Posted by: fispreschool | March 18, 2015

Family Math Night at the Paul Sawyier Public Library

Don’t forget to join us tonight for our preschool family night from 5:30-7pm at the Paul Sawyier Public Library.  We will be giving parents information about beginning math skills and how to implement some strategies in the home.  We will have an informational talk and then break out into small group stations to do activities with families.  Goodie bags will be handed out and then we will enjoy a meal together.

We hope you can join us tonight!

Posted by: fispreschool | February 26, 2015

Upcoming March Events at the Salato Center

Here are some great opportunities for your family at the Salato Center!

March 7 Meet a Critter

Join us from 11am to 12pm as we kick off the 2015 season with a Meet a Critter, your unique chance to get an up close and personal look at some of the program animals that call Salato home! Be prepared for some new faces as we introduce two new program animals for this season!

No registration required. Free with general admission.

March 14 Nature & St. Patrick’s Day Craft

Bring the little ones for a nature-themed craft from 2pm to 3pm! All supplies will be provided so all you need to bring is your creativity! There will also be a St. Patrick’s Day craft to get folks in the spirit.

No registration required. Free with general admission.

Posted by: fispreschool | February 25, 2015

The Importance of Dramatic Play


Here is the Monthly Message from the Kentucky Governor’s Office of Early Childhood:

All children are born learning. From the minute they enter the world, their brains are making connections
and soaking up experiences that will later shape their success. To a child, playing is learning. As a child, did you nurse a stuffed animal back to health or turn an empty paper towel roll into a dragon-slaying sword?
Behind these seemingly fun activities, learning was taking place. Dramatic play is what we often refer to as pretend play or make-believe. It allows children to play a role or re-enact familiar activities or stories. It is unstructured and child-driven unlike entertainment-driven play like video games.

When kids play, they develop important skills. Children learn social and self-regulation skills such as sharing, negotiating turns, empathy and sticking to the “script” when they role-play. Dramatic play
is physical and children have a chance to strengthen motor skills by using both small and large muscles to complete tasks like pouring water into teacups. This type of play can also be language rich. You may be surprised to hear the words your child knows when they imitate familiar people, like a teacher, that they usually don’t use in their typical role as a student.

Play helps set the foundation for learning math and reading. During a pretend game of “grocery store”, children may practice math concepts like sorting and classifying the fruits and vegetables or “writing” checks or receipts. Children also learn the diferent purposes of text from maps to menus at a restaurant.

Benefits of Dramatic Play

Self-Regulation Skills (control impulses, remembering)
Emotional Skills (express feelings)
Social Skills (sharing, taking turns)
Language Skills (imitate others words)
Cognitive Skills (imagination, problem solving)

Although children seem to come hard wired for play, they need help learning how to play. The more
caregivers know about their child’s abilities at different stages, the more likely they are to have healthy
expectations and curb frustration. Here are some play tips to keep in mind.

Ages 1-3

(Needs help learning how to play pretend)
*Until around age 2, most infants engage in parallel play (playing next to but not with peers)
*Provide kid-friendly versions of adult items like keys, phones or dress up clothes.
*Model how to pretend play with props by acting out scenes like using a block as a phone.
*Choose everyday activities to act out like pretending to brush a stuffed animal’s teeth.
*Pretend to be someone your child knows. “Let’s pretend we are mommy driving the car.”
*Turn off the TV to reduce distractions.
*Supervise their play with peers at first since they are learning how to share and take turns.

Ages 3-5

(Knows how to play pretend but needs ideas)
*Provide abstract props like cardboard boxes or empty gift wrap rolls.
*Let them lead the play. Play a secondary character and let them tell you your role.
*Use a favorite story your child is familiar with as a basis of play. Ask questions like, “What do you think would happen if….?”
*Turn off the TV to reduce distractions.
*Give plenty of uninterrupted time to play. It can take 1/2 hour to 1 hour to plan their play, choose roles, make props and then act it out.

Posted by: fispreschool | February 24, 2015

Panther T-shirts for sale!

Don’t miss out!! Support Frankfort Independent Schools by buying a panther shirt. You get a great shirt and support a great cause. The shirts will be delivered March 19th so you will have them to enjoy for the Spring weather we all hope to be seeing soon. Click on the link below to buy your shirt.


Thank you in advance for your support!

Posted by: fispreschool | February 24, 2015

Blood Drive today at Frankfort High School 9am-2pm

We are having a donor drive at FHS in the library/media center today 9AM-2PM. This drive has been scheduled for a while but we had planned to cancel due to the snow days last week. We are back in action due to a call from the Red Cross Director in Louisville pleading for our help. They are in desperate need of donors due to drive cancellations and lack of regular donors due to last week’s weather. Anyone who can make it over during this time frame will be greatly received and appreciated – walk ins are welcome.

Thank you for your help!

