It’s that time of year again! The leaves are changing colors, the weather is cooler, and pumpkin spice is everywhere! Fall is a wonderful time of year! However, with cooler weather, kids spreading germs to each other is even more common. Use these 3 tips to help you have a healthier fall!
1. Hand Washing
I know, I know, you hear this all the time, but it’s true! Hand washing is essential in helping keep you and your children healthy. Think about….you don’t know where that thing in your child’s hands has been. Then they put their hands in their mouth, in their nose, and of course all over you! 🙂
Teach your children to wash their hands properly:
1) Wet hands with running water
2) Lather hands with soap
3) Scrub for 20 seconds (or sing Happy Birthday twice!)
4) Rinse hands well under running water
5) Dry hands with clean towel or air dry.
2. Cover Your Mouth!
Another big thing to help have a healthier fall is to teach kids how to properly cover their mouth when they sneeze and cough. Teach kids to sneeze and cough into their elbow (not their hands!). This will help them pass on fewer germs to everyone!
3. Disinfect toys
Seriously! Disinfect everything! You can use whatever your disinfectant of choice is but regularly disinfecting your child’s toys will greatly help reduce the germs they are coming into contact with. Simply wipe down toys with your disinfectant solution. If the toys are unable to be wiped (think fabric items) either wash them in the washer or spray them with a disinfectant spray (think Lysol). Our preschool does a through wipe down of toys every week and a through disinfectant spray of them everyday! This helps greatly reduce the amount of children getting sick.
Using these 3 tips will help greatly reduce your child’s and family’s risk of getting sick! Leave us a comment on your best tip to having a Healthier Fall!
Last week at our schools is all about Character Education. We spent the week talking and learning about respect, being a good friend, honesty, and being kind. We are always encouraging are students to do random acts of kindness for their friends here at school. Below are 5 Random Acts of Kindness you and your child can do together at home!
1. When you see a police officer on duty say thank you.
Not only will you make their day but your also helping teach your child to not be afraid of them.
2. Use chalk to write happy notes on a public sidewalk.
The kids will love drawing on the sidewalk and they are learning to use kinds words!
3. Donate gently used books to a library and clothes to a shelter.
Children will learn to help those in need as well as share what has made them happy!
4. Pick up trash when you see it
It might seem small, but it goes a long way teaching children to not litter.
5. Give someone a flower
Put some flowers in a random mailbox! The kids will love it, and hey it’s better than getting bills!
Our name is one of the first things we learn to read and write as a child. Writing your name is a huge milestone! It’s the first of many on the path to reading and writing. Check out these 5 ideas for helping teach your little one to recognize and write their name.
1. Put their name on everything!
The more places and ways your child sees their name the better! Put their name on cups, lunch containers, books, toy boxes, etc.
2. Use play-dough to form the letters in their name.
Have your child make their name with play-dough! While your kiddo is excitedly playing, they are helping build their fine motor skills that helps with pencil grip later on.
3. Make a name puzzle.
Their name is the most important word for them! Name puzzles are a fun way to help learn to spell their name. These can be made out of so many different things including:
– Sentence strips
– Old cardboard
Simply write each letter in your child’s name and cut it in different puzzle pieces.
4. Sing it!
Kids love music! Try using the BINGO song! Just change it up to fit your needs. Ex:
There was a girl who liked to play
And Maddy was her name-o
And Maddy was her name-o!
5. Practice, practice, practice!
Practice makes perfect! You can make name tracers online or simply write your child’s name in highlighter. Either way have your child practice and in no time they will be writing their name!
Have you ever watched as your child is playing? Did you notice that your child was determined to climb the rope ladder? Build an even bigger tower? Jump rope, even if it took 100 times? Have you realized yet that your child is pretty resilient? Your child’s preschool teacher has probably played a role in their growth. But how do they do it?
They offer a safe environment.
Preschools set-up their classroom spaces in a way that allows children to safely explore the world around them. This helps build confidence, independence, and self-esteem.
They encourage children to be independent.
Preschool teachers spend a large part of their days teaching children self-help skills. They use positive encouragement and motivation to take the “I can’t do it” and turn it into “I did it!”
They promote children as decision makers.
What does the child want to play with? Who does the child want to play with? Children are deciding what color they want to use and what games they will play with the toys. Preschool teachers allow children to make decisions, which teaches them to trust themselves. Every day children are making decisions, some guided and some not.
They encourage children to self-regulate their behaviors and develop patience.
Preschool classrooms are filled with activity! The teachers are helping each child as they can, but what about when several children need something at the same time? Preschool teachers are teaching children the skills that will guide them to be patient and work cooperatively.
They help develop critical thinking skills.
When children are given the chance to use their own independent judgment they are developing critical thinking skills. Preschool teachers are asking children questions all day like:
“How do you think this story will end?”
“What do you think this animal eats?”
“Why do you think that?”
They provide love and support for each child.
Children who can establish a positive attachment to non-family member are more apt to be confident and have a positive self-image.
The first day of preschool is a huge milestone that is often anticipated with lots of excitement and joy! It is also anticipated with lots of tears and uncertainty—from both kids and parents! To help ease any fears that your child (or you!) may have follow these 7 tips.
1. Be consistent
Consistency is key when it comes to making preschool a part of your child’s routine. Going together on a regular basis will provide your child with a sense of anticipation. Keep your goodbye short and sweet so your child will know what to expect. When you pick your child up at the end of the day, reinforce the idea that you came back, just like you said you would. This will help each day’s drop-off be less upsetting.
2. Get the Teacher Involved
Your preschool teacher is just as excited about the first day as your child is! Give the teacher any information they may need then allow them to help you with your goodbye. They are here to comfort you child as well as teach them.
3. Prepare a Comfort object
Does your child have a special object that comforts them? Bring it with you! This will help your child during the first few days of preschool adjust to being in a new place. Children almost always outgrow the need to bring a comfort object to school, so let them have it while they need it.
4. Don’t Sneak Away
Although it might be tempting to just leave while your child is distracted…DON’T! This can cause your child to feel more afraid if you suddenly disappear. Instead, try give your child a hug, say your I love yous , and remind them you will be back later to pick them up.
5. Avoid Comparing Your Child to Others
Don’t tell your child “So & So doesn’t cry when their mom leaves.” Honor your child’s process the best way possible to help make the transition into preschool as easy as possible. Don’t worry! Your child will eventually outgrow their separation anxiety.
6. Resist Surprise Visits
Once you’ve left your child, resist the temptation to go back and check on them. It is extremely helpful for parents to develop a team approach with the child’s teacher. This way the parents can feel safe and confident that their child is well cared for.
7. Give Yourself a Pep talk
Come up with a mantra of some kind to remind you of why you picked this preschool. Then keep repeating it as often as you need it! The first day of preschool is often just as hard (if not harder) on the parents but remember kids can pick up on your mood. If you’re nervous and anxious when you drop off your child, they will likely take on your attitude. Remain calm and be upbeat but if your child does pick up on your worries, just remind them you will always return to get them and they are safe and loved at school.