ARTICLES

Ms Krisinda's Class - Early Preschool 1

We are excited to have all our friends back in class!!! We spent the month of June with a refresher on our Social and Personal Skills in the classroom setting. In July, the Early Learning Guideline we will focus on is Language Arts. We will be focusing on Oral Language Standard 2: Speaking – The child will express ideas or opinions in group or individual settings. Ms. Krisinda

Family Child Care Home 2 - Owasso

We are very excited to be back in the classroom! It was a very long break, but we hope everyone enjoyed the large amount of family time. We are still patiently waiting for the days where all our friends are back so we can all play together again! In the two weeks that we’ve been back, we have been focusing on our feelings and emotions; it can be hard to readjust to what we had before. The children’s favorite book currently is My Many-Colored Days by Dr. Seuss. This book uses paintings to match the feelings we experience. We’re also learning about which colors help us express our emotions. We’ve learned about yellow (happy) and blue (sad) so far. We will be continuing to learn more about the

Ms Teresa's Class - Preschool

Hello, Parents! Praying all is well with everyone! As we fan our way into July, the children have decided to focus on bugs, butterflies, and books. We will hatch our very own butterflies, catch some unique bugs, and enjoy some books about bugs/insects. ELG Language Arts: Standard 1 Listening - The child listens for information and for pleasure. Science: Standard 3 Life - The child observes and investigates insect life. Ms. Teresa

Ms Erin's Class - Early Preschool 2

Hello, Parents! For the month of July, we will be focusing on ELG: Literacy Standard 3: Print Awareness - The child will understand the characteristics of written language. We will be offering many activities that involve the spelling of your child’s name and incorporating various forms of print, such as newspaper, magazines, menus, etc. I will also encourage each family to participate by sending your child’s favorite books to share throughout the month. I look forward to exploring the written language with each of your children this month. Sincerely, Ms. Erin

Ms Amanda's Class - Toddler C

For the month of July, we will be focusing on gross motor skills. Gross motor skills involve the use of large muscles such as arms, legs, and torso. Gross motor skills are vital to children reaching developmentally appropriate milestones such as sitting up, crawling, walking, running, and so much more. Gross motor skills, however, also require gross motor planning. Gross motor planning is a cognitive skill, which is the ability to think of a motion and then carry out the motion physically. For instance, a child may possess enough muscle strength and tone to walk but may lack the ability to be able to place one foot after another to act out the motion of walking. We will be discovering and ex

Ms Kaitlyn's Class - Toddler B

Our class has been having a great month! We’ve been trying to get into a steady routine everyday to make the transitions easier. We will continue working on transitions in this upcoming month as well as utilizing a visual schedule. Our ELG for this month will be Self and Social Awareness Standard 1. We will be learning about community workers, especially construction workers and all the different types of machines they use. We will have books in the class with the different machinery, and our dump trucks will be in our sensory table. We are looking forward to another great month! Ms. Allison

Ms Chyanne's Class - Toddler A

Science Standard 2: “Explore, discover, and investigate the physical properties of the earth.” Now that we are in the middle of summer and more friends are joining us, we will be looking into and observing the environment around us. Our focus for the month of July is to learn about nature and all it has to offer us. Every day we will be outside to study the weather and start to grasp the idea of temperature (hot, warm, etc.). We will also cover the three primary colors - red, blue, and yellow - and introduce how new colors are created. As our new friends join us, we are incorporating songs to help ease them into transitions for going outside, mealtime, and nap time. Each day we continue to w

Ms Ashley's Class - Infants

In the month of July, we are going to focus on Mathematical skills in the classroom. The standard that I will be focusing on with my younger infants is: Demonstrate expectations for familiar sequences of events. The way I will implement this standard is to offer the infants toys that they can grasp with their fingers and toys that they are able to explore with their mouth. I’m also going to read more books so the children can see different patterns and colors. As for the older infants and my one year old, the math standard that I will focus on is: Explore materials and space by handling, building, moving, and manipulating. To help the older children with this skill, we will build with blocks

Letter from the Director!

How is your family’s economic mobility? Have you considered how you can improve your family’s current standing or help promote economic mobility to others you know? Economic mobility is a key to providing stability for your child. Stability puts your child in the best environment possible to thrive and grow up healthy. Your family can build upon your economic mobility in two ways: increasing your income and financial capabilities or by meeting employment/educational goals. In the meantime, as your family works on these building blocks, be sure to also remember investing time into the invisible things with your child and home. Economic mobility may seem focused on tangible outcomes, but the r

Ms Courtney & Ms Erika's Class - Preschool

Hello from the Pre-K Room! Over the last month, our classroom has dug deep into creepy crawlies. Through hands-on experiences, we have been busy learning simple bug anatomy, how to care for bugs, and what it means to be responsible in nature. The weather has allowed our class to experience several field trips, further getting hands-on with bugs and insects. In class, we have viewed the life cycle of meal worms and even had a visit from a turtle! When you are outside with your preschooler, point out insects that you see and ask them what they know. They are avid learners and happy to share with you all they have learned. Because our kiddos had so much interest in creepy crawlies, Ms. Erika an

Ms Bailee, Ms Becca, & Ms Lydia's Class - Todder 1

Hello, Ivy Academy Families! We in Toddler 1 are excited you allow us to work with your children every day, and we take great pride in doing so. As you know, we spend a lot of time outside and will continue to do so throughout this summer heat. Daily we pay attention to the temperatures to make sure the children and teachers stay safe while outdoors. We keep them protected with sunscreen, clothing, and hydration throughout the day to support that outdoor time. During our outdoor play, all ages of our children play and interact with each other. This engagement is very important to the overall development and learning experience as they are learning to engage with their younger and older peer

