ARTICLES

Ms Erin's Class - Transition Early Preschool

Hello, Parents! This is such an exciting time of year with the trees turning green, flowers blooming, and birds singing! For the month of May, we will be focusing on ELG: Science Standard 3, Life: The child will observe and investigate plants and animals. We have many activities planned for your child to explore plant life through sensory, gross/fine motor, process art, etc. We will be planting many seeds this month as well as vegetables such as lettuce and celery and watching them grow. This month will be a lot of hands-on fun, and I know each of us will enjoy getting messy while we learn! Ms. Erin

Ms Teresa's Class - Preschool

Hello, Parents! I pray all is well with everyone! I have enjoyed being able to FaceTime with the ones that are not able to attend, and I look forward to communicating with more of you soon. For the month of May, we will learn about farm animals and other things found on farms, as we focus on the life cycle of a chick. We will also plant some seeds and flowers. ELG STANDARD 3: Life – The child observes and investigates plants and animals. Ms. Teresa

Ms Kaitlyn's Class - Early Preschool 1

This month will be all about number and letter recognition. Numbers 1-10 are what we will be focusing on by counting anything we can, but also being able to match the number with the quantity. As for letters, we will fixate on the letters in our names and find objects in our environment that have the same letter or same sound. Along with numbers and letters, we have been working on tracing our names and trying to write the letters in our names without tracing. Mathematics Standard 2- Number Sense - The child understands the relationship between numbers and quantities. Literacy Standard 3- Print Awareness - The child understands the characteristics of written language. Literacy Standard 6- Le

Ms Amanda's Class - Toddler C

Amidst the current pandemic in our world, as well as our children’s world, things have been turned upside down, creating chaotic days filled with hectic schedules. In these times, children’s usual daily routines are now somewhat nonexistent. For the month of May, we would like to focus on following routines and enhancing our listening skills through following directions and helping each other to complete daily routines within the classrooms. We will be focusing on creating a sense of normalcy and community in our daily routines with visual schedules and teamwork within the classroom. The children will be asked to help during specific times during the day to complete our daily routines to enh

Ms Krisinda's Class - Toddler B

Hello, Toddler Families! We will be getting back to the basics in May. We will be focusing on relearning our routines, classroom expectations and re-adapting to our days in the classroom together. The toddler classes will all be working on shapes and colors as well. With the change in the seasons, we are also asking that warm weather clothes and outside clothes for water play be brought with your children. We will make sure that winter wear is sent home with your child. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again! Ms. Krisinda

Ms Chyanne's Class - Toddler A

Hello, Toddler Families! We will be getting back to the basics in May. We will be focusing on relearning our routines, classroom expectations, and re-adapting to our days in the classroom together. The toddler classes will all be working on shapes and colors as well. With the change in the seasons, we are also asking that warm weather clothes and outside clothes for water play be brought with your children. We will make sure that winter wear is sent home with your child. We are looking forward to seeing everyone again! Ms. Chyanne

Ms Ashley's Class - Infants

The month of April has been crazy with everything going on around us. I know that this shall pass, and we will get through this tough time and get back to normal. I will be excited when everyone comes back when this is all over. For the month of May, I'm going to still focus on our social emotional skills with the children. The ELG standard that I will be working on with the younger infants is Standard 2: Begin to develop the skills necessary to participate in a variety of settings. One way I will help the young infants in this skill is by helping them learn to self- sooth. We will also call the children by their name so that they will be able to recognize it. When it comes to the older infa

Letter from the Director!

Children across all cultures enjoy bringing materials together to create their own special places for play. These child-created spaces are sometimes called Forts, Hideouts, Tree houses or even Dens. Does your child participate in this type of play? Do you allow your child to be creative and create their own sanctuaries? In these spaces, children can feel a sense of fulfillment and wonder. In the real world, things are confusing for children. They are the new people, trying to figure out how things go. When they can make their own places, it can create feelings of safety and feelings of belonging. The more time spent creating these spaces cultivates confidence in children- they figured it out

Ms Mollie's Classroom 3

Hello from Classroom Three! I just want to say I hope all my families are staying safe at home as well as having fun. I know it has been hard to come up with ideas to keep your curious little minds engaged, but just remember to keep it simple and that a little mess is okay. Anytime can be a teaching moment so keep that in mind next time one arises. I hope sometime this next month that things will go back to somewhat of a normalcy. These growing brains need that structure and routine. I know I thrive better when I have my routine, as I am sure some of our families do as well. Ashley and I hope to see you soon. I’m sure you have learned many new skills or strengthened the ones you had. Plus, I

Ms Mashaya's Classroom 2

Hello! I hope everyone is enjoying this time with their family and learning lots of new things! As we slowly transition back to normal, I want to make this process as easy as possible for all of us. To do this, I would like to introduce you to “I Love You Rituals”. For children, “I Love You Rituals” are delightful interactions and games that adults can play with children from infancy through eight years of age and that send the message of unconditional love and acceptance. By playing “I Love You Rituals” with your child, you replace mistrust of the outcome with trust. This is especially helpful with transitions because it eases children’s anxiousness as they transfer from their parents care

Ms Ashley's Classroom 1

Hello, Classroom 1 families! Let me start off by saying that Ms. Halle and I deeply miss every single one of you. We cannot wait to be back in the classroom with each of our students and give each a big hug! We hope that you and your families are staying healthy and safe during this difficult time. Last time we were all together, we were learning about the Early Learning Guidelines Approaches to Learning. As your child's new teacher, I wanted to learn how each of my students approached learning. We used our senses by touching, tasting, smelling, listening, and looking at different things within the inside and outside classrooms. We did a lot of messy play, such as finger painting with differ

Letter from the Director!

