PRESCHOOL NEWSLETTER

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Birthday's

December

Kenadie  age 2   12/15

Morgan  age 4     12/29


Dates to Remember

Music Man fee due at the beginning of each month:   $5.00 per child. 

NOTE:  Music man is here on the Friday Dec. 15th 7 pm. this month.  

December is 12/15  on parents night out.

Upcoming Events

Please check our Day Care calendar tab on this page for Decembers upcoming Events. 

click the links  below for more news. 

Message from the Berenstain Bears

Hello Parents,  this is our December newsletter .  It is also our end of the 2017 year newsletter.    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 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 after the bears and  the mess.  Well those naughty teddy bears ended up in Time Out for the morning.  And the kids learn it isn't easy picking up after someone else especially when they left the playroom the night before very clean.  I hope the kids learnt a valuable lesson from this as well. 

Please visit our website and share with your kids what we are up to this Holiday Season, and visit our You Tubes too. While your there you can sign up for our Newsletter to share at home with your kids. 

www.berenstainbears.com


Merry Christmas and Happy New Years from the Berenstain Bears Family

Harvest Luncheon Update:

We had a great Harvest Luncheon again this year.  The parents brought some wonderful pot luck dishes to share and enjoy.  The kids did exceptionally good and ate in the kitchen as directed.  They actually let the parents enjoy their meals first.  I'm proud of the kids I know it's hard for them to sit still with their friends when their parents are here. 


Holiday updates

Bring an ornament for the Preschool Ornament tree which is in the Entry way.

Be sure it's non breakable,  Not to big because the tree is small but not to small either.

Put your child's name and year on the bottom.  These ornaments will not go home so pick one that we can keep forever.   Be creative, bring something fun and cute.  The kids love decorating their little tree and seeing the ornament they brought for it.   We will also bring this little tree to our Party on the 22nd 



How to Give Your Child a Time-Out When You're in a Public Place

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. 


7 tips to get your child to listen to you

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.


1 Eliminate Distractions

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.


2 Ask Your Child to Repeat Your Instructions                    

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.


4 Follow Through With a Consequence                    

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.

Other kids need a bigger incentive to follow directions. Consider a reward system or a token economy system to motivate your child to be more compliant.


6 Rule Out Underlying Problems                    

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:

  • Could he have a hearing problem? Get your child’s hearing checked if he seems to have trouble hearing you or understanding your directions.
  • Does your child have trouble with his attention span? If your child is so focused on what he’s doing that he doesn’t hear you, or if he can’t focus long enough to follow through with what you’ve said, he might have an underlying problem like ADHD.
  • Does your child have a cognitive issue? Developmental problems or cognitive impairments may make it difficult for a child to process information and take action in a short amount of time.

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.


7 Avoid the Traps That Could Encourage Your Child to Tune You Out                    

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.



Decembers Curriculum


 

December

Themes:   Christmas all month long


Letters of the month:

I, M, Q, V

Numbers: 

1,2,3,4

Colors: 

Red and Green

Shapes:

Triangle, Square, Diamond, and Star



2017 Schedule update

This is the end of our 2017 schedule.  It includes closures/holidays special events, things to remember for December, 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.   The new 2018  schedule will be posted in the newsletter starting in January,  and everyone will get new copies in January.  Please look at December below.  


 


 


 



                    

 

 

 

 

October

 

November

 


December

Parents night out.  Friday 12/ 15

Free?..5:30-10 p.m.   

It's jammie day at school, so bring dressed in jammies that day on the 15th.  The kids will eat dinner here, and enjoy the Music man that night instead of during the day that week.  

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.