Keep Your Kids Learning During the Summer at Crestwood Preschool Academy!

There’s so much about a new school year that’s exciting for children! New school supplies, teachers, friends, clothes, and routines!

But dusting the cobwebs off the knowledge and skills from the month of May is always a frustration. 

Adults can all remember the frustration of recalling last year’s educational skills. While it’s important for a class to all be on the same level before moving forward with new concepts, there’s a better way than forgetting educational skills. 

Education and the Summer Slide

When school’s out, everyone wants to veg out on the couch. This is understandable, and everyone (parents, too!) deserves a break. 

But quicker than parents realize, children start to lose the educational skills they’ve worked so hard to build throughout the school year.

It’s estimated that children lose over one month of learning during the summer vacation months! On average over the summer, children:

  • Lose 2.6 months of math skills
  • Lose 2 months of reading skills
  • Spend 6 weeks re-learning old material in the fall to make up for summer learning loss

While a short break is beneficial, the long months of doing little besides video games, playtime, and vacations can actually be detrimental to your child’s education. 

How to Avoid the Summer Slide

Imagine your child walking into their first day of school feeling confident about remembering all the educational knowledge from last year. It’s easier than you may think!

Doing just a little educational work every day can prevent the summer slide and give your child a head start on their upcoming school year. Here are some fun and practical ways to accomplish this.

Utilize Your Library’s Summer Reading Program

Almost every library system has a summer reading program to keep kids learning, complete with weekly (or sometimes daily!) prizes, grand prize winners, fun activities, and more!

While sometimes picking any book of interest is necessary to keep your child interested in reading and educational subjects, your job as the parent is to guide your child toward choosing educational topics. 

Keep your child reading a range of educational topics, including math, science, history, and fiction. You can easily cover these subjects throughout the week by reading one book daily. Be sure to choose books that interest your child!

It makes things easier on you if you can find a series or author whom your child particularly enjoys. Your librarian can also give invaluable advice on selecting books or helping your child stay motivated with reading.

Remember that your child doesn’t have to physically read every book (unless they need to work on their reading skills!). Many children love to be read to and can listen for much longer than adults realize. Reading age-appropriate educational books or novels to your children while they color or build LEGOs primes the pump for deeper learning.

Enjoy Nature

Let your child soak up nature, get their energy out, and learn educational concepts all at the same time! Parks are wonderful ways for children to enjoy the outdoors, but try to plan times to get away from manmade play structures. Even in cities, there are accessible parks and nature preserves where your child can appreciate the beauty of nature.

Plan to walk a nature trail, take a hike, or visit a creek or river. You can make each visit new and exciting by:

  • Take along a plant, bug, or bird field guide and identify what you see. 
  • Create or print a scavenger hunt list
  • Using packing tape, wrap a strip around your child’s wrist so the sticky part faces out. Have your child stick flowers to their wristband for their very own nature wristband.
  • Bring along a child’s camera so they can take their own photos
  • If your child likes to draw, bring a sketchbook and pencils
  • Collect special rocks, nuts, sticks, and fossils. 

Visit a Museum or Zoo

Many cities have excellent art, history, or science museums. Zoos and aquariums are another excellent choice for a fun, educational outing. You can often get a discounted price when going with a group, so round up a group of friends and have your own field trip!

While at the museum, zoo, or aquarium, have your child make notes of things they find interesting. Then use your library’s app to find books that relate to these subjects and keep the learning going!

Everyday Math… and Beyond!

Out of all the school subjects, math is where children experience the most regression. It’s vital to practice some math skills on a daily or weekly basis, but you can choose easy and fun ways to incorporate math into your summer routine.

Humans use math all day, every day, whether we realize it or not! Math is not just addition and subtraction; it’s shapes, patterns, measurements, dimensions, and much more. The more you can point out math in everyday life, the more motivated your child will be to learn these concepts. 

For young children, books, playing with LEGOs or blocks, and discussing shapes and patterns are sufficient to retain math concepts. But for older children, you can download a math app that makes math fun for summer. Set a time limit on other games, and if they want more tech time, they can play the math app. 

Stick With Your Customized Summer Plan

Remember, you’re the parent and you set the rules! Consider reasonable educational goals for the summer, set up an intriguing reward system, and stick with the plan.

Many parents have children accomplish their educational subjects before allowing access to technology. This is an excellent way for children to stay motivated. Additionally, it can be wise to set a time limit on how many video games or apps children play so they naturally find other things to do.

