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01/31/2024

Teachers at The Goddard School - Richmond I are extraordinary! There’s still time to nominate your child’s extraordinary teacher for Teacher of the Year. Visit The Goddard School® website to submit a nomination today: https://bit.ly/41IUKEB

Submissions are open until Friday, February 9.

Photos from The Goddard School's post 01/31/2024

Happy Backwards Day!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 01/30/2024

We had so much fun celebrating National Puzzle Day with all of our friends yesterday! Puzzles are such an important part of Early Childhood Development. The help aid with hand-eye coordination, problem solving, fine motor skills, and so much more.

01/23/2024

Teachers at The Goddard School - Richmond I are extraordinary! We see it in your children’s biggest, brightest smiles every morning. We also see it in quiet moments like knowing exactly what your little one needs to help them fall asleep. And the loud moments like dance parties to get out the wiggles or calming coregulation to soothe big feelings. Share what makes your child’s teacher extraordinary by nominating them for the Teacher of the Year Award on The Goddard School® website: https://bit.ly/41IUKEB

Nominations will be accepted until Friday, February 9.

Photos from The Goddard School's post 01/22/2024

Happy 100th day of School! Check out our "100 year olds" for 100 days at school today. 👵👴

01/22/2024

Nominations are now open! Scan the QR code or visit the website to place yours.

01/17/2024

Join us as we celebrate Winnie the Pooh day! Dress up as your favorite character from the Hundred Acre Wood for school tomorrow.

01/15/2024

At The Goddard School - Richmond I, we love teaching children about Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and his legacy! One of our favorite ways to introduce your little ones to Dr. King and other important historical figures is through stories. Here are some great books about Dr. King broken out by age.

Infant/Toddler:
📚 Who Was Martin Luther King, Jr.? written by Lisbeth Kaiser and illustrated by Stanley Chow
📚 The Story of Martin Luther King Jr. written by Johnny Ray Moore and illustrated by Amy Wummer

Preschool/Pre-K:
📚 Be a King: Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s Dream and You written by Carole Boston Weatherford and illustrated by James E. Ransome
📚 My Daddy, Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. written by Martin Luther King III and illustrated by A.G. Ford

01/15/2024

This year's Martin Luther King Jr. holiday (January 15, 2024) marks the 38th anniversary of celebrating the Civil Rights leader’s life and legacy. Observed each year on the third Monday in January, MLK Day is the only federal holiday designated as a national day of service, encouraging Americans young and old to volunteer to improve their communities. The holiday is an extra special event in 2024, as it falls on Dr. King's birthday.

Here are ways your family can celebrate Dr. King’s legacy of peace, service and equality right at home:

• Read Books About Martin Luther King Jr.
• Discuss with the intent to listen. Talk about racial inequality and social justice with your child.
• Brainstorm ways your family can make a difference.
• Reiterate the importance of education.
• Read about diversity, equity and inclusion.
• Watch or listen to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s speeches.
• Volunteer with your child.
• For younger children, create a peace craft.
• Several museums have online tours and other info about the Civil Rights movement and also about Dr. King.
• Talk about dreams and hopes that you and/or your child have for their future. Create a paper link chain will them to hang in their room.
• Attend a community event with your child.

01/14/2024

Kicking off our week with a fun themed day! Can’t wait to see everyone’s hats tomorrow.

Photos from The Goddard School's post 01/11/2024

At The Goddard School - Richmond I we love giving back to our community, and so do other Goddard Schools across the country! Visit The Goddard School® website to see some of the ways Goddard Schools give back: https://bit.ly/3HKRgKz

Photos from The Goddard School's post 01/09/2024

Goddard Schools are great at giving back to their communities! Visit our website to see some of the ways Goddard Schools give back: https://bit.ly/3HKRgKz

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The Goddard School of Clarksburg, MD

The Goddard School of Randolph, NJ
The Goddard School of Mckinney
The Goddard School of Sparks

01/04/2024

As we start the New Year at The Goddard School - Richmond I, positive affirmations are a fun and powerful way to build your little one’s confidence. Just look at these Goddard students’ faces as they share their favorites!

Take a moment today to prepare your child for a year of growth and learning with affirmations.

01/03/2024

You heard it here first: “this year’s gonna be great!”

These Goddard students are feeling confident and ready for another year of growth and learning. That’s the power of affirmations!

What special traits are you and your little one bringing into 2024?

