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November Newsletter

Great Beginnings Early Education Center Celebrates 10 Years

This year marks the 10th anniversary of the opening of Great Beginnings Early Education Center.

Through the generosity of an anonymous donor who provided a $2 million challenge grant to build a new, state of the art facility for our youngest students the idea of Great Beginnings was born.

Quickly, foundation board members rose to the challenge and worked hard to raise the needed $2 million match. The community provided the remaining $2 million through a no-tax increase bond issue. This community partnership built Great Beginnings Early Education Center at Legacy Park. This facility serves as a wonderful example of what a community can do when they work together.

Information for Parents

Car Seat Safety

Missouri’s Child Restraint Law states the following:

  • Child Safety Seat: Children under 4 years old or weighing less than 40 pounds must be in an appropriate child safety seat.
  • Booster seat with lap and shoulder belt: Children 4 to 7 years old who weigh at least 40 pounds must be in an appropriate child safety seat or booster seat unless they are 80 pounds or 4'9" tall.
  • Lap and shoulder safety belts: Children 8 years and older or weighing at least 80 pounds or at least 4'9" tall are required to be secured by a safety belt or booster seat appropriate for that child.
For helpful information and resources on selecting and installing car seats, see the full version of this article at http://missourifamilies.org/features/parentingarticles/parenting89.htm
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Show them you are Thankful....Use the Four Elements of Connection

All learning begins with connection! Connections on the outside (with other people) actually create and strengthen neural connections within the brain.

Use Eye Contact - get down on their level

Be Present - turn off your distractions, even if only for an hour

Touch - the only sense we cannot live without

Playfulness - builds bonds & social development

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Holiday Help

If your family is in need of help this holiday season with gifts for your children, please notify your parent educator on your next visit.
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The Holidays are coming... Dealing with Stress

Most parents today live stress-filled lives. Their minds go a mile a minute, thinking of all they have to do. Signs of stress include:

Þ Being easily irritated by things that normally wouldn’t bother you.

Þ Being angry about things over which you have no control, such as the weather or being stuck in rush hour traffic.

Þ Feeling rushed and pressured to get things done in less time than is realistic.

Þ Feeling frustrated or helpless because of not being able to keep up with the pace of your life.

Þ Feeling tightness in your neck muscles, shoulders, or back.

Þ Feeling constantly tired even before you start a task.

Þ Having a headache frequently, during or at the end of the day.

Here are some long-term strategies for dealing with stress:

Þ Develop the habit of making a list of things you have to do. An unspecific, vague sense of “ having lots to do” can wear you down. Making a list helps organize what tasks need to be done.

Þ Make a list of what needs to be done immediately. Be realistic. Trying to accomplish everything at the same time is unrealistic and can be overwhelming.

Þ Check off tasks as you finish them. A sense of accomplishment– even in getting small jobs done can give a person renewed energy.

Þ Give yourself more time than you think each task will take. Being rushed creates unnecessary pressure which ultimately saps one’s energy.

Þ Make time for yourself. This includes planning to take regular breaks and to look after your own interests. Keep notes on whatever helps you the most to de-stress. For some people, listening to music or looking at a particular scene can be relaxing. For others, a mental sound or picture—such as the sound of waves breaking on the seashore—is more effective.

Þ Exercise regularly. Build some exercise program even short, brisk walks-into your overall daily schedule. Treat regular exercise as a duty to yourself and others, rather than as an optional daily activity.

Þ Find a long-term friend with whom you can share the cause of your stress. This person must be a good listener whom you trust to protect your confidentiality.

~Growing Together

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One Hour of Sleep Can Make All the Difference

It’s funny how one hour can make such a difference. But daylight savings time can have an effect on a toddler’s sleep schedule, which could result in a cranky child– and parent! November 1st is the day we move our clocks back an hour. Are you prepared? “The time change in the fall and the spring is very difficult on children, and it can take children from a few days to a week to adjust,” says Dr. Jodi Mindell, author of Sleeping Through the Night. In general, every child is different and has a particular sleep pattern, which changes with age and development. Time change affects our children because in the spring they are going to bed an hour earlier and in the fall, an hour later. “During the transition period, parents have to be careful to maintain a strict pattern of how they’ve handled putting their children to bed before, “ says Dr. Mindell. “It’s tempting to go in and offer them drinks, lay down with them, or add to other bad sleeping habits that they may not have had before. You want to stick by the clock and stick to the bedtime rules. Another piece that is key is wake them up at their normal times– don’t let them sleep later to ‘make up’ for lost sleep from the night before.” With a small amount of planning, parents can prepare their children for the time change in advance. “You can just adjust their bedtime, which means that on Sunday night they will be in bed at 7 to their internal body clock and give them a few days to sort it out, “ says Dr. Mindell. Changing clocks Saturday evening is a good idea. Time change happens at 2 AM, and unless there’s an extraordinary event, most parents will sleep through it. It may also help you plan the next day better. “Just realize ahead of time that it’s going to be hard on children– they will be getting less sleep for a short period, and that can lead to crankiness,” says Dr. Mindell.~www.babyzone.com

Upcoming Activities

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Monday, November 23

Wednesday, December 9

Book Idea for November: WE'RE GOING ON A LEAF HUNT





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