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Encourage Imagination During Halloween

Halloween is the perfect time for your children to go above and beyond with their imaginations. Here are a few ways to help them express themselves.

1. Ask your children to create mysterious potions with items found in your kitchen. While the potions are brewing, encourage them to come up with spells that the potions will produce and ask them to elaborate on the outcome of taking the potions.

2. Inspire your children to dress up as anything they want to be. Try to make them think outside the box. Share some of your favorite old costumes to help them get started.

3. Create a spooky story with your children. You can begin by starting a sentence and asking them to finish it. You’ll be amazed where their minds will take them. Don’t forget to write the story down for lasting memories. For example, “As I was trick-or-treating on Halloween night, I heard a rustling in the bushes and …”

4. Bake cookies in the shape of a pumpkin and ask your children to use their artistic skills and imagination to decorate them as a pumpkin family. Ask your children to tell you about each pumpkin family member in the process. You can use bat or ghost cookies for this activity too.

What are some of your favorite costumes that your children have worn or will wear for Halloween?

Apple Printing Activity

“Apple Printing Activity”

For a fun September craft, you can use apples as stamps to create fun pictures, design wrapping paper or decorate clothing like t-shirts and jeans.


Materials

  • Apples
  • Paint (Use washable poster paint for paper prints and fabric paints for clothes.)
  • Paper plates
  • A printable surface
  • Newspaper to protect the work surface
  • Art smocks or old t-shirts
  • A knife to cut the apples (for adults only)*

Instructions

1. Cover your work surface with newspaper and make sure everyone is wearing old clothes or a smock.

2. Pour paint on the paper plates. Use one color per plate.

3. Ask your child to guess what shape of half an apple will look like.

4. Cut the apple in half from top to bottom to create an apple silhouette, or create a circle with a star by cutting the apple horizontally. You and your child can also brainstorm ways to create different shapes with the apple.

5. Encourage your child to dip the flat side of the apple in the paint, thoroughly covering the flat surface, and then place the apple with the paint side down on the printing surface.

6. Enjoy creating fun designs and pictures with your homemade stamps!

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

Kindergarten Readiness

Transitioning to kindergarten can be an exciting, anxiety-filled time for children and their parents. If you have older children, you may have an idea of what to expect or know the kindergarten teacher already. Still, the transition is different for each child, and while one may have adjusted well to kindergarten, your next child may not adjust as easily, or vice versa. By focusing on the present and adding skill-building activities to your summer, your child will be more confident about becoming a kindergartener.

Summer Fun

Learning through play is at the heart of The Goddard School philosophy, and what better way to practice this over the summer than with fun learning activities? Summer is a time for having fun, playing with friends and bonding as a family. Incorporate enjoyable activities that stretch your children’s imaginations and exercise their brains.

Reading

On hot, humid or rainy days, head to the library and read some books together. Have your future kindergartener read to you as much as possible. The librarians typically have lists of age-appropriate books.

Getting Fresh Air and Exercise

  • Have your children help you create obstacle courses in the backyard that they can run, skip or jump through safely. If it is a hot day, you can set up the sprinkler for added enjoyment!
  • If your children ride a bicycle with training wheels, ask them if they are ready to practice riding without the training wheels. By letting them decide when they are ready, they learn to make decisions, face challenges and fears and take on responsibility.
  • Hit the pool. See whether your local municipality or YMCA pool offers swimming lessons over the summer. Summer is a great time to work on swimming safety, keep physically active and have fun with your children. Besides, who doesn’t love cooling off in a pool on a hot summer day?
  • Take your children camping or hiking. Children love exploring nature and running free. Having a backyard campout or setting up a tent at a campground in your region are fun, educational ways for families to bond. You may be able to find a spot that offers easy hiking or walking trails or one with a lake where you can rent a canoe or kayak.

Bowling

Bowling is an opportunity to develop hand-eye coordination, balance and math skills while having fun. Many bowling alleys offer bumpers and child-friendly bowling balls for children. Over the summer, many locations offer free games for children every day!

Keeping Up with Friends

If your child was in preschool or a play group, keep in touch with their friends’ parents and plan out weekly or bi-weekly play dates or outings. Kindergarten can be overwhelming for children because they are meeting so many new children. Keeping up with your children’s preschool friends over the summer will help them continue developing the social skills they will need to make new friends.

Skills for Your Future Kindergartener

The Goddard School’s learning through play philosophy prepares children for kindergarten and their future adventures. With private preschools and kindergarten programs throughout the United States, The Goddard School builds on state educational guidelines for kindergarten readiness.

Children should be proficient in several skills when they enter kindergarten. You can help your child practice these skills throughout the summer. Your child should be able to do the following:

  • Grip a pencil, marker or crayon correctly;
  • Use child-safe scissors, glue and paint;
  • Identify sight words;
  • Play independently for a few minutes;
  • Use complete sentences when speaking;
  • Recite his or her full name, address and phone number;
  • Write his or her first name in uppercase and lowercase letters;
  • Sort objects by shape, size and quantity;
  • Get dressed independently.

These skills do not need to be mastered by the first day, but they are general skills that your child can practice throughout the summer.

Keep It Simple. Cherish Summer.

Summer is a time for children to have fun and play. You can keep their anxiety over starting kindergarten at bay by focusing on friends, family and fun while sprinkling in some skill-building activities. The first day of kindergarten will be here before you know it. You and your child will be ready to take on the challenge!

Summer Sun and Heat Safety Tips

Keeping cool throughout hot summer months can be a challenge, especially in hotter and more humid climates. Tune in to the weather reports on exceptionally hot and humid days and share the tips below with your family.

Apply Sunscreen before Leaving the House

Whether you are headed to the pool, the beach or your back yard, make sure you apply sunscreen to yourself and your children. Don’t miss the tops of the ears and the hands. When applying sunscreen to the skin around the eyes, try using a tear-free sunscreen specially formulated for the face. Sunburns can occur in fifteen minutes of sun exposure and can even occur on cloudy days, so applying sunscreen before heading out and reapplying sunscreen throughout the day is important.

Keep Activity Levels Low When the Humidity Is High

Stay safe on extremely hot and humid days by keeping an eye on weather advisories and the Heat Index Graph the National Weather Service publishes. If your child play outside in humid weather, have them come inside and drink water every fifteen minutes.

Hydrate. Hydrate. Hydrate.

Children should typically drink five to eight cups of water every day, depending on how active they are. On extremely hot and humid days, offer your children more than the recommended daily amount, especially before, during and after physical activity. Since children model their behavior on ours, we need to make sure we’re getting enough water every day, too.

Know the Signs of Heat Exhaustion

Normal reactions to hot weather include heavy sweating, a red face, heavy breathing, thirst and muscle cramps. However, if your child exhibits these reactions along with dizziness, fainting, clamminess, extreme fatigue, nausea, vomiting and/or a lack of sweat, your child might have heat exhaustion. If your child shows any of these symptoms, take your child indoors or to a shady spot and give your child plenty of water or an electrolyte drink. If the symptoms do not subside in an hour, seek the help of a doctor. Keep your child indoors until all the symptoms clear up and your child is feeling better.

Play Indoors

If it is too hot and humid for outside play, try one of these simple indoor activities.

* Create an indoor beach day. Unpack your beach towels, sunglasses and hats. Fill a large plastic bin with sand from your sand box or from a home improvement store. Put the bin on a blanket or sheet to catch any sand that may spill. Toss some beach toys in the bin and let your children play in the sand while enjoying your air conditioning.

Grab some favorite beach treats like ice cream sandwiches or popsicles. Better yet, make your own ice cream sandwiches with chocolate chip cookies and your favorite flavor of ice cream.

* Go fishing. Craft your own indoor fishing game by cutting a big piece of blue felt into a round shape, like a pond or lake. Lay the blue felt flat on the floor. Cut felt or cardstock into fish shapes and punch a small hole in the mouth area of each. Tie a lightweight washer to the mouth of each fish with yarn or twine. Create a fishing rod with a stick from your yard or a dowel from a craft store. Tie one end of a long strand of yarn or twine to the end of the stick or dowel and tie a ring magnet to the other end of the yarn. Toss the fish in the pond and have your little ones take turns fishing. (You can also buy indoor fishing games online.)

* Build a “sand” castle. Use blocks to build a castle with your children. Try different configurations and take pictures of each to capture your indoor beach day memories.

What do you do with your children when it is too hot to play outside?

Transitioning Back To School After COVID-19

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Returning to School after COVID-19 may be an anxious time for both parents and their children. Getting back into preschool and daycare centers may bring up big emotions from even our youngest students. When age-appropriate, let your children know that soon they will go back to School and be with their friends again, but things may be a little different when they return.

Here are some steps that parents and families can take to help their children make a smooth transition back to School:

  1. Drive to their School to familiarize your child with the setting. Seeing the School building will help jog your child’s fun memories of the building and all of their beloved friends and teachers inside.
  2. Communicate with your children. When age-appropriate, explain to your children how things may be different when they return, such as a smaller class size or teachers wearing masks.
  3. Assess your feelings.Young children can pick up on their parents’ nonverbal cues. If you feel guilty or worried about your child returning to School, he or she will sense it. The calmer and more assured you are, the more confident your child will be. If you are struggling with the idea of your child returning to School, think about the reasons why. Reassess your feelings. Don’t do something if you’re uncomfortable. Consider calling the School’s owner or director to learn about the new health and safety protocols put into place for children, families and faculty members.
  4. Establish the partnership.When you enter the classroom or meet teachers in front of the building for drop-off and pick-up, be sure to greet your child’s teacher warmly by name. Because of enhanced safety policies, parents may not be allowed to linger, so to ensure you’re doing all you can to keep children, families and faculty members safe, call in advance to find out. Then, let your children know about these new rules to help them understand and be prepared for these changes. If your child clings to you or is reluctant to participate in the class, don’t get upset because this may only upset your child more. Follow the guidelines described by the teacher or School and go at your child’s pace.
  5. Say goodbye. Saying goodbye may be hard for young children who have adjusted to being at home with their parents every day. As tempting as it may be to stick around, you should follow a predictable farewell routine to make leaving easier. Also, keep in mind that most children do well once their parents leave. Some parents wave from outside a certain classroom window, sing a goodbye song or make a funny goodbye face. It’s important to be consistent and do the following:
  • Always say a loving goodbye to your child and reassure him or her that you will be back to pick him or her up later. Once you do, you should leave promptly. A long farewell scene might only serve to reinforce a child’s hesitation about this experience.
  • Never sneak out. As tempting as it may be, leaving without saying goodbye may frighten a child.

If you would like more information about how Goddard Schools are responding to COVID-19, please click here.

Five Ways to Prevent “Summer Slide”

Summer is an awesome time of year. It’s full of family get-togethers, trips to the pool and vacations. With all that awesomeness, though, sometimes learning falls by the wayside. Research has shown that some children experience summer learning loss, also known as “summer slide” because their minds aren’t as engaged as they are during the school year. You can help to keep your child’s brain active and prevent summer slide with these five fun learning activities:

1. Read, read, read. Read to your child or encourage him to read for twenty minutes every day. Taking a trip to the library on hot, humid or rainy days can be fun, too. Also, listening to audio books is great during car trips.

2. Learn a new word every week. Make this a game by seeing who can use the new word the most times throughout the week. You can even make a scoreboard and stick it on the fridge. Encourage your child to look through a picture dictionary to pick out new words.

3. Get cooking. Cooking with your child is a fun way to teach your child math and reading skills as well as how to follow instructions. Look through a cookbook with your little one, and ask him what he would like to make.

4. Hit the road. Take a field trip to a museum, a zoo or an aquarium. Before you go, read a book with your child about the sights at your destination. When you return, you and your child can write a journal entry about your adventures.

5. Go outside. Embrace the nice weather and go on a hike, nature walk or bike ride. Pack a magnifying glass and/or binoculars, and take breaks along the way to take a closer look at things. You and your little one can even take notes on interesting objects or animals and look up more information about them online or in an encyclopedia when you get home.

 

HERE ARE 5 TIPS FOR WORKING FROM HOME WITH CHILDREN

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Have you ever wondered whether it would be fun to homeschool your children? (Confession, I have not.) But I imagine it could be satisfying and enjoyable if you don’t have another job on the line. Yet, here, we are parents, working one, two or more jobs on top of raising our precious, loud, energetic, no napping, computer touching, toy breaking, bundles of joy. At this point, my son thinks I’ve changed his name to “Don’t Touch That!”

Raising children is a rewarding but tough job. Working at home and raising children is impossible, am I right? Well no, not necessarily. It may not always be easy, but I’ve got some great tips to share with you. They’re curated from my experience and some of my colleagues’ experiences.

So, before you hear “Alexa, play Baby Shark” one more time, check out these work-from-home parenting ideas.

  1. Maintain a routine.

Now more than ever, children need a routine. If your children attend a Goddard School, you’ll have a good idea of what their days entail. Try following this routine to keep consistency in their lives, maintain your sanity and help ease the transition back into a structured learning environment. Even though we don’t know when schools and businesses will reopen, it will happen.

Don’t forget your schedule. You also benefit from following a routine. Get up, get dressed (even if it’s just putting on another pair of sweatpants) and start your day how you normally would when preparing for work.

As you navigate your new normal, stay in touch with your manager and team and let them know you’ll have time to complete things when your children are napping or after they go to bed. Open and transparent communication with your team and managers is the key.

  1. Take breaks!

A twin mama at GSI said she takes breaks to spend time with her children. She does crafts with them or takes them for a walk where they practice number recognition on mailboxes, learn about the local flora and fauna (mostly just squirrels) and play in the mud. Of course, she has plenty of work to do, but she carves out time to be with her twins.

Right now, toddlers through early elementary-school-age see that their parents are home and don’t understand why mom or dad can’t play. My son is beside himself whenever he can’t come into my room. He can be rambunctious and not on his best behavior. I end up feeling frustrated, but when I finally let him in the room, I hold him for a while. It calms him down and he goes on his merry way to play with toy bugs. I continue to underestimate the importance of being present for my little guy. I’m torn in two directions: I want to be a great employee and a stellar mom, regardless of the quarantine and work from home situation. It’s hard to do both but taking breaks to focus on your kids will help.

  1. Share responsibilities with other adults at home, if possible.

During these unprecedented times, hundreds of thousands of American workers are figuring out how to work from home for the first time. If you have a partner at home, sit down to discuss your upcoming week. Share your work schedules so that someone is watching the children while completing smaller work tasks, such as checking emails, giving the other time to be on the phone or join meetings. Then switch! This requires flexibility and juggling, and there may be some mishaps – especially when your littlest co-workers didn’t get the schedule memo – but this method will alleviate some of the stress for adults working from home.

If it’s just you and your children at home, follow tips one and two. When talking with your teammates and manager, be firm and let them know that you may need to work odd hours to complete tasks. Reassure them that your work will get done, just on a different timetable than some of your peers.

  1. Have go-to activities that require little supervision for your children.

A west coast colleague of mine has two children under the age of four. Both she and her husband have been working from home for weeks and are getting the hang of their new normal. She created a visual schedule for her children, using simple pictures that they can recognize and understand. Depending on the day, she typically takes the morning shift with her children and her husband takes the afternoon shift.

Because her children are young, someone must be present with them 24/7. To help ease the stress of juggling little ones and work, she created simple, fun activities that require less vigilance, allowing her time to check and respond to emails while supervising playtime. Here’s one of her ideas.

If the weather is nice outside, have a car wash! It doesn’t have to be a big car, either. It can be just about anything that is waterproof. If the weather isn’t great outside, bring everything inside to the kitchen sink or bathtub.

In an upcoming blog article, we’ll have a list of simple fun activities for children to do while you’re working at home. Stay tuned!

  1. Be kind to yourself.

It’s easy to get overwhelmed on any normal day, but when you throw in working from home and being a stay-at-home parent, everything is magnified. Mistakes may happen and that’s okay! Don’t beat yourself up over this blip in time. To avoid being crushed under the weight of divergent responsibilities, make things easier when possible.

Yes, you may be relying on screen time and fast microwave meals more often. There is absolutely nothing wrong with that. Your children won’t remember that they ate SpaghettiOs for lunch every day for a week. And the extra screen time won’t suddenly transform them into YouTube Kids zombies. Right now, things are tough – and that’s an understatement.

In the end, your children will remember that mommy or daddy got to be at home with them. They’ll remember the extra time you got to spend together even if both of you were looking at different screens.

Mother’s Day Craft

“Pocket Full of Kisses”

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, here’s a craft that little ones can do (with an adult’s assistance and supervision, of course) to thank mom for all that she does.


What you need:

* Two white paper plates

* Crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint

* Hole punch

* Yarn, ribbon or a long shoelace

* Safety scissors

* Bag of Hershey’s KISSES

* Peel-and-stick magnets (optional)


Directions:

1. Cut one paper plate in half and leave the other one whole.

2. Use the hole punch to punch holes, about one inch apart, along the straight edge of the cut plate.

3. Put the plates together so that the outside edges match up (this will form the pocket). While they are together, continue to punch holes, about one inch apart, around the edges of both plates.

4. Use the yarn, ribbon or long shoelace to sew the two plates together. (You won’t actually sew the straight edge of the cut plate to the full plate, but you can lace the yarn through these holes for decoration and added support.)

5. Tie the ends of the yarn, ribbon or shoelace together when sewing is complete.

6. Make a hole at the top and tie a piece of yarn or ribbon through for hanging on the wall or attach a few peel-and-stick magnets to the back for hanging on the refrigerator.

7. Decorate with crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint.

8. When complete, fill the pocket with Hershey’s KISSES and present to mom on her special day! Once the KISSES are gone, mom can continue to use the pocket for recipes, coupons or more candy.

How To Calm & Comfort Children Through Routines

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by Lee Scott, Contributing Writer and Goddard School Educational Advisory Board Member

Children thrive when there are routines, rituals and schedules within their daily lives at home or school. They feel more secure, safe and nurtured. When there are changes in their environment, it can be stressful for our little ones. This is especially true if their parents are now at home all day, they aren’t going to school and they can’t play on the equipment in the park. By establishing a routine, even if it is a new one, you will bring comfort and consistency to your children’s lives.

We also know that change can be a learning opportunity, and being flexible with our children at times can support the development of social-emotional skills such as risk-taking, self-control and independence. The key is to balance spontaneity based on what is happening around you and your children’s interests with a daily schedule that meets your family needs.

Important Basic Routines

These routines support positive mental and physical health:

  • Morning wakeup – getting ready for the day
  • Mealtimes and snack times
  • Bath rituals
  • Cleaning up – sorting and cleaning up toys, after mealtime, etc.
  • Bedtime – getting ready for and going to bed
  • Naptime (or quiet time)

These basic routines also help children anticipate what will happen during the day and help them focus on playful learning versus worrying about what’s next. By establishing these basic routines, you free up time for more flexibility in your child’s day.

Being in the Moment

Try to be more in the moment with your children when you are doing things with them. This focused attention, as you move throughout the day, will help your children follow directions and move from one activity to another. If you act distracted while directing or speaking with your children, they will be distracted too. It is often hard to do, but your loving attention is one of the most important things you can give your children. Switching your focus can be calming and soothing for you as well.

Handling Transitions

This is the time when things could get a bit rough, especially if your children are engaged in something they love to do. Transitions can at times make children feel they have no control over what is happening next. This can create tantrums, fears and tears. The best ways to handle transitions within a day’s routine are:

  1. Prepare your children. Let them know what is coming, for example, “In five minutes we are going to stop playing with trucks and get ready for lunch.” By preparing, you eliminate the surprise.
  2. Join in the transition. It is often easier if you work with your children during the transition. They will be comforted by your participation.
  3. Praise your children. Let them know what a great job they did in cleaning up, coming to the table, etc.
  4. Talk about what is next. Explaining what will happen next helps children look forward to it.

With all the changes that we face with a big shift in our daily lives right now, the consistency with routines you establish will help your children to feel safe, confident and secure.

Five Ways to Fend Off Your Child’s Boredom

Sooner or later, your child may utter the phrase “I’m bored.” Should that time come, here are five ways to help your child learn how to entertain herself.

1. Make a boredom box. Sit down with your child and brainstorm a list of different things she likes to do. Then, write each idea on a different slip of paper and put the m all in a shoebox or jar. If your child gets bored, take out the box and ask her to pick out an activity (without peeking).

2. Play a game. It doesn’t matter whether you play a card game, a board game or a word game as long as you play it together. It will help to alleviate his boredom and strengthen family bonds.

3. Ask your child to help you with chores. Some children love to help with housework, such as dusting and cleaning. You can make a game out of seeing who can fold the laundry the fastest or who can sweep up more dust.

4. Head outside. Take a walk, go on a geocache hunt or play catch if your child is old enough. Just remember to bring water and use sunscreen.

5. Let your child be bored. Some artists and writers say that boredom inspires creativity. Boredom might inspire your child to try an activity she hasn’t explored before. Who knows? Boredom may bring out your child’s inner Picasso!

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – May 2014

   May 2014  

Moral Behavior and Empathy by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

As with other aspects of behavior, moral behavior must be taught. One element of such behavior is the ability to empathize with others, to put oneself in someone else’s shoes. Obviously, empathy can help inhibit anti-social behavior.

There is some evidence that empathy is part of a child’s in-born temperament, and that some children are naturally more empathic than others. However, research also shows that empathic parents tend to have empathic children. So this important attribute is clearly shaped by example and teaching as well as by genes.

The ability to show children what it is to care about another’s well-being – physical and emotional – is central to teaching morality. It is also central to their self-control and their long-term ability to form lasting relationships.

Many childhood games are valuable for teaching connectedness, turn-taking and awareness of others. Peekaboo is a great example.

Observing Babies as They Learn

You love to watch your little one playing and learning, and so do Goddard School teachers. Observation is a core method our teachers use to assess what children are learning, when they are ready to learn new tasks and what their interests are. We use these observations to track the children’s progress, develop lesson plans and share the children’s development with their parents.

As parents, we often teach our children, yet they can teach us a lot while we observe them. Children will inform us of their needs and interests if we pay attention to them. You may want to keep a notebook or record your observations on your computer or tablet. Observe your child at different times of the day, such as at mealtimes and bedtime. Over time, your notes will form an interesting record of your child’s behavior at different ages and help you notice whether a pattern of behavior is emerging. When you notice that your child develops a new interest, try to nurture it without overwhelming your child. Think about ways you can introduce some new activities that will appeal to those interests.

Through observation, you will gain a better understanding of your child and create a record of special memories.

Mother’s Day Craft: Pocket Full of Kisses

With Mother’s Day just around the corner, here’s a craft that little ones can do (with an adult’s assistance and supervision, of course) to thank mom for all that she does.

What you need:

  • Two white paper plates
  • Crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn, ribbon or a long shoelace
  • Safety scissors
  • Bag of Hershey’s® KISSES®
  • Peel-and-stick magnets (optional)
  1. Cut one paper plate in half and leave the other one whole.
  2. Use the hole punch to punch holes, about one inch apart, along the straight edge of the cut plate.
  3. Put the plates together so that the outside edges match up (this will form the pocket). While they are together, continue to punch holes, about one inch apart, around the edges of both plates.
  4. Use the yarn, ribbon or long shoelace to sew the two plates together. (You won’t actually sew the straight edge of the cut plate to the full plate, but you can lace the yarn through these holes for decoration and added support.)
  5. Tie the ends of the yarn, ribbon or shoelace together when sewing is complete.
  6. Make a hole at the top and tie a piece of yarn or ribbon through for hanging on the wall or attach a few peel-and-stick magnets to the back for hanging on the refrigerator.
  7. Decorate with crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint.
  8. When complete, fill the pocket with Hershey’s® KISSES® and present to mom on her special day! Once the KISSES® are gone, mom can continue to use the pocket for recipes, coupons or more candy.

News Items

Mark your Calendar for our Mother’s Day Concert

Friday, May 9th
3:30-5:00
Cookies, Craft and Concert

The musical band Rocknocerus will begin at 4:00 to entertain our Mothers and families

Contact Us

42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: ashburn2va@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: Root for Earth 2014 Edition

       April 2014

Root for Earth with The Goddard School!®

To plant the seeds of environmental awareness in their communities, Goddard Schools across the nation are hosting Root for Earth, a week-long celebration of conservation that features a variety of activities for promoting a healthier Earth for future generations.

The celebration begins on Monday, April 21. On Earth Day, which is on Tuesday, April 22, more than 400 Goddard Schools nationwide will turn off all non-essential lighting for an hour to symbolize their commitment to making a difference. The children will enjoy environmentally friendly activities throughout the week. Stop by from Monday, April 21, to Friday, April 25, to Root for Earth with us!

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Carpool. Carpool to school, work or outings with friends. Take public transportation when it is available and convenient.

Garden. Growing a garden can be so rewarding. If you have limited space, try container or community gardening. Even toddlers can help plant, tend and harvest a garden!

Buy locally grown food. Purchasing food from local farmers cuts down on carbon emissions because their vehicles only transport your food a short distance.

Plant a tree. Trees remove harmful carbon dioxide from the air and release oxygen so people and animals can breathe.

Save energy at home. Filter and bottle your own water. Using disposable water bottles creates plastic waste. Drink tap water or add a filtration system to your sink or refrigerator.

Unplug Your Gadgets. Turning off your gadgets is good for your device and the planet. Unplug your chargers when you’re not using them. Put your computer on sleep mode or turn it off when not in use.

Earth Day on the Go!

Many people bring reusable bags to grocery stores as an alternative to paper or plastic bags. You can buy plain tote bags in most craft stores or on the internet, then let your child decorate them! Your little one will be so proud to carry the tote bag while helping you grocery shop, transporting toys or bringing lunch and snacks to school.

Materials

Plain reusable tote bag or cloth lunch bag
Acrylic paint
Child-safe fabric markers or paint pens
Rubber stamps, stencils and other supplies

Instructions

  1. Encourage your child to use his or her imagination as he or she decorates the tote or lunch bag with paint, fabric markers and any other supplies. Encourage your child to decorate each bag with natural themes, such as animals, trees, the sun and sky, etc.
  2. Talk with your child about why these bags are better for the environment than plastic bags.
  3. Let the bags dry.

Fun with Recycling

Teach your child about recycling using this fun sorting game. To support this activity, read the book Trash and Recycling, by Stephanie Turnbull to the children and discuss why some items are recyclable and others are not.

Materials

Three Containers
Card Stock
Scissors*
Glue or Tape

Instructions

  1. Cut out pictures of different recyclable and non-recyclable items from the magazines.
  2. Attach each one to a different piece of card stock.
  3. Draw a recycling sign on a piece of card stock and a trash can on another and place each sign in a different container.
  4. Place the cards featuring the recyclable and non-recyclable items in the third container.
  5. Encourage the children to sort the pictures into either the trash or recycling container.

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

News Items

Please join us for many wonderful school events this month! We begin with a sneak peek at our Summer Program Hooray for the USA and Miss Beth’s Art Class. During the Week of the Young Child we will hold an Silent Art Auction and have a Parent Visit Day on the 10th.

Children will enjoy writing poems in their poetry logs and Miss Theresa will teach her Literacy Classes with Poems The school is closed on Friday, April 18th for Spring Break and when we return we will enjoy a week of “Root for Earth.

School Spirit Night is Monday April 28th at Chipotle’s. Families and teachers are all invited to show their support for the school, meet new and old families and enjoy a great dinner. All money earned will go the Parents Club.

