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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – October 2013

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   October 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Common Preschool Halloween Mistakes by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School

As a child psychiatrist, school consultant, father and grandfather, I’ve seen a lot of All Hallows’ Eve’s involving preschool children – more unsuccessful than not. I’ve come to the conclusion that successful Halloween experiences contain the same traits: the children are old enough, the celebration is short, too much candy is avoided and it isn’t scary.

Parents intend to delight – and delight in – their preschool child’s playful participation in this fall ritual. But less is more when it comes to keeping a preschooler comfortable and entertained. Here are some guidelines:

Age
Halloween is really meant for school-age kids and adults who have no trouble telling fantasy from reality and whom are way past being afraid of the dark and of scary masks. The preschooler is less likely to laugh and more likely to anxiously ask the mask-wearer a question – cute, but neither funny nor entertaining.

Length
Tying Halloween into dinner plans often stretches the evening out beyond your preschooler’s stamina, making all the other strange stuff inherent to the event harder to manage and understand. Plan to stick to your routine, and celebrate well before bedtime so your preschooler has a chance to settle down.

Sweets
Candy is the antithesis of your normal bedtime snack, giving your child a sugar rush. So, keep them away from the candy bowl. You may want to reconsider having them stay home to ‘help hand out the treats,’ tempting though it may be to have them ‘safe’ with you at your own front door.

Scariness
Because the preschool mind is just mastering the difference between reality and fantasy, things that slip back and forth over the edge of that distinction – like Halloween itself – aren’t very comfortable training grounds for this kind of learning. Older children can see the joy in being scared because they understand the difference. A preschooler is not quite ready for this kind of ‘fun.’

For your young ones, then, I suggest you make it a dress-up party without the gore, leave the trick or treating to the grade school professionals, check your favorite parents magazine/Web site for some simple games to play with peers and get them to bed at a reasonable time. Giving them and yourself a few more years to get ready for the delightful weirdness will be deeply appreciated by them and you.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for The Goddard School. Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development who has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty-five years. He is a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center.

Parent-Teacher Communication

Establishing a strong, open line of communication between parents and teachers is an essential part of any child’s education. Doing so allows parents to always remain apprised of their child’s progress and, should a problem arise, allows for easy discussion on ways to address and remedy the situation.

Never hesitate to get the lines of communication flowing. As your child’s teacher greets each new student on the first day of school, take advantage of the situation to introduce yourself as well. Ask how and when would be the best time to contact them if you have questions or just want to check in on your child’s progress.

Try to communicate with your child’s teacher regularly. Frequent chats help build your parent-teacher relationship and allow for a constant flow of feedback so you both can better understand and address your child’s needs.

Becoming involved in school events and/or parent-teacher organizations offers another great forum for developing parent-teacher communication. Make an effort to attend open houses, social events and/or join the school’s PTO.

Once the lines of communication are established, you and your child’s teacher can work together throughout the school year to monitor and guide your child’s educational goals.

Mummy-Dogs, Halloweenies and Witch Eyes

Looking for a spooktacular twist for your child’s Halloween lunch?

  • Wrap precooked hot dogs in thin strips of canned roll dough and bake until golden brown for yummy Mummy-Dogs. For a healthier twist, try turkey or tofu dogs!
  • Slice veggie dogs, put in a mini-pita pocket with colorful matchstick veggies and add sweet and sour or BBQ sauce for a delicious Halloweenies sandwich!
  • Whip up devilishly delicious deviled eggs. Top with a round slice of black olive. Serve two egg halves side-by-side for protein-packed Witch Eyes.

News Items

Routines, Rituals, and
Transitions by Scott Noyes
Saturday, 10/5 10-12
Call to reserve your space!

Fall Pictures!
October 7 & 8
Bring your smile to school!
Say Cheese!

Pizza Wednesdays
Every Wednesday in October
Sign-up in the front office
Eat and enjoy!

Pirate Theme Day
Thursday, October 17
Pirate activities all day!
Arghhhhhh!

Trunk or Treating
Thursday, October 24
Join us for our
Halloween Event!

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Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – September 2013

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   September 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Transitioning to Childcare by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School

Transitioning your child from home care to childcare is wrenching for every parent. In fact, most babies and young children adapt to their new environment more easily than parents do. And it’s important for parents to appreciate and care for their own emotions at this juncture.

As with so many things for young children, taking it slow and easy can work wonders. If your child is moving into alternative childcare for the first time, make the transition gradual, providing lots of support.

  • Make sure your child meets the caregivers or teachers before moving into this new environment. If you choose a childcare center or a preschool, make sure your child knows at least one other child in the class. If your child doesn’t already know someone, ask the caregiver to suggest one or two children who might be good matches for your child, and set up a few play dates.
  • Talk to your child about the new arrangement, describing the friends to be made and the wonderful things to be done and learned. Talk about being apart and getting back together. Play games such as hide-and-seek that demonstrate being apart and together.
  • When moving to a new childcare arrangement, start gradually, if possible. For example, allow your child to be alone at the childcare center for short periods at first, then slowly increase the time away from you.
  • Once the new arrangements are underway, get up a bit earlier so you have time together before you leave. Also, make special family times in the evenings and on weekends.
  • Let your child take her favorite toy or “softie” to school.
  • Tell the caregiver or teacher of any factors that might influence your child’s behavior or needs for the day, such as a restless night, family illness or visits from relatives.
  • Be aware that separation anxiety may come and go in cycles. You can ease your child’s upsets if you make your departure warm and smooth, staying long enough to let your child settle in, but without lingering. And never sneak out or lie, telling your little one you “will be right back” just before you dash to the parking lot. Your child needs to be able to rely on his trust in you as he navigates this new world.
  • When you pick your child up, ask the caregiver about what happened during the day. Then discuss the day’s events with your child.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for The Goddard School. Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development who has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty-five years. He is a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center.

Helping Your Child Make Friends

To a preschooler, a “friend” is anyone who is willing to play the way they want to play during any given period of time. Friends are just as likely to be boys as girls and may change frequently. Playing with friends is an important way for children to learn social skills including sharing and taking turns so providing your child the opportunity to make friends is helpful, worthwhile and fun!

Dale Walker, a professor of child development at the University of Kansas, offers these guidelines to promote productive and enjoyable playdates.

  1. Limit the initial invitation to one or two friends at your home.
  2. Schedule the playdate for one to two hours to avoid overstimulating the children.
  3. Plan games and activities your child enjoys and provide enough materials so the children don’t have to share immediately.
  4. Guide the children as they make a craft, play a game or splash in a wading pool rather than letting them manage themselves.
  5. Schedule playdates with the same children on a weekly basis.
  6. Periodically play one-on-one with your child to develop familiarity with their playing style and stimulate their social interaction.
  7. If your child is struggling socially with their peers consider adopting a pet, which is usually nonthreatening.
  8. Reading books and watching shows about friendship also reinforces the positive aspects of socialization.
  9. Model friendship by inviting friends to meet, especially when your friends have children compatible with your own.
  10. Limit your expectations and pressure to prevent your child developing insecurity about developing friends.

APPLE PRINTING*

Materials:
Apples
Paint (Use washable poster paint for paper prints and fabric paints for clothes)
Paper plates
Something to print on
Newspaper to protect table
Art smocks
Knife to cut the apple

*Children should have adult supervision throughout this activity.

How To:

  1. Cover your working area with newspaper, and make sure everyone is wearing old clothes or a smock!
  2. Pour paint on to paper plates (one color per plate).
  3. Cut the apples in half. Create an apple silhouette by cutting the apple from top to bottom, or create a circle with a star by cutting the apple horizontally. Have your child guess what each shape will look like before you cut the apple, or brainstorm different ways to create different shapes with the apple.
  4. Have your child dip the flat side of the apple in the paint, thoroughly covering the apple, and then place it on the printing surface.
  5. Have fun creating fun designs and pictures with your homemade stamps!

News Items

Calling all Grandparents!
Monday, September 9 at 11:00
Make a memento and a snack
with your grandchild at school!

Crazy Hair Day
Wednesday, September 18
Create a wacky hairdo to
Show off to all your friends!

Routines, Rituals & Transitions
Presented by Scott Noyes
Saturday, October 5, 2013
Call to reserve your space!

Fall Pictures Time!
October 7-8 2013
Remember to dress your best
And Say Cheese!

Pirate Theme Day
Thursday, October 17
Join us as we dress and talk
like a Pirate all day long!

Contact Us

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Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

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Goddard Parent Newsletter – Special Edition

Parenting with Pruett: Music and Dance, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School

Children have an innate appetite for music. Music is the superb para-language between emotion, expression and imagination. In the musical world, feelings come together with play, movement and memory in a way that is not ultimately dependent on language. That is precisely why it is so indispensible to young children, no matter their culture or class.

All young children, even those with only minimal hearing, have a powerful, almost riveting affinity for music. Research has shown that a fetus responds to musical cues from the middle trimester onward and never stops attending to it afterward. Infants are the same. Watch an infant’ s face as you sing or play music. Even words rarely elicit such a complex reaction. The desire to move and bounce to, kick their feet to, rock back and forth toeven match the mood ofalmost any musical stimulus is powerful in most children.

Play with music is so complex and rich, it probably teaches more economically than any formal kind of instruction. The neurobiological processes underlying the appreciation and facilitation of music-assisted play and interaction involve the brain pathways for memory, hearing, balance, motor control, hormonal secretion, cognition and, of course, emotion. Talk about a big bang for the developmental buck

Snacks That Stack Up

Are your preschoolers turning their noses up at the same old snacks? Transform ordinary snacks into the talk of the playground.

  • Substitute multigrain crackers for bread, and layer turkey, tomato and cheese for the snack that really stacks up!
  • Use cookie cutters to add the “wow” factor to everyday cheese slices, bread, pineapple, wholegrain waffles, cucumbers and more!
  • Try whole wheat or flavored tortillas instead of bread. Simply spread on a little cream cheese or low-fat yogurt, add diced fruits or veggies, roll it up and prestoyour little ones will be raving!

Going on a Treasure Hunt

An ancient treasure map has turned up miraculously on your door step and it leads to a treasure chest hiding in your home! Great for parties or just a fun afternoon activity, send your children roaming around your house or backyard for some fun-filled treasure hunting adventures.

Like a scavenger hunt, create clues that will send the treasure hunters from one hint to the next, eventually ending at the “buried” treasure! Have fun and be creative when writing your cluesuse riddles or rhymesbut don’t make them too difficult for young children to figure out quickly.

Once you’ve created your clues, set up your landmarks for the treasure hunt. You could use stuffed animals and pretend they’re “wild horses,” build a totem pole out of empty boxes or fill a small kiddie pool with sand (outside, of course) and encourage the children to dig for their next hint. The possibilities are endless! Be sure to set boundaries, and keep all landmarks and the treasure chest within your home or backyard where you can easily supervise.

Cardboard treasure chests can be found in most party stores, but if you’re feeling adventurous, you could make one using a few supplies from your local craft store.

News Items

Slithery, Slimy, & Scaly
Presented by
Amoskeag Fishways
Thursday, August 22, 2013

Goddard is turning 4!
Wednesday, August 28
Meet & Greet from 5-6 pm
Birthday Festivities 6-7pm

The center will be CLOSED
in observance of Labor Day!
Monday, September 2, 2013
Enjoy your day off!

It’s Crazy, Wacky, Hair Day!
Wednesday, Sept.18, 2013
Join us for this fun event.
What will your hair look like?

Parent Goddard University
Saturday, Oct. 5, 2013
Routines, Rituals, & Transitions
Presented by Scott Noyes

Contact Us

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Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – July 2013

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   July 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Routines and Rituals, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School

Ah, routines and rituals…such comforts against the one universal truth that life is nothing but change. Our children seem to get this sooner than we parents. When they struggle as infants to get the day and night thing down, they are teaching us how important and soothing the predictable is when tired, hungry, cranky and the like. As toddlers, we watch in amazement as they doggedly line up their shoes, trucks or dolls in the face of a little uncertainty and in search of the reassuring symmetry of order. These are not simple entertainments, but powerful and effective coping strategies that, if we are lucky, they never quite give up. Some of the uses of the psychological calendar of anticipation and predictability:

  • By 18 months: Children know the routines of everyday life and are very reassured by them: dressing, mealtimes, play, school, bath time, and finally bedtime with a story and a kiss. These are an antidote to the uncertainties of this period of rapid growth.
  • By 24 to 26 months: Children have a reliable sense of the week’s rhythms, and appreciate the difference between a weekday and a weekend.
  • By 42 months: Children begin to anticipate the predictable patterns of the year and its changing seasons, family gatherings, holidays, and birthdays.

All the while they are soaking up the beginnings of culture and ethnic diversity in such vital rituals.

Routines and rituals are especially important (and sometimes hardest) to maintain when a child is ill, or the family is going through a stressful time. Routines around food, clothing, bathing, going to school and sleep can be soothing precisely because they don’t vary in the face of change. The ultimate routine or ritual is mealtime. Children learn about what matters in life in a regular, predictable, culture-rich and (one hopes) nutritious environment. Plan it and protect it.

Ultimately, they (and we) give up most of these early comforts, going the way of the blankie and binkie. The next generation of routine and ritual comforts owe their efficacy to these early and more primitive coping strategies. So honor and promote them while you may. They disappear all too soon.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for The Goddard School. Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development who has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty-five years. He is a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center.

Playing it Cool

When the summer sun blazes bright, children often spend more time outdoorsrunning, jumping, climbing, biking and being active. It is important to remember that physical activity in excessive heat can cause a variety of health issues including sunburn, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. Below are a few tips that can help prevent your child from experiencing any of these heat-related illnesses. (Please note: If you feel that your child is experiencing symptoms of a heat-related illness, dial 911 and seek medical attention immediately.)

  • If you are aware that the day is going to be excessively hot, try to limit outdoor play time to the morning and evening hours (before 10 am and after 4 pm).
  • Sunglasses and hats with brims help protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Always apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or above that protects against UVA and UVB rays before your child heads outdoors. Apply liberally and reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing should be worn in a single layer to help absorb and facilitate sweat evaporation. If your child should sweat through their clothing, have them change into a dry outfit before continuing their activity.
  • Fluids, fluids, fluids! Children should be well hydrated before they go out to play and have access to drinking water while participating in outdoor activities.
  • During prolonged outdoor activity, like a sports game or practice, children should be given frequent breaks (in 20-minute increments) to recover (in the shade) and rehydrate.

Make Your Own Ice Pops

Ice pops are perfect for a summer dessert or afternoon snack. Instead of purchasing them at the store, invest in an ice pop mold (or use small paper or plastic cups) and invite your little one into the kitchen to experiment with making your own. After you try the delicious recipes below, get creative and see what tasty flavors you can whip up!

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops
1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
3 cups cold water
1 (16-ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries

Prepare the lemonade as directed on the package. Place the frozen strawberries into a blender and puree them until smooth. If necessary, use some of the lemonade to help the strawberries blend. Stir the strawberry puree into the lemonade and pour the mixture into the ice pop molds. Freeze them until set.

Pudding Pops
1 package sugar-free pudding mix in the flavor of your choice
2 cups cold low-fat milk
2 cups low-fat Cool Whip

Prepare the pudding as directed on the package, using the 2 cups of cold low-fat milk. Mix in the 2 cups of low-fat Cool Whip and divide the mixture into ice pop molds. Freeze them until set.

*An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

News Items

Water days are here again!
Every Monday & Wednesday
During July and August
Don’t forget your towel!

Join us for Fun Fridays!
Every Friday 10:00-11:00AM
Throughout July and August
Everyone’s welcome to come!

Candy Making Demonstration!
Friday, July 12, 2013
Learn how to make some of
our favorite treats!

Lindsay & Her Puppet Pals
Will be doing a puppet show
Wednesday, July 17, 2013
It’s Showtime!

Slithery, Slimy, & Scaly!
By Amoskeag Fishways
Thursday, August 22, 2013
Learn about reptiles with us!

