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Weekday School is a Christian preschool serving children ages 2 1/2 to 5 years.  Our school is known for its committed teaching staff, play-based learning environment, and personalized focus on each child. Small class sizes and a strong network of parent volunteers ensure that the Weekday School is an ideal place for young children to grow and learn.

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faith and family | october 2018

Vicki Rutledge

But grow in the grace and knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever! Amen. 2 Peter 3:18

Do you ever look ahead 30 years and wonder what life will look like? What will your kids be like? Who will they marry? Where will they attend college? What sort of inheritance would you like to leave for your children? In today’s society, we wrongly view success in terms of “likes”, wealth, power, or fame. I’m guilty of idolizing the wrong things at times. My priorities can fall all out of whack! You say, “Wait a minute, we are Christians and we don’t worship false gods!” Here is a quote from John Calvin: “Man’s nature so to speak is a perpetual factory of idols.” First John (5:21) ends with the warning, “Little children, guard yourselves from idols.” We’re in danger, Girl! Hello, College Game Day…

But God views success in terms of the heart. Moses says (Deut. 6:5-6), “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. These words, which I am commanding you today, shall be on your heart.” The idea of “heart, soul, and might” is total-person love for God. Every part of our being must be consumed with and subservient to this great quest of loving God. I need these reminders often. How can I move this paradigm? Let’s change the eyes of the world? Big prayers? How can I offer my family the best of me and loving relationships? Yes, as parents, we are called to protect our kids but Deuteronomy 6:2 teaches us not only how to raise up godly children, but also godly grandchildren. So our goal and prayer should be that our godly children raise godly children who in turn raise godly children. Well, that sounds daunting!

First, how do I create a godly legacy? Be the example. I have to ask myself what does my daughter see? Am I “growing in grace” as I was instructed in 2 Peter 3:18? We grow in grace by reading God’s Word. The Scriptures contain all the knowledge we will ever need to learn of God, His Son, and His Spirit. And we should teach them diligently. Deuteronomy 6:7 “You shall teach them diligently to your sons and shall talk of them when you sit in your house and when you walk by the way and when you lie down and when you rise up.” “Teach diligently” in Hebrew means literally to sharpen or whet. Your teaching should penetrate your child deeply so that it has an effect on him (the NIV translates it “impress”).

Also, be consistent. Don’t be afraid to live your faith in front of your kids – all the great, exciting, difficult, and messy parts. They’ll see our faith is relevant. Share the stories that tell of God’s activity around you and of His faithfulness to you and your family. let’s start with ourselves – the best way to prove to your children the value and relevance of faith in Christ is to be a living demonstration of that truth. If we compartmentalize our faith or allow our priorities to get out of whack, they’ll “learn” that Christ really isn’t all that important. But if we make Christ central in our lives, if we diligently foster our relationship with Him and imbed God’s Word in our hearts, & “grow in grace” they’ll learn that life is all about Jesus.

So let’s constantly ask ourselves, what kind of legacy are you building? What things in your life need to be re-prioritized so that you can focus more strategically on training your children? Are you striving for earthly position? When you are gone and your children and their children look back at your life, what kind of priorities will they see?

Lord, We praise you as the authority over all people. Keep us from shrinking back from the challenges and opportunities you have placed before us. Strengthen us to boldly share our faith with the children you’ve entrusted to us. We know you are faithful to your word. Help us to create a spiritual inheritance for all of the coming generations.

In Jesus' Name, Amen.

“but showing steadfast love to the thousandth generation of those who love me and keep my commandments.”

Exodus 20:6 New Revised Standard Version (NRSV)

Roberta Smith, Faith and Family Coordinator

from the director | october 2018

Vicki Rutledge

At Open House, I talked about starting with WHY. Why are you doing what you are doing as a parent? I proposed that if we are going to be intentional as parents we have to be mindful of our “why” and then make “how” and “what” decisions based on that criteria.

Your preschooler can help you remember to start with why because “Why?” is their favorite question to ask. Though this constant questioning can be maddening at times, it’s helpful to remember that this is typical for this age.

“Children’s innate curiosity plays a big part in their ‘why’ questions…‘why’ questions help them make sense of the world around them that they are just beginning to learn about. These “why” questions also help spur and accelerate learning. Rebecca A. Palacios, Ph.D.

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Thank you for contributing to our September Outreach initiative to benefit the Boys & Girls Club of Central Florida. I want to share WHY we do Outreach projects at Weekday School. We believe that every good thing we have been given, including our material blessings, are gifts from God (James 1:17). We also believe that God blesses us for a distinct purpose - so that we can bless the people around us (Genesis 12:2). We care about the needs of ALL the children and families in our community, not just the ones that drive through our carpool line. Outreach projects give us a tangible way to practice blessing others.

