A Joyful Noise Preschool Preschool Pre-Summer Camp
When: Week 1 May 26th – 29th THEME: Under the Sea (No camp on Memorial Day)
Week 2 June 1st – 5th THEME: Squishy Muddy FUN!
Week 3 June 8th – 12th THEME: A Camping We Will GO!
Days and Times: M – W – F (8:30 – 11:30) before and after care will not be available
Who: All children ages 3 – 6
Fee: $125 total for the all three weeks
*Pre-Summer camp in contingent upon enrollment
Visit us: https://ajoyfulnoisepreschool.org
We are so excited to announce that we will once again be hosting this wonderful family event! It will happen rain or shine. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to the date. There will be lots of neat trucks and vehicles to climb in and see up close in person. From Fire Trucks to Tractors, kids and parents of all ages love this event. Hope to see you there!
Who: Anyone is invited
What: A community building fundraising event with all proceeds going to A Joyful Noise Preschool. The event is a drop-in event and other than the entry fee and concessions, all other activities are included, so this is a fun low-cost family event that benefits a great cause.
Where: Sea Road Christian Church in Kennebunk (Click here for directions)
When: May 16, 2015 from 10am-3pm
Featuring: Rick Charette UNPLUGGED!
Cost: Suggested donation of $5 per person or max of $20 per family and free for children under 2 years old (Cash only.)
Check out this video from last year’s Touch A Truck event.
March Teacher’s Blog-
Walk into a kindergarten classroom and you may be surprised that the building block area has been replaced by a computer station, the creative imagination corner now houses the white board, and the sensory sand and water table is now where the desks and tables are for students to sit and do their copious amounts of work sheets. And testing The culture of Early Childhood Education has changed dramatically in the last 10 years. Children are playing less, using their imaginations less and spending more time on technology equipment and standardized testing.
Through play, children learn naturally while laughing and having fun.
While early childhood educational specialists continue to expand the potent case for the value of play in children’s lives, the actual time children spend playing continues to decrease. Today, children play eight hours less each week than their counterparts did two decades ago (Elkind, 2008). The anxiety of rising academic standards is pushing play to the back burner in the early childhood years. Play is being replaced by test preparation in kindergartens and grade schools. Well-intentioned parents believe their preschoolers need a leg up in this pressure filled, academically competitive world. They are led to believe that flashcards and educational “toys” are the path to success in the classroom and in life. An unneeded opposition between play and learning has been erected by the false belief that performing well on tests is an accurate depiction of a successful learner.
Instinctively most early childhood teachers understand that play is a fundamental part of young children’s lives, and that being able to play, both alone and with others, is an assurance of children’s strong development. We also recognize that play improves children’s physical, social/emotional, and creative growth, and we apply day-to-day assessment of this growth by observing children at play.
If a child is laughing, having fun, singing, dancing and imagining, then he is learning. When a child is dancing to the spelling of his name, singing the vowel sounds, spinning and jumping by 2’s, 5’s and 10’s; he is experiencing the JOY of learning. Every teacher and parent’s goal is to instill a love of learning in each child. This love is a gift we all wish to give to our children.
So to all of my brilliant and well-intentioned parents, put away the flashcards, put on the music and bear witness to your children’s growth in all areas of their early childhood development while they dance, sing, build, explore laugh and PLAY!