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Essentials Skills in Preschool as Predictors for Success

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We all know that early learning includes the development of the pre-reading and math skills that children will need for school. However, preschoolers need to learn more than how to recite the alphabet and count; children also need to develop executive function skills.

Executive functions help us control our thoughts, behavior and emotions, including our abilities to concentrate, focus, transition between activities, reason and plan. Other executive functions include working memory, organizational skills and cognitive flexibility. Children who develop these executive skills are more likely to do well in school.

Goddard School teachers focus on helping children develop executive function skills throughout each day in purposeful and fun learning activities. We do this by encouraging play through dramatizations, stories and games that help young children to develop self-regulation, cognitive and social-emotional skills.

Here are some activities that you can do at home to help your children develop these core skills:

* Play simple games like Candy Land or Chutes and Ladders. These help children practice self-regulation by learning rules and following directions;

* Solve puzzles with them, and introduce harder ones with more pieces as your children improve their skills;

* Learn a simple dance and create new steps together. Take turns following each other’s movements;

* Sing your favorite songs together to practice the words and music;

* Assign your children simple daily chores, and praise your children when they complete the tasks;

* Turn off your tablet or smartphone, and bring out toys that encourage imaginative play, such as blocks and clay.

Five Tips for Developing Healthy Learning Habits

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

* Play together. In addition to their ABCs and 123s, preschool children are learning and developing life skills that will shape who they grow into as adults. One of these building blocks is learning to play well with others and accepting one another’s differences.

* Get adequate sleep and proper nutrition. Your child will do their best if they get to sleep early and eat a healthy breakfast each day before school. A daily diet of junk food is not compatible with learning. It can cause listlessness and hyperactivity, which can impair a child’s ability to learn. Skipping breakfast, especially, is a detriment to a child’s education.

* Continue year-long education. Routine provides structure, which is often lacking during the summer months when children all too quickly become detached from the lessons they learned throughout the school year. Maintaining a schedule throughout the summer supports an environment that is less of a contrast to the classroom and provides a healthy balance between building skills, play and rest.

* Turn off the screens. The American Academy of Pediatrics urges parents to avoid television and other electronic media for children two years of age and younger. Time spent in front of a computer, TV, video game or other similar devices can interfere with schoolwork, physical activity, curious exploration, social interaction and play.

The Importance of Mother’s Day

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Each year, the second Sunday in May is a wonderful opportunity to show our moms just how appreciated they are. We should remember to value everything our mothers do for us year-round, but Mother’s Day is a great way to give them some special treatment. While it is important to spend time with Mom, however, don’t forget to make a phone call or send a card or small gift to Grandma and your aunt as well.

A spa day is a great gift for Grandma or an aunt, especially if distance makes it difficult to spend Mother’s Day with them. As for Mom, you could prepare breakfast in bed or take her out to eat. You could also ask her if there’s anything special she’d like to do, such as go for a hike, see a movie or get a mani/pedi. And of course, be sure to tell Mom how much you love and appreciate her and everything she has done for you.

What are some activities your family does on Mother’s Day?

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Ten Little Ways to Say I Love You

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Telling your children you love them is one of the best things you can do as a parent, but showing your children you love them is also important. Here are ten ways to show you care.

1. Write a note to your little one. It can be a simple note that says “I love you,” just something to let your child know you’re thinking about her. Put the note in her lunchbox, under her pillow or in a place where only she will look.

2. Say yes to an unusual request. Did your child request donuts and ice cream for dinner? Does he want to wear his pajamas all day? Relax the rules occasionally.

3. Keep a record. Recording your child’s early days in a baby book or journal can be a great way to remember all the wonderful little things he does. You can also share this keepsake with him when he’s older.

4. Listen to her stories. Stop what you’re doing and listen to her recap her day or a recount a game she played with a friend. This simple gesture helps you stay connected with your child.

5. Ask questions. When your child talks to you, engage her and ask follow-up questions. Creating a dialogue can show her that you’re truly interested in her world and what she has to say.

6. Share your stories. Your child is just as curious about you as you are about him. Talk to him about what you did for fun when you were his age, or tell him about your first day of school.

7. Ask her to play her favorite songs. If you’re in the car or at home, ask your child which songs she would like to hear, why she likes that particular type of music or where she first heard the songs. This is a fun, easy way to find out what makes her tick while showing her that you’re interested.

8. Start a daily tradition. Read a story at bedtime, have an after-school chat or play a game every day to ensure that you two have a special bonding time.

9. Display her doodles and drawings. Your child pours her heart into every piece of artwork she makes. Hanging up these creations at home or in your office can encourage her creativity while showing your child how important she is to you.

10. Show him how to do things. If your child wants to know how to bake cookies, teach him. If he asks how to inflate a bike tire, walk him through the process. Your child will remember and cherish those lessons.

Celebrate Diversity

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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.

How to Take Advantage of Your Neighborhood Library

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When it’s too cold and wet for outside activities, the next best thing is to explore the endless possibilities of the indoors. Did you know that your local library is a hidden gem right in your backyard? Nowadays, it’s not just a place you go to check out a book or use a computer – it’s so much more. March is National Reading Month and we are celebrating with sharing four ways to take advantage of your local library. Attend events and programs. Looking to attend a mindfulness meditation yoga class or join a cooking club? Libraries offer so many fun (and free!) options for children and parents. Get involved with fitness groups for children and adults, family music classes, parent-child workshops, story circles, puppet shows, special events and summer programs. Look into what your local library provides and what events they are having in your community. Use it as a resource for learning. Your local library is a helpful resource that’s available whenever you need it. Many libraries offer tutoring, reading buddies, writing circles and volunteer opportunities. Your child can use the library as a fun way to get involved socially and academically. The staff and the librarian can also be helping hands when you have questions or when you simply need a new book recommendation. Explore the aisles and stay a while. Many libraries have cozy and colorful sections for children, filled to the brim with books, electronics, games, toys and puzzles. This space is great for sparking your children’s curiosity and getting them stimulated, engaged and ready to learn. Get your children comfortable with going to the library, and teach them that this is their space to have fun with and utilize as a resource. Help them pick out a book, and let them explore from there. Make it a habit to go often. With a bunch of great opportunities and events provided by your library, you can turn your outing to the library into a fun adventure for your little ones. By creating a routine, soon they will be looking forward to their weekly time spent at the library. Remember to sign up for a library card to make checking out items easier, and so you can have access to other countless privileges and perks that may be associated with your local library.

Nine Ways to Stay Relaxed during the Holiday Season

 

The holiday season is a lot of fun, but it can also be stressful. Here are nine ways to stay calm during the most wonderful time of the year.

1. Exercise. Going for a run or brisk walk can make a huge difference in your outlook. Embrace those endorphins and allow them to do their job of taking the edge off.

2. Try holiday emails instead of greeting cards. Holiday greeting cards are a time-honored tradition, but that doesn’t mean they have to be your tradition. Send out a holiday-themed email instead, which will save you time and money. Or, if you want the best of both worlds, send out a few greeting cards to family and close friends, and send an email to everybody else.

3. Accept imperfection. Some things may not work out the way you would like. That’s okay. Laugh it off and move on.

4. Eat healthily. All those yummy holiday treats are great, but don’t forget to eat fruits and veggies. Maintaining a proper diet can help you keep your energy levels up and keep you in a good mood.

5. Take a few minutes for yourself. Plop down in a favorite chair, read a book, enjoy a warm beverage or simply breathe.

6. Breathe. A few deep breaths can help you to decompress. If you can, sit quietly and concentrate on breathing for a few minutes. This mini-meditation can help you relax and refocus.

7. Sleep. The holiday season can be both fun and hectic, so getting enough sleep is important. After all, you need enough energy to enjoy all the holiday fun.

8. Learn to say, “Thanks, but no thanks.” You and your family may be invited to some holiday celebrations. Don’t feel like you need to commit to every one of them, though. It’s okay to say, “Maybe next year.”

9. Remember what the holidays are all about. It’s easy to get caught up in the holiday excitement. Just remember that the holidays are about spending time with loved ones and being thankful for that time. So smile and enjoy yourself!

