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Select a top rated and high quality preschool in Yorba Linda, Orange County, Ca.


Preschools listed randomly:


au pair La Petite Academy
Kiddie Academy Childcare
Yorba Linda Preschool
Heritage Oak Private School
Montessori Academy of Y L
IvyCrest Private Montessori
California Preschool & Kindergarten
Friends Christian School
Tutortime OC KIds
Kindercare First steps stonehaven
Childtime Day Care
Top Kids Preschool
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Leport Schools
R S  M  Montessori
West Park Montessori
Calvary Chapel
Linda Vista Preschool
Hillsborough Village
Family Daycare
Smile Childcare
United Methodist Church
Child Care Services
Lil Stinkers Day Home
ABC TOTS PLAYSKOO

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Kids Have
Media Overload


Kids are increasing their use of entertainment significantly, a new report from the Kaiser Family Foundation found.  The study reported kids computer use has increased from the 27 minutes in 1999  to about 1 1/2 hours a day in 2009.  The study which, which surveyed more than 2,000 children and teens ages 8 to 18, found that minority children, in particular, have especially increased their use.  While most of the participants had good grades, 47 percent of the heaviest media users (those who consumed 16 hours a day) had mostly C's or lower, compared with 23 percent of those who consumed three hours a day or less.The report also revealed also that more than 7 in 10 youths have a TV in their bedrooms, and about a third has a computer with Internet access. The heaviest media users were also more likely to report feelings of sadness or boredom, or that they got into trouble, did not get along with their parents and were not happy at school.

Select a top rated and high quality preschool in Yorba Linda, Orange County, Ca.


Preschool listed randomly:


au pair La Petite Academy
Kiddie Academy Childcare
Yorba Linda Preschool
Heritage Oak Private School
Montessori Academy of Y L
IvyCrest Private Montessori
California Preschool & Kindergarten
Friends Christian School
Tutortime  OC Kids Village
Kindercare First steps stonehaven
Childtime Day Care
Top Kids Preschool
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Leport Schools
R S  M  Montessori
West Park Montessori
Calvary Chapel
Linda Vista Preschool
Hillsborough
Family Daycare
Smile Childcare
United Methodist Church
Child Care Services
Lil Stinkers Day Home
ABC TOTS PLAYSKOO
discovery depot

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A Sound mind in a Sound body


Several top magazine, newspaper, and website articles about physical fitness and physical education have caught my attention in the past few months. A few of the most prominent stories described the alarming increase in obesity in American children and adolescents. A recent Newsweek article noted, "Baby fat has morphed into a national health crisis. Nearly 15 percent of kids between 12 and 19 are overweight—up from 5 percent in the late 1970s."

The article continued, "They're also more sedentary than ever. Less than 25 percent of school-age children get even 20 minutes of rigorous daily physical activity, well below the minimum doctors prescribe." Public health officials warn that this inactivity will lead to "costly, debilitating illnesses like high blood pressure, heart disease and diabetes even in their 20s and 30s." Relatedly, the American Diabetes Association published a report noting that about 20 percent of childhood diabetes cases are type 2, non-insulin dependent diabetes, which is linked to being overweight.

These warnings have prompted some physical education teachers to re-evaluate the purpose of physical education classes; they no longer devote most of their time and energy on students who demonstrate the greatest athletic talent. Newsweek quoted Peggy Hutter, a physical education teacher at Kearsarge Regional Middle School near Concord, New Hampshire, who observed, "We were taught that if kids want to sit on the side and not participate, too bad, that's their problem. But now gym teachers are looking at all those kids on the sidelines and saying, ‘Hey, maybe we're the ones who have the problem.'"

Phil Lawler, who teaches at Madison Junior High School outside Chicago, found that physically out-of-shape students were expending as much energy as the best athletes, but because they were poorly conditioned, their performance was compromised. Lawler recognized that instead of teaching students how to win a race, he should concentrate on educating them about how to remain in the "fitness zone," that is, the most efficient heart rate for maintaining good health, for as long as possible. Lawler's goal is to provide "students the knowledge, training, and experiences they need to keep themselves fit for their entire lives."

I cannot emphasize strongly enough the importance of physical education classes, especially when they focus on enhancing the fitness of all students and not just those who are already fit. However, during my visits to numerous schools I have spoken with many physical education teachers who have described the low regard shown for physical education activities. (I should note I have heard some of the same laments from music and art teachers.) Unfortunately, in today's world of high-stakes testing in which the worth of a student and a teacher is measured by a test score, we are in danger of drifting away from the concept of the "whole child" or "whole adolescent." A false dichotomy has emerged in some quarters that views time devoted for physical education as diverting time and monies from academic pursuits.


by Robert Brooks, Ph.D.

Childhood Obesity
How to keep your child healthy and fit during the holiday season.


