• Eating Right = Healthy Children

    Posted by Donovan Gardner on 12/5/2019

     Recently, some of our school families attended a workshop where we discussed the importance of healthy eating.

    We discussed some of the challenges parents face, as well as some possible solutions.Here at school, we encourage healthy eating.

    CLICK HERE The Importance of Healthy Eating

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  • Educational Outdoor Learning Lab

    Posted by Donovan Gardner on 11/5/2019

    We are so pleased to announce the opening of our new Educational Outdoor Learning Lab!
    Increasing evidence shows that positive experiences in nature lead to numerous cognitive, emotional, and physical benefits.

    CLICK HERE Many Benefits of Outdoor Learning

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  • Teaching Children About Body Safety

    Posted by Donovan Gardner on 10/7/2019

    The 10 empowering Body Safety skills will go a long way in keeping children safe from sexual abuse, and assisting them to grow into assertive and confident teenagers and adults.

    CLICK HERE Teaching Children About Body Safety

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  • A few thoughts on separation anxiety

    Posted by Donovan Gardner on 9/12/2019

    For children, separation anxiety is a natural part of going to school. A child’s response to separation is often unique to personality and temperament. Some children easily accommodate to new situations while other children do not. This article gives some suggestions to ease your child’s anxiety.

    Click Here - A few thoughts on separation anxiety

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  • Leaving PECEC to start Kindergarten in the Fall

    Posted by Donovan Gardner on 6/1/2019

    We have enjoyed a great year together!  Some of our students will be leaving PECEC to start Kindergarten in the Fall.

    Starting kindergarten can be an anxious or an exciting experience for children. They enter an unfamiliar environment and spend time with strangers, but they also make new friends, meet new teachers, and learn new skills. Getting off to a good start is important! Please enjoy the following article for a few tips for starting Kindergarten, and have a great summer!

     

    Click Here - Starting Kindergarten

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  • A Healthy Childhood Depends On Play

    Posted by Donovan Gardner on 5/2/2019

    A healthy childhood depends on play. Play is not a break from other daily learning activities; play is active learning at its peak. It is through play that kids construct knowledge of their physical, social, and emotional world.

    But, increasingly, children’s invaluable “play time” is spent mindlessly swiping or passively staring at a screen. Time spent in this morphed concept of “play” is displacing time spent in active play.

    Screen-Free Week, this year celebrated from April 29 – May 5, challenges participants to unplug and “rediscover the joys of life away from screens”. An hour once dedicated to TV can become an hour of creative play, reading, or enjoying nature. Screen-Free Week gives families an opportunity to explore other options, try out new activities, and reconsider their future media use.

    Please read the following article to learn more about the importance of screen-free time.
    You may find it helpful as warmer weather approaches and there are more opportunities for outdoor play.

    Click Here: Screen-Free Week

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  • Problem-Solving Approach to Social Conflict

    Posted by Donovan Gardner on 4/1/2019

    The problem-solving approach to social conflict is a strategy Pemberton Early Childhood teachers use as a way to help children learn to resolve social conflicts. Conflict resolution strategies can also be used at home, to help children grow in their ability and confidence in resolving conflicts.

    Please read the attached article.You can copy the link and paste it in your browser.

    Click Here: Problem-Solving Approach to Social Conflict

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  • Math for Preschoolers

    Posted by Donovan Gardner on 3/1/2019

    Math for preschoolers is much more than rote counting.  It includes many concepts, including understanding and comparing quantities, exploring shapes and spatial relationships, comparing sizes, measuring, creating patterns, and interpreting data.

    At your leisure, please take a look to review what we discussed, or to view it for the first time if you didn’t have a chance to join us.

    We think you will find some fun and easy activities to do with your child to strengthen math skills!

    Below is the link to our recent Parent Academy workshop on ways to reinforce math skills at home.

    Click Here: Math for Preschoolers 

     

    We would also like to share an article on ways to encourage your child’s math skills while running everyday errands.

    We hope you’ll find it helpful.

    https://illinoisearlylearning.org/tipsheets/mathactivities/

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  • Supporting Challenging Behaviors at Home

    Posted by Donovan Gardner on 1/29/2019

    If you wish to review the workshop, or did not have a chance to attend in person, please follow the attached link to view this important information session at your convenience.

    Click on the link, or copy and paste the link to your browser.

    Click here: Supporting Challenging Behaviors at Home

     

    Young children can learn to follow adult expectations. 

    The following article, which was shared at the workshop,  includes some tips for helping your child learn and follow your requests.

    Click on the link, or copy and paste the link to your browser to read.

    Click here: Teaching Your Child to Cooperate with Requests

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  • Making the Holidays Memorable and Meaningful

    Posted by Donovan Gardner on 12/5/2018 12:00:00 PM

    Making the Holidays Memorable and Meaningful.

    Holidays can be busy and stressful. Children’s eyes and ears are filled with messages that say, “Buy me!” We all want the holidays to be fun. But we want holidays to mean more to our children than receiving lots of gifts.

    https://illinoisearlylearning.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/holidays.pdf

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