Early Speech by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®
Funny as early speech may sound, don’t exploit the humor of it at your child’s expense. Whenever a new skill emerges, it is at its most raw and tender (remember your first poetry recital?); stuttering and stammering are normal when children are learning to speak. Treat early language with the respect it deserves. It has taken tremendous effort to get there. Say it back correctly if you figure out what it is, but don’t “correct” too much. Be patient. Early language should feel good to both of you, and not because it’s right, but because it is intimate communication between two people who feel deeply connected to each other. Soon she won’t be saying much if her first words always are being corrected.
Choosing a Summer Program
Keeping a child’s day consistent throughout the summer months keeps the brain focused and helps prevent learning losses during the summer. In addition, this can potentially ease the anxiety that often accompanies transitioning into a new classroom or school come fall.
Research has shown that age-appropriate programs like The Goddard School, with specific learning goals and learning and developmental standards, are ideal in preventing summer learning losses.
Tips for Choosing a Summer Program:
- Choose a program that is based on each child’s interests and natural curiosity – this allows children the opportunity to direct their own learning.
- Ask for credentials, experience and training of the teachers/counselors.
- Check the health and safety practices of the program. Make sure you are comfortable that the program will be able to handle your child’s unique needs.
- Inquire about the daily schedule of the program. Does the program combine songs, stories, exploration, art, physical activities and learning adventures in a safe, nurturing environment? Ask how much freedom a child has to choose activities.
- Ask for references.
Root for Earth with The Goddard School!
To plant the seeds of environmental awareness, 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 Monday, April 21. On Tuesday, which is also Earth Day, more than 400 Goddard Schools nationwide will turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour to symbolize their commitment for making a difference. The children will enjoy environmentally friendly activities throughout the week. Stop by from Monday, April 21 to Friday, April 25 to Root for Earth with us!
9am – 6pm
12916 Stonecreek Dr. Pickerington, OH 43147
Scholastic Book Fair
Parent Night Out
6 – 10pm
The Goddard School of Pickerington
Summer Camp Fair
6 – 8pm
Heritage Middle School
Root for Earth
The Goddard School
12916 Stonecreek Dr.
Pickerington, OH 43147
The Goddard Schools are operated by independent franchisees under a license agreement with Goddard Systems, Inc. Programs and ages may vary. © Goddard Systems, Inc. 2012
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