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January News

Welcome to 2016. We made it! We are half way through our school year, and still have so much planned! Please always be checking our Monthly Events for school activities, as well as making sure you are receiving our school emails for updates and reminders.
With that Flu and cold season is still here. We work hard to disinfect all toys, door knobs, tables and chairs throughout the day. We are teaching the children good hand washing skills, and how to avoid catching a cold. However, if a child has a runny nose, fever, or a bad cough, germs are spread! If you have ANY questions about our sick policies please do not hesitate to ask the front office.
Thank you for being conscientious and keeping your children home when they are sick.

Signing In and Out:
Please make sure to sign your child in and out every day. We recently did a check and there were many families that are not signing their children in and out. In case of emergency, we use the sign in and out sheets to confirm who is in our care.
In addition, “Community Care Licensing” requires a parent’s full signature, and we can receive penalties if our families are not following through!
Thank you for your support and cooperation.

January Events:
Jan 1st: SCHOOL CLOSED– New Year’s Day
Jan 6th: Pajama Day!
Jan 14th: Spaghetti Play! Join us in playing with our food
Jan 18th: Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday (YES, we are open)

YOUR child’s belonging:
We have noticed there are a lot of the same items for different children. Please make sure you are labeling ALL of your child’s belongings.
For example: cups, lunch boxes, jackets, etc.
We look forward to spending the New Year with all of our families and are very excited to welcome our new families to our program. Here we go!

From the Education Department:
The Value of Visual Art Activities for Your Preschooler
Visual art experiences help children develop skills such as critical thinking, self-expression, problem-solving, communication and collaboration. Our teachers focus on process-based art education, in which the experience of creating art is valued over the end product.
In our classrooms, teachers integrate art into many aspects of our Links to Learning curriculum. After reading a book about polar bears, teachers might ask students to create their own polar bears using sponges, paint, markers and paper. They encourage students to talk about their art, providing a great opportunity to learn new vocabulary, particularly words related to colors, shapes, textures, and emotions.
Our students are also exposed to and inspired by famous artwork. In order to cultivate that fascination, we discuss famous artists and art works and ask students to create replicas of well-known paintings and sculptures. For example, after learning about Michelangelo’s painting on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, teachers mimic the activity in the classroom.
They tape paper underneath tables, and students practice painting a masterpiece while lying down.
Below are visual art activities you and your child can do at home, as well as recommended reading.
At Home:
Provide your child with finger paint, a large piece of paper and a smock. Let him create a masterpiece. Talk about how the paint feels and what colors and shapes he creates on the paper.
Start a journal with your child. Have him draw a picture of something that happened during the day. Avoid giving direction. Instead of saying “Draw a picture of your teacher and classmates,” encourage him to experiment using different colored markers or crayons. If age appropriate, ask your child to write a few words to describe the picture.
Give your child a piece of paper and a box of crayons or markers. Show him how to use the materials to make dots, lines and swirls on the paper. Let him take over and have fun. Encourage conversation about your child’s art by saying, “Tell me about what you made” or “I see you used a lot of blue in your picture. Why did you choose that color?”
Ask your child to decorate a sign for his bedroom door using various art materials. Have him write his name on the sign.
Recommended Reading:
The Dot by Peter Reynolds
Beautiful Oops by Barney Saltzberg
Art by Patrick McDonnell
Not a Box by Antoinette Portis
Mix It Up by Herve Tullet
It is wonderful to share the joy that children naturally take in using art materials. Giving children extra opportunities to connect art to the world around them, contributes to happiness and future success in elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education

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