Directors Blog 7/17/15

Hello Everyone,

We have had a great week playing outside! The kids have had a great time not only playing in the sprinkler but also enjoying the puddles that it creates too! We have sink or float experiments with toys as well as making mud pies for our friends. Please remember to check your child’s cubby daily to make sure they have enough spare clothes in their cubby.

**END OF THE YEAR EVENT!!** Parents, please mark your calendars for our annual end of the year event on Friday, August, 28th (rain date Thursday August 27th). We are planning a day of fun that includes bounce houses, games on the playground, and a special snack provided by Specialty Sweets! This event is to say “good bye” to all of the kids leaving Parkside and “welcome” to all who are new to Parkside. Parents, if your child has left Parkside before this event, we would love for you to accompany them while they come back and play with their friends. We hope to see you there!

*NAEYC: As you may know, we are going through the process of being accredited by NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children). In previous blogs I have spoken about our progress as well as what steps it requires for us to become accredited. In this week’s blog I thought it would be important for you to know the 10 standards Parkside will be accessed on; I have included the first three standards this week. Our teachers just completed working on their classroom portfolios to support the first standard, Relationships we will be moving into “Curriculum” next month. Below is the website from NAEYC for families to know more about the accreditation. You can find this information  by clicking here.

Standard 1: Relationships

The program promotes positive relationships among all children and adults. The safe and secure environments built by positive relationships help children thrive physically, benefit from learning experiences, and cooperate and get along with others.

What to look for in a program:

* Children and adults feel welcome when they visit the program. Teachers help new children adjust to the program environment and make friends with other children.

* Teaching staff engage in warm, friendly conversations with the children and encourage and recognize children’s work and accomplishments.

* Children are encouraged to play and work together.

*Teachers help children resolve conflicts by identifying feelings, describing problems, and trying alternative solutions. Teaching staff never physically punish children.

Standard 2: Curriculum

The program implements a curriculum that is consistent with its goals for children and promotes learning and development in each of the following areas: social, emotional, physical, language, and cognitive.

A well-planned written curriculum provides a guide for teachers and administrators. It helps them work together and balance different activities and approaches to maximize children’s learning and development. The curriculum includes goals for the content that children are learning, planned activities linked to these goals, daily schedules and routines, and materials to be used.

NAEYC and the NAEYC Accreditation system do not prescribe a specific curriculum; programs can design their own or choose a commercially available curriculum that meets NAEYC guidelines.

What to look for in a program:

* Ask about the program’s curriculum and how it addresses all aspects of child development. The curriculum should not focus on just one area of development.

* Children are given opportunities to learn and develop through exploration and play, and teachers have opportunities to work with individual children and small groups on specific skills.

* Materials and equipment spark children’s interest and encourage them to experiment and learn.

* Activities are designed to help children get better at reasoning, solving problems, getting along with others, using language, and developing other skills.

* Infants and toddlers play with toys and art materials that  “do something” based on children’s actions, such as jack-in-the-box, cups that fit inside one another, and playdough.

Standard 3: Teaching

The program uses developmentally, culturally, and linguistically appropriate and effective teaching approaches that enhance each child’s learning and development in the context of the curriculum goals.

Children have different learning styles, needs, capacities, interests, and backgrounds. By recognizing these differences and using instructional approaches that are appropriate for each child, teachers and staff help all children learn.

What to look for in a program:

* Teachers carefully supervise all children.

* Teachers provide time each day for indoor and outdoor activities (weather permitting) and organize time and space so that children have opportunities to work or play individually and in groups.

* Children’s recent work (for example, art and emergent writing) is displayed in the classroom to help children reflect on and extend their learning.

* Teachers modify strategies and materials to respond to the needs and interests of individual children, engaging each child and enhancing learning.

Upcoming Events:

*August 28th (rain date August 27th): End of the year event!

*September 4th: Parkside is CLOSED for Teaching Training!

*September 7th: Parkside is CLOSED for Labor Day!

Enjoy your weekend,

Jen V.

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