Our Community & Connecting With Yours

At Adventures Preschool, we highly value being connected in community.  Our Adventures Philosophy encourages preschoolers to be curious and explore their world in developmentally appropriate ways.  Whether it be free reading time as everyone settles into the classroom, games, or even partnering to make the daily snack, we want our preschoolers to be growing in learning about themselves and others.

In addition to being the month of cooler temperatures, thankful trees, family holidays, November is National Homelessness Awareness Month.  If you haven’t yet encountered this topic, here’s a few practical ways to engage with your preschooler:

Raising Awareness Through Conversation

Fire Station VisitMany websites suggest waiting until a child brings it up to directly address the topic of poverty or homelessness.  I don’t know about you, but my preschooler’s mind wheels seem to be turning all the time!  It could be that he asks a question when he sees someone with a sign when we’re driving around town, but it could also be on a day that ends in Y while I’m tying his shoes and trying to get him to finish his breakfast before we head to preschool.  

If your preschooler is like mine, you also know what it’s like to need to be prepared with simple but real questions and answers to facilitate the conversation.  Here’s a few gathered suggestions:

  • Consider asking what your child thinks the words poor or homeless mean
  • Explore any feelings your child can identify surrounding the topic
  • Express your own empathy and feelings
  • Explain your action or inaction based on your family’s values
  • Discuss ways your family could take action based on your values
  • Use children’s literature to facilitate conversation

The following books are currently available at the Ames Public Library:

  • Those Shoes by Maribeth Boelts
  • The Lady in the Box by Ann McGovern
  • Fly! by Christopher A Myers

Meeting Practical Needs & Serving

If you decide that taking action may be a way you want to connect your family and preschooler to your community, there are some great websites to assist!

The Ames Emergency Residence Project has great information about homelessness in Ames and throughout Story County.  They also have an extensive list of organizations throughout the county that assist with other needs that you can access to find the best fit for your family to get involved.

Working and Learning Together

Our overall co-op approach at Adventures Preschool is really about working and learning together.  If that sounds like the right fit for you and your preschooler, please check out our enrollment page for more information!