Sunday, December 13, 2015

Christmas is.....

Christmas looks like children's smiles,
      shining oh-so-bright,
Christmas sounds like merry carols,
      and singing in the night.
Christmas tastes like gingerbread,
      sweet but spicy too,
Christmas smells like roast turkey,
      specially made for you!
Christmas feels like nice warm hugs,
      as we're putting up the tree,
Christmas is Jesus' birthday
      - who really does love me!





JESUS is the REASON for the SEASON!!
MERRY CHRISTMAS from our 2 year old class!!! :)







Thursday, December 10, 2015

Playground Fun!

Playgrounds are places where children’s play can take off and flourish. Good outdoor playgrounds are large enough and designed in such a way that children’s play can come to full expression, where children can make a mess, run, jump and hide, where they can shout, whistle and explore the natural world.

Purpose of Outdoor Play

There are two fundamental reasons why outdoor play is critical for young children in early childhood programs and schools. First, many of the developmental tasks that children must achieve—exploring, risk-taking, fine and gross motor development and the absorption of vast amounts of basic knowledge—can be most effectively learned through outdoor play. Second, our culture is taking outdoor play away from young children through excessive TV and computer use, unsafe neighborhoods, busy and tired parents, and elimination of school recess.

Physical Exercise

Children need to develop large motor and small motor skills. Extensive physical activity is also needed to address a growing problem of obesity in America.

Enjoyment of the Outdoors

Outdoor play is one of the things that characterize childhood. Childhood must include outdoor play. Children need opportunities to explore, experiment, expand, influence, change, discover, practice, yell, sing, and create.

Learning about the World

Outdoor play enables young children to learn lots and lots and lots of things about the world. How does ice feel and sound? Can sticks stand up in sand? How do plants grow? How does mud feel? Why do we slide down instead of up? How do I make my tricycle go faster? How does the overhang of the building create cool shade from the sun? What does a tomato smell and taste like? What does a chrysalis change into? Do butterflies have to learn to fly? Much of what a child learns outside can be learned in a variety of other ways, but learning it outside is particularly effective—and certainly more fun!



Everyone who works with young children in early childhood programs and schools knows how quickly bacteria and viruses spread in these environments. One way to reduce the spread of infection is through lots and lots of fresh air. Outdoor play enables the infections to spread out and dissolve- it also enables children to get fresh air and exercise and be less constrained than they are in the classroom.