On Friday, February 12th between 8:30—9:30 AM NCCCC will be hosting our annual Winter Brunch. Parents are welcome to attend with their children. It is a great opportunity to share food, support and conversation with other NCCCC families and staff.
The staff will be making and serving Breakfast Strata, baked French Toast and fruit. A hot healthy breakfast is a great way to start your day!!! We hope you can join us!!!
What We Learn When We Play With Blocks
Blocks are a key example of how young children learn through play. Young children do not often pre-plan their structures. They just let it happen. Their creations are influenced by what they have seen in the environment. Child Development The Block Center offers many experiences to facilitate growth and enhance skills in all areas of development. Physical Skills: develop large muscles as they carry blocks from place to place, refine small motor skills, eye-hand coordination, and sense of balance as they stack and place blocks together. Social/Emotional Skills: promote cooperation, working with others, sharing, acceptance of others’ ideas, self-esteem, and confidence. Language Skills: increase vocabulary and communication skills such as conversation, asking questions, labeling, making up stories and using comparative language such as larger, taller, or bigger. Intellectual Skills: develop concepts of number, size, shape, length, height, weight, area, part-to-whole relationships, problem solving one-to-one correspondence, sequencing, cause-effect relationships, fractions, adding, subtracting, testing ideas, estimating and measuring.
To insure the safety of parents, children and staff in hazardous driving conditions, the Center may delay opening, close early or remain closed all day. A decision to delay opening will be made and broadcast by 6:00 A.M. If it is necessary to remain closed all day, the decision will be made and broadcast by 7:00 A.M. In the event the center must close early, a decision will be made and broadcast by 12:00 noon, and all parents will be contacted by phone. Announcements will also be broadcast on the following television
Center wide emails may be distributed to parents who have provided an email address.
Understanding NAEYC: Standard 2 – Curriculum
This is the second in a series of articles on NAEYC to better help parents understand what our accreditation means to our program and to your child’s experience in our Center. Last month we covered Standard 1 on relationships. This month we will be learning about:
Standard 2 Curriculum—The program implements a curriculum that is consistent with its goals for children and pro-motes learning and development in each of the following areas: social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive. I have chosen to address Criteria 2. A. 02 A clearly stated curriculum or curriculum framework provides a coherent focus for planning children’s experiences. It allows for adaptations and modifications to ensure access to the curriculum for all children.
The following is an excerpt from the NCCCC Family Handbook for parents and staff information, regarding our Curriculum Guidelines:
NCCCC uses the Connecticut Early Learning Developmental Standards (ELDS) and the CT Frameworks in its cyclical implementation of observations, curriculum and assessments. Teachers observe children’s activity, behavior and development and use these observations to plan activities and experiences to support development of skills and knowledge. Twice a year we also use those observations to write an Assessment of each child. Teachers use curriculum to plan ways for children to construct knowledge in order to make sense of their experiences. Appropriate curriculum content focuses on all eight developmental domains: Cognitive, Social/Emotional, Physical/Health and self help, Creative Arts, Language and Literacy, Math, Science and Social Studies and addresses the different age levels and abilities of all the children. We incorporate community, cultural and family contexts, along with the interests of the children.
Children at NCCCC will follow a flexible daily schedule that meets the individual needs of the diverse population served by our program. The plan for development will allow for cultural, language and developmental differences to be dressed. In preschool we use the “Handwriting without Tears” Programs for both handwriting and math. We use many different math manipulatives to promote pre math skills. Each child receives a “Scholastic Newsletter” each week that addresses Science and Social Studies topics that we base our weekly themes on for all the classrooms. The children each have journals. We also incorporate lots of Art and play in the children’s day. We have extra toys and books in storage that we rotate into the curriculum on a monthly basis to meet the theme of the curriculum and/or prevent boredom.
There is sufficient opportunity (usually twice a day) for indoor and outdoor physical activities on a daily basis, which allows for fine and gross motor development. We use the chart provided by Child Care Weather Watch to determine if weather conditions pose a health risk. Parents are reminded through our news letter to provided weather appropriate clothing. On days when the weather may pose a risk we use the dining hall for gross motor activities. The same supervision will be used in the dining hall as out on the playground.
The schedule includes the opportunity for problem-solving experiences that help to formulate language development and sensory discrimination.
Children have the opportunity to express their own ideas and feeling through creative experiences in all parts of the program, including:
- Arts and media
- Dramatic play
- Motor activity
- Language learning experiences
- Experiences that promote self-reliance
- Health education practices
- Child initiated and teacher initiated activities
- Exploration and discovery
- Varied choices in materials and equipment
- Individual and small group activities
- Active and quiet play
- Rest sleep or quiet activity
- Toileting and clean up
Gertrude Hawk Chocolates
NCCCC will be running the Gertrude Hawk fundraiser again this year. The sale will run from February 1– 19 in order to receive delivery by Easter. As always all funds will go towards the playground renewal. We need to purchase new wood chips in the spring and we are still planning on replacing the perimeter fence sometime in the future. I fill my grandson’s Easter Basket every year with Gertrude Hawk candy, books and legos! They have such great flavor variety and shapes. The catalog will accompany this newsletter. Thank you for your participation!!!
Boo Bear and Miss Susan Visit
Boo Bear and Miss Susan from Children’s Dental Associates stopped by last month to teach the children about dental health through brushing and good food choices. She gave the children bags to bring home with toothbrushes and coloring pages. It is always great to see them every year. Thank you Boo Bear and Miss Susan!
Winter Outdoor Play
Parents please remember to send in outerwear with your child each day so they can play outside. Fresh air and exercise are a vital part of good health. We have a chart in the office that takes into consideration temperature and wind chill to tell us when it is unsafe for the children to go outside. We only take them out on days that are safe but if they don’t have hats, mittens and boots it can be very uncomfortable for them.