SHOW AND TELL
Bring as many different kinds of leaves as you can find
Topic: Earth Day
Nature is a living, breathing part of us.
The value is frugality, which is to use all our resources wisely.
For ecology, we’ll study watershed runoff.
Outside, we’ll take a nature walk.
The songs we’ll be singing are Mr. Sun, Edelweiss, This Land is Your Land, Catch a Falling Star, and When You Wish Upon a Star.
For creative dramatics, we’ll hear How the Wicked Dragon Grows.
Our art activities are the dragon grows, compost mural, tree of endangered life, rainforest frogs, and nurture nature badges.
For motor development, we’ll work on coordination with carioca running, single leg balancing, arm circles, and simultaneous jump/turn. For bilaterality, we’ll drive a spaceship, bounce to the hoop, toss ‘n’ catch, and bowling balls.
ARE YOU A WIMPY PARENT?
I watched a parent carry her child out of the school kicking and screaming. For those of us struggling with a major guilt trip because both parents work, we wimp out a lot! Confronted by a crying, pouting, demanding, or persistent munchkin, we pushover parents tend to buckle under in defeat and frustration. The problem with this is that children who are raised without limits firmly in place often feel insecure and confused; it’s hard for them to make sense of the world when they don’t know what the boundaries are. Not only that, but it can be downright scary for a child to think he may be running the show. Children are more secure knowing their parents are in charge. Little wonder then that the children of wimpy parents are often disruptive, unhappy, and low in self-esteem.
Another thing that happens when the parent gets pushed past where the limit should be is that we end up saying and doing things we really don’t want to say or do; things that really hurt the child’s psyche. Authoritative parents, on the other hand, don’t spend a lot of time yelling. They don’t have to because their kids know beyond a shadow of a doubt that if they don’t behave, consequences will be meted out firmly and calmly. So, how to stop being a wimp?
o Determine your family’s bottom-line rules. – You and your spouse have to decide what’s really important and come up with rules based on those values. Make sure you communicate those rules with your children before everyone gets involved in a power struggle.
o Stand firm. – Enforce with the 1-2-3 rule: Express your expectation, remind once, then physically enforce. If you do not deviate from this pattern, your child knows exactly where the limit is. Some call it extreme parenting. Don’t let yourself get into the routine of abdicating because of convenience, fatigue, or guilt. The Skinner effect goes into play then, causing your child to try harder next time to get his own way.
o Don’t fear your child’s intense emotions. – It’s okay for children to be intense. Remember that children raised with firm limits are more apt to become self-reliant, self-disciplined adults.
o Expect kids to resist. – As achieving parents, we have strong-willed children. They will test the limits in every creative way possible.
When you’re not having constant discipline and authority problems as well as conflicts with your spouse, you’ll enjoy your children much more.
On the Calendar
Easter Egg Hunt – This was such a fun event for the children, the colorful eggs were all over the playground and the primary children wasted no time filling up there Easter bags and when their bags were full they helped the toddlers fill up there bags .
Conferences – This is a time for those of us who care deeply for one of our little people to meet together to share joys and concerns. To make the most of our face time, please make a list of the things you particularly want to talk about. You’ll get a status report on the Friday before conferences, which will begin on April 26 – 29. Conferences will be from 12 noon to 1pm. Please let us know what day and time you would like to reserve. Each conference should last about 20 min. Conference times are 12:00 and 12:30. This year conferences will not be in person buy instead by phone.
On the playground Erin and Kez enjoy playing kick ball while Kenney and Marina search for insects to observe. When they came across a caterpillar Kenney Kez declared “It’s a snake” It was a perfect time give a lesson on the cycle of the caterpillar. The teacher held the small vibrant green caterpillar to show the students it was harmless afterwards we watched the caterpillar climb on to a tree and up to the top to feast on the green leaves. After looking at the caterpillar, Luke stands on highest point on the climbing structure and looks out for big trucks that often pass by and then he joyfully shouts out “truck.” Our newest student Raelynn is learning playground rules and the names of all her classmates. We our all happy to see Luca walking around the playground it won’t be long before crawling will not be an option