12/31/2023

Happy New Year from The Goddard School of Richmond! This year was such a memorable year for us. We are so excited to see what 2024 brings to us and our Goddard family. Enjoy today and we so ready to see everyone's smiling faces back at school on Tuesday!! 🎊

12/28/2023

🐧 or ❄️🐻‍? Watch these Goddard students play a fun winter-themed game of “This or That!” What does your little one prefer? Tell us in the comments!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 12/27/2023

There’s still time to turn those cardboard boxes into something extraordinary in our Thinking Outside the Box challenge! With a few simple supplies, you could transform a 📦 into a castle, race car or story book character. Share pictures of it with us for a chance to be featured on our social channels! Visit our website for some design inspiration and the submission link.: https://bit.ly/3iDATF7

12/26/2023

Happy Kwanzaa! Celebrated every year from December 26 through January 1, Kwanzaa is a week of festivities honoring African American culture and heritage. Friends and family gather each day to give thanks, exchange gifts, and share feasts. Asoday marks the first day of the festivities, here is a quick lesson on the Kinara.

The Kinara (kee-NAH-ruh) holds seven candles: one black, three red, and three green. The black candle in the middle represents unity among people of African descent; the red candles on the left represent the past, and the green candles on the right stand for the future.

Each day, family and friends gather to light a special candle that represents one of the seven principles of Kwanzaa. On the first night, celebrants light the black unity candle. Each night a different candle is lit to reflect on the other six principles.

12/25/2023

Merry Christmas from The Goddard School of Richmond! Wishing a happy holiday to all those who celebrate.

12/21/2023

🐧 or ❄️🐻‍? Watch Goddard students play a fun winter-themed game of “This or That!” What does your little one prefer? Tell us in the comments!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 12/21/2023

There’s still time to join the Thinking Outside the Box challenge! Turn all those cardboard boxes into something extraordinary. With a few simple supplies, a 📦 could become a castle, race car or favorite story book character. Once you’re happy with your creation, share a picture of it with us for a chance to be featured on The Goddard School® national social channels: https://bit.ly/47T2Pd3

12/21/2023

Happy First Day of Winter! The winter solstice marks the exact moment when half of Earth is tilted the farthest away from the sun. It usually happens on December 21 or 22, at the exact same second around the world.

Because less sunlight reaches Earth, the winter solstice is also the day of the year with the least amount of daytime, known as the shortest day of the year. But the good news is that every day after the winter solstice will be a little longer, until we reach the day with the most hours of daylight. Called the summer solstice, it usually occurs between June 20 and June 22.

WINTER SOLSTICE CELEBRATIONS AROUND THE WORLD:
Iran's Yalda festival marks the day when Mithra, an angel of light, was thought to have been born.

China's Dōngzhì festival celebrates when winter's darkness begins to give way to light. Families observe this time with special foods, such as rice balls known as tang yuan.

Scandinavians (people who live in Denmark, Norway, and Sweden) gather for Juul, or Yule, a multi-day feast when ancient people would welcome the return of the sun god.

In Britain, some people still observe the ancient tradition of cutting mistletoe, which is considered a sacred plant with healing properties.

12/21/2023

We have a staff so good that there was a TIE for Runner Up!
Congratulations to Amber (left) and Debra (right) for both earning the title of Runner Up Teacher of the Year 2023 🎉
You both bring so much life into our Goddard Family and we are so thankful for you!

12/20/2023

Huge congratulations to our 2023 Teacher of the Year, Isha!
We are so thankful to have you as a part of our Goddard Family and for everything you do for us and the children. 🎉

Photos from The Goddard School's post 12/20/2023

Help us judge the best door decorations! Comment with the number of your favorite door, the teacher will receive a prize based on your votes.

12/19/2023

Tacky Sweater Day tomorrow! We can not wait to see everyone!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 12/19/2023

Yesterday was such a fun day at The Goddard School of Richmond!
We started the celebrations off with a school-wide Pajama day. In the afternoon we hosted a Cookie Decorating party which included caroling from our Preschool and Pre-K classes and a visit from the Big Man himself! 🎄

12/14/2023

Get ready to hop on the RVA Express! Train day is tomorrow.

12/13/2023

Holiday Sock Day tomorrow! 🧦

12/12/2023

Life with a toddler summed up!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 12/12/2023

Yesterday’s snow surprise caused for a chic fila lunch surprise for our staff….. We love our teachers and their commitment to the children and families, so we just wanted to show our appreciation to them ❤️

Photos from The Goddard School's post 12/07/2023

’Tis the season for baking cookies! Get baking with your little ones and try out one of these decorating tips for extra special treats.
🍪 Use marshmallows as icing — add a few mini marshmallows to your cookies and pop them into the oven just until the marshmallows melt.
🍪 Press pasta into your dough! Pull out the penne and press the end of it onto your cookies for a cool petal design. Or try bow ties for a fancy treat.
🍪 Take a whisk, dip it into food coloring (or powdered drink mixes) and then press the whisk into your dough for a colorful star design.
What’s your favorite way to decorate cookies?

