Thank you everyone for participating in National School Choice week. This was our first year in participating. We had posted signs about the event at two local stores, and for the parents held a open house at the preschool. Some providers also came by to see our set up. It was fun, and we hope you enjoyed it too.
Valentines falls on a Friday this year. There are 11 children enrolled. Please bring 11 cards to share. Just put "from your child" on the cards, it's easier for the kids to put cards in their valentines bags that way. They can bring goody bags to share if they want too. (optional). have the children wear valentine colors on Friday. Red's and pink/white
Because developing good habits at an early age and scheduling regular dental visits helps children get a good start on a lifetime of healthy teeth and gums, the American Dental Association sponsors National Children’s Dental Health Month each February.
Now in its 63rd year, this month-long national health observance brings together thousands of dedicated dental professionals, health care providers and others to promote the benefits of good oral health to children and adults, caregivers, teachers and many others.
Parents and teachers can help kids celebrate and learn more about the importance of a healthy smile. The ADA offers free downloadable information, kid-friendly oral health worksheets and games on MouthHealthy.org, the ADA’s consumer website. Click on the For Kids tab on the left side of the page for a variety of age-appropriate activities, games and videos and presentations. There are also teaching guides that adults can use at home, in the classroom or in other community-based settings.
MouthHealthy.org also offers a variety of tools to help consumers learn more about oral health or address their concerns, including the new ADA Dental Symptom Checker. This new tool is designed to understand what your dental symptoms may mean so that you can make informed decisions about your dental health.
Families who don’t have a regular dentist can use the ADA Find-A-Dentist online feature that uses a zip code search feature to help locate a dentist in their community. Find a Dentist listings include information like office hours, insurance accepted, languages spoken and photos of the dentists.
MouthHealthy.org Dental disease can lead to difficulty eating, sleeping, paying attention in school and smiling. The ADA urges parents to make sure their children brush twice daily with fluoride toothpaste, floss daily, eat a balanced diet and see their dentist regularly to address tooth decay in its earliest stages.
By: Melissa Ford
Some parents think loving their child means pleasing him or her. I've discovered that pleasing has nothing to do with love and everything to do with fear. All too often (and I've done it, too), parents will please their child to avoid tantrums, withdrawal of love or hearing those stinging messages, "I hate you," "You're mean," or "You don't really love me!"
We've all tried to get along, let things slip, not rock the boat so our kids will love us, like us and want to spend time with us. We buy them things when we don't want to, we break rules, inconsistently enforce limits, or say "Yes" when we know the best response would be "No!"
Of course, we want harmonious relationships with our children, but at what cost?
The best way to love our children is not to please because we're afraid of an unhappy response. Truly loving your child requires setting limits (and following through), establishing rules (and sticking to them), motivating your child to fulfill her responsibilities even when she doesn't want to, and standing strong with love when your son pitches a fit or gives you the icy treatment.
The evidence that you love your child isn't whether your daughter likes you or your son agrees with your decisions. The real evidence is doing the hard part of parenting while continuing to love yourself, and your child, even when you fall out of favor.
Read early and read often. The early years are critical to developing a lifelong love of reading. It's never too early to begin reading to your child! The tips below offer some fun ways you can help your child become a happy and confident reader. Try a new tip each week. See what works best for your child.
Read to your child every day. Make this a warm and loving time when the two of you can cuddle close.
Build your child's vocabulary by talking about interesting words and objects. For example, "Look at that airplane! Those are the wings of the plane. Why do you think they are called wings?"
Tell your child how much you enjoy reading with him or her. Talk about "story time" as the favorite part of your day.
Read to your child with humor and expression. Use different voices. Ham it up!
Put the book away for awhile if your child loses interest or is having trouble paying attention.
Discuss what's happening in the book, point out things on the page, and ask questions.
Go ahead and read your child's favorite book for the 100th time!
Mention to your child how we read from left to right and how words are separated by spaces.
Talk about the written words you see in the world around you. Ask your child to find a new word on each outing.
Please be sure to see your child's pediatrician or teacher as soon as possible if you have concerns about your child's language development, hearing, or sight.
Recyling items we can use: old 8X10 picture frames, bud vases, (these are the single flower type vases, narrow), Yarn, heavy string or twine, drinking straws, (grab a few extra wrapped straws at the fast food places and save for us) card stock paper, packing peanuts the kind that melt in water, clean meat trays, clean plastic jars, labels removed. Magazines, like better homes, red book, families, the kind that have good pictures in them safe for the kids to see.