10 Tips For A Preschool Mom {From A Preschool Teacher}

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  1. Mess– Kids are messy! In preschool we are exploring different materials, paints, play doughs, dirt, sand, and lots of other great sensory materials. We view messes as a masterpiece in the making! When dressing your child for the school day, don’t be surprised if they come home with their clothes messy. That should be a visible example of lots of learning happening!
    http://www.cleveland.com/parents/index.ssf/2017/04/roll_your_sleeves_up_because_m.html
  2. Kinder readiness- I get asked this question a lot, “Is my child ready for kindergarten?” There is no “getting ready.” Kids are ready for the present, not the future. We need to meet kids where they are now. Just like God does in our own lives. He meets us right where we are. We can give them the skills to cope with their emotions and situations. The academics will come. When evaluating a child on whether or not they should go to kindergarten, I really do not look at academics. I focus on self-regulation, problem solving skills, and communication. If I do not see those things, my suggestion is always TIME. No matter what we do as teachers and parents to try to get them ready, sometimes all the child needs is more time. Time to grow, develop, and most of all be a kid and play. http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/kindergarten_readiness_social_and_emotional_development
  3. Self regulation – this is the number ONE factor that I look at for kindergarten readiness! If a child cannot calm their body, they will only be able to function in their brain stem (survival state) and won’t be able to move up to the frontal lobe for higher order thinking (where learning happens). Teach your child how to deal with their emotions by calming their bodies through something like breathing techniques! http://www.consciousdiscipline.com/resources/safe_place_breathing_icons.asp
     
  4. Routines – young children NEED routines. They need to know what to expect. It’s all about feeling safe and if they know what’s coming, they’ll more likely feel safe. You might do something like taking pictures of your child doing what they normally do during the day, print them out, and put them on a cork board with push pins. Each morning have them look at it and change out pictures for things like soccer practice, church, or birthday parties! http://www.ahaparenting.com/parenting-tools/family-life/structure-routines
  5. Timeouts– young children acting up is a cry for help. It happens because of things like they don’t know how to calm their bodies, they are having trouble communicating what they are trying to say, or when they aren’t feeling safe. Instead of making your child sit in time out, try a safe place! A safe place is where a child can go to calm their body. They can scream into a pillow, lay there and cry, or get their energy out by punching a pillow. It is a place where they can feel safe to get out their emotions in a way they feel they need to. Then, when they are calm, they can come talk to you about the situation. http://consciousdiscipline.com/about/brain_state_model.asp
  6.  Spanking– Stop spanking but please don’t stop reading here! Let’s stop and think about why we spank children. Many of us do it because that’s what we grew up with, that’s all we know, or we don’t know what else to do because you’ve tried everything and it doesn’t work! In preschool, we are teaching that our hands are not for hitting and that hitting hurts others. So, what are we really teaching kids when we spank them? Instead of instilling fear in them, why don’t we approach discipline from a place of love. Let’s give our children the communications skills to talk through a problem they are having. Let’s have conversations with our children about WHY their behavior isn’t acceptable and then give them some positive choices they can do in case that situation comes up again.  http://www.scarymommy.com/study-shows-spanking-has-no-benefits/
  7. Connect– Know what’s going on in your child’s classroom and connect it at home. Take a look at the emails the teachers are sending or take a look at the calendar and talk about the topics they are learning about at school! If they are talking about community helpers maybe drive around and show them where the fire station is, point out police cars on the road, have them help you take the trash bins to the road. Most of the things we talk about are easy to include in your everyday lives!
    http://msue.anr.msu.edu/news/making_connections_an_essential_life_skill_for_young_children
  8. Sharing- If we look at sharing from a developmental standpoint, children under the age of 7 are not ready to learn the concept of sharing. They are in an egocentric state where they really only think about themselves. It is really hard for them to think of others, especially when they feel like something is there’s. Instead of teaching sharing, try teaching taking turns! When a child decides they are done with a toy, they will genuinely give it to the next person who asked, rather than doing it because an adult made them or said so. https://www.positiveparentingsolutions.com/parenting/its-ok-not-to-share
  9. Communicate– Communicate with your teachers. Give them a heads up about when your child had a bad night sleep, didn’t eat breakfast, has a parent going out of town, or is feeling sick. This helps teachers a lot! We are here to help you and to love on your child while they are with us. One activity I enjoy doing with children is making a countdown with children for when parents come home from being out of town. This activity is great because it typically shifts the child’s emotion from sad to excited on top of many math and writing skills, but I am still acknowledging their feelings and giving them a positive way to handle them. http://www.pbs.org/parents/education/going-to-school/parent-involvement/parent-teacher-partnership/
  10. Play – let your children play, play, play! That is what the preschool years are for! Play is a child’s work.   Play builds brain pathways for thinking, creativity, flexibility, empathy and many other lifelong skills! Situations come up naturally in free play like in block play for example. Someone might steal another person’s block. We could use that play as an opportunity to teach problem solving and communication skills! https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/freedom-learn/201206/free-play-is-essential-normal-emotional-development

These tips are from the heart and we hope they help you navigate through the preschool years!

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