SHOW AND TELL

Bring some scraps of fabric to use in our mask project.

(The more different kinds, the more exotic our masks will be)

Topic: Female Role Models

The specialness of women

The value is justice, which means that we need to be fair and right.

For manners we’ll practice paying attention, walking and talking softly, being kind, being trustworthy, and being cheerful.  

Outside we’ll follow tracks and study slide physics.

The songs we’ll be singing are Happy Talk, Consider Yourself, Getting to Know You, High Hopes, and Today.

Our art activities are macaroni necklace, baby in a cradle, salt dough handprint, abstract mask, and egg carton sculpture.        

Creative dramatics will be to imagine what it might have been like to be one of the women we studied.

For motor development we’ll build strength with popcorn, bridge, superman, plank, and snake situps.  For body development, we’ll work on proprioception with world on my shoulder, ball-of-war, bag of animals, and marching.

 

Cabin Fever Relievers

In this disturbing time and space that not only breaks us down, but also offers us the choice to live in it with fierce aliveness, freedom, sacredness, and companionship, we can get this advice from Shannon Anderson, author of Mindset Power: A Kid’s Guide to Growing Better Every Day.

Many families are normally so overscheduled that they hardly see each other. Now, they find themselves spending countless hours together. To prevent the spread of COVID-19, schools and many work environments are closed, causing people to stay home. Families have more time than they know what to do with, which is wonderful, yet unusual. Parents normally craving family time are now seeking ways to make the most of it. This is an opportunity to be creative and make memories, despite the horrible virus causing all this disruption to our normal schedules. If you or your family members are experiencing a touch of cabin fever, here are some ideas to help you make the most of your time.

Cook – This is a wonderful time to create new recipes or teach your kids to make some traditional family dishes. Preparing meals is a life skill. Take time together in the kitchen to cook, bake, and taste something delicious.

Break Out the Games – Whether it is a board game, a video game, or a good old-fashioned game of hide-and-seek, you can have some fun playing games with your family. Dig out a game you haven’t played in so long that you have to relearn how to play it. Or maybe you can invent your own game together.

Improve at Something – What is something you’ve always wanted to learn? It could be informational in nature or a new skill. Maybe now is the time to start a new hobby. You could learn how to crochet or build a bookcase. What is something one of your kids would enjoy learning? Have you always wanted to learn another language? Try it together.

Nurture Your Soul – Take care of yourself. Meditation, prayer, yoga, and other mindfulness activities can calm your anxieties. Deep breathing and breathing patterns can actually decrease your heart rate.

Find Ways to Stay Fit – Get up and move! Thankfully, we are allowed to go outside. Take the dog for a walk, go on a bike ride, or crank up the music and dance.

Explore Art – You can find plenty of painting and drawing tutorials online to walk you step-by-step through creating your own piece of art. You can also pick up forms of art you may have enjoyed in the past. Did you used to sculpt with clay? Knit? Illustrate? Write poetry? This is a great time to create something beautiful.

Virtual Trips – There are many virtual field trips you can take as a family! This is your chance to visit museums, zoos, and other places of interest without the crowds or costs.

Enjoy Movies – Go through old home videos of your family enjoying special moments together. Or, pop some popcorn and watch a movie together.

Rearrange – Look at your living room or bedroom from a new perspective. This is a great time to rearrange the furniture or even just reorganize a closet or desk. Maybe you could clean up the junk draw or even come up with a cool reading nook area or art space.


In General

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.

Big Vocabulary Words – The enrichment curriculum for Female Role Models has a pretty big discussion about discrimination with lots of critical thinking skill questions. If you would like to extend that learning into your family, ask to see our curriculum.

classroom news

We have a new student in the primary class her name is Maisie; her first day at her new school was full of learning new information and Kazuki was very helpful; when Mr. Alex approached the front gate and said hello to everyone, Kazuki took it upon himself to introduce Maisie to Mr. Alex.