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Beach Scavenger Hunt

The beach is a perfect stage for playful learning. You can develop a scavenger hunt for your family to enjoy at the beach. You may decide to see how many items you can each check off in one day or consider extending the hunt for the length of your trip.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

  • a blue beach towel
  • pink sandals
  • a kite
  • a beach ball
  • a sand castle
  • a sail boat
  • a jet ski
  • a seagull
  • a green bathing suit
  • a dog
  • seaweed
  • a striped beach towel
  • a beach umbrella
  • a blimp
  • an airplane
  • a shell

You can alter your list depending on where you are vacationing and what items are age appropriate for your child. The possibilities are endless!

Fourth of July Fun!

Four fun crafts for the Fourth

  1. The American Flag

Take a white sheet of construction paper and place it lengthwise on a table. Assist your child to cut out seven red stripes 0.62 in. wide and one blue rectangle 3.5 in. wide by 3.75 in. long from construction paper. Glue the rectangle lengthwise on the upper left corner of the white sheet, and then glue the stripes 0.62 inches apart starting with the red so the white and red colors alternate, but do not cover the blue rectangle. Next, ask your child to draw stars in the blue rectangle. Lastly, talk with your child about why there are fifty stars and thirteen stripes on the American flag.

 

  1. Red, White and Blue Firecrackers

Gather nine popsicle sticks. (Don’t eat all the popsicles at once!) Cut out a red, a blue and a white triangle from construction paper, and pick out some fun red, white and blue string or ribbon. Next, guide your child in gluing the popsicle sticks together in sets of three, edge-to-edge, one next to the other. After they have dried, glue one triangle to the top of each set of popsicle sticks, and tape the string to the bottom. When you finish, you will have three fabulous firecrackers.

 

  1. Painted Fireworks 

This is an easy one! All you need is blue paint, red paint, tape, a white sheet of paper and seven bendy straws. Wrap tape around the non-bendy ends of the straws so they are secured together. Bend the other ends so they are sticking out in different directions. Assist your child to paint the ends, alternating with blue and red paint. Once all the ends are painted, place them down on the paper. This is a great opportunity to explain patterns to your child. Add more paint and repeat this step in different spots on the paper.

 

  1. Uncle Sam Hat

First, take a white Dixie cup and paint evenly spaced red stripes around it, alternating white and red. Next, cut a half-inch strip of blue paper and have your child paint stars from one end to the other. Once the stars have dried, glue the strip around the wide end of the cup. Lastly, cut out a circle from foam, paint it red and glue the rim of the cup to the circle.

Creative Lunch Ideas

What is a bento box?

Bento box lunches have been increasing in popularity among families with preschoolers and school-age children. Google the term “lunchbox” and you will find a wealth of resources, including blogs, Pinterest pages and online retailers selling basic and whimsical options.  Bento boxes are appealing because they provide a creative way to add a variety of foods to a child’s lunch while keeping wet foods separate from dry foods. If a parent is artistic, the child’s lunch can become a work of art.

 

 Why does it work well for school lunches?

 Bento boxes work well for school lunches and snacks because they protect food in an air-tight container and keep food groups separate. If you have a picky eater who does not like foods touching, a bento box may keep your child happy. Parents can have fun creating different lunchtime masterpieces.  Bento boxes are economical because they are reusable and help keep plastic snack and sandwich bags out of landfills.

 

What can I put in my child’s bento box?

The options are endless, but here are some ideas:

  • Sliced hard-boiled eggs;
  • A mini-bagel sandwich with almond butter, jelly or another spread;
  • Sliced strawberries, blueberries and kiwis;
  • Cheese cubes;
  • Pretzels;
  • Sliced grapes;
  • A muffin;
  • Mini-pita sandwiches filled with cheese and pepperoni;
  • Sliced pineapple;
  • Celery and carrot sticks;
  • Cucumber slices;
  • A turkey and cheese sandwich on a Hawaiian roll;
  • Veggie chips;
  • Rice molds;
  • Chickpeas and black beans;
  • Raisins and chocolate chips;
  • Sandwich rounds with ham, cheese and avocado.

 

Enjoy making bento box lunches!

Choosing a Summer Program

According to research conducted by the National Center for Summer Learning, which is based at the Johns Hopkins School of Education in Baltimore, Maryland, summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the difference in the likelihood of a student pursuing a college preparatory path in high school. As these findings indicate, keeping children’s brains challenged throughout the summer is crucial, since the lack of learning that occurs during these months has both short-term and long-term consequences.

Keeping a child’s day consistent throughout the summer months keeps the brain focused and helps prevent learning losses during the summer. In addition, this can potentially ease the anxiety that often accompanies transitioning into a new classroom or school come fall.

Research has shown that programs like The Goddard School that have specific learning goals, use learning and developmental standards and are age-appropriate are ideal in preventing summer learning losses.

Tips for Choosing a Summer Program:

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

Bean and Cheese Tacos

Looking for a quick and easy dinner idea?

Ingredients

  • 15-oz can of pinto beans, rinsed
  • 15-oz can of black beans, rinsed
  • 1 cup mild salsa
  • 1 heart of romaine lettuce
  • Taco shells (hard or soft)
  • Low-fat shredded cheddar cheese

Combine beans and salsa in a microwave-safe bowl, then heat 1 to 2 minutes or until hot. Tear the lettuce into bite-size pieces. Spoon the bean mixture into each taco shell, top with lettuce and cheese.

 

*An adult should oversee all recipes and activities. Recipes and activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

Four Ways to Encourage Physical Activity

Physical activity and exercise are essential to your child’s development. Dr. Kyle Pruett, clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale School of Medicine and member of The Goddard School Educational Advisory Board, offers four tips on how to encourage physical activity.

  1. Start with yourself. Set an example by being physically active, personally and with your child, and talking about how it helps you feel and think better.
  2. Encourage your child to pick activities that she finds fun, and then suggest activities that add something to it.
  3. Whenever possible walk or ride (a bike or scooter, while wearing a helmet, of course) when you need to get somewhere nearby. Also, leave extra time to stop and smell the roses with your child. These simple times together end all too soon.
  4. Give children the space, tools and time to be physically active themselves and figure out what fun to master on their own. I want to do it myself is the battle cry of autonomy in these years and should be respected.

Super Bowl Challenge (us vs. the home office)

The Goddard School located in Wayland, MA, has presented a Super Bowl challenge to Joseph Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. located in King of Prussia, PA, which he has accepted. If (and when) the New England Patriots win the Super Bowl, he will wear a New England Patriots shirt all day at work after game day and he will take a picture wearing the Patriots shirt and eating a Boston cream pie donut. In the unlikely case of the Eagles winning, the owners, Amal and Reem, will wear Eagles shirts all day at work and take a picture eating a Philly cheesesteak. GO PATS!!

