On February 13, Melissa, Dental Hygienist from the Westfield Pediatric Dental Group visited Clark Preschool for Dental Awareness Month. Melissa demonstrated proper teeth brushing with Franasaurus the stuffed dinosaur, and followed up with a short video. She taught the children about the importance of flossing teeth daily and visiting the dentist regularly. She also talked about proper nutrition, nutrition labeling on foods, and better snack choices according to their sugar content. Tooth decay is a problem for children, but it can be prevented. Westfield Pediatric Dental office specializes in preventive dental care for children and young adults; teaching your children lifelong healthy, dental habits. Visit them firstname.lastname@example.org. Look for the dental goodie bags in their back-packs and ask your child about the dental visit.
January 17 - The Power of Books.
Reading to children is a very important pre-literacy activity. Stephanie Azzaro, the Clark Public Library Children’s Library Associate visited the Clark Preschool Classrooms for story time and a brief talk about the library. The children were delighted with Ms. Stephanie’s book selection and her animated storytelling. Reading to your child is one of the most important things you can do to prepare them with a foundation for academic excellence. Books have the power to benefit preschoolers in many ways. Some benefits of reading to preschoolers are a higher aptitude for learning, reinforcement of basic sounds that form language and the attainment of valuable communication skills.
On February 25th, please join the Clark Public Library for “Take Your Child to the Library Day.” Each child that checks out a book on this day gets entered into a drawing to win a $25 Barnes and Noble gift card! A field trip to the library is planned for the spring.
November 17-The completion of the first quarter of the new school year is highlighted by Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is the perfect time to teach the children about being thankful and to appreciate the blessings in their lives.
The Key Club sponsored by Ellen Zamboni, School Counselor at the Arthur L. Johnson High School presented to the children of Clark Preschool a unit on Manners. The Key Club sponsored by Kiwanis International has a main objective to assist in carrying out their mission to serve the children of the world. The high school students provided hands-on service to teach and reinforce manners, an important part of social skills at the preschool level.
The High school students decorated a Thanksgiving table with stylish flair and performed a skit on table manners. Following the skit the students invited the children to practice table manners they exemplified through return demonstration requiring feedback from the children. They ended their presentation by singing a song about manners titled, “Please and Thank You,” to the tune of Frere Jacques together reinforcing the unit content. The Key Club students kept the children riveted on key messages and the activities provided multiple ways to absorb the concepts providing maximum impact. At the preschool level, manners are an important part of social skills. Children who develop manners at a young age will carry them without thought into adulthood.
October 31 - the Clark Preschool held their 7th Annual Halloween Parade ad pageant today @ 9:15am. The children were decked out in some of the scariest, most inventive and hilarious costumes.. It was a SPOOKTACULAR event for family and friends! See attached photos
Every Second Counts….Plan 2 ways out!
October is fire prevention month and the Clark Fire Department visit to the schools is always a big hit! Their focus is on fire safety, prevention and overall personal safety. There are many things that people can do to improve their safety at home school and work from FIRE.
Fire prevention month is sponsored by the National Fire Prevention Association (NFPA) It was established to commemorate the 1871 Great Chicago Fire and its theme for 2017 is: EVERY SECOND COUNTS…PLAN 2 WAYS OUT! A week long of fire prevention activities have begun at the Preschool classrooms. The Physical Education teacher is performing fire drills and evacuations drills, practicing “stop, drop and roll,” assisting in spreading the word about fire safety. Fireman from the Clark Fire Department visited the Clark Preschool on October 10 and brought with them their full gear and Sparky the fire dog video. They later demonstrated the sounding fire alarm and showed how the fire hoses are used. Sparky the dog video kept the children riveted on key messages related to potential fires and the activities associated with it provided multiple ways to absorb concepts.
Sparky’s says there is a lot you can do to stay safe. Your senses help you every day; in a fire, they help you right away!
Listen for the sound of the fire alarm
Touch the door to see if it is hot. If is don’t use it.
Look for the safest way out.
Smell for smoke.
Sparky’s Fire Safety was a perfect way to introduce the children to fire safety concepts. Free junior fire Hats, coloring activity books, crayons, Tot Finder labels, and fire safety information for the parents were distributed to the children. Be prepared! Plan ahead!
September 25-29 - The children at Clark Preschool are learning that "GERMS Are Not For Sharing."
Colds, gastroenteritis otitis media, conjunctivitis, and sore throat are among the most common childhood diseases. And children in groups are breeding grounds for illness. Their little hands rub their runny noses and then transfer infectious agents onto shared toys. Resistance to infection and improvement of their immunity system comes with time. The single most important task a preschooler can do to prevent illness is to wash their hands frequently and thoroughly.
The Preschool teachers taught the children how to protect themselves against bad germs. The unit began with the video, "Germ Stoppers." The video taught the children how to protect themselves and others from the spread of germs. "Germy Wormy," a puppet visited the classroom for storytelling by reading the book, "Germs Are Not For Sharing." The experiment, "Germ Glitter," was utilized as a simulation and the glitter on their hands resembled germs in real life. The unit concluded with the preschoolers demonstrating hand washing. Good-bye GERMS...send those germs down the drain!