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Archive for April, 2012

Mother’s Day

Family - Mom Daughter BMother’s Day will be here next month on Sunday, May 13, 2012. This is the day children honor their mommies for all that they are and all that they do.

Before Mother’s Day, have your little one write down all the reasons she is grateful for her mommy (Dads, grandparents, significant others…you’re going to have to help out with this!). Let her have fun and get creative—she can write words that describe her, draw a picture, write a poem and make lists of the favorite places she goes with mommy and the activities they do together.

Paired with a great big hug and a kiss from her little one, mom is sure to think it’s the best Mother’s Day gift ever!

Goddard Schools Create 15,000 Postcards for A Million Thanks

Nation’s No. 1 Childcare Brand Showcases Commitment to Community and Military

Last month, children at more than 380 Goddard School locations throughout the country participated in the Goddard Community Games, a week-long celebration focused on play-based learning and friendship. As a part of the celebration, children colored, painted and decorated more than 15,000 postcards with heart-warming messages of thanks to send to the U.S. military.

“It’s the little things that make big differences,” said Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. “Through our messages, we hope to put a smile on the face of people who are or have represented our country.”

Goddard Systems, Inc., the franchisor of The Goddard School, sent the 15,000 postcards to A Million Thanks, a year-round campaign to show appreciation for U.S. Military men and women, past and present, for their sacrifices, dedication and service to our country through letters, emails, cards and prayers.

The Sugar Land, Texas location led all Goddard Schools by creating 373 postcards, followed by Grove City, Ohio at 260 and Gaithersburg, Maryland at 249.

Additionally, Goddard Systems created an online video showcasing the children’s artistic postcards. Watch the video by clicking here.

Oh, to Be a Fly on the Wall…

Art - Boy & GirlIf you want to learn something new about your preschooler, create a developmentally appropriate (and safe) play area for her—one that will be easy for you to see from a chair off to the side—and just watch. Don’t ask her questions. Don’t tell her the “right” way to play. Just let her be! And if you do, you may just get lucky enough to catch a glimpse of her magical world. A preschooler’s imagination is really an amazing thing. She may pretend to be or do anything! Pay attention and you just may learn something new.

What have you learned from your preschooler?

Give ‘Em Props: Imaginary Play

Blocks - Boy BGuide your child into imaginative play by providing a few simple and developmentally appropriate props.

  • Blocks are so simple, yet they can be used for and as so many things;
  • A cardboard box can become a car to ride in, a secret hiding place or a mountain to climb;
  • A lightweight pot, extra spatula, kitchen mitts and empty egg cartons can help your child whip up a little something special;
  • Theme- or season-related items in the dress-up box can inspire hours of creativity. Switch them out to keep it fresh and fun. Add extra hats and mittens in the winter, bunny ears and silk flowers in the spring, colorful faux leaves in the fall and a straw hat for the summer. Or, try adding an apron for “cooking,” fairy wings, a firefighter hat and a “cape” for turning your child into a superhero.

What are your child’s favorite props?

The Great Hang Up: Picking Your Child up from School

When picking up and dropping off children at preschool, make it a habit to hang up your cell phone and remove your hands-free devices before you walk into the building. Your child is worth it and deserves your attention.

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Chances are, your child has been at preschool for a few hours, maybe even all day. Make this daily reunion a meaningful one by giving your child your undivided attention, even if you only have a few minutes to spare before the chaos of dinner or another activity ensues.

Make it a point to always ask your child how his or her day was. If your child is not yet verbal, that’s okay. The point is to develop the habit and relay the sentiment.   One day, your child just may answer you.  If your child is verbal but not always talkative, get the dialogue started by asking questions.  You can ask them to tell you three good things that happened that day, something good that happened for someone else or what they might be looking forward to tomorrow.

What do you do to make sure that your daily reunion is a good one? How do you get the conversation rolling with your little one?

Imaginary Friends

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

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

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