Bring a thing made in the Orient

Topic: Orient

We’ll explore the Far East

The value is wisdom, which is the ability to judge rightly and to take the best course of action.

For cooking we’ll make stir-fry and noodles.

Outside we’ll learn the game jan ken po (scissors/paper/stone). We’ll also have a dragon dance and do ribbon dancing.

The songs we’ll be singing are Happy Talk, Let’s Go Fly a Kite, Let There Be Peace on Earth, Getting to Know You, and Puff, the Magic Dragon.

For creative dramatics we’ll learn about Little Fox and the Tiger (a Chinese folktale) and The Orange in the Hole (a Vietnamese folktale).

Our art activities are lucky money, dragon dance dragon, festival lanterns, paper folding, tissue cherry blossoms, and fish banners.

For body development, we’ll work on coordination with jumping up, jumping down, jumping and squatting, jumping on one foot and then the other, and whatever else we can think of. For motor development we’ll work on postural response with limbo rock and spider walk.


It’s love season and falling in love is one of the most delicious events of anyone’s life. To “be in love” is one of life’s treasures. To be the object of someone’s love is to be placed in a position of the highest possible esteem. A curious reality of the mind is that when we act like we are, we are. What can we do to capture this wonderful emotion for our children and ourselves?

  • Spend time together. – You really can’t love someone you don’t know. With our crazy schedules, this one may be the most challenging, but it is #1. Get creative. If you need to walk the dog, take your child, too. Have a time or a place just for the two of you. Maybe it’s a quiet place in your yard, 20 minutes before bedtime, or a fishing place where you can go frequently.
  • Develop common interests. – This can test our listening skills. It’s easy for “common” interests to be your interests. Let your child lead sometimes. “What would you like to do this afternoon?” could turn into planting a garden. Our children are fascinating people. Listen to find out what your child really is like.
  • Play together. – Having fun comes naturally to children, but most of us have to rekindle our playful inner child. Children appreciate it immensely when we lighten up and become playful. This play can take many forms. Use your imagination.
  • Talk together. – Children love to hear your stories about when you or your parents were their age. They also like to hear about when they were babies. On the other side, things that happen to your children are important to them, even if they seem trivial to you. A famous line is “I am as big for me as you are big for you.” Ask your child about her day, and then listen.
  • Touch your child. – There is no greater reassurance of lovability and worth than to be affectionately touched and held. By giving our kids appropriate and loving physical contact, we send them into the world with renewed inner strength to cope with the multitude of challenges they face daily. Holding a hand or stroking a cheek can speak louder than any words.
  • Treat your children as if they are important. – Although our children deserve the same kind of consideration that we would give to an adult friend, we often treat our kids like second-class citizens. We talk down to them, embarrass them, order them around, and generally treat them disrespectfully. Every time we even unintentionally criticize, embarrass, or demean, we cement another brick into the wall that separates us because of hurt.

 On the Calendar

Valentines Day – We’ll have hearts and flowers everywhere for our quiet little ceremony on Wednesday (Feb. 14) to share our love with the people in our environment. Your child should bring a valentine for every child in the class. If they can sign their name, that’s best, but at least their name should be on the backs of each card.

Mardi Gras Parade – On Tuesday February 13, the students will play instruments and march thought the school and get a few strands of colorful beads along the way. Be careful when the beads come home if broken they can become a choking hazard.

Artifacts or Skills from the Orient? – For our enrichment curriculum next week, it would be wonderful if you could share artifacts from this ancient continent. If you have a skill like writing or origami, we would love to have you share with the children. Talk with your teacher about a convenient day for you to come.


     In the primary class Evan is learning the parts of the flower and to confirm his understanding he painted a flower and told his teacher the various names. Using the teens boards Daniel is improving his understanding of numbers as he explores 1-20. Alexandria used some of her class time to work with the human body work where she draws, colors and labels organs like the brain, heart and lungs. Jaanika uses the hundred boards to practice her hand writing of numbers 1-100, the perfection in her work is displayed in the classroom.