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, New Hampshire 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

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   June 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Fathering, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School

One of the principal behavior changes of American parents in the last generation centers on the wish that fathers be more involved day-to-day with their children. My research on the issue of whether or not this is a good thing comes to two firm conclusions: 1) children raised by involved dads are thriving, healthy kids, and 2) fathers do not mother any more than mothers father.

So, what is unique about the way men parent, and does it matter to children?

  • Fathers roughhouse with their kids right from the beginning more than mothers. This is interesting to children, they respond to it, and even seek it out. It helps to build physical confidence in boys and girls.
  • Fathers allow frustration to build to elevated levels before intervening when their children are mastering something new. It turns out that dads think this helps children learn to handle frustration at manageable levels – preparing them for life’s uneven playing field. They are right.
  • Fathers may give their children more leeway in new circumstances while mothers tend to stay physically closer to their children in the park or at the mall. Dads want children to explore. Children tend to like it, and learn independence from it.
  • Fathers use more real-world consequences to discipline whereas mothers use more social-relationship consequences. Children who receive both integrate them well, giving them a stronger sense of internal control and self-discipline than children with uninvolved or absent dads.
  • Kids with involved dads – dads who have fed, changed diapered, bathed, and comforted (with the support of their spouses) – do better in school, have higher self-confidence, use less violent problem-solving themselves, and have stronger verbal skills.

Children can distinguish the voice of their father from their mother at birth – and their handling styles at six weeks. Any questions? Just ask the kids what they think of fathering.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for The Goddard School. Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development who has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty-five years. He is a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center.

Keeping Your Child Healthy

Nutrition and exercise are important to your child’s overall health. Proper nutrition and participation in physical activities can prevent many medical problems and ensure your child is growing to his/her full potential.

Encourage your child to eat a variety of foods to help them get the nutrients they need from every food group. By offering your child a variety of foods, they are more likely to try new foods – and to like more foods. Children learn from their parents, so it is no surprise that they are likely to mimic your food choices and physical activities. If they see you enjoying fruits, vegetables, whole grains as well as physical activities, your children are more likely enjoy them as well. Be a good role model for developing good health, physical skills and self-esteem by eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise.

Red, White and Blueberry Smoothie

Celebrate America’s birthday with this yummy, refreshing treat!

Gather It

1/2 cup vanilla yogurt, plus a little more for garnish
2 cups fresh or frozen strawberries
1 cup milk or water
1 large banana, cut up
2 tablespoons sugar
1/2 cup blueberries, for garnish

Make It

Place yogurt, strawberries, milk, banana and sugar into a blender. Blend until smooth. Pour into tall glasses and top each drink with 1 teaspoon of yogurt and garnish with blueberries.

News Items

End of the Year Ceremony
Preschool I & II
June 19, 2013
6:15-6:45 PM

End of the Year Ceremony
Pre-Kindergarten
June 19, 2013
7:15-7:45 PM

Kindergarten Graduation
June 20, 2013 6:30 PM
Congratulations 2013
Kindergarten Graduates!

Field Day
June 27, 2013
Join us for some outdoor
fun in the sun!

Red, White, and Glue!
Theme Day July 5, 2013
Join us for some patriotic fun!
Wear red, white & blue!

Contact Us

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Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
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   May 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Talk About Your Feelings, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School

Talk about your own feelings and how they got that way in a simple and straightforward manner. Children who have never heard their parents talking about how or what they are feeling on a day-to-day basis face an uphill climb to develop useful understandings about language and emotion. Say things like: “I was sad when my friend forgot to come over” or “I felt happy to get that nice letter from Grandma.” Simple, clear and to the point, the feeling in your voice will capture your toddler’s interest, so don’t be too surprised to see her staring at you at first. It gives her the words to match the emotion she reads in you and will eventually identify herself.

A Trip to the Zoo

There is so much to see and learn at the zoo! Children get to see how wild and exotic animals live, what they eat, how they sleep, how they play and interact with one another and, sometimes, how they interact with other species.

Before heading to the zoo for the first time, you may want to talk with your preschooler about what the zoo is and about the animals they will encounter there. Share a book about animals with your little one and think about the animals that you would like to see on your visit. You can also compile a list of questions that your child has about different animals and then look for the answers when you visit each animal’s exhibit at the zoo.

Beyond the Tie: Celebrating Father’s Day

Tired of the traditional breakfast in bed? Over the clich shirt and tie combo? Make Dad’s Day this year a little more rad.

  • Have a picnic, take a walk or just relax outdoorslet Dad choose how he would most enjoy relaxing with the family.
  • Plan a day of not planning. Make today the day to put aside all errands, chores and projectshelp Dad to enjoy a pressure-free day.
  • Father’s Day is not only for your children to celebrate Dadlet him know just how impressed you are with how amazing a father he is to your children.
  • Give Dad the gift of a few hours by himself! We all need time to ourselves to refocus now and then. Dad may be thrilled to schedule an unexpected tee time, or to curl up with that new bestseller he’s been eyeing up.
  • Don’t limit the father festivities to just your children’s dad; encourage your little ones to call their grandpas and other special male role models, too.
  • Most importantly, let Dad know how appreciated he is. Help your children to write (or color) a thank you note, encourage them to create a special song or lend them a hand in whipping up a special treat. Homemade gifts or projects can sometimes be the best at conveying your child’s love and appreciation for Dad.

News Items

Digital Detox Week
April 29 – May 3, 2013
Take the week to unplug
from electronic devices!

Teacher Appreciation Week
May 6 -10, 2013
Help us celebrate the great
teachers at our school!

Spring Picture Days
May 7 & 8, 2013
Dress your best and
Say Cheese!

Children’s Expo
May 19, 2013
11:00 am – 2:00 pm
Join us for a day of fun!

Sleep Seminar
by Scott Noyes
June 1st 10:00 am-12:00 pm
Make your reservation today!

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Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
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   April 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: A Toddler’s Property Laws, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School

Whoever coined the phrase “possession is nine-tenths of the law” must have been the parent of a toddler. After “no,” the word that toddlers use most frequently is “mine.” This is a natural, and often amusing, component of the child’s new sense of self. The following humorous list has been around, in various forms, for years. It certainly reflects a universal experience.

A Toddler’s Property Laws

  1. If I like it, it’s mine.
  2. If it might be mine, it’s mine.
  3. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
  4. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
  5. If I had it before, it’s mine.
  6. If I’m making something, all the parts are mine.
  7. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
  8. If it looks like mine, it’s mine.
  9. If I think it’s mine, it’s mine.

Root for Earth with The Goddard School!

To plant the seeds of environmental awareness in their communities, Goddard Schools across the nation are hosting Root for Earth, a week-long celebration of conservation that features a variety of activities for promoting a healthier Earth for future generations.

The celebration kicks off on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, with a flip of the switch as nearly 400 Goddard Schools nationwide turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour. Additionally, the children will participate in environmentally friendly activities throughout the week. Stop by from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26 to Root for Earth with us!

Mother’s Day Handprint Bouquet!

Materials
A piece of scrap paper
Colored cardstock
Pencil
Crayons and/or markers
Scissors
Green pipe cleaners
Single-hole punch
Ribbon

Directions

  1. Trace your child’s hand on a piece of scrap paper and cut the tracing out with scissors.
  2. Use this cutout as a template for tracing your child’s handprint onto five or six pieces of colored cardstock. (Children who are old enough to use a pencil may enjoy this task!)
  3. Cut out all of the new tracings with scissors. Punch a hole in the bottom of each one, just above the bottom edge of the palm, with the single-hole punch.
  4. After all the handprints are cut out and the holes are punched, encourage your little one to use the crayons and/or markers to draw colorful designs on the handprints.
  5. Fold one pipe cleaner in half for each handprint “flower.”
  6. Thread about 1/4 inch of the folded end of the pipe cleaner into the hole you punched in the handprint. Fold it down to the secure the pipe cleaner to the cardstock.
  7. Twist the two sides of the pipe cleaner together to create a stem.
  8. Repeat for all of the handprints.
  9. Once all of the handprint flowers are complete, tie them into a bunch with a ribbon. Present them to Mom, Grandma or Auntie to thank her for all that she does!

*An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

News Items

Red Sox Opening Theme Day!
April 8, 2013
It is a baseball day of fun.
Wear your Red Sox gear.

Week of the Young Child
April 14-20, 2013
Join us for our week of
Take Fives for the children.

Root for Earth Event
April 21-27, 2013
Celebrate a clean Earth &
Earth Day with us this week.

Digital Detox Week
April 28 – May 4, 2013
Join us in an electronic free
week for our children.

Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5-11, 2013
Help us thank our teachers
for the great job they do!

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2013

   March 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Moral Behavior and Empathy, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

As with other aspects of behavior, moral behavior must be taught. One element of such behavior is the ability to empathize with others, to put oneself in someone else’s shoes. Obviously, empathy can help inhibit anti-social behavior.

There is some evidence that empathy is part of a child’s in-born temperament, and that some children are naturally more empathic than others. However, research also shows that empathic parents tend to have empathic children. So this important attribute is clearly shaped by example and teaching as well as by genes.

The ability to show children what it is to care about another’s well-being–physical and emotional–is central to teaching morality. It is also central to their self-control and their long-term ability to form lasting relationships.

Many childhood games are valuable for teaching connectedness, turn-taking and awareness of others. Peekaboo is a great example.

Annual Scholarship

Did you know that your Goddard School graduate is eligible for the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship? This $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School.

The application deadline for this year’s scholarship is Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Visit The Goddard School website for scholarship eligibility criteria and application form.

Shake it Up!

Nutrition comes in many shapes and sizes–and not all of them are solid. A fruit shake is a refreshing way to start your child’s day. Choose your child’s favorite fruits or try a new one from time to time. Add a piece of whole grain toast–and maybe a little nut or seed butter–and you have a balanced breakfast alternative. Cut and freeze fruits ahead of time to make this breakfast as quick and easy as it is nutritious and fun!

Yogurt, Banana, and Strawberry Shake

Ingredients
1 Small Banana
6 Strawberries
2/3 Cup Plain Yogurt (Substitute: Soy or Vanilla Yogurt)
3 Tbsp. Orange Juice
2-3 Tbsp. 2% Milk

Directions

  1. Slice the banana and strawberries.
  2. Puree sliced fruit in a blender or food processor.
  3. Add the yogurt and orange juice.
  4. Blend until smooth. (Use milk to thin, if necessary.)

News Items

Kindergarten Open House
Wednesday, March 13 6-7pm
Learn about The Goddard
School’s Kindergarten Program

St. Patrick’s Theme Day
Friday, March 15, 2013
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Don’t forget to wear green!

Red Sox Opening Day
Monday, April 8, 2013
Join us for baseball themed events all day!
Wear baseball gear to school!

Week of the Young Child
April 14-20 2013
Celebrate learning through play
with fun activities all week!

Art Show
Friday, April 19, 2013
Join as we celebrate our
student’s creativity!

Contact Us
12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2013

   March 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Moral Behavior and Empathy, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

As with other aspects of behavior, moral behavior must be taught. One element of such behavior is the ability to empathize with others, to put oneself in someone else’s shoes. Obviously, empathy can help inhibit anti-social behavior.

There is some evidence that empathy is part of a child’s in-born temperament, and that some children are naturally more empathic than others. However, research also shows that empathic parents tend to have empathic children. So this important attribute is clearly shaped by example and teaching as well as by genes.

The ability to show children what it is to care about another’s well-being–physical and emotional–is central to teaching morality. It is also central to their self-control and their long-term ability to form lasting relationships.

Many childhood games are valuable for teaching connectedness, turn-taking and awareness of others. Peekaboo is a great example.

Annual Scholarship

Did you know that your Goddard School graduate is eligible for the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship? This $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School.

The application deadline for this year’s scholarship is Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Visit The Goddard School website for scholarship eligibility criteria and application form.

Shake it Up!

Nutrition comes in many shapes and sizes–and not all of them are solid. A fruit shake is a refreshing way to start your child’s day. Choose your child’s favorite fruits or try a new one from time to time. Add a piece of whole grain toast–and maybe a little nut or seed butter–and you have a balanced breakfast alternative. Cut and freeze fruits ahead of time to make this breakfast as quick and easy as it is nutritious and fun!

Yogurt, Banana, and Strawberry Shake

Ingredients
1 Small Banana
6 Strawberries
2/3 Cup Plain Yogurt (Substitute: Soy or Vanilla Yogurt)
3 Tbsp. Orange Juice
2-3 Tbsp. 2% Milk

Directions

  1. Slice the banana and strawberries.
  2. Puree sliced fruit in a blender or food processor.
  3. Add the yogurt and orange juice.
  4. Blend until smooth. (Use milk to thin, if necessary.)

News Items

Kindergarten Open House
Wednesday, March 13 6-7pm
Learn about The Goddard
School’s Kindergarten Program

St. Patrick’s Theme Day
Friday, March 15, 2013
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day
Don’t forget to wear green!

Red Sox Opening Day
Monday, April 8, 2013
Join us for baseball themed events all day!
Wear baseball gear to school!

Week of the Young Child
April 14-20 2013
Celebrate learning through play
with fun activities all week!

Art Show
Friday, April 19, 2013
Join as we celebrate our
student’s creativity!

Contact Us
12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – February 2013

   February 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: “Will I Spoil My Child?” , by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Most adults believe a spoiled child is one who behaves in a way that the adult finds objectionable. But what’s “objectionable?” The answer varies widely among cultures and individuals.

What’s important to one person can be irrelevant to the next, what’s cute to one can be bothersome to another. In our multicultural society, the key is for you, others in your home, and those who care for your child to agree on the basics.

Once those basics are set, reason and consistency are you best tactics. Giving in from time to time won’t ruin your rules or spoil your child. If something is really important to the little guy, let him win on occasion (except where safety and minimal behavior requirements are concerned). It shows him that his view have merit and teaches him that perseverance on things that really count for him can be rewarded. Especially give in on those instances where you initial position was extreme or unnecessary–something all adults do from time to time, even with other adults.

If caving becomes a habit, however, you do no one a favor, least of all your child. The boundaries she needs to feel secure get muddied, and she will spend untold effort to reestablish them–a big waste of resources for her and a big test of your patience.

Within the limits you set there is never a need for limits on your love. Care and affection don’t spoil a child. In fact, they provide the best teaching model a child could ask for. You are demonstrating the very behavior you want to encourage. There is no downside to this.

Choosing a Summer Program

February is the ideal time to enroll your child in a summer program. Keeping a child’s day consistent throughout the summer months keeps the child’s brain focused and helps prevent learning losses during the summer. Additionally, this could ease the anxiety that often accompanies transitioning into a new classroom or school in the fall.

Tips for Choosing a Summer Program

  • Choose a program that is based on each child’s interests and natural curiosity. This allows children the opportunity to direct their own learning;
  • Ask about the credentials, experience and training of the teachers or counselors;
  • Check the health and safety practices of the program. Make sure that the program will be able to handle your child’s unique needs;
  • Inquire about the daily schedule of the program. Does the program combine songs, stories, exploration, art, physical activities and learning adventures in a safe, nurturing environment? Ask how much freedom a child has to choose his or her own activities;
  • Ask for references.

Waffle Snacks

Whole-grain waffles are all the rage these days. Not only are they delicious, but whole-grain waffles also offer a great boost of iron and vitamins B6, B12 and A.

Pop a few small frozen whole-grain waffles in the toaster, then add your little one’s choice of toppings for a quick, satisfying snack. Some of our favorite combinations include reduced-fat cream cheese with fruit jelly, peanut butter (or sunflower butter) with sliced apples and sliced strawberries with bananas drizzled in honey. Experiment with different combinations to find your favorites!

News Items

Valentine’s Theme Day
Thursday, February 14, 2013
Wear red to school and
join us for some Valentine’s fun!

School Closed
Monday, February 18, 2013
Teachers will be participating
in continuing education.

