Friday, July 27, 2018
Sensory play has lots of great benefits for kids, but sometimes we don’t have the time or energy to clean up the big messes sensory play can make. Here are 25 sensory activities that make little to no mess for you and your kids. Have fun!
1. This cotton ball sensory bin is a great activity for little hands to explore.
2. Kids yoga is a totally mess-free vestibular activity!
3. Make your own instruments, such as this DIY xylophone, or just banging on pots and pans. Hey, I said less mess, not less noise!
4. Create a neat colander sculpture with pipe cleaners.
5. Frozen fans, here is a winter sensory bag your kids will enjoy!
6. Babies enjoy sensory play, too. Here is a baby-safe water bead sensory bag by Sugar Aunts.
7. Ziploc finger painting is another great activity for babies and toddlers, but I have to say, it looks pretty relaxing for me, too.
8. I love this DIY zipper board! What a fun way to work on fine motor skills!
9. This peek-a-boo sensory board by Motherhood and Other Adventures is pure genius!
10. How about creating an engaging discovery bottle for your baby or toddler, like these by The Imagination Tree?
11. Is it snowing? Bring some in for a mess-free snow sensory bag!
12. Spring is just around the corner. Gather some flower petals and leaves and make these nature crowns from The Empowered Educator.
13. Felt boards are so much fun, and this snowman felt board activity is great for a winter day.
14. Ice excavation was one of my boys’ favorite activities! Free a few small toys in an ice block and let them bust them out with rubber mallets. To keep the mess contained, do it outside or in the tub!
15. Oobleck is always a fun sensory activity, but it’s messy! This color-mixing bag activity bag makes it mess free but keeps it fun.
16. Is there anything messier than glitter? Put it in a sealed bag with some shaving cream and voila! Mess-free glitter sensory play!
17. Create a tactile bin with vegetables, rubber balls, sandpaper, or whatever you have around your house! Just include varying textures for your little one to explore.
18. Riding bikes and scooters is sensory play, too. Balance is a function of the vestibular system.
19. This sandpaper art from Buggy and Buddy is a neat sensory activity that just requires two things – sandpaper and crayons!
20. Playdough isn’t too messy. Try this homemade rainbow playdough by MeriCherry.
21. These textured stepping stones by Adventures and Play look fairly easy to make and would be really fun for little toddler feet!
22. Sneak in some alphabet recognition with the eye-spy alphabet sensory bag found here at Growing a Jeweled Rose.
23. Create a nature discovery bin by collecting leaves, acorns, sticks, pinecones, and rocks for your little one to explore.
24. Couch cushion games are popular among kids, and they’re not too much trouble to pick up afterwards. Here are 10 couch cushion games by The Inspired Treehouse to try.
(Original article from creativechild.com)
Thursday, July 19, 2018
Here is the school supply list for ALL South Sioux City elementary schools!
Tuesday, July 17, 2018
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Wednesday, July 11, 2018
These adorable Owl Stars had some park day fun today!
Saturday, July 7, 2018
Please make sure to stop by KidLogic next Wednesday between 10 and 11 to support our Wise Owl's classroom. They will be having a Lemonade Sale to help raise funds for classroom supplies. Thank you!
Wednesday, July 4, 2018
Thursday, June 28, 2018
This is a few days early, but that's because we can't contain our excitement for July's Business Spotlight of the Month! This month we are happy to introduce you to Carissa Holton, owner of Carissa's Creations. Contact Carissa for all of your vinyl crafting needs! She can make anything and everything from shirts, signs, koozies, cups and more! Feel free to call/text her at (712) 212-4771 or visit her on Facebook @carissacreations01!
Wednesday, June 20, 2018
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Wednesday, June 6, 2018
June’s Business Spotlight of the month goes to Mallori Hoffert, Realtor®. Mallori is a licensed real estate agent in Iowa, Nebraska and South Dakota and can help you with all of your home buying and selling needs!
Wednesday, May 30, 2018
Please note this will be our summer school lunch menu each week. Thank you!
Monday, May 28, 2018
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Thursday, May 17, 2018
GREAT article reshare from The Gottman Institute! Click the link below the photo to read.
" As they get older, children spend more and more time outside of parental “reach.” They need the thinking and emotional intelligence skills to navigate through uncharted waters and still arrive in the right places."
Friday, May 11, 2018
This parent testimonial is an amazing way to wrap up an amazing Teacher Appreciation Week! Thank you to all the paHowrents for making each and every teacher feel so special. They definitely deserve it!
