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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.

Illicit Play

Posted on December 10, 2015 in category Director's Blog

Illicit Play

When I was in elementary school, my best friend and I often had sleepovers. The best part about  sleepovers at Krista’s house: raiding the fridge late at night (it was probably only 10:00). We’d peek out of her bedroom, checking to make sure everyone was asleep, tiptoe to the kitchen, pry open the fridge, and sneak out the salami.  We’d creep back to her room with our stolen stash, gleeful and giggling. Knowing that we’d broken the rules and done something “bad” bound us to each other and strengthened our friendship. Years later, we learned that her mom knew about our late night escapades and purposefully bought the salami for us.

This illicit play, play that breaks the rules, serves a purpose for children. They test the boundaries of what they are capable of, of what they can get away with. It’s powerful and enforces their feelings of autonomy. For me, a rule­following kind of kid, this midnight thievery allowed me a healthy taste of the thrill and power of breaking the rules while minimizing the risk. This type of illicit play can also serve to reinforce friendships—there’s nothing like keeping secrets to bind you together!

What’s the difference between illicit play and plain old breaking the rules?  I think it’s a matter of degree—is it hurting someone or something? Is it happening often or in a way that interferes with other activities? Is it reinforcing the relationship of the children participating or is one of them using the play as a means of having power over the other?  In these cases, it’s up to the adults who are aware of the behavior to set a limit and offer other ways for children to experience power and autonomy.

If we don’t feel that we need to set a limit on the illicit play, what’s our job as the adults who know that it’s going on? We can allow or encourage opportunities for illicit play by allowing children the time and space to explore the limits of their autonomy while keeping them safe, by not always saying something when you notice a boundary being pushed.

Krista’s mom chose to support us by secretly being the “victim” of our raids,  by turning a blind eye.  And I’m thankful that she did.

…Susan Roscigno, Co-Director


Scholarship Donations

Posted on December 03, 2015 in category SYC Announce

Scholarship Donations

Did you miss the Scholarship Auction but would still like to donate? No problem! We take cash or check donations in the office OR you can donate through PayPal on the home page of this website. As always, thank your for supporting our families who have a financial need and might not be able to attend otherwise.

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!!