About SYC . . .

School for Young Children Welcome to the website of the School for Young Children in Columbus, Ohio. Our program was founded in 1969 as a part-time preschool program.  Our philosophy has remained consistent through the years; that children be allowed to develop at their own pace in an atmosphere of free play enriched with a variety of creative materials and the support of teachers who respect them as individuals.

As a community outreach program of the First Unitarian Universalist Church, we are a welcoming school--we do not discriminate upon the basis of race, color, religion, gender, sexual orientation, economic status, or cultural background of parents or children.

The Holiday Season with Children

Posted on November 23, 2016 in category Director's Blog

The Holiday Season with Children

As I prepare to tackle many of the tasks of our holiday season, I am reminded of some of the challenges and expectations the young children in our lives have.  Routines are an important part of their daily life to keep things predictable.  Oftentimes, their holidays are spent travelling to relatives’ homes that they spend little time in, with the expectation that they will be on their “best” behavior. What a hard task to live up to.  I know I feel cranky when I travel to places where I have little control over where I sleep and when and what I get to eat.  Don’t you?

Being around relatives and close friends is just part of the gig for the holidays but that doesn’t mean it’s easy for ANY of us.  Oftentimes, it’s lovely to catch up and make memories.  On the flip side many a meltdown can surface (and I mean that for all of us).  

Here are some survival tips for getting through the holidays:

  • Keep your routines as predictable as you can.  If lunchtime is usually at 12:00, try to keep it as close to that time as possible.  If you have a bedtime routine, stick with it.  
  • Try to find 30 mins to have down time with just your immediate family while traveling.   Taking a break for a ride in the car or to play a quiet game, reading a book together or going on a walk together.  Having some special family time while traveling can help to de-stress.
  • Sleep.  It’s often hard with the excitement to keep a regular bedtime.   We need all the recovery and energy we can get from sleep.  Bring your own pillows.
  • Help your children set boundaries on relatives.
    • Grandparents and relatives love to greet children with a hug or kiss.  Kids may not be ready and have a right to say no.  It models as a safety lesson to children.  (Check out the chapter It’s OK not to Kiss Grandma in Heather Shumaker’s book “It’s OK to Go Up the Slide”).  
    • Playing with cousins can also be tricky.  Help guide your kids in setting limits and listening to limits of relatives that your kids may be playing with.  
  • Know when to keep your stance and when to let it go.  You will likely encounter family members with different parenting styles during the holiday season.
    • If you have a hard and fast rule in your family, stand by it.  Remember in times of conflict to increase communication.  
    • If making a stance on something is not as important to you and will cause more family stress, just let it go.  Kids can begin to understand there are different rules at different places.  
  • Prep kids ahead of time as much as possible on your expectations for them.  
    • If it’s important to you that your kids say Thank You after receiving a gift, let them know that ahead of time.  “When I get a gift I say Thank You even if I don’t like it. “  
  • If all the tips and best intentions go out the window, that’s OK.   You will get through it and get back on track.  It will make coming home that much sweeter.  

…Amy Rudawsky, SYC Co-Director

The SYC T-Shirt Sale is Here

Posted on October 28, 2016 in category SYC Announce

The SYC T-Shirt Sale is Here
Here are a few updates and reminders for this year:

1. There will be a rack of sample shirt sizes, colors, and styles on a rack in the SYC hallway during school hours.  Feel free to look through the choices and try on sizes!

2. The order form, complete with sizing, colors, and prices is available to pick up in the office.  You can also find the order form here to print and send in with your payment.

3. When you are ready to order, please return your order form and payment (cash or check to First UU Church-SYC) to Holly in the office or send to School for Young Children, 93 W. Weisheimer Rd., Columbus, OH  43214.

4. Orders are due by Friday, November 11th at noon.  NO LATE ORDERS!

5. The shirts will be ready for you to pick up before the SYC winter break!

6. New for this year are several styles of T-shirts as well as a fleece with an embroidered SYC logo.  If you order a fleece, please be sure to indicate not only the color and size fleece, but also your color choice of embroidery thread!

7. Any questions? Please call 614-595-2623 or email mainjor@gmail.com

Thank you!

