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The First Academy Preschool, Week of October 27th

IMPORTANT EVENTS & DATES FOR NOVEMBER

Parents, please take a moment to mark your calendars. The following are important dates that you do not want to miss:

Message from Mrs. Sarah Donovan, Director of The Extended Educational Programs

Individually we are one drop, but together we are an ocean. Teamwork is critical to the success of any program, and especially in a school. I am so humbled and proud of the teams I have the honor of walking beside and serving every day at TFA’s Preschool, TCS, and The First Hope. Recently, a new member has been added to our team. Derrick Skelton, the Children’s Pastor at First Baptist Orlando, has truly united with each TEEP program to provide support and additional resources for our programs. He is partnering with the Preschool and TCS for upcoming chapels, ensured Preschool signage is present in the E2 building, and has provided strong collaboration and vision during the E2 restoration for our programs. We are so grateful for his continued partnership and leadership with TEEP.

Message From Mrs. Grayson Merritt,  Principal

An interesting article just came out from the American Academy of Pediatrics about their latest findings on how much screen time we should allow our children.  Since our children are now immersed in technology, I have been personally interested on the affect all of this exposure will have on the development of the brain in early childhood children.  In the early childhood world, we are seeing a shift in how our children play and how their attention span is becoming less and less.

Preschoolers who play with technology on a regular basis are teaching their brain (which is pattern seeking) that if I touch the screen something will happen instantaneously.  No longer is a child required to sit and manipulate a puzzle piece or work with a block to get it to fit into a hole.  Children are having a harder time with simple prekindergarten skills like sitting for circle time and problem solving because they simply have not been taught to wait and to work through something when it doesn’t come right away.

We as parents have to be mindful of a child’s proper development and aware of how much time they are spending with electronics.  We can’t substitute an Ipad with Elmo for a child who needs quality connection time with their loved one.  Your child would benefit so much from eye-to-eye connection, touch and a silly fingerplay.  I love that the AAP now supports this with their most recent findings.

“The AAP recommends parents prioritize creative, unplugged playtime for infants and toddlers. Some media can have educational value for children starting at around 18 months of age, but it’s critically important that this be high-quality programming, such as the content offered by Sesame Workshop and PBS. Parents of young children should watch media with their child, to help children understand what they are seeing. “

Among the AAP recommendations:

  • For children younger than 18 months, avoid use of screen media other than video-chatting. Parents of children 18 to 24 months of age who want to introduce digital media should choose high-quality programming, and watch it with their children to help them understand what they’re seeing.
  • For children ages 2 to 5 years, limit screen use to 1 hour per day of high-quality programs. Parents should co-view media with children to help them understand what they are seeing and apply it to the world around them.

-American Academy of Pediatrics Website.

For the full article, please click here:  https://www.aap.org/en-us/about-the-aap/aap-press-room/Pages/American-Academy-of-Pediatrics-Announces-New-Recommendations-for-Childrens-Media-Use.aspx?nfstatus=401&nftoken=00000000-0000-0000-0000-000000000000&nfstatusdescription=ERROR%3a+No+local+token

 Upcoming Events

Ready Set K-Prep (Thursday, November 3rd in the TFA Library @ 9:15am) Calling all 3’s Parents!!  Have you been asking yourself any of the following questions?: What are my plans for next year?  How do I apply for K Prep on the main campus? What will my child be doing in K-Prep?  Well, we have designed this special event catered to answer all of your questions about K Prep applications, entrance testing, curriculum, and more!  Come join us for a morning of Pre-K readiness and an introduction to TFA’s Kindergarten Preparatory (K4) program. You will have the opportunity to hear from TFA’s K4 teachers on what you can be doing at home to ensure your little one is ready for Pre-K and beyond. TFA will also provide you with the opportunity to tour a Kindergarten Preparatory Classroom.

 

TFA Preschool Gives Back  During the month of November, we will be focusing in the classroom on the theme of serving others. We feel it is important, especially with the holidays coming up that we teach the children how important it is to serve and help others as well as others to be the hands and feet of Jesus. As a school family we want to be sure we model how to serve and show gratitude to those who have helped us and who don’t have what we do.

During November, we will have 3 different opportunities for your family to “give back”.

*Shoebox For Haiti:  During the week of October 31, each classroom will also be joining both First Baptist Orlando and The First Academy in filling “Shoeboxes For Haiti”.  Your teacher will be sending home specific items they will be collecting to fill a shoe box that will be sent from your child’s class to Haiti.  Most items can be conveniently purchased at Dollar Tree or Walmart. These items are due on Friday, November 4th.

*Baby Item Donation:  Monday, November 7-Friday, November 11 we will be collecting items for the First Baptist Pregnancy Center.  Please consider donating any gently used baby items or new packages of diapers/wipes and formula for the pregnancy center.  These items may be dropped off in the Preschool Office.

*Non-Perishable Food Drive:  Lastly, please send in non-perishable food items (canned vegetables, canned fruit, rice, beans, etc.)  We will be collecting these items in the Preschool Office.  The last day to drop off items will be on Thursday, November 17th.  We will be delivering our collected items (in collaboration with First Baptist Orlando) to help stock local food pantries for those in need this holiday season.

Wishing you and your family a safe weekend!

Blessings!

Mrs. Grayson Merritt

SCHOOL FAMILY CELEBRATIONS

Happy Birthday to our Preschool  Friends During the Month of November:

Taylor  (1)
Venisa (2)
Miss Jenna (3)
Miss Nicola (4)
Charles (7)
Adler (11)
Mateus (13)
Demi (14)
Caleb (20)
Chloe (28)
Elijah (30)

Welcome New Friends to Our School Family:

Big Brother/Big Sister Celebrations:

Big Sister Annika welcomes Baby Regan

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SCHOOL SPOTLIGHT:

Our 2’s & 3’s got to experience a real life farm last Thursday!  We had so much fun riding ponies, milking a cow and even going on a hay ride!

 

 

 

 

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Preschool friends strike a pose                             Yanick holds a baby chick

 

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Riding on the train                                               Riding on the train with my friends

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Mommy and Eli on the train                               The train ride was so much fun!

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Demi on a horse.                                                    Ella on a horse.