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 child's 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 42nd Birthday Party was one such event. I want to thank all of you who celebrated Peninsula's 42nd Birthday on Sunday, September 15th. The weather was a little rainy, but that didn't stop us from having a great time. I want to thank the Junior League of Portland and the administrative staff for volunteering their time in helping us set-up, clean-up and staff the activities. We 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 43rd Birthday Party next September.
If you missed our Birthday Party, don't worry we have another fun event coming up: our annual Harvest Festival on Thursday, October 24th from 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. We will have a variety of fun activities, music and snacks. Be looking for more information as we get closer to the 24th. If your schedule allows, we encourage you to join us.
Notes from Tracy, Director of Education
October is recognized as Reading Awareness month, and we'd like to celebrate by informing you about early literacy - why it's important and what you can do at home to support this critical part of your child’s development.
Research has shown that a child's academic success at ages 9 and 10 is closely related to the amount of language they hear from birth to age 3. Literacy development begins at birth by just hearing sounds in the environment and hearing spoken language. These early social language experiences help shape the architecture of a child's developing brain. In our Birth-3 classrooms you will hear teachers talking to children throughout the day. They talk about the environment, the experiences that children are having, and about how children are feeling.
Parents and teachers can also help ensure children’s future success by reading to them regularly and sharing social literacy experiences with them. When a child, even as young as infancy, sits in his or her parent’s lap and looks at, talks about, or listens to a book being read, something magical happens. When parents and children share books together the child’s love for their parent becomes associated with a love of literature and reading they carry forward to the time when they begin learning to read and write.
We also focus on early language and literacy throughout the day as part of our curriculum here at Peninsula. Our teachers and Foster Grandparents do an excellent job of reading with your child here at school. Story time is an integral part of our day. Many parents spend a few minutes at drop off or pick up to share a book with children. We invite and welcome any parent who wishes to do so. We encourage parents to take advantage of this special way to bridge the gap between home and school.
Happenings in our Curriculum Corner
, Curriculum Coordinator
As fall is officially underway, the kids at Peninsula are busy learning the rules and routines in the classroom, getting to know one another, and building relationships with their teachers. I am amazed at how quickly many of our new kids adapted to their classrooms and already seem like pros at the Center. Our teachers are very busy learning about the various interests and learning styles of the children so they can adapt their curriculum and create rich, engaging environments.
Have you noticed a picture schedule in your child’s room? Our teachers create a daily schedule that promotes success. We teach the children our daily routines to establish a pattern and help children feel safe in knowing what comes next in their day. Our teachers refer to their picture schedule many times throughout the day, and soon enough, the kids will be telling their teachers what comes next! Even our littlest guys can benefit from a picture cue of a diaper for changing time or a bottle or picture of mommy for feeding time.
A picture schedule at home is a great way to help children learn the routine and prepare themselves for what comes next. Consider taking a picture of your child(ren) participating in a daily activity and then mounting to a wall or a poster board. This is a great way to teach independence and self-motivation.
Visit our favorite website, www.csefel.vanderbilt.edu
for more on picture schedules and visuals. You can download from either the family or the teacher link.