Lakewood Childcare Center

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LANGUAGE SKILLS

Show n’ tell, a preschool favorite! Show n’ tell is a good experience to help the children build their listening and speaking skills. Talking about a favorite toy makes it more comfortable for them to talk as well.

Another language skill that’s incorporated into the show n’ tell, is asking questions. The children do pretty good and the questions are simple such as “do you play with that in the basement?” Do you play with that in your room? Do you play with it in the kitchen? Some children have learned to ask questions seeking more information: Where did you get that? What do you do with that? What does it do? These are all good starts for learning to ask more complex questions.

To help the children extend on their questioning skills we will be introducing question word cards to the children. These cards have picture cues and explain what each type of question means; we will introduce and go over the questions weekly and then practice during show n’ tell.

Here is what the cards say so you can help your child at home:


What is used to ask for information.

When is used to ask about time.

Where is used to ask about a place or position.

Who is used to ask about a person or people.

Why is used to ask about a reason or explanation.

How is used to ask about condition or quality or in what way or manner.

Which is used to ask about a choice or alternative.

Whose is used to ask about who something belongs to.



SOCIAL SKILLSTREAMING

Social skill streaming are pro-social skills that children learn with others of how to get along in a classroom of other children and adults. In a group setting children engage in activities with peers, sit close to each other at group times, change routines through the day following a schedule, follow directions, and interact cooperatively with others in various settings. Being in the classroom brings new skills and behaviors that the children will be exposed to and learn to use accordingly.


Each month we will be incorporating a new social skill for the children to learn. These skills help the children learn how to communicate with others appropriately, and they also help build confidence to do so. These are skills that are important to others in the children’s environment. The skills are taught in simple 1-4 step directions that are easy for the children to understand. We introduce the skill and model how the skill is used, and then we practice the skill with role play.

This month’s skill is asking for help, and you can work with your child on this skill as well.

Asking for Help steps:  


  • Try it – talk about the importance of trying on your own first. Sometimes people ask for help instead of trying something difficult by themselves but doing something difficult on your own can give you a feeling of pride.
  • Say, “I need help.” Acknowledge that sometimes it’s frustrating when something is difficult to do but stress the importance of Using Nice Talk.


To practice:

  • Remind your child to use the skill when you see a time the skill could be helpful.
  • Respond positively to your child’s skill use (allow the skill to be successful).
  • Reward your child’s use of the skill (you may use a parent award and have your child return it to school).
  • Ask your child to teach you (or brother or sister).



OTHER MILESTONES

Aven, Henry H; and Sofia all recently celebrated their 4th birthdays

Logan and Henry T will turn 4 this month

PRE-SCHOOL PAGE

SAYING GOOD-BYE

Saying goodbye to your child in the morning can be hard on both you and your child. While it can be hard, know that your child is safe and happy at school every day. The transition from home to school is not always easy and setting a consistent drop off routine helps ease the stress of transition into school.

One routine that we suggest that works well for the children is that when they come in each morning, have your child sign in in the sign in book, wash their hands, go to the ladder and wave goodbye to mom or dad.

If you have time to read a story before you leave, this is another routine that can help ease the transition.

One thing to remember with drop off is that you not linger, the longer you stay, the harder it is for your child. We know you do not want to see your child sad and upset but sticking with the routine for drop off makes it easy for everyone. When establishing the routine, the ease of it may not happen right away and your child may still cry and have a hard time. Continue to be consistent and stay on task and after some time your child will learn, “ok this is how it goes,” and may even lead the routine because he/she knows what to do.

As always, the teachers are here to help your child with this transition as well.