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UVA President Running in Honor of TNE3S's Mrs. Emily

 
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University of Virginia President Jim Ryan is running in honor of educators including The New E3 School’s Mrs. Emily.

Today marks the 121st annual Boston Marathon, and Ryan will be continuing a tradition he started as dean of the Harvard Graduate School of Education, dedicating his run to beloved educators.

“Running and teaching are two of my biggest passions,” Ryan said. “Running the Boston Marathon in support of teachers has become a personal tradition and I’m honored to be able to bring the tradition to UVA and support the important work of educators.”

Ryan will hit the pavement today with the names of 26 teachers – one for each mile – adorning the back of his T-shirt. Each of the 26 names was submitted by a donor to UVA’s Curry School of Education and Human Development. Along with a donation, donors had the opportunity to name an educator who made a difference in their lives. Ryan will be running mile 3 in honor of The New E3 School’s own Emily Porter.

Building Science Skills

Last week, our children in the one-year-old to three-year-old classrooms were busy exploring the effects of salt and food dye on ice. Check out these pictures and videos of STREAMin3 in action. It is such fun to watch and listen to the teachers and children engaged in exploring how things change. Listen carefully to the conversations and questions. Our teachers do an amazing job making sure our children are learning the CORE & STREAM skills, but having a blast while doing it. Learning should be fun, encourage curiosity and help children think about what is happening around them. 

It's Opening Day!

When you play or watch baseball, you are seeing STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math) in action! Both of my boys are baseball fans (one loves the Yankees and the other is a Red Sox’s fan). When I asked my younger son if he wanted to play baseball, he replied, “Do you have any idea how hard it is to hit that ball with a bat?” That was his way of saying no. He is absolutely right about what it takes to move that ball. It takes force and energy to get that ball from the pitcher’s mound to home plate. Think about the science in every pitch. Then there is the engineering of the ball, bat, glove and helmet. And let’s not forget about the math (statistics! statistics! statistics!). Did anyone read the book or see the movie Moneyball? The game of baseball uses a lot of math to figure out batting averages, runs and the speed of every pitch.  

Did You Know? 

·         The baseball team with the most World Series titles is the New York Yankees. It is 27 to be exact.

·         The oldest baseball park still in use is Fenway Park (a must see and so old school).

·         Jackie Robinson was the first African American to play in Major League Baseball. He played for the Brooklyn Dodgers and helped his team reach the World Series.

·         The song Take Me Out to the Ball Game is about a girl named Katie Casey who loved baseball. There was a time when you would not have seen a woman at the ballpark. This song that we all love and sing at the seventh inning has a much deeper meaning.  

STREAM activities to do with a child: 

·         Playing catch and throwing a baseball.

·         Measuring how far you throw the baseball and graphing it.

·         Collecting baseball cards (The Dollar Store sells them) and matching them.

·         Making a baseball book.

·         Going on a baseball scavenger hunt.

·         Collecting baseball hats and sorting them by color and logos.

·         Creating a baseball field with art materials.

·         Creating your own ballpark outside using your imagination.

·         Cheering on your favorite team in your jersey and baseball hats (we even dress up our Labs).

·         Reading a book about baseball.

·         Going to see a little league, minor or major league game as a family. Go Tides! Go Flying Squirrels! Go Nationals!

It is like any sport, there are so many lessons to be learned about discipline, hard work, grit, stick-to-itiveness and teamwork. Not to mention, it is so much fun to take in a game with family and friends on a beautiful spring or summer day at the ballpark.

Lisa Howard

President & CEO

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March Madness Begins @ TNE3S!  

It all started yesterday with Selection Sunday! That is when we learn who will be invited to compete in the tournament and who are the top seeds. The four number one seeds are Duke, Gonzaga, UNC and UVA.

On Tuesday, The New E3 School is kicking off our second annual March Madness at the Y on Granby with local college basketball players and volunteers to shoot hoops.

