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Premier Academy Blog

Welcome to Premier Academy Blog Postings.  Find great articles of interest for all of your Childcare & Daycare needs.


 

Teaching Your Child Healthy Eating Habits

It’s never too early to teach your children healthy eating habits! Premier Academy Omaha & Elkhorn is here to help. As we know, children often times shy away from the raw veggie tray and the fruit salad bowl, preferring a grab-and-go bag of chips or high-sugar cereal instead. But healthy eating isn't all about broccoli and peas. It's about habits and routines.

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Fostering Social and Emotional Development in Preschoolers

Social-emotional development affects every aspect of a child’s life, including personal relationships, academic growth, and self-esteem. When children feel good about themselves and have the skills to interact successfully with others, their capacity to achieve skyrockets.
Social-emotional development often occurs organically, as parents and teachers at Preschool Omaha Nebraska and Pre-K Omaha Nebraska model positive relationships. But social skills can also be taught, just like any other skill. During the preschool years, children can learn the basics of emotional literacy, social interactions, and problem-solving. In this article, we offer tips for you on fostering social-emotional development for your preschooler at home.

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Family Fitness Ideas

If we didn't know it before, we know it now - being physically active and focusing on fitness is an important life priority beginning in early childhood to build healthy habits. At Premier Academy we provide quality childcare Omaha Nebraska, and we believe that not only does regular exercise and physical activity increase physical and cardiovascular health, it can improve sleep, reduce stress, increase attention and learning, and minimize illness. Because the habits and preferences children develop early in life will shape their choices and behaviors for years to come, it is critical to establish good physical activity habits now.

But knowing the importance of exercise & healthy habits and doing something about it are two different things. The average family has more commitments than time to meet them, from homework to basketball practice to piano lessons. It often seems impossible to fit one more thing into the schedule, no matter how good it is for you. Premier Omaha Nebraska and Premier Elkhorn Nebraska is here to help by making excersice and promoting a healthy lifestyle a part of our curriculum! 

One way to fit fitness into the schedule is to turn it into a family activity. Not only is daily physical activity a healthy goal for everyone in the family, it provides us with an opportunity to spend time together and offers an excellent model for young children as they see the adults in their family having fun with fitness right alongside them.

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Outdoor Games For Kids Of All Ages

You've probably heard about the benefits of nature and outdoor play for children. According to the National Wildlife Federation, outdoor play boosts fitness and decreases the risk of childhood obesity; increases focus and academic achievement; and reduces stress and increases feelings of well-being.
As a provider of quality childcare Omaha Nebraska, we understand and agree with all these findings. While less tangible and quantifiable, the "fun" value of being outdoors can also be beneficial to children, particularly when they can share that fun with a beloved adult.
Conservationist Rachel Carson wrote, "If a child is to keep alive his inborn sense of wonder, he needs the companionship of at least one adult who can share it, rediscovering with him the joy, excitement, and mystery of the world we live in." We think she's onto something there. Below are a few simple outdoor activities for kids that we at Premier Academy Elkhorn Nebraska and Premier Academy Omaha Nebraska think can help nurture a love of the natural world within your child.

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