Directly Speaking, Ken
At Peninsula we believe children benefit from a partnership between family and school. Research shows that families and teachers working together for children increases success, both now and in the future. Everyone involved in this partnership is integral to a child’s growth and learning. This involvement takes many forms in our school community. Whether you choose to help in the classroom, volunteer for events or committees, communicate with your teacher or come with your child to school or a special activity, your child will benefit.
Here at Peninsula we have several special activities. These events allow you to share with your child his or her experiences here at the center. Peninsula’s 44th Birthday Party was one such event. I want to thank all of you who celebrated with us on Sunday, September 14th. The weather could not have been more perfect. We all had a wonderful time I want to thank the Junior League of Portland and our admin staff for volunteering their time in helping us set-up, clean-up and staff the party. I also want to thank Mr. Ben for his music and Magic Burke for his balloon art. Most of all I want to thank the families that took a bit of their Sunday and helped us celebrate our school. Hopefully we’ll see you at Peninsula’s 45th Birthday Party next year.
If you missed our birthday party, however, don’t worry. We have another fun event coming up! Our annual Harvest Festival will be held on Thursday October 23rd from 4 - 6 pm. We plan on having a variety of fun activities, music and snacks. Look for more information as we get closer to the 23rd. If your time and schedule allow, we encourage you to join us.
Last, I want to pass along a few quick reminders about this month. The school is closed (this includes all school programs) on Friday, October 10th for staff training. Because we are closed on that Friday we have moved the Parents Night Out program to Friday, October 3rd. If you have any questions please come see me.
Notes from Michele, Director of Education
I hope each of you is settling into fall and looking forward to the cool air, the beauty of changing colors in nature and cozy sweatshirt weather. At the center, fall brings new children to help settle into routines with care. Watching teachers, families and other children helping new people in our community get settled is such a joy.
Living in community here at Peninsula, we all value cultivating empathy with young children. To be able to understand, value and respect another person’s view, to “walk in their shoes” even when we may disagree. Opportunities for building the foundation of empathy surround us daily. Children are born with the foundations of empathy but together with families we can continue to nurture these skills. Empathy and true care are at the heart of what we want to model for our children.
Right from infancy children hear others cry and respond with curiosity and concern. Adults notice facial expressions, use feeling words to describe how they or others are feeling. Toddlers begin to help one another to clean up, to soothe, and to be gentle. In juniors and preschool they begin to listen to one another, to develop self control, manage feelings effectively and to problem solve together.
For more information on joining us to cultivate empathy, enjoy the article links below:
How Parents Can Cultivate Empathy in Children
Teaching Children Empathy
From Alicia, Curriculum & Licensing Coordinator
Did you know that literacy skills can be built starting at birth? Language development and a love of reading starts with parents in the home, and studies show that parents who read to their school-age children every day for at least 20 minutes hear 1,800,000 words per school year! That's a lot of vocabulary growth.
There's no reason why young children can't reap this benefit as well. Don't worry if they can't sit still for a whole twenty minutes. You can even read to them while they are playing; they will still be listening. Younger children also benefit from taking a "picture walk." This is where you look at the pictures together and talk about what is going on in the book rather than reading the actual words. Reading together is a wonderful way to bond with your child and one of the most important gifts you can give them.
Zero to Three has as great list of ways to build early literacy foundations here:
PUMPKIN PATCH FIELD TRIPS!
Wednesday, October 8 - Junior 1
Thursday, October 9 - Preschool 2, 3, and 4
Tuesday, October 14 - Junior 2/Preschool 1