Children paint team banners and select their team name today in preparation for March Madness.

During all of this madness, our children will be working on the core skills of regulate, relate and move. Let’s not forget the character building that happens too. Whether you are watching or playing the game, children will learn to:

 ·      Work hard

·       Practice & persist

·       Relate to the feelings of others (win or lose)

·       Play with enthusiasm, energy & zest

·       Work as a team

Fun Activities: 

·       Make a Book Bracket

·       Shoot hoops with different size balls

·       Count how many baskets you make

·       Pass the ball (team-building activity)

·       Move fast and slow up

·       Run up and down the court

·       Make a hoop with mixed media

·       Dribble & shoot drills

There are many teachable moments as you and your family watch and play.  Let your child fill out the bracket or make their own, highlight as teams win and explain how the math works in simple terms. March Madness is a great way to spend time with family and friends cheering on your favorite team. There are many stories of adversity, determination and perseverance that will be told during the games. Talk to your child about what it takes to reach a goal and play the game.

Lisa Howard

President & CEO

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Let’s Make March Matter for Children: A Letter from our President & CEO, Lisa Howard

Every fall, too many children in our region and state are struggling as they enter school. Two in five children enter kindergarten ready to fail. Children who start behind, stay behind their peers. Without early intervention, the achievement gap continues to widen.

The evidence is clear­—high quality early education can close the achievement and readiness gaps. That is why E3: Elevate Early Education created The New E3 School, an innovative mixed-income model for children ages one to five in the Park Place neighborhood of Norfolk. The school focuses on the most important elements of high quality that lead to kindergarten readiness.

Over the last two years, our four-year-old children were assessed on their readiness to enter school. Most children met or exceeded kindergarten entry benchmarks in literacy, math, social skills and self-regulation. More importantly, they are developing a curiosity and love of learning that will last a lifetime.

The curriculum model developed in the school by UVA’s Center of Advanced Study of Teaching & Learning is being piloted in 100 classrooms across the state. Our work is advancing early education and impacting many children in Hampton Roads and Virginia.

We believe, as I know you do, every child deserves a high quality education and that begins with early education. Sadly, we turn away children and families every year who need a scholarship for their child to attend our school. There are over 30 low-income children on the waiting list for a scholarship. Will you give to the Scholarship Fund?

If you have not visited The New E3 School, please contact me at lhoward@e3va.org to set up a tour and see the impact our school is having on so many young children. Thank you for your consideration and support.

With gratitude,

Lisa Howard  President & CEO  E3: Elevate Early Education & The New E3 School

Lisa Howard

President & CEO

E3: Elevate Early Education & The New E3 School

 

Make March Matter for Children: The Case for High-Quality Early Education in Virginia

 
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The Problem

Every year, many children in our region and state enter kindergarten ready to fail. It will be tough for them to catch up without intervention.

In 2018, 42% of kindergarten students in participating school divisions of the Virginia Kindergarten Readiness Program entered kindergarten not ready in one of the critical learning domains of literacy, math, self-regulation or social skills. 

The Solution

High quality early education can close the achievement and readiness gaps.

The New E3 School is a state-of-the-art school in the Park Place neighborhood of Norfolk for children ages one to five. Our innovative mixed-income model focuses on the ingredients of high quality that lead to kindergarten readiness. The STREAMin3 curriculum developed by UVA’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching & Learning (CASTL) includes:

·         Curriculum focused on the five core skills (relate, regulate, think, communicate, and move) and six STREAM skills (science, technology, reading, engineering, arts and math)

·         Professional development to support teachers’ understanding of child development

·         Coaching to improve teaching and learning in the classroom

·         Assessments of children’s skills and classroom quality

The STREAMin3 model is being piloted in 100 classrooms (private, faith-based, the Virginia Preschool Initiative and Head Start) across the state.

The New E3 School is a demonstration model that proves high quality results in kindergarten readiness. The school is advancing early education and impacting children in the region and across Virginia.

