ELLM Plus Early Literacy and Learning Model
ELLM Books of the Month
Concepts for the Month
Catch: A fun physical & healthy activity of the Month you can do at home with your child
Punching Bag Breath:
Hot Air Balloon:
NAEYC For Families
NAEYC for Families offers articles, information, and resources for parents with young children. Take a look in the Families Today section of the website to find articles on various topics.
Social Emotional Development: Conscious Discipline
Conscious Discipline understands that as parents we often might have difficult situations at home with our children. Our helpful advice this month is helping children to handle disappointment. Below is some helpful advice on how to help your child handle these particular feelings and emotions:
Disappointment is a difficult emotion to handle. All parents ultimately want children to be good sportsmen, take responsibility for their actions rather than blaming others, and be able to stand tall after their falls in life (both literal and metaphoric). Here are some essential guidelines to help children with this type of pain:
First, your goal must be to help them deal with the emotion, not "happy them up." "Happying them up" comes in many forms. It could be a distraction, a promise to buy a toy or taking them out for ice cream. This attempt to take away the pain can lead (in many years) to adults who unconsciously graze through the refrigerator or use shopping sprees to deal with disappointment.
Instead, we can provide empathy to help ease their pain and teach them that they can handle all that life brings to them.
"You seem (Fill In)." (Put your best guess of the feeling in the blank… disappointed, frustrated, sad, etc.) If you guess their emotion correctly, their body will relax. If you guess incorrectly, they will tense up, pull away or correct you. If this happens, simply try to describe the feeling again.
"You were hoping (Fill In)" or "You wanted (Fill In)." Describe the disappointment or hurt.
"It's hard when (Fill In)." Validate their feelings.
"You can handle it." Offer assurance.
"Breathe with me." Take a deep breath together, and then physically connect in some way.
Example: A child does not make a football team.
"You seem disappointed. You were hoping to make the team with your friends. You wanted this more than anything. It's hard when things turn out differently than you wanted. You can handle this. Let's take some deep breaths together." Then hug or hold your child.
Check out the Conscious Discipline website, for Discipline tips and support for your family at home. They regular add new information and answer questions that might arise.
Important Announcements and Reminders
We need a couple changes of clothes for each child. Please make sure your child's extra set of clothes is appropriate for the weather.
Safety and your security code access
The safety of your child is one of our greatest concerns. Please be reminded that the security codes provided to you are for your use only. Please do not give your child your security code or allow them to enter the code on the computer.
We have parent check in/out computers in every classroom as well as the front office. Please make sure to check your child in and out every day when you come into the school. If you have a family member who picks up often please let them know we can assign codes to them as well.
Walking children to class
Please escort your child to his/ her classroom every day, and say a quick hello to the teacher. This way we can ensure that your child is safe with a staff member and is not left alone in a classroom.
Order forms are sent out in the classrooms each month. If you would like to purchase books for you child please order them online.
UNF Preschool Staff
- Director- Mahreen Mian
- Assistant Director- Jayne De La Rosa
- Office Manager- Luciann Tappin
- Bear's Teacher- Sheila Mastriana
- Dolphin's Teacher- Nancy Winckler-Zuniga
- Cardinal's Teacher- Marie Beattie
- Manatees Teacher- TBD