Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Fun! 

Parties, crafts, lights, fellowship and great food are just a few ways to have a great time with friends and family! We had a visit from Santa also! Some of our friends were not excited to see Santa, but our older children loved every minute they were able to spend with him! After nap-time the air was filled with laughter and Christmas music! The classrooms had tons of food to eat! There was veggies, sweets, cheese, meat, crackers, and fruit for all the children to enjoy! 

Ms. Shanice and Ms. Kerida's classroom working an a class art mural.

In our Toddler class they enjoyed their fruit and their cookies!

In our Transitional class our friends enjoyed their cheese, but they also Loved their cupcakes! 

Best buddies getting a hug before they went home for the weekend! 

One of our mom's read a story to all of our friend in our Pre-K class before they had their snack!

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Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Spreading Christmas Cheer! 

Today it was wear your crazy Christmas sweater day at school! We had several staff members wear a crazy sweater and some of the children! Some of the teachers made their crazy sweaters, while other bought them.  One of the things that our classrooms have been working on during the Christmas season is  a mitten, hat, and scarf drive for the women's shelter. We have a bunch of donation that have been turned in! We can not wait to deliver these items next week, just in time for the Christmas and winter!  

Mrs. Erica and Mrs. Jennifer were all decked out with their crazy sweaters! Mrs. Erica had bows and ribbons. Mrs. Jennifer had Christmas pins and jingle bells! 

Ms. BreAnna and her daughter ! Both of their sweaters read " Fleece Navidad"

One of our Nursery Two friends with her cute Christmas tree sweater and Santa Socks!

Our Transitional teachers Ms. Makenya and Ms. Jessica stopped to pose for a picture!

Ms. Molly and one of her Toddler friends.

Ms. Grace, one of our floaters,
 was decked out from head to toe! She had bells around her neck and bells on her shoes! 

Ms. Shanice and her Preschool Two friends. Ms. Shanice sweater had Christmas bows made into a tree and she had garland up and down her sleeves! 

We had two of our Pre-k friends with snowmen on their sweater!  One friend had a Christmas hat on also! 

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Friday, December 11, 2015

Preschool Two Fun Learning Time

Ms. Shanice and her Preschool Two friends are very eager to learn new things each week. Each week they have a new letter, number, shape, and the also cover the months of the year, days of the week, and seasons.  Ms. Shanice like all our great teachers, goes above and beyond making sure that her students are prepared so that when they move up to Pre-K they are ready for the next step! 


Ms. Shanice class loves her so much and they love her too! They jump at any opportunity to take a silly photo! 

Each day the class helps take care of their class pet...Ralph. They get to add his food and make sure that he has water. 

Some of the children enjoy building towers with waffle blocks during free play!

When kids are not able to go outside they enjoy doing gross motor activities inside. One of those activities is playing with the parachute. They will take it up and then one of the students will run under.

Play-dough what child does not love it! They love making food and animals. They also make the different shapes that they have been learning. 

Circle time! We are learning the month of the year and the day of the week! The students are able to use "Mr. Pointer" to help go though what day is it? They also cover numbers,  shape, and the Bible story.

Ms. Shanice also covers the letters of the alphabet. This week the letter of the week is: X 
They will talk about the sound that it makes and things that start with the letter x. 

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Wednesday, December 2, 2015

Our Baby Signs Program & Benefits!

This friend from our Toddler classroom is demonstrating the sign for "more".

Each day at Holly Tree, our children are constantly learning; from colors, shapes, and numbers to sign language. In our Infant/ Toddler programs we use the Baby Signs program as an educational and effective tool to teach our little ones communication skills. Each week our children are learning new baby signs, along with daily signs like: please, thank you, more, and eat. 

According to Dr. Jay L. Hoecker with the The Mayo Clinic, baby signs are a very helpful communication tool for young children even infants. He states that when babies use modified gestures from American Sign Language, this can be an effective communication tool. Teaching and practicing baby sign language also can be fun and give you and your child an opportunity to bond.

Research suggests that baby sign language might give a typically developing child a way to communicate several months earlier than those who only use vocal communication. This might help ease frustration between ages 8 months and 2 years when children begin to know what they want, need, and feel but don't necessarily have the verbal skills to express themselves. Children who have developmental delays might benefit, too. Further research is needed, however, to determine if baby sign language promotes advanced language, literacy or cognition.

To begin teaching your child baby sign language, familiarize yourself with signs through books, websites or other sources. To get the most out of your baby sign language experience, keep these tips in mind:

This friend in our Toddler classroom is demonstrating the sign for "eat".

Set realistic expectations 
Feel free to start signing with your child at any age — but remember that most children aren't able to communicate with baby sign language until about age 8 months.

Keep signs simple
Start with signs to describe routine requests, activities and objects in your child's life — such as more, drink, eat, mother and father. Choose signs that are of most interest to your child.

Make it interactive
 Try holding your baby on your lap, with his or her back to your stomach.
Embrace your baby's arms and hands to make signs. Or carry your baby and make the sign on his or her body. Alternate talking and not talking while signing. To give signs context, try signing while bathing, diapering, feeding or reading to your baby. Acknowledge and encourage your child when he or she uses gestures or signs to communicate.

Stay patient
 Don't get discouraged if your child uses signs incorrectly or doesn't start using them right away. The goal is improved communication and reduced frustration — not perfection. However, avoid accepting indiscriminate movements as signs.

Keep in mind that, as you teach baby sign language, it's important to continue talking to your child. Spoken communication is an important part of your child's speech development.

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