Write out your plan and print off a daily checklist. Just like everything else in parenting, consistency is key! If you and your child stay accountable to the summer plan–giving rewards and removing privileges as necessary–then your child will be more than ready for their next grade level.

Summer at Crestwood Preschool Academy

At Crestwood Preschool Academy, we have a daily routine that reviews learned educational concepts and introduces new ones! Our teachers love to read books with and to their students to maximize learning. When you enroll your child in Crestwood Preschool Academy over the summer, you can rest assured that your child is getting all their summer education and preparing for the next school year.

Benefits of Encouraging Children

Let’s face it: life is hard for everyone! Countless pressures can at times feel overwhelming to adults and children alike.

While we tend to attribute challenges and difficulties to adulthood, this doesn’t mean children don’t experience their own struggles and challenges on a daily basis. Even in the most idyllic childhood, every child will experience fears, frustrations, and disappointments; these are inescapable. 

When life’s challenges feel overwhelming, one thing can make a world of difference to a discouraged soul:

Encouragement!

What’s So Special About Encouragement?

Humans gravitate towards those who lift us up and know exactly what to say to make us feel better. Adults need these kinds of friends, but so do children! They need to hear encouragement just like adults. Our challenges may look different, but we all have a need for encouragement.

Affirmation, encouragement, or positive feedback truly motivates you to do things well–and to do even better than you were! The same goes for children. Children are deeply motivated to want affirmation from others, and encouraging desirable behavior, skills, and attitudes is the best way to have these habits stick around. 

Encouragement is an excellent way to build perseverance in our children. When a task feels challenging or impossible to accomplish, encouragement helps it feel possible again. This leads to a greater chance for success, boosted self-esteem, and a sense of accomplishment.  

Who Encourages Children?

But who does a child look to for encouragement? While parents and teachers should help children develop the skill of encouragement, it’s rare to find mature encouragement in a peer age group. This means children look up to adults for life-giving words.

We can all agree that whether good or bad, what our parents say to us sticks with us for a lifetime. Parents should choose their words carefully and make them count. Encouraging words are incredibly powerful. 

How Does Encouragement Help Children?

Think of the peace, pleasure, and motivation after an encouraging talk with a friend, therapist, or loved one, and how your challenges seem a little smaller. Your children experience these same emotions!

The National Association for the Education of Young Children lists the areas in which a child’s demeanor changes when they have encouragement. They:

  •  Are usually in a positive mood
  •  Listen and follow directions
  •  Have close relationships with caregivers and peers
  •  Care about friends and show interest in others
  •  Recognize, label, and manage their own emotions
  •  Understand others’ emotions and show empathy
  •  Express wishes and preferences clearly
  •  Gain access to ongoing play and group activities
  •  Are able to play, negotiate, and compromise with others

Encouragement is one of the biggest blessings we can give our children. Not only does it build a positive relationship with them, but they’re able to experience life with greater joy and more gumption. 

Tips on Giving Encouragement

Ready to give your child more encouragement? Here are some tips:

Avoid Flattery

There’s a huge difference between encouragement (Merriam-Webster: “to inspire with courage, spirit, or hope”) and flattery (Merriam-Webster: “to praise excessively”). Encouragement is beneficial, but flattery will simply give your child a big head. 

Choose to inspire your child’s spirit with courage and hope instead of praising them excessively. A strong character and spirit will uphold a child when challenges come, but flattery gives a child little hope. 

Make Your Compliments Count

We’ve all heard the saying that too much of a good thing can be a bad thing. If you give encouragement for everything your child does, encouragement can begin to lose its meaning. While you do want to encourage your child often, you also want to make your encouragement count.

Take some time to reflect on some specific ways in which your child could benefit from encouragement. Perhaps they struggle with math, temper tantrums, picky eating, or countless other areas. Then pay particular attention to these areas and be quick to encourage, even at the slightest of improvements.  

Focus on Character Qualities, Not Results

It’s easy to focus on separate actions or choices your child makes: share your toy, study hard, don’t be mean. But good choices and behavior often flow from quality character. Encouraging your child in their character development will yield lifelong benefits.  

For instance, “You were so thoughtful to share your toy with your sad friend” is better than “Good job sharing.” Or, “I’m so proud of your diligence studying this week” is better than “Good job getting an ‘A’.” The first statements encourage the child to develop quality character, which will benefit them their whole life, not just for sharing toys or getting good grades. 

