Starting a Back to School Routine
As strange as it may seem, summer break is already nearing its end. Parents across the country are preparing to send kids back to either an actual school or online learning, and that means developing new back-to-school routines that work best for everybody. Any parent knows that trying to meet challenges as they arise is a recipe for disaster. Planning is an important part of raising children, and going back to school any year, but especially this year, is no exception. To make sure you cover all your bases, these […]
Preparing for a New, Different School Year
As the nation continues to deal with COVID-19 and its variety of effects, your children will be returning to school this fall in a new way. What this means is still up in the air for many areas; it could mean more online learning, or it could mean a return to the classroom with procedures in place aimed at keeping kids safe. We’re here for you. We’ve recently written blogs to teach you how to talk to kids about COVID-19, how to avoid summer sickness, and how to social distance […]
Avoiding Summer Sickness With Your Children
After months of social distancing and quarantine time at home, it’s understandable that, with summer now upon us, you’d like to get out of the house in some capacity, whether that’s a trip to the park for a picnic or a few days at a state park. However, the coronavirus COVID-19 is not gone, and it’s up to you to figure out what activities you’re comfortable with, as well as how to keep your family as safe as possible when leaving the house for long periods of time. In this […]
Outdoor Gardening Ideas with Your Kids
Spending time outside with your children is a big priority, and with screens taking over their attention spans, it’s become even more difficult to get kids outside. Owning a playhouse or trampoline used to provide hours of fun, but with technology waiting inside, it’s hard to get kids playing, and playing is important to childhood development. Not only that, but spending quality time with your kids can be challenging. You love your kids, of course, but relating to a six-year-old is not as easy as it might seem. Gardening […]
Healthy Habits for Families with Children While Social Distancing
While the most obvious and important priority in your life right now is keeping yourself and your family safe, social distancing has a few smaller, less apparent dangers, including bad habits becoming much easier to fall into. The same goes for your children. With everyone home all the time, it can get exhausting trying to make sure everyone is spending their free time well, eating nutritious meals, and getting their work and school done. To help, we’ve come up with some of the best ways to build healthy habits during […]
How to Talk to Your Kids About Coronavirus
The coronavirus COVID-19 continues to sweep the globe and even as the curve begins to flatten, the virus is not gone. More than that, the noise around and about this virus continues to get louder, often becoming not only frightening but difficult to discern in its accuracy. It’s already challenging enough for adults to figure out how to act and feel, let alone a child. Speaking to your children about the coronavirus can sound like a tall order – and it is! – but it’s also crucial. Children are extremely […]
How to Care for the Emotional Needs of Children During Coronavirus
The highest priority for everyone during this difficult time is keeping their family as safe as possible by following the CDC guidelines, wearing protective gear, and washing their hands and surfaces. However, beyond your family’s physical health, it’s also vital to do everything you can to protect your mental health as well. For children, this can be even more challenging, as children are less predictable. They don’t know their own feelings like adults do, and it’s much harder for someone young to handle the uncertainty and fear that comes with […]
Your Child’s Health & Safety is Our Top Priority
ABC’s & 123’s Learning Centers has always made the safety and wellbeing of our children our top priority. As we navigate through this unprecedented COVID-19 pandemic together, we want to assure you that we are working harder than ever to provide a safe environment for your family. Enhanced Disinfectant Procedures Our strict cleaning and disinfecting procedures have always adhered to CDC guidelines, however, with the onset of this outbreak, we have taken further steps in our hand washing and disinfecting procedures. All staff members wear face masks. Teachers conduct […]
The Importance of Your Child Meeting Diverse Friends
Recently, diversity has become something of a buzzword; it’s used so frequently though that it has lost a lot of meaning. Some groups use diversity in shallow ways, as if it’s only somewhat important, when the truth is diversity, at its fullest, is incredibly meaningful, leading to better connection, growth, and lives for everyone. One of the best ways to make sure your child understands the importance of genuinely practiced diversity is by encouraging them to make friends with children different than them. In this month’s post, we’ll explain the […]
More Than Toys: Educational Presents for Your Children
The Holiday season is here, that time of year where you decide which toys your children might find most engaging or entertaining. Yet as you try to find the perfect toy, don’t forget that entertainment and education can often go hand in hand! We’ve compiled a list of a few toys to consider, by age group, that could be great choices for educational presents for your children. Depending on your child’s age, there are different levels of educational toys that can teach them new skills while stimulating their imagination. Early […]
Teaching Your Toddler the Importance of Gratitude
It’s difficult for a child – especially a toddler – to understand what gratitude is, and why they should feel it in the first place. With a lack of perspective as to just how massive the world is, along with just how much their parents give them, it’s up to those same parents to teach them to be grateful, and starting at a young age goes a long way. Today on our blog, with Thanksgiving coming up, we’ll dive into why teaching your toddler to show appreciation and return kindness […]
NOW OPEN: Our Newest Learning Center Location in Noblesville, IN
ABC’s & 123’s Learning Centers is opening a new location in Noblesville, IN at 2291 Greenfield Avenue. Learn how this new location will help us create more innovative, engaging learning opportunities for young learners with high-quality, collaborative technology.
Screen Time for Young Kids: What Does the Research Say?