We end the month with our Spring Scholastic Book Sale beginning April 28th and ending May 2nd.

All families are invited to join us for a special week of Root for Earth when children will be learning how to take care of the earth we all live on. We will have a special recycling bin to collect items we can use for arts and crafts in the school. We will also particiapte in The Goddard School best recycling idea and our idea will be posted on Facebook.

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Ashburn
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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2014

   March 2014  

A World of Style – Developmental Benchmarks by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

The developmental benchmarks of early childhood – the “normal” times when certain skills are supposed to appear – can never do justice to the infinite variety of ways that development actually occurs. Yet it is tempting for parents to compare their children to charts and tables of “average” this or “typical” that. Moreover, comparison is inevitable in many childcare setting where parents can’t help but see how their child measures up to others. Concern about early learning can put added pressure on parents to watch for signs that language and cognitive development are “on schedule.”

However, from a practical point, timing doesn’t mean very much. The order of development of new skills is more important than the timing of the appearance of any one skill. Jargon before vocabulary, crawling before walking, sucking before drinking. Children pass through these gateways at vastly different rates.

As long as your child is progressing in each area, it doesn’t matter if he is a bit “behind” on something, and, satisfying though it may be, it doesn’t mean anything if he is a bit “ahead” on something else. For example, numerous studies have confirmed that the vast majority of children who talk later than average are just as smart and do just as well in school as early talkers. If is perfectly normal for a child’s interests and temperament to lead her further and faster in some areas than in others. It is also perfectly normal for these interests to change over time.

Benchmarks can be helpful, provided they are used as general guidelines. If you have concerns, check with your pediatrician. A good rule of thumb: don’t let other children’s progress get in the way of your respect for the individuality of your child.

Creatively Boost Confidence

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

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

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

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

Breakfast “Cupcakes”

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

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

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

News Items

March certainly came in with a Roar!-Let’s hope it goes out like a Lamb!
We have many great school events scheduled for March. Please pick up a calendar for a list of all events.

Our Pre Kindergarten Curriculum Night is Thursday March 20th., Our Pre Kindergarten Teachers and Directors will present a day in the life of a Pre Kindergartener and introduce the Pre K curriculum and program. For all families whose children turn 4 in 2014 you are invited to the special night. This is a parents only event and will be held in the Colonial Jamestown classroom. Start time is 6:30 with a question and answer time after the presentation. Everyone is invited to come and learn why our children score and do so well when they enter elementary school.

Events at the school this month include Bunny pictures, Parents Club Bake Sale, Goddard Happy Hour, and Field Day.

As always Miss Theresa will teach her special Literacy Classes and Miss Beth will be teaching her special Art classes.

Open Enrollment for Kindergarten, After School, and Summer Camp for Elementary Children begins this month.

Kindergarten testing and report cards go home at the end of the month.

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42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn
www.goddardschool.com
7037238434
email: ashburn2va@gmail.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – February 2014

   February 2014  

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrate Diversity

As toddlers and preschoolers, children are beginning to notice there are differences between themselves and others. While their observations are very broad at this point–a child may notice another child’s hair is different from his, but not quite know why–they are beginning to form their own ideas about what all these differences mean, and their natural inquisitiveness can lead to many questions.

To help your child understand, learn to respect and celebrate differences in others, guide him as he explores and learns from the diverse world around him.

  • Be open to his questions and provide clear, age-appropriate answers. Listen attentively and explain why certain words or thoughts are hurtful.
  • Embrace differences in others, don’t try to avoid them. Use books, music, games and food to explore different cultures together.
  • Set a good example through your positive relationships with others. Your little one will learn to accept and respect their peers, too.
    • Check local websites and activity guides for places you can hike, ski, sled, ice skate or snowshoe.
    • Romp in the snow and enjoy an exciting snowball fight.
    • If it’s too cold to be outdoors, consider indoor activities such as swimming, karate and dance.
    • Limit TV, video game and computer time to encourage your children to get active.
    • Set a good example. If you’re telling your children to get out and play, make sure you do, too!
  • Get Out and Play!

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

News Items

We have many exciting events this month! Please join us for Parent Club Meeting at 6:30 pm on February 12th.
Sign up to share a good book February 14th after nine and before 4:00
Our Sweetheart Card Exchange is Friday February 14th. Children will exchange cards during circle time.

We have an informational Kindergarten Open House on Saturday February 22nd from 10:00-12:00. We look forward to seeing our parents of Pre Kindergarten children at this event and for any parent interested in our Kindergarten Program.

It’s Read Across America Week beginning February 24th and Miss Theresa will present her “TLC” reading class, teachers will mystery read in the classrooms, and all classes will enjoy this special week of rhyming books and Dr. Seuss.

It’s Dental Health Month and The Ashburn Pediatrics Dentistry Group will visit our school on the 24th beginning at 10:00 and share with the children how to take care of their teeth.

Please donate small or travel size toiletries to the Loudoun Women’s Shelter this month.

Contact Us

42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: Ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – January 2014

   January 2014  

Temperamental Fit between Parent and Child by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

It is good to remind ourselves that our children are developing in very close proximity to us and to our own capacities to feel shame and invoke our consciences in useful, constructive ways. It will help to take a brief look at our own styles and think about how they will affect our children at this age.

The temperamental “fit” between parent and child plays a big role in the limit-setting process. If this process is to work well, the challenge is to keep drawing your child toward greater and greater self-control.

The fit or match between your style and that of your toddler will never be perfect, nor should it be. However, thinking about how you affect each other can greatly increase the ease with which you set limits for her and help her stay in control when she is threatening to “lose it.”

When you are well tuned to your child, both of you are likely to feel more in control. As a result, your child doesn’t have to resort to ever more dramatic tactics, like shutting down completely or running away.

By the same token, repeated misreading of what a child needs in the limit-setting realm, coupled with too little or too much discipline, leaves her feeling confused and that she has failed as a communicator. These feelings, in turn, lead to a sense of uselessness and hopelessness. So it’s a good idea to periodically reassess your style and that of your child to see where differences could be helpful or troublesome.

Teach. Play. Learn.

“In order to thrive in today’s world, children need to be equipped with 21st century skills. P21 applauds The Goddard School’s focus on developing these skills early so that students can be successful in and out of school.” – Helen Soule, Executive Director of P21

Between January 13 and February 15, 2014, Goddard School preschools across the country will celebrate 21ST century learning and innovation! The Goddard School has partnered with TINKERTOY®, an organization that manufactures educational STEM-focused toys for children three and older, for our national Teach. Play. Learn. event. Stop by your nearest Goddard School to imagine, create and build with your children and see 21st century learning skills in action!

Click here to locate and contact a participating Goddard School near you for event dates and times. And, as part of our partnership with TINKERTOY, families and friends of The Goddard School can enjoy a 20% discount at knex.com now through March 31, 2014 with coupon code goddard20.

Hearty, Healthy Breakfast

This healthy, balanced baked oatmeal is sure to help your little one feel full and energized.

Fruit-Infused Baked Oatmeal

(Makes about six servings)

1 cup rolled oats
1/2 tsp. baking powder
3/4 tsp. ground cinnamon
1/4 cup sugar-free maple syrup
1 cup almond milk
1 large egg, lightly beaten
2 tbsp. butter, softened or melted
3 ripe bananas, sliced
1 cup fresh or frozen berries (strawberries, raspberries, blueberries)

Preheat the oven to 350°F. Lightly grease a square or rectangular baking dish. Mix the oats, baking powder and cinnamon until they are well mixed. Combine the syrup, milk, egg and butter. Place the sliced bananas in a single layer on the bottom of your baking dish. Top the bananas with half of the berries. Pour the dry oat mixture over the fruit in an even layer. Then, pour the liquid ingredients evenly over the oats. Place the remaining berries evenly on top. Bake for 35-40 minutes or until the top is browned. Let the oatmeal cool a few minutes before serving it. If you make it the night before, cover it with a sheet of aluminum foil and place it in the refrigerator so you can reheat it in the morning.

News Items

Happy New Year to all our Goddard friends and families. We wish everyone a very happy and productive 2014!

Our Multicultural Day and Parade is January 23rd from 10:30-11:30. It is a fun, and educational event for everyone to enjoy.

CPAA-Assessment testing in Reading, Math, and Phonics will begin on January 6th for Kindergarten and January 13th for Pre Kindergarten

TLC Reading Class is January 27th
Art with Ms. Beth for Pre Kindergarten is January 20th

School Wide Parent Teacher Conferences are January 28th and 29th.

Winter Session Playball begins January 7th and Dance and Chess Club continues.

Contact Us

42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: Ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – December 2013

   December 2013  

Is Technology Helping Children to Read by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

When our fifth-grader recently announced he was going downstairs to curl up with his mother’s old Kindle, I was stopped in my tracks by a delicious memory from five years ago, when my family used to curl up together with print books for a reading hour each Sunday night before bed. Today, that may seem like nostalgia. Half of American families own tablets, and many parents are wondering if co-reading e-books with children is a good thing.

Ten years ago, this was not a dilemma. Most parents thought that computers, laptops and DVD players were convenient for entertainment, but only a minority believed that technology was going to play a significant and positive role in their young children’s education at home or in school. However, with the increase in smartphone and tablet use during the last decade, most parents are now comfortable with digital learning. Still, many parents who are comfortable with the benefits of digital gaming and interactive problem-solving are less enthusiastic about using devices to help their children learn to read.

Parents highly cherish children’s ability to read, as they should. Our families and our communities suffer if children fail to master reading by the third grade. How can parents use digital tools to help their children develop literacy skills?

Parents value co-reading because it promotes interactive storytelling, enriches children’s vocabularies and stimulates parent-child conversations, but co-reading e-books may or may not provide the same benefits. Two recent Cooney Center QuickReports from the Joan Ganz Cooney Center, Comparing Parent-Child Co-reading on Print, Basic and Enhanced E-book Platforms (Chiong, Ree, Takeuchi & Erickson, 2012) and Co-reading with Children on iPads: Parents’ Perceptions and Practices (Vaala & Takeuchi, 2012) had three significant findings:

1) Print and basic e-books both elicited similar levels of content-related actions like pointing, labeling and talking about the story’s content. Enhanced e-books, however, prompted more non-content-related actions like pushing the parent’s hand away or talking about the device, with measurably less vocabulary growth and less pre-reading skill building. While enhanced e-books appeal to children, they don’t enrich the essential parent-child conversation about content that strengthens literacy skills as much as print books or basic e-books do (Chiong et al., 2012).

2) Overall, print books were found to be better for co-reading between a parent and a child than either e-book platform. Neither kind of e-book supports story-focused conversation and story comprehension as well as print books do (Chiong et al., 2012).

3) The majority of parents who co-read e-books on iPads prefer co-reading print books, unless they are traveling or commuting with their child. They feel that e-book co-reading is too difficult and they do not want their young children to have too much screen time (Vaala & Takeuchi, 2012).

To summarize, designers of enhanced e-books need to create e-books with co-reading-related activities and include fewer games and videos (Chiong et al., 2012). Parents seem to prefer print books, but they will use e-books for strengthening literacy and pre-literacy skills when they travel (Vaala & Takeuchi, 2012). We have a lot more to learn about this subject, so don’t recycle your print library yet.

References

Chiong, C., Ree, J., Takeuchi, L. & Erickson, I. (Spring 2012). Print books vs. e-books: Comparing parent-child co-reading on print, basic and enhanced e-book platforms. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center. Retrieved from http://magent.enr-corp.com/logclick.asp?rt=[$rel_trans]&u=http%3a%2f%2fwww.joanganzcooneycenter.org%2fwp-content%2fuploads%2f2012%2f07%2fjgcc_ebooks_quickreport.pdf

Vaala, S. & Takeuchi, L. (Summer 2012). Parent co-reading survey: Co-reading with children on iPads: Parents’ perceptions and practices. The Joan Ganz Cooney Center. Retrieved from http://magent.enr-corp.com/logclick.asp?rt=[$rel_trans]&u=http%3a%2f%2fwww.joanganzcooneycenter.org%2fwp-content%2fuploads%2f2012%2f11%2fjgcc_ereader_parentsurvey_quickreport.pdf

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.

Warm Winter Wishes Craft

This special homemade photo gift is sure to warm hearts this winter! Create one for a special someone or make many to give as gifts to family & friends.

What you need:
Sheets of colored paper or craft foam
Ribbon or small adhesive magnets
Small photo(s) of your family or child
Glue stick
Child-safe scissors
Washable markers
Pencil
Single hole punch
Decorative “winter” craft accessories of your choice

What to do:

  1. Use a pencil to trace your child’s hand on a sheet of paper or craft foam. Trace each finger individually or around their four fingers together and thumb separately to make a mitten shape.
  2. Carefully cut out the hand or mitten shape, and then trim your photo to fit in the “palm” of the cutout. Glue the photo in place.
  3. Here’s the fun part! Encourage your little one to get creative with washable markers and “winter” craft accessories to add their own decorative touch!
  4. When your child is happy with their masterpiece, either punch a hole in the top and tie a ribbon through it for hanging or attach small adhesive magnets to the back for hanging on the refrigerator.

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

What Our Children Teach Us

Our children come to us with a fresh look at life, full of uniqueness, purity and innocence. Each and every day, our children take joy in learning from us–not just the big life lessons, but the nuances, too. As grown-ups, we often rush through life, caught up in day to day tasks. In a blink, babies become preschoolers, and before we know it we’ll be cheering for them at their high school graduation.

Consider what our children can teach us, or remind us of, if we only let them. Our children can remind us what love is–true, unconditional love. They can remind us what it means to really apologize, to not just say “I’m sorry,” but to mean it. They can remind us what pure, raw emotion is–happiness, in its most genuine form, and sadness, too. They can remind us to look for joy in the smallest places. They can remind us to laugh and to laugh often–it lowers stress and it’s good for the soul.

What does your child teach you?

News Items

Please join us for our annual Cookies and Cream on December 20th from 4:00-5:00 Children will decorate cookies and make a craft .

Continue to donate to Toys for Tots. This year we are raffling three Redskins tickets to the Redskins/Cowboy game. One toy donated equals one raffle for a chance to win. Deadline is December 16th

School Spirit Night is Monday December 2nd at the Chick Fil A in Leesburg. All money earn will benefit The Parents Club. We are planning a musicial event for January.

Parents Night Out is Friday, December 13th .

Choose for Charity your favorite toy begins December 9th and Judging for your favorite Snowman begins Wednesday, December 11th.

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42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn VA
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: Ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2013

   November 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Thumb-Sucking & Pacifiers by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Thumb-sucking and pacifiers are guaranteed to evoke debate whenever the topic is raised with parents, especially new ones. We have no trouble remembering relevant stories in our own families about thumb-suckers and how old they were when they stopped. Fact: Many children choose to suck their thumbs from before they are born because it is an important form of self-soothing and comfort.

Here are a few considerations that shape this debate as you make your decision about skin versus plastic:

  • Contemplating germs? Thumbs and pacifiers are about equally un-hygienic, but both can be washed frequently.
  • Concerned about teeth deformity? Dentists have found that genetic tendencies forecast the need for braces more often than sucking a thumb or pacifier in infancy. The exception may be “24/7-suckers” through kindergarten and beyond.
  • Pacifier versus thumb? Your thumb is always with you – no late night 911’s to the nearest pharmacy. The pacifier, however, is easier to remove when the day comes (typically first in a parent’s mind), and seems less self-indulgent to many parents.
  • Partner consensus? Talk to your partner. Do not assume that your partner has an identical philosophy about thumb versus pacifier as yours. This is an important conversation to have and revisit. Discuss this topic with your child’s teacher. Most parent magazines also cover this issue regularly.

Try not to make this a big deal. Very few children go to college with their pacifiers. At the same time, denying your children their comfort at a time when they may need it most will backfire more often then not, increasing their attachment to it. Children who know when it’s time for their comfort are showing you they know a thing or two about their needs, not that they have a habit.

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.

Preschooler-Approved: Votes are in for the Top 10 Toys for 2013!

In October, our preschoolers, ages six weeks to six years, participated in every child’s dream job–The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test. This sixth annual nationwide event was conducted by children at select Goddard Schools.

Toy companies from throughout the country submitted their products for consideration. Submissions were required to be age-appropriate toys that encouraged playful learning and are available for less than $40. A team of education experts from Goddard Systems, Inc. reviewed the toys and advanced 20 to the next round for the true testers–the children! Children and teachers worked together to identify their favorites and placed their votes.

Each of the 38 participating Goddard Schools have submitted their findings and the results are in. After tallying the votes, the Top 10 have been determined. Click here for The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Top 10 Toys of the 2013 season.

Thanksgiving and Giving Thanks

We see our family and friends, eat too much pie, enjoy a few extra days off from school and work, but beyond that… How can we demonstrate to our children the importance of both Thanksgiving and giving thanks?

The first Thanksgiving. First, let’s start by making sure our children know the story of the first Thanksgiving. Pick up a developmentally-appropriate book or find information online. It is important to discuss this story of hardship, friendship and sharing in an age-appropriate way.

A new tradition. Establish a new family tradition revolving around what your family is thankful for. This Thanksgiving, have everyone write or draw what they are most thankful for. Together, decorate a shoebox or journal with everyone’s answers. Make a point of adding to this box or journal throughout the year, and by next Thanksgiving you will have an amazing record of thanks. Add to this year after year–what a great treat it will be for the family to read through each Thanksgiving as your children grow!

Share. What are some of the things your children are most thankful for?

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Please join us for our annual
Thanksgiving Feast
Tuesday, November 26th
11:00-12:30

Families and Faculty will join in and bring tradtional
Thanksgiving food and drinks for all
our families to enjoy and eat along
with a creating a Thanksgiving Craft.

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Ashburn VA
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: Ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn Participates in Toys For Tots

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The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn Participates in Toys For Tots

Belmont Greene, Ashburn , VA (Grassroots Newswire) October 10,2013 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene, Ashburn will be the host to Toys For Tots on November 1, 2013 -December 1, 2013 from to .

The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn opened in August of 2008 and is owned and operated by Angie Schexnaider.  The school accommodates 162, ages six weeks to 12. 

“We are all delighted to host Toys for Tots. This year for every toy that is donated the parent or child enters a raffle to win a signed Redskins football. ,” says Angie .  “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 6:30-6:30, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.SM The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.SM Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in more than 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – October 2013

   October 2013  

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

As a child psychiatrist, school consultant, father and grandfather, I’ve seen a lot of All Hallows’ Eve’s involving preschool children – more unsuccessful than not. I’ve come to the conclusion that successful Halloween experiences contain the same traits: the children are old enough, the celebration is short, too much candy is avoided and it isn’t scary.

Parents intend to delight – and delight in – their preschool child’s playful participation in this fall ritual. But less is more when it comes to keeping a preschooler comfortable and entertained. Here are some guidelines:

Age
Halloween is really meant for school-age kids and adults who have no trouble telling fantasy from reality and whom are way past being afraid of the dark and of scary masks. The preschooler is less likely to laugh and more likely to anxiously ask the mask-wearer a question – cute, but neither funny nor entertaining.

Length
Tying Halloween into dinner plans often stretches the evening out beyond your preschooler’s stamina, making all the other strange stuff inherent to the event harder to manage and understand. Plan to stick to your routine, and celebrate well before bedtime so your preschooler has a chance to settle down.

Sweets
Candy is the antithesis of your normal bedtime snack, giving your child a sugar rush. So, keep them away from the candy bowl. You may want to reconsider having them stay home to ‘help hand out the treats,’ tempting though it may be to have them ‘safe’ with you at your own front door.

Scariness
Because the preschool mind is just mastering the difference between reality and fantasy, things that slip back and forth over the edge of that distinction – like Halloween itself – aren’t very comfortable training grounds for this kind of learning. Older children can see the joy in being scared because they understand the difference. A preschooler is not quite ready for this kind of ‘fun.’

For your young ones, then, I suggest you make it a dress-up party without the gore, leave the trick or treating to the grade school professionals, check your favorite parents magazine/Web site for some simple games to play with peers and get them to bed at a reasonable time. Giving them and yourself a few more years to get ready for the delightful weirdness will be deeply appreciated by them and you.

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.

Parent-Teacher Communication

Establishing a strong, open line of communication between parents and teachers is an essential part of any child’s education. Doing so allows parents to always remain apprised of their child’s progress and, should a problem arise, allows for easy discussion on ways to address and remedy the situation.

Never hesitate to get the lines of communication flowing. As your child’s teacher greets each new student on the first day of school, take advantage of the situation to introduce yourself as well. Ask how and when would be the best time to contact them if you have questions or just want to check in on your child’s progress.

Try to communicate with your child’s teacher regularly. Frequent chats help build your parent-teacher relationship and allow for a constant flow of feedback so you both can better understand and address your child’s needs.

Becoming involved in school events and/or parent-teacher organizations offers another great forum for developing parent-teacher communication. Make an effort to attend open houses, social events and/or join the school’s PTO.

Once the lines of communication are established, you and your child’s teacher can work together throughout the school year to monitor and guide your child’s educational goals.

Mummy-Dogs, Halloweenies and Witch Eyes

Looking for a spooktacular twist for your child’s Halloween lunch?

  • Wrap precooked hot dogs in thin strips of canned roll dough and bake until golden brown for yummy Mummy-Dogs. For a healthier twist, try turkey or tofu dogs!
  • Slice veggie dogs, put in a mini-pita pocket with colorful matchstick veggies and add sweet and sour or BBQ sauce for a delicious Halloweenies sandwich!
  • Whip up devilishly delicious deviled eggs. Top with a round slice of black olive. Serve two egg halves side-by-side for protein-packed Witch Eyes.

News Items

The Month of October is filled with Community Visitors.
We have a fireman, a paramedic, a chef, a librarian,
and a veterinarian all coming to The Goddard School to share with the children educational and enjoyable information.

We will be at Asburn Firehouse #22 on Sunday October 6th from 12:00-3:30. Look for us in the Call 911 area. Miss Jenn and Miss Theresa will be there to teach children how to call 911. It is a great family event.

Our first Parents Club Meeting is Wednesday, October 2nd.
from 6:30-7:30. Please join us.

Goddard Happy Hour is Thursday, October 24th from 4:00-5:00.
Join your child for an hour of fun and activities.

Our Annual Storybook Parade is Thursday, October 31st from 10:0012:00

Children will dress up in costume and parade to each classroom for games, and treats.

The Goddard School will sponser a food drive for Loudoun Interfaith. We will have a goal chart up for everyone to enjoy and hope to reach our goal with an ice cream treat for all. The food drive will begin October 8th.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – September 2013

   September 2013  

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

Transitioning your child from home care to childcare is wrenching for every parent. In fact, most babies and young children adapt to their new environment more easily than parents do. And it’s important for parents to appreciate and care for their own emotions at this juncture.

As with so many things for young children, taking it slow and easy can work wonders. If your child is moving into alternative childcare for the first time, make the transition gradual, providing lots of support.

  • Make sure your child meets the caregivers or teachers before moving into this new environment. If you choose a childcare center or a preschool, make sure your child knows at least one other child in the class. If your child doesn’t already know someone, ask the caregiver to suggest one or two children who might be good matches for your child, and set up a few play dates.
  • Talk to your child about the new arrangement, describing the friends to be made and the wonderful things to be done and learned. Talk about being apart and getting back together. Play games such as hide-and-seek that demonstrate being apart and together.
  • When moving to a new childcare arrangement, start gradually, if possible. For example, allow your child to be alone at the childcare center for short periods at first, then slowly increase the time away from you.
  • Once the new arrangements are underway, get up a bit earlier so you have time together before you leave. Also, make special family times in the evenings and on weekends.
  • Let your child take her favorite toy or “softie” to school.
  • Tell the caregiver or teacher of any factors that might influence your child’s behavior or needs for the day, such as a restless night, family illness or visits from relatives.
  • Be aware that separation anxiety may come and go in cycles. You can ease your child’s upsets if you make your departure warm and smooth, staying long enough to let your child settle in, but without lingering. And never sneak out or lie, telling your little one you “will be right back” just before you dash to the parking lot. Your child needs to be able to rely on his trust in you as he navigates this new world.
  • When you pick your child up, ask the caregiver about what happened during the day. Then discuss the day’s events with your child.

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.

Helping Your Child Make Friends

To a preschooler, a “friend” is anyone who is willing to play the way they want to play during any given period of time. Friends are just as likely to be boys as girls and may change frequently. Playing with friends is an important way for children to learn social skills including sharing and taking turns so providing your child the opportunity to make friends is helpful, worthwhile and fun!

Dale Walker, a professor of child development at the University of Kansas, offers these guidelines to promote productive and enjoyable playdates.

  1. Limit the initial invitation to one or two friends at your home.
  2. Schedule the playdate for one to two hours to avoid overstimulating the children.
  3. Plan games and activities your child enjoys and provide enough materials so the children don’t have to share immediately.
  4. Guide the children as they make a craft, play a game or splash in a wading pool rather than letting them manage themselves.
  5. Schedule playdates with the same children on a weekly basis.
  6. Periodically play one-on-one with your child to develop familiarity with their playing style and stimulate their social interaction.
  7. If your child is struggling socially with their peers consider adopting a pet, which is usually nonthreatening.
  8. Reading books and watching shows about friendship also reinforces the positive aspects of socialization.
  9. Model friendship by inviting friends to meet, especially when your friends have children compatible with your own.
  10. Limit your expectations and pressure to prevent your child developing insecurity about developing friends.

APPLE PRINTING*

Materials:
Apples
Paint (Use washable poster paint for paper prints and fabric paints for clothes)
Paper plates
Something to print on
Newspaper to protect table
Art smocks
Knife to cut the apple

*Children should have adult supervision throughout this activity.

How To:

  1. Cover your working area with newspaper, and make sure everyone is wearing old clothes or a smock!
  2. Pour paint on to paper plates (one color per plate).
  3. Cut the apples in half. Create an apple silhouette by cutting the apple from top to bottom, or create a circle with a star by cutting the apple horizontally. Have your child guess what each shape will look like before you cut the apple, or brainstorm different ways to create different shapes with the apple.
  4. Have your child dip the flat side of the apple in the paint, thoroughly covering the apple, and then place it on the printing surface.
  5. Have fun creating fun designs and pictures with your homemade stamps!

News Items

Please join us for Meet and Greet the Teachers
Tuesday September 10
6:00-7:00

Parents Night Out
September 27th
6:30-9:30

Grandparents Day
September 6th
10:30-11:30

Parents Club Meeting
Wednesday October 2nd
6:30-7:30

Goddard Block Party
Begins Monday September 30
Monday through Friday

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Ashburn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: Ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – August 2013

   August 2013  

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

Love and time…need we say more? How about wise historian, mentor, confidant, elder, counselor, spiritual guide, financier, playmate or parental antidote? These are all roles that grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren. And grandparents are a growing force! The number and percentage of the population that grandparents account for has grown dramatically in the last 15 years – from 58 million to 78 million.

Here are a few ways that you can help foster a healthy relationship between your parents and your children:

  • When planning a visit, talk about how you can help and what you should bring to help things go smoothly. Discuss recent routines and help your parents childproof their house – more to keep your child safe than to protect the crystal. This communication provokes less defensiveness in grandparents, and helps them be a part of the solution from the start.
  • Relax some rules, but don’t compromise your core values. For instance, sweets seem to be a generational prerogative, but television monitoring should continue according to your child’s habits and your beliefs.
  • Children and grandparents are so close because they share something in common – you! They can share stories, secrets, etc. that allow children the experience of close relationships with a loving family member who is not wholly responsible for their future happiness, homework or well being.
  • Spoiling is not a helpful approach to grandparenting and most of them know it. Positive expectant attention is best. Interestingly, today’s grandparents are so busy, I think this is less of a problem these days.
  • Enjoy the relationship your children are developing with your parents.

