Message from the Principal
We are so excited to begin a new school year! The children are all transitioning to their new classrooms. Teachers and students are getting to know each other. It is an exciting time!
There are things we do to help ease the transition. The children have opportunities to visit their new classrooms and teachers before they actually move to the new space. We talk about transition and what happens in the new classroom. When the children start in their new classrooms, the teachers are showing and talking about the classroom, the routine, and the rules. The first few weeks we spend a lot of time reviewing what we do each day. Before too long, the children will be very comfortable in their new space!
If you are not getting parent share pictures sent to your email, be sure we have the correct email address listed for you. Parent Share gives you a picture of your child at school. It is a wonderful tool that we can use to help you see what is happening during the day.
We have some fun events planned for September!
- 9/2- Teddy Bear Day!
- 9/7- Labor Day! CBA is closed today!
- 9/11- Wear red, white, and blue for Patriot’s Day!
- 9/11- Grandparents Celebration! All Grandparents are invited to join us between 8am-930am for a breakfast treat in their honor!
- 9/15- Make a hat day!
- 9/16- Playdough Day!
- 9/17-9/18- Picture Days!
- 9/23- Autumn begins!
- 9/24- Train Day!
- 9/25- We will celebrate Johnny Appleseed’s birthday with apple fun!
- 9/29- PJ Day!
Have a wonderful September and a great start to a new school year!
- Please be sure to sign your child in and out daily. The sign in/out book is in the foyer.
- Please be sure to check your child’s extra clothing to be sure it is weather appropriate.
- Don’t forget to wash hands when you enter the classrooms.
Developing Balance Skills in Young Children
From Tummy Time to Bike Riding
Balance is a fundamental skill necessary for maintaining controlled positions, such as sitting in a chair, or engaging in physical activities like running or riding a bike. Having balance makes motor skill development easier, reduces the risk of injury, and helps children focus on academic tasks.
Our Nobel Learning Education team stays up to date with the latest research to ensure that our Links to Learning curriculum exceeds childhood learning standards. The Links to Learning curriculum was enhanced last fall to include a greater focus on balance, a building block for skills such as hand-eye coordination, muscular strength and body awareness.
Here are some ways we help improve balance in the classroom, as well as ideas for you and your child to do at home.
In the classroom: Tummy time promotes neck, back and abdominal strength needed for infants to eventually push up, roll over, sit up and crawl. Teachers keep infants engaged by using activity mats or plush blocks.
At home: Place your baby on his stomach and shine a flashlight near him. Once you have captured his attention, shine the light in a rhythmic pattern. For older infants, encourage your baby to move or crawl toward the light.
TODDLERS (ages 1-2):
In the classroom: During the toddler years, children make major strides in balance and coordination. Teachers play music and encourage students to move their bodies in different ways while maintaining their balance.
At home: Push and pull toys require children to use core balance and arm strength, which can be difficult for new walkers. Place a small wagon or toy shopping cart and a pile of blocks on the floor. Show your child how to fill the cart with blocks. He will enjoy pulling or pushing the blocks around the room.
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
In the classroom: Sitting cross-legged, or as we say with the children “criss-cross applesauce,” is an important developmental skill for two year olds. Teachers encourage children to sit criss-crossed anytime they are playing on the floor. Sitting in this position strengthens a child’s core muscles and helps improve body control. We discourage “W-sitting,” with knees together and feet on either side of the hips, because it puts strain on knees and hips and fails to engage core abdominal muscles.
At home: Provide your child with a sit-and-spin toy. Ask him to sit on the toy with his legs crisscrossed. As he turns the wheel to spin, he will gain a better understanding of cause and effect.
INTERMEDIATES (ages 3-4):
In the classroom: Around age three, children learn to maintain control of their upper body while moving their lower body. Our Intermediate students practice pedaling a tricycle, bouncing on hopper balls, and walking on a balance beam.
At home: Have your child practice running and stopping with control by playing the traffic light game. Shout out the color green, yellow or red. Have him move quickly when hearing “green,” move slowly when hearing “yellow,” and completely stop when hearing “red.”
PRE-K/PRE-K 2 (ages 4-5):
In the classroom: Teachers encourage children to practice balance and coordination by jumping on their non-dominant foot, walking on a line or beam, or jumping rope. Children also practice balance by crouching down to tie their shoes.
At home: Ask your child to tell you about the games and activities played at school. Include these activities at home and during family events such as birthday parties and vacations. Scooters and pogo jumpers are great toys for children at this age.
Good balance helps children maintain appropriate and controlled body movement during important tasks. By building balance skills in the preschool years, your child will be better prepared as he enters elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education