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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – June 2013

   June 2013  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Keeping Your Child Healthy

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

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

Red, White and Blueberry Smoothie

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

Gather It

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

Make It

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

News Items

Yoga with Miss Jenny
June 5th
9:30am
Classrooms

Dogs with Dad
June 14th
3:30pm
Classrooms

Kindergarten Graduation
June 19th
5:00pm
Playground

Pre-Kindergarten Graduation
June 20th
10:00am
Playground

First Day of Summer Camp
June 24th
All Day
Classrooms

Contact Us

703 West Nields St.
West Chester
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
email: dwestchesterpa@goddardschools.com

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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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2012

March 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Be a Role Model by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Be a role model. Children are highly imitative and like to please. The more good behavior you demonstrate, the more they will copy. The more approval they get for their good behavior, the more good behavior you will get from them.

Play is Learning

Have you ever caught a glimpse of your child playing and pretending to be you, or someone you know? Dramatic play and socio-dramatic play are important components of children’s cognitive and social development.

By acting out real or fictional situations through dramatic play (pretend play), children work through their feelings and their understanding of the world. Dramatic play lets them process their perception of events and/or roles. For instance, if a child is playing house as the “mommy,” she is expressing her view of what a mother’s role is. She is practicing how “mommy” would or could react to different situations. This may not represent the reality of the role for her, but rather her interpretation of “mommy” in this particular situation in this place and time.

Socio-dramatic play (dramatic play with social interaction) lets children practice social rules. When playing alone there is no etiquette to follow; however, when another child or adult is involved, each party has to follow certain rules. Children who are playing “brother and sister” with children who are not their siblings are experimenting with different social interactions and testing how others will react.

The Goddard School encourages both dramatic and socio-dramatic play. Classrooms include “dress up” areas to support children’s creativity and imagination. Teachers fill these areas with real-life props relevant to curriculum topics.

Are you interested in an example of how this works? Let’s say the lesson plan focuses on numbers. Your child’s teacher might add telephones, calculators or cash registers to the dramatic play center because these props involve numbers in realistic situations. Your child is learning to memorize his telephone numbers. The teachers encourage children to apply this skill in the dramatic play center by suggesting the children “call” one another. When learning about money, your child may play “store” and take turns playing the roles of customer and shopkeeper with her friends.

Play is a child’s work—they are practicing for the future. This practice comes without judgment—they can rehearse roles, feelings and ideas in a completely uninhibited environment.

Spring Scavenger Hunt

If you’ve spent a lot of time indoors this winter, now is the time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors again! How about welcoming spring by going on a scavenger hunt around your yard and neighborhood and seeing how many signs of spring your family can find? Look–or listen–for some of these things:

  • A caterpillar
  • A robin
  • Baby bunnies
  • Bike riders
  • Birds’ nests
  • Birds chirping
  • Car windows rolled down
  • Children playing outside
  • Crocuses blooming
  • Frogs or toads
  • House windows open
  • Leaves budding on trees
  • People taking a walk
  • Plants emerging
  • Someone washing their car

What other signs of spring can your family find?

 

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: 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.

Contact Us

703 W. Nields St.
West Chester Pa 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610.918.4660
email: westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

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

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In The News: West Chester Goddard Gazette Newsletter

West Chester
December 2011

TOP STORIES!

This month we will be doing our share of giving back; feel free to join us!

The Goddard School in West Chester is proud to be a Drop Spot for TOYS FOR TOTS again this year!  The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.  We will be collecting unwrapped toys for Chester County children at our school until December 13th. Please feel free to drop off your unwrapped toy donation anytime before December 13th.

Sock it to Me Sock Drive!  You can make a small, but important difference in someone’s life this winter by participating in our Sock-It-To-Me sock drive.  Socks are essential, especially in the winter months. They also are one of the least donated but most needed necessities. Also, socks are affordable; making it easy for everyone to help our kids make a difference in our local community.  Purchase clean, new socks for men, women or children and drop them in our Sock-It-To-Me collection box in our lobby from December 1st to December 23rd.  We will donate the socks to the West Chester Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children.

For 189 years the Friends Association has provided essential social services for children and families. Their programs have changed over time in response to the needs of the community. Currently, the focus is on homeless or near homeless families with children. They operate one of only three family shelters in Chester County and one of the few homeless prevention programs in the region

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.

HEALTHY KIDS!

Easy Sugar Cookies

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.  Build a fire, crank up the tunes, and talk with your favorite little friend while baking a slew of sugar cookies!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • An assortment of toppings such as: Frostings (various colors), Candy, Sprinkles, Dragees, Flavored Chips (Chocolate, Peanut Butter, or Butterscotch), etc.

Directions 

  1. Mix and cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs; mix until creamy.
  3. Add flour and salt and mix until smooth.
  4. Roll in small balls; flatten with glass dipped in sugar. Make very thin.
  5. Bake at 350°F until edges start to brown.
  6. Once cookies have cooled. Help your child spread frosting with a spoon on each cookie.
  7. Let your child’s creativity take over!

Mondays 12/5 & 12/19
Music with Mr. Dave

Tuesday 12/6
Lil Sports Visits

Tues 12/13 – Thurs 12/15
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday 12/13
Cookie Exchange

Wednesday 12/14
Toys for Tots Toy Drive Ends

Friday 12/23
Sock Drive Ends

Our school will be closed for Winter Break from Monday, Dec. 26th through Jan. 2nd.  School will resume Tuesday, Jan. 3rd. 

Our entire faculty and staff wishes your family a safe and happy holiday season!

To see our entire monthly calendar visit the West Chester school on our website at www.goddardschool.com

703 W. Nields Street
West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

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In The News: West Chester Goddard Gazette Newsletter

West Chester
December 2011

TOP STORIES!

This month we will be doing our share of giving back, feel free to join us!

The Goddard School in West Chester is proud to be a Drop Spot for TOYS FOR TOTS again this year!  The mission of the U.S. Marine Corps Reserve Toys for Tots Program is to collect new, unwrapped toys year and distribute those toys as Christmas gifts to needy children in the community in which the campaign is conducted.  We will be collecting unwrapped toys for Chester County children at our school until December 14th, please feel free to drop off your unwrapped toy donation anytime before December 14th. 

Sock it to Me Sock Drive!  You can make a small, but important, difference in someone’s life this winter by participating in our Sock-It-To-Me sock drive.  Socks are essential especially in the winter months. They also are one of the least donated but most needed necessities. Also, socks are affordable making it easy for everyone to help our kids make a difference in our local community.  Purchase clean, new socks for men, women or children and drop them in our Sock-It-To-Me collection box in our lobby from December 1st to December 23rd.  We will donate the socks to the West Chester Friends Association for the Care and Protection of Children.

For 189 years the Friends Association has provided essential social services for children and families. Their programs have changed over time in response to the needs the needs of the community, currently the focus is on homeless or near homeless families with children. They operate one of only three family shelters in Chester County and one of the few homeless prevention programs in the region.

The Goddard School

703 W. Nield Street

West Chester, PA  19382

westchesterpa@goddardschool.com

610-918-4660

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.

HEALTHY KIDS!

Easy Sugar Cookies

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 sugar cookies!

Ingredients

  • 1 cup butter
  • 1 cup sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 3 cups flour
  • 1/2 tsp. salt
  • An assortment of toppings such as: Frostings (various colors), Candy, Sprinkles, Dragees, Flavored Chips (Chocolate, Peanut Butter, or Butterscotch), etc.

Directions 

  1. Mix and cream butter and sugar.
  2. Add eggs; mix until creamy.
  3. Add flour and salt and mix until smooth.
  4. Roll in small balls; flatten with glass dipped in sugar. Make very thin.
  5. Bake at 350°F until edges start to brown.
  6. Once cookies have cooled. Help your child spread frosting with a spoon on each cookie.
  7. Let your child’s creativity take over!

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS!

Mondays 12/5 & 12/19
Music with Mr. Dave

Tuesday 12/6
Lil Sports Visits

Tues 12/13 – Thurs 12/15
Parent-Teacher Conferences

Tuesday 12/13
Cookie Exchange

Wednesday 12/14
Toys for Tots Toy Drive Ends

Friday 12/23
Sock Drive Ends
Monday 12/26 – Monday 1/2
School closed for WINTER BREAK!  School will resume Tuesday January 3rd.
Our entire faculty and staff wishes your family a safe and happy holiday season!
To see our complete monthly calendar visit the West Chester Goddard school on our website at www.goddardschool.com

703 W. Nields Street
West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

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In The News: West Chester Goddard Gazette Newsletter

West Chester
November 2011

TOP STORY!

Time to Give Back!

Every year during the month of November have a food drive for a local charity.  This year we will be collecting food for the West Chester Salvation Army. 

This year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held November 1st to November 18th, with your help we hope to collect tons of food!  Please join us in supporting this great cause.  Donations can be dropped in our school lobby.

The Goddard School

703 W. Nields Street

West Chester, PA  19382

westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

610-918-4660

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 Tip

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”.

Ingredient

  • 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.

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

Tuesday 11/1 – Friday 11/18
Food Drive for West Chester Salvation Army

Tuesdays 11/1 & 11/15
Lil Sports Visits

Wednesday 11/2
Pajama Day

Tuesday 11/22
Friendly Feast
Wednesday 11/23
3:00 pm Early Dismissal
Thurs 11/24 & Friday 11/25
School Closed for Thanksgiving Break

Monday 11/28
Welcome back to school!

To see our complete monthly calendar visit the West Chester Goddard School on our website at www.goddardschool.com

703 W. Nields Street
West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
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In The News: West Chester Goddard Gazette Newsletter

West Chester
November 2011

TOP STORY!

Time to Give Back!

Every year during the month of November we have a food drive for a local charity.  This year we will be collecting food for the West Chester Salvation Army. 

This year’s Thanksgiving Food Drive will be held November 1st to November 18th, with your help we hope to collect tons of food!  Please join us in supporting this great cause.  Donations can be dropped in our school lobby.

The Goddard School

703 W. Nields Street

West Chester, PA  19382

westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

610-918-4660

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 Tip

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”.

Ingredient

  • 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.

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS

Tuesday 11/1 – Friday 11/18
Food Drive for West Chester Salvation Army

Tuesdays 11/1 & 11/15
Lil Sports Visits

Wednesday 11/2
Pajama Day

Tuesday 11/22
Friendly Feast

Wednesday 11/23
3:00 pm Early Dismissal

Thurs 11/24 & Friday 11/25
School Closed for Thanksgiving Break

Monday 11/28
Welcome back to school!
To see our complete monthly calendar visit the West Chester Goddard school on our website at www.goddardschool.com

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West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
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In The News: West Chester Goddard Gazette Newsletter

West Chester
October 2011

TOP STORIES!

Chili-Bean Tambourines at the West Chester Chili Cook-Off!

Come Visit The Goddard School booth at the
West Chester Chili-Cookoff for some BIG FUN!

Sunday 10/9 from Noon to 3:00 pm

Our booth will be in the KIDS ZONE!  Kids visiting our booth will make Chili-Bean Tambourines and shake their instruments to the beat with Mr. Dave from Kids Rock!

Don’t miss the fun! Tattoos and take-aways will be waiting for you! 

We’re pickin’ pumpkins at our very own Pumpkin Patch!

Pumpkin Pickin’ & Costume Parade ~ Friday 10/28

Pumpkin Party ~ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Costume Parade & Party~ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Call today to schedule a play date!  New Families receive 50% off your first month’s tuition if you enroll at the festival.

The Goddard School

703 W. Nields St.

West Chester, PA  19382

westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

610-918-4660

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS 

Open Communication

Open Communication between home and school is essential to the healthy development of your child.  This communication is so important that Goddard Schools have incorporated Daily Activities Reports and Child Portfolios to assist in this communication. 

In addition, each classroom has a Parent Board that displays a Monthly Lesson Plan and special notes.  Flyers and invites are posted throughout the school and school news, newsletters, and important notifications are distributed electronically.  And most importantly, our on-site owners Mike and Karen are at the school everyday, with an open door policy, playing an active role in the day to day operations.

Lesson Planning

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

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS!

Tuesday 10/4
Lil’ Sports Visits
Wednesday 10/5
National Teacher Appreciation Day!
Thursday 10/6
Visit from the Ambulance

Wednesday 10/12
Class Pictures!
Thursday 10/13
A friendly Fire Fighter visits

Friday 10/14
Safety Sing-Along with Mr. Ken
Wednesday 10/26
A visit from the Dentist!

To see our complete monthly calendar visit the West Chester Goddard school on our website www.goddardschool.com

703 W. Nields Street
West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
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In The News: West Chester Goddard Gazette Newsletter

West Chester
October 2011

TOP STORIES!

Chili-Bean Tambourines at the West Chester Chili Cook-Off!

Come Visit The Goddard School booth at the
West Chester Chili-Cookoff for some BIG FUN!

Sunday 10/9 from Noon to 3:00 pm

Our booth will be in the KIDS ZONE!  Kids visiting our booth will make Chili-Bean Tambourines and shake their instruments to the beat with Mr. Dave from Kids Rock!

Don’t miss the fun! Tattoos and take-aways will be waiting for you! 

We’re pickin’ pumpkins at our very own Pumpkin Patch!

Pumpkin Pickin’ & Costume Parade ~ Friday 10/28

Pumpkin Party ~ 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Costume Parade & Party~ 4:00 pm – 5:30 pm

Call today to schedule a play date!  New Families receive 50% off your first month’s tuition if you enroll at the festival.

