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If I Had My Child to Raise Over Again If I had my child to raise all over again, I’d finger-paint more and point the finger less. I’d do less correcting and more connecting. I’d take my eyes off my watch and watch with my eyes. I would care to know less and know to care more. I’d take more hikes and fly more kites. I’d stop playing serious and seriously play. I’d run through more fields and gaze at more stars. I would be firm less often and affirm much more. I’d build self-esteem first, and a house later. I’d teach less about the love of power, And more about the power of love.
Welcome! Your time is precious and we appreciate your presence. Dr. Bucci Pat, Consultant Fragnelli Josie, Consultant Bird Stephanie, Speech/Language Kibel Leigh-Anne, Physical Management Laliberte Renee, Speech/Language Saunders Jennifer, Physical Management Booth Catherine, Supervisor- SLP Craig, Catherine, Supervisor- PM
THANK YOU! To all Parents for providing us with a beautiful garden of children l l Teachers who participated in the project: l l l Cicinelli, Maureen Ferracane, Stephen Gesualdo, Luisella Hadeed, Grace Halk-Meade, Sara King, Diane Lato, Joanne Marzario, Pina Quinn, Therese Swhed, Maria Vilardo, Vanessa
Our children…… • our signature onto the world • our legacy of our beliefs, values, identity, and codes of behaviour
OUR CHILDREN ARE OUR EVERYTHING …. .
Parents and Teacher…. . “What do you do? ” “We are in the construction business …. . . the construction of brains. ”
Most Effective Predictors of IQ l Home Environment – Parental involvement and warmth l Opportunity for varied stimulation l Stimulation of Language
• Over the last two decades alone, children have lost eight hours of free, unstructured, and spontaneous play a week • From 1997 to 2003, children’s time spent outdoors fell 50% • The amount of time children spend in organized sports has doubled • Decades of research has shown that play is crucial to physical, intellectual, social and emotional development This is especially true of the purest form of play: the unstructured, self-motivated, imaginative, independent kind, where children initiate their own games and even invent their own rules.
What are we preparing our children for? http: //www. conferenceboard. ca/topics/education/learningtools/employability-skills. aspx
Success in the global workforce of the 21 st century requires that our children be skilled in the 6 Cs. TM
How do we prepare our children?
l Parents by l…grounding parenting in a solid relationship with your child (how to be with our children and who to be for them: what nature intended —the true source of contact, security, and warmth) l Schools by… l…becoming partners in the adult- child relationship
Relationships and Trust continue in Kindergarten… By building the foundation that students need to be resilient learner who can: • handle frustration, • work through problems, • negotiate, • compromise, • share, • empathize.
Play is serious business for the development of young learners… In fact, a large body of research suggests that…. a deliberate and effective play-based approach enables children to develop executive function
l When children play, they learn to: l Shift attention l Improve memory skills l Inhibit impulses • Plan • Solve problems • Work toward a goal
And…when the day is done… The importance of SLEEP
Smarter in the Morning than the Night Before! • 99% of our brain growth / maintenance happens during sleep • protein markers formed during the day are wired during sleep • life span of 18 -20 hours
Or Not…. . • Neurotrophins: group of proteins which are responsible for the growth and development of dendrites • Calpain: enzyme which causes the protein marker to self – destruct.
SO…. . What do Kindergarten Teachers do? Ensure that the children receive the greatest benefits from their kindergarten experience by fostering the development of: 1. language 2. motor skills 3. social 4. emotional 5. academic Evolution of a pasta butterfly
The greatest compliment…. “What did you do in school today? ” “We played. ”
In fact, a large body of research suggests that…. High quality preschool programs are characterized by playful environments in which children have strong relationships with their caregivers and are engaged in active learning. __ Galinsky 2005