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Table Of Contents:
1. Welcomepage 3
2. Philosophy of Educationpage 4
3. Mission Statementspage 9
4. Goals of the Programpage 10
a. Program Services
b. Program Policies
5. Learning Environmentpage 13
a. Room arrangement
b. Classroom space
c. Organization of space
d. Equipment and materials
6. Curriculum of Lil Explorerspage 15
a. Language arts
b. Math
c. Social studies
d. Science
e. Comprehensive arts
7. Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)page 20
8. Parent Involvementpage 20
9. Technology Usepage 22
10. Children with Special Needspage 26
11. Additional Resourcespage 28
12. Appendixpage 28
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Welcome to a Great Year!

Dear Parents,
On behalf of the staff members here at Lil Explorers, we
would like to welcome you to the 2015 school year! We hope you and your
little ones are just as excited as we are to making this year enjoyable and
successful. For most of your little ones this is their first step in the journey of
their educational paths. It will be a joint effort from you parents at home,
and our staff here at school to establish and maintain goals and expectations
for your child.
The staff and myself here at Lil Explorers have worked
long and hard to put together this Policy Handbook for you to help answer
any questions you may have, and to help you realize what we are going to
expect from you and your child. Included in this Policy Handbook are
policies, goals, upcoming curriculum, and various forms that will need to be
filled out and returned at Open House.

Miss Madison Mackewicz


Principal of Lil Explorers
mmackewicz@aol.com
484-794-1156
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Philosophy of Education

I believe that every child has equal opportunity to learn and get an education. For

myself, as a teacher I want my teaching to provide an opportunity for continual learning

and growth. One of my hopes as an educator is to instill a love of learning in my students,

as I share my own passion for learning with them. Each student is like a snowflake, no

two students learn the same way. There will be all different kinds of learners such as

visual learners, audible learners, and multi-sensory learners in my classroom each day. I

feel there is a need for compassionate, strong, and dedicated individuals who are excited

about working with children. I want my classroom to be a carefree and a judgment free

zone. I want my children to come in and to want to learn with open eyes and an open

heart. If you put your mind too it you can achieve it.

With such a demand and need for these children to grow up and be well rounded in

all aspects of life, the Framework for 21st Century Learners was developed. It

emphasized the importance of having children being able to succeed in both the

classroom and eventually moving into the workforce. The core values are based on

critical thinking, problem solving, communication, and collaboration. I will incorporate

these core values into my classroom by having many opportunities for children to work

independently and in small groups or large groups. I think working independently helps

children because it makes you think for yourself. While in small or large groups you get

other peoples feedback and get to think about other views and other peoples

understanding of situations.

Many theorists deserve credit for helping make the education system the way it is

today. A few particular theorists who have really influenced my passion for teaching and
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my teaching style are Jean Piaget, Lev Vygotsky and John Dewey. I share the same

beliefs as Piaget, Vygotsky and Dewey and plan to incorporate both beliefs in my

classroom.

Jean Piaget theories are views of how childrens minds work and develop. I have been

enormously influenced, in educational theory. He does not think that children understand

everything at one time; instead there are certain points at which their mind takes off or

comprehends and moves into completely new areas and capabilities. He realized these

transitions as taking place at about 18 months, 7 years and 11 or 12 years. He then has his

four stages in life. Atherton J S (2013) Learning and Teaching. These stages are the four

developmental stages. The first stage is called sensory-motor and ranges from birth to age

two. In this stage the children differentiates self from object. Stage two is the Pre-

operational, which is from two years old to seven years of age. This stage is when the

children learn to use language to represent objects. Stage three is concrete operational

from ages seven to eleven. In this stage the children can think logically about objects and

events. The last stage is formal operational and this is from eleven and up. In this stage

children can think logically about abstract propositions and test hypotheses systemically.

They also become concerned with the hypothetical, the future, and ideological problems.

Lev Vygotskys theories stress the fundamental role of social interaction in the

development of cognition, as he believed strongly that community plays a central role in

the process of "making meaning." Group work and social interaction should be the

forefront of education because children can share ideas and learn from each

other. Children will develop more confidence in both themselves and their peers with
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each group activity. I will try to incorporate these beliefs in my classroom by separating

children in to small groups and have them preform tasks.

