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The Toddler Times, Issue #0012 -- Happy St. Patrick's Day!
March 08, 2010
Happy St. Patrick's Day!
Are you thinking GREEN this month? Here at TAF we are going to turn you all into Green! We will have a great toddler recipe and craft in celebration of St. Patrick's Day! Our "Mom of Green" will be here to share her monthly Green Tip. This and so much more! So grab a cup of coffee and settle in for this issue of The Toddler Times!
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March 2010: Issue #0012
Our Special "St. Patrick's Day" e-zine will feature:
We will have a Fun Toddler recipe...."Green Smoothies..":)
Is my Toddler Pre-school Ready?My son loves preschool. I felt that it was important that he started as early as possible. He started when he was 2 1/2 years old. However, he was ready. Every child is not ready. There are certain factors to keep in mind to determine whether or not your child is ready.
Most schools will not accept any children who are not potty trained. That would be considered a daycare where they would need to change diapers or pull ups. Your child must be able to go to the bathroom on their own and be able to independently wash their hands, eat snacks etc. my son could not button his pants so I had to make sure he wore pants with no buttons or else jeans with snaps so that he was able to use the restroom with no trouble.
When your child begins, they will miss you at first. Especially if you are a stay at home Mom. You would be surprised though at how well your child can actually adjust. When my son was a baby, he wouldn't even stay in the church nursery. He would scream and get so upset. I was home with him all the time so I thought he would never do well when preschool came around. Well he did. He loved going and I never had to fight him to go back every day. It's important that you transition a child into the process. My son started the first year going only two days a week. The next year he was going three days a week. This year is his last year of preschool and he will be going 5 days a week. you can do an adjustment.
Does your child stay on a schedule well?
Preschools usually follow a predictable routine: circle time, play time, snack, playground, then lunch. There's a good reason for this. Children tend to feel most comfortable and in control when the same things happen at the same time each day. So if your child is not on a schedule and each day is different from the last, it can help to standardize his days before he starts preschool. Start by offering meals on a regular timetable. You could also plan to visit the park each afternoon or set - and stick to - a bedtime ritual (bath, then books, and bed).
Working well in group settings and with other children.
Many preschool activities, like "circle time," require that all the children in a class participate at the same time. These interactions give children a chance to play and learn together, but also require them to sit still, listen to stories, and sing songs. This can be very difficult for kids under 3 who are naturally active explorers and not always developmentally ready to play with other children. If your child isn't used to group activities, you can start introducing them yourself. Take her to story time at your local library, for instance, or sign her up for a class such as tumbling to help her get used to playing with other children.
Whether it's a half-day or full-day program, preschool keeps kids busy. There are art projects to do, field trips to take, and playgrounds to explore. Does your child thrive on activities like this, or does he have trouble moving from one thing to the next without getting cranky? Another thing to consider is how and when your child needs to nap. Preschools usually schedule nap time after lunch. If your little one can keep going until then or even all day like a wind-up toy, he's set. If he still needs a mid-morning snooze, it might not be time yet to go to school. You can work toward building his stamina by making sure he gets a good night's sleep. If you have some flexibility in your schedule, you might also want to start him off in a half-day program to ease him into the hustle and bustle of preschool life, and gradually increase the length of his school day as he gets more comfortable.
Finding a school
Here are a few tips you may want to consider when you are searching for a preschool.
Preparing for Preschool
I have some ideas that you can try with your child to prepare them for this new journey. It is important that you make them feel excited about going to school and not anxious.
Preschool is to prepare our children for kindergarten. You would be surprised to know how much they really should know prior to entering school. It is important that you research the best options for you and your child. Have a Great school year and Happy Learning..:)
St. Patrick's Day CraftA Bit O' The Green Collage
From the color of Shamrocks, to the suit of a leprechaun, green is the color of the Irish. Some speculate that St. Patrick's Day's is so closely associated with green, not just because of its Irish heritage, but also because it is thought to be the holiday coinciding with first green of spring.
Whatever you choose to believe, creating a collage of green is a wonderful way for toddlers to enjoy a craft activity while celebrating the heritage of St. Patrick's Day.
Our Toddler Recipe is..
Green Smoothie recipe
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