Monthly Archives: June 2009

Is it hot enough for you?

Adeligh enjoys splash day.

Adeligh enjoys splash day.

Splash day is a summer staple on the Day Nursery calendar. At our Hendricks County center in Avon, the children in the toddler 1 classroom, lead by teachers  Ms. Vanessa and Ms. Rhonda have splash day every Monday morning after snack.  Thanks to the teachers for sending this cute picture of Adeligh.  The note with the picture said she is trying to spray her friends as they ran by.  Ms. Vanessa said that many of the toddlers were using team work to help clean up after the event, while putting the sprinkler away they continued to spray each other.  She also said they had a blast and can’t wait till next week.

Caring and sharing to last a lifetime

"The triplets" as toddlers

"The triplets" as toddlers

Day Nursery friends circa 2004

Day Nursery friends circa 2004

Friendship still going strong in 2009

Friendship still going strong in 2009

Getting along with others is an important social skill for everyone. Babies show social skills from the time they are born. From the first time a baby turns to the sound of his mother’s voice, young child willingly plays with another child, social skills are being developed.  Every summer I am reminded of how important the early years are for modeling good skills of caring for others and building friendships.  My daughter Claire and her friends Caroline and Morgan first met as infants at Day Nursery in 2000.  They formed a bond so strong during their time at our Federal Center that everyone started calling them “The Triplets.” As they head into fourth grade this fall in three different elementary schools their friendship remains strong. The Daily Parent at the Child Care Aware website notes it may seem like common sense that children need to get along with others. However, nurturing positive social skills takes time and practice. Skills grow when children have ongoing and steady relationships with their parents, caregivers, teachers, and friends. These skills continue to develop and grow throughout their lives.  This week “the triplets” are together again at summer camp trying out their acting skills and falling right back into their old routine even though their time together is limited these days. I think I look forward to these Day Nursey summer reunions as much as the girls do.  I am lucky to have found great friends at Day Nursery too in the mothers of these girls.  As Moms, we will continue to nuture our daughters’ friendship as long as we can.  It is worth the investment.

More swimming fun

Swimming 06 17 09 Guion 030Friday we featured our Day Nursery Guion Roadcenter and shared some pictures of the children participating in summer theme activities with bubbles and “muddy” items.  Today I would like to share some pictures I took of the Guion Road students when they were at their water safety classes at the IUPUI Natatorium last Wednesday.  If you want to see a larger version of the picture, just click on it.

Happy Father’s Day

Clarian 06 19 09 001Day Nursery centers celebrated Father’s Day with Doughnuts for Dads Friday morning at many of our centers. I stopped by our Clarian Center and snapped a few pictures.  When I got back to the office, I had an email forwarded to me from a parent at our Hendricks County center reminding me how important it is to hold these special events.

Just wanted to say thank you for doing the doughnuts for dad today.  My husband shared breakfast with Samantha, and it was really nice.  Having parents involved is absolutely wonderful, it shows the children how special they and are how much we love them and expresses to them that we are united as a family.  Was really nice to get a picture on my phone of my daughter this morning enjoying her daddy at school.  Really really neat!!!

Here are a few pictures from our Doughnuts for Dad event at our Clarian Center.

Developmentally appropriate practice in the age of testing

An article in the May/June issue of the  Harvard Education Letter caught my eye today.  Since Day Nursery centers are NAEYC accredited, I am always interested to read articles that support the NAEYC philosophy of developmentally appropriate practice (or DAP as educators like to say).  As the parent of an elementary school student who attended preschool at Day Nursery, I was especially interested to read the suggestion that preschools and elementary schools should spend time learning from each other. 

As the push to teach literacy and math skills reaches farther into preschool and kindergarten, educators are warning that teachers need to address young students’ social, emotional, and physical needs as well as their cognitive development. Among their concerns:

  • Teachers in preK–3rd grade increasingly focus on a narrow range of literacy and math skills, with studies showing some kindergarteners spend up to six times as much time on those topics and on testing and test prep than they do in free play or “choice time.”
  • Many schools have eliminated recess or physical education, depriving children of their need to move and develop their bodies.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) is so concerned about the pressure to prepare students for third-grade standardized tests that it adopted a position statement in early 2009 on developmentally appropriate practice for educators in preK through third grade. In their report, “Developmentally Appropriate Practice in Early Childhood Programs: Serving Children from Birth Through Age 8,” NAEYC researchers outlined 12 principles of child development that can be incorporated into classroom teaching (see NAEYC’s 12 Principles of Child Development).

The report urges educators to incorporate play into daily instruction, devise classroom tasks that are challenging yet attainable, and become attuned to the needs of each student so that materials can be adapted to a child’s individual needs. It also urges educators in preK through third grade to learn from each other: While preschool educators can benefit from understanding the standards children are expected to meet by third grade, NAEYC believes primary-grade teachers can improve the quality of their instruction by learning more about children’s developmental needs from early childhood educators.

Read more here.

Friday Feature: Day Nursery Guion Road Center

Mixing up the chocolate to make "dirt" pudding

Mixing up the chocolate to make "dirt" pudding

I thought I would take the next few Fridays and feature a different Day Nursery center each week.  I am going to start at our “Guion Road” center on Indy’s northwest side just east of the intersection of 56th and Guion Road.  Marla Segal is the Center Director and Shannon Taylor is the office manager. Day Nursery acquired this center in the summer of 2003.  In August of this year, this center is moving a bit farther northwest to a new location on 73rd Street near Zionsville Road.  Our future home in the Park 100 complex will be larger than our current location and will have 3 more classrooms.   All students currently enrolled will have a space in the new center and we have already started a waiting list for parents interested in joining us in August when we move.  The only way to guarantee a space in the new center is to enroll in our current location now.  Call Marla or Shannon for more information at 291-8048. While our new center is being renovated, the children are keeping busy with many fun summer activities.  Here are some pictures provided by preschool teachers Ms. Johnslynn and Ms. Robin. This week’s theme is “Muddy Puddles, Soap and Bubbles.”  You can click on the photos below to see a larger version.

Congratulations Miss Theresa

Theresa Jameson June 2009

Theresa Jameson June 2009

Meet Theresa Jameson. She is a preschool teacher at the Day Nursery in the Indiana State Government Center. She is also a recent college graduate. She just completed an Associate degree through the University of Phoenix. She has been working on this for three years. Theresa just moved into the Day Nursery State Center’s preschool 4 classroom after teaching toddlers. This summer 26 Day Nursery teachers are enrolled in classes. I am sure seeing Miss Theresa’s smiling face in that cap and gown will be an inspiration for them to keep pursuing their dream of higher education. Way to go Theresa!