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November News

Are you ready?? It’s holiday time at our Isle! So hang on for a fast ride, the holidays have started and before you know it a New Year will begin! Now that Halloween has past we move on to our next fun event.

Our School Age Program will be having some Camp Zone days this month. Don’t forget to sign-up early for this year we are very full. Spaces are limited, secure your child’s spot. See the front desk for more information.
Be sure to pick up your school calendar at the front desk to check out all our fun events and Spirit days.

School will be closed on Wednesday, November 11th for our Professional Development Day. While you enjoy a day off with your child, our staff will spend time acquiring more knowledge about the field, reorganizing for the new school year, and rejuvenating their spirits!

November Events:

Nov 10th: Wear Red, White, and Blue!
Nov 11th: Veterans Day– SCHOOL CLOSED!
Nov 18th: Flour Piping! Join us in getting messy with this activity!
Nov 23rd-25th: Check with your classes for Holiday Parties!
Nov 26th & 27th: CLOSED FOR HOLIDAYS

Parent Reminder:

Your child has not seen you all day; Take time for that welcome hug and treasure your child’s beaming smile.  In life it’s the little things that mean the most.

Please keep your cell phone put away when picking up your child.  Your child’s smile can not leave a message.

4 Ways to Instill Thankfulness in Young Children

It’s never too early to teach your child about thankfulness. By learning concepts of generosity and compassion, children strengthen their connection to their community and become sensitive to the feelings of others.

The holiday season is quickly approaching, so now is a great time to reinforce the importance of thankfulness and giving back to those in need.

Below are age appropriate activities that we implement in the classroom, as well as activities for you and your child to do at home.

TODDLERS: Be a good role model

In the classroom: Our teachers introduce “please” and “thank you” to our toddlers by using sign language and verbal communication. Students practice good manners with their dolls, stuffed animals and each other.

At home: Modeling positive behaviors is a great way to teach your child good manners. Say “please” before asking him to do something, and always follow with “thank you.”

Recommended reading: Little Critter® I Am Helping by Mercer Mayer

BEGINNERS: Share your gratitude out loud

In the classroom: Our teachers encourage our Beginner students to name a few of their favorite toys and games, and bring one in from home to share with friends. By sharing their belongings, children nurture connections with their classmates, and build necessary problem-solving skills.

At home: Talk with your child about the things in your life for which you are thankful, and ask him to name a few as well. Extend the discussion beyond physical possessions. For instance, if he is thankful for a favorite toy, say “Grandma bought you that toy, and we are thankful for her.”

Recommended reading: Spot Helps Out by Eric Hill

INTERMEDIATES: Show appreciation through actions

In the classroom: By age three, children begin to understand the concept of appreciation. They create birthday cards for their teachers, make art projects for friends, and write thank you cards for classroom visitors.

At home:  Go shopping with your child, and buy a small token of appreciation for a friend or family member. Ask your child to draw a picture or write a thank you note to accompany the gift.

Recommended reading: Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell

PRE-K/PRE-K2: Give back to those in need

In the classroom: During the holidays, many of our schools host donation drives for organizations in need. Our older preschoolers discuss why they are participating, count the items donated, and sometimes have the opportunity to deliver the donations.

At home: Donate canned goods to a local food pantry, and allow your child to choose the food that he would like to donate. Explain to him that you are thankful to have good food to eat, and that you want to make sure that others have the same.

Recommended reading: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

We provide many opportunities for our preschoolers to develop thankfulness and show gratitude towards others. By setting this positive foundation, your child will be more appreciative and generous as he enters elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education


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