News Bulletin May 2014
Four Components of the
Healthy Lifestyles Curriculum
Bridgeport Child Development Center • A program of One Hope United 3053 S. Normal Avenue, Chicago, IL 60616 • 312.842.5566
Overall Health • Exercise • Nutrition • Environmental Sustainability
Things to Do While You’re Waiting: Physical Activities It’s happening again! You’re running errands with your children and suddenly you’re stuck—in traffic, at the clinic, in the checkout line. Many parents find that playful learning activities can help keep children engaged when they have to wait. Too much time in a car seat or stroller can make a child irritable. How can you help your child find a little freedom of movement in a confined space? Snuggle Up! Sometimes, hugging is the best physical activity. Invite your child to pretend you are puppies or other animals as you give each other lots of hugs. Time to Play! “Simon Says” and “Mother May I?” are timeless games that let children move in a small space. Fingerplays, clapping games, and songs get hands moving. Try old favorites like “Patty-cake,” “Miss Mary Mack,” or “Head, Shoulders, Knees, and Toes.” Let’s Pretend! If your child still has energy to burn, try some of these activities: • Flop your bodies like rag dolls. Then be stiff like robots. Stretch your necks like
giraffes, or be shy turtles pulling heads and limbs in toward your bodies. Pretend to dig holes or pour cereal. With very young children, decide together what to act out, then find different ways to do it. As your child learns the game, she can play a part while you guess what she is doing. Then switch roles. • Be athletes in the Finger Olympics. Use hands and fingers to show skiing, skating, pole-vaulting, or other sports. • Play the mirror game. This activity works when you can face each other. When your child is the leader, he can make any kind of motion suitable for the space— arm movements, funny faces, silly walks. Imitate his movements as if you were a mirror image. Trade places often! Challenge Time! Make up physical challenges for each other. Be sure your challenges fit the space and don’t interfere with anyone else. For example: “Try standing on one foot while I count to 10.” “Can you touch your nose with your elbow?” “Can you lift the cereal box over your head 10 times?” “Which letters can we make with our fingers?”
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Note from the Director It is hard to believe, but it is spring time again. It was just yesterday when we were bundled up in two or three layers of clothing just to keep warm. I do not know about you but, I am glad to see the sun again. This is a time of exploration. It is time to enjoy the longer days, warmer nights, and the energy to explore the waking world. Our teachers will be expanding their curriculum to include more outdoor activities, and moving into the waiting arms of the nice weather. The warmer weather will energize and stimulate the children explore what is out there and to undertake studies that would otherwise be hindered by the limitations of the cold temperatures. So I encourage all parents to find the time, and put the world on hold to enjoy a game of soccer or baseball, a trip to the zoo, or just a walk through the park with your child. We would like to take the time to thank those parents who attended our Open House on April 10, 2014. During this time, children and parents enjoyed the opportunity to plant a flower, participate in our creative face-painting table, indulge in a healthy snack and a book basket give-a-way. Our winner was Zhi Kong, the mother of Alice and Gordon Kong. This event took place during the Week of the Young Child. The Week of the Young Child is a
School Age Summer Camp It is time once again to sign up for Summer Camp. Please make sure to complete all required documents and pay all fees to ensure your child has a slot in our Summer Camp. You do not want to miss out on the opportunity for your child to participate in a summer of: sports, cooking activities, arts and crafts, field trips, and a chance to make new friends which are all part of our camp experience. Please remember to refer a friend, and enter a drawing for a chance to win a gift card!
time when communities and individuals recognize the needs and rights of young children and their families. Both teachers and
children were excited about this celebration. Teachers planned activities for the students all week long. Children participated in Silly Hat Day, cooked a healthy breakfast in their classroom and made a tied dyed t-shirts. Our teachers had a fierce door decorating competition, where the theme was “Planting the Seeds of Growth.” Please come see the doors of all our classrooms and the winners Rooms 5, 1 and 3. I would like to give thanks to the Bridgeport 1 team for working together to ensure that the Open House was a enjoyed by parents and children alike. Giving special recognition to our Open House Task Force: Elaine Ching, Chi Lee, Tammy Wong, Mindy Kwon, Nahsherah Pelt, JeVaughn Johnson, and Lisa Tanasaleh, Breydi Malinowski, and Nicole Kumané Chisum. Thank you for all your hard work and dedication to making our Open House a success! Norma Moore
Family Support Corner Families please remember to return the preschool enrolment form if you have a child or a sibling that will be returning for the school year 2014–2015. Space for the coming school year will be based on the receipt of this enrollment form and each eligible child is prioritized for placement according to our child care selection criteria. It is an exciting time for our five-year-olds who will be transitioning to Kindergarten this fall. Teachers have already started to prepare your child for the move. So we would like to remind parents if your child will be attending Kindergarten this fall, registration will begin soon for some local schools.
Please call the Chicago Public Schools to find out what school is in your district or visit them online at: cps.edu/schools/find_a_ school/pages/findaschool.aspx. Also please make the time to attend our monthly Parent Meeting for the month of May as we will be focusing on transitioning your child to Kindergarten. Here is a website with some helpful tips on this topic as well: http://illinoisearlylearning.org/tipsheets/ readykindergarten.htm. Other reminders: Please remember to update your child’s dentals and physicals as needed. Sincerely, Your Family Support Services Workers
Classroom Stories Room 1 In Room 1, students have been learning and investigating all about the human body. We began the study by asking questions we wanted answers to such as, “How many teeth do we have?”, “Where does blood come from?” and “Are bones scary?” We answered all of these questions by reading many non-fiction books, watching science videos and conducting experiments. We made our own blood, built our own skeleton, and examined our skin and veins. Along with a study about the human body, we have been practicing patterns and our phonological awareness. Children in Room 1 can now create AB and ABC patterns! We can also clap out syllables and identify the beginning, middle, and end sounds of words. These skills will build upon our reading and writing abilities. We have learned so much about the human body, patterns and phonological awareness! Room 3
This month, students Room 3 worked on building and increase their language skills. We have begin with storytelling and for the children to sit through an entire story, this was not an easy task for our two- year-old students. The teachers, Ms. JoAnna and Ms. Michelle focused on three stories, Llama Llama Red
Pajama, Brown Bear Brown Bear, and Goldilocks and the Three Bears. The stories were read repeatedly during the month to enhance both language and literacy skills in students. To help the children in Room 3 further understand the story, the teachers introduced the story on an iPad tablet. The children really enjoyed this additional visual. After the story book was read, the teachers reinforced the stories once more. Children participated in activity where a story apron was used and the students retold the stories to each other and their teachers with felt piece. Lastly, the children had an opportunity to draw pictures of the three different stories that were read. Room 5 This month, Room 5 students did a study on trees, and the teachers were excited to see the children’s interest in the study. As we began, students were exposed to different tree parts and textures. The teacher and students talked about what they knew about trees and what we want to find out from the study. Students planted the sunflower seeds, talked in class about how living things need the sun and water to grow.
As part of the study, children learned how different things can be made from wood, for example: musical instruments, furniture, toys and papers. As Room 5 went deeper into the tree study, students started to compare different materials, plastic, metal and wood. They then discussed their similarities and differences. To conclude the study, both teacher and students built a treehouse in the classroom, where students were invited to come inside the tree house to socialize with other classmates.
Calendar May 2014 Sunday
26 Memorial Day: Center closed
27 Parent Meeting 4:30â€“ 5:30 p.m.
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