SHOW AND TELL
Bring a picture of a wild animal’s footprints
Topic: Wild Animals
About those wild animals that share our world
The value is frugality, which is using only what we need and never taking more than our share.
For ecology, we’ll learn about how limited our resources are on the earth.
Outside, we’ll go on an animal hunt.
The songs we’ll be singing are The Bear Went Over the Mountain, Animal Fair, Five Little Speckled Frogs, Pop Goes the Weasel, and Today.
For creative dramatics, we’ll hear the story of How Rhinoceros Got His Wrinkled Skin.
Our art activities are paint on burlap, Teddy turtle and Ginny giraffe puppets, and goofy animals.
For motor development, we’ll work on flexibility with yoga poses. For motor planning we’ll practice swimming strokes and traffic lights and play stunt relay.
Several weeks ago the children focused on safety out in the world. A parent’s worst nightmare is an abducted child. In this country each year 400 to 450 children are abducted and are never seen again. As terrifying as this thought is, when we teach our children tactics to safeguard themselves, we’re all forearmed. Robert Stuber, a former police officer, has written an extremely informative book Missing! Stranger Abduction. It’s full of great tactics to teach your child if this horrible event ever does happen. Use these tips to prevent it from happening in the first place:
o Discuss the possibility with your child. You’ll know best how not to frighten him but how to talk in a way to give your child useful tools.
o Teach your child to always be aware of her environment. Watch for unusual or possible dangerous situations and stay away from them. Where are safe places to run or safe people to talk to?
o When answering the phone, teach your child never to tell the person you are not at home. Get an adult to take a message.
o Have a good photograph taken at least once a year, more often for children younger than 5.
o Never allow a young child to go into a public restroom or to stay in a car alone.
o Pay attention to threats from an ex-spouse.
o Teach your child not to go near a car whose occupants are calling to him. Most adults do not need or ask for help from a little child.
o Allow your child to tell you things without your getting upset. Safe language is a critical listening skill.
o If your child doesn’t like an adult, don’t insist that the child be alone with that person. Your child may be trying to tell you something in the only way she knows how. Just because she doesn’t like that person doesn’t mean there’s anything wrong. Just be sensitive.
o If you or anyone in your family has a passport, get a passport for your child. That makes it more difficult for anyone to take your child out of the country.
o If someone grabs your child, teach him to scram in a really loud voice “Stay away from me” or “This is not my daddy”.
As a parent, you should never be timid or made to feel embarrassed about calling the police if you think your child is in trouble. It’s truly better safe than sorry. Embarrassment will fade in time. Regret over having done nothing will be much harder to live with if the worst has happened. Time is of the essence.
In conjunction with our enrichment curriculum teachers know about the importance of the “Vestibular Function” – It has been shown that active children who are allowed to spin for 30 seconds in either direction show increased attention span for up to 30 minutes afterwards, suggesting that they need vestibular stimulation to “get their brain into gear”. When our children can integrate both motion and sensation, higher language skills of speech, reading, and writing develop more fluently. We’ll be working on vestibular function in our perceptual motor program next week. In addition, “Proprioception” – is one of the sensory integration exercises we incorporate into our daily routine. Proprioception is the sense of where our body is in space. Some of the things you can do at home are: (1) encourage your child to do heavy things, like carry a gallon of milk, (2) play “backpacking” with several heavy-ish things like a bag of beans or rice in the backpack, and (3) do a “hug sandwich” with your child between two people.