WELCOME TO BULLFROGS AND BUTTERFLIES

June updates and reminders:

 

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National Seasonal Preparedness

National Children’s Dental Health Month is FEBRUARY

It’s hard to get kids to brush their teeth, so we asked them how long they should brush their teeth. Their responses? Hilarious

Chinese New Year: 2017

4714 is The Year of the Monkey

Chinese New Year

Chinese New Year is the longest and most important celebration in the Chinese calendar.

 

Thursday, March 2 National Read Across America Day (Dr. Seuss Day) 2016

VBGROWSMART

We love to read at Bullfrogs and Butterflies… every year we participate with “GrowSmart” and read to celebrate Dr. Seuss’s Birthday!

Soccer Shots – for your children’s fitness

 

Soccer Shots

Introduce your child to the world’s greatest game, here at Bullfrogs and Butterflies preschool and full day Kindergarten.

Soccer shots offers fall, winter, spring and summer camp programs.

 

 

 

 

Preschool Science

Early Childhood Science

“Scientific knowledge is cumulative: To learn new things, you must build on what you already know. So, it’s important that your child start learning early…”

– U.S. Department of Education

Why should science be part of the Early Childhood Education Curriculum?

At this very young age of 3 – 5 year’s old, children are building a foundation for future learning and scientific understanding. Preschoolers are naturally curious and this is our opportunity as educators to jump on their curiosity and have fun! There is nothing that you need to do to promote their wonder and fascination of the world…it comes natural to them. A preschooler’s curiosity makes this the perfect time to answer their questions and help them create an understanding of how the world works. Preschoolers are able to dive into topics such as physics, biology and chemistry without bias or fear.  Don’t we wish we all could!

A few tips for teaching science to your preschooler:

  1. You have to use real science terminology. Often there is no substitute for the scientific words, but do not worry, just like learning any other word, the more they hear it, the more they will understand.  Here at Bullfrogs and Butterflies we call these our “fancy words”.
  2. A child must have multiple experiences on the same topic in order to gain understanding, which is why we repeat so many things.  Repetition is good at school AND at home. Doing one experiment or project will not bring understanding. It is the repetition of a topic in different forms that will help your child to learn. Often times, doing the same project or experiment multiple times is also beneficial, it allows the preschooler to revisit what they know and gain deeper understanding and more importantly, confidence!

 

Teacher Appreciation Week May 4 – 8

 Thank you to all the teachers at Bullfrogs and Butterflies. Our success is a direct reflection of the love, patience, and experience from our staff. We couldn’t do it without each and every one of you!

 

It’s All About Seeds

I was thinking recently about how much I enjoy teaching the topic of seeds and plants to preschoolers.  There’s something powerfully gratifying and awe-inspiring about awakening and cultivating life that attracts young and old alike.  Planning around the theme of plants and seeds opens up a multitude of learning objectives.  Here are just a few:

Plants and seeds fall under the Life Science category, and introduce preschoolers to many of the Life Science objectives.  They can learn about the difference between living and non-living things, the needs of living things, and life cycles.  (Sunflowers and pumpkins are particularly good specimens for plant life cycles, because their seeds are easily harvested, dried, and planted again.)

Experimenting and experiencing with seeds naturally leads to opportunities to observe and record observations, both critical science skills.  Inherent in the skill of observation is the use of sensory skills to feel, smell, see, hear, even taste, differences!  Observation of seed characteristics and differences also provides math opportunities for sorting and categorizing, as well as counting.

Don’t count out language skills as you’re jumping into this science based theme!  Language is obviously fostered as you include fantastic literary experiences as there are a variety of great books on this topic, but vocabulary is also strengthened as the children talk about their experiences and observations.  They begin using words like, sprout, germinate, dry, and moist, just to name a few.  They describe colors and textures with new adjectives as they sort and differentiate.  Learning the names for the basic parts of plants  (root, stem, leaves, flower) also comes naturally with your exploration.

Source: Amanda Morgan and www.notjustcute.com

 

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