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Break Up The Bad Weather Blues

Are you stuck inside because of the freezing temperatures or the rain? Take a step back from the TV, tablet or video game, and shake up your normal routine. When the weather prevents your children from playing outside, provide them with challenging activities and active games!

Have a Board Game Competition.

Hold a board game competition in your living or family room. Spend the day playing different games. You can even compete for prizes.

Create an Indoor Obstacle Course.

Create a course with 10 to 15 stations of quick physical or educational activities. One station might require your child to jump on one foot 15 times; at another, your child should sing the alphabet song twice. Use a stop watch or oven clock to time each other and see who can complete the obstacle course the in fastest time or who can improve on their previous best times.

Create Your Very Own Time Capsule.

Spend the day with your child creating and filling a time capsule with items, notes, pictures and other things that are important to you and your child. Then, store it away. On a rainy or snowy day in the future, open it up and share your memories!

Don’t let the weather put a damper on your fun and learning. Make the best out of being stuck indoors with a little creativity and items you already have in your home!

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Ten Things To Do During A Staycation

With the holiday season upon us, many of you will decide to take a vacation. However, you might want to consider an alternative…a Staycation! A staycation is a simple, cost-effective way of taking a break from the hustle and bustle of everyday life without the stress of travel. Here are some fun things you can do during your staycation.

  1. Visit a museum. Walking around a museum can be a great way for you and your child to get some exercise while learning something new. The museum may also be less crowded during the week.
  2. Go to the zoo or aquarium. As with museums, a zoo or aquarium provides an excellent opportunity to learn about wildlife while enjoying a nice stroll with your child.
  3. Have a game day. Spend a day playing board games, word games or sports you and your children like. You could even keep track of who wins each game and award a prize or treat to the person who wins the most games.
  4. Create a vacation spot. Set up an umbrella in your sandbox to make a mini beach in your backyard and prepare crabs for dinner. Or set up a tent in your backyard and go camping. Just don’t forget the s’mores!
  5. See a movie. Visit your local movie theater to catch a flick with your child, or cuddle up with your child on the couch at home and watch a movie.
  6. Get together with relatives. If your child’s grandparents or cousins live nearby, make plans to have them visit for a day or meet up with them for lunch.
  7. Plan a day trip. Do you live close to the beach or a state park? Pack some snacks, water and any other supplies you might need, and enjoy the wonders of nature with your little one.
  8. Celebrate “pajama day.” Spend a day just lounging around in your pajamas with your child. You can also play games, read a few books or put on some music and have a pajama dance party. Do whatever you want…in your pajamas.
  9. Bake some goodies with your little one. Give your child a bunch of different treat options and ask him to pick one. Then work together to gather the ingredients, mix them together and cook something special.
  10. Go for a drive. Lay out a map and ask your child to choose a nearby destination to visit. You can also encourage her to keep an eye out for attractions along the way.

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Keeping Your Child On Track Through The Holiday Season

family-01_jpgThe holiday season is here. The holidays can be fun and joyful for families, but they can also be stressful and unsettling, especially for children. You can take steps to ensure your child has a positive experience and gets through this busy time with less stress. Here are some suggestions that may help.

  1. Provide good nutrition – Eating healthy, nutritious foods can be a challenge with all the treats and special holiday foods. Stock up on fresh fruits, vegetables and lean sources of protein to provide a balanced diet for your family.
  2. Help your child get enough sleep – A tired child is a cranky child. Being consistent with naptimes and bedtimes is especially important during the holiday season. This can be a challenge, but by planning and incorporating these times into your holiday schedule, you can improve your child’s behavior and increase everyone’s enjoyment of an event.
  3. Set expectations and consequences – Letting your children know your expectations for their behavior and the consequences of misbehaving is essential, especially during the holidays. You must be willing to follow through with the consequences, or the rules will have no meaning.
  4. Keep the rules developmentally appropriate – When setting rules and expectations, be aware of what is appropriate for your children’s ages and developmental stages. Often, parents’ expectations do not align with their child’s developmental capabilities.
  5. Stay calm and be flexible – Don’t lose sight of the goal of the holidays, which is to celebrate your family and the traditions important to you. Take a break if you are feeling overwhelmed, even if it is only 10 minutes to breathe and clear your mind. Staying calm will help you and your child enjoy this wonderful time of year.

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Media Use by Young Children by Dr. Kyle Pruett

Remember when the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its recommendation five years ago that children two and under should not watch any television, and that children over two should limit exposure to two hours per day? Many parents seemed as reassured by this advice as they were confused. How could such an esteemed organization give advice that was “so out of touch with real American family life,” as one mother commented to the evening news? In those five years, children’s media appetites have hardly slackened. In fact, ‘screen time’ has eclipsed ‘TV watching’ as the name for such activities, given the plethora of devices on which real or animated moving and talking figures can now inform, distract, stimulate and baby-sit our young. So what is a parent to do?

 

An enlightening new study by the Joan Ganz Cooney Center and Sesame Workshop,, “Always Connected: Young Children’s Media Use is On the Rise (March 2011),” tells us what parents are actually doing. It seems like many parents don’t know about the guidelines anymore, given that the majority of parents ignore them.   They may feel a need to ‘plug the kids into something besides me [i.e. the parent],’ or they turn a deaf ear because they feel that media exposure stimulates intellectual growth and development or they feel that ‘it’s something the world will expect my kid to be able to use, so the earlier the better.’ The report goes on:

 

  • For the time being, television remains the favorite medium.  90% of the average families sampled with children over five had kids who were regular, even enthusiastic, viewers. They watched an average of three hours per day.

 

  • Media use by young children ranges across a variety of platforms. 80% of sampled kids five and under are on the internet at least once a week and slightly less than half of all six-years-olds regularly play video games.

 

  • Media multitasking is growing quickly, with over a third of two- to eleven-year-olds using the television and the internet simultaneously (sound familiar?).

 

  • These usage patterns are likely to change, given that four of the top five electronic devices owned by children are mobile platforms.

 

So, back to that question of what is a parent to do, given that the expert advice out there seems not to have kept pace? [Keep your eyes open for some fresh guidelines from NAEYC on this topic coming to its website this year – maybe they WILL have kept pace].

 

  • If you want your kids to play imaginatively (great pre-literacy foundation!), keep the playthings away from the screen. University of Massachusetts researchers found that toddler play erodes and disorganizes when TV is on.

 

  • Keep the media diet balanced.  Print materials, screen devices, video games and DVDs should be rotated and refreshed (if not occasionally ‘lost’). Think of nutrition’s representation of a healthy, balanced diet. The food pyramid evokes positive images of a ‘media pyramid.

 

  • The best way to use the positive impact of TV (yes, there is one and this is it) is to engage parent-child pairs in co-viewing programming that stimulates learning and delight with the use of humor and playfulness (not silliness), novel topics and perspectives. This prevents the use of TV as a baby-sitter, but that’s the point. There is no stand-in for you, or the delight that you take, in your child’s growth and health.

 

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Five Tips For Healthy Eating

  • Offer encouragement – Encourage your child to eat a variety of foods to help them get the nutrients they need from each food group.  By doing so, they are more likely to enjoy trying new foods!
  • Be a good role model – It’s no surprise that children are likely to mimic their parents’ food choices.  If your children see you enjoying fruits, vegetables and whole grains, they will more likely enjoy them as well.
  • Stock up on healthy choices – Make sure that your cupboards and refrigerator are filled with healthy options rather than prepackaged foods filled with sugar and sodium. Read food labels before purchasing so you know exactly what’s in the foods you are buying—just because it’s made with whole grains doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy.
  • Serve balanced portions – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has turned the Food Pyramid into a plate. The USDA’s MyPlate illustrates balanced portion sizes for the five foods groups—Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein and Dairy—in a familiar way by using a standard mealtime place setting.
  • Follow a schedule – Set a daily schedule for meals and snacks (3 meals & 1-2 snacks per day is recommended), with plenty of time between each.  This will help children learn the importance of structured eating and help them to stay feeling full throughout the day.

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10 Ways to Balance Work and Family

If you’re a working parent, achieving and maintaining a healthy work-family balance can be challenging. Here are ten tips to help you balance your work life with your personal one.

  1. Set limits. If you want to see every one of your child’s soccer games and have dinner with your family every night, make those your priorities, no matter what happens at work.
  2. Focus on work when you’re at work. Try to limit non-work-related activities, such as socializing or long lunches. Get your work done so you can leave the office on time.
  3. Work from home if you can. Working remotely every now and then allows you to be there for your child and complete your job responsibilities.
  4. Keep a family calendar. Maintaining an organized record of your family’s comings and goings can help you and your family be efficient and ensure your schedules run smoothly.
  5. Adjust your hours. If your company offers flextime and you can adopt a more flexible schedule, do so. If your company doesn’t offer flextime, have a discussion with your supervisor or manager about how a more flexible schedule would help your productivity. After all, a happy employee is a productive employee.
  6. Create a support system. If you’re fortunate enough to have relatives or friends who offer to watch your child while you’re at work, accept their help.
  7. Schedule some “me time.” Taking some time for yourself can help you to refocus so you can be a better parent. Use the time to read, relax or get some exercise.
  8. Plan ahead. Pack lunches or your child’s school bag the night before so you can have some extra family time in the morning. You could also make an extra-large amount of a particular dish over the weekend and serve it for dinner throughout the week so you don’t have to cook.
  9. Stay in touch. A gesture as small as a phone call or text message to your child during the day can let him know you’re thinking about him. You could also drop a note in his backpack or lunch box.

Explore childcare options. Whether you’re interested in a preschool or daycare, a quality childcare program is worth investigating. Research different childcare providers and take your child to visit a few of them to see which one is the best fit.

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10 Tips for Traveling with Your Preschooler

Traveling can be stressful, but traveling with young children can be downright challenging. As you hit the road, keep these handy travel tips in mind.

1. Take breaks. If you’re driving, try to make regular rest stops so your child can get some exercise, get some exercise, use the bathroom or have a snack.

2. Stock up. Bring a stash of toys, snacks, coloring books, crayons and other goodies to keep your little one from getting bored or hungry during the trip.

3. Tire ’em out. Children often travel better when they’re tuckered out and sleepy. If you’re flying, have your child push a small suitcase around the waiting area or ride the escalators with you. If you’re driving, try to leave the house before dawn so you can scoop up your drowsy child, put her in the car seat and hit the road.

4. Surprise them with treats. While good behavior doesn’t automatically warrant a reward, a piece of candy or a wrapped toy can certainly encourage your child to keep up particularly pleasant behavior.

5. Engage them. When children are actively involved, they are less likely to misbehave. Talk to your child about the trip and ask her what she’s looking forward to seeing or doing. You can also give her a disposable camera and ask her to document the trip. This will encourage her to observe her surroundings and focus on her interests.

6. Take a bus, a subway, a train or a boat. Children love the novelty of public transportation, so if it’s available at your destination, use it. Large cities, such as New York City, Boston and Washington, D.C., usually have public transportation systems that are fairly inexpensive and easy to use.

7. Keep tabs on your children electronically. You can use an electronic child locator to make sure you can find your child if you’re separated. Most locators cost around $30 online and include a transmitter your child wears and a locator unit you carry. If you get separated, you can press a button on the locator, and the transmitter will make a sound that you can follow to find your child.

8. Check the weather. Make sure you pack for any weather conditions you might encounter. You don’t want your child to be too hot or too cold. Extra clothing may make your luggage bulkier, but you’ll be glad you’re prepared if the weather changes.

9. Pass the time. Travel delays are almost inevitable, but games can make the wait more fun. Whether you’re playing 20 Questions, a travel version of a popular board game or a quick game of Go Fish, you and your child will appreciate the distraction.

10. Sanitize. Traveling means coming into contact with more germs than usual, especially if you’re flying to your destination. Be sure to pack plenty of antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizer to disinfect your little ones’ hands, especially if they have touched the seat-back pockets of airplanes, which can be full of harmful bacteria.

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Early Stimulation

by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D.

Brain research tells us that, of the 100 billion (!) nerve cells we are born with, the ones we are most likely to keep longest are the ones that are used regularly in our interaction with the world around us. This does NOT mean that we can increase our child’s intellectual or developmental competence through so-called ‘brain stimulation’ videos or surround-sound cribs.  Infants and toddlers enjoy learning first and best the things they learn in their relationships with the people that care for them.

Some things to keep in mind for the development of theirs:

* Children can distinguish the voice of their father from their mother at birth – and their handling styles at six weeks.

* The most useful kind of stimulation is the kind babies can manage, learn from, and interact with. Vocalizations like the coos and giggles they initiate should be returned in kind – matching volume, pitch, and rhythm if you can. Be alert because they’ll often throw in a variation. The same is true for older children who sing and initiate games like peek-a-boo or patty cake.  Tapes or videos are no match for the joy and value of ‘live.’

* Want to encourage a positive self-image?  For babies, tender and frequent touch makes them feel treasured, and for toddlers and preschoolers, install a (safe) full-length mirror on the back of a door and provide dress-up or ‘pretend’ clothes and just watch them feel special.

* Keep your eyes and ears open for emerging motor skills, interests, words, emotions, and feelings. When such competencies are new, they are both adorable and vulnerable.  Remember not to overwhelm children by requesting a ‘show’ of their new tricks. This can be over-stimulating and cause quite the opposite effect – anxiety about new abilities instead of confidence.  Let children practice and enjoy their new skill.

HOW you are as a parent with your children matters far more than any particular thing you may ever DO with them.  Development is not a race; it is a process that unfolds uniquely in each child. Rushing development erodes children’s belief in, and joy of, their own emerging abilities, replacing joy with frustration and discouragement – too high a price in my book.

Suggested resource: www.zerotothree.org

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for The Goddard School®.  Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development who has been practicing child and family

psychiatry for over twenty-five years.  He is a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center.

In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – October 2013

   October 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Common Preschool Halloween Mistakes by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

As a child psychiatrist, school consultant, father and grandfather, I’ve seen a lot of All Hallows’ Eve’s involving preschool children – more unsuccessful than not. I’ve come to the conclusion that successful Halloween experiences contain the same traits: the children are old enough, the celebration is short, too much candy is avoided and it isn’t scary.

Parents intend to delight – and delight in – their preschool child’s playful participation in this fall ritual. But less is more when it comes to keeping a preschooler comfortable and entertained. Here are some guidelines:

Age
Halloween is really meant for school-age kids and adults who have no trouble telling fantasy from reality and whom are way past being afraid of the dark and of scary masks. The preschooler is less likely to laugh and more likely to anxiously ask the mask-wearer a question – cute, but neither funny nor entertaining.

Length
Tying Halloween into dinner plans often stretches the evening out beyond your preschooler’s stamina, making all the other strange stuff inherent to the event harder to manage and understand. Plan to stick to your routine, and celebrate well before bedtime so your preschooler has a chance to settle down.

Sweets
Candy is the antithesis of your normal bedtime snack, giving your child a sugar rush. So, keep them away from the candy bowl. You may want to reconsider having them stay home to ‘help hand out the treats,’ tempting though it may be to have them ‘safe’ with you at your own front door.

Scariness
Because the preschool mind is just mastering the difference between reality and fantasy, things that slip back and forth over the edge of that distinction – like Halloween itself – aren’t very comfortable training grounds for this kind of learning. Older children can see the joy in being scared because they understand the difference. A preschooler is not quite ready for this kind of ‘fun.’

For your young ones, then, I suggest you make it a dress-up party without the gore, leave the trick or treating to the grade school professionals, check your favorite parents magazine/Web site for some simple games to play with peers and get them to bed at a reasonable time. Giving them and yourself a few more years to get ready for the delightful weirdness will be deeply appreciated by them and you.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for The Goddard School®. Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development who has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty-five years. He is a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center.

Parent-Teacher Communication

Establishing a strong, open line of communication between parents and teachers is an essential part of any child’s education. Doing so allows parents to always remain apprised of their child’s progress and, should a problem arise, allows for easy discussion on ways to address and remedy the situation.

Never hesitate to get the lines of communication flowing. As your child’s teacher greets each new student on the first day of school, take advantage of the situation to introduce yourself as well. Ask how and when would be the best time to contact them if you have questions or just want to check in on your child’s progress.

Try to communicate with your child’s teacher regularly. Frequent chats help build your parent-teacher relationship and allow for a constant flow of feedback so you both can better understand and address your child’s needs.

Becoming involved in school events and/or parent-teacher organizations offers another great forum for developing parent-teacher communication. Make an effort to attend open houses, social events and/or join the school’s PTO.

Once the lines of communication are established, you and your child’s teacher can work together throughout the school year to monitor and guide your child’s educational goals.

Mummy-Dogs, Halloweenies and Witch Eyes

Looking for a spooktacular twist for your child’s Halloween lunch?

  • Wrap precooked hot dogs in thin strips of canned roll dough and bake until golden brown for yummy Mummy-Dogs. For a healthier twist, try turkey or tofu dogs!
  • Slice veggie dogs, put in a mini-pita pocket with colorful matchstick veggies and add sweet and sour or BBQ sauce for a delicious Halloweenies sandwich!
  • Whip up devilishly delicious deviled eggs. Top with a round slice of black olive. Serve two egg halves side-by-side for protein-packed Witch Eyes.

News Items

Goddard PTO Fall Festival
Saturday, October 12
3:30-5:30pm
Luther Farms, Richfield

Orange & Yellow Day
Wednesday, October 16
Bring in something orange or yellow!

Favorite Halloween Book
Tuesday, October 22
Bring in your favorite Halloween/Fall Harvest book!

Frankenstein Friday!
Friday, October 25
Wear green today!

Halloween Party and Parade
Thursday, October 31
9:30-10:30am

Our Fall Fundraiser is now being held from October 7-October 21. All items will be delivered to the school by Thanksgiving. All proceeds/profits will benefit the Goddard PTO. Thank you! 

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – September 2013

   September 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Transitioning to Childcare by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Transitioning your child from home care to childcare is wrenching for every parent. In fact, most babies and young children adapt to their new environment more easily than parents do. And it’s important for parents to appreciate and care for their own emotions at this juncture.

As with so many things for young children, taking it slow and easy can work wonders. If your child is moving into alternative childcare for the first time, make the transition gradual, providing lots of support.

  • Make sure your child meets the caregivers or teachers before moving into this new environment. If you choose a childcare center or a preschool, make sure your child knows at least one other child in the class. If your child doesn’t already know someone, ask the caregiver to suggest one or two children who might be good matches for your child, and set up a few play dates.
  • Talk to your child about the new arrangement, describing the friends to be made and the wonderful things to be done and learned. Talk about being apart and getting back together. Play games such as hide-and-seek that demonstrate being apart and together.
  • When moving to a new childcare arrangement, start gradually, if possible. For example, allow your child to be alone at the childcare center for short periods at first, then slowly increase the time away from you.
  • Once the new arrangements are underway, get up a bit earlier so you have time together before you leave. Also, make special family times in the evenings and on weekends.
  • Let your child take her favorite toy or “softie” to school.
  • Tell the caregiver or teacher of any factors that might influence your child’s behavior or needs for the day, such as a restless night, family illness or visits from relatives.
  • Be aware that separation anxiety may come and go in cycles. You can ease your child’s upsets if you make your departure warm and smooth, staying long enough to let your child settle in, but without lingering. And never sneak out or lie, telling your little one you “will be right back” just before you dash to the parking lot. Your child needs to be able to rely on his trust in you as he navigates this new world.
  • When you pick your child up, ask the caregiver about what happened during the day. Then discuss the day’s events with your child.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for The Goddard School®. Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development who has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty-five years. He is a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center.

