About SYC . . .

School for Young Children Welcome to the website of the School for Young Children in Columbus, Ohio. Our program was founded in 1969 as a part-time preschool program.  Our philosophy has remained consistent through the years; that children be allowed to develop at their own pace in an atmosphere of free play enriched with a variety of creative materials and the support of teachers who respect them as individuals.

As a community outreach program of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, we are a welcoming school--we do not discriminate upon the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, or cultural background of parents or children.

Scholarship Auction is Tomorrow Night!

Posted on November 20, 2015 in category SYC Announce

Get a jump on holiday gifts!

Here’s a sneak peek of some of the items for the SYC Scholarship Auction.

If you’d like to RSVP and cut down on check in time Saturday night go here. Admission is $10 at the door, donors get in for $5 and volunteers are admitted at no charge. If you would like to volunteer, check out the open slots here.

See you at 6:30pm tomorrow in Fellowship Hall :)

Gift Card Class Baskets
Art Glass Peace Sign

From the staff craft circle

Several of our teachers have pooled their talents and once again come up with an amazing play mat just waiting for little imaginations to bring it to life.

Don’t miss your chance to take this one of a kind creation of love home.

3 Billy Goats Gruff
Tales of Three Play Mat
The 3 Little Pigs
Other Items That Will Be Up For Bid:
Hand Made Toys, Kid’s Furniture, Eye Exams, Bike Tune-Up, Homemade Soup, Photography Packages, Rain Barrel, Concert Tickets, Dog Training, Massage, Blue Jackets Memorabilia, Gift Certificates to Local Businesses, Play Passes, Stoneware, Playdates with SYC families and much more!Refreshments: from SYC Families, Z-Pizza, Weilands and Lucky’s Market

School for Young Slugs (& Children)

Posted on November 11, 2015 in category Classes Director's Blog

Dear TTh 4s classmates,
I have great news about the slug problem you’ve been helping me with!
Remember how I told you about the slugs I’ve caught in my office.  I asked you how to help me stop them from eating my papers like this:
Slub photo 1
You came up with lots of ideas, including giving the slug paper with no words on it to eat (so it wouldn’t matter if it got chewed), finding the holes where they are getting in and plugging them up, and making traps.  Last week, we took flashlights into the office to look for slime trails.  We found some on the carpet and even in the trash can!  You found some cracks near the baseboards where you thought the slugs might be getting in, so I plugged up the cracks.
Today, some kids wanted to make traps for the slugs.  You said you needed wood and glue.  Some people also put paper on the traps since we know that these slugs like to eat paper.
slub photo on blog
You made LOTS of traps, and we brought them into the office before rug time.
Slug photo 2
This afternoon after class, I was working in my office for awhile.  I had gotten up to answer the phone and when I came back, this is what I saw:Slub photo 2
Can you see the one slug in the back that’s coming out from under the baseboard?  Now we know where they’re coming from!   That slug slid back under the baseboard but I quickly got some of your traps ready for the other two slugs.Slug photo 3
They came over and examined the traps while I went to get the jar to put them in. One used its lower tentacles to feel and smell the trap.Slug Photo 5
The traps kept the slugs interested so they didn’t slither away while I got the jar.  They seemed really curious about the traps.   I put these two slugs into the jar, adding some wet leaves for them to eat.  And some paper!  Then, I put some silicone in the crack where the slugs had been coming in to plug it up like you guys suggested.  Before I left to go home, I put out all the rest of the traps you made in case any more slugs are in the office or if they get in through some other holes.Slug Photo 6
When we come back to school on Thursday, I’ll let you know if we caught any more.
Thanks so much for all of your help!!


A note about Halloween from our Director Emeritus…

Posted on October 28, 2015 in category SYC Announce

A note about Halloween from our Director Emeritus...

