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Meet the Teacher: Ms. Torey!

Our preschoolers are absolutely enamored with their fabulous teacher, Ms Torey! Coming to us from Malinta, Ohio, Ms Torey studied Mathematics at Otterbein University. Coming up on her third year with us at Goddard, get to know our fantastic preschool teacher!

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What is your favorite part about working at Goddard?

I love having the chance to work one on one with my preschoolers. It’s amazing to see what they can do and watch how intelligent they are! Their intelligence makes me so happy.

What is your favorite children’s book?

Oh! The Places You’ll Go! by Dr. Seuss.

What has been one of your favorite projects that you’ve worked on so far?

I really enjoyed making bird feeders with the kids! We shaped them with our play dough cut outs and created them them out of gelatin and birdseed. I love making crafts with my students and they really seemed to love this one!

What are some of your hobbies or ways to spend your free time? 

I like working out and staying fit! I like cooking and eating healthy as well. I also really enjoy spending time with my friends and my family.

Join Us On The Fourth!

Come join us at the Olentangy 4th of July Parade! Every year, the Polaris and Lewis Center Goddard Schools sponsor the Olentangy 4 of July Parade, Adult Freedom 4-Miler Run, Kids Firecracker Run, and Olentangy Summer Bash (at Olentangy High School on Saturday).

This year, our parade entry is a very large “Liberty Bell” float—and we are looking for families\children to join us on the float for the 1.25 mile parade.  Goddard teachers will be walking beside the float to hand out candy, and we’ll have the Goddard Bus there to aid in family transportation back to vehicles.  It’s a fun time, and the kids get to be in the center of the action!

If you are interested, please let us know! We’d love to have everyone come out to support our country and represent our school!

Cool Off This Summer With Our Water Days!

Summers in Columbus can be hot, but kids still need to play outside! That’s why each of our classrooms from Toddlers on up has a water day each week during our summer camp. Children are given the chance to run through sprinklers, dance to catchy music, and play with toys under silly sprinklers! Our classrooms will often take out sensory tables f0r children to explore with. Kids can enjoy the heat wave while staying cool in a fun way!

Cooperative free play periods, like our water day, help children to develop important social skills while playing with friends and solving problems. Additionally, sensory and gross motor development are encouraged through water play and help children figure out how to move their bodies safely.

Do your children love water day as much as we do? Stop by in the office to let us know! We love hearing from our families!

Check Out Our New Digs!

You may have noticed some interesting happenings around our playground! Perfectly timed for our construction biweekly theme, we had a construction crew in to help us out with a fantastic playground expansion project! The team constructed a new sidewalk for our Kindergarteners and Preschoolers to help them get to the playground. In addition, the paved area around our basketball court has been expanded to allow for a greater play area during the muddier seasons! Our old playhouse has also been torn down to make room for more green area for our students to run and explore!

Our basketball court now hosts a three point line, a hopscotch court, and a four square grid. The kids are really enjoying getting the chance to play new games. Additionally, we have a brand new life size chess set! The grid is the perfect size for kids to be able to be the chess pieces and play with each other. We teach the Chess at Three curriculum to all of our older children, so we are well versed in the game! We’re eager to get out and play.

There is no greater joy than watching a group of children run onto a brand new playground for the first time! The kids’ reviews are in and the playground is a hit! Stop in and let us know what you think of our new digs!

Construction Zone Wrap Up!

Our first biweekly theme of our summer camp spectacular was “Construction Zone”. Our students had an absolute blast learning about construction and civil engineering! Our Kindergarteners constructed mazes and learned about different types of construction vehicles through play. They also enjoyed writing and creating stories around construction. Our Pre-K students created paintings using toy construction vehicles and had a blast showing them off. ‘

We also welcomed the first of our visitors to our classrooms! We particularly enjoyed Tony the Architect coming in to teach our students about Architecture! The students loved learning about how buildings around them are made and what exactly architects do. Mr. Nick’s music show was also a smash hit with the kiddos. He taught the students about how music can “build” and grow with construction themed music pieces. Our summer of fun is just heating up!

Summer Camp Fun!