The Goddard School

703 W. Nields St.

West Chester, PA  19382

westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

610-918-4660

CURRICULUM HIGHLIGHTS 

Open Communication

Open Communication between home and school is essential to the healthy development of your child.  This communication is so important that Goddard Schools have incorporated Daily Activities Reports and Child Portfolios to assist in this communication. 

In addition, each classroom has a Parent Board that displays a Monthly Lesson Plan and special notes.  Flyers and invites are posted throughout the school and school news, newsletters, and important notifications are distributed electronically.  And most importantly, our on-site owners Mike and Karen are at the school everyday, with an open door policy, playing an active role in the day to day operations.

Lesson Planning

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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West Chester
September 2011

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 11th

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!

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS!
Friday 9/2
Teacher In-service Day
School closed to students

Monday 9/5 Happy Labor Day!

Thursday 9/9
Grandparent’s Day!
Grandparents are invited to join us for story time.

Monday 9/19
Scholastic Book Fair at the school until 9/28. Stop by and take advantage of the savings!

Tuesday 9/20
Pajama Day!

Thursday 9/29 at 6:00 pm
Back to School Night

To see our complete monthly calendar visit the West Chester Goddard School at www.goddardschools.com

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Wilmington, DE 19382
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610-918-4660
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September 2011

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, SEPTEMBER 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!

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
Friday 9/2
Teacher In-service Day
School closed to students
Happy Labor Day!
Friday 9/9
Grandparent’s Day!
Grandparents are invited to join us for story time.
Monday 9/19
Scholastic Book Fair at the school until 9/28. Stop by and take advantage of the savings!
Tuesday 9/20
Pajama Day!
Thursday 9/29 at 7:00 pm
Back to School Night

To see the complete monthly calendar visit the West Chester Goddard School at www.goddardschool.com

703W. Nield Street
Wilmington, DE 19382
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610-918-4660
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West Chester
August 2011

TOP STORY!  

Please join us for our

Splish~ Splash Birthday Party!

Thursday, August 4th

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

It’s going to be BIG fun!

Birthday Cupcakes, Beach Theme Photo Shoot,

Water Ice, Water Melon and Lots of Water Games!

Enroll at the openhouse and received  

50% off your first month’s tuition*

*new families only

 Full-Day Kindergarten at the Goddard School!  

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 West Chester we understand that challenge. Our full-day private Kindergarten provides the foundation to nurture each child’s lifelong love of learning.  

Kindergarten at The Goddard School in West Chester is a Full Day program that provides parents the convenience of extended hours, in addition to offering students a wonderful introduction to formal education.  The hours for the Kindergarten program are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (full time only) however, the school hours are 7:00 am – 6:00 pm.  Therefore, before and after care is included in your tuition.    

We would love to show you why you should choose Kindergarten at The Goddard School in West Chester!  We have limited spaced available, call today to schedule your personal tour!  

The Goddard School  

703 W. Nields Street  

West Chester, PA  19382  

610-918-4660 

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! 

Fruit Pops

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.

Every Monday
Lil Sports Visits

Thursday 8/4 (3 – 6:00 pm)
Splish~Splash Birthday Party!

Thursday 8/11
Magic with Mr. Stuart

Friday 8/12
Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the School

Friday 8/26
Please join us for lunch!

703 W. Nield Street
West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

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West Chester
August 2011

TOP STORY!

Please join us for our

Splish~ Splash Birthday Party!

Thursday, August 4th

3:00 pm – 6:00 pm

It’s going to be BIG fun!

Birthday Cupcakes, Beach Theme Photo Shoot,

Water Ice, Water Melon and Lots of Water Games!

Enroll at the openhouse and received  

50% off your first month’s tuition*

*new families only

 Full-Day Kindergarten at the Goddard School!

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 West Chester we understand that challenge. Our full-day private Kindergarten provides the foundation to nurture each child’s lifelong love of learning.

Kindergarten at The Goddard School in West Chester is a Full Day program that provides parents the convenience of extended hours, in addition to offering students a wonderful introduction to formal education.  The hours for the Kindergarten program are 9:00 am to 3:00 pm (full time only) however, the school hours are 7:00 am – 6:00 pm.  Therefore, before and after care is included in your tuition.  

We would love to show you why you should choose Kindergarten at The Goddard School in West Chester!  We have limited spaced available, call today to schedule your personal tour!

The Goddard School

703 W. Nields Street

West Chester, PA  19382

610-918-4660 

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! 

Fruit Pops

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.

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS!
Every Monday
Lil Sports Visits
Thursday 8/4 (3 – 6:00 pm)
Splish~Splash Birthday Party!
Thursday 8/11
Magic with Mr. Stuart
Friday 8/12
Alex’s Lemonade Stand at the School
Friday 8/26
Please join us for lunch!

To see the complete monthly calendar visit the West Chester Goddard School at our website www.goddardschools.com

703 W. Nield Street
West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

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West Chester
July 2011

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

 BASE FOR FITNESS – Family Fitness Four

  1. Practice Fitness – Ride a bike, take a walk on the beach, or hike a path.
  2. Model Fitness – Drink Water, eat properly, workout regularly, and don’t smoke.
  3. Fuel Fitness – Plan meals and shop together.  Make meal preparation a family affair.
  4. Encourage Mental Fitness – Limit television and computer games.  Plan a board game, read a book, or write a letter to grandmom.           

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 – Waterfall

Finding it hard to drink eight glasses of water a day?  Consider eating some of your water!  The following are a list of the most waterlogged fruits and vegetables to eat throughout the hot summer in order to keep you and your child hydrated.

 FRUITS: Watermelon, Oranges, Apples

 VEGETABLES: Cucumbers, Iceberg Lettuce, Tomatoes

CALENDAR HIGHLIGHTS
Thursday July 7th
The Singing Cowboy Visits!
Wednesday July 13th
Lil Sports visits
Tuesday July 19th
Tumble Tots
Tuesday July 26th
Lil Sports Visits
Friday July 29th
Splash Day!

For the complete monthly calendar visit our website
www.goddardschool.com

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West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
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West Chester
June 2011

 

HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!

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

What has my research revealed about how differently fathers play with children than mothers? 

  • Fathers tend to engage in more physically stimulating play than mothers. 
  • Children tend to seek out this type of behavior from their fathers, and fathers, in turn, reinforce this behavior in their children.  Fathers themselves tend to find greater satisfaction in more active rather than passive pursuits with their young children, so it is mutually gratifying. 
  • Dads seem to have a penchant for making even the mundane routines more physical, whether it’s pushing a stroller or giving a bath. 
  • In verbal and non-verbal communication, fathers use shorter, staccato-like bursts of language and physical stimulation, while mothers are more modulated and predictable.

Kyle D. Pruitt, 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 HIGHLIGHT – Base for 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)

 

Beach Towel Picnic – Tues 6/14
 
Pre-K Graduation
Thurs 6/16 @ 10:00 am
Kindergarten Graduation
Thurs 6/16 @ 11:00 am
 
Donuts for Dad!
Fri 6/17 – 7:00 am – 9:00 am
 
First Day of Summer Camp! Mon 6/20
 
Pony Rides – Tues 6/21
 
March of Dimes Trik-aThon Thurs 6/23
Lei Ceremony – Fri 6/24
Music by Mr. Dave!
 
Puppet Show Visits – Tues 6/28
Petting Zoo Visits – Thurs 6/30

703 W. Nields Street
West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

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West Chester
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)

Mother’s Day Lunch
Fri 5/6 @ 3:00 pm

Pictures Days
Tues 5/17 & Wed 5/18

911 Visits!
Good Fellowship EMS
Fri 5/20

Reading with Mommy & Daddy
Parent Guest Readers
Tues 5/24

 

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West Chester, PA
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610-918-4660
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A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc

Playful Learning at the Goddard Community Games

The Goddard School® believes in the power of play for learning. In an effort to spread the word to families across the country, we will sponsor a Goddard Community Games event on Saturday, February 5. The event will involve children and their families in a variety of playful learning activities based on the core curriculum and enrichment programs that are an integral part of the FLEXTM Learning Program offered at Goddard Schools.

Playful learning is not a new concept at The Goddard School. It has been at the heart of our curriculum from the beginning, reflected in an approach to learning that presents new skills to children in a playful and engaging way. Today, supported by a growing body of research from Play for Tomorrow, the consortium behind the respected “playful learning” movement, Goddard Schools hope to encourage families to recognize and celebrate the power of play for learning in their own children.

During the Goddard Community Games event, families will have the opportunity to enjoy a “hands-on” playful learning experience. A variety of programs, ranging from Sign Language, Yoga and Nutrition to World Cultures Voyages, Everyday Math and “Rock ‘n’ Tot” pre-dance and creative movement, will engage everyone to flex their minds and bodies. The focus will be on fun, as parents and their children share in a day of discovery and enrichment.

Hop on Our Virtual Tour Bus!

Beginning January 3, 2011, the Goddard Community Games Virtual Tour Bus will begin its “travels” across the country via Facebook, Twitter and The Goddard School Blog. All families are invited to join us on this exciting journey cross-country by sharing your favorite family-friendly activities and places to visit in your community (and why!) on our Facebook page (i.e., the best family-friendly restaurant, top no-cost activities and favorite educational landmarks). When the bus virtually stops in your state, through The Goddard School Facebook page, community-specific information will be compiled and you can vote on your favorite! Keep your eye out in early February for our favorite family-friendly stops within our Goddard School communities!

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

The reason that children love to play is precisely because it means something. They come to it very naturally from the beginning months of their life. In fact, a vast amount of a child’s total learning comes through play, both alone and with you. What are some of the things children learn through play?

  • Children learn what is soft and hard, cold and warm, scratchy or smooth, as they touch and manipulate everything within reach.
  • Children learn what is heavy and light, as they heft and fling things about their world.
  • Children learn what is sour and sweet, as they mouth, suck, and drool their way through everyday life.
  • Children learn what is quiet and loud, pleasing and raucous, as they scream and coo, or rub and smash.
  • Children learn what works and doesn’t work, as they pull and push, fit, stack, and destroy.

One of the most important things they learn through all this tireless trial and error is how to connect events, feelings, thoughts and learning together into experience and to file it away in their brains under certain symbols. This all starts to happen well before they have command of spoken language. Simply stated, through play, children learn to symbolize their experience.

The enrichment of learning by play, and vice versa, also holds for the quality of the child’s relationships. Research tells us that children who are securely attached to their caregivers are better players and hence, by our reasoning, better learners. Children who have received consistent high-quality care, both emotionally and physically, who are talked to and listened to and who have observed those around them involved in respectful interpersonal relationships carry their security – their self-confidence and feelings of self-worth – into play with others.

To learn more about the Goddard Community Games and download additional playful learning materials, including The Goddard School Play Along Song, please visit www.goddardschool.com/games.

News Items

Sing our Goddard Song along with us!
Feb 5th
10:00 AM
All classrooms

Make a community flag
Feb 5th
10:30 AM
Terrific Tigers Classroom

We will provide all the materials you will need to assist with our community flag and make history!

Ban Bag Toss

JellyBean Jumps

& Many more super fun games!

Learning to Play TogetherLearning to play well with others and accept each other’s differences at the preschool age is critical, especially since, according to some research, bullying has become more common among two to six year olds.

Click here for a full, downloadable version of the Learning to Play Together: A Parents’ Guide to Bully Prevention in Preschool & Beyond article.

Play Is Learning!

Pretend play is an important component of your child’s cognitive and social development. Your child processes his/her feelings and understanding of the world as he/she plays.

A few helpful Play Tips are offered below. Click here for even more!

Infants…

•engage in play by responding to sounds, then by following objects and people with their eyes.

One-Year-Old children…

•play with water, smell a flower (which is not as easy as you may think) and recognize animals like the ones from their mobiles.

Two-Year-Old children…

•demonstrate independence to determine their limits as well as when and how to play.

Three-Year-Old children…

•’work’ while playing. They explore roles, feelings and ideas in an un­inhibited environment. They practice various emotions to determine how they fit into their personality.

Four-Year-Old children…

•recognize how objects and people are the same and different simulta­neously; and can appreciate these attributes.

Contact Us

703 W. Nields St.
West Chester PA 19380
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
email: goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

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

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In The News: Goddard Parent – Goddard Community Games

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc

Playful Learning at the Goddard Community Games

The Goddard School® believes in the power of play for learning. In an effort to spread the word to families across the country, we will sponsor a Goddard Community Games event on Saturday, February 5. The event will involve children and their families in a variety of playful learning activities based on the core curriculum and enrichment programs that are an integral part of the FLEXTM Learning Program offered at Goddard Schools.

Playful learning is not a new concept at The Goddard School. It has been at the heart of our curriculum from the beginning, reflected in an approach to learning that presents new skills to children in a playful and engaging way. Today, supported by a growing body of research from Play for Tomorrow, the consortium behind the respected “playful learning” movement, Goddard Schools hope to encourage families to recognize and celebrate the power of play for learning in their own children.

During the Goddard Community Games event, families will have the opportunity to enjoy a “hands-on” playful learning experience. A variety of programs, ranging from Sign Language, Yoga and Nutrition to World Cultures Voyages, Everyday Math and “Rock ‘n’ Tot” pre-dance and creative movement, will engage everyone to flex their minds and bodies. The focus will be on fun, as parents and their children share in a day of discovery and enrichment.

Hop on Our Virtual Tour Bus!

