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Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Ways to Protect Your Child from the Sun

Summer is only a hop and a skip away — and what better way to prepare for the sunniest three months than with some sun-safety tips! At Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, we keep a close eye on our campers at all times, making sure that they’re protected from the sun and are hydrated all day long. If you’re looking for some ways to protect your child from the sun’s powerful rays, then here are some helpful tips to follow:


Hats are a Must

Looking for one of the best ways to protect your child from harmful UV rays? Invest in a fun summer hat! Of course, there is the possibility that your little one won’t want to wear this accessory — but it does host a series of benefits!

One of the most significant benefits of wearing a hat is that it protects your child’s scalp. Since sunscreen can’t be applied within the hair, a cap will provide full-coverage, putting you at ease, knowing that your child won’t sustain a potential scalp-burn. Finally, hats are an excellent way for you to spot your little one in the distance when supervising play!

Soak up the Sunscreen

Known to be the most helpful way to protect skin from the sun, sunscreen will help prevent burns from happening. One of the best tips to understand is that the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states that parents should use a sunscreen with an SPF of 15, UVA and UVB on their child.

When applying sunscreen, the CDCP also states that you should generously apply it at least 30 minutes before going outdoors. This will not only help protect your child’s skin more effectively, but it will also let the sunscreen absorb into the skin, creating the protective barrier that’s needed.

Additionally, the CDCP also states that you should apply sunscreen to your child’s nose, tops of their feet, ears, and lips since these areas are usually prone to be forgotten (and burn quite quickly).

Always Look for Shade

Here at Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, we know that the summer sun can be more powerful over time. While supervising our campers, we’ll take them to a shaded area (or indoors) when the rays are too intense. This will not only help prevent burns, but it will also keep your child cool and comfortable.

If you plan on going to the beach this summer or have a picnic in the park, then it’s essential to bring some shade with you. The most helpful of items? An umbrella, of course! If you’re looking to provide even more shade, then it may be wise to invest in a canopy tent, which will provide the perfect protection from the sun!

When you choose Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, you can rest assured knowing that your child is safely having fun in the sun, while also building the knowledge, skills, and confidence to have a successful future. To learn more about the program, give us a call at 516-366-5623.

Wednesday, June 6, 2018

What to Carry in Your Summer Bag for Your Kids

Summer is here, and it’s time to go on a family vacation! From the Grand Canyon to the Walt Disney World, the possibilities are endless when it comes to spending time with your family and making memories! One of the most critical aspects of any vacation or trip to the local pool? A summer bag, filled with essentials! Parents, here’s what you’ll need:


Sunscreen

Looking for the staple of all summer bags? A bottle of sunscreen. Of course, this goes without saying, but sometimes the sun can play tricks on you, shining a UV index much higher than what was stated on the morning weather forecast.

If you’re looking for the best solution, then it would be best to invest in sport coverage sunscreen. Not only will this protect your child from the harsh rays, but it will stay put on their skin if they begin to swim.

You can purchase a sport coverage sunscreen at any local convenience store in either a lotion or spray-on.

Snacks

Another essential for any summer bag are snacks. Coming in a variety of sizes, usually, any full-sized version of your child’s full-sized snack can be found in a travel size. One of the best bets is to find snack pack versions to bring with you on the go.

Not only will bringing snacks help in those hungry situations, but you’ll feel much better when you know you have something to “munch” on for your child -- especially on those long car rides to your destination.

First-Aid Kit

Not sure what you’ll need next? Well, that’s simple: a first-aid kid. Of course, you won’t want to carry around the large version of this staple, but it will undoubtedly come in handy if you or your child sustains an injury while out and about.

From bandages to a triple antibiotic ointment, you can create your kit with a clean cosmetics pouch. This will not only bring safety with you on the go, but it will also be one of the best investments this summer -- and all year round, too!

Water

Of course, you won’t be able to carry a pitcher or gallon around, but water is an absolute must! When the temperatures begin to rise, so does the risk of possible dehydration. One of the best ways to bring water with you is to find snack-pack versions of it! Not only will these be small enough to fit in your bag, but they’ll be perfect for when your child needs a drink of water!

