Noah's Ark Child Care & Preschool

Congratulate your child's teachers.  We are a star rated facility thanks to their dedication and hard work!!!
Just a Reminder: 

Noah's Ark Child Care has a "No Toys From Home" policy.  When children bring toys from home, they often get lost or broken.  Young children find this very upsetting.  In addition when children bring toys from home, they often what to spend the day playing with their toys rather than particpating in our planned learning activities.  

If you can't get your child out the door in the morning without him bringing a toy, don't worry.  Let him bring it and if possible leave it in the car when you get to school.  

If your child refuses to come into the building without the toy, don't worry.  When your child enters the classroom, the teacher will remind your child of the "No Toys From Home" policy and will ask your child if they would like to put the toy in their mailbox or leave their toy at the front desk for the remainder of the day. 

Our goal is for no toys to be brought into the center.  However we have made these alternative suggestions to provide you with some options and hopefully a peacefully morning when you drop off!
WeeGo Tumbling - 
Mobile Gymnastics

Every Thursday from October through May, children between the ages of 18 months and 5 years old can participate in WeeGo Tumbling with Miss Tonia.

Each tumbling session last 30 minutes and takes place between 9:30 am and 11:L30 am here at Noah's Ark in our gym.  Families do not need to be present for children to participate in tumbling.

Gymnastics provides foundational skills that will benefit them in every area of their life, now and in the future!  Gymnastics helps children develop socially, emotionally, and academically!

Why It Works.....
Repetition is the greatest teacher with children!  We review previously learned concepts each week and then add new skills that build on what they already know!

Good for the body and brain!  Using a building block curriculum, we provide children with fun and engaging activities that get their bodies moving and stretching.  Kids who are active have a higher rate of academic success.

Developmental & Fundamental....
Helping children gain self confidence, body awareness, flexibility, and coordination!  Gymnastics will provide your children the fundamentals that will benefit them in any sport they choose later in life!

We bring the gym to you!  With WeeGo Tumbling, your child can participate in a gymnastics program without the extra running in the evening!

If you are interested, please stop by the front desk for additional information or an enrollment form.

Why Read Aloud?
There is an easy way to improve your child's chances at school. It will entertain and delight him. It will strengthen the bonds between him and you. And it is virtually free.

Sound too good to be true? Actually, it isn't. The magical method: taking time to read aloud to your child.

In an era of high-stakes testing and education reforms and revolutions, research has repeatedly proved that one simple parenting technique is among the most effective. Children who are read aloud to by parents get a head start in language and literacy skills and go to school better prepared.

"Reading aloud to young children, particularly in an engaging manner, promotes emerging literacy and language development and supports the relationship between child and parent," concludes a review in this month's Archives of Disease in Childhood.

In other words, reading that bedtime story may not only entertain and soothe Johnny, it may also develop his vocabulary, improve his ability to learn to read, and - perhaps most important - foster a lifelong love of books and reading.

Developing that passion for reading is crucial, according to Jim Trelease, author of the best-seller, "The Read-Aloud Handbook." "Every time we read to a child, we're sending a 'pleasure' message to the child's brain," he writes in the "Handbook." "You could even call it a commercial, conditioning the child to associate books and print with pleasure."

This reading "commercial" is critical when competition for a child's attention is so fierce. Between television, movies, the Internet, video games and myriad after-school activities, the pleasures of sitting down with a book are often overlooked. In addition, negative experiences with reading - whether frustrations in learning to read or tedious "skill and drill" school assignments - can further turn children off from reading.

That can have long-term consequences. As Mr. Trelease succinctly puts it in his handbook, "Students who read the most, read the best, achieve the most, and stay in school the longest. Conversely, those who don't read much, cannot get better at it."

Reading aloud is, according to the landmark 1985 report "Becoming a Nation of Readers," "the single most important activity for building the knowledge required for eventual success in reading."

Despite this advice, however, some educators and many parents don't read aloud to children from a young age and thus fail to nurture avid and skilled readers. Indeed, this is especially true for children in low-income families. According to the Federal Interagency Forum on Child and Family Statistics, only 48 percent of families below the poverty level read to their preschoolers each day, compared with 64 percent of families whose incomes were at or above the poverty level. Children from low-income families are also less likely to have exposure to print materials.

Groups such as Reach Out and Read (ROR), however, are working to combat this problem. The Boston-based non-profit extols the virtues of reading aloud to parents when children go to their check-ups at the pediatrician's or family physician's office. The group also helps provide reading materials for families of lesser means. And ROR has been remarkably successful: "Studies which examined language in young children found an association between the ROR intervention and statistically significant improvements in preschool language scores, a good predictor of later literacy success," its Web site reports.

