Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center

Rainbow Child Care Center opened its first school in 1986 in Hillsborough, New Jersey. Today there are more than 121 Rainbow Child Care Centers found in 15 states.

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The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool

The Montessori Preschool opened its doors in 2012, and continues to grow every year. If there is interest in your area, please let us know!

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Rainbow Referral

Rainbow Referral

Do you know a family in need of a Home Away From Home? Share the Rainbow Difference with the Rainbow Referral program and receive one free week of tuition!

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The Art of Appreciation

Young children by nature are very self-centered, as they do not have the cognitive skills to grasp a world larger than their own. Children can be taught to be polite and say “please” and “thank you”, but that does not mean that they understand what being grateful and thankful means. As children are raised to be grateful, they develop empathy skills and are able to be sympathetic towards the feelings of others. On the other side, children who do not have these values instilled in them, end up with a sense of entitlement and are not appreciative of the things that others do for them. Raising your child to be grateful is an ongoing process, and it begins with it being continually modeled for them. A great time to start modeling this for your child would be during the holiday season. Some things to do as the holiday season begins are:

  • Talk to your child about the thought that goes into gifts and take the materialistic aspect out of it. Discuss the importance of finding things to value about a gift, even if it is not exactly what they wanted. What about it did that person think was special? Is it something that is their favorite color?
  • If your child refuses to say “thank you”, don’t let it turn into a power struggle. Though it might seem embarrassing in the moment, it is better to just thank the person for your child and model the grateful behavior. If you try to force it, your child will be more reluctant to say it in the future. Model praise and warm conversations at the grocery store, in restaurants, etc. so they consistently see the behavior that you want them to display. Even without acknowledging it, your child is watching and learning.
  • Expose your children to people from all walks of life. This will help your child see how lucky they are and help them realize how much they do have. It sometimes leads to difficult questions like “Where does that man sleep?” or “What do those kids eat for dinner?” Sparking discussions like this help put things in perspective for your child. Children as young as 3 can be encouraged to go through their toys and pick out items to donate. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how empathetic young children can often be.

Keeping in the Thanksgiving spirit, here are some other fun, educational activities you can do with your child.

Stuff The Turkey- Have your child decorate a brown paper bag like a turkey, using crayons, markers or various other art supplies. Then crumple up newspaper together into balls to use to stuff your turkey. Count how many pieces of newspaper it took to stuff the turkey!

Turkey Baster Transfer- Give your child containers of water and have them use a turkey baster to practice transferring water. You can also use colored water, so your child can experiment with making different colors.

Personalized Placemats- Have your child decorate placemats for each person who will be joining your meal. Talk to your child about what makes each person special and important. Have your child either write it on the placemat or dictate it to you to write on the placemat, so all of your dinner guests feel welcome and special.