John Deweys theories are based on progressive learning, which is learning by

doing. Children learn best when you can relate something you are teaching to something

they have experienced first hand or something they are able to do. Dewey also believed

all children deserve an equal voice in and out of the classroom. My students will learn by

doing because they will always be doing something hands on.

The teachers first responsibility in the classroom is to create a caring and positive

community of learners. Students will learn better if they feel safe and loved by both the

teachers and their peers. I as a teacher will make sure every students need is put before

my own and make sure my classroom is both inviting, safe and learning friendly. I

will promote positive peer relationships, developing and reinforcing classroom rules, and

nurturing positive relationships with students. In the classroom I will always be fair. I

think that every child should have a say.

My dream classroom would incorporate my beliefs and philosophy. My classroom

has tables where a group could sit at. There would be a laptop at each seat along with

an IPAD. I think that children should interact with the computer and know how to work

the Internet because soon that is going to be the only thing. But on the other hand my

children will not be addicted to the IPADS. For example, I would only give the children

limited amount of IPAD time. There would be a Smart board at the front of the classroom

as well. I will have a speaker to play calming music while students are trying to do work

both individually and in groups. Also, I will have many hands on activities in the

classroom that students will be able to both play with and learn from. I will have beanbag
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chairs and fun places for the children to sit not just boring chairs. I will switch the

classroom up each semester. I think the classroom should always be decorated in the

holiday or season that we are in. I think its good to get away from the boring classroom

look. The children should want to come into my classroom everyday and think to

themselves I wonder what Mrs. Mackewicz will do to the classroom today. As a teacher I

would never stand in front of the classroom and talk for the whole time because I do not

think children learn that way.

I will develop a strong and lasting relationship with each of my students parents. I

will send home a personalized weekly report of each students progress and or lack of

progress to their parents. I think its good to let the parents know what their children are

doing every week, because most kids go home and tell there parents I dont know what I

learned today. I will have a Facebook group with my classes parents so I can give them

daily updates on what happened in the classroom and what the students learned. Parents

can also email me with any problems or concerns and I will answer it as soon as possible

with a detailed answer and solution. I think it is a must to have a strong connection with

the parents. It not only helps the children but also shows the parents you care about their

children and also that they are involved.

I will create a lesson plan following the common core standards and implementing

blooms taxonomy. Bloom's taxonomy refers to a classification of the different objectives

that teachers set for students. It divides educational objectives into three domains:

cognitive, affective, and psychomotor. A goal of Bloom's taxonomy is to motivate

educators to focus on all three domains, creating a more holistic form of education. My

lesson plans will contain many group activities and hand on activities. They will learn
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from each other and incorporate their leanings to both group work and activities. I learn

better hands on but I know all children do not. So I will also have in my lesson plan

reading on their own and doing projects or papers independently.

There will be no tolerance for bullying, or the segregation of my students. In my

classroom all students are equal and they will be treated fairly and equally. Abraham

Maslow believed in a theory of hierarchical needs. The needs are broken down into five

categories: physiological needs, safety needs, belonging and love needs, esteem needs,

and self-actualization needs. By satisfying each category of needs, children will be able

to find themselves and be who they wish to be. Students will be in charge of themselves.

They will be held to standards and together they will live in, and create a classroom with

tolerance, diversity and friendship.

As an educator, it is critical to remember to enjoy students and everything they have

to offer. Sometimes it can be a struggle, but if something goes wrong, there is always a

way to fix the problem. No matter what, there is always the power to make change.

Never give up!


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Mission Statement

National Association for the Education of Young Children Mission Statement:


NAEYC promotes high-quality early learning for all children, birth through age 8, by
connecting practice, policy, and research. We advance a diverse, dynamic early
childhood profession and support all who care for, educate, and work on behalf of young
children.

