New GSRP Opportunities…

New GSRP Opportunities…
Attention: Families with Preschool age children who are 4 years of age by December 1, 2017.  There is an immediate possibility of free full day preschool beginning in January 2018 in the Dearborn Public Schools (next month). The family must be eligible based on risk factors and not currently enrolled in a GSRP program.  If interested, families may pick up an application at the Cotter Early Childhood Center, 13020 Osborn or call Nadia Berry at 313-827-6150.
Please respond immediately as slots are limited.
Families must live in the city of Dearborn.
Please forward this to all Dearborn families with 4 year olds.

Here at 10 tips for parent to support their kids!

Here at 10 tips for parent to support their kids!

1. Be a listener. Children crave opportunities to share their thoughts and feelings. Listen without judging. Remember, listening does not mean agreeing!!! Children who feel understood are more likely to listen to what adults have to say.

2. Stay positive. We all need to feel recognized for the things we do right! Offer   compliments for effort and good choices.

3. Be a role model. Children learn from watching those around them. Demonstrate strategies for dealing with stress, anger, or anxiety. When you demonstrate coping skills, describe what you are doing and why you are doing it. 

4. Be patient. Sometimes children need time and many, many reminders to learn a skill. Hang in there! Sometimes children demonstrate that they have gotten the hang of things just when we are about to give up!

5. Set boundaries. Children need to hear the word “no.” Be clear about what is and is not allowed. Although children may not like rules, they feel safest when boundaries are clear. Explain that rules are set by you, not the television, children’s friends, etc.



6. Set fair, but high expectations. Ask your children that they be the best they can be. Every child has his or her own strengths and weaknesses. Teach your child to discover what he or she is capable of. Then expect no more, or no less.

7. Say no to power struggles.
Sometimes children test limits. When upset they might argue, fight, and debate (sound familiar?). Offer matter of fact responses. Suggest time to cool down. Be clear about your expectations, stay calm, and avoid engaging the child in his or her attempt to argue.

8. Reinforce values. Discuss what it means to be a kind, caring, compassionate, and thoughtful person. Talk about everyday ways to demonstrate good character.

9. Communicate your thoughts and feelings. Explain what you think is right. Explain where you stand and why. Talk about how your child’s actions make you feel (good or bad).

10. Be flexible.
Being organized is great, but when life gets unpredictable, demonstrate how to be a problem solver and “go with the flow.” It never hurts to have a “Plan B” to fall back on!

NWEA testing tips

NWEA testing tips

The NWEA testing sessions are beginning this week.  Some tips that can help your student are:

  1. Getting to bed at a reasonable hour for the best rest you can get.
  2. Have a good breakfast – food in our bellies helps our brain work.
  3. In the evening practice reading and answering questions.

All of these easy tips can help your student.