SHOW AND TELL
Bring something beautiful made by a person
(fabric, poem, picture, pottery, etc.).
Every beautiful thing that people make is art
The value we’ll be studying is joy, which is a very glad feeling or a great happiness.
For safety, we’ll learn that there is safety in numbers.
Outside, we’ll play Puncinello.
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?
For creative dramatics, we’ll paint what feelings look like.
Our art activities will be pointillism, crayon resist, Picasso’s cubism, Matisse’s collages, and pictures from lines.
For motor development we’ll work on flexibility with yoga postures. For motor planning, we’ll pass hula hoops, connect with our friends, play with beanbags, and move with one part “glued down.”
ECONOMIES OF SCALE
The computer age and higher productivity have enabled us to automate a myriad of goods and create more efficient services in order to improve the quality of life we have in this country. We can get better automobiles in exactly the color and trim we want in weeks at a cost that is a small percentage of our total income. Chickens are raised in monstrous barns, fed computer-controlled food, and are cleaned and packaged by machines, all at a cost that gets lower each year. Even tomatoes, which have a growth cycle that can’t be varied, are packed into greenhouses where each one gets only the amount of space that it needs to grow to its marketable size.
But children are not tomatoes. We don’t want them packed into a minimal amount of space and fed a continuous flow of controlled nutrients. They need gifts of both time and space in order to develop with the full richness that is humanity. Like the potter who senses the life in a special piece of clay, committed adults can help the child grow bit by bit, slowly evolving into the adult she is to become. With careful nurturing of intellect and beauty, the child will develop all the characteristics of caring, intelligence, and ethics that we want in our society.
There don’t seem to be any economies of scale in this process. It seems to be more like the cello player who has to put in the years of practice and the sensitivity to music in order to produce artistry. The child must have education and intelligence in those people who surround him in order to go higher and better than we are now. She must have time and space to ponder mystery and beauty so that she can create her own artistry. We can’t put more children in less space with fewer resources and expect to get better. We can’t teach our children with machines and expect them to care about people.
Our school has made the commitment to consider each child like the precious piece of marble with which a sculptor works, gently coaxing life and beauty to its fullest potential. Our stand is that we simply must allocate time, space, and resources in order to make things better. Possibilities can become reality when we strive for perfection.
Mask Mandate – Although Texas is opening up and wearing a mask is no longer enforced at the school we will continue to follow the guidelines from CDC and local health care officals.
Daylight Savings Time – Please be aware that this is a bigger event in the spring than it is in the fall. Our children’s metabolism is geared to go to sleep at a time synchronized with the sun. If it goes down an hour later, it takes a bigger effort to get dinner, story, and sleep by clock time. Awareness and planning will make it easier for you to get over the hump.
Body Development – Our brains respond to all the various ways our bodies move so that movement literally creates the ways we think. The body development portion of our enrichment curriculum cycles between strength, stamina, coordination, and flexibility in addition to the sensory integration exercises we do.
Spring Branch Support Service – If you have concerns about a child’s development in Speech or any other developmental area and live in the Spring Branch school district Spring Branch will work with parents to determine what evaluations are needed. This service is offered to children three years and older. You can contact Special Education Dept. at 713-251-1700.