I recently walked through the porting section of a large department store and found it empty.  About three isles down, the video game section was booming with loud music, plastic toy guitars, and children gazing at the television screen as they played their favorite video game.  They gathered, cheered, and rooted as opponents squared off in a virtual battle.  They were so in tune to what they were doing and determined to advance to the next level.  I don't think anything could have taken their focus away, not even an earthquake (and I'm not kidding!).  As I stood there and watched, I realized that this is the same picture that takes place within the average American  household.  I wondered what would happen to the childhood obesity epidemic if we were able to successfully transfer the same excitement of playing video games into staying active.

I don't buy it when experts say that the problem of obesity is closely related to the genetic factors.  I'm sure this is true to some extent, but the fundamental reason that children are overweight is that too many children are eating too much and moving too little.  Solving the problem can be as easy as turning off the TV and keeping the lid on the cookie jar.  We recently sat down wit Laila Ali, the daughter of boxing legend Mohammad Ali.  she said, "You gain wight when you eat more calories than your body can burn off.  I think kids need to stay active.  don't sit in front of the TV or play too many video games.  Get outside and go the neighborhood YMCA."  Staying active is important because children are spending less time engaged in physical activities at school.  If you're thinking of a nice place to keep your kids active, fit, and informed, i recommend Fitwize 4 Kids.  Places like Fitwize 4 Kids provide free nutritional workshops that help you understand what to order the next time you're in the drive-thru.

I don't know about you but doesn't it seem like the current generation of kids are flooded by environments that promote increased food intake, non-healthy foods, and physical inactivity?  In fact the next time you are at a grocery store notice how the unhealthy products are so conveniently placed and priced.  Even as you approach the cashier, there is still time for us to grab a quick snack.  Kids don't know any better, so when they see their favorite cartoon character stamped on a box of cookies, they want it.  Take a closer look at the nutritional label on that box of cookies and you'll find high saturated fat, high fructose corn syrup, and partially hydrogenated oil among a never ending list of others. 

Obesity is the fasted growing cause of disease and death in America, and it's completely preventable.  Despite the alarming statistics that tells us that childhood obesity is a tremendous concern, the positive thing is that you can take preventative measures to eliminate this concern.  So what's the solution?  It's as simple as balancing calories, keeping your kids active, and reducing their inactive time.  Get them away from the video games and encourage your kids to find physical activities to do with family members or on their own that simply involve more activity.  Get them moving!  I know you're tired at the end of the day, but it is a nice idea to take them outside and go on a short walk around the block, or throw the baseball around with them at the park.  This small amount of physical activity can save their lives.  think about it!

Source:
"Ameri"
North Orange County and Temecula Valley Family Resource Guide. Winter 2009

Choosing A High-Quality Preschool

A new study by the Rand Corporation finds that a majority of California's children are in preschools that fall short on key measures that are important for preparing kids for kindergarten. To find a high-quality preschool in your community, focus your search in three areas:
People
Program
Place.

Here are a few of the things you should look for:

  1. What kind of training and education do the teachers have?
  2. Are the teachers and kids engaged in conversation?
  3. Can teachers tell you not only what they are doing, but why?
  4. Does the program use a curriculum to guide training?
  5. Does the program welcome and involve families?
  6.  Does the space have separate learning centers (reading  art  dramatic play  writing) and a well-equipped playground?


Source
preschoolcalifornia.org

For preschools in your area, call the California Child Care Resource & Referral Network at
1.800.543.7793 or visit rrnetwork.org


My Child Is Biting!

My child has started biting other children at day care. What can I do?

Whenever a child bites another person, it is upsetting for everyone.  Biting is common among very young children, particularly in group settings such as child care.  It is very important for adults to understand why children bite so that they can help children find more appropriate ways to express themselves.  After gaining a better understanding of why children bite, talk with your child care providers about possible strategies for preventing child biting episodes.

Reasons Children Bite

Children may be trying to express the independence and feel a sense of personal control.

Babies' mouths are sore when teething; biting feels pleasant.

Children are trying to approach or initiate interaction with another child.

Children are seeking attention.

Children are angry or frustrated.

Children are experiment and want to know what  will happen if they bite.

Strategies to Prevent Biting


Give children opportunities to express their independence and self-control by providing them plenty of choices, such as what to wear that day; what game to play; what to eat for lunch.

Provide babies with objects to mouth such as teething toys or frozen bagels.

Make sure children have plenty of opportunities to interact with one another.

Acknowledge children's positive interactions.

Give children lots of t\attention during the day; cuddle with them, play with them, and read to them.

Be aware of children's feelings; watch for signs of potential conflict and increasing frustration.

Provide children with activities and toys that offer a variety of sensory-motor experiences, such as water play, play dough, and finger painting.

Help children learn about cause and effect.

Assure children that they are safe ant that their possessions are safe.

Strategies for Responding to Biting

Sometimes prevention efforts do not stop children from biting.  When a child bites another person, the adults in charge should consistently respond to each biting episode; specific strategies and and ideas are listed below;

State clearly that it is not okay to bite.
Be sure that the child who is bitten is cared for.  First, comfort the child, put on an ice pack to prevent bruising, and clean the wound if the skin is broken.

