Social Development in Preschoolers
At age three, your child will be much less selfish than she was at two. He or she will also be less dependent on you, a sign that there own sense of identity is stronger and more secure. Now they will actually play with other children, interacting instead of just playing side by side. In the process, they will recognize that not everyone thinks exactly as they do and that each of there playmates has many unique qualities, some attractive and some not. You’ll also find them drifting toward certain children and starting to develop friendships with them. As they create these friendships, they will discover that many children have special qualities that make him/her likable—a revelation that will give a vital boost to there self-esteem.
There’s some more good news about your child’s development at this age: As they becomes more aware of and sensitive to the feelings and actions of others, they will gradually stop competing and will learn to cooperate when playing with her friends. They are capable of taking turns and sharing toys in small groups, even if she doesn’t always do it. Instead of grabbing, whining, or screaming for something, they actually ask politely much of the time. As a result, you can look forward to less aggressive behavior and calmer play sessions. Often three-year-olds are able to work out their own solutions to disputes by taking turns or trading toys.
However, particularly in the beginning, you’ll need to encourage this type of cooperation. For instance, you might suggest that they “use his or her words” to deal with problems instead of violent actions. Also, remind her that when two children are sharing a toy, each gets an equal turn. Suggest ways to reach a simple solution when another child want the same toy, perhaps drawing for the first turn or finding another toy or activity. This doesn’t work all the time, but it’s worth a try. Also, help them with the appropriate words to describe there feelings and desires so that they doesn’t feel frustrated. Above all, show them by your own example how to cope peacefully with conflicts. If you have an explosive temper, try to tone down your reactions in their presence. Otherwise, they will mimic your behavior whenever they are under stress.
Inspirational Quotes for parents:
Please be sure to wash your child’s hands upon entering the classroom.
If your child has received any new immunizations, please make sure we have an updated record in your child’s file.
All outside food must be store bought.
Inform the front office if your emergency contact information changes.
Please sign your child in and out each day.
Label all your child’s belongings.
Please put appropriate foot wear on your child for active play.
We will be celebrating Winter Holidays on December 18th at 3 p.m. for all classes. A sign up sheet will be posted outside the classroom door for volunteer donations of snacks. We appreciate all you do year round for the students in our school and thank you in advance for your participation.
December 24th we will close at NOON and be closed on December 25th for the holiday!
It’s that time of year again…colds and flu
A common myth is that exposure to cold and wind make children more likely to catch a cold or flu virus. According to the American Academy of Pediatrics, cold weather is not the cause of either the flu or colds. Both cold and flu viruses are more common in the winter and children in child care are in close contact with each other and can spread the germs. Washing hands frequently and teaching children to sneeze or cough into their elbows help reduce the spread of colds and flu. Active play helps build the immune system and increases a child’s ability to fight off a cold or the flu. Bundle up and enjoy the outdoors – especially in the winter!
Child Care Rules for Outdoor Time
- The latest changes to NC Child Care Rules .0508 and .1718 specify that preschool children in child care should have a minimum an hour of time outdoors every day, weather permitting.
The Child Care Rules include the definition for weather permitting in Rule .0102 (16). Weather permitting refers to appropriate temperature, air quality and precipitation for outdoor learning activities and play.
- The guidelines for temperatures are found on the Child Care Weather Chart from the Department of Public Health in Iowa:www.idph.state.ia.us/hcci/common/pdf/weatherwatch.pdf.
- The NC Department of Environment and Natural Resources offers the Air Quality Color Guide and air quality forecasts onhttp://xapps.enr.state.nc.us/aq/ForecastCenter and by phone at 1-888-784-6224