Parent Education

Monthly Newsletter

Our comprehensive monthly newsletter, The wee Spirit, is available to Day School parents and includes news, events, photos, tips, and other Day School information.

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Parent Involvement

Please see our Parents and Volunteers pages for information on how to get involved, contribute, or volunteer in Day School programs and activities.

Parent Conferences

St. Luke's Day School offers parent conferences twice a year, in the Fall and again in the Spring. In addition, parents are encouraged to make an appointment with the child's teacher or the school's Director, Assistant Director, or Program Coordinator, any time there is a question, concern, or idea to share. 

Parent Postcards

Parent Postcards (see below) include topics that are natural extensions of activities and experiences implemented in the classroom or at home. Parents may use the Postcards to connect to their children's learning.

Postcards are from INNOVATIONS: THE COMPREHENSIVE PRESCHOOL CURRICULUM by Kay Albrecht and Linda G. Miller.  Copyright © 2004.  Price $39.95/$6.00 shipping. Available from Gryphon House, Box 207, Beltsville, MD 20704-0207 1-800-638-0928,

 INFANTS: Helping Your Baby Develop a Positive Sense of Self

A common myth during infancy is that children who cry should not be picked up immediately.  teacher_and_infant.JPGMany parents fear that they will "spoil" their child.  But child development researchers tell us it is impossible to "spoil" a very young child by promptly responding to crying.  In fact, when a baby's cries are answered quickly, the baby actually cries less often because he or she comes to understand that the communication attempts have been heard and that someone will respond.

Security and confidence result from the loving framework of routines.  When the parents respond promptly to baby's cries, the baby learns that the world is a responsive and predictable place to be. The baby cries, an adult responds, and milk is offered as the baby is cuddled in the adult's arms.  Through many of these experiences, your baby will develop a positive sense, not only about the world, but also about himself or herself as well.

TODDLERS: Do Children Learn While They Play?

Play is children's work. Whether it is called symbolic play, make-believe play, fantasy play, dramatic play, or imaginative play, play is central to children's development in the first three years.  Play offers children a way to explore their understanding of the world in which they live.

Mother_Goose.JPGWill your child really learn anything from playing alone, with friends, or with you? The answer is yes! Research has documented the connection between children's play behavior during the early years and a wide range of emerging abilities, including creativity memory, vocabulary, reasoning, and impulse control.  In addition, research has documented that you serve as a guide to play, increasing your child's sophistication in play as you join in.

PRESCHOOLERS: Expectations with Friends

Preschool children are changing, becoming less egocentric.  They enjoy being in groups and doing things with other children.  They grow and develop so quickly that it may be difficult as parents to keep expectations about friendship realistic.  The following are some general suggestions:

Young preschoolers are beginning to understand and even demonstrate sharing.  More often, however, they still need adult support and encouragement to take turns, share resources, and wait for a turn.  Let your child know how his or her actions impact other children.  This will help your child understand the impact of his or her behavior on friends and lead to being able to share.Boys_with_Blocks[1].JPG

Preschool children enjoy learning about how they are similar to their friends and how they are different. They are beginning to explore relationships between the environments of home and school with the larger world of their neighborhood and the community.  All of these topics interest younger preschoolers while older preschoolers are beginning to recognize and think about differences among ideas, friends, and skills.

New situations may still be somewhat problematic for preschool children.  Prepare your child for new experiences and meeting new friends by talking about what to expect and how your child might respond. 

Keep working on manners in the context of making friends. "Please," "Thank you," and "Excuse me" can go a long way in smoothing rough edges of a new friendship.

Emotion management skills such as waiting, delaying gratification, and impulse control are skills that are still "in process." Support your child as he or she begins to recognize and identify emotions more accurately.  This is usually learned in the interactions with peers- -often through conflict.  Expect conflicts, but recognize that this is a very powerful way to learn what works and what doesn't and how to relate to others.

Preschool children are learning to understand their own emotions and to identify emotions that other children are expressing. Support your child's beginning skill of empathy for others who are hurt or left out of social interactions.

How your child makes and keeps friends as a preschooler can be indicative of future success in social skills and being a friend, so take the time to support beginning friendships.  Try new situations, but let your child know that you are there if he or she needs support.

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