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Enrichment Curriculum

North America

*   *   Show and Tell   *   *

Bring a picture of an animal indigenous to N. America.

                                                             LISTEN TO WHAT YOU SAY

So many of our hangups as adults come from the time when we were children.  Remember when your were told “You have to . . . . do your homework/take out the trash/be nice to your sister”?  We get these tapes going in our heads that say “I can’t”, “It’s not fair”, or “I’ll never be able to”.  Our children are in that very time and place where their tapes are being created.  What if instead of negative tapes, we gave positive tapes.  For example:

o “I have to take out the trash” becomes “I get to contribute to my family”.

o “I have to get up in the morning” becomes “I have a whole new day to . . .”

o “I have to pick up my kids” becomes “I get to spend time with my children.  Maybe we’ll have time just to talk while we’re in the car.”

o “I have to go to the gym” becomes “I get to take care of my body and have fun at the

     same time.”

 The language we use frames everything we do.  It sets the tone of our life and determines our attitude.  People who are incredibly successful talk about the passion they have for their lives.  Oprah Winfrey says, “Follow your true passion.”  Dusty Hill of  ZZ Top says, “Concentrate on being great.”  Robert Carl, 1996 Nobel Prize winner in chemistry says, “You have to love science passionately and have an itch to understand the natural world.”  Isaac Mizrahi, fashion designer, says, “You must be unwavering in your determination, totally obsessed and 100 percent committed.”  Tiger Woods echoes those words as he practices obsessively.  Entertainers talk about doing it because you love it, because your heart is totally dedicated to the joy. 

As we give our children wings with all these affirmations, also give them roots.  In this season of stopping to celebrate our blessings, give children a glory in their heritage.  Assure them that their ancestors were magnificent people, and our children can climb on the shoulders of these giants.  Positive talk makes a tremendous difference.  Find the power stories that resonate with your child, whether is of grandpa settling on the high plains, grandma who baked pies before she opened her restaurant, Rosa Parks who held fast to her dignity, or Neil Armstrong who walked on the moon.  Make your children’s baggage from childhood good things to take on their trip.

 

For Your Information

Thanksgiving Holiday – The school will be closed Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of Thanksgiving week.  Make it a point to notice all the things you have to be grateful for.

 

Did You Know? – Our children are taught to clean up when they finish eating.  Even the infants drink from glass glasses.  They are taught to resolve conflicts among themselves as much as possible.  As soon as they show an interest, we teach them how to do it, whether it’s how to read the letter “a” or how to use real scissors. 

 

Reopening – As we follow CDC and Texas State regulations we like to remind you of the new rules. Parents are not allowed in the school you will drop off your child at the front door and we will take your child’s temperature and sanitize their hands if the temperature reads normal  you child will be allowed to enter the classroom. If your child can wear a mask it is recommended that they do so. All teachers will wear a mask all day and we will sanitize and deep clean areas that the children and teachers occupy daily.

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