Friday, December 4, 2015



The most effective way to manage unwanted behavior is to prevent it before it happens. Some effective strategies to promote positive behavior include establishing a routine, being consistent with your instructions, and having realistic expectations for the age and developmental level of your child. For example, you can’t expect most two year olds to sit and attend to an activity for more than 10-15 minutes at a time!  Challenging behaviors can be different things to different people. You may not be able to tolerate whining, while your next door neighbor might have more problems with a child who bites or hits. Although there are general developmental guidelines, each child is unique and has their own personality and temperament. Temperament can be defined as the way a child approaches and reacts to the world around them. Some children are friendly with everyone they meet and others are a little more shy. This is just one example of temperament. An individual child’s temperament greatly affects their everyday behavior. Because there are so many factors that influence behavior, it is unrealistic to list strategies or techniques that work for everyone. Keep your child’s temperament and personality in mind as you explore resources below. If you need help with specific at home behaviors, please contact your child’s teacher or one of our behavior specialists.






Friday, November 6, 2015

Building Your Child’s Skills- Make Learning Fun

There are so many fun things you can do at home to build your child’s skills.  If you want to teach counting or colors, make it fun and interactive.  At snack time have them count their goldfish crackers or sort their fruit snacks by color.  Play with them.  Build blocks and count them as your stack up the tower or ask them for a specific color.  Let them use their imagination to build and talk to them about what they are making.  Play a board game with them, or even devote one night a month to family game night.  Playing board games teaches your child a lot of different skills.  It teaches them how win or lose, how to wait their turn, how to follow rules, etc.  You can also use it as an opportunity to teach colors or concepts depending on which game you play.  One of the most important things you can do with your child to help build their skills is read to them every single day.  Reading not only exposes them to language but it also teaches them how to be good listeners.  Take them exploring, go for a walk in your neighborhood or at the park.  Talk about what you see.  Let them help you cook or bake and give them some age appropriate chores to do around the house.  This helps them become responsible and helps build their skills.  Have them help fold laundry.  You can talk about the different sizes of the socks or colors of towels.  Most importantly, spend quality time with them each and every day.  They are only young once.  When you are spending time with them, make sure you are not distracted and be sure to make eye contact with them.  Put your phones away and turn the television off and give them your undivided attention, they deserve it.  And remember to focus on their strengths.  Tell them daily the things they are good at.  We want them to be confident in themselves.    The more confident they are in themselves, the more successful they will be.  For more information on ways you can build your child’s skills at home, check out some of the websites listed below.  Please let us know if you have any specific questions or concerns about your child.


Wednesday, October 28, 2015


Welcome to the Don Earl Parent Blog!  The first Friday of each month, we will post about a new topic.  Based on the feedback from the survey we handed out at open house, we picked the topics that parents were most interested in learning more about.  Here is the schedule for this school year:
November- Building Your Child’s Skills
December- Behavior/Discipline
January- Positive Communication
February- Kindergarten Transition
March- Mealtime/Eating Issues
April- Self-Esteem
May- Toileting/Potty Training 

If you have specific questions about one of the topics, feel free to comment and we will reply as soon as possible.  You can access the blog from your computer or mobile device.  It will be on the home page of our website soon for easy access.  We will also send the link out via our Twitter account.  The first topic will be available on November 6, 2015.