NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)As all of you are already aware,        imagination and by...
2012 Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas BuddyHello, Parker-Chase Community,My name is Jean Underwood, and on Sunday, November 4...
Why Choose a NAEYC Accredited Preschool?    NAEYC Accreditation of programs for young children represents the mark of qual...
Sensing AutumnSee            We see the leaves change colors from green to yellow to orange to red.Hear           We hear ...
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PCPO October-December 2012 Newsletter

  1. 1. NAEYC (National Association for the Education of Young Children)As all of you are already aware, imagination and by using classroom and literacy, physical, social, andnine Parker-Chase staff members examples, show the impact of emotional. Join us forwill be traveling on Friday, teachers’ support of mature make performances by Ella Jenkins, andNovember 9th to attend the -believe play on young Steve & Greg.NAEYC conference in Atlanta children’s developing imagination. We are off to a great start on ourfrom Nov. 7-11. The theme for Approaches to learning: How fundraising efforts, and we onlythe conference this year is did you learn at school today? have two more fundraisers to go:Developmentally Appropriate Young children develop positive *Parent’s Night OutPractice in the 21st Century. approaches to learning in an Friday, October 19thThere is a wonderful line up of environment that supports their Saturday, October 27thconference sessions this year! emerging sense of themselves as *Garage Sale at Ms. JaynesHighlighted speakers and doers and thinkers. Participants Saturday, November 3rdpresenters include many will share ideas and strategies to With nine teachers heading to theworld-renowned early childhood provide children with experiences conference on Nov. 9th, we couldeducators! that develop their initiative and use your help in a couple of ways: the skills to solve problems withSome notable sessions include: Take the day off and do fun confidence, flexibility, andUniquely preschool: Vygotskian stuff with your kiddo. persistence.and post-Vygotskian approaches Pick you child up as early asto scaffolding the development The closing session is titled: possible to help with breaksof imagination. Sing! Dance! Move! Celebrating and end of the day staffing.Lev Vygotsky viewed imagination m u s i c i n ea r l y c hi l d ho o d Volunteer to work in aas the main developmental education. classroom as needed.accomplishment of preschool-age Childrens music plays a vital rolechildren. The authors of Tools of in the early learning classroom, ALL of the teachers and thethe Mind will introduce crossing all areas of Parker-Chase Parent Organizationparticipants to theories of development-cognitive, language would like to thank you in advance for your assistance and support. Easy Homemade PlaydoughIngredients  1 cup Flour  1 cup Water  2 teaspoon Cream of Tartar  1/3 cup Salt  1 tablespoon Vegetable Oil  Food ColoringInstructionsMix together all the ingredients, except the food coloring, in a 2 quart saucepan. Cook over low/medium heat,stirring. Once it begins to thicken, add the food coloring. Continue stirring until the mixture is much thicker andbegins to gather around the spoon.Remove the dough onto wax paper or a plate to cool.Parker-Chase Newsletter Page 2
  2. 2. 2012 Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas BuddyHello, Parker-Chase Community,My name is Jean Underwood, and on Sunday, November 4th, my husband, Joe Zipper and I will be participating inthe 2012 Buddy Walk for the Down Syndrome Guild of Dallas, at the AT&T Plaza at Victory Park. The DownSyndrome Guild is an incredible organization that helps to provide support and services for families andcaregivers of people with Down Syndrome. Our son, Brayden, is 5 years old and in Pre-Kindergarten at Parker-Chase. We found out that Brayden was going to have Down Syndrome when I was only sixteen weeks pregnant, and while Joe and I were upset at first with this news, knowing his condition before- hand allowed us time to prepare for what was ahead. Down syndrome occurs because of the presence of a third copy of the 21st chromosome in each cell of a persons body (typically developing folks have two copies). This can cause several conditions such as heart defects and cognitive delays. Brayden has been full time at Parker-Chase since Lower Preschool and has attended, on and off, since Infant Two. We had always planned on having him attend Parker-Chase since it was such a great experience for his older