Our Mission:
The mission of Lil Explorers is to take advantage of the teachable moments that happen
every single day. We will foster your child and inspire a lifelong joy of learning through
them. Lil Explorers will have the most well balanced education plan with child-directed
and teacher-guided learning and activities. We believe that a stable, safe and healthy
environment will help children learn and grow the most.
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Goals of Lil Explorers

Planned our days out so your child will


Be safe
Feel secure
Develop age-appropriate skills
Have a positive attitude towards schooling
Develop intellectual skills
Receive individual attention
Develop friendships

Our staffs goals for your child are


Provide a positive and safe environment
Encourage children to do their best
Encourage parents to become involved with their childs education
Utilize the communitys services and resources to help educate students outside
the classroom
Value each child as an individual
Understand and meet the needs of each child socially, emotionally, and
intellectually
Teach problem solving, decision making, and conflict resolution

Child Services:
Head Start (for children 3-5 years old)
o Child must be potty trained in order to enroll
Part Day (Monday-Thursday)
o Morning Session: 8:30am-12:00pm
Includes morning snack
o Afternoon Session: 12:15pm-3:30pm
Includes afternoon snack
Full Day (Monday-Friday)
o 8:30am-3:30pm
Morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack included
Lunches can be packed or bought
o In order to be eligible for this option, parents must work full time, or be a
full time student
o There will be a weekly fee for the childcare portion of the day
Lil Explorers Preschool is a licensed facility acknowledged by The
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Public Welfare.
Payment Options:
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Lil Explorers is a program designed to help develop the skills students need in order to
excel through their educational career.

Registration:
Please choose the appropriate program for you child (ren). Fill out the form and submit
the non-refundable registration fee(s) to:

456 Cherry Lane, Pottstown Pennsylvania, 19464


Telephone: (610) 153-5567
Fax: (610) 766-4321

Registration forms will not be processed without the non-refunded registration fee(s)
**ALL FORMS MUST BE MAILED WITHIN 72 BEFORE A STUDENT CAN BE
ENROLLED IN CLASSES

Program Rates:
Weekly Monthly
Part-time $110 $500
Full-time $185 $650

*Program rates include breakfast/morning snack, lunch, and afternoon snack.

**40.00 ANNUAL NON-REFUNDABLE REGISTRATION FEE PER CHILD


IS REQUIRED

Student Absence Policy


If your child is ever unable to attend Lil Explorers please call us at your earliest
convenience.
Lil Explorers will call you if your child is not in the classroom approximately 20
minutes after class has started.
If your child needs to leave early call our office at (610) to inform us of reason
leaving, and who will be picking the student up.
Lil Explorers is fever free for 24 hours.
o If your child is sick, they cannot return to
school until they go 24 full hours being fever free.
o If a student gets sick in the middle of the
day, a call will be made and they will need to be picked
up immediately by an approved adult.
Evacuation Policy
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The following procedures are put in place for emergencies only. They
were enacted for each students safety and well-being. We have different
drills for different situations.

Immediate Evacuation:
Children are evacuated to the safest area on our property (most likely the parking lot, or
the playground) in case of a fire etc.

Total Evacuation:
Total evacuation is only needed in the most serious emergencies. We will be relocated to
our sister school, Franklin Elementary School 500 Apple Ave, Pottstown Pennsylvania,
19464

School Cancellations:
If school is to be closed, a mass phone call will be made in the morning to every number
registered for classes. Make sure you give your new telephone numbers when you get
new phones.

In-Place Sheltering:
Students will stay in the building. They will be shielded and protected by the walls, or a
door in case of a tornado, lock down etc.

Learning Environment
Room Arrangement:
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The room will be versatile to accommodate for all of our classroom needs. The room
will be rearranged at least 4 times a year to keep the environment new and fresh for
the children. There will be child-sized tables and chairs, and no more than 4 chairs to
a table. There will be a projector and a student table for the teachers to use and sit at
when we teach lessons. There will be a number line and a digital and hand clock on
each side of the classroom. There will be animals and plants throughout the classroom
depending on the weather and seasons. During each holiday we will decorate the
classroom. Students will always have access to the sink to use before snacks, and if
they need a tissue.

Classroom Space
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Lil Explorers has three different classrooms. There is a classroom for the three, four, and
five year olds. Each room contains the same setup and equipment, but the decorations and
arrangement of each room is specific to the teacher. We have an outdoor playground that
is fenced in with plenty of room for your child to run and play. We also are provided a
gym for indoor activities. Having two different areas of play will allow students the
opportunity to focus on physical growth and developments. For students participating in
our full day program, parents will need to send in their own blankets for their children.
This is for health and safety reasons.

