Newsletter Articles

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 Read more

April 2018 Newsletter – Explore Spring at Boston-Area Events

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You can enjoy the great outdoors and celebrate spring with your child through many upcoming Boston-area events and activities. On Saturday, April 28, are the annual Charles River Clean Up from 9 am to noon at multiple sites along the river (crwa.org); the Work for Wildlife Day at the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuaries from 9 am Read more

March 2018 Newsletter – Sleep and the Young Child

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The American Academy of Pediatrics and American Academy of Sleep Medicine endorsed sleep guidelines in 2016 that include the following recommendations: Infants 4-12 months old should sleep 12 to 16 hours per 24 hours; Children 1-2 years of age should sleep 11 to 14 hours per 24 hours; Children 3-5 years of age should sleep Read more

February 2018 Newsletter – The Importance of Consistent Routines

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Consistent routines are essential for young children to develop a sense of predictability in their lives and greater control over their day-to-day transitions.  When children know through consistent experience what to expect, they engage less frequently in challenging behaviors such as tantrums, acts of aggression, back-talk and crying.  They look forward to participating in “now/next” Read more

January 2018 Newsletter – Creating a Caring Community

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With the start of the new year, we wanted to take a moment to reflect on the potential of the Sunshine community to support each other more effectively and set an example for the children about the positive potential of social relationships. Below is our wish list for the coming year to enable all of Read more

December 2017 Newsletter – Holiday Toy Recommendations

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While electronic toys, computer games and movie character tie-ins consistently top the toy list “must haves” of the season, please keep in mind while holiday shopping that solitary, passive activities are detrimental to children’s development. Toys and materials that promote children’s own imagination, social interaction, verbal interchange, independent storytelling and sensory exploration provide children with Read more

November 2017 Newsletter – Keeping All Children Healthy

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As flu season begins, please take time to 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 24 hours fever-free without the aid of medications and must Read more

October 2017 Newsletter – Understanding the Natural World

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Most of our classrooms this month are focusing on the fall season as we explore changing weather, leaves, pumpkins, apples, harvest foods and other outdoor fun. As we do, it is helpful to remind ourselves of the importance of the natural world in children’s lives. The amount of time that children spend outside has been

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September 2017 Newsletter – Communicating with Your Child’s Teachers

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As we start the new school year, we want to remind you of the systems we have in place for you to participate in setting goals for your child and communicating with your child’s teachers about his or her learning. The upcoming Meet-and-Greets start a conversation about expectations for classroom and learning goals appropriate for

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August 2017 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 fourteen 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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