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Monday, January 15, 2018

Why It's Important to Teach Colors & Shapes


One of the most important lessons in early childhood education is teaching the significance of shapes and colors. From the shades of leaves on a tree to the shape of chocolate chip cookies on your kitchen counter, it’s important for your child to know how to describe what they see verbally. When your child attends Miss Sue’s, not only will they learn the basic fundamentals of shapes and colors, but they’ll also learn how to apply this knowledge on a daily basis. To break it down further, here’s why teaching shapes and colors at an early age matter:


Shape
Circles, squares and triangles, oh my! When it comes to shapes, they’re everywhere and used in every single environment to describe a multitude of objects. From the circumference of a flower’s stem to a baking sheet in your kitchen, shapes are seen everywhere and it’s important for your child to be able to describe them; especially within conversation. Additionally, shapes are important to teach since they also stand for symbols. For example, when your child learns the fundamentals of math, they’ll be using shapes to describe the symbols such as plus, minus and the equals sign. Here at Miss Sue’s, we teach our students the importance of shapes and how they play such a huge part in their lives, especially when it comes to their academics!

Color

From deep shades of green to bright hues of blue, the color wheel is truly endless — and appears around us on a daily basis. By teaching your child colors at an early age, it will help them develop a stronger sense of categorizing what they see and being able to relay that message to you and their peers. It’s truly an important skill to pick up since it will be beneficial in a multitude of areas, such as describing what they see, what they like and more. Additionally, color really comes into a play when your child is partaking in activities such as arts and crafts, science, and mathematics, to name a few. Here at Miss Sue’s, we teach our students as one of the first lessons, since we understand the importance and know how it will be of great use on a daily basis.

Importance

When it comes to early childhood education, Miss Sue’s take the lead. Believe it or not, teaching children colors and shapes before any additional subject is important — since your child will be able to implement these new skills into an array of different areas of their academic schedule. From mathematics to reading, colors and shapes play a huge role since they will help your child describe what they’re referring to, in regard to answering questions or asking for assistance on their work. In short, learning colors and shapes at an early age will open the doors to incredible educational opportunities on the road ahead.

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Friday, January 12, 2018

The Incredible Benefits of Attending Miss Sue's Nursery School

When it comes to nursery schools, Miss Sue’s provides the best education possible by addressing the individual needs of each and every child in a safe, loving environment. Miss Sue's graduates are always well-prepared to face the challenges that lie ahead. Below are some additional benefits of attending Miss Sue's Nursery School:


Academic Success
A nursery school is the foundation on which all future learning is built upon. Our curriculum allows children to foster a newfound love of learning and a thirst for knowledge.This is highly important because it will set our students up for success — and it’s no wonder why Miss Sue's graduates achieve academic success! Each year, elementary school teachers pick out the children who have had the benefits of a Miss Sue’s education, which is known as the highest form of early education on Long Island!

Social, Mental, and Emotional Well-Being
Our teachings go above and beyond the expectations of traditional education. They will learn much more than just numbers, shapes and letters. In addition to the essentials, your child will also be developing an array of important motor skills, too — which is an essential part of the development process. At Miss Sue's, our prime goal is the development of the whole child – socially, emotionally, and mentally. We focus on helping each and every child realize their full potential as both a student and a successful human being.

Build Leadership Skills
Fact: students at Miss Sue’s Nursery School are natural born leaders. We treat each student as an individual and encourage personal growth, and development, through group and independent lessons, learning centers and play. Additionally, we help our students express themselves through arts and crafts, and various creative projects, too. This is a very important step in the process, because it makes every student feel valued and special, as they rightfully should.

Grow a Love of Learning
When your child attends Miss Sue’s Nursery School, they’ll not only receive the highest quality of early education, but they’ll also learn to embrace their love of learning, too. This instills a great sense of educational values, that will travel with your child throughout their entire educational career and beyond! When a love of learning is sparked, then the possibilities are truly endless!

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Wednesday, January 3, 2018

Tips to Keep Your Child Active This Winter


Let’s face it: it’s cold outside — and the temperatures will drop even further from here. While many may feel the need to slow down because of the chilly winter wind, it’s still really important to keep your kids moving when it’s cold outside! Physical activity is important to your child’s health year-round. Here are some ways to keep them active throughout winter!

