March 4, 2016
Recycling: We will be talking about recycling next week. If you could please bring recycling items, such as: water bottles, lids, caps, ribbon, diaper box, tin cans, etc…
Happy Birthday: Happy Birthday to Isaac who turned 3 on Thursday!
10 Manners Your Child Should Know By Age 5
Kids are never too young to learn manners. In fact, in a day and age when we are seeing more teenagers lacking in the manners department, it seems more important than ever that parents start early in teaching their children how to interact with the world. The truth is your child will get further in life and will be more respected by adults and playmates alike if they learn manners.
How To Say “Please” and “Thank you”: “Please and thank truly are the magic words. And this little tidbit of mannerly behavior can be taught even before your child is able to talk. Making “please” and “thank you” a habit in the home makes these courtesies a habit in life.
Cover Your Mouth When You Sneeze and Cough: Spittle flying from little noses and mouths is just plain gross. Trust me: teachers appreciate children who know this before they get to school.
How To Ask Before Taking: There is nothing more disturbing than a child who hasn't yet learned that they aren't the center of the universe. Children should ASK before taking something that is not theirs, and this includes Mom and Dad's stuff.
How To Say “Sorry” For Real: Not the kind of “I'm sorry” that means nothing because they were forced to say it by an angry parent. Empathy is definitely a life skill.
How to Knock on Doors Before Entering: And this includes the bathroom while Mom is trying to take a poop in private.
How to Say “Excuse me”: Children are naturally impatient. Far too often, you see parents who jump every time their child interrupts them. Children need to learn when they can and when they cannot interrupt people, they and should learn how to gently say “excuse me,” rather than insist on incessant tapping and saying “Mama, Mama, Mama.”
How to Sit Quietly: It's rude to talk through an entire movie. Kids need to learn how to calm down their wiggles and giggles in less-than-interesting situations. Patience is a definitely a virtue.
How to Eat Dinner at the Table: OK, so the dinner table is at times pure pandemonium. Still, kids should know how to use their utensils and how NOT to talk with their mouths full. And when you are not at home, manners are a must — even for a 4 year old!
Not to Make Fun of People: Toddlers and young children are notorious for pointing out gigantic moles or fat people in public, but parents must teach children that sometimes comments like these hurt feelings unnecessarily. It's not nice to make fun of people or point out their flaws.
How to be Helpful and Compassionate: Hold a door open for someone that has their hands full. Ask their teacher or parent if they need help with chores. Recognizing ways to be helpful and compassionate to others is a gift that children can learn early in life — a gift that will make them feel good about themselves and be well liked by others.
TOPIC OF THE WEEK
This week we talked about rocks. During group time we read books and explained to the children that rocks are not living things but they do make up part of our Earth. Rocks can be found on the ground, rocks make up mountains, they can be found in the water such as a lake or stream, and rocks even make up cement that is make into our sidewalk. By exploring rocks at group time and setting up a science center for the children to sort rocks, the children learned that rocks come in all shapes, sizes, colors and they even have different textures. Some rocks are very smooth while others have many jagged edges. The children used a magnifying glass to look closely at rocks to see their many colors and indentations that make them each unique. The children explored rocks in the sensory table as well and did an experiment to see if rocks sink or float- they found through their hands on experience that they do sink! A favorite art activity was paining rocks and calling them our pet rock. Lastly, the children were very proud of the rocks they brought in from outside of school; they each got the opportunity to show the other children what rock they found and where they found it. Then, we added it to our rock collection.
NEXT WEEK’S TOPIC: Recycling
HAVE A GREAT WEEKEND-ELSI, STEPHANIE, AND LIZ