ARTICLES

Ms Tuyet's Class - Preschool 2

As summer is drawing to a close, I would like to highlight the fun we had at the Splash Pad. The children really enjoyed going on a field trip and getting wet. I hope to do more field trips like that in the future. We have also been through a lot of changes this month with some classmates moving on to Pre-K, and we have gained a few new classmates. I have been encouraging the children to welcome our new friends and teaching about how we can invite them to play with us. We have also been discussing how we can get to know each other by asking questions about each other. The children have been encouraged to share their family pictures with their classmates, describing who each member of the fam

Ms Nicole's Class - Preschool 1

Welcome, new families and friends! We are so excited to have you as a part of our class! Thank you from the bottom of my heart for allowing me the opportunity to teach, encourage, influence, guide, and inspire your children. August has been a hard month for me, having to say goodbye to all the children that went off to school. For those of you that have children that are spending another amazing year with me, your children have been wonderful in accepting the change and embracing our new friends. I’m very proud of their ability to adapt to our new class friends. For the month of September, we are going to focus on strengthening and perusing some new skills. Some of those skills include thing

Ms Terri's Class - Early Preschool 2

In our class this month we have been talking about families. The children have been telling the other children about who all is in their families. The children also told each other all about their animals. They had a lot of fun with these discussions. We also made a graph on how many people are in each family. We graphed our school family as well. Each child took pride in sharing who their family members are. Ms. Terri

Ms KK's Class - EPS 1

Greetings from EPS 1! Time is going by so quickly, and I have to say the children are growing as fast as the seasons are changing! Soon fall will be upon us, and the crisp mornings will be a welcome feeling! The autumn colors are always pretty with swirling leaves, the thought of taking nature walks, and picking up acorns and pine cones. Looking around for signs of birds migrating to warmer temperatures will be something we are looking forward to. It's always a great time to see what the children find when we are out walking around on a scavenger hunt, especially in the fall! It's always a treat to observe what the children discover while we are searching the grounds and enjoying nature and

Ms Emily's Class - Toddler 4

Hello from Toddler 4! We have been doing a lot of exciting things this month. We have been exploring our scientific side by questioning, exploring, problem solving, discovering, and examining. One example of this is exploring different materials in the sensory table, which included colored rice and cloud dough that was made from flour and baby oil. The children have really enjoyed exploring with their senses as well as expanding on the understanding of cause and effect relationships. In the coming month, we will continue to explore with different materials in the sensory table such as oatmeal and a variety of beans. Our new focus this month will turn to our social and personal skills. We wil

Ms Anita's Class - Toddler 3

This month your child will continue to work on their communication skills and early literacy. In the classroom, we will provide the children opportunities to expand their vocabulary. By reading familiar books and singing familiar songs, we are helping them distinguish familiar sounds and spoken words. Throughout the classroom, we have begun to label our toys with pictures and words. We have also made a visual schedule for our daily routines to help them transition easier throughout the day. This month we will also be focusing on your child’s social and personal skills by inviting them to engage in parallel play. In other words, they will be given the choice to play alone or with another chil

Ms Jessica's Class - Toddler 2

Happy September! We are (impatiently) waiting for Fall weather to be here. We are so ready to spend a lot more time outside. Throughout the month we are going to learn about and encourage the children to work on their self-help skills. We often forget how much children are capable of doing on their own with a little guidance and encouragement. Working on self-help skills helps children to distinguish self from others and develop self-confidence. It might take a little longer for the children to do it on their own, but they are learning so much while doing so. Ms. Amanda has joined our class as a supporting teacher, and we are so happy that she gets to be with us! We also have some new faces

Ms Amanda's Class—Toddler 1

Hello from T1! Our class had so much fun last month playing games that helped our class try to remember to take turns like “Ring around the Rosie” and Ball tossing. We also really enjoyed the book called That Toad is Mine! by Barbara Shook Hazen where we talk about two little boys who love to take turns except when it comes to sharing a toad they found. It was so fun to watch the children’s reactions to the book when they realize that the toad hops away when the two boys are arguing. For the Month of September, we are going to be learning about transportation. Public school has started back up, and along with that comes all the school buses that drive by our class. Our kids love when any kin

Ms Stormee's Class - Infants 2

This month the children in our classroom have been enjoying walks around the pond when the weather isn’t too hot. We have been expanding their language and literacy skills by reading books throughout the day. As teachers, we have been working to expand their physical development even more by using toys to help them walk, stand, and even climb over. We have also been working to expand their motor development by letting the children use their own forks and pick up their own food. Ms. Stormee

Ms Michelle's Class - Infants 1

As the Summer months are drawing to a close, we look back on all the growth, learning, and change we have accomplished in the past few months. We moved in to an expansive classroom that allows us to more effectively use our space to practice our gross motor and cognitive skills. Our classroom climber is a big hit with our mobile infants. They very much enjoy exploring new ways to use and trust their bodies to climb, pull up, and make it back down safely with confidence. That's a win in our book! This month we will be focusing on engaging in sensory play. Sensory play offers learning through hands-on activities that stimulate your infant’s senses. This first year is especially important for b

Letter from the Director!