Ms Gabi & Ms Rebecca's Class - Infants 1

Hello, Ivy Academy Families! July is an exciting month for the Infants at Ivy Academy! In the month of June, we did a lot of sensory exploration with our 5 senses (touch, taste, smell, hearing, and sight). From an awesome Jell-O dig to using paint with essential oils, these types of activities incorporate all 5 senses as children are tangible creatures. They like to touch it, taste it, and feel it, and in doing so, their brains are firing on all cylinders as they are learning the world around them. It was a great month of experiences for the children! As we move forward, our lesson plans will center around exploring brain development as it relates to memory and behavior through active play.

The Director's Cut!

Get Out & Play Safe! (Summer Safety Tips) Summer is in full swing, and we here at Ivy Academy value outdoor play for the children we serve! In doing so, we always take precautions so that the children enjoy themselves safely. Our precautions include applying sunscreen throughout their play; providing water before, during, and after play; providing cool shady areas to play; and paying attention to the children’s body language, etc. With the age range we serve, body language is a key indicator as many of our children are just learning language and are unable to verbally communicate how they feel. For our kiddos that are further along in language, they’re focused on play and not the side effect

Ms Emily's Class - Toddler 4

Hi all, from Toddler 4! This month we have been focusing on physical development and all the ways we can build those fine and gross motor skills. One activity we have been doing is to pick up cotton balls with tweezers and tongs. The kids have loved this, and we enjoy seeing the concentration on their faces as they try to pick the cotton balls up. Another activity we have enjoyed is sidewalk chalk outside! And taking advantage of the beautiful mornings is a plus. Another skill we are building is self-help skills. An activity that helps with this includes working on putting on our own socks and shoes. We also discuss the importance of brushing our teeth and washing our hands. These are import

Ms Tuyet's Class - Preschool 2

Hello, Preschool 2 Families! The month of June has been very exciting. We have enjoyed having the opportunity to learn about plants and how they grow. The children were able to participate in a few experiments last month; one of them was seeing what would happen when we put a lima bean in a wet cotton ball and left it in a Ziplock bag. We were able to see the bean germinate and watched as the roots of the bean slowly grew. The children came in every day to look at their Ziplock bag to see if the bean had grown any bigger. Once all of our beans had roots growing, we were able to plant the beans in our garden outside. The children were excited to see that our bean plants have grown stems and k

Ms Jessica's Class - Preschool 1

Hello everyone! The past month we have been studying bugs, and beginning next month we will be studying plants. We have been spending as much time as possible outside, and these are both topics that are perfect for studying while spending so much time outside. The stream has been a favorite playscape; the kids love being able to cool off while playing. They have also been playing many games of tag, hide and seek, and other games they make up. We have been working on getting back in our routine, and it’s been going great. I’m so excited for the months ahead and all the learning we will do! To keep the lines of communication open, please feel free to email or call me anytime. The best time to

Ms KK's Class - Early Preschool 1

Greetings, EPS1 Families! For the month of June, we have been focusing on our seasons and learning more about the season of Summer. The kids in the classroom are being taught about the different types of summer outside conditions: hot, sunny, dry, humid, etc. Planting is a big topic during the summer, and the kids have the opportunity to learn about this skill right here in our garden. “It was June, and the world smelled of roses. The sunshine was like powdered gold over the grassy hillside.” -Maud Hart Lovelace Ms. Zareth and Ms. Kimy, for Ms. KK

Ms Shelby's Class - Toddler 3

June has been a month full of read-alouds, water play, and dot paint! The children have enjoyed gearing up in their swimsuits, lathering in sunscreen, and running from our classroom door down to the sprinkler and water table on the playground. Our favorite books this month have consisted of Going on a Bear Hunt, Duck Goes Potty, Where is Baby's Mommy?, Where's that Monkey?, The Birthday Box, Dr. Seuss’ ABC Book, Tubby, and Blankie. The children listen intently while the teacher is reading to them, especially when we're reading Going on a Bear Hunt. Some of the children in the class even participate by saying some parts of the book, like the sound the grass makes "swishy, swashy," the sound o

Ms Amanda's Class - Toddler 2

Parents, We hope that you are all staying safe and getting through this extraordinary time in a positive way! We have spent a lot of time outside. Our favorite thing to do right now is to join or neighboring classroom (T4) outside of our classroom with our water tables and enjoy the water. It is so much fun running from table to table, practicing our filling and dumping skills, squishing sponges or painting the sidewalk with the water from the sponges, and playing with our friends next door. For the month of July, we have some pretty neat things planned. We are going to make lots of art projects that include lots of reds, whites, and blues that resemble fireworks. We will also talk about Sum

Ms Amanda's Class—Toddler 1

Happy July! For the upcoming month of July, we are going to be talking about one of our children’s favorite topics—and mine—Dinosaurs! We absolutely love dinosaurs in T1, and we have plenty of fun activities planned for the whole month. We will be hiding and seeking small dinosaurs around our classroom, playing with dinosaurs in our water table, and making lots of paintings of different dinosaurs. We will be doing observational painting which is when I will print out a picture of a dinosaur and our children will look at it and then paint their own dinosaur however they like! We will also have several new books like Dinosaur Dance and My Big Dinosaur Book which shows all the different kinds o

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