The Reading Corner

This Month’s Featured Books: Infant/ Toddler: All the World by Liz Garton Scanlon (Author), Marla Frazee (Illustrator) All the world is here. It is there. It is everywhere. All the world is right where you are. Now. Following a circle of family and friends through the course of a day from morning until night, this book affirms the importance of all things great and small in our world, from the tiniest shell on the beach, to the warmth of family connections, to the widest sunset sky. Now available as a Classic Board Book, this Caldecott Honor picture book written by Liz Garton Scanlon and illustrated by Marla Frazee is perfect for the youngest of readers. Preschool: Owl Babies by Martin W

A Look Back on July

In our newsletter, we have included great educational articles on Back to School and Transitioning for our younger children. Transitions are a huge part of everyday living, and starting transitions while they are in child care will help children later in life. Some adults have a hard time transitioning from different activities or to different changes that come with living normal life. The article “Supporting Transitions: Using Child Development as a Guide” has great information on different areas of development and how transitions can help grow each area to help grow healthy children. Here is the article for you to read “Supporting Transitions: Using Child Development as a Guide”. This mont

Ms Chyanne's Class - Toddler A

Communication Skills and Early Literacy: Standard 2 - Expressive (Speaking/Vocabulary) The child expresses needs, thoughts and interests through gestures, sounds or words. This month we will expand our communication skills by talking about emotions and correct terms for items. We will also work on how to positively communicate our needs to each other and the teachers around us. We will be incorporating more songs and activities into our day to make transitions fun. We will also begin talking about families and the roles our friends play within their own home environments! If you have family pictures (pets included) send them our way. As we welcome more children into the program, we will buil

Family Child Care Home 2 - Owasso

We’ve been having fun learning about shapes this past month. We really loved the song “What Shape is It?” We played this song when we discussed shapes. Once we could identify the shapes, we started expanding it out into the classroom. Instead of just finding shapes on our paper, we went around the classroom trying to find the shapes as the song played. We’ve even enjoyed our shape matching puzzle! They’ve each had one made individually to ensure adequate learning time. These puzzles will also be going home with them soon! We plan to learn more about farm animals in the next month! We can’t wait to see what all they can learn. Ms. Elizabeth & Ms. Sehoy

Ms Teresa's Class - Preschool

Hello, Parents! We are coming into the new school year; I am excited, and I hope you all are as well. The month of July was an experience for the children! We grew our own butterflies, and they learned all about the life cycle of a butterfly. They learned that the caterpillar does not spin a web like a spider, but they spin silk for the pupa. For the month of August our theme will be Ladybug Adventures. What this looks like is that the children get to grow ladybugs and watch them in their own habitat before releasing them on the playscape. We will also continue our school readiness learning. Language Arts: Standard 1: The child listens for information and for pleasure. Science: Standard 3: T

Ms Erin's Class - Early Preschool 2

Hello, for the month of August we will be concentrating on our Social and Personal Skills. With friends returning and new ones joining our class, we are going back to the basics and reviewing class expectations. We will explore what emotions are, how we appropriately express them and how to play appropriately with friends. Standard 1- The child will participate in activities to develop the skills necessary for working and interacting with others. Standard 2- The child will develop the skills necessary for participating in a variety of settings. Ms. Erin

Ms Krisinda's Class - Early Preschool 1

We have been working on Language Arts and expressing ourselves in front of our peers, in large and small group settings. The class has expressed interest in different areas of Science. As a result, they voted that our Early Learning Guideline for August will be Science! We will begin by focusing on Standard 1: Science Processes and Inquiry – The child will investigate and experiment with objects to discover information. We will also focus on Standard 3: Life – The child will observe and investigate plants and animals. The lesson plans for the month will be built around their interests and requests. Ms. Krisinda

Ms Amanda's Class - Toddler C

For the month of August, we will be focusing on personal and self-help skills. We will focus on enhancing these skills through activities that promote independence. We also will give the children the vocabulary and tools necessary to obtain the ability to ask for assistance when unable to complete a task. I will provide the children with the words as well as the ASL signs to ask myself or others for help. I will be sending home activities to assist your child in further enhancing independence at home as well. Ms. Amanda

Ms Allison's Class - Toddler B

We had a great month learning about our dump trucks and excavators. The children really loved having our very own construction site in the sensory table. Our last two weeks of July will be focused on health and safety. We will talk about germs and how they make us sick and the importance of hand washing. We will also implement being healthy into the class by doing exercises and bringing in some fruits and veggies to discuss and taste. Ms. Allison

Ms Ashley's Class - Infants

For the month of August, we are going to focus on Creative skills in our ELG book. The standard that we will focus on is “Begin to understand his/her world by using senses to explore and experience the environment”. To help strengthen this skill, I will be singing more songs, and we will explore more with our musical instruments in our classroom. I will also do more art with the children utilizing finger painting, paint brushes, and cornhusks. By allowing the children to explore with these items, it will help strengthen their fine motor skills as well as their sense of touch. I will mix different textures in the paint and different smells to help enhance the children’s sense of smell and tou

Letter from the Director!

