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The Goddard School Builds Confidence to Prevent Bullying

The Goddard Schools share the power of playful learning with community

Throughout 2011, bullying has been on the rise at all levels of education. In an effort to combat this growing problem, the nation’s leading preschool, The Goddard School®, is reaching out with a renewed vigor to help families discover the benefits of playful learning in early childhood education and how it can help prevent bullying. With their proprietary FLEX™ Learning Program, designed to build children’s self-confidence through play, The Goddard School hopes to break the cycle of bullying and halt a national trend.

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According to Dr. Kyle Pruett, child psychiatrist, published author and advisor to The Goddard School, the success and enjoyment that preschool children experience through playful learning contributes to the development of self-confidence. Confidence, along with strong parenting and learning to interact in a social group, are important factors in helping children manage bullying.

“Confidence comes from competence, and there’s no better way for a child to discover competence than through play-based learning,” said Pruett. “When children learn through play, they become independent thinkers capable of solving problems themselves instead of seeking help from parents or teachers. That’s a huge self-confidence booster.”

“The children in our schools are the leaders of tomorrow,” added Sue Adair, Director of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc., parent company of The Goddard School. “Our teachers nurture each child’s self-confidence and foster their lifelong love of learning by incorporating teacher-planned and child-directed learning activities into each day. When children enjoy learning, they gain not only knowledge of the task or concept but a sense of personal accomplishment that prepares them for a successful journey through life.”

“Goddard Schools across the nation are hosting the Goddard Community Games on February 11, and all of the families are invited,” added Adair.  “There will be a variety of activities for children and their parents, and the focus will be on learning about playing well with others and accepting each other’s differences.”

Visit The Goddard School online at www.goddardschool.com/games.

The Goddard Community Games Virtual Tour Bus is Back!

Commitment to our community is at the heart of The Goddard School.  To unite our Goddard School community with our online community, we are bringing the Goddard Community Games Virtual Tour to you…with a new twist!  

The Goddard Community Games Virtual Tour acts as a launch to our nationwide Goddard Community Games event (taking place on Saturday, February 11, 2012). Last year, all families were invited to join us on our exciting tour by sharing their favorite family-friendly activities and places to visit in their community (e.g., the best family-friendly restaurant, top no-cost activities and favorite educational landmarks).

This year, there is a new spin to the Goddard Community Games Virtual Tour. We are taking several of our families’ favorite places to visit in their community from 2011 and creating a ‘scavenger hunt’ for 2012! When Facebook community members guess the correct locations that ‘Gus the Bus’ wants to visit, he will receive a bumper sticker before leaving the state.

Help Gus the Bus visit all of our family-approved locations in your community.  Let the Goddard Community Games begin!  Visit us on Facebook today!

Goddard Community Games Virtual Tour Schedule:

  • Pennsylvania – January 7, 2012
  • New York – January 8, 2012
  • New Hampshire – January 9, 2012
  • Massachusetts – January 10, 2012
  • Rhode Island – January 11, 2012
  • Connecticut – January 12, 2012
  • New Jersey – January 13, 2012
  • Delaware – January 14, 2012
  • Maryland – January 15, 2012
  • Virginia – January 16, 2012
  • North Carolina – January 17, 2012
  • South Carolina – January 18, 2012
  • Georgia – January 19, 2012
  • Florida – January 20, 2012
  • Alabama – January 21, 2012
  • Tennessee – January 22, 2012
  • Kentucky – January 23, 2012
  • Ohio – January 24, 2012
  • Michigan – January 25, 2012
  • Indiana – January 26, 2012
  • Illinois – January 27, 2012
  • Missouri – January 28, 2012
  • Wisconsin – January 29, 2012
  • Minnesota – January 30, 2012
  • North Dakota – January 31, 2012
  • Nebraska – February 1, 2012
  • Kansas – February 2, 2012
  • Oklahoma – February 3, 2012
  • Texas – February 4, 2012
  • Arizona – February 5, 2012
  • Colorado – February 6, 2012
  • Washington – February 7, 2012
  • Oregon – February 8, 2012
  • Nevada – February 9, 2012
  • California – February 10, 2012

Play-Based Education Drives More Effective, Well-rounded Learning; Effects Seen by 4th Grade

Leading preschool chain shares the power of playful learning with children around the nation

Over the last two decades, children have lost eight hours of unstructured playtime in their week. Since 2002, 34% of kindergartens have eliminated recess. This trend of cutting back on playtime may have more negative effects than most parents are aware of. Although the debate on whether rigorous academic learning or play-based learning is more effective rages on, recent studies have shown playful learning has many positive, lasting effects unmatched by academic-based learning.

