Should you start teaching your child the basics (numbers, alphabets, words) at the age of 4? How about 3? 2 maybe? 1 perhaps? Well, the answer is yes!
It seems that homework has recently become controversial – is it good or not? In reality, the debate has been around for a very long time. In the late 19th century, and very early 20th century, homework was considered “bad” and California even went to the extent of passing a law in 1901 abolishing homework…
“Boring” tasks are important to teach persistence and discipline in a world where children are exposed to a lot of high-octane video games, immediate gratification of all basic needs (hungry? Just go to the refrigerator and eat something – they don’t have to wait for a parent to go stalk a deer, kill it, skin it, then cook it), and continuous colorful and interactive toys…
One can always find a study or experiment that supports one’s view. For example, even today there are societies dedicated to proving that the earth is flat (see References for link). Education, especially early education, is no exception. For example, there are some that say homework is bad for children and some that say homework is good for children…
Whereas there are many studies that are important, we will list just a few that will convey the importance of optimal early education.
Welcome to the New School Year
Well, here it is again…a new school year. We are very excited to start the second year of our much-acclaimed curriculum and teaching methods.
There are many new things that have happened. We have made significant improvements in our infrastructure (please see other articles in newsletter), our curriculum, and staffing patterns.
What’s New in 2017?
First we would like to thank all parents and staff for a successful 2016! We have received a large amount of feedback on how much all our children are learning in their classrooms and this pleases us to no end! After all our mission is “to educate our children to their maximal potential – everyday!”
Curriculum Established – Refinement Continues
The new curriculum initiated in September 2015 has been quite a success. Parents, teachers, and of course most importantly, the children, have welcomed the new curriculum with much enthusiasm. The increased structure and academic focus has really been popular with the children (at least the vast majority). They are enjoying the learning and feel proud and accomplished when they are able to recite their lessons for the week with ease by the time Friday rolls around.
Additional Capability Added to Sign-on Process
Communication, of course, if important – especially between our staff and parents. We have now added the capability to provide messages to parents when they sign in.
There are two categories of messages. First, those that are specific for a given parent. This might include things like, “please see front desk” or “your paperwork is ready” or “incident report to be signed.” Second, we may enter general announcements intended for all parents. These may include messages like “playground closed on Aug 7” or “please remember that re-registration is due in August.”
Daily Sheets Upgraded – Pilot Next Week
We are in the process of changing the design of our Daily Sheets so that they are intuitive and easier to interpret. We will be piloting these new Daily Sheets in the 3 and 4 year old classrooms on Monday June 22, 2015. This will give parents and our teachers an opportunity to provide feedback so that we can then further improve and refine the design to make it as efficient and easy to use and interpret as possible. We look forward to your input as we know these sheets are very important to our parents.