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No matter what age you are, a good children’s book can provide a profound sense of comfort, especially as many of us are weathering the COVID-19 storm at home. From beautiful illustrations and engaging stories to simple life lessons that hit home, these books can help adults center themselves while engaging and enjoying time with the children in their lives.

In honor of National Reading Month, we asked Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI) employees to share their favorite books to read with their children. Here are their recommendations.

Books Everyone Can Enjoy

GSI’s director of organizational change management, Ashley Betzendahl, says her daughter Dillion, who is almost two, has lots of favorite books. As Ashley points out, children and their parents often have vastly different tastes in reading material. However, Ashley says that she and Dillion can always agree on I Know a Rhino by Charles Fuge, Giraffe’s Can’t Dance by Giles Andreae and The Big Orange Splot by D. Manus Pinkwater.

Image of Baby Beluga book by Raffi

Books About Animals

GSI’s program development manager, Laura Mellor-Bachman says she has two clear favorite animal books to read to her 21-month-old daughter, Juliana, who prefers any story that can be sung.

“One of Juliana’s favorites from before she even began to talk is Baby Beluga, by Raffi,” Laura says. “She loves the melody and the fun pictures of the baby beluga playing with friends. We emphasize some parts with body motions and some parts we sing soft and loud. It is always fun, whether it is during bath time, sitting on the couch or even in the car. There are three copies of it in our house!”

Image of Baby Beluga book by Raffi

Laura says that she and Juliana also love to read Click Clack Moo; Cows That Type by Doreen Cronin.

“One of the first phrases Juliana ever said was, ‘No milk today!’” Laura says. “She loves to flip the pages and repeat the phrase over and over. It is the most entertaining story for different voices for both parents and children.”

Laurie Harvey with favorite preschool book

 A Book About a Friendship

Laurie Harvey, GSI’s interactive media manager, says her favorite book to read to her baby daughter, Hailey, is Your Best Friend is Coming by Nikki Hogue.

“A good friend and fellow dog lover gave us this book,” says Laurie. “We fell in love with the story, which is told by the dog’s perspective. Reading it to Hailey fills our hearts with so much love in anticipation of the friendship that she and our dog, Dexter, will form.”

Image of The Giving Tree book by Shel Silverstein

A Classic for Children and Adults

Denise Hilbert, GSI’s education support specialist, knows that you can’t get any better than a classic. She loves to share the story of The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein with her grandchildren.

Danielle King with favorite preschool book

Sharing an Important Life Lesson

For Danielle King, GSI’s communications writer, teaching her three-year-old son, Vinny, to find value in himself is paramount. She loves the book, I Like Myself by Karen Beaumont, because the message is so simple, yet so important.

“Many of us struggle with liking ourselves, myself included, so I purchased I Like Myself to read to my son to help him learn to love himself no matter what, even if he has ‘knobby knees or hippo hips or purple polka-dotted lips,’” says Danielle. “I also want to expose him to different protagonists who don’t look like him to drive the message home further that everyone is beautiful because none of us look the same, and all people deserve to love themselves, no matter what.”

Danielle King with favorite preschool book

 

 

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Premier Preschool Recognizes Six Educators For National Teacher Appreciation Week

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA (May 2, 2016) – Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), franchisor of The Goddard School®, the nation’s premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children six weeks to six years old, names honorees for their tenth annual Teacher of the Year award. In celebration of National Teacher Appreciation Week, happening May 2 to 6, GSI acknowledges more than 10,000 teachers nationwide and presents six extraordinary teachers with a plaque that commemorates their passion, dedication and enthusiasm for early childhood education.

“The teachers that have been selected as this year’s honorees for Teacher of the Year have spearheaded long-term projects that have positively impacted the children in their classroom, their families, the Schools and the broader community,” says Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education at GSI. “The Teacher of the Year recipients engage students in learning opportunities that are both unique and effective. We are delighted to honor these six outstanding educators, who continue to lovingly guide and prepare children for success in school and in life.”

Projects from the selected Goddard School educators include Family Game Night which is designed to continue fostering Kindergarten skills outside the classroom; Kindness Mission, which guides students to understand how small acts of kindness make a big impact; Intergenerational Project, which educates children about different generations while  befriending residents at the Avalon Assisted Living Facility; and Happy Gonzo which first involved taking care of a class pet frog, Gonzo, and later introduced engaging learning opportunities for the preschoolers.

