EC3 Newsletter – 7/15/16

Published: 2016-07-15

Mark Your Calendars for Meet-the-Teacher Nights in August & September

EC3 is hosting its annual series of meet-the-teacher nights for our preschool and older toddler classrooms. These events are intended to give parents a chance to see the classrooms and meet the staff members who will be teaching their children in the fall. If your child will be moving into the Gecko, Tiger, Bluegill, or Bear classrooms after Labor Day, watch for a note in your cubby soon with more details.

Classroom Transition “Pathway” at EC3

EC3 parents often wonder, what is the “order” of classrooms that children follow as they progress through EC3? There is no single pathway, of course, and much depends on the age and development of each child, as well as the cohort of children with whom he/she has become familiar. But in general, here are some guidelines.

* As infants become toddlers, they are transitioned to one of the three Toddlerland classrooms—the particular room is determined by space availability and parent preference.
* From Toddlerland, children either move to the Gecko or Otter rooms (older toddlers, aged 2 to 3) or the Frog room (young preschoolers, aged 2.5 to 3.5).
* Geckos, Otters, and Frogs generally move to either the Tiger or Bluegill rooms.
* Tigers (aged 3 to 4) generally move to either the Bluegill or Bear rooms.
* The Bluegill room is multi-age (3 to 5) and is one of the “graduating” rooms. Children generally stay in the Bluegill room for more than one year, although some will transition to the Bear room for their last year.
* The Bear room is the other “graduating” room, designated only for pre-K students (aged 4 to 5).

At the infant and Toddlerland levels, transitions happen when the children are ready throughout the year. By the time children reach preschool level, we begin aligning their transitions more closely to the school year so that they grow accustomed to those rhythms prior to entering kindergarten. This means that while we have a small transition of some students in both January and May, the biggest change happens at the beginning of September.

Bedtime Math for Young Children

Everyone knows that reading to your children daily is an important component of raising strong readers. The same method can also be applied to math! Bedtime Math is the brainchild of Laura Bilodeau Overdeck and involves giving an age-appropriate math problem to children each night as a way to encourage math literacy—even for toddlers! The mission: to make the nightly math problem as common as the bedtime story. Learn more about Bedtime Math—and subscribe to the math problems—at http://bedtimemath.org/

Children in Cars

As temperatures across the country continue to escalate, it is more important than ever to understand the health effects for children. Infants and young children are particularly sensitive to the effects of extreme heat and must rely on others to keep them safe. When left in a hot vehicle, a young child’s body temperature can increase three to five times as quickly as an adult’s. Here are a few simple things you can do to keep children safe:

* Make it part of your everyday routine to account for all children in your care. Set up backup systems to check and double-check that no child is left in the vehicle. Never leave a child unattended in a vehicle—even if the windows are partially open or the engine is running with the air conditioning on. Vehicles heat up quickly; if the outside temperature is in the low 80s, the temperature inside a vehicle can reach deadly levels in only ten minutes, even with a window rolled down two inches.
* Always make a habit of looking in the vehicle—front and back—before locking the door and walking away. Create reminders to ensure that no child is accidentally left behind in the vehicle. Place an item that is needed at your final destination in the back of the vehicle next to the child.
* Call 911 or your local emergency number immediately if you see a child alone in a hot vehicle. If he or she is in distress due to heat, get the child out as soon as possible and cool him or her down rapidly.

Dressing Up at EC3


Dramatic play is an important element of early childhood education because it allows young children to develop their skills of symbolic thought, which contribute to intellectual development in general and language development in particular. At EC3, we feature a dramatic play area in each classroom and are always in need of new supplies—costumes, hats, shoes, accessories. As you clean up your closets at home (or visit neighborhood garage sales), please keep us in mind for donations of dress-up items for infants, toddlers, and preschoolers.

Weekend Family Fun

Meadows Celebration – A Blast in the Moonlight – DeWitt
Friday, June 15th from 6:00 to 11:00 p.m.
The Meadows Celebration celebrates Granger Meadows Park and provides a fun, free, family-friendly event for the residents of the greater DeWitt area. Activities include tricycle races, face painting, inflatables, fireworks, a watermelon eating contest, and more! http://bit.ly/29EaJw8

Eaton County Fair - Charlotte
Daily through July 16th
Whether you enjoy tractor and truck pulls, motor-cross races or demolition derbies, you can find it all at the Eaton County Fair. http://bit.ly/2a96B5U

Important Dates Coming Up

* Saturday, 7/16: Toddler Teacher Julie Douglas’s Birthday
* Monday, 7/18: Tuition Invoices Emailed
* Tuesday, 7/19: EC3 Board Meeting, 6:15 p.m., EC3 Gym
* Friday, 7/22: Tuition due

Visit EC3 on the Web!

* EC3’s website: http://ec3kids.org/
* Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/EC3-Educational-Child-Care-Center/111696098858348
* Pinterest: http://pinterest.com/ec3kids/
* Twitter: https://twitter.com/EC3kids/
* EC3’s weekly menu: http://ec3kids.org/calendar/events

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