When you choose Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, you can rest assured knowing that your child is safely having fun in the sun, while also building the knowledge, skills, and confidence to have a successful future. To learn more about the program, give us a call at 516-366-5623.

Wednesday, May 23, 2018

Ways to Keep Your Child Cool this Summer

Summer is just around the corner and that only means one thing: the temperature is about to rise! Here at Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, we understand this and do everything to keep our campers cool and comfortable. If you’re looking for ways to keep your camper cool at home, then here are some great tips to know:


Indoors Aren’t off Limits

When the temperature becomes quite hot, it’s important to weigh out the odds and bring your child indoors. Believe it or not, as enjoyable as it is to play outdoors during the summer, playing in sweltering weather could lead to sunburns and dehydration, just to name a few instances.

If you’re looking for the perfect solution, then it’s best to bring the activities indoors. From arts and crafts to board games, the possibilities are entirely endless (and fun)!

If you’re not sold on this idea, then you can search for other indoor activities in your area, such as an arcade, laser tag and so much more!

Go for a Swim

Looking for a way to keep your child cool? If that’s the case, then it’s important to take a trip to the pool! Whether this aquatic feature is in your backyard or down the block, it’s the best way to keep your little one cool and comfortable.

At Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, in addition to sports crafting and more, we offer a large variety of water activities! From swimming to windsurfing, your child will stay cool all summer long, while having fun!

Additionally, besides keeping cool, swimming also hosts a variety of other benefits that will help your child, such as exercise!

Create a Cool Atmosphere

Still looking for a way to cool your little ones down? One of the best ways to do this (besides using an air conditioner) is to use a fan and a cool, damp sheet! To start, take a standard fan and place it in the corner of the room. Next, take a thin, cotton sheet and place it in some water.

Once you have wet the sheet, you’ll want to remove the excess water from it (wring out the sheet). After this step is complete, you can then hang the sheet up in front of the fan to create an energy saving air conditioner. Not only will this keep your child cool, but they’ll be amazed at how this works!

When you choose Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, you can rest assured knowing that your child is safely having fun in the sun, while also building the knowledge, skills, and confidence to have a successful future. To learn more about the program, give us a call at 516-366-5623.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Learning to Swim at Camp

Splish, splash: it’s pool season again! From the pool at Miss Sue’s Summer Fun to the one in your backyard, your child’s summer will be filled with this aquatic staple on a daily basis. However, if your little one is still in the process of learning how to swim, well, they’re in luck: especially when they attend Miss Sue’s Summer Fun -- and here’s why:

Great Source of Exercise

When your child learns the art of swimming, they’ll soon find this to be an excellent source of exercise! Whether you’re a child or an adult, swimming can help strengthen muscles, corrects posture and even has heart benefits, too. Not only will your child love to swim, but they’ll be taking advantage of these hidden benefits when doing so! It’s the perfect summer activity and life skill to pick up! Your child will be so proud when they can swim in any water they enter!

New Form of Play

Another great benefit of swimming is that it will give your child a new form of play. Whether they’re swimming laps with friends or playing a game of Marco Polo, the possibilities are endless when it comes to this aquatic hobby. At Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, not only do we offer swimming lessons, but we also Pool parties, water sports, a water slide, “water skiing,” windsurfing, paddle boats, rafts and more! Your child will undoubtedly be more inclined to take up swimming as a new hobby, for sure!

Preparation for Safety

One of the most important benefits of learning how to swim is that it will prepare your child for water safety. People between the ages of 5 and 24, as stated by KidsHealth.org, are prone to drowning-related incidents. At Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, our pools are supervised by Nassau County certified/WSI lifeguards, while our instructors teach campers everything about the art of swimming. Not only will your child grasp the concept quickly, but their confidence will grow as the summer progresses!

When you choose Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, you can rest assured knowing that your child is safely having fun in the sun, while also building the knowledge, skills, and confidence to have a successful future. To learn more about the program, give us a call at 516-366-5623.

Wednesday, May 2, 2018

The Importance of Cooperative Play

Fact: play time is highly significant for children -- but it’s also how they play that makes a difference, too. Children often learn some vital skills through play and having cooperative play can be crucial in their long-term development.


