PRESCHOOL NEWSLETTER

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Birthday's

January:

Denzel 1/17  age 4


 No February or March


April:

Liam  4/11 age 4

Dates to Remember

Music ma is here the third Monday of the month.


CLOSED WEDNESDAY JANUARY 23rd


Upcoming Events

Please check our Day Care calendar tab on this page for all monthly events, closures, special dates....

click the links  below for more news. 

Kids Weather

DRESS ACCORDING TO THE WEATHER, CHECK HERE.

http://tdcms.ket.org/kevsc/int/dressfortheweather.html



OUR FACE BOOK PAGE


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Message from Miss Pat

Happy New Year everyone.  We hope everyone had a great Christmas and New year.  2019 is off to a good start.  Parents have received their annual schedule for up coming closures, and events in our program.  Year end receipts will be out soon.  The kids have settled back into routines. 

We are excited to see how this new year will turn out and we hope it will all go well for the betterment of everyone. 


Message from Pete the Cat

A message from Pete the Cat.

HAPPY NEW YEARS, 2019 to all the families of Alexander Preschool.


I have been on vacation for a while.  The kids have all taken me home a few times with books. But I am coming back to go home again with new stories.  Please remember to keep my book and any items that are in the reading bag with the bag so the next child has them.  Also remember to bring me back to class the next day so the next child has their opportunity to take me home.   2019 is going to be a great year with all our friends at Alexander Preschool

Sign:  Pete the Cat.  


Review

WE had a great Christmas Celebration this year with all the kids and families at our annual Christmas party.  Annually we hold this party at the Round Table Pizza Parlor.  Our reservations are already in for December 2019.

The kids wore Jammies to the party,  the parents brought deserts to share.  Santa was there and so was Rudolf the red nose reindeer.

The kids exchanged presents with each other.  They each had a Christmas buddy to exchange gifts with.  They also received gifts from Miss Pat & Mr. Ed.  And Miss Pat and Mr. Ed also received gifts from the families.  (Thank you so much).   All the children performed their Christmas songs.  Jingle Bells,  No more Peeking and We wish you a Merry Christmas.  They did pretty good considering all the excitement going on around them. 

Hello's and Farewells  


Since our last newsletter we have added a new friend to our program, 

Emily age 3, Emily started with us December 11th.  


Sadly we are saying good bye to our friend Kenadie,  who has been with us the past year and half.  Kenadie is going to be at home with Mom for awhile.  Hopefully she will return to us this summer.  

How to Create an Effective Behavior Management Plan

How to Create an Effective Behavior Management Plan

Whether your child has been hitting someone at school lately or he's been refusing to brush hit teeth, you need a solid plan to address behavior problems. A good behavior management plan will ensure that you and all of your child's other caregivers respond to behavior problems in a consistent manner.

A behavior management can also help you find more effective consequences and better incentives that will motivate your child to change. Here are four steps that will help you create a behavior management plan that will change your child's behavior.

1
Identify the Problem Behaviors
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Before you start addressing your child’s behavioral problems, it is important to clearly identify which behaviors are the most problematic. Sometimes parents say things like “Johnny is naughty.”

Naughty means different things to different people so it is important to describe the specific behavior you want to change. A clearer explanation of the problem behavior might be "Johnny screams whenever he's told to do something he doesn't want to do.

Your child may exhibit more than one problem behavior that you want to address. If this is the case, start by choosing three that you want to address first. You might pick the ones that are the most disruptive or the ones that are causing him the biggest problems.

For example, if your 4-year-old bites, whines, throws temper tantrums, refuses to pick up his toys, and gets out of bed repeatedly, you might decide to start with biting, getting out of bed, and temper tantrums because those behaviors affect other people the most.

2
Pick Effective Discipline Tools
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There are many different discipline strategies that can be used to address the same behavior. The type of discipline strategy will be most effective depends on your circumstances.

While one child may respond well to getting his favorite toy taken away for the day, another child may respond best to a time-out. Consider your child's temperament and the strategies that you're most likely able to follow through with on a consistent basis.

It's also important to implement positive reinforcement for good behavior. Praise, a sticker chart, or a token economy system may motivate your child to follow the rules. Catch your child being good and provide consistent positive reinforcement.

3
Write Down the Plan
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Writing down your plan will increase the chances that you'll follow through. It will also ensure that you're prepared to deal with behavior problems when they arise.

Outline how you'll reinforce good behavior. For example, every time your child plays nicely with his friend, praise his healthy choices.