DIY Banana Chips

Many store-bought banana chips are loaded with added sugar and fat. Follow these simple instructions to make healthy banana chips at home.

Ingredients:

  • 1 ripe banana
  • Lemon juice (optional)

Slice the banana (or bananas, depending on how many chips you want) into 1/8-inch-thick rounds, and lay them on a greased baking sheet. Bake at 200 degrees F for two to three hours or until golden. Then let the chips harden at room temperature. Enjoy them as is or serve with nut butter. For an extra kick of sweetness, brush lemon juice on the banana slices before baking.

 

*An adult should oversee all recipes and activities. Recipes and activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

 

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 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.

Baking with Children

  • Put on aprons. The mess is part of the fun;
  • Older children can crack the eggs and measure wet and dry ingredients, while younger children can participate by pouring the pre-measured ingredients into the mixing bowl;
  • Show children that oil and water mix by letting them stir the mix;
  • Create cut-outs with cookies cutters;
  • Be sure to encourage creativity and imagination when decorating your creations. Use festively colored frostings, sparkly sanding sugars, gumdrops, pre-cut fondant or homespun shapes. These are perfect for little fingers and make wonderful cookie decorations;
  • Don’t forget to taste test your creations;
  • Go with your children to deliver a plate of cookies to a neighbor or the local senior center. Giving and sharing can make children feel good.

In The News: Recyclable Fashion Show

 

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Recyclable Fashion Show

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) April 24th — The Goddard School located in Wayland had their annual Recyclable Fashion Show today. The children worked hard to make their own unique attire for this special event. Everything the children made was done so with recyclable materials. The Pre-K 1 and Pre-K 2 classrooms had a parade around the school at 10am.

About The Goddard School®
Learning for fun. Learning for life.® The Goddard School celebrates 26 years of using 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 more than 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Wayland Participated in Dress for Sox-cess

 

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The Goddard School® located in Wayland Participated in Dress for Sox-cess

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) April 4th, 2014 — The Goddard School located at 367 Commonwealth Road in Wayland was the host to Dress for Sox-cess on from March 24th to April 4th.

The Goddard School located in Wayland opened in September 2008 and is owned and operated by Reem Hassani.  The school accommodates 132, ages six weeks to 6 years. 

The Goddard School raised over $2,000 for the Jimmy Fund in conjunction with the Boston Red Sox. On Opening Day the children and teachers proudly wore their Red Sox gear.

“We were all delighted to raise such a large amount of money for a great cause. Thank you to all the families and teachers who donated and raised money.” says Hassani.

The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play. Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7am to 6pm, the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Reem Hassani directly to arrange a personal appointment at 508-655-2200.

About The Goddard School®
Learning for fun. Learning for life.® The Goddard School celebrates 26 years of using 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 more than 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

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

 

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The Goddard School Located in Wayland, MA 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

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) January 16th, 2014 — The Goddard School® located in Wayland, MA, 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:  Tuesday, January 21st to Friday, January 24th from 9am to 5pm

WHERE: The Goddard School located in Wayland, MA
                 367 Commonwealth Road, Wayland, 01778
                 508-655-2200

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 Wayland, MA 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 Reem Hassani, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Wayland, MA. “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.

In The News: Wayland Bring Your Imagination for Creative Family Fun

 

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Wayland Bring Your Imagination for Creative Family Fun
The Goddard School located in Wayland to Host Block Party

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) 9/24/2013  – The Goddard School® located at 367 Commonwealth Road in Wayland will celebrate creativity and imagination as part of The Goddard School Block Party from September 30th to October 4th: 10am to 4pm.

This event gives children and families the chance to participate in a hands-on activity that demonstrates the power of playful learning. The Goddard School Block Party will feature a range of play experiences, including sidewalk chalk, art galore, reading creativity, and picture cubes.

“As early childhood educators, we know that play is crucial to a child’s development — impacting everything from development of fine motor skills to how they empathize with others,” says Reem Hassani, owner of The Goddard School located in Wayland. “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.”

The community is invited to participate in the Cardboard Box Project, inspired by Caine’s Arcade, and all of the entertainment and activities. Contact The Goddard School located in Wayland for more information.

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The Goddard School®: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play.
Learning for fun. Learning for life.(SM) The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.(SM) Learning Program reaches more than 50,000 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.

In The News: Root for Earth Special Edition Newsletter

       April 2013

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!

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Park the Car
Combine trips when running errands. Walk or ride a bike to the store when possible, and use a cloth bag!

Veg Out
Growing a garden can be a wonderful way to make an environmental difference. Have limited space? Try container or community gardening. Even toddlers can help you plant, tend and harvest your garden!

Recycle compostable garbage, such as potato peels and eggshels, in a compost bin to enrich your garden and respect the planet.

Save Energy at Home
Save water by taking faster showers, limit your bath water or install faucet aerators. Replace current water fixtures and toilets with low-flow options. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.

Switch from standard incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescents to use75% less energy. Teach your children to always turn off lights and appliances when they leave the room. Many appliances use energy even when they are turned off. Plug them into power strips to shut off the flow of electricity.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Start gardening with your child by showing them what happens when a seed is given the right amount of light and water. Using only a few simple supplies, your child can plant beans, watch them sprout roots and grow, grow, grow!

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

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

News Items

A Day in the Life of a Preschooler
April 18th
3pm to 7pm

Lights Out
April 22nd
10am to 11am

Recyling Truck Visit
April 24th
10am to 12pm

Recycled Runway Fashion Show
April 26th
10am to 11am

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Wayland, MA 01778
www.goddardschool.com
508-655-2200
email: waylandma@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Preschoolers in Wayland Celebrate Sustainability with a Flip of the Switch

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Preschoolers in Wayland Celebrate Sustainability with a Flip of the Switch

The Goddard School® “plants seeds of change” to create a healthier Earth with Root for Earth event

WHAT:  To plant seeds of environmental awareness in the community, The Goddard School located in Wayland is hosting Root for Earth — a week-long celebration of conservation that features a variety of activities to promote a healthier Earth for future generations.

The celebration kicks off on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, with a flip of the switch, as Goddard School children in Wayland join nearly 400 Goddard Schools nationwide in turning off all nonessential lighting for one hour.

In addition, the children will participate in environmentally friendly activities throughout the week, including:

  • Visit from a Recycling Truck on Wednesday, April 24th
  • Recycled Runway Fashion Show on Friday, April 26th at 10am

WHEN:  April 22 – April 26
 “Lights off!” takes place Monday, April 22 at 10 a.m.

WHERE:  The Goddard School located in Wayland
 367 Commonwealth Road, Wayland, 01778
 508-655-2200

WHY:  Root for Earth provides an opportunity to teach children about environmental issues early so they grow into environmentally conscious adults. The Goddard School uses the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Our talented teachers also collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners.