Encourage Personal Connection

Another way to encourage a child’s character is by revealing how their actions have affected you or someone else. For instance, extend your encouragement from “Thank you for picking up your toys” to “Thank you for picking up your toys; you’ve made our house feel tidy again,” or “You’ve helped me so much by picking up your toys.” 

Helping children make connections between their actions and the effect of those actions will help them make better decisions in the future. They will be more likely to be cheerful, helpful, and considerate.

At Crestwood Preschool Academy, we use the power of encouragement every day! We strive to help children grow to their fullest potential. 

3 Reasons to Enroll Kids in Daycare This Summer

If you’re considering putting your child in daycare, you may wonder when you should enroll them. While Crestwood Preschool Academy takes children as young as six weeks, many pediatricians recommend six months as the youngest age to enroll an infant in daycare. 

Parents of early preschool children (around the age of three to five) who seek to enroll their child in an early educational program consider the beginning of the school year to be the best time for enrollment. However, there are compelling reasons to enroll during the summertime before the school year begins. Let’s examine each below!

Summer Work Solution

Most jobs don’t take a summer vacation, which makes childcare challenging for many parents! Even if you wanted to stay home with your child every day, practically speaking, it’s impossible: you still need to work.

You might be able to juggle a childcare schedule between relatives, friends, educational camps, and VBS events, but it’s a Jenga puzzle that could collapse the moment the adult slated to watch your kid gets sick, has car trouble, or has to work a longer shift. What happens to your child and your job?

The far simpler solution is to enroll your child in Crestwood Preschool Academy. We are open 6:30 AM-5:30 PM, which gives you tremendous flexibility to get all your work (and a few child-free errands) done so you can be fully present with your child when they are home. 

Unlike the constant shuffling of babysitters, Crestwood Preschool Academy is open rain or shine to care for your child.  You can rest easy knowing that you have a reliable childcare solution. 

Our teachers will be consistently familiar faces instead of a shuffling of babysitters. Many parents and children enjoy the relationships they build at Crestwood Preschool Academy so much that they continue with after-school care once school begins!

Prepare For School 

There’s a lot that goes into being academically successful.

For children entering their first year of formal schooling, there are many things adults forget that are challenging to children. Things such as standing in a line, keeping your hands to yourself, raising your hand to ask a question, being quiet while the teacher is talking, and so much more, are skills that are not naturally taught at home. 

Children must have a classroom experience–sometimes learning through trial and error–in order to fully grasp these concepts.

Many first-day jitters are also due to new people and relationships. Children who have never made a friend without a parent’s help may feel intimidated and awkward around peers, and this can cause a lot of anxiety in children. Enrolling your child in daycare during the summer will help them learn essential friendship skills that will benefit them when school starts.  

Children who don’t know these basic skills are at a disadvantage when they begin school. Most of their first few weeks may be predominantly learning new social and scheduling rules instead of academics. 

Instead, children who are enrolled in an early preschool program have confidence walking into their first day of kindergarten. Their educational experience will be enriched because they know how to make friends, listen to their teacher, sit quietly, follow a routine, and much more. 

Keeps Brains Sharp!

Children lose many academic skills throughout the summer because they’re not practicing them. In fact, teachers dedicate a week or more to re-learning academic concepts from the previous year at the beginning of the school year. 

While this refresher period can help your child catch up, adults all remember how the frustration of forgetting academic concepts over the summer and re-learning them in the fall.

If your child is already in school, enrolling them in Crestwood Preschool Academy is still an excellent childcare choice! This is because our modified academic routine keeps kids sharp. They might not be learning new concepts, but they’re practicing ones they’ve already learned so they don’t feel behind and frustrated in the fall. 

These are just a few reasons why enrolling children in Crestwood Preschool Academy during the summer is a wise childcare choice. 

Fun (and Free!) Activities to Do With Your Child This Summer

Summer is right around the corner! Summer is celebrated around the country with fun, leisure, and special activities. With some planning and intentionality, you can make this a summer to remember! 

The Key to a Fun Summer: Planning

At the beginning of summer vacation, you feel like you have all the time in the world. It’s easy to let a few weeks go by–but before you know it, the first day of school is right around the corner. Take advantage of your summer break with just a little planning!

