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Kiddie Academy of Kent Island suggests fun family activities that offer a new answer to the question, “Where Did I Come From?”

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This Summer, Help Your Children Develop Their Historical Memory. Kiddie Academy of Kent Island suggests fun family activities that offer a new answer to the question, “Where Did I Come From?”

With Memorial Day having just passed, and July 4th just around the corner, many children can easily mistake these national holidays (and others) as just another reason to celebrate. Synonymous with backyard barbecues, parades, and bright, colorful firework displays, the Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day, is anything but your average holiday.  While celebrating is wonderful, we need to ensure that children understand the history that is behind the festivities that occur on our national holidays.Joseph Rollakanty, Franchise Owner of Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, an educationally focused child care provider in Stevensville, believes that it’s important for children to learn about history – on a national, local and family level – and to help children understand that each of them is, in fact, a living part of that history. “Taking this view of history makes that common childhood question – ‘Where did I come from?’- take on a whole new meaning,” says Rollakanty. “When children learn that they are not only members of a family, but also of a community and a state and a nation and the world, it expands the horizon of their imaginations and helps them see their own experiences, beliefs and ambitions in context.”As summer vacations begin, Rollakanty offers the following suggestions for family activities that will help children form connections to local, family, national, and even global history – as they develop their “historical memory”.

* Visit your local historical society to learn about your hometown. Who are the key figures that played a role in your town’s founding?   What contributions did your town or state make to the history of the United States?

* Explore one of the 400 parks administered by the U.S. National Park Service.  Many have historic significance to the founding and development of our nation.  You can search by state at the National Parks website: http://www.nps.gov/index.htm. Park rangers give regular informational tours at most sites.

* Trace your family’s history.  Build a family tree – there are multiple websites and apps to make creating a family tree easier than ever before. Local historical societies also contain many genealogy resources.

* Study maps, both historical and the Google Earth varieties.  How did the state borderlines get drawn?  Who decided the shape of each state?

* Visit The Library of Congress website’s Places in History section to review a wide variety of maps that document historic sites: http://www.loc.gov/rr/geogmap/placesinhistory/.

* Discover how your state got its name.  Mental Floss has a resource here: http://mentalfloss.com/article/31100/how-all-50-states-got-their-names“History should be more than just a subject that our children study in school,” says Rollakanty. “Each city, town and state has its own story that when combined with all the others helps to make our country unique. Exploring your community’s history is a fantastic way to bring history alive in a very personal way that can help children better understand how the world around them works, as well as how they fit into that world.”

For more information about Kiddie Academy of  Kent Island, please contact Joseph Rollakanty at 410-643-3932 or vrollakanty@gmail.com or visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

Google videos Kiddie Academy®, showcasing their national success!

Kiddie-AcademyGoogle videos Kiddie Academy®, showcasing their national success!

Child care franchise in Kent Island recognized in the community

Kiddie Academy®, a leading provider of education-based child care programs, is transforming child care in Kent Island and across the United States.  The Kent Island location, located at 113 St. Claire Place, was recently filmed by Google, showcasing their high quality educational programs.

“We are honored to have a multinational corporation like Google filming our academy as we continue to achieve new heights in the early childhood education field. We’re excited to be documented in such a pivotal way and look forward to seeing the finished creation in the next few weeks,” said Joseph Rollakanty, franchise owner of the academy. “We believe high-quality child care is an important community asset for families and employers and are thrilled to bring that to life through video in Kent Island.”

Google came out to Kiddie Academy of Kent Island on October 15, 2013 to highlight their success in the community and nationwide. Kiddie Academy continues to be a leader in child care with their proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum; supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques that help prepare children for school and for life.

“We are particularly happy about having Google here today because using technology as a natural extension of learning is one of the four educational pillars of our Life Essentials curriculum. We believe that understanding and implementing technology are equally important, and essential to preparing a child for today’s world. Our curriculum teaches computer literacy skills and provides opportunities to learn in exciting ways,” says Rollakanty.

