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March 2019 Newsletter – The Value of NAEYC Accreditation

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The three Sunshine Academy schools are currently the only early education centers in Brookline that are accredited with the National Association for the Education of Young Children (https://families.naeyc.org/find-quality-child-care). Cambridge, Boston and other surrounding communities have a much higher percentage of NAEYC-accredited programs, and the goal of achieving accreditation is much more of an expected norm

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February 2019 Newsletter – Let’s Celebrate and Support Our Community!

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The Brookline community is a great place to live and work and is very supportive of your children and the work we do with them. We’d like to thank the Parks and Open Space Division for the amazing parks throughout town and for their continuous maintenance of the parks. Thanks also to the Public Libraries

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January 2019 Newsletter – The Benefits of Multilingualism

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The diverse cultural origins of the families and teachers in our school benefits all of us by broadening our understanding of language, religion, politics and worldview. Across our schools are people from more than twenty countries speaking languages that include Chinese, Japanese, Korean, Hindi, Telugu, Kannada, Nepali, Arabic, Farsi, Hebrew, Turkish, Greek, Armenian, Russian, German,

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December 2018 Newsletter – Holiday Gifts that Promote Child Development

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Throughout the holiday season, toy marketers and manufacturers will be pushing digital media, electronics, toys with media tie-ins and many other materials detrimental to child development.  Toys and materials with far greater cognitive and social benefits are those that promote face-to-face social interactions, verbal interchange, independent storytelling and sensory exploration. Our favorites include:   Infants:

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November 2018 Newsletter – Fall Family Food Activities

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Fall is an ideal time to teach children about healthy food and enjoy family food activities together.  Fresh apples, pumpkins, winter squash, sweet potatoes, apple cider and many other fall foods are the basis for fun cooking activities we are doing in our classrooms and you can do at home too.  When children help cook

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October 2018 Newsletter – Protecting All of Our Children from Illness

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  As flu season begins, please review our illness policies (Parent Handbook, page 31) and note that we will send home any child with a fever, diarrhea, unexplained rash or other symptoms at the discretion of the director. Children must remain home for a full school day fever-free without the aid of medications and must

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September 2018 Newsletter – Communicating with Your Child’s Teachers

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As we start the new school year, we want to remind you of systems we have in place for you to participate in setting goals for your child and communicating concerns.  The upcoming Meet-and-Greets start a conversation about expectations and classroom routines. Please use the time to meet fellow parents, communicate concerns and coordinate with

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August 2018 Newsletter – Transitions as a Skill-Building Opportunity

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Over the next month, there will be many changes throughout the school as we graduate ten children into kindergarten, transition others into the next classroom, and welcome new children into the school. Transitions are an ideal opportunity for supporting and modeling socio-emotional skills in children. As you prepare your child for his or her next

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July 2018 Newsletter – Summer with Young Composers

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Each summer, in July and August, our Pre-K children have an amazing opportunity to work with David Hanft on our Young Composers music curriculum. Along with regular music classes, Pre-K children work in small groups with David to compose and record their very own musical compositions. If your child is participating in Young Composers, you

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May 2018 Newsletter – Young Children and Screens

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The Screen Time Action Network Conference on April 20-21 at Wheelock College brought together pediatricians, child development experts, teachers, directors, family counselors and technology developers for discussions about the effects of screen use on children, especially young children. The most exciting news that came from the discussions is that parents can be very effective in

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