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Stay Active

As parents, our main goal is to keep our children happy and healthy. One challenge, especially with enticing gadgets, is getting our children to keep active and understand the importance of exercise. Creating good habits early helps
9children maintain and form positive habits later. We want to teach our children to turn off the TV, put down the electronic devices and go outside to use their energy and imagination.

Here are some ideas of what you and your child can do together to stay active:

  • Go for a walk in the park or in your neighborhood and have a scavenger hunt (look for a pine cone, a red bird, etc.);
  • Use sidewalk chalk to create a hopscotch court and teach your child to play the game;
  • Find a new park or playground to explore;
  • Walk your dog or play fetch with your dog as a family;
  • Plant flowers together in a garden;
  • Visit a local zoo or museum;
  • Go outside and play with a bouncy ball;
  • Teach your child to ride a tricycle;
  • Have a family room dance party;
  • Set up a small inflatable pool in your backyard;
  • Play Simon Says, and make sure Simon includes plenty of jumping and other active movements.

 

Hooray!!

 Graduation is June 19th: Pre K is at 5:15 p.m and Kindergarten is at 6:00 p.m.

They have worked so hard all year and in the last month to learn songs to put on a great show. There will be speeches, songs and diplomas! So bring your tissues, cameras, and friends and family to support our lovely Pre-K and Kindergarten Class of 2014.

We have been working hard on our garden. We planted many different vegetables to enjoy for snacks in the up coming months. Our interactive music board is up and our children enjoy making music outside. We look forward to added more to it this summer. Come check it out!

Summer can’t get here soon enough! So many fun and exciting things planned for the children for Summer Camp.  We can’t wait to enjoy the great weather with great friends, come and join us!

Supporting Your Child’s Friendships

When children outgrow the ‘mine’ stage and begin to share with others and make friends, these new friends will occasionally argue over a toy or game. As parents, we are often tempted to solve the problem for our children or talk with the other child’s parent. While this may calm things down for the moment, it does not help our children learn the give and take of a friendship.

Help children learn to solve problems themselves with the following proven steps.

  1. Talk about the situation to help your child understand the other child’s point of view. “I guess Kyle wants a turn, too.”
  2. Stay calm and let your child know that hitting, grabbing and shoving hurt other people. “You hurt me when you grab the toy, and I don’t like that.”
  3. Model sharing for your child and congratulate your child when he takes turns or shares a toy. “Wow, you guys are having fun. I like watching you play together!”
  4. Be nearby. Watch and guide the children as they solve conflicts. Once the children resolve the conflict, step in and praise the children. Having an adult close by puts the children on their best behavior, and developing good social skills leads to fun and enjoyable play dates with friends.
  5. Don’t overwhelm your child with play dates. Hold your first play dates with friends your child feels comfortable with and have several activities ready. During the play date, let the children choose which activity to do.
  6. Have bedtime talks and read stories. Talk about the friendships your child is building and read books on friendship. Children learn how others cope in social situations through stories.

 

Happy Spring!!

We are excited to be able to get outside and enjoy the fresh air. We will be working on getting our garden ready to plant in. Let’s see what veggies and flower we get this year! We will also be adding a new interactive musical area on our playground around the garden. Check back to see our progess!

 

 

 

 

 

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2014

   March 2014  

A World of Style – Developmental Benchmarks 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.

Creatively Boost Confidence

Children need support and guidance to build and maintain a positive sense of self. As parents, we can facilitate this by helping them craft personal About Me collages that depict positive images and words that resonate with them.

To craft an About Me collage, you will need the following materials:

  • A workspace with enough room to spread out and work
  • A piece of cardstock or poster board, 8 1/2 inches by 11 inches or larger
  • A pair of child-safe scissors (parents can also help with any cutting)
  • Craft glue or a glue stick
  • Magazines
  • Copies of photos of your children

Help your children find images and positive words in magazines that describe them in a positive light. If your children are artistic, you might cut out an image of an easel or a famous artist they like. If your children are expressive, you could cut out images of a microphone or actors in a play. If your children are funny, you could cut out images of silly faces or funny words. Help your children use their imaginations to craft a one-of-a-kind collage they can hang in their bedrooms and see every day. You can work on this fun, confidence-building project with your children periodically over the years so you can look back and see how each child’s self-image has changed.

Breakfast “Cupcakes”

These great little Spinach and Cheese Omelet Cupcakes are an easy, grab-and-go breakfast treat and can be made ahead for busy mornings.

2 cups washed baby spinach
4 large eggs or the equivalent in egg substitute
2 egg whites
1/2 cup shredded cheddar cheese
A dash of salt and pepper
1 tsp. olive oil

Preheat your oven to 350°F. Spray a cupcake tin with cooking spray. Mix the spinach, olive oil, salt and pepper in a bowl. In a separate bowl, mix the eggs and egg whites. Add the eggs to the spinach mixture, and then add the shredded cheese. Mix well. Pour the mixture into each cup in the cupcake pan until the cup is halfway full. Bake until the omelets are fully cooked, which will take about 20-24 minutes. Let them cool about two minutes and serve them, or wrap them up in foil and store them in the refrigerator for the next morning. Reheat them in a microwave or toaster oven.

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Dr. Seuss Birthday Celebration
March 3rd- 7th
Green Eggs & Ham, Fox in Socks
Crazy Hat Days!

March 11th – 14th
Week Long Open House
Magic Show on Thursday
4:30 pm

St. Patty’s Day Celebration
March 17th

Welcome Spring
March 20th
We will Plant Seeds
for our Garden

Let’s Play Cafe
We will measure, mix
and bake special treats

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Doylestown
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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – February 2014

 

   February 2014  

Managing Parental Emotions of Childcare by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Don’t pretend you’re fine when you’re not.
It’s much better to acknowledge your feelings. It’s normal to feel grief at this change. You will come through sooner and better if you face your feelings head on.

Don’t believe you are a bad parent for choosing childcare.
If you have chosen a good center or caregiver, you can be confident that your child is in good hands, so there is no logical reason to feel guilty. But if you continue to feel guilty, it’s important to come to grips with these feelings. Be especially alert if you are tempted to change your parenting style. For example, some parents start easing up on setting limits to compensate for their guilt. Such behavior leads nowhere you or your child want to go.

Don’t become critical of your child’s caregiver.
It’s important to have a good relationship with caregivers. Their observations and advice can be extremely helpful to your parenting. If you find you feel critical even though the caregiver’s work doesn’t merit such an attitude, recognize that your feelings are a part of the separation process. Then begin to focus on the caregiver’s talents and good qualities. Rest assured that no caregiver will take your place in your child’s life or heart. The new attachments to other warm and loving caregivers are beneficial. They also are good signs of your child’s emotional maturity and your achievement in nurturing that maturity.

Don’t underestimate the importance of the transition to childcare.
If you pretend the new routine doesn’t matter, you may underestimate the good things that can come from this new experience for your child and you–new friends, new learning, new sources of information and new ideas on parenting.

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.
    • Check local websites and activity guides for places you can hike, ski, sled, ice skate or snowshoe.
    • Romp in the snow and enjoy an exciting snowball fight.
    • If it’s too cold to be outdoors, consider indoor activities such as swimming, karate and dance.
    • Limit TV, video game and computer time to encourage your children to get active.
    • Set a good example. If you’re telling your children to get out and play, make sure you do, too!
  • Get Out and Play!

    Don’t let the chill in the air keep your children indoors and inactive this winter. Bundle up appropriately and get out and play!

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ELMO’s Birthday Party
February 5th

Valentines’ Party & Dance
February 14th

Kindergarten President’s Presentations
February 20th

Dr. Rob the Denist Visits
February 28th

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – July 2013

   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 outdoors–running, 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.

 

 

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NJ Aquarium Visits
July 11, 2013
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July 17, 2013
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Dinoman
July 22, 2013
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July 25, 2013
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July 31, 2013

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – May 2013

   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 cliché shirt and tie combo? Make Dad’s Day this year a little more rad.

  • Have a picnic, take a walk or just relax outdoors–let 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 projects–help Dad to enjoy a pressure-free day.
  • Father’s Day is not only for your children to celebrate Dad–let 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.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April 2013

   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.

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Week Long Open House
Week of the Young Child
Special events every afternoon

Fitness Fun with Lil Sports
April 15th
9:15 to 11:30
Please join us for this high energy gym class

Children’s Art Show
April 19th
4 to 7:30
Join us to see the amazing works of art inspired by countries around the world

Root for Earth
April 22nd
9:30 to 12 noon

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In The News: Birthday Party Special Edition Newsletter

       January 2013

Happy Birthday to The Goddard School!®

In the upcoming year, The Goddard School brand is celebrating our 25th anniversary–that’s 25 years of learning through play! We strive to maintain a current, contemporary and competitive look and feel in everything we present. Some updates that you may notice include a new website, really exciting reality-based television commercials, a refreshed logo and some great new tools and programs. One of these new tools is Family Connect which will provide our current families with the ability to view notifications, events, contact information and information about their children’s interactions. We think you’ll be as excited as we are!

We hope that you will join us in celebrating The Goddard School–and this milestone year of 25 years of learning through play! Be sure to save the date Saturday, February 9. We’ll celebrate in a really big way at The Goddard School Birthday Party! Bring your family, friends and neighbors for some fabulous family fun as we celebrate 25 years of learning through play.

The Goddard School Celebrates 25 Years by Giving Back

Beginning on January 15, Goddard Schools nationwide will participate in fundraising efforts to support Ronald McDonald House Charities. As 2013 marks The Goddard School’s 25th anniversary, the goal is to make a total donation of $250,000 to RMHC from all Goddard Schools and Goddard Systems, Inc.

For 25 years, The Goddard School has been committed to nurturing children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. We are excited to kick off our anniversary year by reinforcing this commitment and giving back to the communities that make our work possible.

At The Goddard School, children are taught about compassion and cooperation. To kick off our milestone year, we’re partnering with RMHC and providing a fantastic opportunity for children to further learn about good deeds and what it means to support those in need. The fundraising efforts for RMHC will allow children to learn firsthand the importance of helping other families in our community and across the country.

In order to reach our School’s individual goal, we are fundraising until February 15, 2013. What’s great is that the majority of the money we raise will stay in our local community.

In addition to our fundraising efforts, we will be creating birthday cards to support our local RMHC chapter. The birthday cards will be distributed throughout the year by RMHC directors to 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!

Let’s Have a Baking Party!

When children create their own birthday treats, it is both fun and a great boost to their self-esteem! So, why not make the cake a canvas for children’s creativity at your child’s next birthday bash? For this fun activity, simply supply the children with plain cupcakes and a selection of icings and toppings and let your little ones and their friends decorate to their hearts’ content!

Another fun and creative baking birthday party activity is making handprint cookies. Just roll out pre-made dough on a clean surface, place each child’s clean hands on the dough and trace their hands with a safe cooking tool, like a butter knife or drink stirrer. After the cookies have baked and cooled, paint each child’s hands with colored frosting and have the children press their hands onto their cookies. This will leave colorful icing handprints on the cookies.

*An adult should oversee all recipes and activities. Recipes and activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

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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

Winter Wonderland Open House
January 14th – 18th
9 am to 4 pm
Register & receive 50% off your first month’s tuition

Professor Freeze Magic Show
January 16th
10:00 am

Winter Wonderland Party
Saturday, January 19th
9:30 -11:30
Games, Art & Crafts & Fun

Kindergarten 2013 Meeting
Tuesday, January 29th
5:00 pm

 

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Doylestown, PA 18901
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215-230-9905
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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

Winter Concert
December 4th

Parent/Teacher Conferences
December 10th to 13th

Parent’s Night Out
December 14th
6:30 to 9:30

Gingerbread House Day
December 18th
11 am

Pajama Day
December 21st

 

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Doylestown, PA 18901
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215-230-9905
email: doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

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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

Food Drive
November 1st~9th

Lil Sports Fitness Fun
November 6th & 20th

Happy 19th Birthday Celebration
November 12th ~ 16th
Week Long Open House
Special Daily Activities

Thanksgiving Feast
November 20th
November

Hibernation Celebration
November 30th
Wear your cozy pj’s

 

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Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
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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

Music Class with Miss Heather
October 10th & 24th

Fall Festival
October 23rd
4:30 to 6:30

Halloween Magic Show
October 30th
10 a.m.

Halloween Parade
October 31st
3:15

 

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Doylestown, PA 18901
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215-230-9905
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In The News: Block Party 2012 Special Edition Newsletter

 

Goddard Parent Newsletter – Special Edition

Save the PLAY Date

Join your local Goddard School in playing and learning at The Goddard School Block Party! Participating Goddard Schools across the country will be hosting Block Party events Monday, October 1 through Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Open to the community, all are welcome to participate in a number of hands-on, fun-filled activities that demonstrate the power of play for learning. Schools will host a broad variety of playful learning activities, including obstacle courses, oversized games, “dress up” and art projects.

Set a Record with Us!

In support of The Goddard School Block Party, on Friday, October 5, children, parents, faculty and guests at each participating Goddard School will play the “Largest Game of Simon Says” across multiple venues. This exciting and unique event, which illustrates the power of play for learning in an exciting and innovative way, will take place at 9:00 AM PDT and 12:00 PM EDT. Each Simon Says game will culminate in the singing of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

Let’s Celebrate the Power of Play

For young children, play is the natural way to learn, according to the experts. In fact, research studies confirm that children who are allowed to play function better later in life, both socially and academically.

“Young children who learn through play are more ready to make their own decisions, advocate for themselves and use creativity to solve problems as they grow,” says Dr. Kyle Pruett, a Yale University child psychiatrist and consultant to The Goddard School.