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday Celebration
Friday, March 1, 2013
Bring your favorite
Dr. Seuss book to school.

Pancake Breakfast
Sunday, March 10, 2013
Join us at Applebee’s
for this fun charity event!

St. Patrick’s Theme Day
Friday, March 15, 2013
Don’t forget to wear
green to school!

Contact Us
12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – January 2013

January 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: The Need to Feel Secure, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

The need to feel secure is a serious matter when children are out of their parents’ care. Their emotional cues are the key to understanding what can help them in being comfortable and appropriately dependent. From thumb-sucking and pacifiers to “loveys” and “softies,” children must be allowed to discover and use the props that help them to comfort themselves and manage stress, especially when parents are absent. That children can use these props and tactics is a testament to their parents’ success in helping them to cope with life’s discomforts and uncertainties.

These objects are transitional. As children grow in their capacities to adapt to and manage change and troublesome emotions, they will give them up on their own. I advise parents not to take them away, especially during these transitions. On the contrary, keep them in good repair! I have seen blankets and toys that were rags and shadows of their former selves, glued, patched and re-stitched, still providing soothing magic.

Thumb-sucking into the second year can cause some tooth disruption if it is especially intense and prolonged. Pacifiers are kinder to the mouth and teeth because they distribute sucking pressure more evenly throughout the mouth. By the first birthday, the need for non-nutritive sucking usually starts to diminish, so that by 18 months, walking and talking are picking up the self-stimulation slack. Comforting should be spread out over rocking, cuddling, softies, etc., lessening the appetite for sucking.

25th Birthday Party: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play!

Save the date for The Goddard School Birthday Party: 25 Years of Learning through Play!

Goddard Schools nationwide are hosting The Goddard School Birthday Party on Saturday, February 9 (see the sidebar for event details). We are partnering with The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to create and donate handmade birthday cards for pediatric patients who celebrate a birthday during a hospital stay or family members who celebrate a birthday during a loved one’s hospital stay. For every birthday card we create, Goddard Systems, Inc. will donate $1 to RMHC, up to $25,000. Help us reach our goal by stopping in to create a very special card and brighten a child’s day!

Edible Creations

It’s a fact: children love to play with their food. Here’s an activity that is fun and lets children eat their creations!

Grab a couple bags of marshmallows (you can use minis, regular size or jumbo, or offer a selection of all three sizes) and a package or two of pretzel sticks. Set everything out on a table and let your little ones use their imaginations to create snowflakes, animals, houses and more by connecting the pretzel sticks to the marshmallows. When they are finished, snap pictures of their edible masterpieces for posterity and then dig in!

News Items

Join us for a Sledding Day
On January 19, 2013
at Alexander Car Park
The fun starts at 11:00 am

Beach Party Theme Day
Bring your beach gear
Get ready for some fun in the sun!
On January 21

The 100th Day of School
is January 30
Join us for some great activities
celebrating the middle of the year!

Super Bowl Party Theme Day
Febraury 1, 2013
Celebrate Super Bowl Sunday
with a Super Bowl activities!

Valentine’sTheme Day
Febraury 14th
Celebrate Valentine’s Day
with creative, fun themed activites

 

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – December 2012

December 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Preschooler Sleep – Scary Dreams, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Most preschoolers will sleep through the night, but for many children, there is a sharp increase in the number of scary dreams. Then everybody’s up. Such dreams typically occur in the second half of the night, and the child will be scared and crying and need the following reassurances from a parent:

  • What awakened her was the dream;
  • It’s over now;
  • It’s not real;
  • It won’t come back;
  • It can’t hurt her. Period.

Fear may make it hard for her to resume sleeping, so just accept that it will take however long it takes to settle her back down. And don’t get too preoccupied with conversation or dream interpretation; it’s your close presence that works the magic, not your ability to help her understand the mysteries of her experience. The other thing that helps is just growing up. Most children only have occasional nightmares after they are age six.

The Goddard School’s Internet Radio Show – Balancing Act: The Art of Parenting!

Need help navigating the world of parenting a preschooler? The Goddard School’s panel of early childhood development experts discusses and answers your questions on our Toginet Radio show – Balancing Act: The Art of Parenting. From education guidance to bullying-proofing advice to nutrition and fitness tips, our experts are here to help you.

Want to know how to choose the right childcare for your family? Need tips to help your child cope with divorce? Looking for help to balance your home and work life? Join host Ashley Betzendahl as she welcomes an incredible group of educators, researchers and experts in child development, early learning, technology integration, brain development, parent engagement and health and nutrition to share their tips and advice with you.

Dr. Kyle Pruett, internationally known child psychiatrist; Sue Adair, The Goddard School’s director of education; Susan Magsamen, award-winning author; Dr. Craig Bach, educational researcher; Dr. Jack Maypole, pediatric health and nutrition expert and popular pediatric blogger; Lillian Kellogg, educational technology proponent; and Lee Scott, Chair of The Goddard School’s Education Advisory Board and early education programming expert, are a few of the special guests who will be joining us each week.

Have a question for our experts? Listen and call in (877-864-4869) on Thursdays at 2 PM Central / 3 PM Eastern. Podcasts of previously recorded episodes are also available.

Soapy Snowball Fun

This is a great way for your child to play in the “snow” during bath time! It’s simple to make a soapy snowball, just follow the directions below.

Materials

  • A bar of soap
  • A large bowl
  • A cup of lukewarm water

Directions

  1. Soak the bar of soap in the bowl of lukewarm water until it becomes pliable and is easily broken in half.
  2. Mold the soap halves into two snowballs.
  3. Dry the snowballs for about 24 hours.
  4. Use the soapy snowballs during bath time!

*An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

News Items

Holiday Concert at the
Adams Memorial Opera House
December 11, 2012
Performance begins at 6:30 pm

Polar Express Theme Day
Dress in your PJ’s and
Take a ride on The Polar Express
December 24, 2012

Join us for a day of Sledding
at Alexander Carr Park
on January 19, 2012
at 11:00 am

Beach Day Theme
It’s a beachy day of fun
On January 21, 2012
Don’t forget your towels!

It’s the 100th Day of School!
There will be great 100th day
learning activities and stories,
On January 30, 2012

 

Contact Us

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Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603)432-2210
email: DerryNH @goddardschools.com

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In The News: Santa Visits Local Preschool

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Samantha Baldini
Owner
The Goddard School
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DerryNH@goddardschools.com

Santa Visits Local Preschool

Children attend a special event to meet Santa

Derry, New Hampshire (Grassroots Newswire) December 5, 2012 — The students at The Goddard School were treated to a visit by Santa himself at a special “Breakfast with Santa” event on Saturday December 1, 2012.  The children came to school in their pajamas for a special morning of holiday activities and were treated to a visit from Santa Claus.

Santa read a story, lead a sing-a-long, and was able to visit with each child to find out what they would like for Christmas.  Children like Chloe, a Kindergarten student, told him about their lives and what they want for Christmas.  

The event was designed to give children a great holiday experience while their parents were able to run their holiday errands.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.
Learning for fun. Learning for life. The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.™ Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in 390+ Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

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Chloe, a Kindergarten student at The Goddard School, visits with Santa at the school’s special Breakfast with Santa event.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2012

November 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Basics of Setting Limits, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

One of the strongest elements in maintaining limits is to reward good behavior. Your approval and support mean the world to a toddler looking to you for a smile. The more time your child spends seeking–and getting–your approval for the right things, the less time he will spend on the wrong things.

However, the wrong things will happen. It’s an inevitable part of how children learn. No doubt you already have been amazed at what a master your little one can be. It often seems that children can home in on a hot button or weak moment with laser-like precision. To them, this all seems like fun. And it is. Learning how “buttons” on people work is just as fascinating a discovery–and just as important–as learning how buttons on a toy work. For us, however, it’s another matter.

Understanding motivation or intent when your toddler/preschooler does something unacceptable can help relieve your anger and frustration and open the door to a more constructive reaction. The best response in this case would be teaching, not punishment.

Votes are in for the 2012 Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys!

In October, our Preschoolers, ages six weeks to six years, enjoyed a unique opportunity to play and learn when they chose their favorite toys during our annual Toy Test.

While doing what children do best–playing–the children evaluated many toy finalists and provided their feedback. Each participating Goddard School submitted votes for their favorite toys in our nationwide search.

We’ve tallied the votes and determined the top toys that promote creativity and encourage playful learning! Click here for the official Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys of the season.

Holiday Helpers

With the holidays fast approaching, consider asking your children to help decorate the table. They’ll put their imaginations to use and enjoy a boost to their self-esteem. Below are a few crafty ways your children can put their signature on your family’s holiday dinner table.

  • Origami Napkins: Find a clever (but easy) way to fold napkins, demonstrate how to make one first then let your little ones go at it. When they’re done, they can place their napkin creations at each person’s place.
  • Homemade Napkin Rings: Cut cardboard tubes (paper towel or toilet paper rolls work best) into 1 1/2-inch wide sections. Younger children can decorate the rings with paint or crayons, while older children may enjoy gluing on beans or beads to make fun designs.
  • Personalized Place Cards: Help your little ones make place cards for each of your guests. Cut some cardstock down to size and let your tiny Picassos decorate each card with a personalized masterpiece. Provide a list of names so they don’t miss anyone and can easily access how to spell each person’s name.
  • Fun Fall Centerpiece: Materials needed include a brown paper lunch bag, paint, leaves your children have collected outside, a sandwich bag filled with rice, twigs, tape and some twine. Ask your children to decorate the bag with paint and, while the bag is drying, tape the leaves to the ends of the twigs (creating longer “stems”). When the paint is dry, place the rice-filled sandwich bag in the bottom of the paper bag (this will help the bag to stand on the table), arrange the leaves in the bag, gather the top of the bag around the twig “stems” and tie the bag with twine. Voilà!

News Items

Breakfast with Santa!
December 1 from 8:30am -1pm
Registration due Nov 21, 2012
Santa, crafts, food, and fun!

Holiday Concert!
Adam Memorial Opera House
December 11, 2012
Tickets on sale 11/26

Polar Express Day
December 24, 2012
Wear your PJ’ to school and take
ride on the Polar Express!

Let’s Go Sledding! January 19
Join the Goddard Team for a
day of sledding at
Alexander Carr Park in Derry, NH

Beach Day!
January 15, 2013
We’ll have fun in the sun during
our January Beach Theme Day

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2012

November 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Basics of Setting Limits, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

One of the strongest elements in maintaining limits is to reward good behavior. Your approval and support mean the world to a toddler looking to you for a smile. The more time your child spends seeking–and getting–your approval for the right things, the less time he will spend on the wrong things.

However, the wrong things will happen. It’s an inevitable part of how children learn. No doubt you already have been amazed at what a master your little one can be. It often seems that children can home in on a hot button or weak moment with laser-like precision. To them, this all seems like fun. And it is. Learning how “buttons” on people work is just as fascinating a discovery–and just as important–as learning how buttons on a toy work. For us, however, it’s another matter.

Understanding motivation or intent when your toddler/preschooler does something unacceptable can help relieve your anger and frustration and open the door to a more constructive reaction. The best response in this case would be teaching, not punishment.

Votes are in for the 2012 Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys!

In October, our Preschoolers, ages six weeks to six years, enjoyed a unique opportunity to play and learn when they chose their favorite toys during our annual Toy Test.

While doing what children do best–playing–the children evaluated many toy finalists and provided their feedback. Each participating Goddard School submitted votes for their favorite toys in our nationwide search.

We’ve tallied the votes and determined the top toys that promote creativity and encourage playful learning! Click here for the official Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys of the season.

Holiday Helpers

With the holidays fast approaching, consider asking your children to help decorate the table. They’ll put their imaginations to use and enjoy a boost to their self-esteem. Below are a few crafty ways your children can put their signature on your family’s holiday dinner table.

  • Origami Napkins: Find a clever (but easy) way to fold napkins, demonstrate how to make one first then let your little ones go at it. When they’re done, they can place their napkin creations at each person’s place.
  • Homemade Napkin Rings: Cut cardboard tubes (paper towel or toilet paper rolls work best) into 1 1/2-inch wide sections. Younger children can decorate the rings with paint or crayons, while older children may enjoy gluing on beans or beads to make fun designs.
  • Personalized Place Cards: Help your little ones make place cards for each of your guests. Cut some cardstock down to size and let your tiny Picassos decorate each card with a personalized masterpiece. Provide a list of names so they don’t miss anyone and can easily access how to spell each person’s name.
  • Fun Fall Centerpiece: Materials needed include a brown paper lunch bag, paint, leaves your children have collected outside, a sandwich bag filled with rice, twigs, tape and some twine. Ask your children to decorate the bag with paint and, while the bag is drying, tape the leaves to the ends of the twigs (creating longer “stems”). When the paint is dry, place the rice-filled sandwich bag in the bottom of the paper bag (this will help the bag to stand on the table), arrange the leaves in the bag, gather the top of the bag around the twig “stems” and tie the bag with twine. Voilà!

News Items

Breakfast with Santa!
December 1 from 8:30am -1pm
Registration due Nov 21, 2012
Santa, crafts, food, and fun!

Holiday Concert!
Adam Memorial Opera House
December 11, 2012
Tickets on sale 11/26

Polar Express Day
December 24, 2012
Wear your PJ’ to school and take
ride on the Polar Express!

Let’s Go Sledding! January 19
Join the Goddard Team for a
day of sledding at
Alexander Carr Park in Derry, NH

Beach Day!
January 15, 2013
We’ll have fun in the sun during
our January Beach Theme Day

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2012

November 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Basics of Setting Limits, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

One of the strongest elements in maintaining limits is to reward good behavior. Your approval and support mean the world to a toddler looking to you for a smile. The more time your child spends seeking–and getting–your approval for the right things, the less time he will spend on the wrong things.

However, the wrong things will happen. It’s an inevitable part of how children learn. No doubt you already have been amazed at what a master your little one can be. It often seems that children can home in on a hot button or weak moment with laser-like precision. To them, this all seems like fun. And it is. Learning how “buttons” on people work is just as fascinating a discovery–and just as important–as learning how buttons on a toy work. For us, however, it’s another matter.

Understanding motivation or intent when your toddler/preschooler does something unacceptable can help relieve your anger and frustration and open the door to a more constructive reaction. The best response in this case would be teaching, not punishment.

Votes are in for the 2012 Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys!

In October, our Preschoolers, ages six weeks to six years, enjoyed a unique opportunity to play and learn when they chose their favorite toys during our annual Toy Test.

While doing what children do best–playing–the children evaluated many toy finalists and provided their feedback. Each participating Goddard School submitted votes for their favorite toys in our nationwide search.

We’ve tallied the votes and determined the top toys that promote creativity and encourage playful learning! Click here for the official Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys of the season.

Holiday Helpers

With the holidays fast approaching, consider asking your children to help decorate the table. They’ll put their imaginations to use and enjoy a boost to their self-esteem. Below are a few crafty ways your children can put their signature on your family’s holiday dinner table.

  • Origami Napkins: Find a clever (but easy) way to fold napkins, demonstrate how to make one first then let your little ones go at it. When they’re done, they can place their napkin creations at each person’s place.
  • Homemade Napkin Rings: Cut cardboard tubes (paper towel or toilet paper rolls work best) into 1 1/2-inch wide sections. Younger children can decorate the rings with paint or crayons, while older children may enjoy gluing on beans or beads to make fun designs.
  • Personalized Place Cards: Help your little ones make place cards for each of your guests. Cut some cardstock down to size and let your tiny Picassos decorate each card with a personalized masterpiece. Provide a list of names so they don’t miss anyone and can easily access how to spell each person’s name.
  • Fun Fall Centerpiece: Materials needed include a brown paper lunch bag, paint, leaves your children have collected outside, a sandwich bag filled with rice, twigs, tape and some twine. Ask your children to decorate the bag with paint and, while the bag is drying, tape the leaves to the ends of the twigs (creating longer “stems”). When the paint is dry, place the rice-filled sandwich bag in the bottom of the paper bag (this will help the bag to stand on the table), arrange the leaves in the bag, gather the top of the bag around the twig “stems” and tie the bag with twine. Voilà!

