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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.