Plan the Big Events First

Put the big items on your calendar first: vacations, day trips, visiting family, or other out-of-town trips. Summer camps can be a week or more out of your summer vacation, so these need to be scheduled in advance. 

Reach out to friends and family for playdates. It takes collaboration to meet up with friends because they have schedules, too! Putting these get-togethers on the calendar early will help you take advantage of every opportunity

Don’t Forget About the Work

Summer is about fun, but work still needs to be done. Write out some household or yard projects, planning for no more than one a week. 

Summer is an excellent time to include your child in these projects! Let them help you paint the fence in the yard, plant or weed the garden, or hang pictures on the wall. Putting these special projects on the calendar will help you feel accomplished at the end of the summer. 

Look Up Local Events

Once you have planned the big items on your calendar, you can fill in the gaps with fun local things to do. 

Social media pages, local news sources or magazines, and neighborhood bulletins can help discover local events, new parks, parades, and so much more! You can also search for “summer events near me” in a search engine.

Don’t Be Exhausted From Your Summer Break!

When planning your summer activities, be sure to schedule regular breaks. Your child shouldn’t be exhausted from their summer break–if they are, they may struggle when school starts. Be sure to schedule a few days off a week for leisure and to recover from busy activities. Take your child’s personality into consideration, too: some children need more rest, while others can handle more activity. 

Ready for some fun and free summer activity ideas? Here are our favorites!

Tap Into the Library

If you haven’t discovered the resources in your neighborhood library, summer is the perfect time! Most libraries have weekly scavenger hunts, baby-kindergarten story times, arts and crafts events, culinary events, LEGO play dates, science experiments, and so much more! 

Many libraries have reading challenges where kids can win prizes. These help children stay motivated, improve their reading skills, and keep their brains sharp during the academic break. 

Most events at libraries are free and require no registration, so they are the perfect activity to add to your calendar. 

Camp In the Backyard

Camping provides many wonderful childhood memories. Luckily, you don’t have to pack up your whole house or forfeit indoor plumbing when you camp in your own backyard! 

Children are just as delighted with pitching a tent, roasting hot dogs and marshmallows over a campfire, and stargazing in their backyard as they are in the middle of the forest. Backyard camping is a low-risk activity because if things don’t go well, you can just go inside! But if your child loves camping, you can try an official campground later. 

Watch an Outdoor Movie

Going to the movies can be expensive and you’re limited to what you can watch. But with just a projector, a big sheet, a speaker, and some blankets and pillows, you can have a memorable outdoor movie experience!

Invite over some friends or keep it small; go all out with a candy and s’mores bar or just pop some popcorn. The details are up to you! Either way, your kids will love watching their favorite movie outside.

Nature Hike and Picnic Lunch

There’s only so much video gaming and television watching that a kid can (or should!) do in the summer. Time to get outdoors and explore nature! Pack a picnic lunch and find a local hiking trail. Many parks in your area have walking paths or easy hiking trails. Even better, pick a park that has a splash pad and pack a swimsuit to cool off after your hike!

To make your nature hike more engaging and educational, bring along a bird or insect identification guide, print out a scavenger hunt page, or bring along a bag or cup to collect interesting nature items and flowers for a bouquet. 

Enjoy the Water

Children of all ages love to play in the water, even if it’s just splashing in a shallow pool. While adults typically think of swimming in a pool as the main summer activity, this isn’t always possible from a time and financial standpoint. But that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on water fun! Here are some easy ways to enjoy water activities:

  • Splash Pads: Many local parks have splash pads in addition to their playground equipment. For extra fun and creativity, bring some plastic cups or bath toys.
  • Water Balloon Fight: There are countless ways to enjoy water balloons on a hot day: games, races, battles, and more! Make it a neighborhood event or keep it small–either way, it’s sure to delight your children!
  • Sprinkler: This old-fashioned backyard water fun never goes out of style! While there are hundreds of colorful blow-up sprinklers, any yard sprinkler would do!   
  • Squirt Guns: Another favorite that never gets old! Similar to a water balloon fight, you can make a squirt gun battle a social event or keep them handy for when boredom strikes. 

Have a Nature Evening

Nature is full of beauty and magic at night, but children are often sleeping by the time it gets dark. But one night, plan a special night to soak up all the beauty and enjoyment of nature, even if it goes past their bedtime:

  • Watch the sunset
  • Catch fireflies
  • Stargaze on a night with a full moon
  • Find the constellations

No matter what your summer plans include, there’s always time to make memories with your children that will last a lifetime!

