SHOW AND TELL
Bring a funny thing.
Topic: Faerie Tales
Sometimes it’s okay to be silly.
The value is joy, which is a very happy feeling.
For cooking we’ll make pretzels in the shape of letters, numbers, and shapes.
Outside we’ll make bubbles.
The songs we’ll be singing are Puff the Magic Dragon, Ain’t It Great to Be Crazy?, Do Your Ears Hang Low?, Zippity-do-dah, and Where is Thumbkin?
Our art activities are Pinocchio, three pigs’ houses, Jack and the beanstalk, snouts, and the emperor’s new clothes.
Creative dramatics will be imaginary friends and magic objects.
For motor development we’ll build stamina by moving like bubbles. For body development, we’ll work on bilaterality with food chain, play golf, wishing well, and sack race.
Okay, so it’s a stressful time, even an unprecedented time, but so was the Great Depression and World War II. Not all stress is bad stress, and with the supportive adults in our children’s lives, our children can grow out of this time with an unprecedented level of resilience, a sense of mastery and control.
Self-regulation is the most valuable asset we have. It prevents our negative emotions from triggering our children’s stress response and possibly challenging behavior. It also helps the child learn to take charge of her own uneasy feelings and ultimately take charge of them herself. As we’re aiming for resilience, we have to remember that it’s about survival and growth. It’s about bouncing back from a difficult situation, and having the strength to cope. It’s being determined to manage things through to the end by being mentally strong. Through it all, we want to maintain a sense of wellbeing.
From their first days, the importance of the child’s attachment with supportive adults cannot be over estimated. It can have an effect on education, on personal growth, on social life, and on romantic relationships for the next 20 or 30 years. When a child has that circle of security, he can get support for exploration when we watch over him, delight in him, help him, and enjoy with him. The child also needs a safe haven with a welcome when she comes back to us with the confidence that we will protect her, comfort her, delight in her, and help her recognize and organize her feelings. Our children depend on us to be bigger, stronger, wiser, and kind. When possible we follow the child, but when necessary, we ‘adult’ and take charge.
Another part of resilience is practicing dangerous situations with our children. We teach them when and how to call 911, we practice fire drills and encourage you to do the same at home. We’re sensitive to our children’s response to active shooter drills, well aware of the brain’s process in a dangerous situation. It could be fight, flight, or freeze. A better scenario is processing through the prefrontal cortex to arrive at a conscious response. How we build this response is to create a safe space for our children, establish predictability, build trust for both our children in us and us in our children, offer choices to empower our children for emergencies, and all of us stay well regulated.
As a society, we create caring communities and teach social skills. We keep our environments calm with quiet spaces to which our children can retreat. We provide creative and free play opportunities to give our children room to direct their own development. Through it all, we make sure we take our own advice and take care of ourselves. Resilience will come.
For Your Information
April’s enrollment – In order for the school to be able to function, be able to pay teachers, purchase food and supplies and pay our monthly bills we need to know if you are able to commit to the month of April. Commit means able to pay the full months tuition by April 3. We are asking all parents to call the school by the end of the day 5P.M. Monday March 30, and tell us or leave a message stating your child will or will not attend. We need 23 families to say yes. If we get 23 or more families to commit to April our school will stay open with minimal staff, if not March 31, will be our last day of operation until further notice. A regular newsletter will go out with the anticipation that our school will remain open for your children and other children of essential workers. We are asking all parents to respond only one way by calling the school 713-932-0126 to better track the results.
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.
April Fool’s Day – On Tuesday April 1, let’s all wear a silly thing to school. Could be crazy socks, a funny hat, a colorful shirt or fun shoes, be creative and make it with your child.
During morning work time Kazuki worked with the bird puzzle. After he completed the work he correctly identified and knew the name of various parts of the bird like the beak and tail.