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Monday, July 7, 2014

We have moved!

We are in our new building and loving it! You can see the fun the children are having in their new rooms (with windows) and on the new playground! We will be having a New Location Celebration/Open House on Tuesday, August 12th from 5:00-6:30 p.m. Please join us!

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Topic of the Month (July 2014): How Video Games Affect Young Children

Interactive video games can have a positive impact on children. They can be educational and improve manual dexterity as well as computer literacy. However, there are many negative consequences of video games for children. Children may have or become:

  • Aggressive/Violent
  • Difficulty focusing
  • Impulsiveness
  • Mood swings
  • Hyperactive
  • Sleep Disorders (avoid television and video games before sleep)
  • Eating Disorders
  • Obese
  • Addicted to video games
  • School/Academic Difficulties

Studies recommend that those younger than two years old should not be exposed to any media (television or video games). This is because they do not have the cognitive ability to make sense of the blur of shapes and colors they see on the screen. A child's brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens.
Older Toddlers through Preschool

Studies recommend that those two years old through Preschool should have a half hour of limited media time (television or video games). It is better for children to have face-to-face interaction and to stimulate their creativity and imaginations. 

School Age Children through Teens
Studies recommend school age children through teens should have a 1-2 hours of limited media time (television or video games). Guiding children toward non-media activities is a sure way to reduce their screen time. The busier they are exploring the real world, the less likely they'll resort to TV shows, video games and the computer for entertainment.
*Any video games for children should be free of violence and other adult content. Killing people or animals, high speed races with crashing cars and other such games serve no educational purpose and can only desensitize them to violence. Adults and teens should not play these games in front of children. Violent behavior is learned, often early in a child’s life.


Tuesday, June 3, 2014

Topic of the Month (June 2014): Summer Safety

*Heat Dangers
Don't allow your child to engage in strenuous play when the heat index tops 90. The heat index may be given as part of your local weather report.

If you're going to be out in hot weather for a while, make sure your child drinks several ounces of water beforehand. Children who are playing don't respond to their body's needs until they're in trouble. 

By the time your child complains of thirst, he could be on the brink of dehydration. Offer your child something to drink every 30 minutes while you're out, as well. 

*Sun Protection
Every sunburn a child experiences is not only painful but also raises their risk of getting skin cancer, so it's important to protect a child's delicate skin. You can do so by covering them up, using sunscreen of at least 15 SPF correctly and regularly, and only allowing them to be out in the sun at the safest times of the day (before 10 a.m. or after 3 p.m.).


Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Parent Education Topic of the Month (May 2014): The Importance of Hand Washing

Good hand washing protects your child against the spread of many illnesses, such as:
  •    Common Cold
  •    Meningitis
  •         Flu
  •    Hepatitis A
  •    Infectious Diarrhea
  •    Streptococcus

Hand washing is the first line of defense for your child against germs. Germs can be transmitted by:
  •                 touching dirty hands
  •                changing dirty diapers
  •                through contaminated water and food
  •                through droplets released during a cough or sneeze
  •               via contaminated surfaces
  •               through contact with a sick person’s body fluids

 Wash your hands together often so your child will learn how important this good habit is. Proper hand washing procedures are as follows:
1.   Wash their hands in warm water. Make sure the water isn't too hot for little hands.
2.   Use soap and lather up for about 20 seconds. Make sure you get in between their fingers and under the nails where uninvited germs like to hang out. And don’t forget their wrists
3.   Rinse and dry their hands well with a clean towel.

To minimize the spread of germs, wash hands:
  •       before eating and cooking
  •       after using the bathroom
  •       after cleaning around the house
  •       after touching animals, including family pets
  •       before and after visiting or  taking care of any sick friends or relatives
  •       after blowing one’s nose, coughing, sneezing
  •       after being outside (playing, gardening, walking the dog, etc.)

*Don’t under estimate the power of hand washing! The 20 seconds you spend washing you and your child’s hands can save you trips to the doctor’s office.


Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Parent Education Topic of the Month (April 2014): The Importance of Outdoor Play

The weather is warming up and it is getting to be that time of year again when children can play outdoors for longer periods of time! Playing outdoors is critical for children and some of the reasons include:

Practice and Master Emerging Physical Skills-
It is the very best place for preschoolers to practice and master emerging physical skills- running, leaping, jumping, throwing, catching, striking, pushing a swing, pulling a wagon, and lifting and carrying movable objects. 

Best Place to Burn the Most Calories-
It is the very best place to burn the most calories, which helps prevent obesity, a heart disease risk factor that has doubled in the past decade.

Contributes to Learning-
 Outdoor play contributes to learning in the areas of:
o  Cognitive
o  Social/emotional development
o  Communication skills
o  Vocabulary

Learning takes place through:
o  Children inventing games
o  Children modifying games
o  Children enforcing rules
o  Children learning number relationships (as they keep score and count)
o  Children learning social customs (as they learn to play together and cooperate)

   Helps Children Burn Extra Energy
Children need to burn extra steam or “let off steam.” Outdoor play enables children to “recharge their batteries.” They will learn better and sleep better.

Helps Children Stay Healthy
Outdoor play helps children stay healthy, not just physically but it helps with bacteria and virus too!
Outdoor play enables the infectious agents to spread out and be dissipated; it also enables children to get fresh air and exercise and to be less constrained.

Outdoor play is important for children, so take your child outdoors as much as possible!


Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Parent Education Topic of the Month (March 2014)

Build Your Child’s Vocabulary

Why is Vocabulary Important?

We use language to: 
  • Express our intentions
  • Describe our feelings
  • Understand the ideas of others
Word knowledge is among the most critical pieces of language development.

Word Knowledge=Successful Readers + Success in School
Small Vocabulary=Problems Learning to Read + Difficulties in School

There is a deep link between conversation print. Most of our daily conversations draw from a vocabulary bank of no more than 3,000 words, yet the average adult knows upwards of 20,000. That richness comes from print. It is critical that children are exposed to print early on-right from birth! It is important to increase the depth and scope of your child's vocabulary. 

How Do I Build My Child's Vocabulary?

  • Expose your child to print.
  • Read aloud to your child.
  • Teach children descriptive words, such as wide, narrow, tall, short, tiny, low, high, etc. 
  • Expose your child to lots of conversation, such as think out loud and talk to your child. 
  • Be purposeful in introducing new words to your child, such as in the kitchen teach them vocabulary such as-to whisk an egg, use a serving spoon, and test temperature with thermometer.
  • Expose your child to intriguing/difficult words, such as "ridiculous" or "saturated." 
  • Change the language of your daily routines, such as say "let's clean," "let's organize," "let's collate," or "let's arrange."


Please share your thoughts on this topic. 

Friday, January 17, 2014


Check out the slideshow below to find out about our upcoming move!