July 10, 2015
Welcome back! I hope you enjoyed the beautiful weather last week with your family. Here at Parkside we were VERY busy with projects inside the building: we had a gate built in the Glacier classroom which expanded the playing space; we also had a plexi glass wall built in Grand Teton which will help the teachers supervise the babies who are sleeping in their cribs on the other side of the room. In addition we had our tile floors waxed and had a manual shut off to our water moved from the crawlspace of our building up to the Grand Teton room. In addition, we had 3 yards of sand delivered to the playground! You may we wondering where the wooden canopy that we had planned to build is? Unfortunately a week was not long enough to get all of the projects we had hoped to get done! Instead of building a wooden structure we are providing additional shade on the playground with a very large canopy.
As I mentioned this week the weather has been much warmer than typical! This week we have been making sure we are being safe while having fun outside, this includes being alert to the possibility of heat exhaustion. Here are the signs we look for as well as steps we take if we see a child has signs of heat exhaustion.
There are two types of heat exhaustion:
- Water depletion. Signs include excessive thirst, weakness, headache, and loss of consciousness.
- Salt depletion. Signs include nausea and vomiting, muscle cramps, and dizziness.
Although heat exhaustion isn’t as serious as heat stroke, it isn’t something to be taken lightly. Without proper intervention, heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke, which can damage the brain and other vital organs, and even cause death.
Symptoms of Heat Exhaustion
The most common signs and symptoms of heat exhaustion include:
- Dark-colored urine (a sign of dehydration)
- Muscle or abdominal cramps
- Nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
- Pale skin
- Profuse sweating
- Rapid heartbeat
Treatment for Heat Exhaustion
If you, or anyone else, has symptoms of heat exhaustion, it’s essential to immediately get out of the heat and rest, preferably in an air-conditioned room. If you can’t get inside, try to find the nearest cool and shady place.
Other recommended strategies include:
- Drink plenty of fluid (avoid caffeineand alcohol).
- Remove any tight or unnecessary clothing.
- Take a cool shower, bath, or sponge bath.
- Apply other cooling measures such as fans or ice towels.
If such measures fail to provide relief within 15 minutes, seek emergency medical help, because untreated heat exhaustion can progress to heat stroke.
Teachers also make sure children are hydrated before going outside by providing fluids BEFORE they are going outside. On the playground children’s water bottles are available at all times as well as a large Gatorade cooler of water for children who do not have a water bottle. Teachers also monitor children who haven’t had a water break for a while and encourage them to sit under the canopy to have some water. We also have the sprinkler available for children to help cool them off. If the weather is too hot we will not be outside the full hour, instead we may go out to play for a short period and then come back inside to cool off.
Playground: This week we experienced some warm weather! This week was the first time we took out the sprinkler for the kids to use to cool off. Please make sure your child has extra clothes and water shoes or crocs to wear outside. This week was also the first week our Preschool kids were able to have an early recess beginning around 8:00 and coming in at 9:00. Parents, please help us by making sure your child is sunscreened before they come outside on the playground.
End of the Year Celebration: Please mark your calendars for Friday, August 28th, or rain date being Thursday, August 27th. This event is for all of the kids at Parkside as well as children who have left Parkside (please accompany your child while they play with their friends at Parkside)! We will have bounce houses, games around the playground, and a yummy treat from Specialty Sweets! We will have more information as we get closer…stay tuned!
This week I received an article that I think you will enjoy. At Parkside we take great pride in knowing we are providing a great deal of support, knowledge, and skills to children as they continue to grow. As a parent myself, I know that much of my parenting skills comes from how my parents’ approach was with me as well as through my education. As parents our approach has a great deal to do with how resilient they are. This particular article introduces another approach “hummingbird”. “Hummingbird Parents” was published on July 7, 2015 by ExchangeEvery Day.
July 7, 2015
We can no longer accept children being treated as little adults.
“The capacity for being resilient abides in each of us, but whether it comes to the fore depends on a child’s own nature, their upbringing, and education,” observes Joan Almon in the Community Playthings booklet, The Wisdom of Play. “In the United States, there is concern that today’s children are growing up without enough resiliency to meet the demands that will face them in life. Some children receive too little nurture, and struggle to find their footing in life. Others have been cosseted and over-protected. They have been praised and rewarded for the most common accomplishments, and protected from risk and failure. There is concern that they will not have the grit and determination to survive life’s challenges or the inner strength to transform these challenges into opportunities for growth.
“Out of these concerns comes a new image, instead of ‘helicopter parents,’ who swoop in at the slightest hint of a problem for their children we have ‘hummingbird parenting,’ in which parents stay nearby but only swoop in when really needed. They let their children face as much risk as the children can handle. There is yet another stage to aspire toward — to prepare children so that they can range as freely as possible, given their age and circumstances. Such children are generally very confident and resilient.”
*August 21st or August 20th: End of the Year Celebration
Enjoy your weekend,