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Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #202

July 22, 2014

For this week’s Team Tuesday, we would like to recognize Rachael Johnson and Marissa Echevarria from our Webster location!photo 14

Both ladies started working at Doodle Bugs! this summer and have already created lasting impressions and relationships with their fellow faculty, children and families.

Center director Liz Vandetii says, “Even though they have only just started this summer, they have been to every one of our events and parades with enthusiasm, encouragement, smiles and an infectious, positive attitude!” On top of representing Team Webster at their local events, Rachel and Marissa are both willing and helpful within the center, stepping in wherever needed.

So thank you, Rachael and Marissa, for your dedication, positivity, and excitement towards your job. Our doodle community is a better place because you truly CARE!

Learning Styles and Technology

July 21, 2014

Introducing our guest blogger:ABCmouse.com is a partner of Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers and offers a way for children to interact with technology while learning foundational skills, experimenting with cause and effect, and collaborating with classmates. All Doodle Bugs! preschool and pre-k classroom teachers use ABCmouse.com’s learning activities as an extension of play-based classroom activities and the classroom-linked home accounts enable parents to guide their children through the same lessons at home via their home computer, tablet or mobile device.

Learning styles are the ways in which people discover and learn about the world. They are usually described in seven distinct ways. Here are some familiar examples: Looking at pictures (spatial), 1903984_10152197982491220_169360630234812815_ndancing (kinesthetic), working with friends (social) or quietly reading alone(interpersonal/linguistic), listening to music (auditory-musical) or working out a problem from a chart or making step-by-step plans (logical) all are ways that information can be learned. Many times people employ more than one of these styles when learning, but sometimes one method can be more dominant. The more ways that a child can interact and experience their world, the more she can develop strong learning habits across all the styles.

In the 21st century classrooms, technology plays a role and can support different learning styles. ABCmouse.com is an early learning academy that provides a wide array of learning activities that encompass language arts, math, science and social studies, music and art. To apply the concept of learning styles to ABCmouse.com or other learning sites, it is possible to connect nearly all the learning styles.

For instance, reading a book on the site can be done in a quiet and solitary manner or can be done with a partner or group. In this one example, several learning styles can be strengthened—visual, linguistic, aural, interpersonal and/or social. When considering a math activity on ABCmouse.com; logical, spatial, aural, verbal and interpersonal and/or social styles are tapped.

So, how about the kinesthetic learners—those who need to be involved fully by touching, bouncing, dancing, etc.? Using technology is a kinesthetic activity by its very design. The manipulation of the 10295535_10152164845481220_1351194710807219167_omouse or touch screens is a way to physically be involved in the activity. From there, choosing any activity on the site that has music or rhythm can encourage clapping, tapping, pointing and directionality. Applying those concepts by making connections to movement games like Simon Says or creating an alphabet letter dance can appeal to nearly every kinesthetic learner out there!

Early learners are curious and excited about their environments and use many learning styles to make sense of their world. Providing rich and varied activities in the classroom and at home, children not only continue to be curious, but they become great 21st century learners, as well.

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #201

July 15, 2014

For this week’s Team Tuesday, we would like to recognize Miss Jen, the lead teacher in Classroom 7 from our Henrietta location!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA

Center director Arlene McMaster calls her “the epitome of a great teacher!” As soon as you walk into her room, you instantly feel welcomed. She is bubbly, happy and passionate about what she does each and every day, and full of smiles all day long.

She truly radiates love in all of her interactions with her children and parents, and has received MANY Smile Awards – not only from her families, but from other families within the center who can’t help but notice her friendliness.

So thank you, Jen, for your dedication, passion, and  obvious love of what you do everyday. Our doodle community is a better place because you truly CARE!

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Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #200

July 1, 2014

For this week’s Team Tuesday, we would like to highlight the Webster center, and Liz Vandetti (along with her fabulous faculty)!TT1

We received a meaningful letter from a parent at their location:

“Elizabeth has been wonderful to work with. She is always friendly and approachable, and she is always able to answer whatever questions we may have. The rest of the staff at Doodle Bugs! has been impressive as well. They always greet the boys by name and are extremely helpful. I feel so fortunate to be able to leave them at Doodle Bugs! while I go to work, knowing they are getting all of the love and attention they need!”

So thank you Liz, for leading your faculty by setting good examples, your hard work and dedication, and positive, friendly attitude every day! Our doodle community is a better place because you CARE!

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Summer Camp Goes Beyond Fun and Games

June 20, 2014

OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAs the school year winds down and the summer season starts, parents are planning vacations, exploring camp options and looking forward to downtime. While summer camp is known to help prevent the summer slide—as well as produce weeks of fun—it has a tremendous impact on the development of a child’s social skills.

Science has established a direct link between social/emotional development and school success. Studies show that academic achievement within the first few years of school appear to be based on children’s social skills.

According to Christina Fecio, director of education and training at Doodle Bugs! Children’s Centers, skills gained through summer camp include:

-Ability to get along with others (parents, teachers, peers)

-Following directions

-Identifying and regulating one’s emotions and behaviors

-Thinking of appropriate solutions to conflict

-Persisting on task

-Engaging in social conversation and cooperative play

-Feeling good about oneself and others

“Summer camp is obviously fun and educational, but it also contributes to school readiness. Camp provides a low-pressure opportunity to boost those critical social skills in a fun, high-interest environment,” Fecio said. “That means just a few weeks of summer camp each season can directly impact the development of those skills for all ages of campers. In addition, children in the Doodle Bugs! program can get a robust summer experience without having to be enrolled in four or five specialty camps. Summer friendships and social skills develop hand-in-hand as children bond over shared interests.”

Those social skills emerge and develop through collaborative projects, cooperative and competitive games and sports. The Doodle Bugs! summer camp is designed to not only provide learning opportunities through specific activities, but promote social and emotional skills through clubs and events. For example, the “Let the Games Begin” themed week includes cooperative and competitive activities to promote team-building skills, and “Science Spectacular” week lets campers learn from each other through experiments and inventions, and “Carnival Days” creates the perfect chance to collaborate with fellow campers to create fun, interactive carnival games and attractions.

Doodle Bugs! Summer Camp consists of two programs, specifically designed for children ages three to five and five to 12. The camp has flexible scheduling options and includes breakfast, lunch and afternoon snacks.

Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #199

June 17, 2014

For this week’s Team Tuesday, we would like to recognize our Lancaster director’s assistant, Meagan Seward!10466976_314827348676071_8313951245184080432_o

Meagan’s positive and bubbly personality is infectious, and those who come across her at the center can’t help but smile when greeted by her each morning. Meagan is always willing to lend a helping hand in the classroom to ensure the teachers and children have whatever it is they need to have a successful, happy day!

Center Director-In-Training Maria Thompson says that if she had to guess, “the highlight of Meagan’s day would be sharing a funny or thoughtful story with a parent about their child at pick up, simply to see the parent smile and feel good about having their little one in our care!”

So thank you Meagan, for your passion, positive attitude, and willingness to always help others. Our doodle community is a truly a better place because you CARE!

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Doodle Bugs! Team Tuesday: Issue #198

June 10, 2014

For this week’s Team Tuesday, we would like to recognize our Henrietta center director, Arlene McMaster!ArleneTT

We received this wonderful note from a former parent at her location:

“Thank you will never be enough to express my gratitude for you and all you have done for Liam and Elizabeth! You will be greatly missed, and I will forever be looking for a child care director who possesses the same amazing qualities that you do!

Please keep in touch, we will miss you!”

So thank you, Arlene, for your dedication, and building lasting relationships with your families. Our doodle community is a truly a better place because you CARE!

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