brother, Keigan. Everyone at ParkerChase has been great with him. Brayden has been blessed with very good health and while his speech is delayed,he seems to be keeping up wonderfully with his class.We would like to invite you and your family to join us to be a part of Team Brayden’s Buddies.We are raising money for the 2012 Buddy Walk and if you are able to make a donation, pleaseclick HERE. If you would like to join us as we walk the one-mile fun walk as a team, please letus know– we would love to have you! A $25 donation qualifies you as a participant and scores youa T-Shirt! Contact me by 11/30 with your shirt size(s) and I will be sure to have your available.The days activities will begin at 11am and the one-mile fun walk starts at 1pm. Buddy Walk par-ticipants will be able to take part in some great activities, including: bounce houses, rock climb-ing wall, games, DJ music and more! Kellie Raspberry & Big Al Mack (Kidd Kraddick in the Morn-ings) are serving as the Honorary Chairpersons and will start the walk with the families. It issure to be a day filled with wonderful memories, and we truly hope that you are able to join us!Thank you, Jean and Joe junderwood7@yahoo.comEstablishing Routines & Encouraging Safe Exploration & PlayEstablishing Routines: One toddler knows it is nap time because his mom sings a song and closes the curtains, asshe always does. Another toddler knows it is nearly time for her dad to pick her up because her child careprovider gives her juice and crackers. Positive daily routines make children feel more secure because they knowwhat to expect from their environment and the people around them, These repeated happy experiences help buildstrong relationships which are important for building a sense of self, a sense of trust , the ability to regulateemotion and behavior as well as cognitive skills necessary for school readiness.Encouraging Safe Exploration: Children learn through play and by exploring. A simple game of “peek-a-boo”helps a baby learn that objects are permanent-even when she can’t see them. A toddler playing with stacking cupslearns about size, color, and shapes. Help your child learn through play be interacting with him. “Can you put thered cup in the blue cup?” But also allow your child to explore on her own-let her crawl or walk around the room,touch things to see how they feel, push them to see if they roll, shake them to see if they make a sound.Watch your three-year old run away from your at the park, always looking over his shoulder to make sure you’restill there. And hold out your arms for a big hug when he goes a step too far away and runs back for reassurance.Parker-Chase Newsletter Page 3
  3. 3. Why Choose a NAEYC Accredited Preschool? NAEYC Accreditation of programs for young children represents the mark of quality in early childhoodeducation. NAEYC Accreditation began in 1985 with the goal of providing an accrediting system that would raisethe level of early childhood programs. NAEYC accredited programs invest in early childhood education because they believe in the benefits tochildren and families. Early childhood experiences—from birth to age 8—have an enormous impact on children’slifelong learning and positively contribute to their health and development. Early childhood education programswith the mark of quality benefit children with greater readiness for and success in school. It is for this reason that parents and families are seeking out NAEYC-accredited programs. Parents choosingan early childhood education program can be overwhelmed by trying to find the highest-quality program for theirchild. NAEYC Accreditation is the mark of quality that families are looking for. NAEYC Accreditation helps tobuild a stronger team of teachers, administrators, and families working together to improve quality for children.It improves the standards for the overall program.In NAEYC-Accredited early childhood programs, you will see: Frequent, positive, and warm interactions among teachers and children. Happy, relaxed children who enjoy themselves as they play and learn are signs of a quality program. Teachers and staff with professional qualifications and training. Well-prepared teachers have a better understanding of how young children grow and learn. Planned learning activities and materials appropriate to children’s age and development. With appropriate materials and expectations, quality programs help young children learn how to learn and nurture their social, emotional, physical and cognitive development. Communication with families. Families should be involved in the program, and the teachers and staff should welcome your interest. Enough adults to respond to individual children. The ratio of teachers to children helps determine how much individual attention your child will get. A healthy and safe environment for children. A clean, well-supervised program is essential. Nutritious snacks and meals. Good nutrition is a key part of a young child’s development.  