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Gardening Adventures with Your Children

Gardening Adventures with Your ChildrenGardening - Kids & Teacher

If you want your child to grow up to be a gardener, it’s important to remember to share gardening experiences with them throughout their childhood. These include frequent, pleasurable occurrences, designs that include messy, colorful plots and great memories of working together in the garden. Each child’s capabilities and attention span will vary so it’s important to adjust your expectations. The goal is to teach your children to respect and enjoy gardening as well as experience a feeling of “I did it myself” at harvest time.

The Composting Council of Canada developed the following good reasons to foster a lifelong love of gardening in children.

  1. Health:  Growing your own vegetables makes it easier to get enough servings each day.
  2. Exercise: Digging, turning, spreading compost, mulching, hoeing, excavating rocks – all burn calories, help build muscles and strengthen hearts and lungs.
  3. Save Money: Even a small vegetable patch can reduce your expenses.
  4. Education:  Gardening is terrific for providing hands-on lessons in botany, zoology, weather, hydrology, as well as cycles of life, death and physical decay.
  5. Waste Reduction and Recycling: Compost piles transform kitchen scraps, leaves and yard waste into rich soil amendments. Gardeners can reuse of all kinds of cans, cartoons, meat trays and more.
  6. Stress Relief: Planting seeds and tending plants can restore balance and perspective.
  7. Togetherness: Use vegetables grown together to make delicious meals together and donate abundance to people who need it.
  8. Helps Improve Reading and Math Skills:  Children can make plant markers, read seed packets and even help pay for nursery plants.
  9. Memory Building: Provides great memories for the years to come.
  10. Satisfaction: The more time you spend with your children in the garden, the more they will feel the garden is truly theirs and the more eager they will be to take care of it.

 

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The Goddard School~Wilmington, DE

111 S. West Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

302-651-7995

http://www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Wilmington-DE/schools.gspx

FUN IN THE SUN: How to Protect Children From The Sun

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, especially when your shadow is shorter than you are tall.

- 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.

- Sunglasses protect eyes and eyelids from the sun’s ultraviolet rays.

- 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.

 

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The Goddard School~Wilmington, DE

111 S. West Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

302-651-7995

http://www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Wilmington-DE/schools.gspx

COOL SUMMER GAMES

COOL SUMMER GAMESInfants & Teacher with Bubbles A

 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.

 

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The Goddard School~Wilmington, DE

111 S. West Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

302-651-7995

http://www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Wilmington-DE/schools.gspx

STAY-CATIONS: Back-to-Basics Family Fun!

STAY-CATIONS: Back-to-Basics Family Fun!Infants & Teacher with Bubbles B

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

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

Fun, frugal stay-cations include:

  • Go on nature walks, hikes and bike rides.  Collect rocks to paint.
  • Organize day trips to zoos and/or museums.  Create a family scrapbook to commemorate your experiences.
  • Choose a miniature golf outing and enjoy a little healthy competition.
  • Plan a family mini-spa day.  Prepare a healthy lunch from your vegetable garden.
  • Go camping in your own backyard.  Don’t forget flashlight tag and S’mores!
  • Plan and prepare yummy goodies and enjoy a picnic together in a local park.
  • Rainy day stay-cations are fun too!
    • Play board games
    • Assemble jigsaw puzzles
    • Watch family movies

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The Goddard School~Wilmington, DE

111 S. West Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

302-651-7995

http://www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Wilmington-DE/schools.gspx

READ TO ME!

READ TO ME!

Reading - Teacher & Girl AIt is generally agreed among educators that one of the best things adults can do for their children is to read to them.

Parent Tips:

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

 

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The Goddard School~Wilmington, DE

111 S. West Street

Wilmington, DE 19801

302-651-7995

http://www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Wilmington-DE/schools.gspx

The Pros of Private Kindergarten

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

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

Parent Involvement is strong. Not only do private schools encourage parents’ participation, but it’s also true that the parents of private school students tend to be extremely committed to having a say in their child’s education. Parents are able to communicate with their child’s teacher every single day about their child, not just at conferences. I think this is a huge benefit!)

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

The Pros of Full Day Kindergarten

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

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

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

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

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

Kindergarten at The Goddard School in Wilmington

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

Our private Kindergarten offers a balanced full-day program in a small group setting that gives Kindergartners the individual attention they require at this stage in their academic development. Our Kindergarten curriculum has been designed in conjunction with the local school district to ensure that each child has a smooth transition to the next academic level.

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

The Goddard School  
wilmingtonde@goddardschools.com

111 South West Street
Wilmington, DE 19801

302-651-7995

Signs of a good kindergarten classroom

  • 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.
  • 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.
  •  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.
  •  The classroom is decorated with children’s original artwork, their own writing with invented spelling, and dictated stories.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Teachers read books to children throughout the day, not just at group story time.
  • 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.
  • 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.

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