Welcome to December! We hope that Thanksgiving was a lovely time to be with family. We appreciate all of the donations for our Outreach program. In December we will continue to support their efforts by providing all of the wrapping paper to Outreach. Details coming soon.
We are in Advent and are helping the children to get ready for Jesus’ Birthday on Christmas Day. They are learning the Nativity story while changing over their classrooms to celebrate Christmas. Don’t ask too many questions as there are many surprises in the works!
Three staff members and I attended an Election Day symposium sponsored by the Long Island Pre-K Initiative. It was a very informative and challenging day. The key note speaker Nancy Carlsson-Paige, author of ‘Taking Back Childhood’ spoke of the importance of play for preschoolers. She stated that play is disappearing from our children’s lives. She presented current research on the amount of screen time our youngsters are exposed to. She challenges parents to think about what is so important on “your screen” to take you away from the child sitting in front of you? Although they have fun building and playing games on laptops, IPods and phones it is so very important for their muscle and brain development to play with actual toys (versus virtual). Please check out our Parent Resources section on this website for current articles. I encourage you while Christmas shopping to look for games, puzzles, toys and books that will help them to use their imaginations and develop important muscle memory for fine motor development.
Please check our calendar often for Gym days and other special events going on.
I look forward to sharing our Christmas celebrations with all of you.