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.

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Taking Turns (Special Series on Social Emotional Growth) – Part 1

There is a lot of talk and concern right now about our kids’ social and emotional health. I wanted to point out that many of you are already building these skills in your preschoolers. Without adding anything to your “to do” list, I want to explore with you in this 10 part series (from Tiny-K) about how what you are already doing as parents can help kids continue to grow socially and emotionally until we can all get back together again.

The first skill is all about taking turns. I can hear our teachers in my mind saying to our students, “First it’s my turn and now it’s your turn.” We use this language a lot when teaching. We want them to wait and listen to how to make the letter (for example) before they try on their own.

Taking turn talking in conversation is also very important! I’m still working on this with my “big kids”. Taking turn leads to listening while others are talking. This takes lots of practice.

I’ve seen so many of our parents modeling this behavior!

Like mentioned before, you do not have to sit down with the goal of teaching taking turns to your child. It is something that you can incorporate into whatever you already doing. Take turns turning the pages of your favorite story at bedtime. Take turns stacking blocks. As you move through your day, being intentional about using the taking turns language, it will soon become a habit that will pay off big for your kiddos.