Crestwood Preschool Academy is proud to offer an outstanding educational and fun curriculum that prepares your child for kindergarten per state academic standards.

Contact Crestwood Preschool Academy today if you’re looking to give your child a head start in school!

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Try These Fun Arts and Crafts With Your Kids!

Try These Fun Arts and Crafts With Your Kids!

When you have limited time with your children, you want to maximize your time with them. One of the best bonding activities you can do with your children is fun arts and crafts! 

Children need lots of quality time with their parents. You’ll find that when you work together with your child on the same project, they will open up, ask questions, and tell what’s on their mind. 

Arts and crafts are also a great way to practice fine motor skills. Coloring, cutting, and gluing are all builders of fine motor skills.

Plus, when the project is done, your child has something to feel proud of, play with later, and remember the quality time they spent with you.

These arts and crafts activities use materials that are likely already around your house, but a trip to the dollar or craft store is also a fun bonding experience. Here are some easy and fun arts and crafts activities. 

Paper Squishies

Kids love stuffed animals, and you can create a personalized squishable friend with just paper, markers, and tape! Simply draw or print the front of an animal on one paper and the back of the animal on another paper. Color these however you choose, and then cut them out. Cover with tape, tape both sides together, stuff with a plastic bag, and tape the bottom closed. You have a cute, personalized, squishy toy!

Materials:

  • 2x colored paper sheets
  • White paper
  • Black marker
  • Transparent tape
  • Glue stick
  • Scissors
  • Small plastic bag

Follow the assembly instructions here

Pom Pom Shooter

This fun toy is simple to create but provides hours of entertainment for young ones. Just tape a deflated balloon to the inside of a toilet paper roll and use the balloon as a slingshot to fire colorful pom poms. 

Materials:

  • Paper Cups or toilet paper rolls
  • Balloons, 12” 
  • Pom Poms, Assorted (for firing)
  • Duct Tape (or heavy-duty tape)
  • Construction/Scrapbook Paper
  • Scissors
  • Ruler
  • Craft Knife/scissors

Find the instructions for this craft here.

Use your imagination to create unlimited games with these pom pom shooters! Try to get the pom poms in cups, shoot various targets, or play Nerf-like games with them. 

Different colored pom poms create a unique opportunity to practice color identification, patterns (alternate two or three colors), and color sorting (getting only one color into a specific cup)

Paper Chain Octopus

Children love to cut and glue just about anything, so this is the perfect project for little artists! 

Cut a cardstock or construction paper circle (or, for more fun, paint a paper plate!) to make the octopus’s head. Color eyes, and a smile, and decorate the octopus head however you’d like. Then, cut out strips of cardstock or construction paper and use glue to create four paper chains for octopus tentacles. Find the full instructions and template here!

Materials:

  • Colored cardstock or construction paper
  • Scissors
  • Glue
  • Markers

Coffee Filter Butterflies

The best crafts are made with supplies lying around the house. Coffee filter butterflies let you utilize everyday items and transform them into beautiful, cherished artwork!

Simply color a design on the coffee filters with washable markers. Then drip water onto the coffee filters with water (be sure not to oversaturate the filters or you will lose the design). Wait for the coffee filters to dry, then pinch them in the middle and secure in place by twisting a pipe cleaner around the center. Find the full instructions here!

Materials

  • Pipe cleaners
  • Coffee filters
  • Washable markers
  • Paintbrush
  • Water

“Stained Glass” Suncatchers

Hanging artwork in the window feels extra special to young children, so these “stained glass” suncatchers are the perfect bonding craft to do with your child!

Cut out a shape from clear plastic, such as from an empty plastic food or fruit container or a lamination page. Using black glue, draw a stained glass design on the plastic. Wait until the glue is dry, and then color with colored Sharpies. Hang in the window with double-sided tape. You can find the instructions here.

Materials:

  • black glue (white Elmer’s glue + black acrylic paint)
  • clear plastic (from an empty plastic container, a plastic folder or an empty laminated pouch)
  • sharpies (the more colors the better!)
  • Double-sided tape

Creating keepsake crafts shouldn’t break the bank, and the focus should be on building a relationship with your child. These simple crafts will help boost your child’s confidence, practice their fine motor skills, and grow your relationship.

Crestwood Preschool Academy is proud to offer an outstanding educational and fun curriculum that prepares your child for kindergarten per state academic standards.