When misunderstandings or problems occur (and they are bound to), it’s better to figure out a way to talk about them than to avoid each other. That is too steep a price for your children. We all want this relationship to work because the benefits are forever.

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.

Pack a Healthy Lunch…that your child will enjoy!

Introduce your children to healthy eating by involving them in the lunch preparation. Children have a tendency to eat and try new foods that they helped to prepare. And children who help in the kitchen build their confidence which makes them feel important and proud.

Avoid brown bag boredom and try the following healthy, easy and fun options. Bonus – your children will want to eat these choices!

Turn lunch into an adventure:
Cut sandwiches into playful shapes with cookie cutters. Children are more excited about eating a star- or dinosaur-shaped sandwich because it makes the experience fun! Choose cheese or deli meats to replace breads and cut them into fun shapes, too.

Make lunch fun by including a dip:
Yogurt is a great dip for fruit.
Provide hummus for veggies.

Use a variety of ‘sandwich’ options:
Bagels, pita bread, wheat wraps or crackers.

Consider packing applesauce or yogurt as a treat in lieu of a ‘sweet’ dessert.

Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day is just around the corner (Sunday September 8th)! Here are a few charming gift suggestions:

  • Help your child write a letter to Grammy to tell her why she is so special. Decorate the envelope with stickers, stamps, glitter and more.
  • Get out the paints, markers, crayons and your spare scrapbooking supplies and encourage your child to make a masterpiece for Pop-Pop. Place in an inexpensive frame-violà!-it’s the perfect gift.
  • Show Nanna your child’s sweet side! Whip up a batch of sugar cookies and provide colored icing, sprinkles, etc. Your child will love decorating this custom cookie gift!

How will your child recognize a favorite grandparent this year?

News Items

Pony Pictures
Wednesday August 14th
Children in all classrooms but Babies will take pictures with
little ponies. Babies will take Beach Pictures.

School Supplies Needed
Please drop off your donated school supplies to
us and we will put up a yellow school bus with your name on it. We are collecting for the Women Shelter in
Loudoun County. They are in need.

Birthday Bash!
Friday August 16
Children will parade to each classroom and make a cupcake, receive a goodie bag,and make a craft from 10:00-11:30 and then at 4:00 we will all enjoy a Puppet Show by Bob Brown’s Puppets.
Happy Fifth Birthday The Goddard School

Preschool Graduation
Wednesday, August 28th at 10:30
Pre Kindergarten Graduation
Thursday, August 29th at 10:30

Prep Study Week begins August 19th each morning.
Rising Kindergarten and School Aged Children will prepare for the new school year by learning good study habits and reviewing Reading and Math .

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – July 2013

   July 2013  

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

Ah, routines and rituals…such comforts against the one universal truth that life is nothing but change. Our children seem to get this sooner than we parents. When they struggle as infants to get the day and night thing down, they are teaching us how important and soothing the predictable is when tired, hungry, cranky and the like. As toddlers, we watch in amazement as they doggedly line up their shoes, trucks or dolls in the face of a little uncertainty and in search of the reassuring symmetry of order. These are not simple entertainments, but powerful and effective coping strategies that, if we are lucky, they never quite give up. Some of the uses of the psychological calendar of anticipation and predictability:

  • By 18 months: Children know the routines of everyday life and are very reassured by them: dressing, mealtimes, play, school, bath time, and finally bedtime with a story and a kiss. These are an antidote to the uncertainties of this period of rapid growth.
  • By 24 to 26 months: Children have a reliable sense of the week’s rhythms, and appreciate the difference between a weekday and a weekend.
  • By 42 months: Children begin to anticipate the predictable patterns of the year and its changing seasons, family gatherings, holidays, and birthdays.

All the while they are soaking up the beginnings of culture and ethnic diversity in such vital rituals.

Routines and rituals are especially important (and sometimes hardest) to maintain when a child is ill, or the family is going through a stressful time. Routines around food, clothing, bathing, going to school and sleep can be soothing precisely because they don’t vary in the face of change. The ultimate routine or ritual is mealtime. Children learn about what matters in life in a regular, predictable, culture-rich and (one hopes) nutritious environment. Plan it and protect it.

Ultimately, they (and we) give up most of these early comforts, going the way of the blankie and binkie. The next generation of routine and ritual comforts owe their efficacy to these early and more primitive coping strategies. So honor and promote them while you may. They disappear all too soon.

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

Playing it Cool

When the summer sun blazes bright, children often spend more time outdoors–running, jumping, climbing, biking and being active. It is important to remember that physical activity in excessive heat can cause a variety of health issues including sunburn, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. Below are a few tips that can help prevent your child from experiencing any of these heat-related illnesses. (Please note: If you feel that your child is experiencing symptoms of a heat-related illness, dial 911 and seek medical attention immediately.)

  • If you are aware that the day is going to be excessively hot, try to limit outdoor play time to the morning and evening hours (before 10 am and after 4 pm).
  • Sunglasses and hats with brims help protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Always apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or above that protects against UVA and UVB rays before your child heads outdoors. Apply liberally and reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
  • Lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing should be worn in a single layer to help absorb and facilitate sweat evaporation. If your child should sweat through their clothing, have them change into a dry outfit before continuing their activity.
  • Fluids, fluids, fluids! Children should be well hydrated before they go out to play and have access to drinking water while participating in outdoor activities.
  • During prolonged outdoor activity, like a sports game or practice, children should be given frequent breaks (in 20-minute increments) to recover (in the shade) and rehydrate.

Make Your Own Ice Pops

Ice pops are perfect for a summer dessert or afternoon snack. Instead of purchasing them at the store, invest in an ice pop mold (or use small paper or plastic cups) and invite your little one into the kitchen to experiment with making your own. After you try the delicious recipes below, get creative and see what tasty flavors you can whip up!

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops
1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
3 cups cold water
1 (16-ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries

Prepare the lemonade as directed on the package. Place the frozen strawberries into a blender and puree them until smooth. If necessary, use some of the lemonade to help the strawberries blend. Stir the strawberry puree into the lemonade and pour the mixture into the ice pop molds. Freeze them until set.

Pudding Pops
1 package sugar-free pudding mix in the flavor of your choice
2 cups cold low-fat milk
2 cups low-fat Cool Whip

Prepare the pudding as directed on the package, using the 2 cups of cold low-fat milk. Mix in the 2 cups of low-fat Cool Whip and divide the mixture into ice pop molds. Freeze them until set.

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

News Items

Welcome to The Goddard School
Great Outdoors Summer Program
Our children will enjoy learning
about the Great Outdoors!

Every week we will explore
different themes relating to outdoors.
In addition we have fun activities
for our families to enjoy with their children

We also have Water Day every week for everyone and field trips
and Library visits for School aged Children.
Tuesday, July 9th
Ice Cream Social-Parents are Invited to join their children for ice cream fun.

Please pick up a summer calendar and
a monthly July calendar for a
look at some of the great

summer lessons we are doing.
Happy Fourth of July!

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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

Please join us for Donuts for Dad
Friday June 14
4:00-5:00
Each classroom will host a Special Father’s Day

Music, Dance, and Craft
Event. Please join us for this fun filled afternoon!

Please pick up your June calendars

Water Day begins June 18th
Kindergarten Graduation
June 28th 10:00-2:00
Kindergarten Classroom

Our Summer Program begins
for all our classrooms with field day every Monday
Art in a Box, Music and Dance,

teacher mystery crafts, Special Events, and water days.
A copy of our Summer Calendar Program is available in the front foyer.
We will continue to offer a structured program that is child centered however our children will enjoy the summer with extra fun activities with summer themes weekly.

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Ashburn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – May 2013

   May 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Talk About Your Feelings, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Talk about your own feelings and how they got that way in a simple and straightforward manner. Children who have never heard their parents talking about how or what they are feeling on a day-to-day basis face an uphill climb to develop useful understandings about language and emotion. Say things like: “I was sad when my friend forgot to come over” or “I felt happy to get that nice letter from Grandma.” Simple, clear and to the point, the feeling in your voice will capture your toddler’s interest, so don’t be too surprised to see her staring at you at first. It gives her the words to match the emotion she reads in you and will eventually identify herself.

A Trip to the Zoo

There is so much to see and learn at the zoo! Children get to see how wild and exotic animals live, what they eat, how they sleep, how they play and interact with one another and, sometimes, how they interact with other species.

Before heading to the zoo for the first time, you may want to talk with your preschooler about what the zoo is and about the animals they will encounter there. Share a book about animals with your little one and think about the animals that you would like to see on your visit. You can also compile a list of questions that your child has about different animals and then look for the answers when you visit each animal’s exhibit at the zoo.

Beyond the Tie: Celebrating Father’s Day

Tired of the traditional breakfast in bed? Over the cliché shirt and tie combo? Make Dad’s Day this year a little more rad.

  • Have a picnic, take a walk or just relax outdoors–let Dad choose how he would most enjoy relaxing with the family.
  • Plan a day of not planning. Make today the day to put aside all errands, chores and projects–help Dad to enjoy a pressure-free day.
  • Father’s Day is not only for your children to celebrate Dad–let him know just how impressed you are with how amazing a father he is to your children.
  • Give Dad the gift of a few hours by himself! We all need time to ourselves to refocus now and then. Dad may be thrilled to schedule an unexpected tee time, or to curl up with that new bestseller he’s been eyeing up.
  • Don’t limit the father festivities to just your children’s dad; encourage your little ones to call their grandpas and other special male role models, too.
  • Most importantly, let Dad know how appreciated he is. Help your children to write (or color) a thank you note, encourage them to create a special song or lend them a hand in whipping up a special treat. Homemade gifts or projects can sometimes be the best at conveying your child’s love and appreciation for Dad.

News Items

Teacher Appreciation Week
Monday thru Friday
Every day is Teacher Appreciation Day to celebrate our Teachers
Please check the classroom doors and classroom news bullentin board for important information and sign up in the front lobby for our Luncheon

Mother’s Day Tea
Friday, May 10th at 4:00
Muffins, Sweet Tea and a Special Craft. All Moms are welcome to join us in their childrens’ classrooms.
PARENTS MYSTERY READERS Thursday May 16th

Kindergarten Field Trip Tuesday May 14th to the National Air &Space Museum
Parent Teacher Conferences May 20th at 7:00am and May 22nd at 6:00
Ashburn Librarian Visits- May 13th at 10:00
PRE KINDERGARTEN CURRICULUM NIGHT Thursday May 30th at 6:30

Firehouse Open House at Station 22, Sunday May 19th 12-4 We will be at the Call 911 Station for a fourth year. A great family event
Topsy-Turvy Clothes Day-Friday May 31st Wear your clothes inside out

PLEASE PLAN TO ATTEND OUR SPRING FLING SATURDAY MAY 18TH FROM 11-2
GAMES, FOOD, VISITING WITH OTHER PARENTS, CHILDREN ACTIVITIES
JOIN US!!!!!

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Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA 20147
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703-723-8434
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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA  Earns Top HonorBelmont Greene, Ashburn VA school receives Accreditation

 

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The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA  Earns Top Honor
Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA school receives Accreditation

Belmont Greene, Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) April 18, 2013 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA has recently earned the Accreditation.

The Goddard School of Belmont Greene has received accreditation from NACCRRA. It is an honor to receive accreditation from The National Assoication of Child Care Resources. Active Military Families can choose our any of our educational programs-Infants, Toddlers, Preschool, Pre Kindergarten, Kindergarten and Kindergarten Enrichment, and After School and the organization will provide fee assistance. Being a part of NACCRRA involves having quality educational programs, degreed loving, teachers, and meeting the expectations of state, NAEYC, and Goddard’s health and safety guidelines.

“We’re proud to earn this top honor and be recognized for our commitment to reach the highest professional standards,” said Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA. “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 Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA location opened in August 2008. The school accommodates 154 children, ages 6 weeks through 5th grade. Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Angie Schexnaider directly at 703-723-8434 to arrange a personal appointment.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.

Learning for fun. Learning for life.â„  The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.â„  Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in nearly 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April 2013

   April 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: A Toddler’s Property Laws, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Whoever coined the phrase “possession is nine-tenths of the law” must have been the parent of a toddler. After “no,” the word that toddlers use most frequently is “mine.” This is a natural, and often amusing, component of the child’s new sense of self. The following humorous list has been around, in various forms, for years. It certainly reflects a universal experience.

A Toddler’s Property Laws

  1. If I like it, it’s mine.
  2. If it might be mine, it’s mine.
  3. If it’s in my hand, it’s mine.
  4. If I can take it from you, it’s mine.
  5. If I had it before, it’s mine.
  6. If I’m making something, all the parts are mine.
  7. If it’s mine, it must never appear to be yours in any way.
  8. If it looks like mine, it’s mine.
  9. If I think it’s mine, it’s mine.

Root for Earth with The Goddard School!

To plant the seeds of environmental awareness in their communities, Goddard Schools across the nation are hosting Root for Earth, a week-long celebration of conservation that features a variety of activities for promoting a healthier Earth for future generations.

The celebration kicks off on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, with a flip of the switch as nearly 400 Goddard Schools nationwide turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour. Additionally, the children will participate in environmentally friendly activities throughout the week. Stop by from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26 to Root for Earth with us!

Mother’s Day Handprint Bouquet!

Materials
A piece of scrap paper
Colored cardstock
Pencil
Crayons and/or markers
Scissors
Green pipe cleaners
Single-hole punch
Ribbon

Directions

  1. Trace your child’s hand on a piece of scrap paper and cut the tracing out with scissors.
  2. Use this cutout as a template for tracing your child’s handprint onto five or six pieces of colored cardstock. (Children who are old enough to use a pencil may enjoy this task!)
  3. Cut out all of the new tracings with scissors. Punch a hole in the bottom of each one, just above the bottom edge of the palm, with the single-hole punch.
  4. After all the handprints are cut out and the holes are punched, encourage your little one to use the crayons and/or markers to draw colorful designs on the handprints.
  5. Fold one pipe cleaner in half for each handprint “flower.”
  6. Thread about 1/4 inch of the folded end of the pipe cleaner into the hole you punched in the handprint. Fold it down to the secure the pipe cleaner to the cardstock.
  7. Twist the two sides of the pipe cleaner together to create a stem.
  8. Repeat for all of the handprints.
  9. Once all of the handprint flowers are complete, tie them into a bunch with a ribbon. Present them to Mom, Grandma or Auntie to thank her for all that she does!

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

News Items

Week of the Young Child
April 17th Parent Visit
10:00 or 3:00
Afternoon or morning craft time

Parents Night Out
Friday April 12th
6:30-9:30
Leave the children with us and take your spouse out on the town.

Scholastic Book Fair
Monday April 29 thru Friday May 3rd
6:30-6:30
Front Foyer

Parents Club Meeting
Wednesday April 24
6:30-7:30
VA Scholars Classroom

Root for Earth
Week Long Events to celebrate Conserving the Earth beginning April 22.
Children’s Progress Academic Testing in Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten
Morning and Early Afternoon throughout the month of April

Contact Us
42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: Ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene/Ashburn

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Angie Schexnaider
The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene/Ashburn
703-723-8434
ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene/Ashburn
Full Day and Kindergarten Enrichment Programs

Belmont Greene/Ashburn, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) March 19, 2013 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene/Ashburn is offering a Private Kindergarten program.

The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene in Ashburn, VA offers a Full Day Kindergarten Program. Our well-rounded curriculum has been specially designed in conjunction with our local school district to meet the specific needs of a kindergartner and to ensure your child’s smooth transition to their next academic level. Children who are five by December 31st can enroll in our full day program.

“Our credentialed teachers deliver a curriculum which combines the goals and methodology of  Loudoun County Public Schools school district with developmentally appropriate practices required by The Goddard School.  The size of our Kindergarten provides individualized attention for our children,” says Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene/Ashburn.

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 12 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 6:30-6:30, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment 703-723-8434.

The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.
Learning for fun. Learning for life.(SM) The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.™ Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2013

   March 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Moral Behavior and Empathy, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

As with other aspects of behavior, moral behavior must be taught. One element of such behavior is the ability to empathize with others, to put oneself in someone else’s shoes. Obviously, empathy can help inhibit anti-social behavior.

There is some evidence that empathy is part of a child’s in-born temperament, and that some children are naturally more empathic than others. However, research also shows that empathic parents tend to have empathic children. So this important attribute is clearly shaped by example and teaching as well as by genes.

The ability to show children what it is to care about another’s well-being–physical and emotional–is central to teaching morality. It is also central to their self-control and their long-term ability to form lasting relationships.

Many childhood games are valuable for teaching connectedness, turn-taking and awareness of others. Peekaboo is a great example.

Annual Scholarship

Did you know that your Goddard School graduate is eligible for the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship? This $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School.

The application deadline for this year’s scholarship is Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Visit The Goddard School website for scholarship eligibility criteria and application form.

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 nut or seed 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
2/3 Cup Plain Yogurt (Substitute: Soy or Vanilla Yogurt)
3 Tbsp. Orange Juice
2-3 Tbsp. 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.)

News Items

Parents Club Meeting
Thursday March 7th
6:30-7:30
Virginia Scholars Classroom

Chick Fil-A Family Spirit Night
Wednesday, March 13th
5:00-8:00
Chick Fil-A in Leesburg, VA

Kindergarten Open House
Saturday, March 16th
10:00-11:00
Mountains Classroom

School Real Bunny Pictures
Monday and Tuesday, March 18th and 19th
8:30-12:00
Outdoors-Next to Toddlers Playground

Spring Break
Friday, March 29
School is Closed
Enjoy the Long Weekend

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 – February 2013

   February 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: “Will I Spoil My Child?” , by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Most adults believe a spoiled child is one who behaves in a way that the adult finds objectionable. But what’s “objectionable?” The answer varies widely among cultures and individuals.

What’s important to one person can be irrelevant to the next, what’s cute to one can be bothersome to another. In our multicultural society, the key is for you, others in your home, and those who care for your child to agree on the basics.

Once those basics are set, reason and consistency are you best tactics. Giving in from time to time won’t ruin your rules or spoil your child. If something is really important to the little guy, let him win on occasion (except where safety and minimal behavior requirements are concerned). It shows him that his view have merit and teaches him that perseverance on things that really count for him can be rewarded. Especially give in on those instances where you initial position was extreme or unnecessary–something all adults do from time to time, even with other adults.

If caving becomes a habit, however, you do no one a favor, least of all your child. The boundaries she needs to feel secure get muddied, and she will spend untold effort to reestablish them–a big waste of resources for her and a big test of your patience.

Within the limits you set there is never a need for limits on your love. Care and affection don’t spoil a child. In fact, they provide the best teaching model a child could ask for. You are demonstrating the very behavior you want to encourage. There is no downside to this.

Choosing a Summer Program

February is the ideal time to enroll your child in a summer program. Keeping a child’s day consistent throughout the summer months keeps the child’s brain focused and helps prevent learning losses during the summer. Additionally, this could ease the anxiety that often accompanies transitioning into a new classroom or school in the fall.

Tips for Choosing a Summer Program

  • Choose a program that is based on each child’s interests and natural curiosity. This allows children the opportunity to direct their own learning;
  • Ask about the credentials, experience and training of the teachers or counselors;
  • Check the health and safety practices of the program. Make sure that the program will be able to handle your child’s unique needs;
  • Inquire about the daily schedule of the program. Does the program combine songs, stories, exploration, art, physical activities and learning adventures in a safe, nurturing environment? Ask how much freedom a child has to choose his or her own activities;
  • Ask for references.

Waffle Snacks

Whole-grain waffles are all the rage these days. Not only are they delicious, but whole-grain waffles also offer a great boost of iron and vitamins B6, B12 and A.

Pop a few small frozen whole-grain waffles in the toaster, then add your little one’s choice of toppings for a quick, satisfying snack. Some of our favorite combinations include reduced-fat cream cheese with fruit jelly, peanut butter (or sunflower butter) with sliced apples and sliced strawberries with bananas drizzled in honey. Experiment with different combinations to find your favorites!

News Items

Sweetheart Card Exchange
February 14, 2013
After 9:45
Classrooms

Pre Kindergarten and Kindergarten Conferences
Please sign up in the front foyer
In person or by phone
Directors’ Office

Presidential Sing A Long
February 22, 2013
4:00-5:00
Classrooms

Goddard Happy Hour
February 27, 2013
4:00-5:00
All classrooms

Kindergarten Open House
Saturday March 16, 2013
10:00-11:00
Kindergarten Classroom

Contact Us
42995 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – January 2013

January 2013  

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

The need to feel secure is a serious matter when children are out of their parents’ care. Their emotional cues are the key to understanding what can help them in being comfortable and appropriately dependent. From thumb-sucking and pacifiers to “loveys” and “softies,” children must be allowed to discover and use the props that help them to comfort themselves and manage stress, especially when parents are absent. That children can use these props and tactics is a testament to their parents’ success in helping them to cope with life’s discomforts and uncertainties.

These objects are transitional. As children grow in their capacities to adapt to and manage change and troublesome emotions, they will give them up on their own. I advise parents not to take them away, especially during these transitions. On the contrary, keep them in good repair! I have seen blankets and toys that were rags and shadows of their former selves, glued, patched and re-stitched, still providing soothing magic.

Thumb-sucking into the second year can cause some tooth disruption if it is especially intense and prolonged. Pacifiers are kinder to the mouth and teeth because they distribute sucking pressure more evenly throughout the mouth. By the first birthday, the need for non-nutritive sucking usually starts to diminish, so that by 18 months, walking and talking are picking up the self-stimulation slack. Comforting should be spread out over rocking, cuddling, softies, etc., lessening the appetite for sucking.

25th Birthday Party: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play!

Save the date for The Goddard School Birthday Party: 25 Years of Learning through Play!

Goddard Schools nationwide are hosting The Goddard School Birthday Party on Saturday, February 9 (see the sidebar for event details). We are partnering with The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to create and donate handmade birthday cards for pediatric patients who celebrate a birthday during a hospital stay or family members who celebrate a birthday during a loved one’s hospital stay. For every birthday card we create, Goddard Systems, Inc. will donate $1 to RMHC, up to $25,000. Help us reach our goal by stopping in to create a very special card and brighten a child’s day!

Edible Creations

It’s a fact: children love to play with their food. Here’s an activity that is fun and lets children eat their creations!

Grab a couple bags of marshmallows (you can use minis, regular size or jumbo, or offer a selection of all three sizes) and a package or two of pretzel sticks. Set everything out on a table and let your little ones use their imaginations to create snowflakes, animals, houses and more by connecting the pretzel sticks to the marshmallows. When they are finished, snap pictures of their edible masterpieces for posterity and then dig in!

 

Contact Us

42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Asbhurn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: ashburn2va@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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – December 2012

December 2012  

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

Most preschoolers will sleep through the night, but for many children, there is a sharp increase in the number of scary dreams. Then everybody’s up. Such dreams typically occur in the second half of the night, and the child will be scared and crying and need the following reassurances from a parent:

  • What awakened her was the dream;
  • It’s over now;
  • It’s not real;
  • It won’t come back;
  • It can’t hurt her. Period.

Fear may make it hard for her to resume sleeping, so just accept that it will take however long it takes to settle her back down. And don’t get too preoccupied with conversation or dream interpretation; it’s your close presence that works the magic, not your ability to help her understand the mysteries of her experience. The other thing that helps is just growing up. Most children only have occasional nightmares after they are age six.

The Goddard School’s Internet Radio Show – Balancing Act: The Art of Parenting!

Need help navigating the world of parenting a preschooler? The Goddard School’s panel of early childhood development experts discusses and answers your questions on our Toginet Radio show – Balancing Act: The Art of Parenting. From education guidance to bullying-proofing advice to nutrition and fitness tips, our experts are here to help you.

Want to know how to choose the right childcare for your family? Need tips to help your child cope with divorce? Looking for help to balance your home and work life? Join host Ashley Betzendahl as she welcomes an incredible group of educators, researchers and experts in child development, early learning, technology integration, brain development, parent engagement and health and nutrition to share their tips and advice with you.

Dr. Kyle Pruett, internationally known child psychiatrist; Sue Adair, The Goddard School’s director of education; Susan Magsamen, award-winning author; Dr. Craig Bach, educational researcher; Dr. Jack Maypole, pediatric health and nutrition expert and popular pediatric blogger; Lillian Kellogg, educational technology proponent; and Lee Scott, Chair of The Goddard School’s Education Advisory Board and early education programming expert, are a few of the special guests who will be joining us each week.

Have a question for our experts? Listen and call in (877-864-4869) on Thursdays at 2 PM Central / 3 PM Eastern. Podcasts of previously recorded episodes are also available.

Soapy Snowball Fun

This is a great way for your child to play in the “snow” during bath time! It’s simple to make a soapy snowball, just follow the directions below.

Materials

  • A bar of soap
  • A large bowl
  • A cup of lukewarm water

Directions

  1. Soak the bar of soap in the bowl of lukewarm water until it becomes pliable and is easily broken in half.
  2. Mold the soap halves into two snowballs.
  3. Dry the snowballs for about 24 hours.
  4. Use the soapy snowballs during bath time!

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

 

Contact Us

42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: ashburn2va@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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – December 2012

December 2012  

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

Most preschoolers will sleep through the night, but for many children, there is a sharp increase in the number of scary dreams. Then everybody’s up. Such dreams typically occur in the second half of the night, and the child will be scared and crying and need the following reassurances from a parent:

  • What awakened her was the dream;
  • It’s over now;
  • It’s not real;
  • It won’t come back;
  • It can’t hurt her. Period.

Fear may make it hard for her to resume sleeping, so just accept that it will take however long it takes to settle her back down. And don’t get too preoccupied with conversation or dream interpretation; it’s your close presence that works the magic, not your ability to help her understand the mysteries of her experience. The other thing that helps is just growing up. Most children only have occasional nightmares after they are age six.

The Goddard School’s Internet Radio Show – Balancing Act: The Art of Parenting!

Need help navigating the world of parenting a preschooler? The Goddard School’s panel of early childhood development experts discusses and answers your questions on our Toginet Radio show – Balancing Act: The Art of Parenting. From education guidance to bullying-proofing advice to nutrition and fitness tips, our experts are here to help you.

Want to know how to choose the right childcare for your family? Need tips to help your child cope with divorce? Looking for help to balance your home and work life? Join host Ashley Betzendahl as she welcomes an incredible group of educators, researchers and experts in child development, early learning, technology integration, brain development, parent engagement and health and nutrition to share their tips and advice with you.

Dr. Kyle Pruett, internationally known child psychiatrist; Sue Adair, The Goddard School’s director of education; Susan Magsamen, award-winning author; Dr. Craig Bach, educational researcher; Dr. Jack Maypole, pediatric health and nutrition expert and popular pediatric blogger; Lillian Kellogg, educational technology proponent; and Lee Scott, Chair of The Goddard School’s Education Advisory Board and early education programming expert, are a few of the special guests who will be joining us each week.

Have a question for our experts? Listen and call in (877-864-4869) on Thursdays at 2 PM Central / 3 PM Eastern. Podcasts of previously recorded episodes are also available.