"Ms. Courtney is
absolutely amazing! We have seen such a difference in Izzy the last
couple months. She can express her emotions and let us know what she is
feeling and why she is feeling that way instead of just getting upset and
inconsolable. She uses her manners, loves to share, is sooo proud of herself
when she does something nice for others, follows directions much better, is
much less likely to be upset when she doesn't get her way and is just plain
happier! I know she is growing and maturing, but I contribute a lot of these
positive changes to Ms. Courtney. Mrs. Melissa is awesome for putting together
so many wonder things to celebrate the teachers during Teacher Appreciation
Week--- I couldn't think of more deserving people! KidLogic has some really
great teachers!" _Sarah G.
"Ms. Courtney is absolutely amazing! We have seen such a difference in Izzy the last couple months. She can express her emotions and let us know what she is feeling and why she is feeling that way instead of just getting upset and inconsolable. She uses her manners, loves to share, is sooo proud of herself when she does something nice for others, follows directions much better, is much less likely to be upset when she doesn't get her way and is just plain happier! I know she is growing and maturing, but I contribute a lot of these positive changes to Ms. Courtney. Mrs. Melissa is awesome for putting together so many wonder things to celebrate the teachers during Teacher Appreciation Week--- I couldn't think of more deserving people! KidLogic has some really great teachers!" _Sarah G.
Monday, May 7, 2018
Happy Teacher's Week! We are so thankful for all 12 of our amazing teachers and all they do for our little's!
Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Thursday, April 26, 2018
We are a few days early, but only because we are so excited to share our very first family Business Spotlight of the Month! Gomez Pallets, Inc. is our May spotlight. Reach out to Sam Gomez for more information! #402-632-4601.
Monday, April 23, 2018
Creative Child is a national monthly publication and website that provides parents with the latest information on how to nurture their child's creativity. There are always TONS of great articles and recipes to help you connect. Check out April's issue here:
Thursday, April 19, 2018
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Friday, April 6, 2018
Happy Friday KidLogic Family!
#workingfortheweekend #parenting #kidlogic
Sunday, April 1, 2018
Friday, March 30, 2018
We had a special visitor come to KidLogic today--- The Easter Bunny! Happy Easter everyone! #happyeaster #kidlogic
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Thursday, March 22, 2018
In case you missed this on our Facebook page, @kidlogic123, last week here it is again. It is definitely sure to give you a good laugh. You're welcome!
Friday, March 16, 2018
Happy Friday! Some little faces to make you smile. Have a great weekend!
Monday, March 12, 2018
The important thing is not just to talk to your child, but to talk with your child. It’s not just about dumping language into your child’s brain, but to actually carry on a conversation with them. (shared via #thegottmaninstitute)
Thursday, March 8, 2018
KIDS LEPRECHAUN CRAFT
If you are looking for a simple craft to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, look no further. This leprechaun craft is super simple to make and kids of all ages will enjoy it. The torn paper construction paper beard adds some extra fun, festive flair and dimension to this cute kids Leprechaun craft too.
Wednesday, February 28, 2018
#goodbyefebruary #hellomarch #kidlogic
Saturday, February 24, 2018
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#happyvalentinesday #weheartyou #kidlogic
Monday, February 12, 2018
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Who has a #momvoice??? You know you do!
Thursday, February 1, 2018
Friday, January 26, 2018
2017 W10's are now available! You will need to stop by in person to pickup, as signatures are required. Thank you!
Tuesday, January 23, 2018
Thursday, January 18, 2018
Beginning Monday, January 22nd through Sunday, February 4th please visit www.siouxcityjournal.com or Sioux City Journal on Facebook and Twitter to vote KidLogic for the best Siouxland child care! You may also download Sioux City Journal in the App Store and vote mobile. We appreciate your support so much and look forward to being Siouxland’s Choice!
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Please mark your calendars for our 2018 Holiday Closures. Thank you!
Wednesday, December 27, 2017
"5 Resolutions That Will Make You a Better Parent This Year"- Aha! Parenting Blog
Many people don't make New Years Resolutions, because they find themselves making the same resolutions every year. But that doesn't mean you're a failure. It means you're headed in the right direction, and you aren't perfect yet. (Shocking, I know!)
The bad news is, you won't be perfect this year either. The good news is, you don't have to be! Kids don't need perfection from parents. What they need is a parent who accepts them with all their imperfections, models compassion and respect, and apologizes and reconnects when things go wrong -- as they inevitably do.
This is tough work, because it's about regulating our own emotions. That's why resolving to be more patient rarely works. By the time we're gritting our teeth to stay "patient" we're already sliding into the stress response of fight, flight or freeze.