GSI honors the following teachers:

Anna Pecoraro – Elgin, IL

Anna Pecoraro, kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Elgin, IL, introduced her students and
families to Family Game Night. In an effort to continue to teach kindergarten skills such as reading, number recognition and critical thinking outside the classroom, children had the chance every Friday to check out a new game from the game library to take home and play with their families. When the children returned to school on Monday, they were to write a journal entry about their Family Game Night experience. All journal entries were collected and included in a class book, which helped the students choose which game they would check out next. In May, the board games will be given to children and families that reside in Home of the Sparrow, a local shelter for women and children. The hope is that Home of the Sparrow can also learn through The Goddard School’s learning through play philosophy!

Pamela Gijanto and Sabrina Piotrowski – Marlboro, NJ

Pamela Gijanto and Sabrina Piotrowski, pre-kindergarten teachers at The Goddard School located in Marlboro
(School Road East), NJ, created Kindness Mission. Through this project, Gijanto and Piotrowski guided and encouraged children to be kind to others. With the goal of showing  the children that small acts of kindness can have a big impact on others, the teachers helped the children develop identities as learners while promoting positive self-image. The teachers extended Kindness Mission beyond the school and into their community by organizing a gently used toy collection that benefited Big Brothers Big Sisters of Monmouth County, a nonprofit organization that provides aid to children in need. It is Gijanto and Piotrowski’s hope that the Kindness Mission will continue to connect their students to the community and make others feel good while feeling good about themselves.

Christina Mruskovic – Hillsborough, NJ

Christina Mruskovic, kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Hillsborough, NJ, organized inter-
generational activities for children to participate in throughout the year, such as visiting the residents of the Avalon Assisted Living facility. Mruskovic spent the first few months of the school year laying the foundation for the project by incorporating lessons about different generations into all the learning domains. The kindergarten class read books about grandparents, learned songs and discussed manners and etiquette before visiting the Avalon Assisted Living facility. On their first trip to the facility, the kindergarten class worked with the residents to help them make love bug pins, share snacks and sing songs. The students’ next visit will be in May to do a Mother’s Day activity with the residents.

Paige Hardwick and Erika Posey – Roswell, GA

Paige Hardwick and Erika Posey, co-lead preschool teachers at The Goddard School located in Roswell, GA, embarked on an adventure in learning by focusing the majority of their activities on the children’s best friend, Gonzo, a tiny tree frog. Through efforts to keep Gonzo alive, learning opportunities were born. Students were soon producing songs, authoring a Gonzo “baby book” and learning about the Save the Frogs foundation, which later encouraged the establishment of a local chapter of the amphibian conservation organization at the School. Since Gonzo was born, the teachers worked together to maintain an engaging and exciting learning environment for students.

For more information on The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

About The Goddard School®

Learning for fun. Learning for life.® For nearly 30 years, The Goddard School has used the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED- and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) reaches more than 50,000 students in more than 430 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

 

Early Childhood Education Leader Identifies This Year’s Best Toys Inspiring Creativity And A Love Of Learning

KING OF PRUSSIA, Pa., Nov. 2, 2015 — Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of The Goddard Schoolpreschool system, one of the largest early childhood education organizations in the nation, gave preschoolers the job of a lifetime when it asked them to test some toys! Now in its eighth year, The Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test announces the top ten best educational toys for 2015, as selected by true toy experts… kids!

Before the toys were given to this discerning audience, they were evaluated by The Goddard School Toy Testing Committee, comprised of early childhood education experts, which judged submissions based on criteria including encouraging interactive, child-initiated play, inspiring creativity and collaboration, and supporting skill development and playful learning.

Putting The Goddard School philosophy of learning through play into action, children from 50 Goddard Schools throughout the country then tested the toys. The children, who range from infants to six years old, determined their favorites while the teachers compiled the tiny testers’ choices.

The results are in, and the Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toy Test finalists include (in suggested age range order):

“Fun and educational experiences that help children expand their critical thinking skills and flex their imaginations, as demonstrated in the Toy Test, prime children for success later in life,” said Dr. Craig Bach, GSI’s Vice President of Education. “From classic toys to new products on the market that encourage STEAM learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics), our children have the opportunity to play with incredible toys that support learning through play.”

