Interim Executive Director
Notes from Michele
Director of Education
Oh the beauty of the sun and it seems an early spring! We have enjoyed the opportunity to be outside and hope you have as well.
During our last professional development day in February we had the opportunity to link the new school rules with our daily routines within the classroom. Teachers have been teaming to create a matrix of ways they use our school wide PBIS and fit it into the school guidelines to better support positive growth for young children.
One area that stands out for me in visiting classrooms is modeling for infants and toddlers through adult interactions and helping children identify language surrounding the big feelings they have. In our culture expressing feelings is often summed up in happy or sad or mad.
We are working to assist your children in developing a rich language to better describe their feelings and to begin to gain appropriate expression of these feelings. Please partner with us in this important work and setting the foundations for a healthy future.
More information on PBIS and Feelings in young children can be found at the following links:
PBIS Early Childhood
Teaching Your Child About Feelings
Help Young Children Identify and Express Emotions
Teaching Children a Vocabulary for Emotions
Curriculum & Licensing Coordinator
Have you seen the new climbing structures in Wobbler and Toddler 2 yet? How about the miniature loft in the commons? Peninsula is proud to announce these improvements to our classrooms and facility!
As young toddlers move through their environment, they are learning to trust their own bodies. Children are hard-wired for risk-taking and they challenge their bodies every day to do something they have not done before.
As early childhood educators, it is our job to support these challenges. We hope you delight in our new equipment as much as the children and teachers have.
On the preschool side of things, we have incorporated a new enrichment in our routine: yoga! We have a professional yoga teacher who visits every other week. She guides children through yoga poses, while the stretch and move their bodies and playing pretend.
Yoga for young children provides many of the same benefits it provides to adults: stress relief, calm, in-tune bodies, and strength. Our
teachers have also received training on teaching yoga, and are excited to try out this curriculum with the children.
As the weather warms up this spring, I hope you and your family can find opportunities to get moving!