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April 18, 2016

Dear Parents,

    In a few weeks summer will be upon us.  “In the olden days” summers ran from June through August and we started back to school the day after Labor Day.  Now, school ends in May and begins again in July.  Not much of a break…

    Whether your child is entering kindergarten at “big school” or just entering a new grade, please realize how stressful this can be for your child.  We often believe that our children are adaptable and most are.  However, depending on your child’s temperament and learning style, starting at a new school, in a new grade or having a new routine can be really scary and/or traumatic.

     After the excitement of new clothes and new school supplies wears off, the fear of not having any friends, not having their old friends or being bullied is very real.  Pay attention to your child’s face and countenance each day.  Ask your child how his/her day went…then listen.  Our kids need to know that we care and are interested in what’s going on in their lives.  Don’t interrogate or lecture…share a story from your day and your child will join in.

     Have a great summer making fond memories and pray for a strong start to the new school year…

Hugs, Joy


January 27, 2015

Happy New Year!  YOU ARE SPECIAL… not because you’re rich, beautiful, successful or smart…  You are special because God Made You!  Psalm 139:14 says, “I praise You, O Lord, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made.”  Our worth as a person comes from GOD, not our own effort!

As we begin another year, it’s so important that you know this in the very depths of your being…  As parents, we desperately need to “get this” truth because it’s something we really need to teach our children.  If we don’t know we’re special, we will never tell our child that he/she is special.
 Everyday, I thank God for my mom.  Although I was raised as a Buddhist, my mom taught me that I was special from the day I was born…(before I had done anything amazing!)  All through my growing up years, she would tell this funny story about the day I was born.  She would tell it to all my friends and every person that came to our house.  At the time, I was so embarrassed but looking back I realize that it gave me a very solid self esteem… I was wanted and loved… just for being born!
 Our children live in a stress filled world.  Technology has pushed academic pressure and achievement down into the preschool years.  Every child deserves to know that he/she is valued for the person God created him/her to be and is excited about who he/she will become!  God has good plans for every life He creates.  (Jeremiah 29:11)
 Thank God today for the special person YOU are and the uniqueness of each child in your family…
 Hugs, Joy Addiss

June 5, 2014

Dear Parents,

   Many families are looking to choose a new school for their child this coming fall.  Schools are very different from one another and give parents many options.  The best advice I would have for a parent is this:  “Consider who you want your child to be when he/she is done with school.  The best school for your child will get him/her excited about learning, not just teach him what to think by giving him all the answers.”  Many schools focus solely on Curriculum and Academics instead of who the child is and their lifelong potential.

   At the preschool level, you want to choose a school that will allow your child the freedom to talk, play, explore and move… Motion fuels the brain with oxygen and enhances healthy brain development.  The biggest challenge for the young child is to sit still and be quiet. God designed them to MOVE!  Our older kids really struggle in school when their “recess” is taken away in order for them to catch up on class work… Running around, climbing and being with friends outside would greatly improve their concentration and focus inside the classroom!

   KUC Preschool is slowly implementing a Reggio Emilia mindset in our daily schedule… Our children direct our activities by their interests and imagination.  Too much pre-programmed curriculum tells a child what to know and think but doesn’t allow for much creativity or imagination.  Children wait to be told what to do/think/make because already they have been taught there’s only one right answer.  Education at its best teaches a child to think, not what to think!

   Our classroom is noisy and busy and may seem chaotic at first glance, until you hear the conversations, see what our kids are building, and experience the friendships they are enjoying.

   Come and see the handiwork of God… It’ll amaze you how much our children know because we allow them to ask the questions and seek the answers along with their teachers!

Hugs,

Mrs. Joy Addiss (Preschool Director & Primary Hugger)

(808) 841-7022, ext. 723


 

February 3, 2014

Dear Parents,

   There is so much focus on education right now in our State…new curriculum (Pono Choices) being introduced following the passage of the Same Sex Marriage legislation as well as the change in Kindergarten entrance age this coming fall (children must be 5 by July 31). The push for state funded preschool is also being looked at…

    Although many changes are coming our way, children remain the same and need the same kind of school environment:  a place that understands who they are and how they learn, a place where teachers enjoy what they do and a safe place to learn and grow at a pace that is best for every child, even if it’s different from his/her friends.

     Please become an advocate for your child and speak up when things don’t seem to align with your family’s values or beliefs.

Hugs,

Mrs. Joy Addiss (Preschool Director & Primary Hugger)

(808) 841-7022, ext. 723


February 3, 2014

Aloha Parents,

    Preschool is always a fun and exciting place to be everyday…at KUC Preschool, we allow each child to express his/her interests on a daily basis.  We believe that each child is made by God with unique gifts and abilities…we try to give our students time to explore and develop their passions…music, art, science and even talking and dramatic play.

     Reggio Emilia believes in the innate wisdom and creativity of every child.  We don’t have to TEACH as much as we need to LISTEN so we can teach well and with intentionality, not a general curriculum, but one that is tailor-made to our individual students.