You may notice early on that your child likes to play alone, but the more you encourage cooperative play, the more they will be able to learn from the activities in which they participate. When your child attends Miss Sue's Summer Fun, they will continue to develop their cooperative play skills, quickly, by being around other children their age!

Strengthening Decision-Making Skills

Whether your child is playing sports, a non-competitive color war, or putting together an arts and crafts project, working with others can help improve their decision-making and social skills. At Miss Sue's Summer Fun, they’ll work together and provide each other with the best options to reach their goals!

Nurturing Cooperative Behavior

Learning how to work and play with others is essential for any child. It builds on a robust attitude and kindness in your child, allowing them to work well in team settings ultimately. They will appreciate the help of others and often choose that route rather than working alone on things.

Building Communication Abilities

Typically, at younger ages, children are hesitant to communicate because they’re not used to being in various situations. The more you encourage cooperative play, the more often they’ll be around other children and communication will become more comfortable.

Your child will go through six stages of play, including unoccupied play, solitary play, onlooker play, parallel play, associate play, and cooperative play. You don’t want to push your child towards cooperative play until he or she is ready. However, once it’s possible, cooperative play can be a great developmental tool!

When you choose Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, you can rest assured knowing that your child is safely having fun in the sun, while also building the knowledge, skills, and confidence to have a successful future. To learn more about the program, give us a call at 516-366-5623.

Thursday, April 26, 2018

How Your Child Benefits from Playing Sports

For many parents, the idea of their child playing sports can be a bit intimidating. However, it’s important to know that there are various benefits that can help your child when playing sports. If you have been debating whether or not your child should play sports, here are some of the benefits.


Building Social Skills

Most sports involve putting your child on a team of other children their own age. This helps build social skills as your child grows and develops. Sports can encourage teamwork, cooperation with others, communication skills, and most important, friendship. Your child can work as part of a group to reach success; a valuable life lesson.

Improving Self-Esteem

Regardless of age, it’s always nice to have a sense of accomplishment and sports are a great way to improve on self-esteem. Sports help build confidence, as well as encourage praise from coaches, other players, and parents to help your child feel good about themselves.

Understanding Winning and Losing

We all know how difficult it is to be on the losing side of things, but for many children, the score doesn’t necessarily matter; they enjoy being with their new friends playing something they love. While your child may be competitive, learning how to be a gracious winner and accepting losses is essential. They’ll learn never to quit, no matter the initial result.

Discipline

Sports are full of rules to follow, and it takes a great deal of discipline. Mental, physical, and tactical discipline are all traits learned through sports, and it helps children reach their full potential throughout their early developmental stages.

Allow your child to address any questions they may have and show desire in specific sports. They’ll choose the sport they’ll enjoy the most so they not only have fun, but they’ll get the most out of the benefits.

When you choose Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, you can rest assured knowing that your child is safely having fun in the sun, while also building the knowledge, skills, and confidence to have a successful future. To learn more about the program, give us a call at 516-366-5623.

Friday, April 20, 2018

What Children can Learn from Arts and Crafts

Whether your child is enjoying arts and crafts at school or you are encouraging the activity to bond with your child, it’s important to know the benefits. Your child can learn some things, and his or her development can be fostered by the activity. Here are some of the top things children can learn from arts and crafts, especially at Miss Sue's Summer Fun!


Being Able to Follow Directions

In any arts and crafts session, there are directions to be followed to get through the project. This is a valuable skill for children to learn. Following instructions must be done throughout camp, school and beyond, encouraging them to make choices (while adhering to directions) -- which can be great for their imagination.

The Gift of Patience

Patience is something that some adults still struggle with, but it is an incredible asset to have. Arts and crafts take time and patience to complete them correctly. Your child can learn patience during wait times while the glue dries or when they have to work slowly on a craft.

Focus and Concentration

Whether your child needs to paint, cut specific items, or even put together pieces, focus and concentration are the keys to success. They’ll learn to minimize distractions and focus on getting the project done. It will also show them how much more effective they can be when they’re focused on the task at hand.

Problem Solving

Let’s face it: arts and crafts are not the easiest things to do. Your child is going to run into specific issues that they’ll need to resolve. This encourages the use of problem-solving skills to get past the obstacle. Even better, they can use their imagination and get creative in their problem-solving.

