SHOW AND TELL
Bring a picture of a woodland or of a wetland to use in our biome wall hanging.
Topic: Forest/Wetlands Biomes
Learn about different animals in these special climates.
The value is frugality, which is to not waste. It’s important because we all have to live together on the earth.
For manners we’ll learn how to report peer behavior (tattling), how to disagree, and how to apologize.
Outside we’ll play bridge across the river, box bowling, and can you do what I do?
The songs we’ll be singing are Ants Go Marching, It’s a Small World, This Land Is Your Land, Mr. Sun, and You Are My Sunshine.
Our art activities are biome wall hanging, biome bookmarks, pasta creatures, and floating art.
Creative dramatics will be playing animal charades.
For motor development we’ll build flexibility with big arm circles.
For body development, we’ll work on bilaterality with ski jumping, rolling game, and parachute.
Parents don’t intentionally teach kids to lie, or scream “Jerk!” out the window at another driver, or get into nasty fights. We try to instill all our best values in our kids. But they absorb what we do, even when we don’t mean for them to. “A lot of parents mean well, but they aren’t really aware that their actions are actually teaching a lesson opposite of what they intend“, says Elizabeth Pantley, a local parent educator and author of Hidden Messages: What Our Words and Actions Are Really Telling Our Children. “Parents can’t say, ‘Don’t model me today,’” says Sal Sever, author of How to Behave So Your Children Will, Too! “There needs to be constant awareness of how their behavior affects children.”
Even goofing up can turn into a lesson. “When kids catch parents messing up, that’s when it’s most important to be a role model,” Sever says. “By taking responsibility for our actions and trying to fix what we did wrong, we’re giving children the best example.” Here are a few areas where parents sometimes send unintentional messages to children:
- Children learn healthful eating from their parents, and even if kids aren’t dieting, they watch when parents do. “Parents with the best intentions try to eliminate fats and sweets and only eat the ‘right’ kinds of foods,” says Abigail Natienshon, author of When Your Child Has an Eating Disorder. “What they’re really instilling is that restriction is equivalent to healthy eating.” Instead, she says, “Healthy eating is the ability to eat everything in a balanced and varied diet.” Some parents give children food to keep them quiet, to avoid conflict, or as bribery. “This gives the message that rather than deal with problems, it’s better to eat instead,” she says. “When parents use food as a reward, it sends the message that food is not about nourishment, it’s about performance.”
- “You can preach all day long about being honest,” says Sal Sever. “You can be good yourself 95% of the time. But the one time you mess up, children really zoom in on it. When kids hear you lying, it registers, ’Gee, I guess it’s OK sometimes not to tell the truth.’” If they know you lie to others, they’ll think it’s okay to lie to you.
The family is society’s most basic unit. As it goes, so goes our world. We all have an awesome responsibility. Together let’s resolve not only to do good, but also to be good.
For Your Information
Values We Teach – The forest/wetlands biomes we’ll be studying the second week in April have the value ‘frugality’. You can interpret that as ‘simplicity’, ‘conservative’, or ‘not wasteful’. We’re leading up to Earth Day and how we want to be responsible for the earth in which we all live. Think about how you can extend this learning in your family.
Water Bottle– Please provide your child with a water bottle that can be used at school during play time, make sure to put a name on it.
Let Us Know – Please let your child’s teacher know if you are going to attend the Kindergarten seminar on Thursday April 11, from 5 – 6. If there is not any interest this year we will cancel the seminar.
Parent/Teacher Conferences – The conference forms will be out by Monday April 15, for you to choose a time when you would like to meet with your child’s teacher. The infant class will have conferences on Monday May 6. The toddler class will have conferences on May 7, and 8. The primary class will have conferences on May 9, and 10. If you are unable to meet during our scheduled times let us know and we can make arrangements to meet at another time.
Things To Remember – Remember to cut your child’s finger nails to prevent accidental scratches during playtime. Show and tell is every Tuesday even if your child has just turned three allow him to bring show and tell, talk with him about it the night before and again in the morning. Students who don’t have show-and-tell often feel sad and left out. We have a limited number of hooks for students to hang their coat, check to see if your child has more than one at the school.
Easter Eggs – On Monday April 8, you will see packaged Easter eggs at the front door for you take home and fill with trinkets. The Easter Egg Hunt is Thursday April 18, in the morning.
Class Pictures – Picture day is Monday April 15, the photographer will start taking pictures by 8 A.M.
Sunscreen/Insect Repellant – If your child requires sunscreen and insect repellant please provide at the school one of each labeled with your child’s name. We ask that you apply it in the morning and we will reapply in the afternoon as necessary.