Beginning January 3, 2011, the Goddard Community Games Virtual Tour Bus will begin its “travels” across the country via Facebook, Twitter and The Goddard School Blog. All families are invited to join us on this exciting journey cross-country by sharing your favorite family-friendly activities and places to visit in your community (and why!) on our Facebook page (i.e., the best family-friendly restaurant, top no-cost activities and favorite educational landmarks). When the bus virtually stops in your state, through The Goddard School Facebook page, community-specific information will be compiled and you can vote on your favorite! Keep your eye out in early February for our favorite family-friendly stops within our Goddard School communities!

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

The reason that children love to play is precisely because it means something. They come to it very naturally from the beginning months of their life. In fact, a vast amount of a child’s total learning comes through play, both alone and with you. What are some of the things children learn through play?

  • Children learn what is soft and hard, cold and warm, scratchy or smooth, as they touch and manipulate everything within reach.
  • Children learn what is heavy and light, as they heft and fling things about their world.
  • Children learn what is sour and sweet, as they mouth, suck, and drool their way through everyday life.
  • Children learn what is quiet and loud, pleasing and raucous, as they scream and coo, or rub and smash.
  • Children learn what works and doesn’t work, as they pull and push, fit, stack, and destroy.

One of the most important things they learn through all this tireless trial and error is how to connect events, feelings, thoughts and learning together into experience and to file it away in their brains under certain symbols. This all starts to happen well before they have command of spoken language. Simply stated, through play, children learn to symbolize their experience.

The enrichment of learning by play, and vice versa, also holds for the quality of the child’s relationships. Research tells us that children who are securely attached to their caregivers are better players and hence, by our reasoning, better learners. Children who have received consistent high-quality care, both emotionally and physically, who are talked to and listened to and who have observed those around them involved in respectful interpersonal relationships carry their security – their self-confidence and feelings of self-worth – into play with others.

To learn more about the Goddard Community Games and download additional playful learning materials, including The Goddard School Play Along Song, please visit www.goddardschool.com/games.

News Items

Happy New Year!!
January is Food month
each classroom will learn about food from regions across the USA

Learning to Play TogetherLearning to play well with others and accept each other’s differences at the preschool age is critical, especially since, according to some research, bullying has become more common among two to six year olds.

Click here for a full, downloadable version of the Learning to Play Together: A Parents’ Guide to Bully Prevention in Preschool & Beyond article.

Play Is Learning!

Pretend play is an important component of your child’s cognitive and social development. Your child processes his/her feelings and understanding of the world as he/she plays.

A few helpful Play Tips are offered below. Click here for even more!

Infants…

•engage in play by responding to sounds, then by following objects and people with their eyes.

One-Year-Old children…

•play with water, smell a flower (which is not as easy as you may think) and recognize animals like the ones from their mobiles.

Two-Year-Old children…

•demonstrate independence to determine their limits as well as when and how to play.

Three-Year-Old children…

•’work’ while playing. They explore roles, feelings and ideas in an un­inhibited environment. They practice various emotions to determine how they fit into their personality.

Four-Year-Old children…

•recognize how objects and people are the same and different simulta­neously; and can appreciate these attributes.

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: MEDIA ALERTWest Chester area families join national celebration of the Power of Play

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:   
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School located in West Chester
610-918-4660
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net                    

MEDIA ALERT
West Chester area families join national celebration of the Power of Play

WHAT:  Goddard Community Games Event
The Goddard School® located in West Chester 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.
      
The Directors will 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 West Chester; and culminate with a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

WHO:    The Goddard School located in West Chester

PRESS:  PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE FOLLOWING

WHEN:   February 5th @ 10:00 AM: We will design blanket squares & display the final product in the hallway throughout the year.        

WHERE:  The Goddard School located in West Chester
               703 W. Nields St. West Chester PA
               610-918-4660

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: The Goddard School® located in West Chester Participated in Toys For Tots

 

 

 

 

 

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Contact:
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School® located in West Chester 
610-918-4660
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

The Goddard School® located in West Chester Participated in Toys For Tots

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 12/9/10 — The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields St. in West Chester was the host to Toys for Tots on December 1st .

The Goddard School located in West Chester opened in and is owned and operated by Michael Trotman .  The school accommodates students ages six weeks to seven years. 

“We all delighted to  help children in need by way of the Marine Corps Toys for Toys distribution,” says Trotman .  “The teachers and children had a lot of fun buying toys and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play. Families have the convenience of extended hours from , 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 directly to arrange a personal appointment at 610-918-4660.  

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the 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 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.

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over 200 lbs of beautiful brand new toys were collected

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In The News: Traveling with Your Children

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Contact: 
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School® located in West Chester
610.918.4660
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

Traveling with Your Children

By Aliyah Salotti, Director

Traveling with the family is fun, especially around the holidays, but it’s important to be prepared. Here are some tips and advice for parents to consider before they travel with their young ones.

Infant to One Year

  • Plan for an active stretch. A rest stop break or a playground – let them walk or toddle for twenty or so minutes before climbing back in the car.
  • Fun: music, mobiles, bubbles and books.
  • Pre-measure formula into bottles and carry a room temperature bottle of water to mix on the go.
  • Be prepared for a mess – snacks, diapers, spit-up, etc. – small trash bag, wipes, hand sanitizer (for the adults), spare water, tissues, bib and a blanket.
  • Even if you are traveling by plane, a car seat can double as a feeding chair or nap location. Call ahead for a crib to be added to your hotel room.
  • Be prepared and do not overload yourself. If time allows, buy what you can when you get to your destination.

First Steps (12 to 18 months)

  • Many of the Infant travel tips apply here.
  • Use “links” to keep toys within your child’s reach.
  • Even in the cool weather, crack a window for fresh air. Stale air may make your little one grumpy. Remove heavy jackets and shoes for comfort.
  • Fun: Music, books, stuffed animal, play mirror and foam shapes that will “stick” to the car seat. In an airplane – purchase headphones for music and rest it on your child’s shoulders instead of over their ears.
  • Have some active playtime just before leaving and plan for frequent stops. In an airplane, let children walk down the aisle periodically at their own pace.
  • Airports can be a bustling place. This may be the one time you check your luggage at the curb. This way you can focus on your little one’s needs without the hassle of luggage in tow.

Toddler and Get Set (18 to 36 months)

  • Many of the First Steps travel tips apply here.
  • Play window games – count the silos, trucks or red lights.
  • Attach a mirror to the front passenger visor so you can see and interact with your toddler without having to spin around.
  • Buckle up a toy bin right next to the children so they can help themselves – books, links, stuffed animals and puppets.
  • Have your child help you pack a picnic lunch or snack and then serve it to everyone.
  • A blanket can make a quick play space in any lobby, airport, etc.

Preschool to Pre-K (36 months+)

  • “I Spy” a blue car, a white truck and other objects you can see while moving.
  • Laptop desk for drawing with paper and crayons.
  • Car-Ride Checklist – make a picture itinerary of landmarks you will see along the way.
  • Ask your child to keep score – gas prices, mileage or count out toll money.
  • Play ’I’m thinking of an animal.” Provide age-appropriate hints to help your child guess a particular animal.
  • If you’re using a hotel babysitter: 1. Check the sitter’s credentials, including criminal and/or child abuse clearances. 2. Check the room and the equipment in the room. 3. Carry your phone and check your phone service when you arrive at your destination.

About The Goddard School®
The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 7 years, is located at 703 W. Nields St in West Chester. On-site owner, Michael Trotman, along with her education director, Aliyah Salotti and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play.

To learn more about The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields St in West Chester, families are encouraged to please contact Aliyah or Jill at 610.918.4660 for more information.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the 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 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.

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In The News: West Chester Goddard Gazette Newsletter

 

West Chester
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!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 
Music with Mr. Dave (Every Wednesday)
 
Pizza Wednesdays!
 
Happy Hanukkah (12/2)

Art with Ms. Diane (12/8 & 12/22)
 
Toys for Tots Pick up (12/7)
 
Drop & Shop (12/8)
School open until 8:00 pm
Salvation Army pick up (12/13)
Little Sports (12/14)
Tumble Tots (12/17)
First Day of Winter (12/21)
Pajama Day (12/23)
1:00 pm Early Dismissal (12/24)
Merry Christmas (12/25)
Happy Kwanzaa (12/26) 
School Closed for Winter Recess (12/26 – 12/31)
School Reopens! (1/3)

 
The Faculty & Staff of The Goddard School in West Chester wish you a happy and Healthy Holiday Season!
 

703 W. Nields Street
West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4060
westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

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In The News: West Chester Goddard Gazette Newsletter

West Chester
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!

 

 

 

 

 

703 W. Nields Street
West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4060
westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in West Chester Participates in Toys For Tots

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School® located in West Chester  
610-918-4660
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

The Goddard School® located in West Chester Participates in Toys For Tots

West Chester , PA (Grassroots Newswire) 11/8/2010 — The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields St. in West Chester will be the host to Toys for Tots from November 8th until December 15th.

The Goddard School located in West Chester opened in November 2010 and is owned and operated by Michael Trotman.  The school accommodates 120, ages six weeks to 7. 

The objectives of Toys for Tots are to help less fortunate children throughout the United States experience the joy of the holidays; to play an active role in the development of one of our nation’s most valuable resources – our children; to unite all members of local communities in a common cause for three months each year during the annual toy collection and distribution campaign; and to contribute to better communities in the future.

“We are all delighted to collect toys for children for the holidays ,” says Trotman.  “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play. Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 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 Aliyah Salotti directly to arrange a personal appointment at 610-918-4660.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

 

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the 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 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.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2010

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     November 2010

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

Preschools can help a great deal by having children listen to both read and told stories, and then discussing their content. This encourages a sense of cooperation by listening and playing with others and rehearsing self-reliance by helping with group chores.

  • Separating from you at drop off;
  • Practicing self-care skills, like hand washing;
  • Learning to share instead of being possessive;
  • Using expressive, not receptive speech;
  • Learning to play cooperatively with others;
  • Learning to express powerful feelings;
  • Feeling pride in own accomplishments;
  • Feeling increasingly okay at greater distances from you; and
  • Trying to be less impulsive by thinking before acting.

Preschool can also assist by helping children practice their sharing skills during play times; directing them to learn more language through imaginative play, songs and stories and inhibiting their aggressive impulses by learning to “use words, not hands” to problem solve.

Encouraging Good Table Manners

With holiday meals soon to be in full swing, our younger diners may benefit from these simple tips for minding their manners when dining with others.

  • If the meal is not buffet style, wait until everyone has been seated and has their food before beginning to eat.
  • Place your napkin in your lap before beginning to eat and use it to dab your mouth, when necessary.
  • If you have to blow your nose or pick your teeth, excuse yourself to go to another room or restroom.
  • Always say “excuse me” should you burp.
  • If you don’t think you like something that is being served, try a bit and then move on to the rest of the food on your plate.
  • Always eat with utensils unless the food is meant to be eaten with fingers.
  • Do not put your elbows on the table. (This rule is okay to break if you’re not actually eating.)
  • Chew with your mouth closed and do not talk with your mouth full.
  • Always say “thank you” when you are served
  • Politely ask that items out of reach be passed to you. Do not reach over other people’s plates.
  • Eat slowly.

Outdoor Autumn Fun

Try these fun activities with your child while you’re exploring the great outdoors this fall.

Alphabet “I Spy” – Look for something that starts with an “A,” then a “B,” all the way through the alphabet to the letter “Z”!

Outdoor Sound Map – Pick a spot outdoors to sit down. Mark an “X” on a piece of paper to represent where you are sitting. Close your eyes and listen to all the sounds (e.g., animals, people) around you for a minute or two. Draw pictures on the map of all the sounds you hear and where they are coming from.Outdoor Sound Map – Pick a spot outdoors to sit down. Mark an “X” on a piece of paper to represent where you are sitting. Close your eyes and listen to all the sounds (e.g., animals, people) around you for a minute or two. Draw pictures on the map of all the sounds you hear and where they are coming from.

Rock Colors – Count the number of different colors that you can find in a rock.

Tree Rubbings – Use a crayon and paper to do rubbings on various tree barks.

News Items

Inside Out Day
November 1st
All classrooms
Pajama Day

November 4th & Nov 24th
Art with Miss Diane
November 10th
Picture Day

Nov. 17th
children Snakes & under
Picture Day
Koalas through Snakes

Picture Day
Tigers through Elephants
Soccer Shots
Nov 18th

Thanksgiving Feast
Lunchtimes (check with classrooms)
Center Closed
Nov 25th & 26th

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

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2010

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     November 2010

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

Preschools can help a great deal by having children listen to both read and told stories, and then discussing their content. This encourages a sense of cooperation by listening and playing with others and rehearsing self-reliance by helping with group chores.

  • Separating from you at drop off;
  • Practicing self-care skills, like hand washing;
  • Learning to share instead of being possessive;
  • Using expressive, not receptive speech;
  • Learning to play cooperatively with others;
  • Learning to express powerful feelings;
  • Feeling pride in own accomplishments;
  • Feeling increasingly okay at greater distances from you; and
  • Trying to be less impulsive by thinking before acting.

Preschool can also assist by helping children practice their sharing skills during play times; directing them to learn more language through imaginative play, songs and stories and inhibiting their aggressive impulses by learning to “use words, not hands” to problem solve.

Encouraging Good Table Manners

With holiday meals soon to be in full swing, our younger diners may benefit from these simple tips for minding their manners when dining with others.

