SHOW AND TELL
Bring a picture of a flying machine
Learn about the immensity of the universe
The value we’ll be studying is humility, which means to be not proud in mind and spirit.
For science, we’ll perform experiments to help us understand how light works.
Outside, we’ll make a sundial.
The songs we’ll be singing are Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, It’s a Small World, When You Wish Upon a Star, This Old Man, and Catch a Falling Star.
For creative dramatics, we’ll tell our own stories about space.
Our art activities will be space goo, moonscapes, astronaut helmets, star bright wands, and rocket ships.
For motor development we’ll work on strength with sit-ups, chin-ups, and wheelbar-rows. For postural response, we’ll be playing body ball, clapping rhythms, and bounce a ball around the circle.
Every person needs the ability to achieve. Out of achievement comes respect and place in the community. One of the most powerful insults in segments of our society is to “dis” (disrespect) someone. For our little children, we must respect their struggle to direct their own behavior and resist adult control. Children who are over-controlled can be delayed in their emotional growth and probably will rebel in later years. But control is a fine line. In fact, you are the parent and it’s your responsibility to accept that role. There has to be an adult in the house. Here are some hints:
o Foster your child’s growing independence and self-direction in positive ways. For example, encourage your child to feed himself. If some foods are too difficult, use simpler foods. Typically, simpler foods are more nutritious anyway. Let your child dress and wash herself. Praise a good job without dwelling on mistakes or parts left undone. Casually provide help only as it is truly needed.
o Give your child developmentally appropriate choices. When you offer choices, abide by your child’s decision. Be careful not to offer choices when your child really doesn’t have a choice, as in ”Are you coming or not?” and “Okay?”
o Childproof the areas your child will be in as much as possible. This is more an art than a science. Children need to be exposed gradually to more and more things of which they need to be careful. As they make little mistakes, they learn.
o When you do have to exert control, do it quickly, cheerfully, and matter-of-factly with a minimum of talk. Ignore protests. When you give in, the child quickly learns that protesting is an effective way to get what he wants. Consistency is extremely important here.
o Be proud of your child’s self-direction and independence. It’s a sign of social and emotional growth. You have provided the confidence and the trusting environment that has enabled her to “test” power and independence. It’s also a sign that you have done a good job as a parent.
o Express your feelings of displeasure and disappointment when your child openly defies you. However, be careful of going so far as punishment for new-found independence and skepticism. Punishment leaves the child feeling powerless and can hinder social and emotional growth. Punishment teaches nothing of value and typically has only a temporary effect at best
For Your Information
How to Cough and Sneeze – It is the season for runny noses, sneezes and coughs. We have talked with the students and gave them instructions on how to sneeze and cough, as a general rule we are using the inner part of the elbow to cover our coughs and sneezes. It may be a good idea to practice this safer method at home. Students running a fever should not come to school. If a high fever is diagnosed at school students must be picked up ASAP and be out of school for at least 24 hours, in addition you are encouraged to skip the morning fever reducer and keep your child at home.
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.
Clothes Needed – We have used nearly all of our stock of extra clothes. If your child has come home with clothes from school please return them. Our stock of clothing is used when your child’s changing needs exceeds the clothes you have provided. In addition, if your child has clothes that can no longer be used please consider donating them to the school. We are really in need of boys and girl’s pants and underwear.
Things to Remember – Please don’t allow your child to use the door lock key pad or open the front door when you’re not at their side. Never allow your child should not unlatch the front gate learning this skill could put other students at risk.