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Archive for January, 2013

The Goddard School® Celebrates 25 Years of Learning through Play

Goddard Schools across the nation work to raise $250,000 for Ronald McDonald House Charities

To celebrate 25 years of service to  communities nationwide as leaders in early childhood education, The Goddard School is kicking off their 25th anniversary festivities with a special fundraising campaign to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities® (RMHC®).

To commemorate this milestone year for The Goddard School, Goddard Schools nationwide are joining in the celebration and fundraising efforts, with the hopes of helping reach a national goal of $250,000.

To reach each school’s individual goal of $577, Goddard Schools will be fundraising until February 15. The majority of the money raised locally will stay in each school’s local community. The nearly 400 Goddard Schools nationwide will be fundraising to support children and families served by their local RMHC Chapters.

“At The Goddard School, even the youngest children learn about compassion and cooperation. This partnership with RMHC provides a fantastic opportunity for children to learn about good deeds and what it means to support those in need,” said Sue Adair, Director of Education at GSI. “The fundraising efforts for RMHC allow the children to learn firsthand the importance of helping other families in their communities and across the country.”

In addition to each school’s fundraising efforts, the children will be creating birthday cards to support children served by their local RMHC Chapter. The birthday cards will be distributed throughout the year by RMHC directors to pediatric patients or family members celebrating birthdays during their, or a loved one’s, hospital stay. For every card that Goddard Schools collect, Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School, will donate $1 to RMHC (up to $25,000).

“We are grateful for the support we receive from The Goddard School. By raising awareness and funds for RMHC, together, we are able to help provide hope, healing, resources and strength to families who are facing the battle of their child’s medical crisis,” said Marty Coyne, president and CEO, RMHC.

To learn more The Goddard School, parents are encouraged to call 1-800-GODDARD or visit online at GoddardSchool.com.

The Goddard School Celebrates 25 Years by Giving Back

Beginning on January 15, Goddard Schools nationwide will participate in fundraising efforts to support Ronald McDonald House Charities. As 2013 marks The Goddard School’s 25th anniversary, the goal is to make a total donation of $250,000 to RMHC from all Goddard Schools and Goddard Systems, Inc.

For 25 years, The Goddard School has been committed to nurturing children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. We are excited to kick off our anniversary year by reinforcing this commitment and giving back to the communities that make our work possible.

At The Goddard School, children are taught about compassion and cooperation. To kick off our milestone year, we’re partnering with RMHC and providing a fantastic opportunity for children to further learn about good deeds and what it means to support those in need. The fundraising efforts for RMHC will allow children to learn firsthand the importance of helping other families in our community and across the country.

In order to reach our School’s individual goal, we are fundraising until February 15, 2013. What’s great is that the majority of the money we raise will stay in our local community.

In addition to our fundraising efforts, we will be creating birthday cards to support our local RMHC chapter. The birthday cards will be distributed throughout the year by RMHC directors to pediatric patients who celebrate a birthday during a hospital stay or family members who celebrate a birthday during a loved one’s hospital stay. For every birthday card we create, Goddard Systems, Inc. will donate $1 to RMHC, up to $25,000. Help us reach our goal by stopping in to create a very special card and brighten a child’s day!

Happy Birthday to The Goddard School!

The Goddard School brand is celebrating our 25th anniversary—that’s 25 years of learning through play! We strive to maintain a current, contemporary and competitive look and feel in everything we present. Some updates that you may notice include a new website, really exciting reality-based television commercials, a refreshed logo and some great new tools and programs. One of these new tools is Family Connect which will provide our current families with the ability to view notifications, events, contact information and information about their children’s interactions. We think you’ll be as excited as we are!

We hope that you will join us in celebrating The Goddard School—and this milestone year of 25 years of learning through play! Be sure to save the date Saturday, February 9. We’ll celebrate in a really big way at The Goddard School Birthday Party! Bring your family, friends and neighbors for some fabulous family fun as we celebrate 25 years of learning through play.

Ask the Expert: Parents and Their Daughter’s Self-Esteem

“What can my husband and I do at home to build and reinforce our eight-year-old daughter’s confidence so she is self-assured when she is with her friends?

Family - Mom Daughter AYou can do a lot, but exact amount depends on your daughter’s personality. Who she is determines what you can and can’t do at home, so be honest about her temperament. A lot also depends on who her ‘friends’ may be at any given moment. As you know, eight-year-old girls often have transient friendships. These are practice friendships; your daughter’s main influences are still mainly you and your husband, and not her friends, for the time being.

Thanks to a recent, thoughtful NYU study of the development of female self-esteem, we see confidence increase during kindergarten, plateau between eight and ten and then decrease, thanks to many factors, including hormones and confusing media messages. As thoughtful parents, planning ahead is necessary, because low-esteem can make her more susceptible to smoking, bullying, eating troubles, drug use, depression, premature sexual experimentation and more.

Tip the playing field in her direction. Both of you should tell her regularly that she is your treasure and praise her for her abilities, strengths, courage, overall smarts and attractiveness. Self-doubt is already bouncing around in her head, and in the heads of her friends.

Limit her screen time and monitor her media and phone use. Forget being hip and use parental controls. Media literacy is no longer an elective.

Practice listening carefully to her during your conversations, whether they are held at dinner or in the car, and let her know you have heard her. Her own voice is just now gaining strength and needs regular training.

Mothers are their daughters’ model for how to be a woman, so mothers should watch their own self-esteem during this period. Lots of moms begin to feel that they need to let go of their dreams while their children build theirs. A daughter notices this. If you support your daughter’s friendships but do not make time for your own, she may choose to imitate what you do, not what you say. Similarly, she develops her attitudes towards clothes, nutrition, weight issues and relationships based both on what you say and on what you do. Try to live by the values you want her to cherish.

A daughter’s relationship with her father is a model for her relationships with men. How you treat her affects how she will expect men to treat her. Most men significantly underestimate their influence on their daughter’s self-confidence and self-regard, and often focus too much on playing a supporting role to their partners, over-stressing discipline or teasing. Spending time alone with your daughter while participating in activities she likes helps build a firm foundation that can easily withstand puberty.

For more support, I recommend a website called New Moon. It was designed by parents and their daughters for eight- to twelve-year-old girls and offers them safe and authentic conversations about the issues that matter to families with daughters. Our family liked it a lot.

Moral Behavior and Empathy

Family - Father DaughterAs with other aspects of behavior, moral behavior must be taught.  One element of such behavior is the ability to empathize with others, to put oneself in someone else’s shoes.  Obviously, empathy can help inhibit anti-social behavior.

There is some evidence that empathy is part of a child’s in-born temperament, and that some children are naturally more empathic than others.  However, research also shows that empathic parents tend to have empathic children.  So this important attribute is clearly shaped by example and teaching as well as by genes.

The ability to show children what it is to care about another’s well-being – physical and emotional – is central to teaching morality.  It is also central to their self-control and their long-term ability to form lasting relationships.

Many childhood games are valuable for teaching connectedness, turn-taking and awareness of others.  Peekaboo is a great example.