Founded in 1981, Kiddie Academy began with the idea to combine learning with child care, and made a commitment to be a leader in the industry. Kiddie Academy has developed a comprehensive education-based child care program for its academies, which are structured to respond to the increasing demand for child care. The Kent Island location utilizes a branded, proprietary curriculum created to promote learning through play. According to Rollakanty, the programs emphasize continuous, open communication between teachers and parents concerning each child’s development.

For more information about Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, please contact Joseph & Vasumathi Rollakanty at (410) 643-3932.

About Kiddie Academy®
Since 1981, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care.  The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs.  Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for life.  Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

About Kiddie Academy® Franchising
Kiddie Academy International, Inc. is based in Maryland and has nearly 120 academies located in 23 states, including two company-owned locations.  Approximately 70 additional academies are in development, with 15 to 20 new locations slated to open each year.  For more information, visit www.kafranchise.com.

Building Math Skills Should Begin Early

According to a recent study of middle school students conducted by the University of Missouri, children who lagged behind their peers in a test of core math skills needed to function as adults were the same kids who also showed the least number sense or fluency when they started first grade. According to Adie Carlyle, Franchiee Business Manager of Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, this is further proof of the importance of an education-based preschool program.

“Math skills are an important part of Kiddie Academy’s Life Essentials® 2 curriculum, designed to prepare your child for lifelong success,” said Carlyle. “Most preschoolers are naturally interested in math as it exists in the world around them. The basic math skills our teachers provide the children at Kiddie Academy set the building blocks for their entire academic and professional careers. Understanding numbers, sequencing and comparing and contrasting sets of objects are all components of building your child’s math skills. Beginning as young as a year old, children can explore number concepts. That doesn’t mean taking out the calculator during playtime. In fact, they often learn best by engaging in hands-on games and projects. As your children grow, you can reinforce the importance of math and point out examples of math concepts in your daily routine.”

Here are a few math activities to try at home:

* Count the members of your family, the number of houses on your street, the plates on the dinner table. As your child’s number confidence grows, increase the number of things counted.

* Play simple addition and subtraction games. What happens when you have two shoes and you take one away? How many shoes are left? What if you take your fingers from your left hand and add them to the fingers on your right hand? How many do you have altogether?

* Point out numbers you see in your world. From road signs to cereal boxes, numbers are everywhere!

* Use manipulatives to demonstrate number concepts. Naturally, you’ll need to steer clear of choking hazards. However with supervision, crayons, blocks, candy – any easily manipulated objects can give children practice they need counting, adding, subtracting and even multiplying. Many children are visual learners, and it helps for them to physically manipulate small objects that they can take away, add or simply count.

* Cooking together is a great way to illustrate fractions. Measuring ingredients provides a visual example of fractions at work.

Kiddie Academy® is a leader in education-based child care, offering full-and part-time care, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs to Stevensville families and their children. For more information about Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, please contact Adie Carlyle at 410-643-3932 or kentisland@kiddieacademy.net or visit www.kiddieacademy.com/kentisland.
About Kiddie Academy®
For more than 30 years, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before-and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for school and for life.

Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

About Kiddie Academy® Domestic Franchising
Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising, Inc. is based in Maryland and has over 115 academies located in 22 states, including two company-owned locations. Approximately 50 additional academies are in development, with 15 to 20 new locations slated to open each year. Kiddie Academy intends to reach 200 Academies by 2017, with all future growth coming via franchising. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademyfranchising.com.

 

Kiddie Academy of Kent Island Hosts “Storytime LIVE!” on August 24

-Stevensville area children will see a story come to life with guest appearance by Pancake Pig

Educationally focused child care provider Kiddie Academy of Kent Island will host Storytime LIVE! on August 24, inviting Stevensville area children and their parents to come and enjoy a story highlighted by a visit from the story’s lead character Pancake Pig.

“Our Storytime LIVE! event is open to everyone – our current students, new friends who would like to learn more about us, or anyone who would simply like to share a special experience with their child, ” said Adie Carlyle, Franchiee Business Manager of Kiddie Academy of Kent Island. “Reading together helps prepare children for school and for life by introducing new ideas and building essential speech, communication and literacy skills.”