For most iGen kids, screen time is the coin of the realm— and don’t their parents know it! Screen time is used to incentivize (“If you use the potty, you can watch a cartoon!”) as well as to punish (“Keep up that behavior and you’ll lose screen time for a week!”). And while most parents have used it to gain a few minutes of peace at one time or another to complete a task or regroup after a long day at work, they know that they should put limits on […]
Winter and Holiday Activities for Kids in Indianapolis
Winter is finally here and the kids still have just as much energy as you would expect. Thankfully, Indianapolis offers plenty of fun activities fit for kids of all interests during the cold winter months. There’s more than enough fun to be had, especially when you know where to go! We list seven spots to keep in mind, but that doesn’t mean you should stop expanding your options as you explore. That said, here are a few ideas to help you get started: Rhythm! Discovery Center 110 […]
5 Fun Winter Activities for Kids in Avon, Indiana
It’s getting chilly and the kids are restless! Time to bundle up, plan a few fun activities, and get all the energy out. In this series, we’re going to highlight some of the best places to go in each of our location cities. Today, we start with Avon, Indiana. Enjoy these outdoor and indoor spots that are perfect for young children and families! 1. Washington Township Park 435 Whipple Lane, Avon, IN 46123 Parents and grandparents love taking the little ones to the beautiful Washington Township Park in Avon, Indiana. From […]
What is the Difference Between Daycare and a Learning Center?
Research shows that the first five years of your child’s life are critical in their development. These years set the stage for future success! The foundations of sensory-motor, physical, social, emotional and cognitive development are formed during these years. More than one million new neural connections are formed every second in the first few years of life. Your child’s development at every age prepares them for learning as they get older. Even in infancy, as young as seven months old, children learn social skills and language formation. They form gross motor skills and social […]
10 Podcasts You and Your Child Will Love
If you’re like the majority of Americans, you listen to podcasts. In fact, a whopping 48 million Americans listen to podcasts on a weekly basis. But you might think that enjoying a podcast is an activity for grownups only. While that might have been the case in the early days of podcasting, now there are tons of options for family-friendly listening. No matter your child’s age, attention span, or interests, you’re sure to find something that will engage them— and you! Here are 10 podcasts you and your child will […]
Kindergarten Checklist for Parents
As children go back to school this fall, maybe you’re starting to think about getting your little one ready for Kindergarten next year! Now is a good time to start thinking about it and preparing your child for his or her first year of school. Kindergarten is a major turning point for kids. A smooth transition will help your child deal with transitions, develop positive self-esteem, learn independence, and tackle obstacles. You can do so much to help your child succeed in these moments. At ABC’s and 123’s Learning Centers, […]
5 Simple Toys & Games That Help Your Baby Learn
While your baby might never tire of peekaboo or rolling a ball on the floor, you might begin to wonder if there’s something else you could do that would not only entertain your baby, but also help her learn. Good news! There are a variety of toys and games available that can develop your baby’s brain and give you more options when it’s time for play. #1: Make Music Even very young babies are entranced by sound. What better way to engage your baby than with an age-appropriate set of […]
Why Do Kids Lie?
You’ve probably seen videos on social media of angelic-looking children covered in chocolate ardently denying that they had ANYTHING to do with the missing cupcakes. (Or perhaps you’ve witnessed this in action at your own home!) These sweet-faced kids look up at their accuser, eyes wide, and insist that they are innocent, even when the evidence is all over them. Even very young children are capable of telling untruths. But why do they do it? Read on to learn more about why children lie and what you can do to […]
The Goals of Early Childhood Education
It’s easy to focus on the future when thinking about your child’s education, but don’t forget about the present. The education they get in their early years is just as important and lays the groundwork for later education. Read on for key goals that are part of a quality preschool or early childhood education program.
Your Childcare Safety Checklist
When you leave your children with a childcare provider, you want to be sure that they’re in good hands. Security and safety is one of the top priorities for most parents who walk through our doors. We want you to have the peace of mind that comes with knowing they’ll be safe, so we put together a checklist of all the things you should expect to find at a high-quality, educational daycare and preschool.