News Items

Breakfast with Santa!
December 1 from 8:30am -1pm
Registration due Nov 21, 2012
Santa, crafts, food, and fun!

Holiday Concert!
Adam Memorial Opera House
December 11, 2012
Tickets on sale 11/26

Polar Express Day
December 24, 2012
Wear your PJ’ to school and take
ride on the Polar Express!

Let’s Go Sledding! January 19
Join the Goddard Team for a
day of sledding at
Alexander Carr Park in Derry, NH

Beach Day!
January 15, 2013
We’ll have fun in the sun during
our January Beach Theme Day

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2012

November 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Basics of Setting Limits, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

One of the strongest elements in maintaining limits is to reward good behavior. Your approval and support mean the world to a toddler looking to you for a smile. The more time your child spends seeking–and getting–your approval for the right things, the less time he will spend on the wrong things.

However, the wrong things will happen. It’s an inevitable part of how children learn. No doubt you already have been amazed at what a master your little one can be. It often seems that children can home in on a hot button or weak moment with laser-like precision. To them, this all seems like fun. And it is. Learning how “buttons” on people work is just as fascinating a discovery–and just as important–as learning how buttons on a toy work. For us, however, it’s another matter.

Understanding motivation or intent when your toddler/preschooler does something unacceptable can help relieve your anger and frustration and open the door to a more constructive reaction. The best response in this case would be teaching, not punishment.

Votes are in for the 2012 Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys!

In October, our Preschoolers, ages six weeks to six years, enjoyed a unique opportunity to play and learn when they chose their favorite toys during our annual Toy Test.

While doing what children do best–playing–the children evaluated many toy finalists and provided their feedback. Each participating Goddard School submitted votes for their favorite toys in our nationwide search.

We’ve tallied the votes and determined the top toys that promote creativity and encourage playful learning! Click here for the official Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys of the season.

Holiday Helpers

With the holidays fast approaching, consider asking your children to help decorate the table. They’ll put their imaginations to use and enjoy a boost to their self-esteem. Below are a few crafty ways your children can put their signature on your family’s holiday dinner table.

  • Origami Napkins: Find a clever (but easy) way to fold napkins, demonstrate how to make one first then let your little ones go at it. When they’re done, they can place their napkin creations at each person’s place.
  • Homemade Napkin Rings: Cut cardboard tubes (paper towel or toilet paper rolls work best) into 1 1/2-inch wide sections. Younger children can decorate the rings with paint or crayons, while older children may enjoy gluing on beans or beads to make fun designs.
  • Personalized Place Cards: Help your little ones make place cards for each of your guests. Cut some cardstock down to size and let your tiny Picassos decorate each card with a personalized masterpiece. Provide a list of names so they don’t miss anyone and can easily access how to spell each person’s name.
  • Fun Fall Centerpiece: Materials needed include a brown paper lunch bag, paint, leaves your children have collected outside, a sandwich bag filled with rice, twigs, tape and some twine. Ask your children to decorate the bag with paint and, while the bag is drying, tape the leaves to the ends of the twigs (creating longer “stems”). When the paint is dry, place the rice-filled sandwich bag in the bottom of the paper bag (this will help the bag to stand on the table), arrange the leaves in the bag, gather the top of the bag around the twig “stems” and tie the bag with twine. Voilà!

News Items

Breakfast with Santa!
December 1 from 8:30am -1pm
Registration due Nov 21, 2012
A vist from Santa, crafts, food, and fun!

Holiday Concert!
Adam Memorial Opera House
December 11, 2012
Tickets on sale 11/26

Polar Express Day
December 24, 2012
Wear your PJ’ to school and take
ride on the Polar Express!

Let’s Go Sledding! January 19
Join the Goddard Team for a
day of sledding at
Alexander Carr Park in Derry, NH

Beach Day!
January 15, 2013
We’ll have fun in the sun during
our January Beach Theme Day

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – October 2012

October 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: A World of Style, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

The developmental benchmarks of early childhood–the “normal” times when certain skills are supposed to appear–can never do justice to the infinite variety of ways that development actually occurs. Yet it is tempting for parents to compare their children to charts and tables of “average” this or “typical” that. Moreover, comparison is inevitable in many childcare setting where parents can’t help but see how their child measures up to others. Concern about early learning can put added pressure on parents to watch for signs that language and cognitive development are “on schedule.”

However, from a practical point, timing doesn’t mean very much. The order of development of new skills is more important than the timing of the appearance of any one skill. Jargon before vocabulary, crawling before walking, sucking before drinking. Children pass through these gateways at vastly different rates.

As long as your child is progressing in each area, it doesn’t matter if he is a bit “behind” on something, and, satisfying though it may be, it doesn’t mean anything if he is a bit “ahead” on something else. For example, numerous studies have confirmed that the vast majority of children who talk later than average are just as smart and do just as well in school as early talkers. If is perfectly normal for a child’s interests and temperament to lead her further and faster in some areas than in others. It is also perfectly normal for these interests to change over time.

Benchmarks can be helpful, provided they are used as general guidelines. If you have concerns, check with your pediatrician. A good rule of thumb: don’t let other children’s progress get in the way of your respect for the individuality of your child.

You Are What You Drink

You may have heard the phrase “you are what you eat,” but this is also true for what we drink. Many parents watch what they eat, but end up consuming large amounts of juice or caffeinated beverages, and less water than needed.

Drinking more water is a quick, easy habit to develop. Water has fantastic benefits for your body and getting the recommended amount is beneficial in many ways:

  • Drinking two glasses of water in the morning helps prepare your organs for the day.
  • Drinking one glass 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion.
  • Drinking one glass before baths or showers helps to lower your blood pressure.
  • Drinking one glass of water before bed helps lessen your chances of having a stroke or heart attack.

Life moves pretty fast, so cultivate habits that are healthy and help you relax a little so you can enjoy it as much as you can. Your body will thank you for increasing your water intake.

Fall into Fitness

Spend some time outdoors this fall–take a walk, explore local parks or find a new bike path through the woods. Time spent outside will do as much good for your mind as for your body. Here are a few seasonal family fitness ideas:

  • Apple Picking – Very often your local orchard has a hayride to and from the fields. Opt to walk to the orchards and ride back on the wagon with your apples!
  • Take a Hike – Literally…if the beauty of the great outdoors alone does not excite your family, create a scavenger hunt. Have your little ones find different types and colors of leaves to take home!
  • Sweep It Up – Inside and out–clear the clutter or rake some leaves. You’ll be amazed by the fitness benefits of a little fall cleaning!

News Items

Simon Says!
On 10/5 Goddard Schools are
trying to play the largest game of
Simon Says

Art to Remember
Packages will be available to view
from October 10-17
Orders are due October 17

Say Cheese!
Goddard Pictures days are
October 29 and 30
Don’t forget to sign your permission slip!

Trunk or Treating
Join us for a fun family event
October 24 from 6:30-7:30
Happy Halloween!

Breakfast With Santa
Sign up for Breakfast with Santa by November 21
Your child can join us 12/1
for a fun activity day!

 

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, New Hampshire 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – August 2012

August 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Anxiety is Part of Learning, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Worries can be powerful partners in helping a child think about the world, as long as they don’t swell to flood stage and wash away the child’s coping strategies. If a child’s worries are kept to a manageable size, especially with the help of a caregiver and a few tools, they can be effective catalysts to the mastery of learning and thinking.

Children need to learn to manage negative emotions, and to do that, they need to experience them from time-to-time at manageable levels. The anxiety-free child is a fantasy. Anxiety is an important warning signal for potential danger. Mastering both the anxiety and the thing or event that provoked it is a powerful learning experience.

Humor and light-hearted joking around are other powerful allies in managing anxiety, and toddlers especially delight in their growing capacity to make use of it. They experiment with practical jokes by playing on their own vulnerabilities, like drooling food, falling down, or putting clothes on backwards. The raucous laughter they exhibit and elicit through their clowning is not simply entertainment, but exploration of new strategies for controlling the world of emotion around them.

Grandparents Day

Grandparents do important work–they pass on family traditions, serve as trusted role models and help nurture a new generation. With National Grandparents Day coming up on Sunday, September 9, here are a few charming gift suggestions.

  • Help your child write a letter to Grammy to tell her why she is so special. Decorate the envelope with stickers, stamps and glitter.
  • Get out the paints, markers, crayons and your spare scrapbooking supplies and encourage your child to make a masterpiece for Pop-Pop. Place it in an inexpensive frame and–voilà!–it’s the perfect gift.
  • Show Nana your child’s sweet side! Bake a batch of sugar cookies and let your child decorate the cookies with colored icing and sprinkles. Your child will love making this custom cookie gift for Nana!

How will your children celebrate their grandparents this year?

Make Your Own Ice Pops

Ice pops are perfect for a summer dessert or afternoon snack. Instead of purchasing them at the store, invest in an ice pop mold (or use small paper or plastic cups) and invite your little one into the kitchen to experiment with making your own. After you try the delicious recipes below, get creative and see what tasty flavors you can whip up!

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops

1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
3 cups cold water
1 (16-ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries

Prepare the lemonade as directed on the package. Place the frozen strawberries into a blender and puree them until smooth. If necessary, use some of the lemonade to help the strawberries blend. Stir the strawberry puree into the lemonade and pour the mixture into the ice pop molds. Freeze them until set.

Pudding Pops

1 package sugar-free pudding mix in the flavor of your choice
2 cups cold low-fat milk
2 cups low-fat Cool Whip

Prepare the pudding as directed on the package, using the 2 cups of cold low-fat milk. Mix in the 2 cups of low-fat Cool Whip and divide the mixture into ice pop molds. Freeze them until set.

*An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

News Items

Come in and cool off at the
Ice Cream Social
August 9, 2012
from 5:00-6:30 pm

FUN Fridays!
Join us every Friday in August
from 10:00-11:00 am for a
play date with friends

Goddard is turning 3!
Join us for some birthday fun
September 5, 2012
from 5:30-7:00 pm

Trunk or Treating!
join us for a night of costumes
and trick or treating
October 24, 2012

Picture Perfect!
Picture Days are Coming
October 29 and 30
Say Cheese!

 

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – July 2012

July 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Hobbies and Pastimes, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Share your interests with your child. It’s important for parents to keep up with their own passions. You need “a life,” and you won’t have one if you lose yourself totally in your child’s world. Keep up with the piano, chess, painting, hiking, whatever. Teach your child about your avocations. Let her be a part of what you love. This is one of the most intriguing, emotionally rich forms of learning children get. You are building a common bond that will last for years.

Summer Car Safety Tips

According to kidsandcars.org, “On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths.” This fast-paced world is full of distractions and even the greatest parents have been known to forget that their little one is sleeping the back seat. Use the tips below from kidsandcars.org to ensure this never happens to your family.

  • Put something you will need, like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID, briefcase, etc., on the floor in the back of the car.
  • Get in the habit of always opening the back door of your vehicle every time you reach your destination to make sure your child is not in the car. This will soon become a habit. We call this the “Look Before You Lock” campaign.
  • Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat when it is not occupied. When the child is in the seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. Anytime the stuffed animal is up front you know your child is in the child safety seat in the back.
  • Tell your child’s daycare center or babysitter that you will always call if your child will not be coming on a normally scheduled day.
  • When a child is missing, check your vehicles and car trunks immediately.
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. If they are hot or seem sick, get them out as quickly as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Family Picnic Time

Picnics are a great family outing and can become a treasured family memory. Grab the picnic basket and a blanket to introduce your children to the wonders of a family picnic.

What to pack (always consider age-appropriateness)

  • Frisbee, a ball for catch or a kite: Play first, eat later;
  • Bottled water or sippy cups with water;
  • Easy-to-pick-up veggies: Baby carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers;
  • Fresh fruit: Slice it or cube it and put it in small individual containers;
  • Plastic utensils;
  • Pre-cut sandwiches: Use your favorite fillings on whole grain bread;
  • Pre-sliced cheese and whole-grain crackers;
  • Sunscreen;
  • Trail mix: Make your own with nuts, raisins, pretzels and dried fruit;
  • Wipes or hand sanitizer.

News Items

Fun Fridays
Drop-in for a fun play date
every Friday during the summer
from 10:00-11:00 am

Splish Splash
Water days are here!
Every Monday and Wednesday
During July and August

Everyone’s invited to the
Ice Cream Social
Come in and cool down
On August 9 from 5:00-6:30 pm

Goddard is turning 3
Time to Celebrate!
Join us for our Birthday Party
September 5th

2012-2013 Academic Year
begins September 4th
Join us for another year of
Growing, learning, and fun!

 

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – June 2012

June 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: The Evolution of the Role of Fathers, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

As I look back on my experiences as a father across a few decades, it is evident that the role of fathers and expectations in society has significantly changed. More men today are physically and emotionally engaged with their children than before the industrial revolution, especially the younger ones. Co-parenting is the expectation among most newly marrying couples; the women want the help and the men want to be closer to their children than their fathers were to them. With support from women and society, increasingly active fathering is crossing many social and economic barriers.

This is quite a good thing–for the men, the women, but most especially their children. Most men figure out parenting on the job (just like women) but they do it best when they don’t try to mother (which of course they really can’t)–comforting, disciplining, problem-solving, rough-housing and teasing in their own fashion. The science to date reassures these men–and maybe more importantly their spouses–that children respond positively to these differences and are able to manage and enjoy life better when they have a positively engaged dad or trusted father figure in their lives.

Enjoy fatherhood and know you are making a world of a difference.

Oh, to Be a Fly on the Wall…

If you want to learn something new about your preschooler, create a developmentally appropriate (and safe) play area for her–one that will be easy for you to see from a chair off to the side–and just watch. Don’t ask her questions. Don’t tell her the “right” way to play. Just let her be! And if you do, you may just get lucky enough to catch a glimpse of her magical world. A preschooler’s imagination is really an amazing thing. She may pretend to be or do anything! Pay attention and you just may learn something new.

What have you learned from your preschooler?

Healthy Summer Snacks

Looking for “cool” (and healthier!) options to satisfy to your child’s sweet tooth?

  • Mash a very ripe banana and partially freeze for a cool ice cream-like treat.
  • Dice mango and strawberries (or other colorful fruit). Gently stir into Greek yogurt and dish up this yummy snack.
  • Roast sweet veggies such as sweet potatoes and carrots, and then blend with a bit of apple juice. Pour into a Popsicle tray, freeze and serve up this deliciously, sneaky snack.

News Items

Preschool & Pre-K
End of the Year Celebration!
June 27, 2012 4:30-5:30 pm
at the Derry Opera House

Kindergarten Graduation
June 27, 2012
6:30 – 7:30 pm
at the Derry Opera House

Fun Fridays
Starting July 6, 2012
10:00 – 11:00 am
Join us for a fun play date!

Water Days
Monday and Wednesday
Throughout July and August
Don’t forget closed toes shoes!

Happy Birthday to us…
Goddard is turning 3!
September 5, 2012
More information to come

 

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: The Goddard School Located in Derry is Hosting a Childrens Expo!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Samantha Baldini
The Goddard School® located in Derry
(603) 432-2210
derryad@hotmail.com

The Goddard School Located in Derry is Hosting a Children’s Expo!
Local preschool offers event for community

Derry, New Hampshire (Grassroots Newswire) 5/9/2012 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 12 years, located at 12 Tsienneto Road is hosting a Children’s Expo and Open House on 5/20/2012 from 11:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Families and children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event which increases awareness of the various services and products offered in the community for young children. Families will be able to get to know organizations such as Girl Scouts, Canobie Lake Park and Stonyfield.  Planned activities range from puppet shows by Lindsay and Her Puppet Pals, Balloon twisting from TWISTEDMAGIC.com as well as face and body painting by Chamillion Colors. Health care professionals will also be available such as Spindel Eye Care, Speech Therapy Solutions, Inc., and Broadway Chiropractic. It will be an exciting jam-packed day where you’ll be able to learn about important developments in early childhood education, child safety, and great places to go and play with your children.

