THIS MONTH’S THEME

Nursery Rhymes

Take a leap into literacy as we climb inside the most beloved nursery rhymes.  Meet Little Boy Blue, Old King Cole and other characters, as they jump from the pages and into your hearts.  Build problem-solving skills while trying to put Humpty Dumpty together again.  Learn about tthe Crooked Man and draw a crooked house.  Practice counting, sorting and rhythm as you delve into the rhymes that have stood the test of time.

All month your child will explore long-loved nursery rhymes as he pretends to be the characters, makes art, and explores a world of fantasy and truth.

Using Teachable Moments

As your child grows and develops, a spectrum of feelings emerge.  Young children react emotionally, but it doesn’t last for long.  For instance, your child may cry when he doesn’t get his way and a minute later, he may be laughing hysterically.  Many teachable moments arise as children reach school age; they begin to recognize their own emotions, become aware of the emotions of others, and can think logically enough to begin to understand what to do about them.

You can use each expression of intense emotion as a teachable moment.  Try these easy steps for guiding children through their emotions.

  • Be aware of your child’s emotion.  Don’t assume that you know what your child is feeling, but offer your interpretation without mixing in your own feelings.  For instance, if your child is not getting along with a friend, use prompts such as, “What I heard you say was…” while discussing the situation.
  • Empathize with your child.  Telling your child that his feelings are valid does not necessarily signify approval or agreement.  Listen to your child’s feelings and acknowledge what you have heard.  Empathize.
  • Help your child label his emotions.  Once a child has shared with you, offer words that might more accurately describe what he is feeling or expressing.  Offer a short story of a time you felt the same way.

Sharing feelings and emotional trials is not always an easy thing to do, but the reward is substantial.