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My name is Christina Lee and I have been the Director at Rogy’s Learning Place in Morton since January 2011. Before coming to Morton, I worked for 3 years at Rogy’s Learning Place as a Preschool teacher in Normal on Kays Drive. I have loved every moment of my time in child care. I graduated with a Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education from Illinois State University and knew that daycare was exactly where I wanted to spend my time and exercise my knowledge. We strive to have a center that makes the children our focus and helps to create a love of learning at an early age for our students. We encourage positive growth and development and do our best to meet the needs of the children as individuals. Childhood is such an amazing time in life and we are so happy to be a part of encouraging the leaders of tomorrow.
My name is Tina Wyman and I have a son (17) and a step-daughter (21). I’m very involved with my family. I have a 19 month old Grandson that I see everyday and seeing him grow is amazing! I graduated with an associates in Early Childhood. I have been in child care for 21 years. I’ve been with Rogy’s for 11 years. I love working with children and watching them grow. When a child accomplishes something, the smile of their face is priceless. Every child holds a special spot in my life.
We strive to teach children not only academically, but socially and emotionally as well.
As an approach to recognize positive behavior and reduce or eliminate challenging behaviors, Rogy’s implements a program to enhance social and emotional development and promote school readiness. The approach was developed by Center on the Social and Emotional Foundations for Early Learning or CSEFEL and uses a pyramid model to address the social and emotional needs of children. We at Rogy’s like to refer to this approach as PBS. PBS focuses on being proactive in preventing challenging behaviors by building positive relationships with our children and families, creating a supportive environment for our children, and finally, using specific strategies in teaching social and emotional development. With PBS in place, the amount of time addressing challenging behaviors has been reduced and in turn has allowed our staff to focus on the positive behaviors and to support all areas of development and learning in all children.
We work really hard to teach PBS strategies to our children and love the results that we get! It is an amazing program to help the children really blossom emotionally and learn to deal with different emotions and different situations. It also helps the teachers to focus one on one with children, especially during their difficult times. We want the children to learn through every experience to ensure that they are constantly growing. One way we help our children learn is through helping them understand what is going to happen that day. Most people appreciate some routine and consitency to their day, so our classrooms each have a . As we progress through our days, we want the children to focus on the positive as much as possible, so our teachers work hard to constantly develop different strategies to reassure the children that they are doing the right thing. For example, when they clean up, they can fill up the and earn a classroom party! With PBS, the children always want to be caught being good. . Our wonderful teachers love to reinforce positive behavior, so they pick a child, who has really shown growth emotionally, and name them the . Each child in the classroom gets an opportunity to show off their family, friends, likes, hobbies and more. A huge part of Rogy’s is knowing the children as individuals. It helps us to meet their needs specifically. We celebrate the uniqueness of each child that comes through our doors. When meeting the emotional needs of each child, we want to be sure that they have plenty of space to use to relax when they need a moment to themselves. We call this area our “Thought Spot”. We always offer posters, books, activities and comfy rugs and pillows to help the children understand their feelings and learn to control different types of emotions. Our teachers find it helpful to have some Super Heros and other popular characters around to be reminders to the children throughout their day as to what the classroom rules and expectations are. . Our ultimate goal is to help the children grow and to learn ! PBS is a huge part of our day. If you have any questions regarding our program, please don’t hesitate to ask.
Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!
Dr. Seuss’ birthday is Sunday, March 2nd. We will be celebrating all that following week by reading his books and dressing up. Our classrooms will be decorated to reflect some of his best work. We would also like to invite parents to come and read to the classes. Please see the sign-ups on the classroom doors to choose a time to come and read a Dr. Seuss book to your child’s class. Books will be provided for you to choose from. Dress up week will be March 3-7 and how to dress is as follows:
Monday: Wear Green
Tuesday: Hat Day
Wednesday: Dress Crazy
Thursday: Wear 2 Different Shoes
Friday: Pajama Day
Check out Seussville online to for fun games and activities related to Dr. Seuss! http://www.seussville.com/
If you have a child who will be 5 years old by September 1, 2014 and will attend kindergarten in the Morton School District please call 263-2581 to make a pre-screening appointment. All kindergarten students must be pre-screened on March 13 and 14. They will start at 8am and end at 7pm. Please take your child’s birth certificate, social security card, vision exam, dental exam, physical and immunization records. If you do not have all the documents, you can bring them on registration day. Please be sure to call 263-2581 soon. The appointments are filling up quickly. If you have any questions, please feel free to ask.