The event is free and begins at 11:00 a.m. at Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, located at 113 Saint Claire Place (21666). The lead character from the story, Pancake Pig, will make an appearance at the event, so Carlyle reminds parents to bring their cameras to capture their child’s smiles. Parents are encouraged to visit www.kastorytime.com to find more information about Kiddie Academy of Kent Island’s Storytime LIVE! event and to register online.

“Adding a live visit from a character in the story really helps to make Storytime LIVE! a memorable experience for the children,” said Carlyle. “Engaging children in a group in an exciting and enjoyable educational experience lays the groundwork for a successful transition into a school setting and a lifetime love of reading and learning.”

For more information about Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, please contact Adie Carlyle at (410) 643-3932 or kentisland@kiddieacademy.net or visit www.kiddieacademy.com/kentisland.

About Kiddie Academy®
For more than 30 years, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before-and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for school and for life. Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

Kiddie Academy® of Kent Island Receives National Awards

Local Kiddie Academy child care learning center is honored by the parent company during their annual national conference

Joseph & Vasumathi Rollakanty, franchise owners of Kiddie Academy® of Kent Island, recently received multiple awards and nominations from the parent company, Kiddie Academy, during their annual national conference in Orlando, Florida.

The academy received numerous Kiddie Academy® Annual Recognition Awards including: Academy Achievement Award; Mature Academy Utilization Award; Sales and Customer Service Award; and Best Practices.

In addition, the academy was nominated for several awards including: New Director of the Year; and the Life Essentials® Pillar Award for Health & Fitness.

“We’re proud to see the hard work and dedication that Kiddie Academy of Kent Island brings to the child care industry,” says Kevin Murphy, Vice President of Operations at Kiddie Academy. “We appreciate their support of the brand and congratulate them on this achievement.”

Kiddie Academy, founded in 1981, began with an idea to combine learning with child care and a commitment to be a leader in the industry. Kiddie Academy has developed a comprehensive education-based child care program for its academies. The Kent Island location utilizes the Kiddie Academy Life Essentials® curriculum, which promotes each child’s intellectual, social, physical and emotional growth.

For more information about Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, please contact Joseph and Vasumathi Rollakanty at (410) 643-3932.

About Kiddie Academy®
For more than 30 years, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for school and for life. Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

About Kiddie Academy® Franchising
Kiddie Academy Domestic Franchising is based in Maryland and has over 114 academies located in 24 states, including four company-owned locations. Approximately 70 additional academies are in development, with 15 to 20 new locations slated to open each year. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademyfranchising.com.

 

Kiddie Academy® Achieves System Adoption of National Health and Fitness Initiative

Over 90% of Kiddie Academy® locations nationwide, including Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, have received certification as participants in the “Let’s Move!” child care initiative˜a public statement of Kiddie Academy’s system-wide commitment to a healthier future for children.

Health and fitness are integral parts of Kiddie Academy’s Life Essentials® philosophy, which addresses the importance of keeping children fit and healthy by ensuring children’s daily routines meet and exceed the recommendations of leading national health and fitness organizations.

“The health of the children in our care is a top priority, as is the development of healthy habits. We want children to learn about eating right, integrating exercise and maintaining healthy personal habits,” said Cynthia Seiler, Franchiee Business Manager of Kiddie Academy of Kent Island. “To be one of the more than 90% of Kiddie Academies to have received the seal of approval from the Let’s Move! child care program not only validates the exceptional health and fitness programs within Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, it also serves as a powerful statement about Kiddie Academy’s overall commitment to a healthier future for our children.”

According to Seiler, the health and fitness pillar within Life Essentials and the recognition from Let‚s Move! distinguish Kiddie Academy as a leader in this endeavor within the childcare industry.

On the physical fitness front, daily schedules ensure that children 3 years and older spend at least two hours each day participating in physical activity that reinforces the weekly educational theme in the classroom. In addition, Kiddie Academy keeps the focus on physical activities by integrating them into classroom routines so that they correlate with Kiddie Academy’s proprietary curriculum.

Health-wise, Kiddie Academy’s menus have been reviewed by a licensed nutrition consultant and updated to meet the new national standards.

