. Kids of all ages need a sense of personal power to make their own choices and express their differences in opinions with parents. When parents make all the decisions for them, children naturally want to lash out, and so they do — with words and sometimes, physical aggression.

    So how can parents teach their children to disagree respectfully? Read the full article here: How to Stop Back Talking Without "Because I Said So"

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  • Teaching Kids the Value of Money

    Children are always picking up on cues from the adults around them – How should I talk to people? What should I do when I’m worried or happy or sad? How should I spend my money?While it may be strange to think of a toddler thinking about money, teaching wise financial stewardship can start at a very early age and you can talk with your child about money in a lot... Read More

    Children are always picking up on cues from the adults around them – How should I talk to people? What should I do when I’m worried or happy or sad? How should I spend my money?

    While it may be strange to think of a toddler thinking about money, teaching wise financial stewardship can start at a very early age and you can talk with your child about money in a lot of fun and creative ways. From playing fun children games such as Monopoly Jr. ® and even helping your child start his/her own personal bank (hello, piggy bank!) your child can start on a path towards having a healthy view of finances and money management!

    Teaching Kids the Value of Money

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  • Helping Your Family Keep New Year’s Resolutions

    Now that we are well into the new year, how are you managing your resolutions and goals? Even with sincere intentions, creating new habits is a challenge, especially for busy and working parents with an infant, toddler or preschool child.Pursuing goals can be fun if you take your time and practice patience with yourself and others. Here are some suggestions for successfully manag... Read More

    Preschool4.jpgNow that we are well into the new year, how are you managing your resolutions and goals? Even with sincere intentions, creating new habits is a challenge, especially for busy and working parents with an infant, toddler or preschool child.

    Pursuing goals can be fun if you take your time and practice patience with yourself and others. Here are some suggestions for successfully managing your resolutions and goals while enjoying the process along the way.

    Helping Your Family Keep New Year’s Resolutions 

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  • 10 Ways Your Family Can Help Others During the Holidays

    With so many holiday opportunities to enjoy family, friends, fun and food, don’t forget to spend time helping others who are not so fortunate. From visiting a senior care center to donating to a food pantry, your family can enjoy sharing the joy and warmth of the holidays together.Here are some excellent ideas for ways your family can help others during the holidays.... Read More

    With so many holiday opportunities to enjoy family, friends, fun and food, don’t forget to spend time helping others who are not so fortunate. From visiting a senior care center to donating to a food pantry, your family can enjoy sharing the joy and warmth of the holidays together.

    Here are some excellent ideas for ways your family can help others during the holidays.

    10 Ways Your Family Can Help Others During the Holidays

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  • Keeping Your Young Chef Safe in the Kitchen

    This is the perfect time of year to share some special memories making delicious treats in the kitchen. From cookies to breads, pies and muffins, the holidays are full of sweets! In addition to the baking frenzy, there are also dinners to prepare for loved ones who may have traveled far to be with family. If you have a preschooler or toddler at home, inviting them into the... Read More

    This is the perfect time of year to share some special memories making delicious treats in the kitchen. From cookies to breads, pies and muffins, the holidays are full of sweets! In addition to the baking frenzy, there are also dinners to prepare for loved ones who may have traveled far to be with family. If you have a preschooler or toddler at home, inviting them into the food preparation process may seem like asking for trouble! But with a few helpful guidelines, your budding chef can be a part of a treat they can be proud of – and you get quality time in the process. Check out this article about safety tips while cooking with young children, and then go whip up some delicious memories together!

    Keeping Your Young Chef Safe in the Kitchen

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  • 8 Tips For Safe Family Fun During Fall and Winter Events

    Fall and winter seasons will offer several opportunities for family gatherings, outdoor fun, festivals, and holiday celebrations. Toddlers, preschool children, school-aged children, and parents will enjoy the fun, festivities, and food. For parents, child safety will be an important factor while enjoyi... Read More

    Fall and winter seasons will offer several opportunities for family gatherings, outdoor fun, festivals, and holiday celebrations. Toddlers, preschool children, school-aged children, and parents will enjoy the fun, festivities, and food. For parents, child safety will be an important factor while enjoying the fun.

    Here are some helpful points to help parents balance the fun with safety.

