The Sandcastle Times-March 2023
Carelot Children's Center
A message from Holly Bevilacqua, COO
Happy Anniversary Carelot!
WOW! Carelot celebrated its 25th anniversary with Family Night! Seeing all the families and children enjoy pizza, cupcakes, and crafts together was great. We thank all of our staff and families for making Carelot what it is today. It's hard to believe that children who were students in our infant program are now employees of Carelot!
Our centers once again are hoping for a visit from “Lucky the Leprechaun” this year. We always see some mischief on St. Patrick's Day! Don’t forget to wear your GREEN for St. Patrick's day on March 17th.
March is Youth Art Month! The classrooms will be learning about several artists. Our adventures will take them through different types of art as they explore different mediums, and art terminology and get ready for an Art show we will hold in April during the Week of the Young Child.
March typically brings a little spring fever & we begin to think of the summer months. Our camp programs are being planned with some very exciting theme weeks. We are hoping to get back to field trips and incoming programming for the children! Stay tuned in the weeks to come for more details.
The importance of Routines for children.
- Routines may seem boring to adults, but children thrive on them. Daily Routines:
- make children feel safe
- Promise them comfort
- Make them feel in control
- Routines provide a framework for a child’s day. Children like knowing:
- What’s coming & what’s happening
- When things will happen as well as the order of events
Children like sameness and repetition. Routines provide them with consistency and security. Routines also help them move from one activity to the next.
Routines develop out of your own family's daily habits. Encourage your children to become as independent as possible in carrying out certain basic routines. These routines include dressing, undressing, napping, using the toilet, and cleaning up. Slowly, they will be able to do these things without your assistance.
Here are some ideas and guidelines you can use each day so that your child knows what to expect:
- Morning Routine: Get up at a set time, start off with affection, personal grooming, brush teeth, wash face, comb hair, and get dressed at breakfast time.
- Leave for work routine: A special goodbye kiss or wave from the window
- Mealtimes: Set the table, have conversations about each other day.
You can continue these simple routines throughout your day.
Even at Carelot, we try to stick to our daily schedules and routines for consistency for the children. It gives them a sense of security and responsibility to know what comes next or what is expected of them!
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The benefits of sensory play
- It helps to build nerve connections in the brain.
- It encourages the development of motor skills.
- It supports language development.
- It encourages 'scientific thinking and problem-solving.
- It can involve mindful activities which are beneficial for all children.
Building with blocks
Developing our Fine Motor Skills
We ask that you please abide by your contracted hours and if you need to make a change, please see your program's site manager or director in order to make those changes. ALL changes need to be made in advance so that we can make staffing arrangements accordingly. Thank you for your understanding and cooperation!
Just a few reminders:
Please be respectful of your scheduled hours. The staff schedule is based on the schedules chosen by the families. There may not be the correct amount of staff members available if you arrive before your scheduled time and staying late may cause a staff member to be late getting home to their families, school, or appointments. Thank you so much for your help and respect.
Please call the center by 9:30 am if your child will not be attending. Thank you!
We kindly ask that you are placing your child’s bedding on their own cots! Please help us meet this state requirement.
Handwashing: Help us out by washing your child’s hands each day when you drop them off to help eliminate the spread of germs.
SNOW! SNOW! SNOW!
Thinking Skills – Measuring, comparing, and observing snow can help children increase their general thinking skills.
Coordination Skills – Snow time is a great time for children to practice coordination skills by throwing, marching, putting on and taking off clothes, etc.
Art Skills – Building castles, dressing up snowmen, and making snow designs, all give children opportunities to be creative. Cutting out snowflakes is great for improving your cutting skills.
Math Skills – Counting snow prints, and snowballs, stacking three snowballs together, and stacking snowballs by size are wonderful concrete examples of math concepts to help your child gain important math skills.
Music Skills – Snow time is a wonderful time to sing whether you’re playing outside or stuck indoors.
Language Skills – Snow time allows children concrete examples for using such words as; icy, slippery, crunchy, hot, and cold. Snow can also be used as a medium for writing out letters or words. Look for snowy day books at your library to read to your child.
