Child Development

2014-2015 Parent Survey Results - June 22, 2015

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Every spring, we ask our parents to fill out a survey to let us know how their year went. Here’s a sample of what they... 

Farm Field Trip - May 15, 2015

By Jennifer Landrieu In preparation for their trip to Norz Hill Farm, our three-year-old preschoolers have been learning all about farm animals! We hatched... 

Literacy in Early Childhood - January 16, 2015

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director This week I spent some time with the MOMS Club of Bridgewater West discussing how to help your child LOVE reading! We talked... 

2015-2016 Registration - January 8, 2015

Tours Begin on January 20th New families are asked to schedule a tour by calling Mrs. Landrieu in the Preschool Office at 908-725-2326. Tours are offered... 

Growing A Self - November 28, 2014

I have a great story for you, from my friend Bonnie. A young child in her family has been learning toilet control. She wanted to wear her big girl panties... 

Screen Time - November 21, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director We limit how much technology our kids use at home. – Steve Jobs, Apple Founder, 2010 How much time do your children... 

2014-2015 School Year Welcome! - September 5, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu The leaves are beginning to fall and that means it’s almost time for our teachers and children to return to the Preschool. All... 

Many Ways to Parent - August 22, 2014

From Grandma Says Blog… Back in the 60’s, a psychologist named Diana Baumrind published her research on the effects of various parenting styles... 

Playdough - August 8, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Do you want to strengthen your child’s fine motor skills? One of the best and easiest ways to strengthen the small muscles... 

Sensory Table - August 1, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director SCOOP MEASURE POUR SIFT The children play cooperatively or independently at the tables using cracked corn or water. Sieves,... 

Block Center - July 18, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu Develop hand/eye coordination. Develop a sense of balance. Develop math concepts – number, size, shape, space, and weight. Learn... 

2013-2014 Parent Survey Results - June 13, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Every spring, our Preschool parents are asked to fill-out a survey to let us know how their year went. Here’s a sample... 

Music Class - May 16, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Bells – Shaker Eggs – Rhythm Sticks – Drums – Piano – Maracas MUSIC! Mrs. Orlando welcomes... 

Gym Class - May 9, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Every Thursday and Friday, our Gym Teacher, Mrs. Kolb prepares gross motor activities for each of our age groups. The... 

What’s the Difference? - April 18, 2014

“Bribe, bribe, bribe,” a mother moaned to me. “That’s my entire parenting philosophy in one word. It’s the only way I can... 

Welcome to our older 3-year-olds in the Green Room! - April 11, 2014

by Pam Kiser & Dotty Mooney It is hard to believe there are only a little over 2 months left to our school year. Our class is full of bright, social... 

The Benefits of Pet Ownership - March 7, 2014

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director Three of our teachers recently welcomed new puppies into their families! Mrs. Reinhart & Bailey. Mrs. Sodano... 

It is Okay to Play with Our Food! - February 21, 2014

Healthy Chefs offered in the Winter Enrichment session to all ages! Children slice, dice, spread, and measure the food ingredients they need to make their... 

The Fruit of the Spirit is Love - February 14, 2014

“Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is... 

The Winter Olympics Come to Preschool - February 9, 2014

This week our preschoolers arrived at gym class to discover they were now Olympic athletes. Each child ran and carried the torch around Fellowship Hall... 

Helping Your Child Learn to Read - January 24, 2014

By Kim Sodano & Nicole Young The best way to help your child learn to read is to read, read, read! Model reading in front of your child. Read directions... 

You Don’t Say! - December 20, 2013

Actually, you do say, and explain, and answer, and tell, and talk, talk, talk with your children. As we discussed last time, much of your message is conveyed... 

Respecting the Importance of Play - November 29, 2013

I was saddened in a classroom this week to see a preschooler in tears, frustrated at her inability to form the letters of her first and last names in the... 

Helping Your Preschooler Cope with Separation Anxiety - August 30, 2013

Preschool is an exciting place to learn and play, but if it’s your child’s first time away from home, it can also be a little daunting. We suggest... 

Playgrounds - August 23, 2013

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director The playground at the North Branch Reformed Church Preschool is a favorite spot for our students. During the school year,... 

Centers - August 9, 2013

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director It’s amazing how much our Preschoolers learn while “just” playing in centers! In the Writing Center, a child… Practices... 

Gross Motor Activities - July 26, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu, Director Gross motor refers to large muscles in our body (legs and arms), the same way that fine motor refers to small muscles in... 

Week of the Young Child - May 3, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu, Director The National Association for the Education of Young Children is dedicated to excellence in early childhood education and... 

Grandparent’s Week - April 26, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu, Director We have the best group of grandparents at the North Branch Reformed Church Preschool! This week is “Grandparent’s... 

Dental Health - March 29, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu Our Preschoolers learned all about keeping their teeth healthy when Dental Hygienists, Donna and Danielle, visited our classrooms.... 

What is the dynamic tripod? - March 8, 2013

by Kim Sodano How children learn to grip their pencils will help them with the fine movements needed for writing. There are other ways to grip a writing... 

Asthma-Friendly School - February 22, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu The North Branch Reformed Church Preschool is pursuing a certification to become an “Asthma-Friendly School.” This is a relatively... 

How to Choose the Right Preschool - February 15, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu For the last month, I’ve been happily taking prospective parents on tours of our school, showing them our facilities, telling them... 

Father’s Saturday - February 3, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu We opened the Preschool doors to over 125 smiling preschoolers and their dads this weekend. The children invited their dads to spend... 

Accommodating Allergies - January 21, 2013

by Jennifer Landrieu The North Branch Reformed Church Preschool is proud to offer a nut-free, allergy safe school The number of children with food allergies... 

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