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February Newsletter

One month down, 11 to go! As we enter February there are some things to remember…
If your child has a runny nose, fever or a bad cough, that germs are being spread! We do work hard to disinfect all toys, door knobs, tables and chairs throughout the day. As well as teaching the children good hand washing skills, and how to avoid catching a cold. Remember your child MUST be symptom free for 24hrs before returning to school (i.e. NO fever, diarrhea, vomiting, etc.). If you have ANY questions about our sick policies please do not hesitate to ask the front office.
Thank you for being proactive and keeping your children home when they are sick.

As a reminder, parents please sign your child in and out EVERYDAY in their classroom folders. Not doing so could result in a licensing fine for you!

Please label ALL of your child’s belongings. For example: cups, lunch boxes, jackets, etc.

Tax season is upon us! As April 15th gets closer please let us know if you need your year-end statement or the school’s Tax ID #. Please allow 24hrs for us to gather your statements. Thank you

We will be having a Meet & Greet Thursday, February 4th from 5:00pm-6:00pm with Mrs. Baylon. This is a great chance for all parents to learn about our FANTASTIC Kindergarten program, as well as ask any question.

School Closed!
We will be closed February 15th for Presidents Day.

Attention Half Day Families
Just as a reminder our part-time program runs from 9:00am-12:00pm. For staffing reasons please adhere to the 9:00am-12:00pm schedule.
Thank you for your understanding.

Valentine’s Day Celebrations
Please make sure to check with your classrooms to see when festivities are planned. We are asking that if you plan to send in valentines with your child to make sure and be watchful of treats that you attach to the valentines. There are some children in our school that have different allergies, and we need to be due diligent in what comes into the classrooms.

Events for February:
Feb. 2nd: Groundhog day– Come learn about Phil the Groundhog
Feb. 8th: Chinese New Year!
Feb. 8th—12th: Valentines Week. Check with your class for parties
Feb. 11th: Wear red or pink today!
Feb. 15th: SCHOOL CLOSED– President’s Day

Helping Your Preschooler Develop
Positive Friendship Skills
Are you puzzled by some of your child’s social behaviors? Have you noticed that your toddler doesn’t interact with other children very often? Does your three-year-old get frustrated when a classmate won’t play with him? Will your four-year-old only play with her best friend?
These are all normal social behaviors for preschoolers. Learning how to develop friendships is a lifelong process. Children’s social behaviors evolve from smiling and cooing at others, to engaging in parallel play, to eventually forming friendships and playing together.
Below are ways we help develop friendships in the classroom, as well as ideas for you and your child to do at home.
In the classroom: Before they can communicate verbally, infants build connections by smiling, cooing and crying. By two months old, they might turn toward other infants, and by twelve months, they begin to imitate their peers. Teachers help facilitate this relationship by sitting infants near each other during activities such as story time and tummy time.
At home: Even though infants don’t really play with one another, they still benefit from “play dates” with other infants. Sit your infant face-to-face with another infant or in close proximity to an older sibling, and provide each child separate toys. Note when your infant watches the other child and what captures his attention.
Recommended reading: Friends by Helen Oxenbury and Let’s Play by Leo Lionni
TODDLERS (ages 1-2):
In the classroom: Many young children tend to engage in “parallel play.” They play near other children, but each child is doing something different. This is a natural phase of development. As children get older, they begin to enjoy more shared activities with their peers. For example, they might enjoy splashing their hands at the water table with others, looking at books while sitting close to a friend, and dancing to music with their classmates.
At home: Invite another parent and child to your home for a play date. Blocks, balls, dress up clothes and toy kitchen sets are great toys for children at this age. Don’t force them to play with each other. Instead, let the children decide on the level of interaction.
Recommended reading: Do You Want to be My Friend? by Eric Carle and I Can Share by Karen Katz
BEGINNERS (ages 2-3):
In the classroom: In the Beginner classroom, teachers refer to classmates as “friends.” Students learn about personal space and begin to practice good manners by saying please and thank you.
At home: Model positive behaviors while playing with your child. Say “I’m going to roll the ball to you. Can you please roll the ball back to me?” Afterward, say “Thank you. You are being a good friend.”
Recommended reading: How Do Dinosaurs Play with Their Friends? by Jane Yolen and Let’s be Friends by P. K. Hallinan
In the classroom: Between ages three and four, children attempt to understand social situations, but often do so from an egocentric point of view. They need adult guidance to help them navigate peer conflict and model appropriate friendship-making behaviors. Small group activities help children learn how to follow directions, take turns and develop friendships.
At home: Ask your child about their friends and what games they played together. If he says, “Andrew didn’t play with me today. He’s mean,” you could say, “Andrew may have wanted to play a different game today. Maybe you can play together tomorrow. What does Andrew like to play?”
Recommended reading: Just My Friend and Me by Mercer Mayer and Llama Llama Time to Share by Anna Dewdney
PRE-K/PRE-K2 (ages 4-5)
In the classroom: Friendship in Pre-K and Pre-K2 is usually reciprocal and deliberate as children become more skilled in social interactions and look for peers with shared interests. Our character education program reinforces friendship making skills using songs, games, books and brain-builder activities to nurture skills such as collaboration, understanding feelings and resolving conflicts.
At home: Bring your child to events that include multiple children, such as birthday parties, or encourage your child to play a board game that requires multiple players. Ask him to introduce himself to the other children, or encourage him to play the game taking turns. If you notice frustration from your child, say, “In order to play the game, we all have to play together.”
Recommended reading: Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel and A Splendid Friend, Indeed by Suzanne Bloom
Don’t be concerned about the number of friends your child has, as it is more about quality than quantity. Each child will develop friendships at his own pace. What matters most is the development of social skills such as collaboration and problem-solving, which will help him transition into elementary school and beyond.
– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education

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