But if you want to become a more patient parent – and a happier person – it’s completely possible. Here are 5 simple resolutions to support you in creating a home with less drama and more love. Practicing these is the work of a lifetime, so you still won't be perfect in a year -- in fact, you might make these same resolutions next year! But I guarantee you'll be a more peaceful parent, with a happier, more cooperative child.
1. Resolve to work on regulating your own emotions, so you can be the happy, patient, encouraging parent you want to be. Start by integrating daily sustainable self-nurturing into your life: Go to bed earlier so you’re better rested, eat healthfully to maintain your energy, transform those inner negative comments into encouraging ones, and slow down your pace so you're not so stressed.
Most important of all, commit to managing your reactions. When your emotions are "dysregulated," you're in fight or flight, and your child looks like the enemy. So just say No to taking any action while you're angry. Commit to calming your own upset before you engage with your child.
Does this sound hard? It is. Maybe the hardest thing we ever do. But that urgency to act is coming from your "fight or flight." It makes your child look like the enemy. Taking action when you're upset never leads to the results you want.
Every time you restrain your own "tantrum" you're rewiring your brain. Each time your choose love, it makes the next choice easier. There's no time like the present to begin. And you'll be astonished at how your child changes in response, as you decrease your own drama.
2. Resolve to love the one you’re with. The one thing we know for certain about child development is that kids who feel loved and cherished thrive. That doesn’t mean kids who ARE loved – plenty of kids whose parents love them don’t thrive. The kids who thrive are the ones who FEEL loved and cherished for exactly who they are. Every child is unique, so it takes a different approach for that child to feel seen and loved. The hard work for us as parents is accepting who our child is, challenges and all – and cherishing him for being that person, even while guiding his behavior. The secret? See it from his perspective, empathize with his experience, and celebrate every step in the right direction. Maybe most important? Enjoy your child!
3. Resolve to stay connected. Kids only cooperate and "follow" our leadership when they feel connected. But separation happens, so we have to repeatedly reconnect. Remember that quality time is about connection, not teaching, so it’s mostly unstructured. Hug your child first thing every morning and when you say goodbye. When you’re reunited later in the day, spend fifteen minutes solely focused on your child. (What do you do in that 15 minutes? Listen, commiserate, hug, roughhouse, laugh, play, empathize, listen some more. Not enough time? What could be more important?) Stop working and turn off your phone and computer before dinner so you can focus on your family. Eat dinner together without screens and do a lot of listening. Have a chat and a warm snuggle at bedtime every night with each child.
4. Resolve to role model respect. Want to raise kids who are considerate and respectful, right through the teen years? Take a deep breath, and speak to them respectfully. After all, kids learn from what we model. If we can't manage our own emotions, we can't expect our kids to learn to manage theirs. Not always easy when you’re angry, so remember your mantras: You’re the role model, Don’t take it personally, It's not an emergency, and This too shall pass!
5. Resolve to address the needs and feelings behind your child’s behavior. The most important time to stay connected with your child is when she's acting out. All "misbehavior" is a red flag that your child needs your help to handle big emotions or fill unmet needs. Once you address the feelings or needs, the behavior changes. Parents who lead by loving example, redirect pre-emptively rather than punish (“You can throw the ball outside”), and set limits empathically (“I see how mad and sad you are. I won't let you hit. Let’s use your words to tell your sister how you feel...”) raise self-disciplined kids who WANT to follow their guidance.
Sure, your child will make mistakes, and so will you. There are no perfect parents, no perfect children, and no perfect families. But there are families who live in the embrace of great love, where everyone thrives. The only way to create that kind of family is to make daily choices that take you in that direction. It's not magic, just the hard work of constant course correction to get back on track when life inevitably throws you off.
So don't worry if you're making the same resolutions every year. That just means you're keeping yourself on track by choosing, over and over, to take positive steps in the right direction. Before you know it, you'll find yourself in a whole new landscape. Parenting, after all, is a journey -- not a destination. For today, just choose less drama and more love. You'll be amazed at how far that takes you.
Wishing you and your family a wonderful New Year!
Monday, December 25, 2017
Wednesday, December 20, 2017
“All aboard the LaunchPAD Express! Join us on December 21st from 4:00-7:00 for a night of holiday magic. Use your golden train ticket to build a gingerbread house, get a drink from the hot chocolate bar, create your own ugly sweater, and many more fun activities and games. Come in your pajamas and get cozy for a reading of "The Polar Express" by Chris Van Allsberg at 4:30 and 6:30. Santa will be on-site from 5:30-6:30! Be dazzled by dancers from Socorra's Performing Arts Studio beginning at 6:00.
