Friday, May 14, 2021

May 10th - May 14th

This week we did some process art.  Process art is open ended, experiential, unstructured, self-motivated, creative and unique.  It focuses on the creative process, or the doing, rather than the outcome.

 It is through the doing that children learn: problem solving, experimentation, expression, scientific thinking, mathematical understanding and language development.

Children gain confidence when they create something based off of their own ideas.

The children used tissue paper, a paint brush and water to create their own collage. They were so excited to see how the colors bled together to create their picture.

Thank you to Mr. & Mrs. Myers (Max's mom & dad) for being this week's Mystery Reader. 💗📖

We loved hearing about Golly Gump and his adventures!

A fist bump for conflict resolution!

An important social skill that children in Nursery 3 begin to learn is the ability too successfully resolve a conflict.  When parents and teachers nurture the development of conflict resolution skills, we provide the children with the ability to resolve situations before they get out of control.  Learning steps in problem solving allow a child to control emotions, identify a problem, and work out a problem/come up with a solution.

We can help children by:
  • Help them to verbalize their feelings. 
  • Model behavior: children are always watching!   Provide a good model of problem solving.
  • Read stories with conflict resolution to your child.
    • The Bad Seed by Jory John
    • Stick and Stone by Beth Ferry
    • The Boy with BIG, BIG Feelings by Britney Winn Lee
    • Ruby finds a worry by Tom Percival
    • The Way I Feel by Janan Cain
    • What if everybody did that? by Ellen Javernick
  • Praise them when a conflict is independently resolved

Kindness Grows Here

The Early Childhood Division has begun a Kindness tree.
Children earn hearts on the tree by getting "caught" doing random acts of kindness.
I will be posting pictures each week so you can see our tree bloom. 

  • There will be no school on Friday, May 28th and Monday, May 31st in observance of the Memorial Day holiday.

  • The last day of school is Wednesday, June 9th.  This will be a noon dismissal for all students. There will be NO HCA PLUS.

  • A reminder to please complete the Diversity and Inclusion survey as soon as possible. Click here for the link.

  • Don’t forget to send in your family leaf for the Family Leaf project.

  • Please refer to the Happenings for updates on upcoming school wide events.

Have a great weekend!

September 20th - 24th

This week we learned all about apples from our Weekly Reader! We explored the parts of an apple: the flesh, the skin, the pips, the stem and...