Posts Tagged ‘christmas’

Follow the Child

December 17th, 2018

 

 

 Follow the child

 During this busy time of year or any time it is important to take the time to just follow your child. You can do this through your own neighborhood, a park, anywhere is a good place. Let your child lead the way, let them stop, sit, look, ask questions, and learn. It can be hard as a parent to slow down and let them lead the way, so make sure you make the time to let them wonder and explore. This can be a very rewarding time for your child and yourself.

Holiday Celebrations (December Blog)

December 3rd, 2018

 December Blog – Mrs. Smith

Christmas to many, is the greatest festival of the year! The world seems to take on a magic glow, people seem merrier and even winter somehow feels cozy.Whether you’re celebrating a religious festival, like Hanukkah, Christmas or Kwanzaa, you’re sure to have your own selection of rituals or customs that make the holiday season so special.While students may know about some of these celebrations, there are several holiday traditions around the world that they may not be aware of. Following are just a few:

*Giant Lantern Festival in the Philippines

*Kentucky Fried Christmas Dinner in Japan

*Yule Lads (troll-like characters) in Iceland that visit children the 13 days leading up to Christmas

*St. Nicholas’ Day in Germany

*In Norway, people hide their brooms on Christmas Eve

*In Venezuela, the residents roller skate to church on Christmas Eve

This month, we will take a virtual trip around the globe, and learn about these interesting traditions and those of other countries as well! We hope that you and your families have a wonderful holiday and wish you all of the beauty & joy that this magical season brings.

Happy Holidays!

Made with Love

December 21st, 2017
The holidays present many educational opportunities for small children. Allowing them to participate in your holiday preparations will keep them occupied while helping them learn and grow.
You may have already noticed with your child that they naturally enjoy engaging all five senses in what they do. While many special decorations may only be for seeing NOT touching, consider finding alternative ways for your child to explore.
For example, in December our toddlers made a gift for their parents; handprint Christmas trees. After they finished with their project, we were discussing how it felt when I brushed the paint onto their palm. Most of them said, “Wet and tickles.” Our finished project is shown below.
You can find similar opportunities at home. Baking is excellent for sensory, motor and language development.
  • Young toddlers will enjoy squeezing frosting tied in a sandwich bag. Whole-hand grasping builds strength and coordination. They’ll be amazed when you snip a corner off and they make the frosting squirt out!
  • If your child can refrain from eating raw dough, they can help roll dough and press cookie cutters.
  • Allow them to smell and taste fresh herbs and spices. Expanding their palate one ingredient at a time can help picky eaters accept new dishes.

Whatever the activity, always discuss and recount what you’re working on, name items, use a variety of descriptive words, invite them to repeat (even though they may not be able) and keep encouraging. The cookies may not be iced perfectly, but we know everything made with love tastes better anyway.

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