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Baking Holiday Memories

Bake up some warm holiday memories with your children this season. Put on those aprons, the mess is part of the fun! Older children can crack the eggs and measure wet/dry ingredients, while the younger children participate by pouring the pre-measured ingredients into the mixing bowl (be sure to point out that oil and water don’t mix) and by stirring and creating cut-outs with cookies cutters. Be sure to encourage creativity and imagination when it is time to decorate! Festively colored frostings, sparkly sanding sugars, pre-cut fondant in holiday shapes (or make your own), gumdrops and more are perfect for little fingers, and make for wonderful holiday cookie decorations. Don’t forget to taste test your creations! Giving and sharing provide a feeling of joy that you can reinforce by having your children deliver a plate of cookies to a neighbor or the local senior center.untitled-design-2

Break Up the Bad Weather Blues

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Are you stuck inside because of the freezing temperatures or the rain? Take a step back from the TV, tablet or video game, and shake up your normal routine. When the weather prevents your children from playing outside, provide them with challenging activities and active games!

Have a Board Game Competition.

Hold a board game competition in your living or family room. Spend the day playing different games. You can even compete for prizes.

Create an Indoor Obstacle Course.

Create a course with 10 to 15 stations of quick physical or educational activities. One station might require your child to jump on one foot 15 times; at another, your child should sing the alphabet song twice. Use a stop watch or oven clock to time each other and see who can complete the obstacle course the in fastest time or who can improve on their previous best times.

Create Your Very Own Time Capsule.

Spend the day with your child creating and filling a time capsule with items, notes, pictures and other things that are important to you and your child. Then, store it away. On a rainy or snowy day in the future, open it up and share your memories!

Don’t let the weather put a damper on your fun and learning. Make the best out of being stuck indoors with a little creativity and items you already have in your home!

Encourage Imagination During Halloween

Encourage Imagination During Halloween

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

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

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

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

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

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

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April 2014

   April 2014  

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.

Choosing a Summer Program

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 age-appropriate programs like The Goddard School, with specific learning goals and learning and developmental standards, are ideal in preventing summer learning losses.

Tips for Choosing a Summer Program:

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

Root for Earth with The Goddard School!

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

News Items

Car Seat Safety Checks
April 11th
2:30-4:00pm

Parent/Teacher Conferences
April 14th-18th
Schedule times with
your child’s teacher.

Parent’s Night Out
April 26th
5:00-10:00pm
Enrolled students only

Teacher Appreciation Week
May 5th-9th
Help us show our teachers
how much we appreciate them!

Bingo Night
May 9th
6:30-8:30
Invite family and friends

The Goddard Schools are operated by independent franchisees under a license agreement with Goddard Systems, Inc. Programs and ages may vary. © Goddard Systems, Inc. 2012

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2014

   March 2014  

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

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

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

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

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

Creatively Boost Confidence

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

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

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

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

Breakfast “Cupcakes”

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

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

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

News Items

Spring Pictures
March 11th-14th

Author Angela Muse
visits to read her new book
March 18th

Summer Camp Sneak Peek
Join us for a peek into our
summer program!
March 20th

Parent Appreciation Breakfast
6:30-9:30
March 21st

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – February 2014

   February 2014  

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

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

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

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

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

Celebrate Diversity

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

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

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

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

News Items

Pre-K Information Meeting
February 20th
6pm
Everyone is invited!

Cap and Gown Pictures
February 13th
All Kindergarten and Pre-K

Valentine’s Day Parties
February 14th
Check with your child’s
teacher for times.

Tooth Fairy Visits
February 12th
9:30am

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – January 2014

   January 2014  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Teach. Play. Learn.

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

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

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

Hearty, Healthy Breakfast

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

Fruit-Infused Baked Oatmeal

(Makes about six servings)

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

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

News Items

Teach. Play. Learn.
Week Long Open House
January 27th-31st
9:00-6:00

Kindergarten Information Meeting
January 23rd
6pm
Childcare will be provided!

Canned Food Drive
Week of 27th-31st
Please bring in canned food
throughout the week.

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

The Goddard Schools are operated by independent franchisees under a license agreement with Goddard Systems, Inc. Programs and ages may vary. © Goddard Systems, Inc. 2012

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In The News: The Goddard School Located in Suwanee, Georgia Launches TEACH. PLAY. LEARN. Campaign to Inspire Young Minds for the 21st Century

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The Goddard School Located in Suwanee, Georgia Launches TEACH. PLAY. LEARN. Campaign to Inspire Young Minds for the 21st Century
Preschoolers’ Imaginations Soar as They Create and Build a Problem-Solving Invention out of TINKERTOY parts

Suwanee, Georgia (Grassroots Newswire) January 22, 2014 — The Goddard School® located in Suwanee, Georgia, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, along with over 400 Goddard School preschools nationwide, launches TEACH. PLAY. LEARN. in collaboration with TINKERTOY®, a classic toy updated by K’NEX.

Through this campaign and partnership, The Goddard School will inspire 21st century readiness, imagination and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) skills in children.

WHEN:  January 27th-31st at 9:00-6:00

WHERE: The Goddard School located in Suwanee, Georgia
                 3710 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee, GA, 30024
                 770-844-6546

TEACH. PLAY. LEARN. consists of imagining, building and playing with the TINKERTOY line of age-appropriate toys in celebration of The Goddard School’s partnership with TINKERTOY. The campaign seeks to sharpen the 21st century skills that children are developing through the process of participation. The Goddard School located in Suwanee, Georgia will be holding an Open House for children, local families, faculty and the community to participate. During this Open House, children will take part in the 21st Century Skills Build Challenge, a fun contest through which children will be asked to come up with a new invention that solves a problem. Children will work together, in their designated “Build Stations”, to create stories about how these inventions will work and schools will submit their invention concept for a contest on The Goddard School National Facebook Page, which will take place from Monday, February 24 until Monday, March 3 at 5:00 PM EST. Winners will be announced on March 4, 2014. 

“We are thrilled to highlight The Goddard School’s commitment to developing 21st century skills in children as well as engage our community in discussions about the importance of learning these skills at an early age,” said Robin Ray, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Suwanee, Georgia. “To succeed in school and in life, children will need to be well-equipped with these 21st century skills. TEACH. PLAY. LEARN. is an important part of our ongoing commitment to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life.”

The Goddard School is the first preschool program that is a member of the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21). P21 was founded in 2002 as a coalition bringing together the business community, education leaders, and policymakers to position 21st century readiness at the center of US K-12 education and to kick-start a national conversation on the importance of 21st century skills for all students. The Goddard School feels strongly that a partnership with P21 and the integration of these skills in the F.L.EX.® Learning Program is the right thing to do for the children, the economy and the democracy ensuring that all children are ready to succeed in school, careers and life in the 21st century.

For more information on The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com/tpl14.

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About The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play 
Learning for fun. Learning for life.® The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program reaches more than 45,000 students in over 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.

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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?

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Teach. Play. Learn
January 27th-February 2nd
Open House All Week

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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

Fall Festival
October 26th
10am-12pm
Join us!

Trick-or-Treating
10am
Don’t forget to dress
in your costumes!

Scholastic Book Fair
October 28th-November 1st
Everyone is invited!
(open during school hours)

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, Ga 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

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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!

News Items

The American Red Cross
Blood Drive
September 18th
2-7 pm (in the gym)

Parent Appreciation Breakfast
September 19th
(Thank you for
all that you do!)

Parent’s Night Out
September 21st
5-10 pm
(Enrolled families only)

Peach Ice Cream
Special Snack
(For all classes)

Fall Festival
October 26th
10am-12pm
Everyone is invited!

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3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Suwanee

 

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Contact: 
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The Goddard School® located in Suwanee
770-844-6546
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Private Kindergarten Program is Offered at The Goddard School® located in Suwanee
$400 off your 1st month’s tuition!

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) July 8, 2013 — The Goddard School located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee is offering a Private Kindergarten program.

We are excited to introduce you to our AdvancED accredited Private Kindergarten program. The Private Kindergarten program was started as a way to fill the need for a more hands on, individualized approach to Kindergarten. Most traditional Kindergarten programs lack personal communication of each child’s day and skills learned. Children are taught as a group, not individually, and the curriculum cannot be catered to each child’s developmental needs. The Goddard School’s Private Kindergarten improves upon the traditional approach to Kindergarten through a variety of means.

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

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 12 years of age, which focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play.  Families have the convenience of extended hours from 6:30am-6:30pm, 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 770-844-6546.