    8 Tips for Safe Family Fun During the Fall and Winter Holidays

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  • Solutions for Managing Your Child’s Use of Electronics

    Children can successfully navigate many electronic devices at a surprising rate. We are living in a technological age that makes the newest technology accessible even to the youngest members of our society.While technology has played a huge role in improving our world and educating the next generation, there are also healthy boundaries that are important to put into place when managing ... Read More

    Children can successfully navigate many electronic devices at a surprising rate. We are living in a technological age that makes the newest technology accessible even to the youngest members of our society.

    While technology has played a huge role in improving our world and educating the next generation, there are also healthy boundaries that are important to put into place when managing how much time your child spends using electronics. Check out this helpful article for tips on setting those boundaries!

    Solutions for Managing Your Child’s Use of Electronics

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  • Richmond TX Day Care: Brain development milestones for your child

    A growing child needs genuine love and care in order to develop properly. Feelings of a safe secure environment, along with effective stimulation are both necessary for a child to develop in a healthy manner. During these first few months of child care we shall explore a little deeper into the early stages of brain development.Birth to one month... Read More

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    A growing child needs genuine love and care in order to develop properly. Feelings of a safe secure environment, along with effective stimulation are both necessary for a child to develop in a healthy manner. During these first few months of child care we shall explore a little deeper into the early stages of brain development.

    Birth to one month

    Most of your child’s first month will be spent sleeping, which is necessary for the intense learning that is taking place during this developmental stage. At this time your child will be figuring out the many senses that have become available since birth. He or she will also be learning how to translate the visual, auditory and tactile stimulation into comprehensible experiences.

    Two to Three months

    After the first intense month of brain growth and development your child will move into the next stage. In this stage he or she will start working out the details of sight, sound, touch, smell and taste. This includes color differentiation, reactions to noises of varying intensity and pitch, and basic muscle control.

    Four to nine months

    When the first three months of intense brain development is complete your child will have the opportunity to begin to utilize all that he or she has learned. Your child will now start babbling and moving about without help. Be prepared for some fun times as your child learns to explore by crawling, and may even utter his or her first words.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro in Richmond, Texas offers the ideal early development for your growing child. We are passionate about child care and strive to provide a child’s every need. Give your child the most beneficial opportunities for real success and enroll him or her with us today. Contact us if you are interested in finding out more about brain development and child care services, which includes our exclusive Brain WavesTM Curriculum.

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  • Richmond TX Infant Care: Links between Nutrition and Fetal Development

    Although many people do not realize it, a healthy diet for your child starts before birth. From the moment of conception, your baby is dependent on you to provide nourishment while developing in your womb. Doctors recommend a healthy diet, no smoking or intoxicants, and tender consideration while you are pregnant. Your child’s future is already in your hands at... Read More

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    Although many people do not realize it, a healthy diet for your child starts before birth. From the moment of conception, your baby is dependent on you to provide nourishment while developing in your womb. Doctors recommend a healthy diet, no smoking or intoxicants, and tender consideration while you are pregnant. Your child’s future is already in your hands at this early stage.

    We will discuss the importance of prenatal nutrition, and what you can do to give your child the best chance at a healthy and successful life before infant care even begins.

    A focus on balance

    We thrive when most things in life are kept in balance, from work to playing, or dieting to exercise. Start now with your child and provide him or her with a healthy amount of all the vital nutrients, minerals, and vitamins he or she will need for development. You personally will have to maintain a healthy diet as well, since everything you consume is shared with your baby during pregnancy.

    Be obsessed

    Utilize these nine months of pregnancy to give your child the best foundation by changing your diet and focusing on a healthy lifestyle balance. This is really a small price to pay for the amazing benefits he or she can receive. Do not be scared to put too much thought and consideration into your child’s health, as the benefits far outweigh any price you have to pay.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro in Richmond, Texas caters to everything your child will need to succeed through our exclusive infant care program. Socontact us today if you are interested in providing your child with the best foundation for future academic success.

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  • Richmond Preschool: Ways to inspire your preschool child to love science

    Some parents may not know how to promote a child’s healthy interest in science. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro offers a few ways to promote a healthy curiosity and love of science in preschool children. We have the experience of knowing how to facilitate a fun learning environment where science is the star of the show.Expos... Read More

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    Some parents may not know how to promote a child’s healthy interest in science. Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro offers a few ways to promote a healthy curiosity and love of science in preschool children. We have the experience of knowing how to facilitate a fun learning environment where science is the star of the show.