Soapy Snowball Fun

This is a great way for your child to play in the “snow” during bath time! It’s simple to make a soapy snowball, just follow the directions below.

Materials

  • A bar of soap
  • A large bowl
  • A cup of lukewarm water

Directions

  1. Soak the bar of soap in the bowl of lukewarm water until it becomes pliable and is easily broken in half.
  2. Mold the soap halves into two snowballs.
  3. Dry the snowballs for about 24 hours.
  4. Use the soapy snowballs during bath time!

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

 

Contact Us

42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: ashburn2va@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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2012

November 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Basics of Setting Limits, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

One of the strongest elements in maintaining limits is to reward good behavior. Your approval and support mean the world to a toddler looking to you for a smile. The more time your child spends seeking–and getting–your approval for the right things, the less time he will spend on the wrong things.

However, the wrong things will happen. It’s an inevitable part of how children learn. No doubt you already have been amazed at what a master your little one can be. It often seems that children can home in on a hot button or weak moment with laser-like precision. To them, this all seems like fun. And it is. Learning how “buttons” on people work is just as fascinating a discovery–and just as important–as learning how buttons on a toy work. For us, however, it’s another matter.

Understanding motivation or intent when your toddler/preschooler does something unacceptable can help relieve your anger and frustration and open the door to a more constructive reaction. The best response in this case would be teaching, not punishment.

Votes are in for the 2012 Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys!

In October, our Preschoolers, ages six weeks to six years, enjoyed a unique opportunity to play and learn when they chose their favorite toys during our annual Toy Test.

While doing what children do best–playing–the children evaluated many toy finalists and provided their feedback. Each participating Goddard School submitted votes for their favorite toys in our nationwide search.

We’ve tallied the votes and determined the top toys that promote creativity and encourage playful learning! Click here for the official Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys of the season.

Holiday Helpers

With the holidays fast approaching, consider asking your children to help decorate the table. They’ll put their imaginations to use and enjoy a boost to their self-esteem. Below are a few crafty ways your children can put their signature on your family’s holiday dinner table.

  • Origami Napkins: Find a clever (but easy) way to fold napkins, demonstrate how to make one first then let your little ones go at it. When they’re done, they can place their napkin creations at each person’s place.
  • Homemade Napkin Rings: Cut cardboard tubes (paper towel or toilet paper rolls work best) into 1 1/2-inch wide sections. Younger children can decorate the rings with paint or crayons, while older children may enjoy gluing on beans or beads to make fun designs.
  • Personalized Place Cards: Help your little ones make place cards for each of your guests. Cut some cardstock down to size and let your tiny Picassos decorate each card with a personalized masterpiece. Provide a list of names so they don’t miss anyone and can easily access how to spell each person’s name.
  • Fun Fall Centerpiece: Materials needed include a brown paper lunch bag, paint, leaves your children have collected outside, a sandwich bag filled with rice, twigs, tape and some twine. Ask your children to decorate the bag with paint and, while the bag is drying, tape the leaves to the ends of the twigs (creating longer “stems”). When the paint is dry, place the rice-filled sandwich bag in the bottom of the paper bag (this will help the bag to stand on the table), arrange the leaves in the bag, gather the top of the bag around the twig “stems” and tie the bag with twine. Voilà!

News Items

Scholastic Book Fair
November 5-9
School Hours
Front foyer-Every book you purchase helps the school to purchase books at a savings.

Special Veterans Day Tribute
Friday, November 9th
10:00-11:00
Classrooms will create a special tribute to our Armed Forces and wear red, white, and blue to celebrate.

Parents’ Night Out
Friday, November 9th
6:30-9:30
The school will open late to provide parents a “date night.” Go shopping, dinner, or whatever and leave the children with us. Cost is 25 dollars per child and all money goes to the staff in charge.

Thanksgiving Feast
Tuesday, November 20th
11:30-12:30
Children will enjoy a traditional Thanksgiving feast.Thank you to our Parents’ Club for supporting us. Please join us!

Toys for Tots Drive
November/1st part of December
We will raffle a Redskins signed football for your toy donations
Family Mystery Readers -November 21st Sign up is located in the Front Foyer.

 

Contact Us

42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Block Party 2012 Special Edition Newsletter

 

Goddard Parent Newsletter – Special Edition

Save the PLAY Date

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

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

Set a Record with Us!

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

Let’s Celebrate the Power of Play

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

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

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

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

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

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

News Items

Please join us Friday, October 5th
for our Annual Simon Says
at 12:00 Noon.
Four Hundred Goddard Schools

will participate in trying to beat a record of
the most children playing Simon Says at the same time!
We look forward to having parents enjoy the fun.
Children in Preschool, Pre Kindergarten, and Kindergarten will participate.

We have a host of community events this month.
Ms. Patty, our Vet, the Ashburn Library will share a story and how to care for our books,
a policeman will visit, and we are sending letters to our troops.
We are also beginning to start a canned food drive for the needy so the food can reach them well before Thanksgiving.

Please also join us at the Ashburn Fire Station Sunday October 14th from 12:00-3:30. We will be teaching children how to call 911.
Please check your calendars from
all the events and special times to come in and visit with your child.

Contact Us

42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: ashburn2va@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 Belmont Greene, Ashburn, Va Participates in BLOOD DRIVE

 

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The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn, Va Participates in BLOOD DRIVE

Belmont Greene, Ashburn, Va , (Grassroots Newswire) 9/10/12 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene, Ashburn, Va will be the host to a Blood Drive on Monday, September 17th from 3:00 to 7:00.

The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn, Va opened in August of 2008 and is owned and operated by Angie Schexnaider.  The school accommodates 154, ages six weeks to 10 years. 

The Goddard School of Belmont Greene, Ashburn will host the INOVA BloodMobile on Monday the 17th of September beginning at 3:00 and ending at 7:00. No appointment is needed and walk ins are welcome. However you can go online at www.inova.org/donateblood and go to Schedule an Appointment and our School Code is 7949. We strongly recommend you sign up on line so INOVA can bring additional support to assist. We expect a good turnout. Please give the gift of life-All blood banks are low and some blood types are not available.

“We are all delighted to host this important event ,” says Ms. Schexnaider.  “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 6:30-6:30, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

About The Goddard School
At The Goddard School, children from six weeks to six years are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a nurturing environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. With 380+ Goddard Schools in 35 states, the FLEX™ Learning Program, the foundation of The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States accredited programs for exceptional early childhood education, reaches more than 45,000 students. The program enhances children’s emotional, social, intellectual and physical development and provides the foundation for a lifelong love of learning. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the optimal environment for each child’s early educational development. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – September 2012

September 2012  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Give ‘Em Props: Imaginary Play

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

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

What are your child’s favorite props?

Healthful School Lunches

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

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

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

News Items

Teacher Mystery Readers
Friday September 7th
Throughout the Day
In All Classrooms

Grandparents Day
Tuesday September 11th
10:30-11:00
All classrooms

Fun Day by Fun Ball
Wednesday September 12
Beginning at 9:00-12:00
Playgrounds

Parents Night Out
Friday September 14th
6:30-9:00
Various classrooms

Bloodmobile Visits
Monday September 17th
3:00-7:00
Goddard Parking Lot

 

Contact Us

42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: ashburn2va@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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – August 2012

August 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Anxiety is Part of Learning, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Worries can be powerful partners in helping a child think about the world, as long as they don’t swell to flood stage and wash away the child’s coping strategies. If a child’s worries are kept to a manageable size, especially with the help of a caregiver and a few tools, they can be effective catalysts to the mastery of learning and thinking.

Children need to learn to manage negative emotions, and to do that, they need to experience them from time-to-time at manageable levels. The anxiety-free child is a fantasy. Anxiety is an important warning signal for potential danger. Mastering both the anxiety and the thing or event that provoked it is a powerful learning experience.

Humor and light-hearted joking around are other powerful allies in managing anxiety, and toddlers especially delight in their growing capacity to make use of it. They experiment with practical jokes by playing on their own vulnerabilities, like drooling food, falling down, or putting clothes on backwards. The raucous laughter they exhibit and elicit through their clowning is not simply entertainment, but exploration of new strategies for controlling the world of emotion around them.

Grandparents Day

Grandparents do important work–they pass on family traditions, serve as trusted role models and help nurture a new generation. With National Grandparents Day coming up on Sunday, September 9, here are a few charming gift suggestions.

  • Help your child write a letter to Grammy to tell her why she is so special. Decorate the envelope with stickers, stamps and glitter.
  • Get out the paints, markers, crayons and your spare scrapbooking supplies and encourage your child to make a masterpiece for Pop-Pop. Place it in an inexpensive frame and–voilà!–it’s the perfect gift.
  • Show Nana your child’s sweet side! Bake a batch of sugar cookies and let your child decorate the cookies with colored icing and sprinkles. Your child will love making this custom cookie gift for Nana!

How will your children celebrate their grandparents this year?

Make Your Own Ice Pops

Ice pops are perfect for a summer dessert or afternoon snack. Instead of purchasing them at the store, invest in an ice pop mold (or use small paper or plastic cups) and invite your little one into the kitchen to experiment with making your own. After you try the delicious recipes below, get creative and see what tasty flavors you can whip up!

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops

1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
3 cups cold water
1 (16-ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries

Prepare the lemonade as directed on the package. Place the frozen strawberries into a blender and puree them until smooth. If necessary, use some of the lemonade to help the strawberries blend. Stir the strawberry puree into the lemonade and pour the mixture into the ice pop molds. Freeze them until set.

Pudding Pops

1 package sugar-free pudding mix in the flavor of your choice
2 cups cold low-fat milk
2 cups low-fat Cool Whip

Prepare the pudding as directed on the package, using the 2 cups of cold low-fat milk. Mix in the 2 cups of low-fat Cool Whip and divide the mixture into ice pop molds. Freeze them until set.

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

News Items

Please join us for the many
events in the month of August!
including our Meet and Greet
Open House

We want to thank all our families for their support
while the school has been transitioning children and classrooms.
We are proud to announce beginning September 20th we will provide diapers and wipes for all our infants and toddlers rooms at no additional cost or tuition increase.

 

Contact Us

42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn Virginia
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: ashburn2va@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 Ashburn, Belmont Greene  is having a Graduation!

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The Goddard School® located in Ashburn, Belmont Greene
703-723-8434
ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School® located in Ashburn, Belmont Greene  is having a Graduation!

Ashburn, Belmont Greene, VA (Grassroots Newswire) June 6, 2012 — The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to six years old, located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn, VA 20147 is hosting a graduation on Thursday, June 28th from 10:00am to 11:30am at the school in the Kindergarten Classroom.

Kindergarten children will participate in a ceremony including Special Presentations the students have been working including using American Sign Language while reciting the Pledge of Allegiance and a diploma to celebrate this milestone.  The special event will also feature songs, and dance.

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 10 years old, 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 6:30-6:30, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) was recently named the #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine for the eleventh consecutive year (January 2012) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011). Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. GSI currently licenses 380+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 35 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider.

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – June 2012

June 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: The Evolution of the Role of Fathers, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

As I look back on my experiences as a father across a few decades, it is evident that the role of fathers and expectations in society has significantly changed. More men today are physically and emotionally engaged with their children than before the industrial revolution, especially the younger ones. Co-parenting is the expectation among most newly marrying couples; the women want the help and the men want to be closer to their children than their fathers were to them. With support from women and society, increasingly active fathering is crossing many social and economic barriers.

This is quite a good thing–for the men, the women, but most especially their children. Most men figure out parenting on the job (just like women) but they do it best when they don’t try to mother (which of course they really can’t)–comforting, disciplining, problem-solving, rough-housing and teasing in their own fashion. The science to date reassures these men–and maybe more importantly their spouses–that children respond positively to these differences and are able to manage and enjoy life better when they have a positively engaged dad or trusted father figure in their lives.

Enjoy fatherhood and know you are making a world of a difference.

Oh, to Be a Fly on the Wall…

If you want to learn something new about your preschooler, create a developmentally appropriate (and safe) play area for her–one that will be easy for you to see from a chair off to the side–and just watch. Don’t ask her questions. Don’t tell her the “right” way to play. Just let her be! And if you do, you may just get lucky enough to catch a glimpse of her magical world. A preschooler’s imagination is really an amazing thing. She may pretend to be or do anything! Pay attention and you just may learn something new.

What have you learned from your preschooler?

Healthy Summer Snacks

Looking for “cool” (and healthier!) options to satisfy to your child’s sweet tooth?

  • Mash a very ripe banana and partially freeze for a cool ice cream-like treat.
  • Dice mango and strawberries (or other colorful fruit). Gently stir into Greek yogurt and dish up this yummy snack.
  • Roast sweet veggies such as sweet potatoes and carrots, and then blend with a bit of apple juice. Pour into a Popsicle tray, freeze and serve up this deliciously, sneaky snack.

News Items

Field Day
Friday, June 1st
10:00-12:00
Playgrounds

Goddard Happy Hour
Wednesday, June 13th
4:00-5:00
Join your child for an hour of educational fun!

Father’s Day Card Presentations
Friday, June 15th
10:00-11:00
Classrooms

Kindergarten Graduation
Thursday June 28th
10:00-11:30
Kindergarten Classroom

Thursday June 14th Children are encouraged to wear red , white, and blue for Flag Day!
Friday, June 29th Children are encouraged to bring in a beach towel for a beach party and ring in the start of our Summer Program!

 

Contact Us

42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn, VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: ashburn2va@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 Belmont Greene is having Family Fun Day!Local preschool offers event for community

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Angie Schexnaider
The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene 
703-723-8434
ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene is having Family Fun Day!
Local preschool offers event for community

Belmont Greene, VA (Grassroots Newswire) May 8, 2012 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 10 years old, located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn VA 20147  is hosting Family Fun Day Open House on Saturday May 19th, 2012 from 10:00 to 12:00.

Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. Come in and tour our beautiful clean school and meet our degreed teachers. Why choose us? Great accredited programs, small class size and big bright classrooms, owner on site, education director, choice of lunch from home or sent in, proven test results, and 1/2 mile from the Greenway!  Families will also receive Free Enrollment the first year  when they enroll by May 21, 2012.

On-site owner, Angie Schexnaider, along with her Education Director, Rebekah Ontiveros, 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 6:30-6:30, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eleventh consecutive year (January 2012) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 380+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 35 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

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In The News: The Goddard School Of Belmont Greene Ashburn VA Makes Gold!

 

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Contact: 
Angie Schexnaider
Owner
The Goddard School Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA
703-723-8434
Ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School Of Belmont Greene Ashburn VA Makes Gold!

We are so Proud of Our Children!

Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) April 13, 2012 — The Goddard School at Belmont Greene is going for the gold!   The  Goddard School of Belmont Greene Ashburn is working towards earning the prestigious Presidential Champions Gold Award for their participation in The President’s Challenge which is a nationwide endeavor to promote active lifestyles in the nation’s youth.  

The school has already earned the Silver Award for their efforts which began in March of 2012.  By participating in the challenge, The Goddard School at Belmont Greene is showcasing their FLEX curriculum which pairs education with play and physical activity each and every day.   The children are learning to reinforce healthy lifestyle choices while receiving quality education with the AdvancedED  Accredited curriculum at The Goddard School at Belmont Greene.  

With only 69,852 points left to go in the challenge, The Goddard School at Belmont Greene can see the gold within their grasp.

 

 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) was recently named the #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine for the eleventh consecutive year (January 2012) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales) by Franchise Times for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011). Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. GSI currently licenses 380+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 35 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider.

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April 2012

April 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Grown-up Play, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

A wonderful way to play with and teach your child is to bring her into your world. Toys are great, but they are no substitute for the grown-up world where the real events of life happen. It’s in this grown-up world that children come to see themselves as players, not bench warmers. When they contribute what they can to that world, self-esteem gets a big boost.

Have your child help with your chores. Involve her in whatever ways you can with your work. Include her in your hobbies and favorite pastimes as well. Children love to do “grown-up” things and imitate others. When you let them work and play alongside you, they get the best of both worlds.

10 Tips for Raising a Book Lover

  1. Provide a wide selection of age-appropriate books. Don’t limit books to your children’s play space. Consider making some available in their bedroom, on the lower shelf of a “grown-up” book shelf, on the coffee table, etc. Be sure to place the books within their reach.
  2. Be sure your child has a cozy reading spot. Consider making an area in the family room or playroom with a comfy cushion or child-sized chair, stuffed animals and a big basket of books to choose from!
  3. Consider serving snacks or meals that relate to the stories your child enjoys. Add just a drop or two of green food coloring into scrambled eggs and you could serve green eggs and ham for breakfast!
  4. Read to your child at every stage. Some parents begin reading to their children before they are even born!
  5. It’s never too late to start a reading routine with your child. Set a goal of reading at least one book per day with your child–even on the busiest of days!
  6. Include a bedtime story as part of your everyday routine.
  7. Don’t limit reading to bedtime. Cuddle up and enjoy giggling with your child over a funny book during the day.
  8. If your child has a tough time sitting still during story time, encourage her to color or manipulate play dough while you read the story.
  9. Point to the words as you read. This helps children start to associate sounds with letters.
  10. Ask your child questions as you read. “How do you think that made her feel?” “What color do you think he will choose?” Be sure to answer your child’s questions as you go along.

Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day will be here next month on Sunday, May 13, 2012. This is the day children honor their mommies for all that they are and all that they do. Before Mother’s Day, have your little one write down all the reasons he is grateful for his mommy (Dads, grandparents, significant others…you’re going to have to help out with this!). Let him have fun and get creative–he can write words that describe her, draw a picture, write a poem and make lists of the favorite places he goes with mommy and the activities they do together. Paired with a great big hug and a kiss from her little one, his mommy is sure to think it’s the best Mother’s Day gift ever!

News Items

Ms. Amy Visits to Present the 5 Characters of Nutrition
Wednesday April 4th
10:00-11:00
Toddlers through Kindergarten Classrooms

Our First Goddard Happy Hour
Wednesday, April 11th
4:00-5:00
All classes are hosting a Happy Hour! Parents are invited to come in and enjoy one of four planned activities at pickup time!

Tax Relief Morning Breakfast on the Go!
Friday April 13th
During Morning Drop Off
Front Office and Foyer

Week of the Young Child
Parents’ Morning Circle Time Visit Tuesday April 24th from 10-11
Grandparents Visits Wednesday April 25th from 10-11

Kindergarten Spring Fling
Thursday, April 26
10:00-11:00

 

Contact Us

42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
Ashburn VA 20147
www.goddardschool.com
703-723-8434
email: ashburn2va@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: CPAA Newsletter

 

Goddard School Students are Prepared for Success!

The Goddard School® has been at the forefront of early childhood education for the past 25 years, and the results of a recent assessment prove this to be true. Results from the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA), an early childhood assessment, show that Goddard School students consistently outperform the general population of CPAA users by a significant margin and met or exceeded grade level expectations at a higher rate than the general population in every concept assessed on the CPAA.

Goddard School assessments for the 2010-2011 school year compared with 45,000+ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten public school students and over 135,000 assessments

CPAA is an early childhood assessment system that helps teachers focus classroom instruction to achieve the greatest learning gains for each child. CPAA grew out of decades of research at Columbia University and has been successfully used by 39 state agencies, and in school districts and schools nationwide. Specifically designed to be stress-free and developmentally appropriate for learners, this program assesses each student’s level of comfort with major early literacy and mathematics concepts. Each assessment lasts approximately 15-20 minutes and is performed three times a year.

The Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) is a computer-adaptive early childhood assessment system that helps teachers focus classroom instruction to achieve the greatest learning gains for each child. The CPAA grew out of decades of research at Columbia University and has been used by schools, districts and state agencies nationwide. Stress-free and developmentally appropriate for young learners, this program assesses each student’s level of comfort with major early literacy and mathematics concepts. Children’s Progress’ diagnostic assessments, web-based reports and instructional recommendations are designed to support the ongoing formative assessment process.

Pre-K Highlights
Goddard School Pre-Kindergarteners showed exceptional performance in Reading and Numeracy.

Compared to the whole population of Pre-Kindergarten students using the CPAA:

  • 64% more Goddard School students scored Above Expectation in Numeracy
  • 60% more scored Above Expectation in Reading
  • 56% more scored Above Expectation in Patterns

Kindergarten Highlights
The proportion of Goddard School students outperforming the general population was even more striking in Kindergarten. In some cases, the percentage of Goddard students exceeding expectations was double that of the general population.

Compared to the whole population of Kindergarten students using the CPAA:

  • 100% more Goddard School students scored Above Expectation in Reading
  • 96% more scored Above Expectation in Writing
  • 91% more scored Above Expectation in Phonemic Awareness

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

    For most parents, children’s play is just that and no more–diversion or entertainment. But to think that play matters only in so far as it brings pleasure is to miss the forest through the trees. Play is ultimately about learning, and all play is educational play.

    The reason that children love to play is precisely because it does mean 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 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.

  • News Items

    Kindergarten Open House
    March 13, 2012
    6:30-7:30

    Drop In Open House
    Every Tuesday in the Month of March
    9:00-12:00

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn VA
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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: 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?

    News Items

    We have a fun filled month of Art, Studing
    the Museum, and Spring
    Activities
    We kicked off the month with

    Bunnies Pictures, We also
    have a Sneak Peek from our Summer Program on
    March 14th. We are planning an
    exciting KIndergarten Open House

    March 13th at 6:30. Please tell your neighbors and friends to stop
    by and learn about our Program.
    Our classes are filling for the Fall. If you
    know someone who is looking for a great school

    please have them come in for a visit. We have limited
    availability in Preschool, Pre
    Kindergarten, Infant, and Toddler Programs
    We end the month by celebrating

    how to save the world and use less
    by Flipping our Lights off for a short period of time
    and the reasons why a little helps a lot!
    Happy Spring!

     

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VAYour Child Will be Reading ! Must be five by 12/31/2012

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: 
    Angela Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA
    Your Child Will be Reading ! Must be five by 12/31/2012

    Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA, (Grassroots Newswire) February 23, 2012 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drvie (near Stone Bridge High School) in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA is offering a Private Kindergarten program.

    The Goddard School of Belmont Greene-Ashburn is both C.I.T.A. Advanced Education and Middle State Accredited through Goddard Systems. Our well rounded curriculum gives each child an individualize learning experience with the lastest textbooks and materials. Our teacher has her Masters in Education with 10 years of experience.

    “Our credentialed teachers deliver a curriculum which combines the goals and methodology of  Loudoun County Public Schools school district with developmentally appropriate practices required by The Goddard School.  The size of our Kindergarten provides individualized attention for our children,” says Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA.

    The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to eight years of age, 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 6:30-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment 703-723-8434.

    About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
    Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eleventh consecutive year (January 2012) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 380+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 35 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – February 2012

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     February 2012

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

    Traveling for work is more common than ever. Many people dislike it, especially the children who are left at home without knowing why. How many of us have learned to deal with a temporary cold shoulder upon our safe return?

    • Explain why you have to go as simply as possible and don’t minimize the time away to ‘ease’ your absence. It strains trust all around.
    • For preschoolers and older children, mark the days you’ll be gone on a calendar and show them your destination on a map.
    • Do NOT sneak out–it robs children the chance to cope or express their feelings to you.
    • Make a ritual of phone calls, even when children have little to say. Remember, you are the one who had to go, so it is your responsibility to hold the relationship together.

    Try your best not to travel around special family events such as holidays, birthdays and important school events. And when you return home, be home–stay off the phone or computer and get down on the floor with your kids. Stay there till they get up and wander away. They will eventually understand why you travel. For now, prove that you’ll always come home.

    5 Tips for Healthful Eating

    Lead the charge in developing a healthier lifestyle for your family. Eating a variety of foods rich in vitamins and nutrients provides children with the essentials they need to build healthy minds and bodies.

    1. Offer encouragement – Encourage your child to eat a variety of foods to help them get the nutrients they need from each food group. By doing so, they are more likely to enjoy trying new foods!
    2. Be a good role model – It’s no surprise that children are likely to mimic their parents’ food choices. If your children see you enjoying fruits, vegetables and whole grains, they will be more likely to enjoy them as well.
    3. Stock up on healthy choices – Make sure that your cupboards and refrigerator are filled with healthy options rather than prepackaged foods filled with sugar and sodium. Read nutrition labels before purchasing groceries so you know exactly what is in the foods you are buying–just because it’s made with whole grains doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy.
    4. Serve balanced portions – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has turned the Food Pyramid into a plate. The USDA’s MyPlate illustrates balanced portion sizes for the five foods groups–Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein and Dairy–in a familiar way by using a standard mealtime place setting.
    5. Follow a schedule – Set a daily schedule for meals and snacks (3 meals and 1-2 snacks per day is recommended), with plenty of time between each. This will help children learn the importance of structured eating and help them to stay feeling full throughout the day.

    Let it Snow!

    Whether your area gets blanketed with snow each winter or you see nary a flake, here’s an activity to help your family celebrate the magic of snow together.

    Here are a few tips before you begin:

    • Be prepared for a mess.
    • Cover your work area with newspaper or a drop cloth.
    • Use your kitchen or a tiled area to make cleanup less stressful. Have your child wear a smock or an old t-shirt to protect her clothes.
    • Remember your own childhood and relish the FUN!

    Snow Art

    1. Spray shaving cream on a table or placemat.
    2. Let your child finger-paint with the shaving cream.
    3. When your child has completed a design, press a piece of dark construction paper over their shaving cream masterpiece.
    4. The result is a snowy scene!

    *Children should have adult supervision throughout all activities.

    News Items

    Open House
    Saturday February 11, 2012
    10:00-12:00
    All classrooms will be open

    with friendship games and activities
    Please join us and bring your family and friends
    Family, friends, and neighbors receive a Welcome Gift of
    Free Registration and Enrolled

    Families receive a Referral Bonus as our way of saying
    Thank You!
    During the month of February Ashburn Dentistry will visit
    February 8th. Children will learn the value of good brushing!

    On February 14th it is wear Red or Pink Day as we celebrate Kindness, Love and Caring
    We once again are inviting Mystery Parent Readers
    to volunteer and suprise their children by coming in and reading a story to the class
    We end the month by Presenting a Presidential Performance on the 1st of March

    We continue to have Parent
    Teacher Conferences. Just look for the sign up on
    your child’s classroom door.

    Annual Scholarship
    The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School. To learn more about the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship and how your Goddard School graduate can apply, Click here.The deadline for applications is February 19, 2012.

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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: Goddard Community Games Newsletter

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     January 2012

    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 week-long Goddard Community Games event during the week of February 6. This year, the activities will center on the theme of friendship and community, and will involve children and families in a variety of playful learning activities based on the core curriculum and enrichment programs that are an integral part of The Goddard School’s FLEXTM Learning Program.

    • Friendship Day: On Monday, February 6, our School will form a school-wide “Friendship Circle” for a sing-along and will celebrate what friendship means through a variety of activities.
    • Play Along Day: On Tuesday, February 7, our younger and older children will engage in team building activities together to promote sharing.
    • Goddard Good Deed Day: On Wednesday, February 8, our children will show the value of goodwill by supporting a local cause though a Goddard Good Deed.
    • Goddard Cares Day: On Thursday, February 9, our School will collect hand-written and/or decorated postcards from their families for our service men and women stationed overseas. Goddard Schools have a collective goal of 25,000 postcards to send to U.S. military abroad.
    • Community Heroes Day: On Friday, February 10, our School will invite local community heroes to visit with our children.
    • Goddard Community Games: On Saturday, February 11, our School will host an event for our children, families and members of our communities to celebrate friendship through various activities and games.

