SHOW AND TELL
Bring a thing that came from the ocean.
Topic: Ocean Biome
Understand oceans as powerful forces.
The value is peace. For many people, oceans are some of the most peaceful places on earth, tranquil and serene.
For ecology, we’ll learn about how wind and water work in many of the same ways.
Outside we’ll learn how to hula and how to siphon.
The songs we’ll be singing are Three Little Fishes, Down by the Bay, Five Little Speckled Frogs, Puff the Magic Dragon, and Row Your Boat.
Our art activities are dolphin picture, Portuguese man-o-war, tapa cloth, tissue paper leis, and tropical beach scene.
Creative dramatics will be moving like a sea creature.
For body development, we’ll work on flexibility with tinekling and crab walk. For motor development we’ll do vestibular function exercises with leap frog, forward roll, pogo stick, and rolling balls.
THE BRAIN DRAIN
Our country is on its way to having all other developed countries beat the socks off us when it comes to engineering and research. Our colleges are turning out fewer native American graduates in these fields, and girls are dropping out almost entirely by early adolescence. It starts with our preschoolers and our attitudes toward science and math. Math appears to be the gateway to science, and it’s frightening how many people we hear say “I really never was any good at math.” Here are some tips from Spark your Child’s Success to help your child think mathematically:
- Expose your child to math with activities such as counting, measuring, combining, pacing off, and simple math such as addition and subtraction.
- Bring up math concepts using objects, paper, pencils, and the computer. Count the number of steps to the garage, the number of Cheerios in a bowl, or the number of windows in your house.
- Encourage your child’s “invented” strategies for thinking mathematically – counting on fingers, sharing equally (or unequally), figuring out how many more to get to a number.
- Don’t underestimate what your child can absorb. We’re doing physics in a few weeks. It’s not so complicated that it can’t be explained in a child’s terms.
- Bring math questions and concepts into everyday life. While preparing a meal, involve your child in the recipe’s math, or have your child calculate how many plates are needed to set the table. Watch the gas pump measure how much gas you get and calculate how much you owe.
Here are tips to encourage interest in science:
- Encourage a collection – rocks, buttons, dinosaurs, pressed flowers, insects.
- Broaden family outings to include science centers, zoos, museums, planetariums, and hikes. Houston has a wealth of community activities. Find out about the Children’s Museum, Museum of Health & Medical Sciences, the Houston Zoo, Museum of Natural Science, George Observatory, the Space Center, and Jesse Jones Park.
- Seize learning opportunities in everyday life. Take an extra five minutes to study the caterpillar on a leaf or count the petals of a flower. Instead of asking your child if she can see a spider web in the window, ask why the spider placed it there.
The most important thing is that you like knowing “why” and “how”. Your child will follow y
For Your Information
Key Pad – As a security measure, your child should not know your key lock code nor should your child use the key pad to enter the school.
Phone Numbers – We are looking to be able to send multiple text messages whenever there is an emergency, like the transformer going out leaving the school without electricity. Look for the phone list in the foyer by Tuesday July 31, to update your phone number and to add the name of your service provider.
Reptiles – Our friend Ms. Michelle from Texas Snakes and More presented various reptiles for the students to see up close, ask your child what she remembers and see pictures on our Facebook page.
Luau – Monday August 6, we will have our annual luau. Each family is asked to bring a small dish; you will find the sign-up sheet in the foyer to list what you will be bringing. The Luau will start at 6 p.m. and will end by 8. Everyone is welcomed and we look forward to seeing you, your family and friends there. The luau will be at Memorial forest Cub 12122 Memorial Dr. about four miles from the school.
Team Training – We’ll be setting a date for our next team training day. We are required to obtain 24 childcare training hours each year and once a month we will have a training day for our team. Our next meeting we will focus on better ways to communicate.
Learning to Hula – As a part of our Oceans theme, we’ll be learning the beautiful hula dance with its accompanying hand motions. Symbolism is powerful in all cultures and by learning this ritual of another place, we learn to appreciate the diversity of all people. It’s a simple move. Ask your child’s teacher if you would like to learn that move too.
Cell Phones – Texas regulation states that caregivers must be free from activities not directly involving the teaching, care, and supervision of children such as personal use of electronic devices. For many of us being without our phone is pure agony to help encourage our team to not use electronic devices consider calling the school at 713-932-0126 to inquire information about your child. If you want pictures taken we have a camera at the school and we can email you copies or give you the download chip at pick up time.
Splash Day – Friday July 27, will our last day for water play.