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Monday, September 11, 2017

Conferences



Conferences are next month! If you're wondering whether or not you should sign up for a slot, hopefully this helps. Here's an overview of our conferences!

Open house: We set up our conferences like an open house. Every teacher will be stationed in their sections and you will travel around to each teacher for 5 minutes each. Once Juju's timer goes off, you'll move to the next teacher. We do this so you get a specified view of your child from each teacher's perspective and you can talk to them in greater detail about their area of focus.

Who you'll see: Everyone will be there! Ms. Rachel, Ms. Jenn, Ms. Ozzy, Ms. Cheyenne, Ms. Bri, Ms Karen, Ms. Kiki, Ms. Mary, and Ms. Alexis.

What you'll talk about: Upon signing up for conferences, Kiki will send you a PDF of the areas of focus for each teacher. On that PDF will be specific things that each teacher will be going over along with questions to ask yourself about your child before the conferences so you can be prepared to talk about things that need attention. Please print this out and bring it with you.

Reasons to attend: There are so many reasons to attend conferences! If your child is new and you'd like to meet each teacher in person, if you have some concerns about your child, if you have some problems at home you'd like some advice on, and even if you feel completely confident about your child's academic and social/emotional skills! There's always some way to challenge them more.

What you'll get: After conferences, you'll get a more thorough knowledge of the teachers teaching your child, what your child does daily, how they interact with their friends, and some sweet stories about your child. And with that knowledge comes confidence, which is exactly what we wish for you this school year. Confidence in both your family and your child's success!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Meet Nemo!



As of this month, we have welcomed our new class pet: Nemo! He is a male double-tailed Beta fish and the kids are absolutely in love! They have lots of questions and love being involved. Everyday, one friend gets to feed him and they are in awe of the whole process.

Why did we get a class pet? Good question! Here's why:

• Responsibility : Even though a fish is no dog, there is still a bit to do to take care of a fish. The kids have to remember to feed it and clean out its tank. This is a small form of responsibility that they can share as a class in taking care of something living!

• Project Based Learning : You may have noticed the various projects we have been working on around the classroom. We do these for a few weeks (or more) at a time so the children can work towards something and see how things change from day to day. They are able to really see the process of creating a project. For example, one of our projects going on right now is the garden. The kids water the plants, pick weeds, look at the changes in the growth, and pick veggies when they're ready. Our class pet will be one of our projects that will definitely last longer than a few weeks. This kind of learning helps the children acquire real world knowledge, skills, and help them learn how to problem solve for themselves.

• More In-Depth Shared Interest : We have many kids who are at Jellybean so sometimes it's hard for one child to have something in common to share with another child if they aren't in the same friend group. This gives every child something in common with every other child. They have a pet together! This is something they can connect with each other which can only positively increase their emotional skills.

• Encouraged Nurturing : Believe it or not, we are not born knowing how to be nurturing to something (or someone) else. Even though, as I said earlier, a fish is no dog, a pet still teaches a child how to lovingly care for another living thing to give it the best possible life. They may not be able to hug it, but they learn to take care of something and how good it makes them feel to take care of something else. That is a great lesson on nurturing in itself.

So please come in and check out Nemo! I'm sure your child would love to show you our newest Jellybean family member.

Tuesday, August 8, 2017

POTM: Licensing Notebook

The following is taken directly from our 2017-2018 Handbook.

Jellybean Daycare & Preschool keeps its licensing notebook on the parent shelf in the lobby. The notebook contains all the licensing inspection and special investigation reports and related corrective action plans since May 28, 2010. The licensing notebook is available to parents during regular business hours. Licensing inspection and special investigation reports from the last 2 years are available on the child care licensing website at www.michigan.gov/michildcare.

Monday, July 24, 2017

Reacting vs. Responding

There is a very thin line between reacting and responding to an outburst or a comment from your child and whichever you choose to do makes a huge difference on how your child learns from what they said or did. If you break it down, it's pretty simple:

Reacting:

Reacting is done strictly through emotion. You don't think about it, you just react. That may be a giggle after your child says a bad word, or yelling at your child after they continue to throw a fit. Either one is a reaction because it wasn't thought through. It was done out of anger, or humor, or just habit. Either way, reacting is never the right way to go. This is how bad habits form and where something usually goes wrong.

Responding:

Responding is the flip side of reacting. This is methodical, well thought-out, non-emotional, and logical. This is where things go right. When you respond, you listen to what was said, take a second to think about what to do next, and then follow through. This is something that should be positive and active. You are taking part in a conversation rather than fighting to win.

Let's give an example. Let's say your child has been throwing a screaming fit for the past 20 minutes and you have had enough. You can react: raise your voice and tell them that's enough, or you can respond: get down on their level and calmly tell them that once they're done, you'd love to give them a hug.

Responding always brings the most positive outcome from any conversation you may have, whether that be your child or an adult. If you need help in responding rather than reacting, let us know and we can help.