Parent's Corner

  People Holding Hands In A Circle.png   WELCOME TO THE PARENT'S CORNER...                                          

NEW! Parent Handbook Available Fall 2018

Effect Letters Alphabet Silver B.png Introducing the FOUR B'S of the EXTENDED LEARNING PROGRAM! Help us reinforce our four basic rules of conduct:

1) Be Kind
2) Be Safe
3) Be Neat
4) Be Your Best

WHY IS ROUTINE IMPORTANT?

Children benefit from routines. Routines provide structure, a sense of security and help children develop self-discipline. Like all of us, children manage change best if it is anticipated and materializes in the context of a common routine. Routines help us appropriately self-regulate and control our environments. Schedules help parents maintain consistency with expectations.

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TEACHING KIDS TO SEW: Why It's Important and How to do it

When you think of the life skills that you want your children to have before they leave your home, you might have a list that looks something like this: balance a checkbook, understand proper budgeting, be able to cook a decent (and hopefully healthy) meal, change a tire on the side of the road, and with any luck, prepare their own taxes. One thing that’s not common to see is hard working skills.
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Long Story Short: 
Why Are Expanded learning Programs a Good Investment?

WHY TEACH DIVERGENT THINKING/CREATIVE PROBLEM-SOLVING 
It’s Truer to Life

As an adult, it can be frustrating and rare to have to come up with a single correct answer to a given question. In school, we are taught to find one and only one; but in real life, there are many possible answers to every question.

A divergent thinking approach often encourages people to work together as teams, which is also more common in adult life. Rarely are we asked to work entirely alone. I’ll also add that, as adults, we almost never get stickers on our work anymore.
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MAKING FRIENDS IS AN ART  Wisdom shared by author Julia Cook...
It's not always easy for children to make friends. The below story by Julia Cook explores friendships through the eyes of crayons...



SUPPORTING SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT THROUGH QUALITY AFTERSCHOOL PROGRAMS
According to the American Institutes for Research "During the past 20 years, the afterschool field has been held accountable in varying ways—first, on the ability to provide safe places for young people to spend time while their parents work; then, on success in helping to improve participants’ academic achievement as a supplement to the school day. Today, measuring success in afterschool programs is more nuanced and has been influenced by an increased recognition that the social and emotional competencies youth develop while in afterschool programs are also critical to their success in school and life" (Moroney, 2015).
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