SHOW AND TELL

Bring something red and something green.

Topic: Service Professions

The work adults do.

The value is honor, which means to never lie, cheat, or steal.

For safety, we’ll learn how to keep ourselves safe in the water and in the sun.

Outside we’ll play red light/green light, come along, and in the mud.

The songs we’ll be singing are Getting to Know You, It’s a Small World, Happy Talk, Singing in the Rain, and Catch a Falling Star.

For creative dramatics we’ll learn about various traffic signs. The most fun one is about kangaroo crossing.

Our art activities are firefighter hat, park ranger collage, police vest, driver’s license, and scratch drawing.

For motor development, we’ll work on stamina with jumping jacks, running place, quick knees, and burpees. For vestibular function we’ll play snake roll, blindfold bowling, bounding bodies, and alternate twirling.

WHY TIME OUT DOESN’T WORK

Temper tantrums and misbehavior from children are very much like a sore throat, stuffed up nose, or a fever. All are symptoms. All have causes, and treating the symptoms does not remove the cause. When parents and teachers correctly diagnose and provide remedies that address the needs of children, the symptoms of crying or misbehavior will also disappear.

Unmet needs are uncomfortable at any age, but it is more so for children due to their dependent nature. Young children lack the ability to meet their own needs, and until a certain age, are physically unable to do a lot of self-care tasks. Their often intense outbursts stem from this frustrating dependency, coupled with their inability to tolerate frustration well. In addition, many children are unable to identify the frustrated needs that are making them upset. This makes it impossible to tell their parents what is bothering them.

This is not a difficult concept to grasp. As adults, we understand that our spouse gets really irritable on Sunday afternoon or evening, not because the family is getting on his nerves, but because he’s anticipating a tough week at work beginning tomorrow.

When we respond to our children by not meeting their needs, or worse, by isolating them in a “time out” place, not only is the child forced to endure the need that was not met but also the isolation of being forced away from the parent she wants to be with, loves, and relies on. Moreover, being alone in time out can create additional disturbing feelings that the child must endure, such as fear and worry. A frustrated child who must sit quietly and alone in time out frequently becomes angry. Although he dares not express this anger when in time out, children often express it by becoming angry and defiant sometime after being released from time out. Time out sends the message that emotions are to be repressed, sometimes resulting in unhealthy coping behaviors such as nail biting or tugging at clothes. Being unaware of true feelings can become a characteristic feature of a person’ life, reducing self-awareness and affecting her quality of life forever.

We can develop well-behaved, self-disciplined children best by responsibly and continuously meeting a child’s developmentally normal needs and drives; by demonstrating and articulating humane values in day-to-day interactions with the child; and by exposing the child to life experiences that strengthen and reinforce these values. When children are physically healthy, well-nourished, satisfactorily exercised and not tired, their basic normal physical needs are being met. Their social and emotional needs are fulfilled when they receive sufficient attention, affection, and recognition from the people she loves. It’s a tall order for us, but something that we certainly can partner together for the well being of our children.

 

On the Calendar

Enrichment Curriculum – This is the beginning of our series on the adults our children will become. The opening paragraph starts out “Almost all adults work. There are lots of different kinds of work.” This first week is on the service professions, which are those for which we don’t pay for directly. They may be in a government or tax-supported job or one in a non-profit organization supported by donations. Over the next month, you’ll want to be sensitive to your children’s questions about the work various adults do.

Construction – Pardon the mess while we have work done on our playgrounds to adjust the level. For about a week parking during pick up and drop off can be challenging you might want to adjust to your time to compensate for any delays.

Water Play – This simple play is a thrill for our children every summer. We’ll begin on June 9; you’ll need to bring a towel labeled with student’s name water shoes and a change of clothes. We’ll have water play every Friday throughout the summer and on water play day’s students should arrive to school in their swim clothes.

Classroom New

     Graduation – Congratulations to the class of 2017; Ameli, Elizabeth and Ava. It has been our pleasure to witness the achievements of our graduates. It’s time to say “Good-bye” our time has come to an end. You made some cherished memories with all your preschool friends. You watched each other learn and grow and change from day to day. We know that all the things you’ve done will help you along the way. So it’s with happy memories we watch you go out the door, with great expectations for what next year has in store.