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Pre-Writing

Posted by Kids Express Team on July 2, 2014 at 2:10 PM Comments comments (1)


In the Early Childhood field, the term “Pre-Writing” is one that is largely discussed. Everyone knows that writing is a very important aspect of communication that every child must master to be successful in life. Writing is a skill that most people use every day, whether it be writing a birthday card to a friend, or filling out a form for school. Even in a world full of technology, the written word is still everywhere. But how do you teach a young child to write, you ...

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Manipulative Play

Posted by Kids Express Team on April 23, 2014 at 11:45 AM Comments comments (0)

While I was flipping through the Kids Express Parent Handbook one term that kept popping up was “Manipulative Play.” The first time I saw it I read it and forgot it, but then I saw it again and I had to ask Kelly, our Assistant Director, what the term meant. She had a difficult time explaining it without using the “Teacher Speak” that was ingrained in her throughout the years while she earned her degrees in education. And so, I thought this was a perfect topic to expla...

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Sensory Play - What is it, and why is it so important?

Posted by Kids Express Team on April 16, 2014 at 2:15 PM Comments comments (0)

Helping our children to engage in sensory exploration is something most parents do all the time, often without even realizing it! Say, for example, it is bath time and your child is splashing the water with their hands or feet – this is a sensory activity using water! Or maybe your child has a blankie that they like to rub between their fingers or on their face. This is a sensory activity that your child might be using to self-soothe, or maybe they just like the way it feels!


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Play Plans

Posted by Kids Express Team on April 15, 2014 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

We use Play Plans here at Kids Express in our classrooms where the children are ready for them. Since this was a new concept to me, one that was really unique, I’d like to take the time to explain them just a bit.


A play plan is a drawn and written description of what the child expects to do during a specific play time (usually center time), including imaginary situations, roles they want to be and even the props (toys) they might use. 

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What is Play-Based Learning?

Posted by Kids Express Team on April 14, 2014 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Because I don’t have any schooling in the education field, which helps me identify terms and ideas that might be foreign to the parents and guardians of our students. One of these terms is “play-based learning.”


We use the term “play-based learning” a lot when explaining how our preschool programs allow your children to have fun and learn at the same time. It may be something you hear a lot if you tour preschool centers and it may be so...

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Our Policies: Let me explain...

Posted by Kids Express Team on April 10, 2014 at 10:40 AM Comments comments (0)

The Kids Express Parent Handbook is the one source of information that is sent home at the start of your child’s enrollment here. It covers everything that you could possibly wonder about our programs and staff and well, a whole bunch more. There are a few things in there that I believe could use further discussion. These include: our food, sick, pick up, and behavioral management policies.


Food

Listed in handbook as: “...

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All Aboard the Kids Express Blog!

Posted by Kids Express Team on April 4, 2014 at 1:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Welcome Aboard the Kids Express Blog! For those of you that don’t already know, Kids Express is an early childhood school located in Watervliet, NY just minutes away from Latham, Troy, Cohoes, and Albany. Our programs include toddler, preschool, kindergarten, K-Wrap, before care, after care, and school aged after care, and are suitable for children 18 months to 10 years of age.

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