Happy October! Thank you to everyone who weathered the extreme rain to attend our Open House last month. We had a great turnout and the teachers enjoyed having time to connect with you. That night I told you about our one big goal for the 2014-2015 school year. Do you remember what it is? Our primary goal this year is to intentionally focus on readiness skills.
Readiness skills are the things a child should know or be able to do when they start kindergarten. While you may naturally think of teaching your child their ABCs and 123s, there are other important areas of development that are crucial to help a preschooler prepare for kindergarten. We believe that a child’s spiritual development lays a foundation in a child’s heart that can never be shaken. That is why we teach Bible stories, learn monthly Bible verses, pray throughout the day and sing songs to God. I hope your child shares some things he/she is learning about God and Jesus and the Bible at home. Here are a few short videos that show what this looks like in a few of our classrooom.
In addition to the importance of a spiritual foundation, social and emotional development is a crucial component of school readiness. We believe young children benefit from intentional instruction about how to make and get along with friends. Teachers use storybooks, puppets, games and role plays to expose children to social/emotional learning and give them a chance to practice their new skills in a classroom setting.
If you are looking for even more opportunities for your child to work on socialization, I have two suggestions for you. First, consider having your child try out Extended Day. This flexible, convenient program gives your child extra time for play with school friends while you gain a bit of extra time for work or errands – that’s win-win in my book! Secondly, bring your child to monthly class get-togethers. It is a great way to connect with other parents and observe how you child is interacting with the children in his/her class.
Check out the rest of this newsletter to find specific suggestions for building faith and encouraging social skills with playdates (see the Link Roundup). It is a joy to partner with you and to greet your children with a “high five” every morning. I hold your family in my thoughts and prayers.