Lee's Summit Parents as Teachers

December 2019

The Lee's Summit Parents as Teachers parent educators say Thank You! You make our job fun, exciting and fulfilling.
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Great Beginnings Early Education Center

Parents as Teachers celebrates 35 years of building strong communities, thriving families and children that are healthy, safe and ready to learn.

Well, like it or not, it's coming...the dreaded WINTER! Winter is not many people's favorite time of the year but with it comes beautiful snows, drinking warm cocoa by the fire and the holidays! Holidays mean traditions for many. As Parent Educators visit your home, they may ask you what your favorite holiday traditions are or what traditions you would like to start. As parents with young children, you have the power to retain your favorite traditions from your childhood or start new ones with your babies. What will you choose to do this year?

Something to think about is the power of presence. It doesn't take money to make a child happy or feel loved. Please remember that! Children want to have YOU as their present. The present of time and attention is the most valuable thing you can give your kiddos and yourself. Children like to read and sit on your lap or next to you, cuddled up in bed or a chair. Children like to play board games or card games with you or a grandparent. Children want to be seen by you and recognized for their humor and the joy they bring you. So grab your babies and give them a squeeze, sit down and drink hot cocoa and discuss their favorite part of their day. Drive around town and look at the lights in neighborhoods or downtown Lee's Summit. Traditions can be whatever you want them to be. It doesn't take a whole bunch of money, it just takes YOU!

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Is it important to crawl?

YES!! Crawling has become an often overlooked developmental milestone. Crawling and the four point position are linked to brain and body development. Crawling helps gross motor, fine motor and visual motor skills integrate together. Believe it or not…. It helps facilitate reading and math skills. Here are just a few of the ways crawling helps children develop. -it activates the brain stem to promote self regulation -it develops shoulder strength for fine motor and handwriting skills -it works on core strength needed for balance activities -it helps develop body awareness and good muscle tone -it helps develop midline crossing. If your child did not crawl, it’s not too late! Do it now. If they did crawl, keep doing it! Crawling is a wonderful activity and exercise for kids of any age. Participate in crawling races, crawl through tunnels, pretend to be animals, toss pillows on the floor to crawl over, crawl on grass or other surfaces, play balloon volleyball in a crawling position.
Indoor Ideas

Just because you are inside doesn't mean you can't have a fun day filled with learning! Look at these ideas for some inspiration.

Upcoming Events at the Mid Continent Public Library

Is my child where they should be? What can I work on to make sure they are ready for kindergarten?

Parents as Teachers offers a screening for all children who reside in the Lee's Summit School District boundaries three years of age to kindergarten entry. This screening works to celebrate children's milestones and identify possible delays. It focuses on communication/language, large and small motor, problem-solving and personal-social development. Your 3, 4, or 5 year old can receive a FREE screening through Parents as Teachers.

You do not have to be enrolled in the Parents as Teachers program to participate in the developmental screening at this age.

If you are interested in receiving a screening for your child, please call 986-2486 to schedule.

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The office is closed from December 21st to January 6th

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