On January 23rd, thirteen directors and teachers of 3-5 year-olds gathered at the Winter Park Community Center to take part in a special training program provided by GeoMotion in partnership with Nemours Florida Prevention Initiative. Through the use of short videos, GeoMotion is a movement-based product that encourages learning and academic achievement of various subject areas while providing physical activity in the classroom. Five child care sites including Winter Park Day Nursery, Welbourne Nursery and Kindergarten, Aloma Kids Academy, The Learning Tree and Terrific Kids Child Development Center participated in this training as part of a pilot program for their participated in the Nemours Healthy Habits for Life: A Child Care Obesity Prevention Initiative. Each of these sites got moving with the videos and Learnercise mats for themselves before taking it back to incorporate more physical activity in their classrooms.
The preschoolers at Winter Park Day Nursery treated their families to a holiday season celebration on Friday, December 20, 2013. Reflecting the diversity of the school’s enrollment, the children sang and danced to commemorate Christmas, Hanukkah and Kwanza.
Three afternoon performances assured all families could enjoy the festivities. While the various classrooms of children performed, parents and family members walked from room to room to catch each performance — keeping everyone up and moving. The day nursery strives to involve families throughout the year; however, the holiday season always seems to bring out the crowds and increase parent involvement.
Submitted by Ali DeMaria, Executive Director, Winter Park Day Nursery