From our Director, Marci Soler
|900 High Street, Santa Cruz 831-462-5437
From the Director…what is in the Breeze at Coastal community Preschool
It’s April: Why are they behaving like its September?
When Kianna’s mother leaned down for a good by hug, her four year old whispered “don’t go!” It sounded all too familiar—like last September, in fact. But Kianna had been cheerful about saying good-bye for months and now it was April. The year was almost over. “What’s this?” Wondered her mother. “Not again!” She sighed and glanced around, hoping to signal a teacher that she needed help with leaving.
But one teacher was talking earnestly to a little boy who had angrily toppled somebody’s block tower. Was it Andrew? The one who’d been such a terror last fall? He’d pushed and shoved all the time, though he’d really come around during the year, thought Kianna’s mom. He turned out to be a nice kid after all. Right now, however, it looked like he was back at square one. Pushing.
She patted Kianna’s back and looked around for the other teacher. There she was across the room, gathering up some new arrivals. They’d nonchalantly tossed their jackets aside instead of hanging them up. Kianna’s mother hadn’t seen that happening in a long time either. What was going on? Kianna was clinging, Andrew was pushing. And some of the others evidently needed reminders about basic routines. Before long the school year would be over. Why was the class suddenly in reverse gear?
Within minutes, however, the block tower was restored, the jackets were in place, and a teacher had Kianna settled at the art table with a group of friends. She and Kianna’s mother agreed to talk by phone that evening.
During their phone conversation the teacher said she always expected some slipping back behavior in springtime. She said it was as predictable as Dandelions—but, fortunately, not as long-lasting. Some children are going on to another school next year, she explained. Others will off to a different classroom at the center. Many families, like Kianna’s, are making summer childcare arrangements. Over the years, she’d come to realize that children worry whenever change lies ahead of them. Often they’re not sure what will be expected of them.
Kianna’s teacher stressed that big changes, like the end of the school year or a transition to another classroom or kindergarten, are hard for young children.—that it is not unusual for them to go back to old ways of handling things.
Children who acted extra tough and strong because they were scared about starting
School last September, might briefly rely on the same behavior when faced with the prospect
Of end-of-the year changes. So, down go the block towers!
Those who were apprehensive about saying good bye earlier in the year, might suddenly
Get uneasy again about your leaving. They beg you to stay.
And, a number of children simply forget, under the stress of changes: are jackets to be hung up?
The teacher went on to talk about what they did at school to help the children. She suggested that Kianna’s mother might want to do some of the same things at home:
Does your child, like Kianna, seem to be “in reverse” now that it’s April? Keep in mind it’s probably a temporary situation. They’ve heard that the year is ending and they’re thinking it over. Sometimes children need to back up a bit to gather their courage for charging forward. (the well centered child April 1998)
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Space to add afternoon hours are limited, and there is now a sign-up sheet in the office. It is important for you to give us a call 462-5437 prior to your child extending their day so we can prepare for them to be with us. It is best if we know at least a day ahead of time. As soon as you know please give us a call. Log the extra hours on the sign in sheet in the “extra hours/notes” column. You will be billed $10 per hour on the next statement.
|• Play games–boards games (Monopoly, candy land, etc.)
• Play cards
• Conduct experiments (Chemistry)
• Encourage collecting, observing, categorizing, bugs, rocks, butterflies, etc.
• Visit nature stores
• Play math games–multiplication tables or counting , predicting, mysteriesHow to Encourage bodily/kinesthetic:
|“Coastal Community Preschool seeks to provide a safe, accessible, family-centered environment that nurtures children as individuals, fosters social understanding, and serves as a vital part of its local community.”———————————-|