Lakewood Childcare Center

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WEAPON PLAY

irst thing, the preschool classroom does not allow any type of weapon play and we are again seeing a lot of it in recent weeks.


When children engage in weapon play, they show acts of rough play, and aggressive behaviors. This can bother the children who are sensitive to this kind of play, and others may get frightened by it. We have a classroom of many young three’s now and we want them to learn appropriate play in the classroom. We want the best experiences for the class when it comes to ply experiences that are fun and safe. We also want the children to learn how to treat others and our focus is to be kind.


When the children play violently in their play this shows us how much they know about weapons and violence, and it is kind of scary to see how much they know as they role play the use of several types of weapons. When we see weapon play, we talk to the children about how weapons hurt people, they are not safe, and we talk about kind ways to play. We go over many times how there are no weapons at school.

It is important to talk to your children about the importance of why weapons are not safe to play and why.

School is a weapon free zone.




SOCIAL SKILLSTREAMING

We know it is so hard to wait for something fun and exciting to do. We will be working with the children on this skill and we have provided the steps for you to help with this skill at home too.


  1. Say, “its hard to wait but I can do it.”

         Discuss how the child may feel when they have to wait.

2. Choose

         Wait quietly – discuss this choice means not talking or bothering anyone else and remembering not to             get angry or frustrated.

         Do Something Else – Talk about what things the children could do while they are waiting.

3. Do It

         Children should make one of these choices.


  • You can help your child practice at home by doing the following:
  • 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
  • Ask your child to teach you (or a brother or sister) the skill.

MILESTONES

Welcome to preschool Halle and Henry M; from the toddler room! Zoey celebrated the big 3 last month too!

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SELF-DIRECTED PLAY

Self-directed play is an important part of a young child’s development that allows children to experience independence in a safe classroom environment. There are many benefits of self-directed play such as building self confidence by exploring on their own. It stimulates their imagination and gives them opportunities to expand on and build creativity in play. Self-directed play aids in building problem solving skills; as they explore materials independently, they figure out how to make things work the way they want it to. There is no timeline with self-directed play, and this allows children to learn at their own pace and build on their own knowledge. Children motivate themselves through self-directed play and they naturally challenge themselves to try new experiences.


One way we help support children’s self-direction in the classroom is with our choice chart. The choice chart has pictures of each area in the classroom: blocks, music, drama, math, language, safe space, sensory table, science, art, my space and books. The children go to this chart to choose which area they want to be in and then they find their name and place it with the picture of the area. This chart is beneficial to children new to the room that are getting to know the classroom. Each picture also has a number of stickers on it to show how many friends can be in that area; which helps them learn to check before entering the area rather than entering and having to leave cause there are too many friends.


This chart builds their independence and confidence to choose activities and experiences that they want to do. The children stay on task with play an activity and they enjoy the responsibility of going to the chart throughout the day to move their name to another area of interest.