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Nurturing Your Child’s Gift

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Our children all have special areas of gifts and talents in which they can excel. The child who appears to be average takes on a whole new look once parents and caregivers see his or her gifts. This understanding opens a new set of possibilities for each child. Imagine how exciting it would be for your child to find areas in which he or she excels, and imagine how much joy there is in parenting when the purpose is to nurture and to encourage those special traits that your child possesses.

This week, I challenge you to see the gifts your child has and find ways to develop and nurture those gifts.

Here are a few examples to get you started:

  • To encourage leadership, play a few rounds of Follow-the-Leader
  • To encourage creativity, find a spot in the house where you “need” some artwork. Have your child come up with an idea to decorate the area.
  • To encourage humor, make one day each month “silly meal day.” Serve dishes that are different and unusual.
  • To encourage kindness, find ways to help those who are shut-in, have special needs, or are in need of some small favor.

What are some other ways you can nurture your child’s gift?

Source: Wyoming Parent Education Network, www.wpen.net

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Pile on the Fall Fun!

I’ve recently come across a calendar produced by Wyoming Quality Counts!, an organization that helps Wyoming parents and child care providers identify and create quality learning experiences for children. They provide a variety of materials to help children develop communication; a sense of self and relationships; curious minds; and strong and healthy bodies. To visit their website, click here.

Parents giving children piggyback rides

The WY Quality Counts! calendar offers a year’s worth of ideas to keep interactions between you and your kids fresh, engaging and positive for everyone. Each month’s activities incorporate a varied menu of developmental skills including cognitive and general knowledge, physical development and motor skills, social and emotional skills, and language and communication.

One of my favorite sections is the “Things to do with your kids now” which lists quick, anytime activities that you can do with your child multiple times each month. For example:

  •  Make a hat out of newspaper
  • Give yourself a pirate name
  • Dress up like a superhero and act out your power
  • Make up a secret family handshake
  • Pretend to be an animal and see if anyone can guess what you are
  • Make up a cheer or fight song
  • Create your own touchdown “boogie”
  • Watch your infant imitate the silly faces
  • Clap to the rhythm of music on the radio
  • Learn to count to 10 in a different language
  • Make a fort
  • Talk to your infant about everything you see while pushing them in a stroller around the block

What are some of your favorite family activities? 

Would you like one of these calendars? Please see Jessica Riley, FRC or go to www.wyqualitycounts.org to order your free copy!

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Welcome!

Hello First Light Families!

This blog has been created for you to stay informed about what your child is learning at First Light and offer specific ideas on how to use those strategies and skills at home. Families are a child’s first and most influential teacher. By working together, we can help our young children develop virtue, values, and character to inspire success in life!

Look for posts about:

– Strategies and tips on parenting (for example: how to have a productive parent/teacher conference, tempering temper tantrums, nurturing a toddler’s gifts, or toilet training)

– Early education issues specific to Wyoming that relate to standards, accountability, assessments, and federal legislation.

– HighScope Infant-Toddler and Preschool Curriculum

– First Light events and volunteer opportunities

– Community family events

All families have dreams for their children and the capacity to support their children’s learning. Through partnership, we can help our children grow physically, emotionally, intellectually, spiritually, and socially, ultimately increasing their success in school and life.

What dreams do you have for your child?

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