The Benefit of Volunteering at Your Child’s School

Parents are always looking for a way to spend more time with their children and a great way to do that is by volunteering at your child’s school. Volunteering is a great way for parents to be more involved in their child’s academic life, which can be beneficial for many reasons. Here are just a few:

1. You get a better understanding of how your child is performing at school.

Keep in mind that your child spends most of their life at school, which means a lot of time away from their parents. In a recent interview with New York Family, Dr. Eileen Kennedy-Moore, a psychologist and author of the book, Growing Friendships: A Kid’s Guide to Making and Keeping Friends, said that parent volunteers get a chance to see how their child acts in a different social setting, which provides a new outlook on their social development. Christina Hibbert, founder of Motherhood Radio-TV, said, “Volunteering can help you better understand your child’s strengths and weaknesses, to see her at her best or at her not-so-best, and to get a feel for what she loves about school and where she might be struggling.”

2. It helps you form a better relationship with the school community.

Your child’s teacher is like a second parent because they play such a big role in your child’s development. Working with your child’s teachers and administrators helps you to have a clearer idea of their daily activities and curriculum. According to PTO Today, when a parent is involved in their child’s education, the parents are more likely to be held in higher self-esteem by teachers and have teachers expect more from their children.

3. It motivates children to do better academically.

According to Boosterthon, the more parents volunteer at school, the more successful their children will be. Studies have shown that children of parents who volunteer earn better grades and perform better on tests. When your child sees you invest in their school, they see you care about their success and they will want to succeed.

4. It benefits the school.

One of the main reasons why schools encourage parents to volunteer is because parents become more likely to contribute to the school. According to Boosterthon, although parents don’t completely know what goes on behind the scenes at school, once they understand the “why”, school decisions become easier to understand, support and appreciate. They also gain a better understanding of what is needed to improve the school, if necessary.

At Prep Academy:

At Prep Academy, we encourage parent involvement because it is a key component of our school’s success. We want our parents to volunteer and be more present in the classroom because it helps in building in a community and boosting the academics.

6 DIY Halloween Treat Ideas for Children

With Halloween just around the corner, it’s time to get prepared! This time of the year is when children are anxious to dress up and try a variety of sweet treats. A new tradition that you can introduce to them is making your own Halloween treats. DIY Halloween treats are a great way to get creative and bond with your child.

If you want to make Halloween snacks that are fun and stand out, here are seven DIY Halloween treats you can make below!
1. Spooky Forest Pudding Cups

Children naturally love pudding, and what better way to serve it than by sprucing it up! This spooky forest pudding cups recipe is easy to make, and a guaranteed party hit.

2. Loaded Halloween Cream Cheese Brownies

If you love a good fudge brownie, then this recipe is perfect for you. This festive brownie recipe mixes things up by adding a sandwich cookie crunch and a touch of cream cheese. It only takes 10 minutes to prepare and 45 minutes to cook!

3. Gum and Teeth Apple Snacks

If you’re looking for something that’s easy to make and slightly more on the nutritious side, try this gum and teeth apple recipe! This simple, three-ingredient recipe only requires apples, peanut butter and marshmallows. The marshmallows add the spooky effect, appearing as “monster” teeth.

4. Pumpkin Cheesecake Truffle Mummies

If you love crafty food and decorations, this recipe is perfect for you! The pumpkin cheesecake truffle mummies are a treat that will catch everyone’s attention with its red food coloring eyes and white chocolate “mummy” wrap.  This recipe only takes twenty minutes to prep and 30 minutes to chill.

5. Bloody Smores

Here’s a simple-to-make, Halloween spin on the classic smore by using red cookie icing to create bloody effect. With just four ingredients and a microwave, you can make these spooky smores is less than ten minutes.

6. Pretzel Candy Spiderwebs

You can’t have Halloween without spiderwebs! What better way to incorporate them than by making it into something edible? This recipe is festive, flavorful, and fun to make. If you like chocolate covered pretzels and sprinkles, then this will be right up your alley!

