These Sensory Activities for Preschoolers Help Your Child Develop in Countless Ways

Our senses are bombarded each and every day. Different sounds, sights, tastes, smells, and textures are everywhere. Most adults have learned how to handle this bombardment by tuning out the senses that aren’t necessary to what we’re doing. (But even still, we can experience sensory overload from time to time.)

Children, on the other hand, are still getting a handle on all the senses and experiences of their world. Remember how your preschooler put everything in her mouth as a baby? She no longer needs to explore every object in that way, but she’s still making sense (pun intended) of her world — and she’s using her senses to do that.

That’s why sensory play is so vital for a child’s development. Children need to have all senses engaged in play so they can come to understand how things work.

The Seven (Yes, Really!) Senses

You know about the five senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, and smell. But there are two more senses that a child needs to use and develop:

  • Body awareness (or proprioception), which refers to how we sense where our bodies are in space, and
  • Balance

When children engage in activities that put many of these seven senses to work, they are building on their problem-solving skills, social skills, language skills, and cognitive skills and growth.

What Is Sensory Play?

Sensory play is simply defined: It is an activity that stimulates some or all of the seven senses: sight, hearing, touch, taste, smell, body awareness, and balance.

But sensory play does so much more than just give your child the chance to experience the senses. As children stimulate their senses, they become familiar and comfortable with those senses. This helps them become more adaptable. For example, a small child may not be able to build with blocks while the window is open and cars are driving by. Over time, as the child engages in sensory play, he will learn to block out the noise so he can concentrate on his task.

Sensory play also helps children feel comfortable with things that may cause them anxiety. For example, a child may struggle with the feeling of a toothbrush inside her mouth. But as she plays with objects that have bristles, she can come to feel more comfortable with the texture of a toothbrush, and brushing teeth can become less scary over time.

The Many Benefits of Sensory Play

Sensory play benefits your child in a variety of ways, including:

  • The ability to complete complex learning tasks
  • Language development
  • Cognitive growth
  • Problem-solving skills
  • Fine motor development
  • Gross motor development
  • Social skills
  • Memory enhancement
  • Reduction in anxiety
  • Self-soothing skills

Sensory play is not just about touching play-dough and playing in rice bins (although, sensory play certainly is that!). It’s more than touch; it’s about involving all the senses.

Try these sensory activities for preschoolers at home.

Body Awareness Sensory Activity for Preschoolers

Body awareness helps us to do our every-day activities: feed ourselves, shower, get dressed, give somebody a hug. It helps us to avoid standing too closely to strangers, to be able to maneuver around obstacles in our path, and to do things like apply sunscreen on our face without applying too much pressure.

Give your child opportunities to move, move, move! Scooters, tricycles, balance bikes, roller skates, and more help your preschooler understand his body and where it is in space.

Some common household chores, like making the bed, carrying in groceries, and vacuuming, are perfect for building body awareness.

Fun body awareness sensory activities for preschoolers are:

  • hopscotch
  • jumping on the trampoline
  • making a snowman
  • pulling a wagon
  • playing clapping games
  • bouncing a ball against a wall
  • balloon volleyball
  • rolling down a hill

Think of ways you can add unique movement into ordinary activities. For example, you could have your child climb under the table for story time or to practice letters.

Balance Sensory Activities for Preschoolers

Surprisingly, balance is actually connected to your child’s learning process. If your child struggles to control his balance, things like sitting at the rug or in a chair become difficult. This makes focus more difficult to achieve, and learning becomes harder.

Give your child fun activities to learn balance:

  • Play leap frog
  • Do twist jumps and jumping jacks
  • Use chalk to draw shapes, and have your child jump from shape to shape
  • Hop or stand on one foot
  • Play Simon says
  • Walk on a “tight rope” (lay string or tape on the floor)
  • Play freeze tag

Sight Sensory Activities for Preschoolers

 

Teach your child to notice what she sees around her.

  • Put in ear plugs and go on a walk. After the walk, talk about what your child saw.
  • Make “binoculars” or a “spyglass” out of paper towel rolls, cups, and toilet paper rolls. Have your child act as a detective who is investigating or as a pirate who is searching for land. Talk about what your child sees through their devices.
  • Use a magnifying glass to get a closer look at insects, plants, and favorite toys.

Hearing Sensory Activities for Preschoolers

Help your child get a greater sense of hearing with these activities.

  • Blindfold your child (an old tie works great) and guide her across the room with your voice.
  • Similarly, blindfold your child and make noises around the room. Ask him to point to where you are. If you want to get really challenging, ask him to tell you what is making the noise. (Some ideas: open and close a door, play a piano key, zip and unzip a coat.)
  • Fill plastic eggs or solid jars (not see-through) with different items like marbles, rice, coins, or jelly beans. Let your preschooler shake the eggs or jars and guess what is inside. Talk about why the rice made a lighter sound than the marbles; why the coins sounded metallic, etc.

Taste Sensory Activities for Preschoolers

There is so much fun to be had when working on the sense of taste!

  • Serve foods from a different culture.
  • Serve meals your child can “build” himself. A taco bar, baked potato bar, build-your-own pizza, and more gives your child the chance to make his own taste choices. Ambitious children can taste new combinations while cautious children can choose foods that are comfortable to them.
  • Teach the four main tastes with taste bottles.
  • Conduct fun taste tests.
  • Let your child help with cooking (and sampling as you go).

Smell Sensory Activities for Preschoolers

Smell is a crucial sense to develop. It can help your child smell danger (like smoke) or determine if something is too spoiled to eat. It can help with the sense of taste, and it can bring happiness — smell is closely connected to many of our memories.

Touch Sensory Activities for Preschoolers

Children don’t really need an invitation to touch; they want to touch everything! These activities will give your child new textures to experience.

  • Use shaving cream or whipped cream for letter and name practice.

Create a sensory bin filled with beans, rice, sand, fake grass, or beads. Add small toys to be played with.

Visit a farm or a friend with a pet, and teach your child to gently touch the animals .

Read touch-and-feel books.

 

Plant a garden. Let your child get her hands dirty.

Play with slime or play-dough.

      

Snuggle with a favorite stuffed animal

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    No surprise here: cook or bake (again).

