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Which App Is Educational?

Posted by on Nov 19, 2015 in Changing Tykes | Comments Off on Which App Is Educational?

Looking for an educational app for your tyke while travelling over the holidays? Check out these four characteristics to help determine if the app is right for your child.

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Top 5 Tips to Keep our Kids Safe This Halloween

Posted by on Oct 30, 2015 in Changing Tykes | Comments Off on Top 5 Tips to Keep our Kids Safe This Halloween

It’s that time of year when kids take to the streets dressed up as ghost, goblins and perhaps an Elsa or two. Here are a few tips to keep in mind this Halloween to keep them safe. Make sure the child can see clearly while in costume. Have a flashlight, glow stick, or reflective sticker for your child, particularly if trick or treating at dusk or dark. Trick or treat in a group, never alone. Coach your child to stay on the porch step rather than enter the home. Look both ways before crossing the street and utilize the sidewalks where...

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Saying Goodbye: Dealing with Separation Anxiety

Posted by on Oct 22, 2015 in Changing Tykes | Comments Off on Saying Goodbye: Dealing with Separation Anxiety

With a few weeks of school under our belts, hopefully everyone is settling nicely into the preschool routine.  However, separation anxiety can crop up any time there is a change in routine.  In this “FROM THE TEACHERS” post, our amazing teachers give us some strategies to help ease separation, for both you and your child. Now that school has started, you and your child are becoming familiar with all the new routines. To aid your child in their transition, please try and follow the same routine when you say goodbye. A good-bye...

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Welcome All!

Posted by on Oct 12, 2015 in Changing Tykes | Comments Off on Welcome All!

Welcome ACPS 2015/2016 Families!!  We are very excited to be in full swing of the new school year and hope that everyone is enjoying the first full week. Thank you to all the teachers and staff for all their hard work over the summer, keeping the school running, and setting up awesome rooms that have our kids excited and engaged every day. We especially want to welcome 3 new teachers this year to the ACPS family!  Amanda Setty is teaching the T,Th,F 3’s class, Melissa Kuhn with the Th,F 2’s and Louise Touber in the Activity Room. We are very...

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Beginning to Build Good Communication With Your Children

Posted by on May 5, 2015 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

Beginning to Build Good Communication With Your Children

In this “FROM THE TEACHERS” post, we’ll discuss how to help your child develop their communication skills, as well as how to open a dialog with your child as they begin to communicate with you. We’ve all learned in our lives how important it is to communicate effectively with one another. And as adults, we’ve all had lots of practice. It is important to realize that learning to communicate effectively is something that developed over time for all of us and that we can help build the foundation for good communication skills...

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Fun Spring Activities For You and Your Child

Posted by on Apr 21, 2015 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

Fun Spring Activities For You and Your Child

Another “FROM THE TEACHERS” segment on fun ways to enjoy the Spring! After an arduous winter, Spring is finally here.  With Spring comes improving weather, so that we can go outside and stay outside! There are tons of great activities you can do with your child or children to encourage an appreciation of the great outdoors and to help instill a love of the environment as we celebrate Earth Day this month. Children learn best through experience, and the most rewarding fun comes from the space to play and experiment. Given a small...

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Operation Gratitude

Posted by on Feb 5, 2015 in Changing Tykes | Comments Off on Operation Gratitude

Operation Gratitude

Attendance at Annandale Cooperative Preschool comes with lots of benefits:  parents and other family members in the classrooms and roaming the halls, experienced degreed teachers and lots of learning through play.  While the kids do plenty of learning about science, math, reading and writing, the education does not stop there.  Citizenship and patriotism were the talk of the day, today, as several members of the United States Armed Forces visited the school! All of the service members we met today are parents of students at ACPS.  We heard...

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Managing Meal Time

Posted by on Oct 27, 2014 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

Managing Meal Time

In this “FROM THE TEACHERS” segment, we address meal time. Mealtimes may be messy business for preschool-aged children. But it’s not too soon to begin working with your preschooler at home to practice mealtime skills and manners. There’s no harm in introducing manners early, as long as you avoid punishing children for forgetting the rules. Reinforcing positive behavior is probably the most effective way to teach manners. So instead of catching your child in those times when he/she isn’t performing correctly, try...

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Support Services

Posted by on Oct 20, 2014 in Changing Tykes | 0 comments

If you are seeking family support services, please explore the options below: Fairfax County Office for Children:  This agency’s programs include: Child Care Assistance 703-449-8484 Head Start and Early Head Start Program 703-324-8290 School-Age Child Care Program 703-449-8989 USDA Child Care Food Program 703-324-8100 Child Care Training Programs 703-324-3044 Free Translation Services:  Free, online translation of written communications. You can translate up to 750 words at a time. 211 Virginia: Work with a trained professional who listens to...

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Photo Policy – Protecting Your Privacy

Posted by on Oct 10, 2014 in Changing Tykes | 1 comment

Photo Policy – Protecting Your Privacy

It’s so hard to be in the classroom observing all sorts of cute behavior, all while wanting to capture those moments for yourself and other parents.  We know you are excited to share photos of the kiddos, but there are some strict guidelines that you agreed to when joining the preschool. 1.  You are not allowed to take pictures of kids on school property with your cell phones or cameras of any kids except for the ones provided by the school. 2.  You are not allowed to give out the smug mug website information to relatives. that means...

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