During the event, there will be a food drive for New Horizons in Manchester. New Horizons is a soup kitchen, homeless shelter and food pantry. Anyone who brings in donations can earn up to five raffle tickets. All of the charity raffle proceeds will go to benefit New Horizons as well as the proceeds from the 50/50 raffle and The Goddard School Bake Sale.

On-site owner, Samantha Baldini, along with her Education Director, Suzanne Mailhiot, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7-6, the flexibility of either half-or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.  Families will also receive $100 off their first full month when they enroll on May 20, 2012.

All families in the community are encouraged to visit the school for this event. Call Samantha or Suzanne directly to arrange a personal appointment at (603) 432-2210.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) was recently named the #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine for the eleventh consecutive year (January 2012) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011). Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. GSI currently licenses 380+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 35 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider.

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April 2012

April 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Grown-up Play, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

A wonderful way to play with and teach your child is to bring her into your world. Toys are great, but they are no substitute for the grown-up world where the real events of life happen. It’s in this grown-up world that children come to see themselves as players, not bench warmers. When they contribute what they can to that world, self-esteem gets a big boost.

Have your child help with your chores. Involve her in whatever ways you can with your work. Include her in your hobbies and favorite pastimes as well. Children love to do “grown-up” things and imitate others. When you let them work and play alongside you, they get the best of both worlds.

10 Tips for Raising a Book Lover

  1. Provide a wide selection of age-appropriate books. Don’t limit books to your children’s play space. Consider making some available in their bedroom, on the lower shelf of a “grown-up” book shelf, on the coffee table, etc. Be sure to place the books within their reach.
  2. Be sure your child has a cozy reading spot. Consider making an area in the family room or playroom with a comfy cushion or child-sized chair, stuffed animals and a big basket of books to choose from!
  3. Consider serving snacks or meals that relate to the stories your child enjoys. Add just a drop or two of green food coloring into scrambled eggs and you could serve green eggs and ham for breakfast!
  4. Read to your child at every stage. Some parents begin reading to their children before they are even born!
  5. It’s never too late to start a reading routine with your child. Set a goal of reading at least one book per day with your child–even on the busiest of days!
  6. Include a bedtime story as part of your everyday routine.
  7. Don’t limit reading to bedtime. Cuddle up and enjoy giggling with your child over a funny book during the day.
  8. If your child has a tough time sitting still during story time, encourage her to color or manipulate play dough while you read the story.
  9. Point to the words as you read. This helps children start to associate sounds with letters.
  10. Ask your child questions as you read. “How do you think that made her feel?” “What color do you think he will choose?” Be sure to answer your child’s questions as you go along.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day will be here next month on Sunday, May 13, 2012. This is the day children honor their mommies for all that they are and all that they do. Before Mother’s Day, have your little one write down all the reasons he is grateful for his mommy (Dads, grandparents, significant others…you’re going to have to help out with this!). Let him have fun and get creative–he can write words that describe her, draw a picture, write a poem and make lists of the favorite places he goes with mommy and the activities they do together. Paired with a great big hug and a kiss from her little one, his mommy is sure to think it’s the best Mother’s Day gift ever!

News Items

Opening Day for Red Sox!
Come to school with your
Red Sox gear on!
April 13, 2012

Week of the Young Child!
Celebrate the magic
of being a child!
April 22 – 28

Art Show & Create a Plate!
Join us for a fun family event!
Enjoy children’s art & create too!
Monday, April 30, 6-7 PM

3rd Annual Children’s Expo
Join us for this great family event!
Sunday, May 20, 2012
11:00 – 2:00 PM

Kindergarten Graduation
Preschool and Pre-K
End of the Year Celebration!
June 27, 2012

 

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardsystems.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – February 2012

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     February 2012

Parenting with Pruett: Traveling, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Traveling for work is more common than ever. Many people dislike it, especially the children who are left at home without knowing why. How many of us have learned to deal with a temporary cold shoulder upon our safe return?

  • Explain why you have to go as simply as possible and don’t minimize the time away to ‘ease’ your absence. It strains trust all around.
  • For preschoolers and older children, mark the days you’ll be gone on a calendar and show them your destination on a map.
  • Do NOT sneak out–it robs children the chance to cope or express their feelings to you.
  • Make a ritual of phone calls, even when children have little to say. Remember, you are the one who had to go, so it is your responsibility to hold the relationship together.

Try your best not to travel around special family events such as holidays, birthdays and important school events. And when you return home, be home–stay off the phone or computer and get down on the floor with your kids. Stay there till they get up and wander away. They will eventually understand why you travel. For now, prove that you’ll always come home.

5 Tips for Healthful Eating

Lead the charge in developing a healthier lifestyle for your family. Eating a variety of foods rich in vitamins and nutrients provides children with the essentials they need to build healthy minds and bodies.

  1. Offer encouragement – Encourage your child to eat a variety of foods to help them get the nutrients they need from each food group. By doing so, they are more likely to enjoy trying new foods!
  2. Be a good role model – It’s no surprise that children are likely to mimic their parents’ food choices. If your children see you enjoying fruits, vegetables and whole grains, they will be more likely to enjoy them as well.
  3. Stock up on healthy choices – Make sure that your cupboards and refrigerator are filled with healthy options rather than prepackaged foods filled with sugar and sodium. Read nutrition labels before purchasing groceries so you know exactly what is in the foods you are buying–just because it’s made with whole grains doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy.
  4. Serve balanced portions – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has turned the Food Pyramid into a plate. The USDA’s MyPlate illustrates balanced portion sizes for the five foods groups–Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein and Dairy–in a familiar way by using a standard mealtime place setting.
  5. Follow a schedule – Set a daily schedule for meals and snacks (3 meals and 1-2 snacks per day is recommended), with plenty of time between each. This will help children learn the importance of structured eating and help them to stay feeling full throughout the day.

Let it Snow!

Whether your area gets blanketed with snow each winter or you see nary a flake, here’s an activity to help your family celebrate the magic of snow together.

Here are a few tips before you begin:

  • Be prepared for a mess.
  • Cover your work area with newspaper or a drop cloth.
  • Use your kitchen or a tiled area to make cleanup less stressful.
  • Have your child wear a smock or an old t-shirt to protect her clothes.

  • Remember your own childhood and relish the FUN!

Snow Art

  1. Spray shaving cream on a table or placemat.
  2. Let your child finger-paint with the shaving cream.
  3. When your child has completed a design, press a piece of dark construction paper over their shaving cream masterpiece.
  4. The result is a snowy scene!

*Children should have adult supervision throughout all activities.

News Items

Fun Theme Days!
Valentine’s Day 2/14
Dr. Seuss’ Birthday 3/2
St. Patrick’s Day 3/16

School-Age Camp
Feb 27 to Mar 2
Fantasy Theme
Call to reserve your spot!

Kindergarten Open House
Meet our teacher and learn
about our 2012 Program
Weds 3/7 at 6 PM

Upcoming Events at Our School
Book Swap & Chili-fest 3/23 6 PM
Art Show & Pottery 4/18 6 PM
Join us for these fun family events!

Save the Date!
Week of the Young Child 4/22
Teacher Appreciation Week 5/7
Graduation Ceremonies 6/27

Annual Scholarship
The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School. To learn more about the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship and how your Goddard School graduate can apply, Click here.The deadline for applications is February 19, 2012.

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
603-432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – January 2012

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     January 2012

Parenting with Pruett: Playing with Your Child, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

The best way to know what your child thinks about his world before he can tell you directly in words is through playing together. It is right there, in his play sequences and manipulations that you see and hear what he understands and thinks about the world you share. Remember, however, that this is his play, not yours. You are a partner and a facilitator, occasionally a “go-fer,” but you are not playwright, producer or director.

Celebrate Diversity

As toddlers and preschoolers, children are beginning to notice there are differences between themselves and others. While their observations are very broad at this point–a child may notice another child’s hair is different from his, but not quite know why–they are beginning to form their own ideas about what all these differences mean, and their natural inquisitiveness can lead to many questions.

To help your child understand, learn to respect and celebrate differences in others, guide him as he explores and learns from the diverse world around him.

  • Be open to his questions and provide clear, age-appropriate answers. Listen attentively and explain why certain words or thoughts are hurtful.
  • Embrace differences in others, don’t try to avoid them. Use books, music, games and food to explore different cultures together.
  • Set a good example through your positive relationships with others. Your little one will learn to accept and respect their peers, too.

Banana in a Blanket

Perfect for breakfast or shared as a snack, this delicious, hearty little recipe is sure to please!

1 six-inch whole wheat tortilla
1 tablespoon cream cheese or sunflower seed butter
1 banana
1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
1 tablespoon granola

  1. Lay the tortilla on a plate and spread the entire surface evenly with the cream cheese or sunflower seed butter.
  2. Sprinkle the tablespoon of granola over the cream cheese / sunflower seed butter.
  3. Peel the banana and place on one edge of the tortilla. Roll the tortilla to wrap the banana in the “blanket.”
  4. Drizzle maple syrup or honey on top, slice in half and serve.

News Items

Happy New Year!

Beach Party!
Monday January 16
School Age Program Available
for Martin Luther King Day

Week-long Open House
January 16 – 20th
9 AM to 6 PM
Drop in for a tour!

Annual Scholarship
The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School. To learn more about the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship and how your Goddard School graduate can apply, Click here.The deadline for applications is February 19, 2012.

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
603.432.2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: The Goddard School located in Derry is hosting a Childrens Expo!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Samantha Baldini
Owner
The Goddard School
603-432-2210
derrynh@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School located in Derry is hosting a Children’s Expo!

Local preschool offers event for community

Derry, NH (Grassroots Newswire) May 16, 2011 — The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children six weeks to 12 years, located at 12 Tsienneto Road, Derry, NH is hosting a Children’s Expo on June 5, 2011 from 11:00AM to 2:00PM.

The Goddard School’s Children’s Expo is a free fun-filled event where families with children of all ages can come together with vendors and organizations from their community.  Exhibitors will provide activities for kids as well as informing you on the goods and services they provide. 

This event is an opportunity to bring together families with the businesses and organizations that serve them.  Families will be able to get to know organizations such as Derry Parks and Recreation and Derry Community Girl Scouts.  Planned activities range from a fire safety trailer from the Derry Fire Department, pony rides from Oaklege Farm, and demonstrations from Tim Barchard’s Professional Martial Arts Academy and Mad Science.

The event will offer an exciting jam-packed day where you’ll be able to learn about important developments in early childhood education, child safety, and great places to go and play with your children. 

Come spend the day with us and check out all of our exhibits!  Participating vendors include…  

All Learners Language + Culture Center 
Andre’s Street Eats
Arbonne 
Balloons by Cheerio 
Barnes and Noble Book Fair 
Beabe Gallery Photography 
Broadway Chiropractic 
Canobie Lake Park 
Derry Community Girl Scouts
Derry Fire Department 
Derry Parks and Recreation
Extreem Cheer 
Gently Loved Baby
Great Clips
The Goddard School 
Krickey the Clown 
lit’l desi9s 
Macaroni Kid
Mad Science 
Manchester Community Music School
Melaleuca.com
Moo’s Place Homemade Ice Cream
My Gym Children’s Fitness Center
Neighbors Helping Newborns
New Hampshire Public Television 
New York Life Child ID Kits
Noah’s Ark Animal Workshop 
Oaklege Farm Pony Rides
The Pampered Pooch
Precious Plaster 
Rob King Photos
Sal’s Pizza
Tim Barchard’s Professional Martial Arts Academy 
The Sports Zone
Thirty One
Toys and Pillow

 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

 

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter February 2011

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     February 2011

Parenting with Pruett: Imagination and Fear, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Don’t forget that your little one does not see and experience the world the way you do. Not yet. Even when children acquire more language, parents must not forget that the magic world is still there. Vacuum cleaners can persist as hungry monsters, and the bathtub drain may continue to be a source for real concern.

This is particularly worth remembering when your child is exploring. He may seem to be exploring like a scientist, but his imagination is still transforming what he observes. His version of “cause and effect” is probably not yours. I’ve seen two year olds work VCRs. I can only imagine why they think those pictures pop onto the TV screen! But I do know this: if a child displays uneasiness or fear in the face of a new “discovery,” you should remember the awesome power of the imagination, respect your child’s emotional turmoil, and deal with it accordingly. And reassure, reassure, reassure.

In sum, play and imagination provide a powerful, effective way to cope with new fears in the child’s expanding world. Imagination allows the child to be the master of past events and future unknowns, addressing his worries and working through them to a safe and happy ending.

Make Fun Food

If you have a picky eater on your hands, one great way to entice little ones to try new foods is to make eating them fun!

  1. Try turning everyday foods into shapes and animals, such as slicing a bagel and arranging it on a plate to look like a slithering snake or using cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into hearts, stars or dinosaurs.
  2. Shrink family-size recipes into personal-size versions. Children will feel special having their very own bite-size pizza.
  3. Make a face! Use fruit and veggies to spruce up a boring sandwich with eyes, ears and a mouth.
  4. Let your child help you prepare the meal. If they have a hand in making it, they’ll be more inspired to taste it.
  5. Encourage your child to play with their food! They can build a mountain out of their mashed potatoes or a veggie train out of their peas and carrots, and then have fun eating them up!

Thumbsucking and Pacifiers

Parents often become stressed by their child’s dependence on a pacifier or a thumb. The consensus of the medical community, however, is don’t worry. Most children outgrow their interest in their thumbs or pacifiers by the time their permanent teeth appear (usually around age four or five). In the meantime, if your child uses a pacifier, consider the following safety tips:

  • Never tie a pacifier around your child’s neck.
  • If the nipple of the pacifier appears brittle, replace the pacifier.
  • Choose a pacifier that is a solid molded piece instead of pieces fused together.

If your child has difficulty giving up her pacifier or thumb, consider the following:

  • Explain to your child that in order for his teeth to come in straight, he will have to give up his pacifier or thumb. (You would be surprised how often a straightforward explanation works.)
  • Trade the pacifier or thumb for another means of security: a bear, a blanket, etc.
  • Wean your child off her pacifier or thumb by reducing the amount of time she can use it. Because this is a habit, remember to offer a lot of positive reinforcement and support. It is not easy to give up a comfy habit…give her time. Bedtime will probably be the most difficult, so phase it out last.

News Items

Free Child ID Open House Event
Fun Events & A Free Child ID Kit!!
Wednesday, March 2, 2011
5:30 PM to 8:00 PM

Kindergarten Open House
Wednesday, March 9, 2011
5:30 to 6:30 PM
Learn about our program for next year

Open Feb 22 to Feb 25
for school age care during
school vacation week

Offering after-school care in September 2011
Call to get more information

Did you know that we have
never closed due to snow?
Call us if you need that kind of reliability in your child’s life.

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
603-432-2210
email: derrynh@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Free Child ID Kit Event at The Goddard School

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Samantha Baldini
Owner
The Goddard School
603-432-2210
derrynh@goddardschools.com

Free Child ID Kit Event at The Goddard School

All children receive an identification CD courtesy of New York Life at The Goddard School Open House Wednesday March 2, 2011 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM

Derry, NH (Grassroots Newswire) February 8, 2011 —

The Goddard School, the premier preschool childcare center for children from six weeks to six-years-old, located at 12 Tsienneto Road in Derry, New Hampshire, is hosting an Open House where families can receive a free child ID kit on Wednesday March 2, 2011 from 5:30 to 8:00 PM.  The child ID kit includes fingerprints and a photograph to allow a parent to have a complete profile of their child on hand if ever needed in an emergency.  The event is open to the public and will also include food and fun activities for the children and families.

