Preparing Your Child For Early Childhood Education


Things to do to help you and your child…

  1. Help your child get started happily by preparing them for the day. If your child is concerned about something, help to overcome their concern.

  2. Tell your child where you will be, and who will pick them up.

  3. Send your child clean and in comfortable play shoes and clothes. Teach and encourage your child to wash hands and face, brush teeth, care for own clothes, how to dress, use toilet facilities, and how to eat independently (please bring running shoes for outdoor play, we love flip flops but we do not want them to fall and hurt themselves)

  4. Please be considerate of the program schedule when dropping and picking up your child (See Arrival & Departure), all children should arrive before the 1st circle time.  It is important for them to start the day with their peers.

  5. Your child’s work is important to them, so take an interest by reviewing and discussing it with them.  A child’s pictures may look like scribbles to you but in reality, this is the beginning of their creativity and writing.

  6. Hug and love your child and say “good-bye”, if they are experiencing separation anxiety, they may cry so the sooner you leave the easier it becomes.


What to bring to the center (please label ALL your child’s belongings!):

  1. Diaper Bag or School Bag, labeled with child’s full name with an extra FULL set of clothes.  Diapers for babies and pull-ups for toddlers, keep in mind; wetting or sickness may occur unexpectedly, even once potty trained.

  2. Wipes for children who are still in diapers and pull-ups you will need to bring one 100 COUNT box of SENSITIVE wipes per week, we will use the wipes for all children so that you do not need to label them plus we do not have to 10 boxes out at one time, this will give us more time with the children versus us trying to figure whose wipes are whose.

  3. Sleeping mat and blankets.  Make your children feel at home at our school, with their own personalized mat, their own sheets, and bedding. Please take blankets home weekly for washing.  Please purchase at Lakeshore we want the same mats for all children so they can fit in our mat racks.  INFANTS, bed sheets and covers for your baby’s crib, and family pictures, you will personalize your baby’s crib before they start at our center so they will always feel close to you. Please plan some time every Monday morning to put your child’s sheet on their crib or mat to start the week off.

  4. Send your child in comfortable play clothes each day.  Keep in mind they may be painting and taking part in other messy activities.  Girls are encouraged to wear shorts and /or bloomers when they wear dresses so they can play freely.  PLEASE avoid bringing any items that are expensive as children may misplace their clothes when changing. REMEMBER YOU MUST LABEL ALL THEIR CLOTHES including socks if you want us to be able to help your children locate their clothes.

  5. Comfortable PLAY shoes.  Let’s save boots for special days like the rodeo and Western Day.  Sandals are acceptable, as long as you also have pair of running shoes for outdoor play.  Please avoid any shoes that may be slippery to help prevent accidents.

  6. YOU and YOUR CHILD with a happy face and positive feelings each day!

Open Door Policy: YOU are ALWAYS WELCOME!

I’m Just a Kid! has an OPEN DOOR policy which means, parents are welcomed anytime to visit and/or observe their children’s activities as well as the teacher’s interaction with them. Please use your judgment, we can help if you would like to understand the different stages of child development and experience.  For example, it is common for a child under two to experience separation anxiety. While children over two years old often are distracted with you in the classroom. We do want you here!  Yet it might be most helpful if you participate in another child’s classroom and/or make activities for the classroom and/or help on our Saturday workdays.

The teacher will provide a safe, healthy, and clean environment as well as a variety of different activities that will help your individual child’s growth and development process in every developmental area: gross motor, fine motor, cognitive, language, socio-emotional, and self-help.   


Parents are the child’s LIFETIME TEACHERS, classroom teachers are SCHOOL TEACHERS

As a parent YOU are your child’s lifetime teachers, you teach them about life and your family values. We are their school teachers, we teach them in the classrooms at this stage of life about how to play, this is how they learn!  The early childhood years are the foundation for life.  We want to build them up so they will be happy throughout their lives.  We focus on their developmental needs:

  • Cognitive skills, problem-solving, thinking, and how to figure things out.

  • Socio-emotional, children may explore because they are safe, when they start figuring out who they are, they learn to play with others, at this age they are ALL egocentric (they only SEE the world through their own eyes).

  • Language, we encourage them to use their words to express their needs, we are gradually adding more and more Spanish as we teach so they may have 3 languages - Spanish, English, and Sign Language!  **All children who turn three years of age by September of each school year are required by the State Health Department to have a hearing and vision screening by a licensed physician, qualified professional, or certified screener.  It is recommended that these be done at two years old.

  • Gross Motor, we have two major times in our schedule when they can run, climb, skip, etc., they must develop their BIG muscles to get to their small ones, like the eyes for reading.  Outdoor play is an integral part of the day’s program. All classrooms play outside daily, weather permitting, on the playground and/or take walks around the center. If a child is not well enough to play outdoors, he/she must be kept home or picked up prior to outside play so that teachers can be on the playground (teacher-child ratios must be maintained while the children are outside). In extremely hot weather (over 100 degrees) or extremely cold temperatures (under 35 degrees) or on cold days that are wet and windy, the children may go outside only briefly for a short walk and fresh air. Classes will limit outside time on air quality alert days or as recommended by local health authorities.

  • Please consider the weather when dressing your child for school (coats, mittens, and/or knit hats for the winter and sun hats for the summer) in addition to sending your child in clothing and shoes conducive to active, outdoor activity on the playground and in the sand (play clothes, tennis shoes or rubber-soled shoes rather than dressy outfits and dress shoes, boots or flip flops).

  • Fine Motor, we encourage the children to use their hands, fingers, and eyes as they explore their developmental toys, these skills will help them later with penmanship, reading, and computing.

  • Self-Help, we encourage the children to do things for themselves, for example, in the mornings it is important that they take their bags to their cubby, set the table when they eat, and eventually serve themselves. Our babies can learn too by playing and exploring in open environments, the space helps them learn to figure things out on their own instead of someone doing it for them.


As parents, you will guide your children for the rest of your lives on your family values, beliefs, and traditions and we will do everything we can to honor you and your family!


Infants - language, perils of the pacifier


Toddlers - P.O.T.T.Y. by TWO! ©

Here is what you need to do at home when your child turns 15 months, the more we work together, the more successful we will be:

* bring pull-ups to school, no more diapers! (Keep the diapers at home for nighttime)

* learn the potty song, (we can teach you!) and sing it at home

* take them potty hourly: OPPORTUNITY! (That is what we do daily)

* PRAISE them when they are successful when they have an accident let them know it is no big deal, we are learning 

* in the evenings and weekends put them in underwear


Twos - independence


Preschool - literacy, predictors of reading success