Thursday, March 26, 2020

Outdoors!





Spring is in the air and so is warmer weather. Playing and exploring outside can open your children to a whole new level of learning, while providing you quality family time to spend with each other. Here at The Academy Of Gateway we love to get out and see nature. One of our favorite activities is a nature scavenger hunt. You can get their minds going by asking what is the color, is it dry or wet, tiny or huge, crawls, has no legs, four legs, or six legs. Or make up your own ideas!

   Our kiddos enjoying this beautiful day!





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Thursday, March 19, 2020

Germs!


Here at the Academy of Gateway we are about being healthy and safe. We talk about germs being all around us. We talk about what they are and what they can do. We have posters of how to wash your hands around just as reminders whenever the children are doing their everyday activities. We have lots of activities we do with the children so they can get a visual as well. 

Here are some fun activities you can try at home
  • Cover foam letters with sprinkles or flour to make them "dirty. Tell your child that the letters are covered in germs. What do you do to get all the germs off?
  • Cover the child's hand in glitter. Have the children use different colors of glitter then shake hands and see how fast glitter germs can spread.   

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Thursday, March 12, 2020

Hand Washing!


Anytime is a good time to educate children on germs. Hand washing is the most effective preventative method against the spread of germs. Teaching proper hand washing is a great way to stay healthy. Other important skills to learn include covering your mouth with a tissue when you cough, covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze, and coughing into your upper sleeve or elbow.


Tips to do:

  • The book ''Germs Are Not for Sharing" by Elizabeth Verdick is great for educating children on germs.
  • Provide visuals of the hand washing steps, talk about each step, and practice. Have the children put the steps in order.
  • Sing songs with children about germs and hand washing.
  • Add doctor, nurse, and hospital materials to the Dramatic Play center and encourage kids to pretend to care for "sick" friends. 

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Monday, March 2, 2020

Free Play!

         Here at The Academy Of Gateway we are all about learning new things but know free play is important. We allow the kids to open up and let their imagination take off. Free play reinforces classroom learning for the children. We know from studies that free play is healthy for brain development, allowing children to use their creativity while developing their imagination, dexterity, cognitive and physical abilities. Free play is a tool for developing a child as a whole. A mix of structure and unstructured activities is key to raising well rounded individuals.

Here are some great benefits from free play:

  • Fulfills exercise requirements for growing 
  • helps kids conquer fears and develop confidence   
  • establish natural leadership roles hierarchy in social groups 
  • contributes to emotional well being by giving children a respite from schedules 
  • helps teach self responsibility which may translate to better behavior 






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Friday, February 21, 2020

Science!


This week we have been all about Science! We had a special guest come tell us all about the different ways we use science everyday. Science helps children develop vital life skills such as problem solving, communication and research. Science is one of the most important subjects a child can learn because of its relevance to our lives and its capacity to apply these vital life skills to everyday activities.




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Friday, February 14, 2020

Valentine Party's!

Here at The Academy Of Gateway we celebrated Valentines day with having class party's. All the children loved to do the Valentine crafts and spend time with their family as well. We love to have the family join us so the can see their children in action at school. Creating these memories are fundamental to their growth.





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Friday, February 7, 2020

Snow Day!


We are loving the snow here at The Academy Of Gateway! The children had a blast playing in the snow! Here at the Academy we are all about using every avenue for the children to explore and grow. Today we were able to explore with some of natures creations. SNOW DAY!!

Snow is a sensory activity. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, fine and gross motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction. Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child. This helps children learn sensory attributes.






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