“When compared to academically-based preschool programs, children in play-based programs outperform the other group socially and academically by the time they reach the fourth grade,” said Kyle D. Pruett M.D., a child psychiatrist, published author, and advisor to The Goddard School®.

In a study conducted by psychologist Rebecca Maron of the University of North Florida, 1,200 toddlers and preschoolers were followed to measure the long-term academic effects of play-based learning vs. academic-based learning. The results strongly show the play-based learners outperforming the academic group both socially and academically by 4th grade. These findings support the claim that play-based learning increases a child’s ability to both learn abstract concepts and interact with peers.

Supported by a growing body of research from Play for Tomorrow, the consortium behind the respected “playful learning” movement, The Goddard School believes in and supports the power of play for learning and has incorporated the concept into their proprietary FLEXLearning Program. Playful learning is not a new concept at The Goddard School. It has been at the heart of their curriculum from the beginning, reflected in an approach to learning that presents new skills to children in a playful and engaging way.

Research has shown many lifelong benefits of learning through play, including an increased ability to learn from mistakes, develop independent decision making and fine-tuning of children’s physical development and perceptual motor skills.

“Young children who learn through play are more capable of making their own decisions, advocating for themselves and using creativity to solve problems as they grow. Play is essential to the development of your child’s brain, triggering trillions of neural connections that form the basis of healthy cognitive function and mastery of your child’s physical world,” says Dr. Pruett.

To further support these learning techniques, The Goddard School has launched a system-wide initiative, the Goddard Community Games event, on February 5. During the event, families in schools across the country will have the opportunity to enjoy a “hands-on” playful learning experience with 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. The focus will be on fun, as parents and their children share in a day of discovery and enrichment.

“The children attending The Goddard School today are the leaders of tomorrow,” says Sue Adair, Director of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School. “Our teachers nurture each child’s self confidence and foster their lifelong love of learning by incorporating teacher-planned and child-directed learning activities into each day. When children enjoy learning, they take away not only knowledge of the task or concept but a sense of personal accomplishment that prepares them for a successful journey through life.”

The Goddard School Sponsors Play-Focused Goddard Community Games Event

Nation’s Leading Preschool Chain Shares the Power of Playful Learning with Families

The Goddard School® believes in the power of play for learning. In an effort to spread the word to families across the nation, the educational preschool will sponsor the Goddard Community Games 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 form an integral part of The Goddard School’s proprietary FLEX Learning Program.

Playful learning is not a new concept at The Goddard School. It has been at the heart of their curriculum from the beginning and is 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, The Goddard School hopes to encourage families across the nation to recognize and celebrate the power of play for learning in their own children.

“When an activity is fun, children are engaged and eager to learn – they flex their mind and body,” says Joe Schumacher, CEO of Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School.  “Play helps them become happy, confident learners.”

During the Goddard Community Games event, families will have the opportunity to enjoy a “hands-on” playful learning experience with 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. The focus will be on fun, as parents and their children share in a day of discovery and enrichment.

“The children attending The Goddard School today are the leaders of tomorrow,” says Sue Adair, Director of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc. “Our teachers nurture each child’s self confidence and foster their lifelong love of learning by incorporating teacher-planned and child-directed learning activities into each day. When children enjoy learning, they take away not only knowledge of the task or concept but a sense of personal accomplishment that prepares them for a successful journey through life.”

To learn more about the Goddard Community Games and The Goddard School, parents are encouraged to visit www.goddardschool.com/games.

Hop on The Goddard Community Games Virtual Tour Bus!

Commitment to our community is at the heart of The Goddard School.  To unite our Goddard School community with our online community, we are bringing the Goddard Community Games Virtual Tour to you!

?On January 3, 2011, the Goddard Community Games Virtual Tour will begin its journey across the country via Facebook, Twitter and The Goddard School Blog, acting as a launch to our nationwide Goddard Community Games event on February 5*.  All families are invited to join us on this exciting cross-country tour ?by sharing your favorite family-friendly activities and places to visit in your community (and why!) on Facebook (e.g., the best family-friendly restaurant, top no-cost activities and favorite educational landmarks).

??To provide your feedback, comment below or on our Facebook Page!  Check the Virtual Tour Bus Schedule (from the Goddard Games tab within Facebook) – when the Virtual Tour Bus “arrives” in your area a compilation of all our families’ favorite activities in your community will be posted on Facebook for your vote!

When sharing your favorite place in your community, be sure to let us know where you are located (city or state)!

Let the Goddard Community Games begin!

*At participating locations.  Check with The Goddard School in your community for dates and times.