Dr. Pruett points out that play helps children learn to solve problems, promotes flexibility and motivation, teaches regulation of emotions and builds resilience and confidence. Play is also essential to the development of the child’s brain, triggering trillions of neural connections that form the basis of healthy cognitive function and mastery of the child’s physical world.

Playing alone and with others not only builds brain development, it also helps children develop social skills and a sense of ethics. The most effective play is free of evaluation and correction (after all, throwing a ball shouldn’t be “right” or “wrong”), while promoting autonomy.

“True play is actually hard work,” says Sue Adair, Director of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc. “The child lost in play is exploring infinite possibilities. Caretakers and parents can assist a child’s growth by participating in play and creating an environment that encourages play as a means to meet new developmental challenges. For a child, play isn’t optional. The educational and other benefits of play are so important – in terms of healthy bodies and minds.”

For more information about The Goddard School Block Party and to download a copy of The Goddard School Play Along Song, visit www.GoddardSchool.com/BlockParty.

News Items

Let’s Play Cafe
Monday, October 1st
9:30 to 11:30

Lil Sports Obstacle Course
Tuesday, October 6th
9:30 to 11:45

Sidewalk Chalk Murals
Wednesday, October 3rd
9:30 to 4:30

Playdough Chefs
Thursday, October 4th
9:30 to 11:45

Simon Says
Friday, October 5th
12 noon

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In The News: Block Party 2012 Special Edition Newsletter

 

Goddard Parent Newsletter – Special Edition

Save the PLAY Date

Join your local Goddard School in playing and learning at The Goddard School Block Party! Participating Goddard Schools across the country will be hosting Block Party events Monday, October 1 through Saturday, October 6, 2012.

Open to the community, all are welcome to participate in a number of hands-on, fun-filled activities that demonstrate the power of play for learning. Schools will host a broad variety of playful learning activities, including obstacle courses, oversized games, “dress up” and art projects.

Set a Record with Us!

In support of The Goddard School Block Party, on Friday, October 5, children, parents, faculty and guests at each participating Goddard School will play the “Largest Game of Simon Says” across multiple venues. This exciting and unique event, which illustrates the power of play for learning in an exciting and innovative way, will take place at 9:00 AM PDT and 12:00 PM EDT. Each Simon Says game will culminate in the singing of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

Let’s Celebrate the Power of Play

For young children, play is the natural way to learn, according to the experts. In fact, research studies confirm that children who are allowed to play function better later in life, both socially and academically.

“Young children who learn through play are more ready to make their own decisions, advocate for themselves and use creativity to solve problems as they grow,” says Dr. Kyle Pruett, a Yale University child psychiatrist and consultant to The Goddard School.

Dr. Pruett points out that play helps children learn to solve problems, promotes flexibility and motivation, teaches regulation of emotions and builds resilience and confidence. Play is also essential to the development of the child’s brain, triggering trillions of neural connections that form the basis of healthy cognitive function and mastery of the child’s physical world.

Playing alone and with others not only builds brain development, it also helps children develop social skills and a sense of ethics. The most effective play is free of evaluation and correction (after all, throwing a ball shouldn’t be “right” or “wrong”), while promoting autonomy.

“True play is actually hard work,” says Sue Adair, Director of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc. “The child lost in play is exploring infinite possibilities. Caretakers and parents can assist a child’s growth by participating in play and creating an environment that encourages play as a means to meet new developmental challenges. For a child, play isn’t optional. The educational and other benefits of play are so important – in terms of healthy bodies and minds.”

For more information about The Goddard School Block Party and to download a copy of The Goddard School Play Along Song, visit www.GoddardSchool.com/BlockParty.

News Items

Let’s Play Cafe
Monday, October 1st
9:30 to 11:30

Lil Sports Obstacle Course
Tuesday, October 6th
9:30 to 11:45

Sidewalk Chalk Murals
Wednesday, October 3rd
9:30 to 4:30

Playdough Chefs
Thursday, October 4th
9:30 to 11:45

Simon Says
Friday, October 5th
12 noon

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Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
email: doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – September 2012

September 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Building a Pattern of Success, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Children need to learn to succeed and to be willing to try new things and tackle new challenges if they are to feel competent. Children who experience too much frustration and failure inevitably begin to try less and less. The emotional discomfort is too hard, and their best tactic becomes avoidance.

But an essential part of learning to succeed is coping with frustration and sticking with the project until it works. This is another area where parents can give their kids a wonderful leg up. Once again, the key is to follow the child’s emotional cues.

In teaching your child to succeed, you want to manage frustration, not eliminate it. It’s fine for your child to have to work at solving a puzzle or putting on her boots. It may take her a while, and your patience is essential. Keep letting her work the problem until you see signs that frustration is beginning to overwhelm the process. (Those emotional cues, again.) If this happens, give her a helping hand, but let her finish on her own.

She needs to feel that burst of pleasure that comes with a win. This is how she commits her new discovery to memory. It’s also how she learns that effort + success = pleasure. Your praise of her accomplishment makes that pleasure even greater, and the whole process gets amplified.

It’s important to remember that children need to earn their success for it to feel the way it should. It’s great for you to grab that last puzzle piece that scooted under the sofa and place it where your child can see it. But if you take the piece and finish the puzzle, you just ruined his project! For a success to count, it needs to be your child’s success, not yours. And, yes, don’t forget to praise his success.

Give ‘Em Props: Imaginary Play

Guide your child into imaginative play by providing a few simple and developmentally appropriate props.

  • Blocks are so simple, yet they can be used for and as so many things;
  • A cardboard box can become a car to ride in, a secret hiding place or a mountain to climb;
  • A lightweight pot, extra spatula, kitchen mitts and empty egg cartons can help your child whip up a little something special;
  • Theme- or season-related items in the dress-up box can inspire hours of creativity. Switch them out to keep it fresh and fun. Add extra hats and mittens in the winter, bunny ears and silk flowers in the spring, colorful faux leaves in the fall and a straw hat for the summer. Or, try adding an apron for “cooking,” fairy wings, a firefighter hat and a “cape” for turning your child into a superhero.

What are your child’s favorite props?

Healthful School Lunches

Not sure what to pack your little one each day? Here are five easy lunches to help you out!

  1. Whole wheat pita pocket, favorite veggies (sliced), low-fat cheese, strawberries, and water
  2. Whole grain pasta & cheese, cherry tomatoes (cut in half), orange wedges, and water
  3. Lean turkey on whole grain bread, sugar snap peas, apple wedges, and low-fat milk
  4. Hummus on whole grain bread with veggies, banana slices, and low-fat milk
  5. Ham & low-fat cheese pinwheels, whole grain crackers, small yogurt cup and water

Remember, if using an insulated lunch bag, be sure to remove all lunch items and place them in the refrigerator when you drop your little one off at school. This will ensure that your child’s lunch stays at the proper temperature until it’s time to eat. If your child’s school does not have a refrigerator, make sure you use a well-insulated lunch bag with plenty of ice packs.

News Items

Back to School Night
September 12th
6:15

Fitness Fun with Mr. Len
September 18th

Walk for the Cure
September 20th

 

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In The News: Stepping Up for the Environment

Goddard Parent Newsletter – Special Edition

Stepping Up for the Environment

The Goddard School® is proud to announce that it has joined World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2012 for the fourth year in a row. To mark this global call to action on climate change, on Saturday, March 31st at 8:30 PM, hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour.

Goddard Schools across the country will help spread the message that by working together, each one of us can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. The Goddard Schools will launch an entire week of activities and lesson plans beginning March 26th leading up to a big celebration for the Stepping Up for the Environment event on March 30th at 10 AM, a day before the global event, when we will turn off any non-essential lighting for one hour.

Throughout the week, children and teachers will participate in a variety of fun activities, games and lessons designed to increase awareness of how energy use and daily activities can affect the future of the planet and how people can conserve energy in our daily lives. The Goddard Schools will integrate learning about the environment into art projects, science lessons and even snack time! Classes will nominate an official “Lightning Bug,” who will be responsible for always turning off the classroom lights when the children exit the room. The children will also create invitations asking parents and neighboring buildings to join them in Earth Hour.

Save Energy at Home

Help save the environment and–bonus!– reduce your household’s heating and cooling bills with these simple tips. Children can help with some of these, too, so be sure to include them in your quest for home energy efficiency.

  • Switch from standard incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescents (you’ll use 75% less energy).
  • Always turn off lights and electronics when leaving a room. Some electronics, like cable boxes and DVD players, use energy even when they are turned off. Plug these items into power strips to completely shut off the flow of electricity.
  • Make sure the doors to your home, windows and appliances like the refrigerator and oven are always closed tightly when using heating and cooling systems to ensure the systems work as efficiently as possible.
  • Use a programmable thermostat to automatically adjust the temperature when you’re home, when you leave and when you go to sleep at night. Setting your thermostat below 68°F in the cooler months will help cut heating costs.
  • If you’re in the market for a new appliance, look for the ENERGY STAR® and EnergyGuide labels. These labels will help guide you toward energy-efficient products as defined by the U.S. Department of Energy and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.

Gardening with Children

Teaching your child how to garden is a fun, hands-on learning experience that encourages patience, imagination and environmental awareness. The best part about learning to garden is that it’s something your family can enjoy together, indoors or out!

Before you begin, talk with your child about the whole gardening process to pique their interest and help them become excited about the experience. You could also pick up a children’s book about gardening or visit a children’s gardening Web site.

When you’re ready to start, gather a few supplies and child-appropriate tools–soil, seed cups, watering cans, etc. Take a trip to the garden center together to pick out your supplies and seeds or seedlings for planting. Some great plants for children to begin gardening with include sunflowers, snow peas, cherry tomatoes and strawberries. Read seed packets and plant tags–anything with easy care and a short growing season are perfect for little ones to plant! Remember that some non-edible plants can be poisonous. Check the National Capital Poison Center Web site for a list of some poisonous plants and always supervise your child while gardening.

Now that it’s time to plant, choose your location. If you have a large garden, section off an area; if you don’t, use an old sandbox filled with soil as your child’s special garden. Encourage your child to care for his plants throughout the entire process–from seed, to seedling, to mature plant, to harvest. How exciting it will be when the whole family is enjoying the flowers, fruits and vegetables your child raised all on his own!

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

News Items

St. Patricks Day Celebration
Friday, March 16th
We are wearing green!

National Fragrance Day
Wednesday, March 21st
Bring in your favorite Spring Scent

Open House Week
March 26-30
Stepping up for the Environment
See us in action.

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Doylestown PA 18901
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In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
May 2011

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 2011

Teacher Appreciation week is May 2nd  through May 6th!  Dedicated to the celebration of your favorite teacher, it is a week in which you can reward the teacher of your choice with gratitude!  While teachers perform an important function, they often do not receive thanks for their daily work. Teaching is often a thankless job, with stressful days and overwhelming demands.   To ensure that educators don’t feel completely unappreciated, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!

The effects of teacher appreciation week can be far reaching, because of this special time of recognition adults may become interested in teaching as a profession.   Some students may begin to study more and try harder in class as a way of showing respect for their teacher. But the most positive effect of teacher appreciation is when an entire community becomes aware that the well-being and effectiveness of the school is a concern to everyone. This week acknowledges the hard work and diligence that most teachers display every day. 

We strongly believe that teachers play a key role in your child’s development and evolution. Showing appreciation to them is therefore a fair reward and an act of admiration.  Don’t miss the opportunity to officially show appreciation for your favorite teacher!

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

BASE FITNESS

Introduce your children to a lifelong healthy habit and make “fitness-time” – “family-time”.  Physical activity helps to increase your child’s bond density and lessens the risk for certain diseases.

 Ten “Family Fitness” Suggestions:

  1. Wash the car
  2. Take the dog for a walk
  3. Plant a garden
  4. Go on a nature hike
  5. Fly a kite
  6. Throw a Frisbee
  7. Play Ring-Around-the-Rosie
  8. Build a sandcastle
  9. Swing, see-saw, or slide at the park
  10. Dance your sillies out!

GODDARD “QA” QUALITY ASSURANCE

Goddard teachers maintain the learning continuum even during the summer – a lot of the learning takes place outdoors and is very active.  The atmosphere is camp-like and the emphasis is placed on discovering different cultures, planting gardens, trailing creepy crawlies, and making memories.

At Goddard, the focus is always on safety.  This is why the children and staff at Goddard are required to wear close-toed shoes at all times.  Children can run and jump, get down and dirty, and reduce the incident of accidents when dressed appropriately for play and learning!

HEALTHY KIDS

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 peanut 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
  • 1/3 cup Plain Yogurt (Substitute soy or vanilla yogurt)
  • 3t. Orange Juice
  • 2-3 T 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)

Fitness with Mr. Len
Mon 5/2 & Tues 5/17

Munchkins with Mom
Fri 5/6

Happy Mother’s Day
Sun 5/8

Pajama Day!
Tues 5/10

Happy Memorial Day
Mon 5/30
School Closed

240 Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
May 2011

TEACHER APPRECIATION WEEK 2011

Teacher Appreciation week is May 2nd  through May 6th!  Dedicated to the celebration of your favorite teacher, it is a week in which you can reward the teacher of your choice with gratitude!  While teachers perform an important function, they often do not receive thanks for their daily work. Teaching is often a thankless job, with stressful days and overwhelming demands.   To ensure that educators don’t feel completely unappreciated, we celebrate Teacher Appreciation Week!

The effects of teacher appreciation week can be far reaching, because of this special time of recognition adults may become interested in teaching as a profession.   Some students may begin to study more and try harder in class as a way of showing respect for their teacher. But the most positive effect of teacher appreciation is when an entire community becomes aware that the well-being and effectiveness of the school is a concern to everyone. This week acknowledges the hard work and diligence that most teachers display every day. 

