As your child gets ready to start in any new school or camp environment, it is helpful to remember that all children respond uniquely to their change in routine. Some will jump right into school while others will take some time to warm up. Separation anxiety is a concern for many parents, but with a little preparation, you can help ease your child’s transition into school.
At our school, we encourage you to bring a transitional item such as a stuffed animal, book, or photo of you to keep at school. Keep your drop-off calm, short and sweet by spending only 2 – 5 minutes in the classroom. Once you are ready to leave, reassure them you will be back, give them a hug and kiss, and offer them to to the teacher if they are in distress. Leave promptly after saying goodbye as delaying the exit will cause undue stress on both of you. The teachers will work their magic with love, cuddles, hugs, distraction and reassurance. It is normal for a child to cry when his/her parent leaves…it is their way of saying, “I will miss you.” As they gain confidence in their new routine, build independence, and get to know their teachers, drop-offs will become a happy experience…it may just take a bit of patience.
The following article from Scholastic is helpful in learning about how to help your child (and you!) adjust quickly and smoothly to his/her new experience.
Click here to read: A SMOOTH START
Join us this February at the annual Pasadena Preschool Fair! The fair will feature local preschools, preschool-oriented vendors, music, activities, and more!
All new students are required to submit the following forms, required by the State of California’s Community Care Licensing:
All students must be current on immunizations OR have a physician’s exemption to attend school. Please CLICK HERE to see which shots are required for child care/preschool entry.
A birth certificate or other form of government identification such as a passport is required for proof of age prior to entry.
By law, we cannot administer any type of non-prescription medication, lotion, cream, etc. unless authorized by a parent. This includes sunscreen and first aid ointments. Medication must be in the original sealed package.
Prescription Medication must be authorized by your child’s physician. Prescriptions must be brought in their original prescription bottle with physician’s instructions on the label.
To ensure a smooth year, and to fully understand our principles, practices and policies, please be sure to read through our parent handbook. Hard copies are available upon request.
Today we enjoyed a special up close and personal concert from one of our fabulously involved parents and family friend who happen to be incredibly talented concert musicians!! We had a counting lesson on the strings of the violin and the cello, learned musical vocabulary, and joined together in song as we were serenaded by our special guests!
The younger pod extends a huge THANK YOU to Elliston’s mommy, Joo, for arranging and providing such a once-in-a-lifetime immersive experience for the budding minds of rooms 4 and 5. Thank you!!
Why Routines for Kids are Important
Predictability is something young children need in their lives. Uncertainty and change is naturally stressful for all human beings. Children are confronted with change daily. Although it is a growth opportunity, it can also be stressful for children. Changes are handled best in environments with familiar routines and if children know what is expected. A daily routine adapted to children’s interests and/or needs is very important because it allows them to feel safe. A sense of mastery in handling their lives is developed, allowing children to adapt to changes in their environments. Young children do not yet fully understand the concept of time, so they order their lives by events that happen, not by hours and minutes. One of the most important things that you can do to make your young child feel safe is to establish as much routine as possible. Children have a better understanding of their world when events happen in the same order every day, which is when they feel the most secure. Routines are emotional regulators that decrease conflict, stress, and anxiety. Children emotionally prepare for changes that are to come when routines are in place. A child with a set routine will progress through it, while also knowing what is expected of him/her when the task is complete. Through routines, children learn social skills (e.g., turn taking), self-control (e.g., waiting), and positive behavior. Routines help children understand concepts such as “before and after”. It is never too late to start a routine. When implementing routines it is important to keep in mind that adjustments may be needed. Know ahead of time that your child will have difficulty adjusting, and be prepared with how you will handle the resistance. Having consistency and limits is key. When you stick to a routine, you teach your child how to arrange his/her time in a manner that is efficient, productive, and cuts down on stress. The sense of order will allow your child to suppress an automatic sense of how to organize his/her own life as they grow up.
Routines at School:
At Pasadena Christian Preschool we understand the importance of routines and are aware of the positive effects it can have on our student’s emotional development. Our teachers promote a consistent routine day after day, giving our students the sense of security they need to take risks and make choices, which opens the door to exciting learning opportunities. All classrooms have similar daily schedules with different weekly curriculum that target children’s interests. In addition, our teachers make announcements during morning meetings about what to expect throughout the day, which helps incorporate learning with an organized connection. Our students are able to experience a sense of satisfaction and control at being able to perform all of part of the tasks connected with the routine.