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

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

In The News: Mysterious Minds is offered as a Summer Program at The Goddard School® located in Suwanee

 

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770-844-6546
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Mysterious Minds is offered as a Summer Program at The Goddard School® located in Suwanee 

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) June 11, 2013 — The Goddard School located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee is offering Mysterious Minds for a Summer Program.

Our “Mysterious Minds” summer program is full of science adventures. Children are able to investigate and solve mysteries in a fun learning environment! Our summer camp calendar is full of special activities and visitors. Children ages five and up enjoy weekly field trips to exciting new places under the careful supervision of our highly trained camp coordinators.

“Our customized summer program ensures children have fun by incorporating developmentally appropriate activities with the opportunity to socialize and build memories that will last a lifetime,” says Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School® located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee.

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 12 years of age, which focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play.  Families have the convenience of extended hours from 6:30-6:30, the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call the school directly to arrange a personal appointment at 770-844-6546.

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

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

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – June 2013

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   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

Join us on June 14th for
Donuts with Dad
Stop in before 9:30
and enjoy breakfast with your child!

Call today to enroll
for Summer Camp
We are enrolling
all ages!

Contact Us

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Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

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   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

Bingo Night
May 10th
6:30-8:30pm

Parent’s Night Out
May 18th
5-10pm

Pre-K Graduation
May 23rd
Starts at 6:30pm

Kindergarten Graduation
May 24th
5:30pm

Movie on the Lawn
May 24th
8:30pm

Contact Us
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Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschool.com

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Suwanee, GA Participates in 5 to Thrive with the Atlanta Children's Shelter

 

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The Goddard School® located in Suwanee, GA Participates in 5 to Thrive with the Atlanta Children’s Shelter

Suwanee, GA, (Grassroots Newswire) May 7, 2013 — The Goddard School located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee, GA will be the host to the Goddard Team for the Atlanta Children’s Shelter’s 5 to Thrive 5K on June 1, 2013 from 7:30 to noon.

The Goddard School located in Suwanee, GA opened in June 2006 and is owned and operated by Robin Ray.  The school accommodates 220 children, ages six weeks to 12 years of age. 

The Goddard School is participating in the Atlanta Children’s Shelter’s 5 to Thrive 5K. They will have a team representing the school that is made up of teachers, children and parents. The school is taking donations and registrations for the race all benefiting the Atlanta Children’s Shelter.

“We are all delighted to be a part of this event and to be able to give back to the part of the community that is near and dear to our hearts. ,” says Robin Ray.  “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and it will be a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play. Families have the convenience of extended hours from 6:30-6:30, the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call The Goddard School directly to arrange a personal appointment at 770-844-6546.

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

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

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April 2013

   April 2013  

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

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

A Toddler’s Property Laws

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

Root for Earth with The Goddard School!

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

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

Mother’s Day Handprint Bouquet!

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

Directions

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

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

News Items

Parent/Teacher Conferences
Week of April 8th

Forsyth County School
Bus Safety Class
April 9th @ 10am
Pre-K & Kindergarten

Root for Earth!
Lights Off for 1 Hour
April 22nd
Starts at 10am

Root for Earth!
Wear Green Today!
April 24th

Root for Earth!
Recycled Runway
Fashion Show
April 26th

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Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – January 2013

January 2013  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Edible Creations

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

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

News Items

Parent’s Night Out
January 19th
5:00-10:00pm
Dinner will be included.

100th Day of School Celebration
January 23rd

Kindergarten Informational Meeting
January 24th
6:00pm

“Souper Bowl” Canned Food Drive
January 28th-February 1st
Please bring canned food items
in and drop them off in the designated donation areas.

 

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, Ga, 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – December 2012

December 2012  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soapy Snowball Fun

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

Materials

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

Directions

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

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

News Items

Breakfast & Pictures with Santa
December 8th
7:30-9:30 am
Breakfast will be in the gym!

Holiday Play
December 11th
Starts at 6:30 pm
The program will be in the gym!

Pajama Day
December 14th
We will also be reading
The Polar Express in the gym

 

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, Ga 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

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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

Canned Food Drive
Week of November 12th-16th
Drop off location is
in the exploration area!

Indian Corn Experiment
November 14th

Thanksgiving Feast
November 20th
Refer to our website
for specific times

The Story of the First Thanksgiving
November 21st
10:30
in our school gym

 

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3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

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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

Fall Pictures
October 3rd-5th
See your teacher for exact days

Fall Festival
October 6th
10-12pm
Everyone is welcome!

Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 8th-12th
Infants-Get Set

Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 15th-19th
Preschool-Pre-K

Trunk-or-Treat
October 25th
6:30-7:30pm
Call for details!

 

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

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In The News: The Goddard School in Suwanee is Hosting a Fall Festival

 

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Contact: 
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Owner
The Goddard School
770-844-6546
rraygoddard@comcast.net

The Goddard School in Suwanee is Hosting a Fall Festival

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 10/3/12 —

WHAT: Fall Festival

The Goddard School located in Suwanee will be hosting their annual Fall Festival. There will be games and prizes as well as a dunking booth, face painting, crazy hair, pumpkin decorating and much more. Everyone in the community is invited to this event!

WHO: The Goddard School located in Suwanee

WHEN:
Ocotber 6th from 10-12pm

WHERE: The Goddard School located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee Ga 30024

WHY: To host an event to promote fellowship within the community and to have the school available for tours

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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Pumpkin Fun!

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In The News: The Goddard School located in Suwanee is having a Fall Festival!Local preschool offers event for community

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The Goddard School located in Suwanee is having a Fall Festival!
Local preschool offers event for community

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 9/14/12 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 12 years of age, located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road  is hosting a Fall Festival Open House on October 6, 2012 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. Activities include a pumpkin patch, facepainting, moonwalk, games, prizes, a dunking booth and much more!  Families will also receive half off of two months  when they enroll by October 31, 2012.

On-site owner, Robin Ray, along with her Education Director, Diana Turner, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 6:30am-6:30pm, 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 770-844-6546.

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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Join us for some fall fun!
Pumpkin Patch
It’s Fall Y’all

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The Goddard School located in Suwanee is having a Fall Festival!
Local preschool offers event for community

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 9/13/12 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 12 years of age, located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road  is hosting a Fall Festival Open House on October 6, 2012 from 10:00am to 12:00pm.

Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. Activites include a moonwalk, face painting, a pumpkin patch, games, prizes, a dunking booth and much more.  Families will also receive half off of their tuition for two months  when they enroll by October 31, 2012.

On-site owner, Robin Ray, along with her Education Director, Diana Turner, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 6:30pm-6:30pm, 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 770-844-6546.

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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Fall into fun!
Little Pumpkin

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In The News: The Goddard School in Suwanee is Hosting a Free Car Seat Safety Check, in Conjunction with Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department

 

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The Goddard School in Suwanee is Hosting a Free Car Seat Safety Check, in Conjunction with Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) August 31, 2012 — Are you using your car seat correctly? Research shows that 4 out of 5 car seats are used incorrectly in some way. On Friday, September 14, 2012 from 3:30 to 5:30pm The Goddard School in Suwanee will be hosting a Free Car Seat Safety Checkpoint as part of our “Baby Safety” month. We will have police officers from the Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department available to answer questions and offer suggestions and help on the proper use and installation of your child’s car seat. Please stop by at 3710 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee GA 30024. For more information about this event or other Goddard School programs call
 
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.

News Items

Parent Appreciation Breakfast
September 6th
Thank you parents for
all that you do!

Grandparents Day Party
September 10th
3pm

Flu Vaccinations
September 11th
3-6pm
(administered by Rite-Aid)

Car Seat Safety Checks
September 14th
3:30-5:30pm
Inspected by Forsyth County Sheriff’s Department

 

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – August 2012

August 2012  

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

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

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

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

Grandparents Day

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

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

How will your children celebrate their grandparents this year?

Make Your Own Ice Pops

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

Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops

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

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

Pudding Pops

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

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

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

News Items

Kindergarten Curriculum Night
August 16th
5:30-6:30 pm

Curriculum Night
Infants-Pre-K
August 21st
6 pm

Flu Vaccines
September 11th
3:00-6:00 pm
Administered by Rite-Aid

 

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Summer Olympics is offered as a Summer Program at The Goddard School® located in Suwanee

 

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Contact: 
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The Goddard School® located in Suwanee
770-844-6546

Summer Olympics is offered as a Summer Program at The Goddard School® located in Suwanee 

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) April 23, 2012 — The Goddard School located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee is offering Summer Olympics for a Summer Program.