On-site owner, Samantha Baldini, along with her Education Director, Suzanne Mailhiot, and faculty, which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play.  Children are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a warm environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers.  The Goddard School FLEX Learning Program™ is based on a unique learning continuum that encompasses developmental guidelines, formative assessments and child-focused lesson plans that are delivered in a creative and fun environment with a child-centered approach to meet each child’s individual needs.  The year-round program focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills.  Overseen by a team of Goddard Quality Assurance Representatives and licensed by the state, The Goddard School provides a safe and secure learning environment for children.

The Goddard School is committed to providing the best early childhood development experience for the children in this community.  Interested families can call (603) 432-2210 to schedule a tour or reach the School on the Web at www.goddardschool.com.  Parents are also always welcome to just drop in for a tour!

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – October 2010

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     October 2010

Parenting with Pruett: Early Speech, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Children explore behavior in stages. When a new behavior emerges that is unacceptable, such as biting or using bad language, overreaction on your part can actually reinforce it. Kids like oversized reactions. Moreover, they remember what really gets your goat – those actions come in very handy when you’re near the breaking point. So don’t tip your hand. A firm, “we don’t bite” followed by removal, if necessary, is much better than a big flap. On bigger issues, such as stealing (not uncommon before children understand the concept of ownership), calm explanations work best.

Kitchen Connections: Mini Pumpkin Pies

Enjoy a taste of fall and quality time with your little chef as you help each other create these easy-to-make, delicious to eat mini pumpkin pies!

4 crushed graham crackers
2 tablespoons butter (softened)
1 15-ounce can pumpkin pie filling
1 package vanilla pudding mix
1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
2 cups milk
Whipped cream topping
4 9-ounce plastic cups

1. Make the crust first by mixing the softened butter and graham crackers in a bowl. Set aside.
2. In the second mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin pie filling, dry pudding mix, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk.
3. Pour the pumpkin mix into each cup (about three-quarters full).
4. Put the cups in the refrigerator to firm.
5. Top with whipped cream and serve!

Reading Readiness

Many parents look forward to announcing that their child can read, but the truth is children are reading long before they can interpret the pages of a book. As with most things in life, reading requires the proper building blocks before it can begin.

Reading begins with language and how it relates to your child’s world. Creating a language-rich environment will help your child’s vocabulary grow. Language develops with every interaction you have with your child — infants begin by reading their parents’ facial expressions while older children develop their vocabulary by listening and eventually repeating what their parents say. Verbalize your child’s world and he or she will begin to repeat sounds and syllables — be sure to pause, speak and alter conversation style.

A print-rich environment may also help prepare your child for reading by making the connection between your child’s world and the symbols we use to communicate, so make your home an active learning environment. Start by labeling household items with pictures and words so your child will learn to associate everyday items with their symbols. Lead by example and let your child see you read often. Teach your child to respect books — while pages will rip and bindings will break, your child will learn to value books and their content if you set a high expectation for their care.

Remember, it takes many interactions with the alphabet and phonemic awareness for reading skills to develop. While it may be difficult to remain patient, be assured that reading will happen when your child is ready.

News Items

Fall Festival
Saturday, October 2
10 AM to 12 PM
Join us for some fall fun!

Thursday, October 7, 6 to 7 PM
Join us to see a day in the life of your child at school

Trunk or Treat!
Wednesday, October 27
6 to 7 PM
Rain Date: Thursday, October 28

Have you seen the Goddard Difference?
Our teachers have their degrees and write developmentally appropriate lesson plans for your child. We have fun while we learn!

We have the highest standards in the industry for security, health and safety, and curriculum.

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
603.432.2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – July 2010

 

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     July 2010

Parenting with Pruett: Nothing Beats Reading!, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Children don’t learn interactive, conversational language from TV because it does not respond to them. Language and eventually reading are learned from being actively engaged in speaking and reading with others – hearing parents and caregivers talk to each other and waiting for the child to respond.

Preparing for Summer Fun

Are you planning a summer vacation with your children? Young children are natural explorers and typically adore adventures. But they love them even more when they have been prepared for new experiences. Better-prepared kids are kids who cope better. Here are some suggestions to prepare your children – to get the most educationally and emotionally out of your adventures.

  • Talk about where you are going and why.
  • Discuss how long you will be there and a few things they can expect.
  • Ask them what they think they will see or want to do.
  • Suggest some “I Spy” targets to look for on your way to your destination. This makes them better travelers and learners.
  • Wrap-up the experience on the way home by discussing the surprises and the discoveries.

When you do this right, it feels like a shared family adventure in which everyone’s experience matters and contributes to its success. It also helps parents feel less like travel agents or teachers, and more like moms and dads who know what their children need. Enjoy first – learn second – remember always.

FAMILY PICNIC TIME

Introduce your children to the wonders of a picnic…grab the picnic basket and a blanket. But food is still the most important picnic ingredient:

What to pack: (Always consider age-appropriateness!)

  • Easy-to-transport veggies: baby carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers
  • Bottled water or sippy cups with water
  • Trail mix: Make your own. Include nuts, raisins, pretzels, dried fruit, and coconut.
  • Fresh fruit: Slice it or cube it and put it in small individual containers.
  • Pre-sliced cheese and whole-grain crackers.
  • Pre-cut sandwiches: Peanut butter and banana or cream cheese and cucumber on whole grain bread.
  • Plastic utensils.

Picnics are a great family outing, and can become a treasured family memory. Plan your picnic according to your family dynamics to ensure a pleasant experience.

  • Does your toddler need a nap at two? Then make it a brunch picnic so you are home in time.
  • Does your preschooler need high-energy activity before sitting down to a yummy lunch? Bring a Frisbee, a few balls, and maybe a kite – play first, and eat later.

News Items

Obstacle Course Adventure
Saturday July 17
10 AM to 1 PM
Call to Reserve Your Spot!

Oeey Gooey Fun
Saturday July 24
10 AM
Call to Reserve Your Spot!

Movie Under the Stars
Saturday July 31
6:30 to 10:30 PM
Call to Reserve Your Spot!

Let’s Get Cooking!
Wednesday August 18
10 AM
Call to Reserve Your Spot!

Our First Birthday Party
August 31, 2010
5 to 7 PM
Call to Reserve Your Spot!

 

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH
www.goddardschool.com
603-432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – June 2010

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     June 2010

Parenting with Pruett: Curiosity & Repetition, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Encourage curiosity and understand that repetition is a good thing for him, boring though it might be for you. The neurological basis for the insistence on the familiar lies in the fact that when synaptic connections are repeatedly activated by the same stimulation, they become immune from elimination during the brain’s pruning process. They survive to become permanent neural connections that enhance learning. So go ahead and do what your child likes – over and over. This is a good rut to be in.

Healthy Vibes: Fruits & Vegetables

If your child seems uninterested in sampling fruits and vegetables, consider your presentation. Children love to DIP!

  • Cut fruit into bite-size pieces and provide a healthy side dip like nonfat or low fat vanilla yogurt.
  • Veggies cut into easy to manage pieces with a side of nonfat or low fat sour cream or plain yogurt are yummy, too!

Children also love dessert! For a healthy and delicious dessert try this unique fruit salad, it will have your child’s taste buds watering! Remember: Meal preparation presents a wonderful opportunity to model good food choices as well as providing quality time with your child.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 papaya, cubed
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled and cubed
  • 2 kiwi, peeled and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon of minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of orange juice

Directions:

Mix all of the fruit in a large bowl. Crush the ginger into the orange juice, and then sprinkle the fruit with the orange juice mixture.

Goddard Schools Launch Goddard Gets Gardening Program

Gardening has the ability to teach children patience and responsibility, healthy eating, environmental awareness and, most importantly, builds self-esteem. The Goddard Gets Gardening initiative introduces children, at an early age, to the excitement of gardening and provides an enriching and educational hands-on opportunity.

Each Goddard School will develop a unique gardening experience, from sensory gardens that teach children about the five senses to indoor gardens that demonstrate how easy it is to grow food inside. Whether children live on a farm, in the suburbs, or even in the city, the Goddard Gets Gardening program will encourage children to learn about sustainability, food preparation, plant identification, healthy eating and more.

News Items

Story Time
Saturday June 12
9:30 AM (Babies), 10 AM (Toddlers), & 11 AM (Preschool)
Call to reserve your spot!

Yoga for Children
Tuesday June 22
10 AM, Toddlers
11 AM, Preschoolers

Red, White, & Glue!
Thursday July 1
10 AM
Join us to make patriotic crafts!

Obstacle Course Adventure
Saturday July 17
11 AM
Make your way through our obstacle course and join us for a pizza lunch!

Ooey Gooey Fun
Saturday July 24
10 AM
Enjoy creative fun while learning through sensory experiences!

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
603-432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

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Family Fun Programs

Our Family Fun Programs have been rolled out for the summer!  These are free events that are open to the public, just call us at 432-2210 for details or to register.  We’d love to have you join us.

Reading - Teacher & Kids

Saturday June 12, 2010, 9:30 (Infants), 10 (Toddlers), & 11 AM (Preschool) – Story Time.  Share a story with us! 

Tuesday June 22, 2010, 10 (Toddlers) & 11 AM (Preschool) - Yoga for children.  Learn basic yoga movements and balancing poses.

Thursday July 1, 2010, 10 AM – Red, White, and Glue! Join us as we make patriotic crafts and creations including tie-dye shirts.

Saturday July 17, 2010 11 AM – Obstacle Course Adventure! Make your way through our obstacle course and then join us for parachute play before our pizza lunch.

Saturday July 24, 2010 10 AM - Ooey Gooey Fun! Follow our ooey gooey path to creative fun while learning through sensory experiences.

Saturday July 31, 2010,  6:30 PM – Movie Under The Stars

Wednesday August 18, 2010,  10 AM – Let’s Get Cooking! Cook up some fun with us.

Tuesday August 31, 2010, 5 PM – Happy Birthday! Join us for our first Birthday Celebration.

Goddard Students are Eligible for $10K Scholarship

Students who graduate the Pre-Kindergarten or Kindergarten program at The Goddard School are eligible to receive the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship.  The recipient of this annual $10,000 scholarship receives money toward their education at a college or university of their choice.  Students may apply in their Junior or Senior years in high school.

This scholarship, funded by Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School,  is in honor of Anthony A. Martino, founder of The Goddard School franchise system as well as Aamco Transmissions, Inc. and Maaco Enterprises, Inc.  He worked his way up from humble beginnings to acheive great things for himself and his family.

Criteria and application information is available at www.goddardschool.com

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – May 2010

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     May 2010

Parenting with Pruett: Setting Limits, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Basic pointers for setting limits:

  • Keep rules to a minimum. Focus on the big-ticket items that govern safety and the important aspects of social behavior. To set more rules than your child can manage at any given age is just confusing.
  • Be consistent. Enforce rules consistently. Only set rules you will maintain.
  • Don’t overreact. When a new behavior emerges that is unacceptable, overreaction on your part can actually reinforce it. Children like oversized reactions.
  • Match punishment to the child’s understanding. Don’t use punishment until a child is cognitively capable of understanding what action is being punished and why. Children do not reach this level of mental maturity until somewhere near the second birthday. Until a child can understand the offense, parents should use distraction and physical removal to stop unwanted or unsafe behavior.

Summer Learning Program

According to research conducted by the National Center for Summer Learning, which is based at the Johns Hopkins School of Education in Baltimore, Maryland, summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the difference in the likelihood of a student pursuing a college preparatory path in high school. As these findings indicate, keeping children’s brains challenged throughout the summer is crucial, since the lack of learning that occurs during these months has both short-term and long-term consequences.

Keeping a child’s day consistent throughout the summer months keeps the brain focused and helps prevent learning losses during the summer. In addition, this can potentially ease the anxiety that often accompanies transitioning into a new classroom or school come fall.

Research has shown that programs like The Goddard School that have specific learning goals, use learning and developmental standards and are age-appropriate are ideal in preventing summer learning losses.

Why You Chose the Best:

  • The Summer Program at The Goddard School is based on each child’s interests and natural curiosity — this allows children the opportunity to direct their own learning.
  • All teachers/counselors have credentials, experience and training to blend fun, adventure and learning in your child’s summer program.
  • Goddard Quality Assurance oversees the health and safety practices of the program. You can be assured that the program is equipped to handle your child’s unique needs.
  • The program combines songs, stories, exploration, art, physical activities and learning adventures in a safe, nurturing environment.

Fun & Learning in the Kitchen

Cooking can provide a great outlet for bonding with your child. Some of the lessons children learn in the kitchen reinforce what they’ve been learning in school, like basic math (counting eggs, pouring water into measuring cups), science (exploring with senses: listening to a mixer, pounding dough and watching it rise, smelling it bake in the oven, then tasting it) and language skills (reading a recipe together and introducing new vocabulary, listening skills developed when following steps in a recipe).

Start with tasks that can be easily executed. This will encourage your child to keep on trying, and they will feel very good about themselves when the task is complete. Here are some examples of simple tasks to get your “little chef” started in the kitchen:

  • Stirring and adding ingredients
  • Tearing lettuce
  • Helping to read a cookbook by turning pages
  • Sprinkling cheese
  • Using cookie cutters
  • Pouring ingredients that are cool/cold
  • Setting the table

When cooking with children, always stress safety. You must establish all the rules before getting started:

  • What is OK to touch and what will hurt them
  • What is strictly for adults
  • Proper hand washing

Including your child in the kitchen can encourage a more adventurous palate and healthy eating patterns. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce healthy eating choices into a child’s life. More importantly, cooking with your “little chef” can boost their self-esteem once the task at hand is complete. Children are usually proud of their cooking accomplishments!

News Items

Week-long Open House
Monday May 17 – Friday May 21
9 AM to 6 PM

Children’s Expo – A Fun Kid’s Day!
Saturday May 22
10 AM to 2 PM
The Goddard School

Join us for our Children’s Expo
on Saturday May 22 for a day
of fun for the whole family.
Events include:

– Bounce House
- Fire Truck
- Activities hosted by vendors
from the community

– Car Seat Demonstrations
- Children’s Dance Demonstrations
- Children’s Karate Demonstration

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
603-432-2210
email: derrynh@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: The Goddard School located in Derry, NH is hosting a Childrens Expo!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Samantha Baldini
Owner
The Godddard School
603-432-2210
DerryNH@goddardschools.com
The Goddard School located in Derry, NH is hosting a Children’s Expo!

Local preschool offers event for community

Derry, NH (Grassroots Newswire) April 29, 2010 –  The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to six years, located at 12 Tsienneto Road is hosting a Children’s Expo and Open House on Saturday May 22, 2010 from 10 AM to 2 PM.

Families and children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event which increases awareness of the various services and products offered in the community for young children.  Families will enjoy a bounce house, fire truck, and activities hosted by vendors from the area.  Participating vendors include Tim Barchard’s Professional Martial Arts Academy, Fitness on Wheels, Whippersnappers, Great Clips, Vanguard Dental Group, Extreme Cheer and Powers Financial Group. 

On-site owner, Samantha Baldini, along with her Education Director, Suzanne Mailhiot, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7 AM to 6 PM, the flexibility of either half-or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately. Families will receive 50% off their first full month when they register at the event.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April 2010

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     April 2010

Parenting with Pruett: Fathering, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Recent research about the role of fathers, and their approach to parenting, includes the following:

  • Fathers tend stylistically to encourage problem-solving skills by letting their kids struggle with frustration a little longer before stepping in to help. (Of course, there is a huge personal variation here, as there is in mothers.)
  • Fathers permit a little more emotional autonomy during learning sequences with their young children, supporting and encouraging but without the same emphasis on intimacy that is more typical among mothers.
  • Fathers tend to mix play with learning a little more successfully, from the child’s point of view, allowing longer work periods.
  • Fathers’ more functional (‘do it because it needs to be done,’ rather than ‘do it because it will go better between us if you do’) approach to academic work builds in the child a larger range of problem-solving skills over time that probably contributes to more lasting self-esteem.