The Results

Four-year-old children from The New E3 School were assessed in 2017 and 2018 on their readiness to enter kindergarten. Most children met or exceeded the kindergarten entry benchmarks for literacy, math, and self-regulation. Some children did not meet the benchmark for social skills.

How You Can Help

Contribute to our scholarship fund! We believe every child deserves a high quality early education. Your gift will provide the opportunity for a low-income child to attend The New E3 School.

$50,000: provides a scholarship for a child to attend the school for five years.

$10,000: provides a scholarship for a child to attend the school for one year.

$2k-$5k: provides a partial scholarship for a child.

$500-$1k: provides financial assistance to a low- or middle-income family.

Mindfulness For All Ages

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Our children at The New E3 School begin their day with mindfulness. They learn basic breathing and yoga practices. Why? Mindfulness and yoga helps children to:

 ·        Reduce stress and anxiety (believe me they feel stress too)

·         Form habits of being quiet, peaceful, kind and accepting

·         Regulate feelings and control their bodies

We are so thankful to have Angela Phillips of Angela Phillips Yoga Studio train our teachers and children. They are learning basic breathing and yoga techniques. The teachers and staff had to embrace this practice and model for our children. The best way to do that was to help them see the benefits that mindfulness brings to their classroom everyday. Not only does it help children manage stress, but it helps teachers too.

 What a great way to start and end your day! Try a few breathing techniques and yoga poses before bedtime or naptime. There are some wonderful children’s books that provide illustrations of simple poses for all ages to do. Make it part of your family’s routine.

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Lisa Howard

President & CEO

Posted on February 26, 2019 .

Holiday Traditions

We have many family traditions, but a few of my boy’s favorites are seeing what the elf left in the Advent calendar (not so much anymore), building a Lego Christmas village, building & decorating gingerbread houses and making (and mostly eating) homemade cinnamon rolls on Christmas Day. Every year since my two boys were young the activity that seemed to grow in popularity was building and decorating gingerbread houses. Over the years, we invited friends, family and neighbors to join us in the festivities. As the boys grew older, we started having a competition to see who could make the best one.

This year I asked my youngest son, Liam what he thought we should do for our annual event. He replied, “ I want to build the biggest gingerbread house ever!”  I think those holiday reality baking shows are influencing him. A few minutes later he was texting a dear friend and almost-like –a –grandmother his idea. It wasn’t long before it became a BIG idea and a BIG event. And, that is how the gingerbread house-building idea was born.

Then we all starting talking and thinking about how we could make this an event for our children and families at The New E3 School, the neighborhood of Park Place and ALL children in the community. As the plans evolved, we realized that we were going to need an architect and builder. T + M Architects and Hourigan Construction stepped up to help us make this plan come to life.

My two boys, Zack and Liam, Caroline McCartney, John Tymoff with Tymoff Moss Architects and I had an official meeting to brainstorm ideas and determine next steps. That is when it was decided that we should design and build a gingerbread house modeled after our school. The children and families of The New E3 School became involved in the planning too. We made a list of all the supplies we would need from plywood to graham crackers and candy. Then we came up with a plan on how to raise the money to make sure that ALL children and families could participate.

Now, we are asking YOU to help us create a New E3 School family tradition. Will you?

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We hope to see you @ The New E3 School on December 15th!!

Merry Christmas & Happy Holidays to all!

Lisa Howard  President & CEO, E3: Elevate Early Education & The New E3 School

Lisa Howard

President & CEO, E3: Elevate Early Education & The New E3 School

Scholarship & Financial Assistance Application Deadline

We believe that every child, regardless of their zip code, deserves a high quality early education. That’s why we want to make sure all children have the opportunity to attend The New E3 School.  

