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Life Lessons About Being Grateful

Tuesday, October 27th, 2015

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A child’s brain is constantly developing, taking in the actions of everyone around him. From the time he’s born, it’s up to you to teach your child gratitude. Harvard Medical School states that, among many things, “gratitude helps people feel more positive emotions…and build strong relationships.” The authors of Making Grateful Kids: The Science of Building Character, state that if there was something that “got kids to behave better, improve their grades, feel happier and avoid riskier behaviors,” that would be gratitude.

Here are some fun activities for families to help instill gratefulness in your child:

1. Get in the practice of thank you notes.

For preschoolers this can be a simple drawing or something that expresses their creativity. For elementary aged children it can be a hand-drawn a picture and a brief note that simply says “Thank you for being so kind.” To help make this a habit, keep a basket filled with card making supplies such as construction paper and crayons. Try dedicating a time once a week to write a thank you note to someone. It could be a teacher, a bus driver or even the mailman. This will get your child in the mindset of always looking for something to be grateful for and recognizing and thanking those important people in your life.

2. Create a gratitude tree.

Get a large piece of poster board or foam board and draw a tree trunk with branches. Have your child color in the tree trunk using crayons or markers. Using various colors of construction paper (green, orange, brown, red, yellow) cut out leaf shapes. Each day after school help your child think of something they were grateful for that day, let them write it or draw it on the leaf (or you can write it for them) and then glue it to the tree branches. Keep this in a visible location so that it is a constant reminder of the things your family is grateful for.

3. Bake treats or homemade items.

Who doesn’t like a homemade treat? Once a month plan a “Gratitude Delivery Day” to deliver these treats to the person you and your child have chosen: a neighbor, the school secretary, the front desk staff at the dentist office. This is an activity that will enable your child to see just how happy this small act of gratitude can make another person.

Practicing gratitude can easily become a habit and a regular part of your child’s life with these simple tips. Pick one of these after school activities and start reaping the rewards of sharing gratitude with others.

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Fun, Hands-On After-School Activities

Monday, September 21st, 2015

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Technology Free Activities After Day Care

Despite your best intentions, your children may be spending too much time in front of television and computer screens. After a busy day of school, work and home duties, digital devices can provide an oasis of distraction for you and your children. Unfortunately, too much screen time can interfere with your children’s learning, physical health and mental health. As an alternative, consider incorporating these after-school activities into your home life. Here are a few ideas to spark some creativity.

Family “Dress Up” Productions

Once a week, plan a mini-production of a favorite family story. Everyone has to don a costume of sorts and re-enact a fairy tale or a popular modern book such as “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to School.” First, some giant ants steal breakfast. Then there are the evil ninjas, massive ape, mysterious mole people, giant blob, and countless other daunting detours along the way to school. Are these excuses really why this student is late? You can even take on a book series like the Magic Tree House with time-traveling brother and sister team Jack and Annie. Make it even more interesting by letting them choose your character. If you have toddlers, let them dress up and create their own role. Your kids will love using their imaginations, and you’ll enjoy some quality family time. These productions also have education value. As Wendy Mages, Ed.D. notes, “Acting fosters children’s language proficiency, vocabulary development, and storytelling skills.” (more…)

The Benefits of Daycare

Thursday, April 23rd, 2015

While some parents choose to not send their children to daycare for a number of personal reasons, other parents have no choice but to send their children to daycare. The parents who feel their hands are tied tend to feel guilt when sending their children to daycare while they go to work, but the guilt shouldn’t happen. In fact, several studies have shown that there are a number of different benefits that can come from sending children to daycare.Daycare


Helping with Sharing before Day Care

Sunday, April 19th, 2015

As soon as a young child starts to grow a personality, it also seems that it is impossible to get them to share anything.

At day care, the all too familiar scene of a child not wanting to share rears its ugly head quicker than you may have expected. This is a natural part of development, so it’s important to teach your child why sharing is important.

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How Do Children Develop Social Skills?

Monday, July 14th, 2014

When you enroll your child at Stonewall Day Care Center, you are taking a vital step towards making sure that they develop the social skills they will need to be successful both in school and in life. But how exactly do children develop these social skills, and what are the skills that day care helps them establish specifically? Stonewall is here to help by shedding some insight into your child’ social skill development.

One of the most basic social skills that young children learn is how to determine whether a situation is a casual or formal one. This is an important skill for them to learn because it determines what kind of behaviors will be expected from them and how they should expect others to react in these situations. In day care, your child will learn from his or her peers about casual and formal settings by observing their behaviors. For example, during free playtime, there are obviously fewer restrictions and children are encouraged to find activities to do together; this is a more casual social setting. They will learn that, while there are rules in such settings, they do not require the same kind of behavior as others do. However, during a more constructed time, such as when one of our adults in charge is talking and giving instructions to the group, your child will notice how other children pay attention and are quiet; this is a more formal setting that requires that kind of behavior. They will be able to apply this knowledge to other formal settings that they encounter outside of the day care center.