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Every day, you can find ways for your child to build awareness of her senses in the way she plays. At UDA Creative Arts Preschool in Draper, Utah, we believe in developing the whole child, and we know that sensory activities give your child a chance to develop in countless ways. That’s why we build sensory activities into everything we do. Give your child the gift of an enriching preschool education. Give us a call at (801) 523-5930, or contact us online for a tour of the preschool.

7 Ways to Teach Your Preschooler to Be Respectful

“R-E-S-P-E-C-T. Find out what it means to me!” Respect does not come naturally to most children. As Aretha says, they have to find out what it means.

But for harmony to exist, it’s critical that we all know, understand, and use respect. Your preschooler is in the process of learning about respect for herself, for friends, for teachers, for parents, for possessions, for property, for other opinions, and so much more. Use these seven tips to teach respect to your preschooler.

Model Respect

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You tell your child he can have only one cookie because it’s important to not eat too much sugar. You then proceed to eat four cookies right in front of him, while he angrily counts each cookie that passes past your lips.

This isn’t fair, right? (And if you really did this, you wouldn’t be teaching a correct principle about sugar, either.) It’s the same with teaching respect. If you want your child to be respectful towards you, family members, pets, possessions, other people, and more, you also have to be respectful to your child and to those same people, animals, and possessions.

Make sure you use polite language when speaking to and about other people. Use polite language when speaking to your child. Take care of your possessions, and be gentle with your pets. And while it’s not reasonable to point out each respectful move you make, you can occasionally describe why you chose to use the words “please” and “thank you” at the store. Or why, even though you were in a hurry, you chose to let an elderly customer go ahead of you.

Expect Respect

Preschoolers are capable of being respectful, and when you expect it, they will learn to live up to that expectation. This doesn’t mean they’ll get it perfectly every time, and it doesn’t mean you should be unyielding in your expectations. It may take years for them to remember rules like saying “thank you” at a restaurant. Be patient, and keep expecting. Your gentle encouragement and praise (“I’m so impressed you remembered to say ‘please’ on your own!”) will help them learn to be respectful over time.

Identify

Is your child truly being disrespectful, or is she distracted? You may have asked her to tidy up the playroom, but she was busy trying to get batteries back into her favorite light-up toy as you gave your request. She didn’t hear you, so she continued fumbling with the batteries. To you, it may look like disrespectful ignoring. But before you get upset, look at her and identify why she isn’t being respectful to you.

It’s also possible that your child didn’t understand your instructions. When you asked him to go to his room, get his shoes and coat, and bring them back to you so you could help him put them on, he may not have understood the entire set of instructions. That’s a lot for a little one to retain. Make sure you’re giving simple, easy-to-follow instructions that aren’t hard to mess up.

Name Your Child’s Emotions

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Small children don’t always know what to do with their big feelings, so those feelings come out in hurtful words or actions. They might scream that they hate you, or they might hit a sibling or the cat. This is, of course, disrespectful, but keep in mind that these are huge opportunities for you to teach respect.

Instead of reacting in anger, name your child’s emotions. When you name your child’s emotions, they feel understood and secure. They also understand themselves better. They are then in a better position to hear gentle corrections.

For example, if your child throws a toy across the room when you ask her to wash her hands for dinner, you could say, “You’re upset because you were enjoying playing with your toys, and you don’t want to be interrupted.”

Once she hears that you understand — and she understands her own reaction — you can say, “Throwing toys is not the correct way to show that we’re upset, though. The toy could break, or it could break something else in the room.”

Your calm reaction will demonstrate to your child that it’s possible to be respectful even when we’re angry. It will also help your child to come down from her big emotions.

Role Play

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We all struggle with selfish feelings, and preschoolers are so new to the world that they definitely don’t have a handle on those feelings yet. That’s where role play comes in when you’re trying to teach respect. When you act out scenarios that require manners (not interrupting, saying “thank you,” being gentle with a friend’s toy), your child learns what it looks and feels like to be respectful. This makes it easier for her to rely on those learned skills when the time comes for her to be respectful “in the wild.”

Teach About Differences

A lot of the disrespect that exists in our world today stems from people who can’t handle different opinions, races, religions, and more. Start young, and teach your child about these differences. Teach respect by helping them see it’s okay to have differences, that everyone is special in their own way. Teach them to look for the similarities among the differences. This will help your child to avoid feeling threatened or angry about people who are different from her.

Be Kind When They Mess up

Everyone makes mistakes. As adults and parents, we all know that better than anyone else. Remember that your child is going to mess up — sometimes in big ways. If you fly off the handle, put your child down, or criticize him for being stupid, he will not learn from his mistakes; he’ll only learn to fear you. He also won’t learn respect.

If you can be understanding and speak respectfully to your child when they mess up, they will feel your love and will feel capable of doing better the next time. They’ll also feel respected, and will want to return that respect to others.

A note: Be kind to yourself when you mess up. You won’t do everything perfectly. Apologize to your child when you make mistakes, accept your child’s forgiveness, and forgive yourself.

You’re working hard to teach your child respect, and your efforts will pay off. At UDA Creative Arts Preschool, we support our parents’ tireless efforts by teaching the children to respect themselves, their friends, the items at preschool, people who are different, and so much more. For a tour of the preschool, give us a call at (801) 523-5930, or contact us online.

4 Ways We’re Teaching Preschoolers Responsibility & 4 Ways You Can Teach it at Home

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Sometimes teaching responsibility can feel a little overwhelming because it’s such a, well, responsible thing to do.  Having a responsible child is a worthy pursuit and it doesn’t have to be hard. Here are four ways we’re teaching preschoolers responsibility at UDA Creative Arts Preschool, as well as some ideas to bring the lesson home.

1- Teaching Responsibility with Seeds

Gardeners and farmers are not the only ones who wonder at the magic of a seed.  How incredible–you can just put that little guy into the the black soil, and with some water and sunshine, voila!

teaching responsibilityBut these little plants are not the only things growing here!  Our preschoolers are not only loving their turns to water the seeds, they are learning how to nurture and be responsible for the growth of their little baby seedlings, as well as protecting our natural resources by not overwatering.

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As you can see by our successful sprouts, our preschoolers have enjoyed their watering responsibilities.

