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    Preventing the Spread of Germs

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    As New England's brisk weather settles in during these late autumn months, we are reminded that the flu is nipping at our heels. Once you hear that first sneeze or cough in your child's classroom, you fear that your child will be the next to catch the bug. The truth is that germs spread in preschool just as quickly as they do in a petri...

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    Beginnings Graduates!

    Jonathan Sommer       

    Our SPARK kindergarteners reached an important milestone this week, when they graduated! We were so happy to share this special time with them, and our Beginnings Families. The graduation ceremony featured songs that the children had learned, a recap of the year from their teacher Angela, and (of course!) diplomas!! Families and children alike...

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    Rosebuds Take Yoga!

    Jonathan Sommer       

    Our Rosebuds (1 and 2 year olds) enjoyed a great yoga class this week. Their instructor remarked about their ability to pay attention, and how hard they worked at each of their poses. We're so happy that they were able to learn the benefits of yoga (flexibility, balance, relaxation, mind-body awareness) at such a young age. They learned the...

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    Protecting Our Children by Helping Them Feel Safe and Secure

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    In light of the tragic event that has recently occurred at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, as parents and teachers we are left with the most basic and fundamental question of how do we protect our children and help them feel safe and secure - not only when they are with us but also when they are apart from us. Both...

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    Secrets to Success: Truth or Consequences

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    Parent’s Question: Yesterday I had a really terrible day at work and when I went to pick up my 5-year-old daughter from school she was so excited to see me she came running with a huge smile and open arms.  I wanted to just forget about my day and be happy with her but I really had to fight to hold back the tears.  I tried but couldn’t...

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    Camping in the Desert: An Original Play Written and Acted by the Adventurers

    Jonathan Sommer       

    Last week the kids from the Adventurers Class performed Camping in the Desert.  The children wrote the play themselves and parents were invited to see the show.  A lot of work was put into the show and nerves were high but when the curtain rose the kids kept their cool under pressure and it was a total success!  We are so proud of them!  Below...

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    End of the Year Picnic!

    Jonathan Sommer       

    [gallery size="medium" ids="730,732,731"]   Despite the precarious weather conditions yesterday, the rain died down about an hour before the event and we were able to hold our annual End of the Year Picnic. Beginnings parents, teachers, and staff flocked to the school (many bearing treats) to celebrate. Kids were able to...

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    Secrets to Success: Bedtime Belligerence

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    I am continually impressed with how loving and dedicated most parents are in wanting to raise their children in the best possible fashion. Raising children is difficult, while raising healthy, socially aware, and well-behaved children is one of the great challenges of life.  And, lest it be forgotten, there is no degree, on-line certification, or...

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    Secrets to Success: The Power of Imaginative Play

    Dr. Donna Housman       

    Imaginative play increases a child’s concentration and attention span.  Researchers conducted a study to demonstrate that a child’s ability to control their impulses is much better when imagining a dramatic scene than a non-play situation.  When asked to stand still for as long as possible, 4 year old children typically did not make it past...

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    Week of the Young Child

    Jonathan Sommer       

    This week Beginnings School is celebrating the Week of the Young Child, an annual celebration sponsored by the National Association for the Education of Young Children (NAEYC).  The purpose of the event is to focus public attention on the needs of young children and their families and to...

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