Materials
All of the classrooms here at Lil Explorers children come equipped with a fridge, a sink,
food shelves, tables, chairs, the circle rug, beanbag chairs, book shelves, napping mats,
dramatic play boxes, dramatic play furniture, and playground equipment. Along with all
of the classroom
equipment, Lil
Explorers has
been given a
grant (2014) to
buy a classroom
set of 15 Ipads.
The Ipads will
be used for
interactive
lessons, story
time, and
interactive
applications.

Each classroom has sets of manipulative items such as wooden blocks, counting blocks,
and a set of coins. Lil Explorers will be receiving another grant in the summer of 2015 to
purchase new art supplies. This grant will add materials to our already growing art supply
closet. We will be adding more markers, crayons, colored pencils, stencils, clay,
construction paper, new scissors, paint and paintbrushes.

Curriculum
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Pennsylvania has state mandated requirements for children to achieve before


they enter into higher-grade levels. Here at Lil Explorers we have goals to meet before
your child enters Kindergarten!

Our curriculum is designed to teach and


develop the skills that your child will need in preparation for Kindergarten and the rest of
their educational lives. To achieve those accomplishments we provide our students with
structure in the classroom. Children will experience new things from various hands-on
activities, dramatic play, diverse classroom activities, and crafts. Teachers at Lil
Explorers use curriculum provided by National Geographic.

Language Arts
Language Arts can be divided into 4 major units. Each unit will be a focus point for one
quarter of the year, but will still be taught and reviewed over the entire year.

Sequencing:
Your child will be able to comprehend what happens during a story and will start to begin
to comprehend cause and effect. Students will also draw conclusions from what they
read.

Comprehension:
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Students will understand directions that are told to them. They must also show they
understand text that has been read to them.

Vocabulary:
Students will expand their vocabulary using sight words. They will learn rhyming words
and simple storybook rhymes.

Writing:
Students will learn to recognize each letter of the alphabet, and they will know how to
pronounce each letter and the sound it makes. Students will learn how to properly hold a
writing utensil and will write each letter of the alphabet. By the end of this unit, students
will be able to write their first and last name using correct pencil grip, and the correct
letters.

Mathematics
Mathematics is such a highly focused subject
because the state requires more from the students mathematically than any other subject.
Our Math curriculum has been divided into three units.

Addition and Subtraction:


Students will understand the meaning of addition and subtraction. They will compute
simply single digit problems to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding.

Counting and Measuring:


Students will be able to count out loud, and use manipulative items to assist them.
Students will properly write out each number on paper. They will be introduced to the
concepts of measuring by size, distance, and weight.

Symbols and Shapes:


Students will be able to distinguish the difference between number symbols by the end of
the year. Students will demonstrate what each symbol represents. It is required that each
student can recognize the different shapes, and has the ability to create shapes on their
own.
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Social Studies
Social Studies are where our students and staff venture into the community to introduce
topics, and how to be a part of the community around you. This is broken up into only
two units for the little ones.

Hierarchy of Problems:
Students will learn about resolutions and how to solve conflict. Students will create a
class set of rules for everyone to follow. Students will also participate in career day and
identify authority figures around them.

Citizenship:
Students will be able to understand rights and responsibilities. They will identify the
appropriate behaviors to display in the community and find ways to help a community in
need. Students will also learn what it takes to be a model citizen.
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Science
Science provides students more chances to experiment and learn through hands-on
activities. Here at Stepping Stones, we emphasize on students learning by experimenting
on their own to solve problems. We have three different science units.

Health:
Students will understand the importance of maintaining good hygiene. They will learn
that physical activity is important. Students will learn tips and tricks to maintaining good
physical shape and personal hygiene. Finally students will comprehend and show
understanding of what a healthy meal is.

Plants and Animals:


Students will be able to identify the differences between living and non-living things.
Students will know what living things need to survive. During this unit we will take a trip
to the petting

Weather:
Students will be able to identify different types of weather such as rain, snow, and
sunshine. Each student will have multiple opportunities to properly dress Christopher The
Weather Bear to demonstrate understanding of the weather that day. Finally, students will
know the seasons and will be able to identify the weather during that season.
zoo to see all of the living things there.

Comprehensive Arts
Comprehensive arts are taught differently than our other subjects. Our method for
incorporating the arts into our curriculum is to allow the children to have free range. We
will give students guidelines, but they have the chance to interpret those guidelines
however they wish. Comprehensive arts are divided into three main units.