Helping Your Child Make Friends

To a preschooler, a “friend” is anyone who is willing to play the way they want to play during any given period of time. Friends are just as likely to be boys as girls and may change frequently. Playing with friends is an important way for children to learn social skills including sharing and taking turns so providing your child the opportunity to make friends is helpful, worthwhile and fun!

Dale Walker, a professor of child development at the University of Kansas, offers these guidelines to promote productive and enjoyable playdates.

  1. Limit the initial invitation to one or two friends at your home.
  2. Schedule the playdate for one to two hours to avoid overstimulating the children.
  3. Plan games and activities your child enjoys and provide enough materials so the children don’t have to share immediately.
  4. Guide the children as they make a craft, play a game or splash in a wading pool rather than letting them manage themselves.
  5. Schedule playdates with the same children on a weekly basis.
  6. Periodically play one-on-one with your child to develop familiarity with their playing style and stimulate their social interaction.
  7. If your child is struggling socially with their peers consider adopting a pet, which is usually nonthreatening.
  8. Reading books and watching shows about friendship also reinforces the positive aspects of socialization.
  9. Model friendship by inviting friends to meet, especially when your friends have children compatible with your own.
  10. Limit your expectations and pressure to prevent your child developing insecurity about developing friends.

APPLE PRINTING*

Materials:
Apples
Paint (Use washable poster paint for paper prints and fabric paints for clothes)
Paper plates
Something to print on
Newspaper to protect table
Art smocks
Knife to cut the apple

*Children should have adult supervision throughout this activity.

How To:

  1. Cover your working area with newspaper, and make sure everyone is wearing old clothes or a smock!
  2. Pour paint on to paper plates (one color per plate).
  3. Cut the apples in half. Create an apple silhouette by cutting the apple from top to bottom, or create a circle with a star by cutting the apple horizontally. Have your child guess what each shape will look like before you cut the apple, or brainstorm different ways to create different shapes with the apple.
  4. Have your child dip the flat side of the apple in the paint, thoroughly covering the apple, and then place it on the printing surface.
  5. Have fun creating fun designs and pictures with your homemade stamps!

News Items

Grandparents’ Tea
Friday, September 6
3:30-4:30pm

Teddy Bear Day
Monday, September 9
Bring your teddy bear to school!

“All About Me” Posters Due
Thursday, September 12

Football is back!
Friday, September 13
Wear your Brown’s gear!

Scholastic Book Fair
September 23-27

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – August 2013

   August 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Grandparents by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Love and time…need we say more? How about wise historian, mentor, confidant, elder, counselor, spiritual guide, financier, playmate or parental antidote? These are all roles that grandparents play in the lives of their grandchildren. And grandparents are a growing force! The number and percentage of the population that grandparents account for has grown dramatically in the last 15 years – from 58 million to 78 million.

Here are a few ways that you can help foster a healthy relationship between your parents and your children:

  • When planning a visit, talk about how you can help and what you should bring to help things go smoothly. Discuss recent routines and help your parents childproof their house – more to keep your child safe than to protect the crystal. This communication provokes less defensiveness in grandparents, and helps them be a part of the solution from the start.
  • Relax some rules, but don’t compromise your core values. For instance, sweets seem to be a generational prerogative, but television monitoring should continue according to your child’s habits and your beliefs.
  • Children and grandparents are so close because they share something in common – you! They can share stories, secrets, etc. that allow children the experience of close relationships with a loving family member who is not wholly responsible for their future happiness, homework or well being.
  • Spoiling is not a helpful approach to grandparenting and most of them know it. Positive expectant attention is best. Interestingly, today’s grandparents are so busy, I think this is less of a problem these days.
  • Enjoy the relationship your children are developing with your parents.

When misunderstandings or problems occur (and they are bound to), it’s better to figure out a way to talk about them than to avoid each other. That is too steep a price for your children. We all want this relationship to work because the benefits are forever.

Kyle D. Pruett, M.D. is an advisor for The Goddard School®. Dr. Pruett is an authority on child development who has been practicing child and family psychiatry for over twenty-five years. He is a clinical professor of child psychiatry at Yale University’s Child Study Center.

Pack a Healthy Lunch…that your child will enjoy!

Introduce your children to healthy eating by involving them in the lunch preparation. Children have a tendency to eat and try new foods that they helped to prepare. And children who help in the kitchen build their confidence which makes them feel important and proud.

Avoid brown bag boredom and try the following healthy, easy and fun options. Bonus – your children will want to eat these choices!

Turn lunch into an adventure:
Cut sandwiches into playful shapes with cookie cutters. Children are more excited about eating a star- or dinosaur-shaped sandwich because it makes the experience fun! Choose cheese or deli meats to replace breads and cut them into fun shapes, too.

Make lunch fun by including a dip:
Yogurt is a great dip for fruit.
Provide hummus for veggies.

Use a variety of ‘sandwich’ options:
Bagels, pita bread, wheat wraps or crackers.

Consider packing applesauce or yogurt as a treat in lieu of a ‘sweet’ dessert.

Grandparents Day

National Grandparents Day is just around the corner (Sunday September 8th)! Here are a few charming gift suggestions:

  • Help your child write a letter to Grammy to tell her why she is so special. Decorate the envelope with stickers, stamps, glitter and more.
  • Get out the paints, markers, crayons and your spare scrapbooking supplies and encourage your child to make a masterpiece for Pop-Pop. Place in an inexpensive frame-violà!-it’s the perfect gift.
  • Show Nanna your child’s sweet side! Whip up a batch of sugar cookies and provide colored icing, sprinkles, etc. Your child will love decorating this custom cookie gift!

How will your child recognize a favorite grandparent this year?

News Items

What’s Inside Stuffy?
Thursday, August 1
10:00 AM

The Magic of Rick Smith Jr. (as seen on TV!)
Tuesday, August 6
10:00 AM

Field Trip (Explorers)
Wednesday, August 7
We’re makin’ pizzas at Pizza Hut!

Field Trip (Explorers)
Friday, August 9
We’re going to the park!

Pizza Lunch Day!
Thursday, August 15
Pizza for everyone!

SCHOOL CLOSED: August 16 Teacher In-Service Day

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – May 2013

   May 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Talk About Your Feelings, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

Talk about your own feelings and how they got that way in a simple and straightforward manner. Children who have never heard their parents talking about how or what they are feeling on a day-to-day basis face an uphill climb to develop useful understandings about language and emotion. Say things like: “I was sad when my friend forgot to come over” or “I felt happy to get that nice letter from Grandma.” Simple, clear and to the point, the feeling in your voice will capture your toddler’s interest, so don’t be too surprised to see her staring at you at first. It gives her the words to match the emotion she reads in you and will eventually identify herself.

A Trip to the Zoo

There is so much to see and learn at the zoo! Children get to see how wild and exotic animals live, what they eat, how they sleep, how they play and interact with one another and, sometimes, how they interact with other species.

Before heading to the zoo for the first time, you may want to talk with your preschooler about what the zoo is and about the animals they will encounter there. Share a book about animals with your little one and think about the animals that you would like to see on your visit. You can also compile a list of questions that your child has about different animals and then look for the answers when you visit each animal’s exhibit at the zoo.

Beyond the Tie: Celebrating Father’s Day

Tired of the traditional breakfast in bed? Over the cliché shirt and tie combo? Make Dad’s Day this year a little more rad.

  • Have a picnic, take a walk or just relax outdoors–let Dad choose how he would most enjoy relaxing with the family.
  • Plan a day of not planning. Make today the day to put aside all errands, chores and projects–help Dad to enjoy a pressure-free day.
  • Father’s Day is not only for your children to celebrate Dad–let him know just how impressed you are with how amazing a father he is to your children.
  • Give Dad the gift of a few hours by himself! We all need time to ourselves to refocus now and then. Dad may be thrilled to schedule an unexpected tee time, or to curl up with that new bestseller he’s been eyeing up.
  • Don’t limit the father festivities to just your children’s dad; encourage your little ones to call their grandpas and other special male role models, too.
  • Most importantly, let Dad know how appreciated he is. Help your children to write (or color) a thank you note, encourage them to create a special song or lend them a hand in whipping up a special treat. Homemade gifts or projects can sometimes be the best at conveying your child’s love and appreciation for Dad.

News Items

Muffins with Mom!
Friday, May 10
7am – 9am

Mother’s Day
Sunday, May 12

Bike Day!
Friday, May 24
Bring your bike to school!

Memorial Day
Monday, May 27
NO SCHOOL – School Closed

Pre-K Graduation Ceremony
Friday, May 31
6:30pm – 7:30pm

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In The News: Root for Earth Special Edition Newsletter

 

Root for Earth with The Goddard School!®

To plant the seeds of environmental awareness in their communities, Goddard Schools across the nation are hosting Root for Earth, a week-long celebration of conservation that features a variety of activities for promoting a healthier Earth for future generations.

The celebration kicks off on Earth Day, Monday, April 22, with a flip of the switch as nearly 400 Goddard Schools nationwide turn off all non-essential lighting for one hour. Additionally, the children will participate in environmentally friendly activities throughout the week. Stop by from Monday, April 22 to Friday, April 26 to Root for Earth with us!

Reduce Your Carbon Footprint

Park the Car
Combine trips when running errands. Walk or ride a bike to the store when possible, and use a cloth bag!

Veg Out
Growing a garden can be a wonderful way to make an environmental difference. Have limited space? Try container or community gardening. Even toddlers can help you plant, tend and harvest your garden!

Recycle compostable garbage, such as potato peels and eggshels, in a compost bin to enrich your garden and respect the planet.

Save Energy at Home
Save water by taking faster showers, limit your bath water or install faucet aerators. Replace current water fixtures and toilets with low-flow options. Turn off the water while you brush your teeth.

Switch from standard incandescent bulbs to compact fluorescents to use75% less energy. Teach your children to always turn off lights and appliances when they leave the room. Many appliances use energy even when they are turned off. Plug them into power strips to shut off the flow of electricity.

How Does Your Garden Grow?

Start gardening with your child by showing them what happens when a seed is given the right amount of light and water. Using only a few simple supplies, your child can plant beans, watch them sprout roots and grow, grow, grow!

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

  1. Fold a paper towel and place it inside the clear container.
  2. Moisten the paper towel until it is just damp with water.
  3. Place a few beans on the paper towel and mist them lightly with water.
  4. Place the container in a sunny location.
  5. Mist the beans 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. In addition to experiencing science and nature, they will also enhance their creative and fine motor skills as they draw!

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

News Items

Parents’ Night Out
Friday, April 5
6:30pm-10:30pm

Tax Day!
Monday, April 15
We will see how high we can count!

School Picture Days
Thursday & Friday, April 18-19

Root for Earth Event
Monday-Friday, April 22-26

Goddard Family Prom
Saturday, April 27
5pm-7pm @ Ledgeview Elementary

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2013

   March 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Moral Behavior and Empathy, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

As 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.

Annual Scholarship

Did you know that your Goddard School graduate is eligible for the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship? This $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School.

The application deadline for this year’s scholarship is Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Visit The Goddard School website for scholarship eligibility criteria and application form.

Shake it Up!

Nutrition comes in many shapes and sizes–and not all of them are solid. A fruit shake is a refreshing way to start your child’s day. Choose your child’s favorite fruits or try a new one from time to time. Add a piece of whole grain toast–and maybe a little nut or seed butter–and you have a balanced breakfast alternative. Cut and freeze fruits ahead of time to make this breakfast as quick and easy as it is nutritious and fun!

Yogurt, Banana, and Strawberry Shake

Ingredients
1 Small Banana
6 Strawberries
2/3 Cup Plain Yogurt (Substitute: Soy or Vanilla Yogurt)
3 Tbsp. Orange Juice
2-3 Tbsp. 2% Milk

Directions

  1. Slice the banana and strawberries.
  2. Puree sliced fruit in a blender or food processor.
  3. Add the yogurt and orange juice.
  4. Blend until smooth. (Use milk to thin, if necessary.)

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2013

   March 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Moral Behavior and Empathy, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

As 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.

Annual Scholarship

Did you know that your Goddard School graduate is eligible for the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship? This $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School.

The application deadline for this year’s scholarship is Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Visit The Goddard School website for scholarship eligibility criteria and application form.

Shake it Up!

Nutrition comes in many shapes and sizes–and not all of them are solid. A fruit shake is a refreshing way to start your child’s day. Choose your child’s favorite fruits or try a new one from time to time. Add a piece of whole grain toast–and maybe a little nut or seed butter–and you have a balanced breakfast alternative. Cut and freeze fruits ahead of time to make this breakfast as quick and easy as it is nutritious and fun!

Yogurt, Banana, and Strawberry Shake

Ingredients
1 Small Banana
6 Strawberries
2/3 Cup Plain Yogurt (Substitute: Soy or Vanilla Yogurt)
3 Tbsp. Orange Juice
2-3 Tbsp. 2% Milk

Directions

  1. Slice the banana and strawberries.
  2. Puree sliced fruit in a blender or food processor.
  3. Add the yogurt and orange juice.
  4. Blend until smooth. (Use milk to thin, if necessary.)

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2013

   March 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: Moral Behavior and Empathy, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

As 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.

Annual Scholarship

Did you know that your Goddard School graduate is eligible for the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship? This $10,000 scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School.

The application deadline for this year’s scholarship is Wednesday, March 27, 2013.

Visit The Goddard School website for scholarship eligibility criteria and application form.

Shake it Up!

Nutrition comes in many shapes and sizes–and not all of them are solid. A fruit shake is a refreshing way to start your child’s day. Choose your child’s favorite fruits or try a new one from time to time. Add a piece of whole grain toast–and maybe a little nut or seed butter–and you have a balanced breakfast alternative. Cut and freeze fruits ahead of time to make this breakfast as quick and easy as it is nutritious and fun!

Yogurt, Banana, and Strawberry Shake

Ingredients
1 Small Banana
6 Strawberries
2/3 Cup Plain Yogurt (Substitute: Soy or Vanilla Yogurt)
3 Tbsp. Orange Juice
2-3 Tbsp. 2% Milk

Directions

  1. Slice the banana and strawberries.
  2. Puree sliced fruit in a blender or food processor.
  3. Add the yogurt and orange juice.
  4. Blend until smooth. (Use milk to thin, if necessary.)

News Items

Tuesday, March 5
March Madness Basketball Day!

Friday, March 15
St. Patrick’s Day Fun
Wear GREEN!

Monday, March 18
Career Week Begins

Friday, March 29
Teacher In-Service Day
SCHOOL CLOSED

Monday, April 1
Door Decorating Contest Voting!
Please vote for your favorite decorated classroom door.

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In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – January 2013

January 2013  

Parenting with Pruett: The Need to Feel Secure, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

The need to feel secure is a serious matter when children are out of their parents’ care. Their emotional cues are the key to understanding what can help them in being comfortable and appropriately dependent. From thumb-sucking and pacifiers to “loveys” and “softies,” children must be allowed to discover and use the props that help them to comfort themselves and manage stress, especially when parents are absent. That children can use these props and tactics is a testament to their parents’ success in helping them to cope with life’s discomforts and uncertainties.

These objects are transitional. As children grow in their capacities to adapt to and manage change and troublesome emotions, they will give them up on their own. I advise parents not to take them away, especially during these transitions. On the contrary, keep them in good repair! I have seen blankets and toys that were rags and shadows of their former selves, glued, patched and re-stitched, still providing soothing magic.

Thumb-sucking into the second year can cause some tooth disruption if it is especially intense and prolonged. Pacifiers are kinder to the mouth and teeth because they distribute sucking pressure more evenly throughout the mouth. By the first birthday, the need for non-nutritive sucking usually starts to diminish, so that by 18 months, walking and talking are picking up the self-stimulation slack. Comforting should be spread out over rocking, cuddling, softies, etc., lessening the appetite for sucking.

25th Birthday Party: Celebrating 25 Years of Learning through Play!

Save the date for The Goddard School Birthday Party: 25 Years of Learning through Play!

Goddard Schools nationwide are hosting The Goddard School Birthday Party on Saturday, February 9 (see the sidebar for event details). We are partnering with The Ronald McDonald House Charities (RMHC) to create and donate handmade birthday cards for 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!

Edible Creations

It’s a fact: children love to play with their food. Here’s an activity that is fun and lets children eat their creations!

Grab a couple bags of marshmallows (you can use minis, regular size or jumbo, or offer a selection of all three sizes) and a package or two of pretzel sticks. Set everything out on a table and let your little ones use their imaginations to create snowflakes, animals, houses and more by connecting the pretzel sticks to the marshmallows. When they are finished, snap pictures of their edible masterpieces for posterity and then dig in!

News Items

Positively Penguins Day
Monday, January 7
Bring in a penguin!

Amelia Earhart Day
Friday, January 11
Bring in a picture of an airplane!

Snow & Ice!
Tuesday, January 15
Wear “snow & ice” white today!

Winnie the Pooh Day
Friday, January 18
Bring in your favorite Winnie the Pooh character!

Strega Nona Day!
Thursday, January 24
We’ll be having a pasta party!

 

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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

St. Nicholas Day
Thursday, December 6
St. Nick will be visiting and providing delicious treats!

Favorite’s Day!
Monday, December 10
Bring in your favorite holiday book.

Nat’l Hot Cocoa Day
Friday, December 14
We will be having hot cocoa for snack!

Class Holiday Parties
Thursday, December 20
Santa will be making a special appearance!

Polar Express Day
Friday, December 21
Wear your PJ’s to school!

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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

Election Day
Tuesday, November 6
Wear red, white or blue!

Parent’s Night Out
Friday, November 9
6:30-10:30pm

Canned Food Drive Begins
Monday, November 12

School Picture Days
Thursday & Friday, November 15-16

Classroom Harvest Feasts
Tuesday, November 20

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In The News: CPAA Newsletter

 

Goddard School Students are Prepared for Success!

The Goddard School® has been at the forefront of early childhood education for the past 25 years, and the results of a recent assessment prove this to be true. Results from the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA), an early childhood assessment, show that Goddard School students consistently outperform the general population of CPAA users by a significant margin and met or exceeded grade level expectations at a higher rate than the general population in every concept assessed on the CPAA.

Goddard School assessments for the 2010-2011 school year compared with 45,000+ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten public school students and over 135,000 assessments

CPAA is an early childhood assessment system that helps teachers focus classroom instruction to achieve the greatest learning gains for each child. CPAA grew out of decades of research at Columbia University and has been successfully used by 39 state agencies, and in school districts and schools nationwide. Specifically designed to be stress-free and developmentally appropriate for learners, this program assesses each student’s level of comfort with major early literacy and mathematics concepts. Each assessment lasts approximately 15-20 minutes and is performed three times a year.

The Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) is a computer-adaptive early childhood assessment system that helps teachers focus classroom instruction to achieve the greatest learning gains for each child. The CPAA grew out of decades of research at Columbia University and has been used by schools, districts and state agencies nationwide. Stress-free and developmentally appropriate for young learners, this program assesses each student’s level of comfort with major early literacy and mathematics concepts. Children’s Progress’ diagnostic assessments, web-based reports and instructional recommendations are designed to support the ongoing formative assessment process.

Pre-K Highlights
Goddard School Pre-Kindergarteners showed exceptional performance in Reading and Numeracy.

Compared to the whole population of Pre-Kindergarten students using the CPAA:

  • 64% more Goddard School students scored Above Expectation in Numeracy
  • 60% more scored Above Expectation in Reading
  • 56% more scored Above Expectation in Patterns

Kindergarten Highlights
The proportion of Goddard School students outperforming the general population was even more striking in Kindergarten. In some cases, the percentage of Goddard students exceeding expectations was double that of the general population.