According to Seiler, Kiddie Academy of Kent Island wants to emphasize these healthy practices even after children have left the academy for the day. “Through parent letters and posted lesson plans, we help parents understand and reinforce the healthy lessons learned during the day, including hand washing, healthy habits and the importance of physical fitness.”

For more information on Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, please call Adie Carlyle at 410-515-6046. For more information on Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

About Kiddie Academy®
For more than 30 years, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for school and for life.

Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

Growing an Eco-Friendly Family; Kiddie Academy of Kent Island Offers Ideas for Earth Day Activities

At Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, Earth Day, celebrated this year on April 22, is more than a global campaign to raise awareness about protecting the environment.

Earth Day is also an opportunity to reinforce the importance of values such as respect, sharing, kindness, and manners – all aspects of good citizenship that are core to the education-based childcare provider’s curriculum.

“Our character education program includes, among other things, having respect for the environment we all share,” said Adie Carlyle, Franchiee Business Manager of Kiddie Academy of Kent Island. “That’s why we include ongoing environmental lessons in our curriculum and make eco-friendly activities an important part of our unique Life Essentials program. It’s never too early for kids to learn the values that will help them to develop into good citizens.”

To help Stevensville-area parents foster their children’s eco-education at home, Seiler offers the following ideas for Earth Day activities:

* Involve your children in finding ways to repurpose things you already own before you purchase new items.
* Ask your children to help you gather gently used items and donate them to charity organizations.
* Turn packaging items like cartons or plastic sleeves into new art projects – instead of sending them to a landfill.
* Sew an old pillowcase into a new tote bag; use it to replace plastic bags when you shop.
* Take a nature walk together and discuss what you see along the way – like the appearance of ponds or streams or the presence of litter.
* Walk – don’t drive – to the neighborhood playground.
* Re-use paper towel rolls cut into sections as seed starting pots – plant the entire thing when plant is established.
* Set up a recycling station in your home.
* Read books with an eco-friendly theme with your children.

“As you work these activities into your family schedule, be sure to explain to your children why these activities are important and how they are good for our planet,” said Carlyle. “It’s important to do more than talk to your children about being good citizens of the earth; you also need to be a ‘green’ role model. Children learn from the actions of those around them, and imitate the actions and the attitudes of the adults in their lives.”

For more Earth Day activity ideas, parents can visit Kiddie Academy’s new Eco-Friendly Crafts board on Pinterest at http://pinterest.com/kiddieacademy/eco-friendly-craft-ideas/. For more information on Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, please call Adie Carlyle at 410-515-6046. For more information on Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com

About Kiddie Academy®
For more than 30 years, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before-and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for school and for life. Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditationsystem, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

Easing the Stress of Holiday Travel with Kids

For some parents, the hassle of getting to a holiday destination, coupled with the inevitable disruptions of children’s schedules, is enough to make them want to just stay home. Of course, these inconveniences usually aren’t a good enough reason to cancel travel plans, especially when grandma and grandpa are waiting to spoil the kids.

To help parents and kids arrive safely and with smiles on their faces, Cynthia Seiler, Franchiee Business Manager of Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, offers Stevensville families the following tips for handling holiday travel with their kids:

* Consider traveling at off-peak hours. Start your trip at 9 p.m. instead of 9 a.m. You’ll avoid traffic, and the kids may just sleep for part of the trip. Increase the chances for sleep by an extended playground trip to burn off energy before you buckle them in the car seats.

* Pick up a dollar store cookie sheet for each child. Add some magnets to make a great lap desk for the car or on a plane. The cookie sheet’s raised edge will help prevent crayons and toy cars from landing on the floor, too.

* If you’re facing a long car ride with the kids, pack each a “travel activity bag” with new games and activities to keep them busy. Keep the bag in the front seat with you, and dole out a new item each hour. For example, a printed map for playing the license plate game. Or, bubbles to blow out the car window.

* Consider relaxing any restrictions on daily screen time. Video games, iPads and laptops can be true lifesavers when dealing with kids who are facing hours in close proximity to their siblings.

* You have two choices on bedtime disruptions during holiday travel – stick to your routine while away from home, or just accept that rules are out the window and make the best of it. For some children, staying up past bedtime during the holidays is a special treat they’ll remember fondly. Do what you think will work best for your family, and shrug off the raised eyebrows you may get from a great aunt because you’re letting the kids stay up late or insisting they stay on schedule.