Indoors


  • With a little creativity and imagination, your child can stay active with these indoor ideas
  • Exercise to music. This can be a family affair that will get everyone moving and grooving.
  • Dance/do chores to music.
  • Build a fort or an obstacle course (safely, of course) in the house.  
  • Play an interactive board/video game, especially if it’s educational. Your child will have a blast learning and staying active.
  • Play indoor sports. Finding an indoor roller rink, basketball court, or even a trampoline park is a great place for kids to get their energy out come the cold days.
  • Go to the mall and walk around. You can get your errands done while walking around.

Outdoors


  • If your child is going to be outside to run around, ensure they have the proper garments on to keep them warm. Layer clothing and invest in warm outdoor accessories.
  • Head out for a family hike.  Explore nature and get fit together!  Walking outdoors together is one of the best ways to spend quality time with the family.
  • Got snow?  Build a snowman, snow fort or make snow angels. And if things get really crazy, have an old-fashioned snowball fight!
  • Go ice skating. Experience twirling and gliding on ice, which is one of the best things to do in the winter time.

At Miss Sue’s, we understand the importance of staying active and having play time. Playtime is necessary for children because they are playful by nature. It is important to set aside some time daily for your child to engage in unstructured play. We believe in a multi-sensory approach to learning that is provided through play. If you’re you looking for a superior nursery school on Long Island, look no further than Miss Sue's Nursery School! Call 516-938-0894 or visit our website, to inquire about enrollment.

Thursday, December 28, 2017

How Cooking Builds Motor Skills

When it comes to early childhood development, Miss Sue’s takes the lead! Whether it’s arts and crafts or story time, the educational and developmental possibilities are truly endless at our school. As it’s known, one of the most important skills any child can develop at an early age are motor skills. If you’re looking for another fun way for your child to enhance these essential skills, then it’s time to have them help in the kitchen — and here’s why:


Hands On Approach

Just like participating in a modeling clay project at Miss Sue’s during arts and crafts time, cooking fine tunes motor skills within children. From preparing the ingredients to cooking the actual meal itself (with strict supervision and help from a parent/guardian), it will help enhance their motor skills — whilst be entertained, too! One of the best ways to introduce your child to the joys of cooking is to bake cookies. As it’s known, cookies are created from dough — whether that be store-bought or homemade. When you let your child help prepare the cookie dough, they’ll be using a series of hand and eye coordination to get the baking essential ready for the best part: the actual cookies. To start, give your child a ball of cookie dough and a light/durable plastic rolling pin. Next, instruct them to flatten/roll the dough so that it is even and ready for cookies to be cut from it. As your child rolls the dough with the rolling pin, they’ll be using their strength, which enhances their coordination (also known as bilateral coordination). This is truly an essential element in motor skill building — but what exactly does bilateral coordination entail?

Bilateral Coordination

When learning how to cook, your child will not only enhance their overall motor skills, but will also strengthen their bilateral coordination — which falls under the category of gross motor skills (another important category within the realm of motor skills). Just like hand and eye coordination, bilateral coordination is when an individual uses both sides of their body to get a task done. When using rolling pin to flatten out cookie dough, your child is using both hands and arms to get the task done. Bilateral coordination is an essential skill since many day-to-day activities require both sides of the body to exert the action, such as tying shoes and once they get older, driving a car. Cooking not only introduces bilateral coordination, but it also strengthens it over time, making the task effortless for your child. Here at Miss Sue’s, students fine-tune their bilateral coordination through unstructured play, crafts and so much more!

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Thursday, December 21, 2017

Important Winter Safety Tips Every Parent Should Know


Winter is a great season for outdoor activities, like playing in the snow! But with the cold weather and icy conditions also comes safety precautions that need to be bad. Make sure your child stays safe this chilly season with these winter safety tips:


General Safety
  • Children shouldn’t play outside alone. Always make sure you’re supervising them.
  • Check often to see that your child is warm and dry. Children should take regular breaks and come inside for a warm drink.
  • While a light snowfall can be tons of fun for children, never send them outside in extreme weather conditions, such as a snowstorm.
  • Keep your kids indoors if the windchill is reported as 16oF or lower.
  • Apply sunscreen to exposed skin when your child is playing outdoors, even when it’s cloudy.

