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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.
Lend a Helping Hand!
As the excitement and anticipation of the holiday season builds, help us take some to time to remember those in need. Especially with the recent tornadoes and many people being in need, we want to do our part to make sure everyone can enjoy this special time of year. We will be collecting Toys for Tots, Items for our Food Drive and any items that people would like to donate for Tornado victims. We greatly appreciate all of the parents who have reached out to help those in need already. Lets continue that same drive through the holidays to make it as positive an experience as possible.
Tis the Season!
Christmas is near and we have loads of fun planned here at Rogy’s to celebrate the season. We will be starting the celebrations with our Open House on Friday, December 6th. The open house will be from 4pm-6pm. We will have classroom activities, refreshments and special entertainment provided by Girl Scout Troop 4465 led by Ms. Jenny in Room 6. We will have a holiday theme and want to encourage all families to come and be apart of our special day. We will have plenty planned in the classrooms for you to do and it is a great opportunity to connect with teachers and meet your children’s friends! We will also have drawings and prizes for families who attend. Some of the prizes include board games, gift cards and more!!
Also in the beginning of the month is our Scholastic Book Fair! We will have books set up in the lobby area from December 2nd to December 10th. This is a great way for you to do some holiday shopping. Scholastic always sends a large variety of books. Come in and check it out!!
Rogy’s will be closed on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. We will also be closed on New Year’s Eve and New Year’s Day to celebrate the holiday with our families. We hope everyone has a safe and happy holiday season. Please let us know if your child will be missing any days throughout the month. We know it is a popular time for vacations and days off so please keep your teachers informed. Morton schools will have a half day on Friday, December 20th and then will be closed through Friday, January 3rd. Our school age room will open for any children that need to attend our full day program.
Before we close for the holidays, we want to celebrate with you! We will be hosting classroom Christmas parties on Friday, December 20th. Each classroom will have games and activities planned for all who attend. We will have the parties at 9:30-11:00am. We will be having a book exchange in the classrooms for the children. Please bring in a new and wrapped book that is age appropriate for your child’s class. We have a $5 limit on the books. Label the gift with To: A Friend, From: Your child’s name. Each child who brings a book will get a different book in exchange. We hope that lots of families will be able to attend!
Guess Who is Coming to Town!
Santa will be coming to visit. We have the pictures with Santa at the end of November and they should be available to purchase the beginning of December. Santa will be coming again to sit with the children and find out what they want for Christmas this year. He will make his second appearance on Thursday, December 12th. He will bring treats for all of the children that day and pass them out as he goes from classroom to classroom.
Have a Safe and Happy Holiday!
We did it again! We have had an awesome fundraiser year. We had 49 different people sell items this year, which is an increase from last year. Total sales and winning families will be announced as soon as we receive the results from our online sales. All of the money that we earn, will go towards new technology in the classrooms. Thank you to everyone who participated! We really appreciate your support and we know that the new items we are able to get will be a big hit in the classrooms.
Pick up for the fundraiser is Monday, November 11th from 2:30pm-5:00pm. All items must be picked up that day since many of the items are frozen. We do not have freezer space at the center to store sales items. If you provided a phone number on the order form, you will be receiving a reminder text the day before the fundraiser. We will also have copies of your order forms available that evening in case you need it for distributing your items. Thank you again! This fundraiser was a huge success.
It’s hard to believe that we are getting close to the end of 2013, which means the holiday season is soon! This month, of course, we have Thanksgiving! We will be closed November 28th and 29th in order to celebrate that time with our families. We hope that everyone has a Happy and Safe Thanksgiving weekend.
Oh The Weather Outside!
We all know what the weather can be like in Illinois this time of year. With winter starting to set in, please be cautious driving and walking in the parking lot. We will be plowing and salting the sidewalk to try and keep drop off and pick ups as safe as possible. Please help us out and report any slick spots you notice throughout the day.
We want the children to still be able to go outside whenever the weather allows, so please be sure you are sending proper coats and accessories for them to be able to participate. We don’t want anyone to be too cold or miss out.
Please also bring in extra clothes for winter. We ask that you bring in at least one outfit for your child so that they have an extra set in case of any accidents throughout the day.
We have officially been at our new location for a year! We still love the building and greatly appreciate the extra space we now have. We appreciate all of the families that have joined us and been a part of our growth. We also greatly appreciated all of the families that have stuck with us through the move and all of the changes of the last year. Thank you so much for choosing Rogy’s for your child care needs.
We would like to do a food drive for the month of November. We will have a box for canned and dry food donations in the lobby area. We will be giving the donated items to We Care who makes up food baskets and give them to local churches to serve families in need. Some suggested items that they need are: canned fruit, soup, canned meat, cereal and pasta. We will be collecting up until the Wednesday before Thanksgiving, November 27th. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thank you in advance for helping us to meet the needs of our community.
Have a Fantastic Month!