Show and Tell
Bring a Faerie Tale you enjoy (Book or picture)
Topic: Faerie Tales
It’s okay to be silly sometimes
The value is joy, one of the surest ways to live life most deeply.
For cooking, we’ll make pretzels as numbers, letters, and shapes.
Outside, we’ll make all kinds of bubbles.
The songs we’ll be singing are Puff the Magic Dragon, Do Your Ears Hang Low?, Ain’t It Great to Be Crazy?, Zippity-do-dah, and Where is Thumbkin?
For creative dramatics, we’ll have an imaginary friend.
Our art activities are snouts, Pinocchio, the boy who cried wolf, emperor’s new clothes, and Jack and the beanstalk.
For motor development, we’ll work on stamina by being bubbles for 20 minutes. For bilaterality, we’ll play food chain, golf, wishing well, and sack race.
LEARNING TO RISK
When we are very young, we often look at ourselves and the world through eyes that have been taught to think incorrectly. We want to be strong, yet we think of ourselves as weak. We have great fantasies of ourselves as accomplished actors or athletes, and yet we view ourselves as untalented in everyday situations. In order to match the inner vision with the outer reality more accurately, it is necessary to help children to think of themselves as in total control of themselves. Fears and wariness must come to be viewed by children as self-imposed limitations; otherwise they will always blame external circumstances for their inability to achieve their inner dreams of greatness. Young people often fear their own greatness, and while they would love to become heroes, and can even envision themselves doing so in imaginary circumstances, self-pictures of their limitations severely restrict their real accomplishments. It is imperative for parents to help their children to look more authentically at their possibilities for greatness. A child cannot maximize his potential for greatness if he is afraid of the unknown or is encouraged to be fearful of new ideas, adventures, or people.
Parents spend a great deal of time training children to avoid the unknown by encouraging them to adopt the adult point of view without question. We teach them to be obedient and to never question an authority figure. We encourage them to eat the same kinds of foods, to see the same kinds of movies, to attend the same religious services, and to adopt our prejudices. We keep them inside when it’s hot and when it’s cold. Any unwillingness that children of any age have toward attempting new things, meeting new people, exploring new ideas, or wandering into unknown territory is in fact an inhibitor to their own greatness, as well as a severe barrier to their being a no-limit, neurosis-free human.
So what can you do to have this no-limit attitude for your family? According to Dr. Wayne Dyer in his book What Do You Really Want for Your Children? encourage your infant from the very beginning to do things for herself. Let your baby feed herself, and praise her mightily when she gets it right. Let your toddler dress himself, and don’t say a word about its being wrong side out. Let your preschooler decide whether or not to wear her coat (but you can decide to have it in the car or at school). Avoid all labels, like shy, good boy, athlete, messy, or sweetie. When children have disputes, let them know that you are aware that there are two sides. No-limit persons find themselves on the opposite side of authority a great deal of the time, and so will your children. Encourage them to ask “Why?” And most of all, be a role model for no-limit living yourself.
April Fools Day – Let’s get crazy with hats, shirts, or shoes. On Tuesday April 1, let’s all wear a silly thing to school. You could glue feathers, beads, or colorful paper on a hat, bling out old shoes with sparkly stickers, or wear a shirt that makes people smile. This is the one time of year when we can really focus on imaginary things. Have fun with it.
Math-phobic? – Math is such an important part of the new science/technology/engineering/mathematics focus that those of us who are math-phobic kind of zone out about that challenge. But math is everywhere and it’s a beautiful thing. If we can get friendly with math everyday, our children will be less intimidated. Cooking is obvious; how about dominoes? Umbrellas have 8 sides; what’s the name of that shape? If we have two umbrellas, how many points are there? Bedtime Math is a good place to start thinking more friendly about the subject.
Easter Eggs – Please have you trinket filled eggs at the school no later than Thursday April 1.
In conjunction with the enrichment curriculum on Faerie Tales the students in the primary class had story time where we watched animated pictures via YouTube over the week we watched “Little Red Hen” Goldie Locks and the Three Bears, Rapunzel, and The Tortoise and the Hare. Often when reading a book the students loose interest but with while watching YouTube all the children were very attentive and were able to answer questions after each story and sometimes the next day. Erin remembered that Rapunzel had long hair, Kez recalled the reason the hare lost the race was because he stopped to eat a carrot. We had so much fun with this curriculum that we will continue it for another week.