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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

Parent Teacher Conferences
May 23rd

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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.

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We will be hosting a Kindergarten Information Meeting for our Pre-K families on January 21st at 6pm.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – December 2013

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   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

Doerbecher Toy Drive
December 2 thru 13

Winter Break
December 24 thru January 1

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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?

News Items

Family Harvest Potluck
November 21st
11:30 – 12:30

Doernbecher Toy Drive
December 2nd thru December 13th

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
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503 693-1888
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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – October 2013

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   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

Picture Days
October 3rd & 4th

Scholastic Book Fair
October 16th – 20th

Presto the Magician
October 26th
10am and 11am
RSVP

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
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Thursday, September 26, 2013

 

MEDIA ALERT
Preschoolers Choose the Hottest Toys for the Season at the Goddard School located in Hillsboro

 

WHAT:  The Goddard School® located in Hillsboro along with 37 other schools across the country put popular toys to the test against their toughest critics…the children!
 
The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test 2013 engages Hillsboro children from infants to six years old in interactive, child-initiated play. Toys will be judged on qualities such as how they inspire creativity, motivate collaboration, encourage interactive play, support learning and skill development and most of all, if the toy is fun!
 
The children will then cast their votes and The Goddard School Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toys will be announced on October 22, 2013, just in time for the holiday season.
 
For more information, please visit www.goddardschool.com/toytest.
 
WHEN: Monday, September 30 through Friday, October 4 
  
WHERE: The Goddard School located in Hillsboro
                 5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
                 Hillsboro, OR  97124 
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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 at 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 – September 2013

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   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!

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – August 2013

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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

OMSI will be visiting the Goddard School
August 1

Petting Zoo
August 13

We will be hosting a week long Martial Arts Camp
August 19 – 23

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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

Our annual Parent Appreciation Dinner is set for June 13th from 4:30pm – 6pm. In additional to good food, we will have BJ the Clown and a Face Painter here to entertain the entire family.

The Children’s Museum will be here on June 17th to kick off summer camp!

Mad Science will be here on June 26th to engage the children in terrific learning activities.

Our next free family fun event is scheduled for July 25th from 4:30 – 6:00pm. We will be having an Ice Cream Social and Puppet Show to entertain the children. We are pleased to have Jason Ropp from Dragon Theater Puppets here to perform again this year.

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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

The week of May 6th – 10th is National Teacher Appreciation Week. We are blessed to have a great staff of teachers and directors here at the Goddard School and I am thankful to all of them for what they do. We hope you appreciate them too and if you would like to bring them snacks/treats/etc. during the week, there will be a signup sheet on the director’s door.

We will also have the Scholastic Book Fair here the week of May 6th – 10th. A large selection of children’s books of all levels will be available for purchase. We also welcome donations to your child’s class.

Our annual Parent Appreciation Dinner is on June 13th. In additional to good food, BJ the Clown and a Face Painter will be here to entertain the entire family.

On June 17th, The Children’s Museum will be here as our first summer camp visitor!

On June 26th, Mad Science will be here as our next summer camp visitor!

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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

We are exited to celebrate Ms. Amanda this month at The Goddard School. Amanda is a lead teacher in one of our get-set classrooms. It is wonderful to watch Amanda get the children in her care so excited about learning. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication!

Spring Pictures will be taken April 8th and 9th. There will be a sign up sheet for families that want to schedule a family portrait.

In an effort to become more involved in protecting our environment, Goddard Schools from across the United States will be participating in an event called “Root for the Earth.” During the week of April 22nd- April 26th we will be participating in fun, eco-focused activities to promote keeping our earth safe and clean.

Teacher appreciation week is May 6th – 10th.

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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.)

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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.

News Items

Doernbecher Toy Drive
December 3 – 14

Winter Break
December 24 – Jan 1

 

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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

Harvest Potluck
November 15th

Thanksgiving Break
November 22 & 23

 

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – October 2012

October 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: A World of Style, 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.

You Are What You Drink

You may have heard the phrase “you are what you eat,” but this is also true for what we drink. Many parents watch what they eat, but end up consuming large amounts of juice or caffeinated beverages, and less water than needed.

Drinking more water is a quick, easy habit to develop. Water has fantastic benefits for your body and getting the recommended amount is beneficial in many ways:

  • Drinking two glasses of water in the morning helps prepare your organs for the day.
  • Drinking one glass 30 minutes before a meal helps digestion.
  • Drinking one glass before baths or showers helps to lower your blood pressure.
  • Drinking one glass of water before bed helps lessen your chances of having a stroke or heart attack.

Life moves pretty fast, so cultivate habits that are healthy and help you relax a little so you can enjoy it as much as you can. Your body will thank you for increasing your water intake.

