SHOW AND TELL
Bring a list of the insects you saw or heard at your house
It’s 90% of the Earth’s creatures
The value is humility, and we’ll be learning to respect the small creatures that share our world.
For cooking, we’ll try pretzel butterflies and sun-dried apples.
Outside, we’ll go on a bug hunt.
The songs we’ll be singing are Itsy, Bitsy Spider, The Ants Go Marching, Shoo Fly, Let There Be Peace on Earth, and We Shall Overcome.
For creative dramatics, we’ll practice moving like an insect.
Our art activities are pinch-bug magnets, construction paper butterfly, circle caterpillars, and ladybug life cycle.
For motor development, we’ll work on coordination with moving like a grasshopper, a cricket, a butterfly, a bee, a daddy longlegs, and a praying mantis. For bilaterality we’ll do a moon walk, play popcorn, roll a ball with partners, and hop like a camel.
FINDING AN ISLAND OF COMPETENCE
All of us have a special talent that helps us be far better than others, and all of us have an area where we’re not so great. In the following piece, Dr. Berry Brazelton is addressing learning disabilities, but it’s not too great a stretch to apply his thoughts to all areas of life.
Any child who avoids school or succeeds in some subjects but not others, who seems persistently frustrated, angry, irritable, discouraged, or lacking in self-esteem, deserves an evaluation for learning disabilities. Disabilities are not always apparent because children tend to develop clever maneuvers as a defense against this kind of failure. A child who is having difficulty reading may memorize a favorite book or describe a picture on a page instead of reading the words. It’s a way to protect against the feeling of failure. One of the best things a parent or teacher can do is to identify a learning disability before it begins to erode a student’s self-image. Children who can’t figure out why they fail begin to lose faith in themselves. They begin to acquire negative labels, and if it’s not recognized, the labels stick and a child will begin to think of himself as a failure. This loss of inner security shows in many ways. They can become “bad” kids – the showoffs, the bullies. They make trouble to distract the class so their “dumbness” is not noticed Or they may retire into their shells and sit quietly, staring ahead, hoping not to be called on.
There are many ways to recognize that your child is not developing along a norm. If it’s a learning problem, we now know that there are other techniques for helping a child understand concepts or facts We can also help a child understand her “islands of competence”, or areas of strength. Children can use these to provide an alternate route around learning blocks.
It’s important, however, that parents not hover over a child or push him too hard to overcome a disability. Turning matters over to the child shows respect, but this does not mean leave the child alone with the disability. Children know when something is wrong. It’s best to describe the problem in words that are honest yet hopeful: “I can tell it’s hard for you to learn the way we’ve shown you, but we can help you find your own way to learn – one that will work for you.” A learning disability is one example of the stumbles that parents and children can face together. Parents’ encouragement, and their respect for the child’s autonomy and proud adaptations, are essential to his success.
Values – Next week we’ll be teaching the value “humility” in the enrichment curriculum on Insects. It’s a part of that whole list of joy, peace, wisdom, courage, responsibility, and so on. For humility, we’re focusing on the enormous numbers of in-sects that share our Earth with us, and how we have a big responsibility to respect these fellow creatures. Especially we’ll be taking care not to harm them. So that you know, we’re defining humility as not boasting or making yourself more important than others.
Things To Know – Birthdays – We have a special birthday ceremony to help with that, parents are encouraged to give the teacher a picture for each year of your child’s life, infant picture, toddler picture and so on. If you would like to have party like celebration where parents bring food or goodie bags for the students please note, a blueberry muffin works well we discourage high sugar food like chocolate cake and donuts. Children really like goodie bags the items often last longer and can be played with more than once. Vacation – If you are going on vacation or have gone on vacation please allow your child to bring a few pictures that were taken while on vacation so that your child can share their experience with the other class-mates. Being able to recall memories and tell a story is very helpful in brain development.