The kiddos are so excited so meet their new classmate….a spotted gecko!
Pets in a classroom have so many benefits, including…
” • Observing and caring for an animal instills a sense of responsibility and respect for life.
• A pet brings increased sensitivity and awareness of the feelings and needs of others—both animals and humans.
• Kids learn that all living things need more than just food and water for survival.
• Students will see directly how their behavior and actions affect others.
• Studies show that the presence of animals tends to lessen tension in the classroom.”
My Facebook memories show that last year at this time we had snow….not this year! Our children have been wearing their snowgear to protect themselves from the mud, if even wearing them at all in the 50 degree weather! Yesterday they made some surprising discoveries.
No matter the weather, we try to be outside. Mud play is so important to children’s development, you can check out many resources why at this website. https://playvolutionhq.com/mud-play-resources/ (Even though I’d rather have tons of snow this time of year for us to play in!!)
We are so blessed her at Children First that we have plenty of opportunities for the children to play in mud, and even an area on our playground called the mudkitchen, where a small stream flows through.
Starting in 2021, each classroom here at Children First took the pledge to get the kids outside as much as possible….and we tracked those hours. The Mulberry classroom just reached 500 hours in December….and we’re going to try to do even more next year. Why?
“The entire purpose of 1000 Hours Outside is to attempt to match nature time with screen time. If kids can consume media through screens 1200 hours a year on average then the time is there and at least some of it can and should be shifted towards a more productive and healthy outcome!” – https://www.1000hoursoutside.com/
Children Should Be Outside for 4-6 Hours Every Day!
Please join us this year and track your own hours outside. Add them to the hours your child is getting here at CF (ask your child’s teacher for how many we did that week). And check out these BEAUTIFUL trackers. https://www.1000hoursoutside.com/trackers
We are dedicated to our policy of promoting early healthy eating habits, best seen in our “morning snack” policy and our annual/semiannual “Five A Day Challenge.” Why are we so insistent on this?
All of these things are really important and NOW is the time to work toward establishing these healthy habits! To help children and families work on this commitment, we will soon be launching our “Five A Day Challenge.” We are challenging all family members to eat 5 Fruits and Vegetables a Day! Please expect more communication from your child’s classroom teachers about celebrating fruits and veggies in lunchboxes!
“Scientists analyzed data from more than 2 million people in the United States and dozens of other countries and found that eating about five servings of fruits and vegetables a day was associated with the lowest risk of early death, and that the optimal balance was two servings of fruit and three servings of vegetables a day.
Compared to people who had two servings of fruits and vegetables a day, those who had five servings a day had a: 13% lower risk of death from all causes; a 12% lower risk of death from heart disease and stroke; a 10% lower risk of death from cancer, and a 35% lower risk of death from respiratory disease, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.” https://www.webmd.com/diet/news/20210301/get-your-5-a-day-fruits-veggies-to-live-longer#1
Please bear with us while we work on updating the website! It’s been a naptime effort, so it’s a little slow going, but I’m excited for our vision to finally start to take shape! Along with updates that are happening in our school, we plan on making a family resource page for you to use whenever needed and links to helpful articles or websites.
The first order of business is to remind families of our Halloween parties that are coming up! Please check the date with your teachers if you are not sure, all information should be on your child’s private Facebook group and if you need to bring anything. I can’t wait to see everyone in costume, I’ll make sure I share some pictures here. – Katie, Mulberry Teacher
We are currently enrolling for the Fall of 2021 in all of our preschool classrooms, ages 2.9 to 5 years. If you are interested, please fill out our intake form and we will get back to you. Thank you.
While Children First continues to be stable and strong, it is with such a heavy heart that we heard of yet another provider in our area closing. The pandemic has been very hard on our industry, and South Hadley alone has experienced serious capacity loss. Children First will not have the capacity to meet the increased demands of so many in need.
To get on CF’s Wait List, please complete the on-line intake form here found on our website. PLEASE CHECK YOUR SPAM FOLDER for any future correspondence from us. Once you are on our Wait List, you will remain there until you ask to be removed or do not respond to both an email and a phone attempt to contact you.
Please note that our enrolled families are using a texting app to communicate with us and that the phones are not always staffed since administrators are wearing many hats right now. Email communication for the Wait List is preferred at this time.
CF does not offer infant care, and our toddler classroom is already enrolled for the upcoming year (2021-2022). We are working on enrolling our preschool classrooms for 2021-2022. THANK YOU FOR YOUR PATIENCE!
We also urge every family to use the childcare finder on the State website as well: https://eeclead.force.com/EEC_ChildCareSearch
This year, with big help from Katie Myslinski, Children First was awarded $1,239.00 by Florence Bank Customers’ Choice Community Grant. This year we will be using this money to expand our “Outdoor Musical Garden”.
Here is how you can help us win even more next year :
1.) Vote online – Visit florencebank.com/vote to view the online voting site.
2.) Paper Ballots – Visit any Florence Bank branch location and cast your vote while you do your banking.
REMEMBER – You have to be a Florence Bank customer and can only vote for 1 non-profit per year. VOTING CONTINUES ALL YEAR LONG AND ENDS 12/31/19!
Messy weather is coming!
Messy weather does not typically impact our toddler or preschool programs but can have a big impact on our school-age programs. Please see below for (rare) early release or closure information.