All of Small Miracles schools are part of Bens Bells Kind Campus Project. Abundant research indicates the importance of school climate for student well-being, including factors related to school safety, such as mental health, aggression, substance use, and other risk behaviors. Relatedly, behavioral theories and research point to the profound importance of social norms and the behaviors of others in shaping one’s actions. Context is so deeply influential that research has found that a single child’s behavior in different places was more varied than the behavior of multiple children in a single place. [Read more…]
Archives for 2015
Small Miracles is proud to announce that we have joined forces with the State of Arizona’s Department of Health Services (AZDHS) “School Garden Sanitarian” Kathryn Mathewson. Little Ranch, Open Arms, Old Spanish Trail, Scottsdale Early Learning Center, and Pima Country Day School have been certified to grow, harvest, and eat the food that comes out of their very own gardens. The children will learn as early as age 1 healthy eating habits through sensory learning. Not only will our preschool children be exposed to a new way of learning where their food comes from, they will start to have a new appreciation for fresh fruits and vegetables straight from their preschools backyard.
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. [Read more…]
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!! [Read more…]
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. [Read more…]
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.
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). [Read more…]