Posted by: fispreschool | February 23, 2015

FIS on a 1 hour delay Monday 2/23/15

Due to the one hour delay across the district there will be NO AM preschool classes.  PM preschool will run on regular schedule.snow-jpeg

Posted by: fispreschool | February 9, 2015

Rebecca Ruth Field Trip this Wednesday

We will be going to Rebecca Ruth on February 11th to learn about the history of the candy, and tour the factory. At the end of the tour everyone will receive a sample. We ask that you DO NOT send any money in with your child for the gift shop because it is very hard to keep up with all the money for so many students. However, if you are coming to chaperone you can take your child to the gift shop at the end of the tour before we head back to school.

The school day will remain the same from 8-11 and 12-3.

This field trip will be free for the students, and adults/ chaperones will need to pay $2 in cash once they arrive at Rebecca Ruth. We would love to have you come along on the field trip.

Rebecca ruth

Posted by: fispreschool | February 2, 2015

Countdown to Kindergarten

Last time I counted we have almost forty preschoolers enrolled in our preschool program that will be going onto Kindergarten next school year! That’s over half our program. As we are closing in on our second half of the school year, I wanted to share a resource from the Paul Sawyier Public Library related to Kindergarten readiness. They will be hosting a six-week program for parents/guardians and children who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2015. Registration starts today and I can’t recommend this program enough. Teachers will be sending home information about the program in your child’s folder. See the details below for more information:

Date: 2/19/2015, 2/26/2015, 3/5/2015, 3/12/2015, 3/19/2015, 3/26/2015


Countdown to Kindergarten is a six-week program of activities specially designed to help parents and kids get ready and excited to attend Kindergarten this fall. Kids and parents will work on school readiness skills and important information will be presented on health and physical well-being, fostering reading skills at home, how to tell if a child is ready for kindergarten, and what to expect at school. Participants will receive a “Countdown Calendar” which includes special literacy tips and suggested activities for parents to do with their children as they prepare for school, as well as a certificate of completion. Children should be entering Kindergarten in Fall 2015 to attend this program.

Patrons should choose between two sessions: Thursdays @ 6:30 p.m. or Fridays @ 11 a.m. The first meeting of the Thursday session will be Thursday, February 19. Registration is required and begins Monday, February 2.
You may also register on the website or by calling the library at 352.2665, ext 205.

Technology continues to change at a rapid pace and children now have many ways to access that technology. As a parent, I too have fought the battle of determining how much screen time (not just TV time, but including tablets and phones) to allow my own 7 and 9 year old children. We have decided to try to stick to about an hour a day. I have also heard the argument that they are giving them educational apps to increase the time, but I wonder how much they are actually learning that they will apply outside of the game to real life? No matter how you spin it, nothing replaces the interaction between you and your child. I can’t cite the exact research but I have heard it referenced several times when reading various articles that so many more connections are made in a child’s brain when they are interacting with an adult versus playing an app or watching an “educational” show. My advice, just use technology with caution. I like the analogy that they use below of thinking of technology like cake.

Here is the monthly message from the Governor’s Office of Early Childhood:

Screen time is not “bad.” Consider it like cake. Kids may enjoy it but caregivers are mindful of when to offer it and how often. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends avoiding screen time for children under 2 and limiting screen time to 2 hours a day for children 2 and older. The guideline exists because research shows children learn best through experiences in the real, physical world. This allows children to have plenty of back and forth adult interactions and exploration experiences like touch and taste. While children can learn from watching something on a screen, until a child is 2 years old, their brains have a hard time transfering that knowledge into real life. Also, it takes more repetitions to learn an activity on screen versus in person. Limiting screen time ensures children have enough time for physical activity to reduce the chance of childhood obesity. You can, however, turn screen time into a more positive experience for your child. Research shows that making it a “shared” experience allows learning to take place. Viewing age appropriate content with your child offers a nurturing and emotional element while talking about what you are viewing makes it a language-rich experience.

Take a look at the following tips from Zero to Three to help enhance your child’s future screen time.

View content together. Talk about what you are watching, ask
questions or take turns while playing games.

•Act out what you are viewing. For example, if a kangaroo is hopping
on TV, stand up and hop too.

•Make connections between what your child sees and real life. Ex.
“Remember how Charlie tried a new food from the market? Would
you like to try this kiwi?”

•Avoid leaving the TV on in the background when you are not
watching. It distracts children from play and reduces parent-child

•Avoid media before bedtime. It makes it harder for children to fall

•Choose educational programs where the characters ocassionally
speak directly to children and ask them to participate in some
way. Shows with strong storylines that are not fast-paced are
recommended. (Ex. Arthur, Dora the Explorer, Sesame Street)

•Limit your screen time and mobile use when children are present.
Kids are drawn to whatever adults in their lives are interested in.

•Focus on the story and less on the interactive features.

To learn more about the
research on screen time, visit

I just read an interesting article that I thought I would share about the importance of teaching self-regulation. Here is the link if you would like to read the full article: self-regulation article

Preschool programs that teach self-regulation skills may help boost student achievement in math and other subjects, according to a recent study published in Early Childhood Research Quarterly. Researchers found that such lessons produced even better results among disadvantaged students. Self-regulation, or self-control, is particularly difficult for preschool age children, but this skill can be taught. This is exciting news since this is something that we are already working on in our preschool program!

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