From the Director
It is so wonderful to have all the children back in preschool. The children are all adjusting to being in school and hopefully sleeping well for you at night. Please remember to send your child to school with their lunch and wearing socks and sneakers.
We will have a parent meeting on Thursday, September 19th at 1:15 pm in room 202. At this meeting, you will learn about volunteer opportunities at the preschool and get to meet Patti Langsdale, our child advocate. Before this meeting in the same room, we will have a substitute orientation meeting at 12:30 pm. If you are interested in substituting at the preschool you will need to attend this important meeting and fill out the proper paperwork. We pay our substitute teachers $10.00 an hour.
I received the following email this summer and it validates some of the concerns I have with our children using so much technology at a young age.
“If we let our youngest kids get too attached to those mesmerizing devices, they may have a hard time growing attached to each other later,” observed Sherry Turkle in her article, “Once Upon a Screen,” in The Science of You: The Factors That Shape Your Personality (New York: Time Books. She explained…
“We are embarking on a giant experiment in which our children are the human subjects. There is much that is exciting and thrilling here. But these objects take children away from many things that we know from generations of experience are most nurturing for them. In the first instance, children are taken away from the human face and voice, because people are tempted to let the shiny screens read to children, amuse children, play games with children. And they take children away from each other. They allow them to have experiences (texting, i-chatting, indeed talking to online characters) that offer the illusion of companionship without the demands of friendship.
No matter how intriguing or interesting, online connections are not substitutes for the complexities and nuances of face to face conversations. Yet one can become so accustomed to what the online world offers – the chance to edit oneself, to present oneself as one wishes – that other kinds of contact feel intimidating. And, indeed, many plugged in children grow up to fear conversation.”
I am currently reading the book, “The Big Disconnect” by Catherine Steiner-Adair, edD. If you are interested in checking it out from me when I am done reading it let me know. Technology is changing our world quickly and we need to fully explore the affects on our children. At the preschool, we see children coming into the school who have learned a lot of information but are delayed in their emotional and social development. These children often can work an ipad like an adult yet are unable to interact with other children or even use a pair of scissors. With the public schools using more technology in the classrooms it is like our kids will be plugged in all day long. This is one reason we have eliminated technology for the children at the preschool. The children we serve have plenty of opportunities outside of school to acquire these skills.
Make a joyful noise unto the Lord! My name is Ms. Suzanne and I get the wonderful opportunity to teach music to all the children at the preschool. During class, the children sing, dance and play instruments to music that closely follows the monthly curriculum. Each month, you can look forward to hearing new songs and learning all about the instruments that we are playing. The highlights of the music program are the Christmas Program in December presented by the children in the three-year-old program and the Spring Program and Graduation in May presented by the children in the four-year-old program.
19th – 12:30 Sub Orientation in room 202 (upstairs)
19th – 1:15 Parent Meeting in room 202 (upstairs)
26th – Blue Day