Parents Can:

Plant a garden!  Bring this lesson home by providing plant seeds at home and helping your preschooler cultivate a vegetable or flower garden.

teaching responsibilityIf that’s too much, just give your child a pot and a seed and let them grow their plant in the house or on the back porch.  Giving your child the responsibility of watering (with your guidance, of course) will give your child a sense of pride as they watch the fruit of their labors blossom or become tonight’s salad.

2-Teaching Responsibility through Recycling

During Earth Week, we spent some time learning about our beautiful earth and how is is our responsibility to take care of it.  We sang about how we can reduce, reuse and recycle.

teaching responsibilityWhile reusing magazines and wood chips, we created our own paper and used it for our art projects the following week.

teaching responsibilityOne of our preschoolers was so excited he exclaimed, “Now that I know how to make paper, I can make it all the time!”

Parents Can:

Reduce, reuse and recycle starts at home.  Have your child collect all those loud crinkly grocery sacks after shopping into a special bag or box and your “Royal Recycle Regent” can officially deposit the bags in your local grocery store bag drop.  Don’t forget the fanfare!

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Take it a step further and purchase reusable bags and let your preschooler help fold them and put them away after shopping, explaining how they are helping save the earth by reusing bags.

3-Teaching Responsibility with Animals

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It took a lot of self control, but our kiddos mastered some responsibility by not touching our 4-day-old baby chicks because they were too little to be loved.

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As the chicks got older, they cared for the chicks by making sure they had enough food and water and warmth from the heat lamp (and some gentle touches).  We discussed how all babies need someone to be responsible for them.  What would they do without a mommy or daddy to protect and provide for them?

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We ventured further into the animal kingdom during zoo week.  Zoo keepers need to be very responsible.  What would happen to all those animals without a responsible zoo keeper?

Parents Can:

Not ready to teach life lessons with a dog?  As wonderful as pets are for teaching responsibility, not everyone is ready for that step.  That’s okay!  Your child can learn some life lessons in responsibility by taking on a pet insect.

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A clear plastic cup and some dirt can be a great habitat for some worms, pill bugs, ants, or even a spider.  Help your child think of what your “pet” needs to survive and create a mini-habitat for them.  But remember, part of being responsible means allowing wild animals to live in the wild, so the responsible thing is to keep this pet temporarily.  (Bonus!)

4-Teaching Responsibility with Safety

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Besides making conscious efforts to push in our chairs and clean up after ourselves to keep our classrooms safe for others, we trained and became certified cape-wearing “Super Safety Kids”!

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We also discussed the importance of our community helpers who are responsible to keep our neighborhoods safe.

teaching responsibilityFor little preschool bodies, the excitement was hard to contain as the firefighters drove up in their trucks to show us their gear and teach us about the importance of fire safety.

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Seeing the real firetruck made our role-play fire fighting activities come to life.

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We recognize fire safety is not all fun and games, and we hope preschool parents will do their part to prevent fires and teach safety.   Be sure to see some of the tips below.

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Police officers have gadgets too!  We loved peeking into our officer’s car and learning about how we can be responsible for our own safety.

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Role playing is such an important activity to help preschoolers learn empathy and caring.   Our dramatic play station in full-swing caring and helping our fellow citizens.

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Whether police officers, firefighters, first responders, or whomever the community helpers may be, we are grateful for so many wonderful people willing to assume the responsibility to keep our community a safe and happy place to be!  What would our world be like without them?

Parents Can:

We all pray it won’t happen to us, but just in case, the American Red Cross offers this checklist to educate your child and prevent fires.   Safety.com offers a few more ideas in this article. Take time to talk to your child about being responsible to prevent fires, and what to do in case one happens.  Practice a fire drill so your child knows what the fire alarms sound like in your home.

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Keeping our children safe is a responsibility we all share.  This website offers some sound advice for caregivers teaching children safety.  Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for some additional resources on what to do to prepare for an emergency or a missing child situation.  A few of their tips include:

  • Teach children their full name, parent’s names, and phone number. Have this information written somewhere in case of a panic situation.
  • Even a preschooler can learn how to dial 911.  Teach your child how to use a phone and when it is appropriate to use it.
  • Have a trusted adult your child can call in an emergency.  Have your child memorize the number and have it available for babysitters.
  • Choose babysitters wisely and follow-up carefully after they’ve been with your child.
  • Set boundaries in your neighborhood with visible landmarks for your child.
  • Get to know your neighbors and make sure your child is informed on whom they may and may not visit.
  • Help your child understand that adults should not approach children, and if they do, to be careful because it could be a trick.
  • Never leave your child alone in a car.

 

Reading Suggestions for Teaching Responsibility:

As always, there are fabulous books out there to start the conversation about responsibility with your preschooler.  Here are a few we read with our classes:

  • Horton Hatches the Egg by Dr. Seuss
  • Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss
  • What if Everybody Did That? by Ellen Javernick
  • Berenstain Bears and the Trouble with Chores by Jan & Mike Berenstain

Sometimes that lesson at home in responsibility takes a specific lesson on safety or practicing learning a phone number, but we hope that usually it’s just the extra little thing and the conversation that helps our preschoolers become responsible.  We sure love teaching preschoolers responsibility as these important life lessons really come to life.

Looking for a preschool?  Or even if you want to check out what our next learning adventures are, come visit us at an open house or schedule a tour of UDA Creative Arts Preschool by calling (801) 523-5930.

Written By: Elsje Denison

 

 

Transition Strategies for Preschoolers

Summer is almost here, and your preschooler is going to have to adjust to a new schedule without school. It seems like just yesterday you were figuring out how to make preschool goodbyes run more smoothly, and here you are, already preparing for the summer months. While you may be looking forward to longer days and sunshine, transitions aren’t always easy for children.

Your child will be leaving the weekly structure of preschool, and will have to say goodbye to teachers and friends. While the pool may be a fun replacement, it doesn’t mean difficult feelings won’t surface as you go through the transition of school to summer. Use these transition strategies for preschoolers to travel happily together from May into June.

Schedule, Schedule, Schedule

The school year was largely a success because you followed a predictable routine. Up at 7:00. Go potty. Eat breakfast. Get dressed. Gather school supplies. Out the door at 8:00. Heading into the summer, you may be tempted to abandon such a strict routine. It’s nice to live without a clock, after all.

But while you can loosen up your schedule a bit in the summer, don’t abandon all routine. Routines help your child feel emotionally safe and secure, and following one will help your child make the transition from a structured school year into summer fun a bit easier.

