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High Grove Early Childhood Center
March 10, 2020
Join us for a night of hands on fun. We will have lots of messy activities where children will be learning as they play. The best part is you won’t have to clean up when they are finished.
RSVP: 816.316.5515 or
The activity will be cancelled if school is closed due to inclement weather.
Be sure to stop by the library during your visit to High Grove Early Childhood Center to browse through our collection of books especially selected for the children we serve. There will be books for babies, toddlers and preschoolers. We also intend to have a diverse selection of books for all of our families.
A 10 year study found that the amount of conversational turns experienced among children especially between 18-24 months was related to IQ, verbal comprehension and language skills 10 years later. It's not about adults talking more to a child but actually having interactions with their child. Studies show that this happens more when reading books! Check out these videos related to Conversational Turns.
We're hearing a lot about the importance of self regulation, not only for adults, but for children as well. You've probably heard some about it, too. Maybe you're wondering what it is, what it means and why it is important. Maybe you're further wondering how you can help your child develop it within themselves.
When children are not well regulated, they may “act out”, and you may start to see some unwanted behaviors. This happens because they don’t have the skills to manage or express their emotions on their own, yet.
There are 2 types of Emotional Regulation, Mutual Regulation, where the adult helps the child calm down and Self-Regulation, where the child is able to calm himself down.
All children start off needing mutual regulation or co-regulation to help them calm down. Initially, as parents, we learn to read their cues and go to them to help them regulate. As they develop, they learn to seek us out to help them regulate those hard emotions. As we model appropriate self-calming strategies, they begin to imitate and learn them. Over time, their emotional regulation matures and they are able to self regulate and calm themselves down using strategies that work for them.
Mutual Regulation Strategies
We, the parents, always want our children to be good in public. I wanted to enable parents to make outings at restaurants or with extended family a pleasurable experience. According to Jessica Samuel who writes for KCParents magazine, it may be as easy as following the tips and tricks below. Be sure to click the link at the bottom to read the full article.
1. Practice what you preach.
You've probably heard from doctors and educators that babies under 2 should not have screen time and that children 2-5 should have their time limited, but did you heed their advice? There has been a long time suspected correlation between screen time and developmental delays, but now, there are actual brain scans that show that the increased media use of today is changing our babies' brains, and not in a good way. For more in depth information, check out THIS ARTICLE.
The following excerpt is taken from:
Wreck the Halls: Keeping Toddler Holiday Tantrums at Bay
BY KIM ANTISDEL
As seen in KC Parent
"The holidays are here, and the children are anything but nestled all snug in their beds. Instead, they’re chowing down on fudge, watching commercials for toys they don’t need and generally being overstimulated from every angle. It’s the perfect cocktail for a tantrum of epic proportions."
Thankfully, Ms. Antisdel followed up with some suggestions to help prepare for the mayhem and maybe even calm the tantrums before they begin.
Keep the structure
For details about each of the strategies, and to read the full article, check out: http://kcparent.com/parenting/wreck-the-halls-keeping-toddler-holiday-tantrums-at-bay/
It's that time of year when excitement is in the air as many families prepare for holiday celebrations, family gatherings, and lots of togetherness. It's also the time of year when viral illnesses, colds, coughs, and flu are in the air. Here are some tips to help you keep your family healthy so you don't miss any of the fun!
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