July 14, 2014

Universal Pre-K

BEGINNING SEPT 2014, HONEYDEW DROP PLAYHOUSE WILL BE OFFERING FREE UNIVERSAL PRE-KINDERGARTEN FROM 8AM-2:20PM.

CHILDREN WHO TURN 4 BY DEC 2014 ARE ELIGIBLE!!
Please email us if you are interested!!
honeydewdaycare@gmail.com

http://www.honeydewdrop.com

 

 

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February 11, 2014

 

A Moving Child is a Learning

Child

Librarian and Educator Workshop

Brooklyn Heights Library

280 Cadman Plaza West @ Tillary Street

718.623.7100

bklynpubliclibrary.org

Tuesday, March 11, 2014, 10:30 – Noon

Brooklyn Heights Library, Auditorium

Join us for a participatory workshop with play, movement, and child development experts Gill Connell and Cheryl McCarthy, authors of A Moving Child is a Learning Child: How the Body Teaches the Brain to Think

(Free Spirit Publishing, 2014).

Learn how to help children (babies to primary graders or

“snugglers” to “skedaddlers”) develop their full potential through a balanced diet of physical activity.

Online registration required and space is limited.

For more information, call 718-230-2233

To register or go to

http://bit.ly/1k7L6kv

February 6, 2014

Join Honeydew Drop Playhouse
Saturday February 8th, 2014
Time: 10am-12:30pm

For Music with Mrs. Christine
There will be dancing, singing and playing with instruments

&
Valentines Party right after
Free play in our indoor Jungle, and face painting.

For children ages 1-7 years old
Cost: $8 per child

Address: 1113 church ave 
between Westminster and stratford

September 16, 2013

Making Strides of Brooklyn

Making Strides of Brooklyn

 

Join Honeydew Drop fight against breast cancer.

 

            

 

          

     
 
July 8, 2013

Come join Honeydew Drop Little Stars Hawaiian Luau Party!

Come Join Honeydew’s FREE open house event.

We invite you and your children to Join us in an afternoon of Face painting, Sing-A-Longs, and Snacks

Time: 3pm-6pm

Where: Honeydew Drop Little Stars
257 Columbia street
between president and Carroll

When: Thursday July 11, 2013

Please RSVP at honeydewdaycare@gmail.com

Thank You

June 26, 2013

NEW DAYCARE PROGRAM FROM HONEYDEW!

HONEYDEW SAFARI! on 14th st in Park Slope!
Currently Enrolling Children ages 2-5 years old.

Child Centered Quality Care for the Whole Child.

Loving, Educated and Trained Teachers
Scholastic’s Big-Day for Pre-K’ Curriculum
Pre-K and K-readiness based on NAEYC/ Board of Education Standards
Healthy Snacks and Lunches
Daily Trips to the Playground or  Community Walks
Educational Trips to Farms, Wildlife centers and Puppet Shows
Music and Yoga enrichment classes

Visit our website for more information:

www.honeydewdrop.com

And email us to schedule a visit!

June 5, 2013

Health

Dental health is vital for general health and appearance in childhood and all through life. Preventive dentistry is so good these days that our kids can look forward to keeping those pearly whites bright and shiny all their lives. And we now know so much about keeping fear and pain out of dental care that kids should really have no reason to worry when it’s time for one of those twice-a-year visits. Here are a few things you can do to be sure your child gets the right care and develops an attitude that will ensure that his smile stays bright for a lifetime. 

Pick a kid-friendly dentist.There are pediatric dentists who have additional training and interest in kids’ dental issues. If you don’t have one in your community, look for a dentist whose waiting room, staff attitude, and comfort with children tell you this will be a good experience. Your health care provider will have suggestions.
 

Visit ahead of time. Bring a child in before the time of the appointment to get acquainted with the place. 

 

Examine your own attitude about the dentist. Many parents have some memories of bad dental experiences, and they can give unspoken negative messages about the dental chair. The parent who can be the most positive about the visit should be the one to go with the child.

 

Respect those baby teeth. Even though your child will lose his first teeth, proper care for them, including fillings, coatings, and extraction of teeth that have died, are all part of ensuring that the teeth underneath and the jaw grow well and stay healthy. Be ready for suggestions about care that weren’t options when you were a kid. Ask about fluoride rinses.

 

Here are a few things you can do at home between visits to keep things sparkly:

    • Teach kids to brush twice a day. Good times are after breakfast and before bed. Supervise at least the evening brushing for kids under 7; supervise both for kids under 4.
 
    • Use a soft-bristle brush. Hard ones scrape the gums and can foster bacteria. Change the brush every six months, or sooner if it wears out.
 
    • Put a timer in the bathroom. Set it for two to three minutes. That’s what it takes to get things really clean.
 
