Each Chickpeas family is encouraged to visit the school once a year and engage the children in a family-centered activity. The activity can be created around any aspect of family life, including favorite foods, family photos, language, songs, history, the work the adults in the house do, visits by extended family members, newborn baby brother(s) or sister(s) or friends. The goal is to encourage the children to gain more understanding of our diversity; thus, Family Day is an important part of the Chickpeas curriculum.
HANDLING SEPARATION ANXIETY
Starting a new school is a big deal!
We expect that children will have separation anxiety. We ask that parents and children create drop-off routines to help ease the transition. Teachers will assist as needed and keep parents updated as the anxiety diminishes. If a child’s distress persists for more than 45 minutes, the teachers will contact a parent to return. Due to Chickpeas’ flexible and creative style, this rarely happens, and we are able to find individualized ways to ease the transition for each child.
Chickpeas style of behavior management aims to provide students with the language and skills they need to be proactive and flexible problem solvers in the classroom.
We teach children to be accountable for their words or actions that may hurt another child, but we do not force them to apologize. Through active listening and problem-solving, we guide children’s self-awareness and their sense of empathy towards others.
Children do NOT need to be potty trained to attend Chickpeas. The teachers will ask children to play an active role in their diaper changing (telling what is in their diaper, pulling down pants, finding diaper tabs to pull, etc.) and present sitting on the potty as an option for those who feel ready. The teachers try to meet the children where they are developmentally, while also encouraging them to try.
Parents provide diapers and wipes for their child.
Chickpeas is able to accommodate food allergies and dietary restrictions that are based on medical advice. Prior to beginning the school year, parents will be asked to notify our administrator about any allergies. Our administrator then notifies the teachers and other families, posts signs in the classroom, and can offer information about alternative choices.