Dear Families, It is almost unbelievable that we have been apart for 6 weeks! Many of us may be longing for the day where things start looking ‘normal’ again. I know I cannot wait to see our children running, jumping, and playing again here at the center. I miss each of them so much! During this pandemic, many of our daily routines have changed. Many of you are now working at home while taking care of your children. Your children, who were once used to attending childcare and interacting with other children similar in age, are now at home learning to play independently as parents continue to work attending virtual meetings. This doesn’t mean your child’s development is on the back burner. Th

Letter from the Director!

Learning Through Play Play is critical for healthy growth and development during the early years of life. Play is therapeutic and enables children to deal with their negative feelings. If we fail to provide opportunities for play, then we risk unwanted consequences. Self-initiated play nourishes the child’s curiosity, imagination, and creativity, and these abilities are like muscles— if you don’t use them, you lose them. And since these skills develop with age, it’s important to encourage them with age-appropriate challenges. Children learn through play. For example: Your infant drops his spoon on the floor, you automatically pick it up, he does it again, and the process is repeated. This qu

Ms Nikki's Class - Early Preschool

Hello from Ms. Nikki’s classroom! I want to take this time to say to my children that I miss you all and hope you are doing well during this time, and I can’t wait to see you again. As we go into next month, we will be studying insects, so we will be outside a lot studying where they live, what they eat, how many legs they have, and whether they can fly, jump, or crawl. I will also be sending a worksheet home to parents so that they can learn at home about the insects together, then come back to class and discuss what they learned with friends. We will be doing this study through August if the children are still interested in it; this is the best time of year to do this study! I am reall

Ms Debra's Class - Toddler 2

May has arrived and we will continue building relationships with adults and each other as well as building on language and critical thinking skills. As we build on language skills, we will focus on things we can hear. Naming what we hear builds vocabulary and encourages the use of both known and new words. When we build cognitive skills, we will focus on problem solving, building persistence, curiosity, and recognition. Some activities we will do to promote these skills are finding different ways to move water from one place to another, building with blocks and trying to build again when they fall down, mixing different colored paint to see what happens; and making things we can roll down ra

Ms Anita's Class - Toddler 1

Hello! I first want to say how much we miss every one of you, and we cannot wait until everyone returns. We have so many new and fun things to learn. During the month of May, our focus will be on sound exploration. We will be making instruments, listening to everything around us, using our imagination during play, and experimenting with different objects and how we can make sounds with them. I have printed out a handout on how to make rain sticks by using things you can find around your home. Please feel free to reach out to us if you are in need of additional resources. Ms. Anita

Message from Joanna

Hello, parents! Thank you to all who have maintained steady communication throughout this time. It is equally important for us to be able to provide you information and hear from you about your family’s wellbeing. I will continue to send resources on Monday’s, via email, for both children and adults. On Wednesdays and Fridays, you can expect a call or text from me. If you have questions or an identified need, I’m easily available on my phone. Each week brings a new set of joys and challenges. Remember your kids are also grieving the loss of their normal and need time to adjust. Keep up the efforts to educate and connect with them! Warmly, Joanna Lamadrid Family Service Coordinator

National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness Resource List

Caring for Children in Group Care During COVID-19 April 24, 2020 RESOURCE LIST National Center on Early Childhood Health & Wellness (NCECHW) • Email: health@ecetta.info • Website: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/hslc/tta-system/health • COVID-19 Health Information: https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/physical-health/coronavirus/healthhygiene MyPeers https://eclkc.ohs.acf.hhs.gov/about-us/article/mypeers-collaborative-platform-early-careeducation-community American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) • Guidance Related to Childcare During COVID-19 https://www.aap.org/en-us/Pages/Default.aspx • Guidance on Providing Pediatric Ambulatory Services via Telehealth During COVID-19 https://services.aap.org/en/se

Quarantined in April

Hello, Providers! What a month it has been. We are officially in our second month of quarantine. As your Resource & Referral Team, we want to help all our providers with the ever-changing policies and procedures that are being recommended by DHS and the CDC. CLICK HERE for the National Center on Early Childhood Health and Wellness COVID-19 Resource List. It has great resources coming from the CDC, CFOC, EPA, and CACFP. Resource & Referral’s Executive Director, Paula Koos, has asked all R&R staff to be in touch with providers each week. DHS and many other organizations are also in weekly contact with providers, and we know that your time is precious to those children in your care. We have cho

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