Your Weekly Update from Natick Preschool
Preschool Progress Reports
Next Tuesday is the 100th day of school! This is a fun milestone because it marks just beyond the mid-point of your child's journey this school year. It prompts us to reflect on how much growth the children have demonstrated since their first day in September and to feel energized at how much time there still is for them to continue developing, learning and growing!
Please consider joining this virtual workshop. SPARK Kindness is a Natick-based organization that supports our schools and community with workshops intended to provide parents with resources and current information.
Tuesday, February 7 at 7pm via Zoom -- For parents, caregivers, educators, and community members
Behind every child who is differently wired is likely one or more frustrated, isolated, perhaps even burnt out adult. In this practical and actionable talk, author and parenting activist Debbie Reber, MA, shares ten powerful “tilts,” a.k.a. practical ideas to help parents shift their thinking and give their extraordinary children what they need to thrive.
ASL interpretation will be provided at this event. Register and learn more about this FREE online program and all our upcoming events at www.SPARKKindness.org
Important Things to Know!
Many families have reached out trying to better understand how to support their child when they are demonstrating behaviors that aren't easily calmed or redirected. This is just one of many resources. In addition, many pediatrician's offices have begun to build into their practices Behavioral Health or Family Support services. Please share with any family you know struggling to understand or support a child demonstrating behavior that is hard to manage.
January 3rd marked the official launch of 25 Community Behavioral Health Centers (CBHC) across the state, with Advocates operating these clinics in Framingham and Waltham. Attached please find a brochure describing these new crisis, urgent, and routine mental health and substance use services for people of all ages.
Danielle Dunn, LMHC | Vice President of Integrated Clinical Services
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Article: 4 Key Social Emotional Learning Skills for Preschool Students
Social and Emotional Skill Progression in Preschool | Edutopia
1. Preschoolers learn how to operate in a classroom. That means they are eager to participate and help out in class. They pay attention to the overt nonverbal cues of peers and adults, listen carefully to what classmates and adults say, cooperate in groups (taking turns, asking for and giving help), and follow directions. They learn to adhere to norms about safety, health, and appearance (including being willing to be cleaned up; avoiding electrical outlets, fan blades, and similar dangers; and avoiding putting inappropriate things in their mouths).
2. They learn about basic emotions. Preschoolers should show at least some concern for the distress of others even though they may be reluctant to help out without adult prompting or guidance. They should share in the joy of others. They should recognize and label the following emotions in themselves, in others, and in pictures: sadness, anger, happiness, fear, surprise, upset, worry, and pride.
Spend time encouraging preschoolers to identify aspects of themselves or their actions about which they are proud. They will learn to express these important facts.
3. They will develop conversational vocabulary around key social situations. Some children will use gestures, pictures before words. It is important to honor and encourage all forms of social communication. Young children need to be helped to find the words for common situations they will find themselves in. These include using words when they want something or are frustrated, asking for help, helping others, thanking or in other ways showing gratitude, showing concern, and talking about accomplishments.
4. They should start practicing key concepts for social and emotional literacy. When Grover, on Sesame Street, talks to kids about near and far, he is taking a page out of Myrna Shure’s ICPS playbook. She and George Spivack identified key word “pairs” that are the foundations of human relationships and problem-solving. These create brain architecture and executive functioning so that children can understand the world around them. In addition to talking about near and far, help preschoolers understand these concepts by using these words often:
Who is in the book (if child can’t answer verbally, point to the character and ask Who is this? Or ask them to point to “who” is in the book.)
Where are they? (if child can’t answer verbally, point to surroundings and ask Are they in a house? Are they outside? etc.Or ask them to point to “where” the book takes place.)
What are they doing?
What did you like about this book?
Natick Preschool 2023-2024
Through district-wide planning for next school year, it has been determined that there will not be any preschool classroom offerings at Lilja School and Memorial School for the 2023 - 2024 school year due to an increase in K-4 enrollment designated for those schools. For the 2023 - 2024 school year, we will maintain classrooms at Natick High School (15 West Street), East School (90 Oak Street) and we are excited to be adding a new classroom location at Bennett-Hemenway School (22 East Evergreen Rd). Natick Preschool families who attend preschool at Lilja and Memorial and have expressed interest in returning next year will be notified of their classroom locations soon. Teacher assignments are finalized later in the spring.
Our adult brains plan many months in advance, however, young learner brains still operate on a day to day basis. Even though we as teachers and parents are planning and preparing for next year, our interactions with the children can remain very focused on the here and now. We look forward to the many more months of learning we have together this year!
As always, please feel welcome to reach out with any questions. ~MaryBeth
- Reminder for Parents Who Want to Volunteer--CORI Checks
Reminder If you want to volunteer in schools, you must have a CORI check conducted and you must go into the building with identification (drivers license or passport) to do this. Click here for description of what a CORI check is and does. Without a CORI check, you cannot volunteer in the school. Here is the form to fill out for a CORI. Preschool volunteer opportunities include being a Mystery Reader for the class, presenting a family tradition and supporting special projects.
- With the spread of the Flu, SARS, and COVID, we ask that you take the necessary health and safety precautions to be mindful of your fellow families and your child’s teachers. Remember, we are a flexible mask culture, if you have been exposed we encourage you to please wear a mask. If you have sick kids, we encourage you to stay home as well. Take the time you need to heal yourself or your family.
Social Emotional Learning and Independence
Support Social Emotional Learning and Independence at home using the same language and systems we use at school
Handwashing at Home video
Schedules, Visuals, Daily Living and Social Emotional Learning These can help!
Make Clean-Up Fun Gracie's corner clean up song
What is the Preschool Flip?
Fleece! Jackets! Chilly weather calls for additional layers. Use the linked video to practice the Preschool Flip to build your child's independence putting on a jacket. They will be so proud of themselves and you will have your hands free for extra hugs!
How To Use PBIS at Home complete with printable red birds (don’t have a printer? Have your child make some red birds or choose what household item you can use to represent completion of a task.)
- Title I: Title I of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title II
- Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) of 1990Title VI
- Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964Title IX
- Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972
- MGL, Ch.76, Section 5: Massachusetts General Laws, Chapter 76, Section 5