Compared to the whole population of Kindergarten students using the CPAA:

  • 100% more Goddard School students scored Above Expectation in Reading
  • 96% more scored Above Expectation in Writing
  • 91% more scored Above Expectation in Phonemic Awareness
  • Parenting with Pruett: Play and Learning, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    For most parents, children’s play is just that and no more–diversion or entertainment. But to think that play matters only in so far as it brings pleasure is to miss the forest through the trees. Play is ultimately about learning, and all play is educational play.

    The reason that children love to play is precisely because it does mean something. They come to it very naturally from the beginning months of their life. In fact, a vast amount of a child’s total learning comes through play, both alone, and with you. What are some of the things children learn through play?

    • Children learn what is soft and hard, cold and warm, scratchy or smooth, as they touch and manipulate everything within reach.
    • Children learn what is quiet and loud, pleasing and raucous, as they scream and coo, or rub and smash.
    • Children learn what works and doesn’t work, as they pull and push, fit, stack, and destroy.

    One of the most important things they learn through all this tireless trial and error is how to connect events, feelings, thoughts and learning together into experience and to file it away in their brains under certain symbols. This all starts to happen well before they have command of spoken language. Simply stated, through play, children learn to symbolize their experience.

    The enrichment of learning by play, and vice versa, also holds for the quality of the child’s relationships. Research tells us that children who are securely attached to their caregivers are better players and hence, by our reasoning, better learners. Children who have received consistent high-quality care, both emotionally and physically, who are talked to and listened to, and who have observed those around them involved in respectful interpersonal relationships carry their security–their self-confidence and feelings of self-worth–into play with others.

    News Items

    PTO Meeting
    Thursday, October 4
    6-7pm

    Simon Says!
    Friday, October 5
    We will be joining all Goddard Schools in a game of ‘Simon Says’ at the same time. We hope to break the record!

    Goddard PTO Fall Festival
    Saturday, October 13
    4-6pm
    Luther Farms, Richfield OH

    Wear “Pumpkin” Orange!`
    Friday, October 26

    Halloween Parties & Parade
    Wednesday, October 31
    Parade begins at 9:30am.

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: macedoniaoh@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – September 2012

    September 2012  

    Parenting with Pruett: Building a Pattern of Success, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Children need to learn to succeed and to be willing to try new things and tackle new challenges if they are to feel competent. Children who experience too much frustration and failure inevitably begin to try less and less. The emotional discomfort is too hard, and their best tactic becomes avoidance.

    But an essential part of learning to succeed is coping with frustration and sticking with the project until it works. This is another area where parents can give their kids a wonderful leg up. Once again, the key is to follow the child’s emotional cues.

    In teaching your child to succeed, you want to manage frustration, not eliminate it. It’s fine for your child to have to work at solving a puzzle or putting on her boots. It may take her a while, and your patience is essential. Keep letting her work the problem until you see signs that frustration is beginning to overwhelm the process. (Those emotional cues, again.) If this happens, give her a helping hand, but let her finish on her own.

    She needs to feel that burst of pleasure that comes with a win. This is how she commits her new discovery to memory. It’s also how she learns that effort + success = pleasure. Your praise of her accomplishment makes that pleasure even greater, and the whole process gets amplified.

    It’s important to remember that children need to earn their success for it to feel the way it should. It’s great for you to grab that last puzzle piece that scooted under the sofa and place it where your child can see it. But if you take the piece and finish the puzzle, you just ruined his project! For a success to count, it needs to be your child’s success, not yours. And, yes, don’t forget to praise his success.

    Give ‘Em Props: Imaginary Play

    Guide 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?

    Healthful School Lunches

    Not sure what to pack your little one each day? Here are five easy lunches to help you out!

    1. Whole wheat pita pocket, favorite veggies (sliced), low-fat cheese, strawberries, and water
    2. Whole grain pasta & cheese, cherry tomatoes (cut in half), orange wedges, and water
    3. Lean turkey on whole grain bread, sugar snap peas, apple wedges, and low-fat milk
    4. Hummus on whole grain bread with veggies, banana slices, and low-fat milk
    5. Ham & low-fat cheese pinwheels, whole grain crackers, small yogurt cup and water

    Remember, if using an insulated lunch bag, be sure to remove all lunch items and place them in the refrigerator when you drop your little one off at school. This will ensure that your child’s lunch stays at the proper temperature until it’s time to eat. If your child’s school does not have a refrigerator, make sure you use a well-insulated lunch bag with plenty of ice packs.

    News Items

    Grandparents’ Tea
    Friday, September 7
    3:30-4:30pm
    All grandparents are invited to have an afternoon snack with their grandchildren.

    Cleveland Browns Day
    Monday, September 10
    Wear your Browns’ gear!

    Meet ‘n’ Greet Ice Cream Social!
    Wednesday, September 12
    4:00-6:00pm
    Come and get to know your child’s teachers!

    Elephant Appreciation Day
    Friday, September 21
    Wear gray today!

    Johnny Appleseed Day
    Wednesday, September 26
    Apples for Snack…yum!

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
     email: macedoniaoh@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – August 2012

    August 2012  

    Parenting with Pruett: Anxiety is Part of Learning, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Worries can be powerful partners in helping a child think about the world, as long as they don’t swell to flood stage and wash away the child’s coping strategies. If a child’s worries are kept to a manageable size, especially with the help of a caregiver and a few tools, they can be effective catalysts to the mastery of learning and thinking.

    Children need to learn to manage negative emotions, and to do that, they need to experience them from time-to-time at manageable levels. The anxiety-free child is a fantasy. Anxiety is an important warning signal for potential danger. Mastering both the anxiety and the thing or event that provoked it is a powerful learning experience.

    Humor and light-hearted joking around are other powerful allies in managing anxiety, and toddlers especially delight in their growing capacity to make use of it. They experiment with practical jokes by playing on their own vulnerabilities, like drooling food, falling down, or putting clothes on backwards. The raucous laughter they exhibit and elicit through their clowning is not simply entertainment, but exploration of new strategies for controlling the world of emotion around them.

    Grandparents Day

    Grandparents do important work–they pass on family traditions, serve as trusted role models and help nurture a new generation. With National Grandparents Day coming up on Sunday, September 9, here are a few charming gift suggestions.

    • Help your child write a letter to Grammy to tell her why she is so special. Decorate the envelope with stickers, stamps and glitter.
    • Get out the paints, markers, crayons and your spare scrapbooking supplies and encourage your child to make a masterpiece for Pop-Pop. Place it in an inexpensive frame and–voilà!–it’s the perfect gift.
    • Show Nana your child’s sweet side! Bake a batch of sugar cookies and let your child decorate the cookies with colored icing and sprinkles. Your child will love making this custom cookie gift for Nana!

    How will your children celebrate their grandparents this year?

    Make Your Own Ice Pops

    Ice pops are perfect for a summer dessert or afternoon snack. Instead of purchasing them at the store, invest in an ice pop mold (or use small paper or plastic cups) and invite your little one into the kitchen to experiment with making your own. After you try the delicious recipes below, get creative and see what tasty flavors you can whip up!

    Strawberry Lemonade Ice Pops

    1 (12-ounce) can frozen lemonade concentrate
    3 cups cold water
    1 (16-ounce) package frozen sliced strawberries

    Prepare the lemonade as directed on the package. Place the frozen strawberries into a blender and puree them until smooth. If necessary, use some of the lemonade to help the strawberries blend. Stir the strawberry puree into the lemonade and pour the mixture into the ice pop molds. Freeze them until set.

    Pudding Pops

    1 package sugar-free pudding mix in the flavor of your choice
    2 cups cold low-fat milk
    2 cups low-fat Cool Whip

    Prepare the pudding as directed on the package, using the 2 cups of cold low-fat milk. Mix in the 2 cups of low-fat Cool Whip and divide the mixture into ice pop molds. Freeze them until set.

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

    News Items

    Visitor – Music DJ
    Wednesday, August 1

    Visitor – Face Painting w/ Katie Bee
    Friday, August 3

    Visitor – Ice Cream Truck visit
    Tuesday, August 7

    Teacher In-Service Day
    Friday, August 17
    School Closed

    Start of School Year Curriculum!
    Monday, August 27

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    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
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    email: macedoniaoh@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – June 2012

    June 2012  

    Parenting with Pruett: The Evolution of the Role of Fathers, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    As I look back on my experiences as a father across a few decades, it is evident that the role of fathers and expectations in society has significantly changed. More men today are physically and emotionally engaged with their children than before the industrial revolution, especially the younger ones. Co-parenting is the expectation among most newly marrying couples; the women want the help and the men want to be closer to their children than their fathers were to them. With support from women and society, increasingly active fathering is crossing many social and economic barriers.

    This is quite a good thing–for the men, the women, but most especially their children. Most men figure out parenting on the job (just like women) but they do it best when they don’t try to mother (which of course they really can’t)–comforting, disciplining, problem-solving, rough-housing and teasing in their own fashion. The science to date reassures these men–and maybe more importantly their spouses–that children respond positively to these differences and are able to manage and enjoy life better when they have a positively engaged dad or trusted father figure in their lives.

    Enjoy fatherhood and know you are making a world of a difference.

    Oh, to Be a Fly on the Wall…

    If 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?

    Healthy Summer Snacks

    Looking for “cool” (and healthier!) options to satisfy to your child’s sweet tooth?

    • Mash a very ripe banana and partially freeze for a cool ice cream-like treat.
    • Dice mango and strawberries (or other colorful fruit). Gently stir into Greek yogurt and dish up this yummy snack.
    • Roast sweet veggies such as sweet potatoes and carrots, and then blend with a bit of apple juice. Pour into a Popsicle tray, freeze and serve up this deliciously, sneaky snack.

    News Items

    Donuts with Dad!
    Friday, June 15
    7-9am

    Visitor: Story Telling w/ Robin!
    Wednesday, June 20
    10am

    Visitor: Jumping House!
    Thursday, June 21
    8am-5pm

    Visitor: Capt’n Willie!
    Tuesday, June 26
    10am

    Visitor: Ice Cream Truck Visit!
    Friday, June 29
    10am

    Contact Us

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    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – May 2012

    May 2012  

    Parenting with Pruett: Media Use by Young Children, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Remember when the American Academy of Pediatrics issued its recommendation that children two and under should not watch any television and that children over two should limit exposure to two hours per day? Many parents seemed as reassured by this advice as they were confused. How could such an esteemed organization give advice that was “so out of touch with real American family life” (as one mother commented to the evening news)? Over the last several years, children’s media appetites have hardly slackened. In fact, “screen time” has eclipsed “TV watching” as the name for such activities, given the plethora of devices on which real or animated moving and talking figures can now inform, distract, stimulate and babysit our young. So what is a parent to do?

    • If you want your children to play imaginatively (great pre-literacy foundation!), keep the playthings away from the screen. University of Massachusetts researchers found that toddler play erodes and disorganizes when TV is on.
    • Keep the media diet balanced. Print materials, screen devices, video games and DVDs should be rotated and refreshed (if not occasionally “lost”). Think of nutrition’s representation of a healthy, balanced diet. The food pyramid evokes positive images of a “media pyramid.”
    • The best way to use the positive impact of TV (yes, there is one and this is it) is to engage parent-child pairs in co-viewing programming that stimulates learning and delight with the use of humor and playfulness (not silliness), novel topics and perspectives. This prevents the use of TV as a babysitter, but that’s the point. There is no stand-in for you, or the delight that you take, in your child’s growth and health.

    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.

    According 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.

    Father’s Day Craft: Popsicle Stick Puzzle

    With Father’s Day right around the corner, here is a craft that is not only fun for the children, but fun for dads, too!

    Materials
    8-10 large Popsicle sticks
    White glue
    Tape
    Small utility knife (for the adult helper’s use only!)
    A copy of a favorite photo of daddy

    Instructions

    1. Lay the Popsicle sticks side-by-side so they align at the top and bottom.
    2. Place pieces of tape along the top and bottom of all the sticks to hold them together.
    3. Flip the sticks over, center the photo and stick it to the Popsicle sticks using white glue.
    4. Place a few heavy books on top and let it dry completely.
    5. When dry, remove the tape on the back and have the adult helper use the utility knife to separate the Popsicle sticks and cut through the photo.
    6. Mix the sticks up and wrap them or bundle them together and tie a ribbon around them and give to dad on Father’s Day!

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

    News Items

    Muffins with Mom
    Friday, May 11
    7-9am

    Bike to Work Day!
    Friday, May 18
    Bring your bike to school!

    Strawberry Day
    Monday, May 21
    Wear Red today!

    Cookie Monster’s Birthday
    Friday, May 25
    Wear Blue!

    Pre-K Graduation Ceremony
    Friday, June 1
    6:30 pm
    Wilcox Elementary, Twinsburg

    Contact Us

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    Macedonia
    www.goddardschool.com
    3304680488
    email: macedoniaoh@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April 2012

    April 2012  

    Parenting with Pruett: Grown-up Play, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    A wonderful way to play with and teach your child is to bring her into your world. Toys are great, but they are no substitute for the grown-up world where the real events of life happen. It’s in this grown-up world that children come to see themselves as players, not bench warmers. When they contribute what they can to that world, self-esteem gets a big boost.

    Have your child help with your chores. Involve her in whatever ways you can with your work. Include her in your hobbies and favorite pastimes as well. Children love to do “grown-up” things and imitate others. When you let them work and play alongside you, they get the best of both worlds.

    10 Tips for Raising a Book Lover

    1. Provide a wide selection of age-appropriate books. Don’t limit books to your children’s play space. Consider making some available in their bedroom, on the lower shelf of a “grown-up” book shelf, on the coffee table, etc. Be sure to place the books within their reach.
    2. Be sure your child has a cozy reading spot. Consider making an area in the family room or playroom with a comfy cushion or child-sized chair, stuffed animals and a big basket of books to choose from!
    3. Consider serving snacks or meals that relate to the stories your child enjoys. Add just a drop or two of green food coloring into scrambled eggs and you could serve green eggs and ham for breakfast!
    4. Read to your child at every stage. Some parents begin reading to their children before they are even born!
    5. It’s never too late to start a reading routine with your child. Set a goal of reading at least one book per day with your child–even on the busiest of days!
    6. Include a bedtime story as part of your everyday routine.
    7. Don’t limit reading to bedtime. Cuddle up and enjoy giggling with your child over a funny book during the day.
    8. If your child has a tough time sitting still during story time, encourage her to color or manipulate play dough while you read the story.
    9. Point to the words as you read. This helps children start to associate sounds with letters.
    10. Ask your child questions as you read. “How do you think that made her feel?” “What color do you think he will choose?” Be sure to answer your child’s questions as you go along.

    Mother’s Day

    Mother’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 he is grateful for his mommy (Dads, grandparents, significant others…you’re going to have to help out with this!). Let him have fun and get creative–he can write words that describe her, draw a picture, write a poem and make lists of the favorite places he goes with mommy and the activities they do together. Paired with a great big hug and a kiss from her little one, his mommy is sure to think it’s the best Mother’s Day gift ever!

    News Items

    National Car Day
    Tuesday, April 17
    Bring in a car!

    Earth Day
    Friday, April 20
    Wear GREEN in honor of Earth Day!

    International Macaroni Day
    Monday, April 23
    We’ll be making macaroni art today!

    Planets and Beyond!
    Wednesday, April 25
    Bring in a picture of your favorite planet!

    Zipper Day
    Monday, April 30
    Wear something with a zip, zip, zipper!

    Contact Us

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    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: macedoniaoh@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2012

    March 2012  

    Parenting with Pruett: Be a Role Model by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Be a role model. Children are highly imitative and like to please. The more good behavior you demonstrate, the more they will copy. The more approval they get for their good behavior, the more good behavior you will get from them.

    Play is Learning

    Have you ever caught a glimpse of your child playing and pretending to be you, or someone you know? Dramatic play and socio-dramatic play are important components of children’s cognitive and social development.

    By acting out real or fictional situations through dramatic play (pretend play), children work through their feelings and their understanding of the world. Dramatic play lets them process their perception of events and/or roles. For instance, if a child is playing house as the “mommy,” she is expressing her view of what a mother’s role is. She is practicing how “mommy” would or could react to different situations. This may not represent the reality of the role for her, but rather her interpretation of “mommy” in this particular situation in this place and time.

    Socio-dramatic play (dramatic play with social interaction) lets children practice social rules. When playing alone there is no etiquette to follow; however, when another child or adult is involved, each party has to follow certain rules. Children who are playing “brother and sister” with children who are not their siblings are experimenting with different social interactions and testing how others will react.

    The Goddard School encourages both dramatic and socio-dramatic play. Classrooms include “dress up” areas to support children’s creativity and imagination. Teachers fill these areas with real-life props relevant to curriculum topics.

    Are you interested in an example of how this works? Let’s say the lesson plan focuses on numbers. Your child’s teacher might add telephones, calculators or cash registers to the dramatic play center because these props involve numbers in realistic situations. Your child is learning to memorize his telephone numbers. The teachers encourage children to apply this skill in the dramatic play center by suggesting the children “call” one another. When learning about money, your child may play “store” and take turns playing the roles of customer and shopkeeper with her friends.

    Play is a child’s work—they are practicing for the future. This practice comes without judgment—they can rehearse roles, feelings and ideas in a completely uninhibited environment.

    Spring Scavenger Hunt

    If you’ve spent a lot of time indoors this winter, now is the time to get out and enjoy the great outdoors again! How about welcoming spring by going on a scavenger hunt around your yard and neighborhood and seeing how many signs of spring your family can find? Look–or listen–for some of these things:

    • A caterpillar
    • A robin
    • Baby bunnies
    • Bike riders
    • Birds’ nests
    • Birds chirping
    • Car windows rolled down
    • Children playing outside
    • Crocuses blooming
    • Frogs or toads
    • House windows open
    • Leaves budding on trees
    • People taking a walk
    • Plants emerging
    • Someone washing their car

    What other signs of spring can your family find?

    News Items

    Donald Duck Day
    Tuesday, March 13
    It’s Donald’s Birthday! We’ll be learning fun things about Donald.

    St. Patrick’s Eve
    Friday, March 16
    Wear GREEN today!

    National Puppy Day
    Friday, March 23
    Bring in a stuffed dog today.

    National Waffle Day
    Monday, March 26
    Waffles for snack…yum!

    “Something on a Stick” Day
    Wednesday, March 28
    We will be having popsicles for snack!

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: macedoniaoh@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – February 2012

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     February 2012

    Parenting with Pruett: Traveling, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Traveling for work is more common than ever. Many people dislike it, especially the children who are left at home without knowing why. How many of us have learned to deal with a temporary cold shoulder upon our safe return?

    • Explain why you have to go as simply as possible and don’t minimize the time away to ‘ease’ your absence. It strains trust all around.
    • For preschoolers and older children, mark the days you’ll be gone on a calendar and show them your destination on a map.
    • Do NOT sneak out–it robs children the chance to cope or express their feelings to you.
    • Make a ritual of phone calls, even when children have little to say. Remember, you are the one who had to go, so it is your responsibility to hold the relationship together.

    Try your best not to travel around special family events such as holidays, birthdays and important school events. And when you return home, be home–stay off the phone or computer and get down on the floor with your kids. Stay there till they get up and wander away. They will eventually understand why you travel. For now, prove that you’ll always come home.

    5 Tips for Healthful Eating

    Lead the charge in developing a healthier lifestyle for your family. Eating a variety of foods rich in vitamins and nutrients provides children with the essentials they need to build healthy minds and bodies.