Then, decide how you'll respond when he exhibits the problem behavior you're working on. For example, place him in a brief time-out each time he kicks or hits.

Explain the plan to your child in terms he can understand. Say something like, "From now on, if you bite anyone, you'll have to sit in the hallway for a time-out." If a time-out is new for your child, you can further explain what time-out entails.

4
Review the Plan With Other Caregivers
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When all of a child's caregivers follow the same discipline plan, behavior change is likely to occur much faster. Try to get teachers, daycare providers, grandparents, non-custodial parents, and any other adults who play a large role in your child's life on board.

When all the adults use similar language, that can also be effective. For example, if all the caregivers say, "Teeth are for chewing," as a reminder when your child bites, the message will sink in faster.

Give copies of the written plan to the other caregivers. If they're willing to weigh-in on what works and what doesn't be open to changing the plan as needed.

Communicate with one another about how your child is doing. Talk about any changes you're seeing and discuss how your discipline strategies are working.

Consistency can be the key to a good behavior plan. If everyone can follow through with consequences each and every time your child misbehaves, your child's behavior problems are likely to improve.

Revisit the plan as needed. When your child's behavior improves, you may want to pick another behavior to address.

If your child's behavior isn't responding well to the plan, change your strategy. Try a different consequence or work on teaching your child new skills. A fresh approach may help put an end to stubborn misbehavior.

Easy Ways to Make Lunches more Attractive for Kids

Easy Ways to Make Lunches More Attractive for Kids Secrets to Make School Lunches That Kids Will Eat

If you've ever unpacked your child's lunch box at the end of the school day only to find that most of the lunch you packed was hardly touched, you know how exasperating it can be. And if this happens regularly, it can be worrying, too.

Eating a healthy lunch is not only important for your child's physical growth, but it can help her stay focused and mentally and emotionally at her best. So what can frustrated parents do to make sure their child eats what they lovingly pack for lunch? Here are a few easy tactics to try to make your child's school lunch tempting:

Cut Sandwiches Into Fun Shapes.

Sandwich cutters in fun designs are a parent's best friend. That turkey and avocado sandwich is more likely to be scarfed down if the sandwich is cut into a dinosaur or stars.

Think Small Serving Sizes. 

Big portions can be intimidating for little stomachs and little fingers. Your child isn't likely to eat 10 baby carrots—the reality is that most kids who like baby carrots will probably consume 5 or 6, depending on how many they will eat in a sitting. If you put in a whole apple, make it a small-sized one that'll be easier for small hands and mouths to eat, or better yet, cut up the apple into slices to make it easier for your child. Peel oranges and put them into reusable bags or cut up a banana and mix it with blueberries and other fruits to make a healthy fruit salad.

Don't Overpack.

 It may be tempting to stuff your child's lunch box with a big sandwich, a full-size yogurt, and a big cup of fruit. But young elementary-school kids are often too busy chatting with pals to eat a huge lunch, and many don't eat huge meals in one sitting. Think about how your child eats at home; if he tends to graze and eat snacks and small meals, don't expect him to eat a giant lunch at school.

Use a Bento Box. 

There are some great bento boxes on the market today, or you can make your own compartments with reusable silicone cupcake liners.

Think Fun Shapes for Vegetables and Fruit. ​

Cut vegetables like carrots and zucchini into fun shapes using Japanese vegetable cutters, which are inexpensive and fun. Turn watermelons and cantaloupes into bite-sized flowers and stars. Not only will the fun shapes make the fruit and veggies more attractive, the small size will make it less daunting and easier for kids to eat.

Add Cheese! ​

Whether it's bow tie pasta with broccoli bites, macaroni or a healthy quesadilla with beans and veggies like zucchini or spinach hidden inside, cheese is the magic ingredient that will make your dish something kids will want to gobble up.

Don't Try Anything New. ​

A school lunch box isn't the time to trot out a new recipe or food that your child isn't familiar with. Most young children like to stick to their favorites. While dinner is a great opportunity to encourage kids to try something new, a better bet for school lunches is to stick with old favorites.

Sweeten Naturally.

Jazz up water with some cut up fruit or give him grapes to go with some cheddar cheese and multigrain bread. Make other sweet goodies such as a cookie or brownie a once-in-a-while treat but do use fruit to add a sweet touch to your child's lunch.

Use Those Leftovers.

If you had spaghetti and meatballs a night or two before, it can be a great addition to a school lunch. Add some melted string cheese, broccoli bites and other favorite veggies, and voila! A nutritious lunch that your child is likely to eat.