     As teachers, we learn and grow with our kids…our goal to fill our children with an excitement for learning and God’s amazing love.  We want them to feel capable, valuable and cherished by God and their friends and family.

     Aloha ke  Akua…God is Love!

Hugs,

Mrs. Joy Addiss (Preschool Director & Primary Hugger)

(808) 841-7022, ext.


 

October 24, 2013

Dear Parents,

    It’s October and the holidays are just around the corner…  How’s your family doing?  As the homework piles up and the school friendships for the year are getting serious, do you know what’s important to your child?

    My son is 19 and my daughter is 17…  I still take time to lie in their beds every night. Jonathan and Jenna are busy with their friends and activities during the day and most nights our family doesn’t eat together anymore…  but when it’s time for me to go to bed, my kids and I have our “five minutes” in one of their beds…

    My greatest accomplishment in life is my marriage of 20 years and the fact that my kids still love me and talk to me about everything in their lives.  Our house is still where they love to be instead of out on the town with random people.

    I know the pressures of your jobs can be intense but when all is said and done, your relationships with your children are way more important than your financial success or their grades for this school year…

    Make your child your priority today and you will reap the blessings of a strong and forever-lasting bond with them…  Nothing in life can compare to that!

    It all begins in preschool…  We learn our most important lessons in the sandbox…  God makes little kids slow so that we’re forced to take our time!  If you’re prone to rush, try walking on your knees at their eye level…  The world is a different place from their point of view!  It’s simpler and full of wonder…  Don’t wait for the holidays to celebrate…  Today is something special (it’s why we call it the “present”)  Life’s short, don’t miss today while you’re planning (or saving) for tomorrow!

Hugs,

Mrs. Joy Addiss (Preschool Director & Primary Hugger)

(808) 841-7022, ext. 723


Dear Parents,

Another summer has come and gone and your children are starting their new school year.  All the supplies have been bought, all the new clothes chosen, you’ve met the new teacher and your child has met his/her new friends (and hopefully some old ones, too!)

   Be patient with your child, no matter what grade he’s starting.  Every new year is a fresh challenge.  Just as starting a new job is stressful, beginning a new school year can be scary and stressful for your child. Even older ones.  Beginning middle school is tough as puberty arrives and makes for awkward moments between the sexes.

   Listen to your child.  Ask him/her how his day went.  Pay attention to homework and watch your child’s face and body language when you gather after school.  Many times the first few days of school will set the tone for the rest of the year…

   Preschool sets the foundation for your child’s education…make sure it’s a strong and secure one.  Just as the foundation of a home is structurally different from what’s built on top of it, a preschool that allows a child to play and feel loved is the strongest foundation for later academics and educational success.  Every child wants to play and have fun…when school gets serious and hard from the preschool years, education isn’t something your child will be happy about…or look forward to.

   As Reggio Emilia believes, “Childhood is not a race to see how quickly a child can read, write and count.  Childhood is a small window of time to learn and develop at the pace that is right for each individual child.”

Happy School Year!

Hugs,

Mrs. Joy Addiss (Preschool Director & Primary Hugger)

(808) 841-7022, ext. 723


April 23, 2013

Aloha Parents!

   What an exciting time to be in Hawaii…the Legislature is passing legislation which will create a School Readiness Program for all 4-year-olds beginning in 2014.  This is needed as the State changes the entrance age requirement for children entering Kindergarten next year.  Children must turn 5 by August 1 to enter the DOE in 2014.

KUC Preschool will be here to enroll the children who need to stay in preschool another year before moving on to Kindergarten.  We applaud this move as the  DOE curriculum continues to accelerate to a level that leaves many children behind, especially the younger ones.

Children need time to be children.  Too much, too soon will destroy our little ones and their excitement and desire to learn.  Kids need time to be little and to play.  We strongly believe in giving children this time and a caring environment that reflects the love and nurture of home.

Come for a visit and feel the love of Jesus!  Your child will grow and bloom in His perfect timing!  He has made everything beautiful in His time…Ecclesiastes 3:11

Hugs,

Mrs. Joy Addiss (Preschool Director & Primary Hugger)

(808) 841-7022, ext. 723


November 19, 2012

Aloha Parents!

Choosing a preschool is a BIG decision.  Your child was created with a unique temperament and learning style.  The Bible says that we are Masterpieces of God.  None of us would go into an art museum and mess with the art pieces there…our children are far more valuable and priceless than a painting or piece of clay…let’s make sure we honor and appreciate each child and handle him/her with love and care.

We would love to meet you and share our heart for children with you and your family.  A great preschool experience is an investment into your child’s lifelong education.  It will serve as the very foundation for the rest of his/her life.  We will partner with you to build a strong and lasting foundation…  We look forward to hearing from you soon!

Hugs,

Mrs. Joy Addiss (Preschool Director & Primary Hugger)

(808) 841-7022, ext. 723

 

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