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Preschool Development Screenings

03/21/2013 12:00:00


Getting ready for school starts well before kindergarten, and parents of preschoolers have a variety of ways to help their children be prepared. The Lee's Summit R-7 School District Parents As Teachers program encourages local parents to schedule free preschool screenings for their 3- to 5-year-olds.
Parents As Teachers are currently scheduling developmental screenings. To schedule your child's screening, call (816) 986-2486. For more information, you may also visit the Parents As Teachers website at
Screenings provide parents with an opportunity to see where their child's progress fits in with standardized measures of child development. Health, hearing and vision screenings are also provided. The developmental screenings highlight the strengths and abilities of each child and usually reassure parents that their children are meeting developmental milestones within expected age ranges. If delays are identified that may affect future learning, parents can be referred to resources that will provide help for their child.

Exploring the World of Science with Your Child

03/11/2013 12:00:00

Preschoolers have an insatiable need to explore and understand things that adults might overlook. As Rachel Carson says, children need an adult who can share this joy of discovery with them. You can help your child by sharing the joy of discovering science at home and in your neighborhood.

Go for a walk. Talk with your child about what you can see, hear, and touch. Look at clouds, smell pinecones, gently touch a caterpillar, see what's under rocks, and listen to birds and squirrels in trees. Take walks when it's rainy, when it's sunny, early in the morning, and in the evening. Talk about how the experiences are similar and different.

Discover answers together. Children often know all the dinosaur names or notice small details in a leaf. You don't need to know the name of every plant, but you and your child can incestigate and answer questions together.

Care for animals, plants, trees, and gardens. Plant bulbs (flowers or onions) and watch what happens. Put toothpicks in an avocado pit and suspend it over a clear container of water. Visit it daily. Soon you will see a new plant growing from the top and bottom of the pit.

Find science all around you. Learn about physics by playing with tennis balls and soccer balls. Which ball bounces higher? Which one can be kicked farther? Learn about chemistry while baking cookies together. What happens when the ingredients are mixed together and baked in the oven? Ask your child to share his or her ideas about what happens and why. If your child asks a question you can't answer, write it down so that later you can look for the answer together in a book, at the library, or on the internet.


"Message in a Backpack" Teaching Young Children/Preschool. Vol 6 No 2. NAEYC.ORG/TYC

Parents as Teachers/ Great Beginnings Story

03/07/2013 12:00:00

Story taken from Lee's Summit R-7 Newsletter

The Story Project features personal stories about our students and their accomplishments in school. If you would like to submit a story about your child, visit A story from Great Beginnings Early Education Center and Parents As Teachers follows.

When our daughter was born our Parents As Teachers parent educator, Kari Wilcox, was the amazing support we never knew we needed. When our son came along four years later we had a totally different parenting experience. He was a different eater, different sleeper, etc. We found we still needed Kari. When he was 18 months old, we had a nagging concern with some areas of his development. Kari helped us see what was part of normal development and what might not be. She arranged his evaluation, which was difficult due to the timing of his birthday. It turned out he had a significant delay in the area of understanding (among other things) and qualified for Great Beginnings. Within a few weeks at his new school (many thanks to Beth Stratton, Donna Boucher and Jill Kounkel), he was like a different child. We see huge improvements daily. We’re so happy we didn’t listen to people who said we were overreacting! We have an amazing group of people who care about our son, and we can’t imagine what we would do without them! We’re so thankful for the amazing Parents as Teachers and Great Beginnings programs.
Submitted by Chris and Tammy Wollerman


Great Beginnings can do wonderful things for your children that we, as a general child care center, sometimes cannot. They have smaller ratios and provide one-on-one attention with the children that can see tremendous results. If you have any concerns about your child's development or would like to be put in contact with our local Parents as Teachers program, please ask your center's director. Thank you!

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