- Tall with Your Child. Use trips to the grocery store, dinnertime chats, and driving in the car as a time to introduce new words and talk about the world around us.
- Exchange Stories. Tell a great story, and have your child tell you one back! It’s a great way to build oral language and learn new words.
- Have fun with Rhymes. Sing rhyming songs, read rhyming books, and say tongue twisters with your child. This helps them lean1 new sounds in words.
- Talk About Letters. Help your child learn the names of the letters and the sounds the letters make. Turn it into a game! For example, you could say, “I’m thinking of a letter and it makes the sound sssssss.
- KeepBooKs Present. Your child will be more likely to pick up a book and read if they are out in the open and easy to find. Keep them readily available in the kitchen, car, and other locations where your child spends time.
- Read Every Day & Ask Questions. Reading together for 20 minutes each day, and talking about what you are reading helps children understand what they are reading.
- Take Advantage Of Available Help. Select books your child is most interested in reading. Talk with your child’s teacher or a local librarian to find the best books for your child. Visit the library for books, events, and programs like reading clubs.
- Be Creative with Writing. Writing grocery lists and notes or letters helps children connect spoken words to written words.
- Introduce Reading Apps. Your child can practice reading on your phone or tablet at home or on-the-go.
- Keep Reading. Creating a plan to spend quality time reading during school breaks and over the summer can help prevent children from falling behind and ensure they return to school ready to learn.
Although the program doesn’t start until August, they can register now to avoid the last minute rush for certificates. Don’t wait until summer! To be eligible, a child must be 4 on or before September 1, 2019 (birthdate from 9/2/2014 through 9/1/2015).
Academic & Athletic Summer Camp June, July, & August FEATURING: DAILY FIELD TRIPS
Games, Parks’ Place Waterpark, Academic Review, Field Trips, Arts & Crafts, Friends and so much more!!
Happy New Year!
We would like to extend a very big Parks’ Place THANK YOU to everyone who participated in Santa’s Workshop, Holiday Party and Polar Express.
A special THANK YOU goes out to our parent volunteers for jumping in there and making these events amazing.
Dates to Remember:
- Jan 1: PPLC Closed
- Jan 2 – 6 : Holiday Camp
- Jan 7th: Welcome Back to School!
- Jan 11: Duval Public School Choice Expo
- Jan 13 – 17th : MLK Life Study
- Jan 13th :Report Cards go out
- Jan 17th: MLK Birthday Celebration
- Jan 20: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day PPLC Closed
- Jan 29: DCPS Early Release
Executive Director’s Message
We hope your holidays were safe and full of fun. We had such a great time celebrating with all of our families. Hopefully your children are well rested and ready to kick it into high gear as we enter the second half of our school year. We have many exciting events coming up.
Keep an eye on your calendar so you don’t miss out on any of the fun!
Mrs. Joanne ParksDownload January Calendar PDF » Download January Newsletter PDF » Download January Menu PDF »
Research shows that all children benefit from the time they spend in positive interactions and activities with a dad or other male role models. The relationship between a father and his child has a deep impact on all areas of the child’s healthy development: language, thinking, physical, and social-emotional. Children with dads who are actively involved in their education have fewer discipline problems and perform better academically. These children grow up to be more responsible adults.
The Florida Department of Education(FLDOE) encourages dads to participate in Dads Take Your Child to School Day on September 25, 2019. Dads can take children of all ages to school. Dads, take a moment to speak to your child’s teacher.
Let your child see that you appreciate the people who work at their school. Your child is proud of you and will want to have teachers and other children see you at the school. In families without a dad present, other significant male role models are invited to participate. Although the event is focused on dads, mothers and other family members are invited to participate also. Check their the school’s websites and parent newsletters, or talk with your child’s teacher about special events planned for Dads Take Your Child to School Day.Download Newsletter PDF »
Your child may be starting child care at a new provider or starting child care for the first time. You may be preparing your child for their first day of VPK or kindergarten or even first grade.
This can be a challenging time for you and your child if they are having a difficult time separating from you. Anything new can be scary for your child and the fact that you will not be there to help them adjust to their new surroundings may make it scary for you, too.
Home–to-school transitions worries may be caused by your child not understanding that she will have fun and be safe in her new environment until you return to take her home. Separation anxiety is common in young children and parents as well.
Before the first day your child goes to a new school or is in a class with a new teacher, ask the school staff or program director what they do at the beginning of the year to help make the first day go smoothly. Find out the name of your child’s teacher and other adults who may be supervising your child.Download the PDF »
February was a month filled with love and excitement. We had a great time at Parks’ Place. The children had a fun time celebrating Valentine’s Day. Our children enjoyed hearing stories and learning about Black History Month. Through a visit from the dentist we heard about the importance of good dental health.
December was an exciting time for our babies! We had a great time learning about the Christmas Season and the many different ways to celebrate the season. The infants enjoyed painting Christmas trees, making our handprints into a wreath and we had loads of fun on the floor playing during tummy time.
UNLIKE OTHER TO-DO LISTS, THIS ONE WILL BE FUN TO GET THROUGH. 1. Grow a flower. Guess the color it will turn out to be. Measure its progress. 2. Watch fireworks. Fire? In the sky? That makes beautiful shapes in pretty colors?! Before you’re old enough to understand the science of the thing, a fireworks display can seem like a miracle. & more…
Join in the fun at the Literacy Pumpkin Contest
Pumpkins are Due by Friday, October 26, 2018
Decorate an artificial pumpkin to match your favorite book. Children will vote to choose their favorite pumpkin in their class. Class winners will display their pumpkins in the Lending Library. Other children will have their pumpkins displayed in the classroom.
Many kids love Halloween for the costumes, parties and of course candy. However, Halloween doesn’t need to be so focused on the candy. Introducing your child to new Halloween games is a great way to develop their imagination, playful spirit and bring more memories to the holiday.