Clothing Safety
  • Dress your child in layers of clothing that can be put on and taken off easily.
  • Be sure your child always wears a hat to avoid escaping body heat and to keep their ears covered.
  • Wear warm, waterproof boots that are roomy enough for an extra pair of socks
  • Use a neck warmer instead of a scarf, and mitten clips instead of a string to prevent choking.
  • Remove wet clothing and boots immediately after playing.

Winter play
  • Keep your child away from snowplows and snow blowers.
  • Choose play areas away from roads, fences and water.
  • Take extra caution when crossing roads. Visibility to drivers driving during snowy conditions might be diminished.

At Miss Sue’s, we understand the importance of staying active and having play time. Playtime is necessary for children because they are playful by nature. It is important to set aside some time daily for your child to engage in unstructured play. We believe in a multi-sensory approach to learning that is provided through play. If you’re you looking for a superior nursery school on Long Island, look no further than Miss Sue's Nursery School! Call 516-938-0894 or visit our website, to inquire about enrollment.

Thursday, December 14, 2017

4 Winter Books to Read With Your Child

Winter is almost here and what better way to celebrate than with a good book! From marvelous picture books to festive story books — the possibilities are endless for the perfect seasonal story to read with your little one! If you’re not sure which book to read first, here are a few great choices:

Book 1: The Snowman by Raymond Briggs

Known as the most popular picture book in the literary world, The Snowman tells the story of a young boy who meets his new friend, a magical snowman, on the snowiest day in the countryside. Throughout the story, the boy and snowman embark on a grand adventure, in which the snowman shows the boy what the world looks like through his snow-filled eyes. It’s truly the perfect picture book to view with your child and will definitely get them in the spirit of wintertime fun!

Book 2: Owl Moon by Jane Yolen

Taking place during a clear winter night, a father takes his daughter on a walk through the woods to find an owl. While on their journey, the father makes owl-like noises to see if they can spot one of these majestic creatures. Continuing on with their walk, the two discover that sometimes owls might be present — and sometimes they might not. No matter the outcome, the story teaches children to always have hope, and no matter what the outcome may be to always enjoy the journey!

Book 3: Snow by P.D. Eastman and Roy McKie

Edited by the late Dr. Seuss, this story truly encompasses everything about winter! From sledding down a hill to playing in the snow, this story will bring a plethora of wintertime joy to your child! Through the illustrations drawn and words written, Snow is a beloved classic and will always be fun to read with your little one throughout the season!

Book 4: The Big Snow by Berta Hader and Elmer Hader

Known as a story that tells the tale of nature in wintertime, this is the perfect book to read with your child. Depicting the true realm of the wild, The Big Snow shows children that although some animals may migrate south for the winter, some animals stay within their natural habitat and prepare for the colder temperatures. This tale is perfect for teaching children the animal kingdom and what happens in nature once the temperature drops. It’s truly a fun, informative read!

At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Monday, December 4, 2017

How Miss Sue's Increases Social Development

It is no secret that children love playtime -- but what about social development? Sure, it's not something that comes to mind (especially for a child), but playtime does develop this essential skill -- and especially through unstructured playtime at Miss Sue's! According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, free play time is essential to the cognitive, physical, social and emotional well-being of children and youth. Here are some reasons why unstructured plays a huge role at Miss Sue's


  • Play promotes healthy development of the brain.
  • Unstructured play helps children learn how to work collaboratively, to share, to negotiate, to resolve conflicts, and learn self-advocacy skills.
  • When play is child-driven, children practice decision-making skills, move at their own pace, and discover areas of interest on their own.
  • Free play time prepares your child to become a successful adult. They will learn how to be agile and adaptable during this time, shifting gears accordingly.
  • Play offers parents a wonderful opportunity to engage fully with their children. It gives kids a chance to develop their social skills as they communicate with the people they are playing with.
  • Play and unscheduled time that allows for peer interactions is an important component of social-emotional learning.
  • Unstructured, child-driven, creative play protects against the effects of pressure and stress.
At Miss Sue’s Nursery School, our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child — socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. A multi-sensory, holistic approach to learning is provided through play, art, music and physical activities. To learn more about the school and give your child the best pre-k experience, give us a call at 516-938-0894.