Tuesday, July 23, 2019

KBC--School Bus Safety!

Riding the school bus for the first time is a big step for our rising kindergartners. During Kindergarten Boot Camp, we help our rising kindergartners get a gold star in school bus safety by following these tips:
  1. Walk to the bus stop and wait with them until it arrives. Make sure drivers can see the kids at your bus stop.
  2. Stand at least three giant steps back from the curb as the bus approaches and board the bus one at a time.
  3. Wait for the school bus to come to a complete stop before getting off and not to walk behind the bus.
  4. If a child needs to cross the street after exiting the bus, he or she should take five giant steps in front of the bus, make eye contact with the bus driver and cross when the driver indicates it’s safe. Teach kids to look left, right and left again before crossing the street.
  5.  Use the handrails when boarding or exiting the bus. Be careful of straps or drawstrings that could get caught in the door. If a child drops something, they should tell the bus driver and make sure the bus driver is able to see them before they pick it up.

Enjoying the school bus visit!

All smiles for the school bus!

rising kindergartners on the school bus!

Wednesday, July 17, 2019

Gross Motor Skills!

Gross Motor skills are those which require whole body movement and involve the large (core stabilizing) muscles of the body to perform everyday functions, such as standing, walking, running, and sitting upright. It also includes eye-hand coordination skills such as ball skills (throwing, catching, kicking). Out Toddler 3 class had a blast today playing "Basketball" and working their gross motor skills!

Friday, July 12, 2019

Reading Week!

This week has been all about Reading at The Academy of Seaboard Lane. Yesterday, all of the kids were able to dress as their favorite storybook character and bring their favorite books. Today, our Pre K 2 teacher, Ms. Kristin, brought in her favorite book--Harry Potter! Ms. Kristin discussed how books can be real (non-fiction) and make believe (fiction.) Books can take you on adventures and help you experience things otherwise unknown! Thanks for sharing with us!

Pop-up Harry Potter book!

Ms. Kristin loves Harry Potter!

So amazed at the book!

Wednesday, July 10, 2019

Counting and Number Recognition

Recognition of numbers supports the development of other number skills, such as counting. For example, one of the most important ideas about counting that many children do not develop is this: The last counting word tells how many. Children will count three objects, but then, when asked how many, will re-count. But if they recognize groups of one, two, and three, then when they count out one, they see they have one, when they count out two, they see they have two, and when they finish and count three they see three. They relate it to what they already know, and so the counting is more meaningful.

Matching number to number!

Fine Motor Skills

Playing with clay-it’s great for strengthening muscle tone in little hands – squishing, squashing, rolling, flattening clay all develop children's muscles and fine motor skill development.

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Red White & Blue!

These patriotic cuties are ready to celebrate the holiday!

"Ms. Hema, what is this on my head?"  :-)

"I'm not too sure about this, Ms. Hema."

Monday, July 1, 2019

Best Of Parenting Nominations!

Please help us win Best of Parenting 12 years in a row! Just go
to www.nashvilleparent.com/bop19 and vote for “The Academy”! Thank

Thursday, June 27, 2019

Goldfish Swim School

"Goldfish Swim School was created by parents, for parents, with this goal in mind — to give kids the platform to build essential life skills that will help them make waves in life. We’ve created an inviting and safe place where kids overcome their fears, learn to swim, respect the water and have lots of fun while doing it. Our award-winning tropical environment and shiver-free pools are simply the fun backdrop for where kids do some serious growing and learning. So while we’re focused on the serious stuff, your family will be focused on the fun. It’s what we call The Science of SwimPlay" 

--Goldfish Swim School 

A very special thank you goes out to Goldfish Swim School for coming by today to give a presentation on swim safety! We loved having "Bubbles," the mascot at our school today!

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Sensory Bottles!

It’s long been established that young children are oriented toward sensory experiences. These experiences lay the foundations for learning other skills, along with fine-tuning motor muscles to boot. Discovery of such essential characteristics is a natural starting point for a myriad of life’s journeys. Generally-speaking, specialists collectively understand that the five key benefits of sensory play are as follows 

1. Sensory play builds nerve connections within the developing brain’s neural pathways, which trigger a child’s inclination for and ability in competing more complex learning tasks
2. Sensory play supports language development, cognitive growth, motor skills, problem solving skills, and social interaction
3. Sensory play aids in developing and enhancing memory functioning
4. Sensory play is great for calming an anxious or frustrated child
5. Sensory play helps children learn vitally important sensory attributes (hot, cold, sticky, dry, etc)
We are so excited to be celebrating the fun of sensory play this week at AoSL! 

Making a classroom Sensory Bottle

Adding the ingredients for a sensory bottle

Shaking up the sensory bottle.

Friday, June 21, 2019

KBC PE Class!

Physical education is an essential part of healthy living for people of all age groups, especially those in elementary school. Physical education at school helps in preventing obesity and high blood pressure. Physical exercise helps children burn off their extra calories. By doing physical exercises individuals use their extra calories to gain energy. Plus, such activities play an important role in the healthy growth and development of bones and cartilages. Bone strengthening exercises such as jumping are particularly important for school children as such activities produce a force onto the bone that helps enhance its strength and growth. While muscle strengthening exercises make muscles larger and stronger, they also help children carry more weight and aid in protecting joints against injuries.

We are so thankful for Mr. Kevin and our BGA friends for coming by today and giving our rising kindergarteners a taste of a real Physical Education class!