Message from the Principal
The spirit of the season is in the air… can you believe it is December already?
With the holiday season upon us, it is easy to get swept up in our wish lists and wants for ourselves and our families. However, now is the ideal time for us to step back and teach our children that while it is fun to receive, it is equally as fulfilling to give.
Frequently, the question is raised, “when is the best time to begin teaching children about giving?” Honestly- it is never to early to model generosity and empathy toward others. It is imperative that we begin introducing charity and service to our youngest humans now. One way to foster an appreciation for giving in your child at home is suggesting to share an item that your child enjoys. For example, next time you bake cookies, ask your child if he would like to share some with a neighbor. This gives your child personal relevance to the offering.
Another way is by reading books with your child that focus on the importance of giving. The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein, and The Giving Chair by Yoshiko Kouyama are two personal favorites.
Remember that giving does not always mean a physical gift; it can also be a gift of time. Is there a task that you and your child can do together to help someone else? Maybe you can get deliver a neighbor’s mail or perhaps walk your neighbor’s dog when you are walking your own.
But parents aren’t the only ones who can teach children about giving; our school is also embracing giving as a valuable trait that we can instill in our students. Our school finds ways to link our preschool curriculum to real world applications, showing our students that they have the ability to make a difference. Such as this years Great Bedtime Story Pajama Drive!
As we go into the holiday season, remember that children learn what they are taught and mimic what they see. Together we can unite to create a generation of empowered, committed givers.
Dates to Remember
*Pajama Drive: December 1st-9th
*The preschool will be CLOSED on MONDAY, DECEMBER 26th, as well as MONDAY, JANUARY 2nd
for the winter holidays.
As a reminder we have special events/activities scheduled throughout the month. These events are posted on our monthly calendar, which are available at the front desk, or can be viewed or downloaded from this website.
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