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Thursday, August 16, 2018

First Day of School Prep

Ah, the first day of school! For most parents, this will be a breeze since many have older children who have gone through this process before — but what about those parents that are sending their child to their very first day of school? Remain calm, since their first day will be an absolute breeze with these tips:


Create a Schedule

One of the best ways to prepare your child for school is to create a schedule. From brushing their teeth to eating breakfast, this will help your little one get used to having a daily routine, which will be very beneficial for when they enter a classroom!

Here at Miss Sue’s, we provide our students with a daily schedule to follow, which will not only help them stay organized but will also help your little one develop a routine. Establishing a routine is one of the best skills any child can learn from, especially when they go to grade school; will carry on with them through the years!

Reassure your Child

Of course, if your child’s very first day of school is coming up, then it might seem a tad scary to them. Indeed, this is a natural feeling, and it’s important to reassure them. When your child attends Miss Sue’s, not only will they have a class filled with a group of fun, kind students their own age — but they’ll also make memories that will last a lifetime. It's important to always reassure your child that their experience it going to be incredible — especially at Miss Sue's!

For the past nine years (and counting), Miss Sue’s holds the title for the Best Nursery School on Long Island. We not only prepare our students for grade school, but we also teach the "essentials" through fun activities, games and more! When your child is a Miss Sue’s student, they’ll be receiving that Miss Sue’s advantage that we’ve taught since 1965!

Pair them with a Buddy

Does your child have a friend that’s attending Miss Sue’s for the very first time, too? If that’s the case, then you can let your child know that fact — and you’ll definitely see a rush of excitement in their face! It’s true: when a child is aware that they won’t be alone, they’ll definitely feel more secure and eager to go attend school.

Of course, when your child attends Miss Sue’s, they’ll be placed in a variety of group activities, where they’ll make even more friends. This will not only make your child’s school experience more enjoyable, but it will also give them friends that will last a lifetime, 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.

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

How to Overcome Picky Eating

Sometimes, serving a meal to a picky eater can seem like a challenge to some parents. From vegetables to pasta, any food can be ruled out by your child. Of course, it’s possible they’re afraid of trying what’s served to them, or they might not be a fan of the taste. Regardless, here are some ways to help your child overcome picky eating:


Make it Fun

One of the best ways to help a picky eater try a new food is to make their meals fun! Believe it or not, a presentation isn’t only an essential staple in upscale restaurants, but plays a huge part in childhood dining, too. Whether you’re making fish or vegetables, it’s vital to present the final product in a fun and exciting way! 

Of course, you’ve been told from an early age not to play with your food — but when creating a presentation to your picky eater, you might have to! If the food is solid (i.e., chicken, beef, pork), then you can take a cookie cutter and use it to make shapes! 

Now, if the food has a softer consistency (i.e., corn, spinach, mashed potatoes), then you can place them in fun-shaped serving cups/bowls. Once your child sees this presentation, they’ll be enamored by how fun their plate looks — and will undoubtedly feel inclined to try these new foods!

Dipping Sauce Helps

Sometimes, carrots might taste better with ketchup — to your child. Believe it or not, most children like the taste of vegetables and/or fish with some dipping sauce by their side. Not only will this hinder the flavor of the new food, on their end, but they’ll also feel more inclined to try anything that’s presented to them with the red staple by their side. 

If you’re looking for the best way to go about this, then you can provide a dipping sauce of ketchup with your child’s meal. If you’re looking for a healthier alternative, then you can always opt for a condiment that has low-salt. 

Next, when you serve your child their meal, you can place the ketchup on the plate (or on the side), which will give them the option to use ketchup to their discretion. Not only will this make any mealtime a bit simpler for you, but it will help your child try new foods — to which they usually wouldn’t try without ketchup!

