SHOW AND TELL

Bring a thing that keeps you warm.

Topic: Polar Regions

Learn about the Arctic and the Antarctic

 

The value is courage, which is being able to deal with something dangerous, difficult, or painful.

For cooking we’ll make Eskimo ice cream and jerky.    

Outside we’ll have an Eskimo Olympics.

The songs we’ll be singing are Frosty the Snowman, Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer, Red River Valley, Home on the Range, and John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt.

Our art activities are inukshuk, whale tooth necklaces, aurora borealis, and mukluks.   

Creative dramatics will be the story Why Mr. Fox Has a Red Coat.

For motor development we’ll build stamina with jumping jacks and ice skating. For body development, we’ll work on vestibular function with tossing the die, spinning basketball, in and out the window, and ball pass.  

 

SIBLING RIVALRY

As we begin to define what we want for our family, it’s a shock to realize that our children will be together as siblings for longer than we will be with them as parents. The possibility that our children will “be there” for each other through their adult lives of 60, 70, or even 80 years makes all of our energy and effort to build a strong family system even more important. Consider on having a vision of building and strengthening your family bond that will last well into our children’s old age.

What are some ways parents can help siblings to feel positive about each other? Maybe these suggestions will stimulate creative planning for your own home and the siblings growing up there:

  • Refuse to allow destructive speech: “I hate you! I wish you had never born! I could kill you!” This also includes name calling: “You stupid jerk, . ., nerd, . ., cry baby, . . sissy” or using other stereotypical classifications.
  • Recognize human emotions and give direction for acceptable expressions: “You’re angry that the baby knocked down your blocks. What’s another way we could make this work for both of you?”
  • Make physical and emotional hurting off limits.
  • Teach both sharing and respecting privacy. This is truly an art. Sometimes we read the book together, but sometimes it’s brother’s turn. There’s tremendous value in learning to respect another person’s space, possessions, and feelings.
  • Allow siblings to negotiate and work out solutions to their own problems, praising them when they are able to settle an issue themselves. Use the conflict to teach rules regarding sharing, fairness, and boundaries for behavior.
  • Encourage individuality; refuse to make comparisons. Say “Andy is a fast runner,” not “Andy can run faster than Sam.”
  • Use caution when putting one sibling in charge of another. Make each child accountable to you.

No home will always be free of conflict. It’s a part of learning to live together. Disagreement in families is not only normal but, when handled in a healthy way, can be beneficial. Having siblings can provide experience in patience, self-control, empathy, and asking for and receiving forgiveness. Competition and conflict between siblings can teach compromise, communication, and fair and honorable competition. Parents are the ones who foster and encourage that love and esteem between siblings. Ultimately, those same qualities go into the world between neighbors, among organizations, and between countries. They’re the skills we learned at home                               

Coming Up

 

 Pajama Day – If there’s a possibility of after-the-holidays letdown, let’s go for a pajama day. On Friday, Jan. 10, we’re all going to come to school in our pajamas! Coats and shoes will be essential for going outside, and a lovey might be a nice accessory.

 Martin Luther King Holiday – The school will be closed on Monday, Jan. 20, in honor of the man who said “no more” to injustice.

 Homestead Heritage Day – Give your children the gift of real-life demonstrations of how early settlers lived in Texas. Soap making, blacksmithing, and other life skills become more real when we see them up close. This event is at Jesse Jones Park on Saturday, Feb. 8

 Gift for Teachers – On behalf of MMGS team we would like to give a special thank you to Anderson’s mom for establishing a gift fund and for all the parents who contributed to the fund and for others who chose to give in other ways, THANK YOU!