Thursday, May 19, 2016

Ways to Encourage Social and Emotional Development at Home

Children’s emotional well-being has a great impact on the way they are able to establish and maintain relationships throughout their lives. Monitoring your preschooler’s physical development is easy to do, but making sure that they are on the right path as far as social and emotional development are concerned can be a bit trickier. By the age of 3 or 4, children should be reaching certain social and emotional milestones.

How do you know if your child is developing age-appropriate social and emotional skills?

  • Can they correctly state their gender and age?
  • Can they recite their first and last names, and the names of parents?
  • Can they take care of their own needs, such as washing hands and dressing?
  • Do they adjust to new situations without an adult being present?
  • Are they starting to notice other people’s moods and feelings?
  • Are they starting to learn to take turns, share, and cooperate?
  • Do they expresses anger with words rather than acting out physically?

Understanding the social and emotional skills that your child should posses will help you reinforce them at home. Practicing the following activities are fun and important ways to help them develop and reach their milestones.

  • Provide structure and establish a daily routine to create a secure environment for your child.
  • Encourage their independence. Acknowledge a job well done when your child brushes their own teeth, feeds a pet or dresses themselves.
  • Practice reciting your child’s name, gender, age and address with them.
  • Play games that require your child to wait their turn, and cooperate with others.
  • Organize play dates with other children their age. Regular social contact is key in helping your child reach their milestones. During the play date, make sure to observe their interaction and how they handle conflict in the play group.

At Miss Sue’s, our main goal is to foster an awareness in the children of the world around them while presenting the social, emotional and conceptual skills appropriate for each age and each stage of  their development. To learn more about Miss Sue's, visit us on Facebook or Twitter, or call 516-938-0894 today.

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Fun Activities to Improve Fine Motor Skills At Home

Fine motor skills play an important role in a child’s development and success in the classroom. Children who experience issues with these skills have a hard time developing strong muscles in their hands and wrists, leading to hand fatigue and complications with writing.  This can also take a toll on their self esteem.

Playing with your child at home, is one of the most important ways to help them strengthen these muscles. Get them excited about learning something new by introducing them to these fun (and effective!) activities.

String Macaroni: Making macaroni necklaces is a great way to encourage creativity in your child, while working on their hand-eye coordination. Have them choose from different sizes of pasta to strengthen their muscles and create a personalized piece. Don’t have any pasta handy? Beads and cut-up pieces of straws are a great alternative, giving you the same outcome.

Play With Play-Dough: Play-dough has always been a fun kid favorite, and it’s actually beneficial for them too! The soft, squeezable texture is not only perfect for stretching finger muscles, but for helping your child overcome sensory issues as well. Having them use both hands to roll balls or pound the dough will also promote bilateral coordination.

Color With Broken Crayons: Think again before you throw out that bin of old, broken crayons! Holding fragments of crayons actually helps your child develop the proper grip. Instructing them to color in small circles while pinching the crayon will build muscle endurance and dexterity.

Punch Holes: One of the biggest obstacles your child will face when entering preschool is learning to cut. Using a hole punch allows them to develop the skills required for cutting and writing. These hole punching activities are a great way to develop the arches of the hand and provide stability of the fingers--and they’re fun too!

Looking for nursery school on Long Island? The dedicated staff at Miss Sue's Nursery School focuses on the individual needs of each and every child. We invite you to visit our school and see our program in action. For more information about Miss Sue’s, give us a call at 516-938-0894 or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

Friday, May 6, 2016

How To Improve Your Child's Memory

Young children may have a hard time remembering things. This is due to the fact that their memory is still in the process of developing. Do you want to help improve your child's memory? If so, keep reading to find out how. 

Be Repetitive
Don't be afraid to repeat yourself! When your child hears something more than once, it will become ingrained in their memory. The more repetition, the better.

Listen To Music

Exposing your child to music at a young age can actually help strengthen their memory. Studies have shown that children are more likely to remember data when it is presented with an accompanying melody. You can take it one step further and encourage your child to create their own tunes!

Give Positive Feedback

When your child accomplishes a new task, it is important to give them positive feedback for it. After all, children are more likely to recall positive feedback than negative feedback. They will remember what they did to receive that kind of praise.

Did you know that sending your child to nursery school can also help a child retain information better? It's true! If you are looking for a superior nursery school on Long Island, choose Miss Sue's. Call 516-938-0894 today to inquire about enrollment.