“Our customized summer program ensures children have fun by incorporating developmentally appropriate activities with the opportunity to socialize and build memories that will last a lifetime,” says Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School® located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee.

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 12 years of age, which focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play.  Families have the convenience of extended hours from 6:30-6:30, the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Robin Ray directly to arrange a personal appointment at 770-844-6546.

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

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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

America Recycles Day
November 15th
Bring in a recyclable item

Thanksgiving Feast Nov. 17th
Infants-Get Set 11:30
Preschool-Pre-K 12:00
Kindergarten 12:30

Parent’s Night Out
November 19th
5-10pm

Volunteer Readers Wanted
November 30th
Volunteer to read to your child’s class

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA, 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@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

Scholastic Book Fair
October 12th-19th
Shop our fall selection

Fall Festival
Pumpkin Patch and Train Rides
October 16th
2-4pm

Parent/Teacher Conferences
October 24th-28th

Costume Parade
October 28th
Call for times

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@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: Suwanee Area School Subjected Toys to Tough Critics—Children

 

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Contact: 
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Owner
The Goddard School
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Suwanee Area School Subjected Toys to Tough Critics—Children 

 The Goddard School located in Suwanee Participated as National Toy Test Ambassador

Suwanee, GA Grassroots Newswire) 09/26/11 — On September 19th, Suwanee-area children came together to experience a day centered on learning through play by participating in the nationwide fourth annual Preschooler-Approved Toy Test. The Goddard School located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee was selected to help determine this year’s top toys for the upcoming holiday season. Only twenty schools from across the United States were selected as “Toy Test Ambassadors.”

The Goddard School located in Suwanee opened in July 2006 and is owned and operated by Robin Ray. The school accommodates 236 children, ages six weeks to 12 years of age.

During the Toy Test hosted by The Goddard School located in Suwanee, children participated in a number of hands-on activities that allowed them to explore the toys using their senses and imagination while demonstrating the power of play in helping children learn skills they need for success and well-being in life. The Goddard School recognizes and celebrates the power of play in children’s lives every day.

“The Preschooler-Approved Toy Test was a fun and educational way to celebrate the power of play in children’s lives every day,” says Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School located in Suwanee.

Children from six weeks through six years of age tested various age-appropriate toys and provided their feedback. The official results of the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test are expected to be released in mid-fall as a great holiday shopping resource for parents, grandparents and other holiday shoppers.

For more information on the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test or The Goddard School, visit www.goddardschool.com.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

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

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Toys that were tested
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Wow, these are awesome!
Our Infants loved their age appropriate toys
and the survey says…..
Preschool plays Hoot Owl Hoot

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In The News: Families Participate in a Week of Play, Fitness and Nutrition at The Goddard School® Block Party

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Families Participate in a Week of Play, Fitness and Nutrition at The Goddard School® Block Party

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 09/26/11 — Throughout the week of September 19th, Suwanee-area children and families came together to experience a day centered on learning through play, fitness and nutrition. During the Block Party event hosted by The Goddard School located in Suwanee, parents and children participated in a number of hands-on activities that demonstrated the power of play in helping children learn the skills they need for success and well-being in life.

Families also participated in a Guinness World Records™ game of Simon Says. The Goddard School children were also featured in a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song. 
 
“The Goddard School Block Party was a fun and educational way to show families why play, fitness and nutrition matter and that how children play influences their choices in the future,” says Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School located in Suwanee. “Through imaginative activities, we were able to demonstrate how play and making healthy choices can help today’s children become tomorrow’s leaders.”

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named No. 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 childcare provider in the United States. To learn more about The Goddard School, click here.

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Simon Says Touch Your Toes…
Officer Doug collected our tickets
Cat in the Hat joins us for a reading of Green Eggs and Ham

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In The News: Suwanee Area School Hosting 4th Annual Preschooler-Approved Toy Test

 

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Contact: 
Robin Ray
Owner
The Goddard School
770-844-6546
rraygoddard@comcast.net

Suwanee Area School Hosting 4th Annual Preschooler-Approved Toy Test

The Goddard School® located in  Suwanee Subjects Toys to their Toughest Critics—Children

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 09/14/11 —

 

WHAT: Preschooler-Approved Toy Test 2011

To help parents wade through a sea of mediocrity, The Goddard School, the nation’s largest preschool franchise, created the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test where children will explore many toys to find their favorites. Select Goddard Schools across the nation, including those at The Goddard School located in Suwanee will pit a variety of toys against their harshest critics—children—in order to find the best, just in time for holiday gift giving.

Only 20 schools from across the United States have been selected as “Toy Test Ambassadors.” Children from 6 weeks through 6 years of age will be testing various age-appropriate toys and providing feedback. During this exciting event, children and families will have the chance to participate in a fun-filled, hands-on exploration of toys that encourage playful learning.

WHO:  The Goddard School located in Suwanee

PRESS:  PLEASE JOIN US FOR THE FOLLOWING

WHEN:   The week of 09/19/11

WHERE:  The Goddard School located in Suwanee

                3710 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee, GA 30024

WHY:  Feedback from children nationwide will be compiled and released in mid-fall as a great holiday shopping resource for parents, grandparents and other holiday shoppers. Participating in the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test will help underscore importance of play and its scientifically-based role in developing critical life skills and career opportunities for 21st century learners and celebrates the power of play in children’s lives.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

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

 

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In The News: Area School Selected as National Toy Test Ambassador

 

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Contact: 
Robin Ray
Owner
The Goddard School
770-844-6546
suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

Area School Selected as National Toy Test Ambassador

Suwanee Area School Selected as National Toy Test Ambassador The Goddard School located in Suwanee Subjects Toys to their Toughest Critics—Children 

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 09/07/11 – The Goddard School® located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee has been selected to help determine the nationwide fourth annual Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys during the week of September 19th. Twenty schools from across the United States have been selected as “Toy Test Ambassadors.” Children from three months through six years will be testing various age-appropriate toys and providing their feedback.

The Goddard School located in Suwanee opened in July 2006 and is owned and operated by Robin Ray. The school accommodates 225 children, ages six weeks to 12 years of age.

Holiday shopping has never been more difficult. With thousands of new toys flooding the market every fall, finding the right toy to suit a child’s needs seems like a formidable task.

To help parents wade through a sea of mediocrity, The Goddard School, the nation’s largest preschool franchise, created the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test where children will explore many toys to find their favorites. During the week of September 19th, Goddard Schools across the nation, including those at The Goddard School located in Suwanee, will pit a variety of toys against their harshest critics—children—in order to find the best, just in time for holiday gift giving.

“The Goddard School is a leader in the childcare industry and we felt we had an opportunity to help parents choose the right toys for their children. We are just thrilled to have been selected as a Toy Test Ambassador School.” said Robin Ray, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Suwanee. “We’re excited to be a part of providing parents with a list of the 10 best toys that will not only be a hit with children but also supports learning through play.”

While children play with the toys and test their fun factor and durability, faculty and parents will be assessing their educational value and what skills the children can learn by playing with them.

“Play-based learning is a key component of our unique FLEX™ Learning Program,” said Ray. “Making learning fun is at the core of our program.”

Following the conclusion of the testing period, The Goddard School will announce the Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toys for 2011 just in time for Black Friday, the traditional start to the holiday shopping rush.

For more information on the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test or The Goddard School, visit www.goddardschool.com.

 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

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

 

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – Block Party Edition

Goddard Parent Newsletter – The Goddard School Block Party Edition

 

FLEX Your Mind and Body

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

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

Set a World Record with Us!

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

Save the PLAY Date

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

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

Let’s Move!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News Items

Author’s Corner
Cat in the Hat visits
Begins at 10 am on September 19th
We will focus on Dr. Seuss

Farmer’s Market
Gardening in our Goddard Garden
Begins at 10 am on September 20th
We will work on communicating, confidence and critical thinking

Musical Chairs
Begins at 10 am
on September 21st
Hosted in the gym

Scavenger Hunt
Begins at 10 am on September 22nd
We will work on collaboration and communication

Guinness Book of World Records
Simon Says Game
September 23rd
1:00 pm

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

The information in this newsletter is provided by Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) and is intended to provide general, helpful information to parents of children enrolled in Goddard Schools. Each Goddard School is independently owned and operated by a franchisee under a license agreement with GSI. From time to time, GSI will pass along information taken from outside sources regarding medical or other professional information. This information is taken solely from the sources identified and neither GSI nor its independent franchisees make any representation regarding its accuracy or completeness. This information should never be used without consultation with a professional advisor. For complete information, you should consult the sources identified in the newsletter and your own professional advisors.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – Block Party Edition

Goddard Parent Newsletter – The Goddard School Block Party Edition

 

FLEX Your Mind and Body

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

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

Set a World Record with Us!

