Return to KidZone

It’s been an interesting year hasn’t it? We’re excited and thankful that we’ll be able to have kids running through our halls again and we can open up KidZone on March 28, 2021 for all ages.
  • KidZone yearly registration for the year will be online and parents will need to do this before they arrive at LHAC.
  • Families are also required to Register for each Sunday that they choose to come (so yes, there are two kinds of registration – an annual KZ registration, and weekly attendance registration)
  • Parents can either sanitize their kids’ hands upon entry to our facility, or escort their children to wash their hands in the bathroom after they check in
  • Upon arrival on a Sunday, our KidZone Welcome-er will write their names down and a parent can escort them to KidZone
  • All kids age 2-Gr.6 will be required to wear masks
  • Immediately after the service, a parent will head downstairs and pick up their kids
  • Our goal is to follow the Provincial Child Care Facilities guidelines as best we can 
If you have any questions or recommendations, please contact Pastor Tyler tylerlhac@hotmail.com 

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And they’re back

Well, kids are back to school. I’ve been meaning to write this post for a little while, but you likely know that things get a little busy around the beginning of September.
Something we discovered last year, was that back to school can be very stressful for kids. One of our boys was starting kindergarten and had a really rough time. On his very first day was very sad all day. In fact, the teacher even emailed us about it.
We asked him why he was so sad, and he said “I miss you too much.”
So we tried a few things to help him relax and feel safe while at school.
At first he demanded that we stay with him all day. So I said I would stay outside his classroom for a while (send some emails on my phone) and then say “goodbye” and head to the office.
He quickly realized that when I said goodbye, he would get sad, so he asked me not to say goodbye.
At first I waited 30 minutes, then each day a little less. After a few days, I didn’t need to say anymore.
This was quite the challenge, but there was hope…
 
Our key learnings from his separation anxiety:

1) Pray every morning with your kids and read the Bible with them before school

2) Talk to your kid and ask good questions

3) Help them feel safe – remind them that their teacher is a professional who is an expert in caring for kids their age

4) When possible, assure them you are close by and only a phone call away

5) Don’t make promises and reward them for accomplishing the goal, but celebrate and be thankful. 

6) Plan as much in advance so that the mornings can be as stress free as possible

7) Talk to Professionals

 
Every kiddo is different, but the struggle is real. This fall has been way smoother than I anticipated, but something tells me we’ll be continuing to take special note of anxiety in our household. Most mornings we still hear, “I’m never going to school.” But with a lot of patience, he’s never been late.
 
I pray that God, the source of hope, will fill you completely with joy and peace because you trust in him. Then you will overflow with confident hope through the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
 
 

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