>It is easy to say that we want our children to grow up happy, healthy, and successful (in more more ways than one). We want our children to be the best that they can be and to display their greatness to the world. This time of year during the reflection and journey of Lent, the natural discussion leans towards growth. According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary, the word “growth” is defined as Progressive Development. What a great adjective to think of our young ones as progressively developing! Every moment that goes by with our children they are learning and making connections to further their understanding of the world around them. And how quickly this all happens! By the age of 5, your child’s brain will have grown to 90% of its adult size. But even earlier than that, by age 3, it’s already reached 82% of its size. Additionally by the time your child is 3, he or she will know or recognize about 1,000 words! How amazing is it that our God gave us these incredible minds and bodies that develop at such an impressive rate.

To keep up with the rapid growth of your child, try a simple challenge with your family - ask your child at least 20 questions a day. This gift of engagement and strong vocabulary that your child will encounter will only enhance their growth and development simply because of your remarkable presence. It is certain to say, during those moments of engagement, your child is feeling happy, healthy, and successful! 

May you all see the power of growth this Lenten season. Be it with your family, in your spiritual journey, or even just simply in your  questioning tactics! 
Blessings to you and your family,
Katherine L. Yeakel , OSLS Preschool Director