Fall into Fitness

Spend some time outdoors this fall–take a walk, explore local parks or find a new bike path through the woods. Time spent outside will do as much good for your mind as for your body. Here are a few seasonal family fitness ideas:

  • Apple Picking – Very often your local orchard has a hayride to and from the fields. Opt to walk to the orchards and ride back on the wagon with your apples!
  • Take a Hike – Literally…if the beauty of the great outdoors alone does not excite your family, create a scavenger hunt. Have your little ones find different types and colors of leaves to take home!
  • Sweep It Up – Inside and out–clear the clutter or rake some leaves. You’ll be amazed by the fitness benefits of a little fall cleaning!

News Items

Simon Says
October 5th
9am

Presto the Magician
October 6th
10am

Fall Pictures
October 8th & 9th

Scholastic Book Fair
October 15th – 19th

Parent Conferences
October 19th

 

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In The News: Presto the Magician Visits The Goddard School® located in Hillsboro

 

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Contact:
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The Goddard School® located in Hillsboro   
503 693-1888
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Presto the Magician Visits The Goddard School® located in Hillsboro

  

Hillsboro, Oregon (Grassroots Newswire) 9/21/12 — The Goddard School located at 5530 NE Elam Young Parkway in Hillsborowill be the host to Presto the Magician on October 6th from 10am to noon.

The Goddard School located in Hillsboro opened in January 2005 and is owned and operated by T.R. Hutchinson.  The school accommodates 128 children, ages six weeks to 6 years. 

Presto will be performing two shows for preschool age children 2 – 6 years of age. The first show is at 10am and the second show is at 11am. This is a free event to families with preschool children. It is also a great time to see the Goddard School in person and learn about their wonderful program.

“We are all excited to have Presto the Magician visit our school,” says Hutchinson. “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 7am – 6pm, the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.
Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call T.R. Hutchinson directly to arrange a personal appointment at 503 693-1888.

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.

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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.

 

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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

Martial Arts Camp
August 14th – 16th

OMSI
August 23rd

Pizza Party
August 30th

 

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – July 2012

July 2012  

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

Share your interests with your child. It’s important for parents to keep up with their own passions. You need “a life,” and you won’t have one if you lose yourself totally in your child’s world. Keep up with the piano, chess, painting, hiking, whatever. Teach your child about your avocations. Let her be a part of what you love. This is one of the most intriguing, emotionally rich forms of learning children get. You are building a common bond that will last for years.

Summer Car Safety Tips

According to kidsandcars.org, “On average, 38 children die in hot cars each year from heat-related deaths.” This fast-paced world is full of distractions and even the greatest parents have been known to forget that their little one is sleeping the back seat. Use the tips below from kidsandcars.org to ensure this never happens to your family.

  • Put something you will need, like your cell phone, handbag, employee ID, briefcase, etc., on the floor in the back of the car.
  • Get in the habit of always opening the back door of your vehicle every time you reach your destination to make sure your child is not in the car. This will soon become a habit. We call this the “Look Before You Lock” campaign.
  • Keep a large stuffed animal in the child’s car seat when it is not occupied. When the child is in the seat, put the stuffed animal in the front passenger seat. Anytime the stuffed animal is up front you know your child is in the child safety seat in the back.
  • Tell your child’s daycare center or babysitter that you will always call if your child will not be coming on a normally scheduled day.
  • When a child is missing, check your vehicles and car trunks immediately.
  • If you see a child alone in a vehicle, get involved. If they are hot or seem sick, get them out as quickly as possible. Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately.

Family Picnic Time

Picnics are a great family outing and can become a treasured family memory. Grab the picnic basket and a blanket to introduce your children to the wonders of a family picnic.

What to pack (always consider age-appropriateness)

  • Frisbee, a ball for catch or a kite: Play first, eat later;
  • Bottled water or sippy cups with water;
  • Easy-to-pick-up veggies: Baby carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers;
  • Fresh fruit: Slice it or cube it and put it in small individual containers;
  • Plastic utensils;
  • Pre-cut sandwiches: Use your favorite fillings on whole grain bread;
  • Pre-sliced cheese and whole-grain crackers;
  • Sunscreen;
  • Trail mix: Make your own with nuts, raisins, pretzels and dried fruit;
  • Wipes or hand sanitizer.

News Items

Oregon Coast Aquarium
July 10th

The Goddard School

Mad Science
July 16th

The Goddard School

Ice Cream Social and Puppet Show
July 17th
4:30pm – 6:00pm
The Goddard School

Music Camp
July 23rd – 27th

The Goddard School

Reptile Man
August 1st

The Goddard School

 

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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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

Parent Appreciation Dinner
June 14
4:30 – 6:00 pm

The Petting Zoo
June 22
9:30 – 11:30

 

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – May 2012

May 2012  

Parenting with Pruett: Media Use by Young Children, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Remember when the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its recommendation that children two and under should not watch any television and that children over two should limit exposure to two hours per day? Many parents seemed as reassured by this advice as they were confused. How could such an esteemed organization give advice that was “so out of touch with real American family life” (as one mother commented to the evening news)? Over the last several years, children’s media appetites have hardly slackened. In fact, “screen time” has eclipsed “TV watching” as the name for such activities, given the plethora of devices on which real or animated moving and talking figures can now inform, distract, stimulate and babysit our young. So what is a parent to do?