Morning Routine Tips for Kids With Separation Anxiety
Parents of kids with separation anxiety know just how difficult school drop off can be in the mornings. Kids may cry, plead, scream, or cling to their parents during this time, even though most of them are fine as soon as their parents leave their sight. The fear and anxiety some kids feel about this can be overwhelming to parents, who might feel doubt and uncertainty. Are we doing the right thing? Is she ready? How can I help him be more confident and less afraid? As childcare providers, we […]
How to Encourage Creative Thinking in Preschoolers
“Our task, regarding creativity, is to help children climb their own mountains, as high as possible. No one can do more.” -Loris Malaguzzi While standardized tests are increasingly focused on the mechanics of reading, writing, and numeracy, parents and teachers everywhere also recognize the critical capacity of creativity. Far from being limited to the realm of artistic expression (as important as that is), creativity in children and adults manifests itself as: Flexibility and willingness to adapt to new circumstances. Problem-solving when formulas fail to produce the desired results. Making […]
The First Five Years: Creating a Safe Space for Early Childhood Learning
As parents and guardians, we all want to give our children the best opportunities to grow up strong, in both body and mind. While it is important to create safe and structured places for children of all ages to learn and play, this kind of environment is of paramount importance during the first five years of life. The reason for this focus can be summed up in one word, “plasticity.” Scientists and developmental psychologists use this term to describe the ability of a young child’s brain to change and create […]
Indianapolis Teacher Spotlight: Anterrica Hoskins – 3s Teacher
Why did you choose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “Because I like the owner and how she does things. I like my Director and my kids.” What is your favorite thing about working for us? “Coming in everyday being able to teach my kids and seeing that I am making a difference.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “Art and Math.” What are your hobbies? “Spending time with my own children.” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? […]
AVON Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Arika
Why did you choose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center because I enjoy working with children and the atmosphere it brings.” What is your favorite thing about working for us? “As a float, I love to be able to interact and build relationships with other children in all the classrooms.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “My favorite activities to do with the kids are music and visual arts.” What are your hobbies? “In my free time, I enjoy being […]
Noblesville Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Izzy
Why did you choose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? I have worked at two childcare centers and wanted to continue working with children. I have heard nothing but wonderful things about ABC’s and the opportunities this center has to offer. I couldn’t pass up. What is your favorite thing about working for us? I love getting to see the children every day. What is your favorite activity to do with the children? My favorite activity to do with the children is painting and reading. What are your hobbies? My favorite […]
Early Childhood Education in Indiana and Funding Options for Childcare
Nowadays, it can be difficult to find a safe, quality childcare or preschool that is also affordable. ABC’s & 123’s Learning Centers in Indianapolis, Noblesville, and Avon locations understand your top concerns as a parent as well as your busy schedule. That’s why we provide safe, nurturing, and educational programs for Indiana children, infants through school aged. High-quality, licensed preschool programs are not only a great choice for families who value safety and developmental childcare, but those programs often qualify for alternative funding options. Here are some childcare funding options […]
Noblesville Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Ray
Why did you choose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? I chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center because of their values of integrity, individuality, exploration, responsibility, & excellence which are some of the values I look for in a company. What is your favorite activity to do with the children? My favorite activities to do with the children are reading stories at circle time, helping them at centers, and playing with them in dramatic play. What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? I […]
AVON Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Kayla
Why did you choose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center for a new adventure. I saw the growth opportunity, and ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center is the right fit for me.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “Science is my favorite. You can cover every learning topic with a great science experiment.” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “I just graduated from Indiana Wesleyan University with my Associates degree in Early […]
Indianapolis Teacher Spotlight: Jalisa Holmes (Floater)
Why did you choose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “Because I enjoy working with children and it’s a great environment” What is your favorite thing about working for us? “I like being able to interact with all the children, not just being in one class” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “Teaching them new things and seeing them excited about it” What are your hobbies? “Spending time with my family” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “I […]
Indianapolis Teacher Spotlight: Andra Winslow (PreK Teacher)
Why did you choose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I was working toward my education and this was a great opportunity to get the experience I needed.” What is your favorite thing about working for us? “I really like working with the kids and the staff is really fun to work with.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “I like to do Science activities” What are your hobbies? “I like to cook and read.” What education and goals do you have in regards to your education? […]
Noblesville Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Julie
Why did you choose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? I chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center because of the friendly environment. I immediately felt welcomed when I walked into the building and loved all of the staff and child interactions I had. What is your favorite thing about working for us? My favorite thing about working for ABC’s and 123’s is the constant support I have received from everyone in the company and the positive atmosphere with the staff and families. The management team and staff have helped me grow […]
AVON Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Shelbi
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I love working with children” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “I love painting!” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “I am a college graduate currently enrolled to get my CDA. I plan to get my CDA and continue to learn everyday from all the children in this center.” What is your favorite thing about ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I love how we have multiple classrooms so […]
Holiday Activities for Indianapolis Families
It’s hard to believe, but the holiday season is quickly approaching. We are fortunate enough to have several family friendly activities that you can easily include your children and out of town guests in for those holiday gatherings. Be sure to check out these fun and local activities around Indianapolis and the surrounding area. Become a Wild Turkey Wrangler at Sodalis Nature Park on November 18th from 11:00-12:00. You will have the chance to walk around the park while learning about and looking for wild turkeys! Include everyone in the […]
AVON Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Jordan F.