  • If the meal is not buffet style, wait until everyone has been seated and has their food before beginning to eat.
  • Place your napkin in your lap before beginning to eat and use it to dab your mouth, when necessary.
  • If you have to blow your nose or pick your teeth, excuse yourself to go to another room or restroom.
  • Always say “excuse me” should you burp.
  • If you don’t think you like something that is being served, try a bit and then move on to the rest of the food on your plate.
  • Always eat with utensils unless the food is meant to be eaten with fingers.
  • Do not put your elbows on the table. (This rule is okay to break if you’re not actually eating.)
  • Chew with your mouth closed and do not talk with your mouth full.
  • Always say “thank you” when you are served
  • Politely ask that items out of reach be passed to you. Do not reach over other people’s plates.
  • Eat slowly.

Outdoor Autumn Fun

Try these fun activities with your child while you’re exploring the great outdoors this fall.

Alphabet “I Spy” – Look for something that starts with an “A,” then a “B,” all the way through the alphabet to the letter “Z”!

Outdoor Sound Map – Pick a spot outdoors to sit down. Mark an “X” on a piece of paper to represent where you are sitting. Close your eyes and listen to all the sounds (e.g., animals, people) around you for a minute or two. Draw pictures on the map of all the sounds you hear and where they are coming from.Outdoor Sound Map – Pick a spot outdoors to sit down. Mark an “X” on a piece of paper to represent where you are sitting. Close your eyes and listen to all the sounds (e.g., animals, people) around you for a minute or two. Draw pictures on the map of all the sounds you hear and where they are coming from.

Rock Colors – Count the number of different colors that you can find in a rock.

Tree Rubbings – Use a crayon and paper to do rubbings on various tree barks.

News Items

Inside Out Day 11/1
Pajama Day 11/2

11/10 & 11/24 
Art with Miss Diane

Lil’ Sports 11/9 & 11/23

Picture Day!!  11/17 & 11/18

11/17 younger classrooms & siblings 

11/17 ATA Karate 4 & older

Soccer Shots 11/18

Thanksgiving Feast
Lunchtimes (check with classrooms) 11/24

Early Dismissal 11/24

Center Closed
11/25 & 11/26

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

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In The News: The Goddard School located in West Chester Joins Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party and Hosts Mini Block Party Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Michael Trotman
The Goddard School® located in West Chester
610-918-4660
westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School located in West Chester Joins Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party and Hosts Mini Block Party Event

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) September 28, 2010 – The Goddard School®  located in West Chester 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 West Chester 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 West Chester 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 Michael Trotman, owner of The Goddard School, located in West Chester. “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 from 3:00 to 6:00 pm, 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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – Ultimate Block Party

Goddard Parent Newsletter – Ultimate Block Party

 

Save the Play Date!

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School®, has been chosen as the exclusive preschool sponsor of 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. This first-of-its-kind event is taking place Sunday, October 3, in the Naumburg Bandshell area of New York City’s Central Park and will feature an amazing day of play for families and children, designed to bring playful learning back to the forefront.

Join GSI at the Ultimate Block Party in our Let’s Play Cafe. Children will enjoy manipulating playdough, shopping at a pretend farmer’s market and participating in a series of other engaging pretend restaurant activities, where they will learn counting, nutrition, sorting and other important lessons through play.

Mini Block Parties

On October 1, the Friday before the Ultimate Block Party takes place, Goddard Schools across the country will preview Mini Block Parties.

Open to the public, the Mini Block Parties will enable families to participate in a number of hands-on, fun-filled activities that demonstrate the power of play for helping children learn the skills they need for life. Schools will either host a broad variety of playful learning activities, such as reading, obstacle courses, oversize games, “dress up” and art projects, and/or focus on a specially-designed Simon Says game, during which educators will lead children in movements that teach important lessons. This unique synchronized event, which clearly illustrates the power of play in learning, will take place at 10:00 a.m. (local time), in Schools across the country. Each Simon Says game will culminate in the singing of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

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 the 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.”

Do you and your family believe in the power of play? If so, click here to take our Play Pledge!

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

To learn more about the Ultimate Block Party and Play for Tomorrow, visit www.UltimateBlockParty.com.

News Items

Nationwide Simon Says
Oct 1st
10:00 AM
Playground

Lets Play Cafe
featuring:
Pizza Dough Station
Kids Creative Cooking Station

Sidewalk Chalk Alley
Make your own Sushi
School Song Lessons
Healthy Eating Station

Science Center
Kitchen Center
Garden Center
All out on the play area!

3:00 PM-6:00 PM
Join us
Get free stuff!
Meet our teachers!

Contact Us

703 W. Nields St
West Chester PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              610-918-4660      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
email: goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

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

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In The News: The Goddard School located in West Chester Joins Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party and Hosts Mini Block Party Event

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School® located in West Chester
6109184660
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

The Goddard School located in West Chester Joins Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party and Hosts Mini Block Party Event

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 9/17/2010 – The Goddard School®  located in West Chester 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 West Chester will host a special Mini Block Party on October 1st 3:00-6:00 PM.

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 West Chester 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 Mike Trotman, owner of The Goddard School, located in West Chester. “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’ where we will wear chefs aprons and hats while making sushi & playing with real pizza dough!  Learning through play really does 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 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: MEDIA ALERTWest Chester Area Families Join National Celebration of the Power of Play

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:  
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School located in West Chester
6109184660
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net         

MEDIA ALERT
West Chester Area Families Join National Celebration of the Power of Play

WHAT: The Goddard Schools’ Mini Block Party Event

 The Goddard School® 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.  In conjunction with the national event launching this movement, The Goddard School will host a special Mini Block Party. 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.

WHO:   The Goddard School located in West Chester

PRESS: PLEASE JOIN US FOR ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING

WHEN: Oct 1st @ All Day: Pizza Party, Sushi making, Flower shop, Huge game of Simon Says          

WHERE:  The Goddard School located in West Chester
                  703 W. Nields St. West Chester PA

WHY: Selected as the exclusive national preschool sponsor for Ultimate Block Party for its well-founded approach to the importance of play in early childhood education, The Goddard School joins hospitals and museums, industry, science, celebrities and the media to harness the power of play worldwide.
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.

WHAT ELSE: 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.

How you play is who you become.  To learn more about the Ultimate Block Party and Play for Tomorrow, visit www.UltimateBlockParty.com

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In The News: West Chester Goddard Gazette Newsletter

West Chester
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!

Little Sports
Every Monday

Art with Miss Diane
Wednesday September 8th

Soccer Shots
Thursday Sept. 16th

Book Fair Kick Off!
Monday Sept. 20th
Book Fair Ends!
Wednesday Sept 29th
Back to School Night
Thursday Sept. 23rd
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

703 W. Nields Street
West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

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West Chester
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!

 
Little Sports
Every Monday
Art with Miss Diane
Wednesday September 8th
Soccer Shots
Thursday Sept. 16th
Book Fair Kick Off!
Monday Sept. 20th
Back to School Night
Thursday Sept. 23rd
6:00 pm – 7:30 pm

Book Fair Ends!
Wednesday Sept 29th

703 W. Nields Street
West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
westchesterpa@goddardschools.com

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West Chester PA
Fall Edition

Advice from the Experts…

Parents, Get Your Bed Back

Got a child who wanders to your bedroom at night? Here’s how to reclaim your bed.

If you’ve got a young child who wanders into your bedroom at night — and are wondering what to do about it — you’re not alone. Plenty of toddlers, preschoolers, even school-aged children nationwide are sleeping with their parents at least some of the time. As many as 24% of parents have their children sleep in their beds for at least part of the night, according to the National Sleep Foundation (NSF).

Just ask Karen Higdon of Prarie Grove, Ark. When she converted her 4-year-old twins’ nursery into a “big girl room” this summer, complete with toddler beds and colorful new bedding, Kaylee and Gracie Higdon were excited… up to a point. They were eager to explore their room during the daytime, but after the sun set, the pair would nervously chatter about monsters, as they’d done for the past year.

When the twins were 3, Karen and Richard Higdon had snuggled up under the covers with them to make bedtime less frightening: one girl in the nursery, one in the parents’ room. A year later, the Higdons felt trapped by their routine, so they redesigned the nursery with hopes that an inviting new sleep venue would give Kaylee and Gracie confidence to sleep by themselves.

Changing Habits

There are two reasons for co-sleeping,“ says NSF spokeswoman Jodi Mindell, PhD, author of Sleeping Through the Night. “One is a family lifestyle decision; it’s important to the parents. Reason two is reactive co-sleeping; you don’t really want them there, but it’s easier than having to solve a problem at 2 a.m. No matter which you do, at some point, you’ll want to make a change.“

Switching a nighttime routine can be difficult because biology isn’t on your side. “There’s nothing wrong with parents or children if they can’t get their kids to sleep all night,“ says child sleep expert James McKenna, PhD, professor of anthropology at the University of Notre Dame. “Sleep is a flexible behavior. People needed to be able to wake up back when we had predators and nighttime was dangerous. And children who wake seek out their parents.”

Here’s how to transition your child to sleep in his own bed all night:

Start Early

It’s easier to train a toddler to sleep in his room when he’s in a crib, since he won’t be able to get out of bed and look for you. “If a child in a bed thinks he can visit you at bedtime, it can turn into a game, and that’s usually when problems occur,” says child psychologist Dana Obleman, author of The Sleep Sense Program.

 Use Positive Language

Be encouraging and you can make your child eager to make the switch. “Say, ‘Guess what? You’re three! Three-year-olds get to sleep in their beds all night! Isn’t this great?” Mindell says. “It’s a positive spin, like ‘You get to wear underwear!’ instead of ‘You shouldn’t be wearing diapers.’”

Reconfigure Bedtime

If your child can’t fall asleep without your presence, slowly withdraw yourself from the equation, Obleman says. Instead of lying in your bed together, sit on your child’s bed until she falls asleep. After a few days, switch to a chair, then gradually move the chair closer to her doorway and into the hallway.

Take Small Steps

It may not be reasonable to demand that a child who’s accustomed to sleeping in your bed suddenly stay in his own room all night, so try making the separation more gradual. “Some parents have told me that they’ve had their children sleep alongside their bed in a sleeping bag,“ McKenna says. “Or decide that they can have 15 minutes in your bed and then they go back.“

Shannon Choe of Berwyn, Pa., has an air mattress in her room in case her 2-, 4- or 7-year-old visits at night. “They get to be closer to us but not disrupt our sleep, and it’s not so comfortable that they’ll choose this option long-term,” she says.

Be Consistent

It may be hard to walk your son back to his room at 3 a.m. when you have work in the morning, but be firm every night. “Think about the long term,“ Mindell says. “You’ll have a few difficult nights, but soon, you’ll all be sleeping all night.”

Make it Worth Their While

Some parents offer sticker charts; others give rewards like extra playtime. Janine Bush of Boxboro, Mass., created a toy-ticket program to stop her 6-year-old son from sneaking into her bed at 2 a.m. When her son slept consecutive nights in his own bed, he won tickets to trade in for new toys.

Outsmart Quiet Footsteps

Hang a bell on your bedroom doorknob, and you’ll notice when your child enters. “Say, ‘When I hear that bell, it’s a reminder that I get to put you back to bed,” Mindell says.

Introduce a Clock

Place an inexpensive digital clock by your preschooler’s bedside. “Put duct tape over the minutes and talk about the number she’ll see in the dark,” Obleman says. “Say, ‘In our house, nobody gets up before 7. If it’s not showing a 7, go back to sleep.

Look for more Advice from the Experts in our next edition
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6th Birthday will be Celebrated at The Goddard School® in West Chester!
 

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) August 2, 2010 — The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields Street in West Chester celebrates their 6th Birthday on August 4, 2010!

An All Day Celebration featuring Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a puppet show performance by Segal Family Puppet Theater at 10:30 am and Ice Cream Social with Birthday Cake in the afternoon from 3:30 pm to 6:30 pm.  Everyone is invited to join in the fun!  “We are eager to celebrate another anniversary,” says Michael Trotman, owner of The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields Street in West Chester.  “We look forward to sharing great activities including birthday cake and ice cream, games, singing and dancing and a lot of fun with our families and guests.”  New families will receive 50% off their first month’s tuition when they enroll on the 4th at the birthday party.

The Goddard School in West Chester offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 6 years, which focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play.  Families have the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and the convenience of extended hours from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call the school directly to arrange a personal appointment 610-918-4060.

 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times for the third consecutive year (October 2009), 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.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – August 2010

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     August 2010

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

Don’t underestimate how your own experience as a sibling – in a particular birth order – affects your perception of your children’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, or the first-born. Keep the dialogue open with your children about the shape of their sibling relationships and you will learn a lot.

BIKE HELMET SAFETY

Many children do not like wearing helmets because they fear they are “uncool.” Because of this, it is important to have your children start wearing a helmet with their first tricycles or play vehicles to get them in the habit. Let your children know you expect them to wear a helmet every time they ride. Be a role model and wear a helmet when you ride your bike; your children are more likely to wear a helmet if they see you demonstrating good safety.

Allowing your children to choose their own helmet will increase the probability that they will want to wear it. Make sure when purchasing a new helmet that it is the correct size. Never buy a helmet that your child will “grow into.”

  • The helmet should sit level on your child’s head. It should be low on the forehead, about one or two finger widths above their eyebrows.
  • Adjust the straps so they meet in a “V” right under each ear.
  • Adjust the chinstrap snugly under the chin so that no more than one or two fingers fit under the strap. Keep the helmet tight enough so the helmet pulls down when you child opens his or her mouth.
  • Always make sure helmet straps are buckled when your child is riding.

