Below is an excellent resource from Educational Technology and Mobile Learning, a resource of educational web tools and mobile apps for teachers and educators.  The direct link is http://www.educatorstechnology.com/2016/01/a-handy-chart-featuring-over-30-ipad.html for a printable PDF version of the chart.  This chart was taken directly from the website and it was categorized in four main categories.

Categories Apps
Apps for Dyslexic Learners

·         SoundLiteracy

·         What Is Dyslexia

·         Dyslexia Quest

·         Happy Math   Multiplication Rhymes

·         Read 2   Me

·         Phonics with Phonograms

·         Dyseggxia

·         DD’’s Dictionary: A   Dyslexic Dictionary

Apps for Autistic Learners

·         Sight Words

·         Sequences for Autism

·         See.Touch.Learn

·         Words on Wheels

·         Verbal Me

·         Autism iHelp

·         Autism/DDT Shapes

·         Autism DDT Letters

·         Speech with Milo

Apps for The Visually Impaired

·         ViA

·         Dragon Dictation

·         Light Detector

·         Color   ID

·         TapTapSee

·         Be My   Eyes- Helping Blind See

·         Talking Calculator

·         SayText

·         AccessNote

·         Visual Brailler

Apps for Learners with Writing Difficulties

·         The Writing Machine

·         iWrite Words

·         Letter School

·         Alpha Writer

·         ABC Pocket Phonics

·         Word Magic

Check out the article Reducing and Surviving Sensory Overload During the Holidays at http://lemonlimeadventures.com/reducing-surviving-sensory-overload-holidays-anxious-kid/.  It’s a great article that addresses tips for parents on how to cope with sensory needs during the holidays.   The main topics include:

  • What is Sensory Overload During the Holidays?
  • Signs of Sensory Overload
  • Tips for Reducing and Surviving Sensory Overload: Preparing for the Holidays, Survival Tips for Children, Survival Tips for Parents

The next Parent University is scheduled on Friday, December 16th from 9:00-10:00.  Please click on parentuniversity16-17locationdates for a printable copy of the entire schedule for the remaining school year for all nine schools and eight topics.  The schedule below does not show all the locations with their topics of discussion.

 

2016 – 2017 Dearborn Parent University

Parent/Child Hour from 9:00 a.m to 10:00 a.m.

– For parents/children 6 months to four years of age –

– Registration suggested – 

 

Nutrition

& Health

Dental Care

Social

Emotional

Screen Time

Technology

Math Literacy

Music &

Movement

Science

October 21

 

Becker Cotter Early Childhood Ctr.

Henry Ford &

William Ford

McCollough -Unis McDonald River Oaks Salina Elem Whitmore Bolles
November 18   Cotter

Henry Ford &

William Ford

McCollough

-Unis

McDonald River Oaks Salina Elem

Whitmore

Bolles

Becker

December 16

 

Henry Ford &

William Ford

McCollough

-Unis

McDonald River Oaks Salina Elem Whitmore Bolles Becker Cotter
January 20

McCollough

-Unis

McDonald River Oaks Salina Elem Whitmore Bolles Becker Cotter

Henry Ford &

William Ford

February 17 McDonald River Oaks Salina Elem Whitmore Bolles Becker Cotter Henry Ford & William Ford

McCollough

-Unis

March 17

 

River Oaks Salina Elem

Whitmore

Bolles

Becker Cotter

Henry Ford &

William Ford

McCollough -Unis McDonald

April 21

 

Salina Elem Whitmore Bolles Becker Cotter

Henry Ford &

William Ford

McCollough -Unis McDonald

River Oaks

 

May 19

 

Whitmore Bolles Becker Cotter

Henry Ford &

William Ford

McCollough

-Unis

McDonald River Oaks Salina Elem

For information/reservations, contact a Dearborn elementary school, or

Cotter Early Childhood Center at 313-827-6150

 

2016-2017 Parent University-Parent/Child Workshop Descriptions. Early learning in…

 

Nutrition and health habits begin at birth, and are necessary for a life-long, healthy life style.  Eating a wide variety of fruits and vegetables daily gives children the energy needed to grow, learn, and move. Additionally, supporting children in carrying out personal care and self help skills is important to build confidence and independence.

Dental care in young children is important as it affects dental issues throughout their lives.  The Center for Disease Control reports that more than 40% of children have tooth decay by the time they reach kindergarten.  Unfortunately, dental problems, if not treated, can lead to the inability to chew or speak properly.

