Kenadie age 2 12/15
Morgan age 4 12/29
Music Man fee due at the beginning of each month: $5.00 per child.
NOTE: Music man is here on the third Monday. The dates for November is 11/20 and
December is 12/15 on parents night out.
Hello Parents, this is our November and December newsletter combined. It will finish off the 2017. We have been having some great times visiting all the kids at their homes. The kids love our books and cuddling with us. We will have a lot more fun times ahead for the next few month. Don't forget to put a entry in the journal along with pictures showing everyone what adventures we had at your house.
We also recently had a teddy bear slumlber party at the Preschool. That was fun all the kids brought their teddy bears. We love bears. There was also a big Monkey and a Dog that came for the night. We were so tired from babysitting the bears that we fell asleep and those rascals had a party while we snoozed. Can you imagine that? What a mess they made. All their human kids discovered their mess the next morning, and ended up cleaning up the mess. Well those naughty teddy bears ended up in Time Out for the morning. And the kids learn it isn't picking up after someone else especially when they left the night before a very clean playroom and kitchen. I hope the kids learnt a valuable lesson from this as well.
Although many parents fear the embarrassment of disciplining their child in a public space, there’s really no need to be embarrassed. In fact, you’ll likely earn more respect from other people when they witness you address misbehavior with a consequence.
From an early age, kids quickly figure out how you’ll respond when they misbehave in public. Some parents are more likely to give in to kids in a store or at someone else’s house because they want the misbehavior to stop.
However, this can make behavior problems get worse.
If your child thinks you won’t give him a time out while you’re in the store, he’s much more likely to misbehave. So plan ahead and be prepared to discipline your child with a time out no matter where you are and help your child learn that his behaviors are not acceptable.Discuss the Rules Ahead of Time
Before heading out in public, discuss the rules ahead of time. Even if you’ve been there before, reviewing the rules can be a good reminder for your child.
Kids need explanations about how the rules differ in various public settings. For example, a child won’t understand he can yell at the playground but needs to whisper in the library unless you tell him. If you expect your child to stay next to you, use walking feet, and an indoor voice, explain all of that before you get there.
Look for Possible Time Out Areas
Try to stay a step ahead and look for potential time out area before you need it.
The bench at the front of a store, the waiting room at the doctor’s office, or a separate table at the library can all serve as time out areas.
Depending on where you are, you may also be able to use a quiet area of a hallway or a small space on the floor. Supervise your child at all times but don’t give your child any attention during time out.
When all else fails, you can use your car as a time out space. Just don’t leave your child in the car unattended. You can sit in the front while your child sits in the back. As long as you actively ignore during the time out period, it can serve as an effective time out area.
You can even explain to your child ahead of time where the time out area will be. This can show your child that you’re serious about giving him a time out in public, if necessary.
Offer One Warning
There should be some behaviors that result in an automatic time out, such as any act of physical aggression. Other behaviors may require a warning first.
For example, if your child is trying to grab things off a rack or he’s running around the store, a warning may be in order. Use either an if…then statement or the counting method described in 1-2-3 Magic to warn your child that he’ll receive a time out if his behavior continues.
If his behavior continues after your warning, follow through with the time out. Don’t make idle threats or keep repeating the warning over and over. Otherwise, your child will learn that you aren’t serious the first time you speak up.
Prevent Behavior Problems When Possible
Take a proactive approach to preventing behavior problems whenever possible and you may not need to place your child in time out in public.
Plan ahead and identify strategies that can reduce the likelihood that your child will misbehave.
If you’re going somewhere that is likely to be boring for your child, such as a trip to the grocery store, give your child a job to do. Try handing him items that he can gently place in the cart or give him specific items to help you spot on the shelves.
It can also be helpful to plan your outings according to your child’s schedule. A well-rested, well-fed child is much more likely to behave compared to a hungry over-tired child.
It’s infuriating when a child doesn’t listen to directions. And if you’re pressed for time—and he won’t budge—it can be especially frustrating.
Ignoring your requests and tuning out your instructions isn’t acceptable. It’s important to teach your child to listen to you the first time you speak. Otherwise, ignoring your requests could become a common habit.
Whether you get no reply when you tell your child it’s time to come inside, or your child acts like he doesn’t hear you when you tell him to pick up his toys, take action. Here are seven steps you should take when your child ignores you.
It’s important to distinguish between willful defiance and simply not hearing you. If you yell to your child when he’s playing video games in the other room, he might be too engrossed in his game to hear you call him. Or, if you tell him to put his bike away when he’s zooming past the driveway he might not catch what you have to say.
