Tips & Tools for Parents

  • Forts are fun! Build one today!

    Fun with Forts

    Let your children build Their fort Help but don’t take over. Let  your child’s imagination go! Just help out where needed to keep it safe. A fort can be whatever your child wants: a castle, a home, a cave, a tent, an igloo. The options are limitless. Just like our imagination. Building forts will encourage your […]

  • Social Distancing Routine

    Establish Your Social Distancing Routine

    Establish a Social Distancing Routine Children LOVE routines. Routines provide order and consistency. Children are happier when they know what to expect. And it’s easier on you. With all the changes going on lately our routines have disappeared. It’s time to establish new ones as best we can within our new parameters. First and foremost […]

  • 6 ways to help your child feel confident

    You can do it! 6 ways to help your child feel confident

    Look at Me! I can do it! Support your child’s accomplishments with positive reinforcement Acknowledge your children’s accomplishments. Let your children know that you recognize and value the new things (even the little things) they have learned to do. Be generous with your praise for real effort or accomplishment; if you make a big deal […]

  • All children must be immunized to attend Halsey Schools

    Cold Sore. What is it? How to treat it.

    What is a Cold Sore? Cold sores or fever blisters are a common viral infection. They are tiny, fluid-filled blisters on and around lips. They are often grouped together in patches. After the blisters break, a crust forms over the resulting sore. Cold sores usually heal in two to four weeks without leaving a scar. […]

  • I’m counting 1,2,3! Do you want a time out!

    Some often used discipline techniques just don’t work. How to fix discipline techniques that don’t work I’m counting 1, 2, 3 – We are leaving… I’m counting… What you are really saying: Don’t listen to me until I get to the last number. Why it doesn’t work: Children learn that it just means they have extra […]

  • Hands on is better than screens

    Does your preschooler need an iPad?

    iPads, iPods, TVs, Tablets, Computers… If preschoolers aren’t using these technologies now, they’ll never catch up. Right? Think again. Preschoolers don’t need any of these things. What they do need is interaction with other children and adults. They need to play and explore. They need to be read to, sung to, talked to. They need […]

  • Don't say your are ok

    It’s Not Okay to Say “You’re O.K.”

    Why it’s not okay to say “You’re O.K.” Would you ever say “You’re Okay” to a sad friend? An injured parent? An angry spouse? You’re sick dog? Probably not, but many parents and even teachers often say “You’re O.K.” as soon as a child cries, falls, or gets feelings hurt by a friend or sibling. […]

  • Happy Times September 2019

    It’s Back to School Time! Themes & Stories for September Events Closed – Labor Day 9/2: We are going to rest. It takes a lot to get our classrooms all ready for the new year. 🙂  Happy Labor Day! Back To School Tuesday 9/3 : Our official start of the new school year. Grandparents’ Week […]

  • Feedback loops encourage learning

    Feedback Loops

    How to use Feedback Loops Simply engage your child by asking questions about what she is doing or by following up on comments your child makes. To make it a loop you want to keep the conversation going. Engage your child by asking questions Just ask questions about what he is doing. You’re painting with […]

  • Verbal cues help your child develop

    Verbal Cues You Should Use to Help Your Child Develop

    Use words with experiences Infants Infants love to grasp, hold, reach, throw, drop and put everything in their mouth. You can help your baby develop with simple household items and toys; plastic bowls, wooden spoons, containers of various shapes and sizes, blocks, stuffed animals etc. Gather only safe items by making sure they are not […]

  • Immunizations Required No Exceptions

    Immunizations Required. No Exceptions.

    With the recent outbreak of measles in the news again, we’ve been getting a lot of questions about our immunization policy. Measles is a highly contagious respiratory disease caused by a virus. It can result in serious health complications, such as pneumonia and encephalitis (swelling of the brain), and even cause death. However, immunizations protect us […]