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COVID

Parent Daily Health Inventory
Staff Daily Health Inventory
Our reopening plan has been guided by:
The Maryland State Department’s Office of Child Care (MSDE)
National Association of Education of Young Children (NAEYC)
CDC & American Academy of Pediatrics
Central Presbyterian Church COVID-19 Response Team

The following are steps we have taken to keep your children safe this year.
~Daily health monitoring of students and staff
~Daily temperature monitoring of students and staff
~Frequent handwashing
~Mask wearing by staff and students (3 and older)
~Classrooms sanitized at the end of each day
~Playground sanitized after each class
~Students have one hour of outdoor time a day weather permitting
~Fresh air pumped into the classrooms
~Seperate entrance/exit for each classroom keeping students in their hubs

Central Presbyterian COVID Guidelines

MSDE COVID GUIDANCE

STEAM PROGRAM

What Will We Be Doing?
Incorporate more meaningful STEAM activities and lessons in all classrooms. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math. Our fabulous STEAM teacher trained by the Erickson Institute provides monthly STEAM ideas for 2, 3, and Pre-K classes.

Why STEAM?
Preschoolers are naturally interested in many activities that “fit the bill” of STEAM, so we’re trying to capture their natural curiosity and excitement to learn, and set them up with a good learning foundation for these subjects.
STEAM activities help work on all areas assessed under the Creative Curriculum for Preschool (large and fine motor, cognitive, social/emotional, and literacy).
STEAM activities also build early problem-solving and critical thinking skills, which are such important skills for them to have and develop throughout their life.

Take a look…..

STEAM Parent Letter – October
STEAM Newsletter February
STEAM Parent Newsletter March

Men Who Change Diapers Change The World!

Dads Rule!
~Science shows a father can have an immense impact on language. Among the strongest predictors of a child’s language competence is his/her father’s vocabulary
~Children with involved fathers are better problem solvers and dealing with frustration
~Men are more likely to engage in “rough and tumble” play with children, which helps kids regulate their emotions

Special annual events are designed just for dads!

~Dads Day: Dads join students in the classrooms for a fun morning complete with coffee and doughnuts

~STEAM Night: Dads join students in the evening for games and activities complete with pizza!

 

 

Dual Language Learners

Central Presbyterian Church Preschool loves DLL students!



Family Resources

Why is play important?

Do you know play increases language acquisition, enhances creativity, expands critical thinking and problem-solving skills, improves growth and fine motor skills?

 

https://www.naeyc.org/resources/topics/play

Bee-bots in preschool

Pre-K Robotics and Early Coding Program

Hello! My name is Mrs. Ghorbani and I will be working with the Pre-K students on Robotics and Early Coding. Students will work with me in small groups for thirty minutes a week.

You may be hearing the term STEAM a lot these days. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math and is a curriculum that integrates the five subjects into one discipline. Coding is a skill that would fall under STEAM learning. Coding is the process of using programming language to get a computer (robot!) to do what you want it to do.

Coding is becoming an integral part of many future careers. When students have an understanding of coding they can become producers, rather than just consumers, of digital technology. Coding can be thought of as a new literacy for the twenty-first century that provides different ways of thinking, communicating and expressing ideas.

Future careers aside, learning a basic coding foundation at an early age is beneficial in numerous ways and only adds to a child’s overall preschool education. Plus it’s fun! What students work on in our meetings will enhance and add to what they are learning in their regular classroom. During our weekly meetings, students will:

Expand their problem solving skills
Work on sequencing
Use their imaginations
Work together in small groups
Plan and test strategies
Build confidence
Design things
Strengthen their motor skills
Have fun!

How do we plan to accomplish this? We have three fun tools we will be learning with. To kick the year off we will start with KIBO. Mid-year we will introduce Bee-Bots. Finally, we will round out the year with Scratch Jr.
What is KIBO?
KIBO is a screen-free robot kit that lets 4- to 7-year-olds create, design, decorate and bring their own robot to life! Students use wooden blocks to create a sequence of instructions (programming code). They then scan the blocks with the robot body to tell it what to do. Press a button and the robot comes alive, following their instructions! KIBO is an easy and fun way to bring robotics and coding to young learners and spark their interest in STEAM.

What is Bee-Bot?
Bee-Bot is an exciting little screen-free robot designed for use by young children. Bee-Bot is the perfect tool for teaching counting, sequencing, estimation, problem-solving and strategizing. Directional keys are used to code up to 40 commands that send Bee-Bot forward, back, left and right. Pressing the green GO! button starts Bee-Bot on its way. Bee-Bot blinks, beeps, moves in 6” steps and circles in 90-degree turns. There are endless creative and fun possibilities with Bee-Bot!

What is ScratchJr?
ScratchJr is an introductory programming language app that enables young children to create their own interactive stories and games. We will be learning ScratchJr on iPads. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves — then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.

KIBO
Scratch Junior

Terrible 2’s, 3’s, 4’s

Misbehavior is an opportunity for growth. However, children learn best before they flip their lids into a temper tantrum. Dr. Daniel Siegel the author of No Drama Discipline teaches parents valuable tools on how to solve discipline problems.

https://www.drdansiegel.com/books/no_drama_discipline/