Saturday, October 29, 2011
Halloween safety: Tips for trick-or-treaters
Make Halloween safety part of your holiday fun. Start with these practical Halloween safety tips.By Mayo Clinic staff
It's the time of year for costumes, sweets, and tricks and treats. Put Halloween safety first with these common-sense tips.
Are your children begging to carve pumpkins? Make Halloween safety a family affair.
- Decorate with markers or paint. Let young children draw faces on pumpkins with washable markers or child-friendly paint. Leave any carving to an adult.
- Use candles with care. Place candlelit pumpkins on a sturdy surface away from curtains and other flammable objects. Never leave candlelit pumpkins unattended. Better yet, light pumpkins with flashlights or battery-operated flameless candles instead.
Get clever with costumes
From furry animals to princesses and superheroes, choosing costumes wisely is an important part of Halloween safety.
- The brighter the better. Whether you buy a costume or make one yourself, choose bright colors and flame-retardant materials. If your child will be trick-or-treating outdoors after dark, attach reflective tape to his or her costume.
- Size it right. In case it's chilly outdoors, make sure your child's costume is loose enough for warm clothing to be worn underneath — but not long enough to cause tripping. Avoid oversized shoes and high heels.
- Skip the masks. A mask can obstruct your child's vision, especially if it slips out of place. Use kid-friendly makeup instead.
- Limit accessories. Pointed props — such as wands, swords and knives — may pose safety hazards.
The promise of Halloween candy may leave stars in your child's eyes, but Halloween safety still rules.
- Get in on the fun. Accompany trick-or-treaters younger than age 12. Pin a piece of paper with your child's name, address and phone number inside your child's pocket in case you get separated. Encourage older kids to trick-or-treat with a group of friends, parents or older siblings. Make sure someone in the group carries a flashlight with fresh batteries.
- Stay close to home. Don't allow your child to go door to door in an unfamiliar neighborhood.
- Set ground rules. If your child will be trick-or-treating without you, establish a route and set a curfew. Review safety rules, including staying with the group, walking only on the sidewalk, approaching only clearly lit homes and never going inside a home. You may want to give your child a cell phone for the evening should he or she need to contact you.
- Inspect the treats carefully. Don't let your child snack while he or she is trick-or-treating. Feed your child a healthy snack before heading out, and inspect the treats before allowing your child to dive in. Discard anything that's not sealed, has torn packaging or looks questionable. If you have young children, weed out gum, peanuts, hard candies and other choking hazards.
- Ration the loot. If your child collects gobs of goodies, dole out a few pieces at a time and save the rest. You may even ask your child if he or she would like to swap some — or all — of the candy for something else, such as a special toy, book or outing. You might also suggest donating excess candy to a food shelf or other charity.
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Monday, October 24, 2011
On Friday, the staff of the Burlington Early Childhood Center participated in professional development on the development of fine motor skills. We talked about the beginning stages of writing and the skills children need to develop before we can expect them to sit at a table and write. I found this blog post that speaks to how to develop hand strength and visual motor skills. Two very important skills that young children need to develop before we can expect them to sit and write letters. One of the things that I liked about this post is that it gave great ideas for developmentally appropriate toys that will develop these skills. All of the toys shared in this post are great tools to help develop fine motor skills.
Keeping Little Fingers Busy (and Learning too!)
The physical development of a child’s fine motor skills are just as, if not more important, as the development of the larger muscles. This group of skills includes finger speed, arm steadiness, arm and hand precision, and finger and hand dexterity. They are closely linked to the development of eye-hand co-ordination and are essential for eventual control over pencils for learning to form letters as a beginning writer. As well, mastery of fine motor skills requires the child to apply increasing levels of self control (patience, perseverance) and to concentrate closely on what they are doing.
Children learn to control their large muscles before they do their small, therefore are more likely to walk before able to construct a tower with tiny blocks. Maybe it is because mastering these small muscles is less obvious than that of their large muscle counterparts, that the celebrations we have when a baby first crawls or a toddler first walks are more likely to be recorded for prosperity than the date they were first able to stack blocks one on top of another without them instantly toppling over.
There are many activities that encourage the development of these skills. Here are just a few, all wooden I must admit as I have a weak spot for wooden toys!
For children not yet ready to thread on string try a set like the one Immy is using in the first picture, it is one we borrowed from our local toy library. I like toys that are multi functional like the car beads and the house shape sorter with beads. The sequence beads are great for older children (generally over preschool age).
There are a myriad of puzzles available now. The craggy arches double as a construction and dramatic play toy and the clock puzzle can be used for different learning purposes over a number of years. I really like the learning potential of the pattern blocks.
Think outside the square when choosing blocks and construction toys for your child. I love the nesting blocks for the potential of the negative space, the castle blocks for their randomness and the sound blocks for their uniqueness.
