Friday, July 31, 2015

Language Modeling Tips 
Stimulate your child's speech and language skills

As parents we often may wonder if our children are on the right track with speech and language. Some children develop these skills quickly while others develop at different rates. According to the Pediatric Therapies there are a couple of ways to expand your child language skills.  Stimulating speech and language in young children is extremely important for building language skills. There are many ways to stimulate speech and language developments.  The following techniques can be used informally during play, family trips, "wait time," or during casual conversation. The techniques are meant to provide a model for the child (rather than asking the child to repeat or imitate what you say). These strategies can be used anytime your child is making an attempt to speak. It is important to have children understand that speech and communication are important not only for interaction, but also to express feelings and ideas. 

Self-Talk- Talk out loud about what you are seeing, hearing, doing, or feeling when your child is nearby. He or she does not have to be close to you or pay attention when you are talking out loud. Be sure to use slow, clear, simple words and phrases that your child can understand. 

Example: When you're washing the dishes and your child is playing in the kitchen, you might say, "wash dishes-pick up cup-dirty cup-wash the cup-the cup is clean."

Parallel Talk- Talk out loud about what is happening to your child. Use words that describe what he or she is doing, seeing, or hearing when your child is within hearing range. Again, he or she does not need to be close to you or paying attention when you talk out loud; your child only needs to be within earshot. Be sure to use slow clear simple words and phrases. 

Example: When your child is playing with a ball and then daddy comes home, you might say, "roll ball- get ball-pick up ball- daddy home-run to daddy-Man wants up."

Expansion- As a general rule add one or two words to what your child says when you respond back. Also, your child's word order may be different than yours. Let him or her hear the right order and correct basic grammar. Don't worry about using perfect grammar yourself. 

Example: Change "up" (child) to "come up" (parent). Change "Daddy" (child) to "daddy home" (parent). Change " boy eat" (child) to "the boy is eating" (parent). Change " no want" (child) to "I don't want it" (parent). Change " we play car" (child) to "Let's play with the care" (parent).

Praise- Respond quickly to your child speech attempts and verbal requests by your verbal and/or non-verbal responses. Non-verbal praise may include a smile, a hug, a pat on the back, eye contact, clapping your hands etc. Verbal praise may include reflecting back to what your child said or saying how much you like their talking. 

Example: When you are playing with your child and he says "ba" for ball the first time, you might open your eyes wide and smile "ball"-ball rolls-I like your talking."

Example: When your child says "car" and points to his toy car on the table because he wants to play with it, you might clap your hands and say "care- you want car". Then as you hand the toy car, you might also add "take car."

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Wednesday, July 22, 2015

 Music Fun with Little Ones! 

Music can play a large role in learning, especially if the children are able to interact! Mr. Steve brings learning to life with his music and the children adore him! He also teaches the children all the different motions that go along with his songs. Some songs the children the teachers already know and others, are new favorites that our teachers are happy to learn and use in their classrooms! We had a blast learning new movements to!

To start off, Mr. Steve has a welcome song that  he sang. It went like this..."Hello, hello, hello how are you..."

 Friends of Preschool Two, Preschool Three, and PreK classrooms gather to have a blast learning new songs and movements with Mr. Steve!

1,2,3...Blast off! This song was all about space! "Zoom, zoom, zoom, we're going to the moon!" The children took their hands and made the point of a space ship, and then they took their hands and pretended to fly! 

 "Down by the bay and what did I see?" A SNAKE!!!! 

Mr. Steve plays an oldie, but goodie! A Holly Tree favorite; "5 Little Monkeys Swinging in a Tree."

What do those monkeys do?! They tease Mr. Alligator and he snatches them out of the tree! 

A special thank you to Mr. Steve who always puts on an awesome show for us!

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Thursday, July 16, 2015

Kona Ice Visits Holly Tree! 

What is one of the best things on a hot day? ICE CREAM!!! Kona Ice made a special stop to bring sweet treats for our children! They even brought their awesome truck with fun music and a shelf- serve flavor station! Each child was able to choose which flavor they wanted for their ice! The children were also able to push the button to cover their ice with their favorite flavors! 

Preschool Two waits for their turn in line to pick their favorite flavor! 

This Pre-K friend chooses his favorite color, yellow! The flavor was lemon lime, he said it was a little "sour!" 

Blue raspberry was this child's flavor choice! The teacher asked the child what other things are blue? The child's response,  "the sky is blue!" 

Preschool Three friends were very excited about picking their favorite flavor. Here they are taking this photo opportunity to pose with their sweet treats!

This Preschool Two friend was much too into his ice to worry about our camera! It must of been some really good ice cream!

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Monday, July 6, 2015

Protecting Children from Extreme Heat

During the summertime it is very easy for a child or adult to over heat. There are signs to watch your child and self from over heating and having to be rushed to the hospital. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics there are several ways to help your child from over heating, ways your child could be come sick, when your child needs to see a doctor, and the psychological effects it could have on your child.

Steps to protect your child from the heat: 
  • Plan to have a cool, air-conditioned space for your child. If your home does not have air-conditioning, find a nearby building that does. Libraries can be a great place for a cool retreat from the heat. 
  • Make sure your child stays hydrated. Encourage her/him to drink water regularly, even before she/he asks for it. 
  • Plan for more time to rest than usual; heat can often make children feel tired. 
  • When your child is feeling hot, give him a cool bath or water mist to cool down. 
  • Don’t forget about the effects of sun exposure
  • Never leave children in a car or other closed motor vehicle. The temperature inside the car can become much higher than the outside temperature, and can rise to temperatures that cause death. 

Ways your child could become sick:

Heat exhaustion 
Heat cramps 
Heat stroke 

When to see a doctor:
Feeling faint 
Extreme tiredness 
Intense thirst 
Not urinating for many hours 
Breathing faster or deeper than normal 
Skin numbness or tingling 
Muscle aches 
Muscle spasms 

Psychological Effects:​

 Children may become anxious or restless from being kept indoors. Plan ahead for entertainment with indoor activities and games, and limit the amount of time spent watching television.

Children may become fearful or stressed from effects of the heat. For example, seeing dead animals or wildlife may be distressing. Reassure your child that many people are working to resolve the situation and keep them safe. Children take their cues from their parents and the environment, so remember to keep calm and answer their questions honestly. Keep in mind not to share more than is appropriate for their age. 

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