How Prep Approaches Halloween:

At Prep Academy, we understand that Halloween is a very popular holiday amongst our students. Our staff prides themselves in ensuring the safety of our students during the Halloween season by providing many tips and safety precautions for our parents. We want our students to have memorable yet safe experiences inside and outside of the classroom as we approach the festivities.

10 Fast and Healthy Dinner Ideas for Your Child

It may come as a surprise to you that many experts argue about whether or not breakfast or dinner is the most important meal of the day. Your last meal of the day is just as important as your first! For parents who are typically busy or burnt out from the day, it’s easy to just want to order something for takeout or heat up something frozen instead of cooking at home. Healthy dinners are important because they reduce stress levels and lower the risk of health problems and obesity.

Here are 10 fast and healthy dinner ideas for you and your child!

1. Pizza Quesadilla

Children naturally love pizza and quesadillas, so what better to do than mix the two. This fun and easy three ingredient recipe only takes 10 minutes to make and your kids will love it!

2. Kid-friendly Turkey Chili

The turkey chili bowl is perfect for an easy weeknight dinner! This meal is full of many nutrients including ground turkey, corn, bell pepper, tomatoes, and spices and can be served with some chips on the side.

3. Skillet Lasagna

If you love making lasagna, try out this skillet lasagna recipe! This will give you all the nutritional benefits of the regular lasagna with less cooking time.

4. Taco-baked Pasta

This taco-baked pasta is a bang for your buck. This recipe combines the savory taste of a taco with the satiety of penne pasta. It’s easy to make and takes just under an hour!

5. French Bread Pizza

French bread pizzas are so easy to make, that it’d be a crime if you didn’t try it! This recipe is tasty and healthy, and perfect for parents who don’t have ample time to cook dinner.

6. Salmon Burger

If your child loves hamburgers, try making salmon burgers for a change! Salmon burgers are low in calories and are a great source of protein. This recipe will only take about 20 minutes to make!

7. Macaroni and Cheese with Chicken

Mac and cheese is a staple meal, and most children love it! This recipe spruces up the regular mac by adding roasted chicken to the mix and swapping the typical cheddar for mozzarella and parmesan cheese. Try it!

8. Chicken Tostada

Chicken tostadas are easy to make, and your child is guaranteed to love them! Tostadas are so versatile and easy to throw together. This recipe is loaded with so many different flavors.

9. Chicken Teriyaki Pineapple Bowl

If you’re looking for healthy and aesthetically pleasing meals, then this is the recipe for you. The chicken teriyaki pineapple has every nutrient your child would need; the right servings of proteins, carbs, and fruits all in one. Try it now! 

10. Cauliflower Crust Pizza

If you’re a parent whose child loves pizza but you’re looking to reduce the carb intake at your family dinner table, then this is the recipe for you. This cauliflower crust pizza recipe is the perfect healthy alternative, and it only takes about an hour to make!

How Prep Approaches Healthy Eating:

At Prep Academy, we try our best to exemplify healthy habits and choices for our students because we want our students to be up to par physically, academically, and emotionally. Teaching them the importance of a healthy diet will help them to perform to the best of their capabilities.

7 Tips To Help You Through The Terrible 2’s

Almost every parent has heard of the term the “terrible twos”. To most, the terrible two’s is seen as the development stage where children experience a rapid shift in mood and behaviors, which causes many challenges for parents. The obvious signs where you can tell a child is in their terrible twos are tantrums, oppositions, and mood swings.
At this age, we must acknowledge that children are undergoing many different changes all at once. This is the time that most children start to develop their sense of self and autonomy, and their imaginations also begin to form. They are fresh off learning how to walk so they just want to take advantage of exploring the world around them.

Here are 7 tips that will help you get through your child’s “Terrible Twos”:
1. Minimize your yelling:

Although some temper tantrums can be extremely frustrating for parents, yelling at your child will not prevent them from constantly throwing fits. Yelling at them will only make them want to push you away even more.
Another negative effect of yelling is that your child will think yelling is the only proper form of communicating with one another. This will result in copycat behavior, and they may start yelling at their other peers because they think that’s the only way to get their point across.