ESTABLISHING A BACK-TO-SCHOOL ROUTINE

Children’s routines are very relaxed in the summer – bedtime is later, snacks are around the clock, more time is spent watching TV and playing with toys. With the back-to-school season here, it can be very difficult to reestablish the school year routine. Bear in mind, you must slowly re-introduce their regular schedules a few weeks before school actually begins so that everyone is used to the change (parents included). Here are a few tips to get your children back into the swing of things:

  • Slowly move bedtime back to an earlier time. Children need 9 to 11 hours of sleep each night, depending on their age.
  • It’s very easy to slip into irregular meal times during the summer, so as the school year gets closer start eating meals regularly and begin to align meal time with the school year schedule.
  • Limit the amount of time your children spend watching TV and playing games. They will need to refocus on schoolwork.
  • Help your children prepare for school the night before. Assist in selecting clothes to wear for school and making sure they have all of their school supplies in their backpack. After a while, they will be able to do this without your assistance.
  • Have a daily schedule posted in an area your child will see each day, like the refrigerator.

Regular schedules create a day with structure. The repetition of routines encourages your child’s memory development, and the consistency helps him or her adjust to a regular schedule.

*Director, Aliyah Salotti      Assistant Director, Jillian Matys

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Puppet Show; Segal puppet theatre 10:00AM 

The Singing Cowboy!!
8/9

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8/11

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Soccer Shots
8/26

Karate with Mr. & Mrs. Jouan
9/1

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In The News:  What Your Child Learns Through Play

 

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What Your Child Learns Through Play

By Aliyah Salotti

There are a myriad of developmental skills that children learn through play. From their infant to Pre-Kindergarten stages, children are experiencing and learning new things each and every day. With play consuming most of their time, there are different things children learn during every stage of their growth.

Infant to Six Months: Everything is a baby’s first. For example, the first time a baby opens his eyes in his bassinet, he discovers something new – an animal on his mobile. The next morning, there it is again. Will it be there tomorrow? Yes, and then baby learns to trust that when he opens his eyes he will always see the mobile’s giraffe looking back at him. Babies will engage in play first by responding to sounds, then by following objects and people with their eyes. Your baby will demonstrate his memory by repeating an action that made you laugh yesterday. Once infants can hold a rattle a whole new world opens up – you will watch them turn it over, bang it, shake it and even taste it. Rolling over also widens a baby’s world from what is placed before him to 360 degrees of eye-catching curiosity. The new world is fun.

Six Months to One Year: Baby is now his own driving force to play. He no longer needs an adult or older sibling to spark his interest. Rolling over and sitting up has created choices and as he discovers how to move from lying to sitting, he is covering ground and taking aim at his own source of interest. Place toys within and outside of your baby’s reach to encourage self-discovery and motion. Your child is brilliant and will look at a familiar object when called by name. Babies not only want to turn objects around, they want to talk to them and use them the way you tell them to use them. See my hands! You say “clap” with a smile on your face and baby wants to clap and smile, too.

First Steps (12 to 18 months): No longer a baby, a First Stepper “steps” into everything. A First Step child will play with water, smell a flower (which is not as easy as you think) and recognize animals like the ones from the mobile. He will join in the conversation with simple words and phrases and respond to “bye, bye,” with an unsolicited wave. One-year-olds love to demonstrate their knowledge – they will point to anything you name and find body parts, like their ears, when they cannot even see them. They have learned to trust their own experiences with their ears. Your one-year-old will play with you and imitate your actions. Watch your child reflect your love a baby doll with “hugs and kisses” and help you the way you have guided him.

Toddler (18-30 months): A toddler’s world is all about ME - “”Me do it”! This demonstration of independence is an exercise in trusting the child’s own limits. A toddler will speak on a play phone and answer questions such as “Why?” and “Where?” Playing is on his terms - when and how. Toddlers love new experiences, too. They have graduated from ’turning it over and tasting it’ to doing it right. A toddler will put a puzzle together, hold crayons in his hand, hum and sing as he plays, and join activities without prompting. Give your toddler plenty of opportunities to join in imaginary play - pour from one cup to another and manipulate play dough.

Get Set (30 to 36 months): Just like the name states, get set for more play. The Get Set child is truly developing an identity. He knows his own name - first and last - and can tell you where his friends are playing. Get Setters know ’they can do it’ and want to be like adults. They will share and wait turns, communicate in short sentences and demonstrate their personal understanding of the world around them in their play. Get Set children will soak up any information you share with them. They can understand words like “under” and “over” and the description of how a plant grows. Art is no longer about exploring the material itself, but rather what they can do with the material. They will even paint with the opposite side of the paint brush just to see what it will create. Get set for your child to amaze you with his knowledge of good hygiene and specific book choices. A Get Set child can also multi-task now; try singing and doing the motions to the song or have a conversation while he paints.

Preschool (36 months +): This is the age of expectations. The preschool child’s play looks like going to work. As he mingles among the Interest Centers he is also playing out a role. Preschoolers have a large vocabulary and understand the intonations of language. As they act out a role, they will try on different emotions and see how they fit into their own personality. Preschoolers have begun to connect the spoken word to written language and can orally retell a favorite story. They are interested in cause and effect and can identify their colors, shapes, sizes and weights; and they want to explore what happens when they change them. A preschool child may remain in a particular Interest Center for long periods of time until he has exhausted his curiosity. Don’t forget to stand back because the preschool child also needs his space to move. Watch as he develops rhythm and tempo as both an individual or group learner. Either way, preschoolers are movers and shakers.

Pre-Kindergarten (48 months +): Complexity is the nature of the Pre-K classroom. Pre-Kindergarteners are complex social beings wanting to play with specific friends and still identifying when they want to do it alone. They can recognize how objects and people are the same and different simultaneously, and they can appreciate those attributes. Playing is beginning to turn into concepts. For instance, all of the exploration at the water table develops into an understanding of water – floating, sinking, absorbing, dissolving, etc. Pre-K children use their four years of play experience to develop an identifiable knowledge – they can match by relationships and verbalize invisible concepts, such as time and calendars. They no longer need to see or hold the toy to play; they can recall previous experiences and use the knowledge. While listening to music they can name the instrument, move to the beat and sing along. In Pre-K, phonemic awareness and the written word are magical – writing words is play.

About The Goddard School®
The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6 years, is located at 703 W. Nields St West Chester PA in West Chester. On-site owner, Mike Trotman, along with his education director, Aliyah Salotti and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play.

To learn more about The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields St West Chester PA in West Chester, families are encouraged to please contact Aliyah Salotti at 610-918-4660 for more information.

About Goddard Systems, Inc www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 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.

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In The News: Father's Day Fiesta

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Father’s Day Fiesta

Celebrate with us!

Our Dad’s deserve a fiesta in their honor!
Join us at 4:00 PM on June 18th!
Refreshments and snacks by Burrito Loco!!

 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

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

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In The News: Enjoy "Bring a Buddy Day"!

 

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Enjoy “Bring a Buddy Day”!
Bring a buddy day!
ages 3 and above
June 23rd 2010
9:30-11:00

All children, friends, neighbors are welcome to come sponsored by a current Goddard Student.
Our students are welcome to bring a friend today!

*We will offer all kinds of fun activities and if your friend decides to join our program your family will receive $150.00 referral credit!

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

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

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Bring a buddy day!
July 14th  2010
9:30-11:00
All children, friends, neighbors are welcome to come sponsored by a current Goddard Student.
Our students are welcome to bring a friend today!
*We will offer all kinds of fun activities and if your friend decides to join our program your family will receive $150.00 referral credit!

Aliyah Salotti, Director

The Goddard School
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West Chester PA 19382

Cookie Monster’s Birthday

We celebrated Cookies’ Birthday by creating masks, playing with sesame street charachters & of course .. eating homemade cookies!!

In The News: West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) June 2nd 2010 –Hawaiian Luau is a great way to kick off the Summer!

 

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Hawaiian Luau is a great way to kick off the Summer!
West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) June 3nd 2010-  To celebrate summer we invited all of our friends and our families to a school-wide Luau!
 
Each classroom designed their own invitations to send  to their guest lists!
 
We bought many different kinds of Lei’s & decorated the classrooms with flowers real and infatable!  The Palm trees were a big hit!
 
We played Hawaiian beachy music. We served frozen drinks with festive umbrellas. We even enjoyed a limbo contest . Bayleigh London of the Zany Zebra classroom won the contest!
Thanks to all that participated!

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – June 2010

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     June 2010

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

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

Healthy Vibes: Fruits & Vegetables

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

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

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

Ingredients:

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

Directions:

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

Goddard Schools Launch Goddard Gets Gardening Program

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

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

News Items

Kindergarten Graduation
June 16th
10:00 AM
Playground

Pre-kindergarten Graduation
June 17th
10:00 AM
Playground

First day of summer camp
June 21st
9:15 AM
All classrooms!

Pony Rides for Campers All ages
June 22nd
10:30 AM
Playgrounds

Make you own jewelry & T-shirts!
June 29th
times vary by classroom
foyer

Contact Us

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West Chester PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
email: goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

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A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.
June 2010
Parenting with Pruett: Curiosity & Repetition, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

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

Healthy Vibes: Fruits & Vegetables

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

Cut fruit into bite-size pieces and provide a healthy side dip like nonfat or low fat vanilla yogurt.
Veggies cut into easy to manage pieces with a side of nonfat or low fat sour cream or plain yogurt are yummy, too!
Children also love dessert! For a healthy and delicious dessert try this unique fruit salad, it will have your child’s taste buds watering! Remember: Meal preparation presents a wonderful opportunity to model good food choices as well as providing quality time with your child.

Ingredients:

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

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

Goddard Schools Launch Goddard Gets Gardening Program

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

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

News Items
Kindergarten Graduation
June 16th
10:00 AM
Playground
Pre-kindergarten Graduation
June 17th
10:00 AM
Playground
First day of summer camp
June 21st
9:15 AM
All classrooms!
Pony Rides for Campers All ages
June 22nd
10:30 AM
Playgrounds
Make you own jewelry & T-shirts!
June 29th
times vary by classroom
foyer

Contact Us

703 W. Nields St.
West Chester PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
email: goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

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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.

Mother’s Day Tea at The Goddard School

Join Us!  May 7th @ 4:00 PM

in all classrooms

Hosted by the Goddard School and KidOrganics
Our menu:
Cucumber Tea Sandwiches
(whole grain white bread w/ cream cheese and cucumber)
Ham Tea Sandwiches
(whole grain white bread w/ cream cheese and nitrate-free Spring ham)
Berry Jam & Cheese Tea Sandwich
(soft bread w/ berry preserve & sliced cheese)
Market Fruit
Sugar Cookie
KidO Chocolate Chip Cookie
KidO Muffin Assortments
(blueberries, banana & vanilla chocolate chip)

Check out our awesome Summer Camp Schedule!

The Goddard School in West Chester has such an amazing summer planned for our campers!  everything from pony rides to gymnastics to water play!

Fun for children of all ages!

Wonderful Welcome
June 21-June 25
Lil’ Sports
Animal Freeze Game Pony Rides
Sunshine Art
Lemonade Stand
Tye Dye Day
Fireworks Treat
Music with Mr. Ken
Beach Towel Art

Farm Friendly
June 28-July 2 Lil’ Sports
Sheep Art Project Classroom Farm Fun
Music with Mr. Dave
The Yellow Dyno
Soccer Shots
Pigs in a Blanket What Knott Farm

Arctic Adventure
July 5-July 9 School Closed Happy 4th of July Dance Lessons with Miss Sue Art with Miss Diane
Ice Skate Paint
Water Ice Blast
Play Ice Hockey
Music with Mr. Dave
Penguin Cookies

Forest Friends
July 12-July 16 Lil’ Sports
Dutch Country Pretzels Wondergy Soccer Shots
Forest Animal Charades
Music with Mr. Dave

Pet Palace
July 19-July 23 Lil’ Sports
Aquarium Art Magic by Stewart
Five Little Fishies
Tumble Tots
Scarf Dancing
Music with Mr. Dave
My Pretty Pet
Creepy Crawlies
July 26-July 30 Lil’ Sports
Worm Hunt Game Tumble Tots Karate with ATA
Butterfly Relay Race
Soccer Shots
Create a Ladybug Music with Mr. Dave
Bugs on a Log

Dinosaur Stomp
August 2-August 6 Lil’ Sports
Paleontologist Dig Plastic Dino Egg Hunt

Segal Puppet Theater
Happy Birthday Goddard! Dinosaur Egg Experiment Music with Mr. Dave
Dinosaur Dig

Friends by the Sea
August 9- August 13 “The Singing Cowboy”
Lil’ Sports
Beach Towel Day Tumble Tots
Crab Walk Soccer Shots
Paper Plate Jellyfish Music with Mr. Dave
Seashell Sorting Game

Zany Zoo Pals
August 16-August 20 Lil’ Sports
Kangaroo Hop Dutch Country Pretzels
Elephant Mask Art with Miss Diane
Peanut Race
Penguin Waddle Race
Teddy Bear Hunt
Music with Mr. Dave
Great Panda Snack

Nocturnal Animals
August 23-August 27 Lil’ Sports
The Kissing Hand
Ice Cream Social
Hide and Seek
Firefly Flashlight
Soccer Shots
Tadpole Hop
Music with Mr. Dave
Origami Jumping Toad

Bye Bye For Now
August 30-September 2
Lil’ Sports
DJ Dance Party
Animal Mural
Edible Necklaces

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Cooking With Kids

Cooking with Kids

Aliyah Salotti, Director
The Goddard School
West Chester PA

Cooking is a fun way to spend time with children of all ages. Young ones typically are eager to be helpers, while older children take pride in creating something on their own.