The good news for families is that this sage piece of parenting wisdom is easy to follow. Reading aloud to your child requires only a book - free, with a library card - and your willingness to spend a little quality time with your child. And while the sacrifices to read aloud are few, the benefits are many: Your child may learn to read better, think better, imagine more richly, and become a passionate and lifelong reader. More than these long-term benefits, however, are some more immediate: The pleasures of spending time with your child and sharing the enjoyment of a good book.

Jennifer Liu Bryan lives in Alexandria, Va., and is the author of Hilda, A Very Loyal Goat, a picture book for early readers, and co-author of Cole Family Christmas a children's Christmas story about a coal miner, his wife and nine children in the Appalachian Mountains in 1920
An Hour A Day of Outside Play

Children nowadays are out of shape, tuned out and stressed out because they're missing something essential to their health and development: a connection to the natural world.

Children are spending half as much time outdoors as they did 20 years ago.

Children who play outside are more physically active, more creative in their play, less aggressive, and show better concentration.

An hour a day of unstructured free play is essential to children's physical and mental health.

Here's an activity to do with your child outdoors:

Make A Bird Feeder
Make a bagel bird feeder and hang it in a tree outside within view of where you eat breakfast.  All you need is a plain bagel. Cut it in half and tie a piece of twine around each half.  Spread vegetable shortening or peanut butter on it and dip it into bird see.  No bird seed? Sprinkle chopped raisins, apples, sunflower seeds and corn meal onto the shortening.  No bagel? Use a pinecone instead!!
Noah's Ark Lending Library

Every few weeks we will be offer a book for families to check out, read at home and return so that other families can enjoy the book. 

If you would like to check out a book, please fill out the sign-out sheet. Please include the family name, the number of the book you are checking out and the date you are checking out the book.

For the next few weeks, the book will be We're Going on a Bear Hunt by Michael Rosen.

Happy Reading!!!
Remember: Just 15 minutes of reading 
aloud to your child each night is all it takes
 to help prepare them for future school 

BLOOMZ is HERE!!!!!!!

Noah's Ark is starting to use the Bloomz App.  We have already begun using it in the Lamb, Starfish and Frog rooms and will begin using it in the other classrooms shortly.  

This app is free.  You just download it to your phone and your child's classroom teacher can begin to send you updates on activities and experiences your child participates in throughout the day.  With this app, you will always know when special events are happening in the classroom and if your child needs additional supplies.  Your child's teacher will also be able to use the app to create a digital portfolio of your child achievements and work samples which you can view at anytime.

I highly encourage all families to sign up for the app.  It's a great way for us to communicate and share information.

Please stop by the front desk with any questions you may have.
Parent/Teacher Conferences

The Pre-Kindergarten - Starfish Room and the Preschool - Frog Room will be holding parent/teacher conferences on Tuesday April 25th, Wednesday April 26th and Thursday April 27th.  Sign-up sheets are on each classroom's door.

Conferences are an important time for both teachers and families to learn more about each individual child and to collaborate together the direction of each child's future learning objects.

We look forward to meeting with each family.
                                    Infant & Toddler Open House
Thursday April 27th
Come anytime from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm
Come and visit the Lamb, Bunny, Puppy and Kitten rooms. Meet the teachers, network with other families, explore the classroom and engage in some fun activities.
Hop to see you all there!!

The warm weather is quickly approaching! But with the rising temperatures comes the rising threat of sunburn. To ensure that our children are adequately protected, Noah’s Ark would like to provide Rocky Mountain Sunscreen for the Bunny, Puppy, Kitten. Bear Frog, Starfish, and Monkey Room.  

Here is some information about the sunscreen:
SPF 30+ Kids Skin Friendly Bulk Sunscreen with extra protection with the physical blocking power of titanium dioxide.
Superior Bonding Base FormulaTM 
o Broad spectrum UVA/UVB protection.
o Interlocks with upper layer of skin to last longer.
o Allows your skin to breathe and perspire – keeping your body cooler.
o Three-year shelf life.
Hypoallergenic Sunscreen for Daily Use! 
o Nourishes and moisturizes your skin with aloe and vitamins A, D, & E.
o Non-greasy and non-comedogenic, safe for faces.
o Free of PABA, fragrance, wheat, gluten, glycol, and nut oils.

More information is available at

SPF 30+ will be sufficient for all our toddlers, preschoolers, and school-aged children. Most groups are only outside for 30 minutes at a time. If a group will be outside for an extended amount of time, the sunscreen will be reapplied as needed.

The fee for the sunscreen is $3.00 a child.

This amount will guarantee that we will be able to provide your child with sunscreen all summer long.

If you would like us to use the Rocky Mountain Sunscreen on your child, please stop by the front desk to complete a Request for Administration of Medication form and pay the $3.00 a child fee.  
Thank you,
Noah’s Ark