It’s almost that time of year! We are gearing up for our STEAM-tastic summer camp program! Our program, which features new and exciting biweekly themes, is just getting ready to start heating up. Children of all ages will be able to explore, learn, and grow through our summer program. Our first biweekly theme, “Construction Zone”, begins June 3rd! Come join us as children create blueprints, build creations, and learn about civil engineering!

 

We will also be welcoming visitors into our classrooms throughout the summer! These in-house field trips will feature some fantastic educational experiences. From interactions with the Columbus Zoo to a Coding Academy, our summer camp is sure to add some excitement to hazy summer days. Stop by for a visit or a tour to learn more about our summer program!

Kindergarten Graduation Wrap Up!

It’s the end of the year and graduation is here! Our Kindergarteners have made it to Graduation Day and they had an absolutely fantastic time. Ms Meredith’s class had been practicing their graduation ceremony for weeks and the time finally come for their big day. Our soon-to-be First Graders donned their (adorable) caps and gowns and paraded down the aisle to “Pomp and Circumstance” in front of a packed house of proud family members. After Ms. Meredith’s opening speech and recap of the class’ fantastic year, Mr. Nick led the class in a rousing rendition of “Thank You, Everyone!”. A very proud Ms. Meredith presented her class with their diplomas, officially completing their Kindergarten year!

 

After the ceremony, parents and children alike enjoyed some delicious cake and ice cream to celebrate their accomplishments. Everyone had a blast talking and commemorating the year together. We are so proud of all the hard work our Kindergarteners have done! Thank you to everyone for coming out to celebrate!

Planting Great Seeds!

Spring has officially sprung here at Goddard and we are celebrating by getting into our gardens! We love encouraging our students to get messy and explore nature. Together, we’ve been doing some amazing things this spring.

Our younger classrooms have large lovely garden boxes that allow the toddlers to get their hands dirty and explore their natural surroundings. We’ve grown tomatoes, black beans , and herbs in our garden boxes. After everything has grown, children have helped to make their own salsa! The children enjoy eating what they’ve grown together, providing our young learners with valuable lessons about where their food comes from.

Our older classrooms have been doing some great work as well! Our Pre-K and preschoolers have been growing flowers outside in garden pots and our Kindergarteners have been growing tomatoes together. The older children have been learning about plant life cycles and observing their plants grow!

We love exploring our natural world together! What do you do to get outside with your children?

Playing Around with Environmental Print

Before children are ready to start learning how to sound out words and memorize sight words, they are already reading environmental print around them. Environmental print can be classified as any written text that a child might typically interact with in their environment, such as a stop sign or even the Kroger logo. Before students are recognizing the letter “K” in Kroger, they could probably tell you that the sign says Kroger. Children are intelligent and can pick up on environmental print at an early age.

So what does this mean for your early learner? Try to encourage them to read environmental print around them! Heading out for a quick dinner at Subway or McDonald’s? Encourage your child to “read” the name of the sign! Reading environmental print encourages early literacy practices and helps young children gain the confidence they need to begin reading. You can also try some fun environmental print games at home!

Environmental Print Match Game: Cut out some of the names from the boxes of familiar foods you might have around the house (Chex cereal, Hershey’s chocolate, Chewy granola bars, etc) and tape them to cardstock, with two of every name. Flip them over and create a fun environmental print match game for your child! Try to get two of the same name!

Environmental Print Puzzles: Cut out a cereal box into a puzzle for your young learner! Working on the puzzle encourages literacy development and can help them become familiar with text conventions

Environmental Print Book: Use boxes and bags to tell a story! Have your child create a “book” called “My Lunch” using environmental print. Each page of the story can start out with “I ate…”, with the child gluing on the logo beneath. The child can then read you their story when they’re done!
These activities are designed for preschool through Pre-K students to help improve confidence and give them agency in their own learning. If you have any questions about how to environmental print at home, feel free to come talk with Ms Meredith in Kindergarten or the Pre-K and preschool teachers!

Celebrate Our Planet This Week!

This Monday was Earth Day! Celebrate by getting outside and enjoying nature together. Follow some of these suggestions for a great day outside!

