February

Parents often wonder why their children are self-sufficient at school. At school the children will clean up toys, pass out snacks, and take care of their belongings. How can this be when at home, they refuse to pick up toys or insist that mom or dad help them with every task? A child will test limits with their parents because he or she trusts the parent will love them no matter what. Barbara Bogle recently shared parenting strategies with our parents. Barbara was guidance counselor for 19 years and is now a parenting coach. Barbara shared suggestions as to how to help parents prepare their child to be a healthy, happy, productive member of society. Below are some strategies that can be used at home with your child.

1. Expect more. At school we expect the children to hang up their coats, put Game Room games back in the proper “home”, or throw away their trash after snack (just to name a few “chores”). Children love feeling independent. Today I watched the youngest 3 Day children throw their cup and napkin in the trash after snack time. Each child completed the simple task. Expect them to do more and most often they will.
2. Resist doing for your child what they can do for themselves. It is quicker and easier for you to do it. Whenever you are trying to get your children to dress, put jackets on, etc., ask them if they want help or can they do it themselves? Suggesting your child complete a task without assistance is like magic. Kids always want to do it for themselves! Watch how the children walk proudly into school. They want to do it themselves! Often they will wave my hand away when offered.
3. Don’t redo what they’ve done. Unless absolutely necessary, don’t fix what your child accomplishes. If she dresses in stripe and polka dots, compliment her. As teachers we don’t “fix” art projects the children have created. I love pictures with crooked smiles. The projects are self-directed and a unique creation of the child. The child feels a sense of accomplishment completing the art activity.
4. Let them solve simple problems. Pause before rushing to help your child assemble a toy or get a book from a shelf. We cheat a child the experience of success if we try to make everything perfect. In the Game Room, the children often use discriminating skills to complete assigned games. They are problem-solving.
5. Assign a chore. Assigning a regular, simple task will build your child’s confidence. The goal is to make your child feel like they are contributing to the family. The children at BUMNS are assigned weekly jobs. They love the feeling of independence as the mail person, line leader, snack person, flag holder; such simple tasks that make the children feel good about themselves.
It is fun watching the children at school grow and change as they become confident with our school routine. Each child has their own unique personality. Our job is to encourage, teach and give them the tools for a lifetime of success.

Valentine’s Day parties will be celebrated on the 12th and 13th of February. The holiday teaches children the importance of appreciating family and friends. The children enjoy giving and receiving Valentine’s. The 5 Day children will soon be celebrating their 100th day of school. The children are counting down the days. They have learned to count by 5’s and 10’s to 100. Pizza will be delivered to school to celebrate this special day.
BUMNS children will be saving pennies during the month of February. The collected money will be contributed to Berwyn United Methodist Church’s HUB outreach. The pennies will help buy school kits for children who are less fortunate.

Think Silent Auction and Spring Dinner! Preparations are underway for our annual Silent Auction and Spring Dinner being held on Wednesday, April 22nd. Moms, dads and guests are invited to attend. The evening promises to be fun for all. Consider donating to the Silent Auction. Donations might include golf outings, Philly Sport Team tickets, a talent or skill, restaurant gift certificates or gym memberships. Contact the school office for more information.

Important Dates and Reminders:
• Thursday, Feb. 12th 2,4 & Mrs. Y’s 5 Day Valentine’s Day Parties
• Friday, Feb. 13th 3 & 5 Day Valentine’s Day Parties
• Monday, Feb.16th No School
• Wednesday, Feb. 25th 5 Day trip to the Great Valley Nature Center
• Weds. March 11th Save the Date! Fun Day at Chuckie Cheese! (No School)
• Thursday, March 12th Conferences (No School)
• Friday, March 13th Conferences (No School)

April Happenings

The blue skies, the appearance of flowers in front of our school, and the songs of the birds in trees remind us of the arrival of spring. We have spent so much time indoors that the children are excited to visit the playground again. The children strengthen growing muscles when climbing, running and playing outside.

As educators and parents, we observe the children blossoming at this time in the preschool year. During our conferences, teachers shared examples of documentation affirming the children’s tremendous growth since September. Developmentally, children often take leaps forward and steps backward–and sometimes a period of calm as children pause and readjust to their own new abilities and perspectives. It can be challenging for us, as adults, to understand these shifts in children’s behavior. Just as it appears that separation anxiety is no longer an issue, a child “suddenly” doesn’t want to come to school. This is all typical behavior for preschoolers. With patience and encouragement children gain the confidence needed to overcome anxious feelings.

Thank you to the parents and Grandfathers who joined their children for very special Donuts with Dad morning. The children were full of smiles and pride walking their parent into BUMNS. The children proudly showed off their classrooms and introduced friends. The children and their dads created special art projects together. The projects are keepsakes to preserve the memory of Donuts with Dad Day. I loved reading the children’s responses to the question, “Why is your dad special?” Some answers included, “He holds me up to shoot hoops!” or “He helps me make breakfast for Mommy.” Donuts with Dad Day will remain a special event in your child’s preschool experience.