    • Check on fluoride. Contact your health care provider about using fluoride supplements. The kind and amount will depend upon the fluoride content in your local water. Don’t assume you don’t need it if your child drinks bottled water with fluoride, as it may not be enough.
 
    • Avoid sticky foods. Some kinds of gummy candy or fruit rolls are mostly sugar and stick all day to the chewing surface of the teeth.

 

Source: http://www.pampers.com 

By Suzanne Dixon M.D., M.P.H

May 10, 2013

How to Discipline Your Kids

A few weeks ago I wrote an article called The Common Discipline Mistakes Moms Make (and Regret). When the article was shared on the Circle of Moms Facebook page, there was some interesting feedback that I could so easily relate to as one of the mistake-making moms I was writing about.

One mom wanted to hear about the things parents are doing right. Another mom suggested it would be helpful to provide some answers about how to fix the discipline mistakes we are making.

Both comments really hit home. After all, we help our kids feel good about themselves by telling them what they are doing well, and if they are making mistakes, we give them strategies to help fix them. Don’t moms deserve the same?

With that in mind, Circle of Moms members chime in to help us all learn to fix some of these common discipline mistakes.

Keep reading.

The Fix For Disciplining For Normal Kid Behavior

Although Kelly R. complained that her 9-year-old son’s strange sounds and rambunctious behavior were irritating, she also came to the realization that “he acts like . . . well . . . a 9-year-old.”

Moms say three factors in fixing this discipline mistake are knowing kids don’t come with an automatic understanding of what behaviors are appropriate in which situations, they don’t always have the maturity to control themselves, and you need to use age-appropriate discipline.

Grandmother Kat points out that it’s important to give kids verbal cues letting them know when their behavior isn’t appropriate and to provide them with more socially acceptable alternatives. Mom Angie K. says as her kids got older, she could eventually use a “code word” in public to let them know their behavior was inappropriate.

The Fix For Yelling and Screaming

Unlike mom Bobbi P., who says yelling seems natural to her, I’m not a yeller, but I understand the impulse because I’d really like to yell more than I do. In over a decade-and-a-half of parenting, I’ve learned that getting very quiet is sometimes more effective than amping up the volume.

It doesn’t come easily, though. I frequently take Circle of Moms member Dora W.’s advice to “take a deep breath right before you are about to yell at them.” If that doesn’t work, I take Alison L.’s advice to take a step away to regroup. And, if I end up yelling, well, it’s not the end of the world. I just try to apologize for not speaking calmly, and we can all move on.

The Fix For Inconsistency and Not Following Through

Sometimes it seems so much easier to give your child “just one more chance” or to lift a consequence when they’re following the rules again, but as mom Carla A. explains, staying consistent in your actions lets your child know you are in charge and they are accountable for what they have (or haven’t) done.

That’s not to say it’s easy to stick with it. Carla says it best: “Almost all kids have to have the rules repeated, over and over, and over and over, and over and over until you are reciting them in your sleep. They are going to try and test you, to see if you really mean what you say. They NEED to know you are going to be the same yesterday, today, and forever.”

The Fix For Thinking Discipline and Punishment Are Interchangeable

One of the things that seems to trip moms up when it comes to making this distinction is thinking that if you look at discipline and punishment as separate things, then you can’t provide consequences for your child’s actions.

Circle of Moms member Tricia L. points out that discipline is “teaching and re-teaching the appropriate behaviors in a wide variety of nuanced situations,” while Carrie B. explains that punishment often is a penalty or restriction that aims to deter but isn’t directly related to the behavior at hand.

Once you keep in mind your goal is to redirect, teach, and connect consequences to specific behaviors, it becomes clearer. If your child is throwing a toy, taking the toy away isn’t a punishment; it’s discipline teaching the direct consequences of their actions. Grounding a teenager from going out one night for breaking curfew the night before is also discipline.

Source: Thinkstock
April 18, 2013

Earth Day

Monday, April 22, is Earth Day. It’s a day that over one billion people across the globe dedicate to protecting our earth. With the effects of climate change apparent in our weather patterns, and recognizable in our animal and plant life, parents all over know that the time to take action (and teach our children to do the same) is right now. With people in Boston and West, Texas still recovering from the aftermath of the tragedies in their hometowns, there is no better time to do something positive for mankind and help one another.

Venues all over our city are participating in Earth Day related actions, many focusing on child-centered activities and events. Below are some highlights.

Our thoughts and prayers remain with the communities of Boston and West, Texas.

—NY Parenting

http://earthdayny.org/Image

April 10, 2013

Honeydew Drop Spring Party Saturday April 13th

Honeydew Drop Spring Party Saturday April 13th

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