2. Have regular meal and nap times:

As a parent, it’s important to understand that tantrums usually happen because your child’s needs are being unmet. Like infants, toddlers also get irritable when they’re hungry or tired. Make sure to have a consistent schedule of nap and mealtimes and avoid planning any activities around those times.

3. Call them out on their behavior:

Although you should be cautious of yelling, it doesn’t mean that you still can’t call your child out when they’ve done something wrong. For instance, if you see your toddler engaging in violent behavior with one of their classmates, you can stop it by making it clear that these behaviors are not tolerated.

4. Be consistent in disciplining:

If you’re the type of the parent that’s always caving when your child whines about not getting a certain toy, candy, or any object that they want, you’ll only make it harder on your part. You must be consistent with how you always choose to react to your child because it helps your child to understand and to adhere to your expectations. In turn, this should also encourage your child to want to be obedient.

5. Be in tune with your children’s new emotions:

Keep in mind that because their brains are not yet fully developed, most two-year-old’s haven’t fully experienced and don’t understand their new emotional development. Many parents overlook the amount of stress a toddler goes through in their brain and forget that they don’t yet have the logical capacity needed to control all their emotions. It’s important to keep this in mind when parenting your two-year-old, so your child realizes that you understand how they are feeling.

6. Redirect or distract them:

Quite often, children act out solely due to boredom. Instead of trying to discipline them right away, which could only lead to louder tantrums and more tears, come up with a creative way to keep them occupied. Redirect them to read some books, sing a song, paint, play with a new toy, or participate in a sport.

7. Don’t take it personally:

The intensity of your toddler’s terrible twos is not a reflection of your parenting skills. This is a very normal part of their lives. When your child is being disrespectful and defiant, don’t take it personal and remember it is your job to teach them what’s right or wrong.


Our Approach:

At Prep Academy, we take pride in treating each of our students children with diligence and patience, particularly our 2-year-olds. We understand that the emotional development and maturity of each child will vary, so we create a customized learning plan for each child that is best suited to their unique needs.

Eating Healthy

Eating unhealthy foods is a bad habit for everyone, especially children. In the early stages of life, good nutrition is extremely important. If your child is having a hard time liking healthy foods, here are some tips and tricks to get them on the right path.

Eating Veggies

Some children naturally dislike the taste of vegetables. Over time their taste-buds will mature, but developing a healthy veggie-eating habit can start right away with a few recipe changes.

Try adding an easy topping like cheese. One serving of warm, gooey, delicious cheese drizzled on top of veggies can make a delicious and healthy meal. Some examples you can try are broccoli with cheddar cheese, cauliflower au gratin, or baked asparagus with parmesan!

Stop the Snacking

When your child is nibbling nonstop on unhealthy snacks throughout the day, it means they won’t want to eat their healthy meals. To get them to break this unhealthy eating habit, there are a few things you can try.

It’s recommended to serve your child two to three snacks daily, and around the same time each day. Eating a limited amount of small snacks throughout the day can keep your child’s mental energy at its best and even increase their metabolism.

Snacking too much can be very easy for children when they can easily find junk food in the house. Stop buying the bad stuff! Baby carrots, veggie straws and low-calorie popcorn are all great substitutes for junk food.

Limit the Sweets

It seems like nowadays everything has sugar, and a lot of it. Sugar turns straight into fat, can cause cavities and affects the body’s daily internal rhythm. It’s not practical to make a child outright quit the sweets, but try to limit how much they have.

Full sugar juices, soda pop, and candies are all major sources of sugar. The daily recommended amount of sugar is 38 grams. Some drinks have more than that in a single serving! Instead, find other sweet alternatives like dried fruits or fig bars. Maybe, every once in a while, you might want to give them a fun dessert to satisfy their sweet tooth.

Model Healthy Eating

It’s a lot easier to stay healthy when you cook food at home. Instead of getting fast food or going out to restaurants frequently, try buying ingredients to prepare fresh, healthy, delicious meals. It’s easier on the waist, and the wallet.

Find new and interesting recipes to expand your pallet. If you are willing to try new foods, it can make your child more likely to try them as well.