For those who qualify, scholarships and financial aid are awarded throughout the year thanks to the generosity of our donors.  Our Scholarship Committee awards scholarships through a needs-based process.  All families seeking scholarships from The New E3 School must complete a scholarship application, provide financial statements and supporting tax documents.  

The deadline to apply for the next round of scholarships and financial assistance is December 15, 2018. Please email dmaloney@e3va.org for more information and to apply.

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Join Us for a Lunch, Learn & Tour of our State-of-the-Art School!

Are you a parent or grandparent with a young child age one to five?

Join us for a lunch, learn & mini-tour of our state-of-the-art school.

Find out what sets our school apart from the rest and what makes it a special place for children to learn, grow and thrive.


Thursday, November 29th, 11am - 12 Noon
The New E3 School is located at 2901 Granby Street
(next door to the Y on Granby)
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RSVP TODAY!

 

Why The New E3 School?

Our innovative model is focused on the most important elements of high quality that lead to kindergarten readiness. At The New E3 School, our children develop the skills to become active, engaged, creative and successful learners. They will become critical and creative thinkers, problem solvers, communicators, and collaborators who love to learn, explore and work together.

The model includes:

·         STREAMin3 Curriculum developed by UVA's Center of Advanced Study of Teaching & Learning (CASTL)

·         Professional Development & Coaching to Ensure High Quality Teaching and Learning in the Classroom

·         Fresh & Healthy Snacks & Lunches

·         Nature Playground & Outdoor Classroom

·         Yoga & CrossFit for Kids

·         Year-Round Program

·         Assessments of Children's Development & Kindergarten Readiness

·         Mixed-Income Model School for ALL Children ages 1 to 5

 

Learn More About What Makes Us Unique!

We believe every child deserves a high quality early education. That is why we want to make sure all children have the opportunity to attend. For those who qualify, financial assistance and scholarships are awarded.

LEARN WHAT MAKES US DIFFERENT

Posted on November 19, 2018 .

Volunteering & Giving Back

At The New E3 School, we believe in giving back and know how important it is to support our community. We’ve held supply and book drives, we’ve participated in fundraising walks and had our own Giving Tree around the holidays. It’s never too early to teach children the importance of volunteering and giving back!

Age-appropriate volunteering is the perfect way for children to explore their talents and feel that they are a part of something larger than themselves. Getting younger children involved in the community through volunteering is a powerful way to teach them morals and empathy toward others.

The benefits of volunteering also apply to children who volunteer with their parents. Taking part in family volunteering opportunities is a great way for parents to spend time with their children doing something positive for their community.

Volunteer Hampton Roads Family Volunteer Day is later this month. We’ve identified volunteer activities for our youngest volunteers below.

Saturday, November 17, 2018, at Virginia Wesleyan University from 9 a.m. – noon

Registration is open to the public, visit Volunteer Hampton Roads’ Family VOLUNTEER Day page to sign up.

Family VOLUNTEER Day Events

Through this day of service, more than 500 volunteers will complete projects that will benefit nonprofits in Hampton Roads.

CHIP Rock Painting

Help CHIP "rock" by volunteering to paint rocks at this station.  CHIP will ask volunteers to hide the painted rocks throughout Hampton Roads to raise awareness on the importance of the first 2,000 days of a child's life.  We have a goal to paint 2,000 rocks by December 31.  Appropriate for children ages 5 and up. This project will take place at Virginia Wesleyan University from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.

Off-site Family VOLUNTEER Day Projects: Little Hands, Big Difference Day

50 volunteer spots are available for our littlest volunteers (age 10 and under) to participate in various service projects with the Junior League of Norfolk-Virginia Beach. Little Hands, Big Difference offers fun, hands-on volunteer activities for young children to include sorting food donations, writing thank you cards, making no-sew fleece blankets and more.  This event will take place from 10am-2pm at the Blocker YMCA Gym and is appropriate for children ages 2-10 years old.