Why did you choose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “With ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center, I had more chance to grow with the company and better my career.” What is your favorite thing about working for us? “I love the chances to grow with the company!” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “Art time! I also like science and sensory!” What are your hobbies? “I like to spend time with my children!” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your […]
Noblesville Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Andrea
Why did you choose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? I chose ABC’s because the people here are very friendly and supportive. I feel very welcomed here! What is your favorite thing about working for us? My favorite thing about working for ABC’s is that everyone is supportive of each other and always willing to help each other out no matter what! What is your favorite activity to do with the children? My favorite activity to do with the children is reading. I love to watch their excitement and curiosity. I […]
Indianapolis Teacher Spotlight: Kimberly Chandler (2’s Teacher)
Why did you choose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “Passion. I saw that there was passion for teaching children in the building, and I wanted to be a part of team.” What is your favorite thing about working for us? “My team. Their growth from where we were to where we are now is awesome. We continue to get better.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “I love doing science with them.” What are your hobbies? “Spending time with my family.” What education do you have […]
Ten Routines that Can Help Your Preschooler Before and After School
We’ve all had those mornings and evenings – the ones where it seems nothing can go right and just about anything that can go wrong will. Unfortunately, everyone is going to have those days from time to time. However, there are some things you can do to help maintain better control of your mornings and evenings to help ensure you have less of those crazy days. Setting routines in place for your family can make a huge difference in the way your mornings and evenings pan out. Children typically thrive […]
Indianapolis Teacher Spotlight: Meet Kara Sharp
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “ABCs & 123s has always been a very respectable company. They honor and value family and are great with the children.” What is your favorite thing about working for us? “I truly love that ABCs embraces and respects various cultures and backgrounds. I believe it is extremely important that everyone be treated equally.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “My absolute favorite activity to do with the children is teaching Spanish. They are at the perfect age […]
Noblesville Teacher Spotlight: Miss Keri
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “When I toured ABC’s & 123’s for my son, I noticed how nice the facility and the playgrounds looked. The rooms were great and I loved how friendly, welcoming, and professional the staff and atmosphere was. I knew this was somewhere I would also enjoy working.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “I love to do art. It is so fun to see what children create from material and ideas we give them. Sometimes they take our […]
AVON Teacher Spotlight: Meet Shantrice Griffin
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center because I like what they stand for.” What is your favorite thing about working for us? “I love how the staff and management are so supportive of each other.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “I love to do art with my kiddos. Finger painting is something they love and I enjoy watching their faces light up while they paint.” What are your hobbies? “My favorite hobbies are watching scary […]
AVON Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Kate
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I heard great things about the center and especially the staff.” What is your favorite thing about working for us? “I love the fun environment and the love of wanting to teach that comes from all the teachers.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “We love to sing and conduct class experiments.” What are your hobbies? “I enjoy singing, hanging out with my kids and going on adventures.” What education do you have and goals do you […]
Noblesville Teacher Spotlight: Meet Miss Suzannah
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I love working with children and ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center is a great environment in which I can grow as a teacher.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “My favorite things to do with the children are music and dancing.” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “I have one year of college and my goal is to obtain my BA in Elementary Education.” What is your favorite […]
Top Questions to Ask Your Child’s Preschool Teacher
Choosing the right preschool for your child will be one of the most important decisions you make. Preschool is a foundational piece to setting the groundwork for your child’s educational career. A successful preschool experience can set your child up with a positive view of educational settings, especially as they transition to kindergarten. Communicating with your child’s preschool teacher is vital to ensure you make the most of their time in the program. Below are some of the top questions to ask your child’s preschool teacher to find out how […]
Our Indianapolis Preschool Program: What Parents Say!
Being a parent is one of the greatest accomplishments a person will ever achieve in their life. With parenthood comes lots of decisions, some of which will pale in comparison to others. Some decisions, such as where you choose to send your child to preschool, will have an impact for years to come. The hope is that the preschool you choose for your child will have a positive impact, not only in their educational success, but also in their social, emotional, and overall well being. The ABCs and 123s Learning […]
Noblesville Teacher Spotlight: Meet Miss Julie
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? When I came in for an interview, I felt like we were one big family. I felt really invited and there was a warm feeling with the staff and children. I really enjoyed coming in and seeing all of the smiling faces and being with the friendly and professional staff here. What is your favorite activity to do with the children? Being in the Three’s, I love doing the “Dinosaur March”. The kids get so involved and have so much fun […]
NOBLESVILLE Teacher Spotlight: Meet Ms. Kayla S.
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “The professionalism. I really like the professionalism of the environment and of the staff. The place is clean, the staff is friendly, and we are all professionally dressed.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “I really enjoy doing art with the children. The messy fun is a great way to get the kids involved. I love being creative with art because there is so much that you can do to grasp the children’s interests.” What education do […]
AVON Teacher Spotlight: Meet Ms. Kayla W.
Why did you choose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “ I saw that there is room for growth in the company” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “I enjoy large group activities” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “I graduate in December 2017 with my associates in Early Childhood Education from Indiana Wesleyan University. One day, I would like to be a Director at a childcare center.” What is your favorite thing about ABC’s & 123’s Learning […]
Indiana Activities for Babies & Kids
Summer has arrived and with that so has the million dollar question – what will I do to keep these kids from saying they are bored every 10 seconds? Lucky for you, there are actually a great deal of activities in our community for parents with children. And even better, many of them won’t break the bank! Several activities are well suited for children of all ages. The most obvious that comes to mind is the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Consistently ranked top in the nation, it offers activities for infants […]
Noblesville Teacher Sportlight: Meet Ms. Darshani!
