March 2021 Newsletter: Transitions as a Skill-Building Opportunity

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Sustaining consistent routines can be a challenge even in the most predictable of times, but routines can also very helpful for maintaining a sense of control, even in times of change.  Children thrive on routines.  They look forward to participating in “now/next” predictions and quickly become masterful at initiating next-steps in the day themselves.  We encourage you to coordinate with your child’s teachers about your child’s routines and maintain consistency even over the weekend.  A consistent daily routine consists of:

· Wake Up Routines: A regular wake-up time is the first step in a predictable day, and a happy greeting makes it even more special.

· Breakfast: Should be regularly timed, healthy, low sugar and social.

· Naptime: Please pay attention to the naptime notes on your child’s daily sheet so you can maintain the same consistent naps on “home days.”

· Outside Time: We ensure that the children engage in a minimum of one hour of physical activity each morning and afternoon; maintaining consistency in physical activity on “home days” helps your child feel better and sleep better too.

· Dinner: Regular dinner routines, with family seated at a table engaged in social interaction, facilitate your child’s return to home and family life.

· Bedtime: A consistent bedtime routine, free of tv, videos, I-pads, and other screens, helps your child sleep better and prepare for the next day.

Please ask your child’s teachers if you have questions about classroom schedules and routines. Let’s work together to support the children’s self-mastery.

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