Literacy & Reading to Children

It is generally agreed among educators that one of the best things adults can do for their children is to read to them.

Parent Tips:

  • During early infancy, reading helps babies build neural pathways that will eventually provide language development and acquisition.
  • Reading aloud to children encourages association with happiness, love and enjoyment. All of this can lead to children’s greater interest in reading and can result in larger vocabularies and better literary skills.
  • Choose a childcare environment that encourages storytime as an important aspect of the school’s routine.
  • Reading aloud to children also helps them with pronunciation and phonetics. Some children are able to recognize letters and numbers before they can speak, but if they are left to this without guidance their weaknesses can lie in pronunciation and sounding out words.
  • When children speak incorrectly they should be gently corrected so that they are encouraged to use proper grammar and pronunciation. Reading books can help children learn the proper format of sentences which they often mistake in late toddlerhood.
  • Children who are read to regularly, are more likely to continue reading throughout their lives.
  • Children who read are more likely to have better writing skills and be placed in higher level classes.

First Chores

According to Dr. Kyle Pruett, a wonderful way to play with and teach children is to bring them into your world, where ‘real-life’ happens. Children love to do ‘grown-up’ things and to imitate you. And when they contribute, they see themselves as players and get a well-earned self-esteem boost!

Age-Appropriate Chore Ideas
Toddlers

  • Pick up toys and books
  • Collect dirty laundry
  • Dust with socks on hands

Preschoolers

  • Make the bed
  • Help with laundry
  • Help in the kitchen – cooking and preparing food
  • Set the table
  • Take dirty dishes to the kitchen
  • Carry and put away groceries

Pre-Kindergarteners

  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Feed the family pet
  • Vacuum
  • Take out the trash
  • Fold and put away laundry

These activities are fun learning experiences, especially if you are teaching informally along the way. The chores may take a little longer as they learn the ropes and make mistakes, but the value for their learning and their self-regard are more than worth the extra time.

News Items

Sign Language Story Hour
Saturday April 10
10 AM to 11 AM
Free, Join Us!
Sign Language Story Hour
Monday April 19
10 AM to 11 AM
Free, Join Us!
Children’s Expo
Saturday May 22
10 AM to 2 PM
A fun-filled family event with activities for kids of all ages!
Visit our blog at:
http://blogs.goddardsystems.com/Derry-NH/

 

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
603-432-2210
email: derrynh@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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Children’s Expo Saturday May 22 – Exhibitor’s Wanted!

We are excited to be hosting a children’s expo on Saturday May 22 from 10 AM to 2 PM.  Mark your calendars!

Right now we are accepting applications for exhibitors who would like a booth at the expo.  The cost is free, we only ask that you have an activity for children to participate in to help us make it a fun-filled day for families!

Call 603-432-2210 for more information.

A Wonderful Testimonial

We received a touching letter from one of our families that I wanted to share.  It is gratifying that the work we put into making our school the best is felt by our students and families.  Here is a portion of the letter:

Dear Ms. Samantha, Ms. Suzanne, and Ms. Kristen,

When we embarked on our mission to find a great school for our daughter our expectations were extremely high, perhaps unrealistically so.  It should be no surprise to you that I am writing to acknowledge and thank you for not only exceeding our expectations, but exceeding them to a degree and in ways we could not have anticipated.

You offer the highest quality educational programs and your staff is experienced, friendly and professional.  It is extremely comforting to know that when I drop my child off not only is she excited to start her day, but she will be learning new and exciting things in one of the cleanest, safest and most nurturing environments.

Sincerely,

Emma’s Mom

In The News: Free Infant & Toddler Sign Language Classes

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Samantha Baldini
Owner
The Goddard School
603-432-2210
derrynh@goddardschools.com
Free Infant & Toddler Sign Language Classes

Derry, NH (Grassroots Newswire) 03/31/2010 — Have you ever wanted to understand your infant or toddlers wants and needs before they are able to speak them? 
 
The Goddard School in Derry, NH is pleased to sponsor two free Infant and Toddler sign language classes with Signs and Smiles based in Londonderry, NH on the following dates:
 

“Show me a Sign:  Getting Started Signing with your Infant and Toddler”, Saturday, April 10 10:00-11:00 AM

“From the First Smile to the First Sentence There Are Signs”, Monday, April 19 10:00-11:00 AM

The classes are for parents and their young children to begin using signs or build on their knowledge and will cover the best time to start signing, benefits of signing with your child, how to incorporate signing into daily activities, and basic signs. Bring your child to one or both sessions for a fun and interactive hour to help your child learn early communication skills.
 
Signing gives babies a way to communicate what they already understand and now have the ability to express. By signing with your baby, you are empowering them to tell you more about who they are.  Children who learn to sign during pre-speech months tend to speak sooner. In addition to giving babies a vocabulary boost, signs play an important role in a child’s transition to speech.  Learn what your baby is thinking and empower them to communicate with you!
 
The Goddard School incorporates enrichment programs such as sign language into their curriculum for children of all ages.  Infants and toddlers learn basic signs to communicate their wants and needs while Preschoolers integrate signs into their lessons on colors, weather, the calendar, and animals.  Sign language is a fun way for children of all ages to build on their communication skills!

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

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Now Enrolling for Kindergarten

I know it seems far off, but Kindergarten is just around the corner!  We have a few spots remaining for interested families who are looking for a balanced full or half day program.

Our small group setting in a secure environment gives Kindergartners the individual attention they require at this stage in their education.  Our teacher, Ms. Kyra, provides opportunities for children to explore centers in science, math, reading, writing, computers, creative art, and music in addition to our enrichment programs.

Since Kindergarten presents ample academic challenges, we take care to balance the daily schedule with a lot of fun too.  Students enjoy quiet time in reading nooks, playing dress up, or running with their friends on our large playground.  A curriculum that has been designed to meet the specific needs of a kindergartner allows children to smoothly transition to their next scholastic level.

The low student-to-teacher ratio allows for a combination of individualized and small group instruction that is so important in the early development of your child’s formal education.  Our goal here at The Goddard School is to prepare your child for the challenges that lie ahead while instilling a love of learning in every child.  Emphasis is placed on individuality, creativity, and fun!

Computer - School Age

Free Infant and Toddler Sign Language Classes

We are sponsoring two free Infant and Toddler sign language classes that are open to parents with young children.  Bring your child for a fun and interactive hour where you will have fun and help your child learn early communication skills!

The two classes are:

 “Show me a Sign:  Getting Started Signing with your Infant and Toddler”, Saturday, April 10 10:00-11:00 AM

  “From the First Smile to the First Sentence There Are Signs”, Monday, April 19 10:00-11:00 AM

Topics covered include the best time to start signing, benefits of signing with your child, how to incorporate signing into daily activities, and basic signs.  

Learn what your baby is thinking and empower them to communicate with you!

Pottery Night Tiles Are In!

Pottery night was so much fun and our friends made some fantastic art work!  Thank you so much to everyone who participated.

Your child’s handpainted and professionally fired and glazed tile is ready to be picked up – we can’t wait to see you again.

Family Pottery Night – Wednesday March 10 at 6 PM

Join us at 6 PM on Wednesday, March 10 for our Family Pottery Night to make a free family ceramic tile! This is a great opportunity to make a family memory and see the best school for early childhood education in the area.

Family tiles will be finished and glazed by a professional studio, creating a keepsake you can treasure!

Call us at 603-432-2210 to RSVP.  We look forward to seeing you and sharing this fun evening with you.

Samantha Baldini

On-site Owner

Wow – Goddard Families Contributed 12 Meals to the Needy!

As part of our holiday food drive, our parents helped us donate TWELVE thanksgiving dinners to families in need!  Thanks for all your generous donations and a special thank you to Hannford Grocery Store, which gave us a fantastic discount on the turkeys to make our money go farther!  As a special bonus, we also donated 10 small-demonation gift cards to help families buy incidentals for the holidays!

Our Teachers are the best!

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One of the differences between The Goddard School and traditional “day care” is our teachers.  I invite you all to join us for a tour or one of our events to meet them.  Every Lead Teacher at The Goddard School is required to hold a degree in Early Childhood Education or a related field.  Our teachers write their own lesson plans based upon our monthly themes and the developmental guidelines of their students’ age group.  They use creativity, passion, and a dedication to their students to create days full of fun and educational activities.

In order to attract and retain the best teachers we offer them a competitive benefits package and free ongoing professional development through our accredited Goddard University.  Teachers at The Goddard School get more ongoing education than any other preschool in the area.

Imagine the difference of sending your child to a school where teachers are dedicated, educated, and engaged!

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2009

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     November, 2009

Parenting with Pruett: Thumb-Sucking & Pacifiers, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Thumb-sucking and pacifiers are guaranteed to evoke debate whenever the topic is raised with parents, especially new ones. Fact: Many children choose to suck their thumbs from before they are born because it is an important form of self-soothing and comfort.

Try not to make this a big deal. Very few children go to college with their pacifiers. At the same time, denying your children their comfort at a time when they may need it most will backfire more often than not, increasing their attachment to it. Children who know when it’s time for their comfort are showing you they know a thing or two about their needs, not that they have a habit.

Cold Challenges

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 million school days are lost annually in the United States due to the common cold, and children have between six and ten colds each year.

  • There are over 200 different viruses that cause cold symptoms, and while there are no links between exposure to cold weather and contracting cold symptoms, most colds occur during the fall and winter months when people spend more time inside.
  • Cold germs are transferred through inhaling germs in the air or through touching infected surfaces and then touching the nose or eyes.
  • Colds generally last between two and fourteen days, and there is no cure for a cold.
  • The best way to treat a cold is to rest and drink fluids.
  • Teach children to avoid touching their eyes and mouths and to wash their hands regularly.

    (Source www.about.com)

Toys that Teach

The old adage of “a child’s business is the business of play” is true. Toys help children to enhance their cognitive behavior and stimulate their creativity. Toys like blocks and balls help children with spatial reasoning and planning. Play dough and modeling clay help develop hand-eye coordination and cognitive development. Even babies benefit from toys. Infant toys are designed to help babies recognize shapes and colors.

In the 2008 report, “The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development,” the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that free and unstructured play is healthy and essential to help children reach important social, emotional and cognitive developmental milestones. The report emphasizes the benefits of “true toys,” such as blocks and dolls, in which children fully use their imagination versus passive toys that require limited imagination.

“True toys” have no bells or whistles, they do not ‘do’ anything and you do not have to turn them on. Most toys today have taken the fun out of imaginative play. Manipulating toys and giving them life develops reasoning and problem-solving skills as well as creates a base of simple knowledge of how things work.

Eco-friendly and sustainable toys that grow with your child are gaining popularity and are also a better value for parents. Choosing a toy that is too difficult may frustrate your child but one that is too simple may cause boredom. The most important factor in choosing toys, however, is safety. Check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission for product evaluations to assist in determining a toy’s age-appropriateness.

News Items

Preschool & Pre-K Open House
Thursday November 19
6 PM
Join us to see “A Day in the Life of a Preschooler”
Children’s Story Hour & Scholastic Book Fair
Wednesday December 2
6 PM – 7 PM
Breakfast & Book Fair
Saturday December 5
10 AM to 12 PM
Books make great gifts for the holidays!

 

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road, Derry, NH
(603) 432-2210
www.goddardschool.com

email: DerryNH@GoddardSchools.com

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A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     October, 2009

Early Stimulation, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Brain research tells us that, of the 100 billion nerve cells we are born with, the ones we are most likely to keep longest are the ones that are used regularly in our interaction with the world around us. This does not mean that we can increase a child’s intellectual or developmental competence through so-called ‘brain stimulation’ videos or surround-sound cribs. Infants and toddlers enjoy learning first and best the things they learn in their relationships with the people that care for them.

Keep your eyes and ears open for emerging motor skills, interests, words, emotions and feelings. When such competencies are new, they are both adorable and vulnerable. Remember not to overwhelm children by requesting a ‘show’ of their new tricks. This can be over-stimulating and cause quite the opposite effect – anxiety about new abilities instead of confidence. Let children practice and enjoy their new skill.

How you are as a parent with your children matters far more than any particular thing you may ever do with them. Development is not a race; it is a process that unfolds uniquely in each child. Rushing development erodes children’s belief in, and joy of, their own emerging abilities, replacing joy with frustration and discouragement – too high a price in my book.

Take A Hike!

  • Find an appropriate location. Start small; you don’t want to intimidate your little one by trying to climb to the top of a mountain in one day! Contact your local visitors’ center or tourism office for maps of trails or parks in your area.
  • Once you’ve found the perfect trail or park, map out a path with your child and stick to it. Carry the map with you and don’t wander too far off the trail, especially if you aren’t familiar with the area.
  • Hiking is a physical activity, so take a few minutes to loosen up and stretch at the beginning of the trail. Let your child suggest a few stretches, too.
  • Pack water and healthy snacks. Drinking water often and nibbling on food throughout your hike will keep you and your child energized.
  • Enjoy the beautiful scenery and look for signs of wildlife, such as paths in the weeds, mounds of dirt or footprints in the mud.
  • Collect objects such as leaves or rocks (check with the park/trail authority to ensure this is permitted) or take pictures of things that interest your child.
  • Remember to ‘carry-out’ your trash. Food and trash can be harmful to wildlife.

Apple Printing*

Use apples as stamps to create imaginative pictures, wrapping paper or to decorate t-shirts and totes!

Supplies:

  • Apples
  • Paint (washable poster paint for paper prints and fabric paints for clothing)
  • Paper plates or freezer trays
  • Poster board, stationery, t-shirts, totes, etc.
  • Newspaper (to protect your work surface)
  • Art smocks or old tee shirts
  • Knife to cut the apples (adult supervision required)

How To:

  • Cover your work area with newspaper.
  • Ensure everyone is wearing old clothes or art smocks.
  • Pour paint onto paper plates or freezer trays (one color per plate/tray).
  • Cut the apples in half.
    • Create an apple silhouette by cutting the apple from top to bottom.
    • Create a circle with a “star” by cutting the apple horizontally.
  • Ask your child to guess what each shape will look like before you cut each apple, or brainstorm ways to create various shapes with the apples.
  • Let your child dip the flat side of the apple into the paint.
  • Place the ‘stamp’ on the printing surface.
  • Have fun creating fun designs and pictures with your homemade stamps!

* Safety First: A parent or guardian should be present during this activity.
(From kaboose.com)

News Items

Join Us For Trunk or Treat
October 28
6 PM to 7 PM

 

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
603.432.2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

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In The News: The Goddard School® Located in Derry Celebrates its Grand Opening

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:
Samantha Baldini
School Owner
The Goddard School
(603) 432-2210
DerryNH@goddardschools.com


The Goddard School Located in Derry Celebrates its Grand Opening

Derry, NH (Grassroots Newswire) 9/18/09 –The Goddard School, the premier preschool and childcare center for children from six weeks to six-years-old, located at 12 Tsienneto Road in Derry, New Hampshire, will celebrate its Grand Opening with an Open House on Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments, music, games with prizes and fun activities including a bounce house, pumpkin painting and much more. Families will receive 50% off their first full months tuition when they enroll during the festivities.

On-site owner, Samantha Baldini, along with her Education Director, Suzanne Mailhiot, and faculty, which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages active learning. The Goddard School FLEX Learning Program is based on a unique learning continuum that encompasses developmental guidelines, formative assessments and child-focused lesson plans that are delivered in a creative and fun environment with a child-centered approach to meet each child’s individual needs. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., the flexibility of both morning or full-day schedules, and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Goddard School owners are committed to providing the best early childhood development experience for the children in their communities. In January of 2009, Goddard Systems, Inc. received company-wide accreditation from the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) by meeting CITAs key accreditation standards including a research-based curriculum, teaching methods that enhance student learning and a commitment to continuous improvement. Goddard Schools support the on-going training of Goddard teachers by providing professional development courses on a quarterly basis through Goddard Systems University which has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Tours for interested families may be arranged by calling (603) 432-2210, ask for Samantha or Suzanne. You can reach the School on the web at http://www.goddardschool.com/. Parents are always welcome to just drop in for a tour!