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? As an innovative and locally-based child care network ABC’s and 123’s is always open for new ideas that go in line with their vision. This helps me to contribute with my expertise and knowledge towards the organization’s success. What is your favorite activity to do with the children? I love to participate with sensory and art activities with the infants. What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? I earned my high school diploma […]
Fun Summer Activities for Indiana Families
After many months of cold winter, the season of sunshine is finally here. When summer vacation begins, we all dream of making special and lasting memories with our children. Here are some affordable, educational, and exciting options for your family this summer. Make! Make a kite and fly it outside your house or at a nearby park. Make a time capsule. Include photos, today’s newspaper, a toy, and letters from his/herself, mom, and dad. Make a small garden and plant vegetables and flowers. Help the children take care […]
AVON Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Alyssa
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I like the growth that their company has an I love the teachings that the students are getting. “ What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “Arts and crafts! I love when children show their own creativity.” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “ I have my CDA and will be going to school in the fall to get my Bachelors degree in Early Childhood Education.” What is your […]
AVON Teacher Spotlight: Meet Ms. Lillian
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “Because I love to work with children and love to spend time with them.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “Reading books” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “Complete my CDA and earn my Early Childhood Degree” What is your favorite thing about ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “ I just love working with the kids!” What are your hobbies? “ Watching movies, cooking, computers, and sewing”
Benefits of Sending Your School-Ager to Summer Camp
“Marco!” you yell. “Polo!” comes the response. “Marco!” you repeat. And again “Polo!” This time though the reply is closer. You struggle to move through the water with eyes closed and arms outstretched hoping to just reach someone trying to slip by. “Marco!” again you yell. “Polo!” is the response all around you, one voice louder than the rest coming from right behind you. You spin around swinging your arm and just tag a foot as they try to dive away. Opening your eyes you see your new best friend […]
Noblesville Teacher Spotlight: Brittany Woodcock
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? The friendliness of the staff and honest care for the children made it an easy choice. What is your favorite activity to do with the children? Creating art with the children is my favorite. Hearing them explain what they have made and seeing the curiosity on their faces is priceless. What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? I hope to further my education in the early education field and utilize my background in […]
AVON Teacher Spotlight: Meet Ms. Kristi
1. Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I heard great reviews about the school and love working with children.” 2. What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “Arts and Crafts” 3. What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “In progress with completing my CDA” 4. What is your favorite thing about ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “The friendship I have created with the other staff and the relationship I have built with the students.” 5. What […]
Infant Through Toddler: What Developmental Milestones to Expect
A lot happens in the first three years of life! No matter how many times we see children grow up (as kids tend to do!), the speed at which babies develop during the first three years never ceases to amaze us. Here are a few things that your baby is learning before they turn three: 1 – 3 Months At one month, babies can only focus between 8 and 12 inches away, just perfect for admiring your face. They are attracted to patterns and may turn toward familiar sounds, like […]
Noblesville Teacher Spotlight: Meet Ms. Debbie!
1. Why did you choose to work at ABC’s & 123’s? I have always loved children and really love the kids and families and this center. 2. What is your favorite activity to do with the children? I love to read with the children. 3. What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? I originally went to school for cooking but have always liked working with people, more. I have a certification to be a home health aide, which I also do, because […]
Avon Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Lena
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I’ve always wanted to work with kids and this seemed like a great opportunity” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “Either songs or art ! The kids love to sing , dance, and to make any type of art. It’s always fun to watch and do with them.” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “ I have a goal of completing my degree in Early Childhood Education.” What […]
Thrive Before Five
Here are five ways to help your kids thrive before five: 1. Engage them in conversation. Children are constantly learning. And how to have and hold a conversation is a vital piece of their development. So how you talk to them and how they see you communicate to others is how they will also begin to communicate. Not only will this help them later in life to talk to people, but it will also help them to learn to express themselves. Whether it is how they are feeling at the […]
Noblesville March Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Liz (Three’s)
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? I was excited to work at a brand new location and help build a firm foundation with families and fellow teachers. What is your favorite activity to do with the children My favorite thing to do with children are art activities. Since I took art lessons from a young age, art is very close to my heart. What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? My alma mater is Liberty University in Virginia, where […]
Is My Child Behind?
As parents, most of us are used to getting our child’s weight and height percentile and their developmental status at regular doctor appointment, but wherever they land, don’t let development worry nag you into parental paranoia. Here are a few tips for addressing your child’s development.
Noblesville Teacher Spotlight: Meet Ms. Chelsea (3’s & Pre-K)
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “Being able to work with kids keeps the sunshine in my life, and knowing I can make a difference is a huge deal to me.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “I like to be able to act like a kid myself and have fun throughout the day!” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “I have completed my CDA and will be renewing it soon. […]
Avon Teacher Spotlight: Meet Quenea Johnson
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I choose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center because I love children. When I went and sat in a class, I know then that this was the place for me.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “My favorite activity to do with the children is painting.” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “I’m currently in my last year of college, I would like to be a probation officer for […]
Teacher Spotlight: Meet Mr. David
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “Because it seemed like a grounded learning facility.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “Look who came to school today. It gives the children chance to listen to other students and gets them moving first thing in the morning.” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “Within the next year, work toward my Associate in Early Childhood Education and will be earning my CDA within the next three months.” […]
Overcoming Separation Anxiety
For babies and young children separation anxiety is a real issue. Parents bring comfort and support so it’s only natural that without them children can experience stress. While it is nice to be wanted, sometimes you still need a break. Here are a few do’s and don’ts of overcoming separation anxiety.
Avon Teacher Spotlight, Ms Jessie
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “ I chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center because of their outlook on learning and learning through play.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “My favorite activity to do with the children is science experiments and making artwork.” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “I have college credits in Early Childhood Education. My goals are to continue my ECE Education.” What is your favorite thing about ABC’s & […]
Indy Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Tinesha
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “The staff was so welcoming and friendly, I had just moved here from Illinois and everyone was so helpful” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “Painting-we do a lot of painting, I love to see them get excited about the new items I give them to paint with. I like to incorporate different sensory objects to give the children a full scope of learning.” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to […]
Indiana Preschools & Daycares: How to Choose PART II
When it comes to childcare in Indiana, you’ve got options! And while some parents are fortunate enough to have family members and friends available to help care for their children, others parents choose to send their children to a home daycare, use a private childcare center or enroll them in a part-time public preschool. All of these options have pros and cons, but there are a few basic things to look for when making your childcare decision: Indiana state law requires childcare providers to meet basic safety requirements that include: […]
Indy Teacher Spotlight: Miss Brandie!