We strongly believe that teachers play a key role in your child’s development and evolution. Showing appreciation to them is therefore a fair reward and an act of admiration.  Don’t miss the opportunity to officially show appreciation for your favorite teacher!

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

BASE FITNESS

Introduce your children to a lifelong healthy habit and make “fitness-time” – “family-time”.  Physical activity helps to increase your child’s bond density and lessens the risk for certain diseases.

 Ten “Family Fitness” Suggestions:

  1. Wash the car
  2. Take the dog for a walk
  3. Plant a garden
  4. Go on a nature hike
  5. Fly a kite
  6. Throw a Frisbee
  7. Play Ring-Around-the-Rosie
  8. Build a sandcastle
  9. Swing, see-saw, or slide at the park
  10. Dance your sillies out!

GODDARD “QA” QUALITY ASSURANCE

Goddard teachers maintain the learning continuum even during the summer – a lot of the learning takes place outdoors and is very active.  The atmosphere is camp-like and the emphasis is placed on discovering different cultures, planting gardens, trailing creepy crawlies, and making memories.

At Goddard, the focus is always on safety.  This is why the children and staff at Goddard are required to wear close-toed shoes at all times.  Children can run and jump, get down and dirty, and reduce the incident of accidents when dressed appropriately for play and learning!

HEALTHY KIDS

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 peanut 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
  • 1/3 cup Plain Yogurt (Substitute soy or vanilla yogurt)
  • 3t. Orange Juice
  • 2-3 T 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)

Fitness with Mr. Len
Mon 5/2 & Tues 5/17

Munchkins with Mom
Fri 5/6

Happy Mother’s Day
Sun 5/8

Pajama Day!
Tues 5/10

Happy Memorial Day
Mon 5/30
School Closed

240 Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
April 2011

WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD

In Celebration of the Week of the Young Child

The Goddard School

on Swamp Road in Doylestown

Invites you to join us for

A Night at the Museum Art Show

Featuring the amazing young artist of The Goddard School

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

6:30 pm  ~ 7:30 pm
 
The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association.  The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the importance of the early childhood educational experience.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHT – B.A.S.E. for Fitness

It is important to remember to stretch before and after working out.  This will allow muscles to adjust to exercise and won’t leave them feeling sore.

  • Stretch three to four times a week in order to stay flexible.  Stretch to the sky or stretch like a cat.
  • Stretch within an hour of working out or playing a sport in order to prevent muscle strain.
  • Stretching should not be straining.  If stretching causes any discomfort – discontinue and consult a professional.

 

HEALTHY KIDS – PASTA PRIMAVERA, PLUS!

Dinner is an opportunity to reconnect with your family at the end of each day.  Make this important ritual less stressful by giving everyone the chance to create an individual meal.  It’s easier than you may think!

  • Make enough pasta for everyone – choose a fun shape like spirals, pinwheels, or shells.  Not only is the pasta pleasing to look at, it’s already bite-size!  Put a fist-size amount in a bowl for each family member.
  • Steam fresh vegetables a cup or two at a time.  Chose your family’s favorites and provide variety in color, texture, and taste such as, carrots, corn, and peppers.  Put each veggie in its own serving bowl.
  • Add the “plus” to dinner with a little protein power!  Place a choice of legumes into individual serving bowls.  You might offer soybeans, peas, lima beans, lentils or chick peas.
  • Let the kids choose their own veggies and legumes to create their own personalized recipes.
  • The sauce is up to the chef.  Do your kids prefer a red sauce, white sauce, or no sauce?

By providing good food choices, you are modeling a healthy attitude.  By giving your children an opportunity to make their own food choices once in a while, you are empowering them to make their own decisions.

Week Long Open House
Monday April 11th
Come for a Play Date!

Special Fun Today!
Tuesday April 12th

A Night at the Museum!
Wednesday April 13th
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Featuring the art of the children
 
Picnic Today!
Friday April 15th

Green Day
Thursday April 21st
6:30 pm – 7:30 pm
Wear Green to plant flowers!

240 Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 19805
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
April 2011

WEEK OF THE YOUNG CHILD

In Celebration of the Week of the Young Child

The Goddard School

on Swamp Road in Doylestown

Invites you to join us for

A Night at the Museum Art Show

Featuring the amazing young artist of The Goddard School

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

6:30 pm  ~ 7:30 pm
 
The Week of the Young Child is an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), the world’s largest early childhood education association.  The purpose of the Week of the Young Child is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to recognize the importance of the early childhood educational experience.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHT – B.A.S.E. for Fitness

It is important to remember to stretch before and after working out.  This will allow muscles to adjust to exercise and won’t leave them feeling sore.

  • Stretch three to four times a week in order to stay flexible.  Stretch to the sky or stretch like a cat.
  • Stretch within an hour of working out or playing a sport in order to prevent muscle strain.
  • Stretching should not be straining.  If stretching causes any discomfort – discontinue and consult a professional.

 

HEALTHY KIDS – PASTA PRIMAVERA, PLUS!

Dinner is an opportunity to reconnect with your family at the end of each day.  Make this important ritual less stressful by giving everyone the chance to create an individual meal.  It’s easier than you may think!

  • Make enough pasta for everyone – choose a fun shape like spirals, pinwheels, or shells.  Not only is the pasta pleasing to look at, it’s already bite-size!  Put a fist-size amount in a bowl for each family member.
  • Steam fresh vegetables a cup or two at a time.  Chose your family’s favorites and provide variety in color, texture, and taste such as, carrots, corn, and peppers.  Put each veggie in its own serving bowl.
  • Add the “plus” to dinner with a little protein power!  Place a choice of legumes into individual serving bowls.  You might offer soybeans, peas, lima beans, lentils or chick peas.
  • Let the kids choose their own veggies and legumes to create their own personalized recipes.
  • The sauce is up to the chef.  Do your kids prefer a red sauce, white sauce, or no sauce?

By providing good food choices, you are modeling a healthy attitude.  By giving your children an opportunity to make their own food choices once in a while, you are empowering them to make their own decisions.

 

 

 

 

 

240 Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 19805
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Children and Teachers "Step Up" Awareness About Saving Energy and the Environment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  
Lisa Heckman
The Goddard School located in Doylestown
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com         

Children and Teachers “Step Up” Awareness About Saving Energy and the Environment

WHAT: The Goddard School® Stepping Up for the Environment Event.

The Goddard School is proud to announce it has joined World Wildlife Fund’s 2011 Earth Hour. Goddard will launch an entire day of activities and lesson plans for the Stepping Up for the Environment event on March 25th at 10 a.m., a day before the global Earth Hour event. Throughout the week, children and teachers will participate in a variety of fun activities, games and lessons designed to increase their awareness of how energy use and daily activities can affect the future of the planet and how they can conserve energy in their daily lives.
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WHO:    The Goddard School located in Doylestown.

WHEN: On Please join us Friday, March 25th for “The Big Switch” – The school turns off lights for one hour at 10 a.m.          

WHERE:  The Goddard School located in Doylestown
                 240 Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA 18901

WHY: A global call to action on climate change, during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 26th at 8:30 p.m. hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour in a vote for action on the climate crisis.

Goddard Systems, Inc. is the leading child care company in the U.S., with more than 370 schools nationwide.

In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
March 2011

THINK SUMMER!

The Great Outdoors will be explored!

The summer program at The Goddard School is a unique blend of fun and learning.  Energetic teams of teachers plan summer days filled with developmentally appropriate activities to foster children’s skill building, self-confidence, and cognitive development.  As important as the learning component is to parents, an equally important factor is the opportunity for children to socialize and build memories that will last a life time! 

From gardening to farming to erupting volcanoes, it’s so much fun to learn about The Great Outdoors! Young “campers” will be exposed to nature and all its beauty.   From what grows out doors to what lives in nature, children will learn that the great outdoors is up, down and all around!

SNEAK A PEEK

SUMMER OPEN HOUSE

MONDAY MARCH 7, 2011

For more details and a complete summer calendar give us a call at 215-230-9905

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

Trampolin Spanish Program for Young Minds

Foreign Language improves children’s creative inquiry, problem solving, conceptualizing, reasoning, and critical thinking skills.  It increases their sensitivity to and understanding of other languages and cultures. 

Try these “March” phrases at home!

In Like a Lion, out Like a Lamb

En como un leon, hacia fuera como un cordero.

Let’s go fly a kite!

Vamos ir mosca una comet!

Think Spring

Piense la Primavera

Goddard Quality Assurance

Goddard Schools are kept clean and sanitary to protect the healty of the children and teachers.  Schools are cleaned daily including bathroom disinfecting, trash removal and vacuuming and mopping floors.

Goddard also encourages children and teachers to clean up after themselves throughout the day, and to wash their hands frequently.

HEALTHY KIDS

Spring Salad

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 and provides quality time with your child.

Ingredients:

  • ½  Papaya, cubed
  • ½  fresh pineapple, peeled and cubed
  • 2   kiwi, peeled and cubed
  • 1   teaspoon of minced, fresh ginger
  • 2   tablespoons of orange juice

Directions:

  1. Mix fruit in a large bowl
  2. Crush the ginger into the orange juice
  3. Sprinkle the fruit with the orange juice mixture

Summer Sneak A Peek Open House
Mon 3/7

Musical Wednesdays
Wed. 3/9 & 3/23

Fitness with Mr. Len
Tues. 3/1 & 3/15

First Day of Spring!
Sun. 3/20

Lights Out!
Stepping up for the Environment Event
3/25 at 10:00 am

FREE WEEK OF CAMP!
Enroll for Summer Camp during the month of March and receive your first week of camp free!

240 Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 19801
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
March 2011

THINK SUMMER!

The Great Outdoors will be explored!

The summer program at The Goddard School is a unique blend of fun and learning.  Energetic teams of teachers plan summer days filled with developmentally appropriate activities to foster children’s skill building, self-confidence, and cognitive development.  As important as the learning component is to parents, an equally important factor is the opportunity for children to socialize and build memories that will last a life time! 

From gardening to farming to erupting volcanoes, it’s so much fun to learn about The Great Outdoors! Young “campers” will be exposed to nature and all its beauty.   From what grows out doors to what lives in nature, children will learn that the great outdoors is up, down and all around!

SNEAK A PEEK

SUMMER OPEN HOUSE

MONDAY MARCH 7, 2011

For more details and a complete summer calendar give us a call at 215-230-9905

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

Trampolin Spanish Program for Young Minds

Foreign Language improves children’s creative inquiry, problem solving, conceptualizing, reasoning, and critical thinking skills.  It increases their sensitivity to and understanding of other languages and cultures. 

Try these “March” phrases at home!

In Like a Lion, out Like a Lamb

En como un leon, hacia fuera como un cordero.

Let’s go fly a kite!

Vamos ir mosca una comet!

Think Spring

Piense la Primavera

Goddard Quality Assurance

Goddard Schools are kept clean and sanitary to protect the healty of the children and teachers.  Schools are cleaned daily including bathroom disinfecting, trash removal and vacuuming and mopping floors.

Goddard also encourages children and teachers to clean up after themselves throughout the day, and to wash their hands frequently.

HEALTHY KIDS

Spring Salad

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 and provides quality time with your child.

Ingredients:

  • ½  Papaya, cubed
  • ½  fresh pineapple, peeled and cubed
  • 2   kiwi, peeled and cubed
  • 1   teaspoon of minced, fresh ginger
  • 2   tablespoons of orange juice

Directions:

  1. Mix fruit in a large bowl
  2. Crush the ginger into the orange juice
  3. Sprinkle the fruit with the orange juice mixture

Summer Sneak A Peek Open House
Mon 3/7

Musical Wednesdays
Wed. 3/9 & 3/23

Fitness with Mr. Len
Tues. 3/1 & 3/15

First Day of Spring!
Sun. 3/20

Lights Out!
Stepping up for the Environment Event
3/25 at 10:00 am

240 Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 19801
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
March 2011

THINK SUMMER!

The Great Outdoors will be explored!

The summer program at The Goddard School is a unique blend of fun and learning.  Energetic teams of teachers plan summer days filled with developmentally appropriate activities to foster children’s skill building, self-confidence, and cognitive development.  As important as the learning component is to parents, an equally important factor is the opportunity for children to socialize and build memories that will last a life time! 

From gardening to farming to erupting volcanoes, it’s so much fun to learn about The Great Outdoors! Young “campers” will be exposed to nature and all its beauty.   From what grows out doors to what lives in nature, children will learn that the great outdoors is up, down and all around!

For a complete summer calendar, give us a call at 215-230-9905 or email us at doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

Trampolin Spanish Program for Young Minds

Foreign Language improves children’s creative inquiry, problem solving, conceptualizing, reasoning, and critical thinking skills.  It increases their sensitivity to and understanding of other languages and cultures. 

Try these “March” phrases at home!

In Like a Lion, out Like a Lamb

En como un leon, hacia fuera como un cordero.

Let’s go fly a kite!

Vamos ir mosca una comet!

Think Spring

Piense la Primavera

Goddard Quality Assurance

Goddard Schools are kept clean and sanitary to protect the healty of the children and teachers.  Schools are cleaned daily including bathroom disinfecting, trash removal and vacuuming and mopping floors.

Goddard also encourages children and teachers to clean up after themselves throughout the day, and to wash their hands frequently.

HEALTHY KIDS

Spring Salad

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 and provides quality time with your child.

Ingredients:

  • ½  Papaya, cubed
  • ½  fresh pineapple, peeled and cubed
  • 2   kiwi, peeled and cubed
  • 1   teaspoon of minced, fresh ginger
  • 2   tablespoons of orange juice

Directions:

  1. Mix fruit in a large bowl
  2. Crush the ginger into the orange juice
  3. Sprinkle the fruit with the orange juice mixture

 

 

 

 

 

240 Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschool.com

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In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
February 2011

GODDARD COMMUNITY GAMES!