Music:
We will be using songs in many different ways for your child. Students will sings songs
to help transition into cleanup or another activity. Dance will be incorporated into
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transitions to help students get out their jittery energy before we move into learning.
Finally we will play classical music to help calm students down after recess and free play
so they can regain focus.

Art:
Art will be one of the most common elements used in the classroom. Art projects will be
used to incorporate hands-on activities and a way for students to express themselves.
Students will always have the option to use the art supplies we provide as something to
do during free play and recess.

Drama:
Students will become actors/actresses in the classroom. They will have access to dramatic
play dress up clothes, and dramatic play furniture. Students are encouraged to play out
their goals and fantasies during free play and recess.
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Developmentally Appropriate Practice (DAP)

What is Developing Appropriate Practice and how is it used in early childhood

education? Developing Appropriate Practice (DAP) is a process where you take what you

know about childrens development and you use that to create a curriculum appropriate

for the age you are teaching. Teachers have to use DAP in everyday teaching because it

will enhance the childs development so they can further grow and function properly. If

teachers and early childhood educators fail to use DAP in their teaching, a childs

development may be hindered. At this age, which is kindergarten to age 9, children are

like little sponges and they take in everything they see and hear. Being an early childhood

education major, I was given the opportunity to visit Seton Hills Child Development

Center (CDC). While I was there I saw the way the teachers implement both the DAP

guidelines and principles. I will go into more depth as to what each one is and how they

applied it into their teaching.

The guidelines that DAP follows is somewhat common sense. The first one is to

create a caring community of learners. This simply means that teachers need to have

established relationships with parents so they can work together to see what the child is

interested in so the teachers can plan some activities around what the child likes. This

guideline also states that the environment must be safe and have routine for the child. At

the CDC, the teachers did a song, a story, the children split into groups, and then they

came back to circle time creating routine. The second one is enhancing development and
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learning. As a teacher, we need to teach the children something that will help them later

in life, such as when I went to the CDC, they taught them not only colors and numbers

but to listen and be respectful to the teachers. The third guideline is constructing

appropriate curriculum, which is making sure all the children benefit from the lesson as

well as making it meaningful. Singing and dancing about something they are learning

about is something all the children at the CDC could do and it was meaningful to the

children as well as fun to them. The fourth guideline is assessing childrens learning.

When dealing with assessment, they should show that children can work independently

as well as in groups. At the CDC, the teachers assessed if the children knew the math

problems as well as how they did in the small groups. The fifth and final guideline is

establishing partnerships with families. Having good relationships allows parents and

teachers to talk freely about the child. At the CDC, the teachers send home a paper saying

what they will be teaching the child during that week which allows the parents to talk to

the teachers about what they want their child to learn. All of these guidelines are essential

to creating an appropriate curriculum.

There are twelve principles that are, again, common sense. The first one is in

regards to developmental domains. Teachers need to be aware of how one developmental

domain affects the next and they need to base their curriculum off of them. At the CDC,

the teachers modeled what the children would do and they split the children in different

groups, allowing them to practice social development. The second one is for teachers and

how they need to know how children develop so they can plan a safe environment for

their children. In the CDC, everything was at a childs height so they wouldnt hit their

head on anything because it is too big. The third principle deals with how every child is
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different. At the CDC, they did the monster games, which allowed the teachers to assess

each child differently. They did not compare one child to the next and they allowed the

child to tell their own answer. The 4th one is having an experience occur more than once

so it will have a lasting affect on them. At the development center, they practice reading

and courtesy skills everyday so the child will learn both. The 5th principle allows children

to deepen their behavioral knowledge and symbolic knowledge, such as art or dramatic

play. They used a picture book and got the children involved with the reading at the

CDC. The 6th DAP principle states that teachers need to have a broad range of knowledge

on different cultures so they can teach to all children because they learn best within the

sociocultural context of the family. Children are active learners according to the 7th DAP

principle. Children learn everywhere and from everyone and they show that at the CDC

because they danced and sang a song, which does teach them when it is about what they

are learning about. The 8th principle is about heredity and environment. A childs

inherited temperament shapes how their peer will view them or communicate with them.