  • If you want your children to play imaginatively (great pre-literacy foundation!), keep the playthings away from the screen. University of Massachusetts researchers found that toddler play erodes and disorganizes when TV is on.
  • Keep the media diet balanced. Print materials, screen devices, video games and DVDs should be rotated and refreshed (if not occasionally “lost”). Think of nutrition’s representation of a healthy, balanced diet. The food pyramid evokes positive images of a “media pyramid.”
  • The best way to use the positive impact of TV (yes, there is one and this is it) is to engage parent-child pairs in co-viewing programming that stimulates learning and delight with the use of humor and playfulness (not silliness), novel topics and perspectives. This prevents the use of TV as a babysitter, but that’s the point. There is no stand-in for you, or the delight that you take, in your child’s growth and health.

Imaginary Friends

As you watch your little one playing, you may notice him chatting away to no one in particular. Do not be alarmed–imaginary friends are completely normal for toddlers and are an indication of your child’s ever-burgeoning creativity and social development.

According to researchers, imaginary friends may appear due to a change in your child’s life, for example, a new sibling or a new home. They could also be your child’s way of learning to express his emotions and understand roles and relationships. As a result, your child may blame his naughty behavior on his imaginary friend. Do not make a big deal out it. Simply explain to your child why the behavior is unacceptable.

Allow your child to explore his relationship with his imaginary friend. In time he won’t need his “friend” anymore. Be sure to keep the “friend” in his world–not yours. If you acknowledge his imaginary friend as a “real” person, he may stick around a lot longer than necessary.

Father’s Day Craft: Popsicle Stick Puzzle

With Father’s Day right around the corner, here is a craft that is not only fun for the children, but fun for dads, too!

Materials
8-10 large Popsicle sticks
White glue
Tape
Small utility knife (for the adult helper’s use only!)
A copy of a favorite photo of daddy

Instructions

  1. Lay the Popsicle sticks side-by-side so they align at the top and bottom.
  2. Place pieces of tape along the top and bottom of all the sticks to hold them together.
  3. Flip the sticks over, center the photo and stick it to the Popsicle sticks using white glue.
  4. Place a few heavy books on top and let it dry completely.
  5. When dry, remove the tape on the back and have the adult helper use the utility knife to separate the Popsicle sticks and cut through the photo.
  6. Mix the sticks up and wrap them or bundle them together and tie a ribbon around them and give to dad on Father’s Day!

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

News Items

Hop-A-Thon
May 4th

Teacher Appreciation Week
May 7th – May 11th

Muffins for Mom
May 11th

Parent Teacher Conferences
May 25th

Memorial Day
May 28th

 

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
(503) 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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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

Week Long Open House
April 9th – 13th
9am – 4pm daily

Spring Pictures
April 12th & 13th

Week of the Young Child
April 23rd – 27th

Hop-A-Thon
May 4th

 

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5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
(503) 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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In The News: The Goddard School located in Hillsboro is having Week Long Open House!

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
T.R. Hutchinson
The Goddard School® located in Hillsboro 
(503) 693-1888
hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School located in Hillsboro is having Week Long Open House!
Local preschool offers event for community

Hillsboro, Oregon (Grassroots Newswire) March 27, 2012 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6 years, located at 5530 NE Elam Young Parkway  is hosting Week Long Open House Open House on April 9th – 13th from 9am to 4pm daily.

Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. This is a great time for families to come and tour the school. The Goddard School in Hillsboro is enrolling for both summer and fall programs.  Families will also receive 50% off their first months tuition  when they enroll by April 13th.

On-site owner, T.R. Hutchinson, along with his Education Director, Teresa Wilson, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7am – 6pm, the flexibility of either half-or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call the school directly to arrange a personal appointment at (503) 693-1888.

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: 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?

 

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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.

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.

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email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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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

Presto the Magician
December 10th
11am

Winter Holiday
December 26 – 30

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.

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5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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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

Family Potluck
November 17

Thanksgiving Holiday
November 24 & 25

Presto the Magician
December 10

Contact Us

5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@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 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

Week Long Open House
November 7 – 11

Family Potluck
November 17

Thanksgiving Holiday
November 24 & 25

Presto the Magician
December 10

Contact Us

5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@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

Fall Pictures
October 13 & 14

Fall Parade and Celebration
October 31

Harvest Potluck
November 17

Contact Us

5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@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 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&nash;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

Dragon Theater Puppet Show
July 27
5:00 pm

Ice Cream Social
July 27
4:30 pm – 6:00 pm

Contact Us

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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In The News: The Goddard School hosts Ice Cream Social

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
T.R. Hutchinson
Owner
The Goddard School
503 693-1888
hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School hosts Ice Cream Social

