From the Director
When I was a child we never wore sunscreen, I got a sun burn and we dealt with it. As a teenager, I laid out with baby oil and iodine and used tanning beds. Now in my 40’s, I have severe sun damage and have had several scares with skin cancer. In my final words of wisdom, use sunscreen on yourself and your child and follow the summer safety tips below. Have a great summer.
As the days get warmer and longer, help children stay safe by following these simple tips.
· Prepare and take a first aid kit wherever you go. Regularly replenish Band-Aids and other materials for cuts and scrapes. Make sure you have Benadryl in case of bee stings or bug bites.
· Schedule outdoor play time to avoid the sun’s peak hours, which are generally between 10 a.m. and 4 p.m. Make sure children have access to shade and plenty of drinking water when outside.
· Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with SPF 30. Apply to children’s exposed skin at least 15 minutes before heading outside, even on cloudy days. Reapply every 2 hours and after children get wet.
· Apply insect repellent if children spend time near areas with biting insects. Read and follow instructions carefully. Do not use repellent with more than 30 percent DEET.
· Supervise children at all times during water play. Create guidelines with children and enforce them during play, such as no running near water or splashing other children.
For more information:
· “Summer Safety Tips,” by the American Academy of Pediatrics. 2012. Click Here
· Healthy Young Children: A Manual for Programs, 5th ed. 2012. Edited by Susan S. Aronson. Click Here
· “Sun Safety,” by Sue Mankiw, Teaching Young Children 4 (5): 22–25. Click Here
Summer Fun Ideas
We all get excited about summer and all the things we want to do with our children. I have attached a list of fun ideas for you to do with your children this summer. Most of all relax and enjoy this precious time with your children. The time flies by and you will never get these sweet preschool days back. Hug them, snuggle with them, be silly and make memories.
May 14th – Laurie Anderson
May 26th – Denise Perona
May 8th – Four Year Old Pre-K Graduation @ 6:30pm
May 9th – TK Open House for Parents
May 13th – Spirit Day
May 15th – Purple Day
May 16th – Last Friday Enrichment
May 20th – Last Day of Preschool
September 9th – First Day of School
The 4s have been working hard preparing for their spring program, “Hay Day!” on May 8th at 6:30 pm. I am so excited to share their talents with all of you. The 1s, 2s, and 3s continue to have lots of fun in music class trying out new instruments and singing their favorite songs from earlier in the year. This summer try to include as much music as you can in your schedule. We are blessed to live in an area that provides so many musical opportunities for families.