To Everything There is a Season

This blog was going to be all about the fantastic garden we have at Kid Works.  The garden is always in various stages of presentability, never being picture-perfect because the plants are doing their own thing at their own time. Here at the end of August some of it is looking pretty raggedy, while other parts are bursting with flavorful…

I’m Not Going to Change My Mind

This statement is used effectively by one of our teachers https://www.kidworkschildrenscenter.com/team/lisa-escobar/ and has caught on with the others.  Maybe it will with you too!  It is concise because it pierces like a laser to stop negotiations and frustration between adult and child.   When do teachers say it?  Why is it effective? Scene 3-year-old Suzy is changing into dry clothes after messy,…

New Year, New Resolutions

Resolutions… It’s that time of year! The first few days of a new year are always so full of hope. The closing of an old year makes it fitting to leave behind bad habits and lazy ways. The new days ahead have so much potential! Do you make new year’s resolutions? I do, even knowing I will fail in keeping…

Five Tips for Preschool Parents

Welcome to Kid Works 2018-19! Whether your child has been in child care from infancy or this is your first experience as a preschool parent, here are five tips for preschool parents to getting a positive start on the new school year. 1. Early bedtime! Children need at least 10 hours of sleep a night for healthy social, emotional, physical and…

Naps. The Most Important Part of a Child’s Day at School?

A published study by the National Academy of Sciences provides evidence that daytime sleep is critical for effective learning in young children http://www.pnas.org/content/110/43/17267. The big take-away from the study is that the researchers “show evidence that classroom naps support learning in preschool children by enhancing memories acquired earlier in the day compared with equivalent intervals spent awake. This nap benefit…

Strawberry Fields Forever!

Strawberry Fields was a place in Liverpool, well-loved by John Lennon where he said he “always had fun.”  The strawberry fields at Tanaka Farms in Irvine are well-loved by Kid Works, where we always have fun as a school family. But fun is fleeting. We ascribe more value to our time spent at Tanaka Farms than just a fun way…

Welcome to Parent Works!

Your thriving preschoolers are at Kid Works where they “play with a purpose”. Welcome to Parent Works! Parent Works is a new blog to help us “parent with a purpose”. We all know that children don’t raise themselves. Children need parents who know what they’re doing and why. They need parents who have a plan. And, they need parents who…

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