The Goddard School

Welcome to The Goddard School! Our goal is to be a resource for families and a community where parents can share information and learn from each other.

Starting school or going back to school can be a stressful time. Help ease back-to-school butterflies by transitioning your children into a routine. Establish a reasonable bedtime, serve a healthy breakfast and organize the night before. Allow children time to adjust. Remind them that everyone feels a little nervous about the start of school and that it will all become an everyday routine in no time!

Encourage play. Playing alone and with others not only builds brain development, it also helps children develop social skills and a sense of ethics. The most effective play is free of evaluation and correction (after all, throwing a ball shouldn’t be “right” or “wrong”), while promoting autonomy.

Young children benefit from active, hands-on activities. Encourage your young scientists at home by baking, planting a garden and star gazing with your children. Talk about what is happening, ask questions and encourage them to describe what they see.

Children learn a lot from their parents, and they also learn a lot from their siblings. It is best to encourage our children to have strong connections with one another for them to achieve stable social and emotional development.

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The Busy Mom's Guide to Getting Organized—and Staying that Way | The Goddard School®

We’re all so busy—working, taking care of kids, trying to have a life outside of work and kids—it’s no wonder that keeping our homes organized sometimes falls to the bottom of the priority list. Here some high-impact, low-investment strategies for getting organized, even when you are super-busy.

blogs.goddardschool.com Dr. Kyle Pruett and Sue Adair are available to answer your questions on early childhood development, parenting and preschool.

Children love to imitate you, so let them help with your chores and include them in your favorite pastimes. When children contribute, they see themselves as players and get a well-earned self-esteem boost! How do you include your child in your world?

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4 Ways to Raise Siblings Who Love Each Other | The Goddard School®

Siblings who fight a lot gain surprising advantages, from thicker skins to sharper negotiating skills. The goal is to have kids who love as hard as they battle. Here are four tips for raising lifelong best friends who share everything—including you.

blogs.goddardschool.com Dr. Kyle Pruett and Sue Adair are available to answer your questions on early childhood development, parenting and preschool.

"Liberty is the breath of life to nations." - George Bernard Shaw

Wishing you a happy and safe Independence Day!

While having fun at a picnic, parade or the beach this weekend, protect yourself and your family in the sun. Healthy habits are best learned young -- be a role model and wear sunscreen, a hat and sunglasses. How are you spending your weekend?

Happy Father's Day!! We hope our family of dads, step-dads, grandfathers, uncles and fathers-to-be have a wonderful day! How is your family celebrating you today?

Are you planning a summer vacation with your children? Young children are natural explorers and typically adore adventures. But they love them even more when they have been prepared for new experiences. Better-prepared kids are kids who cope better.

Your patience, guidance, and understanding response to your child's energy and independence, preferences and needs, talents and quirks will profoundly affect the grownup your child is becoming.

Happy Memorial Day! As we celebrate today, let's be sure to remember those who gave their lives for this great nation. We thank you for your service and your sacrifice.

Be sure to set aside special time for gardening, but keep sessions brief. Frequent activity changes, such as planting, watering, mulching, weeding and harvesting will help keep children engaged. Allow plenty of time for catching toads, gathering bouquets of dandelions or planting the seeds from yesterday’s snack of fresh watermelon! When are you planning to begin your garden at home?

"In the happiest of our childhood memories, our parents were happy, too." - Robert Brault

Happy Mother's Day!! We hope our family of moms, step-moms, grandmothers, aunts and mothers-to-be have a wonderful day! How is your family celebrating you today?

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They're Classics For A Reason — Here Are 10 Toys An Expert Says Every Kid Needs

Lee Scott, Goddard School Educational Advisory Board member, shares her top suggestions for classic toys.

romper.com Raising kids in a postmodern society means our families are constantly inundated with technology. As screens of various sizes overwhelm our lives, its easy to get swept away in their convenience. But as helpful as computers can be for growing minds, …

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What Nutritionists Give Their Kids For After-School Snacks | The Goddard School®

blogs.goddardschool.com Dr. Kyle Pruett and Sue Adair are available to answer your questions on early childhood development, parenting and preschool.

The spring cleaning season is upon us! Take time to reminisce with your family and enjoy the process. "Organizing is what you do before you do something, so that when you do it, it is not all mixed up." - A. A. Milne.

Renew your commitment to family traditions to experience the true joy of family life. Does your family have fun spring traditions? Share them with us! :)

"The whole purpose of education is to turn mirrors into windows." - Sydney J. Harris

Speaking up about how we treat each other is an especially powerful tool in anti-bullying strategies because it has the power of majority. Bullying feeds on our silence. Let’s help each other and our children find our voices.

Avoid summer learning loss, or “summer slide,” by playing and having fun! Our summer camp integrates play-based activities that encourage your child to explore STEAM learning inside and outside the classroom, helping your child become better prepared for the school year ahead.

Children learn so much through the experiences they have with nature! At The Goddard School there are a variety of play-based learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. Exposure to the environment provides many benefits to children including stress reduction, improvement of attention span, a boost in creativity and the chance to exercise!