You are cordinally invited to join the fun at The Goddard School in Doylestown!

Come beat the Winter Blues at the Goddard Community Games

Saturday February 5, 2011

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

featuring games by Lil’ Sports

SNEAK A PEAK!  2011 Summer Theme THE GREAT OUTDOORS

 Visit our website for more information www.goddardschool.com

~RSVP REQUIRED~

The Goddard School * 240 Swamp Road * Doylestown, PA 

Doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

215-230-9905

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

Goddard Guide to Getting Along ~ Making Friends

Children in childcare are a bit ahead of the curve when it comes to playing with other children for two reasons.  First, they are accustomed to being around other children a lot, so group play is the norm, not the exception.  Second, they have likely had guidance from caregivers in the basics of play with peers.  Experience counts!

Children under two can and do play together, and learn turn-taking, sharing, and an element of cooperation in school.  Preschoolers practice sharing skills in the play times of the day, directing them to learn more language through imaginative play, songs and stories, and inhibiting their natural aggressive impulses, to “use their words, not their hands,” and to problem solve.

Time to Sign

Using sign language with hearing children helps them see, feel, spell, acquire, understand, speak, read and communicate with words.

Express LOVE through sign:  Cross “S” handshapes at your wrists and press your hands to your heart, as if you’re hugging yourself.

Goddard Quality Assurance

All Goddard Schools are encouraged to install fingersafe® guards in all doors.  It’s unique hinge accordion shape gently ejects fingers from the opening hinge area, and prevents fingers from being pinched or crushed.

HEALTHY KIDS

Heart Warming

Bundling up is one way to stay warm, and creating warmth from the inside out is another.  Our bodies need fuel to stay warm and foods containing a high and good carbohydrate content create that fuel.  In fact, our bodies stay warm for up to three hours after eating food such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and whole grain breads and pasta.

On those cold winter mornings consider skipping the bacon and eggs and fill your child’s stomach with a piece of fruit and a whole grain muffin or pancake, or a bowl of oatmeal and cup of lukewarm cocoa made with skim milk.

Cranberry Applesauce Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose or wheat flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a muffin pan, or use paper liners
  2. In a small bowl, mix together applesauce, oil and egg
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Make a well in the center, and pour in egg mixture.  Stir until just moistened.  Fold in cranberries and pecans.  Spoon into muffin cups 2/3 full.
  4. Bake in the preheated over for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center come out clean.  Cool in pan for two minutes before removing.

Goddard Community Games
Sat. 2/5
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Kindergarten Meeting
Thurs 2/10

Sweetheart Dance
Mon 2/14

Lil Sports with Mr. Len
Tues 2/15

Teacher InService Day
School Closed
Mon 2/21

240 West Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

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Kindergarten at The Goddard School in Doylestown

Choosing the right Kindergarten program for your child may be one of the most important decisions you have to make as a parent – and at The Goddard School in Doylestown we understand that challenge. Our full-day private Kindergarten provides the foundation to nurture each child’s lifelong love of learning.
Our private Kindergarten offers a balanced full-day program in a small group setting that gives Kindergartners the individual attention they require at this stage in their academic development. Our Kindergarten curriculum has been designed in conjunction with the local school district to ensure that each child has a smooth transition to the next academic level.

We would love to show you why you should choose Kindergarten at The Goddard School in Doylestown!  Please feel free to call the school to arrange a personal tour and to meet our Kindergarten teaching team!

The Goddard School

240 Swamp Road

Doylestown, PA 18901

doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

215-230-9905

In The News: The Goddard School on Swamp Road in Doylestown to Host Community Games

 

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Contact: 
Lisa Heckman
On Site Owner
The Goddard School
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School on Swamp Road in Doylestown to Host Community Games

Doylestown, PA (Grassroots Newswire) February 2, 2011 –

The Goddard School® located in Doylestown on Swamp Road is proud to announce it will host the Goddard Community Games to recognize and celebrate the power of play for learning.  The event, which will be celebrated at Goddard Schools nationwide, is to be held on Saturday February 5, 2011 at 10:00 am.

The Goddard Community Games, hosted by The Goddard School located in Doylestown, will feature an amazing day of playful learning with families and children invited to participate in a number of fun-filled activities that demonstrate the skills 21st Century learners will need to grow and succeed.  Participating in the Goddard Community Games will help underscore that how we play as children helps form what we become as adults.

“As early childhood educators, we feel that play is crucial to a child’s development,” says Lisa Heckman, owner of The Goddard School, located in Doylestown. “We want everyone to understand that play matters and that the time is now for us to stand up and play together! The Goddard Community Games is an inspiring event that will showcase how play is essential to the next generation’s academic, physical and social/emotional health.”

The Goddard Community Games will feature a range of exciting play experiences, including fun and exciting games by Lil’ Sports. Each hands-on activity will demonstrate the transformative power of play and how it can foster a lifetime of curiosity and discovery.

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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The Pros of Private Kindergarten

Schools and classes tend to be much smaller. According to the National Center for Education Statistics study, private schools tend to be half as large as public schools. Many experts feel that children are less likely to get lost in the shuffle if they attend a smaller school, which naturally nurtures a sense of community and belonging. In addition, the teacher-student ratios in private schools tend to be more favorable, says the National Association for Independent Schools.

There’s often less bureaucracy. Teachers at private schools tend to spend less time on mandated paperwork and more time on instruction. They also are not compelled to focus on test scores. As a result, teachers tend to enjoy more autonomy in the classroom and have more creative control over their teaching methods. The Goddard School® in Doylestown is owned by the Lisa Heckmann who is at the school daily.

Parent Involvement is strong. Not only do private schools encourage parents’ participation, but it’s also true that the parents of private school students tend to be extremely committed to having a say in their child’s education. At the Goddard School® there is a very active Parent Association that meets monthly at the school.

Parents have the flexibility of extended hours. The Goddard School® is open from the hours of 7:00 am to 6:00 pm. As a full time parent, you are able to utilize before and after care because it is included in your monthly tuition.

The Pros of Full Day Kindergarten

Teachers reported significantly greater progress for full-day children in literacy, math, general learning skills, and social skills. Full-day kindergarten children spend more time in teacher-directed individual work and learning centers. Researchers found that full-day kindergarten allowed children to be more actively engaged and more positive in their activities.

Researchers find strong support for quality full-day kindergarten programs among parents and educators. Parents and educators report that full-day kindergarten is less rushed with opportunities for extending learning experiences, flexibility to address individual students’ needs and better communication between home and school.

The full-day schedule allows more appropriate challenges for children at all developmental levels. For advanced students, there is time to complete increasingly challenging long-term projects. For children with developmental delays or those “at-risk” for school problems, there is more time for completion of projects and more time for teacher/student interaction.

Full-day kindergarten programs can result in social benefits. In a longitudinal study by J.R. Cryan, children in full-day kindergarten programs showed more positive behavior than their peers in half-day kindergarten in the areas of originality, independent learning, involvement in classroom activities, and productivity with their peers, and their approach to the teacher.

The number of transitions kindergartners face in a typical day can be reduced by full-day kindergarten. Due to family work schedules, children who attend a half-day program may be cared for by three or more care givers over the course of a day. While full-day kindergarten does not always eliminate the need for child care outside of school, many parents who are given the option, prefer full-day because children will have fewer transitions.

In The News: The Goddard School located in Doylestown to Host Goddard Community Games Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Lisa Heckman
The Goddard School® located in Doylestown
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School located in Doylestown to Host Goddard Community Games Event

Doylestown, PA(Grassroots Newswire) January 31, 2011 — The Goddard School® located in Doylestown is proud to announce it will host the Goddard Community Games to recognize and celebrate the power of play for learning.  The event, which will be celebrated at Goddard Schools nationwide, is to be held on Saturday February 5, 2011 at 10:00 am.

The Goddard Community Games, hosted by The Goddard School located in Doylestown, will feature an amazing day of playful learning with families and children invited to participate in a number of fun-filled activities that demonstrate the skills 21st Century learners will need to grow and succeed.  Participating in the Goddard Community Games will help underscore that how we play as children helps form what we become as adults.

“As early childhood educators, we feel that play is crucial to a child’s development,” says Lisa Heckman, owner of The Goddard School, located in Doylestown. “We want everyone to understand that play matters and that the time is now for us to stand up and play together! The Goddard Community Games is an inspiring event that will showcase how play is essential to the next generation’s academic, physical and social/emotional health.”

The Goddard Community Games will feature a range of exciting play experiences, including fun and exciting games by Lil’ Sports. Each hands-on activity will demonstrate the transformative power of play and how it can foster a lifetime of curiosity and discovery.

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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Doylestown
February 2011

GODDARD COMMUNITY GAMES!

You are cordinally invited to join the fun at The Goddard School in Doylestown!

Come beat the Winter Blues at the Goddard Community Games

Saturday February 5, 2011

10:00 am – 12:00 pm

featuring games by Lil’ Sports

SNEAK A PEAK!  2011 Summer Theme THE GREAT OUTDOORS

 Visit our website for more information www.goddardschool.com

~RSVP REQUIRED~

The Goddard School * 240 Swamp Road * Doylestown, PA 

Doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

215-230-9905

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

Goddard Guide to Getting Along ~ Making Friends

Children in childcare are a bit ahead of the curve when it comes to playing with other children for two reasons.  First, they are accustomed to being around other children a lot, so group play is the norm, not the exception.  Second, they have likely had guidance from caregivers in the basics of play with peers.  Experience counts!

Children under two can and do play together, and learn turn-taking, sharing, and an element of cooperation in school.  Preschoolers practice sharing skills in the play times of the day, directing them to learn more language through imaginative play, songs and stories, and inhibiting their natural aggressive impulses, to “use their words, not their hands,” and to problem solve.

Time to Sign

Using sign language with hearing children helps them see, feel, spell, acquire, understand, speak, read and communicate with words.

Express LOVE through sign:  Cross “S” handshapes at your wrists and press your hands to your heart, as if you’re hugging yourself.

Goddard Quality Assurance

All Goddard Schools are encouraged to install fingersafe® guards in all doors.  It’s unique hinge accordion shape gently ejects fingers from the opening hinge area, and prevents fingers from being pinched or crushed.

HEALTHY KIDS

Heart Warming

Bundling up is one way to stay warm, and creating warmth from the inside out is another.  Our bodies need fuel to stay warm and foods containing a high and good carbohydrate content create that fuel.  In fact, our bodies stay warm for up to three hours after eating food such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and whole grain breads and pasta.

On those cold winter mornings consider skipping the bacon and eggs and fill your child’s stomach with a piece of fruit and a whole grain muffin or pancake, or a bowl of oatmeal and cup of lukewarm cocoa made with skim milk.

Cranberry Applesauce Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose or wheat flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a muffin pan, or use paper liners
  2. In a small bowl, mix together applesauce, oil and egg
  3. In a large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Make a well in the center, and pour in egg mixture.  Stir until just moistened.  Fold in cranberries and pecans.  Spoon into muffin cups 2/3 full.
  4. Bake in the preheated over for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center come out clean.  Cool in pan for two minutes before removing.

 

 

 

 

 

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What’s Happening in Kindergarten?

Kindergarten is a time for children to expand their love of learning, their general knowledge, their ability to get along with others, and their interest in reaching out to the world. While kindergarten marks an important transition from preschool to the primary grades, it is important that children still get to be children — getting kindergarteners ready for elementary school does not mean substituting academics for play time, forcing children to master first grade “skills,” or relying on standardized tests to assess children’s success.

Kindergarten “curriculum” actually includes such events as snack time, recess, and individual and group activities in addition to those activities we think of as traditionally educational.

Developmentally appropriate kindergarten classrooms encourage the growth of children’s self-esteem, their cultural identities, their independence and their individual strengths.  Kindergarten children will continue to develop control of their own behavior through the guidance and support of warm, caring adults.   At this stage, children are already eager to learn and possess an innate curiosity.  Teachers with a strong background in early childhood education and child development can best provide for children what they need to grow physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

Here are 10 signs of a good kindergarten classroom:

  1. Children are playing and working with materials or other children. They are not aimlessly wandering or forced to sit quietly for long periods of time.
  2. Children have access to various activities throughout the day, such as block building, pretend play, picture books, paints and other art materials, and table toys such as legos, pegboards, and puzzles. Children are not all doing the same things at the same time.
  3. Teachers work with individual children, small groups, and the whole group at different times during the day. They do not spend time only with the entire group.
  4. The classroom is decorated with children’s original artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and dictated stories.
  5. Children learn numbers and the alphabet in the context of their everyday experiences. Exploring the natural world of plants and animals, cooking, taking attendance, and serving snack are all meaningful activities to children.
  6. Children work on projects and have long periods of time (at least one hour) to play and explore. Filling out worksheets should not be their primary activity.
  7. Children have an opportunity to play outside every day that weather permits. This play is never sacrificed for more instructional time.
  8. Teachers read books to children throughout the day, not just at group story time.
  9. Curriculum is adapted for those who are ahead as well as those who need additional help. Because children differ in experiences and background, they do not learn the same things at the same time in the same way.
  10. Children and their parents look forward to school. Parents feel safe sending their child to kindergarten. Children are happy; they are not crying or regularly sick.

Individual kindergarten classrooms will vary, and curriculum will vary according to the interests and backgrounds of the children. But all developmentally appropriate kindergarten classrooms will have one thing in common: the focus will be on the development of the child as a whole.

How Important is Kindergarten?

Most children begin kindergarten at the age of five. However, many parents are starting to question the importance of kindergarten and whether their children even need to go. It is a fact that in most states kindergarten is not required although the education acquired in kindergarten is required for the student who wants to go straight to first grade. The answer to the question is that kindergarten is really important and has many advantages.

