A Message From the Principal
Dear Merryhill Families,
Tis’ the month of love, and I have no better way to express how much I love being a part of what we do here at Merryhill each day. I am so lucky to walk through each classroom and witness first hand the triumphs of the students in the building! Students are learning so much on a daily basis, and I am excited to see what the rest of the year has in store for them.
Speaking of the rest of the year, it is going to fly by. We are already preparing for our 2015-16 school year, for which we roll out our priority registration February 9-23. Please be sure to stay on top of these important dates to guarantee your child’s spot with us for the upcoming school year.
Staying in the now, I want to take a quick moment to reinforce our efforts as a school and you as parents in the Merryhill community to offer a healthy Valentine’s holiday. We are doing paper invitations; however, sweet free treats are more than welcome. Please keep your eye posted for each classroom’s holiday party sign up list as well. The teachers are working very hard to model good choices and healthy behaviors in the classrooms, but we need your help in making this a full effort. Thank you for your understanding in this matter, and if you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
This month, we welcome back our MiniKickers soccer classes for the next 6 weeks, so please be sure to sign your child up if you are interested. Also, Music Matt still has very limited spots available in his class, if you are interested in taking advantage of this wonderful class. Children thrive in these extra enrichment activities, and we are happy to offer them for your convenience in your already busy weekly schedules.
As always, if you have any questions or comments, please feel free to contact me.
Jherica McEndree, Princpal
News From our Education Department
Learning About the Uses and Benefits of Technology
Children today have many opportunities to interact with technology for entertainment value and learning. Most often we think of children using computer technology, including handheld devices loaded with games, books, music and movies. In moderation, these devices can aid in children’s learning and development.
Within our academic curriculum, we involve children in activities and reflection on ways that technology can improve our understanding of the world around us, help us do our jobs, and make the world a better place. We help children see how the understanding of science and math moves technology forward, and that someday they too might create new and improved ways to do things.
Below are a few ways that we integrate technology in our classrooms and some ideas to try at home.
In the classroom: Beginning in our Intermediate program, students learn common technology vocabulary, such as mouse, keyboard and email. Students also explore the double meaning of verbs that describe online and offline activities, such as “tapping” and “surfing”.
At home: Dot. by Randi Zuckerberg is a great book to read with your child to continue the learning at home. Dot, the main character, is a tech savvy little girl who leaves her electronic devices at home while she taps, swipes and shares in the real world.
In the classroom: Teachers encourage our older preschoolers to use technology as a tool to express themselves. For example, students use a camera to take photos of seasonal changes outdoors and write what they observed in their journal. This activity promotes creativity and provides a fun opportunity to practice writing skills.
At home: Allow your child to explore his world using digital photography tools. Ask him to describe his photos and explain why he chose those objects or locations to photograph. Encourage him to use descriptive language and emotion vocabulary.
In summary, we provide numerous opportunities for children to explore technology in our classrooms. Through these activities, children become excited to use technology educationally, and are better prepared to use technology in elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD- Director of Early Childhood Education