From the Director
Is it really February already? Clearly, I have lost track of time and I apologize for the newsletter being late this month. It is a busy month at the preschool with registration, Valentine’s Day and a visit from the Fort Worth Opera. Just thinking about all of it makes me tired. When I get tired as an adult I know I need to get some rest. Children on the other hand do not always know when they are tired, they are still learning about this feeling. Physical exhaustion and overstimulation increase stress, and the resulting change in a child’s energy level is often misjudged by adults and treated as misbehavior. We need to help our children learn to recognize when they are tired or stressed and teach them how to rest or relax.
Children need more sleep than adults. Most young children need ten to twelve hours of sleep each night and a short nap during the day. Children need a schedule that allows them to get enough sleep. Stay on a schedule as much as possible, even on weekends. Some children resist bedtime and sleep. Often the more tired they are, the more they try to stay awake. I can tell when my son is tired as he becomes hyperactive and won’t stop talking. Children will fall asleep more quickly if they have a routine that allows them to relax before bedtime. This routine may include taking a bath, brushing teeth, reading a story and getting a last drink of water, and lots of hugs. Sorry dads, this is not the time for wrestling.
Being afraid of the dark is a real fear for some children. A night light or lamp can make these children feel more secure. Playing soft music may help children fall asleep. It is not recommended that you let a child watch television until they fall asleep. Some children will have bad dreams. These dreams may be caused by seeing of experiencing a frightening event. Even some children’s stories and fairy tales can be frightening for children. Nightmares are very real to a child. If you know what frightens your child, you can probably prevent some bad dreams in the future.
Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Good, Sound Sleep for Your Child
FREE Non-traditional Hatha Yoga with Scripture as the meditation focus. Taught at three levels of ability by certified instructor, Mary Cunningham, B.S..
Tuesday/Thursday 9:15am – 10:15am at Compass Center
Tuesday/Thursday 5:30pm – 6:30pm at Compass Church in the Nursery Common Area.
There is no cost to attend. Bring your own yoga mat. For more information call Mary at (817)371-1627
Love is in the air and so is music! Music is a wonderful way for children to develop and explore their language skills as well as expose them to many different cultures. All age levels will be exploring the romantic rhythms of Latin music and learning how to play the castanets, or as my young friends call them, snaps! We will dance with Don Alfredo, continue to experience different instruments during our free music play and learn our monthly Bible song, Who Did Swallow Jonah? – Mrs. Suzanne
2nd – Brenda Sorem (Race Car Class)
10th – Eyong Nieschlag (Truck Class)
12th – Mitzi Bradley (Turtle Class)
19th– Peggy Anderson (Elephant Class)
27th – Beverly Obregon (Kangaroo Class)
2015-2016 REGISTRATION INFORMATION
Tuesday, Feb. 3, 2015 – Registration Packets go home to all Ones, Twos and Threes students. Students who are registering for TK may pick up a packet in the preschool office.
Siblings of current students may register during these “Current Student” dates, extra packets are available in both offices.
Tuesday, Feb. 10, 2015 – ALL Current Student & Sibling Registration packets and registration fees of $220 per child are due.
10th – Spirit Day and Registration Packets Due from Current Students and Alumni
12th – Valentine’s Day Parties for children in the One, Two and Three Year Old Classes
13th – Valentine’s Day Parties for Children in the Four Year Old Classes and Transitional Kindergarten
18th – Open Registration – 8:30am for Church Members and 9:00am for the public
19th – Fort Worth Opera Studio to perform
26th – Pink and Black Day