July 27th from 4:30pm – 6pm

Hillsboro, OR (Grassroots Newswire) 7/12/2011 –As part of our week long open house running July 25th – 29th, The Goddard School in Hillsboro will be hosting an Ice Cream Social on Wednesday, July 27th from 4:30 pm – 6pm.  Families with preschool aged children are invited to attend.  As part of this free family fun event, there will also be puppet show performed by Dragon Theater Puppets starting at 5pm.  Space is limited and reservations are required.  To make your reservation, contact the school at (503) 693-1888 or email us at hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

 

 

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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

Week Long Open House
July 25 – 29
9am – 4pm daily

Contact Us

5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@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 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

Martial Arts Camp
Week of July 11

OMSI
July 19

Petting Zoo
July 27

Reptile Man
August 4

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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

Start of Summer Camp
6/20/2011

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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&ndash: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

Parent Appreciation Dinner
June 16th
4:30pm – 6pm

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@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).”

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503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@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 – 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

Hop-A-Thon
April 15th

Week Long Open House
April 25th – 29th

Presto The Magician
April 30th

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503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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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!

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – February 2011

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     February 2011

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

Don’t forget that your little one does not see and experience the world the way you do. Not yet. Even when children acquire more language, parents must not forget that the magic world is still there. Vacuum cleaners can persist as hungry monsters, and the bathtub drain may continue to be a source for real concern.

This is particularly worth remembering when your child is exploring. He may seem to be exploring like a scientist, but his imagination is still transforming what he observes. His version of “cause and effect” is probably not yours. I’ve seen two year olds work VCRs. I can only imagine why they think those pictures pop onto the TV screen! But I do know this: if a child displays uneasiness or fear in the face of a new “discovery,” you should remember the awesome power of the imagination, respect your child’s emotional turmoil, and deal with it accordingly. And reassure, reassure, reassure.

In sum, play and imagination provide a powerful, effective way to cope with new fears in the child’s expanding world. Imagination allows the child to be the master of past events and future unknowns, addressing his worries and working through them to a safe and happy ending.

Make Fun Food

If you have a picky eater on your hands, one great way to entice little ones to try new foods is to make eating them fun!

  1. Try turning everyday foods into shapes and animals, such as slicing a bagel and arranging it on a plate to look like a slithering snake or using cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into hearts, stars or dinosaurs.
  2. Shrink family-size recipes into personal-size versions. Children will feel special having their very own bite-size pizza.
  3. Make a face! Use fruit and veggies to spruce up a boring sandwich with eyes, ears and a mouth.
  4. Let your child help you prepare the meal. If they have a hand in making it, they’ll be more inspired to taste it.
  5. Encourage your child to play with their food! They can build a mountain out of their mashed potatoes or a veggie train out of their peas and carrots, and then have fun eating them up!

Thumbsucking and Pacifiers

Parents often become stressed by their child’s dependence on a pacifier or a thumb. The consensus of the medical community, however, is don’t worry. Most children outgrow their interest in their thumbs or pacifiers by the time their permanent teeth appear (usually around age four or five). In the meantime, if your child uses a pacifier, consider the following safety tips:

  • Never tie a pacifier around your child’s neck.
  • If the nipple of the pacifier appears brittle, replace the pacifier.
  • Choose a pacifier that is a solid molded piece instead of pieces fused together.

If your child has difficulty giving up her pacifier or thumb, consider the following:

  • Explain to your child that in order for his teeth to come in straight, he will have to give up his pacifier or thumb. (You would be surprised how often a straightforward explanation works.)
  • Trade the pacifier or thumb for another means of security: a bear, a blanket, etc.
  • Wean your child off her pacifier or thumb by reducing the amount of time she can use it. Because this is a habit, remember to offer a lot of positive reinforcement and support. It is not easy to give up a comfy habit…give her time. Bedtime will probably be the most difficult, so phase it out last.

News Items

Open House
Feb 5th
10am – noon

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent – Goddard Community Games

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc

Playful Learning at the Goddard Community Games

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

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

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

Hop on Our Virtual Tour Bus!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News Items

Community Games Open House
February 5, 2011
10am – noon

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.

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
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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

Presto the Magician
December 11th
10am & 11am

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In The News: Presto the Magician Visits The Goddard School® located in Hillsboro

 

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Presto the Magician Visits The Goddard School® located in Hillsboro

  

Hillsboro, Oregon (Grassroots Newswire) 11/16/2010 — The Goddard School located at 5530 NE Elam Young Parkway in Hillsborowill be the host to Presto the Magician on December 11th, from first show at 10am, to second show at 11am.

The Goddard School located in Hillsboro opened in January 2005 and is owned and operated by T.R. Hutchinson.  The school accommodates 128 children, ages six weeks to 6 years. 

The Goddard School in Hillsboro will be hosting the next in their series of Family Fun Events. Presto the Magician will be performing two children friendly magic shows on Saturday, December 11th. The first show will be at 10am, followed by a second show at 11am. The Goddard School in Hillsboro’s Family Fun Events are free to all families with preschool age children. However space is limited so reservations are required.