    Exposure at an early age

    Studies have shown that if your child is exposed to the wonders of science at an early age, he or she will be more likely to be interested in science later on. When your child is young is the best time for encouraging these interests, and for developing fundamental knowledge in topics such as science. Early education in science can help your child appreciate the topic and want to learn more.

    Science can be exciting

    Parents can explain and demonstrate that science can be fun for preschool age children, who are naturally curious about the world. Choose some fun and safe science experiments that are age-appropriate, and engage with your child in these experiments. Observing the results together can inspire your child’s imagination. These types of experiments help your child learn basic information about the world and form a strong foundation for future learning. Your child’s preschool teacher can suggest some age appropriate activities for you to try at home, or there are many child friendly science websites available such as kids.nationalgeographic.com.

    Connecting to nature

    An easy and effective way to connect your child to science is to connect him or her with nature. You can take your child outdoors to observe trees, plants, insects and animals, and then go online together to learn more about the nature close to home.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro understands that having fun is the fastest and most effective way for preschool children to learn. Contact us if you would like more details about our comprehensive child care services and how our AdvancED™ accredited program focuses on interaction, engagement and fun.

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  • Richmond Child Care Tips: Four activities that encourage your preschooler's brain development

    Your preschooler is a learning machine, full of questions and driven by curiosity. During this stage of brain development you can begin to introduce your child to a world of activities in order to discover new skills, interests, and talents. Reading together... Read More

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    Your preschooler is a learning machine, full of questions and driven by curiosity. During this stage of brain development you can begin to introduce your child to a world of activities in order to discover new skills, interests, and talents.

    • Reading together: Start a collection of books that have big, bright pictures and pages. Choose a variety of themes to stimulate learning and imagination. While reading, encourage your child to ask questions. This activity supports language skills, in addition to the development of a wider vocabulary.
    • Imaginary/Pretend play: These games allow your child to take on different roles and learn concepts that he or she doesn’t ordinarily have access to. Activities such as pretending to be a fireman or a doctor are best led by your child. This will help in learning how to set rules and develop teamwork skills.
    • Musical training: If a child expresses interest in a musical instrument, it is a good indicator that it is time to start them in classes. Introducing a child to music has many benefits, and encourages language and spatial reasoning skills. Exposure to music will also enhance self-expression and creative abilities. Learning to play an instrument teaches your child the value of practice and accomplishment.
    • Learning a new language: Preschoolers are at the ideal age for learning languages. A young child’s pliable brain makes it easier to store, sequence, and say words in multiple languages. This process will build vital neural connections for language and spatial skills, while exposing him or her to cultural diversity.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro offers an exclusive brain development program that provides exceptional developmental support to your child from the age of six weeks through five years old. The Brain Waves™ Curriculum grows with your child, providing age-appropriate activities. Our state-of-the-art environment is filled with educational toys and stimulating activities. Keeping your child learning provides everything necessary for a strong foundation for future academic achievement.

    To find out more about our program, staff and facility, please contact us today.

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  • Infant care in Houston Metro: Activities for your infant when he becomes mobile

    When speaking to new parents about the subject of infant care, the focus of the conversation tends to revolve around topics such as nutrition and sleep patterns. However, another very important topic relates to an infant’s physical activity. Even infants need to have physical activity... Read More

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    When speaking to new parents about the subject of infant care, the focus of the conversation tends to revolve around topics such as nutrition and sleep patterns. However, another very important topic relates to an infant’s physical activity. Even infants need to have physical activity, which is why Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro offers a few excellent physical activities for your infant once he becomes mobile. These activities help develop your child’s motor skills.

    Encourage crawling

    Before you know it, your infant will be crawling around the house on his or her hands and knees. Crawling represents an important milestone in your infant’s development, since he or she will be mobile for the first time. You can encourage this mobility by placing his or her favorite toys a bit of a distance apart in an open space. Encourage your child to move from toy to toy around the room.

    Pounding

    Your infant loves to pound on things because he or she enjoys hearing the results of this activity. One way to allow your child to do this without harm is to create a drum set out of plastic bowls. Set the bowls upside down on the floor and show your child how to hit the bottom of the bowl. Play some music and watch your child have fun.