The holiday party is free with membership or daily admission to the museum. Free will donation is encouraged to help LaunchPAD continue to provide exciting events at a low cost.”
Monday, December 18, 2017
Friday, December 15, 2017
Class winners for our holiday bulletin board contest!
Tuesday, December 12, 2017
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Thursday, November 23, 2017
Gobble til' you wobble!
Monday, November 20, 2017
Hurt people hurt people. Break the chain.
Wednesday, November 15, 2017
Have you ever seen a young child open a larger present — and then toss the gift aside to play inside the box? The box may become a race car or spaceship, or something else entirely. No matter the specifics, that child is engaging in imaginative play, and the process of pretending is both essential and more complex than it may look on the surface.
Here are four benefits of imaginative play:
Monday, November 13, 2017
Bad case of the Mondays? Take a minute to stop and think of something you are thankful for. That should turn your day around!
Saturday, November 11, 2017
#veteransday #heroes #thankyou #kidlogic
Wednesday, November 8, 2017
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Monday, October 16, 2017
Our Owlets may or may not feel this way from time to time. ;-)
Friday, October 13, 2017
#kidlogic #socialmedia #stayconnected
Wednesday, October 11, 2017
(Image from The Gottman Institute)
Wednesday, October 4, 2017
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Saturday, September 23, 2017
Read more from Happiness is here:http://bit.ly/2raOSlP
Tuesday, September 19, 2017
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Monday, September 11, 2017
#september11 #neverforget #kidlogic
Friday, September 8, 2017
#reachoutandread #kidlogic #volunteer
Wednesday, September 6, 2017
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Thursday, August 10, 2017
10 Tips to Help Your Child Fall Asleep
Friday, July 28, 2017
Help us help you transition this fall!
Wednesday, July 26, 2017
The August Connections is posted here and on our Core Values page! Read it over to find out what is happening this month.
Thursday, July 20, 2017
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How to raise a happy child...
Thursday, June 22, 2017
"...what they believe is what they become."
Friday, June 16, 2017
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Tuesday, May 30, 2017
Friday, May 26, 2017
Splash Day Fridays will return in one week! Here are a few pictures from last summer for #flashbackfriday!
Wednesday, May 24, 2017
Preschool Graduation Class of 2017--- CONGRATS GRADS! Thank you for a wonderful year Ms. Taylor!
Saturday, May 20, 2017
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Thursday, May 11, 2017
Today is National Eat What You Want Day! Bellies up and enjoy!
Thursday, April 20, 2017
KidLogic wide specific positive praise!
Praise that is positively stated and behavior specific.
Why you ask?
To encourage desirable behaviors and to diminish undesirable behaviors.
To build children’s self-esteem.
To provide a close relationship between our staff and children.
To make children aware of their behavior in a positive manner.
Saturday, April 15, 2017
Wednesday, April 5, 2017
You’ve spent years trying to teach your child English. Correcting their grammar, teaching them to write their name, and even helping them learn bigger and harder words. But have you ever thought about teaching your child another language? It is said that people who have learned a second language have more successes in life. But when should you teach your child a second language and what are the benefits of learning one?When Should Your Child Learn a Second Language?
Many parents are finding out that children who learn a second language between the ages of three and four have a better chance of retaining a second language. “Kids this age are developing language skills rapidly, and they quickly absorb whatever they hear,” according to Erika Levy, PH.D., who is an assistant professor of speech and language pathology at Columbia University Teachers College, in New York City. “They can learn to understand new words in two different languages at an incredibly fast rate.” Many families around the world are jumping on the bilingual bandwagon, helping their children become more worldly and setting them up for success.The Benefits of Teaching Your Child a Second Language
Teaching your child another language can help them reach fluency at an early age. Learning a foreign language while they are young helps children absorb the language much faster. This is because the part of the brain that develops language, the left frontal lobe, is still developing. This allows them to learn languages much faster when they are young because they are easily absorbed. However, the language part of the brain usually stops developing when they are between the ages of eight and 12, making the younger years crucial for new languages. Exposing your child to a second language can also help him or her learn about other cultures and team them to be more creative thinkers. People who are bilingual also have shown better critical thinking skills, problem-solving skills, and greater mental flexibility. One study even suggests that bilingual individuals have sharper brain functions as they age. Setting your child up with multiple linguistic skills can help them prepare for life as a well-rounded adult.
*article written by Stonewall Day Care