  • Take a nature hike outside: Here in Westerville, we’re fortunate enough to have some fantastic hiking spots within a quick drive of our school. The Westerville Sports Complex, just down the road, offers a mile-long trail around soccer fields if you’re looking for a paved path. For a longer hike, Sharon Woods Metropark offers hiking trails that wind through a beautiful park centered around a small lake. It’s also a great place to take a picnic!
  • Volunteer with RecyColumbus: Recycling helps keep our planet green and our oceans clear. You can organize an event in your neighborhood with your children to help promote and educate about recycling.
  • Have a “lights out” day at home: Talk with your children about saving electricity and have a fun day together with the lights out! Read books together by candlelight, roast marshmallows, and sing songs! Enjoy a day unplugged while helping our earth.
  • Plant a tree: What better way to beautify your neighborhood than by planting a tree? Talk with your young child about the benefits of trees and why they are important. Live in an apartment? Some species of trees can grow very well inside! You can tend to the trees together as a family and watch it grow with your child.

In The News: The Lewis Center Business Association Opens Nominations for the Olentangy 4th of July Celebration Parade Grand Marshal

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Ryan Rivers, President
Lewis Center Business Association
(614) 519-1556
President@LewisCenterBA.com
http://www.LewisCenterBa.com 

The Lewis Center Business Association Opens Nominations for the Olentangy 4th of July Celebration Parade Grand Marshal

Lewis Center, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) 4/24/2014 — The Lewis Center Business Association is seeking nominations of individuals who have made significant contributions to the quality of life in the Lewis Center / Orange Township area to serve as grand marshals of the Olentangy Fourth of July Celebration Parade.

The nominee’s contributions could be in the areas of civic and/or social services, humanitarianism, or through personal achievements such as athletics or the arts. Nominees may be current or long-time past residents of Lewis Center or Orange Township. Each nominee must be willing and available to serve as grand marshal, including leading the parade. Persons previously nominated, but not selected, may be nominated again.

The nomination deadline to nominate an Olentangy Fourth of July Parade Grand Marshal is May 30. Forms are available at http://www.lewiscenterba.com/events or by emailing info@lewiscenterba.com.

The Olentangy Fourth of July Celebration Parade will be held at 10:00AM on Friday, July 4th. For further information regarding the Olentangy Fourth of July Celebration visit the Lewis Center Business Association website at lewiscenterba.com/events.

About The Lewis Center Business Association
The Lewis Center Business Association (LCBA) helps its members prosper through networking, education and development programs and opportunities to accomplish what one cannot do alone. LCBA represents its members on community issues and also works to enhance Lewis Center’s economic climate, quality of life, and hometown identity. Its membership includes business and non – profit organizations who volunteer their time and knowledge.  We proudly represent businesses from Orange Township, Lewis Center, Southern Delaware County and the Polaris area.

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In The News: The Goddard School® located in Westerville Participates in Movers for Moms®

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact:
Steve Powell
The Goddard School® located in Westerville 
(614) 882-0111
westerville1oh@goddardschools.com

The Goddard School® located in Westerville Participates in Movers for Moms®

Westerville, OH (Grassroots Newswire) March 6, 2014 — The Goddard School located at 8750 Olde Worthington Road in Westerville will be the host to Movers for Moms® on March 17th through May 9th.

The Goddard School located in Westerville opened in September 1999 and is owned and operated by Steve Powell.  The school accommodates 147 Children, ages six weeks to 7 years.

We are looking for your help to collect household items for mothers in need in our area.  What a better way to get an early start on spring cleaning while giving back to the community at the same time! Movers for Moms® is a way for The Goddard School® in cooperation with Two Men and a Truck® to appreciate the efforts of mothers everywhere and support their current circumstances. Donation boxes will be set up at our school starting March 17th through May 9th.  Any donation made to Movers for Moms® helps mothers in need create a better life for themselves and their families.

Household items include:

                ·  Robes                                                 ·  Hair Care Products
                ·  Fragrances                                          ·  Gel, Hair Spray
                ·  Basic Care Items                                 ·  Styling Products
                ·  Shampoo / Conditioner                        ·  Face Wash
                ·  Soap / Body Wash                              ·  Toothbrush / Toothpaste
                ·  Towels / Sheets

 “We are delighted to support mothers in need in our community,” says Powell.  “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 School Hour, 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 Steve Powell directly to arrange a personal appointment at (614)882-0111.  

