Center News

June 2019

The warmer weather has arrived and we are gearing up for some summer fun!

Events

Ice Cream Social

Wednesday, June 12, 2019 will be our Annual Ice Cream Social. Families are invited to come to the program from 3:30-6:00 pm for an ice cream treat. Save your cup for seconds!

***Families staying to participate in this event should pull a ticket from the garage and self-pay.

Parking is $8 per hour. Please do not park in the garage using your access cards

as the 45 minute parking limit is strictly enforced.***

 

Graduation

All children entering Kindergarten in September 2019 will participate in an LMACCC graduation event on Friday, June 29, 2019 from 9:30 am to 11:00 am at the Boston University’s CCSR in Room 103 – Wolf Room (formerly Wheelock College). Catherine Turner will send out additional details shortly.

***Families staying to participate in this event should pull a ticket from the garage and self-pay.

Parking is $8 per hour. Please do not park in the garage using your access cards

as the 45 minute parking limit is strictly enforced.***

 

Classroom Color Day

Show your classroom spirit on Tuesday, July 16, 2019. Children, families and teachers are encouraged to celebrate their classroom by wearing their classroom’s designated color.

Infant Blue

Mixed Room Pink

Toddler Room Orange

Young Pre Red

Middle Pre Purple

Older Pre Green

 

Music with Wayne Potash

All families are invited to attend our biweekly sessions with Wayne Potash in their child’s classroom.

Music is in the Infant Room 3:40-4:00, Mixed Room 4:00-4:20, Toddler Room 4:20-4:40, Young Preschool 4:40-5:00, Middle Preschool 5:00-5:20 & Older Preschool 5:20-5:40. Children that are not scheduled to attend LMACCC on days that Wayne is present may attend the music sessions with their caregiver present. 

 

Wayne will be at LMACCC on a Thursday in June!

June 13, 2019

 

Wayne’s Schedule on Wednesdays through August 2019 are as follows:

June 26

July 10 & July 24

August 7 & August 28

 

 

Yoga

Mixed, Toddler and all Preschool Rooms participate each Monday in an afternoon Yoga program. Families are always welcome to join the fun! Children that are not scheduled to attend LMACCC on Monday may attend yoga with their caregiver present. 

 

Yoga sessions run as follows:

Mixed Room 3:00-3:20

Toddler Room (front side) 3:20-3:40

Toddler Room (back side) 3:40-4:00

Young Preschool 4:00-4:30

Middle Preschool 4:30-5:00

Older Preschool 5:00-5:30

 

Yoga is scheduled for:

June 10 & June 24

July 8 & July 22

 

Family Picnic

Mixed, Toddler and Preschool Families are invited to bring a lunch and have a picnic style meal in their child’s classroom on Tuesday, August 23, 2019. All classrooms will have lunch from 12:00-1:00.

***Families staying to participate in this event should pull a ticket from the garage and self-pay.

Parking is $8 per hour. Please do not park in the garage using your access cards

as the 45 minute parking limit is strictly enforced.***

 

Reminders

 

Holidays

LMACCC will be CLOSED:

Thursday July 4, 2019 for Independence Day

Monday, September 2, 2019 for Labor Day

 

  1. Care.com® for in-home child and senior care may be an option for families needing child care when LMACCC is closed. Care.com offers experienced, local caregivers available at a moment’s notice. Their backup care services include: backup child care, event care and access to caregivers. http://www.care.com/
     
  2. Boston’s Best Babysitters is a nanny agency that can place temporary, night & weekend, overnight and long-term positions for residential families. This agency may be an additional option for families needing child care when LMACCC is closed.

https://www.bostonsbestbabysitters.com/about-us.html

 

Transitions

Children transition from one classroom to the next based on availability of space. Full time children typically transition according to their date of birth. Part time children transition when there is a matching slot in the next classroom. The majority of transitions this year will occur late summer and into September.

Once a transition date has been solidified children visit their new classroom gradually. They spend short increments of time throughout the span of a few weeks getting acclimated to the new space, group of children and teachers.