    Hop on Our Virtual Tour Bus!

    Beginning January 7, 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 an exciting cross-country scavenger hunt! When the virtual tour bus stops in each state, we will provide hints about community-specific locations the virtual tour bus will “visit.” Members of our Facebook community are encouraged to guess where the virtual tour bus is and share their own experiences.

    Once the virtual tour bus arrives in California on February 10, we will provide our Goddard School online communities with a downloadable of our favorite family-friendly stops. Be sure to visit The Goddard School on Facebook, Twitter and The Goddard School Blog to join in the adventure!

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

    The reason 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 children learn through all this tireless trial and error is how to connect events, feelings, thoughts and learning together into experience and file it away in their brains under certain symbols. This all starts 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 a child’s relationships. Research tells us that 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.

     

    Learning to Play Together
    Learning 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 to visit our School’s Web site for a free downloadable eBook on bully-proofing.

    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 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 and Five-Year-Old children…
    recognize how objects and people are the same and different simultaneously; and can appreciate these attributes.

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – January 2012

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     January 2012

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

    The best way to know what your child thinks about his world before he can tell you directly in words is through playing together. It is right there, in his play sequences and manipulations that you see and hear what he understands and thinks about the world you share. Remember, however, that this is his play, not yours. You are a partner and a facilitator, occasionally a “go-fer,” but you are not playwright, producer or director.

    Celebrate Diversity

    As toddlers and preschoolers, children are beginning to notice there are differences between themselves and others. While their observations are very broad at this point–a child may notice another child’s hair is different from his, but not quite know why–they are beginning to form their own ideas about what all these differences mean, and their natural inquisitiveness can lead to many questions.

    To help your child understand, learn to respect and celebrate differences in others, guide him as he explores and learns from the diverse world around him.

    • Be open to his questions and provide clear, age-appropriate answers. Listen attentively and explain why certain words or thoughts are hurtful.
    • Embrace differences in others, don’t try to avoid them. Use books, music, games and food to explore different cultures together.
    • Set a good example through your positive relationships with others. Your little one will learn to accept and respect their peers, too.

    Banana in a Blanket

    Perfect for breakfast or shared as a snack, this delicious, hearty little recipe is sure to please!

    1 six-inch whole wheat tortilla
    1 tablespoon cream cheese or sunflower seed butter
    1 banana
    1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
    1 tablespoon granola

    1. Lay the tortilla on a plate and spread the entire surface evenly with the cream cheese or sunflower seed butter.
    2. Sprinkle the tablespoon of granola over the cream cheese / sunflower seed butter.
    3. Peel the banana and place on one edge of the tortilla. Roll the tortilla to wrap the banana in the “blanket.”
    4. Drizzle maple syrup or honey on top, slice in half and serve.

    News Items

    Please join us for Kindergarten
    and Curriculum Open House
    for the Get Set Preschool,
    Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten

    and Kindergarten Classrooms.
    Teachers will be presenting
    Curriculum overviews with
    a question and answer session

    to follow. Parents are encouraged
    to attend.
    We will begin at 5:30-7:00
    on Wednesday, January 18th.

    Parent Teacher Conferences
    will begin this month and continue in February.
    Sign up sheets will be posted on each classroom door.

    Annual Scholarship
    The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School. To learn more about the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship and how your Goddard School graduate can apply, Click here.The deadline for applications is February 19, 2012.

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn, VA
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – December 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     December 2011

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

    The way we handle our children physically is crucial to their developing self-esteem. We convey our children’s inestimable value through the ways we touch. As important as words are over time, the way we are with them from the beginning matters more than what we say.

    In addition to the value of a loving touch, we parent best when we stay emotionally available and warm with our children. When we are able to sustain this availability as a constant through our “parental tone”–through feeding, bathing, dressing (when they are babies), meals, limit settings, awakenings and bedtime for older children–it helps us stay responsive to our children’s cues. That’s why it’s best to pick up those crying babies in the first six months of life and see what the problem might be, no matter how many times you have done it before. Or to put your arm around the pouting toddler and say, “I’m right here–what do you need?” If you are lucky enough to figure it out, the baby or toddler will respond instantly, and if you’re not, at least you’ve shared a good, if noisy, cuddle in the meantime. There is no harm in showing him you are there for him and you care enough to try.

    Goddard School Pre-K and Kindergarten Graduates are Eligible for a $10,000 College Scholarship!

    The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School. This scholarship is awarded annually to a Goddard School Pre-K or Kindergarten graduate who demonstrates the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Martino’s commitment to his career, family and community. To learn more about the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship and how your Goddard School graduate can apply, click here. The deadline for applications is February 19, 2012.

    Warm Winter Wishes Craft

    This special homemade photo gift is sure to warm hearts this winter! Create one for a special someone or make many to give as gifts to family & friends.

    What you need:
    Sheets of colored paper or craft foam
    Ribbon or small adhesive magnets
    Small photo(s) of your family or child
    Glue stick
    Child-safe scissors
    Washable markers
    Pencil
    Single hole punch
    Decorative “winter” craft accessories of your choice

    What to do:

    1. Use a pencil to trace your child’s hand on a sheet of paper or craft foam. Trace each finger individually or around their four fingers together and thumb separately to make a mitten shape.

    2. Carefully cut out the hand or mitten shape, and then trim your photo to fit in the “palm” of the cutout. Glue the photo in place.

    3. Here’s the fun part! Encourage your little one to get creative with washable markers and “winter” craft accessories to add their own decorative touch!

    4. When your child is happy with their masterpiece, either punch a hole in the top and tie a ribbon through it for hanging or attach small adhesive magnets to the back for hanging on the refrigerator.

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

    News Items

    Pajama Day!
    December 2, 2011
    Wear your Pajamas to School!
    Celebrate December!

    Parents Night Out!
    December 2, 2011
    6:00-9:00
    Go to dinner, a movie, shopping and leave your child with us!

    Winter Wonderland Open House
    Tuesday, December 13th
    9:00-4:00
    Invite a family member or neighbor or friend. Have them drop in for a visit.

    Sing-a-Long
    Friday December 16th
    Preschool through Kindergarten will sing to the classrooms
    Begins at 10:00

    Cookies and Milk
    Friday, December 23rd
    Chidlren will share cookies and milk with Story Telling

    2011 Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys
    Our Preschoolers enjoyed a unique opportunity to play and learn during our annual Toy Test. We’ve tallied the votes and determined the top toys that promote creativity and encourage playful learning! Click here for the official Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys of the season.

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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 Belmont Greene Ashburn is Proud to collect toys for  Toys For Tots

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn 
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn is Proud to collect toys for  Toys For Tots

    Belmont Greene Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) November 22, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene Ashburn was the host to Toys for Tots beginning  November 1st through November 30th.

    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene Ashburn opened in August of 2008 and is owned and operated by Angie Schexnaider.  The school accommodates 174 children, ages six weeks to 8 years. 

    Our families have been bringing in new unwrapped toys and so far have donated over a hundred new toys. Each time a family brings in a toy for Toys For Tots their name in put in a raffle to be held on November 30th. The winner of the raffle receives a signed Redskins Football!

    “We are all delighted to be a part of such a wonderful cause ,” says Angie Schexnaider.  “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 6:30-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

    About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
    Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

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    In The News: The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA Participates in Toys for Tots

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA 
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA Participates in Toys for Tots

    Belmont Greene Ashburn VA, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) November 1, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn VA 20147 in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA will be the host to Toys for Tots on November 7th through November 30th from Monday through to Friday till 6:00.

    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA opened in August of 2008 and is owned and operated by Angie Schexnaider.  The school accommodates 174, ages six weeks to 8 years. 

    Please stop by with a new unwrapped toy and enter in a raffle to win a signed football from theWashington Redskins. Each toy donated will equal one chance to win!

    “We are all delighted to host Toys for Tots” says Ms. Schexnaider.  “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 6:30-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

    About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
    Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     November 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: Moral Behavior and Empathy, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    As with other aspects of behavior, moral behavior must be taught. One element of such behavior is the ability to empathize with others, to put oneself in someone else’s shoes. Obviously, empathy can help inhibit anti-social behavior.

    There is some evidence that empathy is part of a child’s inborn temperament, and that some children are naturally more empathetic than others. However, research also shows that empathetic parents tend to have empathetic children. So this important attribute is clearly shaped by example and teaching as well as by genes.

    The ability to show children how to care about another’s well being–physical and emotional–is central to teaching morality. It is also central to their self-control and their long-term ability to form lasting relationships.

    Many childhood games are valuable for teaching connectedness, turn-taking and awareness of others. Peek-a-boo is a great example.

    Our Votes are in for the 2011 Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys!

    In September, our Preschoolers, ages six weeks to six years, enjoyed a unique opportunity to play and learn when they chose their favorite toys during our annual Toy Test.

    While doing what children do best–playing–the children evaluated many toy finalists and provided their feedback. Each participating Goddard School submitted votes for their favorite toys in our nationwide search.

    We’ve tallied the votes and determined the top toys that promote creativity and encourage playful learning! Click here for the official Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys of the season.

    Packing a Healthy Lunch

    Ensure your child gets a much-needed boost of energy and nutrition from his midday meals by following these simple tips for packing a healthy lunch.

    • Include whole grains.
    • Supply fruits and veggies. Rinse and prepare cucumber slices, celery sticks, baby carrots, apple wedges, blueberries or strawberries at the beginning of the week and store in single-serve containers in your refrigerator. Let your child choose one veggie and one fruit to add to their lunch each day.
    • Offer calcium-rich options. Send along fat-free or low-fat milk (or a calcium-fortified milk alternative like soy milk), a yogurt cup, yogurt-based dip for fruits and veggies or low-fat cheese. Be sure to include freezer packs to keep these items cold, especially if there won’t be a refrigerator available to store your child’s lunch.
    • Provide protein. Whether in a sandwich (made with whole grain bread, of course!) or just rolled up on its own, lean turkey, roast beef or ham from the deli counter are a healthier alternative to fattier options like bologna.
    • Many breads, snacks and cereals are made with whole grains, so it’s easier than ever to make them part of your child’s daily diet. If he turns his nose up at brown whole grain bread, there are many white whole grain options available.

    News Items

    Football Day-The Stone Bridge Football Captains will visit our school to promote safety, and the love of the game.
    Thursday, November 10
    2:30-3:35
    Preschool through Kindergarten Classrooms

    Vendor Open House
    Friday November 18th
    3:30-6:30
    A variety of vendors will set up in our front foyer to sell their goods. Items will make great holiday gifts!

    Thanksgiving Harvest Lunch
    Tuesday November 22nd
    10:00-11:30
    Children will visit each classroom and come back to their classrooms with an understanding of Thanksgiving and a special treat to eat!

    Parents Night Out
    Friday December 2nd
    6:00-9:00
    Parents are welcome to leave their children with us while finishing their shopping or enjoying a dinner. The cost is 25 dollars per child which is divided among the teachers and Directors.

    Toys For Tots
    Please donate an unwrapped new toy and enter the raffle to win a signed Redskins football

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – October 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     October 2011

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

    Your child watches and copies your behavior all the time. The best way to teach values is to live by them. Your child quickly comes to know which values you just talk about and which ones you actually live by. Teaching by example helps the most, but ultimately the child’s embrace of these principles makes them stick, not the parent’s appreciation of them. Children learn to embrace values by watching and then by doing. Involve your children in your own good deeds and positive actions. For example, if you’ve agreed to feed your neighbor’s cat, have your children fill its water bowl. At the dinner table, make sure you mention that you spent the afternoon helping your elderly neighbor clean out her garage. It’s even better if the children can help you finish the job on the weekend.

    What Am I Learning Today?

    At The Goddard School, parents receive Daily Activity Reports to provide ongoing communication about the experiences their child has at school each day. The Daily Activity Reports allow for informed, open conversations among our teachers and parents and, more importantly, between parents and their child.

    Studies have shown that when a parent discusses their child’s day with him or her, their child feels the importance of their place in the world, develops self-worth and builds self-esteem. It’s also been discovered that reviewing and discussing a child’s day allows information to move from short-term memory to long-term memory, a great way to extend their learning experience at home!

    Naptime Tips

    Consistency is the key when it comes to your child’s naptime. It is an important part of their day, and a regular naptime routine will ensure that your child gets the sleep she needs. Below are a few tips that can help make naptime a breeze:

    • Choose a regular, daily naptime and stick to it – early afternoon is best.
    • Have your child visit the potty before heading off for their nap.
    • Naps should occur in the same place your child sleeps at night.
    • Choose a calming activity to do for a few minutes before naptime to help your little one wind down, e.g., they can practice a few yoga poses or flip through their favorite book.
    • Enter the room with the lights off or dimmed low.
    • Play soothing music or sing a soft lullaby to help them fall asleep.
    • Provide a “lovey” for naptime snuggling.

    News Items

    Open House with Ashburn Firestation
    Sunday, October 9th
    12:00-3:30-Off Ashburn Rd.
    We will be at the call 911 station

    Fall Festival Open House
    October 25th
    9:00-4:00
    Please tell family and friends to come in and visit our school and receive No registration fee when enrolling their child in the coming year!

    Scholastic Book Fair
    Week of October 24-28th
    All day in the Foyer
    Every book you purchase helps us to purchase books for our school!

    Story Book Costume Parade
    Friday, October 28th
    10:00 Parents Join Us!
    Classes will be parading in each classroom and collecting treats!

    Please don’t forget to give
    extra school supplies to LAWS
    Support research for Breast Cancer by purchasing a bracelet and wearing pink on
    October 14th

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – Block Party Edition

    Goddard Parent Newsletter – The Goddard School Block Party Edition

     

    FLEX Your Mind and Body

    Participating Goddard Schools across the country will be hosting Goddard School Block Party events from Monday, September 19th through Saturday, September 24th, 2011.

    Open to the public, The Goddard School Block Parties invite families from the community to participate in a number of hands-on, fun-filled activities that demonstrate the power of play for learning, as well as the importance of providing a healthy, active lifestyle for all children. Schools will host a broad variety of playful learning activities, such as reading, obstacle courses, oversize games, “dress up” and art projects.

    Set a World Record with Us!

    During The Goddard School Block Party, on Friday, September 23rd, children, parents, faculty and guests at each Goddard School will participate in the Guinness World Records™ “Largest Game of Simon Says (Multiple Venues).” This unique, synchronized event, which illustrates the power of play for learning in an exciting and innovative way, will take place at 1:00 PM EDT and 10:00 AM PDT. Each Simon Says game will culminate in the singing of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

    Save the PLAY Date

    Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School®, is the exclusive preschool sponsor of Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party: The Arts and Sciences of Play, a powerful global movement designed to recognize and celebrate the power of play for learning. This event will take place Sunday, October 2nd, at Rash Field in Baltimore’s Inner Harbor in downtown Baltimore, MD and will feature an amazing day of play for families and children, designed to bring playful learning back to the forefront.

    Join GSI and our Baltimore-area Goddard Schools at the Ultimate Block Party in our Let’s Play Café. Children will enjoy manipulating play dough, shopping at a pretend farmer’s market and participating in a series of engaging pretend restaurant activities while learning about nutrition, counting, sorting and other important lessons through play.

    Let’s Move!

    Fitness and nutrition are the main focus of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” campaign. In June 2011, First Lady Obama introduced her childcare phase of “Let’s Move” by encouraging childcare facilities to improve healthy eating and increase physical activity. As a leader in our industry, Goddard Schools are in the process of applying to with the “Let’s Move” childcare initiative for The Goddard School Block Party event.

    Every day, both inside and outside the classroom, 370+ Goddard Schools nationwide take great strides to get preschoolers, toddlers and infants up and moving. To help encourage your children to get active at home, here are some simple, helpful ideas that you can do with your young child:

    1. Take It Outside – Limit “screen time” and encourage your child to go outside and play. Have a relay race, set up an obstacle course or bring back one of your favorite childhood pastimes like hopscotch or jump rope.

    2. It’s In Your Nature – Take your child on a nature walk. Use this great opportunity to talk to your child about the plants and animals that you see while getting fresh air and exercise.

    3. Get Dramatic – When you’re transitioning a child from one activity to another – like play time to dinner time – ask them to move like their favorite animal. Hop like a kangaroo, slither like a snake or waddle like a duck.

    4. Be a Good Sport – Preschool-age children love to learn the basic rules of popular sports and games. Take this opportunity to talk about sportsmanship.

    5. Be Free – Remember free play? Let go of some structure, and encourage your children to use their imaginations in their indoor and outdoor play.

    6. Stretch It Out – Children love basic yoga moves. Take a few minutes each day to stretch with your little one.

    7. Put Some Movement In Your Music – When you sing songs or listen to music with young children, encourage them to dance with scarves, create movements to go with the lyrics or just move their bodies to the music.

    For more information about The Goddard School 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.

    News Items

    Block Party Open House
    Please plan to attend our
    Saturday Open House from
    11:00-2:00 on September 24th.

    Each classroom will have games that
    promote fitness, nutrition and
    learning.
    On September 23rd ALL Goddard Schools will attempt a Guinness Record.

    We will participate in playing SImon Says
    at exactly the same time. We will have a notary on site to verify.
    We will then all sing The Goddard Play Along Song.
    Parents are warmly welcome to join us on Friday and also to come by on the 24th to share in the fun!

    Our Back to School Kindergarten Day
    is Saturday, September 24th
    from 12:30-1:30 in the Kindergarten Room

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – September 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     September 2011

    Goddard School Students are Prepared for Success!

    The Goddard School® has been at the forefront of early childhood education for the past 25 years, and the results of a recent assessment prove this to be true. Results from the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA), an early childhood assessment, show that Goddard School students consistently outperform the general population of CPAA users by a significant margin and met or exceeded grade level expectations at a higher rate than the general population in every concept assessed on the CPAA.

    Goddard School assessments for the 2010-2011 school year compared with 45,000+ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten public school students and over 135,000 assessments

    CPAA is an early childhood assessment system that helps teachers focus classroom instruction to achieve the greatest learning gains for each child. CPAA grew out of decades of research at Columbia University and has been successfully used by 39 state agencies, and in school districts and schools nationwide. Specifically designed to be stress-free and developmentally appropriate for learners, this program assesses each student’s level of comfort with major early literacy and mathematics concepts. Each assessment lasts approximately 15-20 minutes and is performed three times a year.

    The Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) is a computer-adaptive early childhood assessment system that helps teachers focus classroom instruction to achieve the greatest learning gains for each child. The CPAA grew out of decades of research at Columbia University and has been used by schools, districts and state agencies nationwide. Stress-free and developmentally appropriate for young learners, this program assesses each student’s level of comfort with major early literacy and mathematics concepts. Children’s Progress’ diagnostic assessments, web-based reports and instructional recommendations are designed to support the ongoing formative assessment process.

    Pre-K Highlights
    Goddard School Pre-Kindergarteners showed exceptional performance in Reading and Numeracy.

    Compared to the whole population of Pre-Kindergarten students using the CPAA:

    • 64% more Goddard School students scored Above Expectation in Numeracy
    • 60% more scored Above Expectation in Reading
    • 56% more scored Above Expectation in Patterns

    Kindergarten Highlights
    The proportion of Goddard School students outperforming the general population was even more striking in Kindergarten. In some cases, the percentage of Goddard students exceeding expectations was double that of the general population.

    Compared to the whole population of Kindergarten students using the CPAA:

  • 100% more Goddard School students scored Above Expectation in Reading
  • 96% more scored Above Expectation in Writing
  • 91% more scored Above Expectation in Phonemic Awareness

    Simon Says: An Exercise for Academic Excellence

    A recent study published in the Psychological Assessment journal found that preschool children who regularly participate in “Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders” tasks like Simon Says may do better academically. According to Megan McClelland, an associate professor of human development and family science at Oregon State University, games like Simon Says can help children improve their self-regulation skills through listening carefully and following directions. Click here to read more about this very important study.

    The Goddard School believes in the importance of self-regulating games and the power of learning through play. Join participating Goddard Schools across the nation in a record-breaking game of Simon Says! On Friday, September 23rd, children, parents, faculty and guests at Goddard Schools nationwide will participate in the Guinness World Recordstm “Largest Game of Simon Says (Multiple Venues).” This unique synchronized event, which illustrates the power of play for learning in an exciting and innovative way, will take place at 1:00 PM EDT and 10:00 AM PDT. Each Simon Says game will culminate in the singing of The Goddard School Play Along Song

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

    For most parents, children’s play is just that and no more–diversion or entertainment. But to think that play matters only in so far as it brings pleasure is to miss the forest through the trees. Play is ultimately about learning, and all play is educational play.

    The reason that children love to play is precisely because it does mean 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 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.

  • News Items

    Meet and Greet the Teachers!
    August 31, 2011
    4:00-5:00
    Come in and Meet our Teachers!

    Mystery Readers!
    Tuesday, September 6th
    Please sign up in the booklet located in the front foyer

    Parents’ Night Out
    Friday, September 6th
    Enjoy the night while we watch your child!
    All monies goes to the teachers and the Director on duty from 6-9:00pm

    Picture Day
    Monday and Tuesday September 12th and 13th.
    Pictures will be taken in the morning.
    Information regarding time and sibling pictures will be posted on the classroom doors.

    Open House-Block Party
    Saturday, September 24th
    11:00-2:00
    Please join us for games and activities.

    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 – August 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     August 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: Screen Time: How Much is Too Much?, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Eminent pediatrician T. Berry Brazelton and child psychiatrist Stanley Greenspan suggest no screen time until after family time, playing with friends, and homework–and then no more than thirty minutes per day for children five and under, and no more than two hours per day for six- to nine-year-olds.1 I recommend far less.

    Children need to be protected. But that’s just the beginning. The more screen time young children “enjoy,” the less interested they are in reading and in creative and imaginary play, the very bedrock of school readiness. Equally worrisome is the undermining effect screen time has on physical activity as a whole and exercise in particular. This is all the more alarming in the face of America’s childhood obesity epidemic.

    We Like to Move It!

    What counts as exercise for youngsters? Anything that involves moving!

    Children exercise all the time without even knowing it. Running, jumping, dancing, touching their toes, crawling, playing sports or outdoor games; all of these are forms of exercise. Exercise can also be a great way for families to spend quality time together. Research has shown that families who regularly eat dinner together are happier and their children have more self-confidence; this also applies to families who participate in activities together. Going hiking or playing games like hopscotch, four square or Simon Says together is a good way to exercise. In fact, Goddard Schools across the country are gearing up to participate in a record-breaking game of Simon Says on September 23, 2011.

    Keeping children’s muscles and bones healthy is especially important because they are growing. A healthy combination of diet and exercise in childhood generally leads to adults with healthier lifestyles. Parents should ensure that their children are eating well-balanced diets rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits and lean protein. Children who eat well, play sports and are physically active develop higher self-esteem and do better in school.

    Make “MyPlate” Yours

    Did you know that the food pyramid is now a circle? It’s true! The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has turned the pyramid into a plate. The USDA’s MyPlate was designed to help Americans eat healthier by making better food choices. It illustrates the five foods groups–Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein and Dairy–in a familiar way by using a standard mealtime place setting.

    Visit ChooseMyPlate.gov for tips and recipes that will help guide you and your family to a healthier lifestyle!

    1Brazelton, T.B. and Greenspan, S.I. (2000). The Irreducible Needs of Children: What Every Child Must Have to Grow, Learn, and Flourish. Cambridge, MA: Perseus, 49.

    News Items

    Please join us Thursday August 11th
    at 3:00 for our Birthday!
    We will serve Cake and have a Petting Zoo for all to enjoy

    Please join us Friday, August 19th for an
    All American Cookout
    beginning at 3:30 till 4:30

    The Summer Program is ending August 25th and the new Preschool,
    Pre-Kindergarten, and Kindergarten
    Classes begin August 29th
    We are closed Friday, August 26th for a Staff Development Day. Our teachers will be preparing curriculum, taking part in professional development course work, and working with Ms. Rachel, Ms. Rebekah, and Ms. Kathy on Goddard Quality Assurance Standards.

    Wednesday, August 31st from 4:00-5:00
    we are having a Meet and Greet your Teacher.
    Please join us at 4:00 for an overview of the curriculum the first 30 minutes.

    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: We are Getting Ready for School!

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    Owner

    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    We are Getting Ready for School!

    Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) July 27, 2011 –We are excited to announce that from August 15th- August 25th we will be holding Prep Classes for the Rising Kindergartners and School-Aged children daily.

    The Prep Classes will be conducted by our Kindergarten teacher Ms. Nikki and our Pre-Kindergarten teacher Ms. Laura. 

    The class is designed to get our students excited and ready for their upcoming school year.

     During Prep Class your child will receive instruction that focuses on an array of different curricular goals.   The curricular goals that your child will review include Math, Reading Readiness, Cognitive skills, Problem Solving, Phonics, Handwriting, Writing Readiness, and Time Management.

    We are looking forward to this exciting jump start to the coming school year!

     

     

    About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

    Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

     

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    In The News: Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Ashburn VALimited Spaces Available

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Ashburn VA
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Ashburn VA
    Limited Spaces Available

    Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) July 25, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn VA 20147 in Ashburn VA is offering a Private Kindergarten program.

    We have only a few more spaces available for our Full Day Private Kindergarten Program. We do not follow LCPS and have a developmental individualize program using our Accredited Curriculum, Everyday Math, Reading Line, and Handwriting without Tears. Our teacher has her Masters in Teaching and has over 12 years of experience.

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

    The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 8 years old, 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 6:30-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment 703-723-8434.

    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 45,000 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: The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA Participated in an Art Gallery for The American Red Cross

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA 
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA Participated in an Art Gallery for The American Red Cross

    Belmont Greene Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) July 12, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA was the host to an Children’s Art Drive on June 30, 2011 from to .

    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA opened in August of 2008 and is owned and operated by Angie Schexnaider.  The school accommodates 174 children, ages six weeks to 8 years old. 

    The children at The Goddard School designed art scupltures that were then sold to parents to raise money for The Red Cross. We collected $165.00 from June’s Showcase and are very proud of our young artists.

    “We were all delighted to displayed the Art Scupltutes in our Front Foyer ,” says Ms. Schexnaider.  “The teachers and children were 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 6:30-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

    About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

    Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

     

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    In The News: 'Goddard Parent Newsletter – July 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     July 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: Talk With Your Child, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Hopefully you have been talking with your child since the moment she was born. Chat with her about what you and she are doing. She’ll become part of the conversation sooner if you express to her what you love about being a parent.

    Establishing a School Day Routine

    Although it may feel like summer has only just begun, soon enough you’ll be sending your little one back to school. During the lazy, hazy days of summer, routines may have become a bit lax. Below are some helpful tips to establish a daily school day routine.

