"You need to be aware of what others are doing, applaud their efforts, acknowledge their successes, and encourage them in their pursuits. When we all help one another, everybody wins."
Cold and Flu Season Is Still Here
As the winter drags on, so are colds and illnesses. We continue to clean and sanitize to minimize the spread of illnesses among the children. Here's a reminder of how you can help us keep everyone healthy.
Keep your child home if he/she has any of the following symptoms:
- Appears ill, is abnormally pale or unable to comfortably participate in regular school activities
- Is sweaty (when the weather is not hot) or has a temperature of 100 degrees or higher without Tylenol or Motrin
- Has a cough or sneezing that is not normal for your child
- Complains of pain in ears, throat, head or chest
- Has thrown up in the past 12 hours or had 2 or more episodes of diarrhea in the past 24 hours
Comparing Baby Clothes
We had so much fun with our visitors, Amy and Clayton, who came to talk to us about baby clothes. Their visit started our discussion on clothing sizes.
This week we continue using math skills to compare clothes that are smaller, larger or the same size. Using comparison skills will lead children to a greater understanding of measurement.
Having a sense of ownership and responsibility is a big deal to preschoolers. Learning how to take care of clothes will be a step towards helping them develop a sense of responsibility. Our sensory table will be a clothes washing station, and we will use laundry baskets to fold and sort clothes. We will use fine motor skills to practice hanging clothes with clothespins.
Focus questions for the week: "How do we take care of our clothes?" and "How do people make clothes?"
Young children are very curious about buildings. Because they are familiar with buildings of various size, color, material, function and location in our community, this study offers many opportunities to explore buildings firsthand. The investigations within this study help children learn more about the characteristics and features of buildings, the people who build them and the role buildings play in our community.
Parents can help support these ideas at home by studying your own house or apartment building with your child. What colors do you see around the house? How many floors or stories does it have? How many rooms, windows and doors are in it? Don't forget the basement if you have one!