One of the biggest advantages to having your child help in the kitchen is that you can often get a finicky eater to try foods if he has a hand in preparing them. Another plus: If you can get him to eat enough of the ingredients, you won’t worry whether he’ll eat the end product. This often is true of the child who won’t eat vegetables at the table, but will sample them while helping you wash or peel them for dinner.

Parents often are in search of creative activities for their children, sometimes simply to distract them from video games or the TV, and cooking fits that niche admirably. You don’t have to be a skilled chef to have fun in the kitchen; simple recipes abound, from cooking instant oatmeal to building a sandwich to making fruit salad.

Cooking together also provides the chance to teach your child a wide variety of things, including the basic principles of healthy eating and even a little reading and arithmetic.

Finally, sharing an activity like cooking with your child when he’s young can lay the foundation for good communication when he’s older. What better reason to consider setting aside time at least once a week to hang out together in the kitchen?

Learning
Preparing meals offers countless opportunities to teach your young child arithmetic, new words, measuring skills, and the importance of following instructions. Use the time to reinforce school lessons in such subjects as spelling and geography and to teach your youngster about different cultures. Try to avoid sounding preachy, however–especially to a school-age child or adolescents. Teach through example by modeling desirable behavior, and praise your child for his good efforts. Remember, the important thing is to have fun.

Guidelines for toddlers
Accept the fact that cooking with a toddler will take a little extra time, so plan this activity when you’re a little less busy.

Choose simple recipes that contain only a couple of steps, such as:
• Pudding mix–just add milk and shake in a jar or use an eggbeater
• Slice-and-bake cookies
• Packaged muffin mix–the “just add water” kind is convenient
• Fruit salad
• Green salad–allow tasting while preparing

• Teach: hand washing, the concept of a hot stove and pans.

Guidelines for preschoolers
Talk about food in terms of what’s healthy, not what’s “good” or “bad.”

Make recipes that call for only few ingredients and steps, such as:
• Muffins–use a mix and add raisins, chopped fruit, or shredded carrots or zucchini
• Yogurt parfait–layer yogurt, sliced fruit, and dry cereal in a small cup
• Smoothie–add fruit or yogurt to milk or juice; blend or shake in a jar
• Pizza–use a prepared crust and let your child layer on cheese and vegetables
• Waffles–toast frozen ones and top with sliced fruit and a little yogurt or whipped cream
• Mashed potatoes–put your child’s inexhaustible energy to good use with a hand masher
• Cookies–let him sprinkle on sugar or cut out shapes after you’ve rolled the dough
Teach: measuring, counting while adding ingredients, new words, a song, washing vegetables and fruit.

Guidelines for school-age children
This is the age when children often really enjoy helping parents cook and plan menus–and begin to be truly useful in the kitchen.

Some good dishes to try:
• Pancakes or waffles (from either a mix or from scratch)
• Tuna or pasta salad
• Macaroni and cheese
• Soup (try making some simple ones from scratch or adding vegetables and other ingredients to canned broth)
• Cookies–let your child roll out the dough, use cookie cutters, or make free-form shapes, and decorate before or after baking
• Vegetables–show your child how to pick out vegetables in the grocery store and let him decide which ones the family will have at meals (at least some of the time)
• Sandwiches–remember to include lettuce, tomato, carrot curls, or another vegetable
• Frozen juice pops
Teach: basic science such as dough rising, washing fruit and vegetables with a brush and peeling with a peeler, stove safety, more about healthy foods including the Food Guide Pyramid.

Guidelines for adolescents
Adolescents often do well when they’re completely in charge of a given task, so assign them responsibility for preparing one of the components of a meal, such as a salad, mashed potatoes, or pasta. Older adolescents even might enjoy planning and preparing a meal entirely by themselves.

They usually can make all the items mentioned in the toddler and preschooler sections on their own, but you’ll want to be there to share the fun. Some ideas to try:
• Biscuits/muffins
• Pizza
• Cookies
• Pancakes/French toast/waffles
• Potato pancakes
• Grilled sandwiches
• Tacos/quesadillas
• Vegetarian chili
• Baked potatoes stuffed with broccoli-cheese sauce or chili
• Waldorf or taco salad
Teach: how to decipher food labels, budgeting for food costs (i.e., how to shop smart), how to store food properly.

Food safety
The kitchen is the ideal place to teach hygiene by setting an example. Your child will no doubt notice when you wash your hands–after handling the phone, changing diapers, and sneezing or blowing your nose, for example. Also stress the importance of using paper towels or a clean dish towel while cooking.

Other things you can demonstrate include washing vegetables and fruit, cutting off bruised portions off produce, refrigerating items immediately after use, washing cutting boards with soap and water after cutting meats, and wiping the tops of cans clean before opening them.

Don’t allow your child to prepare food if he has diarrhea or a contagious illness, and avoid tasting dough or batters that contain raw eggs, since they often carry Salmonella, a type of harmful bacterium.

Physical safety
With its collection of electrical appliances, the kitchen’s hazards are clear. Watch for unsafe placement of sharp utensils and extension cords, as well as spilled liquids on the floor. Don’t allow young children to get too close to the stove, and, in general, don’t fry foods, since the high temperature of the fat can easily cause serious burns. If you have a microwave oven, discuss with your child what materials are safe to use in it, and demonstrate how to handle hot food.

Keep a fire extinguisher in the kitchen and baking soda next to the stove to douse any fires, and consider storing a first-aid kit nearby for quick treatment of minor accidents.

Kindergarten OPEN House Tonight!!!!

Open house tonight 3/4/2010 from
5:30 – 7:30 PM
Meet the Teacher & Learn about our Award Winning Full-Day program!

In The News:  What Your Child Learns Through Play

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Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School® located in West Chester
610-918-4660
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What Your Child Learns Through Play

By Aliyah Salotti

There are a myriad of developmental skills that children learn through play. From their infant to Pre-Kindergarten stages, children are experiencing and learning new things each and every day. With play consuming most of their time, there are different things children learn during every stage of their growth.

Infant to Six Months: Everything is a baby’s first. For example, the first time a baby opens his eyes in his bassinet, he discovers something new – an animal on his mobile. The next morning, there it is again. Will it be there tomorrow? Yes, and then baby learns to trust that when he opens his eyes he will always see the mobile’s giraffe looking back at him. Babies will engage in play first by responding to sounds, then by following objects and people with their eyes. Your baby will demonstrate his memory by repeating an action that made you laugh yesterday. Once infants can hold a rattle a whole new world opens up – you will watch them turn it over, bang it, shake it and even taste it. Rolling over also widens a baby’s world from what is placed before him to 360 degrees of eye-catching curiosity. The new world is fun.

Six Months to One Year: Baby is now his own driving force to play. He no longer needs an adult or older sibling to spark his interest. Rolling over and sitting up has created choices and as he discovers how to move from lying to sitting, he is covering ground and taking aim at his own source of interest. Place toys within and outside of your baby’s reach to encourage self-discovery and motion. Your child is brilliant and will look at a familiar object when called by name. Babies not only want to turn objects around, they want to talk to them and use them the way you tell them to use them. See my hands! You say “clap” with a smile on your face and baby wants to clap and smile, too.

First Steps (12 to 18 months): No longer a baby, a First Stepper “steps” into everything. A First Step child will play with water, smell a flower (which is not as easy as you think) and recognize animals like the ones from the mobile. He will join in the conversation with simple words and phrases and respond to “bye, bye,” with an unsolicited wave. One-year-olds love to demonstrate their knowledge – they will point to anything you name and find body parts, like their ears, when they cannot even see them. They have learned to trust their own experiences with their ears. Your one-year-old will play with you and imitate your actions. Watch your child reflect your love a baby doll with “hugs and kisses” and help you the way you have guided him.

Toddler (18-30 months): A toddler’s world is all about ME - “”Me do it”! This demonstration of independence is an exercise in trusting the child’s own limits. A toddler will speak on a play phone and answer questions such as “Why?” and “Where?” Playing is on his terms - when and how. Toddlers love new experiences, too. They have graduated from ’turning it over and tasting it’ to doing it right. A toddler will put a puzzle together, hold crayons in his hand, hum and sing as he plays, and join activities without prompting. Give your toddler plenty of opportunities to join in imaginary play - pour from one cup to another and manipulate play dough.

Get Set (30 to 36 months): Just like the name states, get set for more play. The Get Set child is truly developing an identity. He knows his own name - first and last - and can tell you where his friends are playing. Get Setters know ’they can do it’ and want to be like adults. They will share and wait turns, communicate in short sentences and demonstrate their personal understanding of the world around them in their play. Get Set children will soak up any information you share with them. They can understand words like “under” and “over” and the description of how a plant grows. Art is no longer about exploring the material itself, but rather what they can do with the material. They will even paint with the opposite side of the paint brush just to see what it will create. Get set for your child to amaze you with his knowledge of good hygiene and specific book choices. A Get Set child can also multi-task now; try singing and doing the motions to the song or have a conversation while he paints.

Preschool (36 months +): This is the age of expectations. The preschool child’s play looks like going to work. As he mingles among the Interest Centers he is also playing out a role. Preschoolers have a large vocabulary and understand the intonations of language. As they act out a role, they will try on different emotions and see how they fit into their own personality. Preschoolers have begun to connect the spoken word to written language and can orally retell a favorite story. They are interested in cause and effect and can identify their colors, shapes, sizes and weights; and they want to explore what happens when they change them. A preschool child may remain in a particular Interest Center for long periods of time until he has exhausted his curiosity. Don’t forget to stand back because the preschool child also needs his space to move. Watch as he develops rhythm and tempo as both an individual or group learner. Either way, preschoolers are movers and shakers.

Pre-Kindergarten (48 months +): Complexity is the nature of the Pre-K classroom. Pre-Kindergarteners are complex social beings wanting to play with specific friends and still identifying when they want to do it alone. They can recognize how objects and people are the same and different simultaneously, and they can appreciate those attributes. Playing is beginning to turn into concepts. For instance, all of the exploration at the water table develops into an understanding of water – floating, sinking, absorbing, dissolving, etc. Pre-K children use their four years of play experience to develop an identifiable knowledge – they can match by relationships and verbalize invisible concepts, such as time and calendars. They no longer need to see or hold the toy to play; they can recall previous experiences and use the knowledge. While listening to music they can name the instrument, move to the beat and sing along. In Pre-K, phonemic awareness and the written word are magical – writing words is play.

About The Goddard School®
The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6 years, is located at 703 W. Nields St. in West Chester. On-site owners,along with education directors and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play.

To learn more about The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields St. in West Chester, families are encouraged to please contact Aliyah Salotti at 610-918-4660 for more information.

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

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in West Chester PA Participates in a Trike-a-Thon for St. Jude's Children's hospital

 

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The Goddard School® located in West Chester PA 
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The Goddard School® located in West Chester PA Participates in a Trike-a-Thon for St. Jude’s Children’s hospital

West Chester PA, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 02/26/2010 — The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields St. in West Chester PA will be the host to A Trike-a-Thon on March 12th from 9:30 AM to 11:30 AM.

The Goddard School located in West Chester PA opened in August 2004 and is owned and operated by Michael Trotman.  The school accommodates 120, ages six weeks to 6 years. 

Children will be on SCOOTERS instead of trikes!

“We are all delighted to donate to St. Jude’s with a fun and educational activity ,” says Trotman.  “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play. Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7 AM – 6 PM, 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 Aliyah Salotti directly to arrange a personal appointment at 610-918-4660.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

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

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2010

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.    March 2010

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

Few parents miss the fact that imagination is part of play, but it is discouraging how many parents fail to understand the importance of imagination to all aspects of the child’s development. Imagination surfaces when the child takes what she has learned through play about how her past experiences can be symbolized, and starts to “imagine” things, beyond mere repetition. She does this by manipulating these very symbols in new, not-yet-experienced ways. This is a fabulous moment, because it is a first ray in the sunshine of creativity. If you can get things to stand for other things, there is no end – no end – to what the child, through play can figure out about her place in the world.

Help Us Write a Children’s Book!

Award-winning author, Susan Magsamen, the National Geographic Society® and Goddard School teachers, children and their parents have been busy developing a new children’s book. Scheduled for publication later this year, the book will be filled with magical adventures in science and nature and will offer unique and memorable multi-sensory experiences for children to enjoy at home with their families as well as in their classrooms with friends.

“The Goddard School was selected because of its commitment to providing the best in early childhood education,” said Jennifer Emmett, Executive Editor for Children’s Books at National Geographic. “Because Goddard is dedicated to cutting-edge early childhood learning, we feel this collaboration is a natural fit.”

Goddard School children and their teachers have already participated in activities to help determine the book’s cover and title. So, how can your family become involved? We invite you to share special childhood memories on the Goddard School Facebook page. Submit written submissions or videos to add to the content of this very special children’s book destined to become a classic!

Follow The Goddard School® on Facebook, Twitter and The Goddard School Blog!

Children and Pets

Pets enrich the lives of many children and families. While children raised with pets show many benefits, safety concerns should always be a determining factor when deciding to get or keep a pet in a family with young children.