    1. Offer encouragement – Encourage your child to eat a variety of foods to help them get the nutrients they need from each food group. By doing so, they are more likely to enjoy trying new foods!
    2. Be a good role model – It’s no surprise that children are likely to mimic their parents’ food choices. If your children see you enjoying fruits, vegetables and whole grains, they will be more likely to enjoy them as well.
    3. Stock up on healthy choices – Make sure that your cupboards and refrigerator are filled with healthy options rather than prepackaged foods filled with sugar and sodium. Read nutrition labels before purchasing groceries so you know exactly what is in the foods you are buying–just because it’s made with whole grains doesn’t necessarily mean it’s healthy.
    4. Serve balanced portions – The United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) has turned the Food Pyramid into a plate. The USDA’s MyPlate illustrates balanced portion sizes for the five foods groups–Fruits, Vegetables, Grains, Protein and Dairy–in a familiar way by using a standard mealtime place setting.
    5. Follow a schedule – Set a daily schedule for meals and snacks (3 meals and 1-2 snacks per day is recommended), with plenty of time between each. This will help children learn the importance of structured eating and help them to stay feeling full throughout the day.

    Let it Snow!

    Whether your area gets blanketed with snow each winter or you see nary a flake, here’s an activity to help your family celebrate the magic of snow together.

    Here are a few tips before you begin:

    • Be prepared for a mess.
    • Cover your work area with newspaper or a drop cloth.
    • Use your kitchen or a tiled area to make cleanup less stressful.
    • Have your child wear a smock or an old t-shirt to protect her clothes.

    • Remember your own childhood and relish the FUN!

    Snow Art

    1. Spray shaving cream on a table or placemat.
    2. Let your child finger-paint with the shaving cream.
    3. When your child has completed a design, press a piece of dark construction paper over their shaving cream masterpiece.
    4. The result is a snowy scene!

    *Children should have adult supervision throughout all activities.

    News Items

    Community Games
    February 6-10

    Parents’ Night Out
    Friday, February 10
    6:30 pm to 10:30 pm

    Open House
    Saturday, February 11
    10 am to 12 pm

    Valentine’s Day Parties
    Tuesday, February 14
    Start at 3:30 pm

    National Public Sleeping Day
    Tuesday, February 28
    Wear your PJ’s to school!

    Annual Scholarship
    The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School. To learn more about the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship and how your Goddard School graduate can apply, Click here.The deadline for applications is February 19, 2012.

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, Ohio 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – January 2012

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     January 2012

    Parenting with Pruett: Playing with Your Child, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    The best way to know what your child thinks about his world before he can tell you directly in words is through playing together. It is right there, in his play sequences and manipulations that you see and hear what he understands and thinks about the world you share. Remember, however, that this is his play, not yours. You are a partner and a facilitator, occasionally a “go-fer,” but you are not playwright, producer or director.

    Celebrate Diversity

    As toddlers and preschoolers, children are beginning to notice there are differences between themselves and others. While their observations are very broad at this point–a child may notice another child’s hair is different from his, but not quite know why–they are beginning to form their own ideas about what all these differences mean, and their natural inquisitiveness can lead to many questions.

    To help your child understand, learn to respect and celebrate differences in others, guide him as he explores and learns from the diverse world around him.

    • Be open to his questions and provide clear, age-appropriate answers. Listen attentively and explain why certain words or thoughts are hurtful.
    • Embrace differences in others, don’t try to avoid them. Use books, music, games and food to explore different cultures together.
    • Set a good example through your positive relationships with others. Your little one will learn to accept and respect their peers, too.

    Banana in a Blanket

    Perfect for breakfast or shared as a snack, this delicious, hearty little recipe is sure to please!

    1 six-inch whole wheat tortilla
    1 tablespoon cream cheese or sunflower seed butter
    1 banana
    1 teaspoon maple syrup or honey
    1 tablespoon granola

    1. Lay the tortilla on a plate and spread the entire surface evenly with the cream cheese or sunflower seed butter.
    2. Sprinkle the tablespoon of granola over the cream cheese / sunflower seed butter.
    3. Peel the banana and place on one edge of the tortilla. Roll the tortilla to wrap the banana in the “blanket.”
    4. Drizzle maple syrup or honey on top, slice in half and serve.

    News Items

    Positively Penguin Day
    Monday, January 9
    Bring in a penguin…                  okay, not a real one!

    Winnie the Pooh Day
    Wednesday, January 18
    Bring in your Pooh Bear!

    National Popcorn Day
    Thursday, January 19
    Popcorn for snack!

    Strega Nona Day
    Thursday, January 26
    We’ll be having a pasta party w/ Strega Nona!

    Backward Day
    Tuesday, January 31
    Wear something backwards, silly!

    Annual Scholarship
    The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School. To learn more about the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship and how your Goddard School graduate can apply, Click here.The deadline for applications is February 19, 2012.

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, Ohio 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – December 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     December 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: The Tender Touch, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    The way we handle our children physically is crucial to their developing self-esteem. We convey our children’s inestimable value through the ways we touch. As important as words are over time, the way we are with them from the beginning matters more than what we say.

    In addition to the value of a loving touch, we parent best when we stay emotionally available and warm with our children. When we are able to sustain this availability as a constant through our “parental tone”–through feeding, bathing, dressing (when they are babies), meals, limit settings, awakenings and bedtime for older children–it helps us stay responsive to our children’s cues. That’s why it’s best to pick up those crying babies in the first six months of life and see what the problem might be, no matter how many times you have done it before. Or to put your arm around the pouting toddler and say, “I’m right here–what do you need?” If you are lucky enough to figure it out, the baby or toddler will respond instantly, and if you’re not, at least you’ve shared a good, if noisy, cuddle in the meantime. There is no harm in showing him you are there for him and you care enough to try.

    Goddard School Pre-K and Kindergarten Graduates are Eligible for a $10,000 College Scholarship!

    The Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship is awarded annually to a junior or senior high school student who graduated from The Goddard School. This scholarship is awarded annually to a Goddard School Pre-K or Kindergarten graduate who demonstrates the work ethic and perseverance that exemplified Martino’s commitment to his career, family and community. To learn more about the Anthony A. Martino Memorial Scholarship and how your Goddard School graduate can apply, click here. The deadline for applications is February 19, 2012.

    Warm Winter Wishes Craft

    This special homemade photo gift is sure to warm hearts this winter! Create one for a special someone or make many to give as gifts to family & friends.

    What you need:
    Sheets of colored paper or craft foam
    Ribbon or small adhesive magnets
    Small photo(s) of your family or child
    Glue stick
    Child-safe scissors
    Washable markers
    Pencil
    Single hole punch
    Decorative “winter” craft accessories of your choice

    What to do:

    1. Use a pencil to trace your child’s hand on a sheet of paper or craft foam. Trace each finger individually or around their four fingers together and thumb separately to make a mitten shape.

    2. Carefully cut out the hand or mitten shape, and then trim your photo to fit in the “palm” of the cutout. Glue the photo in place.

    3. Here’s the fun part! Encourage your little one to get creative with washable markers and “winter” craft accessories to add their own decorative touch!

    4. When your child is happy with their masterpiece, either punch a hole in the top and tie a ribbon through it for hanging or attach small adhesive magnets to the back for hanging on the refrigerator.

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

    News Items

    St. Nicholas Day
    Tuesday, December 6

    National Hot Cocoa Day
    Wednesday, December 14
    Cocoa will be served during snack time!

    Holiday Parties
    Friday, December 16
    Our “special guest” will be in attendance…ho-ho-ho…

    Pajama Day
    Friday, December 23
    Wear your PJ’s to school!

    Winter Break
    December 26 – January 2
    School Closed

    2011 Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys
    Our Preschoolers enjoyed a unique opportunity to play and learn during our annual Toy Test. 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.

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, Ohio 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     November 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: Moral Behavior and Empathy, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    As 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 inborn temperament, and that some children are naturally more empathetic than others. However, research also shows that empathetic parents tend to have empathetic children. So this important attribute is clearly shaped by example and teaching as well as by genes.

    The ability to show children how 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. Peek-a-boo is a great example.

    Our Votes are in for the 2011 Preschooler-Approved Top Ten Toys!

    In September, 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.

    Packing a Healthy Lunch

    Ensure your child gets a much-needed boost of energy and nutrition from his midday meals by following these simple tips for packing a healthy lunch.

       

    • Include whole grains. Many breads, snacks and cereals are made with whole grains, so it’s easier than ever to make them part of your child’s daily diet. If he turns his nose up at brown whole grain bread, there are many white whole grain options available.
    • Supply fruits and veggies. Rinse and prepare cucumber slices, celery sticks, baby carrots, apple wedges, blueberries or strawberries at the beginning of the week and store in single-serve containers in your refrigerator. Let your child choose one veggie and one fruit to add to their lunch each day.
    • Offer calcium-rich options. Send along fat-free or low-fat milk (or a calcium-fortified milk alternative like soy milk), a yogurt cup, yogurt-based dip for fruits and veggies or low-fat cheese. Be sure to include freezer packs to keep these items cold, especially if there won’t be a refrigerator available to store your child’s lunch.
    • Provide protein. Whether in a sandwich (made with whole grain bread, of course!) or just rolled up on its own, lean turkey, roast beef or ham from the deli counter are a healthier alternative to fattier options like bologna.

    News Items

    Sesame Street Day
    Thursday, November 10
    Bring in your favorite Sesame Street character doll.

    American Recycle Day
    Tuesday, November 15
    Bring in one item to recycle.

    School Picture Days
    Thursday & Friday, November 17 & 18

    Classroom Thanksgiving Feasts
    Tuesday, November 22

    Thanksgiving Break
    Thursday & Friday, November 24 & 25
    School Closed

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, Ohio 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.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 – October 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     October 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: Values, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Your child watches and copies your behavior all the time. The best way to teach values is to live by them. Your child quickly comes to know which values you just talk about and which ones you actually live by. Teaching by example helps the most, but ultimately the child’s embrace of these principles makes them stick, not the parent’s appreciation of them. Children learn to embrace values by watching and then by doing. Involve your children in your own good deeds and positive actions. For example, if you’ve agreed to feed your neighbor’s cat, have your children fill its water bowl. At the dinner table, make sure you mention that you spent the afternoon helping your elderly neighbor clean out her garage. It’s even better if the children can help you finish the job on the weekend.

    What Am I Learning Today?

    At The Goddard School, parents receive Daily Activity Reports to provide ongoing communication about the experiences their child has at school each day. The Daily Activity Reports allow for informed, open conversations among our teachers and parents and, more importantly, between parents and their child.

    Studies have shown that when a parent discusses their child’s day with him or her, their child feels the importance of their place in the world, develops self-worth and builds self-esteem. It’s also been discovered that reviewing and discussing a child’s day allows information to move from short-term memory to long-term memory, a great way to extend their learning experience at home!

    Naptime Tips

    Consistency is the key when it comes to your child’s naptime. It is an important part of their day, and a regular naptime routine will ensure that your child gets the sleep she needs. Below are a few tips that can help make naptime a breeze:

    • Choose a regular, daily naptime and stick to it – early afternoon is best.
    • Have your child visit the potty before heading off for their nap.
    • Naps should occur in the same place your child sleeps at night.
    • Choose a calming activity to do for a few minutes before naptime to help your little one wind down, e.g., they can practice a few yoga poses or flip through their favorite book.
    • Enter the room with the lights off or dimmed low.
    • Play soothing music or sing a soft lullaby to help them fall asleep.
    • Provide a “lovey” for naptime snuggling.

    News Items

    PTO Fall Festival
    Saturday, October 15
    3-6 pm
    Luther Farms

    Mismatch Day
    Monday, October 17
    Wear clothes that DO NOT match!

    Count Your Buttons Day
    Friday, October 21
    Wear something with a lot of buttons!

    World Pasta Day
    Tuesday, October 25
    We’ll be making pasta art today!

    Halloween Parties & Parade
    Monday, October 31
    9:30-10:30 am

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, Ohio 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – September 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     September 2011

    Goddard School Students are Prepared for Success!

    The Goddard School® has been at the forefront of early childhood education for the past 25 years, and the results of a recent assessment prove this to be true. Results from the Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA), an early childhood assessment, show that Goddard School students consistently outperform the general population of CPAA users by a significant margin and met or exceeded grade level expectations at a higher rate than the general population in every concept assessed on the CPAA.

    Goddard School assessments for the 2010-2011 school year compared with 45,000+ Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten public school students and over 135,000 assessments

    CPAA is an early childhood assessment system that helps teachers focus classroom instruction to achieve the greatest learning gains for each child. CPAA grew out of decades of research at Columbia University and has been successfully used by 39 state agencies, and in school districts and schools nationwide. Specifically designed to be stress-free and developmentally appropriate for learners, this program assesses each student’s level of comfort with major early literacy and mathematics concepts. Each assessment lasts approximately 15-20 minutes and is performed three times a year.

    The Children’s Progress Academic Assessment (CPAA) is a computer-adaptive early childhood assessment system that helps teachers focus classroom instruction to achieve the greatest learning gains for each child. The CPAA grew out of decades of research at Columbia University and has been used by schools, districts and state agencies nationwide. Stress-free and developmentally appropriate for young learners, this program assesses each student’s level of comfort with major early literacy and mathematics concepts. Children’s Progress’ diagnostic assessments, web-based reports and instructional recommendations are designed to support the ongoing formative assessment process.

    Pre-K Highlights
    Goddard School Pre-Kindergarteners showed exceptional performance in Reading and Numeracy.

    Compared to the whole population of Pre-Kindergarten students using the CPAA:

    • 64% more Goddard School students scored Above Expectation in Numeracy
    • 60% more scored Above Expectation in Reading
    • 56% more scored Above Expectation in Patterns

    Kindergarten Highlights
    The proportion of Goddard School students outperforming the general population was even more striking in Kindergarten. In some cases, the percentage of Goddard students exceeding expectations was double that of the general population.

    Compared to the whole population of Kindergarten students using the CPAA:

  • 100% more Goddard School students scored Above Expectation in Reading
  • 96% more scored Above Expectation in Writing
  • 91% more scored Above Expectation in Phonemic Awareness
  • Simon Says: An Exercise for Academic Excellence

    A recent study published in the Psychological Assessment journal found that preschool children who regularly participate in “Head-Toes-Knees-Shoulders” tasks like Simon Says may do better academically. According to Megan McClelland, an associate professor of human development and family science at Oregon State University, games like Simon Says can help children improve their self-regulation skills through listening carefully and following directions. Click here to read more about this very important study.

    The Goddard School believes in the importance of self-regulating games and the power of learning through play. Join participating Goddard Schools across the nation in a record-breaking game of Simon Says! On Friday, September 23rd, children, parents, faculty and guests at Goddard Schools nationwide will participate in the Guinness World Recordstm “Largest Game of Simon Says (Multiple Venues).” This unique synchronized event, which illustrates the power of play for learning in an exciting and innovative way, will take place at 1:00 PM EDT and 10:00 AM PDT. Each Simon Says game will culminate in the singing of The Goddard School Play Along Song

    Parenting with Pruett: Play and Learning, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    For most parents, children’s play is just that and no more–diversion or entertainment. But to think that play matters only in so far as it brings pleasure is to miss the forest through the trees. Play is ultimately about learning, and all play is educational play.

    The reason that children love to play is precisely because it does mean something. They come to it very naturally from the beginning months of their life. In fact, a vast amount of a child’s total learning comes through play, both alone, and with you. What are some of the things children learn through play?

    • Children learn what is soft and hard, cold and warm, scratchy or smooth, as they touch and manipulate everything within reach.
    • Children learn what is quiet and loud, pleasing and raucous, as they scream and coo, or rub and smash.
    • Children learn what works and doesn’t work, as they pull and push, fit, stack, and destroy.

    One of the most important things they learn through all this tireless trial and error is how to connect events, feelings, thoughts and learning together into experience and to file it away in their brains under certain symbols. This all starts to happen well before they have command of spoken language. Simply stated, through play, children learn to symbolize their experience.

    The enrichment of learning by play, and vice versa, also holds for the quality of the child’s relationships. Research tells us that children who are securely attached to their caregivers are better players and hence, by our reasoning, better learners. Children who have received consistent high-quality care, both emotionally and physically, who are talked to and listened to, and who have observed those around them involved in respectful interpersonal relationships carry their security–their self-confidence and feelings of self-worth–into play with others.

    News Items

    Grandparents’ Tea
    Friday, September 9
    3:30-4:30 pm

    Cleveland Browns Day
    Monday, September 12
    Wear Your Browns’ Gear!

    Elephant Appreciation Day
    Thursday, September 22
    Wear the color “elephant gray” today!

    Ultimate Block Party!
    Friday, September 23
    We will be playing the game “Simon Says” with other Goddard Schools!

    Parents’ “Back to School” Night
    Wednesday, June 29
    6:15 – 7:00 pm

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, Ohio 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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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–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.

    News Items

    Face Painting!
    Friday, August 5

    Ice Cream Truck Visit
    Thursday, August 11

    PTO Meeting
    Thursday, August 11
    6:15 – 7:15 pm

    Meet ‘n’ Greet Ice Cream Social
    Thursday, August 18
    4:00 – 6:00 pm
    Come meet your teachers!

    Teacher In-Service Day
    Friday, August 19
    School Closed

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, Ohio 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.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 – July 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     July 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: Talk With Your Child, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Hopefully you have been talking with your child since the moment she was born. Chat with her about what you and she are doing. She’ll become part of the conversation sooner if you express to her what you love about being a parent.

    Establishing a School Day Routine

    Although it may feel like summer has only just begun, soon enough you’ll be sending your little one back to school. During the lazy, hazy days of summer, routines may have become a bit lax. Below are some helpful tips to establish a daily school day routine.

    • Set a school-night bedtime. The entire family will probably need to start waking up earlier than usual once school begins, so set an earlier time for you and your child to hit the sack each night. This will ensure you all get the proper amount of rest needed to tackle the busy morning routine and be bright and alert for the school/work day.
    • Prepare the night before. Pack lunches, backpacks and choose clothes for the next day the night before. Check notes from the school/teacher to make sure your child has everything they need for school the next day. Find a location near the door to set shoes, backpacks and other school necessities so everything is ready to go when you leave the house in the morning.
    • Create your own “Have a great day!” signal. Involve your child in developing a special way for the two of you to say good-bye to each other when you drop them off at school in the morning. It could be a funny handshake, secret phrase or even just a wink and smile. Only the two of you will know you really mean, “Have a great day! I love you.”
    • Allow unwind time. Set aside some time to allow your child to unwind at the end of the day. Children need this, especially during the first few weeks of getting into the back-to-school routine. The change in schedule can be overwhelming, so having some time to relax or play quietly when they get home from school can be beneficial.
    • Recap the day together. Whether around the dinner table or during one-on-one time with your little one each evening, ask them about their day and share yours with them. You’ll both benefit from the special time together to listen and share.
    • A Day at the “Beach”

      When it’s just too hot (or rainy) to go outdoors, consider creating your own indoor oasis for a day filled with summer fun!

      Start by creating a space in your living room or play room that can be used as the “beach.” Have your child wear their best beach outfit, complete with flip flops and sunglasses, and lay beach towels on the floor. If you have beach balls or other beach-related decorations, bring them out to add to the fun.

      During their day at the “beach,” encourage your child to use their imagination to pretend they’re swimming, surfing in the waves, or the lifeguard watching over all the swimmers. Read your child’s favorite beach-related books together, eat lunch picnic-style on your beach towels, play a game of beach ball catch and even take a nap on the “beach.”

    News Items

    Ice Cream Truck visit
    Wednesday, July 13

    Jumping House
    Thursday, July 21

    Capt’n Willie!
    Tuesday, July 26

    Jungle Safari Show
    Wednesday, July 27

    Family Appreciation Fun Day
    Saturday, July 30
    10 am to 12 pm

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, Ohio 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – June 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     June 2011

    Look Who’s Talking

    Dads are talking to The Goddard School in a comprehensive study conducted over the last few months by BluePrint Research Group.

