SHOW AND TELL
Bring a thing that came from the sea
Enormous diversity in the oceans
The value is honor. We’ll talk about respecting the diversity of all people.
For cooking we’ll taste a food similar to the poi South Sea islanders eat.
Outside we’ll learn about negative space by making shapes in the sand and figuring out what made them.
The songs we’ll be singing are Three Little Fishes, Down by the Bay, Five Little Speckled Frogs, Six Little Ducklings, and She Waded in the Water.
For creative dramatics we’ll move like an octopus and like a jellyfish.
Our art activities are fish print, tropical fish puzzles, aquarium, and paper plate fish.
For motor development, we’ll work on strength with crab walks, duck walks, leg lifts, and pushups. For motor planning we’ll play scrambled eggs, groups, walking backwards, and statues.
THE ADAPTABLE CHILD
We all want to prepare our children for the future. But with the future so uncertain, it’s hard to know what has lasting value. In fact, the only thing we can be sure of in life is change. Coping with change is in itself a skill and in the end, it may be the most essential lesson we teach our kids. On the one hand, mastering something new is stimulating and satisfying. On the other hand, it means the loss of what is familiar and reassuring. When we appreciate the duality of change, we can help our children enjoy the challenge and excitement without denying the likelihood of discomfort and anxiety.
Perhaps the best way to understand how children adapt to transition, both big and small, is to start from your child’s point of view. For children, change is different than it is for adults. They have to cope with many more changes than adults. This includes everything from changes in body size to changes in ability and interests. Change in children’s lives is mostly involuntary, and so more stressful. A sense of powerlessness is a big part of children’s lives. Children also don’t have the life experience that adults have to put things in perspective.
To help our children become more skilled at handling the changes life inevitably brings:
- Get your own emotions in order. Children often find it difficult to cope with change not because it upsets them directly but because it seems to threaten the stability of the adults they depend upon. To help, talk about your feelings. If you handle stress openly and in an easy-going way, your children learn to do the same.
- Get rid of guilt. Come to grips with your own decision. Children are very accepting when you’re candid about doing your best.
- Be honest about the consequences of change. Kids count on their parents for the truth. They know when something’s bothering you, and they may conjure up some far worse scenario if you’re not honest.
- Assure your child that no matter what, you are a family and that you’ll take care of him.
- Let your child participate. Give her a task that contributes meaningfully. Teach her to problem-solve with you to arrive at a suitable resolution.
- Hold firmly to family routines. Structure provides stability, so it is especially important during periods of change.
- Be patient. Everyone has their own clock. If we show our children how to respond to change with strength, flexibility, imagination, and even a little humor, we are giving them a skill that will stand them in good stead no matter what their lives bring.
On the Calendar
Luau – Bring a dish, your pool necessities, family and friends, and enjoy a good time with the all the Mglory families. Look for the form in the foyer to list what your family will be bringing to the luau. The luau is Monday August 14, from 6:30 – 8:30p at Memorial forest Cub 12122 Memorial Dr. about four miles from the school.
Reptile Exhibit – On Tuesday August 22, we’ll have a live reptile exhibit at the school. Students will be able to see up close various reptiles and learn something along the way.
First Day of Kindergarten – If your child will be 5 by September 1, she will be one of our kindergartners. Even though she may have been in the afternoon class for a while, kindergartner is an esteemed position in the class. We find that our kindergartners very much take on the roles of leaders, and their initiative increases exponentially. Our recognition ceremony will take place on Friday, September 1. You might want to have a little celebration in your family that evening also.
What About Honor? –This is another one of the values we teach in our enrichment curriculum. In the context of this week’s topic, we’ll be talking about the really weird creatures in the sea and how beneficial that diversity is. Then we’ll apply that to the diversity of people in our worlds and how it benefits all of us. Can you support us with this topic in your house too?
Piper uses some of her time in the classroom working with the beginning sounds puzzle, where by sounding out the initial consonants she is able to match it to its corresponding picture. This work is the beginning of a path that leads to reading.