Brandie is currently a floater at the Coffman Road location. Brandie is happily married with three sons and two step daughters. Brandie has worked in the Early Childhood field for about four years now. She loves all age groups but excels in the Preschool and School Age classroom. Brandie works hard at everything she does. She comes to work with a positive, can-do attitude every day and does not let any obstacle stand in the way of her work ethic. Brandie has obtained her CDA and it is very evident […]
Avon Teacher Spotlight, Miss Stephanie
Meet our Avon Team Lead, Miss Stephanie! Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I love the curriculum and the way the center is set up.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “ I love to do science experiments.” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “CDA” What is your favorite thing about ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “ I love the open interaction with children and the curriculum.” What are your hobbies? “ I love […]
10 Reasons to Raise Kids in Indiana
You’ve seen lists of best places to live in the US or world, but there’s no need to pick up and move. Here are ten fantastic reasons that Indiana is a great place to raise your family! 1. Easy access to surrounding states and centrally located airport Indiana is right in the heart of the midwest. It’s just a few hours to Ohio, Michigan, Chicago, and the hills of Tennessee. Indianapolis is also a major airport hub and can get you just about anywhere. 2. Fairs, festivals, & parades Whether […]
Indiana Childcare Options: What Exactly Are You Looking For?
With an ever-increasing number of families dependent on both parents to bring in income, the need for quality childcare continues to be in high demand. With so many options and providers to sift through, how can you know if you’re making the right decision for your family? Let this short list of options help you decide which path is right for you. What is a preschool, what is a daycare, and how do they differ? Both preschool and daycare offer a place for your children to be supervised during […]
Avon Teacher Spotlight: Jordan
Meet Jordan, 2 ½’ s Teacher Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I had the opportunity to have my own class and the consistency of the same children which helped me build a better relationship with the kids.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children “My Favorite activity is story time and art time.” What education do you have and goals do you have in regards to your education? “I’m currently working on completing my CDA and would eventually like to get my degree […]
Indy Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Emily G.
Meet Ms. Emily G – Two’s Teacher Emily enjoys spending her days with children. She says “They are absolutely amazing! If we as adults pay attention, they will teach us many things. I’ve worked with children most of my life in various capacities (childcare, church ministry, camp and in the public-school system). It’s hard to label my favorite thing about children. I love their sense of discovery, their imagination, their zest for life, and their desire to learn. There’s nothing that can match the sound of child’s laughter or the […]
Indy Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Parrish
Ms. Parrish, our new Pre-K Teacher, is currently working on her Doctorate in Behavior Science and has almost 30 years of experience as an educator. Why do you work in Early Childhood Education? I suffer from Dyslexia and when I see these children, I see myself and want to help each of them excel in their own way. A teacher once called me “slow”. It has always been my passion to teach and give today’s students a positive educational experience. What is your favorite thing to do with the children? […]
Avon Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Emily
Meet Two’s Teacher, Ms. Emily! Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “ABC’s & 123’s has a great online reputation in the community and from my initial meeting all staff were friendly and outgoing. Management is involved in helping you meet you educational and professional goals. Dana, Bree, and Breanna are great!” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “I enjoy doing art and reading centers with the children, especially books that they can act out and read along to. My class especially enjoys making […]
Daycare vs. Preschool
Your kids are your world, and the time has come to start considering options for childcare, which begs the question—what should you consider when deciding who will be taking care of your child? Aside from hiring a private Nanny, which can be costly and difficult to find the “right fit” for your family, there are two popular options—daycare and preschool. Check out this quick infographic that gives a quick overview of the main differences between daycare and preschool: From the image above, you can clearly see that all childcare options […]
Indy Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Tiffany
Tiffany has a wonderful loving and caring personality, is bilingual in Spanish and has worked at Abc’s & 123’s Learning Center since June 15, 2015. Tiffany has worked in childcare since she was 19 years old. Tiffany recently got married and is loving life life. She enjoys working with young children because she enjoys the process of watching how fast they progress, grow, and learn. Tiffany is currently in the process of getting her CDA this year, and would like to return to school to obtain her associates degree in […]
Want to Help Your Child Make Friends?
Developing friendships is an important life skill—one that seems very natural, but can actually be difficult to teach. Good friends build our self-esteem, help us understand who we are, support and encourage us, and show us how to care about others. On the flip side, learning to cope with the negative aspects of having friends, such as differences in opinion or broken trust are just as important. Help your child learn to become a better friend by practicing skills like: Understanding. Teaching your child to consider different perspectives and viewpoints […]
Avon Teacher Spotlight: Ms. Hayley
Meet Ms. Hayley, the “spotlight” of our Avon location. Why did you chose ABS’s & 123’s Learning Center as a place of employment? “I chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center because it was a better choice to better myself and my career, and to gain experience.” What is your favorite activity to do with the children? “My favorite activity to do with the children is music or art time.” When will you be finished with your education? “I will graduate with my Associates in Early Childhood within […]
Routines for Success!
Study after study shows the same thing: when we set healthy habits, we will have energetic, focused days and can be more successful in everything we do.
Meet our teacher spotlight Ms. Renita!
Renita is 30 years young and a mother of three wonderful boys, ages 12, 5, and 3. She says has a very big heart and love for children and educating. Renita has over 10 years of experience in early childhood education and is currently furthering her education in early childhood. Renita believes that individuals have to continue to learn if they want to teach.