On Weds. May7th BUMNS will host our annual Dinner and Silent Auction at Alfredo’s in Berwyn. Doors open at 6:30. Come early to view the Silent Auction offerings. The BUMNS Parent/Teacher board has spent weeks planning, soliciting items, and bundling auction items. Class projects have been created by each class for auction. We are looking forward to a fun evening. This is BUMNS largest fundraiser. Monies raised benefit the children of our school.

February Thoughts

Parents often wonder why their children are self-sufficient at school. At school the children will clean up toys, pass out snacks, and take care of their belongings. How can this be when at home, they refuse to pick up toys or insist that mom or dad help them with every task? A child will test limits with their parents because he or she trusts the parent will love them no matter what. I recently read wonderful strategies on promoting independence in the preschool child in Parents magazine. I thought I would share the strategies with you:

1. Expect more. At school we expect the children to hang up their coats, put Game Room games back in the proper “home”, or throw away their trash after snack (just to name a few “chores”). Children love feeling independent. Today I watched the 2 Day children throw their cup and napkin in the trash after snack time. Each child completed the simple task. Expect them to do more and most often they will.
2. Resist doing for your child what they can do for themselves. It is quicker and easier for you to do it. Whenever you are trying to get your children to dress, put jackets on, etc., ask them if they want help or can they do it themselves? Suggesting your child complete a task without assistance is like magic. Kids always want to do it for themselves! Watch how the children walk proudly into school. They want to do it themselves! Often they will wave my hand away when offered.
3. Don’t redo what they’ve done. Unless absolutely necessary, don’t fix what your child accomplishes. If she dresses in stripe and polka dots, compliment her. As teachers we don’t “fix” art projects the children have created. I love pictures with crooked smiles. The projects are self-directed and a unique creation of the child. The child feels a sense of accomplishment completing the art activity.
4. Let them solve simple problems. Pause before rushing to help your child assemble a toy or get a book from a shelf. We cheat a child the experience of success if we try to make everything perfect. In the Game Room, the children often use discriminating skills to complete assigned games. They are problem-solving.
5. Assign a chore. Assigning a regular, simple task will build your child’s confidence. The goal is to make your child feel like they are contributing to the family. The children at BUMNS are assigned weekly jobs. They love the feeling of independence as the mail person, line leader, snack person, flag holder; such simple tasks that make the children feel good about themselves.

It is fun watching the children at school grow and change as they become confident with our school routine. Each child has their own unique personality. Our job is to encourage, teach and give them the tools for a lifetime of success

Important Dates and Reminders:

• Thursday, Feb. 13th 2 & 4 Day Valentine’s Day Party
• Friday, Feb. 14th 3 & 5 Day Valentine’s Day Parties
• Monday, Feb.17th School will be in session
• Wednesday, Feb. 26th 5 Day trip to the Great Valley Nature Center
Consider donating gently used children’s clothing to T/E Cares. Bins for donations are located in the school hall and the school office

A Class of Boys

BUMNS added a 4 Day class this year. Enrollment opened and the first twelve to register were guaranteed a place in the class. We did not anticipate that the first eleven to enroll would be boys. Fair is fair. We would have a class of boys in 4 Day. The lone girl to register moved up to 5 Day. The twelfth spot filled quickly with one more boy.

Twelve four year old boys, oh my! Assumptions were made by those who heard there would be twelve boys in Mrs. Harris’ class. “I can only imagine it will be loud in that class.” “You better wear ear muffs to school.” “Wow, twelve boys, I can only imagine.”

Mrs. Harris and I can attest that the assumptions were wrong and our class of twelve boys is a wonder to behold. I love walking by the class and poking my head in the door. There is a quiet hum to their busy activity, not a loud roar. I have seen compassion and empathy among friends. All is forgiven if social altercations occur.

Story time is my favorite time to visit. The boys gather around the carpet and listen intently as Mrs. Harris reads to them. Their faces light up and I can only imagine they are going on an adventure through literature into the land of make-believe.

The most effective way to teach a class of boys is to take advantage of their energy, curiosity and thirst for competition. Our 4 Day classroom is active and lively. The boys remain interested and engaged. There are many hands-on activities. At times they venture outside for a lesson.

It was fun observing this year’s class of boys! The class has dispelled all rumors of chaos and disorder. I am proud to say that Mrs. Harris’ twelve boys are curious, attentive, and engaging. They love coming to school. The boys are proud of accomplishments and strive hard to complete assigned tasks. I love our class of boys!

April Happenings

Thank you to the Dad’s and Grandfather’s who joined their children for a very special Donuts with Dad morning. The children were full of smiles and pride walking their Dad’s into BUMNS. I was introduced to the Dad’s or Grandfather’s as they passed me on the sidewalk. The children proudly showed off their classrooms and introduced friends. The children and their dads created special art projects together. The projects are keepsakes to preserve the memory of Donuts with Dad Day. I loved reading the children’s responses to the question, “Why is your dad special?” Some answers included, “He holds me up to shoot hoops!” or “He helps me make breakfast for Mommy.” Donuts with Dad Day will remain a special event in your child’s preschool experience.