When you choose Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, you can rest assured knowing that your child is safely having fun in the sun, while also building the knowledge, skills, and confidence to have a successful future. To learn more about the program, give us a call at 516-366-5623.

Tuesday, April 10, 2018

The Benefits of Sending Your Child to Day Camp

Fact: summer is officially on the horizon. With that being said, now is the perfect time to start considering what you’ll be doing for your child during the day, while you’re at work! One of the greatest options to consider is to enroll your child in a local day camp, such as Miss Sue’s Summer Fun! In fact, there are a variety of benefits for children when they attend day camp -- which will ultimately help nurture their skills and development. Without further ado, here are some of the many benefits your child can have when they attend Miss Sue’s Summer Fun:


A New Experience


Let’s face it: day camp is the perfect opportunity to help your little one build memories and learn a number of developmental skills. In fact, it’s the perfect way to keep them going all summer long -- and not seated in front of a television screen or stuck indoors.

Your child will have the best summer making friends, participating in physical activities (such as paddle boats and wind surfing, to name a few), and will have a great time enjoying the great outdoors! Your child will make memories that will last a lifetime -- and they’ll certainly thank you for it in the process! 

Encouraging Physical Activity


Fact: day camp isn’t about sitting around all day. In fact, there are a variety of activities that children can participate in that will keep them moving and working with their peers! Whether they’re doing arts and crafts (fine motor skills) or participating in sports, such as volleyball and soccer, there are plenty of physical benefits, as well as opportunities to build friendships and cooperation skills, too!

Foster Independence and Confidence


Independence and confidence are two very important traits for your child to develop as they get older. When your child attends Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, our staff can help foster these two characteristics in your child as they spend time away from home, learning new activities, communicating with others, and learning some of life’s most important lessons!

Day camp is a very rewarding experience for children, especially at Miss Sue’s Summer Fun. There are numerous benefits for their development and parents can feel confident letting their children go for the day. Your child will come back with a strong self-esteem, better communication skills, and even some new friends, making it the best summer ever for your little one!

When you choose Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, you can rest assured knowing that your child is safely having fun in the sun, while also building the knowledge, skills, and confidence to have a successful future. To learn more about the program, give us a call at 516-366-5623.

Tuesday, April 3, 2018

How to Encourage Your Child to Read

One of the most important skills any child can have is the ability to read. When your little one begins the journey into the literary world, they’ll be enamored by how much their imagination can soar just by reading a book. If your child is just embarking on their reading journey and needs a little bit of encouragement, here are some ways to spark a love for reading:


Change it Up

When it comes to encouraging your child to read, they may grow weary of reading the same book over and over again. If you’re looking for the perfect way to keep them occupied, in terms of reading, then it’s best to give them a variety of different books to choose from! From picture books to those with a few sentences or more, give your child the gift of an expanded library; you’ll see how pleasantly surprised they’ll be when the reading options are endless!

Start and Stop

Another way to encourage your child to read is to have a faux story time with them. What does this mean? Simply have your child pick out a book for you to “read” to them. Next, sit them down like a normal story time and begin to read the book to them. Once you get to a certain point, hand the book over to them and let them continue the story aloud! You’ll see how this will motivate your child, and ultimately, how this will spark their passion to read even more books!

Make it Cozy

One of the best ways to encourage your child to read is to create a cozy book corner in your home! This can consist of pillows, a beanbag chair, or anything else you can think of that will be inviting! Not only will this be the perfect way to get your child to read, but it will also make them feel at ease when reading — and quite comfortable, too! This is truly one of the best ways to have your child’s reading adventures take flight!

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, March 28, 2018

Ways to Help Your Child Develop Fine Motor Skills

Fine motor skills play an important role in a child’s development and success in the classroom. Children who experience issues with these skills have a hard time developing strong muscles in their hands and wrists, leading to hand fatigue and complications with writing.  This can also take a toll on their self esteem.



Playing with your child at home, is one of the most important ways to help them strengthen these muscles. Get them excited about learning something new by introducing them to these fun (and effective!) activities.

