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February News

The Goddard School

Sounds of Love

This month’s themes are:
Valentines Day!
Genres of Music!
Instruments!
Dance!
Artists!
Musicals!

Things to know:
1. President’s Day – We will be Closed on Monday, February 17th for our teachers to attend a full day training on Early Childhood Education.

2. Progress Reports – Your child’s progress report was recently distributed. Please review and return to office by February 15th. If you are interested in a conference with your child’s teacher, please fill out form and return to office by Monday, February 10th.

3. Summer Camp – Registration will begin next week! We have a fun filled fabulous camp planned. Summer camp registration fees cover the costs of all of our special visitors! Look out for Early Bird Specials on your Camp Registration Fee!

4. Inclement Weather – Just a friendly reminder that there are 2 ways that we notify you if the school is closed or opening late due to weather. We will send out text and email alerts to those who signed up for the program. The notifications will be sent out by 6:30 AM. You can also log onto your personal Goddard Family Connect web page.

Fun dates to know:

February 4th – 100th Day of School
February 12th – Humane Society Visits!
February 17th – School Closed! Teacher-In-Service
February 18th – Create Our Own Instruments
February 28th – Family Picture Show and Tell

“A heart is not judged by how much you love, but by how much you are loved by others!” by: Frank Morgan

February is the month of love…give your loved ones an extra hug, kiss and smile! It’s always the best way to start the day!

Written by: Kim Hensinger

Teach. Play. Learn

Boy with PuzzleThis month from January 20th – January 24th we are partnering with TINKERTOY and offering a week of imagination, creativity and problem solving. Please stop in during our Open House from 9:30 to 11:30 and enjoy touring our school and even taking part in inventing, designing & building fun with TINKERTOY!

We hope to see you then!

Written by: Kim Hensinger

January News

Summer-AAAmazing Animals

During the month of January your child (ren) will learn about a variety of animals :
1. Forest Friends!
2. Amazing Sea Creatures!
3. Barnyard Fun!
4. Let’s Go to the Zoo!
5. Penguins, Polars, and Pals!

Some things to know:

Progress Reports: Your child will receive a progress report the end of January. We will be offering Parent/Teacher conferences in February for any parent interested. Signup sheets for conferences will be distributed with your child’s progress report.

Inclement Weather: If we need to close the school or open late due to inclement weather there are two ways that we notify you. We will be sending out text messages and email alerts to those parents who have enrolled in this program. Notifications will be sent out by 6:30 a.m. if we are closing for the day or opening late. You can also see it on The Goddard Family Connect web page.

Happy New Year!: We would like to wish you and your family a very happy new year! We are looking forward to a great 2014!

Wacky Hair Day: Jan. 10th
Wear Blue Day!: Jan. 8th
Goddard Pajama Day!: Jan. 21st
Goddard Picnic: Jan. 22nd
Crazy Sock Day!: Jan. 31st

Written by: Kim Hensinger

Show Times

Here are the show times for this year’s Holiday Shows:

Infant/Cheetah/Chimp – 9:30-10
Giraffe/Elephant – 10-10:30
Zebra/Crocodile – 10:30-11

We hope to see you there and celebrate the season with all our families!!!

Written by: Kim Hensinger

December News

“Happy Holidays”

This months theme is “Celebrations of the Season”

Your child (ren) will be learning about Hanukkah, Snowman & Mittens, and Christmas!

Things to know:

1. There is a box in the lobby for “Toys For Tots”. If you would like to donate an unwrapped toy, please do so by the 6th.

2. Our fabulous Holiday Shows will be taking place on the 19th. Please leave time in your busy schedule to come see all the hard work the teachers and children have done for the shows. Show times will be announced in a following blog!

3. We are opened on Christmas Eve the 24th until 12:30. If you know that your child will not attend that day, please stop by the office and let them know so they can staff accordingly!

4. Our Winter Break will be from 12/25 to 1/1. We hope you have a safe and happy holiday with your families and we will see you in the New Year!

Other Special Dates:

12/13 – Wear Red Day!
12/18 – Pajama Day!

“December’s wintery breath is already clouding the pond, frosting the pane, obscuring summer’s memory…”
― John Geddes

Written by: Kim Hensinger

How to Protect Children From The Sun

Infants & Teacher with Bubbles C 

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

 

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

A = Away

– Avoid long periods of direct sun exposure between 10 am and 4 pm.

– Play indoors or enjoy shaded outdoor activities, especially when your shadow is shorter than you are tall.

– Reflection from water, white sand or snow increases the sun’s damage.

 

B = Block

Use a sunscreen with a Sun Protection Factor (SPF) of 15 or higher.

– Apply sunscreen every morning; reapply every two hours.

