Parents

Parents_PreschoolParents are an important part of their child’s learning. Reading with your children at home on a daily basis is key. Listening to you read makes your child aware of printed words and encourages them to use their imagination. Reading the same book over and over again is a proven way to help reading comprehension.

Encourage your child to talk about a book by asking open-ended questions. Praise your child for their efforts. Make reading a part of your everyday activities. point our letters in signs. Read your to-do list aloud.

Volunteering

Happyland encourages parents to participate in their child’s learning experience by volunteering. Parents volunteer in the classroom daily and they also run our holiday parties. Parents sometimes share their career or other special skills with the class during certain themes like “Dental Health.”

Happy at Home

Scholastic – Help your child learn to love reading at every age and stage.

Nick Jr. Parenting – Fun activities and advice for all parents.

Play Dough Fun

The malleable properties of play dough make it fun for investigation and exploration as well as secretly building up strength in all the tiny hand muscles and tendons,  making them ready for pencil and scissor control later on. As part of simple, tactile play it can be squashed, squeezed, rolled, flattened, chopped, cut, scored, raked, punctured, poked and shredded! Each one of these different actions aids fine motor development in a different way, not to mention hand-eye co ordination and general concentration.

Download a recipe for homemade play dough. Click here to download the Play Dough Recipe (pdf format)