String Macaroni: Making macaroni necklaces is a great way to encourage creativity in your child, while working on their hand-eye coordination. Have them choose from different sizes of pasta to strengthen their muscles and create a personalized piece. Don’t have any pasta handy? Beads and cut-up pieces of straws are a great alternative, giving you the same outcome.

Play With Play-Dough: Play-dough has always been a fun kid favorite, and it’s actually beneficial for them too! The soft, squeezable texture is not only perfect for stretching finger muscles, but for helping your child overcome sensory issues as well. Having them use both hands to roll balls or pound the dough will also promote bilateral coordination.

Color With Broken Crayons: Think again before you throw out that bin of old, broken crayons! Holding fragments of crayons actually helps your child develop the proper grip. Instructing them to color in small circles while pinching the crayon will build muscle endurance and dexterity.

Punch Holes: One of the biggest obstacles your child will face when entering preschool is learning to cut. Using a hole punch allows them to develop the skills required for cutting and writing. These hole punching activities are a great way to develop the arches of the hand and provide stability of the fingers--and they’re fun too!

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, March 19, 2018

Toys That Help Development

Fact: some may think that playtime doesn’t have any long term benefits. However, playtime is a very important step in every child's development! Not only is your child having fun — but they’re also learning about the world around them, thanks to toys! Not sure how effective they are? Let us explain their impact:


Types of Play:

When observing playtime, there are two types of play that every child will experience. From Cooperative Play to Active Physical Play, both share a supporting role in your child’s development process. Here at Miss Sue’s, we know the importance of both and incorporate them into our daily schedule — but what are they exactly? 
  • Cooperative Play- At Miss Sue's, we encourage children to play together as a group, since it helps children strengthen their social skills! An example of cooperative play involves two or more children playing a game together, such a puzzle or board game!

  • Active Physical Play- Toddlers have enough muscle to participate in active physical play with their peers! Active Physical Play strengthens motor skills and hand-eye coordination tremendously — and is an important step of the development process. An example of active physical play is a child using a small toy car or truck!

Toys That Help Development:

After learning about the important types of play that each child participates in on a daily basis, there are a series of toys that help to continue the development of your child. Below are examples of the following toys that foster development:
  • Puppets 
  • Dolls
  • Character Toys
  • Rhythmic Musical Instruments
  • Toy Cars and Trucks
  • Puzzles
  • Books 

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.

Tuesday, March 6, 2018

Best Ways to Boost Your Child's Memory

Fact: sometimes young children may have a hard time remembering things. The reason is that their memory is still in the process of being developed. If you’re looking for a way to improve your child’s memory, then here are some helpful tips to know!


Be Repetitive

Believe it or not, repetition is a positive factor when it comes to memory exercises! When talking to your child, don't be afraid to repeat yourself — because this will be the key ingredient when it comes to improving a child’s memory. To further elaborate: when your child hears something more than once, it will become ingrained in their memory. One of the best ways to practice repetition is to short book to your child. When you finish reading the book, you can then ask your child to tell you their favorite sections of the story. This is a great (and fun) way to boost your child’s memory skills!

Listen To Music

Presenting music to your child at a young age can actually help strengthen their memory! Studies have shown that children are more likely to remember data when it is presented with an accompanying melody; think of sing-along videos featuring their favorite cartoon characters. If you want to take it a step further, you can sing messages to your child and encourage your child to create their own tunes when responding! Not only is this a great way to increase your child’s memory, but it will also entice their love for music, too!

Give Positive Feedback

When your child accomplishes a new task, it's important to give them positive feedback! After all, children are more likely to recall positive feedback than negative feedback. They will certainly remember what they did to receive that kind of praise, too!

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.

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Activities That Encourage Imagination

At Miss Sue's, we always want our students to use their imaginations! One of the best ways to encourage imagination is through free-play. From toys to games, the possibilities are completely endless when it comes to boosting a child’s imagination. If you’re looking to continue encouraging your child’s imagination, then here are some activities that keep imagination flowing:


Playtime with Toys
When children play with toys that don’t make noise, this then gives your child the power to create their own sounds! Think of it as this: if your child is playing with a plastic toy horse (without sound effects built-in), they might then begin to start making noises for the horse — or even make it talk. No matter what the outcome may be, your child is exercising their imagination, which opens the door to many incredible possibilities on the road ahead.