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

Save the PLAY Date

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

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

Let’s Move!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

News Items

Author’s Corner
Cat in the Hat visits
Begins at 10 am on September 19th
We will focus on Dr. Seuss

Farmer’s Market
Gardening in our Goddard Garden
Begins at 10 am on September 20th
We will work on communicating, confidence and critical thinking

Musical Chairs
Begins at 10 am
on September 21st
Hosted in the gym

Scavenger Hunt
Begins at 10 am on September 22nd
We will work on collaboration and communication

Guinness Book of World Records
Simon Says Game
September 23rd
1:00 pm

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@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:  National Celebration of the Power of Play, Fitness & NutritionThe Goddard School® located in Suwanee, GA to Host Block Party

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Contact:
Robin Ray
The Goddard School® located in Suwanee, GA
770-844-6546
rraygoddard@comcast.net

 
National Celebration of the Power of Play, Fitness & Nutrition
The Goddard School® located in Suwanee, GA to Host Block Party

Suwanee, GA, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 08/08/11 — The Goddard School located in Suwanee, GA is proud to announce it will host The Goddard School Block Party to recognize and celebrate the power of play in learning, fitness and nutrition. The event, which will be celebrated at Goddard Schools nationwide, is to be held on 09/23/11 at 1:00 p.m..

During this amazing event full of playful learning, children and families will have the chance to participate in a number of fun-filled, hands-on activities that demonstrate the power of play for learning. This event will also educate children, parents and the community about healthy eating and fitness habits. In addition to developing healthy minds, it is at the core of The Goddard School FLEX™ Learning Program to instill lifelong healthy lifestyle habits. The Goddard School Block Party will feature a range of exciting play experiences, including a visit from Cat in the Hat, gardening in our Goddard Garden, playing musical chairs,and going on a scavenger hunt.

As a leader in the industry, Goddard Schools are in the process of applying to the “Let’s Move” childcare initiative. In June 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the childcare phase of “Let’s Move” by encouraging childcare facilities to improve healthy eating and increase physical activity.

In conjunction with Guinness World Records™, Goddard Schools all across the United States will also be participating in a record-breaking game of Simon Says. Goddard Schools nationwide will work together to break the record for the “Largest Game of Simon Says (Multiple Venues).” The festivities will also feature a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song. The community is invited to participate in Simon Says and all of the entertainment and activities.

“As early childhood educators, we feel that play is crucial to a child’s development,” says Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School located in Suwanee, GA. “We want everyone to understand that play matters and that now is the time for us to stand up and play together! The Goddard School Block Party is an inspiring event that will showcase how play is essential to the next generation’s academic, physical, social and emotional health.”

“Nutrition and exercise are important to all children’s overall health. That’s why the children attending The Goddard School enjoy various physical fitness programs as part of their teacher-planned, child-directed learning activities each day,” continues Robin Ray.  “We also work closely with our families to help guide good nutritional choices as an integral part of our home-school relationship.”

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named No. 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 childcare provider in the United States. To learn more about The Goddard School, click here.

In The News: Cumming/Suwanee Area Families Join National Celebration of the Power of Play, Fitness & Nutrition

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Contact: 
Robin Ray
The Goddard School located in Suwanee, GA
770-844-6546
rraygoddard@comcast.net          
 

Cumming/Suwanee Area Families Join National Celebration of the Power of Play, Fitness & Nutrition

WHAT:  The Goddard School® Block Party

The Goddard School located in Suwanee, GA will host The Goddard School Block Party. We are continuing our campaign regarding the importance of play and its scientifically-based role in developing critical life skills and career opportunities for 21st century learners. This year our Block Party will also highlight the importance of fitness and nutrition in our children’s lives. In addition to developing healthy minds, it is at the core of The Goddard School FLEX™ Learning Program to instill lifelong healthy lifestyle habits. As a leader in the industry, Goddard Schools are in the process of applying to the “Let’s Move” childcare initiative. In June 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama introduced the childcare phase of “Let’s Move” by encouraging childcare facilities to improve healthy eating and increase physical activity.

During this amazing event full of playful learning, children and families will have the chance to participate in a number of fun-filled, hands-on activities that demonstrate the power of play for learning. This event will also educate children, parents and the community about healthy eating and fitness habits.

In conjunction with Guinness World Records™, Goddard Schools all across the United States will also be participating in a record-breaking game of Simon Says. Goddard Schools nationwide will work together to break the record for the “Largest Game of Simon Says (Multiple Venues).” The festivities will also feature a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song. The community is invited to participate in Simon Says and all of the entertainment and activities.

WHO:  The Goddard School located in Suwanee, GA

PRESS:  PLEASE JOIN US FOR ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING

WHEN:   09/19/11-09/23/11 @ 10 am: We will be visited by Cat in the Hat as well as going on a scavenger hunt, playing musical chairs and gardening in our Goddard Garden. On September 23rd we will have our Simon Says game to achieve a Guinness World Record. This event will be at 1:00 pm. Tickets are required but at no cost.         

WHERE:  The Goddard School located in Suwanee, GA

                 3710 Old Atlanta Road

WHY:  Participating in The Goddard School Block Party will help underscore that how we play as children helps form what we become as adults and also emphasizes the importance of health and nutrition.

In The News: The Goddard School located in Suwanee is having Bingo Night!Local preschool offers event for community

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Robin Ray
The Goddard School® located in Suwanee 
770-844-6546
suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School located in Suwanee is having Bingo Night!
Local preschool offers event for community

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 04-29-11 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 12 years of age, located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road  is hosting Bingo Night Open House on May 13, 2011 from 6:30 PM to 8:30 PM.

Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. Bingo cards will be on sale for $1 each. In addition to Bingo there will be hamburgers and hotdogs on sale.  Families will also receive a special enrollment promotion  when they enroll by May 15, 2011.

On-site owner, Robin Ray, along with her Education Director, Renee Gudermuth, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 6:30am to 6:30 pm, 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 770-844-6546.

 

 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

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

 

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In The News: Goddard Parent – 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

Goddard Community Games
February 5th
9am-12pm

Parent’s Night Out
February 12th
5pm-10pm

Learning to Play TogetherLearning to play well with others and accept each other’s differences at the preschool age is critical, especially since, according to some research, bullying has become more common among two to six year olds.

Click here for a full, downloadable version of the Learning to Play Together: A Parents’ Guide to Bully Prevention in Preschool & Beyond article.

Play Is Learning!

Pretend play is an important component of your child’s cognitive and social development. Your child processes his/her feelings and understanding of the world as he/she plays.

A few helpful Play Tips are offered below. Click here for even more!

Infants…

•engage in play by responding to sounds, then by following objects and people with their eyes.

One-Year-Old children…

•play with water, smell a flower (which is not as easy as you may think) and recognize animals like the ones from their mobiles.

Two-Year-Old children…

•demonstrate independence to determine their limits as well as when and how to play.

Three-Year-Old children…

•’work’ while playing. They explore roles, feelings and ideas in an un­inhibited environment. They practice various emotions to determine how they fit into their personality.

Four-Year-Old children…

•recognize how objects and people are the same and different simulta­neously; and can appreciate these attributes.

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@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: MEDIA ALERTSuwanee area families join national celebration of the Power of Play

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:   
Robin Ray
The Goddard School located in Suwanee
770-844-6546
rraygoddard@comcast.net                    

MEDIA ALERT
Suwanee area families join national celebration of the Power of Play

WHAT:  Goddard Community Games Event
The Goddard School® located in Suwanee will host the Goddard Community Games. During this amazing day of playful learning, children and families will have the chance to participate in a number of fun-filled activities that demonstrate the importance of play in children’s learning and in the development of 21st Century skills.
      