So before you give him instructions, get rid of all distractions. Turn off the TV, call his name and establish eye contact. You might even need to put a hand on his shoulder.
Then, give him clear directions that outline what you want him to do. Keep it short and simple by saying something like, “Pick your toys up, please.” Skip the lecture and use a firm but neutral tone of voice.
Ensure your child understands what you said by asking him to repeat back your instructions. Ask, “OK, so what are you supposed to do now?” and wait for him to explain, “I’m supposed to put on my play clothes so I can help you rake the lawn.”
Offer clarification or ask if he has any questions. If your child can repeat back to you what he’s supposed to do, you’ll know your expectations are clear.
3 Give One Warning
After you’ve given you child instructions—and you’re sure he understands—wait about five seconds. It may take a little time for the information to sink in. But, if he doesn’t make any attempts to follow through with your command, he’s ignoring you.
Give him an if…then warning. Say something like, “If you don’t go upstairs and start cleaning your room right now, then you won’t be able to play on the computer tonight.” Spend a minute thinking about the consequence you warn your child about and make sure it is something you’re really prepared to do if he doesn’t comply.
Use the same approach even if your child doesn’t ignore you completely. If he says something like, “I know!” or “I’ll do it in a minute,” give him a warning. Teach him that he needs to follow your instructions when you give them, not according to his own schedule.
Wait another five seconds or so after you’ve given a warning. If your child makes no attempt to do what you’ve asked, follow through with a consequence.
Try taking away a privilege, like your child’s favorite toy or his electronics. Just make sure you take those privileges away for a short period of time. Threatening to throw his tablet in the garbage isn’t likely to improve his behavior. Instead, take away electronics for the rest of the day.
5 Create a Plan to Address the Problem
If your child ignores your requests often, create a plan to address the problem. Make your expectations known by saying, “I expect you to follow my directions the first time I give them to you.” Then, tell him you notice he’s having trouble listening and you’re going to need to work on that.
For some children, praise and positive attention for good behavior are enough to motivate them to keep up the good work. So if you point out to your child, “Great job shutting the TV off right when I asked you to,” he might be more motivated to do it again.
If your child’s refusal to listen is a problem in more than one environment—like he doesn’t listen at home or at school—it’s important to rule out underlying problems. Ask yourself these questions:
If you suspect your child may have an underlying medical or mental health issue, talk to the pediatrician. It’s important to rule out those issues before you create a plan to address the problem.
Sometimes, parents inadvertently train kids to ignore them. Yelling, nagging, and begging are a few things that will cause your child to ignore you. Lengthy lectures and giving too many commands will also cause your child to stop listening.
Reserve your instructions for the most important issues you want to address. And stick to a single warning, as repeat warnings will teach your child he doesn’t have to listen the first time you speak.
This years wish list for donations are as follows.
1. Lysol spray ***
2. Clorox or Lysol Wipes
3. Baby wipes.
I wanted to thank everyone that donated these items to the Preschool. Colds and Flu season is already here. We hope these items will help us keep the little germs away and avoid any major illnesses. Illnesses will happen and can't always be avoided however, we can reduce the episodes. Once again thank you for your donations.
November & Decembers Curriculum
Themes: Bears everywhere
Letters of the month:
N, X, C
Numbers: 9, 6, 10,
Colors: Brown, purple, blue
Shapes: Rectangle, Heart, Oval
2017 Schedule update
This is our 2017 schedule. It includes closures/holidays special events, things to remember, in order to help you remember our schedule. Everyone was given copies to keep at home. And we have one under the sign in sheets as well.
CLOSED Mon. 10/9 Columbus Day
Music man Mon 10/16
PUMPKIN PATCH field trip 10/20 10 am Kemmar farm in Elk Grove.
Parents back to school night
Halloween party Tues. 10/31 bring goody bags, and costumes.
Music man Mon. 11/20
CLOSE early Wed. 11/22 Harvest luncheon at 12:30 bring pot luck dishes.
CLOSED Thru/Fri 11/23, 11/24 Thanksgiving
Parents night out. Friday 12/ 15
Music man on night out.
Close early Friday 12/22 5:00 p.m.
Christmas Party Friday 12/22 6 pm. Round Table Pizza
CLOSE winter break 12/25/2017 ? 1/1/2018 1 week plus New Years
Provider reserves the right to change dates if necessary, take a personal day off when necessary for Personal reasons, illness, work related trainings etc. Provider will give as much notice as possible.
All fees are due and payable on Friday in advance. ALL FEES are due and payable before Closures and must include the week of closure.
All fees are payable 52 weeks a year. There are no deductions for absences of any kind, and no deductions for closures and Preschool breaks.