How Prep Approaches Healthy Eating

At Prep Academy Schools, we believe each student has unlimited potential that can be fostered through caring for the whole child-academically, emotionally and physically. Maintaining a healthy diet is key to ensuring that each child performs to the best of their ability every day!


Breakfast: the Most Important Meal of the Day!

Breakfast is often the hardest meal for parents to get their children to eat. We have always heard that it’s “The most important meal of the day,” but is it really that important for you? According to numerous studies on child development and health, the answer is yes.

Why is breakfast so important?

Breakfast is important for healthy growth because it’s the fuel that your child’s mind and body needs.

Energy in the morning will help your child stay attentive and alert during school or play. Without breakfast, your child might doze off or get distracted during class. Ensuring they eat well before heading out the door can keep your child positive and prepared for their entire day.

Breakfast is good for keeping your child’s metabolism running smoothly too. Eating at the same time every morning can improve their metabolism. This can help your child stay in shape, decrease the chances of developing heart disease and keep them active.

Also, certain nutrients like fiber and healthy fats found in common breakfast foods act as brain boosters for your child! The brain needs fuel to perform and develop properly, just like any other organ in the body. Eating the right foods in the morning can improve memory and concentration for the day and keep your child’s brain developing.

What to eat for breakfast

Sometimes, it can be difficult to get your child to eat in the morning. Whether they’re not hungry or they just don’t know what they want to eat, it’s still important for your child to have breakfast every day. The best way to get them to eat is to start preparing something nutritious.

The most important nutrients for childhood development are complex carbohydrates, protein, healthy fats and fiber. Here are a few examples of where to find them and what they do:

Complex Carbohydrates: Whole grains like brown rice or wheat fill our stomachs up with less calories than those that are found in white bread.

Protein: Lean protein from turkey, nuts or egg whites is great for muscle growth and repair.

Healthy Fats: These come from fish oil and some fruits like avocado, and are good for brain function.

Fiber: Eating vegetables and fruits that have skins will help the body flush out toxins.

Make breakfast exciting, but healthy

Some children don’t like breakfast foods, and others get queasy at the thought of eating so early. To get your child to eat in the morning, try thinking outside the box!

Do they want spaghetti and meatballs? Use brown rice pasta with turkey meatballs. How about a burrito? Wrap some chicken breast and avocado with black beans in a corn or wheat tortilla. Does your child like smoothies? Put strawberries and bananas in a blender with ice and a scoop of natural peanut butter.

You can prepare any of these nutritious breakfasts the night before or with your child in the morning. Changing up the menu, but keeping the healthy nutrients, can make breakfast an exciting start to the day for your child and ensure healthy all-around development!


How Prep Feels About Fueling Growth

At Prep Academy Schools, we are passionate about the overall development of each of our students. Our goal is to help children reach their full physical and academic potential at every point in the day, which begins with a nutritious breakfast that fuels fun and growth!

Sports: Benefits for the Body and Mind

Sports, or any physical activity, are crucial for a child’s development and well-being. Whether organized by a school, a club or just a few friends in their free time, sports offer countless opportunities for a child’s physical, social and emotional growth!

Physical Benefits

Getting active is important for young children who are at a stage in life where physical development occurs quickly. Specifically, sports help with physical growth in these ways:

Motor skills: Hand-eye coordination and timing come with movement and practice. Sports are perfect for training both.

Bone and muscle development: Occasional resistance stimulates the growth and strengthening of muscles and bones. Too much can hurt growth though, so don’t let your child go without rest.

Stronger vision: Taking in an appropriate amount of natural light will decrease the probability of your child developing vision problems in the future. But on really sunny days, a hat or glasses should still be worn to protect your child’s eyesight.

Social Benefits

Almost every organized sport is played with teams. The competition, and the team dynamic itself, comes with perks and lessons for your child:

Team skills: Communication, understanding rules and the importance of sharing are vital skills your child will learn when playing sports.

Friend group: Your child may not like every person on their team but spending time with other children at practice can foster strong friendships.

Confidence: Making friends is not always easy, but playing sports with other children offers opportunities for your child to practice introducing theirself and feeling like they are a part of the group.