Our Goddard staff will help kick off the Goddard Community Games’ Opening Ceremony during an exciting pep rally. The pep rally will feature The Goddard School children playing various instruments and noisemakers as they parade through the School; include the unveiling of a Community Flag, developed by the children and faculty of The Goddard School located in Suwanee; and culminate with a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

WHO:    The Goddard School located in Suwanee

PRESS:  PLEASE JOIN US FOR ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING

WHEN:   February 5th @ 9am-12pm: Activities include Musical Chairs, Face Painting, Let’s Play Cafe, Mirror/Mirror, Ice Fishing, Rainbow Race, Frog Food, Life-size Memory Game, Parachute Domain, Sled Relay Race and much more. The event is opened to the public at no charge.         

WHERE:  The Goddard School located in Suwanee
               3710 Old Atlanta Road
               770-844-6546

WHY:    Participating in the Goddard Community Games will help underscore that how we play as children helps form what we become as adults.
  
Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School, is the leading childcare franchise company in the U.S., with more than 360 schools nationwide. www.goddardschool.com.

In The News: Media AlertParents Become the Preschoolers During "A Day in the Life of a Preschooler" 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
 
Contact:         
Robin Ray
The Goddard School® located in Suwanee
770-844-6546
 

Media Alert
Parents Become the Preschoolers During
“A Day in the Life of a Preschooler”
 

WHAT: The Goddard School’s A Day in the Life of a Preschooler event

It’s Back to School time and The Goddard School® is proud to announce A Day in the Life of a Preschooler. From circle time to snack time, to sing-a-longs and creative art projects, parents will find out what it’s like to be a preschooler. During a fun-filled morning on September 28th at 9 am, parents will get to know their classmates, participate in a number of group activities from Spanish to Yoga, and even wind down for nap time. By participating in the event, parents can discover how preschool can offer a fun-filled day with a lot of opportunities or learning.
 
WHO:  The Goddard School located in Suwanee
 
 

PRESS: PLEASE JOIN US FOR ONE OR ALL OF THE FOLLOWING:

 
WHEN: 28th at 9 am:   
                       
WHERE: The Goddard School, located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road
                       
                       
Goddard Systems, Inc. is the leading child care company in the U.S., with more than 330 schools nationwide. To learn more about The Goddard School located in Suwanee, families are encouraged to call 770-844-6546 or visit www.goddardschools.com.
 

In The News: The Goddard School® Located in Suwanee Presents A Day in the Life of a Preschooler 

 

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Contact:         
Robin Ray
The Goddard School® located in Suwanee
770-844-6546
                                                                                                                                
The Goddard School® Located in Suwanee Presents
A Day in the Life of a Preschooler
 

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 09/14/10 – Parents now have the chance to head back to school and experience what it’s like during a typical day at preschool. The Goddard School located in Suwanee is excited to announce A Day in the Life of a Preschooler. From nap time to snack time, to sing-a-longs and creative art projects, parents will get a lesson on what it’s really like to be a preschooler.
 
“A Day in the Life of a Preschooler offers parents a first-hand look at what their children do every day,” says Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School located in Suwanee. “This event will showcase how activities for social, physical and creative development can be woven into a day of learning and fun.”
 
Throughout the morning, parents will get to know their classmates, participate in a number of group activities from Spanish to Yoga, and even wind down for nap time. By participating in the event, parents can discover how preschool can offer a fun-filled day with a lot of opportunities for learning. At the end of the morning, current families will also be asked to create notes for their children to receive during the next day.  .
 
On September 28th, The Goddard School located in Suwanee will host A Day in the Life of a Preschooler from 9:00am to 12:00pm. The event will be open to both current and interested families. To RSVP, please call 770-844-6546.

To learn more about The Goddard School located in Suwanee, families are encouraged to call 770-844-6546 or visit www.goddardschools.com.
 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times for the third consecutive year (October 2009), Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States.  Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

In The News: The Goddard School® Located in Suwanee Presents A Day in the Life of a Preschooler 

 

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Contact:         
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The Goddard School® located in Suwanee
770-844-6546
                                                                                                                                
The Goddard School® Located in Suwanee Presents
A Day in the Life of a Preschooler
 

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 09/14/10 – Parents now have the chance to head back to school and experience what it’s like during a typical day at preschool. The Goddard School located in Suwanee is excited to announce A Day in the Life of a Preschooler. From nap time to snack time, to sing-a-longs and creative art projects, parents will get a lesson on what it’s really like to be a preschooler.
 
“A Day in the Life of a Preschooler offers parents a first-hand look at what their children do every day,” says Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School located in Suwanee. “This event will showcase how activities for social, physical and creative development can be woven into a day of learning and fun.”
 
Throughout the morning, parents will get to know their classmates, participate in a number of group activities from Spanish to Yoga, and even wind down for nap time. By participating in the event, parents can discover how preschool can offer a fun-filled day with a lot of opportunities for learning. At the end of the morning, current families will also be asked to create notes for their children to receive during the next day.  .
 
On September 28th, The Goddard School located in Suwanee will host A Day in the Life of a Preschooler from 9:00 am to 12:30 pm. The event will be open to both current and interested families. To RSVP, please call 770-844-6546.

To learn more about The Goddard School located in Suwanee, families are encouraged to call 770-844-6546 or visit www.goddardschools.com.
 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times for the third consecutive year (October 2009), Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States.  Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

In The News: The Goddard School® Earns CITA AccreditationThe Goddard School located in Suwanee Demonstrates Top-Quality

 

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Contact: 
Robin Ray
The Goddard School® located in Suwanee
770-844-6546
The Goddard School® Earns CITA Accreditation
The Goddard School located in Suwanee Demonstrates Top-Quality

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) August 10, 2010 — The Goddard School located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee has recently been awarded the Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (CITA).  Internationally recognized for accrediting top-quality schools within the United States and around the world, CITA evaluates quality, continuous improvement and student success. Recognition by the organization is highly coveted and rarely given to childcare companies.

Accreditation is a voluntary method of quality assurance that provides a non-governmental, independent and impartial evaluation of educational quality. To earn CITA accreditation, an education provider’s services, faculty and facilities must meet or exceed standards of quality set by the education community. Accredited schools must follow a protocol of self-study, evaluation review and continuous improvement.

“We’re proud to earn the mark of quality from CITA, and be recognized for our commitment to reach the highest professional standards,” says Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School located in Suwanee. “CITA accreditation demonstrates to our community that children in our program receive the best possible care and early learning experiences. Our management and faculty have earned this achievement by performing their very best every day.”

Comprising seven regional accrediting agencies, private school agencies and other educational service and regulatory agencies, CITA protects the public trust by ensuring schools reach high standards and act in a trustworthy manner.

“Parents look to Goddard for quality childcare and CITA accreditation further emphasizes to the community that Goddard programs have been reviewed by the experts and meet or exceed their expectations,” said Joseph Schumacher, chief operating officer at Goddard Systems, Inc., (franchisor of The Goddard School).

The Suwanee location opened in June 2006. The school accommodates 226 children, ages six weeks to twelve years. Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour, call the school directly at 770-844-6546 to arrange a personal appointment or visit www.goddardschool.com.

 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times for the third consecutive year (October 2009), Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States.  Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

About CITA
The Commission on International and Trans-Regional Accreditation (www.citaschools.org) is the most rapidly growing accrediting agency in the world. It was created in 1994 by the regional accrediting organizations in the United States following a long history of collaboration under other auspices. As a global leader in accreditation, CITA provides systems of accreditation around the world. CITA Standards promote quality schools and continuous improvement to enhance student success. CITA provides standards for education systems and develops customized accreditation protocols. CITA accreditation engages CITA schools in the world’s largest network of accredited schools. CITA provides customized accreditation protocols and standards for schools that cross the USA regions and for national and international schools around the world. CITA awards the accreditation. Participating regional commissions manage the accreditation protocol. Today, members of the CITA Alliance accredit more than 32,000 schools in 100 countries, touching over 17 million students.

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

The Juggler Visits
June 15th

Donuts with Dad
June 18th

Moonwalk
June 23rd

Eric Carle’s Birthday
Bring Your Favorite Book to School
June 25th

Pony Pictures
June 28th

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@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: Traveling with Your Children

 

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Contact: 
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Owner
The Goddard School
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rraygoddard@comcast.net
Traveling with Your Children

Tips to Make Your Summer Travels Easier

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 06/08/10 — Traveling with the family is fun, but it’s important to be prepared. Here are some tips and advice for parents to consider before they travel with their young ones.

