LSR7 Parents as Teachers

September 2019

Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood.

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We are back at school and safety is key!

School is back in session and the kids are out and about!


Please be aware and watch for children on the streets and sidewalks. There was another recent close call where a student getting off the bus was almost hit because a driver was not obeying the rules.


Here is what the state of Missouri says you should do when by a bus. Please be aware of the rules and let others know to keep all our kiddos safe!

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Mid Continent Library Calendar of Events for September

Click on the calendar below for a list of upcoming activities!

So many talk about play and we are beginning to understand the importance of play for children (and even adults).


Play is essential to learning! Engaging in play gives children opportunities to experiment with what they can do and to practice skills in a variety of ways.


Play truly impacts a child's learning - so get out and play!

The Power of Play by Amanda Morgan

Popsicles On The Playground was a huge success!

It was a wonderful day and lots of families came out to enjoy the playground and have a popsicle for a refreshment!
Want to enroll in Parents as Teachers - click here!

The Lee's Summit Parents as Teachers program is open to all families who reside in the boundaries of the Lee's Summit R7 School District. We are available to families prenatal to prekindergarten. Please feel free to share this information.

Hi, my name is Ashley Furnell. I'm a Conscious Discipline Certified Instructor, a preschool teacher here at Great Beginnings Early Education Center, and mom of two. I'll be sharing a Conscious Discipline tip or resource here once a month. For this month I'm answering the question: "What is Conscious Discipline?" See the graphic below to answer that and then join me for our Conscious Discipline Parent Night on Thursday, September 26th from 6:30-8:00 PM. For this training, I'll be touching specifically on "Rituals & Routines" to help your morning, bedtime, or school drop-off routines be smoother and less stressful. We'll also touch on some Conscious Discipline basics to help you manage day-to-day life at home with kids. Looking forward to seeing you then!
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Conscious Discipline September Tip

What can I do to promote early learning?

1. Play with your child and provide opportunities for them to play. Play is essential for healthy brain development. The over scheduled child attending academic preschools is actually thwarting their own physical, intellectual, social, and emotional development.

2. Turn off the TV. The types of behavior necessary to succeed in school are completely different from those fostered by television. A young child’s developing brain is largely shaped by his/her environment. The average child will spend an estimated 5,000 hours in front of the TV before entering first grade (TV Turn Off Network). Yet, research shows that the child’s brain develops by “doing,” not “watching.” Children need activities that stimulate the frontal lobe by involving all the senses, not just passive viewing.

3. Read and talk to your child. Phonemic awareness of sounds comes from listening to the human voice. The sounds that the young child hears wire the brain with the first building block for reading. So talk-talk-talk and read-read-read to hardwire the brain for later academic success.

4. Model the joy of learning and discovery. This means you have to turn off the TV and engage in reading and other activities that keep the mind active. Let your child see you writing; give them writing tools, paper and books. Every time your child sees you writing a phone message, reading a recipe, writing a grocery list and reading a paper, magazine or book, you are modeling the usefulness of reading and writing. Explore museums, zoos and parks together. Take walks and discover the outdoors. These types of activities all stimulate early learning.

5. Connect with your child. Connections with the people in their lives boosts children’s brain potential, encourages cooperation, promotes learning and literacy, increases attention, decreases power struggles and builds loving bonds. This happens because connections on the outside literally build neural connections inside the child’s brain. My I Love You Rituals book provides more than 70 positive rhymes and activities that are ideal for enhancing social, emotional and school success through connection. If you don’t utilize I Love You Rituals, be certain to dedicate plenty of time to other connecting rituals that include eye contact and touch in a playful setting.