Emotional Benefits

When it comes to developing emotional traits and qualities, childhood is an important time in a person’s life. Organized sports not only help build a strong foundation for emotional growth, but also have some added benefits:

Self-esteem: Being a part of a team can give your child a sense of importance, and going to practice to get better can offer a sense of accomplishment as well.

Lower stress: “Letting it out on the field,” is sometimes very healthy. Sports can be a physical outlet for stress, leading to improved sleep and a longer attention span.

Emotional recognition: By playing sports, children will learn that they must control their anger and recognize their emotions in order to keep a clear mind and perform well.

Choosing a Sport

Ultimately, it should be up to your child what sport they would like to play. Moreover, you should accept and support their decision. However, there will be times when your child will want to quit when things get hard. At that point it’s up to you to evaluate what would be best for your child’s physical, social, and emotional development.

To get started you can go online to find local clubs for age-appropriate sports, or find out what sports your child’s school offers after class. You can also observe your child during playtime and see what they like to do!


Sports and Activities with Prep

At Prep Academy Schools, we passionately seek to guide the growth every student through an innovative curriculum and a healthy balance of work and play. We have a variety of after-school enrichment programs that children can join to be physically active and develop important life skills.

5 Healthy Hobbies for Preschool Children

Hobbies are activities that are meant to expand the mind, develop skills and pass the time. They can reduce stress or be a creative outlet, but most importantly, they help with the physical, emotional and mental development of children.

Hobbies give preschool children the chance to express themselves in healthy ways that let them practice setting goals and planning how to achieve them. Allowing your child to explore their interests and put them into practice can bring out the best in your child, especially when they dedicate themselves to a hobby that is geared towards growth.

Here are 5 examples of hobbies that are healthy for your child’s development:


This is the art of folding paper into particular shapes. There are instructions online, and even books, on how to make boats, dogs, 3D shapes, almost anything! This is a hobby that works as an age-appropriate challenge for any child because there are so many structures to fold with varying difficulties. Origami develops fine motor skills, exercises patience and ends with very satisfying results that you can see and hold. Plus, all your child needs is paper!


This is a classic pastime for children because it can be done anywhere at any time. While the results might not be very organized for every preschool child, the actual process of putting pencil to paper is sometimes the most fun part. Whether it’s about what they make or how they do it, drawing teaches children how to express themselves in as many ways as they can imagine.

Collecting Rocks 

Any kind of collection would work, but rocks are a great place to start. There are all sorts of rocks of different colors, shapes and sizes that may catch your child’s eyes, and they can be found anywhere you go. It requires careful observation of nature and ordering skills. As a parent, it tells you a little more about your child too.


Getting your hands dirty is one of the best forms of learning by experience. It’s highly involved and very satisfying, especially when your child sees the fruits of their labor, literally! Gardening requires care and responsibility, which will benefit your child’s development in the long run. It’s good for the earth, produces healthy food and can be relaxing if your child wants it to be.


If your child wants to further explore their interests, books are some of the best tools for it. There is so much information on pretty much anything your child could think of. All they need is a book, a quiet reading nook, and some time to themselves. Reading improves language skills, vocabulary and sometimes, creativity. They can read stories to play with their imagination, or books that show them how to make things. If knowledge is power, then books are batteries.


There are so many hobbies to choose from that help children grow and learn. They just need your help to get started! Many of these hobbies have lessons to learn already built in. Talk to your child and watch them carefully to see how they express their interests. You might be surprised by what they like to do!

What Prep Academy thinks about Hobbies

At Prep Academy Schools, we want to bring out the best in all of our preschool students. With the help of our caring, nurturing and certified teachers, we dedicate ourselves to finding out what each child needs to grow and develop their passions. Through hobbies, technology and experiential learning, we believe in helping our children excel.

Parenting Pointers on Sharing

The phrase, “sharing is caring” gets thrown around a lot for new parents trying to teach their children how to share. Now, does that mean a kid who doesn’t like the idea of sharing is a kid who cares about nothing and will grow up to be selfish? Not necessarily. It probably means you have a young kid who’s going through a healthy set of developmental stages. So don’t sweat it too much.