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 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:  The Goddard School® located in Wayland to Host 25th Birthday Party and Open House

 

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The Goddard School® located in Wayland to Host 25th Birthday Party and Open House

WHAT: The Goddard School®, the leader in early childhood education, is celebrating its 25th anniversary. To commemorate this milestone, The Goddard School located in Wayland – which has been serving families in the area for four years – is inviting the community to a special 25th Birthday Party and Open House.

The event will feature a number of fun-filled, hands-on activities for children of all ages, including:

Silent Auction
Art Auction
Bake Sale 

The Goddard School located in Wayland, along with Goddard Schools nationwide, also will be participating in fundraising efforts with the goal of raising $250,000 to support Ronald McDonald House Charities in Wayland and nationwide.

WHEN:  Saturday, Feb. 9 from 10am to 1pm

WHERE: 367 Commonwealth Road, Wayland, MA, 01778

WHO: Reem Hassani, owner of The Goddard School located in Wayland, will be available for interviews and to give tours of the school.

WHY: The Goddard School 25th Birthday Party will be an exciting event for the entire family with opportunities to capture lively and unique photos of Wayland families playing together and supporting a great charity in the community.

In The News: The Goddard School® located in Wayland Participates in Teddy Bear Drive

 

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The Goddard School® located in Wayland Participates in Teddy Bear Drive

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) December 18, 2012 — The Goddard School located at 367 Commonwealth Road in Wayland is hosting a Teddy Bear Drive until Friday, December 21st.

In light of what happened on Friday, December 15th, Miss Deb, one of our Preschool 2 teachers, has organized a Teddy Bear Drive. All teddy bears will be brought to the children in Newtown, CT. If you would like donate a new bear/or stuffed animal, there will be boxes in our foyer all week. On Christmas day, Miss Deb will be bringing the teddy bears down to CT.

The Goddard School located in Wayland opened in September 2008 and is owned and operated by Reem Hassani and Amal Akrawi. The school accommodates 132, ages six weeks to 6 years.The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play. Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7am to 6pm, the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Jan Tiger directly to arrange a personal appointment at 508-655-2200.

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 390+ 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: Wayland Families Attempt Record for Simon Says to Celebrate the Power of Play

 

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Wayland Families Attempt Record for Simon Says to Celebrate the Power of Play
The Goddard School® located in Wayland to Host Block Party, Record Attempt

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) October 5, 2012 — The Goddard School located in Wayland attempted to set a record for the “Largest Game of Simon Says (Multiple Venues).”  The attempt, which was celebrated at Goddard Schools nationwide, is part of The Goddard School Block Party on October 5th at 12pm.

This playful learning event gives children and families the chance to participate in a number of fun-filled, hands-on activities that demonstrate the power of learning through play. The Goddard School Block Party will feature a range of play experiences, including Simon Says game, Freeze Dance, Let’s Play Cafe, and Life Sized Memory Game.

“As early childhood educators, we know that play is crucial to a child’s development – impacting everything from development of fine motor skills to how they empathize with others,” says Reem Hassani, owner of The Goddard School located in Wayland. “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.”

For more information, contact The Goddard School located in Wayland at 508-655-2200.

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: Wayland-Area Families Join Record Attempt for Largest Game of Simon Says

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Contact: 
Reem Hassani
The Goddard School® located in Wayland
508-655-2200
waylandma@goddardschools.com

Wayland-Area Families Join Record Attempt for Largest Game of Simon Says

WHAT:        The Goddard School® Block Party

The Goddard School located in Wayland will join Goddard Schools across the nation in a record-breaking attempt for the “Largest Game of Simon Says (Multiple Venues).”  The attempt is part of The Goddard School Block Party, an event celebrating the importance of play and its role in developing critical life skills and future career opportunities. Children and families throughout the community are invited to participate in Simon Says and a number of fun-filled, hands-on activities designed to demonstrate the power of learning through play. 

WHO:          The Goddard School located in Wayland

WHEN:       Friday, October 5th at 12pm: Simon Says Game
Anyone interested in participating in the record attempt needs to sign in by 11:45am and be ready to follow the leader by 12pm.
  
WHERE:     The Goddard School located at 367 Commonwealth Road, Wayland, MA

WHY:          Participating in The Goddard School Block Party underscores that how we play as children helps form who we become as adults.

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

In The News: Wayland-Area Families Join Record Attempt for Largest Game of Simon Says

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Reem Hassani
The Goddard School® located in Wayland
508-655-2200
waylandma@goddardschools.com

Wayland-Area Families Join Record Attempt for Largest Game of Simon Says

WHAT:        The Goddard School® Block Party

The Goddard School located in Wayland will join Goddard Schools across the nation in a record-breaking attempt for the “Largest Game of Simon Says (Multiple Venues).”  The attempt is part of The Goddard School Block Party, an event celebrating the importance of play and its role in developing critical life skills and future career opportunities. Children and families throughout the community are invited to participate in Simon Says and a number of fun-filled, hands-on activities designed to demonstrate the power of learning through play. 

WHO:          The Goddard School located in Wayland

WHEN:       Friday, October 5th at 12pm: Simon Says
Anyone interested in participating in the record attempt needs to sign in by 11:45am and be ready to follow the leader by 12pm.
  
WHERE:     The Goddard School located at 367 Commonwealth Road, Wayland, MA

WHY:          Participating in The Goddard School Block Party underscores that how we play as children helps form who we become as adults.

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

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – 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

Ice Cream Social
August 9th
5pm-7pm

Pumpernickel Puppet Show
August 13th
10am-11am

Best of Times Event
August 30th
4pm-6pm

 

Contact Us

367 Commonwealth Road
Wayland, MA 01778
www.goddardschool.com
508-655-2200
email: waylandma@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: Forty-Five Thousand Children "Stepped Up" for the Environment

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Reem Hassani
The Goddard School® located in Wayland
508-655-2200
waylandma@goddardschools.com

Forty-Five Thousand Children “Stepped Up” for the Environment

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) March 30, 2012 – On Friday, March 30, more than 100 children from The Goddard School located in Wayland turned off the lights and stepped up for the environment. As part of World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2012, children participated in a number of engaging activities to spread the message that by working together, each one of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. More than 45,000 Goddard School children across the country joined in.

Throughout the week, children and teachers participated 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.

“We think this was a great way for children to learn, in a hands-on manner, the importance of saving energy and the environment,” said Kim Mazzola, assistant director of The Goddard School located in Wayland. “Our children were able to involve both their families and the community to create awareness about this important global call to action.”

For more information, please contact Reem Hassani at The Goddard School located in Wayland at 508-655-2200 or waylandma@goddardschools.com.