 

Termination and Legal Reminder

Families leaving LMACCC or dropping days to their current schedule are required by their contract to provide a forty-five (45) day written notice if you are leaving LMACCC between May 15 and June 30 and sixty (60) day written notice if you are leaving between July 1 and September 15.

In order to officially terminate or amend a contract to fewer days please complete a contract termination form located on our website www.lmaccc.org. Copies of this form are also available in the office

 

Annual Enrollment Forms

Every family continuing care beyond June 30, 2019 needs to complete annual enrollment forms. Enrollment forms are available on our website at www.lmaccc.org. We recommend completing the forms online, printing them, and providing an original signature as well as current date on each form.

Enrollment forms must be completed and returned to the first floor office by Friday, June 28, 2019.

On Monday, July 1, 2019 families that have any outstanding forms (including IHCPs) will be allotted space to complete missing information prior to dropping off their child(ren).

 

Clothing

Please make sure to check your child’s extra clothing bin for spare clothing that fits comfortably and is warm weather friendly.  Items to include are swimsuits, shoes for water play, hats, t-shirts, socks, underwear for children toilet training and a light jacket.

*If your child wears Crocs or sandals to the program s/he should have a spare set of sneakers in his/her cubby for movement and future playground experiences.

 

Safety Reminders

With the warmer weather families are gathering in the Courtyard in front of the Center. Please follow pedestrian safety rules with your children and treat the drive thru of the loop as a street. Cars using the drop off loop may not be aware of children playing in the area. Please respect the Courtyard property including our new mulch and plants.

Please remember that children need to be accompanied by an adult in the building at all times. Children should be escorted into the classroom for morning arrival with a parent/guardian. In the evening children need to walk out side-by-side with their chaperone. Children running in the hallways and being unattended in the mornings and/or afternoons have led to injuries.

 

Door Traffic

Only adults should be opening and closing center doors including the main entrance door, hallway doors and classroom doors.  Use caution when opening doors as little fingers are generally in close proximity and are easily squished!

 

Parking in the 375 Longwood Garage

Each family is encouraged to complete a parking registration form for the 375 Longwood Garage to obtain an access card for daily parking during morning drop offs and afternoon pickups. The access card allows families to park anywhere in the garage for up to 45 minutes. Families should plan on parking no more than 30 minutes to account for foot travel time. Be aware that there are 15 minute only parking spaces (aptly labelled) located inside the garage on the first floor.

The drop off loop is for 15 minute only parking. During times of heavy traffic vehicles that cannot immediately find a parking space should continue through the loop and reenter the garage using an access card. Please avoid blocking the loop to allow for all vehicles to easily enter and exit the parking spaces.

 

Sunblock

We are hoping the warmer weather will stay with us for quite some time. As we spend more time outside we will begin sun-screening at least 20 minutes before sun exposure. We use a generic SPF 30, 45 or 50. Please inform the office if your child has an allergy to sun block. You may also provide your own personal sunblock if you prefer. Families arriving after 9:30 am are asked to sunblock their child(ren) prior to leaving the program.

 

Evening Pick Ups

We recommend that families arrive to the program in the evening by 5:45 pm to allow for time to communicate with teaching staff about their child’s day and gather their belongings. The teaching staff end their day and the program closes promptly at 6:00 pm.

 

Alternative Pick-ups

If someone other than a parent is picking up a child, the office staff and educators need verification in advance. The administrator logs the change for pick-ups and drop offs in a central log. All individuals arriving at the center to pick up a child are required to have a state issued photo ID (a driver’s license or passport). Please have alternative pick up persons ring the doorbell for access into the program.

 

Red Sox Season

Traffic is impacted during the Red Sox season. Please allow sufficient time to pick up by 6:00 pm on scheduled game days. The Center closes at 6:00pm. Families picking up after 6:00pm will be charged a $20.00 late fee for every 15 minutes.

 

Absence/Vacation reminder

Please call LMACCC office and classroom to inform us if your child is going to be absent from the program. We are required to account for all child absences. We are also required to ask if your child will be out from school due to illness and what the symptoms are.  The office phone number is 617-632-2755.

