SHOW AND TELL

Bring a picture of a thing that helps make our bodies strong, e.g., good food, exercise, even sleep.

 

Topic: Our Amazing Bodies

 

Our bodies are the most amazing machines we know.

The value we’ll be studying is honor, which is to always do the right thing.

For science, we’ll learn about our senses and how the foods we eat help us stay healthy.

Outside, we’ll play human knot and touch blue.

The songs we’ll be singing are Them Bones, Brush Your Teeth, Lean on Me, de Colores, and Head, Shoulder, Knees, and Toes.

For creative dramatics, we’ll pretend to be an organ of the body.

Our art activities are X-ray craft, finger-print art, face mosaic, and body painting.

For motor development we’ll work on strength with gorilla walks, measuring worm, and frog jump. For motor planning, we’ll practice finding body parts in a game.

 

PARTIAL ATTENTION

 This excerpt is from Exchange, one of our professional magazines, but the information is important enough that we think you should know about it, too.  “Technology is creating a “continuous partial attention” – keeping tabs on everything while never truly focusing on anything.  Our brains are not built to sustain such extensive monitoring for long periods of time.  Hours of unrelenting digital connectivity can create a unique type of brain strain, making people feel fatigued, irritable, and distracted. 

Digital technology is not only influencing how we think, but also how we feel.  As the brain evolves and shifts its focus toward new technological skills, it drifts away from fundamental social skills (reading facial expressions and grasping the emotional context of a subtle gesture).  A Stanford study (2002) found that for every hour we spend on our computers, video games, or television, traditional face-to-face interaction time with other people is cut in half.  Researchers suggest that we are losing personal touch with our real-life relationships and may be developing an artificial sense of intimacy.” 

The recommendation in this case is to limit technology for preschool children, encourage face-to-face interactions, and be ‘fully present’ with the people around us, modeling paying close attention and sincerely responding when children are speaking. 

The article continues:  “During sleep the brain engages in data analysis, from strengthening memories to solving problems.  For several decades we have known that the brain processes information during sleep, but what we didn’t know was just how critical this processing time is for memory strengthening and the rehearsing of tasks.  The latest research suggests that while we are asleep, our brain is actively processing the day’s information.  It sifts through recently formed memories, stabilizing, copying, and filing them so that they will be more useful the next day.  A night of sleep can make memories resistant to interference form other information and enables us to recall them for use more effectively the next morning.  Researchers have found that adults who get at least six hours of sleep at night are two-and-a-half times more likely to be able to solve problems presented during a learning episode the next time they encounter the same or a similar problem than are those who get fewer hours of sleep.” Preschoolers should get nine to ten hours each day.

 

Potty Training – What Are Some Potty Training Readiness Signs?

Here are some signs that your child may be ready to start potty training:

Your child shows an interest in learning to use the potty and wanting to be more independent. For example, he might show interest by asking questions if he sees a family member going to the bathroom.

Your child can understand and verbalize words about using the potty. For example, he might say “my diaper is dirty” or “I need to go pee pee.” He might even tell you he needs to go potty even if his diaper is already dirty or wet.

Your child can make the connection between having the urge to pee or poop and going to use the potty.

Your child can follow simple instructions and likes to copy your behavior, including bathroom habits.

Your child can keep his diaper dry for at least two hours.

Your child can get on the potty, stay on the potty long enough to pee or poop, and get off the potty.

Your child can pull down his own diapers, training pants, or underwear.

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    Dawson one of the newest students in the primary class is making new friends and in the classroom he really like the building blocks where here build tall towers and he also likes music time he knows many of the  songs and likes to sing-a long. The building blocks offer something familiar that will allow him to working for an extended period of time, this will help to improve his attention span and his ability to focus on details.