Author: Irina Zepeda, CSULA Child Development Intern
3 Educational Toys Toddlers Love
If you are a parent, you know how hard your toddlers are to please and how important it is that they are simultaneously learning while they are playing. However, with so many educational toys for toddlers on the market right now, which ones do you pick? If you Google ‘educational toys for toddlers’, there will be millions on millions of results and it can be overwhelming. Here are some ideas to help a parent out. I am sure your toddlers will love them!
POKE – A – DOT BOOK
In this book, there are little raised buttons on each page that toddlers can click and poke, all while learning the alphabet! It is an interactive book that challenges their memory and mind. Toddlers can learn alphabet and animals faster from of this book. This brand also has many more books to teach your toddlers about the ocean, counting and even colors!
MOUSE IN A BOX
This toy allows toddlers to take responsibility for the little mouse. They can feed the mouse every morning and night, they can play with it during the day, and they can even tuck it into bed. They can use their imagination and while learning about responsibility.
You cannot go wrong with plain paper or a coloring book and some crayons! Young children benefit from drawing on plain paper as they can explore using their own lines, designs, colors, and creativity while increasing dexterity, motor skills and pencil grip. Coloring books can be introduced at a later age, when children are ready for them. While we promote open-ended coloring, coloring books may have their place in helping with focus, hand-eye coordination, and patience. They may also spark ideas for how to draw their favorite characters, scenes or objects. However, keep in mind that some children may find coloring books frustrating since they have yet to develop the dexterity for staying in the lines. If your child is frustrated with coloring pages, do not stress him/her out…stick with plain paper and save the books for a few years down the line.
The crayons shown above are a great tool to teach toddlers their colors, allowing them to draw and scribble. Coloring is a great way for them to use their imagination while developing their fine motor and cognitive skills. These crayons are shaped like a triangle to help them develop a proper writing grip. As a perk, they will not roll away or off the table!
Author: Nhi Quach, CSULA intern
Traveling with Kids
We all know that traveling with kids can be a nightmare! Let’s face it…traveling is stressful, even without kids. Add restless, impatient, and messy little ones to the mix and it is a completely new ball game. Much of our fear is probably due to the potential angry glares which other travelers tend to throw at parents traveling with their children (maybe you have thrown those invisible daggers yourself before). Part of it is also because we just don’t know what will happen when we are trapped 10,000 feet above ground…and so we imagine the worst: from diaper blowouts to 6-hour screaming sessions.
As travel dates creep closer, we begin to dread and worry about how our kids will do on the journey. Besides dealing with car seats, strollers, diaper bags, and other necessary child contraptions, we are afraid of being that parent whose children are a terror to the rest of the people on the plane.
The good news is, with a little preparation, you can minimize many of the biggest concerns about flying with kids and you do not have to be the most hated parent on the plane. In fact, you may be the envy of them! AND, you might actually enjoy it in the process. So how can you make this trip less of a disaster? Well, listen up traveling families.
These tips will help make traveling less stressful:
- Strategically Plan Your Flight- if your child still takes naps or tends to get tired at a certain time of the day, try scheduling your flight for that drowsy time (if possible)
- Ease the Discomfort of Flying- Pack ear plugs to relieve air pressure discomfort. Lollipops, pacifiers, sippy cups and bottles are also great for minimizing plugged ears.
- Pack for Success – Pack an additional diaper bag with milk bottles and juice boxes, spare outfits, a special blankie, favorite stuffed animals, and several immersive kid distractions .
Pull Out All the Distractions to Make the Time Fly By- Mark your belongings with your contact info just in case they get lost.
Pack a few books about traveling to keep them engaged about their trip. A few titles to enjoy are: My Plane Trip, by Cathy Beylon, My First Trip on an Airplane, by Katie Kawa, and My First Plane Ride, by Elizabeth Benjamin, Erin Gathrid
Children should be able to pack and carry his/her own entertainment in a small backpack which can include: sticker books, toys that don’t have too many pieces, an iPad (with new offline games), and a portable DVD player (with 2+ hours of videos). Don’t forget the headphones and remember to make sure everything is charged!
Children can also carry along a new pack of triangular crayons and a pad of paper.
Pack Helpful Accessories to Save Your Sanity- In addition to toys, don’t forget these essentials
Extra clothes for you and your child
Lots of wet wipes and large zip lock bags (use as garbage bags and other uses)
Snacks (crackers, string cheese, carrots, dried fruit)
Medication and first aid supplies (hand sanitizer, children’s Tylenol, antidiarrheal option, kids’ vitamins, and band aids)
Teach Your Kids What to Expect and How to Behave- Attend to your children
Watch out for signs of over-stimulation or boredom, have fun with them on the flight, and spend quality time with your children.
Author: Jenny Thieu, CSULA intern