Issue: # 50March 17, 2014
                 

"Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing."

-Mother Teresa

News
Lifelong Learning

 

On Friday, March 7, the Center was closed for Staff Training Day. This day of professional development focuses on becoming better teachers and improving the quality of education children receive at the Children's Place Learning Center.

 

The sessions our teachers attended included Child-Teacher Interactions, Language Development, training on Creative Curriculum and preparation for our upcoming Accreditation renewal.

 

During the Child-Teacher Interaction session, teachers were reminded that the quality of interactions with children is important to each child's experience and development. "Being Present" was the theme of the workshop. "Being Present" means focusing on what each child is doing and interacting in a way that encourages problem solving, exploration and language development.

 

Language Development focused on how language develops in children. Teachers learned additional skills to enhance language in the classroom, both between children and teachers and in interactions between two or more children.

 

This semester, we updated our curriculum to the newest version of Creative Curriculum. During this session, teachers received intensive training on the components of the curriculum and how to better enhance learning in the classroom through intentional activities and studies included in the curriculum.

Preschool 
Circle Time
 
Weaving

We are excited to welcome Shari Glaser to our classroom to teach us about knitting. She will show us the tools she uses to make articles of clothing.

 

Our clothing focus is weaving. Lacing, stringing and weaving activities promote hand/eye coordination as well as fine motor skills. By using their hands, children gain valuable learning experiences.

 

 Focus questions for the week: "How is cloth made?" and "Where do we get our clothes?"

Toddler
Outdoor Adventures
 
Science in Nature

As Spring Break quickly fades into a distant memory, we look forward to the actual start of Spring with much anticipation! The changing seasons provide an abundance of learning experiences for children in real-life and meaningful ways. The promise of warmer weather creates opportunities to explore in our outdoor 'classrooms' as we get close to nature and science-related topics.

 

A toddler's natural curiosity makes it easy to introduce science concepts during everyday activities. The Spring months offer many changes in nature, making science especially enjoyable outdoors. At this age, children may have few memories of life before snow, making each discovery that much more incredible. Children observe the melting snow, exploring the changing state of matter to discover what lies underneath. They ask questions about what they see, hear and touch, eager to gain information about their findings. Toddlers are quick to share their discoveries with one another, pointing out the fallen pine cones and singing birds to anyone who will listen. Nature offers so many opportunities for learning!


                  

Phone: (269) 387-2277                                    
Email: childrens-place@wmich.edu
Website: wmich.edu/childcare                                       
In This Issue
Lifelong Learning
Preschool
Toddler
Important Dates
KC Ready 4s
Things To Do
Tax Information
Important Dates 
Billing for 
Mar. 10-Mar. 21 Due Mar. 11
  Late by Mar. 21
 
 
Will Your Child be 4 years old by Oct. 1, 2014?
  
The Children's Place Learning Center is a KC Ready 4s and GSRP approved site. These programs offer tuition assistance to attend our Preschool Program.
  
Please see Kathy for an application or more information.

 

Kalamazoo Reptile & Exotic Animal Show

 

March 22  

10 a.m.-3 p.m. 

Kalamazoo County Fairgrounds, 2900 Lake St., Kalamazoo, MI  

 

Buy sell or trade a variety of reptiles, amphibians, small mammals and other exotic pets.

 

Admission: Adults $4, Children $2, Children under 6 free, Family Max - $15.

 

For more information contact Tony or Kari at 269-779-9851

Tax Season Information

Tax information is available at the bottom of your child's billing statement.

 

On each statement through April, your statement will include a line "Yr. Total 2013". This is the amount of child care tuition you were billed for 2013. Our Tax ID is also listed under this line.

 

If you need additional copies or other

 information, Kathy or Anne should be able to help you.