When you become a parent, you fulfill many roles in your child’s life. You feed (chef), clean (housekeeper), dress (stylist), and drive (chauffeur) your little one. Did you realize that becoming a parent also means you become your child’s first and most influential teacher? When you chose a preschool for your child, you are deciding, “Who do I want to join my teaching team?” You are not picking your replacement, you are picking a teammate.
I make this point because children learn best when parents and teachers are on the same page, when there are consistent expectations at home and at school. Take for example, self-help skills. Think washing hands, going to the bathroom, getting dressed, blowing a runny nose, eating independently, cleaning up toys, etc. This is an area of development where expectations at home and school can vary widely.
At home it’s sometimes quicker, easier, and less messy to do things for our children than to let them do things for themselves. At the same time, teaching your child to do things for themselves at home is a crucial part of their success in the school environment. Our “Preschool POV” this month will give you some practical ways to teach your child independence with self-help skills and explain why this an important developmental milestone. “Safety Zone” will zero in on handwashing and how we teach this at school. Why? Clean hands are the best defense against germs and illnesses which keep your home and our school safe and healthy!
Switching gears a bit, there are a few events for parents coming up that I want you to be aware of. First, a NEW event on the evening of March 9 - WDS Moms are invited to a night out. Keep an eye on your inbox for a evite with all the details. Secondly, DADS! Your child will look forward to having you at Daddy and Me Day is the morning of March 15. Please be aware that this morning is for 3 and 4 Day dads only since it takes place on a Wednesday. Invites will be coming home in school bags soon.
As we prepare to celebrate Valentine’s Day next week, remember that though different definitions and ideas about “true love” swirl around our culture, we embrace the Biblical truth that “love comes from God” because “God is love.” Thank you for sharing your children with us. We love loving on them!