Wednesday, September 28, 2016

Tips & Tricks For Teaching Preschoolers the Alphabet

Practicing the ABC song is helpful when teaching your child to learn the alphabet, but it’s not the only way to teach them their letters. From letter-shaped magnets to alphabet-inspired crafts and games, these tips and tricks will have any preschooler knowing the difference between “F” and “Q” in no time!

Letter Shaped Magnets: Alphabet magnets are a great tool for teaching letter recognition. Look for magnet sets that make the sound of the letter or ones that show both the letter and common objects that begin with it.
Point Out Letters: Noticing letter everywhere is helpful when teaching your child the alphabet. Make sure to point out the “D” at the doctor’s office door, or the “S” at the supermarket. Pointing out letters repetitively will make recognition much easier for your child.
Start With Names: Teaching your child to be able to recognize and spell their name is one of their first introductions into learning letters. Go over the letters of their name until they have mastered it, and then move on to other ones.
Play With Letter Toys: The most important thing in teaching your preschooler anything is to keep it fun, since you’ll want them to associate learning with having fun. Introduce a variety of alphabet toys like puzzles, flashcards, and foam letters to play with in the bathtub. Making a game out of learning the alphabet will ensure your child is excited to partake in it, and will be more successful in doing so.
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 or to schedule an appointment, please give us a call at 516-938-0894.

Thursday, September 22, 2016

The Purpose of Nursery School

Do you want to set your child up for a lifetime of success? Nursery school provides a foundation for learning, both socially and academically, that will help your child succeed in elementary school. While our students engage in playtime each day and school might seem like only fun and games, there is so much more involved than that. Nursery school has a purpose and can provide your children with so many invaluable skills that they’ll carry throughout their lives. Here are some reasons why nursery school is so important:

Promotes Independence
Prior to nursery school, children are extremely reliant on their parents. Once a child goes to nursery school, they will take responsibility for themselves and their actions. At school, children have several choices of activities; a child who is wandering aimlessly is encouraged to choose one that interests him. It helps to foster a sense of independence.

Preps For Kindergarten
Sending your child to nursery school also preps your child for kindergarten. While it may not seem like it, children follow a highly structured environment in nursery school, which helps young children learn to make friends and play well with others. Learning how to behave properly in a classroom setting will only make the transition to kindergarten even easier.

A Lifetime of Success
Children learn the most information in the first four years of their lives. They can process and learn new information at a very rapid pace. You need to trust these special years in your child's development to a superior nursery school. It will help ensure your child's success in life. Miss Sue's can help you child do just that.

Need a top notch nursery school on Long Island? Choose Miss Sue's! We invite you to visit our facility. Our nursery school is a safe environment with the best care, the best attention and the best education available! Call 516-938-0894 today to make an appointment to see the facilities and start your child on the road to a successful life.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Tips to Help Your Child Transition To a New School

Transitioning to a new school can be difficult for kids. Whether it’s your child’s first day of preschool, their first day of high school, or you’re moving to a new school district, starting a new school can have an affect on your child’s well being, academic performance and social skills. This school year is off to a start already, but your child may still be experiencing some apprehension. In order to ease their fears, here are some tips to help them transition to a new school.

Talk It Out- Ask your child questions about what they are most excited during this school year. Encourage them to discuss what they want to learn and what activities they are looking forward to trying. The way you talk about going to school will help shape how your child views it.
Make Friends: Setting up playdates with your child’s new classmates outside of school is a great way to help them feel comfortable and familiar when they’re inside of the classroom.
Get Involved: Volunteer at your child’s school or help out with a school sport or club. Taking an active role in their school environment and getting to know your child’s friends and the other parents will help your child feel nurtured and relaxed.
Play School: Taking the time to play school outside of the classroom will show help our child grab the concept of school and see it as a fun scenario. Let them be the teacher, and you can be the student, to give them a new take on going to school.
Since your child is going through this transition phase, it’s important to be patient as they adjust. After your child has started a new school, keep an eye out for any signs of strain and stress. These include: repeatedly refusing to go to school
  • throwing tantrums whenever school is mentioned
  • recurring meltdowns when you try to bring them to school
  • suffering separation anxiety and needing you more than they have in recent months or years
  • changes in sleeping or eating habits
If you notice your child’s showing signs of poor transitioning, it’s important to talk to them about it, and to meet with their teachers and administrators so you can work to target the sources of your child’s discomfort.
Miss Sue’s is here to provide the most loving, safe and nurturing school for all of their students and families. To learn more about our program or to take a tour of the school, give us a call at 516-938-0894 or visit us here.

Wednesday, September 7, 2016

Classes Offered at Miss Sue’s

Is your child ready for preschool but you don’t know where to start? Miss Sue’s offers an array of classes to meet every child’s and parent’s needs. We treat each student as an individual and encourage personal growth and development through group and independent lessons, learning centers and play. We’re excited for the start of another fun school year. Come join us in one of our three classes offered:

Explorers Class
Who: This class is for our youngest students.
When: 2-5 days per week from either 9-12 pm or 1-4 pm.
What We Offer: This program focuses on using age appropriate organized games and activities, independent play, music, movement, art, and a variety of educational tools and toys. The Explorers class provides an excellent educational head start as our students begin learning colors, numbers, letters, shapes, patterns, language, science and more.  Our learning centers and creative play areas allow our students to foster their social, physical and emotional development while engaging their senses and building a solid educational foundation.

Nursery Class
Who: This class is for our three year old students.
When: 2-5 days per week from either 9-12 pm or 1-4 pm.
What We Offer: Our students are presented with opportunities to build and develop their scholastic skills and educational foundations, along with improving social and language skills, independence, maturity, emotional development, and fine and gross motor skills.
Utilizing modern teaching methods and our innovative curriculum, we focus on the individual needs of each and every student while a variety of topics, all designed to foster a love of learning in our students and to give them an educational advantage upon entering public school.

Pre-K Class
Who: This class is for our oldest students, mainly four year olds, preparing for Kindergarten.
When: 2-5 days per week from either 9-12 pm or 1-4 pm.
What We Offer: Miss Sue’s addresses each child’s individual needs, helping them meet and exceed the standards of New York’s Common Core Curriculum and the expectations of their future public or private school teachers. Our Pre-K program supports each student as they develop confidence, independence, self-help skills, creativity, and a love of learning.  Lessons include letter and number recognition, reading and writing skills, phonemic awareness expanding vocabulary and so much more. At Miss Sue’s we partner with our student’s parents, enabling us to reinforce and expand the concepts taught, giving our students an advantage during their future schooling and their entire lives.

To learn more about the classes we offer, or to enroll your child at Miss Sue’s, visit our website or give us a call at 516-938-3184.