July 2020 Newsletter

July 2020 Newsletter

July 15, 2020

EI Spotlight

Destany is an outgoing EI that enjoys working with and engaging her families by bringing fun activities to her sessions or providing them with resources to participate in activities in the community. Destany is excellent at building relationships and her families love to see her come to their home!

Thank you for all of your hard work, Destany!

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Child Spotlight

“Grant was born as a premie and he and his family joined the About Play Family when he was four months old. I’m grateful that his family chose me to work with them. Grant has made great progress over the years in communication, motor, and cognitive skills. Grant is full of energy, loves to make animal sounds, and sing. It really has been an honor to work with Grant and his family.” – EI Latisha

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Community Resources

Have you heard of EdVenture Children’s Museum in Columbia?

EdVentureis a 501c3 Registered Non-Profit educational institution dedicated to creating new generations of lifelong learners through museum experiences, programming, and camps. Helping shape a new generation of people who love to learn is at the core of all they do. In fact, their mission is to inspire children, youth, and the adults who care about them to experience the joy of learning as individuals, as families and as a community.

This August, they will be hosting a Virtual Celebration as we countdown to Kindergarten! To learn more information about future events and their reopening procedures for all locations, visit: https://www.edventure.org

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Ball Rolling Activity

Rolling a ball is not only an important skill for motor development, but can also be a fun, interactive way to engage the whole family.

Materials:

  • Construction Paper
  • Tape
  • SmallBalls
  • PlasticCups
  • Big Ball
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Instructions:

For the first activity, fold down flaps on each side of a half sheet of construction or computer paper. Tape the flaps down to the floor to make tunnels. Sit on one side of the room and practice rolling the ball while aiming for the tunnels. Discuss what color tunnel the ball went through and/or how many tunnels the ball went through.

For the second activity, work together to stack up the plastic cups into a pyramid or all on the ground in bowling pin formation.  Roll the ball while aiming for the cups and celebrate how many cups fell down!

24-Month Milestones

We are Hiring!

Social and Emotional

  • Copies others, especially adults and older children
  • Shows more and more independence
  • Plays mainly beside other children, but is beginning to include other children, such as in chase games

Language Communication

  • Points to things or pictures when they are named
  • Knows names of familiar people and body parts
  • Says sentences with 2 to 4 words
  • Cognitive (learning, thinking, problem-solving)
  • Finds things even when hidden under two or three covers
  • Begins to sort shapes and colors
  • Plays simple make-believe games

Gross/Fine Motor

  • Stands on tiptoe
  • Begins to run
  • Walks up and down stairs holding on
  • Makes or copies straight lines and circles
  • Builds a tower of four or more blocks

We need energetic, creative, motivated and passion driven professionals with great time and organizational skill managements.

Minimum Requirements:

  • Bachelor’s degree in education, early childhood, social work, psychology, sociology, family & consumer science, or any related field
  • At least one year of experience working with children birth to six years old

Positions are available in the following counties:

  • Sumter
  • Columbia
  • Florence
  • Greenville
  • Charleston
  • Rock Hill
  • Lancaster

If you or someone you know is interested, visit our job application page at https://aboutplaysc.com/careers.