SHOW AND TELL
Bring a thing that makes a sound, maybe even a thing you made
Music is the universal language
The value is joy, which is a very glad feeling. We think it comes from having excellent values, appreciating the goodness of our lives, and having interesting work to do.
For science, we’ll learn what makes sound.
Outside, we’ll play Simon Says, do clapping games, and have a 76 instruments band.
The songs we’ll be singing are Singing in the Rain, I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, Do-Re-Mi, 76 Trombones, Rock Around the Clock, and Day-O.
Creative dramatics is be a conductor and pantomime dance.
Our art activities are drum, rubber band guitars, soda can shakers, kazoo, and paint to music.
For motor development, we’ll work on coordination with ribbon dancing and music freeze. For motor planning we’ll listen and act, find the sound, blowing, and walking tricks.
MANNERS FOR PRACTICALLY PERFECT CHILDREN
From Ms. Manner’s Guide for Raising Practically Perfect Children: “There is no quick and easy way to rear a polite child. It takes 18 years of constant work to get one into presentable enough shape so that a college will take him or her off your hands”, she says, “and it can easily take another 10 years of coaching and reviewing before someone will consent to take the child permanently.” Before you can expect your child to behave politely, you must establish which manners are most important to your family. It goes without saying that you’ll want your child to be kind and considerate, but each situation demands specific rules, and if those rules aren’t clear to you, then they certainly won’t be clear to your child. The holiday season seems to offer all kinds of opportunities for the gaps in your child’s manners education to be visible. Decide now and rehearse in the privacy of our home how you want your child to react to some of these situations:
- “Clean your plate.” – New environments offer a wealth of new foods that preschoolers may not be inclined to experiment with, especially with the stress of strangers around. Simply ignore the food that your child does or does not eat. Ask others to do the same.
- Table manners – Put your napkin on your lap as soon as you sit down. Wait until everyone has been served before you begin eating. Chew with your mouth closed. If you can’t reach an item, ask the person nearest to it to pass it. When you are finished, thank the cook for preparing the food.
- Receiving gifts – When you unwrap a present, go to the person who gave you the present and say something nice about the present. If that person is not there, write a thank-you note within the next few days saying something nice. If the gift is a compliment, teach your child to say, “Thank you. I like your dress, too” or some other compliment in return.
- Introductions – When your child is meeting someone, teach her to at least say hello and goodbye. Don’t make an issue of it. Never let the person being introduced describe her as “shy” or make a belittling comment such as “The cat got your tongue?”
There is a lot of focus on children’s having a high self-esteem. Self-esteem comes from competence. When our children know what to expect and how to handle themselves when that thing happens, no one needs to tell them how wonderful they are. They know they did well. You get your reward from their proud expressions.
On the Calendar
Winter Open House – Our Winter Open House is the last event of the year on Friday December 23, we are all meeting up at the school, beginning at 3 pm the students will show you some of the work they enjoy doing while at school. By 3:30 we’ll meet around the fire place for a sing-a-long. We’ll end by gathering outside in the backyard for to take our family portrait.
Christmas Ideas – Local stores aren’t always great places to find really good ideas for Christmas presents for our little ones. A couple of good resources are ForSmallHands.com and hearthsong.com.
Paint to Music – The children will be listening to a lot of different kinds of music in this enrichment curriculum theme. One of the activities will be to paint to music. Notice that the painting will not be a “thing”. The object is that the picture looks like the picture sounds. Can you imagine that?
Harvest Festival – This year’s Harvest Festival could not have been better. The rain stayed away and the food was good and there was plenty to choose from. We had so much fool that our parent volunteers were able to fill more than 100 to-go containers. Along with the food we gave out more than 80 pairs of socks. While handing out the food we were greeted with smiles, hugs and plenty of gratitude. We’d like to say ‘thank you” to all who provided the food and a special THANK YOU to the parents who volunteered their time and effort to fill all of those containers and bags. Together we made a difference. You can get copies of pictures on our Facebook page.