Isabella Child Development Center

A free preschool serving eligible 3 and 4 year olds

Morning Class   April Newsletter

Important Dates

April 9: Library Field Trip

April 11: Yes, there’s school!

April 25: Family Night


Calendar Updates

We will now have school on Thursday, April 11th. Previously teachers were scheduled to attend professional development. We have rescheduled this. We are adding 6 days to the end of our calendar due to excessive snow days.  The last day will now by May 23rd. We will be having an end-of-year celebration with families.  Details in May.

Grants

Preschool has been awarded 2 grants. The first one is from Tri-County Electric Cooperative to purchase a new I-Pad mini. Teachers will be using it to help collect photos and anecdotal notes for assessment. The second one is from the Community Foundation to purchase additional tricycles.

Fiftieth Anniversary

ICDC has been in operation for fifty years. The official anniversary was on Feb. 2nd.  The Board of ICDC is planning a 50th Anniversay Celebration for Sunday, May 19th at 2-4 pm.  All families past and present are invited to attend.

 

Solving Problems

Problem-solving skills develop through repeated practice. Problems exist all around us, but all too often, adults solve children’s problems without realizing that we are missing opportunities for children to learn how to solve their own problems.

For example, suppose your family is about to sit down for a meal and there aren’t enough clean forks for everyone.  The typical adult solution to this problem is to quickly wash a few forks.  But that is not the only solution.  You could use plastic forks.  You could eat with spoons that night. Or you could use chopsticks.

Generating solutions with a child may take a little longer than just solving the problem yourself. But thinking through simple family problems together strengthens the child’s problem-solving skills, including using these four steps:

  • Identifying the problem,
  • Brainstorming possible solutions,
  • Choosing one solution and trying it out, and
  • Evaluating what happened.

  Look for simple everyday problems that might intrigue your child.  Her/His critical thinking skills will sharpen with use, and she/he may come up with solutions you never imagined.

Outside Play & Warm Clothes

Spring is almost here. We will continue to play outside on a daily basis unless it is too rainy.  Please keep an eye on the forecast and send warm clothing as needed. Our playground also gets very muddy when spring rain comes so boots are a good idea for those days.

Preschool Enrollment

We have begun accepting applications for preschool for Fall 2019.  If you have friends or family who might be interested please pass the word to them.  They can call us for more information also.  Our number is 989-772-0805.

 

Afternoon Class    April Newsletter

Important Dates

April 25: Family Fun Night


Change in Calendar

Due to the large number of school cancelations we are adding a couple of days. The last day will now by May 20th. We will be having an end-of-year celebration with families.  Details in May.

Enrollment for Fall

We are accepting enrollment applications for the 2019/20 school year.  Applications for the morning program are done online at www.michiganpreschoo.org. If you have friends or family who might be interested please pass the word to them.  They can call us for more information also.  Our number is 989-772-0805.

Fiftieth Anniversary

ICDC has been in operation for fifty years. The official anniversary was on Feb. 2nd.  The Board of ICDC is planning a 50th Anniversay Celebration for Sunday, May 19th at 2-4 pm.  All families past and present are invited to attend.



Solving Problems

Problem-solving skills develop through repeated practice. Problems exist all around us, but all too often, adults solve children’s problems without realizing that we are missing opportunities for children to learn how to solve their own problems.

For example, suppose your family is about to sit down for a meal and there aren’t enough clean forks for everyone.  The typical adult solution to this problem is to quickly wash a few forks.  But that is not the only solution.  You could use plastic forks.  You could eat with spoons that night. Or you could use chopsticks.

Generating solutions with a child may take a little longer than just solving the problem yourself. But thinking through simple family problems together strengthens the child’s problem-solving skills, including using these four steps:

  • Identifying the problem,
  • Brainstorming possible solutions,
  • Choosing one solution and trying it out, and
  • Evaluating what happened.

  Look for simple everyday problems that might intrigue your child.  Her/His critical thinking skills will sharpen with use, and she/he may come up with solutions you never imagined.

Outside Play & Warm Clothes

These last few days have been a peak at warmer spring weather. But colder weather may return.  Please keep an eye on the forecast and send winter clothing for those days. We will continue to play outside daily.  Our playground also gets very muddy when spring rain comes so boots are a good idea for those days. Most children are still learning to dress for and undress after outdoor play.  Please continue to practice this skill at home.

Grants

Preschool has been awarded 2 grants. The first one is from Tri-County Electric Cooperative to purchase a new I-Pad mini. Teachers will be using it to help collect photos and anecdotal notes for assessment. The second one is from the Community Foundation to purchase additional tricycles.



These materials were funded in whole or in part under a grant awarded by the Michigan Department of Education.