Dear Berry Patch Families,
The last day of school is May 25. It’s hard to believe the school year is coming to an end! It’s been an honor and a pleasure to work with Berry Patch families. I’ve enjoyed getting to know many of you better through one-on-one sessions, email/text messages, and phone conversations. And I hope the monthly newsletter has been helpful! With vacations and summer activities just around the corner, safety is the topic for the May parent and family education newsletter.
Summer is the time to expand the experiences and build on the learning that has taken place over the last nine months. When we’re intentional in offering experience-rich opportunities, children grow physically, mentally, academically, and socially. They also learn to be critical thinkers and problem-solvers when we step back and let them lead. Training and teaching children to make wise choices is part of the equation. It’s the combination of wisdom, knowledge, and experience. Choosing to be safe is part of the learning curve.
At a family meeting, discuss safety rules. Include all family members in the discussion. Mom and dad, make sure you explain the reasoning behind the non-negotiable safety rules and exactly why the rules are not up for debate. For example, wearing a helmet when biking is mandatory to protect from head injuries. Post the rules where all family members can see them. Add pictures for the little ones. Follow through with consequences if the rules are broken. Share the rules with extended family, neighbors, childcare providers, and others who will be spending time with your children this summer. Praise children when they stick to the safety rules and when they politely remind others to do the same.
Have a safe and happy summer!
Becky Danielson, M.Ed.
Licensed Parent & Family Educator
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