August 2016
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Family Corner

Back to school can be an exciting time for parents, children, and teachers. Even though teachers may have wonderful, fun things planned out, it can still be a time of nerves and anxiety.  And no matter how long you've been a teacher, there are always those first day jitters.  Here are a few ways to make it a little easier for you and your families:

10 Things to Consider While You're Preparing for a New Preschool Year - Not Just Cute

Advice for a New Preschool Teacher - NAEYC

This is a great resource you can share with familes who are new to your program
13 Tips for Starting Preschool - NAEYC

The Book Nook
Teacher Resource!
It's back to school time.  Here is both a great article and book resource from Patricia A. Jennings to help get in the right mindset for the fun and challenges you may face this upcoming year.

The article can be found at the University of California at Berklley's website The Greater Good.  Here is a link:

We hope you enjoy!
For Families
Here are some great books for you and your families about back to school.  Encourage your families to check them out at your local library or parent resource center!


For more great book ideas, check out:  31 Books to Read Before School -  No Time for Flash Cards
Idea Alley
 One way to put families at ease is to send a short letter or even a postcard about yourself and your classroom before the 1st day of school.  You can share one thing you will be doing that will give the children something to look forward to.

 In the first days and weeks of preschool, having photos of family member, (Don't forget pets!) in ease to see  places may help reduce feelings of separation and anxiety.

 Be sure to offer a warm welcome on the first day and the days to come.  Start to memorize not only the child's name, but also the names of those that drop off and pick up.

  A cute idea for the first week of preschool is to get everyone's stats!  Using a chalkboard or dry erase board, have each child stand next to or hold it, and include things like, their name, your name, the date, how old they are, how tall they are, what are they excited about, what they want to be when they grow up, or anything you want to add.  Then at the end of school, you can take another picture with the updated information and send a first day/last day memento home to families.
Registration is open!
When: October 13 - 15
Where: Little Rock at the Little Rock Marriott.  

  • Dr. Becky Bailey, creator of Conscious Discipline, will be presenting on Friday October 14th!
  • Pre-order your t-shirts now and pick them up when you register!
 Where can you find out more?  Go to the AECA website:
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