    And what are dads telling us?

    Over 1,000 fathers from across the United States were surveyed, and the findings revealed the areas in which fathers are most focused regarding their children’s welfare-notably regardless of income bracket, race or ethnicity. The research found the fathers ‘Top Five’ motivators were:

    1. Providing basic needs (food, clothing, shelter)
    2. Providing and maintaining a safe home environment
    3. Giving financial support
    4. Ensuring children have a good education
    5. Teaching children to respect their mothers

    In addition to fathers providing good home lives and emotional support to their children, researchers also found that providing a good education for their child ranks most important for fathers in terms of being a role model, with three out of four fathers visiting a preschool before enrolling their child.

    Dr. Kyle Pruett, who is an advisor to The Goddard School as well as an expert in the field of fathers and internationally known child psychiatrist and author, provided guidance in the formation of the study – one of the largest of its kind. According to Pruett, “There’s an abundance of research on mother/child relationships available, but there is only a fraction highlighting the father/child relationship and fathers’ roles in the home. We felt it was imperative, given the changes in the family in recent generations to look into the importance of fathers in the lives of our nation’s children.”

    We wish all our families a very Happy Father’s Day

    Playing it Cool

    When the summer sun blazes bright, children often spend more time outdoors–running, jumping, climbing, biking and being active. It is important to remember that physical activity in excessive heat can cause a variety of health issues including sunburn, heat stroke, heat exhaustion, heat cramps and heat rash. Below are a few tips that can help prevent your child from experiencing any of these heat-related illnesses. (Please note: If you feel that your child is experiencing symptoms of a heat-related illness, dial 911 and seek medical attention immediately.)

    1. If you are aware that the day is going to be excessively hot, try to limit outdoor play time to the morning and evening hours (before 10 am and after 4 pm).
    2. Sunglasses and hats with brims help protect against the sun’s harmful rays. Always apply a sunscreen with SPF 15 or above that protects against UVA and UVB rays before your child heads outdoors. Apply liberally and reapply every two hours and after swimming or sweating.
    3. Lightweight, light-colored, loose-fitting clothing should be worn in a single layer to help absorb and facilitate sweat evaporation. If your child should sweat through their clothing, have them change into a dry outfit before continuing their activity.
    4. Fluids, fluids, fluids! Children should be well hydrated before they go out to play and have access to drinking water while participating in outdoor activities.
    5. During prolonged outdoor activity, like a sports game or practice, children should be given frequent breaks (in 20-minute increments) to recover (in the shade) and rehydrate.

    Taste the Chill

    Homemade frozen treats are a great way to beat the heat this summer. Here are a few simple treats you and your child can make together to cool down on the hottest of summer days.

    • Frozen Fruit Pops: Use frozen berries and/or fresh fruit and experiment with different combinations. Blend your fruit of choice in a blender with a bit of all-natural fruit juice and pour into ice cube trays. After the cubes have set up for a few minutes, insert Popsicle sticks into each one and freeze completely. When ready, pop them out one by one and enjoy!
    • “Ice Cream” Sandwiches: Spread a bit of sugar free Cool Whip®: on a graham cracker and top with another graham cracker. Wrap in plastic wrap and freeze. When completely frozen, unwrap and savor your tasty “ice cream” sandwich creation!
    • Frozen Bananas: Peel a banana and cut it into two pieces. Insert a Popsicle stick in the flat end of each piece of banana. Use a butter knife or spatula to cover the banana with your choice of peanut, soy or sunflower butter; honey or chocolate syrup and roll in granola, whole grain cereal or chopped nuts. Place the bananas on a tray covered with parchment paper and freeze. Children will “go bananas” for this fun frozen treat!

    News Items

    Jumping House
    Wednesday, June 15
    We will have the jumping house here all day!

    Donuts with Dad
    Friday, June 17
    7:00 am to 9:00 am
    Attention Dads: You’re invited to have breakfast with your child!

    Flower Clown
    Tuesday, June 21
    The Flower Clown will be sure to make you any sculpture of your choice…with balloons!

    Ice Cream Truck
    Thursday, June 23
    The ice cream truck will be making a stop at our school!

    Jungle Terry the Animal Guy
    Wednesday, June 29
    Jungle Terry will bring many animals for “show and tell”!

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, Ohio 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – May 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     May 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: Playing With Your Child, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    The best way to know what your child thinks about his world before he can tell you directly in words is through playing with him. It is right there, in their play sequences and manipulations that we see and hear what they understand and think about the world we share. Remember, however, that this is his play, not yours. You are a partner and a facilitator, occasionally a “go-fer,” but you are not playwright, producer or director.

    Keeping in Touch: Family Newsletters

    Nowadays it’s easier than ever to stay in touch with family and friends. Email, Facebook, Twitter, blogs and such allow us to keep our loved ones (and the world) apprised of our every action. But in the age of 140-character limits, sometimes it’s difficult to get the whole story across.

    Most commonly used at holiday time, family newsletters are a great way to keep family and friends both near and far up to date on all of your family’s happenings throughout the year as well. Set aside some time every few months (or every month, if possible) to jot down the latest news, with details-trips, activities, milestones, birthdays, promotions, etc. You can send a mass email or post it to your blog, but consider sending “snail mail” versions on decorative paper (preferably decorated by the children) to very special family members like grandma and grandpa. It’ll be a nice surprise in their mailbox and they’ll anxiously await each new newsletter!

    If you’d like to take your newsletter to the next level, take a family vote on a name for your newsletter like the “Griffin Gazette” or the “Thompson Times.” Add sections for jokes and riddles, upcoming events and a family photo or two. Working together as a family to compile your newsletter is a great way to foster collaboration and communication while having fun!

    Goodies for Daddy!

    This Father’s Day (Sunday, June 19th), why not surprise dad with his own special snack mix? With help from an adult, little ones can mix up their own special creation for dad using a combination of the snack items below (and anything else you think dad might like). Then, decorate a disposable food container with markers, paint and craft supplies to store dad’s special treat!

    • Nuts (peanuts, cashews, almonds, etc.)
    • Raisins
    • M&M’s®
    • Cheerios®
    • Chex® cereal
    • Small pretzels
    • Teddy Grahams®
    • Goldfish® crackers

    When complete, consider writing a little ingredients list for dad to attach to the package, such as: “Ingredients: peanuts (because I’m your peanut), raisins (because you’re so good at raisin’ me), Teddy Grahams (for a big bear hug) and M&M’s (because you’re so sweet).”

    News Items

    Muffins with Mom
    Friday, May 6
    7am to 9am
    All moms are welcome to have breakfast with their child today!

    Teacher Appreciation Week
    Monday, May 9 to Friday, May 13
    Thank you teachers!

    Kite Day
    Thursday, May 12
    Bring in a kite to fly!

    Week-Long Open House
    Monday, May 16 to Friday, May 20
    Free Registration for new families!

    Pre-K Graduation
    Thursday, May 26
    6:30pm
    Congratulations Class of 2011!

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, Ohio 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: The Goddard School hosts "Door Decorating Contest"

     

     

    Contact: 
    Chris Lindley
    School Owner
    The Goddard School
    (330) 468-0488
    MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

    The Goddard School hosts “Door Decorating Contest”

    Contest Theme: Passport Around The World

    Macedonia, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) April 12, 2011 –The Goddard School located in Macedonia, Ohio is hosting its’ annual Door Decorating Contest. The theme this year, which is based on the summer camp theme, is “Passport Around the World”. As such, each classroom was given a country and the teachers had to decorate their classroom doors in association with their chosen country.

     
     
    Parents, children, and teachers will have the chance to determine the winner by voting for their favorite door. Voting will take place from Monday, April 11 thru Friday, April 15. The winner will be announced on Monday, April 18.
     
    Please stop by sometime if you are interested in seeing our beautiful facility. We encourage you to take part in our voting. Thank you.
     

    About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

    Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

     

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     April 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: Positive Reinforcement, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    One way to encourage children to behave in a positive, pro-social manner is to use positive reinforcements. A positive reinforcement is something the child enjoys that you use to show your pride and support after he accomplishes the desired behavior. You do not hold the token out as the reason to behave positively in the first place. Our favorite “reinforcer” of desirable behavior and extinguisher of undesirable behavior is the surprise bonus. This is the unpromised, unexpected goody. The child feels great getting it and sees it as generous, as opposed to the earned reward, for which he is just doing what’s expected at the close of the contract. With the promised earned reward, he winds up feeling that it is just accounting, not the unanticipated affirmation of his essential worthiness for being or doing something you – and he – value a lot.

    Whistle While You Work

    Chores are a valuable life activity for everyone. They help fulfill our basic need to feel needed and contribute to our household. Helping others, and doing a good job at it, helps boost children’s self-esteem, while making them feel more confident, competent and valuable. However, getting children to put down the toys, turn off the television and get off the couch to help clean, declutter and spruce up the house isn’t an easy chore in itself! Here are some great ways to motivate children of any age to consistently get their chores done, while minimizing the moaning and groaning.

    • Keep a list of chores for every member of the family-even mom and dad. This helps children see that no one in the house is exempt from doing their fair share of the housework. If they see in black and white what mom and dad do each day, their chores may seem like less of a hassle.
    • Don’t expect perfection. When introducing a new chore, show your child how it is done first and then let them do it their way. It may not be exactly how you’d like it to be done, but at least they’re making an effort. Don’t step in and take over or redo the chore after they have finished. Next time, offer some tips on how to do it better. They’ll learn eventually and be encouraged to keep up with it.
    • Time it! If a chore is assigned, give a time frame for completing it. If not, your child may realize they can put it off until you or someone else takes care of it. When a chore is completed properly and on time, offer appreciation and praise for your child’s diligent follow through.

    Pocket Full of Kisses

    With Mother’s Day just around the corner, here’s a craft that little ones can do (with an adult’s assistance and supervision, of course) to thank mom for all that she does.

    What you need:

    • Two white paper plates
    • Crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint
    • Hole punch
    • Yarn, ribbon or a long shoelace
    • Safety scissors
    • Bag of Hershey’s KISSES®
    • Peel-and-stick magnets (optional)
    1. Cut one paper plate in half and leave the other one whole.
    2. Use the hole punch to punch holes, about one inch apart, along the straight edge of the cut plate.
    3. Put the plates together so that the outside edges match up (this will form the pocket). While they are together, continue to punch holes, about one inch apart, around the edges of both plates.
    4. Use the yarn, ribbon or long shoelace to sew the two plates together. (You won’t actually sew the straight edge of the cut plate to the full plate, but you can lace the yarn through these holes for decoration and added support.)
    5. Tie the ends of the yarn, ribbon or shoelace together when sewing is complete.
    6. Make a hole at the top and tie a piece of yarn or ribbon through for hanging on the wall or attach a few peel-and-stick magnets to the back for hanging on the refrigerator.
    7. Decorate with crayons, washable markers and/or water-based paint.
    8. When complete, fill the pocket with Hershey’s KISSES® and present to mom on her special day! Once the KISSES® are gone, mom can continue to use the pocket for recipes, coupons or more candy.

    News Items

    National Sibling Day
    Friday, March 8
    Bring in a picture of your sibling (if you have one).

    National Pet Day
    Monday, April 11
    Bring in a picture of a pet.

    Severe Weather Week
    April 18 – April 21

    An Egg Hunt Eggs-travaganza!
    Thursday, April 21
    We’re having an egg hunt!

    Teacher In-Service Day
    Friday, April 22
    School Closed

    Happy Easter!

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Stepping Up For The Environment

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

    Contact:

    Chris Lindley, School Owner 

     (330) 468-0488

    Macedoniaoh@goddardschools.com

     

     

    Stepping Up For The Environment

    Earth Hour 2011

    Macedonia, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) March 10, 2011 –Get global with The Goddard School® located in Macedonia! Did you know that during Earth Hour hundreds of millions of people, organizations, corporations and governments will come together to make a bold statement by doing something quite simple—turning off their lights for one hour? The Goddard School located in Macedonia will be Stepping Up for the Environment on Friday, March 25th, at 10:00 a.m.

    We look forward to you joining our celebration!

    About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

    Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

     

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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!

    News Items

    Community Helpers Month

    Mardi Gras
    Tuesday, March 8

    Name Tag Day
    Thursday, March 10
    We will be creating our own nametags.

    St. Patrick’s Day
    Thursday, March 17

    Career Week
    March 21 – March 25
    Parents are invited to come in and talk about their career!

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.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: School Fundraiser to help Autism Society of Greater Akron

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: 
    Chris Lindley
    School Owner
    The Goddard School
    330-468-0488
    MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

    School Fundraiser to help Autism Society of Greater Akron

    100% of fundraiser profits will be donated by The Goddard School located in Macedonia.

    Macedonia, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) February 24, 2011 — The Goddard School located in Macedonia, Ohio is hosting it’s annual spring fundraiser. We are selling Malley’s Chocolates for the third consecutive year. All proceeds (100% of profits) this year will benefit: 

    Autism Society of Greater Akron
    PO Box 2831
    Akron, Ohio 44309
     
    For more information on this organization, please see their website regarding the Autism Society and their 1st Annual Akron Walks for Autism. The website address is: http://www.autismsocietygreaterakron.org
     
    The dates of the fundraiser are as follows:
     
    *Pamphlet orders: February 28 – March 21
    *Internet orders: February 28 – March 28
     
    All pamphlet orders can be picked up at the school on Monday, April 11th. All internet orders will be delivered to your home before the Easter holiday.
     
    We would like to thank everyone for their support!

     

    About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

    Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 45,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

     

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    In The News: The Goddard School located in Macedonia is having The Goddard Community Games!Local preschool offers event for community

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Chris Lindley
    The Goddard School® located in Macedonia 
    330-468-0488
    MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

    The Goddard School located in Macedonia is having The Goddard Community Games!
    Local preschool offers event for community

    Macedonia, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) February 3. 2011– The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to six years old, located at 2073 Alexandria Way  is hosting The Goddard Community Games Open House on Saturday, February 5 from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.

    Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. The teachers will have many fun activities and games planned for the children.  Families will also receive a free registration  when they enroll by February 5.

    On-site owner, Chris Lindley, along with his Education Director, Laura Kalman, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, 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 Chris Lindley directly to arrange a personal appointment at 330-468-0488.

    About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

    Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the tenth consecutive year (January 2011) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the fourth consecutive year (October 2010); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 370+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 34 states. With a successful system in place and dedicated franchisees, GSI is the acknowledged leader in franchised childcare and a premier educational childcare provider in the United States.

     

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – February 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     February 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: Imagination and Fear, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Don’t forget that your little one does not see and experience the world the way you do. Not yet. Even when children acquire more language, parents must not forget that the magic world is still there. Vacuum cleaners can persist as hungry monsters, and the bathtub drain may continue to be a source for real concern.

    This is particularly worth remembering when your child is exploring. He may seem to be exploring like a scientist, but his imagination is still transforming what he observes. His version of “cause and effect” is probably not yours. I’ve seen two year olds work VCRs. I can only imagine why they think those pictures pop onto the TV screen! But I do know this: if a child displays uneasiness or fear in the face of a new “discovery,” you should remember the awesome power of the imagination, respect your child’s emotional turmoil, and deal with it accordingly. And reassure, reassure, reassure.

    In sum, play and imagination provide a powerful, effective way to cope with new fears in the child’s expanding world. Imagination allows the child to be the master of past events and future unknowns, addressing his worries and working through them to a safe and happy ending.

    Make Fun Food

    If you have a picky eater on your hands, one great way to entice little ones to try new foods is to make eating them fun!

    1. Try turning everyday foods into shapes and animals, such as slicing a bagel and arranging it on a plate to look like a slithering snake or using cookie cutters to cut sandwiches into hearts, stars or dinosaurs.
    2. Shrink family-size recipes into personal-size versions. Children will feel special having their very own bite-size pizza.
    3. Make a face! Use fruit and veggies to spruce up a boring sandwich with eyes, ears and a mouth.
    4. Let your child help you prepare the meal. If they have a hand in making it, they’ll be more inspired to taste it.
    5. Encourage your child to play with their food! They can build a mountain out of their mashed potatoes or a veggie train out of their peas and carrots, and then have fun eating them up!

    Thumbsucking and Pacifiers

    Parents often become stressed by their child’s dependence on a pacifier or a thumb. The consensus of the medical community, however, is don’t worry. Most children outgrow their interest in their thumbs or pacifiers by the time their permanent teeth appear (usually around age four or five). In the meantime, if your child uses a pacifier, consider the following safety tips:

    • Never tie a pacifier around your child’s neck.
    • If the nipple of the pacifier appears brittle, replace the pacifier.
    • Choose a pacifier that is a solid molded piece instead of pieces fused together.

    If your child has difficulty giving up her pacifier or thumb, consider the following:

    • Explain to your child that in order for his teeth to come in straight, he will have to give up his pacifier or thumb. (You would be surprised how often a straightforward explanation works.)
    • Trade the pacifier or thumb for another means of security: a bear, a blanket, etc.
    • Wean your child off her pacifier or thumb by reducing the amount of time she can use it. Because this is a habit, remember to offer a lot of positive reinforcement and support. It is not easy to give up a comfy habit…give her time. Bedtime will probably be the most difficult, so phase it out last.

    News Items

    Wednesday, February 2
    Groundhog Day
    Wear brown to school!

    Saturday, February 5
    Community Games – Open House
    11 am to 1 pm

    Friday, February 11
    Nat’l White T-Shirt Day
    Wear your favorite white t-shirt to school!

    Monday, February 14
    Valentine’s Day Parties
    3:30 pm to 4:30 pm

    Monday, February 28
    Public Sleeping Day
    Wear your PJ’s to school!

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    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – January 2011

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     January 2011

    Parenting with Pruett: Delayed Speech and Impairments, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Speech can be delayed for a number of reasons. However, it is essential to check out possible medical reasons, including impairments to a child’s hearing, ability to coordinate the muscles of the tongue, lips and mouth, or to process language properly. Some auditory problems can be greatly relieved if treated early enough. Once medical problems have been ruled out, other reasons for delayed speech include:

    • Preference for gestural language – Over-attentive parenting can make it less necessary for a child to speak since the parent is talking for everyone. Refusal to speak can also be a form of negativism. So stand back a bit to encourage the little guy to work with words to let you know what he means and wants.
    • Bilingual households – Children raised with more than one language can often take up to an extra year to start speaking as they grapple with the sounds and vocabulary of two tongues. But they will typically speak both languages fluently when they finally do start talking – a nice reward for the wait!

    Going to the Dentist

    Many new parents wonder, “When should I take my child to the dentist for the first time?” According to the American Dental Association, your child should have their first dental visit by their first birthday, or sometime within six months of when they get their first tooth.

    When looking for a dentist for your child, you may choose to go to your regular family dentist or a pediatric dentist. There are advantages to both, such as familiarity with your family dentist and specialized training for children with the pediatric dentist. The most important aspect to consider is that you and your child are comfortable with your choice. If you choose to find a pediatric dentist, it’s best to ask your family dentist for a recommendation or visit the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry Web site for a list of pediatric dentists in your area.

    During your child’s first visit, the dentist will speak with you in depth about your child’s overall health history, their oral health history (including teething, biting, thumb-sucking and feeding) and answer any questions you may have. Then, the dentist will examine your child’s teeth, gums, jaw and oral tissues. The dentist may also demonstrate the best way to clean your child’s teeth at home, provide information on what to expect as your child grows and offer suggestions for your child’s optimal oral health. Most dentists will wait until follow-up visits (within the next six months) to professionally clean and polish your child’s teeth, take x-rays and give a fluoride treatment.

    Build a “Snowman”!

    Whether you live in the snowy northeast or sunny southwest, you and your child can build (and eat!) your own yummy snowman!