The outdoors is a great place to teach children about science and learn about where things grow. Children can develop their understanding of evaporation and water flow by exploring puddles and drains, investigate animal behaviors by observing birds and bugs, and learn about life cycles by watching plants sprout, grow, flower, and create seeds. Many children who live in town miss out on the rich and varied opportunities for science learning afforded by the outdoors. Parents, educators, and other primary caregivers might not realize that a small patch of grass, a single tree, and a walk to the store are all opportunities to learn about nature, generate questions, and conduct experiments to fin

Welcome to Our New Teachers!

Cara Harrison is the Assistant Teacher in the Infants 2 classroom. She has four nephews, each under the age of four. She and her husband run the Children’s Ministry at their church. She will be starting her CDA classes soon. Regan Stevens is currently Subbing as the Master Teacher in Early Preschool 2. She has a CDA license with extra training in addition. She has 12 years of experience in child care. She and her husband, Riley, have three kids with a tenth grandchild on the way. They love to spend time with the family together in the outdoors. Rachael Kingfisher is the Assistant Teacher in Toddler 3. She will soon finish courses to complete her CDA license. She previously worked in a child

Community Helpers!

We here at Delaware Child Development Downtown would like to extend a huge thank you to the community helpers that came in to speak with our children. We had Jonathan Robertson from the Bartlesville Police Department; Ashley Reed, a Dental Hygienist; TaRynn Freeman, an OB and Surgeon from Jane Phillips Medical; Liz Lazar, Nutritionist from Delaware Child Development; and Bartlesville Fire Department Station 1. The children had a blast learning about each role these people play in our community.

Meet the New Teacher at our Center!

Hi! My name is Kortney Barnhart. I am 22 years old, and I work at the Delaware Child Development Center Downtown in Bartlesville. Before I came to Delaware Child Development, I was an assistant Pre-K teacher at Kane Elementary. I went to school at Oklahoma State University for three years, and I plan to finish my psychology degree at Wesleyan University. I am so excited to be a part of the Delaware family and have enjoyed getting to know all of the children that I have the opportunity to work with!

Ms Mollie's Classroom 3

Hello from Classroom 3! This last month we talked about community helpers and how they help us. We had a sheriff talk to us about how they keep us safe, a cook talk to us about healthy eating, and a doctor talk to us about what happens when you come for a doctor visit. All the children wanted to put band aids on and have us wrap their arms and legs up like they had a cast on. We also had a Dental Hygienist come talk about keeping our teeth clean, and we got to practice brushing in a dinosaurs mouth. One of their favorites was when the firefighters came, and we got to walk through a firetruck!!!! We all learned something new and to have an appreciation for what others do to help us. There are

Ms Mashaya's Classroom 2

Hello, Classroom 2 parents! August has been another fun-filled month! We enjoyed using our creative skills to explore and experience our environment. We loved painting with a variety of materials and body parts, such as our hands, feet, feathers, and even ice cubes! We also loved listening and learning about all different kinds of music. We even got the opportunity to make our own music using noise makers and pots and pans! For the month of September, we will be focusing on social and personal skills. Social and emotional development is the key to unlocking the door to learning. Social development refers to a child’s ability to create and sustain meaningful relationships with adults and othe

Ms Jennifer's Classroom 1

Hello from Classroom 1, Play is the soil in which creativity and imagination is born and nurtured in the life of a young child. When given open-ended, non-specific materials, they imagine and create new uses for ordinary things. For example, a cardboard box becomes a plane, a castle, or a fort. A strip of fabric becomes a dress, a sail on a boat, or a blanket for a doll. As children engage in dramatic play, they imagine what it is like to walk, talk, and act like another person. As children explore and experiment with art materials, they create ways to express and bring to life the thoughts and ideas that rumble around in their heads, thus making their thinking visible. So on that note, our

Letter from the Director!

Grandparents Day was September 8th! We love our grandparents for how they contribute to our lives in the present. But have you ever taken the time to learn about their past? Ask a grandparent to tell a few stories from years gone by. You’ll learn something new and participate in one of the most valuable experiences our grandparents can give us—wisdom passed down through the ages. Plus, it will help you understand where they’re coming from. Some of their entrenched views will be explained by learning about the environment in which they grew up. National Grandparents Day can also be about supporting and appreciating the elderly who live in nursing homes who may not have any family living nearb

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