    • Set a school-night bedtime. The entire family will probably need to start waking up earlier than usual once school begins, so set an earlier time for you and your child to hit the sack each night. This will ensure you all get the proper amount of rest needed to tackle the busy morning routine and be bright and alert for the school/work day.
    • Prepare the night before. Pack lunches, backpacks and choose clothes for the next day the night before. Check notes from the school/teacher to make sure your child has everything they need for school the next day. Find a location near the door to set shoes, backpacks and other school necessities so everything is ready to go when you leave the house in the morning.
    • Create your own “Have a great day!” signal. Involve your child in developing a special way for the two of you to say good-bye to each other when you drop them off at school in the morning. It could be a funny handshake, secret phrase or even just a wink and smile. Only the two of you will know you really mean, “Have a great day! I love you.”
    • Allow unwind time. Set aside some time to allow your child to unwind at the end of the day. Children need this, especially during the first few weeks of getting into the back-to-school routine. The change in schedule can be overwhelming, so having some time to relax or play quietly when they get home from school can be beneficial.
    • Recap the day together. Whether around the dinner table or during one-on-one time with your little one each evening, ask them about their day and share yours with them. You’ll both benefit from the special time together to listen and share.

      A Day at the “Beach”

      When it’s just too hot (or rainy) to go outdoors, consider creating your own indoor oasis for a day filled with summer fun!

      Start by creating a space in your living room or play room that can be used as the “beach.” Have your child wear their best beach outfit, complete with flip flops and sunglasses, and lay beach towels on the floor. If you have beach balls or other beach-related decorations, bring them out to add to the fun.

      During their day at the “beach,” encourage your child to use their imagination to pretend they’re swimming, surfing in the waves, or the lifeguard watching over all the swimmers. Read your child’s favorite beach-related books together, eat lunch picnic-style on your beach towels, play a game of beach ball catch and even take a nap on the “beach.”

    News Items

    Tie Dye T-Shirts
    July 1
    Children will tye die in the Morning
    In All Classrooms

    Ice Cream Social
    July 8th
    3:15-4:15
    Please join your child in the classroom in fun and ice cream

    Parents’ Night Out
    Friday, July 15th
    6:00-9:00
    $25.00 per child. McDonald’s Dinner and G rated movies. Money is given to the Director and teachers minus the cost of Dinner. A great way to enjoy the night!

    Open House
    Tuesday, July 19th from 9-4
    Please invite your neighbors, friends, and relatives to tour our school
    Ms. Rachel will be hosting the Open House

    School Showcase
    Children will be creating Tropical Flowers
    Tuesday, July 19th in the classrooms
    Water Splash Dayis Every Wednesday Morning beginning at 9:30

    Contact Us

    42995 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn, VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – June 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     June 2011

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

    One of the most frustrating and least useful things to do when children are fighting is to attempt to dispense justice. Typically, older children hit harder and younger children scream louder. Older ones are more clever and devious; young ones cry foul sooner than is necessary. Boys threaten, while girls provoke more often. Trying to decide who is wrong when you weren’t there tempts children to distort the evidence. So when you see your children being good together, make a big deal out of it. Real physical or emotional abuse is pretty rare in well-functioning families, but needs to be dealt with by giving children a cooling-off period–then reviewing the family rules.

    Playing it Cool

    When the summer sun blazes bright, children often spend more time outdoors–running, jumping, climbing, biking and being active. It is important to remember that physical activity in excessive heat can cause a variety of health issues including sunburn, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. Below are a few tips that can help prevent your child from experiencing any of these heat-related illnesses. (Please note: If you feel that your child is experiencing symptoms of a heat-related illness, dial 911 and seek medical attention immediately.)

    1. If you are aware that the day is going to be excessively hot, try to limit outdoor play time to the morning and evening hours (before 10 am and after 4 pm).
    2. Sunglasses and hats with brims help protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Always apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or above that protects against UVA and UVB rays before your child heads outdoors. Apply liberally and reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
    3. Lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing should be worn in a single layer to help absorb and facilitate sweat evaporation. If your child should sweat through their clothing, have them change into a dry outfit before continuing their activity.
    4. Fluids, fluids, fluids! Children should be well hydrated before they go out to play and have access to drinking water while participating in outdoor activities.
    5. During prolonged outdoor activity, like a sports game or practice, children should be given frequent breaks (in 20-minute increments) to recover (in the shade) and rehydrate.

    Taste the Chill

    Homemade frozen treats are a great way to beat the heat this summer. Here are a few simple treats you and your child can make together to cool down on the hottest of summer days.

    • Frozen Fruit Pops: Use frozen berries and/or fresh fruit and experiment with different combinations. Blend your fruit of choice in a blender with a bit of all-natural fruit juice and pour into ice cube trays. After the cubes have set up for a few minutes, insert Popsicle sticks into each one and freeze completely. When ready, pop them out one by one and enjoy!
    • “Ice Cream” Sandwiches: Spread a bit of sugar free Cool Whip®: on a graham cracker and top with another graham cracker. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. When completely frozen, unwrap and savor your tasty “ice cream” sandwich creation!
    • Frozen Bananas: Peel a banana and cut it into two pieces. Insert a Popsicle stick in the flat end of each piece of banana. Use a butter knife or spatula to cover the banana with your choice of peanut, soy or sunflower butter; honey or chocolate syrup and roll in granola, whole grain cereal or chopped nuts. Place the bananas on a tray covered with parchment paper and freeze. Children will “go bananas” for this fun frozen treat!

    News Items

    Parents Night Out
    Friday, June 3rd
    6:00-9:00
    Please sign up in the front foyer. Children will enjoy a movie, playtime and a McDonald’s Dinner

    Pre-Kindergarten Parent Teacher Conferences
    Monday June 6th and Friday June 10th
    Sign up sheets are posted on each of the classrooms’ doors.

    Kindergarten Parent Teacher Conferences
    Wednesday, June 8th
    Drop In Open House
    Tuesday June 7th from 9-4

    Pre-Kindergarten Graduation
    Wednesday June 15th at 3:00
    Family, and friends are invited to attend the program!

    Kindergarten Graduation
    Friday, June 17th at 3:00
    Family and Friends are invited to attend the Program!
    First Splash/Water Day Wednesday June 29th

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – May 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     May 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: Playing With Your Child, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    The best way to know what your child thinks about his world before he can tell you directly in words is through playing with him. It is right there, in their play sequences and manipulations that we see and hear what they understand and think about the world we share. Remember, however, that this is his play, not yours. You are a partner and a facilitator, occasionally a “go-fer,” but you are not playwright, producer or director.

    Keeping in Touch: Family Newsletters

    Nowadays it’s easier than ever to stay in touch with family and friends. Email, Facebook, Twitter, blogs and such allow us to keep our loved ones (and the world) apprised of our every action. But in the age of 140-character limits, sometimes it’s difficult to get the whole story across.

    Most commonly used at holiday time, family newsletters are a great way to keep family and friends both near and far up to date on all of your family’s happenings throughout the year as well. Set aside some time every few months (or every month, if possible) to jot down the latest news, with details-trips, activities, milestones, birthdays, promotions, etc. You can send a mass email or post it to your blog, but consider sending “snail mail” versions on decorative paper (preferably decorated by the children) to very special family members like grandma and grandpa. It’ll be a nice surprise in their mailbox and they’ll anxiously await each new newsletter!

    If you’d like to take your newsletter to the next level, take a family vote on a name for your newsletter like the “Griffin Gazette” or the “Thompson Times.” Add sections for jokes and riddles, upcoming events and a family photo or two. Working together as a family to compile your newsletter is a great way to foster collaboration and communication while having fun!

    Goodies for Daddy!

    This Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19th), why not surprise dad with his own special snack mix? With help from an adult, little ones can mix up their own special creation for dad using a combination of the snack items below (and anything else you think dad might like). Then, decorate a disposable food container with markers, paint and craft supplies to store dad’s special treat!

    • Nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds, etc.)
    • Raisins
    • M&M’s®
    • Cheerios®
    • Chex® cereal
    • Small pretzels
    • Teddy Grahams®
    • Goldfish® crackers

    When complete, consider writing a little ingredients list for dad to attach to the package, such as: “Ingredients: peanuts (because I’m your peanut), raisins (because you’re so good at raisin’ me), Teddy Grahams (for a big bear hug) and M&M’s (because you’re so sweet).”

    News Items

    Teacher Appreciation Week
    May 2nd -May 6th
    Please check the Calendar for Ideas of What to Bring to your Child’s Teacher!
    Hooray for Our Teachers!

    Muffins for Mom!
    Friday, May 6th
    10:00-11:00
    Please join your child’s class for stories, outdoor time, and arts and crafts.

    March for Babies
    Saturday May 7th
    9:30-Activities for the entire family. We will be at Spirit Station Number 3 with water and treats!
    Ida Lee Park in Leesburg

    Ashburn Fire Station No. 6 Spring Open House
    Sunday May 15. We will be at the call 911 Station
    Fun Events for the Entire Family. Come and join us!

    Drop In Open House
    May 17th from 9-4
    Invite your family or friends to join us.
    Smart, Good Looking Preschool Seeks Young Fun-Loving Friends!

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn, VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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 Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA Participates in March For Babies

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA 
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA Participates in March For Babies

    Belmont Greene, Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) May 2, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA will be the host to March for Babies on Saturday, May 7th from 9:30 to completion of the walk. Please visit us at Spirit Station Number 3.

    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA opened in August of 2008 and is owned and operated by Angie Schexnaider.  The school accommodates 175, ages six weeks to 8 years old. 

    We are proud to be a Spirit Sponser for the third year in a row! Please come and show your support by joining us at Ida Lee Park and help the March of Dimes help families.

    “We are all delighted to not only support the March of Dimes but also to be a part of this organization.  ,” says Ms. Schexnaider.  “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 6:30-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

    About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

    Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

     

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     April 2011

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

    One way to encourage children to behave in a positive, pro-social manner is to use positive reinforcements. A positive reinforcement is something the child enjoys that you use to show your pride and support after he accomplishes the desired behavior. You do not hold the token out as the reason to behave positively in the first place. Our favorite “reinforcer” of desirable behavior and extinguisher of undesirable behavior is the surprise bonus. This is the unpromised, unexpected goody. The child feels great getting it and sees it as generous, as opposed to the earned reward, for which he is just doing what’s expected at the close of the contract. With the promised earned reward, he winds up feeling that it is just accounting, not the unanticipated affirmation of his essential worthiness for being or doing something you – and he – value a lot.

    Whistle While You Work

    Chores are a valuable life activity for everyone. They help fulfill our basic need to feel needed and contribute to our household. Helping others, and doing a good job at it, helps boost children’s self-esteem, while making them feel more confident, competent and valuable. However, getting children to put down the toys, turn off the television and get off the couch to help clean, declutter and spruce up the house isn’t an easy chore in itself! Here are some great ways to motivate children of any age to consistently get their chores done, while minimizing the moaning and groaning.

    • Keep a list of chores for every member of the family-even mom and dad. This helps children see that no one in the house is exempt from doing their fair share of the housework. If they see in black and white what mom and dad do each day, their chores may seem like less of a hassle.
    • Don’t expect perfection. When introducing a new chore, show your child how it is done first and then let them do it their way. It may not be exactly how you’d like it to be done, but at least they’re making an effort. Don’t step in and take over or redo the chore after they have finished. Next time, offer some tips on how to do it better. They’ll learn eventually and be encouraged to keep up with it.
    • Time it! If a chore is assigned, give a time frame for completing it. If not, your child may realize they can put it off until you or someone else takes care of it. When a chore is completed properly and on time, offer appreciation and praise for your child’s diligent follow through.

    Pocket Full of Kisses

    With Mother’s Day just around the corner, here’s a craft that little ones can do (with an adult’s assistance and supervision, of course) to thank mom for all that she does.

    What you need:

    • Two white paper plates
    • Crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint
    • Hole punch
    • Yarn, ribbon or a long shoelace
    • Safety scissors
    • Bag of Hershey’s KISSES®
    • Peel-and-stick magnets (optional)
    1. Cut one paper plate in half and leave the other one whole.
    2. Use the hole punch to punch holes, about one inch apart, along the straight edge of the cut plate.
    3. Put the plates together so that the outside edges match up (this will form the pocket). While they are together, continue to punch holes, about one inch apart, around the edges of both plates.
    4. Use the yarn, ribbon or long shoelace to sew the two plates together. (You won’t actually sew the straight edge of the cut plate to the full plate, but you can lace the yarn through these holes for decoration and added support.)
    5. Tie the ends of the yarn, ribbon or shoelace together when sewing is complete.
    6. Make a hole at the top and tie a piece of yarn or ribbon through for hanging on the wall or attach a few peel-and-stick magnets to the back for hanging on the refrigerator.
    7. Decorate with crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint.
    8. When complete, fill the pocket with Hershey’s KISSES® and present to mom on her special day! Once the KISSES® are gone, mom can continue to use the pocket for recipes, coupons or more candy.

    News Items

    Scholastic Book Fair
    April 4th-April 8th
    6:30-6:00
    Front Foyer

    Spring Bunny Pictures
    April 11th and 12th
    Monring
    Front Foyer

    Read-A-Thon
    April 14th
    Bring a book to share with the class
    Week of the Young Child Week through the 15th

    Tax Relief Morning
    April 15th
    Pick up a juice and breadfast bar to go and celebrate having your taxes done!

    Earth Day Awareness
    We will create Art from Recycled Items
    while we teach our children to Reuse, Reduce,
    and Recycle Materials

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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 Belmont Greene Ashburn VA  Earns Top Honor Belmont Greene Ashburn VA school receives C.I.T.A. Accrediation and Outstanding Social Services Report

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA  Earns Top Honor
    Belmont Greene Ashburn VA school receives C.I.T.A. Accrediation and Outstanding Social Services Report

    Belmont Greene Ashburn VA, VA (Grassroots Newswire) April 1, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn, VA 20147 in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA has recently earned the C.I.T.A. Accrediation and Outstanding Soical Services Report.

    The Goddard School of Belmont Greene uses C.I.T.A. Accredited Curriculum . Our degreed teachers are proud to plan and implement daily lessons that focus on the developmental goals of the children in a fun and exciting way. We are also equally proud that our recent Virginia Social Services Visit was excellent. Our teachers work hard to maintain a safe and healthy environment for their children.

    “We’re proud to earn this top honor and be recognized for our commitment to reach the highest professional standards,” said Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn, VA 20147 in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA. “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 Belmont Greene Ashburn VA location opened in August of 2008. The school accommodates 165 children, ages 6 weeks to 8 years old.. Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Angie Schexnaider directly at 703-723-8434 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 tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

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    In The News: Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VALimited Spaces Available

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA
    Limited Spaces Available

    Belmont Greene, Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) April 1, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive ,Ashburn, VA 20147 in Belmont Greene, Ashburn ,VA is offering a Private Kindergarten program.

    Our Kindergarten Program is a Full Day beginning at 8:30 and ending at 4:00. Included is before and after care from 6:30am to 8:30am and 4:00pm till 6:00. We DO NOT follow LCPS calendar and are usually open during snow days in addition to only being closed 13 days in the school year. We provide a fun and educational summer program when school ends. Our teachers are degreeed in Education and our class size is usually limited to 12 students. Limited spaces are available. Our students are taught from the same textbooks LCPS use in addition to our Accredited Goddard Curriculum. Your child cannot help but learn with so much going on around them!

    “Our credentialed teachers deliver a curriculum which combines the goals and methodology of  Loudoun County Public Schools school district with developmentally appropriate practices required by The Goddard School.  The size of our Kindergarten provides individualized attention for our children,” says Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn, VA.

    The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 8 years old, 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 6:30-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment 703-723-8434.

     

    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 45,000 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 – March 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     March 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: Nothing Beats Reading, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Children don’t learn interactive, conversational language from television because it does not respond to them. Language and eventually reading are learned from being actively engaged in speaking and reading with others – hearing parents and caregivers talk to each other and waiting for the child to respond.

    Gardening with Children

    Teaching your child how to garden is a fun, hands-on learning experience that’s 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 peak 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 start their gardening experience 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! Be sure to acknowledge 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 or, if you don’t, use an old sandbox filled with soil as your child’s own special garden. Encourage your child to care for their 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 fruits and vegetables they raised all on their own!

    How Does Your Garden Grow?

    A great way to start the gardening experience is to help children see what happens when a seed is given the proper amount of light and water. Using beans and a few simple supplies, they can watch as the beans sprout roots and grow, grow, grow!

    Supplies Needed:
    Bean seeds (any type will work)
    1 Paper towels
    1 Clear container (jar, cup or plastic bag)
    Spray bottle filled with water

    1. Fold a paper towel and place inside the clear container.
    2. Moisten the paper towel until just damp with water.
    3. Place a few beans on the paper towel and mist lightly with water.
    4. Place the container in a sunny location.
    5. Mist lightly with water each day and watch the roots grow!

    As an added activity, have your little one keep a “seed sprout journal” in which they draw pictures of their sprout as it grows. On top of experiencing science and nature, they’ll also enhance their creative and fine motor skills as they draw!

    News Items

    Curriculum Open House
    March 14 through March 18th
    9:00am-11:00am
    Please visit and tell your family and friends to stop by for a tour of our school!

    Kindergarten Presidential Performance
    Thursday, March 3rd
    4:30-5:30
    Kindergarten Classroom

    Read Across America Week
    February 28th -March 4th
    Throughout the week children will be sharing favorite books, parents and grandparents are invited to read, The Cardinals and Foxhounds Toddler Rooms will enjoy a puppet show and story, and on Wednesday everyone wears their hair like Who from “WhoVille.!”

    St Patrick’s Day
    March 17th
    Chidlren will enjoy green snacks, and dressing in green while enjoying Science and Art projects

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Belmont Greene, Ashburn, VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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: Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn
    Enrolling Now for Full Day Kindergarten

    Belmont Greene Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) February 18, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene Ashburn is offering a Private Kindergarten program.

    Our Kindergarten Program is a Full Day beginning at 8:30 and ending at 4:00. Included is before and after care from 6:30am to 8:30am and 4:00pm till 6:00. We DO NOT follow LCPS calendar and are usually open during snow days in addition to only being closed 13 days in the school year. We provide a fun and educational summer program when school ends. Our teachers are degreeed in Education and our class size is usually limited to 12 students. Limited spaces are available. Our studentsare taught from the same textbooks LCPS use in addition to our Accredited Goddard Curriculum. Your child cannot help but learn with so much going on around him!

    “Our credentialed teachers deliver a curriculum which combines the goals and methodology of  Loudoun County Public Schools school district with developmentally appropriate practices required by The Goddard School.  The size of our Kindergarten provides individualized attention for our children,” says Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene Ashburn.

    The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to eight 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 6:30-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment 703-723-8434.

    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 45,000 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:   What Your Child Learns Through Play

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

     
    What Your Child Learns Through Play

    By Ms. Rachel Keiser

    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 8 years, is located at 2773 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn VA 20147 in Belmont Greene, Ashburn. On-site owner, Angie Schexnaider, along with Her education director, Rachel Keiser 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 2773 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn VA 20147 in Belmont Greene, Ashburn, families are encouraged to please contact Ms. Rachel Keiser at 703-723-8434 for more information.

    About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

    Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

    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

    Open House
    February 5th
    11:00-2:00
    Please join us for community games, crafts, and food!

    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

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn, VA
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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: Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VAOPEN HOUSE WEDNESDAY , JANUARY 19TH AT 6:00

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA
    OPEN HOUSE WEDNESDAY , JANUARY 19TH AT 6:00

    Belmont Greene Ashburn, VA(Grassroots Newswire) January 6, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive, Ashburn, VA Close to Stone Bridge High School in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA is offering a Private Kindergarten program.

    Here at The Goddard School Belmont Greene, Ashburn our well-rounded curriculum has been specially designed in conjunction with our local school district to meet the specific needs of a kindergartner and to ensure your child’s smooth transition to their next academic level.

    “Our credentialed teachers deliver a curriculum which combines the goals and methodology of  LCPS school district with developmentally appropriate practices required by The Goddard School.  The size of our Kindergarten provides individualized attention for our children,” says Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA.

    The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 8 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 6:30-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment 703-723-8434.

    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 – January 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     January 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: Delayed Speech and Impairments, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Speech can be delayed for a number of reasons. However, it is essential to check out possible medical reasons, including impairments to a child’s hearing, ability to coordinate the muscles of the tongue, lips and mouth, or to process language properly. Some auditory problems can be greatly relieved if treated early enough. Once medical problems have been ruled out, other reasons for delayed speech include:

    • Preference for gestural language – Over-attentive parenting can make it less necessary for a child to speak since the parent is talking for everyone. Refusal to speak can also be a form of negativism. So stand back a bit to encourage the little guy to work with words to let you know what he means and wants.
    • Bilingual households – Children raised with more than one language can often take up to an extra year to start speaking as they grapple with the sounds and vocabulary of two tongues. But they will typically speak both languages fluently when they finally do start talking – a nice reward for the wait!

    Going to the Dentist

    Many new parents wonder, “When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?” According to the American Dental Association, your child should have their first dental visit by their first birthday, or sometime within six months of when they get their first tooth.

    When looking for a dentist for your child, you may choose to go to your regular family dentist or a pediatric dentist. There are advantages to both, such as familiarity with your family dentist and specialized training for children with the pediatric dentist. The most important aspect to consider is that you and your child are comfortable with your choice. If you choose to find a pediatric dentist, it’s best to ask your family dentist for a recommendation or visit the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Web site for a list of pediatric dentists in your area.

    During your child’s first visit, the dentist will speak with you in depth about your child’s overall health history, their oral health history (including teething, biting, thumb-sucking and feeding) and answer any questions you may have. Then, the dentist will examine your child’s teeth, gums, jaw and oral tissues. The dentist may also demonstrate the best way to clean your child’s teeth at home, provide information on what to expect as your child grows and offer suggestions for your child’s optimal oral health. Most dentists will wait until follow-up visits (within the next six months) to professionally clean and polish your child’s teeth, take x-rays and give a fluoride treatment.

    Build a “Snowman”!

    Whether you live in the snowy northeast or sunny southwest, you and your child can build (and eat!) your own yummy snowman!

    Ingredients (for one snowman):
    3 Thick slices of banana
    1 Pretzel stick (broken in half)
    1 Apple wedge

    Several mini chocolate chips or small raisins

    On a plate, line up the banana pieces to build the body of your snowman. Add one half of the pretzel stick to each side of the second banana slice for arms. Place the mini chocolate chips or raisins for eyes, a nose and buttons, then top off your snowman with an apple wedge hat!

    Get creative with other pieces of fruits and veggies and decorate your snowman with a scarf, mittens and even boots!

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

    News Items

    Drop-In Open House
    January 12, 2011
    9:00-4:00
    Invite your friends and family members to drop in for a tour of our school and earn a referral bonus when they enroll!

    Kindergarten Open House
    January 19, 2011
    6:00-7:00
    Kindergarten Room

    Pajama Day!
    January 14, 2011
    Wear your Pajamas to School and Donate your Gently Use or New Pajamas to LAWS
    The women’s shelter appreciates your support.

    February 5, 2011
    Community Open House
    Saturday from 11-2
    Earn a Double Referral

    Parent Teacher Conferences begin in the month of January.

    Contact Us

    42995 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – December 2010

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     December 2010

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

    Follow your child’s lead in activities they are already involved in. Don’t take over – it will turn them off. But if you want them to learn, become a partner in the exploration they have begun. Add a ball to hide in the pots and pans scene or move close and take their hand if they are wary of a dog on a walk. Don’t instantly rescue (unless safety is an immediate concern) because you will lose one of those interesting moments of tension that could be mastered, leading a child to a wider, more complex understanding of the world.

    Word Wonderland

    Winter is a great time to snuggle up with your little one and share in the adventures of a good book. Children of all ages will benefit from this quality time with you and their imaginations will soar with every turn of the page.

    Stick to simple board books with one picture per page and contrasting colors for the youngest readers (Infant to One Year). Make exaggerated faces to express emotion, change your voice, describe everything and point to the items on each page as you make your way through the book. Watch your child for clues as to what part of the book is his/her favorite.

    As children grow, so can their stories. Progressively move to longer books and allow your child to interact by pointing to items, turning the pages and even reading some themselves, if developmentally appropriate. Continue to make faces and change your voice for characters or make sounds for objects and animals. If they’re still learning to sound out words, help them along by annunciating sounds in a normal tone and prompting them to repeat after you.

    Together, you and your child can learn, laugh and create fond memories as you beat the winter blues, book after book.

    Some great winter books to check out: Biscuit’s Snowy Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Welcome Winter by Jill Ackerman, Winter Friends by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick and Winter by Gerda Muller.

    Get Out and Play!

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

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

    News Items

    Cookies and Cocoa
    December 9th
    3:00
    Join us for cookies and cocoa at 3:00 PM in your child’s classroom

    Walk In Open House
    December 9th
    9:00-4:00
    Invite a friend, neighbor, or family member to our school!

    Ms. Rachel’s Birthday
    December 7th
    Please wish Ms. Rachel a very Happy Birthday!
    We appreciate her Directorship!

    Pajama Day/Parents Night Out
    December 17th
    Wear your PJ’s to school and don’t forget to bring a pajama for LAWS
    (Loudoun Abused Women’s Shelter)

    Winter Holiday Begins December 24-December 31st
    Have a safe, happy, and we will see you in the New year!

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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 Belmont Greene, Ashburn is having Shop, Play, and Tour Open House!Local preschool offers event for community

     

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn 
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com
    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn is having Shop, Play, and Tour Open House!
    Local preschool offers event for community

    Belmont Greene, Ashburn, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) November 8, 2010 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 8 years old, located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive  is hosting Shop, Play, and Tour Open House Open House on November 12th from 5:30 to 8:00.

    Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. Join us to tour our school and shop while your child plays. We have a 10 different vendors coming in. They will be offering unique gifts for the holidays to purchase.  Families will also receive free registration  when they enroll by November 15th.

    On-site owner, Angie Schexnaider, along with her Education Director, Rachel Keiser, 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 6:30-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

     

    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

    Shop and Play Open House
    Parents Night Out
    Pajama Day
    November 12th

    Shop for the coming Holidays
    Then take in an early movie
    or Dinner and leave your child
    with us till 9:00

    Flyers will be in your mailbox
    and posted on classroom doors
    Parents Night Out sign up
    sheet is located in the Foyer

    Pre-K and Kindergarten
    Conferences are next week
    Please check in your child’s
    classrooms for sign up times

    Thanksgiving Harvest Celebration
    November 18th
    11:00

    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: NEW HOURS

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    Owner
    The Goddard School Belmont Greene, Ashburn, VA
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com
    NEW HOURS

    Belmont Greene, Ashburn, , VA (Grassroots Newswire) October 20, 2010 — The Goddard School of Belmont Greene in Ashburn, VA is now opened from 6:30-6:00.   We are pleased to announce our new hours.  We offer a full academic day program or half day program with extended hours.  Here at The Goddard School of Belmont Greene in Ashburn our class sizes are small, our teachers are degreed, our program is accredited, and our learning environment is  positive and nurturing.  We love our school and so will you.  Stop in and take a tour and learn how we give your child a love of learning and teach him how to teach and get along with others.  Please call at 703-723-8434  to schedule a tour or email us at ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

     

    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 – October 2010

     

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     October 2010

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

    Children explore behavior in stages. When a new behavior emerges that is unacceptable, such as biting or using bad language, overreaction on your part can actually reinforce it. Kids like oversized reactions. Moreover, they remember what really gets your goat – those actions come in very handy when you’re near the breaking point. So don’t tip your hand. A firm, “we don’t bite” followed by removal, if necessary, is much better than a big flap. On bigger issues, such as stealing (not uncommon before children understand the concept of ownership), calm explanations work best.

    Kitchen Connections: Mini Pumpkin Pies

    Enjoy a taste of fall and quality time with your little chef as you help each other create these easy-to-make, delicious to eat mini pumpkin pies!