Jordan Main
Toddler Violet

Toddler Violet

Toddler Lt. Blue

Toddler Lt. Blue

Toddler Grey

Toddler Grey

Toddler Green

Toddler Green

Toddler Yellow

Toddler Yellow

Youth Green Spider Tie-Dye

Youth Green Spider Tie-Dye

Adult Watermelon Tie-Dye

Adult Watermelon Tie-Dye

Ladies Full Zip Fleece Grey with Logo

Ladies Full Zip Fleece Grey with Logo

Ladies Slim Cut Triblend Orange

Ladies Slim Cut Triblend Orange

Ladies Loose Cut Flowy Scoop Neck Triblend Purple

Ladies Loose Cut Flowy Scoop Neck Triblend Purple

Ladies Slim Cut Triblend Grey

Ladies Slim Cut Triblend Grey

Ladies Slim Cut Triblend Purple

Ladies Slim Cut Triblend Purple

Ladies Loose Fit Flowy Scoop Neck Triblend Green

Ladies Loose Fit Flowy Scoop Neck Triblend Green

Mens Full Zip Fleece Navy

Mens Full Zip Fleece Navy

Mens Full Zip Fleece Black

Mens Full Zip Fleece Black

Unisex Triblend Drk. Purple

Unisex Triblend Drk. Purple

Triblend 3/4 Sleeve Baseball Tee Grey with Green

Triblend 3/4 Sleeve Baseball Tee Grey with Green

Triblend 3/4 Sleeve Baseball Tee Grey with Royal

Triblend 3/4 Sleeve Baseball Tee Grey with Royal

Triblend 3/4 Sleeve Baseball Tee Grey with Navy

Triblend 3/4 Sleeve Baseball Tee Grey with Navy

Changing School Relationships

Posted on October 21, 2016 in category Director's Blog

Changing School Relationships

A 4s parent approached me one December, worried that her child was not feeling connected at school.  I thought about the child—playing out complex stories with groups of children, saving a seat for a friend at lunch, knowing who was there each day and who was absent—and asked the parent to tell me more.  “He doesn’t talk about the teachers at all.  He doesn’t even remember your names. Last year, he ran to hug his teachers as soon as he got to school and came home every day talking about his small group teacher.”  As we talked, we realized that her child was very connected at school—to his peers—whereas he’d been very connected to the teachers last year.

While every individual and every circumstance is different, the changing importance of various school relationships can come as a surprise to parents as their child matures and gains school experience.  This isn’t something we plan for or try to create, but a pattern we’ve noticed.

The 2s class, for many parents, is the first time they’ve entrusted their child to anyone outside of their family, the first time their child has been alone with a group of children their own age.  At this stage, the most important school relationship—the one that’s a bit different at this age than later on—is the one between the parent and the teacher.  Through talking with the teachers, watching and listening to how the teachers interact with their child and the other children, and seeing that all of the children are loved, respected, and cared for, parents develop a level of trust in the teachers.  At the same time, teachers gain valuable information and insight into the child from their parents.  Teachers help parents and children negotiate the other developmental advancements that happen at this age:  separation, budding independence, toileting, self-help skills, awareness of self and others.  When parents trust the teachers and know that their child’s needs will be met, children are in turn more ready to trust that teachers will take care of them until their parents comes back.  In this way, the teacher-child relationship is also strengthened.

That teacher-child relationship often becomes even closer during the 3s class.  Many children look for a particular teacher when they enter the room, talk about the teachers at home, or look for a certain teacher when they need help.  My own child worked for months to say the “L” sound in “Lisa”—his small group teacher in the 3s—because she was so important to him.  By this point, parents are sometimes ready to trust the teachers after just a few interactions, though sometimes it takes longer especially if this is their child’s first school experience.  Children notice each other and sometimes play near or with each other, but these interactions are often based on similar interests—we’re playing together because we both want the trains, not necessarily because we want to be friends.  What’s important to many children at this point is knowing that the teachers notice them, like them, and will help them.

Then comes the 4s when, for many children—especially later in the year—teachers become irrelevant.  It’s all about peer relationships.  Kids who went home telling their parents every detail of what Molly or Gudrun said in the 3s, now might not be sure of their teachers’ names.  Some children wait for their friend to arrive before they’re ready to play.  Children develop methods to entice other children into their play—offering a prized prop or role to their friend.  They learn that sometimes they have to adapt their own ideas to incorporate the ideas of a friend if they want that friend to play.  The challenges of friendship also come up with 4s and 5s:  teasing, exclusionary play, jockeying for power within a group, negotiating how to have more than one friend.   They may call us all “teacher” for months (or all year!) but are often quick to learn the names of the children they play with regularly and ask for playdates outside of school.  Children and parents who are new to school in the 4s may need some time to develop trust, and some people just naturally take more time to feel comfortable.  But eventually, and with support as needed, children’s drive to be social gives them the incentive to take the leap and make a connection.

Of course, everyone—parent, child, teacher—has their own style and their own level of comfort with different types of relationships.  Some people need to establish trust each year with each new set of teachers, or may take a little longer to build friendships with peers.  And of course all relationships are important.  But knowing the general patterns ahead of time might help you understand your own experiences as your child moves through SYC.

…Susan Roscigno, SYC Co-Director

 

SYC 2016-17 Parent Ed Series

Posted on October 14, 2016 in category SYC Announce

Once again, we’re offering a series of four parent education evenings. These evenings are presented by SYC teachers, the topics and prices are below. We’re excited about this series. You can sign up in the SYC Office now.

Tuesday, October 18 – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Discipline, Not Punishment: Guiding Your Child’s Behavior: The goal of discipline is to teach self-control, not to punish. We’ll talk about ways to set firm, reasonable, age-appropriate external limits that help children develop internal controls.

Tuesday, November 1 – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Growing Kind Kids: Raising Children Who Navigate Our Diverse Worlds with Openness and Compassion: Have you ever felt frozen as your child announced, “That person doesn’t have legs!” in the grocery store? Wondering how to help your child understand our beautiful, diverse world? Come for an evening of conversation and resources on raising kids who are knowledgeable about race, disability, gender and family structures.

Thursday, November 17 – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
“You Can’t Come to My Party”: Getting along with peers. Navigating the world of friendship and rejection with your child(ren).

Wednesday, February 22 – 7:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Uncomfortable Topics: Sex, Death and Other Tricky Stuff. Some things are difficult to talk about especially with your children. We’ll help guide you through these very important conversations.

Cost: $10 per adult per session, pay in advance in the SYC office or at the door.
Bargain Package: All four sessions, paid in advance (no refunds) $32 per adult (20% discount)

Child Care: Limited child care will be offered each evening for children aged 2 – 7 years old for $8 per child, if we have a minimum of five children registered in advance. Advance registration is required for child care (no refunds unless child care is cancelled due to low enrollment).