The 9th principle is about play. This gives children opportunities to understand, interact

with others, express and control emotions, and develop symbolic capabilities. It also

helps children practice what they learned. In the CDC, the children learned about colors

and they had to bowl a ball to knock over some pins to reveal a color. Principle ten is

teaching what the child can do while challenging them to their fullest extent. At the CDC,

they needed to do some math problems, which challenges them while doing things the

teachers know they can do. Teachers need to help children in the areas that they are good

at and the areas they are not good at. If the students needed help in the CDC, the teachers

would help them, and they would praise for things they did correct. The last and final
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principle is how children learn when they are in a safe environment. When my peers and

I got to the CDC, they asked us right away if our clearances were up to date. They make

sure that each person coming to observe them is not a person who has been in jail. All in

all, DAP principles and guidelines are essential to a teachers job and they need to follow

these in order to maximize the childs development and learning.


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Parent Involvement
Our parents are important to us here at Lil Explorers. Without parents, we would
not be a successful school. We want to continue giving parents the chance to be involved
with their child. We give multiple opportunities for parents to be involved with our
curriculum activities. It is required for all parents to present a photo ID with our office
before entering any of the classrooms.

Holidays:
Whenever we celebrate various holidays in the classroom we will rely on parent
volunteers to help make it successful. We would preferably like to have different
volunteers for each party. Volunteers are needed to help set up, pass out treats, assist with
the art/craft project, and cleaning up. Sign up sheets will be posted outside the doors for
the parents to sign up during drop off or pickup. The sign up sheets will be posted TWO
WEEKS BEFORE the event is to take place.

Field Trips:
Our field trips into the community will require permission slips and parent chaperones.
Forms will be sent out the week BEFORE the trip will take place. Attached to the field
trip form will be a parent chaperone form. In the classroom we have a nine to one ratio of
students to teachers, but whenever we take a field trip we would like to get the ratio to
five to one for safety reasons.

Birthdays:
Birthdays are always a reason to celebrate. Parents will have the opportunity to come into
the classroom on their childs birthday with a treat to share with the class. This is NOT
MANDATORY, but will always be an option for the parents. A form will be sent home
ONE WEEK early for parents to fill out and return with their child. We need to make
sure the school accepts the treat. We need to make sure there are not allergies or that the
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treat is not too many calories. It would be easier if treats were not food and maybe
pencils, stickers, fruit. Etc.

Field Day:
Our field day will be the last day of your childs class. We will need plenty of volunteers
for the entire day to help. The field day will be held on our playground facility right on
our property. If the weather is miserable, we will move field day to the gym inside. More
information about field day will be sent out closer to the end of the year.

Technology Use
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Technology is something that continues to grow rapidly in our society. We have


the opportunity to include technology in educating your child. Students will learn how to
use technology to assist them with learning. They will also learn how to be responsible
for something that does not belong to them.
The school board has approved of all of the apps and websites on the Ipad.
Teachers make sure the app appropriate with its content and age group. Only the teachers
have access to getting new apps on the Ipad. Students will not have the ability to make
any purchases on the IPads.
In 2012, Lil Explorers received a technology grant that allowed us to purchase a
school set of 15 IPads. We were given the grant because our school district is now BYOD
(Bring Your Own Device). BYOD is allowing students to use technology to help assist
them with learning and research. The IPads will be monitored and kept in a technology
cart to be shared among every class in the school. Students will have access to the IPads
during the day, but they are not allowed to take them home, or out to the playground. The
IPads will be used during the day academically, or for free use if allowed by individual
teacher.

Children with Special Needs


Policy:
Lil Explorers is a private school so we have the privilege to contact our own specialists
for our students. Teachers record and document all of the developmental growth of each
child. We record and document each milestone in the childs life to see if any students
may show concern. If a student shows serious concern they have the benefit to be
included in our early intervention program.

Procedure:
After reviewing records and documents, if a child shows reason for concern parents will
have the option to come in for a meeting with the teacher(s), and principal. Parents will
be contacted for a meeting if there are concerns about the student with:
Level of focus in the classroom
Hyperactivity
Physical developmental delays
Social developmental delays
Emotional delays that block out learning
Specific learning difficulties
Once the parents give approval to the teacher(s) and the principal, a specialist will be
contacted and brought in. The parents will have the option to meet the specialist before
their child is brought in. The specialist will be brought in to formally evaluate the child.
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Another meeting will be scheduled to discuss the results and action plan to take. Lilwill
always work with the student and the parents whenever any issue may come up.