    Playing with balls

    Playing with balls is another excellent way to develop important motor skills in your infant. The easiest way to start this activity is to sit across from him or her on the floor and roll a small ball toward your infant and then encourage him or her to roll it back to you.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro's specialized infant care program focuses on the development of physical and mental skills. For more information, contact us today

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  • Brain boosting foods for Richmond, TX preschoolers

    Preschoolers are at a stage in their lives when they are more open to new flavors and textures of food. They are also at a stage where their educational process is beginning to look more like a traditional school structure, which is more demanding on th... Read More

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    Preschoolers are at a stage in their lives when they are more open to new flavors and textures of food. They are also at a stage where their educational process is beginning to look more like a traditional school structure, which is more demanding on their concentration. This traditional structure includes things such as memory enhancement and problem solving skills. Nutrition plays an important role in this life stage, giving your child the energy and nutrients he or she needs to fuel the brain and body. Here are five foods that will benefit your child’s development:

    1. Eggs: Rich in choline, a nutrient that assists in the creation of memory cells, eggs are ideal as a snack or even a healthy breakfast. Including this food is as easy as scrambling an egg and serving it with whole wheat toast or packing a hard boiled egg into a lunchbox.
       
    2. Oatmeal: Also a great breakfast option, oatmeal digests slowly, providing constant, steady energy. Add cranberries, blueberries, banana, raisins or ground walnuts for additional flavor and nutrients.
       
    3. Berries: Great as a quick snack or to pack into a lunchbox, berries like strawberries or blueberries are rich in antioxidants. These help to protect brain health while adding a sweet burst of flavor.
       
    4. Milk: Fat-free milk is packed with calcium, protein, vitamin D and phosphorus, regulating your child’s energy and building strong bones. A milk box at lunch or a bowl of wholegrain cereal and milk for breakfast is simple and healthy.
       
    5. Lean beef or spinach: Rich in iron, a nutrient essential to cognitive functioning as well as muscular development, lean beef and spinach are superfoods for childhood development. In addition, lean beef contains zinc, a nutrient that assists with memory function.

    At the Urban Harvest Farmer’s Market, you will find plenty of brain boosting produce that is locally grown and packed with flavor. The market also offers community education programs, that teach about different types of foods, how they are grown and how they contribute to your health.

    Kids ‘R’ Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro is a preschool with a state and nationally accredited preschool program that puts your child’s developmental needs first, stimulating curiosity and developing a lifelong love of learning.

    In addition to the wide variety of fun, educational activities at our state-of-the-art facility, we include a healthy meal program and food menu that ensures that your child’s nutritional needs are met. For more information, contact us today.

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  • The difference between Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro, TX and a nanny

    At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro, we work diligently to provide your infant with a nurturing and loving environment where he/she can pursue a quality early childhood education. We are proud of our exceptional facility and our nationally recognized curriculum.We provide early childhood education for... Read More

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    At Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro, we work diligently to provide your infant with a nurturing and loving environment where he/she can pursue a quality early childhood education. We are proud of our exceptional facility and our nationally recognized curriculum.

    We provide early childhood education for children from six weeks through 12 years old. Choosing Kids 'R' Kids of Houston Metro in lieu of a nanny will provide your child with the stimulating learning environment he/she requires for a healthy foundation of future academic success.

    Why choose Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro over a nanny?

    Differences between Kids 'R' Kids Academies and private nannies are numerous. A significant difference is that our staff are educated, carefully trained teachers and professionals seasoned in early childhood education.

    Reasons why you should choose our infant program in lieu of a private nanny for daily child care:

    • We work with a nationally accredited program
    • Our facility is state of the art and cutting edge
    • We are experienced in providing quality and age-appropriate early childhood education
    • We provide education in challenging ways that will help your child to progress competitively

    Our Kids 'R' Kids exclusive curriculum is nationally recognized. Our friendly and nurturing staff members will provide your child with a safe and friendly environment where he/she can play, learn and develop.

    If you would like to find out more about our cutting edge infant child care facility and meet our staff, contact Kids 'R' Kids Learning Academy of Houston Metro today. We look forward to discussing our programs and curriculum with you.

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