For more information on Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, please call 410-643-3932 or email kentisland@kiddieacademy.net. For more information on Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com

About Kiddie Academy®
For more than 30 years, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before-and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for school and for life.

Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. Kiddie Academy is an official partner of the nonprofit organization, First Book, and is dedicated to supporting children’s literacy. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

 

Kiddie Academy of Kent Island Offers Parents Tips For Talking Politics With Kids

Given recent political coverage and the debates, even preschoolers are likely aware that the U.S. is about to have a presidential election. And while you may want to avoid talking politics in social settings, the same is not true at home.

According to Cynthia Cynthia, Franchiee Business Manager of Kiddie Academy of Kent Island, parents can help their children to learn the importance of politics and debate in a way that isn’t intimidating or overwhelming.

“Parents can help to make sense of the election for young children by explaining politics in a way that a child can understand and digest. In fact, this is a great opportunity to teach their families about expressing and respecting differing opinions,” Seiler said.

Seiler offers a few tips and activities to help parents communicate this historic topic:

* Have a Party. Encourage your child to create their own mock political party. They can decide on their platform, create a symbol and even debate siblings or friends on the merits of their party. Perhaps the winner gets to choose the next movie to see or meals for a week.
* Write a Letter. Whether electronic or old-school ink and paper, having your child write a letter to a politician is a great way to demonstrate the democratic process and the importance of sharing opinions. Most elected officials now have email addresses – you can find your local representatives by starting at www.(your state).gov.
* Bring them with you. Take your children to the polls with you. They’ll be able to see first-hand how to cast a vote.
* Find Age-Appropriate Resources. Look for books and/or websites that can help provide answers about politics in an age-appropriate way. For example, Duck for President and http://www.nick.com/kpp/.

“Political conversations, especially during an election year, can easily become heated, which can be confusing and perhaps frightening to younger children. By explaining politics and debate in an age-appropriate fashion, you’ll reassure your children that they’re safe and set the stage for their later participation in the democratic process,” Seiler said.

To download more tips and ideas for introducing politics to children, parents can visit the Kiddie Academy Family Essentials blog at www.kafamilyessentials.com. For more information on Kiddie Academy of Stevensville, please call 410-643-3932 or email kentisland@kiddieacademy.net. For more information on Kiddie Academy, please visit www.kiddieacademy.com

About Kiddie Academy®
For more than 30 years, Kiddie Academy® has been a leader in education-based child care. The company serves families and their children ages 6 weeks to 12 years old, offering full time care, before- and after-school care and summer camp programs. Kiddie Academy’s proprietary Life Essentials® curriculum, supporting programs, methods, activities and techniques help prepare children for school and for life. Kiddie Academy is using the globally recognized AdvancED accreditation system, signifying its commitment to quality education and the highest standards in child care. Kiddie Academy is an official partner of the nonprofit organization, First Book, and is dedicated to supporting children’s literacy. For more information, visit www.kiddieacademy.com.

Kiddie Academy’s Community Garden Project

On Thursday, June 7, family and friends of the Kiddie Academy community joined together at the Center to start their Community Garden. Those in the school-age class started off the event by singing some pop songs to get moving and ready to get dirty. The ground was pre-tilled and watered by Jeff’s Lawn Care before the event started at 5:30 that evening. The children were so excited to jump in and get their hands dirty that they took handfuls of top soil and sprinkled it over the garden. The parents then started digging rows for the fruit, vegetable, and herb plants. Some of the plants were donated by Wildflower Nursery located on Route 8. The staff took garden rocks that were labeled with the names of the plants and placed them on the end of each aisle so the Community Garden would be organized. Children of all ages joined their parents and started digging holes to give each plant a home. At the end of the evening, the three-year-old class came out with several pitchers of water to feed the plants. They plan to continue the community bond that this has started by having the students care of the plants on a daily basis, and make other garden items, including scarecrows. The food grown in the garden will be given to the families in the community and will also be prepared as a part of bringing new healthy lunches to the school children.