Greetings from the T/Th 104 “Diaper-Friendly” Class!

Three-year-old painting Mrs. Gaboda and Mrs. Belardo are the teachers of this class and have a group of eight children who are almost all potty-trained!

Many of the children began the class before they were even three-years-old and this was their first classroom experience. The teachers started out making them comfortable in a loving and nurturing environment.

When they were ready, they were introduced to sitting in circle time, walking in a line, sharing, and taking turns.

What great strides they’ve made!

3-Year-oldThe children now greet the day with enthusiasm and look forward to participating in all activities. They enjoyed making new friends and playing in a group.

The teachers have worked with them on recognizing their names, identifying colors, shapes, and some letters and numbers.

It’s been a joy to watch them grow and flourish over the school year.

Music Class

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Music Matters

Bells – Shaker Eggs – Rhythm Sticks – Drums – Piano – Maracas

Music Matters at NBRC PreschoolMrs. Orlando welcomes our students with the “Hello Song” before beginning her music lessons as the children sit on colorful rugs in the Music Room. She teaches the children all the wonderful songs we hear at our Halloween Parade, Thanksgiving Feast, Christmas Pageant, and Mother’s Day Tea.

The children learn about rhythm, tempo, dynamics, and all types of music and instruments.

Here’s a great article on the Twelve Benefits of Music Education.

Gym Class

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Sports for PreschoolersExercise for PreschoolersEvery Thursday and Friday, our Gym Teacher, Mrs. Kolb prepares gross motor activities for each of our age groups.

The children enjoy a 15-minute class, which begins with a warm-up song. They move their muscles, twist their torsos, and touch their toes to music.

Mrs. Kolb teaches the children basic, beginner sports skills like kicking, bouncing, throwing, and catching a ball. They also learn how to jump, hop, skip, and gallop.

It’s always a fun time when the rainbow parachute makes an appearance and the children use teamwork to toss leaves, balls, and even hide underneath.

Sports for Preschoolers-Parachute Most of the time, Gym class is held in Fellowship Hall, but every once in a while it’s held outside, too. In the Fall, they rake leaves into piles and jump into them and in the Spring, they do an Easter egg hunt.

Twice a year, an obstacle course is set-up so the children get to enjoy showing off their abilities while the teachers assess their gross motor skills.

Mrs. Kolb makes Gym FUN!

The Fruit of the Spirit is Gentleness

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director


Gentleness is quietly putting God’s love into action.

Gentleness can be seen in many forms. You can see someone use gentle hands with a baby, animal, or delicate object. You can hear someone use a gentle tone of voice when speaking with others. You can see someone’s gentle heart when they smile kindly.

How can children show gentleness? Here are a few ways…

  • Holding their new brother or sister.
  • Comforting a friend who is hurt.
  • Letting a friend take a turn with their toy.
  • Sharing a snack.
  • Listening to a friend who is upset.
  • Smiling at a new student in their class.

Art with Anna

Enrichment Class

Every Child is an Artist“Every child is an artist…” – Pablo Picasso

Miss Anna is an Art Therapist who visits our Preschool every week to offer her “Art with Anna” enrichment class to our students. The children listen to a story, create a related art project while listening to music, and enjoy their lunches together. Miss Anna’s mom, Mrs. Palladino, assists her in the class.Every Child is an Artist

Watercolors, powdered tempera paint, chalk, oil pastels, glue, scissors, tissue paper, tin foil, cotton balls, ink, markers, pipe cleaners and more have been used to create their masterpieces! The children are challenged to express their creativity in each project and explore different materials in each class.

kidsartArt and mathematics have a long history of working well together. Our students learn about lines, shapes, sizes, dimensions, and colors. Our youngest group just painted quickly or slowly depending on the tempo of the music they were listening to.

We’re thankful that God has blessed us with Miss Anna and Mrs. Palladino and that they’re able to share their amazing talents with our students.

  • Art with Anna Enrichment Classes are offered on Wednesday in the Fall, Winter and Spring sessions for our four- and five-year-old students and on Thursdays in the Spring session for our three-year-old students.

What’s the Difference?

“Bribe, bribe, bribe,” a mother moaned to me. “That’s my entire parenting philosophy in one word. It’s the only way I can get my kids to do what I want. ‘If you’ll pick up your toys, I’ll give you a cookie.’ Where will it all end? ‘If you get straight A’s, I’ll give you a convertible?”

Since she didn’t ask for suggestions, I didn’t comment, but her words made me reflect on the problem with bribes, and the difference between bribes and rewards.

The basic difference, in my mind, is who is in charge of the behavior. With bribes, it is clearly the parent who decides what needs to be done, and who wields the offer designed to propel the kids into action.