Learn the Basics
When your child attends kindergarten he will learn the basics. This means the basics in math, science, reading, writing, social studies, and more. You want your child to be prepared for the first grade and beyond and in almost all cases kindergarten accomplishes that. If your child skips kindergarten then he may be prepared for first grade anyway, but he may still be behind. Kindergarten will expose your child to all the things he should know so that by the time he does reach first grade he will be prepared.

Socialization
Kindergarten prepares children for the following school years because they meet new friends and learn how to communicate. Developing these communication skills early on is important because the sooner children learn how to communicate well the sooner they can do so. When kids are required to share and play nicely with one another they will store that information and it will shape how they treat others for the rest of their lives.

Accustomed to School
Another reason why kindergarten is important is because it allows the child to become accustomed to school. Kids will have to start attending school on a daily basis until they turn at least 18 years old so it is important to go ahead and let them become accustomed to attending school while they are young. Then a full day of school in first grade and beyond won’t be such a shock.

Why Private School?

When it comes time for your child to start kindergarten you are probably anxious about the idea. How has your baby grown up so fast? And, how will he/she fare in school? Once you begin thinking about schools you will inevitably begin wondering what school you should send your child to and if public or private would be the best idea. Making the decision is always a hard one because you want what’s best for your child and knowing what is best is sometimes a mystery.

Private schools generally have excellent teachers and they more often than not have a low teacher to student ratio. This means that in most private schools your child will receive the one on one attention you want for him. This facilitates learning and gives the child more self confidence…

When trying to choose a school for your kindergartener think about the teachers in the respective schools who teach kindergarten. Go speak with them and find out what a day of kindergarten is like in their classroom. Ask about curriculum, rules, and general guidelines. A simple discussion with the teachers may be enough to help you decide whether you want your child in private Kindergarten.

In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
January 2011

FLEX Your Mind and Body!

What is Playful Learning?

Playful learning captivates children’s minds in ways that support better academic and social outcomes as well as strategies for lifelong learning. It comprises both free play and guided play. Engaging in free play helps children expand their language and social skills. Educators can structure environments toward a curricular goal through guided play.

Join the Goddard Community Games

Saturday, February 5, 2011
10:00 am – Noon
A fun learning experience powered by play!
 
The Goddard School
240 Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA
215-230-9905
 
For more details visit our website at www.goddardschools.com.

Curriculum Highlights

Time to Sign

Using sign language with hearing children helps them see, feel, spell, acquire, understand, speak, read and communicate with words.

Express LOVE through sign:  Cross “S” handshapes at your wrists and press your hands to your heart, as if you’re hugging yourself.

Goddard Quality Assurance

All Goddard Schools are encouraged to install fingersafe® guards in all doors.  It’s unique hinge accordion shape gently ejects fingers from the opening hinge area, and prevents fingers from being pinched or crushed.

Healthy Kids

Heart Warming

Bundling up is one way to stay warm, and creating warmth from the inside out is another.  Our bodies need fuel to stay warm and foods containing a high and good carbohydrate content create that fuel.  In fact, our bodies stay warm for up to three hours after eating food such as fruits, vegetables, dairy products, and whole grain breads and pasta.

On those cold winter mornings consider skipping the bacon and eggs and fill your child’s stomach with a piece of fruit and a whole grain muffin or pancake, or a bowl of oatmeal and cup of lukewarm cocoa made with skim milk.

Cranberry Applesauce Muffins

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup unsweetened applesauce
  • 1/3 cup vegetable oil
  • 1 egg beaten
  • 2 cups all-purpose or wheat flour
  • ½ cup white sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 cup fresh or frozen cranberries, chopped
  • ½ cup pecans, chopped (optional)

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees.  Grease and flour a muffin pan, or use paper liners
  2. In a small bowl, mix together applesauce, oil and egg
  3. Ina large bowl, combine flour, sugar, baking soda, cinnamon and salt.  Make a well in the center, and pour in egg mixture.  Stir until just moistened.  Fold in cranberries and pecans.  Spoon into muffin cups 2/3 full.
  4. Bake in the preheated over for 25 to 30 minutes, or until a toothpick inserted into the center come out clean.  Cool in pan for two minutes before removing.

Happy New Year!

Segal Puppet Theater Presents ~ Tooth Buddies
Tues. Jan 11th

Milan Fashion Show
Wed. Jan 19th

Kindergarten Parent Meeting
Thurs. Jan 27th

100th Day of School Celebration!
Mon. Jan 31st

Save the Date
The Goddard School Community Game
Sat. Feb 5th

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Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
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In The News: MEDIA ALERTDoylestown area families join national celebration of the Power of Play

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:   
Lisa Heckman
The Goddard School located in Doylestown
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com                    

MEDIA ALERT
Doylestown area families join national celebration of the Power of Play

PRESS:  PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE FOLLOWING EVENT

WHAT:  Goddard Community Games Event
The Goddard School® located in Doylestown will host the Goddard Community Games. During this amazing day of playful learning, children and families will have the chance to participate in a number of fun-filled activities that demonstrate the importance of play in children’s learning and in the development of 21st Century skills.
      
Come help kick off the Goddard Community Games’ Opening Ceremony during an exciting pep rally. The pep rally will feature The Goddard School children playing various instruments and noisemakers as they parade through the School; include the unveiling of a Community Flag, developed by the children and faculty of The Goddard School located in Doylestown; and culminate with a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

WHO:    The Goddard School located in Doylestown

WHEN:   Saturday February 5, 2011 @ 10:00 am to Noon          

WHERE:  The Goddard School located in Doylestown
                   240 Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA
                   215-230-9905

WHY:    Participating in the Goddard Community Games will help underscore that how we play as children helps form what we become as adults.
  
Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School, is the leading childcare franchise company in the U.S., with more than 360 schools nationwide. www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: MEDIA ALERTDoylestown area families join national celebration of the Power of Play

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:   
Lisa Heckman
The Goddard School located in Doylestown
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com                    

MEDIA ALERT
Doylestown area families join national celebration of the Power of Play

PRESS:  PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE FOLLOWING EVENT

WHAT:  Goddard Community Games Event
The Goddard School® located in Doylestown will host the Goddard Community Games. During this amazing day of playful learning, children and families will have the chance to participate in a number of fun-filled activities that demonstrate the importance of play in children’s learning and in the development of 21st Century skills.
      
Come help kick off the Goddard Community Games’ Opening Ceremony during an exciting pep rally! The pep rally will feature The Goddard School children playing various instruments and noisemakers as they parade through the School; include the unveiling of a Community Flag, developed by the children and faculty of The Goddard School located in Doylestown; and culminate with a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

WHO:    The Goddard School located in Doylestown

WHEN:   Saturday February 5, 2011 @ 10:00 am to Noon          

WHERE:  The Goddard School located in Doylestown
                  240 Swamp Road, Doylestown, PA
                  215-230-9905

WHY:    Participating in the Goddard Community Games will help underscore that how we play as children helps form what we become as adults.
  
Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School, is the leading childcare franchise company in the U.S., with more than 360 schools nationwide. www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
December 2010

NUTURE STRENGTHS, LESSEN WEAKNESSES

Goddard Parent Guides with Kyle D. Pruett M.D.

While temperament is not a parent’s doing, neither is it entirely fixed.  For centuries, scientists have debated whether temperament, once set, can change.  Sound research and years of clinical observations clearly show that temperament is not a fate.

What we do with temperament is what building character is all about.  This is one of the biggest responsibilities of parenthood.  Your child’s strength can be nurtured and shaped, while weaknesses can be lessened or even channeled into constructive traits.

Parents need to be careful not to label their children.  Children who are “assigned” a temperamental tendency ~ such as being a whiner ~ may actually be labeled as a part of a complex pattern.  If you find yourself using less-than-flattering terms to describe your child’s behavior, it might be a sign that you are not fully appreciating your child’s temperament.  Try to reassess and accept your understanding of your child.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for the Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development that has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty five years.  He is Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry of Yale University’s Child Study Center.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

BASE for Fitness

Staying fit means sleeping well, too.  With the hustle and bustle at this time of year, parents often overlook the importance of their child’s routine – and their own.

  • Try to maintain your child’s bedtime rituals ~ bedtime, story time, and good night.
  • Dress your child appropriately for a good night’s sleep, provide safe and comfy bedding and pillows, and keep your child’s room at a comfortable temperature.
  • Most importantly, try to maintain your child’s schedule as closely as possible.

Goddard Quality Assurance 

Open communication between home and school is essential to the healthy development of your child.  This communication is so essential that Goddard Schools have incorporated Daily Activity Reports and Child Portfolios to assist in this communication.  In addition, remember to take a look at the Parent Board for your child’s classroom – it includes a Monthly Lesson Plan and special notes.  Get in the habit of checking your mailbox, too.  School news, newsletters, and important notifications are distributed via your mailbox.

CREATE MEMORIES

With all of its frenetic quality, this time of year offers tradition, family and more often than not…Baking!  Whether you buy pre-made dough and cut your cookies, or you start from scratch and burn your cookies, enjoy the closeness with your child.  Building a fire, crank up the tunes, and talk with your favorite little friend while baking a slew of cookies, pies, or fruitcake!

Ingredients:

Your favorite sugar cookie and an assortment of toppings such as:

Frostings (various colors), Candy, Sprinkles, Dragees, Flavored Chips (Chocolate, Peanut Butter, or Butterscotch), etc.

Directions

1.         Help your child spread frosting with a spoon on each cookie.

2.         Let your child’s creativity take over!

Decorating Gingerbread Houses with Grandparents!
Tues. 12/21
Holiday Concert
Wed 12/22
Winter Break School Closed
12/24 ~ 12/31
The Faculty & Staff at The Goddard School wish you and your family and safe and happy holiday season!
See you in 2011!

240 West Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
December 2010

NUTURE STRENGTHS, LESSEN WEAKNESSES

Goddard Parent Guides with Kyle D. Pruett M.D.

While temperament is not a parent’s doing, neither is it entirely fixed.  For centuries, scientists have debated whether temperament, once set, can change.  Sound research and years of clinical observations clearly show that temperament is not a fate.

What we do with temperament is what building character is all about.  This is one of the biggest responsibilities of parenthood.  Your child’s strength can be nurtured and shaped, while weaknesses can be lessened or even channeled into constructive traits.

Parents need to be careful not to label their children.  Children who are “assigned” a temperamental tendency ~ such as being a whiner ~ may actually be labeled as a part of a complex pattern.  If you find yourself using less-than-flattering terms to describe your child’s behavior, it might be a sign that you are not fully appreciating your child’s temperament.  Try to reassess and accept your understanding of your child.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for the Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development that has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty five years.  He is Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry of Yale University’s Child Study Center.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

BASE for Fitness

Staying fit means sleeping well, too.  With the hustle and bustle at this time of year, parents often overlook the importance of their child’s routine – and their own.

  • Try to maintain your child’s bedtime rituals ~ bedtime, story time, and good night.
  • Dress your child appropriately for a good night’s sleep, provide safe and comfy bedding and pillows, and keep your child’s room at a comfortable temperature.
  • Most importantly, try to maintain your child’s schedule as closely as possible.

Goddard Quality Assurance

Open communication between home and school is essential to the healthy development of your child.  This communication is so essential that Goddard Schools have incorporated Daily Activity Reports and Child Portfolios to assist in this communication.  In addition, remember to take a look at the Parent Board for your child’s classroom – it includes a Monthly Lesson Plan and special notes.  Get in the habit of checking your mailbox, too.  School news, newsletters, and important notifications are distributed via your mailbox.

CREATE MEMORIES

With all of its frenetic quality, this time of year offers tradition, family and more often than not…Baking!  Whether you buy pre-made dough and cut your cookies, or you start from scratch and burn your cookies, enjoy the closeness with your child.  Building a fire, crank up the tunes, and talk with your favorite little friend while baking a slew of cookies, pies, or fruitcake!

Ingredients:

Your favorite sugar cookie and an assortment of toppings such as:

Frostings (various colors), Candy, Sprinkles, Dragees, Flavored Chips (Chocolate, Peanut Butter, or Butterscotch), etc.

Directions:

1.         Help your child spread frosting with a spoon on each cookie.

2.         Let your child’s creativity take over!

 

 

 

 

 

240 West Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
doylestown1pa@goddardschools.com

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Doylestown
November 2010

KIDS & BITING

Goddard Parent Guides with Kyle D. Pruett M.D.

Why does a nearly universal event in a child’s development evoke such strong feelings?  Odds are-as children we were either a biter or a victim – and often both.  Plus, biting hurts and frightens us a lot.  And though we know aggression is a normal part of development, regular cruelty is not, as we fear the connection between the two.

  1. Biting often begins as exploration, but may be quickly associated with out-of-control feelings – excitement, fear or curiosity.
  2. Peers, especially close ones, are fascinated by each other’s aggression, and the dramatic reactions it evokes.  Adult overreaction make things ever more exciting.
  3. If all adults involved in a biting incident are convinced that it was not an isolated but willful, premeditated event, both children should be kept safe.  Adults should explore the language of what went on and be able to offer alternative responses.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for the Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development that has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty five years.  He is Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry of Yale University’s Child Study Center.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

Social Skills

 

This month every conversation revolves around the word, “thankfulness”.  Help your children understand the meaning of being thankful by demonstrating your gratitude and social conscience.

  • Volunteer at your child’s school, your parent’s retirement community, or your community shelter.
  • Encourage your children to “write” a letter of thanks to grandparents, aunts, or uncles.  A colorful drawing is a perfect “thank you”.

Goddard Quality Assurance

Art projects at The Goddard School are open-ended to allow children to expand their creativity.  It is important to incorporate art and age-appropriate materials into children’s development to encourage them to be imaginative and creative.