Arts & Crafts
Fact: your child's imagination can run wild with art! Whether it’s painting a picture on a giant piece of paper or making a sculpture out of modeling clay, your child will be able to fully express themselves through any artistic activity you provide them with! Before the arts and crafts begin,  be sure to supply your child with various art supplies that will pique their interest. This is truly a great way for children to express themselves and their emotions!

Story Time
One of the best ways to spark your child’s imagination is through reading. When reading a book to your child, it introduces them to an entire world of make-believe and lets their imagination soar! In addition to expanding their imagination, your child will also learn how stories are told — which will inspire them to make up their own stories! Finally, when you read to your child, it will also spark their love of reading, since they’ll be inspired to read more books to learn about the incredible world of imagination! 

Looking for nursery school on Long Island where your child can learn through play? The dedicated staff at Miss Sue's Nursery School focuses on the individual needs of each and every child. We invite you to visit our school and see our program in action. For more information about Miss Sue’s, give us a call at 516-938-0894 or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

Wednesday, February 21, 2018

The Importance of Picture Books

One of the best ways to introduce your child to reading is through picture books. From books with a few short sentences (per page) to those without words, it’s the perfect opportunity to get your child acquainted with literature. Below are a few of the many reasons why picture books are important tools for toddlers:


Storytelling
Since there are little-to-no words on the page, it’s completely up to you to do the storytelling! The pictures on page guide the general story line, while the tone of your voice brings the story to life. From the characters to the sound effects they make, you’ll be the star of this literary show — and your child will certainly be enamored with how fun reading will be! Children can fill in the blanks with their imagination, which also helps further develop their motor skills — which is another essential skill in their repertoire. 

Visual Learning
The best part of a picture book are the pictures! Children can let their imagination wonder in the beautifully illustrated pages, as you guide the story along with your narrations. This is particularly beneficial for children who are visual learners; will help them visualize the concept of reading — even though words aren’t present. Even after you’re done reading the story to your child, you can leave the book (or books) with them, so they can further examine each page and potentially read the story on their own. It’s a wonderful way to get your child more acquainted with the reading process! 

Interactive Learning
When showing a picture book to a child, it’s a good idea to ask them questions. You can point out certain objects to see if they know what they are. For example, if you’re reading a book together and it shows various objects (i.e. a dinner plate), you can ask your child what shape they see. This will be a great way to not only increase your child’s passion for reading, but it will also help them use problem solving skills within their literary adventures; a very important element when reading at any age!

Picture books are the perfect opportunity to introduce the concept of books to young children! Are you looking for a nursery school that specializes in language arts education?  If so, choose Miss Sue’s! We provide a safe environment, the best care, the best attention, the best education available and we definitely provide the most fun! Please call us for an appointment or with any questions at 516-938-0894.

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Why Playtime Matters

Playtime is one of the main ways in which small children learn. At Miss Sue’s, we stress the importance of learning through playtime, enriching children’s lives daily with challenging, fun and creative activities. At this age, learning should be fun as it helps your child build a sense of self-worth and develop necessary skills. Here are some ways to promote learning through playtime:



  • Playing with clay, drawing and painting pictures can encourage creativity, expression and help your child tap into their imagination. Developing self-expression and imagination are the keys to success and are highly essential in any environment.
  • Building blocks and puzzles will help with shape and size recognition, teaching children how to put things in order. Teaching this essential step is important since it will help develop organizational skills, such as cleaning their room.
  • Sand and water play can be an early introduction to science and math; they will learn that water is a fluid, not a solid, and that it can be measured in different sized containers. This will also play a large part when it comes skills such as cooking!
  • Lace up cards or stringing macaroni to make a necklace is a great way to improve a child’s fine motor skills. These hands-on activities will be of great use when your child learns to tie their shoes, turn a key and more!
  • Physical games, such as playing ball or running and climbing will help with coordination, strength and flexibility. In addition to helping with these important skills, physical games are a great a form of exercise, too!
  • Playing instruments and singing is a great way to develop listening skills and rhythm. This will not only be a great way to introduce and teach these skills, but it will also develop an appreciation for music; your child might want to take instrument/voice lessons if they're a fan of this art!