Almost always, the bribe is something tangible, which also has the unfortunate aspect of hooking kids into gross materialism.

With rewards, it is the kids who decide upon a course of action, to which parents respond with positive recognition of verbal or tangible rewards. Rewards may be both intermittent, meaning provided only some of the time, and intangible, such as praise, attention, and recognition.

Let’s consider the same situation framed with both a bribe and a reward. Dad has become increasingly disturbed by his ten-year-old son Jacob’s room, filled with dirty clothes and bath towels on the floor, toys strewn everywhere, crumpled homework assignments far from the waste basket, and remains of several snacks and meals littered about.

Jacob has been told often enough what the expectations are for his clean room. Today Dad walks in, and says, “OK, Jacob, enough is enough. Get this room cleaned up before lunch today, and I’ll let you make a giant smoothie.” Jacob sets to work, gets the job done as specified, and Dad says, “OK, you can have your smoothie.”

Clearly the bribe worked, but Jacob did not develop any understanding of his own role in being responsible for a given task or controlling his own behavior.

Instead imagine that Dad, strolling by the messy room, comments, “Wow, looks like it could be time to get this room under control.” Nothing more. Jacob, surveying the mess, agrees and sets to work.

When Dad comes by later, he finds Jacob nearly done restoring order. “Hey, look at this room,” he says. “I can see how hard you have been working. Let’s go fix a smoothie when you’re ready for a break.”

In this scenario, Dad gives a gentle reminder of a responsibility that Jacob is well aware of.

When Jacob initiates appropriate actions, he is developing an understanding of himself as a competent person who knows what needs to be done and does it.

With Jacob in control, he ends up knowing his own capabilities, and becomes stronger. Dad’s positive attention and offer of the smoothie are appropriate rewards to reinforce these constructive attributes. Jacob will associate the good feelings about self with the good feelings in his tidy room.

Same smoothie, different outcomes of the scenario.

Here’s the point to consider. When this same event occurs next month, Dad #1 will be right back in the position of having to dangle the bribe before Jacob to jump-start his cleaning. Dad #2 will be more likely to find Jacob involved in cleaning.

Which action will Dad have to keep doing forever?
© Growing Child 2013 Please feel free to forward this article to a friend.

Welcome to our older 3-year-olds in the Green Room!

by Pam Kiser & Dotty Mooney

BoyPlayIt is hard to believe there are only a little over 2 months left to our school year. Our class is full of bright, social and energetic boys and girls who keep Mrs. Kiser and Mrs. Mooney on their toes. They love challenging experiences and opportunities to play with their friends.

GirlSandWe begin our day by hanging up our coats and school bags. Next we find our names on the shape and color of the month, place it in the basket so we know who has arrived and to help keep our attendance.

When everyone has arrived we have our morning meeting on the rug. We look forward to taking turns being the leader of the day, weather person or in charge of updating the calendar. Next is the Mystery Box where we are given clues as to what is in the box. It may be related to a specific theme that day , math concepts or problem solving activities i.e. matching shapes, opposites, rhyming words, colors, numbers and etc. Many times we solve the mystery before the teacher has time to give all the clues. We have very enthusiastic and smart children in our class.

GirlPlayNext is our free play time where we can choose from a variety of materials set out in the room. We love the play doh and corn meal/water tables as well as painting or drawing at the easel. Another favorite is building with legos, magnetic and wooden blocks, gears, bristle blocks and etc. Fine motor manipulatives are challenging and fun. Other activities we enjoy are putting together puzzles, dress up and playing in the kitchen with our friends. During this time we enjoy taking turns working one-on-one with a teacher on a special project for that day. This a special time for the teacher to spend individual time with a child and engage them in a conversation.

GirlsKitchenEveryone looks forward to our special classes. On Tuesday is Music with Mrs. Orlando. We love to sing and play instruments ie. Bells, shakers and rhythm sticks. Next is Language Arts with Mrs. Sodano. She works with half the class at a time and when they return to class they love to show the teacher their hand which she stamped and share what they did in her class. On Fridays is gym with Mrs. Kolb. She provides many different types of activities to challenge our gross motor and eye-hand coordination skills as well as our imagination.

Boy PuzzleAfter cleaning up our room it’s time to get ready for snack. We wash our hands and look for our name at the table. Before eating we thank God for our food and many blessings. We are a very social group and love to spend time talking with our friends while having a yummy snack. When finished eating we clean up our spot and sit quietly on the rug looking at a book. When everyone is done eating our teachers reads a special story to us before getting ready to go home. As you can see our day is very busy….

Next month we are looking forward to learning about the life cycle of a chick by hatching eggs in our class.