HEALTHY KIDS – SQUASH ANYONE?

Family pressures, time constraints, and upset schedules in the midst of visitors and social obligations throw many families into a stressed-filled holiday season.  Step back, take a deep breath, and remember you are creating memories and traditions for your children.  Enjoy the moments, let go of the ridiculousness, and say “Thank you”.

Ingredients

2 Acorn Squash

1 cup Applesauce

4 teaspoons Brown Sugar

Directions

 

  1. Cut each Acorn Squash in half
  2. Seed each half
  3. Place cut side down in a shallow baking pan.  Add a bit of water to the pan to retain moistness.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°
  5. Turn Squash cut side up.  Spoon ¼ teaspoon applesauce into each half.  Sprinkle each half with 2 teaspoons of brown sugar.
  6. Bake 20-30 mins.

Picture Day
Wed. 11/3
Food Drive
All Week 11/8-11/12
Let’s make Music!
Weds. 11/10 & 11/24
Fitness with Mr. Len
Tues. 11/16
Pajama Day
Thurs. 11/18
Thanksving Feast
Tues. 11/23
Thanksgiving Break
School Closed
Nov. 25th & Nov. 26th

Have a Save and Happy Holiday!
School resumes Mon. Nov. 29th

240 West Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
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In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
November 2010

KIDS & BITING

Goddard Parent Guides with Kyle D. Pruett M.D.

Why does a nearly universal event in a child’s development evoke such strong feelings?  Odds are-as children we were either a biter or a victim – and often both.  Plus, biting hurts and frightens us a lot.  And though we know aggression is a normal part of development, regular cruelty is not, as we fear the connection between the two.

  1. Biting often begins as exploration, but may be quickly associated with out-of-control feelings – excitement, fear or curiosity.
  2. Peers, especially close ones, are fascinated by each other’s aggression, and the dramatic reactions it evokes.  Adult overreaction make things ever more exciting.
  3. If all adults involved in a biting incident are convinced that it was not an isolated but willful, premeditated event, both children should be kept safe.  Adults should explore the language of what went on and be able to offer alternative responses.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for the Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development that has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty five years.  He is Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry of Yale University’s Child Study Center.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

Social Skills

This month every conversation revolves around the word, “thankfulness”.  Help your children understand the meaning of being thankful by demonstrating your gratitude and social conscience.

  • Volunteer at your child’s school, your parent’s retirement community, or your community shelter.
  • Encourage your children to “write” a letter of thanks to grandparents, aunts, or uncles.  A colorful drawing is a perfect “thank you”.

Goddard Quality Assurance
Art projects at The Goddard School are open-ended to allow children to expand their creativity.  It is important to incorporate art and age-appropriate materials into children’s development to encourage them to be imaginative and creative.

HEALTHY KIDS – SQUASH ANYONE?

Family pressures, time constraints, and upset schedules in the midst of visitors and social obligations throw many families into a stressed-filled holiday season.  Step back, take a deep breath, and remember you are creating memories and traditions for your children.  Enjoy the moments, let go of the ridiculousness, and say “Thank you”.

 

Ingredients

  • 2 Acorn Squash  
  • 1 cup Applesauce
  • 4 teaspoons Brown Sugar

Directions

  1. Cut each Acorn Squash in half
  2. Seed each half
  3. Place cut side down in a shallow baking pan.  Add a bit of water to the pan to retain moistness.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°
  5. Turn Squash cut side up.  Spoon ¼ teaspoon applesauce into each half.  Sprinkle each half with 2 teaspoons of brown sugar.
  6. Bake 20-30 mins.

Picture Day
Wed. Nov. 3rd

Let’s make Music!
Weds. 11/10 & 11/24

Pajama Day
Thurs. 11/18

Thanksgiving Break
School Closed
Nov. 25th & Nov. 26th

Have a Save and Happy Holiday!
School resumes Mon. Nov. 29th

240 West Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
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Doylestown
November 2010

KIDS & BITING

Goddard Parent Guides with Kyle D. Pruett M.D.

Why does a nearly universal event in a child’s development evoke such strong feelings?  Odds are-as children we were either a biter or a victim – and often both.  Plus, biting hurts and frightens us a lot.  And though we know aggression is a normal part of development, regular cruelty is not, as we fear the connection between the two.

  1. Biting often begins as exploration, but may be quickly associated with out-of-control feelings – excitement, fear or curiosity.
  2. Peers, especially close ones, are fascinated by each other’s aggression, and the dramatic reactions it evokes.  Adult overreaction make things ever more exciting.
  3. If all adults involved in a biting incident are convinced that it was not an isolated but willful, premeditated event, both children should be kept safe.  Adults should explore the language of what went on and be able to offer alternative responses.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for the Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development that has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty five years.  He is Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry of Yale University’s Child Study Center.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS
 
Social Skills
This month every conversation revolves around the word, “thankfulness”.  Help your children understand the meaning of being thankful by demonstrating your gratitude and social conscience.

  • Volunteer at your child’s school, your parent’s retirement community, or your community shelter.
  • Encourage your children to “write” a letter of thanks to grandparents, aunts, or uncles.  A colorful drawing is a perfect “thank you”.

Goddard Quality Assurance

Art projects at The Goddard School are open-ended to allow children to expand their creativity.  It is important to incorporate art and age-appropriate materials into children’s development to encourage them to be imaginative and creative.

HEALTHY KIDS – SQUASH ANYONE?

Family pressures, time constraints, and upset schedules in the midst of visitors and social obligations throw many families into a stressed-filled holiday season.  Step back, take a deep breath, and remember you are creating memories and traditions for your children.  Enjoy the moments, let go of the ridiculousness, and say “Thank you”.

Ingredients

  • 2 Acorn Squash
  • 1 cup Applesauce
  • 4 teaspoons Brown Sugar

Directions

  1. Cut each Acorn Squash in half
  2. Seed each half
  3. Place cut side down in a shallow baking pan.  Add a bit of water to the pan to retain moistness.
  4. Bake for 30 minutes at 350°
  5. Turn Squash cut side up.  Spoon ¼ teaspoon applesauce into each half.  Sprinkle each half with 2 teaspoons of brown sugar.
  6. Bake 20-30 mins.

 

 

 

 

 

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Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
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Doylestown
October 2010

SIBLINGS

Goddard Parent Guides with Kyle D. Pruett M.D. 

Don’t underestimate how your own experience as a sibling – in a particular birth order or only child status – affects your perceptions of your child’s experience.  You may be off by a mile in your evaluation of your child’s jealousy of a new baby if you are the baby in your own family.  Keep the dialogue open with your children about the shape of their sibling relationships and you will learn a lot! 

  • A younger sibling often adores an older sibling. 
  • Teach your older one to be tender and gentle when holding or feeding the baby.  This is great training for future intimacy and competent parenting.
  • Preserve time alone with your older child several times a week.  She may no longer be the “only”, but she’s still the “first”, and certain privileges pertain, along with new responsibilities! 

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for the Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development that has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty five years.  He is Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry of Yale University’s Child Study Center.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

Music Preludes

Give your child a crayon or marker and a piece of paper.  Pump up the music – jazz, classical, the blues, country or maybe a little rock-n-roll.  Encourage your child to “create” to the music they hear.  Let your child feel the rhythm, let them feel the beat, let them create the music on paper.  This is a great exercise for you and your child!

Goddard Quality Assurance

Good Teachers base their age-appropriate Lesson Plans on Goddard Developmental Guidelines and a monthly theme and organize classrooms in Interest Centers.  These centers allow teachers to move around the classroom and interact with the children individually.

Teachers pose questions, teach facts, guide children to new discoveries, and explore possibilities during center time.

HEALTHY KIDS – PUMPKIN COOKIES

Pumpkins, pumpkins everywhere! Squash provides nourishment in many forms: soup, side dish, even entrée – but our favorite by far is DESSERT! 

Ingredients

  •  ¾ cup honey
  • 1 cup pumpkin puree
  • ½ cup oil
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla
  • 2 cup flour
  • ¼ cup soya flour
  • 2 ½ teaspoon baking powder
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon cinnamon
  • 1 teaspoon nutmeg
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 cup raisins

Directions

  1. Preheat oven to 350°
  2. Mix honey, pumpkin, oil and vanilla in a bowl
  3. In a separate bowl, combine dry ingredients
  4. Add dry ingredients to pumpkin mixture
  5. Stir in raisins
  6. Drop by spoonfuls onto greased cookie sheet
  7. Bake for 12-14 minutes

 

 

 

 

 

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In The News: The Goddard School located in Doylestown Joins Play for Tomorrows Ultimate Block Party and Hosts Mini Block Party Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Lisa Heckman
The Goddard School® located in Doylestown
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The Goddard School located in Doylestown Joins Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party and Hosts Mini Block Party Event

Doylestown, PA (Grassroots Newswire) September 28, 2010 — The Goddard School®  located in Doylestown is proud to announce it has joined Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party: The Arts and Sciences of Play, a powerful new, global movement designed to recognize and celebrate the power of play for learning.  In conjunction with the national event, scheduled for Sunday, October 3, 2010, in Central Park, New York, The Goddard School located in Doylestown will host a special Mini Block Party on Friday, October 1, 2010.

The Goddard School has been selected as the exclusive national preschool sponsor of Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party for its well-founded approach to the importance of play in early childhood education.  The Mini Block Party hosted by The Goddard School located in Doylestown will feature an amazing day of playful learning with families and children invited to participate in a number of fun-filled activities that demonstrate the skills 21st Century learners will need to grow and succeed.  Participating in the Mini Block Party will help underscore that how we play as children helps form what we become as adults.

“As early childhood educators, we feel that play is crucial to a child’s development,” says Lisa Heckman, owner of The Goddard School, located in Doylestown. “We want everyone to understand that play matters and that the time is now for us to stand up and play together! The Mini Block Party is an inspiring event that will showcase how play is essential to the next generation’s academic, physical and social/emotional health.”

The Mini Block Party will feature a range of exciting play experiences, including a Let’s Play Cafe, playground play-date where parents can experience  the true meaning of learning through play first hand.  At 10:00 am the children will join Goddard Schools across the country in a simultaneous game of Simon Says! Each hands-on activity will demonstrate the transformative power of play and how it can foster a lifetime of curiosity and discovery.   Parents are invited to bring their preschool aged children and join in the fun!

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth 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 34 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.

About Play for Tomorrow www.UltimateBlockParty.com
In 2009, a small group of educators, business leaders, authors and researchers formed Play for Tomorrow to champion the importance of play in the lives of children.  Conceived as a multi-tiered social movement, the groundbreaking initiative aims to ensure that all children are provided with the competitive skills necessary to succeed in the 21st Century global economy as well as build a public dialog to underscore the importance of play in fostering lifelong achievement and social, emotional and physical well being.  Play for Tomorrow is committed to working towards affecting policy and education delivery and overcoming the disconnect between what we know and about learning and how we are teaching.  The organization’s mission is to change attitudes, beliefs and practices about playful learning among families, educators, childcare providers, pediatricians and policymakers.

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In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
September 2010

GRANDPARENTS

Goddard Parent Guides with Kyle D. Pruett M.D.

Love and time… need we say more? How about wise historian, mentor, confident, counselor, playmate, and parental antidote?  These are all roles that grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren.  We all want this relationship to work because the benefits are forever, so what can you do to foster it?

  • When planning a visit, talk about how you can help and what you should bring to help things go smoothly.
  • Relax some rules, but don’t compromise your core value.
  • Let your children share stories and secrets with your parents and enjoy the relationship they are developing.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for the Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development that has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty five years.  He is Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry of Yale University’s Child Study Center.

CELEBRATING GRANDPARENTS DAY SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2010
 Grandparent’s Day is celebrated in September, on the first Sunday following Labor Day. Founded by Marian McQuade, her primary purpose was to was to celebrate and honor the lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to encourage grandchildren to inherit the wisdom and heritage from their grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter made it a national holiday. 

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

BASE Fitness

Go outside and enjoy the fall season.  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.  Encourage your little ones to find different types and colors of leaves to take home?
  • September Sweep – Inside and out! Clear the clutter or rake some leaves.  You’ll be amazed by the fitness benefits of a little fall cleaning.

Goddard Quality Assurance

It’s lunchtime at Goddard.  Does that mean it’s just time to eat? Absolutely not!

At Goddard, lunchtime is part of the learning continuum.  In addition to a balanced and nutritious meal, lunchtime provides children with an opportunity to practice social skills like conversation, table manners, and self-help skills; and to discover cultural diversity through customs like food choices or utensils.

HEALTHY KIDS – HEALTHFUL LUNCH

What should you pack in your child’s lunch?  In most states, parents are required to pack a lunch that represents a balance of foods from the major food groups.  But how do you make this interesting to your child?

  • Variety is not necessarily the spice of life to a toddler or preschooler.  As long as the lunch you are packing is nutritious, do not feel obligated to change your child’s lunch every day?
  • Smaller foods are not only easier for your child to eat, but they are generally more fun to eat, too!  Cut sandwiches into playful shapes with cookie cutters – stars, hearts, letters or circles.
  • Include dips in your child’s lunch.  Yogurt is a great dip for fruit, and salsa makes a great dip for veggies.
  • Instead of including a sweet, consider applesauce or yogurt as a treat.
  • Pasta is always a favorite, and can be eaten hot or cold.
  • Dice hard cheese for a terrific source of calcium.
  • Pack an ounce of love with each lunch.  Add a special note or sticker to brighten your child’s day!