Infant to One Year

  • Plan for an active stretch. A rest stop break or a playground – let them walk or toddle for twenty or so minutes before climbing back in the car.
  • Fun: music, mobiles, bubbles and books.
  • Pre-measure formula into bottles and carry a room temperature bottle of water to mix on the go.
  • Be prepared for a mess – snacks, diapers, spit-up, etc. – small trash bag, wipes, hand sanitizer (for the adults), spare water, tissues, bib and a blanket.
  • Even if you are traveling by plane, a car seat can double as a feeding chair or nap location. Call ahead for a crib to be added to your hotel room.
  • Be prepared and do not overload yourself. If time allows, buy what you can when you get to your destination.

First Steps (12 to 18 months)

  • Many of the Infant travel tips apply here.
  • Use “links” to keep toys within your child’s reach.
  • Even in the cool weather, crack a window for fresh air. Stale air may make your little one grumpy. Remove heavy jackets and shoes for comfort.
  • Fun: Music, books, stuffed animal, play mirror and foam shapes that will “stick” to the car seat. In an airplane – purchase headphones for music and rest it on your child’s shoulders instead of over their ears.
  • Have some active playtime just before leaving and plan for frequent stops. In an airplane, let children walk down the aisle periodically at their own pace.
  • Airports can be a bustling place. This may be the one time you check your luggage at the curb. This way you can focus on your little one’s needs without the hassle of luggage in tow.

Toddler and Get Set (18 to 36 months)

  • Many of the First Steps travel tips apply here.
  • Play window games – count the silos, trucks or red lights.
  • Attach a mirror to the front passenger visor so you can see and interact with your toddler without having to spin around.
  • Buckle up a toy bin right next to the children so they can help themselves – books, links, stuffed animals and puppets.
  • Have your child help you pack a picnic lunch or snack and then serve it to everyone.
  • A blanket can make a quick play space in any lobby, airport, etc.

Preschool to Pre-K (36 months+)

  • “I Spy” a blue car, a white truck and other objects you can see while moving.
  • Laptop desk for drawing with paper and crayons.
  • Car-Ride Checklist – make a picture itinerary of landmarks you will see along the way.
  • Ask your child to keep score – gas prices, mileage or count out toll money.
  • Play “I’m thinking of an animal.” Provide age-appropriate hints to help your child guess a particular animal.
  • If you’re using a hotel babysitter: 1. Check the sitter’s credentials, including criminal and/or child abuse clearances. 2. Check the room and the equipment in the room. 3. Carry your phone and check your phone service when you arrive at your destination.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

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In The News: Updated 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

Muffins for Mom
May 7th

Parent’s Night Out
May 8th
5 pm-10 pm

Gwinnett Braves Game
May 15th
7:05 pm
Gwinnett Braves Stadium

Field Day
May 21st

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@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 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

Muffins for Mom
March 7th

Parent’s Night Out
March 8th
5 pm-10 pm

Gwinnett Braves Game
March 15th
7:05 pm
Gwinnett Braves Stadium

Field Day
March 21st

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@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 Suwanee is having their annual Spring Fling!Local preschool offers event for community

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The Goddard School® located in Suwanee 
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The Goddard School located in Suwanee is having their annual Spring Fling!
Local preschool offers event for community

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 04/20/2010 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 12 years of age, located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road  is hosting their annual Spring Fling Open House on May 1st from 2pm to 4pm.

Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. Activites include a dunking booth, a moonwalk, games and prizes.  Families will also receive one free week of summer camp  when they enroll by May 31st . A minimum of eight weeks of enrollment is required.

On-site owner, Robin Ray, along with her Education Director, Renee Gudermuth, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 6:30am-6:30 pm, 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 770-844-6546.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     April 2010

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

Recent research about the role of fathers, and their approach to parenting, includes the following:

  • Fathers tend stylistically to encourage problem-solving skills by letting their kids struggle with frustration a little longer before stepping in to help. (Of course, there is a huge personal variation here, as there is in mothers.)
  • Fathers permit a little more emotional autonomy during learning sequences with their young children, supporting and encouraging but without the same emphasis on intimacy that is more typical among mothers.
  • Fathers tend to mix play with learning a little more successfully, from the child’s point of view, allowing longer work periods.
  • Fathers’ more functional (‘do it because it needs to be done,’ rather than ‘do it because it will go better between us if you do’) approach to academic work builds in the child a larger range of problem-solving skills over time that probably contributes to more lasting self-esteem.

Literacy & Reading to Children

It is generally agreed among educators that one of the best things adults can do for their children is to read to them.

Parent Tips:

  • During early infancy, reading helps babies build neural pathways that will eventually provide language development and acquisition.
  • Reading aloud to children encourages association with happiness, love and enjoyment. All of this can lead to children’s greater interest in reading and can result in larger vocabularies and better literary skills./li>
  • 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

Hooray for the USA Summer Preview Week
April 5th-9th

Week of the Young Child and Teacher Appreciation Week
April 12th-16th

Parent/Teacher Conferences
April 19th-23rd

Career Day
April 21st

Scholastic Book Fair and Spirit Week
April 26th-30th

 

Contact Us

3710 Old Atlanta Road
Suwanee, GA 30024
www.goddardschool.com
770-844-6546
email: suwanee2ga@goddardschools.com

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Suwanee Joins Earth Hour and Kicks Off Stepping Up for the Environment

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The Goddard School® located in Suwanee
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The Goddard School® located in Suwanee Joins Earth Hour and Kicks Off Stepping Up for the Environment

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 03/12/10 — The Goddard School located in Suwanee is proud to announce it has joined World Wildlife Fund’s 2010 Earth Hour for the second year in a row. To mark this global call to action on climate change, on Saturday, March 27th at 8:30 p.m. hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour.

The Goddard School located in Suwanee, will join 360 Goddard Schools nationwide to help spread the message that by working together, each one of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. The Goddard School located in Suwanee will launch an entire week of activities and lesson plans beginning March 22nd leading up to a big celebration for the Stepping Up for the Environment event on March 26th at 10 a.m., a day before the global event.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our teachers and children to get creative in ’stepping up’ awareness about saving energy and the environment,” says Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School, located in Suwanee. “Joining Earth Hour enables our students to learn an important lesson and get the message out to their families and in their communities.” 

Throughout the week, children and teachers will participate in a variety of fun activities, games and lessons designed to increase their awareness of how energy use and daily activities can affect the future of the planet and how they can conserve energy in their daily lives. The Goddard School located in Suwanee will integrate learning about the environment into art projects, science lessons and even snack time! Classes will nominate an official “Lightning Bug,” who will be responsible for always turning off the classroom lights when the children exit the room. Students will also create invitations asking parents and neighboring buildings to join them in Earth Hour.

On March 26th, The Goddard School located in Suwanee will celebrate Earth Hour with the Stepping Up for the Environment event. The School will host a clothes drive throughout the week that will conclude on March 26th. We will be accepting clothes for all ages. We will donate the clothes to local charities.   Then, at 10 a.m., schools will turn off any non-essential lighting for one hour.
 

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.

About EARTH HOUR:
Since its inception three years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2009 nearly one billion people in 4,100 cities in 87 countries on seven continents turned out. In the U.S. alone, 80 million Americans and 318 cities officially voted for action with their light switch. These people and municipalities were joined by iconic landmarks including: the Las Vegas Strip, the Chrysler and Empire State Buildings in New York City, the Space Needle in Seattle, Church of Latter-Day Saints Temple in Salt Lake City, the Gateway Arch in St. Louis and the National Cathedral in Washington DC.  International landmarks that turned off their lights included the Great Pyramids of Giza, Parthenon in Athens, St. Peter’s Basilica in Vatican City, Big Ben and Houses of Parliament in London, Paris’ Elysee Palace and Eiffel Tower, Beijing’s Birds Nest and Water Cube, Symphony of Lights in Hong Kong, Sydney’s Opera House and Christ de Redeemer statue in Rio de Janeiro.

In The News: The Easter Bunny Visits The Goddard School® located in Suwanee

 

 

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The Easter Bunny Visits The Goddard School® located in Suwanee  

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 02/16/10 — The Goddard School located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road in Suwanee will be the host to a Flashlight Egg Hunt on 03/09/10 from 7 pm to 8 pm.