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, July 19, 2018

The Best Nut-Free Lunches for Kids

Parents: does your child have a nut allergy? Whether it be peanuts or almonds, to name a few, there are a variety of products that are created with nut-based products. Of course, this could be a potential risk to your child (and to those around them), so it’s best to always take precaution when making your child’s lunches. Looking to change up their menu? Here are a few ideas to check out:


Create your own Snack Pack
One of the best meals to create for your little one is a snack pack. Of course, you could always purchase one of these ~famous~ lunches at your local grocery store — but it’s more fun (and personalized) when you make your own! To start, you’ll need the following:

  • Reusable plastic snack container with compartments
  • Crackers
  • Cheese
  • Pepperoni 
  • Small cupcake wrappers

Once you acquire these ingredients for your child’s snack pack, it’s then time to start building it!  To start, you can fill the bottom of the bigger compartment with crackers. From there, you can take your small cupcake wrappers and place some slices of cheese and pepperoni in them. This will not only keep these ingredients from getting the crackers soggy, but it will keep your child’s lunch neat and organized! 

After that step is complete, you can then add some addition nut-free snacks in the other compartments — and then you’ll have created the greatest snack pack on the planet! Your child will love this little lunch, and you’ll have peace of mind, knowing that it’s completely nut-free!

Make Mini Pizzas
Another great nut-free lunch to make for your child are some miniature pizzas! Perfect for the kid that loves pizza parties, this will make their lunch not only tasty but fun, too! To start, you’ll want to purchase the following ingredients:

  • A package of tortillas
  • Shredded mozzarella cheese
  • Tomato sauce
  • A muffin pan

After you acquire these essential ingredients, it’s then time to start the pizza making process! To start, you’ll want to take a preheat your oven to 425 degrees. Next, take a tortilla and cut small circles to fit into the cups of the muffin pan. From there, you’ll want to take a teaspoon of tomato sauce to place on top of each small pizza “dough.” 

Next, sprinkle a nice helping of cheese and then place the muffin pan in the oven for approximately 10-to-15 minutes. Once the time is up, let the mini pizzas cool down and then you’ll be good to go! Your child will certainly love this little pizza party that they’ll have for lunch!

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, July 11, 2018

Summer Weekend Fun for Kids!

When it comes to summer fun on Long Island, Miss Sue’s takes the lead! With our incredible day camp program, your little one will be having a blast participating in a variety of phenomenal camp activities all week long — but what about over the weekend? Here are some fun outdoor activities to do on Saturdays and Sundays with your little campers, parents!


Start a Garden

One of the most timeless outdoor activities is to plant a garden with your little camper! Of course, the garden doesn’t have to be the size of a football field — but it can be as big or small as you’d like it. When it comes to gardening, the possibilities are endless (and quite fun, too)!

To start, you’ll want to gather the following items:

  • Sunscreen
  • A baseball hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Gardening gloves
  • Top soil
  • Seeds/Plants

Once you acquire these materials, you can then start the gardening process! Not only will your child develop a love for gardening — but they’ll have a blast watching it grow over time, too!

Go on a Nature Walk

Looking for a great way to enjoy the great outdoors this summer? Go for a nature walk with your little one! Of course, you’ll want to do this on a slightly cooler day, where the temperature isn’t above 80 degrees.

Not only will this be the perfect way to stay active, but your little camper will fall in love with observing nature and all that it has to offer! If you’re looking to take it up a notch, then you can even park some snacks, or lunch, and hold a little picnic, too!

Create a Waterpark

Another way to have fun on the weekend is to create a waterpark in your backyard! Just like creating a garden, a waterpark is a perfect opportunity to let your imagination run wild! Of course, your homemade aquatic park won’t have to replicate those that are on the Island — but it can come close!

To create a fantastic waterpark, gather these materials:

  • A sprinkler
  • Pool noodles
  • A portable pool 
  • Small pool inflatables

When you obtain these items, it will then be time to set up your mini-waterpark! Before you set up the park, you’ll want to find a space that’s slightly shaded to keep the water cool. After you locate the perfect spot, place the pool in the center, followed by setting the sprinkler right next to it.

Next, you can take the pool noodles and small pool inflatables (i.e., beach ball) and place them around the pool — and you’ll be good to go! With parental supervision, this little waterpark will enamor your little one -- especially with how much fun it will be!

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.

Monday, July 2, 2018

How to Encourage Summer Reading

Believe it or not, sometimes summer reading can seem like quite a challenge from a parent’s perspective. From selecting books to making time for a book, your little one might want to avoid the literary activity altogether. If you’re looking for a way to encourage summer reading, then here are a few fun tips to make it happen with ease!


