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Monday, March 20, 2017

Why We Have Tablet Time

Some parents are skeptical when it comes to our library and how we allow the children to have tablet time. Their wariness is understandable, as that there are many things going around about the bad consequences of children and screen time. We are well aware of these consequences and make sure that we form our rules so that we will not succumb the children to those consequences. Our rules are that they only get 30 minutes of screen time per day and they can split that up however they want. This also includes if they want to watch a friend play tablet rather than play it themselves. If they're looking at a screen, it's counting toward their 30 minutes. We believe that the children get the following positive effects from their tablet time during the day:

• Quiet alone time: There are so many things that happen during a child's day. From laughing fits to arguments, lunch time to nap time, practicing their letters to dancing to songs, so many things are constantly moving, making sounds, and creating long lasting impressions in a child's brain. It's hard to keep up when they're go-go-go. Sometimes to have a quiet space where they can be alone and possibly zone out gives their bodies and their brains a kickstart for their play once they're finished. This is also seen as a substitute for discipline; sometimes all they need is some time by themselves to regenerate and refocus on positive play, and tablet time can do that for them.

• Other ways of learning: We have only educational apps on all our tablets. There isn't a game on there that doesn't have some educational aspect to it. Apart from this, we also know how all the kids learn, which is in their own unique ways. Each and every one of them learns differently, this also includes the children that seem so afraid to be wrong in front of us teachers that they tell us so little when it comes to learning something new. That's where the apps come in. The children get a whole new way of learning when they are doing tablet time and even if they already know their letters or numbers, repetition never hurts anyone.

• Aptitude of technology: Technology is in everything these days which makes their future skill set even more demanding than ever. Starting them early on (preschool age) makes it easier for them once they get into school. Their practice goes beyond how to work a tablet. During their technology time, they learn about how to move through a system like that, what is an appropriate amount of time in front of a screen, how to communicate with others through technology, and how to solve problems that aren't physically in front of them.

Tablet time can create negative effects if their time spent is not watched carefully, if their apps are not educationally sound, and if they have screen time right before bed. Here at Jellybean, we make sure these children have all the options they can get while staying under a smart, playful, and educational umbrella.

Monday, March 6, 2017

POTM: Child Abuse & Neglect

The following has been taken directly from our handbook. Let us know if you have any questions.

If there is any sign of child abuse Jellybean Daycare & Preschool and all teachers are required by law to report what we suspect to the proper authorities. Any information gathered is regarded as strictly confidential and only discussed with the appropriate people.

Monday, February 20, 2017

Tattling vs. Reporting

Once the kids hit preschool, they are getting towards that age where they want to tattle. This is a difficult and somewhat touchy subject to teach to your children as you don't want them being afraid of tattling when something is seriously wrong but you also don't want them to tell you everything that they see without trying to fix it themselves first. There are a few ways to go about explaining these to your child without pulling up a powerpoint.

First, the differences between tattling and reporting can be told as follows: reporting is what you do when you are concerned about safety or something is of the upmost importance. Tattling is what you do to gain attention and tell on someone to get them in trouble. The easiest way for children to decipher whether or not it would be tattling or reporting is safety. If someone isn't or won't get hurt (physically or emotionally) from what is happening, then they should keep it to themselves.

Next, we all know a child doesn't listen the best when they are sitting and being forced to do something. They learn best by example. So let's give them some. Make up some flashcards or signs for the walls with examples of each thing. Some ideas:

- Susie is kicking Billy's seat and he finds it annoying.
- Billy stole Susie's toy.
- Susie made a nasty face towards the teacher when she wasn't looking.

- Billy shoved Susie and now she's crying.
- Susie told Billy that she is going to punch him if he plays near her.
- Billy snuck out of the house and is by himself outside.

Run through these different examples with your children until they understand the concept clearly. Let them smack the wall signs with a fly swatter. Give them a gummy bear each time they get a flashcard right. Let them jump from tattle to tattle and report to report. There are so many fun ways to incorporate this lesson into your daily routine. Not only is this something good for them to know for once they're in grade school, but it is also important for those children who are more quiet to know to speak up when something is wrong. We could always use more voices than we need.

Lastly, continue to teach this while they grow and learn more on their own. Tattling vs. reporting is not just for playground happenings at school; it is also for speaking up about things that they will deeply care about once they get older. Teach your kids to be their own person and speak about their passions and strengths rather than their own or other's weaknesses.

Monday, February 6, 2017

POTM: Field Trips

Jellybean Daycare & Preschool will go on 2 or 3 field trips a year. These field trips will be held during hours that the school is closed (usually on weekends). All children and parents are welcome and encouraged to come. Parents will be responsible for their children, the cost of the field trips and transportation there and back. You will be given plenty of notice of our field trips and the costs. This is a fun time for all the families to get together and get to know each other and the staff. 

The above is stated directly in our handbook. Let us know if you have any questions!