Structure a morning routine that is similar to the morning routine you’ve been keeping all school year, but you can ease up on the time crunch if you want. Keep breakfast, getting dressed, etc. in a similar order to keep things routine for your little one. Then, create a general structure you’ll follow from day to day — lunch at the same time, dinner at the same time, bedtime routine kept the same.

You can make this transition time easier for your preschooler by creating a simple daily checklist for her to follow. Post it in the kitchen or bathroom so she can clearly see what activity comes next.

Keep Learning

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Summer learning loss is a real thing. Don’t stress about providing the same level of learning your child has been experiencing in preschool, but continue reading, practicing letters in fun ways, and learning about the world around you. Take trips to the library, museums, farms, zoo, and more to keep your preschooler’s mind engaged and learning. This is a great transition strategy for your preschooler because it keeps her mind occupied and helps her avoid boredom.

Maintain Friendships

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Making friends in preschool is hard work. Little children have to learn to take turns, control impulses, acknowledge the needs of others, and so much more. By the end of the school year, their hard work has paid off handsomely in true friendships. If you live close enough to some of your child’s preschool friends, arrange for play dates over the summer. Your child and friends will love the comfort of familiar faces, and your child won’t feel anxious about losing those important friendships once school is out.

Listen to Your Child

Your child has just finished a year of preschool, and may be nervous about what’s coming up in the fall. If kindergarten is on the horizon, you may be excitedly talking about the big-kid steps your child is about to take. But for some children, this may make them anxious. The start of the new school year is still a long way off, and they may not be prepared to feel the weight of their next big step.

Listen to your child’s cues. Is he saying he’s nervous about school? Don’t brush him off. Let him know you understand. Is she telling you she doesn’t want to be a big kid? Let her know those feelings are natural and you’re there to help her through them.

You can also give positive examples of times your child was successful at doing a big-kid thing, or tell your child about a time you felt nervous too.

Make a Fun To-Do List

To create excitement about summer, ask your child what he would like to do over the break. If the requests are within reason, put them on the calendar and help him look forward to the fun activities. You can even find a cheap calendar for your child to keep in their room and keep track of the upcoming events. Simple drawings can be enough for a child who isn’t reading yet (a lion on the day you plan to go to the zoo, a beach ball on the day you plan to go to the lake or beach, etc.).

With just a little prep work, these transition strategies for preschoolers will help your child soak up the summer months.

At UDA Creative Arts Preschool in Draper, Utah, we believe your child’s emotional well-being is just as important as academic progress. Our curriculum focuses on developing the whole child. If you’d like to arrange for a tour of the preschool, give us a call at (801) 523-5930 or contact us online.

Why Should You Care About Fine Motor Skills for Your Preschooler?

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You’ve been hearing about fine motor skills since your child was an infant. You know your child needs to develop them, but how can you know if you’re providing the right opportunities for that development? Read on to learn what fine motor skills are, and what can you do to help your child develop them appropriately.

What Are Fine Motor Skills?

Fine motor skills refers to skills that require a refined use of the smaller muscles in the fingers, hands, and forearms. Think buttoning coats, using scissors, holding pencils, opening sandwich bags, etc.

It’s important to develop fine motor skills so that these tasks can be done well — and at a reasonable pace.

Just like learning to walk took effort, trial and error, and gradual development of necessary muscles, fine motor skill development takes time too. Many independent skills have to come together to make the task happen.

Why Does Your Child Need to Develop These Skills?

Think of all the things your fingers do to get you through the day. You wash your hair, brush your teeth, get dressed, sign forms, eat food, and so much more. Your child needs these skills to get through life as well.

Fine motor skills affect academics (writing, using scissors), playing (dressing up dolls, building with blocks), and self care (getting dressed, eating). These skills help your child develop confidence, independence,  and an enjoyment of life.

As fine motor skills develop, your child also learns more and more about how her body works and how to interact with the world.

Fine motor skills develop over time. A baby goes from batting at toys to grasping them. A toddler stacks rings and turns pages of a board book. By preschool, children are feeding themselves and beginning to put puzzles together. (This handy graphic outlines basic motor skills milestones.)

Don’t be worried if your child can’t do all of these things perfectly yet. The goal is progress and development over time.

Fun Ways to Improve Fine Motor Skills

The good news is you’ve likely been giving your child chances to develop fine motor skills all along. As early as infancy, tummy time gives babies the chance to push up and swipe at objects, strengthening those fine motor skills.

When your child was a baby and you let him feed himself finger foods? You were giving him a chance to develop his fine motor skills.

Stacking blocks and playing with play dough? Yep, and yep.

These activities, and countless others through the years of your child’s life, have been developing fine motor skills. So what can you do to keep encouraging development of fine motor skills?

These fine motor skills activities will help your child develop necessary skills — while having a blast!

Finger Painting

It’s messy, yes. But oh so fun! And finger painting helps build your child’s finger dexterity. To make it less stressful on you, Mom or Dad, take the finger painting outside where you don’t have to worry about a rainbow of colors “decorating” your furniture.

Sponge Squeezing

This is so easy, it’s almost crazy it could also be something that develops a skill. Give your child a few buckets of water, a few sponges, and let her soak and squeeze. You can challenge her to fill an empty bucket by squeezing a sponge into it, or just step back and let her explore.

Cut the Lawn

No, your preschooler isn’t old enough to operate the lawnmower (yet).  But hand her a pair of child scissors and ask her to cut the lawn. (Stay close to supervise safety.) She’ll have so much fun using scissors outside.

Use a Hammer

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Give your child a safe mallet or hammer, and let her break soft rocks into sand. You can come up with dozens of different things to hammer, and this will also build hand-eye coordination skills along with fine motor skills. Anna from The Imagination Tree put colored matchsticks into a foam block for a fun fine motor skills activity.

Colorful Eye Dropper Activity

What you’ll need:

  • Clean eyedroppers
  • An empty ice cube tray
  • Small containers
  • Water
  • Food coloring

Fill your small containers with water, and add different colors of food coloring to each one. Give your child one or two clean eyedroppers and show her how to use them to suck up the water. Let her put the different colors of water into the ice cube trays to see how colors mix together. She’ll have so much fun experimenting, she’ll have no idea she’s developing fine motor skills.

