SHOW AND TELL
Bring a thing you found on your nature walk.
Topic: Earth Day
Nature is a living, breathing part of us
The value we’ll be studying is frugality, which is using our resources wisely.
For ecology, we’ll make paper and study watershed runoff.
Outside, we’ll learn how to take a meaningful discovery 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 the story of How the Wicked Dragon Grows.
Our art activities will be the dragon grows, compost mural, tree of endangered life, rainforest frogs, and nurture nature badges.
For motor development we’ll work on coordination with multi-directional running, jumping, and skipping. We’ll also do arm and leg circles. For bilaterality, we’ll drive a spaceship, dribble balls, toss beanbags, and go bowling.
HOW DO WE COPE WITH
It’s affecting all children negatively to hear about the numbers of people dying in our midst. In our media-saturated world, even the youngest children are aware that people are dying indiscriminately. Parents find themselves being asked, “What if it happens to us?”
It’s critical for both parents and teachers to recognize that our children are incredibly sensitive to what’s going on. Their first concern is how it affects them. They’re also sophisticated enough to know that there is only so much we can do to protect them from such random situations. Betsy Schwartz, executive director of the Mental Health Association of Houston and Harris County says, “Even children old enough to watch news reports should have such television viewing limited. Constant repetition should be avoided. One reason these times are so traumatic for both children and adults is that we have to face the fact of our vulnerability. It’s something we all share. There’s not much we can really do, and any time our physical safety is something you don’t have control over, that’s traumatic.”
One of the biggest mistakes we can make as parents and educators is not to discuss the issues of global social problems over which we have no control. Adult silence about complex and worrisome issues encourages young people to feel abandoned, to restrict awareness, and to withdraw from the corrective process. In voicing your concern, however, avoid hand wringing and self-indulgent gloom. Express the spiritual beliefs that your family has.
It’s important to recognize that very young children may not be able to verbalize being bothered or upset by the things they’re hearing and seeing. Be alert to behavioral changes — sleep disturbances, irritability, or regression to actions such as thumb-sucking or needing a blanket. Use the same gentle questioning and reassurance that you might have used in discussing the original events. Children afraid of coming to school or going into other groups can be asked what can be done to make them more confident. For example, children afraid of the dark can be given a flashlight. It’s a simple thing and one the child doesn’t usually need for very long. But it puts the child back in control of her world; it enables her to cope.
Our charge is to do what we can do and maintain life in as normal a routine as possible. We’ll not let this knock us down. It’s a worthy life philosophy, and one we can be proud to pass on to our children.
Plastic Bags – Our supply of plastic grocery bags is running low if you have an abundance consider on giving some to the school. We use these bags as outdoor trash bags, and we use them to send home dirty clothes.
Nature Walk – The show-and-tell asks the children to bring something from their nature walk. This is as simple as a walk in your yard. For ideas of questions to ask your child as you walk or ways to improve sensory processing, ask to look at our enrichment curriculum we’re using.
Olivia is showing more confidence in the classroom and she now speaking more and participating in group activities, she is also quit observant; we were excited when we saw Olivia point to the parking lot and correctly identify the car of one of her teachers.