Intervention Strategies:
Lil Explorers main focus is the students. With that being said, inclusion is our method of
choice for students with disabilities. We will always do our best to include students. We
will not have a separate class or classroom for individuals with disabilities. We may have
to create accommodations and/or modifications for the individual during the lesson, but
they will still be taught in the same environment as everyone else. Additional intervention
strategies include:
Listing the objective and goal of the lesson before and after teaching
Using hands-on representations, manipulative items, and games
Provide opportunities to express emotions
Task duration
Consistent and creative approaches to curriculum

Partner and group work
Specific skill instruction alongside curriculum
Music and movement activities

Environmental Considerations:
The option to have more personal space with desks and carpet time.
All other considerations can be discussed during parent teacher meetings! We are
open to accommodating each and every single one of our students.
Wheelchair ramps, bathrooms, and desks
Labels on all of the classroom items for each student to see

Educational Resources for Parents


Parents are a big part of children learning. Here
is a list of some of the educational resources
available to parents online:
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http://www.discoveryeducation.com/parents/

http://www.nea.org/parents

http://www.edutopia.org/parent-leadership-education-resources

http://www2.ed.gov/parents/landing.jhtml

http://www.jumpstart.com/parents/resources

http://www.specialeducationguide.com/pre-k-12/tools-and-research/support-and-

resources-for-parents-and-teachers/

http://www.smarttutor.com/free-resources/
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Appendix

1. Staff Informationpage 30

2. Student Information Formpage 30

3. Permission to Photographpage 32

4. Important Contact Informationpage 32

STAFF INFORMATION
Each and every staff member at Lil Explorers have up to date and current:

First-aid certification

CPR certification

Clearances through:

o Pennsylvania State Police

o Pennsylvania Child Abuse Office

o Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Federal Bureau of Investigations


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*All staff members have a bachelors degree or higher in Education

Student Information Form


Please have this form filled out and turned in during Open House.

Students full Name:


_____________________
Date of Birth:
_____________________
Address:
________________________________________________________________________
____________
Home Phone:
________________________________
Mothers Cell: Mothers Work:
__________________________________________
Fathers Cell: Fathers Work:
__________________________________________
Primary Physician:
_____________________
Office Phone Number:
_____________________
Health Insurance Company:
_____________________
Insurance Number:
_____________________
Any Known Allergies:
__________________________________________
Any medications the student is currently on:
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__________________________________________
Emergency contact name:
_____________________
Phone Number:
_____________________
Address:
__________________________________________
Relationship:
_____________________

I HAVE READ THE ABOVE QUESTIONS AND ANSWERED THEM TO THE


VERY BEST OF MY KNOWLEDGE.

I hereby authorize the employed or contracted staff of the Daisy KinderCare, coaches,
athletic trainers, team physician, and or/ other assigned medical personnel, and school
staff to provide and to secure any medical assistance on behalf of my son/daughter/ward.
I further authorize these individuals to discuss my son/daughter/wards medical condition
with other health care personnel, which the Department deems appropriate. To the fullest
extent permitted by law, I do hereby Indemnify and hold harmless the Department,
entities, and other persons who act in reliance upon this authorization.

Parent Signature: __________________________________________


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Permission to Photograph
There are many events and activities that take place at Lil Explorers that involve our
students and public newspapers photographing. In addition, our students are
photographed and/or recorded by different staff members as they participate in the
curriculum. Our pictures are often displayed on the boards and hallways in and outside
the classroom. Please fill out this form granting, or denying permission for your child to
be photographed and/or recorded. Return this form during the Open House.

Student Name__________________________
DOB: ___/___/___

____ I do not want my child to be photographed and/or recorded.

____ I grant permission for my child to be photographed and/or recorded during activities
that occur during the school day or in conjunction with school activities. I understand that
newspapers may use my childs picture on television, on a school web page, or in
displays throughout the facility.

_____________________________ Parent Signature


________/____________/_________ Date

Important Contact Information

Address:
456 Cherry Lane
Pottstown Pennsylvania
19464

Phone:
(610) 153-5567

Fax:
(610) 766-4321
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