While these stages are not always easy to work through, they are quite common. Young children learn how to be emotionally attached to things, then eventually become aware of their own identity, building their persona apart from their parents. All of this usually happens, by the way, before the age of six. And the thing is, only after going through those stages can kids really understand how to share!

Learning how to share is a very lengthy process; just because it doesn’t happen overnight doesn’t mean your child is ruined or that you have failed.

So concerned parents, be not afraid, there is still plenty of time to help your kids grow into healthy and sound individuals. Many parents have gone before you and have studied the most effective ways in teaching how to share, offering words of wisdom on raising children. Here are three parenting pointers for teaching kids how to share.

1. Let your sharing shine.

Learning begins with observation; kids have to see something first, to do it later. If mommy laughs when daddy plays with his food, expect the spaghetti to fly the next night. The same works with sharing. Whenever there is an opportunity to share something with your partner, make sure the child hears what’s going on and sees how happy both of you are after the exchange.

Keep in mind though, if you want your kid to learn how to share, you’ll have to share a lot of things too. Make sure both of you are prepared for that and plan how these “sharing moments” will go.

2. Watch carefully.

Problems will arise during group play-time, they are inevitable. As embarrassing as they can be (and scary, when worries of how they’ll grow up begin to creep in), they should be seen as fantastic opportunities to learn more about your child. The point is, look to see what kinds of influences might have taught your child how to behave in such ways.

3. Don’t force it.

To us, Mr. Booboo is just a teddy bear. To your child, he is a friend, valuable beyond measure. There are some things in life that are just too important to part with. The fear of loss (and understanding loss itself) is extremely important in a child’s development, but that doesn’t mean your kid has to learn it the hard way. The last thing you’d want to do is create resentment early on in life.

Understand the barriers and build from there. Be reasonable about what can be considered priceless and what you can separate from your child. This, too, will have a huge impact on your kid’s ability to prioritize. No two children are exactly alike; not even twins can be parented the same way!


These are a few tips to consider when teaching your children how to share, but it’s ultimately up to how you want to mold your child. Some methods will work better than others, so it’s really about being attentive and learning as you go.

Sharing at Prep Academy

At Prep Academy Schools, children are exposed to real social interactions in a productive environment, led by committed teachers who help each student realize their full potential in any situation. This allows children to learn how to share through enriching programs that value each student’s emotional and developmental needs.

The Benefits of Character Education

During a time when school violence and bullying have become so prevalent, it’s important now more than ever that we teach our kids more than just literacy and math skills. That’s where character education comes into the picture. Character education is about teaching our children values and setting a moral foundation for them that they will carry with them throughout their lives. Fairness, honesty trustworthiness, perseverance, compassion, generosity, responsibility, respect, and citizenship are the main pillars of character education.

When we teach our children these core values in school at an early age, the benefits are plentiful. Below are some of the many benefits that character education provides:

  • Higher academic achievements: In a research study done by a Rutgers professor, the results showed that schools that focused on developing the moral character of their students proved to be more academically successful than those that did not.
  • Improved attendance: When a child learns how to be responsible, he will understand that going to school is one of his responsibilities. Not only does responsibility improve attendance, but it also helps them understand the importance of showing up to class and turning in work on time.
  • Fewer disciplinary issues: The focus on respect makes children value not only themselves but also their peers and their teachers. Respectful students take their assignments more seriously because they respect their own skills and abilities, as well as the teacher who gave them the assignment.
  • Reduced violence: When children are taught the concepts of fairness, compassion, and respect at an early age, they will use words instead of fists to solve their problems. This creates a learning environment of peace and harmony rather than tension and violence.
  • A feeling of safety: Both children and their parents have reported feeling safer knowing that they are attending schools where the other students also value the same character traits, such as compassion, respect, and trustworthiness.

Character Education at Prep Academy

Our curriculum at Prep Academy is designed to ensure the development of the whole child – intellectually, socially, developmentally and emotionally. Through age-appropriate activities and real-world scenarios, we help our students develop positive character traits such as self-worth, responsibility, self-confidence, and compassion. All of our teachers lead by example and serve as caring and nurturing role models for their students.