The 5 Day classes are looking forward to BUMNS annual Muffins with Mom and Musicale. The event will be held on Friday, May 10th. The children will perform a variety of songs under the direction of Mrs. Debbie Brown, in the church chapel. Following the performance, the children and mothers will return to their classrooms for muffins.

In light of the recent events, supporting our local Fire Department becomes so relevant. Volunteer firefighters and police are an important component of our community. The men and women who serve provide us protection. Mr. Rogers’ advice to children is “to look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping.” BUMNS is collecting pennies to donate to the Berwyn Fire Company. The pennies will buy a brick engraved with the BUMNS name to be placed on the Fire Station property.

On Weds. April 24th BUMNS will host our annual dinner and Silent Auction at Alfredo’s in Berwyn. Doors open at 6:30. Come early to view the Silent Auction offerings. The BUMNS Parent/Teacher board has spent weeks planning, soliciting items, and bundling auction items. Class projects have been created by each class for auction. We are looking forward to a fun evening. This is BUMNS largest fundraiser. All monies raised benefit the children of the school.

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!


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

Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss! Celebrating Dr. Seuss’ birthday brings back childhood memories of the Cat in the Hat and Green Eggs and Ham. For many of us, our first introduction to literature was through the wonderful world of Dr. Seuss. The importance of reading to preschoolers is well documented. Studies have proven that children exposed to reading are more likely to do well in all areas of education. By listening to an adult read, the child is reinforcing basic sounds that form language. Children who are read to are more likely to express themselves at a younger age. At BUMNS, reading to the children is an integral part of our curriculum. Books are read to the children and discussed. Often a literature based art project grows from a book’s theme, for example; Elmer the Elephant, Rainbow Fish and Good Night Moon are a few examples of literature related art projects created by the children.

March winds are gently blowing as we say goodbye to February. This past week was busy with celebrations. On Tuesday, the 5 Day classes celebrated their 100th Day of school with a pizza party. The children counted 100 objects, jumped 100 times, were quiet and froze for 100 seconds and read 100 stories. The 3 and 5 Day children wore pajamas to school on Wednesday in celebration of pajama day. The Easttown Library visited and read sleepy bedtime stories. Muffins, hot chocolate with mini marshmallows were enjoyed by all. The 2 Day children wore their pajamas to school on Thursday. Chapel was held for the 5 Day children on Thursday.

Conferences are scheduled for Thursday, March 14th and Friday, March 15th. Parent-teacher conferences provide a means for communication between parents and teachers. Your child’s social/emotional, physical, intellectual and language development has been evaluated by their teacher. The conference is designed to give you an insight into your child’s preschool progress. Sitting will be provided for children enrolled in BUMNS. Before or after conferences, browse BUMNS Mini Boutique. The boutique features Stella and Dot Jewelry, Thirty-one Bags, Flipponz, Vanity Cases, Three Sisterz Dresses, Green Apple (handmade belts, headbands) and Ann’s Toffee. Vendors at the Boutique donate a portion of their earnings to BUMNS.

Important Dates:
March 11 Tuition Due
March 13 Teachers In-Service…No School
March 14 Conferences
March 15 Conferences
March 20 3 Day Pictures
March 21 2 & 5 Day Pictures/ 2 Day Egg Hunt and Spring Party
March 22 3 & 5 Day Egg Hunt and Spring Parties
March 25-April 1 Spring Break..No School
April 16 2 Day Donut with Dads
April 17 3 Day Donut with Dads
April 18 5 Day Donut with Dads
April 24 BUMNS Annual Spring Dinner and Silent Auction

Welcome USS BUMNS

Thank you to the parents of BUMNS for participating in our fundraisers.  Your generous donations enable us to make improvements that benefit the children of BUMNS. Thank you also to Kevin Howell!  Kevin not only designed and built our playground gate, but he created wooden letters to officially name our boat the USS BUMNS.

Pennies for the Planet

 

BUMNS has the distinction of being named to the Honor Roll of the National Audubon Society.   The pennies, quarters, dimes, nickels and even dollars saved by the children of BUMNS raised $157.29.

Each class had a “Pennies for the Planet” can.  The children saved coins for a month.  The results of their generosity will benefit the following conservation projects:  Gulf Coast birds affected by the oil spill, building a habitat for the Monarch Butterflies that migrate to Arizona, and protecting the river rest stops for sandhill cranes in Nebraska.  By participating in the “Pennies for the Planet” project, the children learned the importance of protecting our planet and its inhabitants for future generations.

Thank you to the children of BUMNS!

Carpool Line Starting

You will find your noon carpool number in your child’s tote bag today. We will begin carpool lines on Wednesday, September 22. Please make sure that your number is visible as you enter the parking lot. One of our aides will be noting numbers in order as you circle around to the path and they need to see your number clearly.

In the beginning carpool lines tend to move a bit more slowly than later in the year. Please be patient with us as we get your little ones from their classrooms and out to you. Stay in the line and wait until the car in front has moved. I promise things will speed up considerably in a very short time. It is still not too late to arrange to be part of a multi-family carpool, so please don’t hesitate to contact us if you decide to join another person or group. Just let us know your plans and we will set up a number for you. The more carpools we have, the faster the whole procedure moves along.

Janet Wham