    4 crushed graham crackers
    2 tablespoons butter (softened)
    1 15-ounce can pumpkin pie filling
    1 package vanilla pudding mix
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    2 cups milk
    Whipped cream topping
    4 9-ounce plastic cups

    1. Make the crust first by mixing the softened butter and graham crackers in a bowl. Set aside.
    2. In the second mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin pie filling, dry pudding mix, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk.
    3. Pour the pumpkin mix into each cup (about three-quarters full).
    4. Put the cups in the refrigerator to firm.
    5. Top with whipped cream and serve!

    Reading Readiness

    Many parents look forward to announcing that their child can read, but the truth is children are reading long before they can interpret the pages of a book. As with most things in life, reading requires the proper building blocks before it can begin.

    Reading begins with language and how it relates to your child’s world. Creating a language-rich environment will help your child’s vocabulary grow. Language develops with every interaction you have with your child — infants begin by reading their parents’ facial expressions while older children develop their vocabulary by listening and eventually repeating what their parents say. Verbalize your child’s world and he or she will begin to repeat sounds and syllables — be sure to pause, speak and alter conversation style.

    A print-rich environment may also help prepare your child for reading by making the connection between your child’s world and the symbols we use to communicate, so make your home an active learning environment. Start by labeling household items with pictures and words so your child will learn to associate everyday items with their symbols. Lead by example and let your child see you read often. Teach your child to respect books — while pages will rip and bindings will break, your child will learn to value books and their content if you set a high expectation for their care.

    Remember, it takes many interactions with the alphabet and phonemic awareness for reading skills to develop. While it may be difficult to remain patient, be assured that reading will happen when your child is ready.

    News Items

    Loudoun Fire Station Fall Festival
    October 1st
    12-4
    Ashburn No. 6 Firehouse

    Hospital Week A Nurse Visit
    October 11th
    Ms. Jennifer will visit in the Morning
    in the Classrooms

    Breast Cancer Awareness
    October 15th
    Wear Pink to School and Donate
    All classrooms and teachers Wear Pink

    Book Fair week
    October 25th-29th
    Visit by a Librarian
    October 27th at 10:00

    Story Book Parade
    October 29th at 10:00
    Children will parade from classroom to classroom
    Parents are welcome!!

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn, VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – September 2010

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     September 2010

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

    Funny as early speech may sound, don’t exploit the humor of it at your child’s expense. Whenever a new skill emerges, it is at its most raw and tender (remember your first poetry recital?); stuttering and stammering are normal when children are learning to speak. Treat early language with the respect it deserves. It has taken tremendous effort to get there. Say it back correctly if you figure out what it is, but don’t “correct” too much. Be patient. Early language should feel good to both of you, and not because it’s right, but because it is intimate communication between two people who feel deeply connected to each other. Soon she won’t be saying much if her first words always are being corrected.

    Packing a 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. It takes 10 to 12 introductions to a new food before a child is usually willing to even taste it.

    • Smaller foods are not only easier for your child to eat; 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 with fruit as a treat.
    • Pasta is always a favorite and can be eaten hot or cold. Cook your favorite pasta, add a few veggies, and include a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
    • 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!

    Fun Fall Fitness!

    As the seasons start to change and the weather begins to cool, it’s a great time to get outside and get moving with your family! Here are some suggestions for fun fall family activities:

    Go Apple Picking – Walk around the orchard with your family and then enjoy the delicious, healthy snack you handpicked from the trees! You can also use the apples to make homemade applesauce or as a paint stamp.

    Go for a Bike Ride – Don’t forget to wear your helmets and bring water bottles in order to stay hydrated.

    Rake Leaves – Have your child help you rake the fallen leaves in your yard, and reward his or her efforts with a celebratory jump in the pile!

    Create a Scavenger Hunt – Make a list of fun fall items for your child to find in the backyard, such as red, yellow or orange leaves, acorns or a special item that you hide yourself!

    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.

    News Items

    Grandparents Day
    September 10th
    During classtime
    Grandparents Treats from our Children

    Parents’ Night Out
    September 12th
    6:00-9:00
    Enjoy the evening while we care for your children

    Back to School Night
    September 16th
    6:00-6:30
    All classrooms will be open!

    Picture Days
    September 21st and 22nd
    Mornings Times posted on Doors
    Classrooms

    Mystery Readers
    September 28th
    Morning and Afternoon
    Join your child’s class and read a good book to the class

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn, VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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 Petting Zoo Visits The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider 
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA   
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    The Petting Zoo Visits The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA

      

    Belmont Greene Ashburn VA, (Grassroots Newswire) August 10, 2010 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene Ashburn will be the host to a Petting Zoo of 18 Different Animals on August 18th from 3:30 to 5:30.

    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene Ashburn VA opened in August of 2008 and is owned and operated by Angie Schexnaider.  The school accommodates 150 children, ages six weeks to 8 years. 

    In celebration of our Second Birthday the Children at The Goddard School will visit the petting zoo coming to us from Berryville, VA.  Children will be allowed to pet, feed, and share in the experience of enjoying different zoo and farm animals.

    “We are all excited to have The Petting Zoo visit our school,” says Ms. Schexnaider. “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 7:00-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

     

    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.

    News Items

    Family Fun Open House
    Saturday, August 7th
    10:00-1:00
    All classrooms will have games and arts and crafts

    Bring family and friends to visit
    Bring family and friend to enroll
    Lots of Food
    Basket Drawing

    It’s Our Birthday!
    Join us August 18th
    3:30
    We will have a petting zoo, cake, and fun crafts in the classrooms

    Family Fest at Dulles Town Center
    August 28th
    10:00-4:00
    We will be near the Sears Store

    Stop by and visit with Ms. Rachel and Angie
    We will be hosting an
    Art Activity
    See you there!

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn, VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – July 2010

     

     

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     July 2010

    Parenting with Pruett: Nothing Beats Reading!, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Children don’t learn interactive, conversational language from TV because it does not respond to them. Language and eventually reading are learned from being actively engaged in speaking and reading with others – hearing parents and caregivers talk to each other and waiting for the child to respond.

    Preparing for Summer Fun

    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 they can expect.
    • Ask them what they think they will see or want to do.
    • Suggest some “I Spy” targets to look for on your way to your destination. This makes them 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.

    FAMILY PICNIC TIME

    Introduce your children to the wonders of a picnic…grab the picnic basket and a blanket. But food is still the most important picnic ingredient:

    What to pack: (Always consider age-appropriateness!)

    • Easy-to-transport veggies: baby carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers
    • Bottled water or sippy cups with water
    • Trail mix: Make your own. Include nuts, raisins, pretzels, dried fruit, and coconut.
    • Fresh fruit: Slice it or cube it and put it in small individual containers.
    • Pre-sliced cheese and whole-grain crackers.
    • Pre-cut sandwiches: Peanut butter and banana or cream cheese and cucumber on whole grain bread.
    • Plastic utensils.

    Picnics are a great family outing, and can become a treasured family memory. Plan your picnic according to your family dynamics to ensure a pleasant experience.

    • Does your toddler need a nap at two? Then make it a brunch picnic so you are home in time.
    • Does your preschooler need high-energy activity before sitting down to a yummy lunch? Bring a Frisbee, a few balls, and maybe a kite – play first, and eat later.

    News Items

    Water Day
    Every Wednesday
    Except 7/7 this month
    Come dress for water fun!

    Family Fun Day
    Red White and Blue Day
    Celebrate our Country’s Birthday
    July 2 from 4:00-5:00

    Pony Rides and Pictures
    July 7th and 8th
    Children will ride small ponies
    Pictures will be available in two weeks.

    Pizza Fridays every Friday
    Except the 16th-Ms. Rachel
    is cooking Mac and Cheese for the school. No need to bring a lunch
    Parents Night Out July 9th

    Soccer Camp July 13th and 30th
    Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten
    and School Aged Children will enjoy lessons
    in Soccer!

     

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn, VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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: Outdoor Activities & Park Play with Your Children

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschool.com

    Outdoor Activities & Park Play with Your Children

    By Angie Schexnaider

    A day at the park may seem like ’just another day,’ but learning and bonding experiences flourish at the park!

    Pack for Safety
    Drinking water, sunscreen, hat, water to wash as well as wipes for hands, sneakers or other closed-toed shoes, a change of clothes or a towel for the seat, small first aid kit for those little scrapes and a small trash bag to keep the earth litter-free are all important.

    Expect to Get Dirty
    Going outside is about the freedom to explore and the only way to explore is to touch it, and yes, it is dirty – it’s outside! Dirty does not mean ’germy’. Roll in the grass, stomp in the mud, touch the frog and splash in the puddles.

    Infant to Six Months

    • Pack for safety: A blanket to crawl on and a sturdy pair of pants for crawling on rough surfaces. Be prepared to change diapers on the go.
    • Be prepared to climb and crawl yourself. This is the best way for you to ensure your child’s safety. Watch for items going into your child’s mouth.
    • Hydration: the outside air and activity increases the amount of fluids you both need to consume. And while you’re packing the water, pack a snack.
    • Point, name and describe: As your child explores, point out the details; name objects and talk about your experience.

    First Steps (12 to 18 months)

    • Pack for safety: Bring a blanket and a sturdy pair of pants for crawling on rough surfaces. This is not the place for skirts or dresses.
    • Plan for breaks and pack snacks, water and a few books.
    • Dig and touch: Collect items to further explore when you get home.
    • Walk the trail with your little one on a riding toy. Don’t forget the helmet.
    • Park Play Etiquette: If your little one finds a playmate, ask the other parent if both of you may join in the play. Your child will learn to ask for your approval before playing with strangers and the parent of the other child will appreciate this overture.

    Toddler and Get Set (18 to 36 months)

    • Plot the potty path!
    • Bring balls to throw and kick or bean bags and a bucket.
    • Move beyond the park and walk a trail or explore a nursery. Go to the stream, lake or pond and skip rocks. Turn the rocks over to find creepy, crawly things.
    • No breaks required – but pause for a moment to re-hydrate.
    • Look through binoculars – even two toilet paper tubes offer a new view of the world.
    • Tent it! A pop up tent is an instant playhouse.
    • Take an umbrella and put on your galoshes – take a walk in the light rain.

    Preschool to Pre-K (36 months +)

    • Lie down and look up: Children like to see the world from a different perspective.
    • Picnic: Let your child be a part of packing the necessities and preparing the sandwiches.
    • Play “I Spy” or “I Hear.”
    • Read or draw under the trees.
    • Bring a magnifying cup for bugs and objects to view. Research your bugs and objects when you return home to learn more about each.

    Go outside all year long – visit http://www.scdconline.org/PDF_files/weatherwatch.pdf to know what is considered safe outdoor weather for children.

    About The Goddard School®
    The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to eight years old, is located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene, Ashburn. On-site owner, Angie Schexnaider , along with her education director, Rachel Keiser 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 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene, Ashburn, families are encouraged to please contact Angie Schexnaider at 703-723-8434 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: 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

    Open House
    Saturday, June 5th
    11:00-2:00
    Double Referral for Enrolling Friends and Family

    Kindergarten Graduation
    June 17th at 4:00
    Pre-Kindergarten Celebration
    June 10th at 10:00

    Parents Night Out
    June 18th 6:00-9:00
    Mystery Readers
    June 24th Times posted on classrooms Doors

    Amazing Animals Begins
    June 21st
    Water Wednesdays
    First Water Day June 23rd

    Family Fun Day
    July 2nd
    Enjoy icepops, ice cream and Outdoor Activities with your Child
    4:00-5:00

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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 Belmont Greene Ashburn is having a Hawaiian Luau!Local preschool offers event for community

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

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    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn  
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com
    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene Ashburn is having a Hawaiian Luau!
    Local preschool offers event for community

    Belmont Greene Ashburn , Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) May 24th, 2010 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 8 years, located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Ashburn Virginia off of Belmont Ridge Road  is hosting a Hawaiian Luau Open House on Saturday June 5th from 11:00 to 2:00.

    Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. Please come and tour our school, meet our teachers and director, and learn about our Accredited Curriculum, Small class sizes, and Degreed Teachers. We are a 12 month school which includes a Summer Camp theme.   Families will also receive 50% off One Month’s Tuition in addition to sibling discounts  when they enroll by June 5th.

    On-site owner, Angie Schexnaider, along with her Education Director, Rachel Keiser, 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 7:00-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434 or email at ashburn2va@goddardschools.com.

     

    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 39 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 – May 2010

     

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     May 2010

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

    Basic pointers for setting limits:

    • Keep rules to a minimum. Focus on the big-ticket items that govern safety and the important aspects of social behavior. To set more rules than your child can manage at any given age is just confusing.
    • Be consistent. Enforce rules consistently. Only set rules you will maintain.
    • Don’t overreact. When a new behavior emerges that is unacceptable, overreaction on your part can actually reinforce it. Children like oversized reactions.
    • Match punishment to the child’s understanding. Don’t use punishment until a child is cognitively capable of understanding what action is being punished and why. Children do not reach this level of mental maturity until somewhere near the second birthday. Until a child can understand the offense, parents should use distraction and physical removal to stop unwanted or unsafe behavior.

    Summer Learning Program

    According to research conducted by the National Center for Summer Learning, which is based at the Johns Hopkins School of Education in Baltimore, Maryland, summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the difference in the likelihood of a student pursuing a college preparatory path in high school. As these findings indicate, keeping children’s brains challenged throughout the summer is crucial, since the lack of learning that occurs during these months has both short-term and long-term consequences.

    Keeping a child’s day consistent throughout the summer months keeps the brain focused and helps prevent learning losses during the summer. In addition, this can potentially ease the anxiety that often accompanies transitioning into a new classroom or school come fall.

    Research has shown that programs like The Goddard School that have specific learning goals, use learning and developmental standards and are age-appropriate are ideal in preventing summer learning losses.

    Why You Chose the Best:

    • The Summer Program at The Goddard School is based on each child’s interests and natural curiosity — this allows children the opportunity to direct their own learning.
    • All teachers/counselors have credentials, experience and training to blend fun, adventure and learning in your child’s summer program.
    • Goddard Quality Assurance oversees the health and safety practices of the program. You can be assured that the program is equipped to handle your child’s unique needs.
    • The program combines songs, stories, exploration, art, physical activities and learning adventures in a safe, nurturing environment.

    Fun & Learning in the Kitchen

    Cooking can provide a great outlet for bonding with your child. Some of the lessons children learn in the kitchen reinforce what they’ve been learning in school, like basic math (counting eggs, pouring water into measuring cups), science (exploring with senses: listening to a mixer, pounding dough and watching it rise, smelling it bake in the oven, then tasting it) and language skills (reading a recipe together and introducing new vocabulary, listening skills developed when following steps in a recipe).

    Start with tasks that can be easily executed. This will encourage your child to keep on trying, and they will feel very good about themselves when the task is complete. Here are some examples of simple tasks to get your “little chef” started in the kitchen:

    • Stirring and adding ingredients
    • Tearing lettuce
    • Helping to read a cookbook by turning pages
    • Sprinkling cheese
    • Using cookie cutters
    • Pouring ingredients that are cool/cold
    • Setting the table

    When cooking with children, always stress safety. You must establish all the rules before getting started:

    • What is OK to touch and what will hurt them
    • What is strictly for adults
    • Proper hand washing

    Including your child in the kitchen can encourage a more adventurous palate and healthy eating patterns. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce healthy eating choices into a child’s life. More importantly, cooking with your “little chef” can boost their self-esteem once the task at hand is complete. Children are usually proud of their cooking accomplishments!

    News Items

    Mother’s Day Smoothies
    May 7th
    Pick up  during Morning Pickup
    Happy Mother’s Day!

    Parents’ Night Out
    May 7th
    6:00-9:00
    Enjoy the evening while we care for your children.

    Parent-Teacher Conferences
    Begins May 8th
    Check your child’s classroom door for date and times
    See Rachel if you cannot make the date posted

    Teacher Appreciation Week May 17th
    Pick up a calendar for daily events
    Sign up for the Lucheon on the 21st
    We love our teachers!

    Open House Hawaiian Luau
    June 5th 11-2
    Double Referral
    We appreciate your Referrals

    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 Ashburn Participated in March for Babies

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Ashburn 
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    The Goddard School® located in Ashburn Participated in March for Babies

    Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) May 4, 2010 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Ashburn was the host for the March for Babies Walk on April 25th from 9:00 to 12:00 at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg.

    The Goddard School located in Ashburn opened in August of 2008 and is owned and operated by Angie Schexnaider.  The school accommodates 165, ages six weeks to 8 years.   

    “We were all delighted to have been a part of the March of Dimes again this year. We operated a Spirit Station and gave out lemonaide, water, and sweet treats. “Our teachers participated by walking in the walk, our parents either sponsered a teacher, and children donated to the  March of Dimes piggy bank during wear Blue Jeans for Babies the Friday before the walk ,” says Angie Schexnaider.  All monies earned and given goes to help families and babies through The March of Dimes.  It was a great learning experience for all.

    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 7-6, 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 Angie directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434 or email her at ashburn2va@goddardschools.com.

    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: Amazing Animals is offered as a Summer Program at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Learning is Year Round!

     

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    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    Amazing Animals is offered as a Summer Program at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene
    Learning is Year Round!

    Belmont Greene, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) April 19, 2010 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene is offering Amazing Animals for a Summer Program.

    “Our customized summer program ensures children have fun by incorporating developmentally appropriate activities with the opportunity to socialize and build memories that will last a lifetime,” says Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School® located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene.

    Theme

    Monday

    Tuesday

    Wednesday

    Thursday

    Friday

    Theme:  Wonderful Welcome

    21 Science/Nature:

    ‘Egg’citing Experiment 

    22 Art:

    Dimensional Ice Cream Cones

    23 Water Wednesday

    Cooking:  Make Lemonade

    24 Sports/Games:

    ‘Hot Egg’

    25 Computers:

    Dr. Seuss ABC

    Theme: 

    Arctic Adventure 

    28 Music/Movement:

    “The Penguin Song”

    29 Computers:

    Little Polar Bear by DK Interactive

    30 Water Wednesday 

    Art:  Animal Coats

    1 Language Arts:

    Summer Ice  by Bruce McMillan

    2 Science/Nature:

    Weight Bearing Experiment

    Theme: 

    Farm Friendly

    5 Language Arts:

    A Sunshine Duck by Carolyn Ott

    6 Sports/Games:

    Floating Feathers

    7  Water Wednesday 

    Drama:  Duck Walk

    8 Science/Nature:

    Animal Print Hunt Outside

    9 Music/Movement:

    “My Flock of Sheep”

    Theme: 

    Forest Friends

    12 Language Arts:

    Owliver by Robert Kraus

     

    13  Music/Movement:  Marching Sticks 

    14 Water Wednesday 

    Science/Nature:  What is hibernation?

    15 Art:  A Forest Collage

    Cooking:  Little Bears Blueberry Toast 

    16  Sports/Games:

    Scavenger Hunt – What we might find in a forest

    Theme: 

    Pet Palace

    19  Sign Language:  zoo 

            Spanish:  zoologico 

     

    20 Language Arts:

    “Five Little Fishes”

    21 Water Wednesday 

    Computers:  “Add Freddy Fish”

    22 Music/Movement:

    Bunny Hop Dance

    23 Art:

    Feather Painting 

    Theme: 

    Creepy Crawlies

    26

    Veternarian Visit

    27 Language Arts:

    The Bee Tree by Patricia Polacco

     

    28  Water Wednesday 

    Sports/Games:  Play Bee Tag

    29 Drama:

    Sweet Table Manners

    30 Cooking:

    The Butterfly Citrus Snack

    Theme: 

    Dinosaur Stomp

    2 Art: 

    “Shoe” asaurus 

    3 Music/Movement:

    “Where Oh Where Did the Dinosaurs Go?”

     

    4  Water Wednesday 

    Drama:  Pretend to be Dinosaurs

    5 Language Arts:

    Dinosaurs Before Dark by Mary Osborne

    6 Sign Language: rhinoceros

    Spanish: rinoceronte 

    Theme:  Friends By The Sea

    9 Yoga:  Fish 

     

    10 Art:

    Crabby Crabs

     

     

    11 Water Wednesday

    Science/Nature:  Counting Little Whales

    12 Music/Movement:

    “What is a Whale?”

    13 Computers:

    “Let’s Go on an Ocean Adventure”

    Theme: 

    Zany Zoo Pals

    16 Language Arts:

    Katy No Pocket by Emma Payne

    17

    Cooking:  Pizza Pocket

    18  Water Wednesday

    Yoga:  Half a Frog

    19 Science/Nature:

    Animal Match

    20 Drama:  Zoo Keeper Props

    Theme:  Bye

    Bye For Now

    23 Art:  Smile Like a Crocodile

     

    24 Language Arts:  The Lady with the Alligator Purse by Westcott

     

    25  Water Wednesday

    Sports/Games:  Play World Cup Soccer

    26 Computers:  “Blues Clues Preschool” by Atari

    27 Music/Movement:

    “Five Green and Speckled Frogs”

     

    30 Language Arts:  Friends by Rachel Isadore

    31 Drama:  Clothing and Animals  from different Countries

    1   Water Wednesday

    Art:  Animal Mural

    2 Cooking:

    Edible Necklace

     

                 

                      

                     

                

                   

    The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 8 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 7-6, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

    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 – April

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     April 2010

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

    Recent research about the role of fathers, and their approach to parenting, includes the following:

    • Fathers tend stylistically to encourage problem-solving skills by letting their kids struggle with frustration a little longer before stepping in to help. (Of course, there is a huge personal variation here, as there is in mothers.)
    • Fathers permit a little more emotional autonomy during learning sequences with their young children, supporting and encouraging but without the same emphasis on intimacy that is more typical among mothers.
    • Fathers tend to mix play with learning a little more successfully, from the child’s point of view, allowing longer work periods.
    • Fathers’ more functional (‘do it because it needs to be done,’ rather than ‘do it because it will go better between us if you do’) approach to academic work builds in the child a larger range of problem-solving skills over time that probably contributes to more lasting self-esteem.

    Literacy & Reading to Children

    It 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.

    First Chores

    According to Dr. Kyle Pruett, a wonderful way to play with and teach children is to bring them into your world, where ‘real-life’ happens. Children love to do ‘grown-up’ things and to imitate you. And when they contribute, they see themselves as players and get a well-earned self-esteem boost!

    Age-Appropriate Chore Ideas
    Toddlers

    • Pick up toys and books
    • Collect dirty laundry
    • Dust with socks on hands

    Preschoolers

    • Make the bed
    • Help with laundry
    • Help in the kitchen – cooking and preparing food
    • Set the table
    • Take dirty dishes to the kitchen
    • Carry and put away groceries

    Pre-Kindergarteners

    • Empty the dishwasher
    • Feed the family pet
    • Vacuum
    • Take out the trash
    • Fold and put away laundry

    These activities are fun learning experiences, especially if you are teaching informally along the way. The chores may take a little longer as they learn the ropes and make mistakes, but the value for their learning and their self-regard are more than worth the extra time.

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    In The News: The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn in a proud sponser of the March for Babies 

     

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    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn in a proud sponser of the March for Babies 

    Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) April 14, 2010 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in the host to March for Babies on Saturday, April 25 from 9:00 to 12:00.

    The Goddard School located in  Belmont Greene, Ashburn VA opened in August of 2008 and is owned and operated by Angie Schexnaider.  The school accommodates 175, ages six weeks to 8 years. 

    We are delighted to be a part of the March of Dimes Walk at Ida Lee Park in Leesburg. Please stop by our Spirit Table for a cold bottle of water and fruit snacks  says Angie Schexnaider.  “The teachers, parents,  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 7-6, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

    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: Traveling with Your Children

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    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn
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    Traveling with Your Children

    By Angie Schexnaider

    Traveling with the family is fun, 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 six years, is located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene Ashburn. On-site owner, Angie Schexnaider, along with her education director, Rachel Keiser 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 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene Ashburn, families are encouraged to please contact Angie Schexnaider at 703-723-8434 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 Belmont Greene-Ashburn VA Names March Teacher of the Month

     

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    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene-Ashburn VA
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    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene-Ashburn VA Names March Teacher of the Month

    Belmont Greene-Ashburn VA, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) March 9, 2010 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene-Ashburn VA has chosen Ms. Dawn Grafton as March Teacher of the Month.

    The School opened in August 2008 and is owned and operated by Angie Schexnaider.  The school accommodates 150 children, ages six weeks to 8 years. 

    Ms. Dawn Grafton has a degree in  Elementary Education  and is the Kindergarten Teacher. 

     She  was chosen for this recognition from her peers and parents, ” because of love and commitment for her children ,” says Angie Schexnaider. 

    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene-Ashburn VA offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Licensed by the State of Virginia and overseen by Goddard Quality Assurance, Goddard provides a safe and secure learning environment.

    Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

     

    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 Belmont Green-Ashburn VAChoose Enrichment or All Day Program

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    Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Green-Ashburn VA
    Choose Enrichment or All Day Program

    Belmont Green-Ashburn VA, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) March 9, 2010 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Green-Ashburn VA is offering a Private Kindergarten program.

    With our Kindergarten program, you can be sure your child is prepared for ‘big school’ success. Trust Goddard School’s private Kindergarten program* to help your child gain exceptional skills for academic fulfillment and a love of learning. When you consider that your child’s Kindergarten experience can set the stage for lifelong achievement, you’ll appreciate that the FLEX Learning Program™ has earned AdvancED-accreditation by demonstrating the highest standards in early childhood education.

    “Our credentialed teachers deliver a curriculum which combines the goals and methodology of  Loudoun County Public Schools school district with developmentally appropriate practices required by The Goddard School.  The size of our Kindergarten provides individualized attention for our children,” says Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located in Belmont Green-Ashburn VA.

    The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 8 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 seven till six, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment 703723-8434.

    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: CURRICULUM NIGHT MARCH 16TH AT 6:30

     

     

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    CURRICULUM NIGHT MARCH 16TH AT 6:30

    Belmont Greene, Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) March 4, 2010 — The Goddard School of Belmont Greene in Ashburn is having a Curriculum Night.  Ms. Rachel and our teachers will share with parents how our school using the Accredited  Flex Learning Program to develop the whole child.  They will take you through our infant program and end at our all day Kindergarten Program and share with you how each child develops in each stage and classroom.

     
    We are offering 10% off for 5 months in select programs when you sign up with us.  Call us at 703-723-8434 for directions or 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: "Amazing Animals" is offered as a Summer Program at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn Amazing Animals is the summer program for all budding adventures – children who want to explo

     

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    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn
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    “Amazing Animals” is offered as a Summer Program at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn
    Amazing Animals is the summer program for all budding adventures – children who want to explore the big, wide world of animals! Explorers march in an animal parade, learn about pets, and study tiny, creepy crawlers and zany zoo pals.

    Belmont Greene, Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) February 16, 2010 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene, Ashburn is offering “Amazing Animals” for a Summer Program.

    Our Summer Camp program is part of our 12 month School Program. During the Summer children are still being challenge, learning through play, but our weekly themes offer a fun time with extra visitors and activities just for summer. Throughout the summer we’ll be joined by a variety of exciting visitors. Our visitors usually arrive at 10:00 AM and stay for approximately one hour. Every Wednesday (weather permitting) is “Water Day Wednesday!” We get soaking wet when we turn on the sprinklers and toss out the water toys. Remember to bring your bathing suit, water shoes, and a towel!