About EARTH HOUR:
Since its inception five years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2011 hundreds of millions of people in approximately 4,000 cities in 135 countries on seven continents turned out. These people and municipalities were joined by iconic landmarks including: the Las Vegas Strip, Empire State Building,Space Needle, Great Pyramids of Giza, Parthenon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower.

About Goddard Systems, Inc.
Recently named No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eleventh consecutive year (January 2012) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 380+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 35 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States. To learn more, visit http://www.goddardschool.com for more information.

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Isaac and Mason making Earths
Jessica making an Earth
Noah and Abby toasting marshmellows
Pierce making an Earth

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In The News: Forty-Five Thousand Children "Stepped Up" for the Environment

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Reem Hassani
The Goddard School® located in Wayland
508-655-2200
waylandma@goddardschools.com

Forty-Five Thousand Children “Stepped Up” for the Environment

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) March 30, 2012 – On Friday, March 30, more than 100 children from The Goddard School located in Wayland turned off the lights and stepped up for the environment. As part of World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2012, children participated in a number of engaging activities to spread the message that by working together, each one of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. More than 45,000 Goddard School children across the country joined in.

Throughout the week, children and teachers participated 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.

“We think this was a great way for children to learn, in a hands-on manner, the importance of saving energy and the environment,” said Kim Mazzola, assistant director of The Goddard School located in Wayland. “Our children were able to involve both their families and the community to create awareness about this important global call to action.”

For more information, please contact Reem Hassani at The Goddard School located in Wayland at 508-655-2200 or waylandma@goddardschools.com.

About EARTH HOUR:
Since its inception five years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2011 hundreds of millions of people in approximately 4,000 cities in 135 countries on seven continents turned out. These people and municipalities were joined by iconic landmarks including: the Las Vegas Strip, Empire State Building,Space Needle, Great Pyramids of Giza, Parthenon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower.

About Goddard Systems, Inc.
Recently named No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eleventh consecutive year (January 2012) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 380+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 35 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States. To learn more, visit http://www.goddardschool.com for more information.

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Ava and Edge toasting marshmellows
Isaac and Mason painting Earths
Jessica making a Earth
Noah and Abby toasting marshmellows
Pierce making a Earth

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In The News: Recycled Art Fashion Show

 

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Owner
The Goddard School- Wayland
508-655-2200
waylandma@goddardschools.com

Recycled Art Fashion Show

 

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) March 29, 2012 — The Goddard School located in Wayland is proud to announce our participation in the fourth annual Stepping Up for the Environment event. This entire week of activities and lesson plans begins on Monday, March 26th and leads up to a big “Flip the Switch” celebration on Friday, March 30th at 10 a.m., a day before the global Earth Hour event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund.

In commemoration of this special event, our Pre-K 2 classroom participated in a “Recycled Art Fashion Show” by creating their own fashion line and modeling their designs to other classrooms around the school. Please enjoy the attached photos casting a glimpse into the children’s show!

For more information, please contact Reem Hassani at The Goddard School located in Wayland at 508-655-2200.

About EARTH HOUR:
Since its inception five years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2011 hundreds of millions of people in approximately 4,000 cities in 135 countries on seven continents turned out. These people and municipalities were joined by iconic landmarks including: the Las Vegas Strip, Empire State Building, Space Needle, Great Pyramids of Giza, Parthenon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower.

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

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(from left to right) Eric, Jonathan, Jamie, Owen, and Jack
(from left to right) Noah, Elliot, John, and Tommy
(from left to right) Caitlin, Aryana, Kaylin, and Makayla

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Wayland is Stepping Up for the Environment

 

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Contact: 
Reem Hassani
The Goddard School® located in Wayland
508-655-2200
waylandma@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School® located in Wayland is Stepping Up for the Environment

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) 3/23/12 – The Goddard School located in Wayland is proud to announce our participation in the fourth annual Stepping Up for the Environment event. This entire week of activities and lesson plans begins on Monday, March 26th and leads up to a big “Flip the Switch” celebration on Friday, March 30th at 10 a.m., a day before the global Earth Hour event hosted by the World Wildlife Fund.

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 Wayland will join 380+ 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.

“This is an exciting opportunity for our teachers and children to get creative in ’stepping up’ awareness about saving energy and the environment,” says Reem Hassani and Amal Akrawi, owner of The Goddard School located in Wayland. “Supporting Earth Hour enables our students to learn important lessons and get the message out to their families and in their communities.” 

The Goddard School located in Wayland 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. The children will also create invitations asking their parents and their community to join them in “Flipping the Switch.”

On March 30th, The Goddard School located in Wayland will be Stepping Up for the Environment by turning off any non-essential lighting for one hour.

Tuesday, March 27th: Create a school song about recycling
Wednesday, March 28th: Carbon Footprints
Thursday, March 29th: Recylced Material Fashion Show
Friday, March 30th: Lights Out

For more information, please contact Reem Hassani at The Goddard School located in Wayland at 508-655-2200 or waylandma@goddardschools.com.

About EARTH HOUR:
Since its inception five years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2011 hundreds of millions of people in approximately 4,000 cities in 135 countries on seven continents turned out. These people and municipalities were joined by iconic landmarks including: the Las Vegas Strip, Empire State Building, Space Needle, Great Pyramids of Giza, Parthenon, St. Peter’s Basilica, Big Ben and the Eiffel Tower.

About Goddard Systems, Inc.
Recently named No. 1 Childcare Franchise in the United States by Entrepreneur magazine, for the eleventh consecutive year (January 2012) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fifth consecutive year (October 2011); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 380+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 35 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier childcare provider in the United States. To learn more, visit http://www.goddardschool.com for more information.

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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

Simon Says Game
September 23rd
1pm

Sill Hair Day
September 30th
All Day

Pajama Day
October 5th
All Day

Hat Day
October 27th
All Day

Costume Parade
October 31st
10am to 12pm

Contact Us

367 Commonwealth Road
Wayland, MA 01778
www.goddardschool.com
508-655-2200
email: waylandma@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

Picture Days
September 27th to 29th
All Day

Silly Hair Day
September 30th
All Day

Pajama Day
October 5th
All Day

Hat Day
October 27th
All Day

Costume Parade
October 31st
10am-12pm

Contact Us

367 Commonwealth Road
Wayland, MA 01778
www.goddardschool.com
508-655-2200
email: waylandma@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Anniversary is Celebrated at The Goddard School®Third Anniversary

 

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Anniversary is Celebrated at The Goddard School®
Third Anniversary

Wayland, MA, (Grassroots Newswire) September 9th, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 367 Commonwealth Road in Wayland, MA celebrates their third anniversary!

We will be having a three year anniversary celebration BBQ on Saturday, September 10th from 11am to 2pm.
“We are eager to celebrate our third anniversary,” says Reem Hassani, owner of The Goddard School located at 367 Commonwealth Road in Wayland, MA.  “We look forward to sharing great activities including bean bag toss, tug-of-war, and a lot of fun with our families and guests.”

