From the Director
“Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children.” – Alex Haley
The holidays are upon us and for most of us that means getting together with relatives. If your family is like mine, it is filled with many different characters. My family is loud and very affectionate which was overwhelming for one of my children. A little pre-planning can help if you have a child that needs time to warm up to people they don’t see all the time to new environments. Below are some helpful tips to make this holiday season easier on your children and hopefully, you.
1. Talk to relatives in advance, letting them know that your child needs time to warm up to new situations. I know they want to immediately hug and kiss them but your child needs time to adjust, just give them a little time and space in the beginning.
2. Bring toys and items that your child loves to play with so that they have items that are familiar to them. Games and books are good choices as it will give relatives something to do with your child.
3. Look through a photo album and talk about the family members that will be at the gathering.
4. Have your child help with holiday preparations such as making placemats, preparing food items or setting the table.
5. Remember to ask the host and hostess to make sure the environment is safe for young children. I would always have to remind my dad to put his gun in the safe (it was in his bedside table) and make sure my mother had her purse out of reach. I would always walk around the house and move some items out of reach so they didn’t get broken.
6. If alcohol is served, ask everyone to make sure it is put out of reach of your child. As a child, I would often finish the whiskey sours that were left out, which may explain a lot. It was funny back then but in hindsight probably not a good idea.
7. Try to keep your child on their regular schedule as much as possible. If you see your child breaking down or getting overwhelmed, take them on a walk or sneak away for some quiet snuggle time.
Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!
8th – Spirit Day and Election Day
17th – Brown Day and Thanksgiving Celebration
18th – Four’s and TK Class’s Thanksgiving Celebration
Schoolwide Early Release – Noon
21st – 25th – Thanksgiving Break
On Tuesday, November 8th we will be having a school wide-election. The students will be voting for either popsicles or lollipops to be served on a special day. We will have election posters, ballots and a voting booth.
Music is the feast for the soul! Just like a feast, it is important to have a variety of things from which to pick- old favorites and new mix together to satisfy the senses. Each month, favorite songs like I’m a Little Teapot and Hey Diddle Diddle are mixed in with songs from different genres. Listening to jazz, classical, multicultural, and American folk music expands the world around us. It is important to plant the seeds of music early so that our children can reap a deep appreciation of music for the rest of their lives. So enjoy a little ear food while you whisk up that special dinner or holiday tradition and experience the joys of a musical harvest.
Music class is celebrating the season by cooking up some moves by dancing to a jazz tune, All Around the Kitchen, picking some pawpaws (native American fruit), and shake, shake, shaking egg shakers to a fiddle tune. TK who just wrapped up a lesson on rhythms will be exploring sounds. Is it high, is it low, is it loud or is it soft? Ask them about the farmer who thought there was too much noise! Besides all this fun, the 3s will be learning songs for the Christmas program on December 15th at 12:30 pm and the 4s for the Thanksgiving program on November 18th at 11 am.
19th – Holly Odum (Zoo area floater)
24th – Stephanie Green (Bear Class)
Compass Christian Church Service Times
Saturdays – 5:00 pm
Sundays – 9:00am, 10:30am and Noon
Sundays – 10:30am
Sundays – 9:30am and 11:00am