Hugabug Newsletter November 2016
November is here and has us all thinking about what we are thankful for. Talk to your children this month about what you are thankful for and enjoy this season to spend extra time together. Recap from October:
We started off the month experiencing Hurricane Matthew. Many of our children, parents, and staff evacuated during the storm and traveled to new places. Several children brought back cotton from Alabama and Georgia to show their friends and teachers. We also used this opportunity to teach the children about different types of weather and talked about the feelings and emotions they experienced during the storm. Our students created fall inspired art work for the Lend-A-Wing food Pantry and Ms. Nancy was very happy to hand it over to them. The Lend-A-Wing Pantry decorates boxes with our art work and then places them around campus to collect food and other donations for UNF Students who are in need. During the month of October we learned about Germs and had a special guest come in from Safe Kids of Northeast Florida/ Wolfson Children’s Hospital. The three ladies came in and did a presentation entitled Germane the Germ. The children really learned a lot and loved when they got to turn off the lights and look at their hands with a black light. also learned about Fire Safety in October. We were very fortunate to have a Fire Fighter come out and show his gear to all the children. They loved getting the chance to try on his coat and hat. The Bears classroom enjoyed Fire Safety week by painting and playing in their very own firetruck. It was a big hit with the whole class!! The children also loved having a real firetruck visit the center. Many of them enjoyed the siren as the truck drove away.
Curriculum Corner ELLM Books of the Month
• The Big Leaf Pile, By: Norman Bridwell- Clifford and his friends enjoy playing outside in the fall. This is a cute story that teaches about friendship and the things that can be seen in the fall.
• One Little, Two Little, Three Little Pilgrims, Written by: B. G. Hennessy- During this story children learn about what life was like for Pilgrims and Wampangos around the time period of the First Thanksgiving.
• Feast for Ten, Written by: Cathryn Falwell- A counting story that follows a family preparing for a Feast at their house. The book has a lot of rhyming words and shows the preparations that many families follow when getting ready for a special meal.
• If a Dolphin Were a Fish, Written by: Loran Wlodarski- During the story a Dolphin wishes it was all sorts of different sea animals. It is a wonderful story that illustrates the body adaptations that each animal has.
The NAEYC for Families website at http://families.naeyc.org/ offers articles, information, and resources for parents with young children. Take a look in the Families Today section of the website to find articles written by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Joshua Sparrow. Dr. Brazelton, is a renowned pediatrician, behaviorist, and child development expert. Dr. Sparrow is a child psychiatrist who offers parents reassuring information and tips on the developing child.
A fun physical & healthy activity of the Month you can do at home with your childActivity Name: Balloon ChallengeSkill Themes: Tossing; catching; strikingEquipment: BalloonsDescription: 1. On your “go” signal, have the children try various challenges using their balloon:• Hit the balloon gently and keep it in the air.• Toss and catch the balloon.• Bounce the balloon on the floor and catch it.• Toss, clap once, and catch the balloon• Toss, turn around, and catch the balloon• Hit the balloon with your head• Hit the balloon with other body parts (i.e., elbow, knee, shoulder)• Bounce, turn around, and catch the balloon2. Have the children gently hug the balloon in between each challenge to help keep them calm and to help you stay in control.
Conscious Discipline understands that as parents we often might have difficult situations at home with our children. One are of helpful advice this month is helping our children who are biting. Below is some helpful advice on how to help your child handle these particular feelings and emotions:• Try to locate stressors in the child’s life: Not enough structure, too much structure, not enough rest, eating, bowel habits, connection, attunement, etc.• Start a stress reduction program at home and school.o More touching (skin to skin), body massage games (I am saying goodnight/goodbye to your legs, arms, hands, fingers, head, etc.)o I Love You Rituals with attuned interactionso Chest and lap time while downloading calmo More visual schedules and routines• Shadowing: There is nothing you can do to help a child learn other ways of getting his or her needs met after the bite has occurred. You must catch the child before the bite. Most bites occur during transitions and non-structured time. Have a person shadow the child who is biting. When the child begins to bite:o Say, “You wanted _____(take an educated guess as to what the child wanted). Say _____(acceptable words) or do _____(acceptable action)!”o Firmly say, “STOP. No bite! Ouch (make pained face) biting hurts.”o Make visuals of alternatives to biting: My turn, play, move, etc.• After age three, children usually bite when they feel powerless or scared, such as when they are losing a fight or think they are going to be hurt by another person. Children older than three who frequently bite other people may need to be seen by a doctor. This type of biting may be a sign that a child has problems with expressing feelings or self-control.Check out the Conscious Discipline website, https://consciousdiscipline.com/resources/discipline-tips.asp for Discipline tips and support for your family at home. They regular add new information and answer questions that might arise.
Important Announcements and Reminders• Be PreparedWe need a couple changes of clothes for each child. Please make sure your child’s extra set of clothes is appropriate for the weather.• Safety and your security code accessThe safety of your child is one of our greatest concerns. Please be reminded that the security codes provided to you are for your use only. Please do not give your child your security code or allow them to enter the code on the computer. • Procare computersWe have parent check in/out computers in every classroom as well as the front office. Please make sure to check your child in and out every day when you come into the school. If you have a family member who picks up often please let them know we can assign codes to them as well. • Walking children to classPlease escort your child to his/ her classroom every day, and say a quick hello to the teacher. This way we can ensure that your child is safe with a staff member and is not left alone in a classroom.• Scholastic books Order forms will be sent out in the classrooms this month. If you would like to purchase books for you child please order them online or return the form with a check.• VPK Assessment VPK assessments are complete. Please make sure to ask your lead teacher for the results. If you have any questions please stop by the office or ask you teacher for more answers.
CDRC StaffDirector- Mahreen Mian, Assistant Director- Jennifer Fuller, Office Manager- Luciann Tappin, Bear’s Teacher- Sheila Mastriana, Dolphin’s Teacher- Nancy Winckler-Zuniga, Cardinal’s Teacher- Chelsea Shine, Manatees Teacher- Lisa Jaspe
“Autumn is a second spring when every leaf is a flower.”
– Albert Camus
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