Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Get Crafty This Winter

At Miss Sue's, we love art and crafts. The holidays are a great time of year to get crafty!  Below are some great arts and crafts that can be done at home or in the classroom.

Paper Snowflakes

Take a white piece of paper and fold it into a triangular shape. Then, take a scissor and cut out pieces until you heart is content. Unfold the paper and viola! A snowflake right before your very eyes.
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Handprint Tree
Trace the outline of your hand on a piece of green construction paper. This should be done six times. Then, mount the handprints on top of each other in the shape of a tree and glue them together. If you'd like, add a tree trunk with brown construction paper.
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Popsicle Stick Snowmen
For this craft, you will need popsicle sticks, paint, markers and some glue. First, paint the popsicle sticks white. Then, draw faces onto the snowmen with markers. To keep them warm, glue pieces of felt around the neck. Glue the buttons onto the snowman's torso. Last but not least, glue his nose on his face.
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Friday, December 19, 2014

Tips for Staying Healthy in Nursery School

No one wants to get sick. Nonetheless, colds run rampant in nursery schools across the country each year. Below are some tips that will help teachers and students fend off germs all winter long.

Keep It Clean: A cleanly environment is less likely to become infested with germs than a dirty one. Cleaning the classroom at the end of each school day wipes the slate clean for the next day. Be sure to clean all desks, tables, door knobs and computer keyboards.

Keep Your Hands To Yourself: Sharing is an important concept for children to learn. However, children do not need to share their germs with one another. Children should keep their hands to themselves. Here are a few more ways to prevent germs from spreading:
  • Children should cough or sneeze into their elbows, not their hands. 
  • Avoid touching your face during the school day.
  • Teach children to wash their hands with warm water throughout the day.
Keep Drinking Water: Staying hydrated can improve your overall health. On the other hand, dehydration can compromise your immune system and increase your chances of getting sick.

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Monday, December 15, 2014

Reasons to Choose Miss Sue's Nursery School

Nursery school sets the stage for a child's educational career. That's why it is so important to choose a great nursery school. If you want a safe environment and the best education available, then Miss Sue's Nursery School is perfect for your child. Below are some additional reasons to choose Miss Sue's Nursery School.

At Miss Sue's, we promote individual growth through work and play. Our curriculum features Math, Science, Social Studies, Language Arts and Art. Of course, our teachers tailor lessons to accommodate the individual learning needs of each and every child. When children are not at work, they are playing with blocks, tools, crafts, puzzles, etc. Playtime allows children to be creative while interacting with others. When the weather permits, we have outdoor playtime! We know we are doing our job right when children look forward to nursery school.

Are you looking for nursery school on Long Island? Look no further than Miss Sue's Nursery School! Please call us for an appointment or with any questions (24 hours/7 days a week) at 516-938-0894. Fax us at 516-938-3184. We invite you to visit our school and see our program in action. Miss Sue’s provides a safe environment, the best care, the best attention, the best education available and we definitely provide the most fun!

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Friday, December 12, 2014

The Benefits of Child's Play

Childhood doesn't last forever. In that sense, neither does playtime. It is important for children to have a designated playtime. After all, it will aid in their development and what they learn in nursery school will help them succeed when they go on to higher learning. Learn more about the benefits playtime provides.

Decisions, Decisions

Children are usually told what to do by adults. However, this is not the case during playtime! When a child starts to play with toys, they will have the freedom to make their own decisions. Clearly, playtime is not scripted and children are able to improvise during their play time. If a toy does not work as it should, they can come up for another use for it. In the end, playtime teaches children how to be resourceful and flexible. 

Playing is Learning

Some people think nothing of child's play. However, it is very important to their growth and development; playing is actually learning. When children interact with new objects and people, they continue to learn new skills. Toys, such as, building blocks and puzzles strengthen children's cognitive abilities as they play with them and problem solve. They are also building on their language skills as they communicate with their peers during playtime. This helps them build a voice and build confidence. According to the National Association for the Education of Young Children, playtime actually allows children to equate joy with learning!

Playing Builds Social Skills

Playing with peers will help children develop social skills and help them grow emotionally as they start making new friends. Playing with others also teaches children the concepts of sharing and teamwork. The sooner children learn social skills, the better.

Playtime Can Be A Great Stress Reliever

Did you know that even young children experience stress to some degree? Fortunately, playtime is an emotional outlet for children. It is a great stress reliever for them!

The Health Benefits of Playtime

Playtime usually involves some sort of physical activity, especially in a preschool. Children who are physically active will lead healthier lifestyles, become stronger, fine tune their motor skills as well as improve their muscular coordination. Leading a healthy lifestyle will also reduce their risk of obesity.

We believe in a multi-sensory approach to learning that is provided through play. Playing with other children will also help them develop social skills.  Are you looking for a superior nursery school on Long Island? Look no further than Miss Sue's Nursery School! Call 516-938-0894 or fill out our contact form today to schedule a visit and see our program in action!

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