Letter from the Director!

Dear Parents, In March, we celebrated “National Read Across America Day” with a surprise visit from the Cat in the Hat, who read some Dr. Seuss books to our children. Later in the month, our Early Head Start Team also visited the classrooms for a Dr. Seuss book reading event! Every day our teachers read to the children at DCDC, but it was extra special to have costumed visitors in the classroom. It’s important to read a book or tell a story to your child every day. When you talk, read, and sing to your children—even before they can use words—you’re building their brain and helping to prepare them for success in school and in life. Your loving touch combined with back and forth mimicking of y

Ms Jenny’s Class—Preschool

Welcome to a new month in preschool!! We are so excited that spring is here and we are getting to go outside more and learn new things! We have been traveling the world and learning about new places! So far, we have seen the elephants and giraffes in Kenya; tasted yummy dumplings and treats from China; seen the beautiful dresses and heard beautiful music from India; danced in kilts from Ireland; and made yummy crumpets from Paris! Thank you to the parents who have helped us along our journey and shared about their magnificent cultures! We had a great time at the Easter egg hunt! Thank you for coming and enjoying the day with the kiddos. They love it when parents come and participate! Our doo

Ms KK’s Class—Early Preschool

Happy Spring! As Winter came to an end, we were sad to hear we probably wouldn’t get to play in snow. However, the warmer days have been amazing for exploring nature and feeling the Sunshine once again! Before long, we will be turning on our water feature for the season, and we are excited about that! The EPS class is currently in the process of closing our study on roads. These children have done amazing learning about road conditions, road and traffic safety, what the different colored lights mean on a traffic signal, and if it’s possible to go to work or school without a road. We also enjoyed celebrating the life of Dr. Seuss! We had some special guests read to us, and the children were v

Ms Jessica's Class—Toddler 2

This past month has been so exciting and busy! Thank you so much to everyone who joined us for our Easter egg hunt; the children loved it and had a blast! We love getting to have all the families here engaging together. We have had a blast exploring weather, shapes, colors, counting, and Easter this past month. In April we are going to talk about spring and the Earth. We are so excited for the warmer weather to be here! We hope to see everyone at the sensory play event on April 10th. Thank you, Miss Jessica & Miss Mollie

Ms Amanda's Class—Toddler 1

Spring is here!! We are so happy here in T1 that spring has arrived! We are excited for warmer weather so we can get outside and explore again! For the month of April, we are going to continue to discuss the changing of the season and how April is always a little rainy. April also includes Earth Day. We will discuss the color green and talk about gardening and keeping our earth clean! Some of our future projects include some flower paintings along with painting with things we find out in nature such as branches. We also have a sensory event planned here at DCDC on April 10th for children and parents to learn the importance of sensory play. We hope you have a wonderful April that is filled wi

Ms Elizabeth's Class - Infants

Ms. Michelle and I would like to thank all of the parents who are involved in volunteering in the classroom! We both know it’s hard to have a full-time job and still find some time to spend in the classroom with your children. We do want to continue to see this much needed help as it benefits the children’s engagement and development. The children had so much fun on the Easter egg hunt! Thank you for the patience everyone had with us as we now have a classroom with 1-year-olds and infants. We are expecting to have a lot of fun outside now that it is officially spring! Our lesson plans will now have a special emphasis section for the children who are 1 year old. These changes are because of t

Celebrating "Week of the Young Child" at Bright Beginnings!

In the third week of April, we will be celebrating the "Week of the Young Child"! Our assistant teachers have planned some exciting activities. Listed below are the daily themes. A good time to stop in and play with us is between 3:45pm and 5:45pm when the activities will generally occur. MONDAY, April 16 Music Monday! Teachers will host a live concert with instruments for the children. We will also have a music and movement patio party. TUESDAY, April 17 Tasty Tuesday! We will be making our own spin on cookie dough, shaping and cutting our own designs. We also will slice and try different cheeses with our friends. WEDNESDAY, April 18 Working Together Wednesday! We are having a box network

Ms Nichole's Class - Preschool

This will be our last week learning about the human body, but we will keep the equipment in the center for the children to use. Starting this month we are going to be starting school prep. Please be sure to have your children here before 10am. The class will be doing something new every day. The weather is changing, so please be sure to check your child's cubbie and replace clothes that have been used or see if they need different ones. If you would like to volunteer for our classroom, my door is always open. Please remember to let me know in an advance so I can prepare some materials for you! Thank you!

Ms Elizabeth's Class - Early Preschool 2

Hello, EPS2 Families! We are in a new month and a new season! Spring has finally come upon us, and hopefully some warmer weather! For the month of April, our class will be studying spring. Each week the class will be presented with a topic that correlates with our theme of the month. Week 1 will be studying our five senses, Week 2 is the life cycle of insects, Week 3 will cover gardening, and Week 4 will be celebrating Week of the Young Child. During the month, the class will experience many hands-on experiences to help them understand the topics of the week. We will also have focus questions and new vocabulary words presented each week to enhance their learning about spring.

Ms Bailee's Class - Early Preschool 1

Coming up in April - Expect to see improvement of writing our letters A,B, and C! We will be working very hard on writing and recognizing those letters. We will also be learning about three patterns. We will look for natural patterns and ones that we have made. Watch Kids Report for lesson plan postings to ask your children about the new fun things they are learning!

