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“Is Preschool Worth It?” What Parents Are Asking in South Florida

We often get asked the question here in South Florida: Is Preschool Worth it?    How early do parents start investing in their child’s education in order for him or her to excel in Kindergarten and beyond.  Many people recognize Kindergarten as the official start of a child’s formal education. However, the preceding years are ...

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Baby Milestone Chart: Tips from Sunshine State Academy in South Florida

Baby Milestone Chart: Tips from Sunshine State Academy in South Florida   Part of joys of motherhood is to witness every one of the milestones of your baby. Each new milestone your baby develops seems surreal and exciting.  But wouldn’t it be nice to know exactly where your baby’s at developmentally?  We’ve decide here at ...

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Gathering Data to Improve Scores

The importance of gathering data to improve the learning environment of a preschool is vital in providing the best care and working atmosphere for children and teachers. Pre-assessment of children, the gathering of data and the planning of thematical units and appropriate lesson plans are used within the Sunshine State Academy curricular model.   Data ...

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Language and the Overall Success in School

The article, “Broadening Our Views of Linguistic Diversity” by Debra O’Neal and Marjorie Ringler is a fascinating research piece which shows that learning a second language is not only the focus of children who do not speak the language, but also of children who do. The article gives viewpoints which highlight a prominent challenge in ...

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Teacher Self-Evaluation

Each teacher begins his or her path in learning how to center all lessons through the prism of their student needs. The way to interpret data to children must be met on different cognitive levels which stem from catering to different needs of presentation where it is visual, logical, spatial, etc.The action research project presented ...

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So, Let’s Play

The sound of the word play means different things to various people. In some cultures, playing is frowned upon because it is considered aimless. In other cultures, playing seems to be an integral part of childhood and growing up. Therefore, it is very important as an educator to fully understand and explain, what play in ...

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Culturally Diverse Classrooms

Sunshine State Academy Recruitment Strategy to Promote Culturally Diverse Classrooms Julia Yaremchuk, M.S.   Teacher Recruitment Strategy: In order to promote a culturally diverse classroom, teachers are the key to a successful environment. To see how a teacher feels about diversity, one must start by questioning the teacher during the interview process: 1 – What ...

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Dramatic Play in Early Childhood Classroom

Dramatic Play in the Early Childhood Classroom is Essential in Overall Development Julia Yaremchuk, M.S. Early Childhood Education   Dramatic play in the early childhood classroom is considered by many to be one of the most important kinds of play young children can engage in because this area allows for children to practice their language ...

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Promoting Large Motor Skills to Keep a Well-Balanced Classroom

Promoting Large Motor Skills to Keep a Well-Balanced Classroom Julia Yaremchuk, M.S. Education     Children develop large motor skills naturally, yet there are a great amount of activities and tools that can increase their level of performance. First, the setting needs to have various balls and climbers which are not vertical, but are tubes ...

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Successful Motivational Strategies

Presented for Teacher Training In-Service Sunshine State Academy By Julia Yaremchuk, M.S. Education   Another great strategy that teachers use within the class is area charts and helper charts. Each child is given an area where he/she is the helper for the day and when clean-up is called helpers go to their predetermined area and ...

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Student Leadership of English Language Learners

  In American schools, the English language learner population has almost doubled over the past decade while the overall student population has remained relatively unchanged. The percentage of public school students in the United States who were English-language learners [ELLs]  was higher in school year 2014–15 (9.4 percent, or an estimated 4.6 million students) than ...

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Teacher Excellence at Sunshine State Academy

Learning to teach does not occur over one or two college semesters and highly effective teachers strive to learn throughout their entire careers. Teacher persistence is one characteristic of individuals who have a mastery orientation to achievement, which is characterized by attributing one’s success to high ability and effort. Teacher persistence is a disposition manifested ...

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The Ages and Stages Questionnaire Assessment Vs. Cindy Downes Oklahoma Pre-Kindergarten Assessment

Julia Yaremchuk, M.S in Education   I. Publication Information   A. Ages and Stages Questionnaire   The title of the first assessment is called the Ages and Stages Questionnaire or ASQ, Third Edition and it was developed “in the 1970s.  Researchers at the University of Oregon, led by Dr. Diane Bricker, recognized the need for ...

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Improving Communications between Preschool and Families

By: Julia Yaremchuk, M.S. Education   Communication between preschool and the family is vital in the overall student success especially for children in the early childhood classroom. Allowing parents to be part of the learning process shows children how important the school really is in the lives of their family. There are many ways to improve ...

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Supporting English Language Learners in the Classroom

By: Julia Yaremchuk, M.S.   Children who are English language learners come from a variety of backgrounds.   They may need to learn English because they come from an impoverished home, an immigrant household or simply a rural area, where there is a dialect spoken. Those who are learning the English language for the very first ...

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Professional Development Links and Classes/Teacher and Administrative Resources

Online Courses:   1. http://www.dcf.state.fl.us/programs/childcare/   The following website has all of the Department of Children and Families mandated courses, such as Rules and Regulations, Child Abuse, and Health and Safety.   2. http://extensiononline.tamu.edu/courses/child_care.php   The following website hosted by Texas A&M holds many online trainings that will help teacher with common questions as how to feed young ...

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The Health And Safety Are The Primary Factors Of The Early Childhood Environment

By Julia Yaremchuk, M.S.     The two most crucial factors of having a successful early childhood are health and safety. The health of a child enrolled in a school setting will reflect the attendance rate and the way that a child will interact with others in that setting. For a setting to maintain a ...

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The Gurus of Child Development

By Julia Yaremchuk, M.S.   In the world of where child development has been investigated, researched and massively studied, it is a phenomena that the works of Jean Piaget and Lev Vygotsky which were formulated over one hundred years ago are still prevalent and used across the globe to build schools, childcare centers and appropriate ...

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Helping Teachers…Be Great Teachers!

By Julia Yaremchuk, M.S.   1. Why should you plan for something to happen if the learning centers are already set up?   Even though learning centers are set up in the early childhood classroom, it is imperative that planning occurs daily to accommodate the individual needs of the children within that environment. Teachers must ...

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