Saturday, September 8, 2018

Grandparents Day Social

We couldn't think of a better way to celebrate the grandparents in our school family.  They were able to sit down and enjoy sandwiches and a special sweet treat. After eating there were able to create a sweet keepsake handprint craft to remember this special day. Stories were read and laughter was heard and we couldn't have been happier to end the day just like that.

All about Me

We are kicking off our first Frog Street theme with All About Me. Each child was sent home with a bag to fill and decorate with items that describe them. This was a great activity to help bridge home and school together. Take a look at some of our friends showing their class what they brought from home.

Professional Development Day

Every year our amazing company plans for a training day for all of our educators. They always go above and beyond and this year was themed "The Academy Awards".

We were so excited to announce that every year two teachers from each school recieve our Fall Star award. These teachers go above and beyond in there classrooms. Their passion clearly shows in their classroom everyday. We are so happy to announce out Fall Stars this year are Ms. Marissa from Toddler One and Ms. Fran from Preschool One.

Our team was able to hear from speakers about Conscious Discipline, The Power of Early Childhood Educators and a music show from Shawn Brown. We left our day feeling empowered about the importance of our job of the kids in our school and can't wait to see what this year brings us.

Take a look at a few pictures from that day.

Wednesday, August 22, 2018

The Power of Art

This unrestricted exploration helps children form connections in their brain, it helps them learn—and it's also fun. Art is a natural activity to support this free play in children. Skills youth practice when participating in art activities include:
  • Fine motor skills. Grasping pencils, crayons, chalk and paintbrushes helps children develop their fine motor muscles. This development will help your child with writing, buttoning a coat and other tasks that require controlled movements.
  • Cognitive development. Art can help children learn and practice skills like patterning and cause and effect. They can also practice critical thinking skills by making a mental plan or picture of what they intend to create and following through on their plan.
  • Math skills. Children can learn, create and begin to understand concepts like size, shape, making comparisons, counting and spatial reasoning.
  • Language skills. As children describe and share their artwork, as well as their process, they develop language skills. You can encourage this development by actively listening and asking open-ended questions in return. It is also a great opportunity to learn new vocabulary words regarding their project.

The Power of Reading

Reading books aloud to children stimulates their imagination and expands their understanding of the world. It helps them develop language and listening skills and prepares them to understand the written word. Even after children learn to read by themselves, it's still important for you to read aloud together.

This was the perfect time to have a visit from Princess Elsa. She did a special story time for all of us and even went around and captured a few pictures. Check them out!