Play Doh — With a Twist

Playing with play doh is great for developing fine motor skills. But take it a step or two further and add other fine motor skill activities to play doh time. Give your child varieties of dried pasta to incorporate into his play doh creations. Hand him a pair of child-safe scissors too. He can use the scissors to cut the play doh and the dried pasta. And he can stick the pasta into the play doh in a variety of creative ways — developing imagination and fine motor skills at the same time!

Eat with Chopsticks

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We can’t guarantee this will be a successful endeavor, but your child will sure have fun trying to manipulate the utensils.

Bake — and Decorate

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Bring your preschooler into the kitchen with you when you bake and cook. Let her stir, measure, and place chocolate chips and raisins. These motions will build on her fine motor skills. Let her add decorations to your baked goods. You won’t end up with masterpieces, but your child’s works of edible art will be something she can take pride in. After all, tiny decorations aren’t easy with tiny fingers!

Pin the Clothespin

Manipulating clothespins is great for developing fine motor skills. Give your child a handful of clothespins and various pieces of cardboard and fabric. Have your child pin to her heart’s content.

The possibilities for fine motor skills activities are endless. As you look around your house and go about your day, see how many fine motor skills activities you can have your child do.

At UDA Creative Arts Preschool, we’re passionate about helping children be their best selves in all aspects, including motor skills. To schedule a tour of our preschool, give us a call at (801) 523-5930, or contact us online.

Why Do We Do Assessments in Preschool?

assessments in preschool Assessments in preschool are always for the benefit of each child. They aren’t meant to be scary, dismal, or disheartening. Rather, they allow teachers to take a comprehensive look at what each child knows, how she is developing, and where she can continue to grow.

It’s important to note that, as teachers, we are not stressed about what each child can and can’t do. Rather, we are focused on seeing progress and development for each child. We don’t compare children to each other. At UDA Creative Arts Preschool, we believe we teach a child, not a class. This means that while we teach classrooms of children, we are focused on getting each child to their next step.

We know it’s easy to fall into comparison mode as parents, but we strongly encourage you to focus on your child’s progress. Does your child know more now than he did at the beginning of the year? Have her fine motor skills improved compared to what she was capable of five months ago? This is what’s important — that your child is progressing.

Preschool assessments are not standardized tests; there are no right or wrong answers.

Why Perform Assessments in Preschool?

Preschool assessments are a valuable tool to teachers, parents, and children in many ways:

  • Assessments in preschool provide the teacher with data and details. This data helps teachers to see each child’s strengths, as well as areas that need continued focus.
  • Preschool assessments help to inform future instruction. With the information collected from assessments, teachers can adjust their methods and techniques to benefit each child.
  • Assessments identify special needs. During assessments, teachers can identify areas in which a child isn’t progressing. This can be critical information at a young age, and parents can use it to obtain necessary interventions and help.
  • Assessments provide a way to communicate to parents about their child’s progress and development. This not only gives parents a good idea of how their children are doing, it also gives them a baseline for continuing learning at home. For example, if the assessment shows that your child knows most of his letters, but only a few numbers, you can continue encouraging what your child knows while boosting number knowledge through letter and number identification throughout your day. If your child is great at sharing at preschool, you can continue to encourage that at home.
  • Preschool assessments help teachers with group teaching. When we are done with assessments, we have the data to show us how many children are mastering certain concepts. If we need to adjust teaching as a group, we can do so. Likewise, if we need to give one or two children extra attention, we can plan for that.
  • Assessments help parents see their children’s strengths. We love this part of assessments. Each of our children are advancing in unique ways, and we love to point out those special qualities to parents.

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What Do We Assess at UDA?

We aim to develop the whole child, so our preschool assessments focus on several areas of development:

  • Physical development
  • Motor skills
  • Identification of letters and their sounds, numbers, shapes, colors, etc.
  • Social development
  • Emotional development
  • Language development
  • General knowledge
  • And more

We don’t expect any child to be perfect in any area. Our goal is to always see progress.

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How We Perform Assessments at UDA Creative Arts Preschool

The word assessment conjures up thoughts of sitting still at a desk, sweat dripping down cheeks, as the child frets about proving they know the “right answers.”

But assessment time at UDA is a fun time for your child (and our teachers!).

We conduct our assessments as games, not tests. This is important because our aim is to really see what your child knows. Putting pressure on a child by demanding answers won’t give us an accurate picture of your child’s development and knowledge.

Playing an enjoyable game in which the child is having fun and is encouraged to show their knowledge makes the experience exciting and special for your child. And when your child feels happy, he’s confident. We know we get a more accurate picture of your child’s knowledge in this way.

Each assessment period is individualized to the child. Some children may feel more comfortable jumping while they play a letter identifying game, and others may prefer to use a stuffed animal to “answer” for them. We all really put on our creativity hats when we assess to make the experience right for each child.

We’re very aware of short attention spans, and so we do our assessments in chunks of time over a month. That way, your child doesn’t get overly distracted or overtaxed. And we receive a better picture of what your child knows.

Ultimately, the children don’t ever realize they are being assessed. They simply know they get to have fun one-on-one time with their teacher, playing games. The teacher is able to glean important data to mark the child’s progress in this way.

At UDA Creative Arts Preschool, we love to see our children progress and develop in their own unique ways. If you know someone with a child who would benefit from our unique approach, have them give us a call at (801) 523-5930 or contact us online to schedule a tour.

World Wide Wonder- Teaching Preschoolers Culture & Diversity

Wonder is inherent for all children, so it’s no wonder we wondered at our wide world wonder week.  (Say that five times fast!)  UDA Creative Arts Preschool believes in making connections and loves teaching preschoolers culture and diversity, and that certainly can’t stop at the edge of the classroom!

Children begin noticing differences in people around them as early as six months of age.  Parents can begin the dialogue of why and how people are different long before their child is enrolled in preschool.  We’d like to share some of the ways we are teaching preschoolers culture and diversity and encourage parents and caregivers to continue the conversation with your child.

Where Do I Fit?

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As children make connections, it’s important for them to figure out their place in this big wide world.  We do a patriotic theme week where children identify where they fit into their family and house, then on their street.  Next, we have them move to their city and community, followed by their state, and then country.  From our country, we move to the world, followed by the universe.  Wow.  That’s big!

