You and your child are out and about having a fun day when you go to open the rear passenger car door to get them out of their seat…OH no! It’s locked. That’s ok…just open your door and hit the button….OH NO! The WHOLE car is locked….and your little one is still in the car. What do you do?
1. Keep Calm. If you remain calm on the outside (even when you are panicking on the inside) your child will remain calm.
2. Call 911. Don’t smash your window. Don’t break your car door. Call 911. The police and fire department WILL show up. They WILL be able to open your door. They WILL arrive as fast as humanly possible. Just remain calm (see number 1) and call 911.
3. Stay be your vehicle. You might be tempted to try and find help. But don’t leave your vehicle. This will make it easier for police and fire department to find you.
4. If you are at a business ask someone else to go inside and let the business know what has happened. They are going to be able to give you an accurate address to relay to 911.
I know your probably thinking that this could never happen to you, you’re always so careful. However, an average of 1,400 children are accidentally locked in cars every year. So remember these tips, and hopefully you’ll never need them.
Kids are so peaceful….when they are sleeping! But how much sleep does your child really need?
According to pediatricians, children between the ages of 3-5 need 10-13 hours of sleep per day. This sleep does not necessarily need to be continuous however. Children at this age usually still nap.
So what’s a good bed time for your preschooler? Well that depends on naps, and what time they get up.
Example: Your child gets up at 7 am. They nap for 2 hours. According to pediatricians, your child should be in bed between 8 and 9 pm.
So how can you help make sure your child is getting enough sleep? Consistent bed times, nap time schedule, and limiting screen time before bed is a great place to start!
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!