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Archive for March, 2017

Good Sportsmanship Is a Learned Skill

Being a part of a team, whether it is a sports team or a debate team, can cause the competitive side of children to surface. There is value in talking to your child about being a good sport both in winning and in losing. Emphasize the old saying, “there is no I in team.” Explain to your child that teams work together, win together and sometimes lose together.

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Learning to display good sportsmanship both when winning and when losing is a valuable life lesson. Our natural reaction is to be excited about winning, which sometimes can result in bragging. The act of being happy without bragging to others is an important skill. Our natural reaction to losing is to be upset, and this may cause us to place the blame on a someone. The skill is remembering that it is okay to be upset without blaming yourself, your teammates or members of the opposing team. As parents, we see our children as MVPs (and of course they are), but we should support our children and teach them to be happy for the winning team and be humble when their team wins. A great strategy is to encourage your child to move forward and start preparing for future games.

 

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When your children sign up to be on a team, remind them that winning is not the most important goal. It is more important for them to do their best and to work with the other team members to create a fun environment for all the children, their parents and the community.

Top O’ The Graham!

Here’s a cheery snack to satisfy your little one’s hungry tummy! Click here for the video!

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Ingredients

  • Non-fat yogurt (any flavor)
  • Graham crackers
  • Banana slices
  • Dried cranberries

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Break a graham cracker in half so you have two squares.

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Spread a spoonful of yogurt on one of the graham cracker squares. (Try it out with key lime flavored yogurt for a St. Patrick’s Day treat!)

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Top with a banana slice and dried cranberries.

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Repeat and enjoy!

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Apple Snacks!

Apples are child-friendly, healthy snacks (they are fat, sodium and cholesterol free!). They are a great addition to school lunches and can also be used in a variety of recipes! Spruce up snack time with these easy and delicious apple snack ideas. Click here to watch the video!

Lil’ Dippers

Ingredients

  • Apple
  • Nut or seed butter
  • Crushed peanuts or sliced almonds

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Cut the apple into wedges. Dip each piece in the nut or seed butter.

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Then dip the apple wedge in the crushed peanuts or sliced almonds.

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Enjoy!

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Crunchy Hazelnut Wedges

Ingredients

  • Apple
  • Hazelnut spread
  • Low-fat granola

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Cut the apple into wedges. Smear each piece with hazelnut spread.

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Then sprinkle apple wedge with granola. Substitute peanut butter (or any nut or seed butter) for hazelnut spread if you’d like. Also, feel free to add raisins!

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Enjoy!

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Seven Fun and Creative Ways to Make a Lucky Shamrock! ☘

Are you looking for a fun craft to do with your children to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day? Don’t worry! We have you covered with seven fun and creative ways to make a lucky shamrock! ☘

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Painted Shamrocks

Gather together an empty toilet paper tube, some green paint and a paper plate. Pour a little green paint on the paper plate. Place an end of the tube in the paint and stamp a green circle on a blank canvas or sheet of paper. Do this two more times creating the shape of a triangle; then use a paint brush to draw a line coming from the bottom of the triangle to create a shamrock.

Shamrock Shakers

Gather two paper plates and some green paint. Assist your child to paint the bottoms of both plates green and lay them to dry. Next, place an assortment of “shaker” items on the inside of one plate, and then place the second plate on top with the green side up and have an adult staple the edges together. Finally, ask your child to shake the connected plates. For more engagement, encourage him to do a song or dance to go along with the rythem.

Pipe Cleaner Shamrocks

Bend one end of a pipe cleaner in the shape of a heart and use the other end as a handle. Place a newspaper on top of your table to avoid spills, and then place a white sheet of paper on top of it. Dip the heart end of the pipe cleaner in glue and stamp the glue on the paper four times in a circle creating the shape of a shamrock. Next, give your child a cup of glitter and carefully assist her in sprinkling it over the glue. Once the glue is covered, shake off the excess glitter.

Apple Shamrocks

Cut an apple in half. Next, ask your child to paint the inside of the apple green. Stamp the apple onto a sheet of paper or canvas four times forming the shape of a shamrock. Finally, use a paint brush to add a stem to your shamrock.

Texture Shamrock Craft

Cut out a large shamrock shape from construction paper for your child. Visit your local art supply store, and have your little artist pick out different green items to glue to his shamrock. These items may include buttons, pom-poms, felt pieces, etc. Once you are ready to begin crafting, encourage your child to demonstrate his artistic skills by attaching everything he gathered from the store to his shamrock. He may need adult assistance with the gluing. Discuss the different textures of each item with your child.

Shamrock Wreath

 Cut out a large cardboard circle from an old shoe box, packing box or pizza box, and then cut out a small circle in the middle of your cut-out so that it resembles a wreath. This should be done by an adult. Next, encourage your child to draw different size shamrocks. Also, consider drawing some shamrocks for her and ask her to color them in. Once you have a variety of shamrocks of various sizes and colors, cut them out and help your child glue them around the circle base. Finally, place a hook on a door in your home and hang up the wreath. Your little leprechaun will want to show off her wonderful creation.

Shamrocks out of Paper

 Draw a large outline of a shamrock on a piece of paper or canvas. Then, cut different shades of green construction paper in one-inch shapes, such as squares, triangles or circles. Next, provide your little one with all the shapes that you have cut on a plate. Ask him to start gluing the pieces anywhere within the lines of the shamrock. While he creates his work of art, you can talk to him about the different shapes and shades of the pieces.

The Goddard School Visited Capitol Hill to Advocate 21st Century Learning

Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), Craig Bach, VP of Education at GSI, and representatives from The Goddard Schools located in Ladera Ranch, CA (Mike Smithers); Mooresville, NC (Barbra Bryan); Concord Township, OH (Tina Turk) and Redmond, WA (Jeff and Shauna Barison) attended a Partnership for 21st Century Learning (P21) event titled “Closing the Skills Gap.” This event was held on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC on February 28.

The meeting consisted of opening remarks made by the co-chairs of a bipartisan Congressional 21st Century Skills Caucus, a panel discussion with representatives from four Exemplar schools, including Barbra Bryan, recognition for the latest members of the 21st Century Learning Exemplars, including the Schools in Ladera Ranch, Mooresville, Concord Township and Redmond, and case studies from 20 Exemplar schools.

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The P21 Exemplar Program, instituted in 2013, identifies and showcases schools that are equipping students with the 21st century skills they need to succeed in college, career and life.

There are also five other Goddard Schools with P21 Exemplar status: Cranberry Township, PA (Dina and Matt Speranza); Fort Mill, SC and Rock Hill, SC (Bill and Amy Strickland); Hendersonville, TN (Leisa Byars; Trevor and Sonia Pryce); and Cedar Park, TX (Butch and Maria Aggen). Only 12 preschools nationwide have achieved P21 Exemplar status, and 75% of them are Goddard Schools!

Exemplar Schools are selected through a rigorous application process that includes site visits. Each Exemplar joins a national network that shares best practices to further hone their practice of 21st century teaching and learning.

The group was addressed by Congressman Dave Loebsack (2nd Congressional District, IA) and Congressman Ryan Costello (6th Congressional District, PA) who are co-chairs of the Congressional 21st Century Skills Caucus. The event also featured a panel discussion titled “Closing the Skills Gap: Stories from the Field.” Several Congressional representatives also joined the full group after the ceremony to speak with their constituents.