A Place to Grow Learning Blog

  • A Place to Grow Celebrates the Season

    Posted by on December 11, 2015

    Everywhere you look there are tell-tale signs of the holidays. Consumerism runs rampant through the malls, but A Place to Grow encourages more creative, less commercial methods to celebrate the season – through imaginative learning and inventive play. Our teachers engage young children with inclusive activities. Our “Caring, Sharing, and Giving” traditions offer special programs that appeal to children and their families. Caring, Sharing, and Giving Sharing – Children often want to bring in something that’s special to them that represents the holidays, family traditions, or […]

  • When Conflicts Arise at Day Care: The Importance of Clear Expectations and Rules in the Classroom

    Posted by on October 27, 2015

    Conflict is a natural part of life, including life at day care. A Place to Grow takes a unique two-pronged approach for addressing conflict in the classroom. We have developed proactive strategies that prevent conflicts from occurring, as well as on-the-spot interventions that teachers use when conflicts arise. To prevent conflicts from developing, every classroom has a daily schedule that is predictable, yet flexible. Children ages four and up participate in establishing the rules and expectations of the classroom. In this way, the children feel a […]

  • Helping Your Child Adjust to the First Days at Day Care

    Posted by on September 25, 2015

    Once you have found the right childcare center for your family, the next step is helping your child transition into the first days in their new environment. Every child is unique, so it’s no surprise that each child responds differently to the first few days at school. In our experience, however, there are a few guidelines that help make the transition smoother. By following these four tips, starting at a new childcare center is more likely to be filled with smiles than with tears. Set the […]

  • Learning at Home: 5 Activities and Experiences that Complement School

    Posted by on August 26, 2015

    Whether children attend a childcare center during the work day or go to kindergarten or elementary school, it’s important to remember that learning happens all the time – not just in the classroom. At A Place to Grow, we believe that parents are young children’s most important teachers. Sometimes parents ask us what sorts of activities and experiences they can provide at home to promote learning and complement what happens in our classrooms. Here are five suggestions: 1. Read and write with your child. Reading together […]

  • Toddlerhood – How Child Care Centers Can Help Toddlers Learn at Their Own Pace

    Posted by on July 23, 2015

    Toddlerhood is a stage in which children’s curiosity is high. At this age, children are constantly testing their environment and they need a creative and stimulating setting to learn. Toddlers’ struggle for independence can be easily frustrated by a poorly designed classroom. As you explore child care centers for your toddler, keep an eye out for the following characteristics that will promote joyful learning: Are there opportunities for toddlers to learn in a variety of different ways? Toddlers learn through trial and error, as well as […]