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 Westerville, Ohio Launches TEACH. PLAY. LEARN. Campaign to Inspire Young Minds for the 21st Century

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Contact:
Kim Le/Deanna Ashikyan
kle@konnect-pr.com
dashikyan@konnect-pr.com
www.konnect-pr.com

The Goddard School Located in Westerville, Ohio 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

Westerville, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) January 27, 2014 — The Goddard School® located in Westerville, Ohio, 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:  February 3rd – 7th at 9:00 am – 6:00 pm

WHERE: The Goddard School located in Westerville, Ohio
                 8750 Olde Worthington Rd, Westerville,, OH 43082
                 (614) 882-0111

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 Westerville, Ohio 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 Steve Powell, on-site owner of The Goddard School located in Westerville, Ohio. “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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – February 2013

   February 2013  

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

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

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

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

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

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

Choosing a Summer Program

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

Tips for Choosing a Summer Program

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

Waffle Snacks

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

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

News Items

25th Birthday Party!
Goddard Open House
Saturday, February 9th
10:00 am – 12:00 pm

Valentines Day Exchange
See Your Teachers for More Info!
Thursday, February 14th
GS 1 & 2, PS, PreK 1 &2, KTG

~ Valentines Day Weekend ~
Parents Night Out
Saturday, February 16th
6:00 pm – 10:00 pm

President’s Day
* SCHOOL CLOSED *
for Teacher In-Service Day
Monday, February 18th

$250 Credit for Referrals!!!
Don’t forget, we love it when
you say great things about us
and we show it! We’ll give you
a $250 credit off your tuition!

Contact Us
8750 Olde Worthington Road
Westerville, Ohio 43082
www.goddardschool.com
(614) 882-0111
email: Westerville1OH@goddardschools.com

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

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – December 2012

December 2012  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Soapy Snowball Fun

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

Materials

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

Directions

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

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

News Items

Pre-K 2 Children’s Concert
Tuesday, December 18th
4:00 PM

Pre-K 1 Children’s Concert
Wednesday, December 19th
3:30 PM

Parent’s Night Out
Saturday, December 22nd
6:00 PM – 10:00 PM

Pre-K 2 & Preschool Party
Wednesday, December 19th
Pre-K1 Holiday Party
Thursday, December 20th

Toddler, Get Set
& Kindergarten Holiday Party
Friday, December 21st

Contact Us

8750 Olde Worthington Rd
Westerville, Ohio 43082
www.goddardschool.com
facebook.com/goddardwesterville
email: westerville1oh@goddardschool.com

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

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2012

November 2012  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Helpers

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

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

News Items

Photo Days!
Monday, November 12th
Tuesday, November 13th
7:00am – Noon

Parents Night Out!
Saturday, November 10th
6:00pm – 10:00pm

Parents Night Out!
Saturday, November 17th
6:00pm – 10:00pm

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

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2012

November 2012  

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Holiday Helpers

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

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

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

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – August 2011

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     August 2011

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

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

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

We Like to Move It!

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

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

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

Make “MyPlate” Yours

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

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

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

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

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2011

A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     March 2011

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

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

Gardening with Children

Teaching your child how to garden is a fun, hands-on learning experience that’s patience, imagination and environmental awareness. The best part about learning to garden is that it’s something your family can enjoy together, indoors or out!

Before you begin, talk with your child about the whole gardening process to peak their interest and help them become excited about the experience. You could also pick up a children’s book about gardening or visit a children’s gardening Web site.

When you’re ready to start, gather a few supplies and child-appropriate tools-soil, seed cups, watering cans, etc. Take a trip to the garden center together to pick out your supplies and seeds or seedlings for planting. Some great plants for children to start their gardening experience with include sunflowers, snow peas, cherry tomatoes and strawberries. Read seed packets and plant tags-anything with easy care and a short growing season are perfect for little ones to plant! Be sure to acknowledge that some non-edible plants can be poisonous. Check the National Capital Poison Center Web Site for a list of some poisonous plants and always supervise your child while gardening.

