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SHOW AND TELL

Bring a picture of something Australian.

(Think Tilly hat, boomerang, kangaroo, koala bear, etc.)

Topic: Australia

Explore this continent “down under”.

The value is compassion, which is to feel sorrow for the trouble of another creature.

For science, we’ll learn why ships don’t sink and how and why we can turn a glass of water upside down and not have it spill.

Outside we’ll play ball madness and build sand castles.

The songs we’ll be singing are Michael Finnegan, Teddy Bear, Kookaburra, Waltzin’ Matilda, and It’s a Small World.

Our art activities are Sydney Opera House, wooly lamb, boats, dotty Australia, boomerang, and cockatoo.

Creative dramatics will be learning about the song Waltzin’ Matilda.

For body development, we’ll work on coordination with walking in a straight line, beanbag toss, and crawling through an obstacle course. For motor development we’ll do proprioception exercises with showing time, carrying a load, and pushing pillows with our heads

I’M OKAY, YOU’RE OKAY

This phrase is out of the 1960’s and transactional analysis. It became very much a buzz-word then. Today it can be a model for understanding our children. Our parents fret that “he doesn’t have any friends”, “all she wants to do is paint”, “he doesn’t talk”, or “my child doesn’t listen to me”. If we begin with “I’m okay, you’re okay”, it puts a very different spin on the picture.

By and large, children absorb their culture. If the culture is to walk on two feet, speak English, read a book, and eat with a fork, children will do these things. The Montessori approach is to create an environment where the child can do these things for himself; e.g., allow the child to walk, don’t strap her into a stroller or confine him to a playpen; speak clearly enunciated words, not blaring radio or TV; use gracious manners at a dinner table, not fast food in the car. Then the adult performs as a role model. If you want your child to read, you have to read with obvious enjoyment. If you want your child to talk quietly, you have to talk quietly. If you want your child to put things away, there must be a place to put them and time to put them. This prepared environment is a powerful instructor, full of natural consequences and remarkably minimal in the need for discipline. If your child is not listening to you, consider the environment: Do you listen to your child? Is your child listening and choosing not to do what you want?

Perhaps you’re allowing wrong choices. “Are you coming or not?” is usually not a good question. It implies that the child can choose to not come. “Can you walk by yourself or do you want me to help you?” might be a more correct question.

In the community of our family, our school, and our neighborhood, we all want an atmosphere that is an “aid to life”. Our children want to be able to act competently in and on their environment. It’s a part of their spiritual development. When we say what we mean and mean what we say, the child can begin to respond to that orderliness as a true member of the community. We underestimate our children’s abilities to an embarrassing degree. If the environment is properly prepared, our children love to work and they love order. We have to be willing to include our children in our community, recognizing and respecting their differences. To quote from Aline Wolf in her book Nurturing the Spirit: “Community are those who communicate honestly, who are committed to rejoice together, mourn together, delight in each other, and make each other’s conditions their own. It comes as a by-product of commitment and struggle. Then we discover each other as allies in resisting the diminishments of life.”

 

For Your Information

Being Prepared – Did you know that some entertainment venues are now requiring that you totally silence your cell phone – and lock it – before you can enter? Does your baby sitter know what to do in that case if there’s an emergency? Pick up a form for Baby Sitter Instructions in the foyer by Monday July 9. It’ll give her a lot more confidence that she can handle an emergency.

Fun with Science – Our Australian theme has a number of fun science experiments you might like to know about. The children will be discovering why a ship floats and how you can turn a glass of water upside down and not have it spill. (That’s a neat trick for preschoolers). Science is full of wonder, especially when you know why. Look at our experiments if you want to know more.

Reptile Exhibit – On Monday July 16, students in the primary and toddler class will have a chance to see reptiles up close and learn various things about each animal they see.

Classroom News

There are some wonderful things going on in the toddler class. During afternoon circle time we worked with picture cards to help develop better diction and vocabulary these picture cards have real pictures on them instead of cartoon drawing. When asked to say the name of the picture Asher identified many of the pictures and when asked to repeat the name is diction was precise and clear. Ellie enjoys helping her classmates, when she notices a parent coming to pick up their child she springs into action and gets their lunch box and with a smile she hands it to her classmate. Also during afternoon circle time we noticed that Ian did not want to be with the group he chose to sit out and just observe as we sung “Wheels On The Bus” he softly tried to sing along, soon he’ll learn all words to the fun and interactive song.

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