Thursday, May 31, 2018

Spring Conference Fun!

This past Friday, all of our Academy locations were closed and our teachers enjoyed Spring In-service! This year we traveled to the Adventure Science Center in Nashville to understand the importance of STEM in our classrooms.

STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. STEM is important because it is included in every part of our lives. Science is everywhere around us. Technology is expanding at greater capacities than anyone could have ever imagined. Engineering can be as basic as the designs of roads and bridges, but also includes the challenges of changing global weather. Math is in every occupation and every activity we do. By exposing children to STEM and giving them opportunities to explore STEM-related concepts, they will develop a passion for it. A curriculum that is STEM-based has real-life situations to help the student learn, even at the preschool level. 

Our staff explored concepts from bodily systems, like the digestive and respiratory systems, to earthquakes and tsunamis, and even nanotechnology. The day was filled with fun hands-on learning that will be transferred and applied to everyday learning in our classes! 

Tuesday, May 22, 2018

Scientific Tuesday!

Vinegar and baking soda are things you probably see in your own home. But did you know you can use them to blow up a balloon? When you put vinegar and baking soda together in a plastic bottle, you get a chemical reaction, and this chemical reaction produces carbon dioxide gas. After placing a balloon on the open end of the bottle, the gas tries to leave the bottle, it goes up into the balloon because of the tight seal you have created. Because the gas has no where to go and is pushing against the balloon, it inflates it!  Similarly, we exhale carbon dioxide when we blow up balloons! Our friends in Preschool 4 blew up a balloon using these simple things found in Ms. Teka's kitchen.

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Annual Bike Day at AoSL!

Bike Day is always a success at Seaboard Lane. Cycling yields tons of great health benefits, in addition to being a blast! When purchasing a bike for your child, remember these quick tips.

You will most likely have to determine the right-size bike for your child. Finding a bike that fits is crucial to your child's safety, especially since both oversize and undersize bikes can prove hazardous. Bikes that are too large, for instance, can prevent a child's feet from touching the ground and keep his hands from reaching the hand brakes. Bikes that are too small, on the other hand, force a child to pedal awkwardly with substantially bent knees, which can cause knee pain and make a child's legs tire quickly. When fitting a bike:
  • Make sure your child, while seated, can touch the ground easily with both feet when the seat is in its lowest position. (The seat can be raised gradually as your child grows.)
  • Adjust the seat so that your child's legs bend slightly at the bottom of each revolution when pedaling.

Tuesday, May 15, 2018

Transportation---Train Day!

We had a special guest visit from the train, as we explore "Transportation" as a monthly Frog Street theme!

Friday, May 11, 2018

Mothers' Day 2018

This year we held our first ever "Pastries and Painting with Mom," and it was a complete success! We invited all of our moms to paint a canvas and enjoy a fresh pastry with their little ones. Take a look!

Happy Mother's Day!!

Thursday, May 10, 2018

100 Year Old Dress Up!

Our friends in Pre K are exploring "Changes" around them this month. Throughout the month, they will discuss topics such as weather, time changes, Earth changes, and life cycles. With the subject of life cycles, vocabulary words such as age, maturity, and growth come about. What better way to celebrate life and maturity  than dressing like you're 100 years old? The whole school dressed like 100 year olds to help explore life cycles with Pre K.