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February News

Message from the Principal

A very special THANK YOU for taking the time to complete our preschools annual Parent Survey. Quality education and piece of mind are priceless and so are your comments. Our parent company, Nobel Learning Communities, loves to hear about your customer experiences at our school. We hope that we have provided excellent services to our families as that is our utmost intentions. In addition, we would like to know where we can grow to better our serve our families. Thank you again for trusting Discovery Isle with your most priceless gift, your child!


 

Important Dates:

The preschool will be CLOSED on Monday, February 16th in observance of President’s Day. We wish everyone a safe 3 day weekend!

We have so many fun dress-up events and experiences planned such as Tooth fairy day, Dentist visits, Be my Valentine day, Chinese New Year celebration and much much more! Special Event Calendars are always available at the front desk located in the lobby of the preschool. Calendars can also be viewed on this website under the calendar tab.


 

News from the Education

Learning About the Uses and Benefits of Technology

Children today have many opportunities to interact with technology for entertainment value and learning. Most often we think of children using computer technology, including handheld devices loaded with games, books, music and movies. In moderation, these devices can aid in children’s learning and development.

Within our academic curriculum, we involve children in activities and reflection on ways that technology can improve our understanding of the world around us, help us do our jobs, and make the world a better place. We help children see how the understanding of science and math moves technology forward, and that someday they too might create new and improved ways to do things.

Below are a few ways that we integrate technology in our classrooms and some ideas to try at home.

INTERMEDIATES

In the classroom: Beginning in our Intermediate program, students learn common technology vocabulary, such as mouse, keyboard and email. Students also explore the double meaning of verbs that describe online and offline activities, such as “tapping” and “surfing”.

At home: Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg is a great book to read with your child to continue the learning at home. Dot, the main character, is a tech savvy little girl who leaves her electronic devices at home while she taps, swipes and shares in the real world.

PRE-K

In the classroom: Teachers encourage our older preschoolers to use technology as a tool to express themselves. For example, students use a camera to take photos of seasonal changes outdoors and write what they observed in their journal. This activity promotes creativity and provides a fun opportunity to practice writing skills.

At home: Allow your child to explore his world using digital photography tools. Ask him to describe his photos and explain why he chose those objects or locations to photograph. Encourage him to use descriptive language and emotion vocabulary.

In summary, we provide numerous opportunities for children to explore technology in our classrooms. Through these activities, children become excited to use technology educationally, and are better prepared to use technology in elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education


 

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