Staying Up to Date!
Prompt payment of tuition is helpful because it lets us focus on your child’s educational environment and not on collecting fees. All fees are due and payable in advance on Monday each week. Payment in full is required for your child’s scheduled days. Parents who become more than two weeks behind on payment may be asked to remove their children until all payment is made in full. During that time, the child’s position in our center cannot be guarnateed for re-enrollment. Please be sure you are keeping up with your bill and making payments on time. If you have any questions about weekly charges or what you owe, please see Christina or Tina.
Please be sure you are not bringing outside food into the classroom for your child to eat unless you have provided a doctor’s note for food allergies. We do have several children with allergies in the center, and we do not want to expose them to anything that is dangerous to them. When classrooms have parties, outside food is allowed as long as it is store bought, sealed and does not contain any nuts. We provide breakfast, lunch and snack each day for the children and without a doctor’s note stating what we serve is not healthy for the child, we cannot serve the children different food.
*The Easter Bunny will be here Wednesday, March 12th to take pictures with all of the children. Pictures will be available for viewing and purchase approximately one week later.
*There is a half day of school on March 7th for the school age children and no school on March 10th!
*We have our Spring book fair starting March 31st and will go through April 8th. Books would make great gifts for Easter baskets.
*Please be sure you are bringing in an extra pair of spring clothes for your child to have at the center.
Have a Spectacular Month!
Spread the Love!
Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, which means we have the perfect opportunity to remind the children just how much they are loved! We will be having Parties in each classroom on Friday, February 14th from 9:30-11:00am. The classrooms will have games and activities throughout the morning. We want to invite all families to come and attend your child’s party!
Be sure to check your calendar for ideas throughout the month for ways to show your kids a little extra love.
Another way we will be spreading the love is collecting Teddy Bears for children at St. Jude. We will have a donation box for you to drop off new Teddy Bears through February 11th. We will then be dropping them off at a local radio station for them to send them to children at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for Valentine’s Day! Please help us to donate to this wonderful cause.
Show those Pearly Whites!
February is Dental Health month. Your child grows so quickly! Don’t forget about their teeth. Spend some time this month talking to your child about the importance of taking care of their teeth and gums. Check the calendar for different ideas on how to promote dental health month in your home this month!
Mr. Steve is Back!
We have Mr. Steve visit each year for a special show for the children. He comes and sings songs, does some magic, and makes balloon animals! He has been a big hit with the kids in the past and we are so excited to have him come back this year again. He will be here Monday, February 17th at 9:30am. School Agers will also be able to enjoy the show, since there is no school that day because of President’s Day.
Show and Share!
Several of our classrooms have show and share days each Friday. That is the only day that we can have outside toys brought into the classroom, unless it is a soft toy for nap time. If your child’s classroom has a show and share day, please be sure your child brings in a toy that you are comfortable with them sharing. We do not want new or expensive toys to be broken while they are here, so please make sure it is a durable and safe toy. Also, please do not let your child bring any kind of toy that promotes violence, including action figures with weapons. If the weapons are detachable, they are welcome to bring the figurine and just leave the weapons at home. We have this day to promote sharing within the classroom as well as letting the children bring in a little piece of their personality and interests to show their friends. Please help the teachers and explain the importance of sharing toys on these exciting days.
Please remember that we cannot have outside food brought in, such as breakfast in the morning. We have several different allergies at the center and we want to ensure everyone’s safety by controlling the food we serve.
Please feel free to use our Lending Library in the front lobby. There is a check out form on the front desk.
Be sure you are escorting your children to their classrooms in the morning. We want to make sure that each child gets to the proper room and that the teachers have a chance to talk to you in case there is anything special going on that day.
Have a Lovely Month!