This is for fun not for eating! Home made Slime will provide lots of fun and entertainment on a snowy Sunday afternoon. Mix equal parts liquid laundry starch and Elmer’s Glue. Food coloring and flavoring extract may be added to the laundry starch for variety. This also makes an inexpensive party favor. It will keep for some time in the refrigerator.
The children have a “homework assignment” for our TRANSPORTATION theme: to cut out pictures of transportation to bring in for our bulletin boards. The children will use these pictures to classify air, land, and water transportation; learn transportation terms; become alert to many different and unusual methods of transportation and to people who use specialized forms of transportation.
Of course, their assignment includes cleaning up any mess they may make cutting – Have fun!
We need your help. . .
Parents, please remember to pick up receipts, papers and wet pants — Make it part of your routine every day! In fact, how about a New Year’s resolution to show even more interest in your child’s experience at Toddle Towne. Spend a few minutes to help your child to cut out pictures that coordinate with the unit, take the time to walk through the building in the evening, pick-up papers, and look at the activities in other areas. You will be demonstrating to your child that you think school is important and that you value their efforts to learn.
Thank You !!!
A special thanks to all the parents, who took time out from their busy schedules, to help us teach the children the value of good nutrition by bringing in special snacks during our CHRISTMAS SNACK WEEK. Your efforts are appreciated by staff and students.
Employed parents spend a lot of time in the car with their children going from home to child care, to work and back again. This time can be a frustrating hassle or a valuable and enjoyable part of your routing. If you give the kids all of your attention during this time, maybe, just maybe, when you get home they’ll let you relax for a minute of two before you start dinner.
Stay connected with what is happening at Toddle Towne so you can help your children anticipate the events of the day. On the way home, try starting a conversation with leading questions like, “How was the spaghetti today?” or “What did you see on your field trip to the parking lot?” You can also save a little early morning hassle by checking our calendar to see if you need to get that transportation toy ready to take to school tomorrow. Put it in the car now so you don’t forget!
Travel time can be used to enhance learning by pointing out numbers, shapes, and letters found in signs and license plates. With each change in the speed limit have them check to tell you if you need to slow down of go faster. Look out the window and talk! Explain what the service vehicles or repair crews are doing, point out changes in weather and conditions. Count the number of dogs, or red cars, or anything else you see. See how many store signs they can recognize and “read”. Ask them, “Which way will we turn next?” “What kind of a store should we go to to buy milk? Gas? Etc.?” Pick one or two new words each week. Tape them to the dashboard of the car. Use the word with a definition, (That truck is enormous, it is very big.) at least twice a day until you hear them using it in a conversation.
Tell them about your day, explain what you did at work. Explain the function of all of the car’s gauges and dials, let them check to see if you need gas, watch the odometer change and operated the heater of radio. Teach them to be safe passengers and (future) safe drivers by explaining why you stop and why they must use their seatbelts.
If your child is still too young for these activities, hang a mobile in front of the car seat, or tape pictures of single objects they are learning to name, shapes, or colors on the back of the front seat, so they have something to look at. Position a suction mirror on the dash so you can see and talk to your child in the back seat. Sing silly songs. It will increase vocabulary and calm a fussy child. Include the child’s name in made-up songs to familiar tunes. (Where or where is dear little Lauren? Way back there in the back seat!).
Have fun and drive carefully
I collect words like other people collect buttons or baseball cards and “resolution”, as in New Year’s resolution, is one of the best in my collection. It is derived from the Latin root “resolvere” which means to again loosen up, dissolve, or melt away. That is what we do each New Year. We try, by making a New Year’s resolution, to once again make our problems melt away!
Resolve can be used as a noun or a verb and has as many as 17 different meanings depending upon the context in which it is used! Each year at this time we resolve (analyze) our lives looking for some change we can make that will make us better people. We resolve (solve again) the problems which confront us. We resolve (reach a decision) to concentrate on our resolve (fixed intention or settled purpose) to make changes which we hope will resolve (transform) our life. If we stick to that resolve (fixed intention or settled purpose) with resolve (determination) then maybe … just maybe we can make some real changes in our lives.
Although emphasis upon change and improvement is increased at the beginning of the year, productive and emotionally healthy people make it an ongoing process not limited to New Year’s Eve. A worthwhile resolution for this New Year would be to teach our children how to resolve (bring to a conclusion) their own problems. As a child, when I was faced with a tough problem, my mother would sit back, fold her arms and firmly remind me that, “every tub must sit on its own bottom!” At the time, I didn’t think much of her advice! I didn’t realize that by stepping back and insisting that I solve my own problems she was helping me to accept that I, and only I was responsible for my life. As much as we would like to…we can’t solve problems for our children. If we attempt to do so, in the long run, we only make life more difficult for them. Although I didn’t appreciate her then, I have since been thankful that I had such a wise mother.
Although as a parent you can’t resolve (determine or decide) life for your children, you can help them learn how to resolve (break up into separate parts and analyze) their problems so that they can resolve (make clear and understand) the best course of action to take. When your children come to you with complaints about life’s (or their friends’) unfairness, remain calm…don’t be overcome with sympathy! Help them to retell what happened. What actions did they take? What actions did others take? How did their actions affect others? How could they have changed their own behavior? How would that have affected the situation? What are possible courses of action to prevent or deal with another occurrence? What course will they choose? What do they think will be the outcome?
That’s the easy part…now you must insist that they implement their solution with resolve (firm determination). The first try might not resolve (melt away) the problem, they might have to try again and again. As they become adults, the ability to resolve (analyze and bring to a conclusion) their problems with resolve (determination) will take them further in life than all the help, assistance, relief, succor, support, aid, consolation, or solace, you can give them. Happy New Year!