February 2018 Newsletter
Westhampton Day School
Music: In February, we will be focusing on LOVE - love of family, friends, and God! We will continue learning all about instruments and the different sounds they make. Older classes (Pre-K & K) will be playing instruments, mostly rhythm instruments, and focusing on different rhythmic patterns. With Mardi Gras on February 13th, our music focus will be Jazz and Jazz Composers.
Parents Night Out [Friday, February 9th from 6:00 - 9:00 PM]
NEW FAMILIES: K Open House [Tuesday, February 13th]
Scholastic Book Fair [Week of February 12th]
Book Adventure Night [Thursday, February 15th from 5:00 - 6:30 PM]
Please submit the below form and payment to the office by Friday, 2/9!
Donuts with Dad [Friday, February 23rd]
While our young children still need lots of assistance, many times our young children are capable of doing more than we think they can! Parent Magazine’s February blog (www.parents.com) had some great suggestions from 5 different preschool teachers on promoting and encouraging independence in preschoolers.
1. Expect more. Most people have a way of living up (or down) to expectations -- preschoolers included. "At school we expect the kids to pour their own water at snack, to throw away their plates, to hang up their jackets -- and they do," says Jennifer Zebooker, a teacher at the 92nd Street Y Nursery School, in New York City. "But then they'll walk out of the classroom and the thumb goes in the mouth and they climb into strollers." Raise the bar and your child will probably stretch to meet it.
2. Resist doing for her what she can do herself. While it may be quicker and easier to do it yourself, it won't help to make your child more self-sufficient. Quick hint: Appeal to her sense of pride, suggests Donna Jones, a preschool teacher at Southern Oregon University's Schneider Children's Center in Ashland, Oregon. "Whenever I'm trying to get kids to dress, put jackets on, sit on chairs during meals and so on, I'll ask them: 'Do you want me to help you or can you do it yourself?' Those words are like magic," promises Jones. "The kids always want to do it for themselves."
3. Don't redo what they've done. If your child makes her bed, resist the urge to smooth the blankets. If she dresses herself in stripes and polka dots, compliment her "eclectic" style. Unless absolutely necessary, don't fix what your child accomplishes, says Kathy Buss, director of the Weekday Nursery School, in Morrisville, Pennsylvania. She will notice and it may discourage her.
4. Let them solve simple problems. If you see your child trying to assemble a toy or get a book from a shelf that she can reach if she stands on her stepstool, pause before racing over to help. "Provided that they are safe, those moments when you don't rush in, when you give children a moment to solve things for themselves, those are the character-building moments," says Zebooker. "It's natural to want to make everything perfect, but if we do, we cheat kids of the chance to experience success."
5. Assign a chore. Putting your preschooler in charge of a regular, simple task will build her confidence and sense of competency, says Buss. A child who is entrusted to water the plants or empty the clothes dryer is likely to believe she can also get dressed herself or pour her own cereal. Just be sure the chore you assign is manageable and that it's real work, not busywork, since even preschoolers know the difference. The goal is to make your child feel like a capable, contributing member of the family.
These are some simple strategies we can try to help our young children succeed!