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It’s Hard Being Good All Day! | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

What can we do to promote calmness after preschool?

  • First, we should make sure their basic needs have been met (perhaps a snack on the way home to get their blood sugar up even before they get in the door).
  • Let them relax.
  • Give them space.
  • Encourage them to lie down (either with or without us).
  • Suggest quiet activities like puzzles, painting, colouring and play dough – nice ways for children to unwind.
  • Set up ‘invitations to play’ (allowing children to direct their own play by offering open-ended, meaningful resources to explore).
  • Be patient and calm ourselves.
  • Encourage them to go outside and blow off steam in the fresh air (or the rain!).

It might even be worth considering an occasional day off from preschool to let them replenish their self-regulation reserves.

We may get the worst of our child’s behaviour, but we get the best of it too!


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I Can’t Do It! | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

How can we can help them without doing that?

We can:

  • encourage our child to feel good about what they can do (not what they can’t)
  • ask them to “give it three tries” before we help
  • add an element of fun or play
  • make it easy to succeed (if the shoes keep going on the wrong foot, put a dot on the inside of each shoe so they can match it)
  • give choices rather than directions (“Would you like to put away your books or your toys?”)

We really mustn’t:

  • criticise, judge or ‘correct’ their efforts (children at this age really do want to please us and if we always rework their attempts they have every right to give up!)

We have to be willing to let our child make mistakes as they learn their independence.

And, if we still get a lot of resistance we may need to take a step back. Our child may need some more one-on-one time with us until their natural desire to be independent takes over again.


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Supporting Scissor Skills | Lightbulb Learning Childcare

When your child is ready, introduce the scissors.

  • Position their wrist so that the thumb is turned upward, the thumb joint resting inside the thumb loop.
  • Make sure the tip of the middle finger is inside the opposite loop. Some scissors have enough space for both the middle and ring fingers to be positioned inside this loop – most children seem to prefer this when learning.
  • Place the index finger outside the loop, in front of the middle finger serving as a guide.
  • Many children need help positioning their wrist correctly in the ‘thumbs up’ position. A helpful strategy is to hold the paper above eye level or tape it to the wall so that the child is cutting upwards – this automatically positions their wrist correctly. (Another tip is to  draw something on the thumbnail of their cutting hand, and remind your child that they should always be able to see it while they’re cutting.)

Provide lots of safe items to cut (cutting playdough sausages is nice and easy and it doesn’t matter whe

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