Bugs, flowers, tadpoles and baby chicks - spring is a season full of things that fascinate young children. At school we are planting seeds, experiencing the life cycle of butterflies and learning how things grow. Including the children! At this time of year, it is so rewarding to watch them gain new skills like riding a trike with their feet on the pedals or making it all the way across the monkey bars.
Later this month (and early May for 2 Day) you will have the opportunity for a sit-down conference with your child’s teacher to discuss how your child is growing, how we support your child’s growth at school, and what you can do at home. You are your child’s first and most influential teacher and you always will be. When you send your child to school, you are adding teachers to your “team” but you are still teacher #1. Young children need many opportunities to practice foundational skills over weeks, months, sometimes even years before they can gain proficiency. That’s why it is so critical that you engage in playful learning and positive discipline at home. It helps your child grow and learn.
Also this spring we offer a second opportunity for basic speech and developmental screenings. Do you understand what these screenings are about? Do you wonder if this is something you should have done for you child? Check out the Preschool POV (point of view) where we address these questions and more. I interviewed our therapists for you!
Easter Sunday is right around the corner. Our church is hosting two worship services at the Dr. Phillips Performing Art Center. We’d love you and your children to join us. You can find all the details here:
Easter can be a tricky holiday to talk about with preschoolers. Here are some of my suggestions to guide your discussions at home.