– Apply sunscreen at least 30 minutes before sun exposure.

 

C = Cover Up

Use hats and light-colored clothing to protect skin.

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

– Cover up after swimming.

 

S = Speak Out:

Practice sun safety and show family members how to apply sunscreen.

– Discuss sun safety with coaches, camp counselors and teachers.

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

Adapted by: Kim Hensinger

Prepare for Summer Fun

Prepare for Summer Fun

by Dr. Kyle Pruett

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 at 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.

Choosing a Summer Program

Choosing a Summer 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. 

 

Tips for Choosing a Summer Program:

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

TIPS FOR A SAFE AND HAPPY HALLOWEEN

Halloween is a happy, fun-filled holiday for families and provides inspiration for children to express creativity and manners!  Parents balance this enthusiastic learning opportunity, however, by providing safe and dependable environments – both at home and “on the trick-or-treat road.”

 

Pumpkin Decorating

Encourage your children to participate in pumpkin decorating activities.

  • A child-friendly and safe alternative to pumpkin carving is to provide children with markers or paint to decorate their pumpkins.
  • Use child-drawn outlines to carve the family pumpkins.  This is a ‘parent-only’ activity and should be conducted on a flat, stable surface.
  • Children can help remove the pumpkin insides using their hands or scoops. Clean up the messes as you go – slimy pumpkin insides can cause slipping hazards.
  • Use small, battery-operated lights designed for carved pumpkins in lieu of candles.  
  • Families who choose to illuminate their pumpkins with candles should use votives or tea-light candles. 
  • Candlelit pumpkins should never be left unattended and should be placed on sturdy surfaces, away from flammable objects.

 

Costumes

Children should let their imaginations go – this is the ultimate creative activity!  Resist ‘buying’ a boxed costume for your children (and don’t be afraid that you’ll have to roll out grandma’s sewing machine). In order to make costumes safe, consider the following:

  • Costumes, masks, beards, wigs and other accessories should be flame resistant.
    • Masks may obstruct vision and could restrict breathing. Consider applying face paint or cosmetics instead.
    • Ensure masks fit securely and have eyeholes large enough to allow full vision.
    • Avoid hats that could slide over children’s eyes.
    • Knives, swords or similar costume accessories should not be sharp or rigid; rather they should be made of soft, flexible materials.
  • Avoid loose, baggy or long costumes to prevent tripping.
  • Children should wear sturdy, fitted footwear – oversized shoes and mother’s high heels are not ideal for safe walking.
  • Trim costumes and trick-or-treat bags with reflective tape to make them visible to motorists.

 

Treats!

Before the ‘treats,’ plan an easy and filling dinner.  Pasta with veggies or macaroni and cheese with a salad will fill tummies before the evening takes off. 

 

You’ll remember this one, “Do not eat any candy until you bring it home and we have thoroughly inspected it.”  Times haven’t changed much – same credo for your children! 

  • All treats should be carefully examined by adults for evidence of tampering. Any spoiled, unwrapped or suspicious items should be discarded.

 

Interested in making the evening more memorable and less scrutinized for the children in your neighborhood?  Be a role model:

  • Avoid distributing treats considered choking hazards (e.g., gum, peanuts, hard candies and small toys).
  • Non-food giveaways such as coloring books, notepads, stickers, crayons and toothbrushes are all good ‘candy’ alternatives.

 

Trick-or-Treating

Trick-or-Treating is a two-way street.  Neighbors are responsible for each others’ children and parents are responsible for their own children.

 

Your Children’s Safety:

  • Young children should always be accompanied by parents or other responsible adults.
  • All children and escorts should carry flashlights with fresh batteries.
  • Only homes with outside lights ‘on’ should be visited.
  • If you allow older children to go trick-or-treating with a group of friends, discuss safety precautions and agree upon a specific time when they should return home.
  • Remind children to stay on sidewalks and not to cross through yards or between parked cars, to only approach well-lit homes and to never enter a home or car for a treat.

 

Your Neighborhood’s Safety:

  • Prepare your home to receive trick-or-treaters.  Clear your lawn, sidewalk, steps and porch of obstacles or potential tripping hazards.
  • Sweep wet leaves away from stairs and walkways to prevent slipping.
  • Candlelit pumpkins should be kept away from areas where costumes could brush against flames.
  • Pets should be restrained to keep children from being jumped upon or bitten.

 

After-Party

Host a post-‘treating’ event at your home.  Invite neighbors (parents and children) and serve hot chocolate and dessert.  This is a wonderful opportunity to socialize and build memories!

 

Additional Resources: The American Academy of Pediatrics (www.aap.org), National Safety Council (www.nsc.org) and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (www.cpsc.gov).