A Heart for Goodness

It is our privilege at Little Imaginations to be a part of the early lives of your children.  Our goal and mission is to help them to grow into happy, balanced, engaged learners and good citizens of the world.  We strive to set examples in our daily teaching that offer kindness, grace, gratitude, justice, and fairness.  As you do at home, we encourage them to find the best in themselves when faced with a challenging situation that makes them upset or angry.  We urge them to find peaceful and useful solutions that will satisfy their needs and allow them to respect classmates and their teacher.  

Smithsonian magazine ran an article a few years ago, entitled "Are Babies Born Good?".   It explored research done to determine the reaction of babies and young toddlers to determine their response to acts of kindness and unkindness.  The overall outcome was that, when these tiny people were exposed to an act of kindness by one creature and act of unkindness by another creature,  they overwhelmingly favored the "good" creature.  Even as young as 3 months, babies averted their eyes from a "taker" and looked toward a "giver".  As a preschool employee this fascinates and encourages me.  But it does not surprise me.  Watching these children every day, we see incredible acts of benevolence, mercy, compassion, and bravery.  They will be patient, caring, and thoughtful in ways that show emotional maturity far beyond their social and academic development.  

This may be attributed in part to what the researchers saw as a natural tendency to prefer goodness.  However at Little Imaginations, we believe that every day is an opportunity for the adults caring for a young child to model the best qualities we can expect of each other.   It is our hope that we can, as preschool educators, provide them with a loving environment where they can see acts of grace and kindness each day;  and through that example they may learn to share their beautiful souls with others!

Hosea 11:4
I led them with cords of human kindness, with ties of love. To them I was like one who lifts a little child to the cheek, and I bent down to feed them.

How Children Learn through Play

It has always been a core belief at Little Imaginations that play is essential to learning!  Encouraging a child's creativity through games, physical activity, and social interaction can build their understanding of the world around them.  Today I want to post a link to an article about play, and all the benefits it offers as part of the daily classroom structure.  As parents, we are accustomed to watching our children play and seeing it as simply entertainment.  For children, play is the laboratory they use to experiment in math, science, language, and psychology.  They learn problem-solving techniques and that repeated failures can lead to great success.  It is a beautiful thing to watch, and we are fortunate to witness the growth of each child as they engage in all kinds of creative play throughout the year!

10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play

WELCOME BACK TO SCHOOL!

Dear parents-

We are so privileged to be starting another year at Little Imaginations!  We are honored that you have placed your child in our care and look forward to watching each student  learn and grow over the course of the year.   For those of you who are returning from previous years, we are thankful for your continued support of the preschool and we look forward to partnering with you again in the interest of your child.  For those of you who are new to Little Imaginations, we would like all of our new students to have a smooth and happy transition into our preschool family!

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Here are a few tips for the early weeks of preschool:

  1. Stick to a morning and evening routine as much as possible.  Little bodies respond better to  the school day transition when they are well rested.
  2. Talk to your child about why they are going to preschool.  Highlight all the benefits and set a positive tone.  If you are happy they are going, chances are they will be, too!
  3. Your child's teacher will help to ensure that your child feels safe and secure during their day with us.  Communicate any special needs or issues at morning drop-off so that we can address these during the day.
  4. Be sure to pack a lunch that is age-appropriate and that your child can manage on their own as much as possible.  Feeling independent helps them build lots of confidence!
  5. When you pick up your child, ask lots of questions about their day.  After being apart, they will be comforted to know you are as glad to see them as they are to see you!

The 9 months we will spend together seem to stretch far into the future, but they always roll by quicker than we can imagine.  We want your child to have sweet memories of their time at preschool.  Please feel free to contact the office at any time with your concerns or needs.  We are here to provide your child with the love and support they need to reach lots of important milestones!  

Here's to a great year!

Little Imaginations Administration