Our next Outreach Project will coincide with our Thanksgiving Coffee & Worship Service on Wednesday, November 14th. We’re asking children to bring canned food to class starting in November. The teachers will be talking about giving, why we give, how we give, as well as talking children in our community who do not a pantry full of food like so many of us do. The children will bring the canned food (or boxed cereal, etc) with them to the Thanksgiving Worship service and place them on a table at the front of the sanctuary as an offering. Then they sing songs - and it’s just so fantastic! Grandparents and family friends are welcome to attend. A flyer will be coming home in school bags in a week or so.

Two more quick reminders!

We passed out our Health Policy at Open House. It’s in our parent handbook but I’m linking it here as well: WDS Health Policy. Our accreditation standards require that we inform you regularly about this policy. One great challenge of preschoolers is that there are very generous with their germs, especially since they touch everything and have their fingers in mouths on a regular basis. Thank you for keeping your child home if he/she is sick.

FUN FAIR! It’s time to purchase your tickets before the price increases. If you are unable to attend the actual event, please know there are lots of ways to participate and contribute. Why do we Fun Fair? Because the money raised helps us do things above and beyond what tuition dollars cover - like keep class sizes small, introduce new curriculum & training for our teachers, and support scholarships as well. THANK YOU for what you are already doing to make this a great event.

Happy October!

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keep it short | october 2018

Vicki Rutledge

Short Phrases Parents Can Use

To Help Children Cope with Emotions - Part 1

Do you ever feel like your child just doesn’t listen to you? Do you have to repeat yourself over and over again to get her to respond? Or, do you ask your child to do something and he ignores you? Teaching a young child to cooperate with verbal requests can be challenging. You may be tempted compromise your expectations (to pick up toys or sit at the table for meals) because it’s too hard to get them to follow directions.

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We’d like to suggest that you try these short phrases below. Short phrases are powerful because they prevent parents from talking too much - a common parenting (and teaching) trap. When we talk too much, children learn to tune us out.

What to say instead:

“Eyes”

Be sure you have your child’s attention BEFORE you give directions. It’s best to get close to your child (instead of calling across the room), touch your child gently and say “Eyes” before making a request. When your child makes eye contact with you, say “There you are! It’s time to…..” whatever it’s time to do. In addition, giving a child a warning about what is coming next BEFORE they need to get started is very helpful. You may say, “Once this show is over, it will be time to brush your teeth.” Then repeat the short phrases when the show is over.

“Yes, mommy.” or “Yes, daddy.”

If you ask your child to help you clean up toys, encourage her to agree with you by saying, “Yes, mommy.” By acknowledging you with this phrase, your child acknowledges to you they will do this and are more likely to carry it out. If you don’t hear an immediate response, pause for a few minutes to give them a chance to respond or ask a follow-up questions to be sure they understood.

“A wise child accepts a parent’s discipline; a mocker refuses to listen to correction.” Proverbs, 13:1

“Repeat what mommy said.”

One thing parents (and teachers!) of young children do a lot of is repeat. However, instead of saying your instructions five times and becoming background noise, encourage your children to “repeat what mommy said.” This also helps them process and remember your request.

Here’s the bottom line.

Your child need to learn to follow adult (parent & teacher) expectations, including performing simple chores. You can teach them to cooperate by the way you speak and expecting them to cooperate. It is work, but it is worth it!

“Treat a child as though he is already the person he’s capable of becoming.” Haim Ginott

This resource teach you age appropriate expectations for your child. We hope you find it helpful: Teaching Your Child to: Cooperate with Requests


keep it short | september 2018

Vicki Rutledge

Short Phrases Parents Can Use

To Help Children Cope with Emotions

The transition to preschool (new classroom, teachers, children, separating from mom & dad) can trigger big feelings. Initially when your child gets upset, sad or anxious, your first gut reaction may be to say something like, “There’s no reason to get upset.” Or “You’re okay” or “You’ll be okay” as a way to minimize your child’s emotional responses to situations.

The downside of this approach is that it sends a message that feelings are something to be ignored or bottled up. Later that day or week, your child may act out or meltdown without a clear or obvious source. This often leaves us feeling confused as parents, but here’s what’s happening: Your child is looking for a way to release emotion because they aren’t yet equipped with coping skills to process emotion.

What to do say instead:

“You seem to be (insert feeling: angry, worried, sad, etc) about (insert cause).”

Describe to your child exactly what you see in the moment. For example: “You seem to be upset about leaving the park.” “You seem to be disappointed that you can’t have ice cream right now.” Acknowledging your childs feeling (instead of minimizing them) is a way to show that you understand their point of view. Acknowledgement unlocks what is going on below the surface and helps a child connect how they are feeling with how they are acting. It doesn’t magically “fix” the emotion but it is the first step in teaching your child how to work through difficult feelings.

“I am here to help you.”

No matter what emotion your child is struggling with, it is always comforting to know that mom or dad is there to provide a safe place. This phrase encourages children to know they can share their emotions and feelings with you - no matter how illogical and emotionally drive they are - without judgement, shame, or punishment. Feelings are just feelings. Children don’t choose them.

“My child is not giving me a hard time, my child is having a hard time.” Author Unknown

“Let’s take a deep breath.”

