Team members, their families and children of Small Miracles volunteered their time on Friday, November 20th serving a Thanksgiving Dinner to local refugees. Community service is a big part of Small Miracles and we want children along with their families and our team members to play an active role in giving back to the community through our charitable giving program – thank you to everyone that helped.
Just wanted to share pictures from our Thanksgiving raffle. We received more than could even fit in the box!! Families donated food for three families in need here at our school and LR will be donating a turkey for each of them. One grandmother started crying on the phone because she was so happy! Happy almost Thanksgiving everyone!!
Congratulations to Janette Carrizoza who was named the 2015 Educator of the Year through her endless pursuit of excellence in the classroom and in the community. Advancing the quality of early childhood education is not possible without effective teachers who go above and beyond in the classroom to encourage a lifelong love of learning. The recipient of this award is an educator who demonstrates exceptional skills and practices in their work with young children. This award recognizes the individuals who are dedicated to improving early learning programs.
- Have a broad understanding of research-based models for effective teaching and of current trends and issues in education.
- Be facilitators of learning, skilled in implementing creative teaching strategies.
- Be poised, articulate, enthusiastic, and energetic.
- Be exceptionally dedicated, knowledgeable and skilled teachers.
- Have a superior ability to teach and to inspire in students a love of learning.
- Be recognized as leaders in the community as well as in the school.
- Show active involvement and leadership in professional development and extra-curricular activities.
- Inspire students of all backgrounds and abilities to learn.
- Have the respect and admiration of students, parents and colleagues
Congratulations to Elise Zimmerman who was named the 2015 “Friend of Children” Award for being a voice for children. The award recognizes individuals who have made outstanding contributions to Small Miracles Early Learning Centers through his or her many years of service as an advocate for children and quality programming. Although the recipient may also have had direct contact with children, this award specifically recognizes the contributions they have made because of their vision for and public commitment to children. The recipient may be a educator, an administrator, director, assistant director or a cook whose efforts have made Small Miracles a better place for children to grow and learn.
Sign Language & Baby Signs. The Fall season is the perfect time to teach the children animal signs. Naturally we will be talking about the farm and what better way to teach Sign than with song? Old MacDonald is a great tune just for this purpose. Try this at home, the signs are easily found on the internet
Congratulations to Little Ranch School who officially became a nationally accredited early learning center through the National Accreditation Commission in June 2015.
Did you know that 1 in 10 preschoolers and 1 and 4 school-age children have vision problems? A recent study showed that 80 percent of what a child learns in school comes to him or her visually; however, only 14 percent of preschoolers get an eye exam (Peek).
Vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the United States (Current Ophthalmology). The good news for parents is that early detection can help prevent poor vision and help their child reach their learning potential.
The following are tips for parents to help with eye vision problems:
- Observe Discomfort — eye rubbing, blinking, or squinting, light sensitivity, keeping eyes closed too much, tired eyes or complaining of headaches.
- Look into child’s eyes to for unusual redness of eyes or eye lids, lid droopiness, crusted eyelids, styes or sores, tearing and eye direction.
- Get comprehensive exams by an eye doctor.
A child may or may not show any symptoms or signs that he or she may have a vision problem. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your doctor or pediatrician for more information.
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