The public will now have the chance to vote and select the 2015 Top Toy on The Goddard School’s website, www.goddardschool.com/toytest, from November 2 – November 13, 2015. GSI will purchase and donate 100 of the winning toy to Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that distributes holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

Past Preschooler-Approved Toy Test winners include brands such as Lakeshore Learning Materials, K’NEX, Fat Brain Toys, Tiny Love, HABA and Learning Resources.

For more information on The Goddard School and the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, please visit www.goddardschool.com/toytest.

Preschoolers Across The Nation Participate In The 8th Annual Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – September 28, 2015Goddard Systems, Inc. (GSI), the national franchisor of The Goddard School® preschool system, one of the largest early childhood education organizations in the nation, is searching for the Top 10 Toys for children (infants to six years old) that encourage playful learning. Toy companies around the globe are participating for the chance to be voted #1 in the 8th annual Goddard School Preschooler-Approved Toy Test. Products are put to the test by true toy experts – children!

Every year, select Goddard Schools across the country hold the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, where manufacturers are invited to submit toys for consideration. All entries are evaluated by The Goddard School Toy Testing Committee, which is comprised of early childhood education experts. This panel of educators evaluates entries based on various criteria including encouraging interactive, child-initiated play, inspiring creativity and collaboration, and supporting skill development and playful learning.

Toys scoring highest on the evaluation will be sent to 49 participating Goddard Schools nationwide to be tested by children from September 28 through October 2. The children will cast their votes for the Top 10 Preschooler-Approved Toys, and the toys will then be put to public vote on The Goddard School website from November 2 to November 13. GSI will purchase and donate 100 of the toy receiving the most votes to Toys for Tots, a program run by the United States Marine Corps Reserve that distributes holiday gifts to less fortunate children in the community.

“Our annual Toy Test is a powerful example of our education philosophy, which is centered on playful learning,” says GSI’s Vice President of Education, Dr. Craig Bach. “It also exemplifies ongoing efforts at The Goddard School to identify high-quality educational resources in collaboration with teachers and children.”

Bach continues, “Through the Toy Test, we provide children with an interactive and playful learning experience as they work together to evaluate a range of toys. In the process, the children continue to develop problem solving skills, the ability to collaborate with others, self-confidence, creativity and other valuable tools that will help them be successful in school and in life.” Past Preschooler-Approved Toy Test winners include brands such as K’NEX, Fat Brain Toys, Lakeshore Learning Materials, Green Toys and Learning Resources. For more information on The Goddard School and the Preschooler-Approved Toy Test, please visit www.goddardschool.com/toytest.

About The Goddard School®

Learning for fun. Learning for life.® The Goddard School celebrates more than 25 years of using the most current, academically endorsed methods to ensure that children from six weeks to six years old have fun while learning the skills they need for long-term success in school and in life. Talented teachers collaborate with parents to nurture children into respectful, confident and joyful learners. The Goddard School’s AdvancED and Middle States-accredited F.L.EX.® Learning Program (Fun Learning Experience) reaches more than 45,000 students in more than 400 Goddard Schools in 35 states. The Goddard School’s comprehensive play-based curriculum, developed with early childhood education experts, provides the best childhood preparation for social and academic success. To learn more about The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

 

Entrepreneur ranked The Goddard School #105 in its 2015 Franchise 500® and tops in the childcare industry in this list of franchise opportunities suited to those with a passion for people.  The list is based on objective, quantifiable criteria, including system size, growth and financial strength and stability. The Goddard School was ranked #113 in 2014. Read the full story here.

Four Passionate Educators Recognized During National Teacher Appreciation Week

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – May 4, 2015 – Goddard Systems, Inc., franchisor of The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, honors four extraordinary early childhood educators as their ninth annual “Teacher of the Year” award recipients during National Teacher Appreciation Week on May 4-8, 2015.

Each “Teacher of the Year” honoree from The Goddard School developed a long-term project that has benefitted their classroom, school or community. Projects from the selected teachers include a Good Manners Musical to inspire and reinforce polite behavior; Pen Pal Patriots for children to connect with members from the Armed Forces and learn about patriotism; STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) Parent Workshops designed to educate parents on how they can support learning at home; and an Alex’s Lemonade Stand to help raise funds for childhood cancer research.

“At The Goddard School, our Educational Advisory Board and Goddard Systems University push for the highest standards in early childhood education,” says Dr. Craig Bach, Vice President of Education at Goddard Systems, Inc. “With more than 10,000 Goddard School teachers nationwide, we employ the very best teachers around and we are thrilled to be recognizing this year’s recipients for their passion and dedication in enlightening young minds for future success.”