The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to 6 years, which focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play.  Families have the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and the convenience of extended hours from 7am to 6pm.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Reem directly to arrange a personal appointment at 508-655-2200.

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: The Goddard School® located in Wayland participates in Hop-A-Thon

 

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The Goddard School® located in Wayland participates in Hop-A-Thon

Wayland , MA (Grassroots Newswire) May 3, 2011 — The Goddard School located at 367 Commonwealth Road in Wayland will be the host to a Hop-A-Thon on Tuesday, May 17th from 10am to 11:30am.

The Goddard School located in Wayland opened in September 2008 and is owned and operated by Amal Akrawi and Reem Hassani.  The school accommodates 132 children, ages six weeks to 6 years old. 

By participating in the Hop-A-Thon program, the children will learn one of life’s most important lessons- helping others! The funds that we raise will assist Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) in providing services at no cost to those they serve and their families. Funds will also support research seeking treatments and cures for neuromuscular diseases.

“We are all delighted to hop to raise money for a great cause,” says Hassani.  “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play. Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7am to 6pm, the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Reem directly to arrange a personal appointment at 508-655-2200.

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: Forty Thousand Children "Stepped Up" for the Environment

 

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Forty Thousand Children “Stepped Up” for the Environment

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) March 28th 2011 – On Friday, March 25, more than 120 children from The Goddard School located in Wayland turned off the lights and stepped up for the environment. As part of World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2011, students participated in a number of engaging activities to spread the message that by working together, each one of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. More than 45,000 Goddard children across the country joined in.

Throughout the week, children and teachers participated 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. Some of the activities included a fashion show with clothing made from recycled materials, ‘fishing’ for trash in buckets of water and painting a giant lightbulb cutout using pieces of scrap paper and paper towels instead of brushes.

“We think this was a great way for children to learn, in a hands-on manner, the importance of saving energy and the environment,” said Reem Hassani, owner of The Goddard School located in Wayland. “Our students were able to involve both their families and the community to create awareness about this important global call to action.”

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.

About EARTH HOUR:
Since its inception four years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2010 over one billion people in 4,000 cities in 126 countries on seven continents turned out. In the U.S. alone, 90 million Americans 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.

 

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

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

Wayland,MA (Grassroots Newswire) 3/15/11 — The Goddard School located in Wayland is proud to announce it has joined World Wildlife Fund’s 2011 Earth Hour for the third year in a row. To mark this global call to action on climate change, on Saturday, March 26th 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 Wayland, will join 370+ 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 Wayland will launch an entire week of activities and lesson plans beginning March 21st leading up to a big celebration for the Stepping Up for the Environment event on March 25th 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 Reem Hassani, owner of The Goddard School, located in Wayland. “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 Wayland 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 25th, The Goddard School located in Wayland will celebrate Earth Hour with the Stepping Up for the Environment event. The School will be having a Newspaper Fashion Show by the Pre-K 2, Terrific Turtles classroom.   Then, at 10 a.m., the school 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 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.

About EARTH HOUR:
Since its inception four years ago, Earth Hour has captured the world’s imagination becoming a global phenomenon. Last year, for Earth Hour 2010 over one billion people in 4,000 cities in 126 countries on seven continents turned out. In the U.S. alone, 90 million Americans 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: Families Participate in a Day of Play at the Goddard Community Games

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Families Participate in a Day of Play at the Goddard Community Games

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) February 9, 2011 — On February 5th, Wayland-area children and families came together to experience a day centered on learning through play. During the Goddard Community Games event hosted by The Goddard School® located in Wayland, parents and children participated in a number of hands-on activities that demonstrated the power of play for helping children learn the skills they need for success and well-being in life. 

Jan Tiger, our director, helped to kick off the Goddard Community Games’ Opening Ceremony during an exciting pep rally. The pep rally featured The Goddard School children playing various instruments and noisemakers as they paraded through the School; included the unveiling of a Community Flag, developed by the children and faculty of The Goddard School located in Wayland; and culminated with a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

At the Goddard Community Games, many of the parents and children participated in games and activities in each of the classrooms. 
 
“The Goddard Community Games were a fun and educational way to show families why play matters and that how children play influences their choices in the future,” says Reem Hassani, owner of The Goddard School located in Wayland. “Through imaginative activities, we were able to demonstrate how play can help today’s children become tomorrow’s leaders.”

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com
Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

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In The News: Goddard Parent – Goddard Community Games

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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

Pajama Day
Friday, January 14th, 2011
All Day

Goddard Community Games
Friday, February 4th, 2011
9:30am to 11:30am

Pajama Day
Tuesday, February 15th, 2011
All Day

Backwards Day
Friday, February 25th, 2011
All Day

Scholastic Book Orders Due
Monday, February 28th, 2011
All Day

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

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Wayland, MA 01778
www.goddardschool.com
508-655-2200
email: waylandgoddard2@hotmail.com

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In The News: MEDIA ALERTWayland, MA area families join national celebration of the Power of Play

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Contact:   
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508-655-2200
waylandma@goddardschools.com                    

MEDIA ALERT
Wayland, MA area families join national celebration of the Power of Play

WHAT:  Goddard Community Games Event
The Goddard School® located in Wayland, MA 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.
      
Jan Tiger, our Director, 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 Wayland, MA; and culminate with a rousing rendition of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

WHO:    The Goddard School located in Wayland, MA

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

WHEN:   Friday, February 4th, 2011 @ 9:30am to 11:30am: musical parade, games and activities.         

WHERE:  The Goddard School located in Wayland, MA
               367 Commonwealth Rd
               508-655-2200

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: The Goddard School® located in Wayland participates in a Canned Food Drive

 

 

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The Goddard School® located in Wayland participates in a Canned Food Drive

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) November 3, 2010 — The Goddard School located at 367 Commonwealth Road in Wayland will be the host to a canned food drive from November 1st to November 19th from 7am to 6pm.

The Goddard School located in Wayland opened in September 2008, and is owned and operated by Amal Akrawi and Reem Hassani.  The school accommodates 134 children, ages six weeks to six years. 

“We are all delighted to support a local shelter through our food drive ,” says Hassani.  “The teachers and children are anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”

The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play. Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7am to 6pm, the flexibility of either half or full-day schedules and Quality Assurance standards that are monitored corporately.

Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Jan Tiger directly to arrange a personal appointment at 508-655-2200.

 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

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

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In The News: MEDIA ALERTWayland Area Families Join National Celebration of the Power of Play

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Contact:  
Reem Hassani
The Goddard School located in Wayland
508-655-2200
waylandma@goddardschools.com         

MEDIA ALERT
Wayland Area Families Join National Celebration of the Power of Play

WHAT: The Goddard Schools’ Mini Block Party Event

 The Goddard School® is proud to announce it has joined Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party: The Arts and Sciences of Play, a powerful new, global movement designed to recognize and celebrate the power of play.  In conjunction with the national event launching this movement, The Goddard School will host a special Mini Block Party. 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.