    Ingredients (for one snowman):
    3 Thick slices of banana
    1 Pretzel stick (broken in half)
    1 Apple wedge

    Several mini chocolate chips or small raisins

    On a plate, line up the banana pieces to build the body of your snowman. Add one half of the pretzel stick to each side of the second banana slice for arms. Place the mini chocolate chips or raisins for eyes, a nose and buttons, then top off your snowman with an apple wedge hat!

    Get creative with other pieces of fruits and veggies and decorate your snowman with a scarf, mittens and even boots!

    *An adult should oversee all recipes and activities. Recipes and activities may not be appropriate for all ages.

    News Items

    Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
    Monday, January 17

    National Hat Day
    Friday, January 21
    Wear your favorite hat!

    Strega Nona Day
    Wednesday, January 26
    We are having a pasta party!

    Ernie’s Birthday
    Friday, January 28
    Bring a Sesame Street character to school.

    Goddard Community Games
    Saturday, February 5
    We are hosting an Open House from 11 am to 1 pm.

    Contact Us

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    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – December 2010

     

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     December 2010

    Parenting with Pruett: Join Your Child, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Follow your child’s lead in activities they are already involved in. Don’t take over – it will turn them off. But if you want them to learn, become a partner in the exploration they have begun. Add a ball to hide in the pots and pans scene or move close and take their hand if they are wary of a dog on a walk. Don’t instantly rescue (unless safety is an immediate concern) because you will lose one of those interesting moments of tension that could be mastered, leading a child to a wider, more complex understanding of the world.

    Word Wonderland

    Winter is a great time to snuggle up with your little one and share in the adventures of a good book. Children of all ages will benefit from this quality time with you and their imaginations will soar with every turn of the page.

    Stick to simple board books with one picture per page and contrasting colors for the youngest readers (Infant to One Year). Make exaggerated faces to express emotion, change your voice, describe everything and point to the items on each page as you make your way through the book. Watch your child for clues as to what part of the book is his/her favorite.

    As children grow, so can their stories. Progressively move to longer books and allow your child to interact by pointing to items, turning the pages and even reading some themselves, if developmentally appropriate. Continue to make faces and change your voice for characters or make sounds for objects and animals. If they’re still learning to sound out words, help them along by annunciating sounds in a normal tone and prompting them to repeat after you.

    Together, you and your child can learn, laugh and create fond memories as you beat the winter blues, book after book.

    Some great winter books to check out: Biscuit’s Snowy Day by Alyssa Satin Capucilli, Welcome Winter by Jill Ackerman, Winter Friends by Carl R. Sams and Jean Stoick and Winter by Gerda Muller.

    Get Out and Play!

    Don’t let the chill in the air keep your children indoors and inactive this winter. Bundle up appropriately and get out and play!

     

    • Check local Web sites and activity guides for places you can hike, ski, sled, ice skate or snowshoe.
    • Romp in the snow and enjoy an exciting snowball fight.
    • If it’s too cold to be outdoors, consider indoor activities such as swimming, karate and dance.
    • Limit TV, video game and computer time to encourage your children to get active.
    • Set a good example. If you’re telling your children to get out and play, make sure you do, too!

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

     

    News Items

    St. Nicholas Day
    Monday, December 6

    Holiday Favorites
    Thursday, December 9
    Bring in your favorite holiday CD or book!

    National Cocoa Day
    Monday, December 13
    Hot chocolate for snack!

    Holiday Parties!
    Thursday, December 16
    Parties begin at 3:30pm. Our special “white-bearded” guest will be here!

    Winter Break-School Closed  December 27-December 31

    Contact Us

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    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – November 2010

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     November 2010

    Parenting with Pruett: Preschool Socialization, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Preschools can help a great deal by having children listen to both read and told stories, and then discussing their content. This encourages a sense of cooperation by listening and playing with others and rehearsing self-reliance by helping with group chores.

    • Separating from you at drop off;
    • Practicing self-care skills, like hand washing;
    • Learning to share instead of being possessive;
    • Using expressive, not receptive speech;
    • Learning to play cooperatively with others;
    • Learning to express powerful feelings;
    • Feeling pride in own accomplishments;
    • Feeling increasingly okay at greater distances from you; and
    • Trying to be less impulsive by thinking before acting.

    Preschool can also assist by helping children practice their sharing skills during play times; directing them to learn more language through imaginative play, songs and stories and inhibiting their aggressive impulses by learning to “use words, not hands” to problem solve.

    Encouraging Good Table Manners

    With holiday meals soon to be in full swing, our younger diners may benefit from these simple tips for minding their manners when dining with others.

    • If the meal is not buffet style, wait until everyone has been seated and has their food before beginning to eat.
    • Place your napkin in your lap before beginning to eat and use it to dab your mouth, when necessary.
    • If you have to blow your nose or pick your teeth, excuse yourself to go to another room or restroom.
    • Always say “excuse me” should you burp.
    • If you don’t think you like something that is being served, try a bit and then move on to the rest of the food on your plate.
    • Always eat with utensils unless the food is meant to be eaten with fingers.
    • Do not put your elbows on the table. (This rule is okay to break if you’re not actually eating.)
    • Chew with your mouth closed and do not talk with your mouth full.
    • Always say “thank you” when you are served
    • Politely ask that items out of reach be passed to you. Do not reach over other people’s plates.
    • Eat slowly.

    Outdoor Autumn Fun

    Try these fun activities with your child while you’re exploring the great outdoors this fall.

    Alphabet “I Spy” – Look for something that starts with an “A,” then a “B,” all the way through the alphabet to the letter “Z”!

    Outdoor Sound Map – Pick a spot outdoors to sit down. Mark an “X” on a piece of paper to represent where you are sitting. Close your eyes and listen to all the sounds (e.g., animals, people) around you for a minute or two. Draw pictures on the map of all the sounds you hear and where they are coming from.Outdoor Sound Map – Pick a spot outdoors to sit down. Mark an “X” on a piece of paper to represent where you are sitting. Close your eyes and listen to all the sounds (e.g., animals, people) around you for a minute or two. Draw pictures on the map of all the sounds you hear and where they are coming from.

    Rock Colors – Count the number of different colors that you can find in a rock.

    Tree Rubbings – Use a crayon and paper to do rubbings on various tree barks.

    News Items

    Veterans’ Day
    Thursday, November 11
    Wear red, white & blue

    Homemade Bread Day
    Wednesday, November 17
    We are making homemade bread…yum!

    Picture Days
    Thursday & Friday, November         18 & 19

    Classroom Harvest Feasts
    Tuesday, November 23
    The feasts begin at 11:00am.

    Ohio State Day                       Wednesday, November 24         Wear your scarlet and grey!

    NO SCHOOL
    Thursday & Friday, November         25 & 26
    Thanksgiving Break

    Contact Us

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    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – October 2010

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     October 2010

    Parenting with Pruett: Early Speech, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Children explore behavior in stages. When a new behavior emerges that is unacceptable, such as biting or using bad language, overreaction on your part can actually reinforce it. Kids like oversized reactions. Moreover, they remember what really gets your goat – those actions come in very handy when you’re near the breaking point. So don’t tip your hand. A firm, “we don’t bite” followed by removal, if necessary, is much better than a big flap. On bigger issues, such as stealing (not uncommon before children understand the concept of ownership), calm explanations work best.

    Kitchen Connections: Mini Pumpkin Pies

    Enjoy a taste of fall and quality time with your little chef as you help each other create these easy-to-make, delicious to eat mini pumpkin pies!

    4 crushed graham crackers
    2 tablespoons butter (softened)
    1 15-ounce can pumpkin pie filling
    1 package vanilla pudding mix
    1/2 teaspoon cinnamon
    1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
    2 cups milk
    Whipped cream topping
    4 9-ounce plastic cups

    1. Make the crust first by mixing the softened butter and graham crackers in a bowl. Set aside.
    2. In the second mixing bowl, combine the pumpkin pie filling, dry pudding mix, cinnamon, nutmeg and milk.
    3. Pour the pumpkin mix into each cup (about three-quarters full).
    4. Put the cups in the refrigerator to firm.
    5. Top with whipped cream and serve!

    Reading Readiness

    Many parents look forward to announcing that their child can read, but the truth is children are reading long before they can interpret the pages of a book. As with most things in life, reading requires the proper building blocks before it can begin.

    Reading begins with language and how it relates to your child’s world. Creating a language-rich environment will help your child’s vocabulary grow. Language develops with every interaction you have with your child — infants begin by reading their parents’ facial expressions while older children develop their vocabulary by listening and eventually repeating what their parents say. Verbalize your child’s world and he or she will begin to repeat sounds and syllables — be sure to pause, speak and alter conversation style.

    A print-rich environment may also help prepare your child for reading by making the connection between your child’s world and the symbols we use to communicate, so make your home an active learning environment. Start by labeling household items with pictures and words so your child will learn to associate everyday items with their symbols. Lead by example and let your child see you read often. Teach your child to respect books — while pages will rip and bindings will break, your child will learn to value books and their content if you set a high expectation for their care.

    Remember, it takes many interactions with the alphabet and phonemic awareness for reading skills to develop. While it may be difficult to remain patient, be assured that reading will happen when your child is ready.

    News Items

    Wear Red for Fire Prevention Week
    Thursday, October 7

    Bring in a Car or Train for Space & Transportation Month
    Friday, October 15

    Monster Mash Day!                  Wednesday, October 20

    The moon is made of cheese!
    Tuesday, October 26
    Cheese for snack!

    Harvest Parties & Parade
    Friday, October 29
    Parade begins @ 9:30am

    Contact Us

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    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – September 2010

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     September 2010

    Parenting with Pruett: Early Speech, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Funny as early speech may sound, don’t exploit the humor of it at your child’s expense. Whenever a new skill emerges, it is at its most raw and tender (remember your first poetry recital?); stuttering and stammering are normal when children are learning to speak. Treat early language with the respect it deserves. It has taken tremendous effort to get there. Say it back correctly if you figure out what it is, but don’t “correct” too much. Be patient. Early language should feel good to both of you, and not because it’s right, but because it is intimate communication between two people who feel deeply connected to each other. Soon she won’t be saying much if her first words always are being corrected.

    Packing a Healthful Lunch

    What should you pack in your child’s lunch? In most states, parents are required to pack a lunch that represents a balance of foods from the major food groups. But how do you make this interesting to your child?

    Variety is not necessarily the spice of life to a toddler or preschooler. As long as the lunch you are packing is nutritious, do not feel obligated to change your child’s lunch every day. It takes 10 to 12 introductions to a new food before a child is usually willing to even taste it.

    • Smaller foods are not only easier for your child to eat; they are generally more fun to eat too! Cut sandwiches into playful shapes with cookie cutters – stars, hearts, letters or circles.
    • Include dips in your child’s lunch. Yogurt is a great dip for fruit and salsa makes a great dip for veggies.
    • Instead of including a sweet, consider applesauce or yogurt with fruit as a treat.
    • Pasta is always a favorite and can be eaten hot or cold. Cook your favorite pasta, add a few veggies, and include a sprinkling of parmesan cheese.
    • Dice hard cheese for a terrific source of calcium.
    • Pack an ounce of love with each lunch – add a special note or sticker to brighten your child’s day!

    Fun Fall Fitness!

    As the seasons start to change and the weather begins to cool, it’s a great time to get outside and get moving with your family! Here are some suggestions for fun fall family activities:

    Go Apple Picking – Walk around the orchard with your family and then enjoy the delicious, healthy snack you handpicked from the trees! You can also use the apples to make homemade applesauce or as a paint stamp.

    Go for a Bike Ride – Don’t forget to wear your helmets and bring water bottles in order to stay hydrated.

    Rake Leaves – Have your child help you rake the fallen leaves in your yard, and reward his or her efforts with a celebratory jump in the pile!

    Create a Scavenger Hunt – Make a list of fun fall items for your child to find in the backyard, such as red, yellow or orange leaves, acorns or a special item that you hide yourself!

    Regular schedules create a day with structure. The repetition of routines encourages your child’s memory development, and the consistency helps him or her adjust to a regular schedule.

    News Items

    National Teddy Bear Day!
    Thursday, September 9
    Bring your favorite teddy bear to school.

    Grandparents’ Tea!               Friday, September 10
    3:30pm to 4:30pm
    All Grandparents are invited to have an afternoon snack with their grandchildren!

    Cleveland Browns Day!
    Friday, September 17
    Wear your favorite Cleveland Browns’ gear.

    Say Good-Bye to Summer!
    Tuesday, September 21
    Popsicles for snack.

    Johnny Appleseed’s Birthday!
    Monday, September 27
    Apples for snack.

    Contact Us

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    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – August 2010

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     August 2010

    Parenting with Pruett: SIBLINGS, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Don’t underestimate how your own experience as a sibling – in a particular birth order – affects your perception of your children’s experience. You may be off by a mile in your evaluation of your child’s jealousy of a new baby if you are the baby in your own family, or the first-born. Keep the dialogue open with your children about the shape of their sibling relationships and you will learn a lot.

    BIKE HELMET SAFETY

    Many children do not like wearing helmets because they fear they are “uncool.” Because of this, it is important to have your children start wearing a helmet with their first tricycles or play vehicles to get them in the habit. Let your children know you expect them to wear a helmet every time they ride. Be a role model and wear a helmet when you ride your bike; your children are more likely to wear a helmet if they see you demonstrating good safety.

    Allowing your children to choose their own helmet will increase the probability that they will want to wear it. Make sure when purchasing a new helmet that it is the correct size. Never buy a helmet that your child will “grow into.”

    • The helmet should sit level on your child’s head. It should be low on the forehead, about one or two finger widths above their eyebrows.
    • Adjust the straps so they meet in a “V” right under each ear.
    • Adjust the chinstrap snugly under the chin so that no more than one or two fingers fit under the strap. Keep the helmet tight enough so the helmet pulls down when you child opens his or her mouth.
    • Always make sure helmet straps are buckled when your child is riding.

    ESTABLISHING A BACK-TO-SCHOOL ROUTINE

    Children’s routines are very relaxed in the summer – bedtime is later, snacks are around the clock, more time is spent watching TV and playing with toys. With the back-to-school season here, it can be very difficult to reestablish the school year routine. Bear in mind, you must slowly re-introduce their regular schedules a few weeks before school actually begins so that everyone is used to the change (parents included). Here are a few tips to get your children back into the swing of things:

    • Slowly move bedtime back to an earlier time. Children need 9 to 11 hours of sleep each night, depending on their age.
    • It’s very easy to slip into irregular meal times during the summer, so as the school year gets closer start eating meals regularly and begin to align meal time with the school year schedule.
    • Limit the amount of time your children spend watching TV and playing games. They will need to refocus on schoolwork.
    • Help your children prepare for school the night before. Assist in selecting clothes to wear for school and making sure they have all of their school supplies in their backpack. After a while, they will be able to do this without your assistance.
    • Have a daily schedule posted in an area your child will see each day, like the refrigerator.

    Regular schedules create a day with structure. The repetition of routines encourages your child’s memory development, and the consistency helps him or her adjust to a regular schedule.

    News Items

    Jumping House!
    Tuesday, August 10

    Bike Day
    Friday, August 13
    Bring your bike to school!

    Ice Cream Truck visit
    Tuesday, August 17

    Movie & PJ Day!                             Thursday, August 19                   Wear your PJ’s!

    SCHOOL CLOSED
    Friday, August 20
    Teacher In-Service Day

    Contact Us

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    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: The Goddard School located in Macedonia is having a Week-Long Open House!

     

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: 
    Chris Lindley
    School Owner
    The Goddard School
    330-468-0488
    MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com
    The Goddard School located in Macedonia is having a Week-Long Open House!

    Local preschool offers event for community

    Macedonia, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) July 21, 2010 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to six years old (nine years old in summer) located at 2073 Alexandria Way is hosting a Week-Long Open House from August 2 to August 6 from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm.
     
    Children and families of all ages will enjoy fun activities as well as the opportunity to participate in classroom activities. Families will also receive $100 OFF the first month’s tuition when they enroll during the Open House.
     
    On-site owner, Chris Lindley, along with his Education Director, Sandy Kennedy, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7:00 am to 6:00 pm, 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 Chris Lindley directly to arrange a personal appointment at 330-468-0488.

     

    About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

    Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) and one of the Top 200 Franchise Systems (in worldwide sales), by Franchise Times, for the third consecutive year (October 2009); Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) is expanding The Goddard School® network throughout the United States. Headquartered in King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, GSI currently licenses 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 34 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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – July 2010

     

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     July 2010

    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 TV 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.

    Preparing for Summer Fun

    Are you planning a summer vacation with your children? Young children are natural explorers and typically adore adventures. But they love them even more when they have been prepared for new experiences. Better-prepared kids are kids who cope better. Here are some suggestions to prepare your children – to get the most educationally and emotionally out of your adventures.

    • Talk about where you are going and why.
    • Discuss how long you will be there and a few things they can expect.
    • Ask them what they think they will see or want to do.
    • Suggest some “I Spy” targets to look for on your way to your destination. This makes them better travelers and learners.
    • Wrap-up the experience on the way home by discussing the surprises and the discoveries.

    When you do this right, it feels like a shared family adventure in which everyone’s experience matters and contributes to its success. It also helps parents feel less like travel agents or teachers, and more like moms and dads who know what their children need. Enjoy first – learn second – remember always.

    FAMILY PICNIC TIME

    Introduce your children to the wonders of a picnic…grab the picnic basket and a blanket. But food is still the most important picnic ingredient:

    What to pack: (Always consider age-appropriateness!)

    • Easy-to-transport veggies: baby carrots, celery, cucumbers, peppers
    • Bottled water or sippy cups with water
    • Trail mix: Make your own. Include nuts, raisins, pretzels, dried fruit, and coconut.
    • Fresh fruit: Slice it or cube it and put it in small individual containers.
    • Pre-sliced cheese and whole-grain crackers.
    • Pre-cut sandwiches: Peanut butter and banana or cream cheese and cucumber on whole grain bread.
    • Plastic utensils.

    Picnics are a great family outing, and can become a treasured family memory. Plan your picnic according to your family dynamics to ensure a pleasant experience.

    • Does your toddler need a nap at two? Then make it a brunch picnic so you are home in time.
    • Does your preschooler need high-energy activity before sitting down to a yummy lunch? Bring a Frisbee, a few balls, and maybe a kite – play first, and eat later.

    News Items

    Animal Puppet Show
    Friday, July 9

    Mr. Paul the Magician
    Tuesday, July 13

    The Bubble Lady
    Thursday, July 15

    Dance Party!
    Tuesday, July 20

    Ice Cream Truck Visit
    Wednesday, July 21

     

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.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 – June 2010

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     June 2010

    Parenting with Pruett: Curiosity & Repetition, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Encourage curiosity and understand that repetition is a good thing for him, boring though it might be for you. The neurological basis for the insistence on the familiar lies in the fact that when synaptic connections are repeatedly activated by the same stimulation, they become immune from elimination during the brain’s pruning process. They survive to become permanent neural connections that enhance learning. So go ahead and do what your child likes – over and over. This is a good rut to be in.

    Healthy Vibes: Fruits & Vegetables

    If your child seems uninterested in sampling fruits and vegetables, consider your presentation. Children love to DIP!

    • Cut fruit into bite-size pieces and provide a healthy side dip like nonfat or low fat vanilla yogurt.
    • Veggies cut into easy to manage pieces with a side of nonfat or low fat sour cream or plain yogurt are yummy, too!

    Children also love dessert! For a healthy and delicious dessert try this unique fruit salad, it will have your child’s taste buds watering! Remember: Meal preparation presents a wonderful opportunity to model good food choices as well as providing quality time with your child.

