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10 signs of a good kindergarten classroom:

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

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

What’s Happening in Kindergarten?

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

 Kindergarten “curriculum” actually includes such events as snack time, recess, and individual and group activities in addition to those activities we think of as traditionally educational.  Developmentally appropriate kindergarten classrooms encourage the growth of children’s self-esteem, their cultural identities, their independence and their individual strengths.   Kindergarten children will continue to develop control of their own behavior through the guidance and support of warm, caring adults.   At this stage, children are already eager to learn and possess an innate curiosity. Teachers with a strong background in early childhood education and child development can best provide for children what they need to grow physically, emotionally, and intellectually.

How Important is Kindergarten?

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

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

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

 Accustomed to School
Another reason why kindergarten is important is because it allows the child to become accustomed to school. Kids will have to start attending school on a daily basis until they turn at least 18 years old so it is important to go ahead and let them become accustomed to attending school while they are young. Then a full day of school in first grade and beyond wont be such a shock.

Why Private School?

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

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

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

 

What is Kindergarten?

A German educator name Friedrich Froebel opened the first kindergarten in 1837. Its name is German for “garden of children.” In the United States, public schooling begins with kindergarten, when a child is about five years old. Kindergarten is a half day of classes in an elementary school. While most of the activities in kindergarten are play activities-like singing, storytelling, and drawing, children are also learning basic skills through these activities that they will need throughout their lives. These skills include listening to directions, using their time well, and working in cooperation with others.
Kindergarten helps children adjust to school slowly; it bridges the gap between the age when kids spend their days playing (at home or in preschool) and the more formal learning that will begin once a child enters the first grade.

2009 H1N1 Flu – Series

MYTH OR FACT

1.    Wash your hands before eating and after school. 

FACT: Absolutely, true; however, how you wash your hands is equally as important as washing your hands.  You must wash your hands with warm soapy water for approximately 30 seconds.  For children, recommend they sing Happy Birthday or the ABC.

2.    Swine flu comes from animals, especially pigs.

MYTH:  Absolutely not.  The swine flu’s name has even been changed so people no longer associate it with pigs. 

3.    When sneezing or coughing, covering your mouth with your hand or elbow is the BEST choice.

MYTH:  Covering your mouth with a tissue (or disposable cloth) is the prime choice because then the germs aren’t exposed to a location that they can spread to even more people.  Even the elbow is touched by others.

4.    Eating a balanced diet and getting enough sleep is important.

FACT:    Definitely true.  When your body has the right nutrition and the proper amount of sleep, you are able to resist more illnesses than if you eat poorly or neglect rest.  

5.    We need to control our stress because too much stress increases our risk of the swine flu and other illnesses.

FACT:  This is true because too much stress weakens our bodies and burns up important nutrients within our body.

2009 H1N1 Flu – Series

2009 H1N1 Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

What is the best technique for washing my hands to avoid getting the flu?
Washing your hands often will help protect you from germs. CDC recommends that when you wash your hands — with soap and warm water — that you wash for 15 to 20 seconds. When soap and water are not available, alcohol-based disposable hand wipes or gel sanitizers may be used.  You can find them in most supermarkets and drugstores. If using gel, rub your hands until the gel is dry. The gel doesn’t need water to work; the alcohol in it kills the germs on your hands.

Be sure to taking sensible precautions against colds, flu of any type including H1N1:

Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. Throw the tissue in the trash after you use it.

  •  Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  •  Avoid touching your eyes, nose or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, · CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities.
  • Keep away from others as much as possible to keep from making others sick.

Be careful out there, and stay healthy.

 

 

2009 H1N1 Flu – Series

2009 H1N1 Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 What is the difference between a cold and the flu?

The flu and the common cold are both respiratory illnesses but they are caused by different viruses. Because these two types of illnesses have similar flu-like symptoms, it can be difficult to tell the difference between them based on symptoms alone. In general, the flu is worse than the common cold, and symptoms such as fever, body aches, extreme tiredness, and dry cough are more common and intense. Colds are usually milder than the flu. People with colds are more likely to have a runny or stuffy nose. Colds generally do not result in serious health problems, such as pneumonia, bacterial infections, or hospitalizations.

 

 

2009 H1N1 Flu – Series

2009 H1N1 Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 

 If I have a family member at home who is sick with 2009 H1N1 flu, should I go to work?

Employees who are well but who have an ill family member at home with 2009 H1N1 flu can go to work as usual.  These employees should monitor their health every day, and take everyday precautions including covering their coughs and sneezes and washing their hands often with soap and water, especially after they cough or sneeze.  If soap and water are not available, they should use an alcohol-based hand rub.   Employees who have an underlying medical condition or who are pregnant should call their health care provider for advice, because they might need to receive influenza antiviral drugs.

 

2009 H1N1 Flu – Series

2009 H1N1 Flu

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

 How does 2009 H1N1 virus spread?
Spread of 2009 H1N1 virus is thought to occur in the same way that seasonal flu spreads. Flu viruses are spread mainly from person to person through coughing or sneezing by people with influenza. Sometimes people may become infected by touching something – such as a surface or object – with flu viruses on it and then touching their mouth or nose.

 How long can an infected person spread this virus to others?

People infected with seasonal and 2009 H1N1 flu shed virus and may be able to infect others from 1 day before getting sick to 5 to 7 days after. This can be longer in some people, especially children and people with weakened immune systems and in people infected with the new H1N1 virus.