Parents Can:

Help your child continue to see the connections.  As you drive down the street,  you can say, “Here is our street in our neighborhood.  Our neighborhood is in our city.” (For safety reasons, it’s important for your child to know their city, state, address and phone number as soon as they can memorize it! Make sure they also know their last name and parent’s names.)  “Look at that number on our house or apartment building, our address is…”.  Having a visual reference to their world will help them find their place in it.

Try Cultural Foods

Pretty obvious answer for cultural exposure, but is there really a yummier way?  We try a variety of foods, including…

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noodles with chopsticks,

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beans and rice, chips and salsa, and even seaweed and sushi.

Parents Can:

If you don’t already, eat cultural foods.  Exposing your child to a variety of foods can encourage adventurous taste buds and even decrease picky eating.  Modeling your willingness shows your child it’s okay to explore. And if you have to gag it down, well, it shows your kids you’re still willing to try!  If you need some ideas, this article shares what kids all over the world are eating for breakfast. 

Try cultural food nights!  Pick a culture and try a new recipe.  Spice it up for a holiday:  Irish food for St. Patricks Day,  Mexican food on Cinco de Mayo, Jewish food on Passover, Chinese food for New Year.  The world’s the limit!

Listen to Diverse and Cultural Music

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Besides the myriad of benefits that come from learning any kind of music, learning cultural music can increase concentration as children listen to new sounds and language they are not familiar with.  Cultural music also further develops language skills.

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Learning cultural dances increases physical development, emotional and social development, and love for diversity.

At UDA Creative Arts Preschool, for world week we are counting to ten in Spanish, learning Spanish songs, and making our own maracas.

Parents Can:

Music is the universal language.  Every culture loves music! Cultural music has evolved into diverse instrumentation and genres.  Try listening to different music stations in the car.  If you live in Salt Lake County, you can also download and stream free music from the SLC Library, which has a large selection of diverse and cultural music.

Dance!  Turn on diverse music and twist while you tidy up.  Cha cha while you change clothes.  Boogie while you brush your teeth.  Help children feel free to sway, stomp, and twirl the way the different styles move them.  Bonus:  the groaning just may turn into giggles!

Explore Cultural Art

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Art is defined as the conscious use of skill and creative imagination, and every culture through time has expressed themselves through art.   Art is the perfect way to teach preschoolers culture and diversity!

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Children naturally have creative imaginations, so art is their language.  For world week we made Japanese fish kites.

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Allowing children open ended art activities builds confidence and continues the development of their imagination and creativity.  Adding the cultural element adds appreciation for other peoples and their expression.

Parents Can:

Inspiration for cultural art can be found in books, art museums, or for those of us on a time crunch, on Pinterest.  But to help you out, here are a few ideas we found online.  Help children pay attention to patterns, colors, and mediums other cultures like to use.  How can they use those same elements to create their own imaginative expressions?

Bring the Culture to You!

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As much as we’d love to, for most of us it’s not feasible to take our children around the world to experience cultures first hand.  Next best option: bring the culture to you!

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Miss Vicky shares keepsakes and the alphabet of her native Thailand.

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We also had guest speakers come share about their native Mexico and Australia.

Parents Can:

Watch community calendars for cultural events and celebrations.  Take your children to synagogues, mosques, temples, cathedrals and churches.  Local libraries and community centers will often have exhibits, and of course museums are always a great cultural experience.

Find the visitor center for your area and pop in to see what they recommend.  You never know what hidden gems you’ll find when it comes to small museums.

And even closer to home, read!  There are so many books about culture and diversity.  Ask your local librarian for his favorites.   Here is a list from Scholastic to get you started.

Teaching Preschoolers Culture and Diversity by Keeping the Conversation Going

Keep your children wondering at the beauty of all the people and cultures in this world by pointing them out when you see them in your community.  When you hear other languages spoken or music being played, when you see cultural dress, dance, or celebrations, talk about it.

Point out to your child how different people do things differently, but different is what keeps life interesting.  Most of all, your child will learn respect as they see you respecting other races, ethnicities, religions, political groups, and ideas.  If there is anything children know well, it’s the language of love.

Visit us at UDA Creative Arts Preschool in Draper, Utah, and see how we’re teaching preschoolers culture and diversity and integrating wonder of this wide world in our learning activities.  Click here to register for a free open house or call us at (801) 523-5930.

Written By: Elsje Denison

 

 

 

 

What’s Happening at UDA Creative Arts Preschool- February!

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Love isn’t the only thing in the air this Valentine season. From snowflakes and bubbles to shadows and balloons, we’re lovin’ our learnin’! At UDA Creative Arts Preschool, our preschool theme weeks keep us learning and exploring our world.

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Humpty Dumpty & Other Fun Nursery Rhymes

Science & Engineering

Our scientific studies on “Humpty Dumpty” led to many hypotheses and deductions.

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It takes some serious skill to build a wall “Humpty” will stay on.  We also experimented with different insulators to protect our “Humpty Dumpty” from his fall.  We tried cotton balls, rocks, sand, tissue and dried beans.  Conclusion: dried beans are the only substance that protects “Humpty” from cracking.  Who knew?

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Our engineers went to work building a variety of walls for our “Humpty Dumpty” to sit on.  We learned it’s hard for a round “Humpty” to sit on a flat surface.  But leave it to our scientific learners to create solutions!  A ledge is a perfect fix.

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Math & Language

Hickory Dickory Doc…

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…the mouse ran up the clock.  Learning to tell time can be a tricky concept.  Introducing your preschooler to analog and digital clocks at an early age can give them a jump start in math.

Hickory Dickory Doc.

You can change the time of your clock.

As you make a new time, you invent a new rhyme.

Hickory Dickory Doc.

Math and language development lesson in one. Cha-Ching!

Groundhog Day & Movement

For Ground Hog Day we learned about our shadows.  Here is a sneak peek at one of our classes experimenting with shadow sizes.

Playing with shadows isn’t just a fun scientific learning activity, it also develops your child’s small and large motor skills.  At home, you can set up a flashlight or bright light and have a dance party or do a puppet show.  And if your kiddo is concerned about those monsters under the bed, playing in the dark will also help your child feel more comfortable when it’s time for lights out.

Uu-Underwater Adventures!

Dramatic Play

After our fun nursery rhymes, we “row, row, rowed our boats” right into our Underwater Adventure theme week.