Choose wisely from breeds or species that are a good fit for your family, your home and your lifestyle. Behavior, temperament, excitability, patience and size are important characteristics to consider in a child-friendly pet that your little one can help care for. Pets should be free of disease and regularly checked by a veterinarian. Family allergies should also be taken into account. Young children should always be supervised during their interactions with pets. Animals can be easily harmed or provoked to attack if hit, poked or grabbed by young children. Children must be taught to play gently with pets and to keep their distance when an animal is eating, sleeping or caring for their young.

Involved parents, planning and open discussion are necessary in order for a family pet to be a positive experience. Young children can help with pet care, but can’t be completely responsible. They may only be able to help you with a few small tasks when feeding, cleaning or grooming your pet. For example, your child can join you when walking the dog, but certainly shouldn’t walk the dog alone. Allow your child to help care for the family pet in small, safe ways and always under adult supervision.

There are many benefits to children raised with pets. Positive relationships with pets can encourage children to love and trust others. Bonding with a pet can also help young children develop non-verbal communication, compassion and empathy. Caring for pets teaches children responsibility and respect. Both children and animals need exercise and pets are great playmates and a fun way to add physical activity into a child’s day. A pet’s life span can also provide parents the opportunity to teach life lessons about reproduction, birth, illness, loss and death.

News Items

Dr. Seuss day
March 2nd
10:00 AM
All Classrooms
Trike-a-Thon
March 12th
10-11 AM
Hallway
St. Patty’s Day Celebration
March 17th
10:30 AM
Classrooms
EARTH HOUR
March 26th
10:00 – 11:00 AM
entire building

 

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703 W. Nileds St.
West Chester PA
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
email: goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

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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Kindergarten Open House Rescheduled for Thursday 3/4

In The News: The Goddard School located in West Chester is having A KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE!Local preschool offers event for community

 

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Contact:
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The Goddard School® located in West Chester 
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The Goddard School located in West Chester is having A KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE!
Local preschool offers event for community

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 02/23/2010 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 7 years, located at 703 W. Nields St.  is hosting A KINDERGARTEN OPEN HOUSE Open House on 2/25/2010 from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM.

The Goddard School offers award winning education in a family oriented atmosphere.  We are a Department of Education licensed Full-Day Kindergarten program.  The open house will allow perspective students and parents to meet our Kindergarten teacher and ask many questions!  Families will also receive free registration  when they enroll by March 2nd!.

On-site owner, Michael Trotman, along with his Education Director, Aliyah Salotti, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 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 Aliyah Salotti directly to arrange a personal appointment at 610-918-4660.

 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

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

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In The News: Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in West ChesterAward winning program

 

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Contact: 
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School® located in West Chester
   610-918-4660   610-918-4660
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Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in West Chester
Award winning program

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 2/9/2010 — The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields St. in West Chester is offering a Private Kindergarten program.

This is an extremely exciting year for your child! The skills that your child will be learning this year are the building blocks for his/her future success in school and life. I am committed to guide and encourage your child, celebrating each step of the way as he and/or she gains a love for learning, self-confidence and the academic skills that will form a foundation for continued success.

“Our credentialed teachers deliver a curriculum which combines the goals and methodology of  West Chester Area school district with developmentally appropriate practices required by The Goddard School.  The size of our Kindergarten provides individualized attention for our children,” says Michael Trotman, owner of The Goddard School located in West Chester.

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 6 years, which focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play.  Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 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 Aliyah Salotti directly to arrange a personal appointment    610.918.4660   610.918.4660 .

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

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

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – 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

 ♥  Sweetheart Dance   ♥
February 12th
3:30 PM – 4:30 PM
All Classrooms!
Lil Sports with Mr. Chris
Every Monday!
10-12 PM
Preschool & Up
Music with Mr. Dave
Every Thursday!
9-11 AM
All classrooms
ATA Martial Arts
February 17th
10 AM
Pre-K & K
Kindergarten Open House
February 25th
6:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Elephants Classroom

 

Contact Us

703 W. Nields St
West Chester PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
 610-918-4660  610-918-4660
email: goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

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: Families are invited to join in the celebration!

 

 

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 Contact:
Aliyah Salotti 
The Goddard School® located in West Chester   
 610-918-4660  610-918-4660
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Announcing the 3rd Annual Sweetheart Dance at The Goddard School® located in West Chester!

Families are invited to join in the celebration!

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West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) February 1, 2010 – The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields St. in West Chester will be the host to The Sweetheart Ball on Friday February 12th from 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM.

 The Goddard School located in West Chester opened in August 2004 and is owned and operated by Mike Trotman.  The school accommodates 120 children, ages six weeks to 6. 

 Children will wear their fanciest attire and dance the dances they have learned throughout the month, Our kindergarten students are performing a rendition of GREASE!  Children will be photgraphed and photos will be displayed throughout the month on our big screen TV in the foyer!

  ”We are all excited to be Celebrating the Sweetheart Dance for the 3rd year, It is always a blast!” says Salotti, the Centers’ Director. “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.” 

  The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play.  Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7 AM – 6 PM, 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 Aliyah Salotti directly to arrange a personal appointment at 610-918-4660.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

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

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In The News: The Goddard School located in West Chester is having Winter Wonderland!Local preschool offers event for community

 

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Contact:
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School® located in West Chester 
   610-918-4660   610-918-4660
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The Goddard School located in West Chester is having Winter Wonderland!
Local preschool offers event for community

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 01/11/2010 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6 years, located at 703 W. Nields St.  is hosting Winter Wonderland Open House on January 18th – January 22nd from 10:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. Our classrooms are open and will welcome all new families!  Families will also receive 10% off their first SIX MONTHS  when they enroll by Januray 22nd, 2010.

On-site owner, Mike Trotman, along with his Education Director, Aliyah Salotti, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 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 Aliyah Salotti directly to arrange a personal appointment at 610-918-4660.

 

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

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In The News: The Goddard School located in West Chester is having a Winter Wonderland Open House!Local preschool offers event for community

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School® located in West Chester 
   610-918-4660   610-918-4660
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net
The Goddard School located in West Chester is having a Winter Wonderland Open House!
Local preschool offers event for community

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 12/6/2010 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to six years, located at 703 W. Nields St.   is hosting a Winter Wonderland Open House Open House on January 18th from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. All of our classroom students and teachers will welcome you with warm greetings.  Families will also receive 50% off their secind month  when they enroll by January 30th, 2010.

On-site owner, Michael Trotman, along with his Director, Aliyah Salotti, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7:00 AM – 6:00 PM, 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 Aliyah Salotti directly to arrange a personal appointment at 610-918-4660.

 

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

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – January

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

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

Children’s sleep issues are among the more challenging developmental stages for parents to master. But biology is on the parents’ side in this one, because sleep patterns mature over time just like other developmental skills.

The human brain is active during sleep, but the deepest sleep is typically at the beginning of the night. Babies spend more time than older children in stimulating REM sleep, with eye movements and irregular breathing. Don’t worry about all that action in your child’s body – it too is growth.

  • Do not ignore the importance of naps.
  • In the evening, watch for the yawn and start bedtime early.
  • The transition from crib to bed is a time of sleep pattern changes. Make sure your crib is safe (locking rails) and that your older child’s ‘big bed’ has side rails.

To instill good sleep habits remember that consistency matters so much:

  • Bath Time
  • Goodnights
  • Tuck and Talk Bedtime Story
  • Lullaby (yours are best)
  • Goodnights

This all sounds well and good, but it is a rare family that hasn’t had to handle some sleep trouble along the way.?If your family is trying to re-establish a lapsed routine, stay calm and reassuring.?We almost all need more sleep than we get, and it is a tremendous gift to our children to teach them how to sleep well.

First Dental Visit

Choosing a dentist for your child may be more difficult than calling for an appointment. Ask your dentist to recommend a pediatric dentist or search for an accredited dentist in your area at www.aapd.org (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry). It is recommended children visit a dentist for the first time between their second and third birthdays. A dentist visit can be nerve-racking for an adult, so consider the potential if you’re two-years-old. Ease your child into the occasion by instilling good brushing habits as early as possible, introducing her to the dentist beforehand and recognizing her limitations. If she becomes too stressed to complete the visit, respect her feelings and try another time.

Tips for a healthy smile:

  • Replace your child’s toothbrush quarterly
  • Choose a child-size toothbrush
  • Use a minimal amount of toothpaste.
  • At a minimum, children should brush in the morning and before bed at night.
  • Watch your child’s diet. Avoid foods high in sugar and/or starch.
  • Encourage your child to drink water.

Tips for a successful dental visit:

  • A good pediatric dentist will put your child (and you) at ease.
  • Inform your child’s dentist of any pacifier use, thumb sucking and/or medical conditions.
  • Introduce the dentist and the environment to your child including the chair, tools and sink.
  • Remain in the room with your child.

CURES FOR CABIN FEVER

With the winter season upon us, many areas of the country are experiencing cold and blistery weather. When the weather keeps your family inside, be prepared with these activities to keep cabin fever at bay!

Art Show
Bring out your child’s inner Picasso with an art debut featuring his artwork! Art is an excellent way for children to express their individuality and preparing their work for the show will keep them busy while they are learning. Encourage your children to create all different types of art (e.g., paintings, collages, sculptures). Choose a room for the “gallery” and help your children display their masterpieces. Encourage your children to invite other family members or close neighbors to the gallery opening. Play music and serve cookies and milk as everyone views the artwork. Encourage your children to talk about their work, too!

Camping Adventure
You don’t have to be outside to go camping…any room in the house will do! To start, designate a specific room or area for the ‘campsite’ and build a fort. If you have access to a camping tent, help your children set it up. No tent? No problem. The dining room table or other furniture will make the perfect base for a fort. (Make sure the base you use is sturdy.) Once you’ve created the perfect hideaway, place sleeping bags and favorite toys inside and get ready for a day full of camping fun. Tell stories, sing songs and play pretend for the afternoon. Surprise your little campers with s’mores (made in the microwave) for a special treat. And when the sun goes down, give everyone flashlights to light up the fun!

News Items

Open House
January 18th – January 22nd
7:00 AM – 6:00 PM
all classrooms
Food Tastings
See your child’s teachers
for the special county
cuisine.
Martin Luther King Jr.
celebration
10:00 AM
Pre-Kindergarten Classroom
Classroom transitions will begin
January 4th
You will be notified by December 22nd.
Music with Mr. Dave
Thursdays
9-11 AM
Every Classroom!

 

Contact Us

703 W. Nields St
West Chester PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
 610-918-4660  610-918-4660
email: westchesterpa@
goddardschools.com

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

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In The News: The Goddard School located in West Chester is having A Winter Wonderland!Local preschool offers event for community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School® located in West Chester 
   610-918-4660   610-918-4660
Goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

The Goddard School located in West Chester is having A Winter Wonderland!
Local preschool offers event for community

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 12/10/2009 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6 years, located at 703 W. Nields St West Chester PA,  is hosting A Winter Wonderland Open House on January 18th from 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM.

Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. All Classes will welcome visitors and their parents! We will host special craft activities, snacks and curriculum focused on healthy foods.  Families will also receive 10% off the first 6 months when they enroll by January 22nd.

On-site owner, Mike Trotman, along with his Director of Operations, Aliyah Salotti, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7AM – 6PM, 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 Aliyah Salotti directly to arrange a personal appointment at 610-918-4660.

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

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – Upcoming Month

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

Parenting with Pruett: Children’s Anxieties, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Inconvenient though fears of the dark, animals, water and monsters may be, they are meaningful clues about what your children are trying to master about their world. Anxiety or worry means something and we let our children down when we ignore and belittle, not to mention waste opportunities to master..

Listen thoughtfully to your children as they describe their fears. Their fears have their reasons, though they may not be instantly clear to you. Reassure your children that you ‘ll help them feel better. Get out your flashlight and check under their bed, cuddle them a little extra during such times, and let them slip back toward babyhood for the moment. Finally, when children work it out, remind them that they worked it out. This will help them if new fears emerge.

Community Service

Commitment to family and community is characteristic of Goddard Schools. We try to make a difference in our communities by participating in local sponsorship as well as charitable outreach program and the children in our schools learn about the importance of helping others and the significance of giving and being a part of their communities.

To build a foundation of good citizenship in your home with your children, foster these four essential skills: friendship, compassion, cooperation and kindness. Lead by example and teach your children the significance of helping others. Although there may be some limitations, children of almost every age can give back by participating in their communities every day:

  • Teach children to love and respect nature – plants, animals and even insects. It ‘s okay to catch crickets, butterflies and tadpoles as long as they are set free after a reasonable observation time.
  • Respect the property of others. Be a good role model and remember to clean up after the family dog in your neighbor ‘s yard.
  • Protect the planet and encourage your children to recycle.
  • Your local library can be a great resource for community information. Ask the librarian if they have a list of community events and service organizations that are child-friendly and in need of volunteers.

Look for ways to give back to your community that can empower your children. Let them learn to create change in their own lives and the lives of others.

HEALTHY CHILDREN

Proper nutrition and participation in physical activities may prevent future medical problems and ensure that your children are growing in a healthy manner.

Rise to the Occasion
Feeding your children breakfast maintains their energy and improves their concentration throughout the day. Nutrition experts, at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, say breakfast should provide children with one-fourth to one-third of their energy and nutrient needs.