Make it a Game

One of the best ways to motivate your child to read is to create a game! To start, you’ll want to pick a book that will be the perfect choice for their reading level.

From there, you can sit down with them and look at the book together — but there’s a catch: you’ll read a page, and then your child will have to read the next.

Your child will love this game since it will be quite fun to take turns reading a great book together!

Create Reading Time

Another way to encourage summer reading is to create a designated reading time for your child. Of course, they might not be sold on the idea, at first — but you can make it quite a fun time!

One of the best ways to do this is to create a comfortable reading area for your child. Whether you bring an excess amount of pillows or their favorite stuffed animals, the possibilities are endless for a reading nook!

Once this is created, you can factor about thirty minutes to an hour each day for your child to read!

Bring the Fun

Looking for a way to make your child’s summer reading a fun experience? Select a funny, comedy-based book for their age level — and your child will have a blast reading through it!

Sometimes it takes a laugh, or two, to make reading fun for any child — and a funny book will undoubtedly be the solution to making this work!

Outdoor Reading Area

In the spirit of summer, you can create an outdoor reading area for your little one, right in your backyard!

To start, you’ll want to find a cool, shaded area for them to read. Next, you can decorate the space with a tropical theme.

When doing this, you can include faux palm trees, a sandbox and even a beach umbrella, too! No matter what you choose, your little one will get into the summer reading spirit!

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, June 27, 2018

Summer Craft Ideas for Kids

Believe it or not, sometimes the summer sun can get a tad too warm. When that happens at Miss Sue’s Summer Fun, we give our campers some incredible arts and crafts to beat the heat! If you’re looking to escape the powerful UV rays at home, then here are some crafts that you can try with your little one in the spirit of summer!


Beautiful Butterflies
Love to hang your child’s artwork on the fridge? If that’s the case, then you’ll love these beautiful butterfly magnets! Simple to make, this craft will be as simple as a summer breeze! To start, you’ll need the following supplies:
  • A pack of multi-color construction paper
  • Clothespins
  • Magnets
  • Pipe Cleaners
  • Non-toxic glue
First and foremost, you’ll want to pre-cut the butterfly wings for your child out of construction paper. If you’re not sure that you’ll make the perfect wing shape, it’s okay: since many butterflies in nature have an abstract wing shape!

Next, lay out the supplies for your child to complete the craft. Make sure that they have at least one set of wings, a clothespin, the magnet, a pipe cleaner, and glue.

From there, you’ll want to instruct your child to place some glue on the back of the clothespin. Once that step is complete, tell them to put the clothespin in the middle of the wings. After that, ask them to take the pipe cleaner and feed it through the hole at the top of the clothespin.

Finally, have them glue the magnet to the back of the wings (right in the center) and let it dry for a few minutes. After the drying is complete, then you can place the butterfly on the fridge and watch it soar to new, magnetic heights!

Silly Shark
Lurking in the depths of the water swims the Silly Shark! This friendly lil’ guy will be the perfect addition to any summer crafting — and he’s very simple to make! Before you start this craft, parents, you’ll need to acquire these materials:
  • Blue construction paper
  • A white paper plate
  • Non-toxic glue stick
  • Googly eyes
  • Safety scissors 
First, take the blue construction paper and cut it into a shark shape, as if the shark were standing on his fin! This will give your child enough room to glue the paper plate to the template, for the shark’s mouth!

Next, give your child the paper plate and instruct them to cut some teeth-like edges around the entire dish. Please make sure you supervise your child during this step since they will be using their safety scissors.

Once this step is complete, you can then instruct them to fold the plate in half to create the mouth of the Silly Shark. From there, your child will then take their non-toxic glue stick and only glue the back of one lower half of the plate (not the whole plate). After this is completed, they’ll want to paste it in the center of the shark cut-out to form the mouth!

Finally, it’s time to apply the googly eyes on the Silly Shark! Your child can then glue the eyes above the mouth and then the Silly Shark will be complete! You and your child will love this Silly Shark and how friendly he’ll look!

If you want to add some more flair to the Silly Shark, you can take some additional construction paper and cut out accessories for your shark to wear, such as a hat or suitcase!

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 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.