WHO:   The Goddard School located in Wayland

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

WHEN: October 1, 2010 @ 9:30am to 12:00pm: We’ll play “Simon Says” and “Let’s Play Café” as well as enjoying an obstacle course, making sidewalk chalk creations, having LEGO Fun, participating in a scavenger hunt and marching in a musical parade.          

WHERE:  The Goddard School located in Wayland
                  367 Commonwealth Road Wayland, MA 01778

WHY: Selected as the exclusive national preschool sponsor for Ultimate Block Party for its well-founded approach to the importance of play in early childhood education, The Goddard School joins hospitals and museums, industry, science, celebrities and the media to harness the power of play worldwide.
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.

WHAT ELSE: In 2009, a small group of educators, business leaders, authors and researchers formed Play for Tomorrow to champion the importance of play in the lives of children.  Conceived as a multi-tiered social movement, the groundbreaking initiative aims to ensure that all children are provided with the competitive skills necessary to succeed in the 21st Century global economy as well as build a public dialog to underscore the importance of play in fostering lifelong achievement and social, emotional and physical well being.  Play for Tomorrow is committed to working towards affecting policy and education delivery and overcoming the disconnect between what we know and about learning and how we are teaching.  The organization’s mission is to change attitudes, beliefs and practices about playful learning among families, educators, childcare providers, pediatricians and policymakers.

How you play is who you become.  To learn more about the Ultimate Block Party and Play for Tomorrow, visit www.UltimateBlockParty.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – Ultimate Block Party

Goddard Parent Newsletter – Ultimate Block Party

 

Save the Play Date!

Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School®, has been chosen as the exclusive preschool sponsor of Play for Tomorrow’s Ultimate Block Party: The Arts and Sciences of Play, a powerful new global movement designed to recognize and celebrate the power of play for learning. This first-of-its-kind event is taking place Sunday, October 3, in the Naumburg Bandshell area of New York City’s Central Park and will feature an amazing day of play for families and children, designed to bring playful learning back to the forefront.

Join GSI at the Ultimate Block Party in our Let’s Play Cafe. Children will enjoy manipulating playdough, shopping at a pretend farmer’s market and participating in a series of other engaging pretend restaurant activities, where they will learn counting, nutrition, sorting and other important lessons through play.

Mini Block Parties

On October 1, the Friday before the Ultimate Block Party takes place, Goddard Schools across the country will preview Mini Block Parties.

Open to the public, the Mini Block Parties will enable families to participate in a number of hands-on, fun-filled activities that demonstrate the power of play for helping children learn the skills they need for life. Schools will either host a broad variety of playful learning activities, such as reading, obstacle courses, oversize games, “dress up” and art projects, and/or focus on a specially-designed Simon Says game, during which educators will lead children in movements that teach important lessons. This unique synchronized event, which clearly illustrates the power of play in learning, will take place at 10:00 a.m. (local time), in Schools across the country. Each Simon Says game will culminate in the singing of The Goddard School Play Along Song.

The Power of Play

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

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

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

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

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

Do you and your family believe in the power of play? If so, click here to take our Play Pledge!

For more information about Mini 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.

To learn more about the Ultimate Block Party and Play for Tomorrow, visit www.UltimateBlockParty.com.

News Items

Mini Block Party
October 1, 2010
9:30am to 12:00pm

Optional PM snack of Ice Cream
October 8, 2010
3:30pm

Silly Hair Day
October 12, 2010
All Day

Pajama Day
October 19, 2010
All Day

Fall Festival
October 29, 2010
9:30am to 12:00pm

Contact Us

367 Commonwealth Road
Wayland, MA 01778
www.goddardschool.com
508-655-2200
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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – July 2010

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     July 2010

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

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

Preparing for Summer Fun

Are you planning a summer vacation with your children? Young children are natural explorers and typically adore adventures. But they love them even more when they have been prepared for new experiences. Better-prepared kids are kids who cope better. Here are some suggestions to prepare your children – to get the most educationally and emotionally out of your adventures.

  • Talk about where you are going and why.
  • Discuss how long you will be there and a few things they can expect.
  • Ask them what they think they will see or want to do.
  • Suggest some “I Spy” targets to look for on your way to your destination. This makes them better travelers and learners.
  • Wrap-up the experience on the way home by discussing the surprises and the discoveries.

When you do this right, it feels like a shared family adventure in which everyone’s experience matters and contributes to its success. It also helps parents feel less like travel agents or teachers, and more like moms and dads who know what their children need. Enjoy first – learn second – remember always.

FAMILY PICNIC TIME

Introduce your children to the wonders of a picnic…grab the picnic basket and a blanket. But food is still the most important picnic ingredient:

What to pack: (Always consider age-appropriateness!)

  • Easy-to-transport veggies: baby carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers
  • Bottled water or sippy cups with water
  • Trail mix: Make your own. Include nuts, raisins, pretzels, dried fruit, and coconut.
  • Fresh fruit: Slice it or cube it and put it in small individual containers.
  • Pre-sliced cheese and whole-grain crackers.
  • Pre-cut sandwiches: Peanut butter and banana or cream cheese and cucumber on whole grain bread.
  • Plastic utensils.

Picnics are a great family outing, and can become a treasured family memory. Plan your picnic according to your family dynamics to ensure a pleasant experience.

  • Does your toddler need a nap at two? Then make it a brunch picnic so you are home in time.
  • Does your preschooler need high-energy activity before sitting down to a yummy lunch? Bring a Frisbee, a few balls, and maybe a kite – play first, and eat later.

News Items

Rainforest Reptile Show
July 20, 2010
10am

Dance Demonstration
July 22, 2010
10am

Pajama Day
July 23, 2010
All Day

Teddy Bear Picnic
July 28, 2010
12pm

Mr. Magic Head
July 29, 2010
10am

Contact Us

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Wayland, MA 01778
www.goddardschool.com
508-655-2200
email: waylandma@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – June 2010

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     June 2010

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

Encourage curiosity and understand that repetition is a good thing for him, boring though it might be for you. The neurological basis for the insistence on the familiar lies in the fact that when synaptic connections are repeatedly activated by the same stimulation, they become immune from elimination during the brain’s pruning process. They survive to become permanent neural connections that enhance learning. So go ahead and do what your child likes – over and over. This is a good rut to be in.

Healthy Vibes: Fruits & Vegetables

If your child seems uninterested in sampling fruits and vegetables, consider your presentation. Children love to DIP!

  • Cut fruit into bite-size pieces and provide a healthy side dip like nonfat or low fat vanilla yogurt.
  • Veggies cut into easy to manage pieces with a side of nonfat or low fat sour cream or plain yogurt are yummy, too!

