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Monday, September 19, 2016

Letter from Ms. Jenn: Zoophonics!

We love Zoo-Phonics at Jellybean! If you haven't heard of Zoo-Phonics, here's the jist: every letter has an animal associated with it and every animal has a sound that they make and a gesture that goes along with it. For example, Allie Alligator is for A and she makes the aaa sound while you move your arms like an alligator's mouth. The process is very smart in the way that it associates the animal, name, sound, and movement with the letter.

We've had so much success with it since we began this journey last fall. It's a part of our curriculum as well as our daily group time activity, both in the preschool room and infant/toddler room. We have gone over it so much that our one and a half year olds do the correct movement and sound whenever they see an elephant or a gorilla. It's remarkable how well they remember all of it.

There are so many ways you can utilize this program in your child's day to day activities as well. Along with the obvious (flashcards, posters, demonstrations during dinner, etc), you can play along with these animals during play. Such as: dressing up as Allie Alligator, putting on a puppet show with the zoo-phonics friends, coloring Allie Alligator after practicing writing our letter A's, picking out the letter A's with tweezers and dropping them in Allie's mouth, etc. Learning about our letters and letter sounds can be so much fun and so easy!

If you want some more resources and want to know how to purchase your own zoo-phonics set, please visit their website for more information! You won't regret it!

Monday, September 5, 2016

POTM: Medication Procedures

The following is located in our Parent Handbook. If you have any questions, let us know!

Jellybean Daycare & Preschool can not dispense any medicine without parent permission form filled out. 

Jellybean Daycare & Preschool can administer medication if the following criteria are met: 
1. Medication permission form is completed and signed by the parent. These forms are available at the front desk. The directions must be specific. 
2. At least 24 hours of the medication has been administered at home prior to administering it at the center in case of adverse reactions. 
3. Prescription medication must be in the original bottle/container and have the original pharmacy label attached. Over the counter medication must be in original container (containing dosage information) and labeled with the child’s first and last name. In cases where medication will be administered at home and at school, the parents may request a second labeled container from the pharmacy for the 22 convenience of having medication in both places and so that it’s not forgotten at home or the center. 
4. Dosage and instructions written on the medication permission form must match the bottle/container information. 
5. Medication must not be expired. 
6. In certain instances, a doctor’s note may be required to administer over the counter medication to your child. For example, if your child needs an over the counter medication on a continuous basis. 
7. Parents let staff know the last time the medication was given to their child.

We will not give medication in bottles/food unless it is indicated on the prescription label. We will not administer cough/cold syrup to children under 2 years of age. 

If your child is teething and you would like Jellybean to apply Oragel to your child’s gums, we will only do so 2 times/day max. 

If your child requires special medical procedures (such as use of a nebulizer or blood sugar testing), you must provide written guidance for the teaching of staff.