New Year, New Resolutions

Resolutions… It’s that time of year! The first few days of a new year are always so full of hope. The closing of an old year makes it fitting to leave behind bad habits and lazy ways. The new days ahead have so much potential!

Do you make new year’s resolutions? I do, even knowing I will fail in keeping all of them. There were years that I opted out of making them because of failure.  But as is said, “Nothing ventured, nothing gained.”  Making an attempt means I’m trying, and trying is better than not trying.

New Year, New Resolutions

What about preschoolers? Have you talked with your preschooler about making resolutions?  Preschoolers are capable of self-examination and thinking about goals. Have you opened up to your child about goals you’ve set for yourself? Do you have goals for your child? Those goals can be blended with their own goals and become new year’s resolutions.

When my oldest son was about five years old in 1996, we were driving in the car. There was a talk show on the radio and the topic was new year’s resolutions. The host was pointing out that they are important to make and that having them leads to greater happiness. He also stressed the importance of writing them down. I wasn’t aware that my son was listening. (Silly me! Children are always listening!) I had been so engaged with the discussion in regard to making my own resolutions that I didn’t consider the topic could apply to young children. Weren’t resolutions for older kids and adults?

When we got home my son went to his room to play. He soon came out holding a little piece of paper with his emergent printing on it that said, “I will stop biting my fingernails.” Wow! He made a resolution, self-motivated, with intent. Did he keep it? No. He continued to bite his fingernails into adulthood. But the concept and practice of self-examination, with a desire to improve himself began at a young age and set a path for the life-long journey of self-improvement.

Happy New Year and venture out with some resolutions!

 

2020/2021 Program with COVID-19 Protocols

Fall Session Dates:
September 9, 2020 to June 11, 2021

Hours of Operation:
Monday to Thursday: 8 AM – 4 PM
Friday: 8 AM – 12:30 PM

Tuition: $1497/month

Some of the considerations that informed this decision include:

  1. Class size: Maintaining the limit of 10 children per class, with the Bungalow (for ages 4.5+) limited to fewer children since the classroom is smaller than the other two classrooms.
  2. Dedicated teachers: Teachers will remain with their cohort for the duration of the school day to minimize other staff having to step in.
  3. Smaller teacher to student ratio: With smaller group sizes, children can expect more opportunities for one-on-one work with a teacher. The ratio will be 1:5 in the Garden and Sun Rooms, and will be 1:7 in the Bungalow.
  4. Accommodating our full-day families: Most of our families need a full-day schedule so offering a longer school day would work for the majority of families.
  5. Weekly staff meeting: We will have a shorter school day on Fridays so our staff can meet to connect over school news and curriculum planning. We plan to conduct socially-distanced staff meetings outdoors after the children are picked up from school.
  6. Robust health protocol and enhanced cleaning and sanitizing: Extra measures in place to keep everyone as healthy as possible.

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