Social – Emotional Growth, Part 5

Have you ever put yourself in time-out? Some may laugh, but by showing your child that you need a break to gather, calm and think about what you do next is important. It is not just something you tell them to do, it is something you think is important enough to do yourself.

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No Fall 2020 Classes

Due to unforeseen circumstances, we will not be able to open our doors for this Fall 2020 semester. We are hoping that the mitigation efforts we employ between now and December will help schools open, enrollment to stabilize and bring our teachers back to our classrooms.

Please know that we looked into many options to see if there were any viable ways to begin school as usual. We were unable to find a solution. We plan on opening strong in January, and we hope you will join us.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to email or call us. We are happy to help you in any way we can.

Social-Emotional Growth – Part 3

Building self-confidence can be as easy as changing the way your praise your child. Instead of saying “Good job!” be as specific as you can. Try saying, “I like that you really stuck with that until it was finshed.”

I also love when I overhear parents giving praise, especially if the act wasn’t a success. For example, “You almost got it!” or “I like how you tried hard to zip your jacket by yourself.” Your words are teaching them that it is okay to not master something on the first try and that you want them to keep trying.

So many of our new preschoolers come to us not wanting to do an activity if they can’t do it perfectly. This is very developmentally appropriate, but we remember our goal is ready our kids for school. We want them to have the courage to begin and learn from a mistake or two. Start building that confidence intrinsically and watch them tackle harder and harder situations with confidence.

Social-Emotional Growth – Part 2

This piece is so powerful!

Whenever you can and have time, offer kids a choice (2 is usually best). This helps give them a sense of control over their environment and it makes those times when they don’t have a choice a little bit easier.

This also helps them become used to making decisions for themselves. When in the classroom or playing with a friend, they need to be able to make a choice and keep going! It is also good for them to stick to that choice until there is a natural time for them to make a new choice. Follow through is a great lesson to learn.