The following teachers are honored:

Angie Petrillo – Wayne, NJ

Angie Petrillo, pre-kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Wayne, NJ, created a playful and educational program named “Good Manners – A Medieval Quest for Polite Behavior.” Students dance and sing their way through lessons as they follow two eccentric knights on a quest to reinstate good manners in a cursed kingdom. With over 60 cast members from 6 weeks to 6 years old and a full set and costumes designed for the Middle Ages, the 30-minute musical play guides the children in discovering polite behavior in a creative and entertaining setting.

Gerianne Holl – Cranberry Township, PA

Gerianne Holl, pre-kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Cranberry Township, PA, created Pen Pal Patriots, a program for children to learn about patriotism and build empathy. Motivated by her family’s military background, Gerianne provided opportunities for her students to send cards and monthly care packages to troops in the U.S. Navy stationed in Bahrain. Conducting “Skyping Days” several times a year, children work together to develop and write questions to learn about the service members as well as wear red, white and blue in support of those away from home.

Ryan Mayes – Goodyear, AZ

Ryan Mayes, preschool teacher at The Goddard School located in Goodyear, AZ, spearheaded STEAM Parent Workshops to educate parents and provide tools for them to reinforce STEAM concepts at home. Because children experience the deepest, most genuine learning when they are having fun, Ryan incorporates this philosophy into every aspect of teaching.

Valerie Schmitzer – Doylestown II, PA

Valerie Schmitzer, kindergarten teacher at The Goddard School located in Doylestown (Farm Lane), PA, developed a hands-on approach to creating a difference in the world. Alex’s Lemonade Stand, a charitable program designed to help fight childhood cancer, has inspired Valerie and her students in creating a Lemonade Stand of their own. With the hopes of raising awareness and helping to find a cure for children battling cancer, Valerie and the children have collaborated in creating the stand, making and selling lemonade. Donating all proceeds to Alex’s Lemonade Stand, the children learn that they can make a difference by providing hope, and work to set an example to encourage and empower others to do the same.

For more information on The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.

 

Educational Director Of The Goddard School Located In Exton, PA Celebrated With Prestigious Award

KING OF PRUSSIA, PA – April 29, 2015The Goddard School®, the premier preschool focusing on learning through play for children from six weeks to six years old, today announced the Director of the Year honoree and selected Stephanie Lane from The Goddard School located in Exton, PA to receive this outstanding recognition.

Stephanie Lane, Educational Director at The Goddard School located in Exton, PA, has been a valued, loyal member of the administrative team for over six years and was a dedicated teacher prior to taking on a managerial role. Working side by side with her teaching team, Stephanie’s passion for early education, along with her mantra for making learning meaningful, ensures The Goddard School children receive lesson plans that are purposeful, fun and cohesive. She regularly looks for resources to support and challenge the teachers while acting as a mentor, skilled communicator and active listener. Stephanie and her faculty were energetic participants in the Chess at Three pilot program, a story-based curriculum of enjoyable and fun stories that teaches chess to children starting at 3 years old. Her work with Keystone STARS, an initiative of Pennsylvania’s Office of Child Development and Early Learning, supports her mission to always improve the quality of early childhood education. Thanks to her dedication to excellence and completing her Director Credential, The Goddard School located in Exton, PA has been awarded  STAR 4 status (the highest status available)  by the Keystone STARS program.

“Working alongside passionate and enthusiastic professionals, I am proud to lead The Goddard School in providing outstanding, quality early childhood education,” said Stephanie. “It is an honor to have been chosen as Director of the Year and I look forward to continuing to uphold the standard of excellence that has been set by The Goddard School.

The Director of the Year award program recognizes a director with a minimum of two years of experience, GSI-approved Director Mentor status, consistent Quality Assurance scores of at least 95% in all areas, an education plan that exceeds standards and ongoing participation in Goddard University for the award recipient and faculty.

“For the past seven years, we have recognized on a daily basis the dedication Stephanie exhibits towards the children, the teachers and our Goddard families,” said Wendy Cohen and Melissa Capodanno, co-owners of The Goddard School located in Exton, PA. “Our school has extremely high standards which Stephanie consistently exceeds. This is evidenced by her receiving this distinguished honor of Director of the Year and we are so proud Stephanie is part of our Goddard School family!”

For more information on The Goddard School, please visit www.goddardschool.com.