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5 First Day Of School Tips To Help Your New Preschooler

Posted by on Jul 1, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on 5 First Day Of School Tips To Help Your New Preschooler

If your child is about to start preschool, both of you may be excited. Here are some tips you can use to make the first day of preschool go well for both you and your child. Plan for Delays You might plan to have a great morning, but it is easy to fall behind when the morning of the first day arrives. To avoid being late and rushing around, get up a little earlier than you usually would. That way, you won’t be late for school if there’s a tantrum or your child spills something on their clothes.  Get to School Early Instead of showing up a few minutes before school starts, strive to be the first to arrive. Your child will get more private time with the teacher, and they can get used to the classroom while it’s still quiet.  Bring a Stuffed Animal One way for your child to be more comfortable on their first day is to allow them to bring something familiar along. A small stuffed animal is great for this purpose, because your child will feel like they have a friend with them. Be sure to check with the teacher that the stuffed animal is okay, however. You don’t want your child to have a problem if the teacher asks them to keep their stuffed animal in their cubby all day.   Smile You might be anxious about how the day will go, but be sure to put a brave face on for your child. When you are excited and happy to start the first day of school, your child will take the cue from you.   Keep Your Goodbye Short You may stick around for a few minutes to make sure your child is okay, but when it’s finally time for you to leave, be sure to keep your goodbye short and upbeat. Be sure you tell your child when to expect you; they may not be able to tell time, but they can understand that you’ll be back after snacktime. Hug your child, tell them you love them and go. This may be extremely hard for you to do, especially if your child starts crying or screaming. If that happens, ask the teacher or the assistant for help. They are experts at dealing with children, and they can help your goodbye to go more smoothly. Use the information in this article to help prepare you and your child for the first day of preschool. Proper preparation will help both of you get off to a great...

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How Montessori Instructors Can Help Your Child Cope With An Anxiety Disorder

Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on How Montessori Instructors Can Help Your Child Cope With An Anxiety Disorder

Approximately 5% of Canadians report suffering from an anxiety disorder. Many more Canadians, both young and old, likely suffer from anxiety but have not been formally diagnosed.  The term “anxiety disorder” actually refers to a group of independently-recognized mental disorders linked by a common symptom: anxiety that is irrational and excessive for the circumstances. To rise to the level of an anxiety disorder, a patient’s symptoms must negatively interfere with day-to-day activities for a prolonged period of time.  Your child can still enroll in a Montessori school even with an anxiety disorder diagnosis. As a matter of fact, your child will likely benefit more from the personalized nature of a Montessori school than the education offered at traditional schools. Even though a psychologist should oversee your child’s disorder, your child’s Montessori instructors can play an important role in minimizing the symptoms. Generalized Anxiety Disorder Generalized anxiety disorder can affect both children and adults. A child diagnosed with generalized anxiety disorder will usually have problems concentrating in school, suffer from low self-confidence, struggle with punctuality, and experience feelings of “not being good enough.”  School is challenging enough for children; for children suffering from generalized anxiety disorder, school can be even more overwhelming. Often, this disorder’s symptoms appear without any apparent trigger. If your child’s Montessori instructors are aware of this diagnosis, they can help your child overcome self-esteem issues and gain confidence in daily activities that can benefit other areas of your child’s life.  Social Anxiety Disorder Social anxiety disorder has a marked impact on children diagnosed with this condition. As children mature, they go through several stages of self-awareness development, including awareness of how others perceive and judge them. For a child with social anxiety disorder, social situations are unbearably uncomfortable; the child over-analyzes and worries about the judgment of peers. If your child has a social anxiety disorder, the symptoms can be so severe that your child will avoid social situations altogether instead of deal with the anxiety and discomfort involved.  Montessori instructors can help your child cope with social anxiety disorder. These instructors can ease your child into uncomfortable situations with other peers and classmates, like group projects and class presentations.  Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder Did you know that obsessive-compulsive behaviors, like preoccupations with order, cleanliness, or losing things, can actually be the symptoms of an anxiety disorder? Children diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder will incessantly worry about things and subconsciously perform rituals to prevent the perceived fear from becoming a reality.  Having a child obsessed with clean hands, tidiness, or timeliness may sound like a parent’s dream, but not all compulsions are healthy. For example, over-washing hands can stunt your child’s immune system and turn skin raw and prone to infection. Excessively obsessing about perfection can result in time management problems that interfere with test and homework completion. Furthermore, the persistent negative thoughts swirling around your child’s head can have a profound impact on your child’s happiness.  If your child suffers from obsessive-compulsive disorder, alert Montessori instructors to your child’s particular compulsions. Your child spends a lot of time at school, but instructors can help your child resist the urge to perform rituals and learn the balance between healthy habits and obsessions. For more information, contact a school like Colwell Nursery School...

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4 Reasons Daycare Is Great For Your Kids

Posted by on Feb 25, 2015 in Uncategorized | 0 comments

If you are deciding between daycare and hiring a nanny for your child, you may be feeling a bit overwhelmed. After all, you want to be sure that your child is going to be 100% happy during the times that you are not able to be around. Hiring a nanny may be beneficial because it allows your child to stay in the comfort of their own home. However, there are many great benefits of daycare, as well. Here are four reasons daycare is so great: Socialization: Kids, no matter what age, need to have some socialization with kids their own age. This is why daycare is a great option since your child will be around other kids all day. They can play together and your child is going to better understand how to socialize with others in an appropriate way.  Structure: Another great thing about daycare is that many daycare providers work under a schedule, meaning that your child is going to be doing different things during the day, but also ensures that they are going to be following a strict structure. This is a great way for your child to prepare for the future since they will be under a structure when they start going to school and then when they move on to get a job. No Boredom: In a daycare setting, your child is much less likely to get bored. This is because they will have other kids to play with, a routine schedule, and the daycare provider will ensure that your child always has something to do if they ever do feel like they are bored. This can give you peace of mind while you are not work and can’t be around your child during the day.  Lower Chance of Depression: Typically, when a child spends most of their day indoors with a nanny, there is a higher chance of depression. This is because your child is not getting any socialization with other kids, they are much more likely to be bored most of the day, and they have more time to miss their parents. Although you may want your child to miss you, if they begin to miss you too much while you are away, this can lead to resentment that you have to be away at work a majority of the day.  By knowing these four reasons why daycare is so great for your kids, you can be sure that you don’t completely eliminate it from your child care options and at least give it...

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