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October 28, 2019

Is Transitional Kindergarten Right for Your Child?

 This Type of Early Developmental Education for Children Might Be the Perfect Fit

Almost as soon as parents announce that they will be having a child in the summertime the questions from family and friends begin…Will you have him/her start kindergarten on the young or older end of the group?  This question reflects a growing trend in many communities where families have access to high-quality Transitional Kindergarten programs. So, what is transitional kindergarten...

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October 06, 2019

Building Relationships In Preschool

How Preschoolers Form Relationship-Building Skills & How You Can Help the Process

Like most parents of young children today, I grew up in a time without computers, the internet, or Facebook. Connecting with friends at that time was more along the lines of knocking on a friend’s door who lived down the block, writing a letter to put in the mail, or calling a friend on a (rotary!) phone.  Because my friends and I would spend entire summer days...

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February 04, 2019

Reading In Preschool

Actively Building a Foundation of Literacy Skills and Reading in Preschool

I can vividly remember learning how to read in first grade. I am old enough to have sat in formal reading groups, where we read “Dick and Jane. I also remember the day that I was moved up a level, and I joined the group that was reading “Tip...

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September 15, 2017

Welcome to the New School Year! A Reflection on Learning

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

As the summer came to a close, I found myself thinking a great deal about learning. Not surprising, when you consider that I am a preschool director.  What prompted this thinking though, was a vacation experience with my family. As...

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June 10, 2016

Kindergarten Readiness

With the end of the school year quickly approaching, many children and parents in the Upper Preschool are experiencing mixed feelings about the upcoming transition to Kindergarten. There is excitement and anticipation about this new endeavor as well as some feelings of sadness and loss about ending...

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May 13, 2016

Reflections By a Parent

The present cold and miserable weather reminds me of a “rule” enforced by my mother, one that causes me to struggle every spring. Last year, the struggle unfolded as I was getting ready for the May Show. I wanted to wear white shoes. My white shoes were more comfortable, and I think they would have looked best with the outfit I had selected. My mother however, objected.

My mother, who lived well into her eighties, passed away several years ago. Her advice, “rules,” and life...

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April 08, 2016

Cooking with Kids!

I distinctly remember the first cookbook that was my very own – I received it in the 6th grade from a book order and I could not wait to try out the recipes. They were all very easy and could be done on my own, yet made me feel like a chef in a fancy restaurant. I would peel, chop, and mix, all the while talking out loud to myself the way I had seen chefs on TV do as they explained their culinary masterpieces. The finished result left me with a huge sense...

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March 04, 2016

Getting Outside in the Cold

Happy March! During these colder months it can be tricky to get children excited to be outside and active. When snow is freshly falling, children may delight in building snowmen and sledding or making footprints like Peter in The Snowy Day. When the cold snaps arrive, however, getting fresh air and exercise may not be on the top of everyone’s list. Growing up in snowy New England, many of us enjoyed countless hours outside sledding, skiing, skating, snow shoeing, ice fishing, and...

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February 09, 2016

Living in the Moment

In this fast paced world of cell phones, iPads, tablets, computers, and the constant stream of news and information, it can be helpful to create a practice of being in the moment and going inward.    I embraced the snow day today, which created unexpected time for me to write this blog.

As a working mother, I know the inconvenience of snow days—all the challenges of juggling childcare and work commitments, rescheduling meetings, and attempting to manage the many...

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November 24, 2015

Community Service & Giving Back

One of the many things that drew me to the LEAP School almost 14 years ago was the sense of supportive community.  Over the years, I have been a part of it in many different ways – as a teacher building classroom community, as a parent connecting with other parents and now as a Director.  My biggest goal coming into this role 3 years ago was to continue to support, build and sustain connecting parents with each other and our staff. As a parent, I live the...

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Navigating Friendship in Preschool

How Teachers Help Facilitate Children Building Friendships in Preschool “I want my child to learn to be part of a group; I hope my child will make friends”. That statement reflects one of the top reasons that parents choose to send their child to preschool. Now that the process of “settling in...
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January 25, 2021

Coping with Children’s Emotions During a Pandemic

Supporting Your Child’s Emotional Well-Being During COVID-19 I hope you and your family are safe and healthy.  As the pandemic drags on, I know that many parents are understandably feeling weighted down by pandemic fatigue.  For some families, this is compounded by the fact that...
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September 24, 2020

Teaching Children Emotional Intelligence

Helping Children Learn How to Identify Feelings I hope the start of the school year – in whatever form it may be taking – is going well for your family.  This week I have been thinking about emotional intelligence, which very simply put means the ability to understand emotions and...
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