Going back to school/child care

Is your child excited about going back after having been away from the program for a long time? Is the child somewhat fearful? Is the child wondering if the people will remember her, if her friends will be there, if her teacher/s will be the same, if they will still like her? All of these may or may not be going around in the child's head. The best way to know is to ask. Let's think about going back to the program. Do you wonder about anything? You will probably NOT know the answers to most of the questions. This is okay. Just say I don't know. What can we do to find out? Maybe you can ask some of the questions before the starting day. Maybe not, and maybe you will all just have to find out. As long as you approach it as an adventure, your…

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Clock Change Week, 2020

This week, we’ve changed the clocks and everybody’s body clock will take about a week to get used to the new time.  Adults and children find this week difficult.  On top of this, we have an emotional election going on and most adults are concerned, whatever their political leanings.  We are also in a pandemic where the daily count of confirmed cases is growing daily.  In most states, children cannot play freely with their friends or see their grandparents.  In the north, the weather has changed nearly overnight from summery weather to wintery weather, requiring jackets, hats, and in many cases, gloves as well. All this is a lot for everyone to absorb at once. Every year, the number of all sorts of accidents is higher the week the clocks are changed.  If you drive, please be super careful because some of the other drivers are having body…

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Home Picnics

When my children were small and medium sized, I was too often home with them during bouts of childhood illnesses.  "Boring" was not a word I liked to hear. So I tried all sorts of silly things to keep them interested.  One of their favorites was living room picnics.  I took a real tablecloth and brought food to the living room to have a picnic lunch together on the floor.  The children would help choose the foods, and as long as the whole day's foods were healthy, I didn't care if one meal was out of balance. We found that if it were more often than once a week, it was too much.  And it's a bonus if it's a rainy day.  Try it!

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NO Worksheets for Young Children at Home!!

Now that nearly all children are at home, there are hundreds of pages of worksheets for parents to download.  Many are for teachers to assign.  They do keep the kids busy for a while and it looks like the kids are learning something.  But most of the time spent on these sheets, by adults up and downloading them and by children doing them, is WASTED time.  As I’ve said before, I’ve spent lots of time cooped up at home with my kids.  With the exception of a few specific assignments sent by teachers, they spent nearly NO TIME on school work.  While my kids were home, their classmates were in school, so there was catch-up when they got back.  But now, all the kids are out. Of course, there will be stuff teachers will have to go back over when school opens again. But there will be less…

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Stuck in the house with kids? What to do?

When my 4 kids were young, there were weeks at a time when we were stuck in the house together because of various illnesses including chicken pox (What a horrid winter!)  There was no internet then, and appropriate TV was very limited.  So I learned new skills with the kids.  Everyone who was up to it had something to do. We learned to make noodles on the hand-held pasta maker.  Everyone took turns with the wheel.  We learned to bake cookies, cakes, and other things.  There was plenty of reading and math in the recipes, especially in making half, a third, or double the amount. The flour was everywhere. It was so much more work than just opening a box of pasta or cookies, or the like. But when they were part of the process, they were cooperative, and they LOVED the outcome. I also did a lot…

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First day of school and more…

Sooner or later every child who isn't homeschooled has to start school. Many parents are more anxious than the child. There are many books for young children about starting school. Some preschools allow parents to stay for a while (hours, days, weeks) and some don't. For many years, I directed preschools. The first day was short - usually about an hour. A parent was required to accompany the child. (In the few instances where it could not happen, someone close to the child came.)  During that time, the teacher and the class left the room for a few minutes and the parents stayed. The children were told to tell the parents that they (the parents ) would be safe, and that the children would be back soon. Before re-entering the room, the children were told that when they came into the room, they would let the parents know…

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