Is your child exiting our program to transition to Big School? When we talk about the Public Pre K or Kindergarten class experience, we refer to those classrooms as “Big School.” While this time of year may be filled with several emotions, we want to just remind each parent – All children grow in their unique ways in their unique times. Also, as your child’s first teacher – you are the expert. You have the right to vocalize concerns and advocate on behalf of your child or children. When you get connected to this new space, find out what programs your child’s school offers for families. Find out how you get signed up, then sign up and go. We have always been pleased with the partnerships we h

Ms Mollie's Classroom 3

Hello from Classroom Three, Summer is in full effect, and we are trying to stay safe and cool from the sun. We are trying to do more of our outdoor activities in the morning before it starts heating up. We have added exercises and stretching to our routine to help channel their energy in a positive way. Last month we worked really hard on communication. The children’s vocabulary is blossoming, and we are having interesting conversations between classmates and teachers. We also continued our focus on bathroom routines. Now almost all of our friends are potty-trained!!!! Sometimes, as teachers, we feel like we live in the bathroom, trying to make sure we keep a set routine. The children are le

Letter from the Director!

Hello, Everyone! I am delighted to be a part of the Downtown team. I’ve had the pleasure to interact with most of you via email, phone call, text, and best of all, in person. In the next few weeks, I look forward to meeting the rest of you and getting to know all of you more. I have worked in the early childhood education field for twenty-three years. Among my experience I’ve been an Early Head Start teacher, served in public school special education, and have been in positions of director for the last fifteen years. I’ve been spending time in the classrooms and have gotten to see the fun and sweet personalities of your children. I understand it will take time for us all to be acquainted. Pl

Ms Ashley's Classroom 1

Hello, Classroom 1 Families! I cannot believe we’re already half way through summer! I hope everyone is having an amazing summer to the best of your current abilities. Please keep as cool as possible and stay hydrated. Just a reminder that here at the center, we will have water day once a week and limit the outdoor time to mornings when it’s the coolest. Closed toe shoes should be worn at the center every day as it protects the children from trip hazards and stubbed toes. Also, personal items from home such as drinks, toys, and food are not allowed at school. The children may bring a blanket and or a stuffed animal from home as their comfort support. For the month of July, we have been focus

Ms Mashaya's Classroom 2

Hello from Classroom 2! This month we will be going over physical development. During infancy through age three, children are not only growing physically in size, but they are also gaining control of their bodies. Small and large muscle skills and self-help skills increase over time. In a healthy and safe environment, children have the freedom to move so they can learn and grow their bodies. When a child learns to sit up or hold an item, it is the foundation for later learning. We will assist by providing a safe environment, encouraging every child, and planning activities to incorporate movement. Some of what we will be learning is walking without assistance, learning how to hold crayons/sc

Meet Our New Staff!

Josy Gootee Hello, my name is Josy Gootee. I am so excited to be a part of the Ivy Academy West team. I have worked with infants/toddlers for 10 years now. I am happy this profession chose me, and I turned it into my career. I have studied Early Childhood Development at Tulsa Community College and earned my Associate’s degree. I am continuing my education with Northeastern State University to obtain my bachelor’s degree in early childhood. I am a Dewey graduate, and spent my Junior and Senior years of high school with Tri County Tech in the Early Childhood department. It was then that I was just beginning to like working with young children, and as I went on, that like turned into love. I ju

Ms Nikki's Class - Early Preschool

Dear Families, Our class is beginning to study trees; we’ll be observing and comparing trees to learn about what lives in them, what they're made from, and who cares for them. We hope that the study will help children explore and appreciate nature. As we study trees, we will use literacy, Math, and the Arts. We will learn important social studies and investigations. Also, if you can take a nature walk with your child, we would appreciate your help in collecting tree parts to investigate (of course without harming the tree). Please put them in a bag to bring to the classroom. Thank you, Ms. Nikki

Ms Debra's Class - Toddler 2

Hello, Families! We are happy that the rest of our friends have been able to join us back at school, and we are working on rebuilding relationships with each other and learning how to communicate and interact with peers and teachers. This month we will be engaging in science activities and engaging our senses. We will do this by reading books about our senses and engaging in different activities. One such activity will be a balancing act through which we will begin to demonstrate early scientific inquiry skills through questioning, exploring, problem-solving, discovering, and examining. Science for toddlers involves a lot of hands-on experiences that engage their senses and get them thinking

Ms Anita's Class - Toddler 1

Hello from T1, Last month in T1, we focused on Science ELG Standard 3: The child will observe and investigate living things. In class we did this by exploring farm animals. This month we will still focus on the same standard, but instead of farm animals, we will be talking about and exploring zoo animals. We will be implementing hands-on activities for the children to begin to learn how to sort the animals by their similarities such as size and color. Another activity we will be doing is learning the different sounds all the animals make. We will be doing this by singing songs that provide a variety of animal sounds and movements. The children will be encouraged to move their bodies freely.

Ms Josy's Class - Infants

Dear Infant Families, We have been practicing pulling up, rolling, scooting, and standing. As we strengthen their mobile muscles, the ability to meet their own needs becomes easier for a little baby to self-regulate. Coming up this month, we are going to continue working on gross motor development by providing more opportunities for climbing. We are going to add to the climber in our classroom and explore the climber outside on the playground. We have been spending most of our mornings outside. With the hot temperatures, we do not spend much time outside in the afternoons. We provide daily opportunities for sensory exploration. To promote more sensory exploration, we do water play daily whil

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