School Closed
Mon 9/6 – Happy Labor Day!
Music with Miss Heather
Wednesdays 9/8 & 9/22
Back to School Night
Tues 9/14 @ 6:30 pm
Fitness w/ Mr. Len Tues 9/21
 
Walk for the Cure Thurs 9/23
Crazy Sock Day Fri. 9/24
Mr. Tom Presents
The Magic of Friends       Tues. 9/28

SAVE THE DATE
Mini Block Party
Let’s Play Cafe – Learning through Play
Fri. 10/2

240 West Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
thegoddardschool@hotmail.com

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Doylestown
September 2010

GRANDPARENTS

Goddard Parent Guides with Kyle D. Pruett M.D.

Love and time… need we say more? How about wise historian, mentor, confident, counselor, playmate, and parental antidote?  These are all roles that grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren.  We all want this relationship to work because the benefits are forever, so what can you do to foster it?

  • When planning a visit, talk about how you can help and what you should bring to help things go smoothly.
  • Relax some rules, but don’t compromise your core value.
  • Let your children share stories and secrets with your parents and enjoy the relationship they are developing.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for the Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development that has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty five years.  He is Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry of Yale University’s Child Study Center.

CELEBRATING GRANDPARENTS DAY SUNDAY, SEPT. 12, 2010

 Grandparent’s Day is celebrated in September, on the first Sunday following Labor Day. Founded by Marian McQuade, her primary purpose was to was to celebrate and honor the lonely elderly in nursing homes. She also hoped to encourage grandchildren to inherit the wisdom and heritage from their grandparents. In 1978, President Jimmy Carter made it a national holiday. 

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

BASE Fitness

Go outside and enjoy the fall season.  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.  Encourage your little ones to find different types and colors of leaves to take home?
  • September Sweep – Inside and out! Clear the clutter or rake some leaves.  You’ll be amazed by the fitness benefits of a little fall cleaning.

Goddard Quality Assurance

It’s lunchtime at Goddard.  Does that mean it’s just time to eat? Absolutely not!

At Goddard, lunchtime is part of the learning continuum.  In addition to a balanced and nutritious meal, lunchtime provides children with an opportunity to practice social skills like conversation, table manners, and self-help skills; and to discover cultural diversity through customs like food choices or utensils.

HEALTHY KIDS – HEALTHFUL LUNCH

What should you pack in your child’s lunch?  In most states, parents are required to pack a lunch that represents a balance of foods from the major food groups.  But how do you make this interesting to your child?

  • Variety is not necessarily the spice of life to a toddler or preschooler.  As long as the lunch you are packing is nutritious, do not feel obligated to change your child’s lunch every day?
  • Smaller foods are not only easier for your child to eat, but they are generally more fun to eat, too!  Cut sandwiches into playful shapes with cookie cutters – stars, hearts, letters or circles.
  • Include dips in your child’s lunch.  Yogurt is a great dip for fruit, and salsa makes a great dip for veggies.
  • Instead of including a sweet, consider applesauce or yogurt as a treat.
  • Pasta is always a favorite, and can be eaten hot or cold.
  • Dice hard cheese for a terrific source of calcium.
  • Pack an ounce of love with each lunch.  Add a special note or sticker to brighten your child’s day!

School Closings
Mon 9/6 – Happy Labor Day!

Musical Wednesdays
Music Every Wednesday

Back to School Night
Tues 9/14

 

 

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Doylestown, PA 18901
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In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
August 2010

TIME TO TRANSITION

Goddard Parent Guides with Kyle D. Pruett M.D.

For all their enormous passion to explore, invent, and challenge the world order, young children are basically a pretty conservative crowd.  They love their creature comforts dog-eared books, macaroni, and juice!  This is why the transitions of life are more of an annoyance than a welcome change to children.  For many toddlers, moving their furniture around in their room is all it takes to alter their sleep for a few weeks.  And the move from crib to bed takes coordination and patience worthy of a corporate merger.  Let’s reflect on how to help children with some of life’s inevitable transitions. 

  • Prepare ahead
  • Answer the “why” you have to go as simply as possibly, and don’t minimize the time away to “ease” your absence.  It strains trust all around.
  • Accept grumpy resistance and regression – it’s not their idea, they’re entitled to complain.
  • Do not sneak out – we all want to, but it robs children of the chance to cope or cry with our help.

When you are at home, be home – stay off the phone, computer, TV – and get down on the floor with your kids and stay there till they get up and leave you.  They will eventually understand why you have to leave them from time to time.  But for now, it’s up to you to prove that you’ll always come home.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for the Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development that has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty five years.  He is Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry of Yale University’s Child Study Center.  

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

Time to Sign – How can you use sign language at home? 

  • Use signs for easy manners, such as: please, thank you, excuse me, may I and you’re welcome. 
  • Use signs to express emotions such as: afraid, angry, happy and love. 
  • Us signs with your pre-verbal infant for each, milk, more, drink, hurt, cold and hot.

Goddard University 

Goddard developed Goddard University (GSU) to ensure the on-going training of Goddard teachers as well as providing School Owners and Directors training.

GSU is fully accredited by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (ACET), and provides regional training on a quarterly basis.

HEALTHY KIDS – KEEPING COOL!

This fruit pop recipe is fun and easy for you and your children to make together.  Let your toddlers sir the mix and let your preschoolers put the frozen pop sticks in the center.

Ingredients:

  • 1 package of gelatin (any flavor)
  • ½ cup of sugar
  • 2 cups of boiling water
  • 1 ½ cups of cold water
  • 10 frozen pop molds or paper cups
  • 10 frozen pop sticks

Directions:

1.         In a heat resistant bowl, dissolve gelatin and sugar in boiling water.

2.         Stir in cold water

3.         Pour liquid into frozen pop molds or paper cups

4.         Freeze for about two hours or until they are almost solid

5.         Poke frozen pop sticks in the center

6.         Freeze again for eight hours or until they are completely frozen

 To serve, take out of molds or tear away paper cut from frozen pop.

Circus Magic Show
Thursday August 5th
10 am – 11 am
Mr. Tom and his amazing magic show!
Dinoman!
Thursday August 12th
9:30 am – 11:30 am
Magic, Merry Mayhem and Magnificient Props!
Ice Cream Social
Tuesday August 17th
4:00 pm – 6:00 pm
50% off First Month’s Tuition when you enroll at the event
 
Mad Science Visits!
Wednesday August 18th
Presenting Bug Buddies S

 

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Doylestown, PA 18901
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Doylestown
July 2010

PREPARE FOR FUN!

Goddard Parent Guides with Kyle D. Pruett M.D.

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 to expect.
  • Ask your children what they think they will see or want to do.
  • Suggest some “I Spy” targets to look for at your destination.  This makes kids 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.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for the Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development that has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty five years.  He is Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry of Yale University’s Child Study Center.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

This Summer at The Goddard School® in Doylestown!

Our Summer Program is an extension of our school year Curriculum and helps to develop each child’s self esteem and love of learning in a fun and nurturing environment. 

This summer we are excited to step into the wild and become informed about animals all over the world!  We will enjoy fun learning as we explore animals in the outback, ocean, forest, jungle and more!

Campers will also enjoy special visitors and cultural events throughout the summer. Visitors provide exciting learning opportunities in a safe environment, and include sports clinics, musicians, and magicians.

 

Goddard “QA” Quality Assurance

 

Goddard teachers maintain the learning continuum even during the summer – a lot of the learning takes place outdoors and is very active.  The atmosphere is camp-like and the emphasis is placed on discovering different cultures, planting gardens, trailing creepy crawlies, and making memories.

At Goddard, the focus is always on safety.  This is why the children and staff at Goddard are required to wear close-toed shoes at all times.  Children can run and jump, get down and dirty, and reduce the incident of accidents when dressed appropriately for play and learning!

HEALTHY KIDS – 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 peanut 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

1/3 cup Plain Yogurt (Substitute soy or vanilla yogurt)

3t. Orange Juice

2-3 T 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)

Swimming Lessons (Sr. Campers)
Every Tuesday
6/29 – 8/17

Visit Elmwood Zoo!
Thurs. July 8th

Picking Blueberries at Solebury Orchard
Friday July 15th

Ice Cream Truck Visits!
Thursday July 19th

 

240 West Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
www.thegoddardschool@hotmail.com

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In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
July 2010

PREPARE FOR FUN!

Goddard Parent Guides with Kyle D. Pruett M.D.

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 to expect.
  • Ask your children what they think they will see or want to do.
  • Suggest some “I Spy” targets to look for at your destination.  This makes kids 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.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for the Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development that has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty five years.  He is Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry of Yale University’s Child Study Center.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

This Summer at The Goddard School® in Doylestown!

Our Summer Program is an extension of our school year Curriculum and helps to develop each child’s self esteem and love of learning in a fun and nurturing environment. 

This summer we are excited to step into the wild and become informed about animals all over the world!  We will enjoy fun learning as we explore animals in the outback, ocean, forest, jungle and more!

Campers will also enjoy special visitors and cultural events throughout the summer. Visitors provide exciting learning opportunities in a safe environment, and include sports clinics, musicians, and magicians.

 

Goddard “QA” Quality Assurance

 

Goddard teachers maintain the learning continuum even during the summer – a lot of the learning takes place outdoors and is very active.  The atmosphere is camp-like and the emphasis is placed on discovering different cultures, planting gardens, trailing creepy crawlies, and making memories.

At Goddard, the focus is always on safety.  This is why the children and staff at Goddard are required to wear close-toed shoes at all times.  Children can run and jump, get down and dirty, and reduce the incident of accidents when dressed appropriately for play and learning!

HEALTHY KIDS – 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 peanut 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

1/3 cup Plain Yogurt (Substitute soy or vanilla yogurt)

3t. Orange Juice

2-3 T 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)

Swimming Lessons (Sr. Campers)
Every Tuesday
6/29 – 8/17

Visit Elmwood Zoo!
Thurs. July 8th

Picking Blueberries at Solebury Orchard
Friday July 15th

Ice Cream Truck Visits!
Thursday July 19th

 

240 West Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
www.thegoddardschool@hotmail.com

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In The News: Doylestown Goddard Gazette Newsletter

Doylestown
July 2010

PREPARE FOR FUN!

Goddard Parent Guides with Kyle D. Pruett M.D.

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 to expect.
  • Ask your children what they think they will see or want to do.
  • Suggest some “I Spy” targets to look for at your destination.  This makes kids 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.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for the Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development that has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty five years.  He is Clinical Professor of Child Psychiatry of Yale University’s Child Study Center.

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS

This Summer at The Goddard School® in Doylestown!

Our Summer Program is an extension of our school year Curriculum and helps to develop each child’s self esteem and love of learning in a fun and nurturing environment. 

This summer we are excited to step into the wild and become informed about animals all over the world!  We will enjoy fun learning as we explore animals in the outback, ocean, forest, jungle and more!

Campers will also enjoy special visitors and cultural events throughout the summer. Visitors provide exciting learning opportunities in a safe environment, and include sports clinics, musicians, and magicians.

 Goddard “QA” Quality Assurance

Goddard teachers maintain the learning continuum even during the summer – a lot of the learning takes place outdoors and is very active.  The atmosphere is camp-like and the emphasis is placed on discovering different cultures, planting gardens, trailing creepy crawlies, and making memories.

At Goddard, the focus is always on safety.  This is why the children and staff at Goddard are required to wear close-toed shoes at all times.  Children can run and jump, get down and dirty, and reduce the incident of accidents when dressed appropriately for play and learning!
 

HEALTHY KIDS – 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 peanut 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

1/3 cup Plain Yogurt (Substitute soy or vanilla yogurt)

3t. Orange Juice

2-3 T 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)

Swimming Lessons (Sr. Campers)
Every Tuesday
6/29 – 8/17

Visit Elmwood Zoo!
Thurs. July 8th

Picking Blueberries at Solebury Orchard
Friday July 15th

Ice Cream Truck Visits!
Thursday July 19th

 

240 West Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
www.thegoddardschool@hotmail.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – February 2010

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     February, 2010

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

“Discipline is such a versatile word. It can mean behavior or an academic category (the “discipline” of law or divinity). Its oldest meaning, however, is traced back to the word for “teach,” and boy, is that a good thing to remember whenever you are concerned about setting limits on your little one’s behavior. Because above all, you are teaching her by your behavior how she should eventually handle hers.”

First-Time Sleepovers

There comes a day when your child will ask to sleep over at a friend’s house for the very first time. Whether because of homesickness or fear of bedwetting, sleepovers can turn into a nerve-wracking experience for children. As parents, how can you prepare for your child’s first sleepover? And what should you expect?

Here are a few helpful tips to guide you and your children through the first sleepover experience:

  • Begin in a comfortable setting. Spending the night away for the first time in a strange environment with lots of other kids can be scary. Try arranging a sleepover with a favorite cousin in a familiar environment. This makes the event less intimating than going to a slumber party with several other children.
  • Send a comfort item from home. Make sure your child packs a favorite pillow, blanket or stuffed animal – any item that brings your little one comfort. If your child is feeling nervous during the night, she will have something to snuggle up with.
  • Communicate with the host. Talk to the party host’s parents ahead of time. Discuss any special requests such as a nightlight or a quiet reminder at bedtime to use the bathroom.
  • Talk with your child. Once you’ve decided that your child is ready for a sleepover, have an open and positive discussion. Ask your child what he imagines the overnight adventure might be like. Answer any questions, and share tales from your own slumber parties.
  • Be prepared to “pick up.” If your child becomes homesick or scared, she may want to go home. Always be prepared to receive a call during the night.

Encouraging Good Behavior in Public

Fostering respect and manners as well as establishing expectations, limits and consequences is a good preparation strategy for any public outing. Setting examples of good public behavior is vital.