“We are all excited to have Presto the Magician visit our school,” says Hutchinson. “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 7am – 6pm, the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.
Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call T.R. Hutchinson directly to arrange a personal appointment at 503 693-1888.

 

 

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

Picture Days
Nov 4th & 5th

Harvest Potluck
Nov 18th
11:30 – 12:30

Presto The Magician
December 11th
10am & 11am

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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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.

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
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email: hillsboroor@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

Back to School Open House
September 22nd
4pm – 6pm

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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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

The Reptile Man
August 4th
10am – noon

6th annual Summer Carnival
August 7th
10am – noon

OMSI
August 17th
10am – noon

Weeklong Music Camp
August 23rd – 27th
9am – noon daily

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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In The News: The Goddard School located in Hillsboro is having Summer Carnival!Local preschool offers event for community

 

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The Goddard School® located in Hillsboro 
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The Goddard School located in Hillsboro is having Summer Carnival!
Local preschool offers event for community

Hillsboro, Oregon (Grassroots Newswire) 7/20/2010 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6 years, located at 5530 NE Elam Young Parkway  is hosting Summer Carnival Open House on August 7th from 10am to noon.

Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. The Goddard School annual Summer Carnival is a fun filled event for families with preschool age children. Activities will include BJ the Clown, face painters, pony rides, a giant slide and music. Tours of the school will be available for families interested in enrolling.   Families will also receive 50% off their first full month tution  when they enroll by August 7th.

On-site owner, T.R. Hutchinson, along with his Education Director, Teresa Wilson, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7am – 6pm, the flexibility of either half-or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call the school directly to arrange a personal appointment at 503 693-1888.

 

 

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 – 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

Mad Science
July 2

Ice Cream Social
July 14
4pm – 6pm

Pony Pictures
July 16

Marital Arts Camp
July 19 – 23

Oregon Coast Aquarium
July 27

 

Contact Us

5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
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email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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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

Mommy and Me!
6/15/10
10am – 11am
Your child’s classroom

Donuts for Dad
6/17/10
morning drop off
Lobby

Parent Appreciation Dinner
6/17/10
4:30pm – 6:00pm

Teacher In-service Day
6/18/10
school closed

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In The News: Story Time at the Goddard School

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Contact: 
T.R. Hutchinson
Owner
The Goddard School in Hillsboro
503 693-1888
hillsboroor@goddardschools.com
Story Time at the Goddard School

Hillsboro, Oregon (Grassroots Newswire) 5/12/10 — The Goddard School in Hillsboro will be hosting their next free “Family Fun” event on May 25th.  This time the theme is “Story Time”.   Teachers and parents will have the opportunity to read their favorite stories to children of all ages.  The sessions are broken into appropriate age groups and will get started at 9am for children between 6 months and two years.  Ages 2 – 3 will begin at 9:30, ages 3-5 will begin at 10:00, and Kindergarten story time will begin at 10:30.   Children do not need to be enrolled at the Goddard School to participate.  Families simply need to call or email the school in advance to register as advance as space is limited.

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

Daddy’s Little Helper
May 8th
10am – 11am

Story Time
May 25th
9am – 11am

Scholastic Book Fair
May 24th – 28th
all day

Parent Teacher Conferences
May 28th
7am – 3pm

Memorial Day – School Closed
May 31st

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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.

News Items

Hop-a-thon
April 16th

Special Art Project –
April 22nd
10am – 11am

 

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2010

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     March 2010

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

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

Help Us Write a Children’s Book!

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

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

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

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

Children and Pets

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

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

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

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

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The Goddard School in Hillsboro and National Geographic

National Geographic Society Selects Goddard Systems, Inc. for Development of an Intriguing New Book for Families

The Goddard School located in Hillboro — its teachers, children and parents — will play an integral role in developing the look, feel and content of a new book from NGS and award-winning author Susan Magsamen. Filled with magical science and nature adventures, the book will offer unique and memorable multi-sensory experiences for children to enjoy in the classroom and at home.

To participate in this national event, please visit our Goddard Facebook Page.

For more information about the Goddard School in Hillsboro, please visit http://www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Hillsboro-OR/schools.gspx

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

Souper Bowl Food Drive
Jan 25 – Feb 5

Presidents Day
Feb 15

 

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – January

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

First Dental Visit

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

Tips for a healthy smile:

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

Tips for a successful dental visit:

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

CURES FOR CABIN FEVER

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

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

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

News Items

Kindergarten Info Meeting
January 13th
6pm
Open House
January 23rd
10am – noon
“Souper Bowl”
January 25 – Feb 5

 

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Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – Upcoming Month

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

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

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

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

Community Service

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

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

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

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

HEALTHY CHILDREN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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THE DIGITAL AGE AND ITS EFFECT

The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to avoid television and other electronic media for children two years of age and under; yet two thirds of infants and toddlers watch a ‘screen’ for an average of two hours per day.

