Happy New Year to all my sweet children and their beautiful families!
I can hardly believe it's about to be 2014!
This month, I would like to welcome Gavin and his family to our educational center.
You will see so much growth, emotional and physical, in your children in a short amount of time. They learn how to problem solve and make great studies before getting into the next step up.
If you ever have any concerns, please feel free to talk to any of us at any point, regardless of whether what you want to talk about is positive or negative. Feel free to call during the day or at any time available for you, and I will do everything in my power to address your issues.
As you know, we are, by law, allowed to take the children outdoors unless the temperature drops below 22 F, so please remember to keep your child stocked with a warm coat, boots, hats, mittens, and an extra set of clothing. That way, your child can be entirely comfortable and can enjoy the winter wonderland with his/her classmates. In case you have trouble finding good boots for your child, let me know, as we currently have a couple of donated pairs of boots we could use.
THOUGHTS ON PLAYTIME
-adapted from Dan Hodgins: Invitation For Learning
The importance of cleaning time for children is highly debated, as it is not entirely obvious that children have an innate understanding of what it takes to reverse an action (such as turning over a box full of toys and having the toys fall out). An explanation of this, provided by Piaget, is that children have to develop the concept of reversibility before they become capable of reversing their actions.
While adults will often argue that cleaning up will prepare children for their future as an adult, there is no real evidence that supports that claim. Thus, we would like to ask you to reconsider whether or not your child NEEDS to pick up their toys every time they're playing. It's important to make sure cleanup time does not become a central focus of playtime, as that will stifle the child's creativity and willingness to fully engage during their playtime.