Friday, July 22, 2016

School Year 2016-2017 Year at a Glance

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Monday, July 18, 2016

Row Your Boat

Here’s a simple game that requires no equipment—but you will need an even number of participants—children and adults.
Everybody get a partner and sit on the floor facing each other with legs straight out in front.
Put the soles of your feet together, if you can. If you can’t (such as with a small child/adult combination) put the smaller person’s legs on the inside of the larger person’s.
Grasp hands and hold on tight. Now, as one person leans back, the other leans forward and vice versa. Do this in time while singing "Row, Row, Row Your Boat."
The first time sing and “row” at a slow, easy pace. Repeat a second time, singing and rowing faster. Repeat a third time, singing and rowing as fast as you can.
This activity is very good for strengthening stomach muscles for children as well as adults. Best of all, it’s fun for everybody!

Wednesday, July 6, 2016

Building Self-Esteem

Children need to feel loved just for being themselves. Here are some ways in which parents can enhance their child’s self-esteem by their love:

• Set aside a special time of the day or a special day of the week when you and your child can spend uninterrupted time together. This may include, for example, going together to the mall to select shoes or some item of clothing for your child, going to the post office together to mail some letters, or stopping by the library to return some books or take out some new ones.

• Keep records of your child’s development. This may include keeping a scrapbook with samples of your
child’s artwork, or a special photo album or a home videotape of your child’s favorite activities. You may want to reserve a drawer where you can store mementos from your child’s life.

• Keep written records. Write down some fun things that happened along the way with the dates. Write down those funny, hard to understand words. In later years, these will become treasured memories.

• On your child’s birthday or some other special occasions, write a letter to your child in which you indicate some of the ways in which your child is special to you. Be sure to keep these letters for your child’s future reading.

Wednesday, June 29, 2016

Summer 2016 Preschool Curriculum


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Wednesday, June 15, 2016

Kids Love Puzzles

Puzzles have always had a fascination and appeal for young and old alike.
A child’s first puzzle should be a simple one-piece-per-object one (for example, an apple, a banana, and a pear). Very soon the child will progress to more complex puzzles in which parts must be put together to form a whole.

There are many things a child can learn while working with a puzzle, such as recognizing shape, size, and color. She can also learn new vocabulary.
As your child takes pieces out or places them in a puzzle, she is developing eye-hand coordination skills.
She will also become more aware of the relationships of objects in space (for example, the head is at the top, the feet are at the bottom of the body).

Most puzzles will indicate the age range for which they are appropriate. Public libraries generally have a good supply of puzzles appropriate for different age groups.
This is an activity that is not only a good learning experience, but it will provide your child with many hours of fun.

Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Telling a Lie

Many parents view truthfulness as the most important characteristic of a good child, more important than obedience or friendliness, for example. Not surprisingly these parents get very upset whenever a child utters an untruthful remark.

Children begin saying things that are untrue at about age three or four. At this stage of development, they are beginning to explore the world of imagination and fantasy.

Parents may hear about the “elephant” in the neighbor’s backyard, or other tall tales of the child’s creative imagination. The child is not trying to deceive. He is just telling the parent a tall story — just like the one a parent read to him the night before!

What to do? The development of a child’s creative imagination should generally be encouraged rather than frowned upon, as long as the child is not seeking to deliberately deceive the parent.
A parent can enter into the child’s fantasy game, yet instill a sense of reality by saying, “Draw me a picture of your imaginary elephant.”

Tuesday, June 7, 2016

Healthy Snacks

A few simple tips can keep your family snacks low in fat, healthy and tasty:

• Lots of new/ different chips are available (potato, sweet potato, tortilla) in a variety of tastes. Looks for chips that have been baked, not fried.
• Popcorn is always a favorite (don’t add butter, margarine or too much salt.) Air-popped is best.
• Low fat or farmer’s cheese is good with crackers.
• Fresh fruit is sweet, good for you, and it provides fiber and vitamins. In-season fruits generally cost less.
• Check out recipes for low-fat veggie dips to go with colorful veggies for between-meal snacks. Carrot and celery sticks, broccoli and apples, too, are great for dipping.
• Tired of orange juice? Try one of the new fruit (and vegetable) juice mixes at the grocery store or mix your own.
• Low-fat rice cakes fill up hungry kids in a hurry. Experiment to find the favorite flavors at your house.