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 glad feeling. It’s a great happiness.
For safety we’ll learn to be a community of people who learn from and help each other.
Outside we’ll play Punchinello, paint the town, and paint with it running down.
The songs we’ll be singing are Today, A Little Red Box, Yellow Rose of Texas, Five Little Speckled Frogs, Tomorrow, and Ain’t It Great to Be Crazy?
Our art activities are fun prints, pointillism pictures, starry night wands, crayon resist, Picasso’s cubism, and Matisse’s collages.
Creative dramatics will be to paint an emotion, paint to music, and paint our own pictures.
For motor development we’ll do flexibility exercises with yoga poses. For body development, we’ll work on motor planning with hula hoop pass, kid connections, beanbag play, and glued down.
DON’T GET TIED UP IN KNOTS
This is from a brochure produced by the National Committee to Prevent Child Abuse. It’s about coping with stress when there’s too much to do, too little time, and not enough money. No wonder we get stressed! But stress strikes everyone. As parents of young children, we’re coping with so many new life situations – new job, new house, new car, new responsibilities.
Reducing stress is important for your sake as well as for your child. Children thrive when a parent can relax and take time and interest in them. Children need to know that their world is predictable and that you want to take good care of them. Reducing stress gives you the time and energy to be a better parent. In fact, you can be better at everything you do if less of your energy is wasted by stress. Great, right? So how?
Begin by taking control of your life. Think about when you’re most stressed. It’s probably when you are in situations beyond your control – a bus that arrives late, a long line in the grocery store, a big project at work. Make a list of tasks that must be completed, check them off as you go, and congratulate yourself with each accomplishment. When you’re working on one task, don’t worry about others. You’ll do a better job in less time concentrating on one thing at a time. Establish a routine. Your home life will be much more comfortable if everyone knows what to expect. Have regular mealtimes, bedtime, and time for play.
Make those decisions that have been hanging over your head. Uncertainty is more stressful than making difficult decisions and setting a plan of action. Once you start making necessary decisions about your future, you’ll feel better. Don’t be hard on yourself. After you’ve made a decision, follow through with confidence. Don’t second guess yourself or have regrets.
Don’t become isolated. It’s easy to get into such a routine that it seems that taking time for friends is a luxury you can’t afford. After all, you don’t even have enough time to spend with your children. Being with other people can be supportive and nurturing. Time away from everyday pressures helps put your life into perspective and gets rid of tension. This includes taking care of yourself. A healthy, fit, and well-rested body goes a long way toward having enough stamina to do all that you need to do.
You will notice that your child’s behavior improves as stress is reduced in your life. A happy parent, a stable life, and a good parent/child relationship are very comforting to children. Just remember that the journey is a lot more important than the destination.
For Your Information
Creativity in Art – We’re going to focus for a whole week on being creative. A part of that is studying things creative people made, but another part of that is being creative ourselves. Our art projects will be to make pictures from lines and to make a pointillism picture. We’ll make cubism pictures like Picasso and collages like Matisse. We’ll even make a reverse picture with crayon resist. We’ll think about making a picture to music and drawing in the air with our fingers, our noses, and our two feet at once (?). Ask to see our curriculum if you would like some ideas to get your creative juices flowing.
Jacob in our infant class worked with the knobbed puzzle after a few lessons he matched the bird and the dog, this work will help with his hand-eye coordination. Jack is showing interest in numbers, after working with the sandpaper numbers he progressed with that lesson which took him to writing numbers on paper, while inside on a rainy afternoon he chose to practice his number writing skills. Rhombus, trapezoid, hexagon are just a few of the new words Evan is learning by working with the constructive triangles. The purpose of this material is to introduce the concept that visual images may be combined to create different visual images and it indirectly prepares him for later work in mathematics.