Contact Crestwood Preschool Academy today if you’re looking to give your child a head start in school!

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Tips For Helping Your Child Nap Every Day Without Tantrums

Tips For Helping Your Child Nap Every Day Without Tantrums

If there’s one thing every parent can relate to, it’s getting your child to nap. Even if you consider your child a great sleeper, at some point, they will struggle to nap. When a child misses their nap, it can make them overtired, which only perpetuates the sleeping problem. 

So how can you make it easier for your child to nap every day? Keep reading for age-specific tips!

Do Children Need Naps?

Babies and young children are learning about their bodies and the world around them every moment of every day. The way humans process and remember new information is during sleep. Because young children are constantly experiencing and learning new things, they need extra sleep to integrate and remember them. 

Plus, the brains and bodies of young children literally grow during sleep! So if you want your kid to be strong and smart, adequate sleep is vital.

How Much Should My Child Sleep?

Babies, toddlers, and young children all benefit from naps throughout the day. How many naps or how long they nap for depends on their age. 

  • Newborns (0 to 3 months) need 14 to 17 hours of sleep per day. They take about four to six naps a day for about 30 minutes to two hours at a time.
  • Babies (4 to 12 months) need 12 to 16 hours of sleep per day. Babies sleep for longer stretches at night. At 6 months, babies usually drop to two naps: one in the morning and one in the afternoon.
  • Toddlers (1 to 2 years) need 11 to 14 hours of sleep per day. Before the 18-month-mark, toddlers still take two naps. However, around 18 months they transition to one longer, afternoon nap.
  • Preschoolers: (3 to 5 years) need 10 to 13 hours hours of sleep per day. Some children stop napping between 3 and 4 years old, but others will still nap regularly until age 5.
  • School-aged children (6 to 12 years) need 9 to 12 hours of sleep per day. By the age of 6, children no longer need to take a nap, getting all their sleep at night.

Tricks for Helping Your Child Sleep

While every child is different, some general principles will help every child nap, no matter their age.

Avoid Overtiredness

While you might think that an exhausted child will sleep longer, this is simply not true. Exhausted, overtired children are in overdrive and will use this cranky energy to fight sleep. If your child isn’t getting the recommended hours of sleep (listed in the section above), then it’s likely that they’re fighting sleep because they’re overtired.

You can overcome overtiredness by setting firm boundaries on bedtime and nap time. It takes consistency, but setting a firm bedtime and nap time every day will help your child regain their lost sleep and settle into an ideal routine.

Time It Right

Children have natural wake and sleep windows, and taking advantage of when they’re naturally sleepy will make it much easier to get them to nap. Take note of when your child starts slowing down: choosing quieter toys, reading books, zoning out, or becoming easily irritable. 

Babies and toddlers who take morning and afternoon naps will generally need a nap about two hours after waking up. Children this age should take a 1.5-2-hour nap in the morning and afternoon. 

Toddlers and young children who only take an afternoon nap generally do best with their nap about a half hour to an hour after their midday meal. This is because the short-term energy from their food has worn off. Children this age can take a nap from 1-3 hours, depending on how many hours they sleep at night. 

Be Consistent

It’s tempting to not require your child to nap every day, but there are a few problems with inconsistency. 

First, your child will slowly build up a sleep deficit that will result in them being overtired. As seen above, overtiredness comes with its own set of challenges. Secondly, children thrive on consistency. If they never know when they need to take a nap, it’s easy for them to resist in various ways. 

An added benefit of consistency is the parents and caregivers have predictable times throughout the day to rest or accomplish tasks.

Use Sleepytime Tech

There are plenty of excellent assistive tech devices that can help your child sleep. For instance, a simple noise machine that plays soothing sounds like the ocean, rain, or other white noise can help lull your child to sleep. Another smart device is to invest in a clock (like this one) that glows when nap time is over. 

As children get older and transition away from sleeping every day, they may benefit from listening to a story in their bed. If they fall asleep, then they are tired enough, and if not, they at least get some rest.

Getting your child to nap can be a challenge! But the most important thing is to be consistent with a daily routine to avoid sleep deficits and tantrums. 

Crestwood Preschool Academy is proud to offer an outstanding educational and fun curriculum that prepares your child for kindergarten per state academic standards.

Contact Crestwood Preschool Academy today if you’re looking to give your child a head start in school!

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