Meet Breanna, our new Assistant Director in Avon
Why did you chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center? “I chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center because the upper management and the owner, Nazli, really showed that they cared about their staff and their company.”
6 Steps to Success for Kindergarten
Kindergarten is around the corner for many families. This can a big transition for your child even if they went to preschool.
MEET OUR TEACHER SPOTLIGHT, LATANZA!
We are so happy to have Ms. LaTanza on the ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center team! LaTanza has been in the field of Early Childhood Education for 11 years. It is no surprise that our creative two’s teacher also loves to paint on her own time because Ms. LaTanza’s favorite thing to do with the children is art.
Best Summer Activities for Indiana Families
When the summer heat hits, we often head for the local pool or vegetate in front of the TV. Around Indiana, you can find great activities to beat the heat without baking in the sun or draining your brain.
Meet Our Teacher Spotlight: Brenda B.
Brenda has been with ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center for almost three years. She works with the Infants, Toddlers, and Twos in the afternoon and helps in other classrooms when necessary.
Meet Our Teacher Spotlight, Jessi!
Jessi spends her days with the precious four-year-olds at our Avon location. Her favorite part of work is walking in and seeing the friendly staff and smiling faces of her students eager to greet her. “I chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center because of our outlook on education and learning through play. The environment at ABC’s is always fun and positive.”
4 Studies that Banish Parent Guilt About After-School Programs
I’m late to pick up the kids from school…. again. I hate this. Four o-clock, and the sun shines like the day is ready to burst with potential. But instead of playing in the grass or doing cartwheels with my kids, I’m stuck in traffic. Traffic moves at five miles an hour, and at every mile marker, I can feel my energy draining. Most of us wish there were more hours in the day. Enough to complete a full day of work, run errands, help kids with homework, […]
Meet our Teacher Spotlight, Quiana Parker!
Miss Quiana is one of our Two’s & Three’s teachers at our Indianapolis location. She puts consistent effort into her classroom and students and it shows! Her favorite part about working at ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center is working with the children and assisting them with growing and learning each day. Miss Quiana’s favorite activities to implement with her students are science and art activities. She says she enjoys being messing, making explosions, and watching the kids notice and talk about changes.
Exploration Leads to Better Learning!
Dr. John Medina wrote about 12 “Brain Rules” to help us all become more intelligent, more effective humans. These rules have become a movement in schools in the last years. His website discusses the implications for exercise, sleep, senses, and music on knowledge and learning, just to name a few.
ABC’s Student Quotes: A Few of Our Favorite Things!
This month’s blog collects a few quotes from our students about their favorite things plus some photos of our wonderful students! Take a look:
Meet Our Teacher Spotlight, Theresa J.
Theresa teaches at our Indianapolis location, in the energetic Three’s classroom. “I chose this center initially because I knew the director. When I came to the center I was impressed with what I saw, the owner was onsite, and I liked how the teachers were.”
The Importance of Felt Safety in Early Childhood Education
We all understand the importance of safety when raising a child. Parents and teachers alike go that extra mile to ensure that the children in their care are safe. We have locks on doors and windows, childproof our buildings, and are always looking for better ways to keep them from harm. But safety goes beyond just the physical.
Meet Our Teacher Spotlight: Stephanie
Stephanie, originally from Iowa, has been working with children for 8 years and now after recently completing her CDA, is celebrating four months with the Three’s class at ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center. Stephanie’s favorite part of the job is “seeing the children’s faces when they learn or see something new.” She loves working at ABC’s & 123’s because of the creative curriculum and their appreciation of the staff. Her favorite activity to do with the children is processed/messy art projects. We are so happy to have you on our […]
Meet Our Teacher Spotlight: Dolores
Dolores has been working with children for 23 years. She began working with children in Mexico and has now already worked 3 years in the United States in childcare. Her hobbies include walking and watching “Law and Order.” Dolores’ favorite part about working with children is that they can teach her so much. “They are beautiful. They teach me I have to live in the moment.” She loves being able to teach a future generation and spend time with all of them. Dolores told us that her favorite part of working […]
10 Creative Gifts for Kids in 2015
We’ve all seen the mega lists with the “Hottest Toys for 2015!” that come out every year. While these are a fine place to look for gifts, we want to give our parents other options, ones that can be more creative, educational, and a little different than the latest fad. We’ve carefully selected every toy on this list to be between $15 and $100, so there’s something for everyone!
Meet Our Teacher Spotlight: Alexis
Alexis has been with ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center for over a year, working with our toddlers in the Wobbler Room. She loves to ride horses in her free time and recently finished her Child Development Associates. Her favorite part of the job is watching the kids grow and helping them to learn new things. When asked why she enjoys it at ABC’s & 123’s, Alexis said, “I like working here because the staff here treats you like family. I chose ABC’s & 123’s Learning Centers because I wanted to do something […]
What Modern Kids Should be Thankful For…
A lot has changed since the end of the 1990s, and those changes are so common now that kids don’t even think of them. So this November, take a minute to remember all the things that they might take for granted, and maybe even remind them about some the advantages of modern life.
