# Lee's Summit R7 Parents As Teachers

## October is Fire Safety Month

Prepare, Practice and Prevent

Be prepared: Creating a fire escape plan and practicing it with your kids is critical to protecting your family’s safety in a fire emergency. Every child is different, so base your plans on your child’s individual abilities.

Practice: Know what to do in case of an emergency. Where will you meet, who will do what. Practice these steps. Make sure everyone knows what to do.

Prevent: While you can take steps to reduce fire hazards, there’s little that can be done to predict and prevent a random fire. Smoke alarms serve as a first alert, letting your family know there’s imminent danger and providing a few moments warning for you to enact your fire safety plan. Check regularly for fire hazards in your home and check your smoke detectors.

## Number Sense

Lots of parents ask how they can help prepare their child for school. There is a huge emphasis on understanding and visualizing numbers and quantities in kindergarten. As a parent, you can provide opportunities and experiences to help guide your child’s brain development in fun and engaging ways! One place to begin is helping your child develop number sense.

Subitizing: This skill requires your child to be able to look at a group of dots and be able to understand what number it represents. Think of the dots on dice. When you see a single dot, you instantly recognize that represents the number “1”. We need to build that skill in our young children. Begin with rolling a single die with your child and practice counting the dots (pips) until your child can say the number shown without counting. It is a skill that takes time, but once they have it, you can encourage playing board games with dice to solidify that knowledge and build in family fun time.

Number Lines: Write numbers 1-10 on pieces of paper or notecards. Practice putting the numbers in order on a table or floor while you count. Mix the cards up and put them back in order again. Put them on the floor and have your child start on the number 1. Have them say the numbers as they hop on each number. For extra fun, have your child start on the number 10 and hop/say the numbers backwards. This builds the concept that numbers increase and decrease by quantities of 1.

Quantities: Look for opportunities to count small groups of objects with your child. Count socks when sorting laundry, count raisins for snack, count blocks on a tower. The more your child experiences counting quantities, the better they understand concept of more and less. Children instantly connect with quantities because “more” is always better than “less”! More crackers, more toys, more fun!! Offer your child a group of three snacks and a group of 7 snacks and ask which they would rather have. Use the words “more” and “less” to further develop their concept of numbers.

Look for ways you can provide opportunities to build number sense thinking throughout your day. There are unlimited possibilities while fixing dinner, doing laundry, spending time running errands or carpooling! Not only are these activities fun, engaging, and hands-on, but they also provide a foundation for future learning!

## Roll and Read was a success!

It was hot... The Chiefs were playing... (and they won!) but we had a great time at our first Roll and Read.

Thank you to all our volunteers and families who braved the heat to come and learn about literacy and have some family fun!

A special thank you to Paradise Park, Lee's Summit Hospital, Raytown-Lee's Summit Community Credit Union, members of our Advisory Board and Mayor Rhoades and Chief Forbes.

#readwithyourkids #literacyisimportant

## Fall is in the air....

Get outside and enjoy this weather! Create your own bucket list or use the one provided. Mark them off as you complete them!

## Love and Logic

Love and Logic Early Childhood Parenting Made Fun Great Beginnings Early Childhood Center 908 NE Bluestem Monday’s, October 2 through October 30 from 6:30pm to 8:00 pm The cost for the 5-week class is \$50 per person. Register online at www.LSCares.org

Click the link below for more information regarding this and other classes offered by LS Cares.

## Race for the Future 5K Run/Walk to be Oct. 14 at LSWHS

Popular event raises money for LS Educational Foundation, Carrie Foresee Memorial Scholarship Fund

The Lee's Summit Educational Foundation will host its popular Race for the Future 5K Run/Walk, scheduled to begin at 8 a.m. Oct. 14 at Lee's Summit West High School. The event is recognized throughout the metro-area as one of the Midwest's premier run/walk events with more than 1,000 people participating in 2016. In addition to the 5K, the race includes a Kids Dash on the high-school track.

The 21st annual Race for the Future is a fund-raiser for the Lee's Summit Educational Foundation Inc. and the Carrie Foresee Memorial Scholarship Fund. Over the last few years, the Foundation has awarded more than \$3 million to Lee’s Summit R-7 students and schools via PEAK Grants, classroom technology, school programs, student assistance and scholarships to graduating seniors.

The 5K race includes hundreds of dollars in prizes. Free T-shirts will go to the first 850 5K entrants. Supporters who cannot attend the Race have the opportunity to become Race for the Future Dream Partners. For more information about the race, including sign-up fees and deadlines, visit https://runsignup.com/Race/MO/LeesSummit/RaceForTheFuture or call (816) 986-1015.

Since the event began 20 years ago, Race for the Future has raised more than \$422,000 for the Lee's Summit Educational Foundation and the Carrie Foresee Memorial Scholarship Fund.