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November Newsletter - O'Hare Child Development Center

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YOUR TRUSTED PARTNER IN EARLY CARE AND EDUCATION

O'Hare Child Development Center 2300 E. Devon, Suite 171 Des Plaines, IL 6001 !7. 03."1 1

Kindergarten Readiness

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One, Two, Three Come Count with Me: Math Activity Night & Potluck Dinner Thursday, January 16th 5:30-7 p.m. Experience math activities at each age eve and !ring a dish t" share and re ax #ith "ther $ami ies "$ the center.

Parent Caf Tuesday, %e!ruary 1&th 5:30-7:30 '.(. )"me *"in $"r dinner and c"nversati"n )hi dcare pr"vided +t"p !y and ta , t" -irginia t" get m"re in$"rmati"n.

The National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC) states, "Ensuring that children are ready for successful school experiences is one of the most pressing issues in early childhood policy and practice". The ne !ope "nited # Child $e%elopment Centers are recogni&ing and supporting the national a'areness on school readiness. (e )elie%e children learn )est through play and hands on exploration. ur Child $e%elopment Centers pro%ide literacy rich en%ironments, use of authentic teacha)le moments )y employing research#)ased practices that foster a further understanding of math, scientific in*uiry, fine arts,

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language, literacy, physical health and creative expression. We embrace diversity, scaffold knowledge and individualize care within a group setting to promote a positive sense of self. To ensure that we are current with the national position of school readiness: The administrators and educators attend trainings on varying topics yearly. We are in touch with early childhood professionals, advocates and administrators within the field. We have fre uent communication and exchanges between sites and local schools. !taff is continuing education. We utilize hands on and life experiences. We go on "ieldtrips to develop our curriculum and the children#s interests. We read current publications on present$day matters. %arents are also feeling the pressure for school readiness. %arents seek support and information from their child#s teacher and the administrative team. & few uestions parents have asked in the past include: %re$'eading: When will my child read( %honemic awareness, when should we start( %rewriting: )etter formation, the correct direction of print, my child#s grip of a writing tool, name recognition and print. !ocial$emotional: *s my child#s attention span too short( !hould * worry if my child can#t sit down for the duration of an activity( +o they sit the whole time( "or how long( ,ow long is appropriate to sit in preschool( *s there an age table of comparison( -urriculum and &ssessments: What is the -ore !tandards( ,ow do you assess my child( ,ow often do you assess( What do you assess( What curriculum do you use to prepare my child for kindergarten(

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New School: How do I deal with the differences in communication styles between parents and teachers in preschool and the kindergarten environments? Full day versus half day programs !istrict placement and aftercare "reschool #ransition: $hat should my child be able to do at the end of preschool? %arly Intervention and Special Needs: Should I look at early intervention and when? #oileting: &y child is potty trained but wears a pull'up at night Should I be concerned? !ual home languages (wareness of technology and when is it too much? )edshirting? How do we accommodate children with late birthdays?

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Over the next few articles, we will discuss these questions. What is School Readiness? NAEYC answers that question. "School readiness involves more than just children. School readiness, in the roadest sense, is a out children, families, earl! environments, schools, and communities. Children are not innatel! "read!" or "not read!" for school. "heir s#ills and develo$ment are stron%l! influenced ! their families and throu%h their interactions with other $eo$le and environments efore comin% to school." What is the kindergarten teacher really looking for? Accordin% to a recent #inder%arten readiness wor#sho$ at our &rofessional 'evelo$ment 'a!, (inder%arten teachers are loo#in% for) * * * * * * * * * * * * * * * A+C in order ,can e sun%#nowled%e of letters and their sounds reco%nition of letters) u$$er and lower identif! and write num ers . throu%h /. count to 0.. ver all! identif! colors and sha$es s$ell and identif! name,first and lastCan the! $la! with other children1 ex$ress their needs ver all! Can the! sit still for 02 to /. min1 can the! ta#e care of asic needs on their own such as washin% #nowled%e of a oo# and its use , holdin% it correctl!, turn the $a%escuttin% lines) strai%ht, curves or 3i%3a% use of ex$ressive and rece$tive lan%ua%e rh!me, units of sounds

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The Parent Caf


Each year, One Hope United provides a day of training for its staff called Professional Development Day, also known as PDD. This year during PDD, took a very interesting and e!citing workshop that sparked my interests and integrated my mind. The workshop was called "The Parent #af$." The workshop had a very welcoming feel to it and the set%up reminded me of a small, intimate, party that would share with family and friends. The classroom was set up with five ta&les and five chairs at each ta&le. Every ta&le was covered with a nice colorful ta&lecloth, plates, a centerpiece, and an old maid card for each person. Each person was instructed to find the person in the room with a matching card. 'e!t, we were told to look at a (uestion on the &oard and share this information with our partner for two minutes. However, there was one rule we had to follow and that rule was to listen to the person who was talking without any interruptions. This was e!tremely hard for me &ecause )m a talker and need to ask follow up (uestions, &ut made it through &y &eing a listener and not a responder. During the ne!t part of the caf$, each person was given a "Parent #af$ #ard" with the si! protective factors listed on them and a corresponding (uestion for each. These factors include Parental *esilience, +ocial #onnections, #oncrete +upport in Times of 'eed, ,nowledge of Parenting and #hild Development, +ocial and Emotional #ompetence of #hildren, and 'urturing and -ttachment. Each ta&le as a group had to agree on which (uestion they were going to answer. -nd this was where the great arts of listening, sharing, and learning &egan.

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The parent caf is a tool that was developed to give parents an outlet to express themselves, and to learn and see how other parents deal with situations in a non-judgment environment among peers. At One Hope United, we understand that parents need support and resources to help them uild stronger families and e the est parent the! can e for their children. This is wh! we elieve in the parent caf, ecause we "now that there are "e! ingredients in uilding a strong famil! which include the six protective factors. On Octo er #$, we rought the %arent &af to the O'Hare site, and it was a great success. (ven though we were small in num er, the %arent &af made a huge impact on those who came. %eople were a le to see other parents as well as teachers in a different light. %eople felt comforta le sharing and tal"ing with one another. ) elieve this was all possi le for two main reasons* +. ,e all want to e the est parent we can e for our children- we want to give them ever!thing the! need and more. #. The ice rea"er set the tone for the rest of the &af experience. )t allowed each person to tal" freel! without eing interrupted and without the other person's opinions eing pushed on them. This gave the person the courage to share personal information with the "nowledge that no judgment would follow.

The %arent &af was a wonderful experience for me, and ) elieve it will e just as rewarding for !ou. %lease join us for the next %arent &af on .e ruar! +/0

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