Parents should take advantage of teachable moments and be sure to reinforce the rules they have set. Children need clear expectations and consequences explained to them on a consistent basis. Prepare for positive outings by planning ahead. Parents can help to prevent bad behavior by avoiding major disruptions in their child’s normal routine and schedule. Make sure trips to the mall, market or your friend’s house do not cause children to skip a snack, meal or nap.

When your child exhibits good behavior, be sure to acknowledge it with a ‘thank you.’ Praise for a job well done goes a long way. Positive reinforcement instills pride and motivates children to make good behavior a habit. Resorting to bribes teaches children to value material rewards over intrinsic satisfaction. Your encouragement and praise will more often be incentive enough and build your child’s self confidence. Applied on a daily basis, these lessons can help your little one develop into a much friendlier companion, guest and citizen at home as well as in public.

News Items

Kindergarten Registration
Current Families on Feb 11
New Families on Feb 18
Sweetheart’s Dance
February 12th
9:30 to 11:30
Michener Art Museum Visit
February 17th

Teddy Bear Day
February 18th

Dr. Seuss Magic Show
March 2nd at 10:30 a.m.
Please join us
RSVP to 215-230-9905

 

Contact Us

240 W. Swamp Road
Doylestown, PA 18901
www.goddardschool.com
215-230-9905
email: thegoddardschool@hotmail.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: Kids and Parents Celebrate Graduation

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Contact:
Sarah Salter
Director of Operations
The Goddard School (Doylestown-Swamp Rd.)
215-230-9905
thegoddardschool@hotmail.com


Kids and Parents Celebrate Graduation

Pre-K and Kindergarten Graduation Exceeds Parent and Teacher Expectations

Doylestown, PA (Grassroots Newswire) June 29, 2009 — The Goddard School of Doylestown (Swamp Rd. Location) celebrated graduation this June with both the Pre-K and Kindergarten classes. For the first time, the ceremonies were held in the evening from 5:00-7:00 p. m. at the Central Bucks Senior Center. The school chose to offer a larger, evening venue to accommodate not only the higher number of kids in the 2009 graduating class but to also provide flexibility for our many working parents.

The Pre-K class was the first ceremony to take place and was a combination of both Pre-K I and Pre-K II. The school is proud to offer two Pre-K classes that enable the teachers to provide a smaller class size and more advanced pre-Kindergarten skills to those students who may have missed the Kindergarten registration deadline for the Central Bucks school district. Between the two classes, almost thirty children participated. The program included diplomas, songs in English, French, Spanish, and Sign Language, and wrapped up with a teacher-created video montage at the end. Parents and family members were then invited to stay for refreshments after the ceremony.

Kindergarten held their ceremony during the second hour and graduated seventeen children. The Goddard School of Doylestown, Swamp Rd. Location, offers a full-day, accredited private kindergarten for five and six year olds. With focused academic instruction from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. with the option for extended hours for working parents, kindergarteners learn about science, math, language arts, and computers.

Kindergarten graduation consisted of songs in English, Spanish, French, and Sign Language. Students also showed off their language arts skills by reading journal entries entitled: “My Favorite Thing about Kindergarten” and singing rhyming songs about word families. The ceremony concluded with the presentation of diplomas, a picture slide show set to music, and refreshments.

The decision to offer an off-site, evening venue for graduation was well received by both faculty and parents. Many parents expressed how impressed they were, stating that the ceremonies were “wonderful” and “perfect”. Faculty really enjoyed participating in the ceremonies. Teachers who have taught at the school for many years, including Ms. Chris Shultz, the toddler teacher for over fourteen years, really enjoyed the rare opportunity to see kids that she taught at age two walk across the stage. The children were thrilled too, especially Cameron, age 5, who exclaimed from the stage: “Mom, I graduated!” upon being presented with his diploma by Ms. Shannon Shull.

The Goddard School of Doylestown, Swamp Rd. Location, believes that learning starts early and when presented in a fun and play-based way will set up a vital foundation for children’s later years. The entire school family was thrilled to celebrate this mentality with two meaningful graduation ceremonies and congratulates the class of 2009!

If you would like more information about the school or to schedule a tour, please call 215-230-9905 and ask to speak toSarah, Terry, or Lisa.


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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In The News: The Goddard School located in Doylestown (Swamp Rd.) Hosts Family Fun Night!Local preschool offers event for communityDoylestown (Swamp Rd./Bailiwick Complex), PA (Grassroots Newswire) 6/8/09 –

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Contact:
Sarah Salter
Director of Operations
The Goddard School (Doylestown, Swamp Rd.)
215-230-9905
thegoddardschool@hotmail.com


The Goddard School located in Doylestown (Swamp Rd.) Hosts Family Fun Night!

Local preschool offers event for community

Doylestown (Swamp Rd./Bailiwick Complex), PA (Grassroots Newswire) 6/8/09 — The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to Third Grade, located at 240 W. Swamp Rd. in the Bailiwick Office Complex (across from Saturn of Doylestown) is hosting A Family Fun Night and Open House on June 10th, 2009 from 5:30 p. m. to 7:30 p. m.

Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. Join us for a Moon Bounce, the Bubble D.J., and Refreshments including hot dogs, chicken nuggets, and other kid friendly treats! Families will also receive our current Open House Specialwhen they enroll by June 18th, 2009.

The owner, directors, and quality 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 7:00 a. m. – 6:00 p. m., the flexibility of either half-or full-day schedules, and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Sarah, Terry, or Lisa directly to arrange a personal appointment at 215-230-9905.


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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In The News: Taking Time to Say Thank You

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Contact:
Sarah Salter
Director of Operations
The Goddard School, Doylestown (Swamp Rd.)
215-230-9905
thegoddardschool@hotmail.com


Taking Time to Say Thank You
The Parents of The Goddard School Honor Teachers During Teacher Appreciation Week

Doylestown, PA (Grassroots Newswire) May 11, 2009 — The week of May 4th through the 8th was Teacher Appreciation Week, sponsored nationally by the NEA (National Education Association). During the week the parents of The Goddard School in Doylestown (Swamp Rd. Location) took the time to thank our talented staff for the work that they do on a daily basis. The parent driven committee selected the theme: Thank You for Shaping Our Children’s Future. They then created a unique gift to give each teacher every day of the week, including: mugs with candy, flowers, gift cards, cupcakes, breakfast, and a catered lunch.

The school is thrilled that our goal of developing and maintaining open and caring relationships with our parents has led to this generous out pouring of support for our teachers. Teaching is a tough job, and it means a lot to each of our staff members that the parents took the time and effort to show their gratitude.


In that light, the school would like to take a moment to not only thank our Teacher Appreciation Week Parent Committee and our families but also the amazing staff and teachers that inspired their efforts. Thank you everyone, including Miss Katie, Miss Christina, Miss Jennifer, Miss Grace, Miss Joann, Miss Chris, Miss Kelly, Miss Rosi, Miss Shannon, Mr. Josh, Miss Cathy, Miss Sue, Miss Mina, Miss Jenn, Miss Angel, Miss Terry, Miss Kacie, Miss Michelle, and Miss Jasmine. The school and parents thank you for all that you do every day!


If you would like more information about joining our family or our talented staff, please call 215-230-9905 and ask to speak to Sarah or Terry. The Goddard School of Doylestown (Swamp Rd. location) is now enrolling for Summer Camp, ages 6 weeks to 3rd Grade, and our certified, full-day kindergarten.



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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In The News: Gearing Up to Help Sick Kids

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Contact:
Sarah Salter
Director of Operations
The Goddard School, Doylestown, Swamp Rd.
215-230-9905
thegoddardschool@hotmail.com


Gearing Up to Help Sick Kids
The Goddard School in Doylestown, Swamp Rd., Announces Second Annual Funny Feet Charity Walk

Doylestown (Swamp Rd.), PA (Grassroots Newswire) May 4, 2009 — The Goddard School of Doylestown, Swamp Road location, is proud to partner with the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund for our Second Annual Funny Feet Walk on Thursday, May 7th. Coming on the successful heels of last year’s event, which raised close to $1,000 and our fall, 2008 Walk for the Cure that raised over $1,500, the school is excited to publicize this event. The Goddard School would like to invite local news organizations to visit the event and chronicle this exciting day!

Our children, ages 13 months to 6 years, will be walking around our complex for donations that will go to support the greater fundraising efforts of the Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund. Children will prepare for the event by asking for contributions from their local communities and by creating “Funny Feet”. Parents and teachers will help each child to decorate their sneakers with ribbons and other art materials as a way to help explain to even our youngest children the goal of this event. Students will also be the recipient of t-shirts, generously donated by Goddard Systems.


“The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund assists families caring for seriously ill, disabled and injured children with needs that are not covered by insurance.” With today’s troubling economic times andunemployment rising, the service that the charity provides for struggling and/or single-parent homes is often a miracle for those families affected by childhood illness. Children helped by the organization are often chronic or terminal. Many parents have been forced to quit jobs to care full time for their ill children, and donations go to support a variety of funding requests from help with utility bills to purchasing disability equipment.


The Goddard School of Doylestown, Swamp Rd., is excited and determined to contribute in a meaningful way to this amazing charity. The school feels that it is important to teach children at the youngest age to help others. The Kelly Anne Dolan Memorial Fund is “extremely fortunate to have Goddard Systems partnering with us–especially the Doylestown Goddard School.”


If you would like more information about the Funny Feet Walk or joining the Goddard-Doylestown family please call 215-230-9905 and ask to speak with Sarah.



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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In The News: Keystone Stars Honors Earned

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Contact:
Sarah Salter
Director of Operations
The Goddard School, Swamp Rd.
215-230-9905
thegoddardschool@hotmail.com


Keystone Stars Honors Earned
The Goddard School, Swamp Rd., Earns Second Star for Keystone Stars

Doylestown, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 4/20/09 — The Goddard School of Doylestown, Swamp Rd. Location, is proud to announce earning the second star in the Pennsylvania Keystone Stars Program. Keystone Stars is a statewide initiative that aims to improve the overall quality of early childhood education in the state. Similar to NAEYC accreditation, Keystone Stars looks at teacher qualifications, program support, and the overall educational goals of a school.

After much work, Goddard Swamp Rd. earned their second star in April, 2009. The program recognizes the fact that the school has a quality teaching staff with both certified teachers and many staff with education degrees specifically in early childhood education. Also recognized was the school’s overall approach to learning and our continuing goal to improve lesson planning and implementation. Finally, the school was recognized for its program support in establishing an environment that fostered strong faculty retention, continuing education, and parent-school relationships.

As a result of this accolade, the school was able to apply for the Keystone Stars grant, which can be used to provide teacher merit and education awards or quality improvements to the school above and beyond day to day operations. The school and its entire staff are so proud of the work that they have done in earning this new designation and hope that you will come see the results of their hard work.

Additionally, Goddard Swamp Rd. would like to announce their success in their recent Goddard Systems Quality Assurance Review in which they also earned top honors.

The Goddard School, Swamp Rd., is currently enrolling for both summer camp and their privately accredited full day kindergarten for 2009-2010. In honor of The Week of The Young Child, the school is also offering 50% off of the first month for all new families. Spaces are filling up fast. Please call 215-230-9905 to schedule 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 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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In The News: The Goddard School of Doylestown (Swamp Rd. location) Joins Earth Hour and Kicks Off Stepping Up for the Environment

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Contact:
Sarah Salter
Director of Operations
The Goddard School, Doylestown (Swamp Rd.)
215-230-9905
thegoddardschool@hotmail.com


The Goddard School of Doylestown (Swamp Rd. location) Joins Earth Hour and Kicks Off Stepping Up for the Environment
Learning Goes Green!

Doylestown, Pennsylvania (Grassroots Newswire) 3/25/09 — The Goddard School located in Doylestown (Swamp Rd. location) is proud to announce it has joined World Wildlife Funds 2009 Earth Hour. A global call to action on climate change, during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 p.m. hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour in a vote for action on the climate crisis.

The Goddard School located in Doylestown (Swamp Rd. location), will join 320 Goddard Schools nationwide to help spread the message that by working together, each one of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. The Goddard School located in Doylestown (Swamp Rd. location) will launch an entire week of activities and lesson plans beginning March 23rd leading up to a big celebration for the Stepping Up for the Environment event on March 27th at 10 a.m., a day before the global event.

Our teachers have really put a lot of thought in what activities to choose. Many classes are playing flashlight I Spy where the kids will hunt for green items in the darkened classroom. Preschool, Pre-K, and Kindergarten will all choose Lightening Bug helpers who will turn off the lights every time they leave the room. Other classes will also make rain sticks out of recyclables, recycling boxes, and carbon footprints.

Joining Earth Hour enables our students to learn an important lesson and get the message out to their families and in their communities, says Sarah Salter, one of the Directors. Doing so creatively also encourages teachers and students to think outside of the box by adapting favorite games such as I Spy or sorting recyclables as a math activity.

To help provide content to schools and children, World Wildlife Fund has created a website, www.EarthHourKids.org, which features lesson-plans, games, and songs children can download. There is also a section for parents to email their state and federal representatives.

On March 27th, The Goddard School located in Doylestown (Swamp Rd. location), will celebrate Earth Hour with the Stepping Up for the Environment event. Our Kindergarten will create little carbon footprints and Pre-K will go on a nature walk and look for trash to recycle. Then, at 10 a.m., schools will turn off any non-essential lighting for one hour.

About World Wildlife Fund and Earth Hour
Earth Hour (www.EarthHourUs.org) is a global initiative of WWF in which millions of people around the world will cast a vote in favor of action on climate change by turning off their lights for one hour on March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. local time. By voting with their light switches, Earth Hour participants will send a powerful, visual message to their leaders demanding immediate action on climate change. WWF is the worlds leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century. With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, stop the degradation of the environment and combat climate changes. Visit www.worldwildlife.org to learn more.


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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