Social, emotional and physical health set the foundation for lifelong learning. Development in this area is equally, if not more important, than early academics in determining school readiness. Encouraging interactions, building relationships, and providing play opportunities are crucial components in creating the necessary connections for establishing independence, sense of community, moral development and conflict resolution.

Screen time and technology are in every part of our lives. Technology can support and extend a child’s learning if guided by adults who understand that media time should never dominate the learning environment or replace direct experiences with others.

Math is more than just numbers and counting. Math in early childhood is about exploration in their daily lives and environment, and the connections children make through those experiences. Through play with materials like puzzles, nesting cups, blocks, dice, and other objects children are learning foundational concepts that will help develop the attitudes, skills, and knowledge necessary for later proficiency in mathematics.

Literacy begins at birth through the infant’s ability to communicate his/her needs with babbles and coos that develop into words. In the following years, children emerge as language users and develop competence as listeners, speakers, readers, and writers. These skills are encouraged and developed through their environment and literacy experiences which include conversations, symbols, word games, songs, chants and stories.

Music and movement are a natural occurrence for young children. From being soothed by a lullaby to singing a favorite rhyme or song, music allows children to express their feelings. With or without music, children explore moving their whole bodies or parts of their body throughout their daily routine.

Science builds on children’s natural sense of wonder. Children are active learners in their environment as they observe, question, predict, and draw conclusions using all five senses. Adults need to model positive attitudes towards science as they encourage their children to become aware and practice skills that foster scientific thinking.

 

 

جامعة ديربورن للأهالي 2016-2017

ساعة أولياء الامور / الاطفال من 9:00 الى 10:00 ص

لأولياء الامور و الاطفال من عمر 6 أشهر الى 4 سنوات

نتمنى منكم التسجيل

 

 

الصحة و الغذاء صحة الاسنان العواطف الاجتماعية تقنية وقت الشاشة الرياضيات اللغة الانكليزية الموسيقى و الحركة العلوم

21 تشرين الاول

 

بيكر مركز كاتر للطفولة المبكرة . هنري فورد & وليم فورد مكالا – يونس ماكدونالد ريفر اوكس سيلاينا الابتدائية ويتموربولز
18 تشرين الثاني كاتر هنري فورد & وليم فورد مكالا – يونس ماكدونالد ريفر اوكس سيلاينا الابتدائية ويتموربولز بيكر

16 كانون الاول

 

هنري فورد & وليم فورد مكالا – يونس ماكدونالد ريفر اوكس سيلاينا الابتدائية ويتموربولز بيكر كاتر
20 كانون الثاني مكالا – يونس ماكدونالد ريفر اوكس سيلاينا الابتدائية ويتموربولز بيكر كاتر هنري فورد & وليم فورد
17 شباط ماكدونالد ريفر اوكس سيلاينا الابتدائية ويتموربولز بيكر كاتر هنري فورد & وليم فورد مكالا – يونس

17 آذار

 

ريفر اوكس سيلاينا الابتدائية ويتموربولز بيكر كاتر هنري فورد & وليم فورد مكالا – يونس ماكدونالد

21 نيسان

 

سيلاينا الابتدائية ويتموربولز بيكر كاتر هنري فورد & وليم فورد مكالا – يونس ماكدونالد ريفر اوكس

19 آيار

 

ويتموربولز بيكر كاتر هنري فورد & وليم فورد مكالا – يونس ماكدونالد ريفر اوكس سيلاينا الابتدائية

 

للتسجيل او للمزيد من المعلومات الرجاء الاتصال بإحدى مدارس ديربورن الابتدائية ،

 او مركز كاتر للطفولة المبكرة على الرقم 6150-827-313

جامعة الأهالي 2016-2017 -مواصفات ورشة عمل الاهالي و الاطفال . تعليم مبكر في كل مما يلي:

 

تبدأ عادات التغذية والصحة عند الولادة، وهي ضرورية لنمط حياة صحية يستمر مدى الحياة.  تناول مجموعة متنوعة من الفواكه والخضروات يوميا يعطي الأطفال الطاقة اللازمة للنمو والتعلم والتحرك. إضافة إلى ان  دعم الأطفال للتمكن من الاهتمام  بأنفسهم  و الاعتناء بالصحة الشخصية واكتساب مهارات  مساعدة الذات مهم جداً لبناء الثقة بالنفس والاستقلال.

 

العناية بالأسنان لدى الأطفال الصغار مهمة جداً حيث أنها تؤثر على صحة اسنانهم طوال حياتهم.  حيث وجد مركز “السيطرة على الأمراض” أن أكثر من 40 في المائة أطفال يتعرضون  لتسوس الأسنان قبل أن  بلوغهم مرحلة  رياض الأطفال.  للأسف ، إذا لم يتم علاج مشاكل الاسنان  ، يمكن أن يؤدي ذلك  إلى عدم القدرة على المضغ أو التحدث بشكل صحيح.

