March begins with one of our most popular themes, transportation. It is at this time of year that we explore travel on planes, trains, boats and automobiles. We also have fun with bikes, trikes and scooters. So that we can really make this theme “come to life”, we will host our infamous “ROAD RALLY” March 7, 8, 9. Please bring your child’s favorite riding toy and helmet and join us as we rope off the parking lot and ride, ride, ride!!!!!
Our Bible verse for the month of April is “God is with you wherever you go.” Joshua 1:9 This is a comforting verse to young children as they realize that God is not only present in the church building or looking over their bedsides at night time, but He is with them ALWAYS and EVERYWHERE.
Enjoy the natural beauty, the weather this month and all of God’s blessings. Remember to make memories!
Whatever parents want their child to become, they must first exhibit in their own lives and conversation.
Children are the world’s greatest mimics. They continually imitate what they see and absorb what they hear.
This means parent’s should always speak to children with respect, sincerity and politeness. Parents should always avoid embarrassing or humiliating a child — whether it’s their child or someone else’s.
Being courteous and teaching courtesy isn’t a one-time situation. The training period extends from birth until the child leaves home.
Talk, Talk, Talk. Your child learns thousands of words by hearing you talk.
Tell your child about simple things in the yard – ants crawling butterflies flying, bees buzzing, leaves falling, rabbits hopping, and birds singing. Your yard is filled with things to learn about.
Talk about yourself, your family and your friends. But talk “adult” talk – not baby talk. When your child talks baby talk, don’t correct him. Just set a good example, “Here’s a pitcher,” your child may say. “Yes. It’s a beautiful picture you drew for me.” That’s being a good model. And your child learns from this.
Don’t talk down to your child. Use the right words – even if they are big ones. You will be surprised how easily your child will begin to understand.
As much as they need food, safety, endless cleanups and diaper changes, toddlers also need the important grownups in their lives to be fascinated with them. “Lord, give me the strength to get through this day” may be the repeated cry of the parent’s heart (usually about 5 p.m). But with it should come to postscript. “Lord help me understand, appreciate and marvel at this incredible creation you have loaned to me.” Your toddler is no less “fearfully and wonderfully made”,now that he is tearing all over the house, than he was while he was being knit together in his mother’s womb.
From Focus on the Family Complete Book of Baby and Child
We all have a small window of time where we can build good education at home. It begins in infancy. Brain studies show that children’s ability to learn depends largely on their experiences in the first years of life. In short, the more you talk and read to your children, the better they can learn.