Playing and working together in groups and teams is also instrumental in helping children develop social skills. They will learn the value of cooperation, discussion, and even healthy debate when they are all working as individuals towards a common goal. Even if your child disagrees with another child on how to go about completing their activity, he or she will then be able to learn how to cope with those emotions. Though they might feel frustration, confusion, or even anger, the social situations they are in will teach them that while feeling those things is natural, it is also possible to find a way to feel relaxed, confident, and content.

Enrolling your child at Stonewall Day Care Center is one of the best things that you can do to ensure that they develop the skills they need for life. Call today if you have any questions or concerns!

cooperation and learning

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Children ages of 6 weeks to 12 years age can join Stonewall Day Care Center.

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How Does Playtime Help My Child’s Development?

Monday, July 7th, 2014

Playtime is one of the most quintessential parts of any childhood. But because playtime so often seems to be unstructured, many parents wonder how exactly playtime helps their child develop necessary skills and understanding. Despite how they may appear, many playtime activities are extremely goal-oriented and help your child expand his or her mind with new information about patterns, tools, and his or her ability to influence change. A quality daycare program, such as the one found at Stonewall Day Care Center, ensures that your child has sufficient playtime so that they can learn and grow.

You may note that your child likes to repeat the same playtime activities again and again, such as redoing a puzzle or building a block tower. While it may just seem like this has become his or her new favorite activity, it actually indicates something much deeper. If an activity, such as a puzzle, had initially posed a challenge for your child, repeating it helps him or her to both conquer that challenge and to develop a process that always results in the desired outcome. Repeating an activity can also show your child what happens when a slight variation is made or a detail is changed in their process; this way, children come to learn the relationship between cause and effect.

Playtime also affords your opportunity to expand his or her understanding of the world. New toys mean new colors, textures, and even scents in some cases. Your child can learn new vocabulary to describe different toys and their actions, as well as learn what different materials feel like. When your child is exposed to new things as opposed to being kept limited to old ones, they are able to develop at a pace that is more appropriate for their age.

Playtime is not just a solitary activity; it also allows your child to experience interacting with other children. When they play in groups together, children learn about sharing, cooperating, and working as a team towards a specific goal, even if that goal is as simple as playing a board game! A child’s development is influenced in many ways by his or her peers, and playtime can allow that development to happen in a safe and fun environment.

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Read about our Stonewall Day Care Curriculum to learn about our early childhood education program.

Children ages of 6 weeks to 12 years age can join Stonewall Day Care Center.

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Zero to Three

Why Self-Selected Time is so Important for Your Child

Monday, June 9th, 2014

At Fallston’s Stonewall Day Care Center, we understand how important it is not only for your child to be taken care of while with us, but also that they have a positive, productive day. Young minds are always evolving, shaping how they will see the world in the future. One of the ways we ensure your child has the freedom to grow and change while with us is by scheduling “self-selecting time” each day.

Self-selecting time is the period of the day when your child can choose for his or herself what activities to be involved in. This ranges from arts and crafts activities, building blocks, books, puzzles, and other games that can be played individually or in groups. Not only is self-selecting time a fun and engaging part of the day for children, but also it teaches them valuable skills and helps them feel comfortable, both in the center and with themselves.

Many child development experts agree that allowing children to make choices for themselves is an essential part of their growth. It’s not simply about becoming independent, although that is another positive effect it brings about; choosing for themselves increases a child’s self-esteem and allows them to explore new things and challenge themselves. We teach children these kinds of self-selecting behaviors even when they are very young: encouraging babies to hold their own bottles when they are able and letting toddlers pick out their outfits for the day. But self-selecting activities extend to much more than just day-to-day occurrences like feeding and clothing. Stonewall Day Care provides these activities and the time to do them in to allow your child this valuable experience. Self-selecting in a safe and supervised environment ensures that your child is given the opportunity to be curious, ask questions, and discover more not only about the world around them, but about their own likes and dislikes.

At Stonewall Day Care, we balance self-selection time with other structured, peer-interactive time to provide your child with a variety of activities throughout the day. If you have any questions about our daily schedule or other aspects of the Center, or are seeking child care professionals in the Baltimore or Harford County areas, please visit our homepage at or call us at 410-879-3525.



Why is day care good for the mental health of children?

