SHOW AND TELL

Bring a picture of when you were little

Topic: Amazing Me

Appreciate the specialness of every one of us.

The value we’ll be studying is self-reliance. That means we are confident about our abilities and about our judgment. We can say NO! when something or somebody is getting hurt.

For safety, we’ll learn to protect ourselves from abuse.

Outside, we’ll play hopscotch.

The songs we’ll be singing are Let’s Go Fly a Kite, Circle of Life, Do Your Ears Hang Low, He’s Got the Whole World in His Hands, and Rock Around the Clock.

For creative dramatics, we’ll act out good feelings and bad feelings.

Our art activities will be family pictures, how I feel, family tree, and ink pad creatures.

For motor development we’ll work on coordination by crawling through a maze, skipping, and mirroring movements. For postural response, we’ll play belly ball, balloon pass, and wheelbarrow

Just “be”

Maybe one of the most detrimental things that has happened to us since we moved out of rural areas and into urban areas is the ability to just “be”. We think we have to accomplish and do in order to have validity. We have forgotten how to lose ourselves in the wonder of life. Fortunately, our children are experts at this! They can spend hours wandering outside, and they are totally refreshed. Go with your child to a place where there is a little green space. Now watch. Your child may be experiencing many things for the first time. And so might you, if you look at things the way he is looking at them. Being smaller and closer to the ground, your child will notice things crawling in the grass. She may be watching a ladybug walking delicately up the stem of a flower. Look closely at it. How does it move its legs? What is it using its antennae for? Most scientists consider that it is more important to question than it is to answer. Watch in amazement as a bird builds a nest.

The things that we retain the longest are our attitudes, values, and the way we feel about something. The least remembered are the facts. What do you remember from your childhood? Does the smell of the ocean bring back happy memories of a family trip to the shore? Does a tune bring up the feeling of cuddling on a lap for a lullaby? When we use all our senses, the computer in our brain is multiplying all those neural connections that will ultimately provide creative answers to prickly puzzles. Explore with your child the world outside. Children want to touch everything. Allow them to do that – gently. The first rule is to do no harm. Then listen. You’ll be surprised at what you can hear when your eyes are closed. Distinguish between different bird’s songs. Listen at night to tree frogs, then go explore with a flashlight to find the source. Now smell. Notice the smells before rain. What is it the bee smells in a bit of honeysuckle?

Then think! We have lost our capacity to appreciate the invisible work of thinking. We’re okay with the person who is busily keying into a keyboard or moving a pencil across paper. But what about the person who sits gazing out the window? What about your child who mindlessly kneads a piece of playdough? And what about the creative thinking out loud that conversation is? It’s easy to put our children down with “That’s silly” or “Of course you don’t hate Jimmy.” Maybe they’re thinking out loud and really need some active listening, not judgment.

These things take time, like financial investments, they pay off in the long term with lovely memories, fond friendships, and restored souls.

General

Birthday Parties – Great idea for containing the “gimmies”. When you send out your invitations, add a giving project instead of birthday presents. One of our parents has a project of sending school supplies to children in Iraq. Children in Mexico and Africa have similar needs. School supplies and children’s clothes in our own city can be a problem for some families. If you need suggestions for good charities, let us know.

Shoes – Now that it is summer time parents allow their child to wear sandals to school. Please consider the fact that nearly all play time involves a lot of running and a sneaker would be more appropriate footwear.

Extra Clothes – If your child has clothes he no longer uses please consider donating them to the school. We are mostly in need of shorts, underwear, socks and large sized pants. In addition if your child has gone home in school clothes please remember to return them.