In our recent conferences we spoke to some of you about helping your children become more resilient. In preschool we measure that resiliency by many characteristics including the ability to be autonomous or independent, and only ask for help when it is really needed.
Many of the skills that we teach your children on a daily basis are hidden in the minutia of the routines that are a large part of the preschool curriculum. Some of these skills are taught implicitly, and some explicitly, like how to put your sheet on your nap mat, where to put your trash, composting, and recycling at lunchtime, where to put the papers that you want to take home, and how to dress yourself for rainy or snowy weather. This last task can be daunting for some children and we work through this with positive attitudes, but consistently high expectations. Our intention is to model what to do, but let the children be responsible for their own belongings and actions. We are constantly emphasizing an “I can do it!’ attitude.
This week we had our first rainy day and the children did a great job at taking care of their belongings.