الصحية الاجتماعية والعاطفية والجسدية  تحدد الأساس للتعلم مدى الحياة. التنمية في هذا المجال تساوي و ان  لم تكن أكثر أهمية، الاكاديميات المبكرة التي  تحدد مدى الاستعداد للمدرسة. كما و يعتبر تشجيع التفاعل وبناء العلاقات، وتوفير فرص اللعب للأطفال من العناصر الحيوية في خلق الصلة  اللازمة لتأسيس الاستقلالية، و الإحساس بالمجتمع والتنمية المعنوية والقدرة على حل المشكلات و النزاعات لديهم.

بات امضاء الوقت امام الشاشة والتقنيات الحديثة يشغل  كل جزء من حياتنا. يمكن للتقنيات الحديثة دعم  وتوسيع نطاق التعلم للطفل إذا ما تمت تحت اشراف و ارشادات الكبار البالغين     الذين يفهمون أنه الوقت الذي يتم قضاءه قرب وسائل الإعلام   ينبغي أن لا يسيطر ابدأ على بيئة التعلم أو استبدال الخبرات المباشرة بخبرات بديلة.

الرياضيات هي أكثر من مجرد أرقام وعمليات حسابية. تتمحور الرياضيات في مرحلة الطفولة المبكرة حول اكتشاف حياتهم اليومية والبيئة المحيطة، و الربط بين الاشياء التي يقوم بها الأطفال من خلال تلك التجارب. عبر اللعب بعدد من الالعاب مثل الالغاز و الاحاجي ، وضع أكواب التعشيش والمكعبات والنرد ومواد أخرى تعلم الأطفال المفاهيم الأساسية التي سوف تساعدهم في المواقف والمهارات والمعارف اللازمة لإتقان الرياضيات لاحقاً.

يبدأ تعلم اللغة و التواصل مع الآخرين عند الولادة عن طريق قدرة  الرضيع على ايصال احتياجاته/ها بإشارات سرعان ما تتحول إلى كلمات. في السنوات التالية، يتطور الاطفال ليصبحوا مستخدمين للغة ويطورون مهاراتهم  و كفاءتهم كمستمعين ومتكلمين وقراء وكتاب. تشجع هذه المهارات وتتطور من خلال تجاربهم البيئية و اللغة التي تشمل المحادثات، الرموز، ألعاب الكلمات، والأغاني والاناشيد والقصص.

الموسيقى والحركة شيء طبيعي للأطفال الصغار. من لحظة تهدئته بتهويدة الى غناء اغنيته المفضلة ، تسمح الموسيقى للأطفال بالتعبير عن مشاعرهم. مع أو بدون موسيقى، يستكشف الأطفال    الحركة بكل الطرق و الخطوات  باستخدام أجسامهم  وأجزاء منها خلال روتين حياتهم اليومية.

تبنى العلوم على الاحاسيس الطبيعة بالتعجب و الفضول عند الأطفال. إن الأطفال متعلمون نشطاء في بيئتهم حيث انهم يلاحظون و يسألون و يخمنون و يرسمون نهايات و يتوصلون الى نتائج           نهائية باستخدام حواسهم الخمس . على البالغين  ان يكون نموذج يحتذى به في اظهار المواقف الإيجابية تجاه العلوم كما عليهم  تشجيع الأطفال على إدراك وممارسة المهارات التي تشجع الطفل على  التفكير العلمي.

 

 

School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years.  Read on »

 

School districts in Wayne County have placed a proposal on the November 8th ballot to provide added funding for our schools. It is the “Regional Enhancement Millage Proposal.”

If approved by the entire county, the 2 mil proposal will generate approximately $6.2 million from Dearborn but the District will receive $7.8 million in additional funding for our schools.  Money would go to local schools starting this year and the millage expires after six years.  Read on »

Dear Parents,

If you are an AOL email user, please be aware that you may not receive email notifications due to AOL policies. We are working to resolve this issue with AOL.

Thank you for your patience while we work with AOL to make sure you get classroom notifications from your teacher.

Sincerely,

Technology Department

The National PTA has designated the first week of May as Teacher Appreciation Week. Specifically, May 3rd is National Teacher Appreciation Day.  Teachers are our real-life heroes as they educate and support our children.  They do this on so many levels that goes far beyond the walls of the classroom!  I am so lucky to work with some of the best teachers around!  Thank you to all the teachers out there!  I appreciate all that you do!