 

Independent Health Care Forms

The Department of Early Education and Care requires that each child with a chronic medical condition, which has been diagnosed by a licensed health care practitioner have a current Independent Health Care Form in his/her file. A separate form is required for each medical condition (asthma, allergies, eczema, molluscum, ADHD, etc.). Forms are located on the website at (www.lmaccc.org) and can be completed by a parent then signed by the child’s pediatrician.

 

Staff

 

Young Preschool

Brittany Daley joined LMACCC on May 10, 2019 at the 10-6 Young Preschool Assistant Teacher. Please help us to welcome Brittany to LMACCC!

 

Middle Preschool

Katarzyna (Kat) Kozak joined the Middle Preschool Classroom as the 10-6 Assistant Teacher on Wednesday, June 6, 2019. Please help us to welcome Kat to LMACCC!

 

Recruitment

We are actively recruiting two Infant Teachers, a Preschool Teacher and Center Float Teachers.

 

What is happening in the classrooms at LMACCC

 

Infants

The children in the Younger Infant room have been showing increased interest in each other by observing each other’s movements and reaching out to explore their peers using touch. The children have become more vocal in their interactions, experimenting with various sounds and volumes. The younger infants have continued to increase their tummy time and work to further strengthen their head control by laying on their stomachs.

 

The children in the Older Infant room have developed a particular interest in the sandbox when visiting the playground. They have been working on climbing in and out of the sandbox independently which in itself has proved to be an exciting activity. Once inside the sandbox the children have utilized a variety of materials to scoop, and more notably fascinating, dump the sand. When not exploring the sandbox, the children have gravitated towards exploring the housekeeping area, pushing shopping carts, and climbing up and sliding down the climber.

 

 

Mixed

The children in the Mixed room have continued to show an interest in spring. They have enjoyed spotting birds, bugs, and flowers when outside on a walk or while up on the playground. They have found butterflies and birds flying and bunnies hopping around the outside and have shown interest in learning about the sleeping and eating habits of the animals. Inside the classroom the children have painted their own bunnies to hang on the wall. They also used paper plates to hang “butterflies” from the ceiling.

 

Some children have begun to show interest in toileting. They have started to learn the difference between wet and dry diapers and are offered opportunities to sit on the toilet to practice. Families interested in formally beginning toilet training should arrange a meeting with Allison Mahler, Infant/Toddler Coordinator prior to doing so.

 

 

Toddlers

The Toddler classroom has developed an interest in their spring surroundings. When outside on a walk, the children discovered the makings of a bird’s nest. Upon watching the nest on their various outings, the children were able to learn about the progression of the robin’s life cycle by first seeing eggs in the nest, then hatchlings, and now once again an empty nest. Along with the robin, the children have also spotted cardinals in the area.

 

In other walk explorations in the surrounding area, the Toddler room have walked past gardens and looked at different flowers and even the occasional rabbit! The children have planted seeds of their own and opened up a flower shop in the dramatic play area of the classroom. They have made their own garden by painting tulips and grass for the classroom wall along with caterpillars, bumblebees, and rain clouds.

 

 

Young Preschool

The children have continued to work on recognizing emotions, working together and helping each other.  The young preschoolers spent time making pictures together and giving the picture a name. Each pair was very proud of what they made and excited to hang it up.

 

 

Young preschool continued to work on self-help skills and feelings as well. Every day the children practice putting on their own coats, cleaning up their own belongings and putting away rest time items. They also read books about feelings and friendship. They really enjoyed “Pout Pout Fish” by Deborah Diesen and “The Way I Feel” by Janan Cain. Throughout these projects and activities, the children have continually been working on letter recognition and counting.

 

A day in young preschool isn’t complete without opportunities to build and create. The children continued to explore building together and creating things with friends. They also had a lot of opportunities to play games as a group.

 

 

Young preschool is going to spend some more time exploring feelings, emotions and friendship in addition to multiple hands on building experiences. They also began creating a “giving tree” to share feelings and emotions and will continue to develop the tree over the next few weeks.