Let Your Child Help You Pack the Lunch. ​

Not only will this be a great opportunity to teach your child responsibility and independence, but it will help motivate your child to eat the lunch he helped pack.

Try Different Types of Potential School Lunch Options on the Weekends. ​

Pasta salad with olives and feta? Cucumbers with cherry tomatoes and a ranch dipping sauce? What about a turkey and avocado rolled in a flax seed wrap? Weekend lunches are the perfect time to try out different school lunch ideas to see what your child likes and doesn't like.

Finally, be patient. Pack a note inside your child's lunch reminding her how much you love her, and ask her to try her best to eat up her healthy lunch so that she can be big and strong and power her brain to learn and have fun in school.

Two great parenting articles

Click the following links to two great articles: 


33 things parents should stop doing:  You may find this a interesting article.

https://www.verywellfamily.com/stop-doing-to-kids-right-now-4050934?utm_campaign=parent_tod&utm_medium=email&utm_source=cn_nl&utm_content=15677389&utm_term=


8 parenting skills that promote the most effective discipline:

https://www.verywellfamily.com/parenting-skills-effective-discipline-1094835

Appropriate Clothing

The season is changing....and so are the types of clothing the kids will be wearing.

For winter please remember the following:

1. Kids can dress in layers, 

2. light weight long sleeves will be needed & long pants for warmth

3. Warm Jackets are needed now.  Although they can't wear jackets in the car seat,  they will need them from the car to the house to avoid chill, and from the house to the car.  Avoid pull overs, it's to hard for your child to get them on and off.  We encourage the kids to develop their self help skills.  So snaps or zip up jackets and sweaters are best. They need to jacket daily . since we still go outside when able. 

And girls still need to wear leggings under dresses.  For winter, leggings are warmer. .

7.  Shoes,  no open toed shoes, or backless shoes.  No flip flops or sandals.  NO SHOE STRINGS period.  Velcro is a must.  Or slips on that don't fall off. Shoes need to be durable, safe, and secure on their feet.  Have them wear socks with shoes so when we are in the house they have socks on their feet since shoes are removed


Potty Training kids:

1. No onesies,  no zipper pants, no belts, no one piece outfits, or suspenders. 

The clothes need to be elastic waisted, for easy slip up and down.   Be sure they are not to snug on them, the easier for them to slip and down the easier it for them to learn.(sweat pants, and soft cloth pants are easier, and leggings for the girls.)

2. Avoid long dresses,  they end up wet. 


CHECK YOUR CUBBY BOXES and update the clothes for the Fall and Winter months ahead.  Always make sure we have two sets of clothes in the Cubbies, and if we send something home bring a replacement set the next day.


When Spring time comes, clothing will go lighter but light jackets and sweaters are still needed daily for chilly mornings. 



When Your Child Is Sick

OUR CURRICULUM

 Our Curriculum for the next 4 months:  Some things are subject to change depending on the children and other activities going on during the month. 

JANUARY:

Arctic Animals 2 weeks Letters J -O Numbers 9 – 1 Color White – Gray Shape Heart 

Winter Wonderland 2 weeks Letters S – W Numbers 5 – 6 Colors Blue – White Shapes Triangle – Circle

School Choice week the week of January 21-25th 

 

FEBRUARY:

Monsters 1 Week Letter M Number 5 Color Purple Shape Oval 

Valentines 1 week Letter V Number 7 Color Red Shape Heart 

Dental Health 1 Week Letter H Number 8 Color Yellow Shape Square 

Pirates And Princesses 2 Weeks Letters P – G Numbers 3 – 7 Colors Black – Pink Shapes Diamond – Star


MARCH:

Dr. Seuss 1 week Letter R Number 10 Color Red Shape Rectangle

St. Patrick’s 1 week Letter L Number 1 Color Green Shape Oval

Down on the Farm 1 week Letter Y Number 4 Color Pink Shape Triangle 

Zoo Animals 1 week Letter Z Number 9 Color Gray Shape Diamond

 

APRIL:

Dinosaurs 2 weeks Letters D – A Numbers 10 – 4 Colors Brown – Orange Shapes Triangle – Rectangle Under the Sea  2 weeks Letters K – U Numbers 2 – 6 Colors Blue – Pink Shapes Star – Heart

Earth Day – April 22

Upcoming Events and Closures



You have received your New schedules for 2019 


Year to Date Tax receipt for fees paid for 2018  will be issued by end of January,  first of February.