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In the discovery room we used our boats to fish for fishy letters, My Little Ponies…

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…and even rescue babies.  Besides letter recognition with the fish, this dramatic play activity helped us discover our water world, as well as develop balance and small motor skills.

Math

theme weekA fun math activity this week was counting the right number of pearls to match the number in the shell.

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Textures are great for sensory play!  As children touch different textures, ask how they feel.  Is it smooth, bumpy, rough, hard or soft?

Sensory Play

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At the sensory table, the children play with different objects in the water beads.  This multisensory learning is developing brain synapses that will produce a better foundation for later learning.

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Not to mention all the colorful fun that can be had under the sea!

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Do you ever have those moments when your preschooler stumps you? Why do fish have scales?  Why don’t birds have eyebrows? Now there is one you can explore together!  Check out our post on integrated learning to find out more on how to explore with your child!

Alphabet Learning

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Can alphabet learning get any more fun than Jaws? 

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Just kidding.  But seriously, we love making alphabet learning a game.  By integrating our letters into our play, children are learning the alphabet and loving it!

Science

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Meanwhile, at the science table, our preschoolers explore real underwater life in our aquarium. Children are great at discovering the answers to questions when asked.  Don’t forget to ask lots of questions at home to help your preschooler’s brain make more connections!

Movement

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“We’ve got no troubles, life is the bubbles, under the sea!”–Little Mermaid

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Ah, to be as carefree as a child with bubbles!

Art

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Our preschool theme followed us into art time as well.  We had so much fun creating our sea with water colors.

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After we created our ocean background, we decorated our sea with a plethora of sea life.

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Name Writing

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Last, but not least, what better way to learn spacial relations for under than being under something?  Why not practice writing our names under the table?  We can’t wait to hear how dinner under the table goes at your house!

Vv is for Valentine

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Discovery Room

Love was all around as we celebrated Valentine’s Day and the letter “V”.

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And so was our yummy smelling play dough!  We used it to bake up a storm in our dramatic play kitchen.

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Playing with scented play dough is a great multisensory activity.  Not only is it using several parts of the brain and creating more connections, it also develops stronger hand and pincer grip muscles, an important skill for kindergarten.

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Roll playing builds confidence and independence, characteristics needed  for life skills.  Check our our recipes below for your own chocolate and strawberry scented play dough!

Math Centers

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Our scented dough found it’s way to our math activities as well.  How can math not be fun when it smells like chocolate?

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Kids love small objects and math becomes more concrete when they have something to hold.  Click here for 16 fun counting activities you can do at home with your preschooler.

Art

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We also went to work making our own valentines and decorating our valentine boxes.  Process-focused art activities teach your child to be creative, independent, and induce a feeling of success.  Check out this great website to learn more about process-focused art.

Play Dough!

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We had so much fun with our scented play dough, we’d love to share! You can (and should) try this at home.

Chocolate Play Dough Recipe

Ingredients:

  • 1 3/4 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 1/2 cup cocoa powder
  • 2 tbsp. cream of tartar 
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

First, pour all ingredients into a saucepan and cook over low heat while stirring and mixing.  When it starts to thicken and resemble dough, remove from the heat and let cool. When cool, knead the dough until it is smooth.

Strawberry Play Dough

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1/4 cup salt
  • 2 pkgs unsweetened strawberry flavored Koolaid powder
  • 2 tbsp. cream of tartar 
  • 2 cups water
  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil

First, pour all ingredients into a saucepan and cook over low heat while stirring and mixing.  When it starts to thicken and resemble dough, remove from the heat and let cool. When cool, knead the dough until it is smooth.

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Come Visit Us!

As you can see, we have so much fun learning and adventuring at UDA Creative Arts Preschool!  Beyond the fun of our theme weeks is a network of learning experiences integrated throughout everything we do.  We invite you to come visit our Draper, Utah campus and join us for an open house.  Click here to make an appointment today!

Written by: Elsje Dension

4 Dr. Seuss Life Lessons We’re Glad We Have

 

This March 2 marks Theodor Seuss Geisel’s (Dr. Seuss) 114th birthday! When we sat down to list all the many important lessons Dr. Seuss taught us through his books, we couldn’t stop! Through a creative writing style that nobody seems able to duplicate, Dr. Seuss’s books teach sophisticated life lessons in a way that just sticks — without us always even realizing it!

If you sat down with even just a handful of Dr. Seuss’s 60 books and looked for lessons, you’d end up with a list a mile long. (You could even read that mile-long list in a box with a fox if you like.)

We’re not sure a complete list could ever be compiled, but here are four of our favorite Dr. Seuss life lessons at UDA Creative Arts Preschool.

Dr. Seuss Life Lessons — Reading Is Important

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Over and over, readers get the message from Dr. Seuss that reading is important. Often, he stated that message outright:

The more that you read, the more things that you’ll know. The more that you learn, the more places you’ll go.”

I can read in red. I can read in blue.
I can read in pickle color too.”

-from I Can Read With My Eyes Shut!

 

But even when reading wasn’t the dedicated subject of Dr. Seuss’s books, nobody can deny how enjoyable it is to read the fun cadence of Dr. Seuss’s imaginative rhymes. His rhymes are so fun, in fact, that we use them to teach rhyme to our 2-, 3-, and 4-year-olds at preschool. Children easily pick up on predicting the next rhyming sound when they are read to from Dr. Seuss books.

And did you know?: In 1954,  a Life magazine article criticized children’s reading levels, so Houghton Mifflin and Random House asked Dr. Seuss to write a children’s primer using 220 vocabulary words. The Cat in the Hat was the result, proving that children’s literature can be fun while introducing new words.

Dr. Seuss Life Lessons: Compassion

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Dr. Seuss teaches his readers that we have a responsibility to care for other people (and creatures and plants). He teaches us to look outside our own problems; to look beyond our own noses and actually see other people. This is something we care deeply about at UDA Creative Arts Preschool. We believe children can understand the concept that their actions affect others, and we emphasize important character traits like honesty, compassion, respect, and more every day.

In fact, our character trait we focus on during the month of March (the month of Dr. Seuss’s birthday) is compassion.

The children already have so much compassion for each other, and Dr. Seuss helps us to reinforce those important concepts. Hear his pleading to please, please consider the plights of others.