The Goddard School located in Suwanee opened in June 2006 and is owned and operated by Robin Ray.  The school accommodates children ages six weeks to twelve years of age. 

We will have an egg hunt on our playgrounds in the dark. Each child brings a flashlight and a basket. The flashlights will be used to find all of the hidden eggs in the dark. Each year, the children have an absolute blast.

“We are all excited to have The Easter Bunny visit our school,” says Ray. “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.” 

The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play.  Families have the convenience of extended hours from 6:30am to 6:30 pm, 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 Robin Ray directly to arrange a personal appointment at 770-844-6546.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

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In The News: The Goddard School Located in Suwanee Announces Local Preschooler Picks

 

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The Goddard School Located in Suwanee Announces Local Preschooler Picks

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 12/1/2009 – On 11/17/09, preschoolers at The Goddard School located in Suwanee had a unique opportunity to pick their favorite eco-friendly toys, all while helping out their community.

During the Local Preschooler Picks toy test and community toy drive, Goddard preschoolers got the chance to test out and choose their Local Preschooler Picks — the School’s favorite five toys. The Goddard School is proud to announce this year’s Local Preschooler Picks:
Green Toys Tea Set- This 17-piece Green Toys Tea Set includes a tea pot with lid, a sugar bowl with lid, a creamer, four cups, four saucers and four teaspoons. It is made from curbside collected milk containers and also meets FDA specs for food contact.

Imagiplay Veggie Cutting Set-This vegetable set helps children develop motor skills and coordination while encouraging them to learn about healthy food in a fun role-play environment.This 16-piece activity toy is made from all-natural, earth friendly rubberwood.

Natural Pod Tree Branch Blocks-Perfect for stacking and building each set comes with unique pieces of various diameters and lengths for the ultimate in creative building. These blocks are made out of Alder with Harmonic unbleached beeswax finish.

Green Toys Recycling Truck-Made in the USA from 100% recycled milk containers, the Green Toys Recycling Truck sorts bottles, cans and paper. It also has a movable recycling bed and an open/shut rear door. It is safe, non-toxic and BPA free.

Mama K Aromatic Play Clay-This play clay is 100% natural, biodegradable, and gluten free. It combines aromatherapy with activity and fun. Scents included lavender, chamomile and bergamot.

The Goddard School evaluated finalists based on a number of criteria including:
The price range being $25 or below

The toys being age appropriate for children 3 years of age or older

The level of of creativity that each toy sparked in the children

Being eco-friendly

The level of child initiated play

As part of Local Preschooler Picks, The Goddard School partnered with The Forsyth County Child Advocacy Center to hold a Toy Drive.

“In these budget-conscious times, it was important for us to select eco-friendly toys that not only encouraged play and creativity, but were also affordable,” said Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School located in Suwanee. “With help from our children, we are thrilled to have found five playthings that will be a great resource for parents, grandparents and other family members.”

For more information on why The Goddard School located in Suwanee is the place for fun and learning, please contact Robin Ray at 770-844-6546.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 350+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

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In The News: The Goddard School Located in Suwanee Presents "Local Preschooler Picks" and Community Toy Drive

 

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The Goddard School Located in Suwanee Presents
“Local Preschooler Picks” and Community Toy Drive

Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 11/03/09 – The Goddard School located in Suwanee is getting into the holiday spirit. During the Local Preschooler Picks event and toy drive, the children at The Goddard School will have a unique opportunity to pick their favorite eco-friendly toys while helping out the community.

In a nationwide search, Goddard Schools partnered with Eco Child’s Play, a leading “green” blog, to select the best eco-friendly toys for the holidays, which not only encourage play and creativity, but are also affordable — all toys are under $30.

The children at The Goddard School will get to test out the finalists and choose their Local Preschooler Picks — the School’s favorite five toys.

In addition to announcing the winning toys, the School will also partner with Forsyth County Child Advocacy Center to hold a toy drive. All toys donated will be given to the Forsyth County Child Advocacy Center to be distributed to children in need.

“As leaders in early childhood development, we recognize that our families want to know which toys are both safe and engaging for children,” says Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School located in Suwanee. “This event is a fun way to encourage learning through play, while providing a great opportunity to give back to our community.”

On 11/17/09 from 10am to 11:30am, The Goddard School will announce its official Local Preschooler Picks list and make the official toy donation to Forsyth County Child Advocacy Center.

For more information on The Goddard School toy drive, please call 770-844-6546.

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 350+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.

In The News: Parents Experience A Day in the Life of a Preschooler  

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Parents Experience A Day in the Life of a Preschooler
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Suwanee, GA (Grassroots Newswire) 09/29/09 – On September 25. 2009, parents went back to school at The Goddard School® located in Suwanee.
 
As part of A Day in the Life of a Preschooler, parents participated in a number of engaging activities from circle time to snack time, to sing-a-longs and creative art projects.
 
The event gave parents a look into a typical day of a preschooler, which included everything from Spanish lessons, art projects, Yoga poses and even nap time.
 
“We think this was a great way for parents to learn, in a hands-on manner, how activities for social, physical and creative development can be woven into a day of learning and fun,” said Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School located in Suwanee. “We feel parents gained a renewed perspective of preschool and a better understanding of learning through play.”
 
To learn more about The Goddard School located in Suwanee, families are encouraged to call 770-844-6546, or visit www.goddardschools.com.
 
About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 330+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.


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Julie Anderson works on her fine motor skills
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In The News: Media AlertParents Become the Preschoolers During "A Day in the Life of a Preschooler" 

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Media Alert
Parents Become the Preschoolers During
“A Day in the Life of a Preschooler”
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WHAT: The Goddard School’s A Day in the Life of a Preschooler event


It’s Back to School time and The Goddard School® is proud to announce A Day in the Life of a Preschooler. From circle time to snack time, to sing-a-longs and creative art projects, parents will find out what it’s like to be a preschooler. During a fun-filled morning on September 25th at 10 a.m., parents will get to know their classmates, participate in a number of group activities from Spanish to Yoga, and even wind down for nap time. By participating in the event, parents can discover how preschool can offer a fun-filled day with a lot of opportunities or learning.
 
WHO:  The Goddard School located in Suwanee 


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WHEN: 25th at 10 a.m.:  Parents have circle time and get to know their classmates. Parents will then participate in a variety of activities such as Spanish, singing songs, dressing up for Dramatic Play, coloring, Yoga and more. 
                       
WHERE: The Goddard School, located at 3710 Old Atlanta Road, Suwanee Ga 30024
                       
Goddard Systems, Inc. is the leading child care company in the U.S., with more than 330 schools nationwide. To learn more about The Goddard School located in Suwanee, families are encouraged to call 770-844-6546 or visit www.goddardschools.com.
 

In The News: The Goddard School® Located in Suwanee Presents A Day in the Life of a Preschooler 

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Contact:         
Robin Ray
The Goddard School® located in Suwanee
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The Goddard School® Located in Suwanee Presents
A Day in the Life of a Preschooler
 

Suwanee, Ga (Grassroots Newswire) September 2, 2009 – Parents now have the chance to head back to school and experience what it’s like during a typical day at preschool. The Goddard School located in Suwanee is excited to announce A Day in the Life of a Preschooler. From nap time to snack time, to sing-a-longs and creative art projects, parents will get a lesson on what it’s really like to be a preschooler.
 
“A Day in the Life of a Preschooler offers parents a first-hand look at what their children do every day,” says Robin Ray, owner of The Goddard School located in Suwanee. “This event will showcase how activities for social, physical and creative development can be woven into a day of learning and fun.”
 
Throughout the morning, parents will get to know their classmates, participate in a number of group activities from Spanish to Yoga, and even wind down for nap time. By participating in the event, parents can discover how preschool can offer a fun-filled day with a lot of opportunities for learning. At the end of the day, current families will also be asked to create notes for their children to receive during the next day.  .
 
On September 25th, The Goddard School located in Suwanee will host A Day in the Life of a Preschooler from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.. The event will be open to both current and interested families. To RSVP, please call 770-844-6546.

To learn more about The Goddard School located in Suwanee, families are encouraged to call 770-844-6546 or visit www.goddardschools.com.
 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eighth consecutive year (January 2009) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the second consecutive year (October 2008); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 330+ franchised schools with more than 40,000 students in 37 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States.