So the next time your child wants to bang on pots and pans, or build something with sticks outside -- let them! You will be contributing to their success in the classroom and then later in life!

Looking for nursery school on Long Island where your child can learn through play? The dedicated staff at Miss Sue's Nursery School focuses on the individual needs of each and every child. We invite you to visit our school and see our program in action. For more information about Miss Sue’s, give us a call at 516-938-0894 or visit us on Facebook or Twitter.

Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Why Hand-Eye Coordination Matters

One of the most important skills any child will learn is hand-eye coordination. Known as the skill that will be used on a daily basis, hand-eye coordination takes the lead when it comes to preparing gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Here at Miss Sue’s, we understand the importance and help our students perfect this vital skill on a daily basis — but why is hand-eye coordination really that important? Let us explain:


Will be Used on a Daily Basis

When it comes to hand-eye coordination, this skill is used every day in a series of situations. Think about it: from driving your vehicle to work to preparing dinner, there are many different avenues as to why this is a very important skill to have in one’s skill set. To further break down the process, hand-eye coordination can be best described as one’s way to track their hand movements with their eyes, which sends electrical signals to the brain and ultimately registers (mentally) what activity is being done — and how they can complete it, too. On a typical day at Miss Sue’s, we let our students partake in a series of different activities that will help perfect their hand-eye coordination, such as playing with modeling clay, stringing macaroni noodles on a string, and playing memory games, to name a few.

Will Improve Motor Skills

In addition to hand-eye coordination being a necessity for daily life, it will also help improve your child’s motor skills in the areas of gross motor skills and fine motor skills. Starting with gross motor skills, these will be essential not only in the area of sports, but also everyday activities such as using your reflexes to react to an impromptu situation. When it comes to fine motor skills, these are the intricate motions that correspond (and work closely) with gross motor skills, such as gripping a basketball tightly. When hand-eye coordination is introduced to your child through the fun array of activities at Miss Sue’s, they’ll be perfecting their gross motor skills and fine motor skills, which are the keys to success. In addition, activities such as reading and writing will also help with hand-eye coordination and will make fine-tuning all motor skills an effortless, fun process! Working on these important skills on a daily basis will open the door to many incredible opportunities! 

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, January 29, 2018

Why Sharing is Caring

Learning to share can be a challenge for young children, however it's a necessary skill that they need for play and learning in their childhood. Since sharing is a vital skill, it’s important for you to teach your child about this concept and demonstrate why it’s so important. Here are some ways to help your child learn about this very important skill:



Be a good role model: Children learn a lot from just watching their parent’s actions. When interacting with your child, it's important to emphasize the importance of sharing on a multitude of levels. From cooking in the kitchen to arts and crafts time at your dining room table, it's always pertinent to find ways to show your child how to share -- even if it's among their siblings and family members. One of the best ways to instill the importance of sharing is to take turns adjusting the radio with your spouse on the next family drive. This is a simple (and fun) exercise that will show your child how important sharing and turn-taking truly is!


Praise them: When you see your child demonstrating great sharing behavior, make sure to point it out and praise them. Although you might hesitate at first to praise your child for sharing, it does have a series of positive long-term effects, such as instilling the importance of sharing. Just think: if you're at work and your boss praises you for arriving on-time every day, you'll then known the importance of showing up on-time. When you praise your child for sharing, they will recognize this as something positive and will then continue this good behavior moving forward.


Practice it: Playing games with your child in which they are expected to take turns and share is a great way for them to get into the habit of sharing. During the game make sure to say things like “ Now it's my turn to build with the green blocks, but I’ll share the red blocks with you.” They will understand the process a little better when you explain to them what you are doing. This will also be a surefire way to excel the process and will further instill the importance of sharing!

While learning to share at home is the best place for children to grasp this very important concept and begin to learn what it’s all about, we make sure to always focus on the importance of sharing here at Miss Sue’s.  We developed a creative, constantly-evolving curriculum and program where our prime educational goal is the development of the whole child – socially, emotionally, physically and educationally. To learn more about our program or to take a tour of the school, give us a call at 516-938-0894.

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.