SHOW AND TELL
Bring a beautiful thing made by a person.
Every beautiful thing that people make is art
The value is joy, which is a very happy feeling.
For safety we’ll learn that there is safety in numbers.
Outside we’ll paint the town and paint with ‘running down’.
The songs we’ll be singing are Tomorrow, A Little Red Box, Yellow Rose of Teas, Five Little Speckled Frogs, Today, and Ain’t It Great to Be Crazy?
Our art activities are pointillism, Van Gogh wands, Cubism, and Matisse collages.
Creative dramatics will be dance of the painter, we’re a lot alike, and what do feelings look like?
For motor development we’ll build flexibility with yoga postures. For body development, we’ll work on motor planning with find the objects, hula hoop pass, kid connections, and glued down.
Fun, to a young child, is more than just an occasional interlude – it is his whole life. It is the child’s way of trying different approaches to situations in her life. For the tiny child, it’s a way of learning skills, and it organizes cognitive thinking. For the older child who is engaged in imaginative or exploratory play, it’s a way of developing abstract thinking and facing risks. For children involved in cooperative play, it’s a way of developing negotiation and socialization skills.
At all levels, it’s a way of thinking in different patterns, of training our brains to develop new synaptic connections. Albert Einstein did it when he played the violin or imagined that he was riding on a light beam. Winston Churchill did it when he painted landscapes or built brick walls. You can tap into this same energy by allowing your child’s delight be a second chance for you to enrich your own life. In the Japanese culture, the experience of muga is that ability of being able to focus fully on one thing at a time. In our culture, we refer to a peak experience and the emphasis on being rather than on becoming or doing. Children are natural geniuses at living life in a present-moment, peak-experience mode.
Allow a lot of time for fun and for celebrating the present moment. Be spontaneous. Forget about being so grownup and re-learn to watch what your child watches, to find joy in simple things. Instead of trying to calm down his excited response, try to feel as he is feeling and to see as he is seeing. When you go for a walk, allow your child to wander and watch the fascinating things happening on his level. Do spur-of-the-moment things with your child. Lie on your back and watch the clouds together. Roll down a hill. Make paper boats and sail them in the gutter after a rain. Pop popcorn without the lid on. (Place the popper on a clean sheet in the middle of the floor first.) Play games that have an element of surprise in them such as hide and seek or musical chairs where everyone ends up on the same single chair. Use rhyming words and name games to encourage creativity. Remember that a child who is never noisy or dirty is probably missing out on a lot of fun, and that goes for mom and dad, too.
Re: Covd-19 – Because we have so many families and their friends who travel internationally and are around our students, we’re monitoring the situation very closely. Flu and strep viruses are making the rounds already, so we are actively practicing our sick policy. We have held several group lessons with practicing washing hands (singing happy birthday while we mimic washing wrists, in between fingers, etc.) well before this coronavirus started. We are also monitoring the TXDHHS department and since we are licensed, we get info first hand from CCL. We’ll follow all recommendations/protocols they provide for child care facilities and schools. Feel free to talk with us about your concerns.
Artistic? – In our Art theme for the enrichment curriculum, the tag line is “Everything beautiful is art”. If you love to create beautiful things, please share them with your child’s class. It could be a wood carving, some crochet, calligraphy, or pottery. The children will be working with Picasso, Matisse, and Van Gogh art as well as making some crayon resist pictures. Talk with your teacher about the best way to share.
It was near the end of the day on the playground when Kinsley display her joy by singing, as other students were cleanup the playground Kinsley was laying on her back looking up to the sky and singing a song in the tune of; Frere Jacques (Are You Sleeping). After getting closer we notice that she is singing in Spanish with very good diction, it was a song she learned from the Spanish teacher who comes by once a week.