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April has been a very busy month! I hold this month very close to my heart as it is Autism Awareness month, Month of the Young Child and OT month. As an occupational therapist I have worked with many children and adults with autism.  What is autism or autism spectrum disorder?  Autism is a developmental disability that causes significant difficulties with a person’s social characteristics, communication and behavior. People with autism demonstrate decreased social, emotional, and communication skills. Individuals may also repeat certain behaviors and have a difficulty with a change in routine.  Autism Speaks is a worldwide organization that is an excellent resource to learn more about autism.  Since the foundation of Autism Speaks in 2005, the organization “has grown into the world’s leading autism science and advocacy organization, dedicated to funding research into the causes, prevention, treatments and a cure for autism; increasing awareness of autism spectrum disorders; and advocating for the needs of individuals with autism and their families.” Please click on http://www.cdc.gov/ncbddd/autism/index.html or https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism to have an in depth description of autism, causes, symptoms, treatment, etc.

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Beginning in 1971 there was one week that was nationally recognized as the Week of the Young Child. However, in 1985 Michigan decided to dedicate the entire month of April to the Month of the Young Child (MOYC) with each week designated to a specific developmental area. This year the focus weeks were as follows:

  • Week 1 April 1 – 9 Physical Development
  • Week 2 April 10 – 16 Physical Development
  • Week 3 April 17 – 23 Emotional Development
  • Week 4 April 24 – 30 Cognitive Development

Please visit http://www.miaeyc.org/moyc.htm to access resources, activities and more information regarding the Michigan Association for the Education of Young Children (MiAEYC).

In celebration to the MOYC, Cotter Early Childhood selected the month to display wonderful work being accomplished by the young students in preschool. The work was on display at the Administrative Service Center (ASC), Dearborn Public Schools.

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Lastly, in celebration of OT month here is some information taken directly from the American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) website at http://www.aota.org/Conference-Events/OTMonth/what-is-OT.aspx.

Occupational therapy is the only profession that helps people across the lifespan to do the things they want and need to do through the therapeutic use of daily activities (occupations). Occupational therapy practitioners enable people of all ages to live life to its fullest by helping them promote health, and prevent—or live better with—injury, illness, or disability. 

Common occupational therapy interventions include helping children with disabilities to participate fully in school and social situations, helping people recovering from injury to regain skills, and providing supports for older adults experiencing physical and cognitive changes. Occupational therapy services typically include:

  • an individualized evaluation, during which the client/family and occupational therapist determine the person’s goals,
  • customized intervention to improve the person’s ability to perform daily activities and reach the goals, and
  • an outcomes evaluation to ensure that the goals are being met and/or make changes to the intervention plan. 

Occupational therapy practitioners have a holistic perspective, in which the focus is on adapting the environment and/or task to fit the person, and the person is an integral part of the therapy team. It is an evidence-based practice deeply rooted in science.

 

I am proud to be an occupational therapist as I help people to become more independent in life. I have worked with individuals from pediatrics to geriatrics, from mental health to physical disabilities.  I get to help put all the “puzzle pieces” together so individuals can live life to its fullest.  It doesn’t get better than that!

 

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Autism Awareness Day

A Sensory-Friendly Dining Experience

 

Buddy’s Pizza is hosting its Annual Autism Awareness Day on April 23rd from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m.

 

This is an opportunity for individuals with autism and their loved ones to enjoy a sensory friendly dining environment! There will be visual supports, communication prompts, and sensory tools.  Gluten-Free options are available!!

 

Location: 22148 Michigan Avenue West of Southfield Freeway    313-562-5900
For further information, please contact:

Nicole West 313-909-0039

Kim Jenkins 313-378-6648

 

We hope to see you there!!!

 

For a printable friendly flyer see the attached:  Buddy’s Autism Awareness Day Flyer

 

Sleep patterns are so important for people of all ages in order to increase daily function and a healthy lifestyle.  So many times students come to school sleepy and have a difficult time staying awake because they didn’t get enough sleep the night before.  For many of those students it is because they go to bed too late for their growing bodies and that they don’t have a good bedtime routine.  Obtaining a bedtime routine for our children can sometimes be very difficult.  The American Occupational Therapy Association (AOTA) has published a TIPS sheet regarding bedtime routines for our youngsters.  Specifically, it gives suggestions to help your child relax to get ready for sleep, to help your child feel comfortable for bedtime, to make sure that your child is safe while sleeping alone, and to help your child become more independent in sleep.  Please click on the article, Establishing Bedtime Routines for Children, to access some great suggestions to creating a healthy routine.