The Bridge Blog

Summer Fun

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The final school bell has rung, the pencils and notebooks are packed away and the kids are ready for some summer fun! Children love the hot summer months, because they provide the perfect opportunity to spend lots of time outside. Whether it’s swimming in the pool, hiking through the woods, taking long walks, or going for a bike ride, there is something for everyone, no matter how young or old. As the Summer season begins remember the importance of water safety & sun screen. Here are a few reminders as you take your family on vacation or just a family outing around the town.

Safety Tips:

Adult supervision is of paramount importance. Parents need to focus on their children 100% of the time. No distractions!

Practice “touch supervision” (a term used by the American Academy of Pediatrics). This means that at all times, the supervising adult is within an arm’s length of the child being watched, when near or in the water. Remember, no child or adult is “drown proof.”

Avoid sun exposure during peak sun hours (10 AM – 6 PM).

Wear protective clothing and a wide brimmed hat and sunglasses (with 99-100% UV protection).

Sunscreen is a must (on sunny and cloudy days)! Look for products with UVA and UVB protection and an SPF of at least 15 (according to the American Academy of Pediatrics and American Association of Dermatology).

Sunscreen should be applied liberally 30 minutes before going out in the sun, and reapplied every two hours or sooner if swimming, sweating or toweling off.

Reminder : This month will be celebrating Father’s Day. On Friday, June 13, 2014 (times vary at each location) we will be inviting all the dads to honor them for all they do by joining us for Donuts For Dad!

Creepy, Crawly Fun with Infants

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This blog was guest written by Angie Griffie at Mirror Lake Academy in Villa Rica, Georgia.

The Bridge Learning Centers takes great pride in all the activities and educational opportunities we provide for each child in our programs. As most may expect, we focus on the children’s language skills, cognitive development, math, science and much, much more, but we also devote time each day to physical growth and development of the children.  All of our preschool classes have a physical and health development activity as well as a PlayLine activity every day. Each activity is designed to focus on improving their ability to perform a wide range of various motor tasks, using their large and small muscles.

Infant’s physical health and development is so important because the children are growing, moving, exploring and reaching new milestones every day.  As teachers and care givers of your children, we see a lot of physical skills develop in our infant classrooms. We may get an infant as young as 6 weeks old and watch the them learn to hold his/her head up, sit up, roll over, crawl, pull up on furniture, and then walk all in a matter of months!

Below is just one of the many activities we may engage a child in to assist in their physical development.

Infants 6 months-1 year
Creepy Crawly Fun!

Crawling and creeping not only helps your baby get around but also use the right and the left sides of the body at the same time. This helps late with reading and writing skills.

  • Lay the baby on his/her tummy on a mat o carpet surface
  • Place a favorite toy in front of him/her, just out of reach.
  • Encourage him/her to go get it.

Tips…

  • Let the baby reach and retrieve the toy, but make a game out of moving it just out of reach again.
  • Repeat as long as the baby stays interested.
  • Use language to encourage him/her and describe what he/she is doing. For example: “Go get your toy sweetie, that’s it, good job! Move your arms and now your legs. Almost there, you did it!”

Spring Is In the Air!

This blog post was guest-written by Meck at Stonebridge Academy in Bremen, Georgia.

Stonebridge Academy : Spring Is In the Air!

As spring is in the air, the buzz about bees, butterflies, and growing flowers is surrounding Ms. Sydney and Ms. Avery’s classroom in K3B! As a part of expressing each child’s creative side, he/she finger-painted coffee filters as flowers and painted a green stem. This art lesson enables each child to share with friends their favorite kind of flower which expresses their social and emotional preferences. The class also shared the components a flower needs for growth which supports their prior knowledge about the life cycle of a plant that they learned in science. While discussing flowers, the class expressed their fun and messy personalities while creating their masterpiece.

In addition to learning about flowers at school, a fun science activity that parents can try with their children at home is to dissect a flower and discuss the parts of each flower such as the petals, roots, and the stem. This allows children to perform hands-on. Another craft for the child to try at home is a flower mural. Let him/her choose a flower and paint the petals carefully then press onto a piece of paper to create a mural of their own. Both activities highlight what the children already know from school.