Meet Our Teacher Spotlight, Carolyn
Carolyn is a hard-working and loving individual. She has been with ABC’s & 123’s for four years. She always strives to be the best teacher/educator no matter what classroom she is placed in. The very definition of a team player, Carolyn is always willing to go above and beyond for the well being of the company and her students. Carolyn has grown into a great teacher. Carolyn stated that her favorite activity to do with her class is a matching game. She says, “This game teaches the children how to […]
Every Child Learns Differently & How You Can Help
As parents, you want to help your child get the most out of their education, but that’s often easier said than done. A large part of this is because every child learns differently. Generally, these are broken down into seven different learning styles.
Indiana Paths to Quality: What Does It Mean?
When you start looking into preschools or other early childcare programs, you may see the Paths to Quality logo on their brochures, windows, or websites. But what exactly does that mean?
Tips for Success This School Year
The start of the school year is right around the corner. To help make things easier for you and your kids, we’ve gathered a few tips for success and good habits that can make a big difference.
Meet Our Teacher Spotlight, Rona Q!
Rona started at ABC’s & 123’s two summers ago, in June of 2013. Ever since, she has been an enthusiastic and valued member of our team. Rona was recently promoted from the 2 1/2’s class to the Team Lead at our 71st location. Congratulations Rona!
Teacher Spotlight: Kelly
We’d like to introduce you to Kelly! She is our cook at the 71st Street Indianapolis location. Kelly has been with ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center for 4 1/2 years. Kelly loves to camp with her children, read, and to spoil her dog. She has a strong work ethic, integrity, and she treats the children with love and respect. Kelly loves seeing the children get so excited when she brings the food into the classroom. She gives the food a pinch of love and we are so glad to have […]
Making Child Care Affordable
The cost associated with childcare can be a burden on families, but there are options available to make things a little easier. Indiana has a special program known as the Child Care Development Fund (CCDF) that provides assistance to low income families who meet a certain criteria.
Searching For Better Childcare, Part II
Many parents are not completely happy with their childcare provider but may feel stuck or not sure what to look for. Here are tips on where to search and some subtle cues to look for in a potential childcare provider:
Teacher Spotlight: Kacey
Kacey joined ABC’s & 123’s Learning Center in November of 2014. During this short time, she has excelled in our Pre-Kindergarten classroom. Kacey is currently working towards her Child Development Associates.
Teacher Spotlight: Stephanie Craig
Meet Stephanie Craig, the Director at our Avon location. Originally from Ft. Wayne, Stephanie played college volleyball for Indiana Tech and Lakeland College. She loves to cook, explore new restaurants, and travel.
9 Fun Ideas to Teach Kids About Growth & Plants
Bean in a Bag This one is a classic and for good reason. It is an excellent way for kids to visually understand how a seed becomes a plant. All you need are plastic bags, lima beans, cotton balls, and water. Soak the lima beans in water overnight, line the bottom of the bag with cotton balls saturated with water, drop in your bean, and watch it grow!
Understanding Early Childhood Development
Early childhood development is key to a successful educational career and helping children reach their full potential. There are many ways in which you and your childcare provider can help nurture developmental skills such as gross motor, fine motor, social, cognitive, and language.
Tips for Parents: Kids’ Spring Health & Allergies
Spring is finally upon us—as long as the weatherman cooperates! The sun comes out, temperatures rise, flowers begin to bloom, the pollen count is high, and the bugs are biting. Here are a few tips to keep your kids happy and healthy this season.
3 Kids Learning Activities for Spring
The smell of fresh cut grass and barbeques, the sight of newly sprung flowers and tree tops, spring is finally about to make its entrance after a chilly winter! With this warmer weather also comes an opportunity for children to play outside and get some fresh air after being cooped up for the last several months. Here are three of the best learning activities for children this spring as they are out enjoying warmer weather.
Top 4 Field Trip Spots in Indiana
For a student, field trips are one of the most anticipated events in their school year. While it is enjoyable, they also receive valuable learning experiences that happen away from the classroom and create lasting memories that will further enhance their education. For learning purposes, the benefits of field trips are endless! Here are four of the top places Indiana students love that provide a excellent learning experiences:
AVON Three’s Feb 16-20
Please click the link below to view the Three’s Lesson Plan. Our Presidents Threes
Benefits Children Get from Camps and Field Trips
Learning is so much more than sitting at a desk and listening to someone talk. A variety of educational experiences are especially impactful as a part of a curriculum for young students. Here are a few benefits children receive outside the traditional classroom setting from fieldtrips and educational camps.
More than Daycare
You Don’t Have to Choose Between Great Curriculum and Family-Centered Care Many families struggle to find the best care option for their child. It can be overwhelming trying to look for and select a childcare provider that has everything you need. Some people feel they must choose between a preschool that focuses on developmental curriculum and a daycare that offers more flexible hours or cares for a wider age range of children. With better care available, you shouldn’t have to choose.
Daycare vs. Preschool: What’s the Difference?
When parents decide that they want their infant or toddler to attend a childcare facility, they often start to wonder if a preschool or a daycare would offer a better environment for their child. There are great benefits for both depending on your personal schedule and budget. However, having your child attend a preschool may prove to be beneficial for both his/her academic strength and your personal schedule. Here are a few of the significant differences between daycares and preschools:
Winter Safety Tips
Winter in Indiana can be a magical time for children: making snowmen and sledding, decorating the house, visiting extended family and learning old traditions. It is also a time of year with its own set of safety hazards. Here are a few tips to help keep your family safe during this cold, festive time of year.