Science Skills – The world changes when it is covered with snow. Help your children discover and experience ice, ice cycles, snow drifts, snowflakes, signs of winter, and winter animals, and observe how plants and trees are different in the snow.
Concept Skills – Numbers, colors, shapes, and sizes can all be found on a snowy day. Help your child discover them.
MAXIMIZING TEACHING MOMENTS
You can maximize teaching moments by adding music to your activities. As children engage in outdoor snow activities, encourage them to sing about what is happening. Show your children how they can take the tune of any familiar song and add new words.
Example: They know the song “Jingle Bells” and they are rolling snowballs. Start singing about what they are doing to the tune of “Jingle Bells”. Such as –
This is lots of fun.
I’ll just roll a few more balls
Then I will be done!
Crunch, crunch, crunch
Crunch, crunch, crunch
Marching ‘round the yard,
When there’s snow on the ground
Walking’s kind of hard!
Showing children how to create their own music to accompany their activities gives them a new creative way of expressing themselves. Singing about current activities also makes music meaningful to young children. Singing can increase memory and therefore increase general knowledge.
FUN SNOW ACTIVITIES
ROLLING AND THROWING
Children naturally love to roll the snow into large balls and throw smaller snowballs. Encourage rolling and throwing. Both of these activities help your child develop coordination skills. Instead of throwing balls at people, help your child set up a row of plastic bottles to knock over or a tire to throw through.
As children march around in the snow, they will notice that they leave tracks. Encourage your child to make circular tracks, box tracks, x tracks, etc. Learning about beginning shapes will never be more fun!
Most of us remember making snow angels as a child. It is an easy no-lose kind of activity that is great for preschool children. Children simply lie down in the snow, spread out their arms, and move them up and down. An impression of their body and lovely angel wings appear when the child stands up to observe.
Fill one or two spray bottles with water and add a few drops of a different food coloring to each bottle. Let your child take the bottles outside and spray designs on the snow. These spray bottles can also be used to spray snow sculptures.
Children can have fun designing and building snow castles just like they build sand castles. Provide them with small buckets and show them how to fill the buckets with snow. Then show them how to turn the bucket upside-down, then pull the bucket up to dislodge the snow. These tower shapes can be made in a circle to create a castle.
TIP – A little vegetable spray, sprayed in the bucket can help the towers come out easier. Other containers can also be used to create interesting sculptures.
COUNTING AND STACKING SNOWBALLS
When your child is in the mood to make snowballs, encourage her to make a stack and then count them before she uses them in some other way. Also, whenever you and your child engage in stacking up snowballs to make a snowman or whatever, be sure to always have your child count how many snowballs have been stacked.
LETTERS IN THE SNOW
Help your child write his name in the snow or encourage him to make as many letters as he can by walking or writing with a stick in the snow.
Outside or inside on a cold winter day, is a good time to mention winter words to your child. Help her increase her understanding of these words as well as increase her overall vocabulary. Bring into the conversation, such words as icy, slippery, hot, cold, freezing, etc.
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Thanks for helping us make our programs better! Without everyone’s input, we are not able to effectively assess how our programs are doing! We appreciate you taking the time to help us assess our policies, procedures, curriculum, and more!
All around Carelot……….
February was filled with so much learning about our community! The children learned about Drs, Nurses, Grocers, Chefs, Vets, Police, Fire, EMT and so much more! Talk to your child about the amazing people that live in your community!
Carelot’s Curriculum is designed for the children to develop each child as a whole. Lesson plans are developed using the Creative Curriculum aligned with the CTELDS and we use Focused Portfolios to assess your child’s growth and development along with the CT DOTS program.
Our Preschool Curriculum is designed to follow the state standards and enhanced with additional curriculum elements for the children to thrive and grow!
We are proud to teach your children daily when they are in our care!
Happy Birthday Carelot!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY CARELOT!
Wish list items- Drop off at any Carelot location
- shaving cream
- paper plates
- gardening supplies
- old working iphones or ipads
- paper bags
- egg dye kits