Vary the type of food you offer to maintain your child ‘s interest. Try different cereals topped with fruit, low-fat yogurt with a low-fat granola cereal topping or a fruit smoothie made with yogurt and fresh fruit.

Nutrition at School

We sponsor healthy eating at school with Kid Organics. Look at their web-site Kidofoods.com

Packing lunches is the best way to ensure your children are receiving proper nutrients. Instead of adding to the chaotic morning routine, pack your children ‘s lunch the night before and store it in the refrigerator.

Cut sandwiches into quarters to make them easier to manage. Make lunch fun by packing a variety of healthy options including:

  • Cream cheese and cucumber on wheat
  • Hummus and chopped peppers in a pita
  • Ham, cheese and shredded carrots in a wrap

Your child’s beverage is another source of nutrition. Water is always a healthy option, especially when it ‘s fortified with fluoride. Milk, a good source of calcium, is also highly recommended.

(If your state requires your child ‘s school to provide lunch, make sure you are aware of the daily menu and balance the meal(s) you provide with the meal(s) the school provides.)

Family Mealtime
Family meals provide opportunities to set an example of good eating behaviors. Avoid watching television or taking phone calls. Discuss fun, positive subjects rather than negative or stressful events.

Children will try foods they helped to make. Helping builds confidence and makes children feel independent. Children can also build self-esteem by learning to serve themselves from serving bowls held for them.

Offer a variety of nutritious foods and trust your children ‘s appetites to get the balance right. Erratic appetites are common in preschoolers – based on their growth pattern. When children are forced to eat when full, they override their natural ability to stop which may lead to overeating. Give your children the chance to stop eating, even if you don ‘t think they ‘ve eaten enough.

Model Good Health
Children who watch their parents enjoying fruits, vegetables and whole grains are more likely to enjoy healthful foods. The same is true when children see their parents participating in regular exercise. Be a role model by eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise and help your children develop good health and self-esteem.

News Items

ECO-FRIENDLY Toy Test
Dec 1
8:00 AM
Preschool Classroom
Toys For Tots Collections
Dec 10th
9:45 AM
Foyer
Celebrate The Holidays
Dec 21st
11:30 AM
All Classrooms
Music Time
Every Thursday
10:00 AM
All Classrooms
Pizza Day
Every Wednesday
Lunchtime
All Classrooms

 

Contact Us

703 W. Nields St.
West Chester PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
email: goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

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

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In The News: The Goddard School Located in West Chester Present

 

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Contact: 
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School® located in West Chester
610-918-4660
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

The Goddard School Located in West Chester Presents
“Local Preschooler Picks” and Community Toy Drive

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 11/17/2009 – The Goddard School located in West Chester is getting into the holiday spirit. During the Local Preschooler Picks event and toy drive, the children at The Goddard School will have a unique opportunity to pick their favorite eco-friendly toys while helping out the community.

In a nationwide search, Goddard Schools partnered with Eco Child’s Play, a leading “green” blog, to select the best eco-friendly toys for the holidays, which not only encourage play and creativity, but are also affordable – all toys are under $30.

The children at The Goddard School will get to test out the finalists and choose their Local Preschooler Picks – the School’s favorite five toys.

In addition to announcing the winning toys, the School will also partner with Toy’s For Tots to hold a toy drive. New and unwrapped toys can be dropped off for donation in the lobby of the school.

“As leaders in early childhood development, we recognize that our families want to know which toys are both safe and engaging for children,” says Mike Trotman, owner of The Goddard School located in West Chester. “This event is a fun way to encourage learning through play, while providing a great opportunity to give back to our community.”

On 12/17/2009 from 7 AM to 6 PM, The Goddard School will announce its official Local Preschooler Picks list and make the official toy donation to Toy’s For Tots.

For more information on The Goddard School toy drive, please call 610-918-4660.

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 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 350+ 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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – Upcoming Month

 

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

Cold Challenges

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

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

    (Source www.about.com)

Toys that Teach

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

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

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

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

In Center News! 

Congratulations to Miss Courtney on her nupuals to Greg Farbaugh! 

Congratulations to Miss Kim on her new addition, Gino, JR.

News Items

ATA Martial Arts
11.4
10:30 AM
Pre-K & K
Art With Miss Diane
11.11
9:30 AM
Preschool 1 & Preschool 2
Picture Day 1
11.16
begins 7:30 AM
Elephants class
Picture Day 2
11.17
Begins 7:30 AM
Elephants
Thanks Giving Feast!!
11.25
11:30 AM
ALL CLASSROOMS!!

 

Contact Us

703 W. Nields St.
West Chester, PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
email: goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

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

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in West Chester  Earns Top HonorWest Chester school receives Daily Local News READERS' CHOICE AWARD

 

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Contact:
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The Goddard School® located in West Chester
610-918-4660
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

The Goddard School® located in West Chester  Earns Top Honor
West Chester school receives Daily Local News READERS’ CHOICE AWARD

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 10/16/2009 — The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields St in West Chester has recently earned the Daily Local News READERS’ CHOICE AWARD.

The Goddard School in West Chester won the first place award in the readers choice 2009 awards in the child care center category.

“We’re proud to earn this top honor and be recognized for our commitment to reach the highest professional standards,” said Michael Trotman, Owner of The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields St in West Chester. “This recognition demonstrates to our community that children in our program receive the best possible care and early learning experiences. Our management and faculty have earned this achievement by performing their very best every day.” Aliyah Salotti, Director states” We are so appreciative of our families and faculty. The community we have created here at the Goddard School inWest Chester.”

The West Chester location opened in August 2004. The school accommodates 120 children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Aliyah directly at 610-918-4660 to arrange a personal appointment.

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

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – Upcoming Month

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

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

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

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

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

Take A Hike!

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

Apple Printing*

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

Supplies:

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

How To:

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

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

News Items

Music Every Thursday
With Mr. Dave
9:00 AM
4:00 PM
Art On Tuesdays
With Miss Diane
9:30 AM
10:30 AM
Karate with ATA
Oct 21st
9:30 PM
Preschool – Kindergarten classrooms
Pizza days
Every Wednesday
Lunchtime
classrooms
Pajama Day
Oct. 20th
Costume Parade
Oct 30th 3:30 PM

 

Contact Us

703 W. Nields St
West Chester PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
email: goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

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

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter

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

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

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

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

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

Take A Hike!

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

Apple Printing*

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

Supplies:

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

How To:

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

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

News Items

Costume Parade
Oct 30th
3:30PM
Playground 1
Karate with ATA
Oct 13th
10:00 AM
Pre-kindergarten classroom
Music with Mr. Dave
Every Thursday
All AGES!
Every classroom!
Art with Miss Diane
Oct 7 th & 21st
10:30AM
Preschool – Pre-K
Cooking with Miss Stef
Oct 20th
9:30-11:00 AM
Terrific Tigers Class

 

Contact Us

703 W. Nields St
West Chester PA 19382
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
email: goddardwcdirector@verizon.net

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.

If you no longer wish to receive these emails, click here.

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter

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

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

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

  • Younger siblings adore their older siblings.?Teach your child to be tender and gentle when holding or feeding their new sister or brother.?This is important training for future intimacy and competent parenting.
  • Preserve time alone with your older child. He may no longer be the ‘only,’ but he’s still the ‘first’ – certain privileges pertain.

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

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

A = Away

  • Avoid long periods of direct sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm.
  • Play indoors or enjoy shaded outdoor activities.
  • Reflection from water, white sand or snow increases the sun’s damage.

B = Block

  • Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.
  • Apply sunscreen every morning; reapply every two hours.
  • Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.

C = Cover Up

  • Use hats and light-colored clothing to protect skin.
  • Wear sunglasses to protect eyes and eyelids.
  • Cover up after swimming.

S = Speak Out:

  • Practice sun safety and show family members how to apply sunscreen.
  • Discuss sun safety with coaches, camp counselors and teachers.

Information provided by “ABCs of Fun in the Sun,” offered by the American Academy of Dermatology. To learn more about sun protection, visit www.aad.org.

Cool Summer Games

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

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

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

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

News Items

Clothing Swap
August 4th 2009
4:00 PM
Older Students Playground
Bring your child’s outgrown
clothing and SWAP
for “new” clothing!
It’s our 5th Birthday!
Celebrate with us!
Moonbounce!
Refreshments!
Cupcakes
Face Painting!

Join us

 

Contact Us

703 W. Nileds St.
West Chester PA 19832
www.goddardschool.com
610-918-4660
email: goddardwcdirectolr@verizon.net

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

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In The News: The Goddard School located in West Chester is having A Clothing Exchange!

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School® located in West Chester 
610-918-4660
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net


The Goddard School located in West Chester is having A Clothing Exchange!
Local preschool offers event for community

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 7/20/2009 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 8 years, located at 703 W. Nields St.  is hosting A Clothing Exchange Open House on 8/4/09 from 4:00 PM to 6:30 PM.


Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. Happy 5th Anniversary   Families will also receive 50% off 2nd month  when they enroll by August 2009.


On-site owner, Mike Trotman, along with his Education Director, Aliyah Salotti, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7 AM – 6 PM, 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 Aliyah Salotti directly to arrange a personal appointment at 610-918-4660.


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: Children's Clothing Exchange

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact: 
Aliyah Salotti
Director
The Goddard School
610-636-7786
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net


Children’s Clothing Exchange
Happy 5th Anniversary
Goddard SchoolÂÂÂ
August 4th
4:00 PM – 6:30 PM
Clothing Exchange
Sizes 0-3 months to youth 8-10.
Here’s the plan…
You take a bag of stuff you no longer want and/or have outgrown and come home with a bag of amazing new finds – all without spending a dime.
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Not only do you get to clean out your closets, you also get to see some of your stuff go to a good home and the rest to charity. There is no waste and the process is fun and you get to go home with some great new clothes.
If you are unable to attend, please drop off your donated clothing to the front office.
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Moonbounce!
Hot Dogs!
Refreshments!
Face Painting!
Free Free Free
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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: Faculty Appreciation at its finest!

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Contact: 
Aliyah Salotti
Director
The Goddard School
610.918.4660
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net


Faculty Appreciation at its finest!

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 5/5/2009 — Teachers at the Goddard School in West Chester were treated by their Directors to stress relieving massages today in appreciation of their dedication to their students.  “The massage was a plesant surprise for us!” said Kindergarten teacher Kimberly DeSimone.  “We know that we are appreciated!”


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: Goddard Parent Newsletter

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact: 
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School® located in West Chester
6109184660
goddardschool.com



Art History for Kids is introduced into the Curriculum at The Goddard School® located in West Chester


West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 5/5/2009 — The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields St. West Chester PA in West Chester will introduce Art History for Kids in May.


Art History for Kids


“We are eager to introduce Art History for Kids into our curriculum,” says Michael Trotman, owner of The Goddard School located in West Chester.  “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”


The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 6 years, which focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play.  Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7AM – 6 PM, 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 Aliyah Salotti directly to arrange a personal appointment at 610.918.4660.


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 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 West Chester  Earns Top HonorWest Chester school receives Star 2 awarded by Keystone Stars

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact:
Aliyah Salotti
The Goddard School® located in West Chester
610-918-4660
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net



The Goddard School® located in West Chester  Earns Top Honor
West Chester school receives Star 2 awarded by Keystone Stars


West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 4/28/2009 — The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields St. in West Chester has recently earned the Star 2 awarded by Keystone Stars.


Keystone Stars is a continuos quality improvement initiative for early learning programs such as child care and head start.


“We’re proud to earn this top honor and be recognized for our commitment to reach the highest professional standards,” said Mike Trotman, owner of The Goddard School located at 703 W. Nields St. in West Chester. “This recognition demonstrates to our community that children in our program receive the best possible care and early learning experiences. Our management and faculty have earned this achievement by performing their very best every day.”


The office of Child Development and Early Learning was established in 2004 as a part of the departments of Public Welfare and Education to promote opportunities and improved educational outcomes for all Pennsylvania children. As child care programs increase thier quality and meet higher STAR levels, they receive supports so they can continue to move up the quality ladder. The Goddard School in West Chester is a shining example of a safe and productive learning enviornment.


The West Chester location opened in April 2009. The school accommodates 120 children, ages 6 weeks to 6 years. Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Aliyah Salotti directly at 610-918-4660 to arrange a personal appointment.


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 West Chester Participated in Earth HourMore than 40,000 Children ’Stepped Up’ for the Environment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact: 
Jillian Matys
The Goddard School® located in West Chester
6109184660
goddardwcdirector@verizon.net


The Goddard School® Located in West Chester Participated in Earth Hour
More than 40,000 Children ’Stepped Up’ for the Environment

West Chester, PA (Grassroots Newswire) 04/03/2009 – On Friday, March 27th, more than 120 children from the Goddard School located in West Chester turned off the lights and stepped up for the environment. As part of World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2009, students participated in a number of engaging activities to spread the message that by working together, each one of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. More than 40,000 Goddard children across the country joined the initiative.


Throughout the week, children and teachers participated 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. The students drew on recylcled newspaper and created a huge light switch to turn off!


“We think this was a great way for children to learn, in a hands-on manner, the importance of saving energy and the environment,” said Mike Trotman, owner of The Goddard School located in West Chester. “Our students were able to involve both their families and the community to create awareness about this important global call to action.”


To learn more about The Goddard School located in West Chester and its commitment to the environment, parents are encouraged to call Mike directly to arrange a personal appointment at 610-918-4660 or visit www.goddardschool.com.


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


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


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 world’s 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.

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