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18Mar2020

COVID-19 is a dangerous pandemic that is sweeping the planet, our country of USA, and even our state of New Jersey. Please watch these few videos from CDC that provides proper information on what is COVID-19, how to manage it, steps to take to keep you and your family safe, etc

10 Things You Can Do to Manage COVID-19 at Home

If you are sick with COVID-19 or suspect you are infected with the virus that causes COVID-19, follow the steps below to help prevent the disease from spreading to people in your home and community.


6 Steps to Prevent COVID-19

Take steps to lower your risk of getting sick with COVID-19. Here are some things you should do.


What You Need To Know About Handwashing

This video answers important questions about hand washing and hand sanitizer.


What can I do to protect myself from COVID-19?

CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier recommends everyday preventive actions to help prevent the spread of respiratory viruses, including novel coronavirus (COVID-19).


How does COVID-19 spread?

CDC’s Dr. Nancy Messonnier describes how novel coronavirus (COVID-19) is spread.


For more videos like this please visit here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9cfYC4YLsu4&list=PLvrp9iOILTQaJa78zFQ0QgvShQ2HEwHxP

14Mar2020

Take steps to protect yourself

Illustration: washing hands with soap and water

Clean your hands often

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds especially after you have been in a public place, or after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing.
  • If soap and water are not readily available, use a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol. Cover all surfaces of your hands and rub them together until they feel dry.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
Illustration: Woman quarantined to her home

Avoid close contact

Take steps to protect others:

man in bed

Stay home if you’re sick

woman covering their mouth when coughing

Cover coughs and sneezes

  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Throw used tissues in the trash.
  • Immediately wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not readily available, clean your hands with a hand sanitizer that contains at least 60% alcohol.

man wearing a mask

Wear a facemask if you are sick

  • If you are sick:  You should wear a facemask when you are around other people (e.g., sharing a room or vehicle) and before you enter a healthcare provider’s office. If you are not able to wear a facemask (for example, because it causes trouble breathing), then you should do your best to cover your coughs and sneezes, and people who are caring for you should wear a facemask if they enter your room. Learn what to do if you are sick.
  • If you are NOT sick: You do not need to wear a facemask unless you are caring for someone who is sick (and they are not able to wear a facemask). Facemasks may be in short supply and they should be saved for caregivers.
cleaning a counter

Clean and disinfect

  • Clean AND disinfect frequently touched surfaces daily. This includes tables, doorknobs, light switches, countertops, handles, desks, phones, keyboards, toilets, faucets, and sinks.
  • If surfaces are dirty, clean them: Use detergent or soap and water prior to disinfection.

Source: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/prepare/prevention.html

12Mar2020

Greetings our Dear Parents,

Little Wonder World Preschool, LLC would like to address what most of you are aware of, the sweeping pandemic of Coronavirus, otherwise known as COVID-19. As the number of cases continue to grow in our country and our state, we would like to would like to inform all center parents of this pandemic and make you aware of how our organization is handling the situation with yours and your children’s health first in mind.

What is it Coronavirus?

Coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) is a respiratory illness that can spread from person to person. The virus that causes COVID-19 is a novel coronavirus that was first identified during an investigation into an outbreak in Wuhan, China.

How COVID-19 Spreads?

The virus is thought to spread mainly between people who are in close contact with one another (within about 6 feet) through respiratory droplets produced when an infected person coughs or sneezes. It also may be possible that a person can get COVID-19 by touching a surface or object that has
the virus on it and then touching their own mouth, nose, or possibly their eyes.

What are the Symptoms?

Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of:
• fever
• cough
• shortness of breath

What can we do to prevent the virus from spreading to us and our loved ones:

  1. Wash hands regularly for at least 20 sec.
  2. Clean all surfaces where you, your child, or anyone you come in contact with may touch.
  3. Cover you sneeze or cough in your sleeve not on your hands.
  4. Avoid touching your face at all – specifically your eyes, nose, ears.
  5. While being in public avoid close contact with anyone that shows symptoms.
  6. Avoid large gatherings all together.

Little Wonder World Preschool, LLC  is taking action: 

  1. Tomorrow, March 13th the center will have an early dismissal at 1:00 P.M.
  2. The center will be closed for extensive cleaning on March 16th, 17th. During these days we will disinfect all classrooms, kitchen, bathrooms equipment.
  3. We will be reopen with regular schedule hours on Wednesday, March 18, 2020.

For more information on Coronavirus NJDOH hotline # 1-800-222-1222 or visit Local Health Department website:  www.localhealth.nj.gow 

Stay safe and healthy!

Sincerely,
Mrs. Svitlana  Chaykivska
Owner and Director

14Jul2019

Research suggests that a quality early childhood program provides a foundation for learning both socially and academically that will help a young child succeed in school. Here are 7 reasons programs such as ours are beneficial to children:

1. Kindergarten is a place that promotes learning

For many children, kindergarten can be their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children. It’s an opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions, and begin the foundation for learning that will occur in school.