If possible, have the child who bit help care the the child who was bitten.

Look for patterns of biting.  For instance, does the child bite near mealtime, when the environment gets too loud or when the child is crowded by other children?

Try to identify changes in the child's life that might trigger the biting, such as a recent parental divorce, birth of a new c\sibling, or move to a new home.

If the biting does not stop or if it becomes more vicious, seek help from others, such as your pediatrician, the child care program director, or a parent educator.

Source: Sara Gable, PhD. Human Development and Family Studies, College of Human Environmental Sciences, University of Missouri-Columbia







Technology Impacting Children


The American Pediatric Association recommends no mare than two hours viewing per day, yet many kids exceed this amount in a single sitting. Digital-natives are described as children who have grown up surrounded by all things technical.
The digital generation relies on cell phones as their main form of communication, sending texts rather than letters, and email rather than calls.  This form of digital correspondence lacks the same substance and meaning, posing many to ponder, is technology impacting children ability to relate in the real world?  Once kids graduate school and have to deal with the public face to face rather than behind computer and gadget screens, are they capable of holding eye to eye contact and dialogue?  The cons of too much technical exposure are many; inactive communication, laziness, a potential link to ADHD, and a disinters in family or social settings.
On the flip side of the coin, there are plenty of benefits of technology.  For example, with cell phones, parents are able to keep tabs on their kids after-school and when they're out with friends.  This benefit has eased the worry of where-about amongst many parents.  Early computer skills have also helped encourage kids to adapt the tech-world introduced in education settings, helping to stimulate an interest in a skyrocketing  occupation.  In an eye-opening study, most parents of high school students spend an average of only four minutes daily having real communication with their kids.  Without a strong family bond and daily contact, parents may lose sight of their children's mental well-being and take a back seat to gadgets and laptops. 

The Great Indoors


Has the great indoors replaced the great outdoors in your home?  While technology opens a door to the fascinating world of discovery, there is nothing quite as pleasurable as a long walk outdoors.  Nature provides and abundance of learning, and children should never be restricted from outdoor play.  At minimum, kids need at least 30 minutes of outdoor\or activity and exercise daily to prevent obesity.
If you have a tech-savvy child in your home, you can still cater to his interest while promoting a healthy and active outdoor lifestyle.  Make sure you set up or schedule outdoor play dates.  Nature walks, treasure hikes and a day a the beach should never be replace by computer or laptop screens.  Take her to the zoo, museums, and libraries to enrich her mind o all levels.  Remember you are in control of how much you allow technology to impact your child.


Balance and Boundaries


While technology is growing with no end in sight, parents may choose to limit their children's exposure to high-tech toys and computer and gaming systems.  Just because a certain gadget may be a trend, doesn't mean your child needs it.  As a family, you can discuss what gizmos and gadgets interest her, and determine a reasonable set of rules which will be applied to the usage of the purchase.  Better yet, get involved in her interest and play an active participant in her time spent using the technological device.  Family gaming systems such as the Wii are a wonderful way to incorporate technology into the home with out losing sight of a family time.  As long as you are involved in the technology that he is exposed to, you can both journey together on the fascinating and futuristic superhighway while encouraging a healthy lifestyle and enriching your emotional bond.

Source:
kidslovetoknow.Com


Select a high quality preschool in Yorba Linda, Orange County, Ca.


Preschool listed randomly:


au pair La Petite Academy
Kiddie Academy Childcare
Yorba Linda Preschool
Heritage Oak Private School
Montessori Academy of Y L
IvyCrest Private Montessori
California Preschool & Kindergarten
Friends Christian School
Tutortime  OC Kids Village
Kindercare First steps stonehaven
Childtime Day Care
Top Kids Preschool
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Leport Schools
R S  M  Montessori
West Park Montessori
Calvary Chapel
Linda Vista Preschool
Hillsborough
Family Daycare
Smile Childcare
United Methodist Church
Child Care Services
Lil Stinkers Day Home
ABC TOTS PLAYSKOO
discovery depot

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Select a top rated and high quality preschool in Yorba Linda, Orange County, Ca.


Preschool listed randomly:


au pair La Petite Academy
Kiddie Academy Childcare
Yorba Linda Preschool
Heritage Oak Private School
Montessori Academy of Y L
IvyCrest Private Montessori
California Preschool & Kindergarten
Friends Christian School
Tutortime  OC Kids Village
Kindercare First steps stonehaven
Childtime Day Care
Top Kids Preschool
Redeemer Lutheran Church
Leport Schools
R S  M  Montessori
West Park Montessori
Calvary Chapel
Linda Vista Preschool
Hillsborough
Family Daycare
Smile Childcare
United Methodist Church
Child Care Services
Lil Stinkers Day Home
ABC TOTS PLAYSKOO
discovery depot
Most of the above are listed in CRAIGSLIST