All classrooms are shelved with age-appropriate, developmentally appropriate activities. The teachers prepare a curriculum designed for each age. The most important goal of our early childhood curriculum is to help children become enthusiastic learners. Meaning, to encourage children to be active and creative explorers who are not afraid to try out their idea and to think their own thoughts. Our goal is to help children become independent, self-confident, inquisitive learners. We're teaching them how to learn, not just in preschool, but all through their lives. The activities we plan for children, the way we organize the environment, select toys and materials, plan the daily schedule, and talk with children, are all designed to accomplish the goals of our curriculum and give your child a successful start in school.
Welcome to the nursery! We do not keep a strict routine in the nursery. However, we maintain a structured time for each child. Some activities we do with them daily are read stories, sing songs, tummy time, verbal communication, and physical development. Because the infants are always at different stages of development all activities are age-appropriate. If you ever have any questions or concerns please feel free to call any time.
Adult/Baby communication has always been an issue. Upon researching, we have found Sign Language not only is known as a second language; it is beneficial to young children. We will be teaching your child the signs for milk, sleep, more, play and all gone. Parent involvement is very important here at NBLC. If you would like to learn with your baby on sign language let us know and we will gladly assist in teaching you as well. You will receive a Developmental checklist every two months for your child. We teach from the High Scope Curriculum.
Please make sure you bring a backpack and your child’s NBLC notebook EVERY DAY! The book is very important to keep communication open. Your child’s sheet and blanket will be sent home on Friday’s and should return to the center clean and labeled every Monday.
Our center is not currently on the Child and Adult Food Program, however, as a parent, you do not have to provide any food for your child. You will have to supply your child’s "already prepared" formula bottles, diapers, wipes, a change of clothing, and bottom cream if needed. Please label every item brought into the center! Please visit NameBubbles.com for appropriate labels that will not come off.
This is a huge step for a one year old. In this class your child will move from a crib to a cot, “don’t worry mama’s we will place a mat under children to protect them from a fall”. We will assist in transitioning your child from a bottle to a Sippy cup (NO outside Sippy allowed) also we encourage using a utensil rather than hands and we say a prayer before every meal. Your child will sit at a table with the other children rather than a high chair. Your child will gain confidence and independence during his/her transition period.
Please make sure your child brings their backpack, and book everyday! I need to have other clothes on hand for the unexpected. PLEASE make sure your child always has extra clothes. Some parents do not like to pick their child up messy nor do we like to send children home in messy clothes. Blanket and Sheets are needed every Monday and will go home on Friday to be washed. PLEASE no pillows. Everything should be placed in the backpack; this gives your child the “Big Kid” feeling. * Book * Back Pack * Sheet/Blanket * Extra Clothes * Wipes * Diapers (PLEASE label EVERY item brought in.)
In this classroom, children are told to “walk away” when they make a poor choice, we discuss feeling with them. We also let them know how their actions make us feel. For example: “I do not like when you…That makes me feel…, please walk away” I also think it is important for the child to apologize to a person after hurting someone else. We are all about manners. Saying please, thank you, and "I’m sorry" is taught on a daily basis.
Biting is a BIG issue in young children. Children in this class room start biting when they are teething because it’s soothing to the gums. Whether your child is the biter or the bitee, we are always looking for a solution. If you have any ideas PLEASE feel free to share them with me. We care about every individual and we do everything possible to keep them safe.
Each month our curriculum changes as to give a variety of topics to cover. Circle Time is when we read our special book(s), practice sign language, fine motor skills, colors and count to three. Your child practices these things throughout the day individually. Circle Time allows us to do these things as a group. Some children are not ready to be placed in a group, they are just too young. Therefore, it is encouraged yet optional for each child to participate in circle time.
Welcome to the two-year-old room! Although we touch on colors, shapes, numbers, and letters…our main focus in this class is Socializing, Boundaries, and Potty Training.
This is the classroom we start potty training. Every diaper change hour is also a potty hour. We set our goals to have the children potty trained by the time they turn three. We appreciate any help from the parents and openly take any tips you might have. Parents, please note; in order for us to properly train; we MUST have thick cloth trainers. We will not start training without them.
Please make sure your child has pull up's, diapers, wipes, extra clothes, notebook and backpack EVERY DAY. On a weekly basis, they will need a crib sheet and blanket. These are sent home on Fridays to be washed. These items are extremely important! These are all the necessary items for your child to be able to potty train without distractions. The notebook is crucial to keep open communication. You will also find your child's artwork in their folder that is sent home periodically. Your children work really hard on their art. Please, please make a big deal over the papers they bring home. This builds confidence as well as pleasure in communication.
In this classroom, our way of “discipline” is a redirection. We do not use “Time Out“ If a child is in the wrong we will explain to the child why their actions were wrong and the reason why it is important to make good choices. We have them “walk away” from the area. Once they are doing a good job in that area they are able to return and apologize to the child or teacher and return to play. Some phrases you will hear your child repeat are "Back to Back, Seat to Seat, Hands in your lap" or " That is wrong, wrong, wrong" or "That does not make me happy"
When your child has a birthday, we love to celebrate here at the center during snack time. Your child will be given a gift from the center. We ask that if you are going to bring in cupcakes, juice, etc. just let us know so we know what to expect.
Early Start & Preschool
We have many fun and exciting ideas to share throughout the year. Our objective this year is not only preparing your child for Preschool but also to develop and nourish a love of learning. Some of the learning highlights I will cover include math, phonics, language, science, music, and of course art. This may sound a little overwhelming for your child, please be assured that the academic exposure your child will experience will in all be done in a developmentally appropriate manner. We will take our weekly theme, letter, number, etc. and incorporate them into the entire program. Most of the time your child will be learning a particular subject without even realizing they are learning. We encourage hands-on experiences and we promise to go above and beyond so that your child will learn and have fun each step of the way.
In Head-Start the children begin a portfolio. A collection of their work that will follow them through Preschool. We have Parent-Teacher conferences two times throughout the year. You and your Teacher will develop goals for your child to accomplish.
Be prepared to watch your child’s true potential blossom. We as parents and teachers are responsible for our little creators and so I promise to help you, as parents, with each step your child takes this year! One last hint; your child may or may not cling to you and cry for the first few days. This is normal and is usually harder for the parent than the child. If your child does become upset, reassure him or her of your love, pride and of your return. Then you need to go. This may sound and feel harsh, but this is the best method for both of you. Feel free to stand in the lobby until you feel comfortable enough to leave since in most cases, the child will only cry for a few minutes. We’ll all be just fine! You have my promise as a teacher! Please feel free to discuss any issue’s or concerns with the lead teacher. If you have any special skill or interest you would like to share please let them know. You are always welcome!
Please make sure your child brings their backpack, folder and planner every day! The planner is very important for us to keep communication open. As you may know, your child’s sheet and blanket will be sent home on Friday and needs to be returned to the center every Monday. When your child has a birthday, we will celebrate with them here at the center during snack time. They will be given a gift from the center.