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Are you looking up research on your web browser about why you should enroll your child into day care?
You’re not alone. Many parents do. If you want a really good reason why you should enroll your child into day care, Stonewall Day Care has one for you.
Daycare can be good for your child’s mental health, especially children suffering from childhood depression.
Studies have shown that children enrolled in daycare are less likely to  experience emotional and educational problems down the line.
Daycare can benefit children in a variety of ways, here are just a few:
-Children become more social by interacting with children in their own age group. Daycare is a good  environment for children to eliminate social awkwardness.  It will also remove separation anxiety issues  prior to the formal start of primary school. Less stress for you and less stress for your young children.
-Children commonly suffer from nervousness and fearfulness when  they are not introduced to safe environment like daycare.  Stonewall daycare provides utmost safety for children – from learning environment to recess.
-Our Daycare Curriculum is one that assure your children that it’s okay to creatively express themselves with such activities like art class, reading time, science projects, language class and social living. A child that stays active in fun activities is a happy child.
-Your children will have health snack daily to help reduce feelings of depression.

What types of snacks do we serve to help reduce feelings of depression?

The vegetables:   broccoli and carrots.
The fruits: Apples and grapes.
And we don’t forget the Vitamin D.  Milk does the body good. But we can provide lactose intolerant children an alternative.
Fresh milk and fruits are served every afternoon.
Read up on our FAQs about Daycare for more information on how we can serve your child’s mental health needs and early childhood education development.

Children ages of 6 weeks to 12 years age can join Stonewall Day Care Center.

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Day Care Shortage: How to find affordable Day Care Services

Monday, July 15th, 2013

Are you having troubling finding a good day care center for your child? You’re not alone. There’s a day care shortage occurring in Baltimore and parents throughout the city are becoming very frustrated.

Many day care centers in Baltimore are closing. Why? The qualities of day care centers are not fit for children or they are too expensive for parents. Some day care centers are as expensive as state college tuition.

Many parents have no other option but to go on the hunt for a baby sitter or new day care center. Some resort to staying at home to care for their children or unrealistically fight to keep their current day care centers open.

Unfortunately, there are more women and men working away from home and they need highly quality, affordable day care for their children.

If this sounds like your situation, Stonewall Day Care Center is here to provide affordable, reliable day care services so you won’t enroll your child to an inadequate day care center just to save a few bucks.

We provide excellent care to infants, toddlers and grade school children 5 days a week. Our day curriculum will help your child reap the benefits of:

-A highly stimulating learning environment

-Lower school drop out rates

-Healthier eating habits

-And better communication skills.

Your life will feel less stressful if you enroll your child in day care prior to the start of a busy school year.

Here are the benefits of enrolling in Stonewall Day Care Center:

-Complete background check of staffers to assure your child is safe from violent criminals and sex offenders.

-Positive role models for your child on a regular basis to build up high self-esteem

-Strong motor skills

-Pre-school, after school program and summer camp are all available 6:30 am – 6:30 pm, Monday through Friday.

Learn in depth about our Daily Day Care Schedule today for more information.

Children ages of 6 weeks to 12 years age can join Stonewall Day Care Center.

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Day Care Benefits: How to make your child like cleaning

Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Looking for ways to help your child pick up the good habit of cleaning up after his or her self? If you’re on a mission, Stonewall Day Care Center can help your child like cleaning up.

It is a crucial part of early childhood education to teach your child how to keep tidy. Children that learn how to clean up at an early age learn how to better manage their lives throughout schooling and later for professional careers.

Tidy people are known for living easier and better lives compared to those that do not clean up or stay well-organized.

If the art of cleaning is seen as a fun activity, children are more likely to get involved in tidying up without confrontation.

Can you imagine your child polishing the glassware after dinner or loading laundry with you?

It’s possible.

Here at Stonewall Day Care Center we teach children the importance of cleaning up after activities and how much fun it can be to do alone and with others.

Here’s how we do it:

  1. We assign age appropriate tasks to our day care children. Toddlers can help put toys away and wash toys to grasp an understanding of why putting things back where you found them and cleaning are important to the healthy well being of all users.
  2. Children 5 and over can help wash dishes after eating and vacuum to help them learn how de-cluttering can make it easy for them to find things that they need and want, when they want them.
  3. We create a convenient cleaning bin to store all the supplies we need to clean up together, whether it is after playtime or mealtime.
  4. We let our day care children clean areas they like to use such as the playground and create catchy tunes to sing as they clean.

Teaching children how to clean up is not difficult if the approach is not an authoritative approach. Make it more a collaborative teamwork situation.

Never use the phrase I need. The more needy you portray the request, the more difficult it will be to get your child to do the task. You don’t want clean up to be a power struggle.

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Children ages of 6 weeks to 12 years age can join Stonewall Day Care Center.

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