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Bring something red, white, and blue.

Topic: Colonial Times

All about the 1700’s

The value is courage. When we have courage we are willing to deal with difficult, painful, or dangerous things.

For safety, we’ll learn ways to handle being frightened, lost, or in a difficult situation.

Outside, we’ll play horseshoes and roll hoops.

The songs we’ll be singing are Star Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, Yankee Doodle, You’re a Grand Old Flag, Camptown Races, and Polly Wolly Doodle.

For creative dramatics, we’ll act out some of our safety scenarios.

Our art activities are quilting, silhouettes, apple faces, weaving, cross-stitch samplers, and wind socks.  

For motor development, we’ll work on stamina with dance freeze and jello.

For motor planning we’ll pretend to swim, play follow the leader and hopscotch, and do an obstacle course.

 

TO TIME OUT OR NOT TO TIME OUT

 

The term “time-out” is a current term for an age-old concept – taking a break from the action, finding a time and space to regroup and to regain a better sense of self-control.  Mostly, time-outs are overused.  When you find yourself pushed to the point of issuing the “time out” ultimatum, for a quick second, raise yourself out of the situation and analyze what your child’s purpose is.  Dreikers says that children have four motives: contact, power, protection, or withdrawal.  You can get a clue about the motive by your reaction to the misbehavior.  If you’re feeling irritated, there’s a good chance your child is wanting undue attention, or contact.  If you’re feeling angry, your child may be rebelling in a struggle for power.  If your feelings are hurt by what the child has done (as in dumping soap powder all over the laundry room), the child may have been getting revenge as a false way of saying that she really was feeling the need for protection.  If your reaction is helplessness (as in, “I just don’t know what I’m going to do with that child”), it’s possible your child is avoiding facing the issue, or withdrawing, and what you really want is to teach your child to learn to renew himself and come back to face the challenge again.  In the three cases of feeling irritation, anger, or hurt, a “time out” might be effective.

In order for the time out to really be useful, understand that a child out of control is the one who most needs the adult’s attention.  Although you might remove the child from the situation, you don’t want to abandon the child.  Children are only coming from inadequate experience – their feelings are fully formed.  Give her some words to understand what’s going on.  For example, “I can see you’re having a problem waiting to use the crayons” tells the child what the problem is.  “I can help you” indicates who’s in charge, and when the child is taken away from the situation “We can be here for awhile and talk” lets the child know that there is a purpose to the time out period.  Remembering your own emotional periods, it’s just as difficult for the child to talk about the problem in the middle of a disruption. Once she has calmed down, the adult can tell her what happened:  “You were taking Tommy’s crayons”.  Using short sentences, say specifically what was wrong about that:  “You have to wait until Tommy is finished with the crayons.”  Then offer a possible solution for a younger child, “You could ride the horse for a while” or ask for a solution from an older child “Yes, you could ask Tommy if he would share.”  Knowing your child’s developmental needs and keeping in mind the purpose of time out will go a long way toward making the most effective use of this approach. 

 

On the Calendar

   Independence Day Holiday – The school will be closed Monday, July 5, in honor of those patriots who pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor to fight for an ideal.

Safety Issues – In our enrichment curriculum this week, the children will be learning about who are the “safe” people in their environments and what to do if something is not “safe” for them.  They’ll be taught who to look for in public places that they can go to for help.  Please help your child spot store clerks, “grandmas”, and security officers as you go about your travels.  If you want more information, ask to see our curriculum.  

     Parent’s Handbook – To ensure you have a copy of our parent’s handbook we are emailing along with the newsletter. Please note: our “evacuation location is Saint Cecilia. In the event we have to evacuate our building we’ll go to the first parking lot on the left on Joan of Ark St.  Our “local school district” is Spring Branch. If weather conditions are bad we’ll follow Spring Branch school closings.