SHOW AND TELL

Bring a feather.

Topic: Birds

How feathered creatures are

adapted to their habitats

 

The value is wisdom, which is the power to judge rightly.

For science we’ll make rainbows and make what looks like a bird in a cage.

Outside we’ll play hot-and-cold, make molds, and be a feather self.

The songs we’ll be singing are Do/Re/Mi, Zippity-do-dah, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, Down by the Bay, Bluebird, and Where is Thumbkin?

Our art activities are amate paper painting, clay figures, nature collage, and bird in a nest.    

Creative dramatics will be a story about an Eagles Nest

For motor development we’ll build flexibility with yoga exercises. For body development, we’ll work on motor planning with body crayons, musical beats, body shapes, and copy the teacher.

DEALING WITH A CHALLENGING TIME

 

It’s a challenging time. We’re all glued to the news to decide how best to navigate a path for such an unprecedented situation. In the midst of this trauma, I’m reminded of a song from decades ago that ends with:

When the dog bites,

When the bee stings

When I’m feeling sad

I simply remember my favorite things

And then I don’t feel so bad.

It starts with:

Raindrops on roses and whiskers on kittens

Bright copper kettles and warm woolen mittens

Brown paper packages tied up with strings

These are a few of my favorite things. 

Think about it. When we focus on some of the things that give us delight, it totally reverses a miserable mindset.

March 19 was Absolutely Incredible Kid Day. This letter is from mom Allison Amy Wedell, a writer and editor in Free Spirit Publishing, to her kid for that special day. It occurs to me that it could be extrapolated to our family, our colleagues, our neighbors. 

  • “I love you” means I see your big, empathetic, compassionate heart and it makes mine smile.
  • “I love you” means you make me want to be a better person.
  • “I love you” means I am astounded by your talent and the hard work you put into developing it.
  • “I love you” means I see how kind and careful you are with smaller, weaker beings—dogs, cats, babies—and it speaks to your good character.
  • “I love you” means I see you navigating all the drama that is growing up, remember how hard it was for me, and marvel at your maturity.
  • “I love you” means you have a hilarious sense of humor and it’s so fun to laugh with you.
  • “I love you” means you are one of the most unselfish people I know. You almost always put others’ needs before your own.
  • “I love you” means you are learning to be assertive and stand up for yourself when you need to.
  • “I love you” means I love you. Always and forever. No matter what.

Everyone has a unique characteristic in which we can delight. It’s possible that stopping for a minute, maybe even when we can’t sleep in the middle of the night, when we remember some of the delights of our lives, then we don’t feel so bad. Then we have the strength, courage, and wisdom to deal with this challenging time.

 

                        For Your Information

 

How We’re Coping – We’re making decisions on a daily basis. Obviously, we’ll follow any specific direction from our regulatory authorities, but right now there’s a lot of gray area. For right now, day care centers are considered essential services, and we’re hustling to support the families for whom our services are essential. As we go into the weekend, we’ll be closely in touch with every family so you can make your own plans.

Watch Your Words – As we reiterated before, our children are hypersensitive to our reactions to events. They are watching every move to judge how they should feel about what’s going on. Be careful to minimize your child’s exposure to media announcements. Especially be careful of your own expressions. An appalling response from one mom was to say “We’ll schedule a sleepover if we don’t all die first.” She meant it sarcastically, but preschool children are very literal. They believe us. Just be careful

Good Friday Holiday – As we strive to maintain a regular schedule, remember that the school will be closed for the Easter holiday on Good Friday, April 10.