Ms Haley & Ms McKenzie's Class - Toddler C

Hey, parents! Happy April! This month we are going to focus on the book called Put Me in the Zoo by Robert Lopshire. The character in the story, Spot, believes he deserves to be in the zoo with the other amazing animals. In this Beginner Book edited by Dr. Seuss, Spot shows two young friends all the exciting things he can do with his spots. From changing their color and juggling them to moving them onto everything around him, you won't believe what Spot can do! The kiddos LOVE this book, so we are going to be talking a lot about it. I highly encourage you all to sit down and read the book with your children at home, or you are more than welcome to come in the classroom one day and read it a

Ms Sarah & Ms Kelsey's Class - Toddler B

The Very Hungry Caterpillar We have been learning about The Very Hungry Caterpillar this month. Your children have really enjoyed reading the book, creating our own caterpillar, sun, and a “nice green leaf”. The activity they enjoyed the most was tasting some of the various foods that the very hungry caterpillar ate during his weeklong journey. The children were able to try apples, pears, plums, strawberries, oranges, dill pickles, and watermelon. All of the children enjoyed tasting the food, but some of their favorites were: Aadyn - Apples Camden - Apples & Pears Steven - Oranges Millie - Strawberries Brax - Watermelon Swayzee - Watermelon & Apples Elaina - Everything We are still w

Ms Teresa & Ms Summer's Class - Toddler A

Hello, parents! A big thank you to the parents that came on our first field trip of the year and helped out, and I look forward to more in the future! Potty training is still going great, and Ms Summer and myself will continue to help your children gain independence. Our theme for the month of April is showers and flowers. We will explore science as we will plant, water, and grow flowers. Our toddlers like to be hands on, so they will tend to the flowers themselves (ie. watering, planting, and checking them in the morning and afternoon). I have changed circle time up a lot. We exercise at a fast pace, and then we have ten yoga positions for calm down (we count to ten as we hold them). I am

Ms Angela & Ms Iris' Class - Infants

Hello from the incredible infants at Bright Beginnings! We have been having a wonderful time with all of our babies, and soon we will welcome new friends into our little family. The big kids have been working really hard on learning to use their utensils to eat at mealtimes. They have also been doing a great job sitting at the table and sleeping on a cot at nap time. Next month begins our month of storybooks, child abuse awareness/prevention, Easter, and all things spring. We will be celebrating “Week of the Young Child” in a couple of weeks, so watch for some fun and exciting activities coming soon. We will also be focusing most of our time on storybooks, rhymes, and Easter. Be sure to ch

Benefits of Gardening

Spring is here, and with it comes the excitement to go outside and play in the dirt! Have you thought about planting a garden with the children in your care? There are several benefits to gardening with young children: First, it gets them unplugged and outside. Research shows us that just being outside will help with focus and memory and reduces stress and behavioral problems. Second, gardening also teaches children to eat healthier. Children are engaged in the process of growing and eating the fruits of their labor. The healthy habits that begin with childhood will most likely stick with them into adulthood. Gardening teaches children how to eat and stay healthy. Third, gardening is a great

Green Oobleck!!

Homemade Oobleck is inspired by the book Bartholomew and the Oobleck by Dr. Seuss. In the book, Oobleck is a sticky green glob that falls from the sky and causes a mess in the kingdom. This sensory activity won’t cause any problems like in the book, but it will provides hours of fun and entertainment for kids. Oobleck is non-Newtonian fluid. It acts like a liquid when it is being poured, but it acts more like a solid when it comes in contact with a force. You can grab Oobleck with your hand like it is a solid, but it will ooze out like it is a liquid. How To Make Oobleck: Ingredients: 2 Cups of Corn Starch 1 Cup of Water 10 Drops of Food Coloring Supplies: Shallow Bowl or Plastic Container M

March is Read Across America Month! Happy Birthday, Dr. Seuss!

Dear Parents, March will be full of wonderful opportunities for our children! We will be focusing on literacy and reading with our families and children. Dr. Seuss events will also be happening in our classrooms, and we invite parents to participate by wearing stripes, Seussian attire, and hats March 19-29! Literacy supports the development of multiple parts of your child’s brain. Literacy builds their understanding of their personal feelings and thoughts. Literacy also begins the bridge to connect with others verbally, and later in writing. In our classrooms, we offer children a variety of books, writing places, and spaces to have a strong foundation for the rest of their lives. Our books a

Ms Nichole's Class - Preschool

Your child will be on a journey to discover their five senses and how they use them in their daily lives. As we work through this lesson, children will be asked to think about the ways in which we use our hands, eyes, ears, mouths, and noses. By the end of this journey, your child will have a full understanding of the five senses. As we work through this, we will be using a variety of games and activities. This lesson is so much fun that children often want to practice at home and show everyone what they’ve learned!

Ms Elizabeth's Class - Early Preschool 2

Hello, EPS2 Families! Here we go with a brand new month, and with it comes brand new opportunities to explore and grow for your little ones! For the month of March, our class will be studying Water. The children will learn what does water do, and why do we need it. Each week there will be a focus question asked to the class to open up a discussion about what we will be learning for that week. Some examples of our focus questions are: Where can we find water? What happens to water when it changes temperature? What happens when we put things in water? Other new learning experiences that are being introduced to the class is singing the alphabet in sign language, learning the days of the week, a

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