SHOW AND TELL
Bring an item that will sink or float on water.
Topic: Science Professions
Science is all around us.
We just have to figure it out.
The value is responsibility. The definition of leadership is being willing to accept responsibility.
For science, we’ll explore experiments about molecules, solids/liquids/and gases, and air pressure.
Outside, we’ll play with balloons and parachutes.
The songs we’ll be singing are Rock Around the Clock, Zippity-do-dah, High Hopes, John Jacob Jingleheimerschmidt, and Oh, What a Beautiful Morning.
For creative dramatics, we’ll practice patterrned clapping.
Our art activities are ice pictures, rubbings, spaghetti sculpture, shiny pictures, and connect the dots.
For motor development, we’ll work on flexibility with yoga poses. For bilaterality, we’ll do obstacle courses, hoop hops, hoop loops, and bouncing buddies.
DO IT A DIFFERENT WAY
Children’s ways of learning are as different as the colors of the rainbow. All people have different personalities, preferences, and tastes. Through observation, parents can learn what kind of learners their children are. Once parents (and teachers, too) know how their child learns best, they can then develop activities that make the most of their child’s abilities. For example, verbal learners have a sensitivity to the meaning, sounds, and rhythms of words, they enjoy storytelling and creative writing, and they love reading, poetry, humor, and find pleasure in working puzzles and solving riddles. Things you can do as a parent are to read with your child, listen intently to questions, concerns, and experiences, and provide books for your child to read and paper for writing.
Logical learners enjoy number games, problem solving, pattern games, and experimenting, have strong reasoning skills and ask questions in a logical manner, and like order and step-by-step directions. As a parent, you’ll want to let your child experiment and help her logically analyze what happened, show her how to use a calculator, and ask her to help sort and organize.
Visual learners enjoy creating visual patterns and need visual stimulation, they tend to be daydreamers, and they have a talent for art. As a parent, you can allow your child to create with lots of different mediums, give him opportunities for solving puzzles or inventing, let him design a “play corner”, and visit art museums.
Musical learners enjoy playing instruments, singing, and drumming, they like the sounds of the human voice, environmental sounds, and instrumental sounds, and they learn easier if things are set to music or to a beat. As the parent, you’ll want to allow your child to select music to listen to, encourage him to sing along or clap to the rhythm of music, involve him in music lessons, provide opportunities to watch people making music, and sing along with him.
Physical learners are athletic and active, enjoy creative dramatics, role-playing, dancing and expressing themselves with movement and body actions, learn through physical movement and from touching and feeling, using movement, gestures, and physical expression to learn and solve problems, and may like to touch while talking. As a parent, you’ll want to involve your child in dancing, acting, or sports, provide a variety of manipulatives, walk, jog, hike, and generally be active as a family.
If your child is an extroverted learner, he may tend to be very social, easily “reads” the feelings and behaviors of others, is an excellent leader, and enjoys being a part of a group. You’ll want to encourage him to participate in group activities and encourage discussions and problem solving.
If your child is an introverted learner, she likes to work independently, is very self-motivated and prefers solitary activities, marches to a different drummer, and has the ability to understand her own feelings, motivations, and moods. In this case, you’ll want to give her time to work and play alone.
Judith Reiff has done a great deal of this work on multiple intelligences. Howard Gardner is also a good resource.
For Your Information
Value – The subject next week will be responsibility, specifically how the definition of leadership is the willingness to accept responsibility. We’ll talk about how scientists not only have to accept responsibility for their ideas, but they also have to prove them.
The Scientific Process – We’ll be learning how to use the things we wonder about to define a question, research, organize what we learned, and then report our information to our peers. It’s a big subject for preschoolers. You might want to reinforce this process at home.
Plastic Bags – Once again our supply of plastic bags are getting low, if you have some you can spare consider donating some to the school. We use these bags you get at the grocery store for soiled diapers and clothes.
Outside Bowie and Dawson enjoy playing together they have similar personalities. During class time Bowie asked for a lesson on the metal insets, seeing the excitement Bowie had Dawson stated “can I do it to?” The teacher gave them both a lesson. Metal Insets prepare a student for hand writing, and indirectly, to make designs and learn control. During story time the primary students were told the fairy tale story of The Ugly Duckling throughout the story the teacher paused to ask the students questions, when the class was asked what is ugly, Dawson responded “someone one who is rude.”