TNE3S WORKOUT OF THE DAY (WOD)

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Warm-up:

  • Run around cones

  • Kangaroo jump

  • Skip

  • Chasse

 

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Skill: Squat & Hurdles

every time your hear FREEZE, grab a beanie from the center and put it by your cone

  • 10-8-6-4-2 Squats

  • Jump over cones back and forth (each child has their own cone)

Hungry Frog GAME:

lily pads set down everywhere, balls and beanies are scattered. Kids must follow the lily pads to pick up the food and give to the bullfrog. (pick up one item at a time)

10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play

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1. Children learn through their play.
Don’t underestimate the value of play. Children learn and develop:

Cognitive skills – like math and problem solving in a pretend grocery store

Physical abilities – like balancing blocks and running on the playground

New vocabulary – like the words they need to play with toy dinosaurs

Social skills – like playing together in a pretend car wash

Literacy skills – like creating a menu for a pretend restaurant

2. Play is healthy.
Play helps children grow strong and healthy. It also counteracts obesity issues facing many children today.

3. Play reduces stress.
Play helps your children grow emotionally. It is joyful and provides an outlet for anxiety and stress.

4. Play is more than meets the eye.
Play is simple and complex. There are many types of play: symbolic, sociodramatic, functional, and games with rules-–to name just a few. Researchers study play’s many aspects: how children learn through play, how outdoor play impacts children’s health, the effects of screen time on play, to the need for recess in the school day.

5. Make time for play.
As parents, you are the biggest supporters of your children’s learning. You can make sure they have as much time to play as possible during the day to promote cognitive, language, physical, social, and emotional development.

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6. Play and learning go hand-in-hand.
They are not separate activities. They are intertwined. Think about them as a science lecture with a lab. Play is the child’s lab.

7. Play outside.
Remember your own outdoor experiences of building forts, playing on the beach, sledding in the winter, or playing with other children in the neighborhood. Make sure your children create outdoor memories too.

8. There’s a lot to learn about play.
There’s a lot written on children and play. Here are some NAEYC articles and books about play. David Elkind’s The Power of Play (Da Capo, 2007 reprint) is also a great resource.

9. Trust your own playful instincts.
Remember as a child how play just came naturally? Give your children time for play and see all that they are capable of when given the opportunity.

10. Play is a child’s context for learning.
Children practice and reinforce their learning in multiple areas during play. It gives them a place and a time for learning that cannot be achieved through completing a worksheet. For example, in playing restaurant, children write and draw menus, set prices, take orders, and make out checks. Play provides rich learning opportunities and leads to children’s success and self-esteem.

Read more from The National Association for the Education of Young Children.

Posted on August 21, 2018 .

Calling All Early Educators in Hampton Roads!

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The evidence is clear – high quality early education experiences help children develop foundational readiness skills that are highly predictive of educational and workforce success.

A well-developed curriculum and teachers trained and supported in using the curriculum effectively are the centerpieces of high quality early education.  Teachers educate children better using the guidance of a proven curriculum.  Researchers at UVA’s Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning, in collaboration with E3: Elevate Early Education contributed years of knowledge in developing an innovative, engaging and interaction-based curriculum model using the latest developmental and early education research.  The STREAM: Integrated, Intentional, Interactions (STREAMin3) Curriculum focuses on five core skills that form the building blocks for later learning and six STREAM skills that prepare children for success in kindergarten and beyond.  The model includes a variety of activities and routines for children and, coaching, assessments and professional development for teachers.

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The core skills in the curriculum include:  RELATE with peers and adults; REGULATE their emotions, attention and behavior; THINK deeply about the world around them; COMMUNICATE with others productively; and, MOVE their bodies to achieve goals.  The STREAM skills are: Science, Technology, Reading, Engineering, Art and Math.