Loving the idea of the pick up game for older children and what child doesn’t go through a stage of loving to open doors, flick switches and play with keys and locks!
When choosing manipulative activities for your child it is important to consider their current level of fine muscle control, their ability to concentrate, and their emotional control in terms of how they deal with frustration. Very young children (prior to preschool age) will most definitely need an adult’s guidance, encouragement, and support as they first learn to manipulate these types of toys. Adults should not expect young children to spend long periods of time playing with these materials as they require significant amounts of self control and should balance such play with periods of more active play.
These materials lend themselves to opportunities for talking with your child about colour, shape, similarities and differences, patterns and counting but remember, don’t overdo it andencouragement, not praise, is the way to go!
Saturday, October 22, 2011
Thursday, October 20, 2011
Thank you all for your patience and understanding today. We were all very disappointed that we couldn't attend Parlee Farm. This morning,I was hopeful that we could reschedule for next week, but after talking to the farm and staff this will not be option. Your $10.00 fee will be returned at the beginning of next week. Please make sure you check your child's backpack for your trip reimbursement.
Thank you again for your understanding
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Dear Preschool Families,
On Thursday we will go on a field trip to Parlee Farm in Tyngsboro. As of today it appears as though the weather is going to be partly cloudy and the temperature is due to be in the low 60’s. If this is the case we will participate in the field trip as scheduled. Please use the following guideline to prepare for the trip:
All children are to bring a snack and a drink. Please place this in a bag and label it. We will have limited space and we will not to be able to accommodate lots of lunch boxes.
Dress your child appropriately for the weather. It is going to be cool so dress your child in layers. It is supposed to rain all day on Wednesday so the farm will be muddy. Please make sure your child has on appropriate shoes.
Have your child at school promptly at 8:30. The plan is to be on the buses and heading towards the farm by 8:45.
We will arrive back at the preschool at 11:30. All children will be brought back into their classroom and then dismissed by teachers. This can be a very confusing time and we understand that you are excited to see your child but we want to ensure everyone is safe and with the proper parent. Please be patient with us.
Remember if your child is transported to and from school by bus there is NO transportation the day of the field trip. You will be responsible for dropping your child off at school and picking them up promptly at 11:30.
The following is the rain policy from the farm:
Parlee Farms will make a decision no later than 7am on the day of the trip to cancel and reschedule. We
review multiple weather sources and if it appears that there will be rain here between 9-1, we will cancel.
This is an outdoor trip and we do not have anywhere indoors for large numbers of people to wait out a storm.
We will inform you Thursday morning if the field trip will be postponed. Please check the preschool blog that morning to see if the farm cancels our trip. The preschool blog is: http://burlingtonintegratedpreschool.blogspot.com.
We are excited about our trip and looking forward to a fun day.
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Burlington Early Childhood Center
The Burlington Public Schools is opening a new preschool classroom.
Where: The program is located around the back of Burlington High School
When: The classroom will open on Tuesday November 9th 2011.
Days: The program will run Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday
Time: 8:30 to 11:30
Cost: The cost is $232.00 per month.
For more information please feel free to contact Louise D’Amato, program director, at 781-273-7632 or d’firstname.lastname@example.org
For more information visit us our web site at:
www.burlington.mec.edu scroll down to integrated preschool and read our FAQ’s or frequently asked questions, http://www.burlington.mec.edu/ips/commonquestionsfaq.pdf
Thursday, October 13, 2011
We are going on a field trip to Parlee Farm
When: Thursday October 20, 2011
Where: Parlee Farm, Tyngsboro, MA www.parleefarms.com
Who: All of the students that attend preschool are invited to join us. On Thursday October 20, 2011.
Time: We will leave the preschool at 8:45am and return at 11:30pm.
How: We will travel on several large yellow school buses.
Cost: the cost of the trip is $10.00 per student and $6.00 per chaperone. The price of the trip covers the cost of buses and the entrance to the farm.
Chaperones: We will need 3 to 4 chaperones per classroom. If we have more than 3 or 4 volunteers per classroom we will hold a lottery. If you are interested in attending the field trip you need to have a Cori on file. (If you have filled out a Cori form within the past 3 years, you don’t need to be Cori’d) Cori forms can be filled out in the preschool office. We will need to photocopy your license when you fill out the form, make sure you have it with you. All Cori forms need to be completed by no later than Friday October 7th. Please fill out and return the attached permission slip to school as soon as possible. When returning your permission slips please submit the $10.00 in cash to pay for the trip.
If your child will be attending the field trip on Thursday October 20th, please return the permission slip and money by Wednesday October 12th. If we don’t receive money and a signed permission slip we will assume your child will not be attending the trip on Thursday the 20th.