BOX TOPS for EducationWe are still collecting Box Tops and participating in the Box Tops for Education (BTE) program. The BTE program is funand an easy way for us to earn extra funds for special programs and/or equipment for the kids here at PC. Check outwww.boxtops4education.com for more info on products and companies involved with the program. Box Tops gives upapprox. .10 on every box top turned in! The box for our Box Tops is in the lobby. You can just drop the labels in the tui-tion basket, or grab one of the “fun sheets” to put your box tops on.Telling the TruthQ: For the third time this week, my child told a lie. They weren’t big ones, but how can I get her to stop? Why is she doing this?A: Young kids have vivid imaginations and are learning the difference between fantasy and fact. Talk with your child about what’s real and what isn’t. “Do talking purple dinosaurs really exist? Let’s look up dinosaurs on the computer to find out”. Kids also lie to avoid embarrassment. Confronting your child about eating a cookie without permission may prompt her to say a monster ate it. Remind them to tell the truth, even if theyve done something they should- n’t have. “It’s fun to pretend there are monsters, but they aren’t real. What is the rule about having snacks before dinner?”. Pointing out when your child tells the truth will help build honest behavior. Write down when they admit to doing something wrong or tells you about what they have done before you are aware of it. Review the list with them, and tell them that you’re proud of their honesty.Parker-Chase Newsletter Page 4
  4. 4. Sensing AutumnSee We see the leaves change colors from green to yellow to orange to red.Hear We hear the leaves crunch under our feet.Smell We smell pumpkin pie baking in the oven.Taste We taste hot cinnamon apple cider.Feel We feel our soft sweaters and warm boots that keep us from the chill in the air. Great Books for FallBy the Light of the Harvest Moon by Harriet Ziefert As the harvest moon shines down, the wind picks up, sending orange, yellow, and crimson leaves dancing, until they settle in a pumpkin patch. One-by-one, leaf people emerge to celebrate the autumnal equinox. As the harvest moon shines down, the wind picks up, sending orange, yellow, and crimson leaves dancing, until they settle in a pumpkin patch. One-by-one, leaf people emerge To celebrate the autumnal equinox.Duck & Goose, Find a Pumpkin by Tad Hills When Duck and Goose decide to get a pumpkin of their own things don’t go well at first. On their way to the perfect pumpkin they must first look in a few of the wrong places. As the hunt continues babies and preschoolers will be fascinated with Duck and Goose’s quest and will want to help them find the way to the perfect pumpkin.Fall Leaves Fall by Zoe Hall This is the best of the fall books about what kids can "do" with fall leaves (ie: jump in big piles of them, rake them up, collect and label them, even make pictures with them.) When fall comes, two brothers enjoy catching the falling leaves, stomping on them, kicking them, jumping in piles of them, and using them to make pictures. Includes a description of how leaves change through the year.The Little Scarecrow Boy by Margaret Wise Brown "Once upon a time in a cornfield there lived a scarecrow and his scarecrow wife and their little scarecrow boy." So begins Margaret Wise Browns long lost treasure about a little scarecrow boy and the lessons he learns from his scarecrow father every day of the world, until the time he decides to test his knowledge and himself. Published here for the first time as a picture book, The Little Scarecrow Boy is a timeless story about the things children cherish: family, home, and their place in the world. Tender and funny, it celebrates the tradition of passing knowledge from one generation to the next, and the exuberance that comes with reaching ones full potential. Known for his stunning design and breathtaking craftsmanship, Caldecott medal recipient, David Diaz declares an entirely new direction with The Little Scarecrow Boy. He perfectly captures the essence of this all-but-forgotten gem of a story with a bright palette and a remarkably fresh, childlike view of the world.Parker-Chase Newsletter Page 5

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