The STREAM model was originally developed with funding from E3: Elevate Early Education for use at The New E3 School, a state-of-the-art demonstration school for children ages one to five.  Upon entering The New E3 School, you will see the STREAM in action. Teachers at The New E3 School have been trained to use the curriculum and receive coaching and professional development regularly to ensure they are implementing it effectively to tap into a child’s natural talent, curiosity and ability and to benefit their learning.   The model is designed to support intentional, meaningful interactions between teachers and children while they are engaged in active, FUN experiences that promote problem-solving, curiosity and children’s interest.  Educators at The New E3 School employ the STREAM to develop children’s minds and thus shape their lives. 

If you are an early educator in Virginia, this is an exciting time for you.  The Virginia General Assembly, recognizing the importance of curriculum and teacher-child interactions as the primary ingredients of high quality early education, appropriated funds for 50 private- and faith-based classrooms to pilot the STREAM curriculum package including its’ coaching and professional development models. Teachers are paired with a trained coach who observes and analyzes their interactions with students in their own classrooms.  They work together throughout the school year to improve their teaching practice, increase the quality of their interactions with children and consistently implement the curriculum with efficacy. Professional development sessions are interactive and include an action plan and ongoing follow-up to related to goals set throughout the process. 

Early educators looking to take the level of quality in your school to the next level should consider partnering with UVA CASTL in this exciting venture.  CASTL is currently accepting applicants for participation.  Don’t delay expressing your interest as only 50 classrooms will be eligible for participation this fall.    

Participating programs will receive:

·         Complete STREAM curriculum package and materials.

·         Core & STREAM Skill Activities & Routines for the Classroom.

·         Professional Development provided by the experts at UVA CASTL online and in person that will increase teachers’ knowledge of child development and ability to identify and address children’s needs.

·         On-site coaching to improve teaching & learning in the classroom.

·         Administrator tools such as an implementation checklist designed to help. you tailor your assessments and supports for teachers.

·         Assessments of classroom quality and children’s readiness skills.

·         Compensation for any time teachers spend outside the typical work day.

UVA CASTL launches this opportunity first in Hampton Roads with informational recruitment events in Hampton and Norfolk this month before moving into other areas of the state. 

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Information for these events is as follows:

Peninsula Region: Tuesday, August 14 11:00-12:30 at The Downtown Hampton Child Development Center, 1306 Thomas St., Hampton, VA

South Hampton Roads: Friday, August 17 12:00-1:30 (lunch served) at The New E3 School, 2901 Granby St., Norfolk, VA

If you are interested in hearing more or being among the first in Virginia to gain access to this curriculum, please contact Kate Matthew at klt8z@virginia.edu

Enrichment @ TNE3S…Calling All Scientists & Mathematicians!

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Whoa! That is one big rock. The Pretlow Planetarium @ ODU stopped by with a 65-pound meteorite. Our children learned that this rock made of stone or metal comes from outer space and landed on earth. They had a chance to touch, feel and talk about outer space and meteorites.

STREAM Skills: Science

Core Skills: Regulate- maintain focus and attention. Think- actively explore, observe and make predictions.

The Norfolk Master Gardeners paid us a visit to help plant flowers in our garden. Our children were having so much fun; they had no idea they working on math and science. While planting on our nature playground, they:

·         Matched & sorted

·         Observed & described

·         Compared objects

·         Followed simple directions

STREAM Skills: Math & Science

Core Skills: Regulate- use short-term memory and follow instructions.

Now, we have to water and take care of our garden. We are so thankful to have the Norfolk Master Gardeners come back every few weeks to help us care for our plants. At The New E3 School, our children are learning to respect and care for our environment.

Lisa Howard, President & CEO

Lisa Howard, President & CEO

 

 

 

Promoting Sense of Self

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Preschoolers are beginning to develop their own understanding of themselves as unique individuals.  This includes learning about the characteristics, skills, interests, and behaviors that they consider most important about themselves.  In addition, they are starting to develop an understanding of how they are different or similar to other people. Your child’s developing sense of self is heavily influenced by the way that the adults they value and interact with them. When you provide an environment that is filled with acceptance and respect for others’ preferences, thoughts, and other characteristics, it helps your child develop a positive sense of self. 