When you think things are bad,
when you feel sour and blue,
when you start to get mad… you should do what I do!
Just tell yourself, Duckie, you’re really quite lucky!
Some people are much more… oh, ever so much more…
oh, muchly much-much more unlucky than you!”

–  Did I Ever Tell You How Lucky You Are?

Even plants deserve to be thought of:

I am the Lorax. I speak for the trees.
I speak for the trees for the trees have no tongues.” 

 

– The Lorax

It’s such a simple concept — trees cannot speak. So we must speak for them.

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot,
nothing is going to get better. It’s not.”

 

The Lorax

Not only can we care about other people, we can also do something to help them. That’s a powerful message for every child (and adult) to internalize.

Dr. Seuss Life Lessons — You’re Good Enough, and It’s Okay to Be Different

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Dr. Seuss gave us the message that we have the power to transform our lives. We have responsibility over our own decisions, and we can change the outcome at any time.

You have brains in your head.
You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose.
You’re on your own. And you know what you know.
You are the guy who’ll decide where to go.”

Oh, the Places You’ll Go!

So be sure when you step, step with care and great tact.
And remember that life’s a great balancing act.
And will you succeed?
Yes! You will, indeed!
(98 and 3/4 percent guaranteed)
Kid, you’ll move mountains.”

Oh, The Places You’ll Go!

It doesn’t matter what limitations you have. You are important and can do what you were made to do.

Don’t give up. I believe in you all.
A person’s a person no matter how small.”

Horton Hears a Who!

Today you are You, that is truer than true.
There is no one alive who is Youer than You.”

Happy Birthday to You!

 

Dr. Seuss Life Lessons – Live Life with Imagination

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Dr. Seuss created illustrations, stories, and characters that were so different from anything that had ever been done before. He showed us that we aren’t limited by what is real. We can create our own worlds. He used words in new ways, and didn’t limit himself to established rules.

He showed us that creativity and imagination are valuable traits to develop.

Think left and think right and think low and think high.
Oh the thinks you can think up if only you try!”

Oh, the Things You Can Think

We subscribe heavily to this belief that creativity drives our learning. That’s why we incorporate art, music, creative movement, dance, science, math, and so much more into every single day of learning at UDA Creative Arts Preschool in Draper. Each day we are amazed by how the children cement important life and academic concepts through the creative arts. Give us a call at (801) 523-5930, or send us a message  to arrange a tour to see how we enrich the lives of preschoolers every day!

I like nonsense, it wakes up the brain cells. Fantasy is a necessary ingredient in living, it’s a way of looking at life through the wrong end of a telescope.”

Theodor Seuss Geisel, Dr. Seuss

Individualized Learning- What It Is and Why Your Child Needs It

We’ve all heard that no two snowflakes are the same.  According to science, the likeliness of two snowflakes being identical is so minuscule, it could be called none.  Isn’t it amazing that billions of snowflakes, for ions of time, can be so unique, and so beautiful?  At UDA Creative Arts Preschool, we feel the same way about each one of our amazing preschoolers.  This is why we believe in and apply individualized learning methods for each of our children.

It may have come as a shock to you when your child first started to exhibit personality traits, physical features, and likes and dislikes completely different than your own.  What?!!  They don’t have your same love of U2? Baseball? Not even peanut butter?!

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The individual personalities, life circumstances, learning styles, and developmental progress that make each child unique should also be considered when they’re learning.  Every child has different strengths and weaknesses, learned abilities, and various experiences which establish their knowledge base.   This is why we do not teach any two children exactly the same.

We Do Not Teach a Class.  We Teach a Child.

Individualized learning begins with coming to know and evaluate each child.  UDA Creative Arts Preschool evaluates our preschoolers at the beginning, as well as periodically throughout the school year.  From these evaluations we differentiate learning to meet that student’s needs.  This is accomplished in various ways and over a spectrum of curriculum.

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One thing that is so important for parents and educators to remember is that each child reaches milestones at different speeds.  The nine-month walker is not necessarily the future gold medalist olympian.  The same is true for learning.  Your neighbor’s reading three-year-old is not the next generation J. R. R. Tolkien.  Obviously, effort needs to be put into learning, but children reach milestones at their own pace.  It’s important not to push them before they are ready.

What does Individualized Learning Look Like?

At UDA Creative Arts Preschool, we are able to accomplish individualized learning in several disciplines because of our low teacher-to-student ratio.

Individualized Mathematics

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As children break into centers for mathematics, each activity is designed to be played differently, depending on the child’s level of understanding and capabilities.  Our teachers are able to sit with the group and play with several children at the same time, all doing the activity on their level.

Individualized Language Arts

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As children divide into groups of similar language development skills, teachers work with each child within these small groups.  Children  are learning letter identification and phonics up to different reading levels, depending on what they are developmentally ready for.

Individualized Sciences

Individualized Learning

Most of our science activities are child-led, allowing children to explore and discover on their own.  Teachers engage students in questions that lead to further exploration while each child has hands-on experiences.   This not only allows children to discover science, but also fosters a love for learning.

Individualized Discovery Room

Individualized Learning

Besides the sciences, preschool children are also able to explore their interests in our Discovery Room.  For one hour, children are able to chose from blocks, theme-based dramatic play, the sensory table, the writing station, the science station, and many other rotating activities.  During this time, children pursue their own discovery and development in ways they love.  Don’t we all wish we had an hour in a discovery room?!

Individualized  Social Development

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Many times we only consider academics when assessing children’s learning; however, we know that children come with all different levels of social development as well.   That’s why we teach character traits and tools to be good friends and problem solvers.

Children learn to be effective in conflict resolution and in taking responsibility for their actions.  Perhaps this type of learning brings us the greatest joy as we watch our preschoolers progress throughout the year.

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Knowing your child is like no other, why would you want anything other than individualized learning?  Each child deserves to learn at their speed, applying their strengths and improving their weaknesses.  Every child should have the freedom to explore their interests and develop a love of learning through personal discovery.

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At UDA Creative Arts Preschool, we see each child as the unique, intricate and delicate work of art they truly are.  Just like a snowflake, we see them as a beautiful individual, deserving to be taught as one.  We invite you to come see what we have to offer!  Click here to register for our upcoming open houses and see for yourself!

Written by: Elsje Denison