It’s Almost Time to Vote

 

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At The Day Nursery we excite the imagination of children on a day to day basis.  Our dedicated staff works to that end each day. Our democracy is exciting too. Tomorrow we get to exercise our citizen participation by voting; while so many people in so many countries are deprived of that opportunity.

Taking your child with you is a teaching moment too.  See this article about why parents are taking their children when they vote. Make sure your friends and family vote too. Make sure all the parents who drop off their kids vote. We are all in this together.

Our friends at NAEYC, the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC), a professional membership organization that works to promote high-quality early learning for all young children, birth through age 8, by connecting early childhood practice, policy, and research. They advance a diverse, dynamic early childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young children.

Nearly ten months ago, NAEYC announced its own first-time electoral advocacy effort – the Early Ed for President campaign, designed to elevate the conversation around early childhood education and educators in the 2016 election cycle.

Since then, NAEYC members and friends, affiliates and partners all around the country have carried the Early Ed for President messages to candidates far and wide, making sure they know about the importance of early childhood education! And every one of the 105,320 (and counting!) likes and follows on social media mean our voices are growing.

We’ve heard both Presidential candidates talk about child care and early learning – and we want to see more when they, whoever is elected, takes office.

As you vote tomorrow, keep in mind you are voting for your children as well.

#earlyedin16!

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Writing Activities for Preschoolers

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Getting a preschooler to write can be difficult due to several factors. An important one is, Is your child interested in writing? In the Rainbow Room, the children have been interested in gardening and insects so I took those interests and produced writing ‘games’ for the children to do based on those interests.

 

The children are playing Roll-A-Letter. The child rolls a die and must write the letter that the die lands on. This is a great way for the child to work on letters that they already know and work on letters that they are having some difficulty to write.

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Is your child interested in cars?  You can have your child painting with cars on paper (in the picture we practiced on the slide first) or have your child drive their car on a letter road.

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Before your child can write well they need to have developed the muscles in their hands that will enable them to have the necessary skills to hold and maneuver a pencil. By learning and practicing these skills it will help your child be confident about becoming a writer.

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Some examples of writing readiness skills or fine motor activities that will help your child in developing the muscles in their hands are:

Cutting with scissors
Brushing their teeth
Eating with a fork or spoon
Using tweezers
Manipulating small objects (putting a puzzle together, stringing beads or moving a game piece on a board)

Putting a puzzle together with a friend. The children worked together in trying to figuring out and manipulating each piece until they finished the puzzle together.

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Working with play dough. This child separated the play dough into small pieces to give the ladybug 8 spots and a face.

Moving a game piece on a board. The child makes sure his spider lands on each rectangle on its way to the water spout.

Using Tweezers. The children are counting out frogs and are using the tweezers to place each individual frog onto the pond mat.

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Cutting with scissors. Cutting paper is a desired skill but you can make cutting interesting by having your child cut a variety of things that you approve of. In this picture the children were really excited to help trim the grass with scissors.

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Working with small objects. In this project the children made caterpillars with pom poms. The children then asked for other materials to add to their caterpillars such as leaves and eyes.

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It is important to set up children for success. They will gain a level of confidence that will help carry over in later grades and do well. That is why it is so important to help children develop skills that will help them to become great writers. Why not help your child to develop the skills they need while having fun as well? Having your child do school work while having fun will continue their excitement about learning throughout their school career.  

For more information and activities on writing readiness you can visit:

http://www.lizs-early-learning-spot.com/pre-writing-skills-essential-for-early-learners/

http://www.readingrockets.org/article/developing-writing-and-spelling-home-pre-k

 

Reunion/Community Play Date

Reunion Sept 10 2016

We once again celebrate our past, present and future children, parents and community supporters to the annual Reunion, on Saturday, September 10, 2016 between the hours of 1:00 and 4:00 p.m. There will be games, music, refreshments and raffle prizes.

It is with pleasure that we get to see old friends and the faces of students and their parents.  Did you know we even have a teacher who was a former student at The Day Nursery?

Our 103 year old institution has so many blessings of children learning as a foundation for their further education.

Here is a look at last year’s reunion.

Be part of this year’s celebration and our future.

Thank you for your support.

 

 

A Day In the Life of the Garden Room

 

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Ms. Kristen!!! Ms. Ayesha!! Ms. Kristen!!! Ms. Ayesha!! Ms. Kristen!!! Ms. Ayesha!! Ms. Kristen!!! Ms. Ayesha!!

Imagine hearing this from 19, 3 to 5 year old’s every single morning as you enter your place of work. Did it bring a smile to your face? I hope it did. This is a common occurrence here at The Day Nursery in the Garden Room. The children exclaim our names, and run clamoring for a hug and to share with us what they had done the night before. Soon all that can be heard is a mixture of words that even the best listener couldn’t decipher. We calmly ask the children to wait and hold their thoughts as we give each child their hug as we enter the room. Ms. Ayesha and I then join the children in the dining room as some are finishing breakfast and others are rummaging through books.

Once settled, the conversations begin, and fascinating stories of trips to the park, the diner, and a friend’s house are shared between friends. Breakfast ends, and we are on our way to the playground. Children run, jump, climb and dig on our large inviting space for the next half hour. Once our time here is done it is time to truly start our day. We wash hands and as a class discuss the weather and what day it is. Are you exhausted yet? No? Good, because this was just the first hour of the day. There is a lot more in store for these precocious learners.

“If your name begins with Sssssssss, you may stand up!” Children follow the direction for one of these transitions and are then allowed to start the area/small group portion of the day. Would you like a slice of pizza? If you said yes, then you are going to love the dramatic play area. A pizza shop was just started there. If pizza isn’t your thing, what about building a tower? An entire city was just built over in the construction area. Would you like to get your hands dirty instead? If this is more your style, you will enjoy our art and writing areas, which boast various mediums in which the children can write and create with.

This is just a sampling of the amazing and educational areas within our classroom. We also work on math, science, fine and large motor skills throughout the morning and rest of the day. Don’t worry though, the children aren’t too exhausted after all this learning, we make sure that they are full of fuel with our meals and snacks. The children and teachers gather around two large dining tables and share a family style meal with each other. Conversations are had and connections are made.

After this refuel we head back downstairs to The Garden Room. As the children enter the soft sounds of instrumental music can be heard as they prepare their spaces for rest. After a short relaxation period, any children that do not sleep are invited to look at books or attend to a quiet activity.

So I must ask one more question…Would you like to join the Garden Room?

 

 

 

Incorporating Literacy into Art Projects

Some parents have asked me how they can incorporate literacy into the various activities that they partake in with their child. This is one of my favorite activities to do with my students. Letter art is a quick and easy way to help your child learn their letters. It incorporates 3 different senses into the activity: touch, sight, and smell.

Materials Needed:

  • Small canvas boards
  • Masking or painters tape
  • Finger Paint (colors of choice)
  • Scents (we use cinnamon or ginger, check for allergens!)
  • Trays
  • Smocks or old shirts

First with the help of your child cut the tape into strips. Then place the tape onto the canvas in the shape of the letter you choose to work on. For our project we started with A.

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Next I prepared our paint colors. If you are not using finger paints add two drops of dish soap to the regular paint being used. It helps to remove the pigment from clothing and skin.

It also helps to keep a wet towel or a package of wipes in arms reach as well!

The next step is to paint your child’s hand. I allow the children to choose the pattern of colors.Not sure

After painting your child’s hand let them loose on the canvas board. While the paint is wet carefully peel the tape away. You can wait until it is dry as well. Once peeled set to the side and this is what your final product will look like.

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