The school year approaches, and it’s time to start thinking about kindergarten. We understand many questions can come to mind in the process of preparing your child, and yourself, for that first year in “big school.” The overarching question: With so many options available, where should we go? As of this year, High Hopes is officially tossing our name into that discussion. In this post, we will outline what our kindergarten will look like – the practical application and benefits of a truly inclusive model of education, the experience and knowledge provided by a highly qualified staff, the deep level of resources available to ensure each child’s complete success, and of course all the fun we’re going to have!
When it comes to motor milestones, crawling is one major milestone that can be overlooked. It's like the sequel in an epic trilogy, often just seen as a setup for the finale (in this case, walking). If you don't look too closely, crawling seems like just the awkward in-between phase, where they're not really infants anymore, but they aren't quite toddlers yet either. Well, we're here to tell you that crawling is much more than just a filler episode in your child's development. So why is it so important? Read on...
Construction has been underway for some time now, but there’s a lot going on that can’t be seen from the front of our current building – more construction taking place on the south side of the preschool, behind the clinic, and even underground!
If you’re not in the construction business (and we definitely aren’t!), it can be difficult to tell just how much is getting done. So we pulled together some information for you that can hopefully provide a little insight into just how far we’ve come since things really got rolling last October.
Sporting the largest community-built playground in the United States, the Crofts’ Historic Home available for seasonal tours, and several dynamic and interactive exhibits with a diverse population of animals, the Zoo continues to up the ante of its offerings. Newer exhibits such as spider monkeys, the interactive Kangaroo Kickabout, and cassowary enclosures continue to be popular among Zoo-goers of all ages. Most recently, on March 15th, the Zoo cut the ribbon on a large addition featuring Andean bears. In the month of April, the Zoo will be offering several unique opportunities for family springtime fun, and that’s what we will highlight in this post. Consider making plans to attend one or more of these awesome community events at the Nashville Zoo!
Construction is coming along, and we’re getting pretty excited! We have so many plans and ideas, dreams for how to use our new space. We’d like to share some of those dreams with you, so we can all be excited together as our expansion takes shape day by day! Some of you already know that the expansion at 303 High Hopes Court is a much-needed addition to our facility. We’ll be just about doubling our current square footage, and adding several new spaces to enhance our offerings and services. Take a few moments to picture with us some of the ways these new spaces may be used to better serve everyone who walks through the doors of High Hopes Development Center.
You know that famous question you ask yourself everyday... What am I going to pack my kiddos for lunch today? Let’s talk about it! It doesn’t have to be a struggle to pack your child’s lunch. Making a healthy lunch can be made quick and simple. YOU can make a healthy, nutritious lunch your growing child loves by simply educating yourself and knowing basic nutrition. Being prepared is half the battle!
If you ever need to learn how to make a mess in the quickest, most thorough way possible, we know of several High Hopes classrooms that house the experts on the subject. Bet you know some too – they’re called toddlers, and when it comes to making messes, they are pros. If you’re the parent or caretaker of a professional mess-maker, it can get really overwhelming really fast. The frustration is hard to tamp down when it seems like they’re doing it on purpose, like the mess is never-ending and spontaneously multiplies, like you’ll never experience that mythical feeling of “clean” again. But there is a method to the mess-making madness. Maybe if we can understand a little more of the why behind the mess, it won’t be so exasperating.
Over 33 years ago, five families and one speech therapist got together and conceived an environment that would be equipped to provide complete education and daily care for children of all levels of abilities and needs. A place where children with special needs could attend preschool in a classroom alongside their typically-developing peers, and also receive their necessary therapies. With nothing but that basic model in mind, High Hopes was born. As it turned out, the special model forged by those five founding families met a need that went far beyond their own. Today, having pulled through some tough times and enjoyed some prosperous ones too, High Hopes is now the strongest it’s ever been. Learn more about our unique model and our mission...
The abbreviation CP stands for cerebral palsy. A breakdown of those words provides us with a very general definition of what CP is – “cerebral” means pertaining to the brain, and a “palsy” is a weakness of muscles. This tells us that CP is basically a weakness or difficulty with the use of muscles caused by something in the brain. But what is it, really? What causes it? What kind of long-term effects does it have? What does it look like to live with CP? As we develop this blog, we’d like to provide a rundown on some of the most common diagnoses for children with special needs in Middle Tennessee. Knowledge is power, and the more we can learn about these diagnoses, the more effective we can be in dispelling stereotypes, providing support, and encouraging the success of the child...
Viruses happen. We are so aware of it here at High Hopes Inclusive Preschool. There are many wonderful benefits to bringing your child to an environment that they share with their peers all day, every day! But we know that one of the drawbacks is how easily contagious bugs can spread around. Hey, these kiddos are still building their immune systems, right? So we thought it might be a good idea to share some of the signs, symptoms, common misconceptions, and prevention tips for a few of the most common illnesses that can spread in schools. One of the grossest is hand-foot-and-mouth disease.