The Fruit of the Spirit is Peace

But when the Holy Spirit controls our lives he will produce this kind of fruit in us: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness. – Galations 5:22

God blesses those who work for peace, for they will be called the children of God. – Matthew 5:9

Do all that you can to live in peace with everyone. – Romans 12:18

Let the peace that comes from Christ rule in your hearts. – Colossians 3:15

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. – John 14:27

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice! Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. – Philippians 4:4-7

Silent Auction

Saturday, April 5, 2014
4pm to 7pm (bidding ends at 6:30pm)
Admission:$5 per family (redeemable for ONE dinner), dinner tickets $5

Here are a few of our amazing items…

  • Adirondack Chair – handmade, child size
  • Alaine

  • Alaine Sheeley Designs (value $50)
  • Alstede Farm Family Package (value $98)
  • Arbonne (value $100)
  • Aspen Ice – 10 skating passes (value $80)
  • Bayles Family Speech Center
  • BCS Coaching. LLC – Energy Leadership Index Assessment and Debrief (value $300)
  • Bedminister Family and Cosmetic Dentistry -custom bleaching trays – (value $350)
  • Blue Sheep Bake Shop Gift Certificate (value $50)
  • Branchburg Lactation (value $170)
  • Branchburg Martial Arts -Free Two Week Trial
  • Branchburg Martial Arts $45

  • CAMP NORTH BRANCH – FIVE WEEKS of Summer Camp (value $125 – $140 per week)
  • Candyland Crafts Gift Certificate (value $20)
  • Card Maker Basket
  • Coffee Basket – Coffee Pot, filters, Coffee Mate, 4 coffee mugs, coffee (value $50)
  • Dream Dinners of Flemington
  • Gold’s Gym Pass
  • Greek Peak Mountain Resort
  • Hair Unique – Gift Certificates for a Child’s AND Ladies Cut (value $50)
  • Ice Cream Basket – Ice Cream Maker, 4 sundae glasses, toppings (value $50)
  • quilt

  • Impact Fitness – Free one month and t-shirt
  • Jenkinson’s Aquarium – 4 passes (value $40)
  • Joan Marie Photography – Fine Art Print – (value $60)
  • Joannalee Photography – Photo Session
  • Karen Smith Photography – Outdoor Photo Session
  • LEGO Basket with $50 gift card
  • Little Chickadee Crochet (value $85)
  • Maggiano’s Gift Card
  • Oragami Owl Necklace

  • Nathan C. Steele, DMD – Dental services (value $500)
  • NFL Poster – Nick Mangold (Jets)
  • NFL Poster – Giants Football
  • New Jersey DEVILS TICKETS! (games on 4/7 and 4/11)
  • Oragami Owl – Necklace and (value $78)
  • Patriot’s Baseball – 4 Upper Box Tickets (value $38)
  • Pelican Ski and Pool Package (value over $150)
  • Quilt – Handmade baby quilt (value $150-200)
  • Readington Liquors
  • toys

  • Rutger’s University Football tickets (Rutgers vs. Howard)
  • RVCC Planetarium – Show and Laser Lights (value $28)
  • Scentsy – Warmer and Wax (value $35)
  • Tastefully Simple
  • Toy Tower with $25 Toys R Us Gift Card (value $200)
  • TRU Beauty Salon Gift Certificate (value $50)
  • Villa Nails (value $30)
  • Vinny Aguanno Woodworking
  • YMCA – 3 Swim Lessons (value $165)
  • Yellow Lollipop Photography (value $75)

Special thanks to Wengryn & Sons Construction for their generous monetary donation!!
Special thanks to CV Transport for their generous monetary donation!!

We’re receiving more items daily!
Bidding will take place between 4pm and 6:30pm.

Favorite Spring Books

By Jennifer Landrieu, Director

Happy Spring!

We’re happy to be welcoming leaves on the trees, flowers in our gardens, and baby animals. Our preschoolers will be planting seeds, hatching chicks, and watching the life cycle of ladybugs and butterflies.

Here are a few books we’ll be reading in class, which you might enjoy reading at home, too.

  • Easter at Our House by P.K. Hallinan
  • The Easter Egg by Jan Brett
  • Hopper Hunts for Spring by Marcus Pfister
  • It’s Raining, It’s Pouring by Kin Eagle
  • My Garden by Kevin Henkes
  • My Spring Robin by Anne Rockwell
  • Planting a Rainbow by Lois Ehlert
  • The Runaway Bunny by Margaret Wise Brown
  • Splish, Splash, Spring by Jan Carr
  • The Story of the Easter Bunny by Katherine Tegen
  • The Sunflower Parable by Liz Curtis Higgins
  • Thank You, God, for Spring by Jane Belk Moncure
  • There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Chick! By Lucille Colandro
  • What Will Hatch? By Jennifer Ward

Enjoy reading!

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