This environment helps young children learn to make friends and play well with others.

2. Kindergarten nurtures a child’s curiosity

Early childhood teachers observe, ask questions and listen to children’s ideas. To nurture their curiosity and motivation to learn, educators use children’s interests and ideas to create experiences. And even a simple, chance event – such as a child’s discovery of a snail in the outdoor play area — can be turned into an exciting opportunity to learn.

3. Kindergarten promotes language and cognitive skills

In an early childhood centre, children’s language skills are nurtured in a ‘language-rich’ environment. Teachers help children stretch their language skills by asking thought-provoking questions and introducing new vocabulary during their daily experiences. Children have many opportunities to sing, talk about favourite books, and act out stories.

A young child’s cognitive skills are strengthened by engaging in a wide range of hands-on experiences that challenge them to observe closely, ask questions, test their ideas or solve a problem.

4. Kindergarten experiences boost numeracy and literacy skills

Young children show growing interest in numeracy and literacy skills. To prepare children for the academic demands of school, educators offer a wide variety of games and activities that help children acquire these skills. For example, matching, sorting, counting and board games build children’s understanding of numbers, categories and sequences, which supports later math learning.

Putting together puzzles encourages children to notice patterns, plan ahead and problem-solve. To sustain children’s excitement and motivation for learning, early childhood programs introduce early literacy and math skills not as isolated exercises, but in the context of experiences that are interesting and meaningful to children.

5. Kindergarten promotes social and emotional development

In order to learn, a young child needs to feel cared for and secure. A young child is able to spend time away from parents and build trusting relationships with adults outside the family. High-quality early childhood programs nurture warm relationships among children, teachers and parents. And teachers build a close personal connection with each child in their care.

Young children learn social skills and emotional self-control in ‘real-time’. Three and four-year-olds learn through their experiences and good teachers make time for those ‘teachable moments’ when they can help children learn to manage their emotions. They don’t automatically step in to resolve children’s conflicts for them; they have a good sense of when to let children work out their own problems and when to intervene.

6. Children learn to take care of themselves and others

Children’s sense of competence and self-worth grows as they learn to take care of themselves and help others. Teachers appeal to a young child’s desire to engage in responsibility by offering them opportunities to help in the classroom, for example, watering the plants.

Children are expected to wash their hands before morning snack, keep personal belongings in their locker, and pack away. Throughout their school years, much of children’s learning will take place in the company of their peers. In a high-quality early childhood program, children are introduced to the behaviours required to participate successfully in a classroom.

7. Kindergarten helps develop motor skills

A young child’s physical development allows them to explore their environment — and to challenge themselves in new ways. Early childhood programs provide several opportunities daily for children to run, climb and play active games.

A variety of activities are offered to help children develop fine motor skills and build their hand-eye coordination and balance. When your child is ready to begin their journey in school, you can feel assured that their attendance at kindergarten has assisted in building their knowledge, skills, and confidence to do well in school.

16Mar2018

Bog by GreatSchools Staff on March 18th, 2016

(Read the full blog here.)

Preschool is an opportunity for growth

For many children, preschool is their first experience in a structured setting with teachers and groups of children. It’s an opportunity to learn to share, follow instructions, and begin the foundation for learning that will occur in elementary school.

Preschool prepares children for kindergarten

As kindergarten becomes more academic, many parents look to preschool to launch their child on the path to success in school. At the same time, parents may worry that the current trend to focus on pre-math and pre-literacy skills in preschool cuts into important play time and pushes a child to grow up too fast. It’s a confusing issue,especially with friends and family offering different opinions and advice.

Fortunately, in selecting a preschool, parents aren’t forced to choose between protecting a child’s play time and making sure she’s ready for kindergarten. A high-quality early childhood education program will offer children both.

But how do high-quality preschools benefit children’s learning and development? And what features should parents look for in a preschool program? One answer to these questions is that the staff at high-quality preschools and child care programs understand the particular ways that young children develop and learn. And they organize space, time and activities to be in sync with children’s social, emotional, cognitive, and physical abilities.

Preschool promotes social and emotional development

In order to learn, a young child needs to feel cared for and secure with a teacher or caregiver. A 3-year-old child is able to spend time away from parents and build trusting relationships with adults outside the family. High-quality preschool programs nurture warm relationships among children, teachers and parents. And teachers build a close personal connection with each child in their care.

Children thrive when there is consistency in care between home and school. In high-quality preschools, teachers value parents as the experts on their children. Parents get daily reports on their child’s activities and regular meetings are scheduled for more in-depth conferences with staff. Teachers strive to understand and respect parents’ child-rearing goals and values.

Young children learn social skills and emotional self-control in “real time.” Three- and 4-year-olds learn through their experiences and good teachers make time for those “teachable moments” when they can help children learn to manage frustrations or anger. They don’t automatically step in to resolve children’s conflicts for them; they have a well-honed sense of when to let children work out their own problems and when to intervene. Without shaming a child, they encourage her to notice the impact of her aggressive or hurtful behavior on another child.

