August 30, 2013
When shopping for a home, what’s on your list?
Image courtesy of suphakit73 / FreeDigitalPhotos.net
It can be easy to fall in love with a house at first sight. But when you buy a house, you are buying more than the house itself. You are buying the neighbors and the neighborhood and a lot of things you might not have considered. Are you a young couple beginning a new family or are you shopping for a home to take you into retirement? Read the rest of this entry »
August 29, 2013
Childcare and Education Services received a great post from one of our amazing preschool moms. Read about their family’s decision:
After reading Back to School Blues on this blog, I thought that could be me! Technically, my son could have gone to Kindergarten this year. But summer birthdays are tough.
To enroll in school or not to enroll in school is a parenting decision that is not easy. One that had to be made with instincts and not charts and test scores. One that seemed like it carried more importance than the thousands of other parenting decisions we have made over the past five years. Read the rest of this entry »
August 26, 2013
On August 9th, staff from the Refugee and Immigration Center volunteered to help serve dinner at the Banquet in downtown Sioux Falls. That night around 300 meals were served to men, women, and children in our community. And the Banquet staff said it was a very slow night! While all who walk through the doors of the Banquet come for food, many also come because it is a place where they are greeted with respect and a smile and can fellowship in a friendly environment.
RIC staff member Law Reh, who came to the United States as a refugee from Burma, served alongside his coworkers for the second year in a row. “I’m happy to have experienced talking to many different people there,” he said. “One man asked, ‘Where are you from?’ and I said ‘Burma.’ He knew about the woman who is working for democracy in Burma [Aung San Suu Kyi].”
To learn more about the Banquet and how you can help, visit http://www.thebanquetsf.org
August 23, 2013
I was talking to a friend last week and we were marveling at how different each of our oldest children are from their younger sibling. I found myself wondering how much our birth order really matters. Are first children really more frequently “type A” personalities? Are youngest siblings always the free spirit? Do middle kids truly tend to make peace? My personal experience has led me to think that these traits often match the birth order of the person I know. That said, even those that exhibit many of the traits don’t perfectly follow the lists of traits for their birth order. I decided to read up on the topic and share my discoveries with all of you! Read the rest of this entry »
August 23, 2013
Little hands practice scooping using a spoon and some cotton puffs. Others poured, transferred objects, sorted and used tongs.
Pouring, scooping, pinching, carrying, opening and closing are just a few of the fine motor skills that children in our toddler programs are developing as they learn and grow. At our Southern Hills Toddler Enrichment Program our teachers are always striving to gather the best theories in early childhood education and bring them to the classroom for our students. This means exciting reading programs, language development or early math skills lessons. It includes bringing art and music activities into the classroom that help our little ones develop creativity. It means hugs and encouragement and kind words to build their confidence. It means working collaboratively with parents to ensure we are meeting the individual needs of each child and family. Today I snapped a few photos of little fingers working hard on many skills that they will continue to use throughout their lives. They poured beans from one small pitcher to another, sorted cotton puffs in a muffin tin with tongs and scooped items from a basket with spoon. Some of the activities that our kids are enjoying are those encouraged by an educator that began her work over 100 years ago. Some of the useful Maria Montessori ideas can be very helpful at home as well! Read the rest of this entry »
August 23, 2013
Where can you enjoy a conversation about the works of Michelangelo and DaVinci, the importance of thinking before acting and the ooey-gooey way clay feels when you squish it between your fingers? At the Hilltop Summer Program!
Hilltop is the first of our four locations this summer where students are enjoying a week of learning and fun with Mr. Darwin Wolf, visual artist. Wolf is conducting workshops for our kindergarten through middle school students as part of the Artists-In-Schools and Communities Program through the South Dakota Arts Council. Read the rest of this entry »