 

 

Middle Preschool

After tons of anticipation and building, the children in middle preschool were able to put their hand made boats to the test, it was an exciting time when each child was able to see if their boat would sink or float!

 

 

After middle preschool tested their boats, they wasted no time blasting off and beginning a study of space and rocket ships. The classroom has been transformed into Outer space, with a rocket ship and space station!

 

                                                                   

While learning about rocket ships, the middle preschoolers have had a lot of opportunities to practice counting and number recognition by counting down to have the rocket blast off! In addition to all of this, the children have found time to relax and read books about space, ask questions about planets, stars and asteroids, and talk a lot about aliens. They have even found time to practice writing their names on stars and rocket ships.

 

 

 

Older Preschool

The children in older preschool have continued to learn about weather and taken advantage of the nice days we have been having. With the sunshine the children were able to plant seeds and have been observing them in the classroom and we have started to see some plants sprouting.

 

 

With so many windy days, older preschool took the opportunity to create and fly kites. To go along with air and wind they also observed an experiment where they observed the way water temperature can effect air. A balloon was placed on top of an empty bottle then the bottle was placed in warm or cold water. Depending on the water temperature the balloon would inflate or deflate. The children hypothesized what would happen and were surprised by the results.

                                                                                                     

 

Even with so many activities to do, the children were also able to create and build together. They focused on being engineers and scientists, they built large and small creations ranging from a wooden black car to a dragon tail as long as the older preschool and middle preschool classes combined!    

 

 

It was a busy month in older preschool, in addition to all the engaging activities the children were able to go on a field trip to the Harvard Dental School Dental Clinic. The children saw a pediatric dentist and dental students that provided them with oral health screenings and oral health education.

 

Learning to Swim

Knowing how to swim is a vital skill that all children should learn. Swimming can help children build confidence, master a fun activity for both play and sport, and learn safety in the water.

 

Here is a by-age guide to the types of water activities that best suit children six months to six years.

 

Six Months to One Year

Babies can benefit from age-specific classes in the water. Many city recreation departments offer low-cost, parent-child aquatic programs for babies and young children to help them become accustomed to the water. Classes might focus on gentle water games such as:

  • Showing babies how to splash in the water with their arms
  • Holding your baby while you bob around in the water, getting them used to the feel of their body in it.
  • Singing songs while twirling slowly as you hold your baby in the pool, keeping their head above water.

 

Some things to remember when taking a parent-child class with an infant include:

  • Always keep your baby in your arms, or in the arms of the instructor
  • Keep your baby’s head above water.
  • Be aware of any water hazards in and around the pool. An infant can drown in as little as an inch of water in less than 30 seconds.

 

 

Two to Three Years

Here are some age appropriate activities to try:

  • Think of fun games that require them to move their arms and kick their legs. For example, bring a ball that floats and have your child reach for it in front of them as you continue to hold them.
  • Without submerging your child’s head, show them how to put their face partially in the water and blow bubbles.
  • Help them to float supported on their back as you hold them up, ensuring that their body stays straight and their head stays above the water.

 

 

Four to Six Years

At age four, your child is developmentally able to learn the skills needed to stay afloat in the water. It is recommended that children enroll in formal swimming lessons.

 

Some skills that children should work on during this time frame are:

  • Learning how to float without assistance
  • Submerging their heads under water for up to 10 seconds
  • Go from a standing to a swimming position independently
  • Use coordinated leg and arm motions to kick and stroke the water while gliding.

 

Remember that children always overestimate their abilities, so you should ensure that their pool activities have adult supervision!

Adapted in part from Healthline.com

 

Summer Fun with the Family

If you are looking for a new family summer adventure check out this website! There are hundreds of ideas including many local attractions. http://www.familydaysout.com/

 

Free Fun Fridays: Many Massachusetts museums and various venues support the Friday fun schedule.  Look at the website and see what new adventures you can go on as a family.

 

http://highlandstreet.org/programs/free-fun-fridays-2019

 

 

Kelly Quinn-Wilson, Director

Allison Mahler, Infant/Toddler Coordinator

Catherine Turner, Preschool Coordinator

June 2019