Are you ready for summer? We are! Our summer camp integrates hands-on, play-based activities that encourage STEAM learning while providing a unique, fun experience that creates memories and builds lasting friendships. Enroll your child today!

In the pre-kindergarten classroom at The Goddard School, children continue their journey of exploration and discovery. Teachers help them apply their developing literacy and math skills through purposeful, planned learning experiences to prepare them for kindergarten!

“Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.” – Carl Sagan

Children learn best through experience! Whether your child has an interest in astronomy, writing, cooking or another subject, he or she should develop the drive to independently seek out information to fulfill that curiosity.

The Goddard School’s relationship with the Partnership for 21st Century Skills (P21) puts us in the middle of the conversation about the skills our children need now and will need in the future.

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Potty Training Doesn't Have to Mean Being Stuck at Home

Dr. Jack Maypole, Goddard School Educational Advisory Board member, shares his advice for potty training while you are on the go.

everydayfamily.com For parents who are potty training a little one, life is still happening! Is potty training on the go possible? What's a potty-training parent to do?

Learning language is a natural process. Introducing young children to second languages such as Spanish, French and sign language encourages brain development. Second languages also help celebrate cultural diversity and create an understanding of the written word. The earlier a child is exposed to another language, the likelier the child will become fluent in that language.

Our infant and first steps classrooms are filled with toys and books to help your baby develop at his or her own pace. Teachers sing songs and read stories to encourage language acquisition, and they pass balls and play games to develop the children’s motor skills. This is all part of infant learning! How does your baby learn and develop through play?

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How Get Your Baby Communicating Through Sign Language

Lee Scott, Goddard School Educational Advisory Board member, discusses how parents can teach their baby sign language to support communication.

fatherly.com Baby sign language gives children as young as 8 months old the vocabulary they need to communicate want and needs with mom and dad.

In our kindergarten program, children learn to recognize left-to-right and top-to-bottom patterns, and to associate spoken and written words by composing stories. Each classroom has a balance of quiet reading time, social activities and imaginary play.

“The more that you read, the more things you will know. The more that you learn, the more places you'll go.” – Dr. Seuss

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6 Signs Your Picky Child Is Not Getting Enough Nutrients, & When To Worry

Dr. Jack Maypole, Goddard School Educational Advisory Board member, provides six tips to help parents recognize when their child is not getting enough nutrients at the dinner table.

romper.com For parents, feeding their kids is a a joy, and sometimes, a ridiculous amount of work. In an era obsessed with health and hands-on parenting, no one wants to be the mom with the kid who only eats plain spaghetti, but picky eating is actually common,…

Children are natural engineers. When they build a castle with blocks, they are not just playing; they are developing engineering, creativity and critical-thinking skills. How does your child use their engineering skills?

Toddlers love new experiences! They have graduated from ‘turning it over and tasting it’ to doing it right. A toddler will put a puzzle together, hold crayons, hum and sing as he plays and join activities without prompting. How does your toddler learn through play?

You don’t have to get on a plane with your preschooler to teach her about the world. Learn about different cultures at home together through recipes, storybooks, museum visits, crafts and more. Providing a global prospective offers children the opportunity to learn about other cultures, develop a greater understanding of new ideas and increase their compassion for people who may appear different.

"There is only one happiness in this life, to love and be loved." - George Sand. Happy Valentine's Day! We hope you have an amazing day with your loved ones. :)

When you walk into any Goddard School, you notice the signs of a safe, nurturing environment: the smiling faces of the other families, the excited chatter of children eager to learn and the cheery voices of the teachers as they welcome your child. It is the perfect atmosphere for learning because it encourages your child to explore and discover his or her interests while building friendships that can last a lifetime.

Separation anxiety is a common element of early childhood development. Though it is perfectly normal, it can be upsetting to parents and children. Here are some tips: practice being apart from one other and introduce new people and places slowly; explain how long it will be before you will return in concepts your child can understand (e.g., at lunch or after nap); be calm and consistent; for your sake, establish a time to call the school to check on your child’s well-being; and, check with your school on their policy for bringing in a doll or blanket from home.

The Goddard School Kids Club picks up where school leaves off! From the moment children step through the door, they get help with their homework and chances to play with their friends. We also offer fun, hands-on activities that help reinforce what children learn in school to enhance their educational experience.

This is a great time of year to snuggle up with your little one and share in the adventures of a good book. Children of all ages will benefit from this quality time with you and their imaginations will soar with every turn of the page. Share a book (or two!) that has created fond memories for you and your child!

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Early Childhood: What We Know, and What's Possible | Getting Smart

Lee Scott, Goddard School Educational Advisory Board member, discusses the importance of developing 21st century skills in early learners.

gettingsmart.com By Emily Liebtag and Janice Walton - We know that early learning matters… and it matters a lot. We also know that all early learning experiences and are not created equal, nor are they available to all students and families.

The Goddard School gives your child the opportunity to develop into a joyful, confident learner who is prepared for success in school and in life. Share with us something you have learned from your child!

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