SHOW AND TELL
Bring two different things that are alike in one way.
Topic: Social Professions
The work adults do
(Think athlete, entertainer, carpenter, accountant, repair technician, and farmer, for example.)
The value is justice, which is being fair, not only for our own rights, but for the rights of others.
For safety we’ll learn about being safe in places while we’re not at school, like at home, on the lake, around cars, riding bicycles.
Outside we’ll play lemonade and paint the town.
The songs we’ll be singing are John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt, He’s Got the Whole World, When You Wish Upon a Star, One Hammer, and Take Me Out to the Ballgame.
Our art activities are water pictures, electrician’s sculpture, and what surface is this?
Creative dramatics will be to pantomime simple one step actions and then more complicated two- and three-step actions.
For motor development we’ll build coordination with jumping – one foot, sideways, up and down. For body development, we’ll work on proprioception with backward get-up, choo-choo train, back crawl, and palm push.
HELPING KIDS COPE
Of all the strategies we might use when our children are really venting emotions, the most effective is to help them understand what they’re feeling and then to encourage them to find a more productive way of dealing with the emotion. When adults help youngsters think about and learn to manage their feelings instead of disapproving or ignoring them, the child is validated as a person. Here are five principles to guide you in helping your child manage emotions.
- Be an active listener. – Let’s say you hear your daughter pitching a fit in the next room. Naturally, you want to know what the problem is. Instead of simply yelling, “What’s wrong?”, stop what you’re doing, go, and give your child your full attention. Children notice and appreciate a parent’s undivided attention. It gives them a sense of connection to their parent, which builds trust and makes kids more likely to share their concerns. Parents benefit, too. It’s easier to understand what your child is feeling if you’re not distracted and can truly hear what she’s telling you.
- Identify the emotion. – Once your child has finished expressing herself, put a label on your child’s anguished cries or angry stomps. Once you label it, kids can use words to express what they’re feeling instead of screaming or hitting. The emotion seems normal and manageable. When identifying emotions, aim for precision so your child can understand the distinctions between anger and frustration, sadness and disappointment, confusion and fear. The ability to recognize many different feelings is a key step toward self-awareness. This doesn’t mean that you should tell your child how she should feel. The idea is to get to the root emotion and label it.
- Validate the feeling and empathize. – This makes you an ally to your child. One of the things that makes life bearable is knowing there’s someone who can hear us and understand what we’re going through. Almost any problem can be endured and overcome when you know you’re not alone. This step is often the hardest to pull off, however, because it requires confronting strong or unpleasant feelings and events head-on. Parents are sometimes afraid they’ll escalate their child’s feeling by acknowledging it. When you talk it through, kids feel better for having been understood. If you find yourself dismissing or downplaying your child’s feelings, it’s like telling him, “Your experience has no validity. Deny who you are. Don’t trust your feelings.”
- Limit actions. – Children need to realize that even though you accept intense emotions, some behaviors will not be tolerated. Children should know that although they can’t control how they feel, they can control how they behave.
- Help devise alternate ways of behaving. – To make the process of self-management really work, it’s important to help your youngster figure out which ways of behaving are acceptable. There are as many alternatives as there are situations and people. You can also anticipate situations and plan ahead how to handle high-emotions times. Also, by seeing and hearing adults in their lives making choices about handling emotions, the child is encouraged that it may not always be easy, but it is always possible.
For Your Information
Water Play? – We’re not even considering it yet. As summer progresses and we get more solid with our routine, we’ll get there. For now, it’s an idea in progress.
Value in the Enrichment Curriculum– The children will be focusing on the life value of justice in the theme about Social Professions. (Think athlete, entertainer, carpenter, accountant, repair technician, and farmer, for example.) Specifically, being just is being fair, not only for our own rights, but for the rights of others. When we are just, it’s important that we follow the rules and we are honest about what happened.
Plans for June/ School Protocols– If you are planning for your child to return to school in June please call the school at 713-932-0126 and let us know so we can make sure we are staffed accordingly one additional child could mean we need another teacher. Our current protocols: (subject to change) Parents are not allowed in the school unless you have baby during pick up and drop off. We are taking each child’s temperature every morning and it is documented on a note pad. We are currently using a forehead thermometer, if your child’s temp is 100.4 they cannot be at school. During drop off and pick up we are asking all parents to follow social distancing guide lines and you are encouraged and we recommend that you wear a mask while at the school. The front door is locked if you are picking your child up early please call 713-932-0126 so someone will come to the door, we are having class in the back and sometimes we cannot hear the doorbell. If a student or teacher is exposed to/gets the COVD19 virus we will call each family currently attending and inform them we will also send an email to everyone on our email list. If a teacher is exposed to/gets the virus we may have to close the school for a period of time possibly 2 – 4 weeks. We will give tours of the school to prospective parents after hours when no teachers or children are in the school. If a parent experiences an exposure to the virus please let us know.