    “Our customized summer program ensures children have fun by incorporating developmentally appropriate activities with the opportunity to socialize and build memories that will last a lifetime,” says Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School® located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene, Ashburn.

    The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to eight years old, 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 7:00-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

    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 Belmont Greene, AshburnNow Enrolling Spaces are Limited

     

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    Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn
    Now Enrolling Spaces are Limited

    Belmont Greene, Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) February 16, 2010 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene, Ashburn is offering a Private Kindergarten program.

    Here at The Goddard School Belmont Greene, Ashburn our well-rounded curriculum has been specially designed in conjunction with our local school district to meet the specific needs of a kindergartner and to ensure your child’s smooth transition to their next academic level.

    “Our credentialed teachers deliver a curriculum which combines the goals and methodology of  Loudoun County Public Schools school district with developmentally appropriate practices required by The Goddard School.  The size of our Kindergarten provides individualized attention for our children,” says Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn.

    The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to six, 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 7:00-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment 703-723-8434.

    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 of Belmont Greene, Ashburn Pampered Their Teachers!

     

     

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    The Goddard School of Belmont Greene, Ashburn Pampered Their Teachers!

    Friday afternoon the Front Foyer was transformed in a nail salon with each teacher receiving a full manicure and hand and arm massage. 

    Belmont Greene, Ashburn , Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) February 16, 2010 —
    We appreicate all the hard work and effort our teachers do to ensure our children are not only learning but have a great time here at The Goddard School.  It was a fun afternoon for all with children choosing their teacher favorite nail color and each of our teachers enjoying homemade heart shaped brownies and homemade pasta salad. 
     

    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

    Give to Haiti
    February 1-12
    Drop off items daily
    Ms. Rachel’s office
    Wear Red Day Parents Night Out-6 till 9
    February 12th
    Promoting Heart Awareness
    Sweet Treats for Our Children
    Sweet Valentine’s Thank You’s
    February 12th 1-6
    Teachers enjoy a manicure
    Parents are welcome!
    Parent University
    February 9th
    Beginning at 7:00 pm
    Ashburn Library
    Kindergarten Open House
    February 17th
    Beginning at 6:00
    Kindergarten Classroom

     

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn, VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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 Belmont Greene is having Winter Wonderland Open House!Local preschool offers event for community

     

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    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene 
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com
    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene is having Winter Wonderland Open House!
    Local preschool offers event for community

    Belmont Greene, VA (Grassroots Newswire) December 21, 2009 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 8 years, located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn VA 20147  is hosting Winter Wonderland Open House Open House on January 23rd from 11:00 to 2:00.

    Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. Fun activites and games plus food and drinks will be offered while families tour our beautiful school.   Families will also receive 10% off their monthly tuition on selected programs when they enroll during the Open House when they enroll by January 23rd.

    On-site owner, Angie Schexnaider, along with her Education Director, Krsiti Vasofsky, 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 seven till six, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

    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 Belmont Greene, Ashburn Announces Local Preschooler Picks

     

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    The Goddard school® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    The Goddard School Located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn Announces Local Preschooler Picks

    Belmont Greene, Ashburn, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) December 14, 2009 – On December 9th, preschoolers at The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn had a unique opportunity to pick their favorite eco-friendly toys, all while helping out their community.

    During the Local Preschooler Picks toy test and community toy drive, Goddard preschoolers got the chance to test out and choose their Local Preschooler Picks — the School’s favorite five toys. The Goddard School is proud to announce this year’s Local Preschooler Picks:
    Tea Set-Made from Recycled Materials, with Soft Natural Colors

    Vegetable and Fruit Basket with Cutting Knife and Cutting Board-Learn How to Use a Knife with this Safe Realistic Set

    Ring-a-Thing-Sort rings by Size, Shape, players-one to four while using fine motor skills

    Recycleable Trash Truck-Made out of Recycleable Materials with Recycle symbols on truck

    Stackable Real Life Tree Wooden Blocks made from all Natural Materials

    The Goddard School evaluated finalists based on a number of criteria including:
    All toys were under 30 dollars.

    All toys were appropriate for Preschoolers, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Age Children

    All toys were Creative in use and Socially Engaging

    All toys were Eco-Friendly

    All toys were interactive and Play focus

    As part of Local Preschooler Picks, The Goddard School partnered with Toys for Tots to hold a Toy Drive. Thank you to our parents and children who took the time to choose a great toy and place it in our boxes. We collected a huge box of wonderful gifts for the holidays.

    “In these budget-conscious times, it was important for us to select eco-friendly toys that not only encouraged play and creativity, but were also affordable,” said Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn. “With help from our children, we are thrilled to have found five playthings that will be a great resource for parents, grandparents and other family members.”

    For more information on why The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn is the place for fun and learning, please contact Angie Schexnaider at 703-723-8434.

    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: The Goddard School Located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn Presents "Local Preschooler Picks" and Community Toy Drive

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    Tuesday, December 01, 2009

    The Goddard School Located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn Presents
    “Local Preschooler Picks” and Community Toy Drive

    Belmont Greene, Ashburn, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire)  – The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn 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 Toys for Tots to hold a toy drive. Parents may begin dropping off toys December 1st through the 11th.

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

    On December 8th and 9th from the Morning Circle Time to till Lunch Time, The Goddard School will announce its official Local Preschooler Picks list and make the official toy donation to Toys for Tots.

    For more information on The Goddard School toy drive, please call 703723-8434.

    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.

    In The News: The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn Names Ms. Kathy Teacher of the Month

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

      
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn Names Ms. Kathy Teacher of the Month

    Belmont Greene, Ashburn, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) November 23, 2009– The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene, Ashburn has chosen Ms. Kathy as Teacher of the Month.

    The School opened in August 2008 and is owned and operated by Angie Schexnaider.  The school accommodates 165 children, ages six weeks to 8 years. 

    Ms. Kathy has been a part of the Goddard team since September.  She graduated from college with a Bachelor degree in Elementary Education. 

    She is the Lead teacher in the Natural Wonders. 

    “Ms. Kathy was chosen for this recognition because of parents and staff voting her the teacher of the month,” says Ms. Schexnaider. 

    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Licensed by the State of Virginia and overseen by Goddard Quality Assurance, Goddard provides a safe and secure learning environment.

    Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

    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 – Current Month

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

    Parenting with Pruett: Thumb-Sucking & Pacifiers, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Thumb-sucking and pacifiers are guaranteed to evoke debate whenever the topic is raised with parents, especially new ones. Fact: Many children choose to suck their thumbs from before they are born because it is an important form of self-soothing and comfort.

    Try not to make this a big deal. Very few children go to college with their pacifiers. At the same time, denying your children their comfort at a time when they may need it most will backfire more often than not, increasing their attachment to it. Children who know when it’s time for their comfort are showing you they know a thing or two about their needs, not that they have a habit.

    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.

    News Items

    Pajama Day
    November 6th
    7-6
    School Event
     
    Parents’ Night Out
    November 6th
    6-9
    School Event
     
    Fall Open House
    November 12th
    4-6
    School Event
     
    Loudoun Museum Presents-Colonial Dress and Life
    November 18th
    9:30-10:45
    School Event
     
    Harvest Celebration
    November 19th
    11:30-12:45
    School Event
     

     

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn, VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email:
    ashburn2va@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 Belmont Greene, Ashburn, VA is having a Fall Festival Open House !Local preschool offers event for community

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn, VA 
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com
    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene, Ashburn, VA is having a Fall Festival Open House !
    Local preschool offers event for community

    Belmont Greene, Ashburn, VA  (Grassroots Newswire) October 23, 2009 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 8 years, located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive  is hosting a Fall Festival Open House Open House on November 12, 2009 from 4:00 to 6:00.

    Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. Children will enjoy fall crafts, and parents will tour our school and meet our teachers.   Families will also receive 10% off their monthly tuition for the first five months on selective programs  when they enroll by November 15, 2009.

    On-site owner, Angie Schexnaider,  along with her Education Director, Kristi Vasofsky, 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 7-6, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434. 

    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 – Current Month

     

     

     

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

    Parenting with Pruett: Diversity, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D.

    You may think your own daily life is not particularly influenced by cultural variations on child development themes. Yet it is probable that your child will mature in a world influenced more by cultural diversity than the one that shaped you. Our communities, work places, neighborhoods, schools and families are fast becoming increasingly multicultural.

    The opportunities are great. But, as with anything new, there is always the potential for misunderstanding. Each of our cultures has been enriched by the others in everything from cuisine and customs to language and dress. At the same time, we need to know about the values and styles of our neighbors, especially when our little ones are in the company of others whose priorities and behavior are different.

    Excerpt from Me, Myself and I, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D.

    Teaching Tolerance and Diversity

    It is never too early to talk to your children about tolerance and diversity. Studies have shown that by ages three and four, children have an awareness of the differences in other children. They can recognize variation in skin color, language and customs as well as recognize obvious differences.

    Cultural and lifestyle differences are common in everyday life, and may be confusing for young children. To help your children become more familiar with differences, start on a small scale. A solid understanding at a young age will encourage acceptance as they grow.

    • Teach your children about their family history.
      Make a family tree together and explain customs or traditions your family practices. Dress up like your ancestors and cook an ethnic meal to help your children understand their family’s culture in a fun way.
    • Teach your children about other cultures.
      Ask your children’s friends or classmates to teach them about their cultures (e.g., holidays, celebrations) and lifestyles. In turn, encourage your children to do the same.
    • Lead by example.
      Make diverse friendships and encourage your children to do the same. Show your children the most positive way to interact in the world.
    • Make diversity a part of everyday life.
      Fill your home with multicultural art and literature. Take your children to museums and libraries to provide them with as many multicultural experiences as possible.

    It’s Apple Time!

    ‘Tis the season to enjoy a good-for-you fall fruit that the whole family loves – apples! Apples are child-friendly, healthy snacks. They are fat, sodium and cholesterol free! Apples are grown in all 50 states and orchards across the country offer apple picking, hay rides and hot apple cider at this time of year – a day of family fun and good memories.

    Apples can be more than just good to eat. Check out the fun ‘apple’ activity below.

    Apple Printing
    You can use apples as stamps to create fun pictures, wrapping paper or to decorate t-shirts and other wearables!

    Materials:
    Apples
    Paint (Use washable poster paint for paper prints and fabric paints for clothes.)
    Paper Plates
    Printable Surface
    Newspaper (to protect work surface)
    Art Smocks or Old T-shirts
    Knife to Cut the Apple(s) – Adults only*

    How To:

    • Cover your work surface with newspaper and make sure everyone is wearing old clothes or a smock!
    • Pour paint on the paper plates (one color per plate).
    • Cut the apples in half (adults only). Create an apple silhouette by cutting the apple from top to bottom, or create a circle with a “star” by cutting the apple horizontally. Ask your child to guess what the shape will look like before you cut the apple, or brainstorm various ways to create different shapes with the apple.
    • Encourage your child to dip the flat side of the apple in the paint (trying to thoroughly cover the flat surface) and then place the apple – paint side down -on the printing surface.
    • Enjoy creating fun designs and pictures with your homemade stamps!

    *An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages. (Activity from kidsdomain.com)

    News Items

    Make A Wish to Benefit Loudoun Interfaith
    October 10th
    10-4
    Dulles Town Center
    Kindergarten Back to School
    October 12th
    6-7
    Magnificent Mountains
    Visit by the Firefighters
    October 15th
    10:00
    School Parking Lots and Classrooms
    Picture Day
    October 20th
    Morning
    All classrooms-Babies first
    Veterinarian Visit
    October 21st
    10:00
    All classrooms

     

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn, VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@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 Belmont Greene-Ashburn is having an Open House!Local preschool offers event for community

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene-Ashburn 
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene-Ashburn is having an Open House!
    Local preschool offers event for community

    Belmont Greene-Ashburn, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) September 12, 2009 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6 years, located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive, Ashburn, VA  is hosting an Open House Open House on September 12th from 11:00 to 2:00.

    Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. Come and meet the teachers while making a craft.  Families will also receive 10% off their monthly tuition for the first five months on selective programs  when they enroll by by September 15th.

    On-site owner, Angie Schexnaider, along with her Education Director, Kristi Vasofsky, 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 7:00-6:00, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.

    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

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

    Parenting with Pruett: Diversity, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D.

    You may think your own daily life is not particularly influenced by cultural variations on child development themes. Yet it is probable that your child will mature in a world influenced more by cultural diversity than the one that shaped you. Our communities, work places, neighborhoods, schools and families are fast becoming increasingly multicultural.

    The opportunities are great. But, as with anything new, there is always the potential for misunderstanding. Each of our cultures has been enriched by the others in everything from cuisine and customs to language and dress. At the same time, we need to know about the values and styles of our neighbors, especially when our little ones are in the company of others whose priorities and behavior are different.

    Excerpt from Me, Myself and I, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D.

    Teaching Tolerance and Diversity

    It is never too early to talk to your children about tolerance and diversity. Studies have shown that by ages three and four, children have an awareness of the differences in other children. They can recognize variation in skin color, language and customs as well as recognize obvious differences.

    Cultural and lifestyle differences are common in everyday life, and may be confusing for young children. To help your children become more familiar with differences, start on a small scale. A solid understanding at a young age will encourage acceptance as they grow.

    • Teach your children about their family history.
      Make a family tree together and explain customs or traditions your family practices. Dress up like your ancestors and cook an ethnic meal to help your children understand their family’s culture in a fun way.
    • Teach your children about other cultures.
      Ask your children’s friends or classmates to teach them about their cultures (e.g., holidays, celebrations) and lifestyles. In turn, encourage your children to do the same.
    • Lead by example.
      Make diverse friendships and encourage your children to do the same. Show your children the most positive way to interact in the world.
    • Make diversity a part of everyday life.
      Fill your home with multicultural art and literature. Take your children to museums and libraries to provide them with as many multicultural experiences as possible.

    It’s Apple Time!

    ‘Tis the season to enjoy a good-for-you fall fruit that the whole family loves – apples! Apples are child-friendly, healthy snacks. They are fat, sodium and cholesterol free! Apples are grown in all 50 states and orchards across the country offer apple picking, hay rides and hot apple cider at this time of year – a day of family fun and good memories.

    Apples can be more than just good to eat. Check out the fun ‘apple’ activity below.

    Apple Printing
    You can use apples as stamps to create fun pictures, wrapping paper or to decorate t-shirts and other wearables!

    Materials:
    Apples
    Paint (Use washable poster paint for paper prints and fabric paints for clothes.)
    Paper Plates
    Printable Surface
    Newspaper (to protect work surface)
    Art Smocks or Old T-shirts
    Knife to Cut the Apple(s) – Adults only*

    How To:

    • Cover your work surface with newspaper and make sure everyone is wearing old clothes or a smock!
    • Pour paint on the paper plates (one color per plate).
    • Cut the apples in half (adults only). Create an apple silhouette by cutting the apple from top to bottom, or create a circle with a “star” by cutting the apple horizontally. Ask your child to guess what the shape will look like before you cut the apple, or brainstorm various ways to create different shapes with the apple.
    • Encourage your child to dip the flat side of the apple in the paint (trying to thoroughly cover the flat surface) and then place the apple – paint side down -on the printing surface.
    • Enjoy creating fun designs and pictures with your homemade stamps!

    *An adult should oversee all activities. Activities may not be appropriate for all ages. (Activity from kidsdomain.com)

    News Items

    Staff Development Day
    September 4th
    School Closed
    Have a Great Day!
    September 7th
    Labor Day
    School Closed
    Have a Safe Holiday
    September 8th
    First Day of New SchoolYear
    Welcome Students and Parents
    The Goddard School of Belmont Greene
    Open House
    September 12th
    11-2
    The Goddard School of Belmont Greene
    Parent Information Night
    September 23rd
    7:00 Dessert served
    Misty Woodlands Classroom

     

    Contact Us

    42885 Orchard Oriole Drive
    Ashburn, VA 20147
    www.goddardschool.com
    703-723-8434
    email: ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

     

    Welcome!

    We are so happy you have chosen The Goddard School of Belmont Greene.  We have an Open Door Policy so please stop by and visit with us.

    Angie On site Owner

    Kristi Director

    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: Our First Year is Celebrated at The Goddard School®We are One Year Old!

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com



    Our First Year is Celebrated at The Goddard School®
    We are One Year Old!

    Belmont Greene, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) September 08, 2009 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn VA 20147 in Belmont Greene celebrates their first anniversary!


    “We are eager to celebrate our first anniversary,” says Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn VA 20147 in Belmont Greene.  “We look forward to sharing great activities including fun games and activities and a lot of fun with our families and guests.”


    The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 6years, 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 7-6.


    Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment 703-723-8434.


    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 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: Focusing on Reading Readiness for Children

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene-Ashburn

    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    Focusing on Reading Readiness for Children

    By Angie Schexnaider

    Many parents look forward to announcing that their child can read, but the truth is children are reading long before they can interpret the pages of the book. As with most things in life, reading requires the proper building blocks before it can begin.

    Reading begins with language and how it relates to your child’s world. Creating a language-rich environment will help your child’s vocabulary grow. Language develops with every interaction you have with your child – infants begin by reading their parents’ facial expressions while older children develop their vocabulary by listening and eventually repeating what their parent say. Verbalize your child’s world and he or she will begin to repeat sounds and syllables – be sure to pause, speak and alter conversation style.

    A print-rich environment may also help prepare your child for reading by making the connection between your child’s world and the symbols we use to communicate, so make your home an active learning environment. Start labeling household items with pictures and words so your child will learn to associate everyday items with their symbols. Lead by example and let your child see you read often. Teach your child to respect books – while pages will rip and bindings will break; your child will learn that you value books and their content if you set a high expectation for their care.

    Remember, it takes many interactions with the alphabet and phonemic awareness for reading skills to develop. While it may be difficult to remain patient, be assured that reading will happen when your child is ready.

    The following are easy-to-follow steps for your child when it comes to reading:

    Infant to One Year

    • Play appropriate music; it leads to acute sound discrimination used later in letter sound discrimination.
    • Read simple board books with one picture per page, contrasting colors or simple pictures, and point to the items on each page.
    • While reading to your child, make faces – it’s fun and your child will notice subtle differences.
    • Offer choices and name options. Watch your child’s eyes and hands for favorites.
    • Allow your child to point and turn book pages.
    • Describe everything; name colors, shapes and sizes.Verbalize and describe your child’s actions (e.g., “That’s the blue ball. Uh-oh, it rolled away. I’ll roll it back to you. You caught it.”)

    First Steps (12-18 months)

    • Read longer stories to your child and allow him or her to interact with the book – pointing, turning pages or even turning the book upside-down.
    • Name objects as your child points.
    • Sing and give characters of books funny voices.
    • Offer opportunities for discrimination.
    • Talk about the stop light (e.g., red circles mean ’stop,’ green circles mean ’go’).
    • Play with objects that are similar and point out the differences (e.g., cow versus horse, blankets with subtle pattern differences).
    • Make noises! Imitate cars, animals and eating sounds during play.
    • Speak to your child in a normal tone to demonstrate accurate sound recognition.
    • Enunciate words of interest like M-M-Mommy.
    • As syllables start to represent words, such as “juice” and “more,” expand upon them (e.g., “apple juice,” “Would you like more apple juice?”).

    Toddler & Get Set (18-36 months)

    • Read everything – signs, labels, toys and your child’s name.
    • Take cues from your child – interested, not interested, read or just look at the pictures, read more or stop before the end of the story?
    • Sing and give characters of books funny voices.
    • Find and point out shapes and symbols in your home or community.
    • Recite rhymes and alliterations; pause to allow your child to fill in the last word or phrase.
    • Play games such as Candyland® where symbols lead to action (e.g., two orange squares on the card means to move two orange spaces).

    Preschool (36 months +)

    • Read words and point to each one as you read it, moving your finger from left to right, top to bottom.
    • While grocery shopping, ask your child to find an item that starts with a certain letter or find a particular cereal. Have these items on your grocery list for comparison.
    • While in the park, ask your child to bring you nature items one at a time. Write the word for each item and then write a story with these words.
    • Show your child speech in the written form. Ask your child what he or she would like to buy at the grocery store and add it to your grocery list together, write notes to Dad or make “to do” lists.

    Pre-Kindergarten (48 months +)

    • Read with your child. Take turns reading pages, modeling intonation and punctuation cues.
    • Make up silly rhymes and alliterations.
    • Play “Going on a Hike.” Start by picking a letter and saying. “I’m going on a hike and in my back pack I have a …” Take turns repeating the sentence, naming the previously listed words and adding new word that starts with the chosen letter each time.
    • Help your child cut large letters from old magazines. Talk about words that begin with each of these letters.
    • Ask your child to get something in the pantry that he or she would not recognize by sight; provide the beginning letter sound of the item and ask him or her to search for it by reading the letters.
    • While driving, ask your child to help you find a particular street sign.

    About The Goddard School®
    The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 8, is located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn, VA 20147 in Belmont Greene-Ashburn. On-site owner, , along with her education director, Kristi Vasofsky 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 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn, VA 20147 in Belmont Greene-Ashburn, families are encouraged to please contact Angie Schexnaider at for more information.

    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:  What Your Child Learns Through Play

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    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene-Ashburn
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

     
    What Your Child Learns Through Play

    By Angie Schexnaider

    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 8, is located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn, VA 20147 in Belmont Greene-Ashburn. On-site owner, Angie Schexnaider , along with her education director, Kristi Vasofsky 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 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn, VA 20147 in Belmont Greene-Ashburn, families are encouraged to please contact Angie Schexnaider at 703-723-8434 for more information.

    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: Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene-AshburnPrivate Full Day Kindergarten

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene-Ashburn
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com

    Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene-Ashburn
    Private Full Day Kindergarten

    Belmont Greene-Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) 7/16/09 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn, VA 20147 in Belmont Greene-Ashburn is offering a Private Kindergarten program.

    We offer Reading, Writing, and Math Readiness, Cognitive Skills and Math, Yoga, Sign Language, Spanish, Music and Movement, Social Science, Science, How to Get Along, Physical Education, Creative Art, Language Development, Computer Lab and a love of learning in our large classroom and small class size.

    “Our credentialed teachers deliver a curriculum which combines the goals and methodology of  Loudoun County school district with developmentally appropriate practices required by The Goddard School.  The size of our Kindergarten provides individualized attention for our children,” says Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene-Ashburn.

    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 7-6, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment 703-723-8434.

    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 Belmont Greene Ashburn is having a Open House!Local preschool offers event for community

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene Ashburn 
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com


    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene Ashburn is having a Open House!
    Local preschool offers event for community

    Belmont Greene Ashburn, VA (Grassroots Newswire) June 15th — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 8, located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive   is hosting a Open House Open House on June 27th from 11 to 1.


    Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event.   Families will also receive 50% off first month’s tuition. $100 off enrollment in our Infant Rooms  when they enroll by July 4th.


    On-site owner, Angie Schexnaider, along with her Education Director, Kristi Vasofsky, 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 7-6, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.


    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: Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont GreeneFULL DAY PROGRAM

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com



    Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene
    FULL DAY PROGRAM


    Belmont Greene, Virginia (Grassroots Newswire) May 21, 2009 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene is offering a Private Kindergarten program.


    Our FULL Day Program offers a full day of activities that include daily computer time, Spanish, Sign Language, Music, PE, Cognitive Skills and Math, Language Development , Science, Social Studies including maps and geography, and Reading Readiness that exceeds the Kindergarten Standards of Learning. Our class size is small and our classroom is spacious and beautiful! Our program includes a daily activity report and we offer no additional charge for before and after care.


    “Our credentialed teachers deliver a curriculum which combines the goals and methodology of  Loudoun County school district with developmentally appropriate practices required by The Goddard School.  The size of our Kindergarten provides individualized attention for our children,” says Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene.


    The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to seven years old, 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 seven to six o’clock, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment 703-723-8434.


    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® Earns CITA AccreditationThe Goddard School located in Belmont Greene Demonstrates Top-Quality

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    Contact: 
    Angie Schexnaider
    The Goddard School® located in Belmont Greene
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com


    The Goddard School® Earns CITA Accreditation
    The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene Demonstrates Top-Quality

    Belmont Greene, VA (Grassroots Newswire) May 21, 2009 — The Goddard School located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive in Belmont Greene has recently been awarded the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).  Internationally recognized for accrediting top-quality schools within the United States and around the world, CITA evaluates quality, continuous improvement and student success. Recognition by the organization is highly coveted and rarely given to childcare companies.


    Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance that provides a non-governmental, independent and impartial evaluation of educational quality. To earn CITA accreditation, an education provider’s services, faculty and facilities must meet or exceed standards of quality set by the education community. Accredited schools must follow a protocol of self-study, evaluation review and continuous improvement.


    “We’re proud to earn the mark of quality from CITA, and be recognized for our commitment to reach the highest professional standards,” says Angie Schexnaider, owner of The Goddard School located in Belmont Greene. “CITA accreditation 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.”


    Comprising seven regional accrediting agencies, private school agencies and other educational service and regulatory agencies, CITA protects the public trust by ensuring schools reach high standards and act in a trustworthy manner.


    “Parents look to Goddard for quality childcare and CITA accreditation further emphasizes to the community that Goddard programs have been reviewed by the experts and meet or exceed their expectations,” said Joseph Schumacher, chief operating officer at Goddard Systems, Inc., (franchisor of The Goddard School).


    The Belmont Greene location opened in August 2008. The school accommodates 185 children, ages six weeks to 7 years. Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour, call Angie Schexnaider directly at 703-723-8434 to arrange a personal appointment 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 CITA
    The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (www.citaschools.org) is the most rapidly growing accrediting agency in the world. It was created in 1994 by the regional accrediting organizations in the United States following a long history of collaboration under other auspices. As a global leader in accreditation, CITA provides systems of accreditation around the world. CITA Standards promote quality schools and continuous improvement to enhance student success. CITA provides standards for education systems and develops customized accreditation protocols. CITA accreditation engages CITA schools in the world’s largest network of accredited schools. CITA provides customized accreditation protocols and standards for schools that cross the USA regions and for national and international schools around the world. CITA awards the accreditation. Participating regional commissions manage the accreditation protocol. Today, members of the CITA Alliance accredit more than 32,000 schools in 100 countries, touching over 17 million students.


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    In The News: The Goddard School located in ASHBURN-BELMONT GREENE is having SPRING FLING OPEN HOUSE !Local preschool offers event for community

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    Contact:
    Angie Schexnaider/Adam Shebib
    The Goddard School® located in ASHBURN-BELMONT GREENE 
    703-723-8434
    ashburn2va@goddardschools.com


    The Goddard School located in ASHBURN-BELMONT GREENE is having SPRING FLING OPEN HOUSE !
    Local preschool offers event for community

    ASHBURN-BELMONT GREENE, VA (Grassroots Newswire) April 20, 2009 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6 years, located at 42885 Orchard Oriole Drive Ashburn, VA 20147  is hosting SPRING FLING OPEN HOUSE Open House on May 2nd from 12 to 2.


    Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event.   Families will also receive 50% off first month’s tuition. $100 off enrollment in our Infant Rooms  when they enroll by May 2nd.


    On-site owner, Angie Schexnaider, along with her Education Director, Kristi, 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 7-6, 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 Angie Schexnaider directly to arrange a personal appointment at 703-723-8434.


    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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