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TIPS ON HOW TO TALK TO YOUR CHILD

It's hard to raise a child! Use these tips to help you.

TALKING TO CHILDREN.jpgYour child will more likely come to you with his problems or private feelings if you make a point of listening to him or her. Children learn by example. They'll learn to listen if you listen to them.

Look your child in the eyes when you are talking. Bend or sit down. Become your child's size. Then your child won't feel so small and you will feel closer to each other.

Speak to your child in a clam and quiet voice. If he's done something wrong, take him aside and try to correct him with a calm, not tense or mad voice. This works better because your child will be less frightened or angry and listen to you better.

Praise builds a child's confidence and encourages more talking. Ignoring your children or using mean words hurts them and makes them think they aren't good enough.

Respect your child and use a polite tone of voice. Don't talk down to him. Respect that what he talks about is important to him. Show that you care about his interests.

Children are never too old to be told that you love them. Saying "I love you" is important. Write it in a note so your child has a reminder he/she can hold on to. 

Pay close attention when your child wants to talk to you. Don't read, watch TV, or make yourself busy with other tasks.

HEALTHY HABITS FOR LIFE

Lets Move Calendar.jpgThe "Get Moving Today Activity Calendar" developed by Head Start Body Start provides fun ways to help preschoolers be active. Check out the January Calendar. There is an activity you can do at home with your child every day of the month!

 

 

NUTRITION CORNER

Encourage young children to enjoy and learn about a variety of foods. All foods can fit into a healthy diet over time.

Most toddlers need to eat more often than older children. Give them high energy foods and quick and convenient snacks such as slices of fruit and raw vegetables, whole grain breads, crackers, and cereals, or chunks of cheese.

Serve vegetables as a first course on a colorful, child-oriented plate. Serve the meat or fish as the second course to be eaten after the vegetables are finished.

Make edible art. Use the plate as the background and have your child add applesauce for clouds, shredded lettuce for grass, celery sticks for a stem. Carrot rounds for flowers, orange slices for leaves, raisins for rocks, and any other edible ingredients for natural   scenes.


"Everything we do improves the lives of children.”

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WHAT ARE SMALL GROUP ACTIVITIES AND WHY ARE THEY IMPORTANT?


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There are plenty of good reasons to send your child to preschool. Not only does preschool prepare children for kindergarten, but it’s also an opportunity to help promote social and emotional development. The preschool classroom environment is structured to help children make new friends, learn how to play and build relationships with others. One way preschool teachers do this is by organizing small group activities.

Small group activities are fun and engaging learning activities that feature a small number of children, as opposed to an activity that features the whole class or free play. By separating the children into small groups featuring interesting materials, teachers are able to encourage social interaction and create an inclusive environment.

Other benefits of small group activities include:

Helps developmental growth
Teaches cooperation
Encourages interaction
Builds observational skills

For more information, check out the article Why Preschool Small Group Activities are Important.

Sources: GreatSchools.org, HiMama.com

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