Halloween was my children’s favorite time of the year next to Christmas.  They loved to dress up and they loved to eat candy.  I struggled with trying to control their candy intake and finally gave up; they all lived and have good teeth.  I came to accept that Matt was hyper until the candy was gone.  I have been known to sneak into candy bags and make it disappear faster than it normally would.  It was the one time of the year that I, NOT a seamstress by any stretch of the imagination, would tackle a cat costume or a batman outfit and it would turn out looking enough like it was supposed to that my children would be pleased and love me!  In fact, a few of these outfits are still in SYC dress-ups!

Not all preschoolers like Halloween, with its masks and witches and scariness.  This is because young children have not yet learned to distinguish between reality and fantasy.  These fears are normal for this age and what helps most is to talk about them. The talking helps children handle their fears and feel supported by adults when they listen.  At school we talk about scary masks and costumes.  Alice the puppet seems to have trouble every year with scary masks, so we use her to encourage the children to express their concerns.

For the children (and teachers!) who are ready for Halloween costumes, we enjoy dressing up.  One year as I arrived at school there was a cow talking to the minister of the church!

Haunted houses are not for preschoolers.  The scenes depicted are too graphic for young children.  Save this experience for later years when fantasy-reality knowledge is more sophisticated.

Jan Waters


Dramatic Play at SYC…

Posted on October 22, 2015 in category Director's Blog

Dramatic Play at SYC...

What are they learning by pretending?

Pretend play or imaginative dramatic play is the acting out of stories which involve multiple perspectives and the playful manipulation of ideas and emotions. It plays a vital role in a child’s development.  It helps them  learn to make sense of the world.

I remember as a young child racing home after spending 7 hours at elementary school and the first thing I wanted to do when I came home was to play school.  I always wanted to play the teacher, being in charge of the whole class of stuffed animals.  Years later…I became a teacher.

Most of my early childhood years I spent time playing with baby dolls.  I took them everywhere, made clothes for them, fed them, insisted my parents make them real pancakes just like they were making for me, I changed their diapers, and swayed and snuggled with them.  Many years later….I became a mother.

I also loved running around in my bare feet outside with the neighborhood kids.  We spent hours playing cops and robbers.  We had metal hand cuffs and my parents let me have a cap gun.  I was thrilled with the loud sound and smoke odor that escaped it every time I pulled the trigger. I felt powerful. Years later….I never became a cop or a robber.

In my Kindergarten year I would spend my free time, washing Barbie dolls’ hair, and snipping away at the hair. Creating, ‘unique’ cuts.  When I became dissatisfied with the Barbies, I moved on to bigger dolls, when that grew boring, I even moved on to cutting and styling my friends’ hair.  My mom was a hair stylist and I wanted to try it out.  …..I never become a cosmetologist. (Thank goodness.  I had many a bald Barbies and many friends with uneven bangs.)

I even pretended to be Michael Jackson.  I had the sweet red leather jacket and a single sequined glove.  I knew all the dance moves to Thriller.  I did not become the King of Pop, though I still like to dance.

Sometimes it can be scary to watch your child in pretend play.  Watching them point a sword and chase after each other and shouting “I’m going to get you.”  Watch their faces.  Do they look like they are having fun? Are the smiling and laughing while being chased.  If so, let it happen.  If they seem unsure, it’s time to step in and check in.  Do they need help setting a limit?  Are they worried about something?  If your child enjoys playing bad guys it doesn’t mean they will turn out to be one.  Just as putting on a princess dress and twirling around, doesn’t mean your child will become a princess.

A child who loves performing check ups on you or the dog, may become a doctor or a vet.  But they might also just be enjoying the play.

Playing and trying out different roles helps them to understand more about these roles.  It gives them a different perspective.  When children engage in dramatic play they gain many skills. They experience freedom to express and work through positive and negative feelings.  They learn perspective taking, problem solving skills, social skills, communication skills and empathy. It can enrich their creativity and expression of ideas.  All of these skills enhance a child’s cognitive, social, and emotional development.

…Amy Rudawsky, SYC Co-Director