SHOW AND TELL
Bring a small rock to paint as a pet rock.

Topic: Geology

What about all those rocks?

The value is self-reliance, which is confi-dence in our own judgment and abilities. This means we must make our own decisions about what we think and about what we do.
For science, we’ll do experiments about exploding gas and evaporation.
Outside, we’ll cooperate with a water bri-gade.
The songs we’ll be singing are This Land Is Your Land, Catch a Falling Star, Today, Down by the Bay, and Do Your Ears Hang Low? We’ll also work on patterned clapping and musical breathing.
For creative dramatics, we’ll be rivers and volcanoes.
Our art activities are sponge gardens, volcanoes, pet rocks, and food color migration
For motor development, we’ll work on flexibility with yoga poses. For vestibular function we’ll play beanbag toss, wind-up tops, don’t let the ball drop, and twist and shout.

 

                                                                                         SLEEP ROUTINE
It’s no question that most of us don’t get enough sleep. If a part of your problem is that your preschooler won’t go to bed or won’t stay in bed, maybe this will help. You’ll have to dedicate extra effort in this area, but it’ll pay off in calmer nerves and stronger immune systems for the whole family. As a rule of thumb, 3-month-olds sleep about 15 hours a day, about 2/3 of that at night. By 6 months, a baby should be sleeping a nighttime stretch of 8 hours. Specialists suggest that naps last not more than about 2 hours. Most children need 9 to 11 hours of sleep at night, with naps gradually diminishing. This will last through junior high and will increase in late adolescence. Less sleep than this can result in sleep depriva-tion symptoms. As an adult, you need about 8 hours per night. Honestly analyze your own attitudes about sleep. Are you subconsciously sabotaging your family’s sleep patterns?
To a child, sleep represents a kind of loss – the loss of her parent’s company or the loss of playtime. A satisfying bed-time routine helps offset this loss by providing a half-hour or so of undivided attention. By ending the day on a happy note, she can drift toward sleep secure in the knowledge of her family’s love. A useful hint here is to alternate the parent who participates in the routine. You should start the going-to-sleep routine a half-hour before you want lights out. Stay with real-ly calm activities (no roughhousing). Select the things you’ll need for the next day. Make sure all the uh-oh issues are in the routine, drink, potty, lovey, monster check, etc. Have one story and maybe a discussion about the day when the light is turned off. Once you have decided what routine you consider to be the most pleasant and relaxing, stick to it. At the end, snuggle your child into the bed, give a reassuring hug, and leave available. A nightlight or a fish tank can help disperse fears. You can leave the door open so the child will know you are still available.
If you have allowed a sleep irregularity to creep into your schedule, it will take nerves of steel to correct the problem. Once you have left your child’s room, there can be no more talking, no rocking, no music, and no cuddling. Only change a diaper if there’s been a bowel movement or if you’re fighting a bad diaper rash. By 6 months, a baby no longer needs a mid-night feeding. He can use a lovey to settle back down. If your child rouses in the night, wait 5 minutes to go into him. Then, only pat him and retuck him with the reas-surance that he’s just fine and that now is sleep time. In either the case of a mid-night waking or a protest at bedtime, now wait 10 to 15 minutes before gong back to your child. Then, only pat and retuck him. Then wait 20 to 30 minutes before going back in. Watch the clock and don’t give in! (This is good parenting training because those nerves of steel will be needed in adolescence). You’ll know that you’ve solved your problem when both you and your child wake up easily when the alarm goes off. If you don’t, go to bed 30 minutes earlier each night until the situation cures itself.
Separation fears, stressful events, and illness can cause temporary regressions in sleep behavior. These can be dealt with sympathetically until the disturbance gradually diminish-es. Meanwhile, offer extra comfort and reassurance during the day and early evening and continue to enforce your normal limits at night.

 

                                                                                              General

Labor Day Holiday – Please remember that the school is closed Monday, September 6, in honor of all those who work.
New Teacher – We are pleased to announce that Ms Edi will be joining our team Monday 08-31-2, Ms Edi brings with her 10 years of Montessori experience and a love for working with children, and although she will he will be the primary class teacher she has had experience working with toddlers.

                                                                                          CLASSROOM NEWS
In conjunction with the enrichment curriculum on wild animals the students were told the difference between wild animals and domestic animals. Wild animals do not depend on humans and do not make good pets. When given the name of various animals Arianna and Dawson showed that the understood the differences by correctly identifying which animals were wild and which ones were domestic. During snack time Simon gravitated toward the planets material and picked up one of the various planets and asked “what planet is this?” the teacher suggested that he ask Kenney and before long the other students were asking Kenney to the same question. Kenny seemed to be delighted to have all the answers as he confidently give the correct name for each planet. While inside escaping the heat the primary class cooled down by doing some yoga we did the turtle pose the crab, the shark, and the starfish pose.