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Challenge your kiddo to do something new! A physical challenge like walking across a balance beam, or going across the monkey bars are great ways to build confidence and tackle fears. Once again, enforce the idea being brave is trying something new, even when hesitant or scared. (Note: make sure you supervise students and children appropriately. :))
If you child is a natural dare devil at heart, try challenging them in a different way. Challenge them to try something that is hard or needs practice, such as memorizing your phone number and address. When kids watch adults dial phone numbers now, they associate them with a picture in a phone. It is good practice for them to be able to recite a phone number to a safe adult in case of an emergency.
Here are some fun print outs that we use at preschool. Cut them out and make a “phone” for them from an old cardboard box. Kids love repurposed boxes!
Today we think about what it is to be BRAVE.
If you have shared your address and a desire to take part in our informal virtual preschool, you will be getting something small in the mail this week. Your preschooler will get a card from us, inviting them to color the enclosed picture of a firetruck. (See above or click here if you need one!)
Encourage your preschooler to color the picture using their “best coloring skills”. Look to see how they hold the crayon, pencil or marker. Our goal is to be using the last tripod grasp. (If you need help or have questions about how to encourage your student to use this method, let us know!)
As they color, ask them about what it means to them to be BRAVE. You may be surprised at their answers. I usually am!
This is also a good time to start talking and thinking about memorizing a phone number that your child can reach you at in case of an emergency.
If you would like to be included in our email list about upcoming openings or our more connected virtual preschool, drop us an email.
We look forward to seeing all the fun pictures your preschooler will create! You can post a picture here, or you can post to our family FB page. We have created a new group you can request to join just for families of 2020-2021 preschool students.
After reflection and brainstorming, we are ready to do what we can to stay connected to families. We are going to introduce a new series of activities, posts, stories, and resources all about emotions and character.
Join us here or email us at email@example.com to get more in depth ways to participate and join in the fun. This no cost, low stress and no commitment series will allow you to come and go as you please. It will allow you to choose what looks fun and leave the rest. As always, if you have ideas, questions or comments; please let us know.
I will admit, this one is still very hard for me. I have been working on this since my kids were toddlers and they are quickly becoming tweens and teens. This is an important skill that will grow and change with your kids.
It can be very messy, frustrating or hard to watch. Our instinct is to just jump in and do the challenging task for them sometimes. I would rather just do it then have to clean up a mess after they try to pour the milk themselves, right?
There are times that we do just have to step back and let them learn how to do something for themselves. Often kids will find a more creative way or a more efficient way to do something, if left to their own to solve a problem.
It also helps develop communication. They know how to ask for specific help, rather than just that they need help. This is a huge skill as a learner in school. The more accurate the feedback a teacher has, the more easily a problem can be solved.
It also drives their self-confidence. It can be messy, but when they make cupcakes by themselves the first time, it is fun to see how proud they are. Just like learning to ride a bike, part of riding is learning about how not to fall. The smiles are the reward you get when you give your kids a little bit of space and time to solve their own problems.