Now that it’s time to plant, choose your location. If you have a large garden, section off an area or, if you don’t, use an old sandbox filled with soil as your child’s own special garden. Encourage your child to care for their plants throughout the entire process-from seed, to seedling, to mature plant, to harvest. How exciting it will be when the whole family is enjoying the fruits and vegetables they raised all on their own!

How Does Your Garden Grow?

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

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

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

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

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

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In The News: The Goddard School® Located on Olde Worthington Road in Westerville Earns Top HonorColumbus Schools receive Consumers’ Choice Award for the Sixth Year in a Row

 

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Contact: 
Stan Powell
School Owner
The Goddard School
(614) 882-0111
Westerville1OH@goddardschools.com
The Goddard School® Located on Olde Worthington Road in Westerville Earns Top Honor

Columbus Schools receive Consumers’ Choice Award for the Sixth Year in a Row

Westerville, OH (Grassroots Newswire) 12/17/09 — The Goddard School located at 8750 Olde Worthington Road in Westerville has recently earned the Consumers’ Choice Award™ (CCA). The consumer-driven award was established in 1986 to identify and promote business excellence.

Each year the CCA commissions a survey in which consumers are asked to identify their preferred businesses. The criteria considered include value, professionalism and service. Award recipients represent a wide variety of businesses who are product and service providers to the business community and the general public. The recipients of the CCA include local, national and international businesses.

“We’re proud to earn this award of excellence from CCA and be recognized for our commitment to reach the highest professional standards for the sixth year in a row,” said Stan Powell, owner of The Goddard School located at 8750 Olde Worthington Road in Westerville. “Receiving the CCA demonstrates to our community that children in our program receive the best possible care and early learning experiences. Our management and faculty have earned this achievement by performing their very best every day.”

“Parents look to The Goddard School for quality childcare and receiving the CCA recognition is a third-party testimonial that supports our philosophy, Goddard FLEX Learning Program™ and attention to the health and well-being of the children in our care,” says Sue Adair, director of education and quality assurance at Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School.

The Goddard School located on Olde Worthington Road opened in September of 1999. The school accommodates 128 children, ages from six weeks to six-years-old. Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Stan directly at (614) 882-0111 to arrange a personal appointment.

 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

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

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In The News: The Goddard School® Located on Olde Worthington Road in Westerville Earns Top HonorColumbus Schools receive Consumers’ Choice Award for the Fifth Year in a Row

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Contact: 
Stan Powell
School Owner
The Goddard School
(614) 882-0111
Westerville1OH@goddardschools.com
The Goddard School® Located on Olde Worthington Road in Westerville Earns Top Honor

Columbus Schools receive Consumers’ Choice Award for the Fifth Year in a Row

Westerville, OH (Grassroots Newswire) 12/7/09 — The Goddard School located at 8750 Olde Worthington Road in Westerville has recently earned the Consumers’ Choice Award™ (CCA). The consumer-driven award was established in 1986 to identify and promote business excellence.

Each year the CCA commissions a survey in which consumers are asked to identify their preferred businesses. The criteria considered include value, professionalism and service. Award recipients represent a wide variety of businesses who are product and service providers to the business community and the general public. The recipients of the CCA include local, national and international businesses.

“We’re proud to earn this award of excellence from CCA and be recognized for our commitment to reach the highest professional standards for the fifth year in a row,” said Stan Powell, owner of The Goddard School located at 8750 Olde Worthington Road in Westerville. “Receiving the CCA demonstrates to our community that children in our program receive the best possible care and early learning experiences. Our management and faculty have earned this achievement by performing their very best every day.”

“Parents look to The Goddard School for quality childcare and receiving the CCA recognition is a third-party testimonial that supports our philosophy, Goddard FLEX Learning Program™ and attention to the health and well-being of the children in our care,” says Sue Adair, director of education and quality assurance at Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School.

The Goddard School located on Olde Worthington Road opened in September of 1999. The school accommodates 128 children, ages from six weeks to six-years-old. Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Stan directly at (614) 882-0111 to arrange a personal appointment. 

About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

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

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    Documents and/or Photos available for this release:

The Goddard School located on Olde Worthington Road in Westerville received the Consumers’ Choice Award for the fifth year in a row!

To view supporting documents and/or photos, go to www.enr-corp.com/pressroom and enter Release ID: 233366