    Ingredients:

    • 1/2 papaya, cubed
    • 1/2 fresh pineapple, peeled and cubed
    • 2 kiwi, peeled and cubed
    • 1 teaspoon of minced fresh ginger
    • 2 tablespoons of orange juice

    Directions:

    Mix all of the fruit in a large bowl. Crush the ginger into the orange juice, and then sprinkle the fruit with the orange juice mixture.

    Goddard Schools Launch Goddard Gets Gardening Program

    Gardening has the ability to teach children patience and responsibility, healthy eating, environmental awareness and, most importantly, builds self-esteem. The Goddard Gets Gardening initiative introduces children, at an early age, to the excitement of gardening and provides an enriching and educational hands-on opportunity.

    Each Goddard School will develop a unique gardening experience, from sensory gardens that teach children about the five senses to indoor gardens that demonstrate how easy it is to grow food inside. Whether children live on a farm, in the suburbs, or even in the city, the Goddard Gets Gardening program will encourage children to learn about sustainability, food preparation, plant identification, healthy eating and more.

    News Items

    Ice Cream Truck visit!
    Monday, June 14

    Flower Clown visit
    Thursday, June 17

    Donuts with Dad
    Friday, June 18

    Jungle Safari Show
    Thursday, June 24

    Jumping House!
    Wednesday, June 30

    ***All visitors during the summer months will perform in the morning.***

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Teacher of the Year Develops Innovative Program

     

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact: 
    Chris Lindley
    School Owner
    The Goddard School
    (330) 468-0488
    MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com
    Teacher of the Year Develops Innovative Program

    The Goddard School® located in Macedonia, Ohio, Awards KarenAnn Sasala

    Macedonia, OH (Grassroots Newswire) May 24, 2010 — KarenAnn Sasala, a preschool teacher at The Goddard School located in Macedonia, Ohio, received the “Teacher of the Year” award in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3 – 7.

    Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School, presented its fourth annual “Teacher of the Year” award to four Goddard School early childhood educators in recognition of their exemplary work.  These teachers were responsible for initiating ongoing projects that benefit their classrooms, schools or communities.

    KarenAnn Sasala implemented an imaginative method to develop children’s fine motor skills and self confidence.  She created a project called “Come Sew With Us.”  She not only encourages children to be creative in class, she also uses their projects to benefit the community.  Sasala, with the children’s help, makes receiving blankets, burp cloths and embroidered bibs that are donated to children in foster care, emergency assistance centers and other service organizations in the area.

     “KarenAnn represents one of our best resources in early childhood education.  GSI is proud of her accomplishments and looks forward to many successful years ahead,” says Dana Kline, vice president of operations for GSI.

    GSI received numerous “Teacher of the Year” nominations from Goddard School owners and directors as well as recommendations by parents, peers and, in some cases, children.  In addition to the recognition, the teachers received a cash prize and a gift package from GSI. 

    The Goddard School offers a year-round program for children from six weeks to six years old, which focuses on building a strong and balanced foundation of emotional, social, cognitive and physical skills for each child.  Children are encouraged to develop at their own pace in a warm environment supported by a team of dedicated teachers. 

    The award-winning Goddard School located in Macedonia, Ohio, opened in June of 2007 and is owned and operated by Chris Lindley.  Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour, call Chris to arrange a personal appointment at (330) 468-0488 or visit online at www.goddardschool.com.

     

    About Goddard Systems, Inc. www.goddardschool.com

    Recently named #1 Childcare Franchise in the United States, by Entrepreneur magazine, for the ninth consecutive year (January 2010) 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 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 students in 39 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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    KarenAnn Sasala, a preschool teacher at The Goddard School located in Macedonia, Ohio, received the “Teacher of the Year” award in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week, May 3 – 7.

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    In The News: The Goddard School® located in Macedonia  Earns Top HonorMacedonia school receives Teacher of the Year Award

     

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

    Contact:
    Chris Lindley
    The Goddard School® located in Macedonia
    330-468-0488
    MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

    The Goddard School® located in Macedonia  Earns Top Honor
    Macedonia school receives Teacher of the Year Award

    Macedonia, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) May 11, 2010 — The Goddard School located at 2073 Alexandria Way in Macedonia has recently earned the Teacher of the Year Award.

    Miss KarenAnn Sasala was voted the 2010 Goddard School Teacher of the Year Award for the central region. Miss KarenAnn is a lead teacher in the Charming Chickling preschool classroom and has been a part of the Goddard team since the school opened in June 2007. There are some 10,000 teachers in The Goddard School franchise system.

    “We’re proud to earn this top honor and be recognized for our commitment to reach the highest professional standards,” said Chris Lindley, owner of The Goddard School located at 2073 Alexandria Way in Macedonia. “This recognition demonstrates to our community that children in our program receive the best possible care and early learning experiences.”

    Miss KarenAnn was overjoyed with emotion when she was surprised by the attendance of her immediate family, with whom she is very close, when the award was given. She was joined by her husband Alan, daughters Katie and Valerie, and son Steven with his wife Jen and their son Robert. KarenAnn’s youngest child, Daniel, was in school at the time and could not be in attendance.

    The Macedonia location opened in June 2007. The school accommodates 155 children, ages six week to six years. Parents are encouraged to drop in for a tour or call Chris Lindley or Sandy Kennedy directly at 330-468-0488 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 ninth consecutive year (January 2010) 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 360+ franchised schools with more than 43,000 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: Goddard Parent Newsletter – May 2010

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     May 2010

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

    Basic pointers for setting limits:

    • Keep rules to a minimum. Focus on the big-ticket items that govern safety and the important aspects of social behavior. To set more rules than your child can manage at any given age is just confusing.
    • Be consistent. Enforce rules consistently. Only set rules you will maintain.
    • Don’t overreact. When a new behavior emerges that is unacceptable, overreaction on your part can actually reinforce it. Children like oversized reactions.
    • Match punishment to the child’s understanding. Don’t use punishment until a child is cognitively capable of understanding what action is being punished and why. Children do not reach this level of mental maturity until somewhere near the second birthday. Until a child can understand the offense, parents should use distraction and physical removal to stop unwanted or unsafe behavior.

    Summer Learning Program

    According to research conducted by the National Center for Summer Learning, which is based at the Johns Hopkins School of Education in Baltimore, Maryland, summer learning loss accounts for about two-thirds of the difference in the likelihood of a student pursuing a college preparatory path in high school. As these findings indicate, keeping children’s brains challenged throughout the summer is crucial, since the lack of learning that occurs during these months has both short-term and long-term consequences.

    Keeping a child’s day consistent throughout the summer months keeps the brain focused and helps prevent learning losses during the summer. In addition, this can potentially ease the anxiety that often accompanies transitioning into a new classroom or school come fall.

    Research has shown that programs like The Goddard School that have specific learning goals, use learning and developmental standards and are age-appropriate are ideal in preventing summer learning losses.

    Why You Chose the Best:

    • The Summer Program at The Goddard School is based on each child’s interests and natural curiosity — this allows children the opportunity to direct their own learning.
    • All teachers/counselors have credentials, experience and training to blend fun, adventure and learning in your child’s summer program.
    • Goddard Quality Assurance oversees the health and safety practices of the program. You can be assured that the program is equipped to handle your child’s unique needs.
    • The program combines songs, stories, exploration, art, physical activities and learning adventures in a safe, nurturing environment.

    Fun & Learning in the Kitchen

    Cooking can provide a great outlet for bonding with your child. Some of the lessons children learn in the kitchen reinforce what they’ve been learning in school, like basic math (counting eggs, pouring water into measuring cups), science (exploring with senses: listening to a mixer, pounding dough and watching it rise, smelling it bake in the oven, then tasting it) and language skills (reading a recipe together and introducing new vocabulary, listening skills developed when following steps in a recipe).

    Start with tasks that can be easily executed. This will encourage your child to keep on trying, and they will feel very good about themselves when the task is complete. Here are some examples of simple tasks to get your “little chef” started in the kitchen:

    • Stirring and adding ingredients
    • Tearing lettuce
    • Helping to read a cookbook by turning pages
    • Sprinkling cheese
    • Using cookie cutters
    • Pouring ingredients that are cool/cold
    • Setting the table

    When cooking with children, always stress safety. You must establish all the rules before getting started:

    • What is OK to touch and what will hurt them
    • What is strictly for adults
    • Proper hand washing

    Including your child in the kitchen can encourage a more adventurous palate and healthy eating patterns. This is the perfect opportunity to introduce healthy eating choices into a child’s life. More importantly, cooking with your “little chef” can boost their self-esteem once the task at hand is complete. Children are usually proud of their cooking accomplishments!

    News Items

    Muffins with Mom!
    Friday, May 7
    7am to 9am

    Teacher Appreciation Week
    Monday, May 10 to Friday, May 14

    Severe Weather Week
    Monday, May 17 to Friday, May 21

    Memorial Day
    Monday, May 31
    No School

    Pre-K Graduation Ceremony
    Thursday, June 3
    6:30pm to 7:30pm
    Ledgeview Elementary School

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – April

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     April 2010

    Parenting with Pruett: Fathering, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Recent research about the role of fathers, and their approach to parenting, includes the following:

    • Fathers tend stylistically to encourage problem-solving skills by letting their kids struggle with frustration a little longer before stepping in to help. (Of course, there is a huge personal variation here, as there is in mothers.)
    • Fathers permit a little more emotional autonomy during learning sequences with their young children, supporting and encouraging but without the same emphasis on intimacy that is more typical among mothers.
    • Fathers tend to mix play with learning a little more successfully, from the child’s point of view, allowing longer work periods.
    • Fathers’ more functional (‘do it because it needs to be done,’ rather than ‘do it because it will go better between us if you do’) approach to academic work builds in the child a larger range of problem-solving skills over time that probably contributes to more lasting self-esteem.

    Literacy & Reading to Children

    It is generally agreed among educators that one of the best things adults can do for their children is to read to them.

    Parent Tips:

    • During early infancy, reading helps babies build neural pathways that will eventually provide language development and acquisition.
    • Reading aloud to children encourages association with happiness, love and enjoyment. All of this can lead to children’s greater interest in reading and can result in larger vocabularies and better literary skills.
    • Choose a childcare environment that encourages storytime as an important aspect of the school’s routine.
    • Reading aloud to children also helps them with pronunciation and phonetics. Some children are able to recognize letters and numbers before they can speak, but if they are left to this without guidance their weaknesses can lie in pronunciation and sounding out words.
    • When children speak incorrectly they should be gently corrected so that they are encouraged to use proper grammar and pronunciation. Reading books can help children learn the proper format of sentences which they often mistake in late toddlerhood.
    • Children who are read to regularly, are more likely to continue reading throughout their lives.
    • Children who read are more likely to have better writing skills and be placed in higher level classes.

    First Chores

    According to Dr. Kyle Pruett, a wonderful way to play with and teach children is to bring them into your world, where ‘real-life’ happens. Children love to do ‘grown-up’ things and to imitate you. And when they contribute, they see themselves as players and get a well-earned self-esteem boost!

    Age-Appropriate Chore Ideas
    Toddlers

    • Pick up toys and books
    • Collect dirty laundry
    • Dust with socks on hands

    Preschoolers

    • Make the bed
    • Help with laundry
    • Help in the kitchen – cooking and preparing food
    • Set the table
    • Take dirty dishes to the kitchen
    • Carry and put away groceries

    Pre-Kindergarteners

    • Empty the dishwasher
    • Feed the family pet
    • Vacuum
    • Take out the trash
    • Fold and put away laundry

    These activities are fun learning experiences, especially if you are teaching informally along the way. The chores may take a little longer as they learn the ropes and make mistakes, but the value for their learning and their self-regard are more than worth the extra time.

    News Items

    Bring in a stuffed animal
    Wednesday, April 7

    Wear your Indians gear for the Indians home opener!
    Monday, April 12
    Educational Seminar Series-Allergist
    Tuesday, April 20
    5:30 pm
    Ident-a-kid
    Tuesday, April 27
    Picture Days
    April 28-30

     

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    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – March 2010

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     March 2010

    Parenting with Pruett: Imagination, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Few parents miss the fact that imagination is part of play, but it is discouraging how many parents fail to understand the importance of imagination to all aspects of the child’s development. Imagination surfaces when the child takes what she has learned through play about how her past experiences can be symbolized, and starts to “imagine” things, beyond mere repetition. She does this by manipulating these very symbols in new, not-yet-experienced ways. This is a fabulous moment, because it is a first ray in the sunshine of creativity. If you can get things to stand for other things, there is no end – no end – to what the child, through play can figure out about her place in the world.

    Help Us Write a Children’s Book!

    Award-winning author, Susan Magsamen, the National Geographic Society® and Goddard School teachers, children and their parents have been busy developing a new children’s book. Scheduled for publication later this year, the book will be filled with magical adventures in science and nature and will offer unique and memorable multi-sensory experiences for children to enjoy at home with their families as well as in their classrooms with friends.

    “The Goddard School was selected because of its commitment to providing the best in early childhood education,” said Jennifer Emmett, Executive Editor for Children’s Books at National Geographic. “Because Goddard is dedicated to cutting-edge early childhood learning, we feel this collaboration is a natural fit.”

    Goddard School children and their teachers have already participated in activities to help determine the book’s cover and title. So, how can your family become involved? We invite you to share special childhood memories on the Goddard School Facebook page. Submit written submissions or videos to add to the content of this very special children’s book destined to become a classic!

    Follow The Goddard School® on Facebook, Twitter and The Goddard School Blog!

    Children and Pets

    Pets enrich the lives of many children and families. While children raised with pets show many benefits, safety concerns should always be a determining factor when deciding to get or keep a pet in a family with young children.

    Choose wisely from breeds or species that are a good fit for your family, your home and your lifestyle. Behavior, temperament, excitability, patience and size are important characteristics to consider in a child-friendly pet that your little one can help care for. Pets should be free of disease and regularly checked by a veterinarian. Family allergies should also be taken into account. Young children should always be supervised during their interactions with pets. Animals can be easily harmed or provoked to attack if hit, poked or grabbed by young children. Children must be taught to play gently with pets and to keep their distance when an animal is eating, sleeping or caring for their young.

    Involved parents, planning and open discussion are necessary in order for a family pet to be a positive experience. Young children can help with pet care, but can’t be completely responsible. They may only be able to help you with a few small tasks when feeding, cleaning or grooming your pet. For example, your child can join you when walking the dog, but certainly shouldn’t walk the dog alone. Allow your child to help care for the family pet in small, safe ways and always under adult supervision.

    There are many benefits to children raised with pets. Positive relationships with pets can encourage children to love and trust others. Bonding with a pet can also help young children develop non-verbal communication, compassion and empathy. Caring for pets teaches children responsibility and respect. Both children and animals need exercise and pets are great playmates and a fun way to add physical activity into a child’s day. A pet’s life span can also provide parents the opportunity to teach life lessons about reproduction, birth, illness, loss and death.

    News Items

    Malley’s fundraiser orders due
    Wednesday, March 3
    National Nutrition Month
    Monday, March 8
    Fruit provided for snack
    St. Patrick’s Day
    Wednesday, March 17
    The Leprechaun is visiting…
    Career Week Begins
    Monday, March 22
    Earth Hour Event
    Friday, March 26
    10:00 am

     

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    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com

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    National Geographic Initiative

    National Geographic Society Selects Goddard Systems, Inc. for Development of an Intriguing New Book for Families 

    The Goddard School — its teachers, children and parents — will play an integral role in developing the look, feel and content of a new book from NGS and award-winning author Susan Magsamen. Filled with magical science and nature adventures, the book will offer unique and memorable multi-sensory experiences for children to enjoy in the classroom and at home. 

    To participate in this national event, please visit our Goddard Facebook Page.

    In The News: Goddard Parent Newsletter – February 2010

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     February 2010

    Parenting with Pruett: Discipline, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    “Discipline is such a versatile word. It can mean behavior or an academic category (the “discipline” of law or divinity). Its oldest meaning, however, is traced back to the word for “teach,” and boy, is that a good thing to remember whenever you are concerned about setting limits on your little one’s behavior. Because above all, you are teaching her by your behavior how she should eventually handle hers.”

    First-Time Sleepovers

    There comes a day when your child will ask to sleep over at a friend’s house for the very first time. Whether because of homesickness or fear of bedwetting, sleepovers can turn into a nerve-wracking experience for children. As parents, how can you prepare for your child’s first sleepover? And what should you expect?

    Here are a few helpful tips to guide you and your children through the first sleepover experience:

    • Begin in a comfortable setting. Spending the night away for the first time in a strange environment with lots of other kids can be scary. Try arranging a sleepover with a favorite cousin in a familiar environment. This makes the event less intimidating than going to a slumber party with several other children.
    • Send a comfort item from home. Make sure your child packs a favorite pillow, blanket or stuffed animal – any item that brings your little one comfort. If your child is feeling nervous during the night, she will have something to snuggle up with.
    • Communicate with the host. Talk to the party host’s parents ahead of time. Discuss any special requests such as a nightlight or a quiet reminder at bedtime to use the bathroom.
    • Talk with your child. Once you’ve decided that your child is ready for a sleepover, have an open and positive discussion. Ask your child what he imagines the overnight adventure might be like. Answer any questions, and share tales from your own slumber parties.
    • Be prepared to “pick up.” If your child becomes homesick or scared, she may want to go home. Always be prepared to receive a call during the night.

    Encouraging Good Behavior in Public

    Fostering respect and manners as well as establishing expectations, limits and consequences is a good preparation strategy for any public outing. Setting examples of good public behavior is vital.

    Parents should take advantage of teachable moments and be sure to reinforce the rules they have set. Children need clear expectations and consequences explained to them on a consistent basis. Prepare for positive outings by planning ahead. Parents can help to prevent bad behavior by avoiding major disruptions in their child’s normal routine and schedule. Make sure trips to the mall, market or your friend’s house do not cause children to skip a snack, meal or nap.

    When your child exhibits good behavior, be sure to acknowledge it with a ‘thank you.’ Praise for a job well done goes a long way. Positive reinforcement instills pride and motivates children to make good behavior a habit. Resorting to bribes teaches children to value material rewards over intrinsic satisfaction. Your encouragement and praise will more often be incentive enough and build your child’s self confidence. Applied on a daily basis, these lessons can help your little one develop into a much friendlier companion, guest and citizen at home as well as in public.

    News Items

    Favorite Nursery Rhymes
    Thursday, February 4
    Bring in your favorite fairy tale or nursery rhyme.
    Valentine’s Day Parties
    Friday, February 12
    3:30pm to 4:30pm
    Chinese New Year
    Monday, February 15
    Year of the Tiger
    Cavs Day
    Friday, February 19
    Wear your Cavalier’s gear!
    National Wild Bird Feeding Month
    Wednesday, February 24
    We are making bird feeders!

     

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    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.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 – January

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     January 2010

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

    Children’s sleep issues are among the more challenging developmental stages for parents to master. But biology is on the parents’ side in this one, because sleep patterns mature over time just like other developmental skills.

    The human brain is active during sleep, but the deepest sleep is typically at the beginning of the night. Babies spend more time than older children in stimulating REM sleep, with eye movements and irregular breathing. Don’t worry about all that action in your child’s body – it too is growth.

    • Do not ignore the importance of naps.
    • In the evening, watch for the yawn and start bedtime early.
    • The transition from crib to bed is a time of sleep pattern changes. Make sure your crib is safe (locking rails) and that your older child’s ‘big bed’ has side rails.