Children also love dessert! For a healthy and delicious dessert try this unique fruit salad, it will have your child’s taste buds watering! Remember: Meal preparation presents a wonderful opportunity to model good food choices as well as providing quality time with your child.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 papaya, cubed
  • 1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled and cubed
  • 2 kiwi, peeled and cubed
  • 1 teaspoon of minced fresh ginger
  • 2 tablespoons of orange juice

Directions:

Mix all of the fruit in a large bowl. Crush the ginger into the orange juice, and then sprinkle the fruit with the orange juice mixture.

Goddard Schools Launch Goddard Gets Gardening Program

Gardening has the ability to teach children patience and responsibility, healthy eating, environmental awareness and, most importantly, builds self-esteem. The Goddard Gets Gardening initiative introduces children, at an early age, to the excitement of gardening and provides an enriching and educational hands-on opportunity.

Each Goddard School will develop a unique gardening experience, from sensory gardens that teach children about the five senses to indoor gardens that demonstrate how easy it is to grow food inside. Whether children live on a farm, in the suburbs, or even in the city, the Goddard Gets Gardening program will encourage children to learn about sustainability, food preparation, plant identification, healthy eating and more.

News Items

Sports Day!
June 2, 2010
All Day

Graduation Day!
June 4, 2010
3:30pm to 5pm

Wear Your Favorite Color Day!
June 10, 2010
All Day

Pajama Day!
June 15, 2010
All Day

Shade Day!
June 21, 2010
All Day

Contact Us

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email: waylandma@goddardschools.com

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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

Bring in your Favorite Stuffed Animal Day!
May 12, 2010
All Day

Pajama Day!
May 17, 2010
All Day

Fire Truck Visit
May 26, 2010
10am

Red, White, and Blue Day!
May 27, 2010
All Day

Contact Us

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Wayland, MA 01778
www.goddardschool.com
508-655-2200
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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

Red Sox Day
Monday, April 5th
All Day
Summer Camp Extravaganza Week Long Open House
April 12th to April 16th
7am to 6pm
Wear Spring Colors for Earth Day
Thursday, April 22nd
All Day
Pajama Day
Tuesday, April 27th
All Day

 

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Wayland, MA 01760
www.goddardschool.com
508-655-2200
email: waylandma@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Forty Thousand Children "Stepped Up" for the Environment

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Contact: 
Reem Hassani & Amal Akrawi
The Goddard School® located in Wayland
508-655-2200
waylandma@goddardschools.com

Forty Thousand Children “Stepped Up” for the Environment

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) 3/26/2010 – On Friday, March 26, more than 100 children from The Goddard School located in Wayland turned off the lights and stepped up for the environment. As part of World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2010, students participated in a number of engaging activities to spread the message that by working together, each one of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. More than 40,000 Goddard children across the country joined in.

Throughout the week, children and teachers participated 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 Pre-K 2 classroom “The Terrific Turtles” used recyclable materials to create clothing for a Fashion Show.

“We think this was a great way for children to learn, in a hands-on manner, the importance of saving energy and the environment,” said Reem Hassani, owner of The Goddard School located in Wayland. “Our students were able to involve both their families and the community to create awareness about this important global call to action.”

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.

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Annie (left), Jackie (middle), and Natalie (right) posing in their hand made recyclable outfits.
Miss Brooke and The Terrific Turtles dancing in their recyclable material clothing.
Ally posing in her newspaper skirt accompanied with her saran wrap hair piece.
The Terrific Turtle class showing off their hand made recyclable clothing.
Jan Tiger, Director of The Goddard School, posing with Albane (far left), Katie (left), and Ally (right) after the recyclable material Fashion Show.

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

 

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Contact: 
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The Goddard School® located in Wayland
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waylandma@goddardschools.com

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

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) March 8, 2010 — The Goddard School located in Wayland 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 Wayland, 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 Wayland 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 Reem Hassani and Amal Akrawi, owner of The Goddard School, located in Wayland. “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 Wayland 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 Wayland will celebrate Earth Hour with the Stepping Up for the Environment event. The School will display child made “carbon footprints,” 3-D Recyclable Art Sculptures, and hold a Newspaper Fashion Show.   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.

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Noah Lago, from the Preschool Cheerful Chickadees class making “Carbon Prints” while learning about ways to help preseve our environment.
Noah Lago from the Preschool Cheerful Chickadees class and the “Carbon Prints” Earth Hour project.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – February 2010

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

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

“Discipline is such a versatile word. It can mean behavior or an academic category (the “discipline” of law or divinity). Its oldest meaning, however, is traced back to the word for “teach,” and boy, is that a good thing to remember whenever you are concerned about setting limits on your little one’s behavior. Because above all, you are teaching her by your behavior how she should eventually handle hers.”

First-Time Sleepovers

There comes a day when your child will ask to sleep over at a friend’s house for the very first time. Whether because of homesickness or fear of bedwetting, sleepovers can turn into a nerve-wracking experience for children. As parents, how can you prepare for your child’s first sleepover? And what should you expect?

Here are a few helpful tips to guide you and your children through the first sleepover experience:

  • Begin in a comfortable setting. Spending the night away for the first time in a strange environment with lots of other kids can be scary. Try arranging a sleepover with a favorite cousin in a familiar environment. This makes the event less intimating than going to a slumber party with several other children.
  • Send a comfort item from home. Make sure your child packs a favorite pillow, blanket or stuffed animal – any item that brings your little one comfort. If your child is feeling nervous during the night, she will have something to snuggle up with.
  • Communicate with the host. Talk to the party host’s parents ahead of time. Discuss any special requests such as a nightlight or a quiet reminder at bedtime to use the bathroom.
  • Talk with your child. Once you’ve decided that your child is ready for a sleepover, have an open and positive discussion. Ask your child what he imagines the overnight adventure might be like. Answer any questions, and share tales from your own slumber parties.
  • Be prepared to “pick up.” If your child becomes homesick or scared, she may want to go home. Always be prepared to receive a call during the night.

Encouraging Good Behavior in Public

Fostering respect and manners as well as establishing expectations, limits and consequences is a good preparation strategy for any public outing. Setting examples of good public behavior is vital.

Parents should take advantage of teachable moments and be sure to reinforce the rules they have set. Children need clear expectations and consequences explained to them on a consistent basis. Prepare for positive outings by planning ahead. Parents can help to prevent bad behavior by avoiding major disruptions in their child’s normal routine and schedule. Make sure trips to the mall, market or your friend’s house do not cause children to skip a snack, meal or nap.

