Teaching Art In Preschool

Posted by on Apr 29, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Teaching Art In Preschool

Preschool is a wonderful time for kids to explore and get messy. Take advantage of their desire for creativity by exposing them to different famous artists and letting them try out their techniques.

Jackson Pollock

Jackson Pollock is known for his splatter painting technique. Show the children a few of his pieces and explain how he created them. Then let the kids try. To keep the mess to a minimum, open one end of a large box. Put the closed end on the floor with a large piece of paper at the bottom. Leave the open end facing up. Give the kids a few choices of paint colors and a paintbrush and have them hold the paintbrush inside the box. Ask them to shake and flick the paint off the brush, creating their own splatter paint creation.

Georgia O’Keefe

Georgia O’Keefe was known for her large paintings of flowers. Show the kids a few of her paintings before allowing them to try her style themselves. Provide children with a few colorful blooms and a magnifying glass so they can examine the parts of the flowers up close. Then give them large pieces of paper and chalk, crayons, markers or paint in the same color as the blooms they’re exploring. Ask them to draw or paint what they see inside the magnifying glass.

Michelangelo

A wonderful way to expose kids to Michelangelo is to discuss the Sistine Chapel with them. Explain that he painted the ceiling a very long time ago and point out Italy on a map. This will give the kids a new perspective on time, space, and geography. Show the kids images of the painting and capture their imagination by describing how Michelangelo hoisted a platform near the ceiling and painted his masterpiece while lying down on his back. Then invite them to try it. Tape a piece of paper on the underside of a table and provide the kids with some art materials — colored pencils or crayons are best for this activity. Ask the kids to lie down on the floor and pretend they’re painting their own masterpiece on the ceiling.

Museum Day

After the kids have gotten familiar with a few different artists and tried out their techniques, create a museum for them where their art pieces will hang. Bring the children around their museum and have them observe the creations of their peers. Discuss with them proper museum manners and invite them to discuss with each other what they observe in their preschool museum.

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Tips for Easier Weekday Mornings for Working Parents

Posted by on Apr 21, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Tips for Easier Weekday Mornings for Working Parents

Mornings can be hectic enough for parents who have children in school, but working parents who have to start their workday before their child even has the first lesson of the day can have especially difficult mornings. Tired, moody kids and rushed parents make a terrible combination, but there are some simple things you can do to make mornings easier for both you and your children. 

Let your kids sleep in their school clothes

This doesn’t mean you send them to school looking like wrinkled street urchins, but you can let them wear things like sweats or leggings to bed, then add an appropriate top or dress over the bottoms. This won’t really work if your child has to wear a school uniform, but for most younger kids, this can be a great time-saver in the mornings.

For older kids (and parents), pick out clothes the night before. This helps take the stress out of choosing when you’re in a hurry and can eliminate arguments when your child decides they want to wear their favorite outfit at the spur of the moment or even for the third day in a row.

Make a plan for breakfast

Time wasted staring at the refrigerator wondering what you’ll feed your children is time that you could be relaxing in your car on the way to work, so make a plan for feeding your children before the morning rush arrives. Prepare foods that can be eaten on the go, like toast and fruit, or consider dropping the kids at school a little earlier than usual so they can eat breakfast in the school’s cafeteria. Some before-school child care centers also take care of breakfast for you, so you can have one less item on your morning to-do list. Contact a representative from an establishment like Lily Pond Child Development Centers to learn more.

Set a designated spot for bags, shoes, and folders

Don’t waste time searching for the things your children need for school; keep everything in one designated spot and check it each night to make sure that everything is in place. Shoes and book bags should be kept together, and if your child regularly has folders of papers for you to sign, put them in the same area, too. Get in the habit of checking the folders and bags each night before you go to bed so you’ll have less stress the next morning.

End on a positive note

Even when it’s difficult, try to send your kids off to school in a positive mood. Being late or forgetting something isn’t the end of the world, and if you show your kids how to tackle hectic mornings with a smile, they’ll be more likely to have a great day, too.

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Helping Your Young Child To Handle And Deal With Social Conflict

Posted by on Feb 18, 2016 in Uncategorized | Comments Off on Helping Your Young Child To Handle And Deal With Social Conflict

If your child comes home from school crying, you’re likely tempted to solve the issue yourself, as quickly as possible. While it can hurt to see your child hurting, solving their problems for them can lead to bigger issues down the road. Instead, consider the three things below when helping your child deal with their problems.

Let Your Child Know That It’s Normal to Clash With Others

A common myth that causes more harm than good is that everyone has to be friends. While respect is important, your child should know that it’s normal to clash with others from time to time.

Some children are quiet while others are more intense. Some prefer a lot of friends while others prefer a close circle of friends. Whatever differences can be found in the classroom and on the playground, it’s important that your child knows that personality clashes are real and will happen. The differences your child’s classmates have should be celebrated, but it’s also vital that your child knows that they don’t have to like everyone they interact with.  

Help Your Child Understand Their Civil Responsibilities

While your child doesn’t have to like every person they come into contact with, from classmates to teachers, it’s important that they understand their civil responsibilities.

It can be difficult to respect individuals who don’t respect you, but this respect can go a long way in helping your child cope with difficult situations. Even if your child doesn’t like a particular person, they still need to show them basic civility. For your child, this may mean allowing them to join in their game on the playground, or perhaps it means sharing their crayons with them in class. Respect is an important and lifelong lesson, and one that can only truly be taught through modeling of the behavior in front of your child.

Help Your Child to Solve Their Problems Independently

While certain situations may call for adult intervention, such as in the case of bullying, the majority of your child’s playground spats and classroom squabbles should be handled by your child.

If your child is dealing with a difficult friend or acquaintance, ask leading questions but try not to interject your own thoughts. Asking “what have you done to solve this” and “what else might you be able to do” can give your child the confidence they need to face their problems head on. The more experience your child has at solving problems, the more comfortable they’ll be standing up for themselves and making their thoughts known. This is an important, and healthy, part of childhood.

While it can be tempting to want to step in and help, many times, too much help can hinder your child’s development. With your guidance, your child will become a confident, independent being who’s able to make the right decisions when it comes to handling difficult people and situations. Contact preschools in your area for more information.

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