Gardening can be a daunting task to some, but it doesn’t have to be intimidating. It also doesn’t require a perfectly flat, large, sunny backyard. For example, you can plant in a small raised bed or existing landscaping. If you don’t have a lot of outdoor space, a few containers of soil in a sunny spot can be an easy way to grow herbs or sweet cherry tomatoes. We all know eating vegetables is good for you. In addition to the health benefit to your child’s body, planting a garden can also positively affect your child’s mind and soul.
Learning how to manage feelings is an integral part of children’s social and emotional development and overall well-being. Helping them understand that having different feelings is normal and naming the feelings they experience can help alleviate the anxiety from not knowing how to manage their own emotions. Here are a two fundamental ways parents and caregivers can help children deal with confusing emotions:
If you're like many households, you're working hard to prevent the flu from infecting your family. At Heaven's Elect, we do our best to keep our environment clean, so your little ones remain healthy. The following are insights from a nurse to help better understand what to do if our loved ones catch the flu.
At Heaven’s Elect, we take your children’s and our staff’s safety very seriously. From the start to the end of each day, we adhere to strict operating procedures to assure everyone in our building is familiar with the rules, and most importantly, your children are safe. Here are a few important reminders about our safety rules and standards:
With temperatures near and below zero, it's safe to say that winter is officially here. While it's nice to enjoy indoor activities, you don't have to hibernate the entire day. Here are some outdoor ideas to try during the winter, whether you are entertaining a group or just yourself and your children.
All of us at Heaven’s Elect want your Christmas season to be a joyous one. We are sharing these tips from the American Academy of Pediatrics to help you have a happy and safe holiday season. This group offers some thoughts when it comes to picking out a Christmas tree, decorating and managing holiday greeting visits.
A restful night’s sleep impacts mental and physical development in all of us. For children, sleep is especially important because of how quickly their bodies are growing and how rapidly their brain is developing in order to learn new skills. When children receive the proper amount of sleep, the risk of developing learning problems are lower and better overall wellness is improved.
Daycare not only introduces your child to school, but also nurtures their minds. Daycare activities are designed to introduce children, often for the first time, to analytical thinking, spatial reasoning, creative thinking, and many other essential skills. Many children’s activities are intended to make children think, even if they don’t realize it. With these activities, children have fun and learn at the same time. Children enjoy these activities at daycare, but they can also be used during play dates or for an afternoon activity with the family.
With school back in full swing, many young children are entering daycare for the first time. While this can be a stressful experience (see our blogs on making daycare easier for parents and for children), having all the right supplies will give you peace of mind. While Heaven's Elect takes great care to keep a host of supplies for every eventuality, no one knows your child and their needs like you do!
When a child feels comfortable being themselves, they are happier, they learn better, and they are more likely to succeed. If a child feels like they have to change themselves to “fit in” it can quickly result in anger and alienation. Every child has unique gifts that they bring to the world and helping your child to be themselves while still “fitting in” will give them confidence and strength. Heaven’s Elect makes every effort to help children let their unique gifts shine.
Regardless of your child’s age when they enter daycare, baby steps are key to an easy transition. Babies and toddlers thrive on routines, and a disruption to their regular schedule will cause stress. However, parents can minimize this stress—for themselves and their children—by introducing daycare slowly and making the right preparations. When children are familiar with some aspects of daycare, the unfamiliar aspects will seem less frightening.
For many children, daycare is the first opportunity to play with other children their own age and practice essential social skills. Children who develop these skills early on have a better chance of forging strong connections with peers in school, which is a key part of their overall happiness and success. Teachers and parents can help children develop these skills at a young age, and daycare is the perfect place to start.
The concept of sharing and the virtues of generosity are not innate gifts. In fact, sharing goes against humans’ survival instincts and instead relies on social cues. Therefore, sharing is a learned behavior, and children learn to share—or not to share—early on. Sharing is also an essential social skill, allowing children to fit in with their peers. Everyone in a child’s life, from parents to siblings to daycare teachers, can teach children this valuable skill and it is never too early to start.
Heaven’s Elect Christian Learning Center and Daycare is a Non-denominational Christian childcare center fully licensed by the state of Michigan. Our Midland daycare center has been serving the community since 2000. The daycare center is open for your convenience: Monday – Friday, 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. We are closed in observance of the following holidays: New Year's Day, Memorial Day, Independence Day, Labor Day, Thanksgiving, and Christmas. When at all possible, we are open during Midland Public School snow days.