 

Older children have a similar average; however children ages eight to eighteen have an average of four hours per day. This amount of time spent in front of a computer, television, video game or the like can interfere with school work, physical activity, curious exploration, social interaction and playing. Many children also get in the (bad) habit of eating snacks while watching TV or playing computer games which can turn into a habit of eating when not hungry and contribute to childhood obesity.

 

Extended exposure to television poses serious risks.

  • Children who watch violent shows or play violent (video) games may become desensitized to violence at a higher rate.
  • These violent (video) games re-enforce stereotypical gender roles which are often demeaning to women.
  • Children who view what is considered “risky behavior” such as smoking, drinking, doing drugs, selling drugs or having sex are at a greater risk. 
  • It has been suggested that the more television a child watches, the higher their risk of developing an attention deficit disorder. For every hour a day a child watches a screen, their chances go up 10%. (If a child watches four hours of television every day, they are 40% more likely to develop an attention deficit disorder.) 
  • Children are bombarded with commercials. They are conditioned to think they need the advertised products to make them happier.
    •  If your three-year-old watches television every day and regularly sees a happy child playing with a toy, she will begin to believe that she will only be happy when she has that toy.
    • Commercials may encourage unhealthy eating habits which can lead to an unhealthy eating habit called “snacking habit.” This snacking is generally a component of a sedentary, unhealthy lifestyle.

 

Watching TV, however, may provide benefits – Sesame Street has long been credited with helping youngsters learn the alphabet and its’ shows also depict racial and social diversity.

READ TO ME!

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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.

PICKY EATER STRATEGY

While we all understand the importance of good nutrition during early childhood, a few of us are blessed with extraordinarily picky eaters. What’s a parent to do?

 

Children who attend preschool are better served when their parents pack their lunches. Why?  Because the process of choosing, packing and providing healthy meal choices is in the hands of parents; not a caterer or packaged meal plan provider. This is especially important if your child is a picky eater.

 

The Strategy:

  • Let your child be a part of a healthy food conversation.  Discuss the week’s menus and the specific ingredients.  Read cookbooks and magazines – or just look at the interesting pictures.
  • Engage your child while at the food store and give them choices. For example, “Let’s pick a fruit to pack in your lunches.  Would you like to bring strawberries or apples?”
  • Add a little sous chef to your dinner preparations. Ask your children to bring two lemons to you or put them in charge of stirring cold items. This may delay dinner, but consider the reward – quality time!
  • It is normal for toddlers and young children to be picky eaters. They may refuse food based on its texture or color – do not fret, keep trying!

 

Parent Tips:

  • Offer new foods on multiple occasions. Many children need to try a new food up to a dozen times before they like it.
  • Set a good example and try new foods yourself.
  • Encourage healthy food portions. Never insist that children “clean their plates.” Rewarding a clean plate may lead to a distorted idea of food, such as ignoring feeling full or eating for a reward.
  • Make healthy snacks available. Make fruits or veggies convenient to your child.
  • Encourage your children to serve and feed themselves. Independence boosts self-esteem which leads to better food choices.
  • Make ‘dining out’ a special occasion – even if it’s at the local burger joint. Children can practice manners and food choices in any dining experience.  
  • Reward children with praise, hugs and kisses. Resist rewarding children’s good behavior with sugary treats.

NAVIGATING CHILDHOOD STRESS

Did you know that children are just as likely as adults to feel stressed and overwhelmed?

 

Contributors to childhood stress include school, over-scheduling or family dynamics. Many young children put pressure on themselves by worrying about peer pressure, balancing school work with extra-curricular activities and making friends. Even preschoolers can feel stress. Their stress points may be separation from parents, a change in daily care or a new baby. Young children may express their stress through a change in their eating habits, talking less or trying to control bodily functions. 

 

How can parents help? When your child complains about having too many things to do after-school or not wanting to go to activities – listen – this may be a signal that a child is over-scheduled and may need a break. Be sensitive to behavioral or developmental changes.

 

Parents should also be aware of how they manage their own stress and frustration. Children learn from their parents’ behavior, even if it looks like they’re not paying attention. Children are sensitive to everything their parents do and they will mimic strategies for dealing with difficult situations. Be a good role model.

 

One of the best coping mechanisms for children is routine. Young children thrive on routine; when they know what to expect they are more likely to adapt to changes faster and deal with their emotions better.

FITNESS AND CHILDREN

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 together is a good way to exercise.

 

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. Although children should never be told to “watch their weight,” parents should ensure that that their children are eating well-balanced diets rich in whole grains, vegetables, fruits and lean protein. 

 

An added benefit of exercise?  Children who play sports and are physically active develop higher self-esteem and do better in school.

