PCHC Spotlight

September 2015

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Reminders, News and Events:


  • 7 - PCHC Closed for Labor Day
  • 14 – Rosh Hashanah – AACPS Closed (PCHC open)
  • 23 – Yom Kippur- AACPS Closed (PCHC open)
  • 25 – Initial assessments due for all children
  • OCTOBER - Fall Fundraiser begins - watch for details
  • October 15 – AACPS – two hour early dismissal
  • October 16- AACPS Closed – (PCHC open)

Happy Birthday! - September Birthdays

9/2 - Spencer B.

9/3 - Anna S.

9/13 - Jerdyn S.

9/14 - Ryen S.

9/14 - Abdul I.

9/14 - Bryce B.

9/16 - Gabriella G.

9/16 - Ryleigh S.

9/22 - Averyjay W.

Classroom Updates

Infants - Angel Fish (Side A) and Star Fish (Side B)

Summer is winding down and we are looking forward to Fall. We’d like to welcome our new friends to the infant classroom.

Our theme for September is “All About Me!” Our infants will learn about themselves, their family, their friends and their friend’s family. On side A we will focus on hand print art and foot print art. On side A and B we will be counting our friends, recognizing our names, all about me mini book, eye color chart, follow me, grasping hands, trace your body, and ring around the rosy.

Our sign language word for the month is “More” and our core sounds for the month are “Ma” and “Da”.

Some of the things we will need to complete our activities are a few individual pictures of your child, a few pictures of yourselves (parents/guardians) and immediate family (grandparents, siblings…) Please make sure these are copies since they will be used for crafts and other activities.

We can’t wait to get started!

Ms. Kaitlynn and Ms. Liza – Infant A

Ms. Shanell and Ms. Bre – Infant B

Toddlers - Manatees

September is finally here. We will begin the school year in the toddler class by focusing on one shape and one color every month. The children will become more familiar with recognizing their shapes and colors and the difference between different shapes and colors. We will focus on the “circle” for September and work on art projects, read books and do other activities that involve circles.

Our color for September is yellow and we will be introducing the children to pictures of objects and foods that are yellow. Our sensory activity will include exploring yellow foods such as lemons and bananas. We are excited to start all of our activities for September!

Ms. Cheryl and Ms. Mellissa

Twos - Lion Fish

We are excited to jump into the month of September in the two year old classroom and we are ready for the fall!

For the month of September, we will work on sign language and Spanish words for mommy, daddy, l love you, please and thank you. We will focus on learning the first letter of our name and counting the number of letters in our name. We will also continue to learn to spell our names and focus on the colors yellow and orange. Our shapes this month include circle and square.

Ms. Jenni and Ms. Ashley E.

Threes/Fours - Clown Fish

Welcome back to a new school year full of great possibilities and adventures!

For the month of September we will get to know each other as well as our classroom. We will do a basic review of numbers, letters, shapes, writing skills, and name recognition.

We will continue using Creative Curriculum for the new school year and our focus is back to school and getting to know our new friends and classroom routines/rules. We will also focus on the learning domains.

We would also like to extend a warm welcome to our new families that have decided to become a part of our Pasadena Child Care family. We are looking forward to working with your children. Please feel free to let us know if you have questions. We are looking forward to a great year!

Ms. Crystal and Ms. Asia

Fours/Fives - Sharks

Welcome to what is sure to be a fin-tastic year with the Sharks. I would like to take a minute to tell you a little about myself. I have over 15 years experience in the childcare field. I have worked with all age groups, and love to watch children learn and grow. I have one son Blake who is 17 months. He also attends the center. As a working mother, I fully understand the comfort of quality childcare.

Our goal this year is to promote independence and responsibility. Both key aspects for being Kindergarten ready. We hope to achieve this by first building a sense of routine. Routine in a classroom allows children to thrive in all areas of development. We will also be implementing the Creative Curriculum, and reviewing early literacy skills like letter recognition, name writing and calendar concepts.

This year we have decided to build our skills portfolio by saving table work in a binder that will be stored at each child’s cubbie . By collecting classwork in a binder, we feel this will help us determine each child’s individual needs and customize our teaching approach. If you have any questions or concerns about anything, please feel free to share I hope to be as helpful as possible. I look forward to having the opportunity to help your little one learn and grow.

Ms. Alicia

School Age - Homework Center

Goodbye summer, hello school year! Thank you to all of our parents and students who helped make this summer a success. We hope all of our students and parents had a safe and healthy summer.

Now it’s time to get back into the swing of things. As we did last school year, we will focus on doing homework, reading after homework and other exciting activities to engage each child throughout the school year.

In closing we would like to extend a big welcome to all of our returning and new students this school year. We would also like to welcome Ms. Jenni to the room in the afternoons. She will be working with our students to complete homework and provide structure to the classroom.

Ms. Ashley, Ms Alana, Ms Alexis and Ms. Jenni

Pre-Kindergarten Readiness - What can you do to support your child?

The Maryland State Department of Education recommends some things you can do to support your child’s learning in prekindergarten including:

Personal and Social Development

  • Let her do it for herself. Allow time for your child to dress herself in the morning and ask her to help pick out school clothes the night before.
  • Create rituals – Establish routines for going to bed, getting ready to ride in the car,going to school or child care, saying goodbye ,and so on. Rituals help young children feel safe and in control.

Language & Literacy

  • Let him tell the story. Have your child explain what he sees in the illustrations of a book that you are reading together.
  • „Create a reading and conversation routine - Set a special time to read to and talk with your child every day, such as right after dinner, or when she is getting read to go to sleep. Read anytime and talk about the characters, ideas, and events in the story!
  • Sign her name. To help your child recognize his name, write it on a sign that you attach to his bedroom door. Then have her sign her name. Let your child write her own name on letters or cards you send to friends or relatives.
  • Take dictation. Encourage your child to tell you his ideas, and then write them down for him. Or have him put the ideas on paper in the form of pictures, which you can then label for him to send to relatives. Ask your child to dictate a thank you letter or an invitation to a relative or friend.

Mathematical Thinking „

  • Figure out the grocery store. Point out how food in the store is organized: cereal in this aisle, canned fruits in this aisle, paper goods over here, and so on.
  • „Point out and set patterns. Draw his attention to the patterns around the edge of a rug or arrange buttons, crayons, or game pieces into different patterns and see if your child can continue the patterns.
  • „Keep on counting. Count together how many stop signs, traffic lights, or gas stations there are between where you live and the grocery store. Find counting books in the library, and as you read them, count the objects in the pictures together.

Next month we will learn more about scientific thinking, social studies, the arts, physical development and health as we prepare our children for kindergarten.