February Parenting Newsletter

Health Check

Did you know that 1 in 10 preschoolers and 1 and 4 school-age children have vision problems? A recent study showed that 80 percent of what a child learns in school comes to him or her visually; however, only 14 percent of preschoolers get an eye exam (Peek).

Vision disorders are the fourth most common disability in the United States (Current Ophthalmology).   The good news for parents is that early detection can help prevent poor vision and help their child reach their learning potential.

The following are tips for parents to help with eye vision problems:

  1. Observe Discomfort — eye rubbing, blinking, or squinting, light sensitivity, keeping eyes closed too much, tired eyes or complaining of headaches.
  2. Look into child’s eyes to for unusual redness of eyes or eye lids, lid droopiness, crusted eyelids, styes or sores, tearing and eye direction.
  3. Get comprehensive exams by an eye doctor.

A child may or may not show any symptoms or signs that he or she may have a vision problem. If you have any questions or concerns please contact your doctor or pediatrician for more information.

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Parents – New School Year!

Rainbows Have ColorsDear Parents,

Welcome to the new school year! We have new themes we will be introducing and are excited about the activities and learning experiences we will share with your children. We want to be your partner in teaching your child and getting their ready for their learning and life experiences. Each child will have a portfolio to document the progress your child is making. Please feel free to check their portfolio to see what you child is doing during the course of their day at their school.

We use the Arizona Early Standards as a guide. The Standards have strands that work on all the developmental domains of a child’s development. We work not only on the cognitive, but also the social, emotional, physical and language domains. This week we will be talking about colors. For younger children, you can use the descriptive color to identify their clothes or the color of their toys. For older children, we will be discussing shading and tints. When in the car, you can talk about the colors in the traffic light or the cars on the street. We want to make learning fun and give them the excitement and joy to learn.

We are looking forward to a great year.

The Birth Order Book

One of our favorite books to read is a book called The Birth Order Book by Dr. Kevin Leman. It attempts to explain the actions of children through their birth order in the family. Dr. Lehman uses his great sense of humor as he tells his personal stories about growing up as the “baby” of the family. If you want a light hearted, yet thought-provoking book, check out The Birth Order Book.

Autism Now Affects 1 in 68 Children

Did you know …

  • Autism now affects 1 in 68 children and 1 in 42 boys
  • Autism prevalence figures are growing
  • Autism is the fastest-growing serious developmental disability in the U.S.
  • Autism costs a family $60,000 a year on average
  • Boys are nearly five times more likely than girls to have autism
  • There is no medical detection or cure for autism

The above information comes from the website Autismspeaks.org. Early detection of any developmental situation in a child’s life leads to greater to success. Learn about developmental milestones and autism at the website above.

AD Leadership Training – Culture, Culture, Culture

Leadership TrainingCulture is everything. We believe a foundation of love inspires children to grow into their future selves. We do this by inspiring a community of educators whose intention is to provide a safe, loving and individual learning experience.

At today’s leadership meeting our assistant directors produced new narratives on leadership while living our values – passion, authentic, fun, loving and safety.

Parenting is a Tough Job

Parenting is a tough job. You make decisions every day that are could be subject to criticism from others. I was just listening to a woman on the news who was drinking beer at an eating establishment and breast feeding at the time. She was taken to court. The charge was dismissed.

I remember the first time someone told me: “You make the decision based on the information you have at the time.”  Will there be times where you shake your head and think “What was I thinking??” Sure, but if you make decisions that you feel are truly best for that child who can?t make those executive decisions for themselves then you are on the right track. Parenting is a job that never ends. Even when they grow up, they still will need your wisdom. Enjoy the ride!

Jennifer Werner Named New Executive Director of Scottsdale ELC

PHOENIX, AZ – APRIL 15, 2014

Native Arizonan and early childhood education leader Jennifer Werner has been named the new Executive Director of Small Miracle’s Scottsdale Early Learning Center. Werner comes to the Scottsdale ELC with well over 12 years’ worth of experience in early childhood education that ranges from teaching and daycare program administration to preschool curriculum design.

“I’ve always loved working with children, whether that was just volunteering in children’s ministry and non-profit organizations or teaching grades K-2 for 3 years after college,” said Werner; “After having my own children I decided I wanted to move into preschool education professionally so I could be with them more and in turn found a passion for Early Childhood Education. For the past twelve years I’ve been a Preschool Director and love helping Early Childhood Professionals impact children’s lives each day.”

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