 

Ten ‘Family Fitness’ Suggestions:

  • Wash the car
  • Take the dog for a walk
  • Plant a garden
  • Go on a nature hike
  • Fly a kite
  • Throw a Frisbee
  • Play Ring-Around-the-Rosie
  • Build a sandcastle
  • Swing, see-saw or slide at the park
  • Dance your sillies out!

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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

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What Your Child Learns Through Play

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.

True Toys and Their Positive Effects on Children

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True toys have no bells or whistles, they do not do anything and you do not 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.

 

Infants

Rattles – Fine motor development toy of the century. Grasping, repetitive motion that creates a desired outcome, music, hand-eye coordination and focusing visually on a moving object are all part of infant learning. Have rattles handy in a variety of colors, shapes, sizes and sounds.

 

One-Year-Olds

Blocks, blocks and more blocks – Spatial relationships, size and shape discrimination leads to early math skills, fine motor control as well as cause and effect. This true toy is fun at any age! A child may spend hours building and knocking down blocks while developing science skills including balance, gravity and concepts of weight.

 

Two-Year-Olds

Paint and play-dough – It is messy and that is why they like it so much. This tactile experience will open the doors of creativity and thinking. Let them mix the colors, use different tools and add to the experience by playing some music in the background. Finger paint, paintbrushes and textured paint can be mixed with a variety of painting surfaces for further explanation.

 

Three-Year-Olds

A ball – Look at everything you can do with a ball – kick it, catch it, sit on it, bounce it, dribble it, play alone or with someone. A ball develops gross motor skills, hand-eye coordination and encourages healthy practices. A child needs to learn to handle a ball before they can handle a pencil.

 

Four- to Five-Year-Olds

Dramatic Play – Dramatic play is more than dress-up. It is a shovel, a whisk, a pad of paper. It is a pile of dirt, an old tire and a cardboard box. The sky is the limit – if your children have seen it, they want to explore it. Cut the cord off an old landline telephone and let them look inside as the telephone repair man. True toys for a four year old are simply real life items. These toys will allow children to try on new personalities and play out roles.

Focusing on Reading Readiness

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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.

The Fathering Phenomenon

A Father’s Involvement Is Critical to a Child’s Healthy Growth and Development.

 

Prior to the 1970’s, being a parent meant taking the place of a child’s mother.  In fact, the word mother is synonymous with to look after, care for, and protect.  Today, we know that men and women differ in their ways of relating to their child.  The role of each parent is significant but research supports that a father’s role is not only essential but unique.

 

Research on fatherhood shows children who perform better in school and exhibit less behavior problems have involved nurturing fathers.  This may be due to a father’s unique perspective on parenting.  A father’s interaction with their child differs from their mother’s on everything from discipline to play.  An everyday child rearing task can turn into a stimulating event because fathers tend to engage more physically with their children, especially when playing.  However, fathers want their children to have good behavior and discipline them knowing they will not suffer as many consequences and will be more easily accepted by the outside world.

 

Quote from Dr. Kyle Pruett

“Children raised by involved dads are thriving, healthy kids, and fathers do not mother any more than mothers father” says Dr. Kyle Pruett, a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center.

 

That is why The Goddard School® proactively builds a foundation of trust with parents to help them accomplish the difficult job of parenting.  Several elements work simultaneously to develop the cooperative relationship Goddard strives to have with their families.  The Goddard School® provides families with Goddard Parent Guides featuring Dr. Kyle Pruett’s advice on fathering, biting, and many more child development topics.  These parents also receive the Goddard Parent, a quarterly publication with topical information.  In addition, the parents receive a “Daily Activity Report” to establish ongoing communication about what happens each day with their child.

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

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

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

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

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

Take A Hike!

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

Apple Printing*

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

Supplies:

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

How To:

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

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

News Items

Picture Days
October 12th & 13th

Scholastic Book Fair
October 12th – 16th

Parent Teacher Conferences
October 16th

Ice Cream Social
October 28th
4:30 – 6:30pm
Harvest Parade
October 30th

 

Contact Us

5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@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

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

Parent Forum
9/15/2009
noon – 1pm
RSVP to T.R. or Teresa
A day in the life of a Preschooler
9/23/2009
4pm – 6pm

 

Contact Us

5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@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

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

Parenting with Pruett: The Mind-Heart Connection, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D.


Emotion and learning are so connected in the early years that children are most delighted when they learn with a person to whom they are emotionally related. Memory centers are connected repeatedly and redundantly to emotional processing centers in the brain. This makes it possible to file new information and retrieve it more easily when pleasurable human associations accompany the filing of that information, whether it’s a new food, a new word or a new moment at the beach.


Back to School Prep


Parents can help make the “back to school” transition much smoother for their children if they take the time to prepare:



  • Structure helps prepare children for the schedule of a classroom.

    • Adjust children’s sleep schedules a few weeks before school starts. This will help to avoid struggling to get out of bed on those first few days of school.

    • Develop a consistent daily routine so that children wake and go to sleep at the same times each day.

    • Develop a bedtime routine, including bathing, selecting clothes for the next day, cuddling together for a bedtime story and a kiss goodnight.