When your child exhibits good behavior, be sure to acknowledge it with a ‘thank you.’ Praise for a job well done goes a long way. Positive reinforcement instills pride and motivates children to make good behavior a habit. Resorting to bribes teaches children to value material rewards over intrinsic satisfaction. Your encouragement and praise will more often be incentive enough and build your child’s self confidence. Applied on a daily basis, these lessons can help your little one develop into a much friendlier companion, guest and citizen at home as well as in public.

News Items

Caring Coins to Help Haiti
January 25th to February 26th
All Day
Coin receptacle in the foyer
Visit from Firefighters!
February 8th
10am
Wicked Good Cookies 2nd Annual Open House
February 10th
10am to 1pm
Preschool Discovery Day
February 20th
12pm to 2pm
Visit from the Dentist!
February 24th
10:30am

 

Contact Us

367 Commonwealth Road
Wayland, MA 01778
www.goddardschool.com
508-655-2200
email: waylandma@goddardschools.com

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – December

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

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

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

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

Community Service

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

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

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

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

HEALTHY CHILDREN

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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12/15/09
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12/22/09
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1/11/10 to 1/15/10
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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Wayland Participated in Cradles to Crayons Baby Shower

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The Goddard School® located in Wayland Participated in Cradles to Crayons Baby Shower

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) June 23, 2009 — The Goddard School located at 367 Commonwealth Rd. in Wayland was the host to Cradles to Crayons Baby Shower on June 20, 2009 from 9AM to 12PM.


The Goddard School located in Wayland opened in September 2008 and is owned and operated by Reem Hassani and Amal Akrawi.  The school accommodates 134, ages six weeks to 6 years. 


Cradles to Crayons provides, free of charge, low-income and homeless children the basic essentials they need to be safe warm, ready to learn and valued. People in the community were able to bring new and gently used baby items to our Goddard School location in Wayland to donate for this wonderful cause.


“We were all delighted to to contribute our location and resources ,” says Hassani and Akrawi.  “The teachers and children were anticipating a lot of fun and a great learning experience.”


The Goddard School offers a program that focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Goddard provides children with a nurturing environment and a curriculum that encourages learning through play. Families have the convenience of extended hours from 7:00AM-6:00PM, 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 Reem or Amal directly to arrange a personal appointment at 508-655-2200.


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


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


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Owner Reem Hassani on the left with Heather Kempskie the editor of P&K Magazine.


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In The News: The Goddard School® Located in Wayland Participated in Earth HourMore than 40,000 Children ’Stepped Up’ for the Environment

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The Goddard School® located in Wayland
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The Goddard School® Located in Wayland Participated in Earth Hour
More than 40,000 Children ’Stepped Up’ for the Environment

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) 3/30/09 — On Friday, March 27th, more than 50 children from the Goddard School located in Wayland turned off the lights and stepped up for the environment. As part of World Wildlife Fund’s Earth Hour 2009, students participated in a number of engaging activities to spread the message that by working together, each one of them can make a positive impact toward a sustainable future. More than 40,000 Goddard children across the country joined the initiative.


Throughout the week, children and teachers participated 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. On Friday each classroom presented a special banner to Barbara Howell, the Conservation Commissioner for The Town of Wayland.


“We think this was a great way for children to learn, in a hands-on manner, the importance of saving energy and the environment,” said Reem Hassani and Amal Akrawi, owner of The Goddard School located in Wayland. “Our students were able to involve both their families and the community to create awareness about this important global call to action.”


To learn more about The Goddard School located in Wayland and its commitment to the environment, parents are encouraged to call The Goddard School located in Wayland directly to arrange a personal appointment at 508-655-2200 or visit www.goddardschool.com.


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


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


About World Wildlife Fund and Earth Hour
Earth Hour (www.EarthHourUs.org) is a global initiative of WWF in which millions of people around the world will cast a vote in favor of action on climate change by turning off their lights for one hour on March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. local time.  By voting with their light switches, Earth Hour participants will send a powerful, visual message to their leaders demanding immediate action on climate change.  WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century.  With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, stop the degradation of the environment and combat climate changes. Visit www.worldwildlife.org to learn more.


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Dazzling Deer Pre-K classroom presents their banner to Barbara Howell, the Conservationh Commissioner for The Town of Wayland.
Conservation Commissioner for The Town of Wayland Barbara Howell with the Terrific Turtles PreK-2 class.
Bouncing Bunnies Toddler Class with Barbara Howell The Town of Wayland Conservation Commissioner
Lively Ladybugs First Steps Class and Barbara Howell the Conservation Commissioner from the Town of Wayland.


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In The News: The Goddard School® Located in Wayland Joins Earth Hour and Kicks Off "Stepping Up for the Environment"

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The Goddard School® located in Wayland
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The Goddard School® Located in Wayland Joins Earth Hour and Kicks Off “Stepping Up for the Environment”

Wayland, MA (Grassroots Newswire) 3/20/09– The Goddard School located in Wayland is proud to announce it has joined World Wildlife Fund’s 2009 Earth Hour. A global call to action on climate change, during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 p.m., hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour in a vote for action on the climate crisis.


The Goddard School located in Wayland will join 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 Wayland will launch an entire week of activities and lesson plans beginning March 23rd leading up to a big celebration for the Stepping Up for the Environment event on March 27th 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 Reem Hassani and Amal Akrawi, owner of The Goddard School located in Wayland. “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. To help provide content to schools and children, World Wildlife Fund has created a Web site, www.EarthHourKids.org, which features lesson-plans, games and songs for children that parents can download. There is also a section which features letter templates for parents to email their state and federal representatives.


In preparation for Earth Hour, The Goddard School located in Wayland has planned a number of engaging learning activities including art projects, science lessons and even special snacks! Classes will nominate an official “Lightening 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 27th, The Goddard School located in Wayland will celebrate Earth Hour with the Stepping Up for the Environment event. The school will create a large banner and students will decorate it with handprints and footprints, leaving their own little “carbon footprint.” At 10 a.m., the school will turn off decorative lighting for one hour to symbolize the importance of saving energy.


To learn more about The Goddard School located in Wayland and its commitment to the environment, parents are encouraged to call Reem Hassani and Amal Akrawi directly to arrange a personal appointment at 508-655-2200 or visit www.goddardschool.com. 


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


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



About World Wildlife Fund and Earth Hour
Earth Hour (www.EarthHourUs.org) is a global initiative of WWF in which millions of people around the world will cast a vote in favor of action on climate change by turning off their lights for one hour on March 28, 2009 at 8:30 p.m. local time.  By voting with their light switches, Earth Hour participants will send a powerful, visual message to their leaders demanding immediate action on climate change.  WWF is the world’s leading conservation organization, working in 100 countries for nearly half a century.  With the support of almost 5 million members worldwide, WWF is dedicated to delivering science-based solutions to preserve the diversity and abundance of life on Earth, stop the degradation of the environment and combat climate changes. Visit www.worldwildlife.org to learn more.


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