Parents As Teachers

Lee's Summit R7 School District

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Attached is a link to our Parent Survey. This tool is used for advocacy purposes. Funding for our program comes from Federal, State and Lee’s Summit R7 School District monies. This survey allows us to advocate for our program and the results are presented to the Lee’s Summit Board of Education. Your participation is essential for our program to continue to be a success. We appreciate your input and your feedback will be used to determine future programming.

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Screens and Electronics

Screen time:

Do it - don't do it. How much? How little? What exactly is it? Does it really impact behavior? When can I introduce it to my baby?

Lots of challenging questions for screen time and use. There are many studies that have been done and more that are taking place. Remember, screen time does not replace real experiences and we know actual experiences are a better teaching tool. Screens can keep us from real sensory experiences, interacting with each other and can then interrupt better learning opportunities. Our little ones can learn from a screen, but it takes much longer.

There are new updates for screens and children. Please see the link below.

Play Games While Waiting with Young Children

Waiting can be hard for children and adults. What can you and your child do to have fun and learn while waiting for your food to arrive in a restaurant, for the bus to come, or in a long line at the store?

Try playing one of these word games. It can make the time pass more pleasantly and help your preschooler build valuable skills. Your child can learn how to focus on and describe objects, make decisions, solve word problems, persist at a task, and recognize colors, shapes, numbers, and letters. They will also learn that different people can see things in different ways.

I Spy. The first player looks around and chooses an object that all players can see and then provides one clue: “I spy with my little eye something that is green [or round or striped . . . ].” The other players take turns guessing the object. The player who guesses correctly starts the next round.

The Rainbow Game. One person chooses a color, and the others look for something of that color. When everyone spots something of the first color, another player chooses a new one. Keep playing until you run out of colors. Try playing with shapes, numbers, or letters as well. You can change any of these games to fit your child’s age and interests. For younger children, make clues simpler or choose more obvious items. Adjust your play times to match your child’s attention span or the length of wait. Playing games makes waiting fun!

Would You Rather? One player starts by asking a simple “Would you rather . . .” question, such as “Would you rather play Uno or Go Fish?” “. . . eat an apple or a pear?” “. . . take a bath or a shower?” or “. . . have a picnic with an anteater or a raccoon?” Add explanations for the choices, if you wish.

I’m Thinking of an Animal. One person thinks of an animal and gives clues so others can guess what it is. The best clues narrow the search but still allow for multiple possibilities.


Upcoming Activities

Stretch and Grow

HyVee KidsFit

Wednesday, March 1st, 10-11am

905 Bluestem

Lee's Summit, MO

Grandparents Day

Grandparents Day

Wednesday, March 29th, 10-11am

905 Bluestem

Lee's Summit, MO

Fun activities for you and your grandchild to share together!

Click here for the flyer and a link to register!

From Our Speech Pathologist


1. Good eating habits – keep mealtime pleasant. This develops swallowing, chewing, and sucking which are necessary for good speech.

2. Name all objects that your child comes in contact with. Do not force him to repeat. Child will begin to develop naming objects on his own. Encourage child to “ask” for things instead of anticipating his needs.

3. Repeat nursery rhymes and lullabies to child.

4. Encourage the child to put together simple form puzzles-naming each piece.

5. Using a flannel board and simple outline figures, take turns with the child telling “stories” on the flannel board.

6. Encourage your child to create objects with clay or “play dough.’ Let him express himself through these clay objects and tell about his creations.

7. Finger painting is another good way to work out feelings and encourages verbal expression.

8. Hand puppets made from old socks encourages child to act out situations, tell stories and use speech.

9. Read children’s stories to your child. Talk about what you see in the pictures. Ask questions or make comments about the story.

10. Listen to child friendly music, including nursery rhymes and children’s books on tape.

11. Pounding boards can be made with a block of wood and some nails and hammer. They develop a sense of rhythm and eye-hand coordination.

12. Provide child with old clothes and shoes so he can play “grown-up”.

13. Provide a calm harmonious home environment.

14. KEEP TALKING – even though many times the child will appear absorbed in other activities.

15. LISTEN – with interest to what your child has to say.

16. Watch and discuss TV shows with your child.

17. Use simple, precise language when giving your child instructions.

18. Set a good example by pronouncing words clearly and forming good sentences.

19. Talk to your child on his level. Do not use “baby talk”, except with an infant.

20. Give your child simple tasks to do around the house (making his bed, setting the table, etc.). Accompany these tasks with simple verbal instructions. Be patient – let him try and always compliment him.

From our Health Room

From our Librarian

January Book Ideas:

The Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats

Red Sled by Lita Judge

Snowballs by Lois Ehlert

The Twelve Days of Winter by Deborah Lee Rose

The Jacket I Wear in the Snow by Shirley Neitzel

The Mitten by Jan Brett

The Biggest Snowman Ever by Steven Kroll

There Was a Cold Lady Who Swallowed Some Snow by Lucille Colandro

Over and Under the Snow by Kate Messner

Sneezy Snowman by Maureen Wright