About Goddard Systems, Inc. http://www.goddardschool.com/


Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 330+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.


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The Goddard School located in Derry celebrates its Grand Opening on Saturday, October 3rd at 10:00 a.m.!
Samantha Baldini, the on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Derry invites you to attend their Grand Opening on Saturday, October 3rd from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.!


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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Derry is Open and Enrolling!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:
Samantha Baldini
School Owner
The Goddard School
(603) 432-2210
DerryNH@goddardschools.com


The Goddard School located in Derry is Open and Enrolling!

Derry, NH (Grassroots Newswire) 9/9/09 –The Goddard School, the premier preschool childcare center for children from six weeks to six-years-old, located at 12 Tsienneto Road in Derry, New Hampshire, opened Monday, August 31st. The new state-of-the-art building was designed to accommodate approximately 130 children. The new School will offer flexible schedules for children Monday through Friday, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.


On-site owner, Samantha Baldini, along with her Education Director, Suzanne Mailhiot, and faculty, which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. Children are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a warm environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. The Goddard School FLEX Learning Program is based on a unique learning continuum that encompasses developmental guidelines, formative assessments and child-focused lesson plans that are delivered in a creative and fun environment with a child-centered approach to meet each childs individual needs. The year-round program focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills. Overseen by a team of Goddard Quality Assurance Representatives and licensed by the state, The Goddard School provides a safe and secure learning environment for children.

Goddard School owners are committed to providing the best early childhood development experience for the children in their communities. In January of 2009, Goddard Systems, Inc. received company-wide accreditation from the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) by meeting CITAs key accreditation standards including a research-based curriculum, teaching methods that enhance student learning and a commitment to continuous improvement. Goddard Schools support the on-going training of Goddard teachers by providing professional development courses on a quarterly basis through Goddard Systems University which has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).

Interested families can call Samantha or Suzanne at (603) 432-2210 to schedule a tour or reach the School on the Web at www.goddardschool.com. Parents are also always welcome to just drop in for a tour!

About Goddard Systems, Inc. http://www.goddardschool.com/


Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 330+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.


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The Goddard School located on Tsienneto Road in Derry opened on Monday, August 31st!
Introducing, Samantha Baldini, the owner of The Goddard School located in Derry!


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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     September, 2009

Parenting with Pruett: Diversity, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D.

You may think your own daily life is not particularly influenced by cultural variations on child development themes. Yet it is probable that your child will mature in a world influenced more by cultural diversity than the one that shaped you. Our communities, work places, neighborhoods, schools and families are fast becoming increasingly multicultural.

The opportunities are great. But, as with anything new, there is always the potential for misunderstanding. Each of our cultures has been enriched by the others in everything from cuisine and customs to language and dress. At the same time, we need to know about the values and styles of our neighbors, especially when our little ones are in the company of others whose priorities and behavior are different.

Excerpt from Me, Myself and I, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D.

Teaching Tolerance and Diversity

It is never too early to talk to your children about tolerance and diversity. Studies have shown that by ages three and four, children have an awareness of the differences in other children. They can recognize variation in skin color, language and customs as well as recognize obvious differences.

Cultural and lifestyle differences are common in everyday life, and may be confusing for young children. To help your children become more familiar with differences, start on a small scale. A solid understanding at a young age will encourage acceptance as they grow.

  • Teach your children about their family history.
    Make a family tree together and explain customs or traditions your family practices. Dress up like your ancestors and cook an ethnic meal to help your children understand their family’s culture in a fun way.
  • Teach your children about other cultures.
    Ask your children’s friends or classmates to teach them about their cultures (e.g., holidays, celebrations) and lifestyles. In turn, encourage your children to do the same.
  • Lead by example.
    Make diverse friendships and encourage your children to do the same. Show your children the most positive way to interact in the world.
  • Make diversity a part of everyday life.
    Fill your home with multicultural art and literature. Take your children to museums and libraries to provide them with as many multicultural experiences as possible.

It’s Apple Time!

‘Tis the season to enjoy a good-for-you fall fruit that the whole family loves – apples! Apples are child-friendly, healthy snacks. They are fat, sodium and cholesterol free! Apples are grown in all 50 states and orchards across the country offer apple picking, hay rides and hot apple cider at this time of year – a day of family fun and good memories.

Apples can be more than just good to eat. Check out the fun ‘apple’ activity below.

Apple Printing
You can use apples as stamps to create fun pictures, wrapping paper or to decorate t-shirts and other wearables!

Materials:
Apples
Paint (Use washable poster paint for paper prints and fabric paints for clothes.)
Paper Plates
Printable Surface
Newspaper (to protect work surface)
Art Smocks or Old T-shirts
Knife to Cut the Apple(s) – Adults only*

How To:

  • Cover your work surface with newspaper and make sure everyone is wearing old clothes or a smock!
  • Pour paint on the paper plates (one color per plate).
  • Cut the apples in half (adults only). Create an apple silhouette by cutting the apple from top to bottom, or create a circle with a “star” by cutting the apple horizontally. Ask your child to guess what the shape will look like before you cut the apple, or brainstorm various ways to create different shapes with the apple.
  • Encourage your child to dip the flat side of the apple in the paint (trying to thoroughly cover the flat surface) and then place the apple – paint side down -on the printing surface.
  • Enjoy creating fun designs and pictures with your homemade stamps!

*An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages. (Activity from kidsdomain.com)

News Items

Toddler Play Date
Thursday, September 17
10 AM to 11 AM
Please call to reserve a space
Preschool & Pre-K “Celebrate Being Me” Picnic
Wednesday, September 30
11:30 AM to 1 PM
Internal Preschool and Pre-K Goddard Families Only

Grand Opening Event!
Saturday, October 3
10 AM to 12 PM

 

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
604.432.2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     August, 2009

Parenting with Pruett: The Mind-Heart Connection, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D.

Emotion and learning are so connected in the early years that children are most delighted when they learn with a person to whom they are emotionally related. Memory centers are connected repeatedly and redundantly to emotional processing centers in the brain. This makes it possible to file new information and retrieve it more easily when pleasurable human associations accompany the filing of that information, whether it’s a new food, a new word or a new moment at the beach.

Back to School Prep

Parents can help make the “back to school” transition much smoother for their children if they take the time to prepare:

  • Structure helps prepare children for the schedule of a classroom.
    • Adjust children’s sleep schedules a few weeks before school starts. This will help to avoid struggling to get out of bed on those first few days of school.
    • Develop a consistent daily routine so that children wake and go to sleep at the same times each day.
    • Develop a bedtime routine, including bathing, selecting clothes for the next day, cuddling together for a bedtime story and a kiss goodnight.
    • Begin a regular morning routine that includes a healthy breakfast, packing a nutritious lunch, grooming and getting dressed for the day.
  • Consider taking fun shopping trips when children can help choose their own clothes, lunchboxes and supplies.
  • Ensure children have adequate sleep and proper nutrition. Children do their best when they get to sleep early and eat a healthy breakfast. A daily diet of junk food is not compatible with learning because it can cause listlessness and hyperactivity which can impair children’s ability to learn – skipping breakfast is a detriment to a quality education.

Pack a Healthy Lunch…that your child will enjoy!

Introduce your children to healthy eating by involving them in the lunch preparation. Children have a tendency to eat and try new foods that they helped to prepare. And children who help in the kitchen build their confidence which makes them feel important and proud.

Avoid brown bag boredom and try the following healthy, easy and fun options. Bonus – your children will want to eat these choices!

  • Turn lunch into an adventure:
    • Cut sandwiches into playful shapes with cookie cutters. Children are more excited about eating a star- or dinosaur-shaped sandwich because it makes the experience fun! Choose cheese or deli meats to replace breads and cut them into fun shapes, too.
  • Make lunch fun by including a dip:
    • Yogurt is a great dip for fruit.
    • Provide hummus for veggies.
  • Use a variety of ‘sandwich’ options:
    • Bagels, pita bread, wheat wraps or crackers.
  • Consider packing applesauce or yogurt as a treat in lieu of a ‘sweet’ dessert.

News Items

We have moved into the school and are now enrolling for fall!

EVENTS:

Ribbon Cutting Ceremony
Friday August 14 at Noon
Join Us for a Meet & Greet Open House
Wednesday August 19
4 – 8 PM
First Day of School!
Monday, August 31
Call us at (603) 233-2048 to schedule a tour and join us for the first day of school.  Don’t forget to ask about our Grand Opening promotion!

 

Contact Us

12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: The Goddard School® Located in Derry is Now Enrolling!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:
Samantha Baldini
School Owner
The Goddard School
(603) 432-2210
DerryNH@goddardschools.com


The Goddard School Located in Derry is Now Enrolling!

Derry, NH (Grassroots Newswire) 7/8/09 — The Goddard School located at 12 Tsienneto Road in Derry, New Hampshire, has received its Certificate of Occupancy and is now enrolling children in anticipation of opening in August. The new state-of-art 8,000 square foot building has been designed to accommodate approximately 130 children from six weeks to six-years-old. The new School will offer flexible year-round schedules, including summer camp programs, for children Monday through Friday, from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Samantha Baldini, on-site owner, is currently offering tours of the new School. The Schools Education Director, Suzanne Mailhiot, is completing teacher training and teachers are preparing their classrooms. Each classroom is arranged in learning centers of math, music, creative art, blocks and puzzles, science and computers. The new School also boasts two separate playgrounds for children of all ages.


The Goddard School program focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child. Overseen by a team of Goddard Quality Assurance Representatives and licensed by the state, The Goddard School provides a safe and secure environment for children.


Goddard School owners are committed to providing the best early childhood development experience for the children in their communities. In January of 2009, Goddard Systems, Inc. received company-wide accreditation from the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA) by meeting all seven of CITAs accreditation quality standards including a research-based curriculum, teaching methods that enhance student learning and a commitment to continuous improvement. Goddard Schools support the on-going training of Goddard teachers by providing professional development courses on a quarterly basis through Goddard Systems University which has been approved as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).


Interested families can call Samantha or Suzanne at (603) 432-2210 to arrange a tour or reach the School on the Web at http://www.goddardschool.com/.


About Goddard Systems, Inc. http://www.goddardschool.com/


Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 320+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.


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Introducing, Samantha Baldini, the new on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Derry!


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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.July, 2009

Parenting with Pruett: Siblings, Kyle D. Pruett, M.D.


Nothing unsettles the life of a child quite like the birth of a sibling. Siblings force children to share the wealth in an important and healthy adaptation to living in the real world.Here are a few ideas about how to ease the pain and promote the joy:



  • Younger siblings adore their older siblings.Teach your child to be tender and gentle when holding or feeding their new sister or brother.This is important training for future intimacy and competent parenting.

  • Preserve time alone with your older child. He may no longer be the ‘only,’ but he’s still the ‘first’ – certain privileges pertain.

Fun in the Sun: How To Protect Children From The Sun


Experts estimate that 80% of total lifetime sun exposure occurs before age 18. Children who learn preventative practices early in life may reduce the unhealthy effects of sun exposure.

A = Away



  • Avoid long periods of direct sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm.

  • Play indoors or enjoy shaded outdoor activities.

  • Reflection from water, white sand or snow increases the sun’s damage.
B = Block

  • Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.

  • Apply sunscreen every morning; reapply every two hours.

  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.
C = Cover Up

  • Use hats and light-colored clothing to protect skin.

  • Wear sunglasses to protect eyes and eyelids.

  • Cover up after swimming.
S = Speak Out:

  • Practice sun safety and show family members how to apply sunscreen.

  • Discuss sun safety with coaches, camp counselors and teachers.
Information provided by “ABCs of Fun in the Sun,” offered by the American Academy of Dermatology. To learn more about sun protection, visit www.aad.org.

Cool Summer Games


Try these water activities with your children and keep them ‘cool’ in the hot July weather!

Water Works
This game is played like Musical Chairs. Play music while children run, skip and jump through a water sprinkler. After a short amount of time, stop the music. The child in the sprinkler when the music stops is in charge of controlling the music in the next round!

Frozen Toes
Fill a wading pool with cool water and ice cubes. Give each child a bucket. Ask the children to transfer as many ice cubes as they can from the pool to their bucket – using their feet! The child with the most ice cubes is the winner!

*Safety First: A parent or guardian should always be present when children are engaged in water play. Parents should use their discretion regarding age appropriate games for their children.

News Items


Yea! Construction
wraps up this week!


Equipment Delivery
July 14, 2009
Books, toys, cubbies,
and more are on the way!
Tours Begin July 15
Call us at (603) 432-2210
to schedule your
personal tour
Infant Open House
Thursday July 30 4-8 PM
An opportunity to learn more about our infant program.
Limited space available
It will be here soon…
First day of school
at The Goddard School
is Monday August 31st!

Contact Us


12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03039
www.goddardschool.com
(603) 432-2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.June, 2009

Parenting with Pruett, Kyle D. Pruett, M.D.


For young children, play is more than entertainment, it is central to their development. Bring them into your world where ‘real-life’ happens. Children love to do ‘grown-up’ things and imitate you. And when they contribute, they get a well-earned self-esteem boost!

Children learn important values and concepts from watching you. They see the result of practice and perseverance, and they come to know that learning is a lifelong process.

There are two easy ways for your children to play in the grown-up world:



  • let them help with your chores

  • include them in your favorite pastimes

The Role of Fathers


Recent research about the role of fathers and their approach to parenting includes the following:



  • Fathers tend stylistically to encourage problem-solving skills by letting their kids struggle with frustration a little longer before stepping in to help. (Of course, there is a huge personal variation here, as there is in mothers.)

  • Fathers permit a little more emotional autonomy during learning sequences with their young children, supporting and encouraging but without the same emphasis on intimacy that is more typical among mothers.

  • Fathers tend to mix play with learning a little more successfully, from the child’s point of view, allowing longer work periods.

  • Fathers’ functional approach to academic work (‘do it because it needs to be done,’ rather than ‘do it because it will go better between us if you do it’) tends to build a broader range of problem-solving skills in children over time and probably contributes to lasting self-esteem.

Stay-Cations: Back-to-Basics Family Fun!


Stay-cations may not only provide a more frugal family vacation, they may also provide an opportunity to create and experience a higher level of bonding with your children.

Upsides to stay-cations include nominal packing as well as minimal airplane or car ride entertainment. Stay-cations, however, provide the challenge of getting into vacation mode when the remnants of your day-to-day life are all around planning ahead is the key.

Fun, frugal stay-cations include:



  • Go on nature walks, hikes and bike rides. Collect rocks to paint.

  • Organize day trips to zoos and/or museums. Create a family scrapbook to commemorate your experiences.

  • Choose a miniature golf outing and enjoy a little healthy competition.

  • Plan a family mini-spa day. Prepare a healthy lunch from your vegetable garden.

  • Go camping in your own backyard. Don’t forget flashlight tag and S’mores!

  • Plan and prepare yummy goodies and enjoy a picnic together in a local park.

  • Rainy day stay-cations are fun too!


    • Play board games

    • Assemble jigsaw puzzles

    • Watch family movies

News Items


Welcome to our first Goddard Parent Newsletter

This monthly newsletter is designed to give you timely information about parenting and your child’s learning.

The Goddard School is Under Construction
Spring/Summer 2009


Moving in!
We expect to complete construction at the end of July and are looking forward to moving into the building in August 2009


First Day of School
Fun and learning begins at The Goddard School
September 2009

Thank you so much for your interest in The Goddard School. We have been pleasantly overwhelmed by the positive response from our families.

Please contact us if you have any questions, we look forward to meeting you in August!

Contact Us


12 Tsienneto Road
Derry, NH 03038
www.goddardschool.com
603.432.2210
email: DerryNH@goddardschools.com

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