Like acknowledgement, breathing is magic sauce for helping a child (and adult!) get to calm. Help your child learn how to make his belly move up and down by taking big breaths. Do it together, holding your hand over your bellies. Modeling the behavior helps get your child started.

“At the same time.”

Instead of using the word “but” (which can undo everything you said before it) choose the phrase, “at the same time.” It conveys the message that your child has been heard. “I see that you are sad at the same time, we are leaving the park.” “I see that you are upset that he is playing with the truck, at the same time I won’t let you hit.”

Here’s a great blog post to unpack this phrase even more:

How 4 words changed how i talk to my kids and everyone else too

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faith and family | september 2018

Vicki Rutledge

“With God, all things are possible.” Matthew 19:26

I am not a morning person. Parents of toddlers, specifically mothers, are usually tired. Part of the fatigue is mental and part of this is sleep deprivation. Don’t even get me started on the early days with a newborn. I was there in the trenches! I compared it to SEAL school. (I see you, moms of multiples and itty bitties.) I’ve always been one of those people who loves to sleep. If I am given an option I always go to bed and fall asleep early. I love to snuggle in for a snooze. It used to be a small thing until about three years ago I became a mom and my sweet baby depended on me for EVERY. THING. Then I began a routine of waking up to her/for her - out of whack and frazzled.

These days, I despise the grumpy attitude I show my daughter when I am running late or I am hitting snooze when she wants to get up. One day, not too long ago, I heard her say, “BUT It’s morning time, Mom.” And you know what? That struck a nerve. I am ashamed of myself for not planning better and not being a better role model. I want her to see a mother who is joyful and gentle and capable. But she saw a confusing scene. Me at my worst, tired and angry about it, too tired to get up with her and frazzled since I was running late. So I did some digging through the internet and read mom blogs galore. And I prayed.

I am not about to heap guilt on you, dear readers. I am so far still imperfect, overwhelmed at times and filled with a deep need of improvement. I can’t be wise enough, patient enough or loving enough; but “in Christ, I can do all things (Phil. 4:13).” I am also persistently getting up for my life and I have asked God to come alongside me on this practical journey. It’s a routine - one of the many I found on my quest for a more streamlined morning for me and my family. Science says to create a lasting habit you have to repeat the behavior consistently. That is the most common advice I’ve found. Guess what, it works. It’s true. It’s not glamorous but the facts are the facts. So write up a simple routine and execute. Set the alarm and put the clock (or iPhone) on the other side of the room. Drink water, brush your teeth, make your bed. Just check the things off the list and that’s going to make morning easier.

In my search for routines in the morning, I found the single most helpful step is to connect with God. In silence. Before everyone else is up. Ugh. I know you’ve tried this before. I know I have, in different seasons. It has worked at times. But this time I am saying one minute- one minute, one verse -  for 28 days or 30 days. Whatever is easy for you to mark off the calendar. 

Psalm 143:8 “Let the morning bring me word of your unfailing love, for I have put my trust in you. Show me the way I should go, for to you I entrust my life.” If you have a morning routine already, add this verse to it! 

Then I add some feet by following a plan. I check a calendar and my to do list. I exercise. Ask yourself Am I consistent in submitting my plans to God?  God has already given you a purpose. These are not isolated habits. We are getting ready! Ready and open to respond to whatever God may lead us to do each day. The enemy wants you to believe you are too small and too insignificant when in fact God wants to use you to influence your family and our community. If I am frazzled, tired, and frustrated I am not open to hearing God. 

Let’s make starting our day at the feet of our Father, our default. Let’s start our days by asking, How can I bring glory to You today? How can I be a messenger of His mercy? Let’s make living intentionally our habit. Habits do not require much thought. As we develop a habit, that action becomes second nature. Our character is the sum of our habits.   

We know that we are created for God’s glory - Isaiah 43:7 “Everyone who is called by my name, whom I created for my glory, whom I formed and made.”

We know that we are called to share his love with others - Matthew 28:19 “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit.”

The Bible says that “With God, all things are possible (Matt. 19:26).” Do you believe that anything is possible in your life? Even if you feel unorganized or visionless or humdrum, the fact is that each one of us has something meaningful to accomplish in this world. As long as we live, we have a purpose to fulfill. 

Galatians 6:9 says, “Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” We are not just building the habit of meeting with God, we are also being persistent in our pursuit of Him. Let’s do whatever it takes to surrender to Him with a desire to grow our willing heart every morning.

Dear Lord, 
Thank you for calling us to know you more. 
Give us discipline and energy to consistently make time for you daily. 
Be gracious to us; we long for you. 
Be our strength every morning, our salvation in time of distress.  (Isaiah 33:2)
I pray that today will send me your good word that will satisfy my soul
as I entrust this day and myself to you.  (Psalm 143:8)
Shine your light on my path today and make it brighter and easier to follow as the day progresses.  (Proverbs 4:18)
In Your Son’s name, Amen

Roberta Smith, Faith and Family Coordinator