Your Weekly Update from Natick Preschool
For some, it is still new to be venturing out of the home environment with little ones due to the fact that children under 5 have lived the majority of their lives with Covid restrictions and cautions in place. If your family does venture out to community activities suitable for children, you may want to consider the event below to give your child a chance to see other children, hear music and move around. Tickets are discounted for families of preschoolers. See details below.
The Center for Arts in Natick (TCAN) welcomes Stacey Peasley and her band back to this coming Saturday, Feburary 11 at 11am and would like to offer all families of the local preschools a discount on the full ticket price!
Use the code PRESCHOOL to get tickets for just $8 each for the concert. The link for details is below, we hope to see you there!
Important Things to Know!
- Behvior Support for Families:
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.
Danielle Dunn, LMHC | Vice President of Integrated Clinical Services
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- Fostering Independence:
It can be so hard to let children do things on their own.
We are always strengthening independence skills at school –be sure to have your child practice these skills at home as well (packing backpack/ choosing snacks/getting dressed/preschool flip for coats) It's okay to make it fun and engaging since this helps with motivation. Try adding music or races!
We are busy and often want or need to move quickly so waiting while a three-year-old puts on his/her boots might seem daunting. However, the positives for your preschooler’s confidence and your own pride as the grownup makes it all worth it! If your preschooler puts his/her boots on the wrong feet, that’s ok! The emphasis should always be on the effort not the outcome. Think of all the things your preschooler has learned to do independently in the last five months. Building a schedule that allows time for them to complete these skills offers them time to practice, practice. The better they get at these new skills, the more energy they have to learn more new skills.
- 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.
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