The preschool environment is structured, although it may not appear that way

A highly structured environment helps young children learn to make friends and play well with others. This doesn’t mean there are lots of rules or that adults constantly direct children’s activities. On the contrary, the structure of a high-quality preschool classroom is largely invisible to children. Classroom space is organized to encourage social interaction, and minimize congestion and conflicts.

Children get to make choices

Children have several choices of activities; a child who is wandering aimlessly is encouraged to choose one that interests him. Teachers are alert to a child who can’t figure out how to enter other children’s play and may offer him suggestions on ways to join the group.

Children learn to take care of themselves and others

Children’s sense of competence and self-worth grow as they learn to take care of themselves and help others. Teachers appeal to a young child’s desire to engage in “real work” by offering him chances to help out in the classroom, for example, by setting the table at snack time or feeding the classroom hamster. Children are expected to wash their hands before snack time, keep personal belongings in their “cubby,” and put away toys before moving to a new activity.

Teachers also encourage a child to view herself as a resource for other children. For example, a teacher might ask a child who’s more competent at pouring water to help a child who is learning. Or she might ask a “veteran” preschooler to show a newcomer where the sand toys are kept.

Throughout their school years, much of children’s learning will take place in the company of their peers. In a high-quality preschool program, children are introduced to the behaviors required to function successfully in a kindergarten classroom. For example, during group activities such as “circle time,” children learn to focus attention on the teacher, listen while others are speaking, and wait their turn to talk.

Preschool promotes language and cognitive skills

Preschool-age children’s language skills are nurtured in a “language-rich” environment. Between the ages of 3 and 5, a child’s vocabulary grows from 900 to 2,500 words, and her sentences become longer and more complex. In a conversational manner, and without dominating the discussion, teachers help children stretch their language skills by asking thought-provoking questions and introducing new vocabulary during science, art, snack time, and other activities. Children have many opportunities to sing, talk about favorite read-aloud books, and act out stories.

A young child’s cognitive skills are strengthened by engaging in a wide range of hands-on activities that challenge her to observe closely, ask questions, test her ideas or solve a problem. However, teachers understand that preschool children are not logical in the adult sense of the word; their explanations of what makes a plant grow or why people get old, may not involve cause and effect. For example, “people get old because they have birthdays.” They may rely on their senses and “magical thinking” rather than on reason to explain why wood floats in water and rocks sink – “The rock likes to be on the bottom because it’s cooler.”

Preschool teachers nurture a child’s curiosity

Teachers observe, ask questions and listen to children’s ideas during these activities — “correct” answers are not the goal. To nurture their curiosity and motivation to learn, teachers use children’s interests and ideas to create activities. And even a simple, chance event – such as a child’s discovery of a snail in the outdoor play area — can be turned into an exciting opportunity to learn.

Preschool-age children have active imaginations and learn through make-believe play. Teachers know that the line between reality and fantasy is often not clear to a young child. Sometimes this results in fears of monsters under the bed. But imagination also fuels learning. For example, when a group of children creates a make-believe pet store, they will practice many social and cognitive skills as they assign roles to each child, figure out categories of pet supplies and how to organize them, make signs to label products; help their “customers” select the right shampoo or cat toy; and take “money” for merchandize.

The imaginary play area in a high-quality preschool is well-stocked with costumes, “props,” and child-size household items such as stoves, sinks and cupboards. It’s often in this activity area that preschool-age children progress steadily from solitary play, to one-on-one play, to complicated group play.

Preschool activities boost pre-math and literacy skills

Young children show growing interest in pre-math and pre-literacy skills. They are curious and observant, and they want to be competent in the skills that their families and society value — such as reading the instructions for assembling a toy, or selecting the correct bills or coins to pay for a purchase. To prepare children for the academic demands of kindergarten, teachers offer a wide variety of games and activities that help children acquire the pre- math and literacy skills.

Singing an alphabet song while following along in a picture book builds a child’s awareness of the connections between alphabet letters and word sounds. Learning rhymes and chants helps them to notice the distinct sounds within words. Engaging children in a discussion about an exciting read-aloud story encourages their listening, comprehension, and expressive language skills. Playing with magnetic alphabet letters may inspire a child to ask a teacher to help her write the first letter of her name.

Matching games, sorting games, counting games, and board games build children’s understanding of number, categories and sequence, which supports later math learning. Putting together puzzles encourages children to notice patterns, plan ahead and problem-solve.

To sustain children’s excitement and motivation for learning, high-quality preschool and child care programs introduce early literacy and math skills not as isolated exercises, but in the context of activities that are interesting and meaningful to children.

 Preschool helps develop motor skills

Physical coordination improves, allowing the child to explore her environment — and to challenge herself-in new ways. Young children are in motion for a good part of the day. High-quality preschool programs provide several opportunities daily for children to run, climb, and play active games. Activities are offered to help children develop fine motor skills, such as threading beads or cutting with scissors. And children are challenged through a variety of activities to build their hand-eye coordination and balance.