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The Goddard School of Long Hill Township
The Goddard School of Alpharetta (Windward)
The Goddard School of Woodbridge, NJ
The Goddard School of Alpharetta (Crabapple)

12/07/2023

Happy Hanukkah! Today marks the first day of celebration this year. Starting the evening of December 7 and ending on December 15.

The Jewish festival of lights, called Hanukkah, is celebrated around the world today. But the inspiration for the holiday dates back thousands of years in what is today the country of Israel. Hanukkah starts on the 25th day of Kislev, the ninth month of the Hebrew calendar. Because this calendar follows the lunar (or moon) cycle, the holiday begins on a different date each year on the calendar you use the most, which is based on the sun cycles. Usually, Hanukkah starts in late November to mid-December.
To celebrate the ancient miracle of the oil burning a candle for eight nights, Jews celebrating Hanukkah light a candleholder called a menorah for eight nights. The menorah holds nine candles—one for each night plus a candle called the shamash used to light the other candles.

Photos from The Goddard School's post 12/06/2023

How’s your cardboard box collection looking this time of year? 📦 Don’t throw them away just yet! Join the Thinking Outside the Box challenge and turn those blank canvases into something extraordinary. With a few simple supplies and some imagination, you and your child could create a castle, race car or a scene from your favorite children’s book. Once you’re happy with your design, submit a photo of it for a chance to be featured on The Goddard School® national social channels: https://www.goddardschool.com/

12/06/2023

Happy Saint Nicholas Day! 🎊

Saint Nicholas Day is mostly celebrated in Northern Europe. Celebrations include gifts left in children's shoes. Children put a shoe outside their bedroom doors or in front of their fireplace on the eve of Saint Nicholas Day , and hope to find candy, coins, and maybe a small gift in them when they wake!

Photos from The Goddard School's post 12/05/2023

‘Tis the season for … lots of cardboard boxes cluttering up your home. 📦 Use them as blank canvases to create something extraordinary in our Thinking Outside the Box challenge! With a few simple supplies, you could transform boxes into a castle, race car or scene from your favorite children’s book. Then share pictures of it with us for a chance to be featured on our social channels! Visit our website for some design inspiration and the submission: https://shorturl.at/uFGQ9

11/29/2023

As a parent, you’re likely used to your child asking questions. In fact, according to a recent study conducted by OnePoll and The Goddard School®, Parents field an average of 11 questions from their young children each day. Children most commonly ask questions to better understand the world around them, such as asking about animals, nature, current events and home experiences.

Check out all of the survey’s findings: https://bit.ly/417TZFO

11/22/2023

Families, pears and teddy bears — Goddard students are grateful for lots of things! See who, or what, else made the list in this sweet video. What is your little one grateful for?

11/21/2023

Get your little ones into the thankful spirit with some of these great books!

Ages 0-2:
📚 Thanks A Lot written by Raffi and illustrated by Jaime Kim
📚 My Heart Fills with Happiness written by Monique Gray Smith and illustrated by Julie Flett
Ages 3-6:
📚 Gracias/Thanks written by Pat Mora and illustrated by John Parra
📚 Thank you, Omu! written and illustrated by Oge Mora

Check out our website for more book recommendations: https://bit.ly/3AC6SM1

11/20/2023

Gratitude is a complex topic for little ones. In this video clip, Dr. Lauren Loquasto, our chief academic officer, breaks down what it really means when children understand the concept. Check out our blog post for age-appropriate tips on teaching your child about gratitude: https://bit.ly/3SItjJn

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Videos (show all)

Teachers at The Goddard School - Richmond I are extraordinary! We see it in your children’s biggest, brightest smiles ev...
As we start the New Year at The Goddard School - Richmond I, positive affirmations are a fun and powerful way to build y...
🐧 or ❄️🐻‍? Watch these Goddard students play a fun winter-themed game of “This or That!” What does your little one prefe...
Get ready to hop on the RVA Express! Train day is tomorrow.
Gratitude is a complex topic for little ones to understand that goes deeper than just saying, “thank you.” Watch this vi...
Sensory bags are amazing tools that help your little ones learn about the world around them through their senses. As the...
Is it just us, or is there something bear-y unusual happening at School?Today is Bring Your Teddy Bear to School Day and...
Goddard’s annual Pumpkin Party is upon us! 🎃It’s an all-ages bash with no carving required — and your masterpiece could ...
Today is National Coloring Day! Celebrate by making your own rainbow crayons. 🌈 It’s an easy way to give old crayons new...
How’s your child feeling about school lately? 🤔Even if they love learning as much as these Goddard students, it’s easy t...
Happy National Tell a Joke Day! It’s a favorite holiday here at The Goddard School - Richmond I because you can’t beat t...
Meet our new Fish Friend 🐠After the success of the lemonade stand, we put together the funds and got our very own fish! ...

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