SHOW AND TELL
Bring a picture of an animal from South America.
(Blue footed booby, transparent butterfly?)
Topic: South America
There are many strange things here.
The value is justice, which means that we need to be fair and right.
For cooking we’ll get to taste empanadas.
Outside we’ll practice soccer and learn to play tag.
The songs we’ll be singing are Zippity-do-dah, Seventy-six Trombones, Rock Around the Clock, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, Lean on Me, and de Colores.
Our art activities are poncho, cut paper abstracts, sting art, and gaucho hat.
Creative dramatics will be to pretend to be a South American animal.
For motor development we’ll build coordination with learning to dance some South American dances. For body development, we’ll work on proprioception with stork stance, bolo twist, navigation reach, sun rising, and gear moving.
THE ADAPTABLE CHILD
We all want to prepare our children for the future. But with the future so uncertain, it’s hard to know what has lasting value. In fact, the only thing we can be sure of in life is change. Coping with change is in itself a skill and in the end, it may be the most essential lesson we teach our kids. On the one hand, mastering something new is stimulating and satisfying. On the other hand, it means the loss of what is familiar and reassuring. When we appreciate the duality of change, we can help our children enjoy the challenge and excitement without denying the likelihood of discomfort and anxiety.
Perhaps the best way to understand how children adapt to transition, both big and small, is to start from your child’s point of view. For children, change is different than it is for adults. They have to cope with many more changes than adults. This includes everything from changes in body size to changes in ability and interests. Change in children’s lives is mostly involuntary, and so more stressful. A sense of powerlessness is a big part of children’s lives. Children also don’t have the life experience that adults have to put things in perspective.
To help our children become more skilled at handling the changes life inevitably brings:
- Get your own emotions in order. Children often find it difficult to cope with change not because it upsets them directly but because it seems to threaten the stability of the adults they depend upon. To help, talk about your feelings. If you handle stress openly and in an easy-going way, your children learn to do the same.
- Get rid of guilt. Come to grips with your own decision. Children are very accepting when you’re candid about doing your best.
- Be honest about the consequences of change. Kids count on their parents for the truth. They know when something’s bothering you, and they may conjure up some far worse scenario if you’re not honest.
- Assure your child that no matter what, you are a family and we take care of each other.
- Let your child participate. Give her a task that contributes meaningfully. Teach her to problem-solve with you to arrive at a suitable resolution.
- Hold firmly to family routines. Mostly structure provides stability, so it is especially important during periods of change. However, be sensitive of the need to sometimes go with the flow.
- Moving helps. Kids need to move their bodies. A change of scenery goes a long way toward helping them focus, deal with big emotions, and just blow off steam
- Be patient. Everyone has their own clock. If we show our children how to respond to change with strength, flexibility, imagination, and even a little humor, we are giving them a skill that will stand them in good stead no matter what their lives bring.
Teacher Appreciation – Everyone is struggling. It helps that we’re mostly in the same boat, and we can at least be empathetic with each other. We’re pretty much grateful that you’re willing to share your child with us. The week of May 4 – 8 is officially Teacher Appreciation Week. Could you take a few minutes to express a specific gratitude to our staff, maybe on a sticky note that could be pasted on the front door? Gratitude goes a long ways these days.
How We’re Coping with the Virus – We’re making decisions on a daily basis. Obviously, we’ll follow any specific direction from our regulatory authorities, but there’s a lot of gray area. One of the things we’re missing is Mother’s Day Tea, which would have been in a couple of weeks. There’ll be an acknowledgment so our children remember; we just can’t join together.
Sunscreen & Insect Repellant – If your child requires sunscreen and or insect repellant you’ll need to fill out an authorization form and provide the school with the items you like us to use on your child labeled with your child’s name. We ask that parents apply it in the morning and we will re-apply as needed in the afternoon.
April/Update – We will continue to be open in the month of May please have your tuition in by Monday May 4. As a reminder the school will close at 3P.M. every Friday. Up to this point all of our teachers have remained virus free. The school has completed the necessary forms for the PPP we are on a list and await to be contacted.
Leah is very helpful in the class, when it is time to clean up she jumps into action and also helps her classmates roll up the mat after completing some work. Jenna is working on numbers and learning how to place number symbols in numerical order. In the infant class, Leopold is close to mastering the spooning work where he moves items from left to right, this work indirectly prepares students for reading and writing at the infant level this directly helps to improve fine motor skills and hand-to eye coordination.