    • Begin a regular morning routine that includes a healthy breakfast, packing a nutritious lunch, grooming and getting dressed for the day.

  • Consider taking fun shopping trips when children can help choose their own clothes, lunchboxes and supplies.

  • Ensure children have adequate sleep and proper nutrition. Children do their best when they get to sleep early and eat a healthy breakfast. A daily diet of junk food is not compatible with learning because it can cause listlessness and hyperactivity which can impair children’s ability to learn – skipping breakfast is a detriment to a quality education.

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.

News Items


Music Camp
August 3 – 7


Carnival
August 8
11am – 1pm
Petting Zoo
August 14









 

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5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@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 Hillsboro is having a Carnival!Local preschool offers event for community

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
T.R. Hutchinson
The Goddard School® located in Hillsboro 
503 693-1888
hillsboroor@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School located in Hillsboro is having a Carnival!
Local preschool offers event for community

Hillsboro, OR (Grassroots Newswire) 7/16/09 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6 years, located at 5530 NE Elam Young Parkway  is hosting a Carnival Open House on August 8th from 11am to 1pm.

Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. We welcome all parents who are interested in a quality childcare facility to come and take a tour of our school. After the tour, join your child in lots of fun activities including clowns, face painters, pony rides, a giant slide, games, etc.   Families will also receive 50% off your first months tuition  when they enroll by August 8th.

On-site owner, T.R. Hutchinson, along with his Education Director, Teresa, Wilson, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7am – 6pm, the flexibility of either half-or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call the school directly to arrange a personal appointment at 503 693-1888.

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: A day in the life of a Preschooler

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


Contact: 
T.R. Hutchinson
Owner
The Goddard School
503 693-1888
hillsboroor@goddardschools.com


A day in the life of a Preschooler
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Summer is already flying by and before long it will be back to school time and it got us thinking:  Have you ever wondered what it’s like to be a child at the Goddard School?  On Wednesday, September 23rd from 4-6pm, you’ll have a chance to experience A day in the Life of a Preschooler.
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From circle time to creative arts, we are inviting you to experience a sample of your child’s fun-filled day learning at Goddard.
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At Goddard, we believe the best environment for learning is one that allows for exploration, testing things out, seeing what works and trying again.  A Day in the life of a Preschooler will give you a first-hand look at our FLEX Learning program, and show you how we skillfully weave in engaging learning activities that build upon what individual children can do and encourage them to try new things.
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We invite all to join us Wednesday, September 23rd from 4-6 pm.
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Please make sure to RSVP.
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Thank you.  We look forward to having you head back to school!
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Best Regards,
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T.R.

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


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


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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter

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

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


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


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

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


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

A = Away


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

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

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

  • Practice sun safety and show family members how to apply sunscreen.
  • Discuss sun safety with coaches, camp counselors and teachers.
Information provided by “ABCs of Fun in the Sun,” offered by the American Academy of Dermatology. To learn more about sun protection, visit www.aad.org.

Cool Summer Games


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

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

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

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

News Items


Reptile Man
July 2


Pony Pictures
July 9th


Oregon Coast Aquarium
July 16th


OMSI
July 28th





Contact Us


5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@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

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

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

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

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

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

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

A = Away

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

B = Block

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

C = Cover Up

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

S = Speak Out:

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

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

Cool Summer Games

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

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

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

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

News Items

Reptile Man
July 2

School Closed for Independence Day
July 3

Pony Pictures
July 9

Oregon Coast Aquarium
July 16

OMSI
July 28

Contact Us

5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@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

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

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


For young children, play is more than entertainment, it is central to their development. Bring them into your world where ‘real-life’ happens. Children love to do ‘grown-up’ things and imitate you. And when they contribute, they get a well-earned self-esteem boost!

Children learn important values and concepts from watching you. They see the result of practice and perseverance, and they come to know that learning is a lifelong process.

There are two easy ways for your children to play in the grown-up world:


  • let them help with your chores
  • include them in your favorite pastimes

The Role of Fathers


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’ functional approach to academic work (‘do it because it needs to be done,’ rather than ‘do it because it will go better between us if you do it’) tends to build a broader range of problem-solving skills in children over time and probably contributes to lasting self-esteem.

Stay-Cations: Back-to-Basics Family Fun!


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

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

Fun, frugal stay-cations include:


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

    • Play board games
    • Assemble jigsaw puzzles
    • Watch family movies

News Items


Pre-K Graduation
June 11th
4:00pm

Parent Appreciation Dinner
June 11th
4:30pm – 6:00 pm
at the school
Start of Summer Program
June 15th
For 13 weeks, we explore
Mysterious Minds
Summer visitors for June
Mad Science
Reptile Man

Fathers Day
June 21st

Contact Us


5530 NE Elam Young Parkway
Hillsboro, OR 97124
www.goddardschool.com
503 693-1888
email: hillsboroor@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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