Social-Emotional Health – Part 6

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.

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.

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.