    To instill good sleep habits remember that consistency matters so much:

    • Bath Time
    • Goodnights
    • Tuck and Talk Bedtime Story
    • Lullaby (yours are best)
    • Goodnights

    This all sounds well and good, but it is a rare family that hasn’t had to handle some sleep trouble along the way. If your family is trying to re-establish a lapsed routine, stay calm and reassuring. We almost all need more sleep than we get, and it is a tremendous gift to our children to teach them how to sleep well.

    First Dental Visit

    Choosing a dentist for your child may be more difficult than calling for an appointment. Ask your dentist to recommend a pediatric dentist or search for an accredited dentist in your area at www.aapd.org (American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry). It is recommended children visit a dentist for the first time between their second and third birthdays. A dentist visit can be nerve-racking for an adult, so consider the potential if you’re two-years-old. Ease your child into the occasion by instilling good brushing habits as early as possible, introducing her to the dentist beforehand and recognizing her limitations. If she becomes too stressed to complete the visit, respect her feelings and try another time.

    Tips for a healthy smile:

    • Replace your child’s toothbrush quarterly
    • Choose a child-size toothbrush
    • Use a minimal amount of toothpaste.
    • At a minimum, children should brush in the morning and before bed at night.
    • Watch your child’s diet. Avoid foods high in sugar and/or starch.
    • Encourage your child to drink water.

    Tips for a successful dental visit:

    • A good pediatric dentist will put your child (and you) at ease.
    • Inform your child’s dentist of any pacifier use, thumb sucking and/or medical conditions.
    • Introduce the dentist and the environment to your child including the chair, tools and sink.
    • Remain in the room with your child.

    CURES FOR CABIN FEVER

    With the winter season upon us, many areas of the country are experiencing cold and blistery weather. When the weather keeps your family inside, be prepared with these activities to keep cabin fever at bay!

    Art Show
    Bring out your child’s inner Picasso with an art debut featuring his artwork! Art is an excellent way for children to express their individuality and preparing their work for the show will keep them busy while they are learning. Encourage your children to create all different types of art (e.g., paintings, collages, sculptures). Choose a room for the “gallery” and help your children display their masterpieces. Encourage your children to invite other family members or close neighbors to the gallery opening. Play music and serve cookies and milk as everyone views the artwork. Encourage your children to talk about their work, too!

    Camping Adventure
    You don’t have to be outside to go camping…any room in the house will do! To start, designate a specific room or area for the ‘campsite’ and build a fort. If you have access to a camping tent, help your children set it up. No tent? No problem. The dining room table or other furniture will make the perfect base for a fort. (Make sure the base you use is sturdy.) Once you’ve created the perfect hideaway, place sleeping bags and favorite toys inside and get ready for a day full of camping fun. Tell stories, sing songs and play pretend for the afternoon. Surprise your little campers with s’mores (made in the microwave) for a special treat. And when the sun goes down, give everyone flashlights to light up the fun!

    News Items

    Polar Bear Day
    Wednesday, January 6
    Klondike Bars for snack!
     
    National Hat Day
    Friday, January 15
    Wear your favorite hat!
     
    Winter Wonderland Open House
    Saturday, January 16
    11 am to 2 pm
    $100 off first month’s tuition
     
    A.A. Milne’s Birthday
    Monday, January 18
    Bring Winnie the Pooh to school
     
    Strega Nona Day
    Thursday, January 28
    We are having a pasta party!
     

     

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.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 – December

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     December, 2009

    Parenting with Pruett: Children’s Anxieties, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Inconvenient though fears of the dark, animals, water and monsters may be, they are meaningful clues about what your children are trying to master about their world. Anxiety or worry means something and we let our children down when we ignore and belittle, not to mention waste opportunities to master..

    Listen thoughtfully to your children as they describe their fears. Their fears have their reasons, though they may not be instantly clear to you. Reassure your children that you ‘ll help them feel better. Get out your flashlight and check under their bed, cuddle them a little extra during such times, and let them slip back toward babyhood for the moment. Finally, when children work it out, remind them that they worked it out. This will help them if new fears emerge.

    Community Service

    Commitment to family and community is characteristic of Goddard Schools. We try to make a difference in our communities by participating in local sponsorship as well as charitable outreach program and the children in our schools learn about the importance of helping others and the significance of giving and being a part of their communities.

    To build a foundation of good citizenship in your home with your children, foster these four essential skills: friendship, compassion, cooperation and kindness. Lead by example and teach your children the significance of helping others. Although there may be some limitations, children of almost every age can give back by participating in their communities every day:

    • Teach children to love and respect nature – plants, animals and even insects. It ‘s okay to catch crickets, butterflies and tadpoles as long as they are set free after a reasonable observation time.
    • Respect the property of others. Be a good role model and remember to clean up after the family dog in your neighbor ‘s yard.
    • Protect the planet and encourage your children to recycle.
    • Your local library can be a great resource for community information. Ask the librarian if they have a list of community events and service organizations that are child-friendly and in need of volunteers.

    Look for ways to give back to your community that can empower your children. Let them learn to create change in their own lives and the lives of others.

    HEALTHY CHILDREN

    Proper nutrition and participation in physical activities may prevent future medical problems and ensure that your children are growing in a healthy manner.

    Rise to the Occasion
    Feeding your children breakfast maintains their energy and improves their concentration throughout the day. Nutrition experts, at the USDA/ARS Children’s Nutrition Research Center from Baylor College of Medicine in Houston, say breakfast should provide children with one-fourth to one-third of their energy and nutrient needs.

    Vary the type of food you offer to maintain your child ‘s interest. Try different cereals topped with fruit, low-fat yogurt with a low-fat granola cereal topping or a fruit smoothie made with yogurt and fresh fruit.

    Nutrition at School
    Packing lunches is the best way to ensure your children are receiving proper nutrients. Instead of adding to the chaotic morning routine, pack your children ‘s lunch the night before and store it in the refrigerator.

    Cut sandwiches into quarters to make them easier to manage. Make lunch fun by packing a variety of healthy options including:

    • Cream cheese and cucumber on wheat
    • Hummus and chopped peppers in a pita
    • Ham, cheese and shredded carrots in a wrap

    Your child’s beverage is another source of nutrition. Water is always a healthy option, especially when it ‘s fortified with fluoride. Milk, a good source of calcium, is also highly recommended.

    (If your state requires your child ‘s school to provide lunch, make sure you are aware of the daily menu and balance the meal(s) you provide with the meal(s) the school provides.)

    Family Mealtime
    Family meals provide opportunities to set an example of good eating behaviors. Avoid watching television or taking phone calls. Discuss fun, positive subjects rather than negative or stressful events.

    Children will try foods they helped to make. Helping builds confidence and makes children feel independent. Children can also build self-esteem by learning to serve themselves from serving bowls held for them.

    Offer a variety of nutritious foods and trust your children ‘s appetites to get the balance right. Erratic appetites are common in preschoolers – based on their growth pattern. When children are forced to eat when full, they override their natural ability to stop which may lead to overeating. Give your children the chance to stop eating, even if you don ‘t think they ‘ve eaten enough.

    Model Good Health
    Children who watch their parents enjoying fruits, vegetables and whole grains are more likely to enjoy healthful foods. The same is true when children see their parents participating in regular exercise. Be a role model by eating healthy and getting plenty of exercise and help your children develop good health and self-esteem.

    News Items

    Parents’ Night Out
    Friday, December 11th
    7-11 pm
    Wonder of Xmas Magic Show
    Monday, December 14th
    10 am
    Classroom Holiday Parties
    Thursday, December 17th
    3:30-5:00 pm
    Christmas Eve
    Thursday, December 24th
    School Closes at 1 pm
    Winter Break
    December 25th-January 3rd
    School Closed
    School Resumes January 4th

     

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    (330) 468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.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 – Upcoming Month

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     November, 2009

    Parenting with Pruett: Thumb-Sucking & Pacifiers, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Thumb-sucking and pacifiers are guaranteed to evoke debate whenever the topic is raised with parents, especially new ones. Fact: Many children choose to suck their thumbs from before they are born because it is an important form of self-soothing and comfort.

    Try not to make this a big deal. Very few children go to college with their pacifiers. At the same time, denying your children their comfort at a time when they may need it most will backfire more often than not, increasing their attachment to it. Children who know when it’s time for their comfort are showing you they know a thing or two about their needs, not that they have a habit.

    Cold Challenges

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 million school days are lost annually in the United States due to the common cold, and children have between six and ten colds each year.

    • There are over 200 different viruses that cause cold symptoms, and while there are no links between exposure to cold weather and contracting cold symptoms, most colds occur during the fall and winter months when people spend more time inside.
    • Cold germs are transferred through inhaling germs in the air or through touching infected surfaces and then touching the nose or eyes.
    • Colds generally last between two and fourteen days, and there is no cure for a cold.
    • The best way to treat a cold is to rest and drink fluids.
    • Teach children to avoid touching their eyes and mouths and to wash their hands regularly.

      (Source www.about.com)

    Toys that Teach

    The old adage of “a child’s business is the business of play” is true. Toys help children to enhance their cognitive behavior and stimulate their creativity. Toys like blocks and balls help children with spatial reasoning and planning. Play dough and modeling clay help develop hand-eye coordination and cognitive development. Even babies benefit from toys. Infant toys are designed to help babies recognize shapes and colors.

    In the 2008 report, “The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development,” the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that free and unstructured play is healthy and essential to help children reach important social, emotional and cognitive developmental milestones. The report emphasizes the benefits of “true toys,” such as blocks and dolls, in which children fully use their imagination versus passive toys that require limited imagination.

    “True toys” have no bells or whistles, they do not ‘do’ anything and you do not have to turn them on. Most toys today have taken the fun out of imaginative play. Manipulating toys and giving them life develops reasoning and problem-solving skills as well as creates a base of simple knowledge of how things work.

    Eco-friendly and sustainable toys that grow with your child are gaining popularity and are also a better value for parents. Choosing a toy that is too difficult may frustrate your child but one that is too simple may cause boredom. The most important factor in choosing toys, however, is safety. Check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission for product evaluations to assist in determining a toy’s age-appropriateness.

    News Items

    Cookie Monster’s Birthday
    Monday, November 2
    Cookies for snack…yum!
    Veterans’ Day
    Wednesday, November 11
    Wear red, white and blue
    Mickey Mouse’s Birthday
    Wednesday, November 18
    Bring your Mickey Mouse to school
    Ohio State Day
    Friday, November 20
    Wear your Scarlet and Grey…GO BUCKS!
    Thanksgiving Break-School Closed
    Thursday & Friday, November 26 & 27

     

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.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 – Upcoming Month

    A Monthly Publication of Goddard Systems, Inc.     November, 2009

    Parenting with Pruett: Thumb-Sucking & Pacifiers, by Kyle D. Pruett, M.D., advisor to The Goddard School®

    Thumb-sucking and pacifiers are guaranteed to evoke debate whenever the topic is raised with parents, especially new ones. Fact: Many children choose to suck their thumbs from before they are born because it is an important form of self-soothing and comfort.

    Try not to make this a big deal. Very few children go to college with their pacifiers. At the same time, denying your children their comfort at a time when they may need it most will backfire more often than not, increasing their attachment to it. Children who know when it’s time for their comfort are showing you they know a thing or two about their needs, not that they have a habit.

    Cold Challenges

    According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 22 million school days are lost annually in the United States due to the common cold, and children have between six and ten colds each year.

    • There are over 200 different viruses that cause cold symptoms, and while there are no links between exposure to cold weather and contracting cold symptoms, most colds occur during the fall and winter months when people spend more time inside.
    • Cold germs are transferred through inhaling germs in the air or through touching infected surfaces and then touching the nose or eyes.
    • Colds generally last between two and fourteen days, and there is no cure for a cold.
    • The best way to treat a cold is to rest and drink fluids.
    • Teach children to avoid touching their eyes and mouths and to wash their hands regularly.

      (Source www.about.com)

    Toys that Teach

    The old adage of “a child’s business is the business of play” is true. Toys help children to enhance their cognitive behavior and stimulate their creativity. Toys like blocks and balls help children with spatial reasoning and planning. Play dough and modeling clay help develop hand-eye coordination and cognitive development. Even babies benefit from toys. Infant toys are designed to help babies recognize shapes and colors.

    In the 2008 report, “The Importance of Play in Promoting Healthy Child Development,” the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) states that free and unstructured play is healthy and essential to help children reach important social, emotional and cognitive developmental milestones. The report emphasizes the benefits of “true toys,” such as blocks and dolls, in which children fully use their imagination versus passive toys that require limited imagination.

    “True toys” have no bells or whistles, they do not ‘do’ anything and you do not have to turn them on. Most toys today have taken the fun out of imaginative play. Manipulating toys and giving them life develops reasoning and problem-solving skills as well as creates a base of simple knowledge of how things work.

    Eco-friendly and sustainable toys that grow with your child are gaining popularity and are also a better value for parents. Choosing a toy that is too difficult may frustrate your child but one that is too simple may cause boredom. The most important factor in choosing toys, however, is safety. Check with the Consumer Product Safety Commission for product evaluations to assist in determining a toy’s age-appropriateness.

    News Items

    Cookie Monster’s Birthday
    Monday, November 2

    Veterans’ Day
    Wednesday, November 11
    Wear red, white and blue

    Mickey Mouse’s Birthday
    Wednesday, November 18
    Bring your Mickey Mouse to school

    Ohio State Day
    Friday, November 20
    Wear your Scarlet and Grey…
    GO BUCKS!

    Thanksgiving Break-School Closed
    Thursday & Friday,
    November 26 & 27

     

    Contact Us

    2073 Alexandria Way
    Macedonia, OH 44056
    www.goddardschool.com
    330-468-0488
    email: MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.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: The Goddard School® Located in Macedonia Presents A Day in the Life of a Preschooler 

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
     
    Contact:         
    Chris Lindley
    The Goddard School® located in Macedonia
    330-468-0488
                                                                                                                                    


    The Goddard School® Located in Macedonia Presents
    A Day in the Life of a Preschooler
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    Macedonia, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) 9/9/09 – Parents now have the chance to head back to school and experience what it’s like during a typical day at preschool. The Goddard School located in Macedonia is excited to announce A Day in the Life of a Preschooler. From nap time to snack time, to sing-a-longs and creative art projects, parents will get a lesson on what it’s really like to be a preschooler.
     
    “A Day in the Life of a Preschooler offers parents a first-hand look at what their children do every day,” says Chris Lindley, owner of The Goddard School located in Macedonia. “This event will showcase how activities for social, physical and creative development can be woven into a day of learning and fun.”
     
    Throughout the morning, parents will get to know their classmates, participate in a number of group activities from Spanish to Yoga, and even wind down for nap time. By participating in the event, parents can discover how preschool can offer a fun-filled day with a lot of opportunities for learning. At the end of the day, current families will also be asked to create notes for their children to receive during the next day.  Parents will sing songs and learn new yoga poses during circle time, paint with brushes during creative arts and participate in the many different interest centers.
     
    On September 22nd, The Goddard School located in Macedonia will host A Day in the Life of a Preschooler from 9:30am to 11:00am. The event will be open to both current and interested families. To RSVP, please call 330-468-0488.


    To learn more about The Goddard School located in Macedonia, families are encouraged to call 330-468-0488 or visit www.goddardschools.com. 


    About Goddard Systems, Inc. http://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 330+ 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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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    Contact:
    Chris Lindley
    The Goddard School® located in Macedonia 
    330-468-0488
    MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com


    The Goddard School located in Macedonia is having a Family Fun Day!
    Local preschool offers event for community

    Macedonia, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) 7/16/09 — The Goddard School®, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to 6 years old, located at 2073 Alexandria Way  is hosting a Family Fun Day Open House on August 1, 2009 from 12:00 pm to 3:00 pm.


    Children of all ages will enjoy refreshments and fun activities at this special event. The jumping house will be present. Children will make ice cream sundaes and snow cones too!  Families will also receive $100 off first month’s tuition  when they enroll by August 1st.


    On-site owner, Chris Lindley, along with his Education Director, Sandy Kennedy, and faculty which includes teachers trained and experienced in early childhood development, are eager to welcome children into this nurturing environment where the curriculum encourages learning through play. The program offers parents the convenience of extended hours from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., 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 Chris Lindley directly to arrange a personal appointment at 330-468-0488.


    About Goddard Systems, Inc. http://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 320+ 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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    STAY-CATIONS: Back-to-Basics Family Fun!

    Stay-cations may not only provide a more frugal family vacation, they may also provide an opportunity to create and experience a higher level of bonding with your children.

     

    Upsides to stay-cations include nominal packing as well as minimal airplane or car ride entertainment.   Stay-cations, however, provide the challenge of getting into vacation mode when the remnants of your day-to-day life are all around – planning ahead is the key.

     

    Fun, frugal stay-cations include:

    ·         Go on nature walks, hikes and bike rides.  Collect rocks to paint.

    ·         Organize day trips to zoos and/or museums.  Create a family scrapbook to commemorate your experiences.

    ·         Choose a miniature golf outing and enjoy a little healthy competition.

    ·         Plan a family mini-spa day.  Prepare a healthy lunch from your vegetable garden.

    ·         Go camping in your own backyard.  Don’t forget flashlight tag and S’mores!

    ·         Plan and prepare yummy goodies and enjoy a picnic together in a local park.

    ·         Rainy day stay-cations are fun too!

    o        Play board games

    o        Assemble jigsaw puzzles

    o        Watch family movies

     

     

    For more information about The Goddard School located in Macedonia, Ohio please visit http://www.goddardschool.com/Schools/Macedonia-OH/schools.gspx.

     

    In The News: The Goddard School® located in Macedonia  is having a Graduation!

    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    Contact:
    Chris Lindley
    The Goddard School® located in Macedonia
    330-468-0488
    MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com



    The Goddard School® located in Macedonia  is having a Graduation!

    Macedonia, Ohio (Grassroots Newswire) 5/15/09 — The Goddard School, the premier preschool for children from six weeks to six years old, located at 2073 Alexandria Way is hosting a graduation on Thursday, June 4 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm at Ledgeview Elementary.


    Pre-K children will participate in a ceremony including the Pledge of Allegiance in sign language, recognizing each child’s achievement and a diploma to celebrate this milestone.  The special event will also feature light refreshments.


    The Goddard School offers a program, for children ages six weeks to six years old, which 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 7 am to 6 pm, 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 Chris Lindley directly to arrange a personal appointment at 330-468-0488.

    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 320+ 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: Children and Teachers "Step Up" Awareness About Saving Energy and the Environment

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    FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


    Contact: 
    Chris Lindley
    The Goddard School® located in Macedonia
    330-468-0488
    MacedoniaOH@goddardschools.com


    Children and Teachers “Step Up” Awareness About Saving Energy and the Environment

    WHAT: The Goddard Schools’ Stepping Up for the Environment Event.


    The Goddard School is proud to announce it has joined World Wildlife Fund’s 2009 Earth Hour. Goddard will launch an entire week of activities and lesson plans beginning March 23rd leading up to a big celebration for the Stepping Up for the Environment event on March 27th at 10 a.m., a  day before the global Earth Hour event. Throughout the week, children and teachers will participate in a variety of fun activities, games and  lessons designed to increase their awareness of how energy use and daily activities can affect the future of the planet and how they can conserve energy in their daily lives.


    WHO:  The Goddard School located in Macedonia


    WHEN: Friday, March 27th: “The Big Switch.” The school turns off lights for one hour at 10 a.m.


    WHERE:  The Goddard School
    2073 Alexandria Way, Macedonia, OH 44056 


    During a global call to action on climate change, during Earth Hour on Saturday, March 28th at 8:30 p.m., hundreds of millions of people around the world will turn off their lights for one hour in a vote for action on the climate crisis.


    Goddard Systems, Inc. is the leading child care company in the U.S., with more than 320 schools nationwide.


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