A child’s name is a big deal. Young children are very interested in their name and motivated to learn all about it, including how to write it. Name recognition is also an appropriate beginning step toward learning letters and letter sounds. Check out these links for simple & easy name recognition ideas you can use at home:
Great parents see parenting as a skill.
Parenting is one of the most important jobs on the planet. And yet…
There is no training required to become parents. Furthermore, what parents learn with their first child can not necessarily be transferred to the second or third child. Each child is unique, requiring parents to customize their approach. Parenting feels like a rookie season on repeat.
If you recognize and accept this reality, you are setting yourself up for greatness. Because great parents see parenting as a skill. A skill is the ability to do something well. How do parents learn parenting skills? In a very similar way to how young children learn skills like getting dressed or pedaling the wheels of a tricycle.
effort + support + practice + time = skill development
Seeing parenting as a skill (instead of something a parent is naturally equipped to do) helps us refrain from judging ourselves harshly when we make mistakes. Instead, we remind ourselves, “I’ve never done this before. I’m learning as I go.” It also helps us maintain a growth mindset. We are open to learning and seek new and useful information in our effort to keep building our parenting skill set.
Identify a current parenting challenge (think about what’s not working) in your home. Reframe the problem as an area in which you need more knowledge, support, and practice.
As preschool specialists, we are here to offer our “support.” Tell us what challenges you face or what parenting skills you would like to build.
Our annual fundraiser, Fun Fair features pony rides, moonwalks, bounce houses, games, face painting, and delicious food! This year, the Fun Fair and Silent Auction will be Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 10:00am–2:00pm.
An important part of the Fun Fair is the Silent Auction featuring one-of-a-kind items from community partners, Weekday School families and teachers. This action-packed day is designed to raise funds for scholarships, school equipment and curriculum.
Our planning committees is looking for volunteers for next year's Silent Auction Committee. This is a very organized group, with approximately 12-14 volunteers, who enjoy getting to know one another as they work on the year's most important fund raiser.
Contact the Weekday School Office or Committee Chairs for more information:
Surrendering Our Steps
"A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps."
"Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you."
I got a call from our pediatrician earlier this week checking in to ask if my youngest son, 16 months old, was walking yet. At his appointment six weeks ago, they told me they would be in touch, so I had been waiting for this call. In the meantime I had been practicing, hoping and praying for progress, to no avail. I got a pang of sadness when I had to answer no, and we began the conversation of physical therapy referrals, rehabilitation center recommendations and first appointments.
However, this is actually not new territory for me, as my oldest son started walking at 20 months old, with no reason for his delay. It was simply happening in God's time. In a way, I'm grateful to be given the reminder once again that God is in control of each and every situation, and not me. I can practice walking with my son all day, do leg strengthening exercises with him or coax him verbally to take steps towards me, but I can't take those steps for him. It's completely out of my (very imperfect) hands, and I am so grateful for that.
Proverbs 16:9 reminds us (all too literally!) that "A man's heart plans his way, but the Lord determines his steps." We all have plans for our children, whether that is to hit all of their milestones at the "right" times, be successful in the classroom, excel in sports and activities, or be a model for showing kindness and compassion to their classmates and friends. Or maybe it's simply to have them get a bath at the end of the day without protesting, and make it to bedtime on time without a meltdown! No matter our plans, they are never fulfilled to our expectations. Rather than being defeated by this, we must remember that God is guiding our steps each and every day. He is the author of our lives and our children's lives. His plans for them are beyond anything we could ever conceive of, despite them taking a different path than we originally envision.
As we begin this new school year, let us surrender our children's steps to the One who has it all, and who has had it the entire time. Let us embrace the detours in our plans that inevitably arise, and submit them to the Lord. This month, I am committing to echo the prayer that David prayed in Psalms 25:4-5: "Show me the right path, O LORD; point out the road for me to follow. Lead me by your truth and teach me, for you are the God who saves me. All day long I put my hope in you." I love the word "lead" because it reminds us that we are not walking through this parenting journey alone; the almighty God walks with us step for step. And just as He is leading our Weekday Schoolers throughout the day, I can be assured that He is leading my youngest son's walking journey as well.
Amy Mixson, Faith and Family
Young children love stories. This is why we are passionate about sharing God’s story with preschoolers. Stories have the power to shape a child’s sense of self and understanding of what the world is all about.
“In the beginning, God created…” Genesis 1:1
We begin each school year at the beginning of God’s story - the creation story found in the book of Genesis. We notice the design, intention, and beauty of how the world was made and say: “Wow, God is amazing!” Preschool faith is build on this sense of wonder.
God’s grand finale in the creation story was making people. This month, we learn about the “ME” that God created. Children study their physical characteristics as they create self-portraits. They discuss how they are growing up, what they can do now that they couldn’t do when they were babies. They thank God for the other people in their lives - their families and friends - and the many ways they help us. Together, we celebrate the way God created each child as we say, “Wow, God made you in a wonderful way!
God made me.
I encourage you to share God’s story with your child at home. Children’s bibles make it easy to do. (See our recommendations here) You don’t have to know the answers to all your child’s questions about how God made the world (they will have a ton!), but you can wonder together.
There is another storybook I would recommend as well. It’s called “God Made All of Me: A Book to Help Children Protect Their Bodies.” The tender topic opens a conversation every family needs to have about appropriate and inappropriate touch. It’s written for 2- 8 year olds. It will give you language to use at home. I have a copy in my office that I’d be happy to loan you. Here is another resource from some ministry friends of mine who are doing excellent work in this area: Five Reasons to Talk to Your Preschooler about Private Parts
Switching gears a bit… September holds some special opportunities for parents. Here are the 3 big ones. Follow links for all the details:
- Attending Open House on Tuesday, September 19.
- Connecting with other WDS moms at the Mom’s Mingle, Thursday, September 28.
- Considering if a developmental screening may be helpful for your child.
“By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible.” Hebrews 11:3