How you can support your child's development of this skill

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  • Encourage art activities to promote your child’s free expression. For example, activities like painting, drawing, singing, dancing, acting, etc.  
  • Use photos in your home to compare and discuss similarities and differences in “who we are.” 
  • Create activities at home where your child can communicate their likes, dislikes, or opinions. For example, allowing your child to taste different sauces or foods before dinner and asking their thoughts

Download our handout from University of Virginia's Center for Advanced Study of Teaching and Learning for more on the development of these skills.

Promoting Healthy Habits: Food Choices

What you need to know: 

Eating healthy, nutritious foods supports children’s physical growth. In addition, it helps improve their energy, motivation, mood, and ability to focus.  When children form positive thoughts and habits around healthy eating, it makes it more likely that they will reach for healthy foods in the future.  You can support this development by involving your child in growing, cooking, identifying, and talking about healthy foods.  The best way to promote healthy eating habits is to offer nutritious foods multiple times and allow your child to decide whether to eat, what to eat, and how much to eat. 

How you can support your child's development of this skill:

  • Play with real and pretend healthy foods, such as fruits and vegetables. 
  • Bring your child to grocery stores, farms, or markets to help them build an understanding of where to find and buy food. 
  • Read books about healthy food and where food comes from. 
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Model and Narrate Healthy Food Choices

  • Talk to your child about healthy food choices.  
  • Focus on pointing out the positive behaviors you observe. 
  • “It’s important to eat different types of foods. You’re eating fruits and veggies.” 
  • “We are growing tomatoes in our garden. They are healthy and yummy!” 

Present All Food as Attractive, Enjoyable Options

  • Celebrate the deliciousness and benefits of all foods. 
  • "Salmon and trout are both fish but taste different!” 
  • “This Indian food is spicy and yummy!” 

Development of these skills

Below are descriptions of how preschoolers’ understanding of healthy foods develops over time.  Each child develops in their own way and at their own pace, so it’s okay if your child isn’t showing the behaviors listed below just yet.  

 

Between 36 and 48 months, children may: 

  • Recognize that food and nutrition are important to healthy development

  • Often require adult guidance to make healthy eating choices

Between 48 and 60 months, children may: 

  • Show greater understanding of how foods and nutrition help the body grow and be healthy

  • Make healthy eating choices both independently and with support

  • Tell the difference between some healthy and unhealthy foods  

  • Control how much they eat based on hunger and fullness

CrossFit for Kids

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We are excited launch our CrossFit for Kids program with Coach Clarissa from Stability CrossFit this week. The goal of our CrossFit for Kids program is to introduce kids to CrossFit concepts within a play-based environment that teaches the basics of functional movement, develops motor skills and helps them to think of exercise as being FUN! The classes will be held in the Kiva or the nature playground. 

It's Community Service Week at The New E3 School!

Classroom 1, (three & four-year-old classroom) chose to focus their Community Service Week activities around learning what firemen and police officers do for our community.  Some friends even dressed up to celebrate.  They worked together on an art project to give to our local police officers to say "Thank You" for protecting our community!

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Classroom 6, (two-year-old classroom) chose to focus their Community Service Week activities around caring for animals.  While flexing their creative muscles pretending to care for pets in the classroom and decorating boxes for donations and honing their empathy skills, the class collected pet food to donate to Winston Wishes, a Hampton Roads charity that helps pet owners living in the Hampton Roads Area during times of need with pet food and supplies. Winston The Cat himself came into the classroom to accept the donations and meet the kids! 

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Classroom 8, (one-year-old classroom) focused on sharing, books and reading for Community Service Week.  They asked all The New E3 School families to donate used books and have created a community library in our Kiva for all of our classrooms to use.  The children helped set up the new library and had story time there to celebrate a job well done!

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