Friday Newsletter August 17, 2018
Friday Newsletter August 17, 2018
August 17 2018
Good afternoon Moms and Dads,
We have had a wonderful week as the children continued to learn about the farm animals that God created. Even milking a cow…
|Annah demonstrating||Having a go…||Ooohhh…|
Today was also such a special and exciting time for the children, as the Farm Animals visited us at school! Also included for the older children was an educational talk. Just a few sneak peaks… (Teachers will also send each parent a picture of their child / children having a pony ride). A fantastic day for all!!
A reminder once again to parents of our Alice in Wonderland Mad Hatters Spring Tea Party for the children on the morning of the 31st of August. Moms please also remember your child’s Alice in Wonderland “Mad Hat” for their Tea Party. And not forgetting dress up: Moms, please dress your child in a Wonderland character of your choice / your child’s favourite dress up costume on the day. Thanks Moms and Dads
While on the subject of Madhatter’s Tea Parties and dress up fun, an article written for parents, highlighting…
The Importance of Imagination
Do children today use their imaginations as much as we did when we were kids? Do you see your children spinning incredible tales and stories in their fantasy play like we used to when we played “cops and robbers” or “house”? Or does your child’s fantasy play seem to consist only of repetitive movements like karate chops or ballerina spins that have no story to them? If you need to figure out the answer to a high school geometry test question, you need to have the ability to imagine the possible solutions. If you can’t, you will undoubtedly fail, cheat or decide not to care. Has it ever been more important than it is today that we adults are able to imagine new ways of creating a peaceful world?”
In the world of child development you may hear us use phrases like “critical thinking skills” and “creative problem-solving abilities” when referring to our goals for your child’s cognitive development. What we are really talking about is… imagination. The way to create human beings with imagination is to provide them with opportunities to develop it for themselves when they are very young. These opportunities are found in one place and one place only… play. Playing with paints, playing with play dough, with costumes, with glue and with crayons. Making a mess. Exploring the woods. Splashing in a puddle. Wondering at a caterpillar you notice inching by you. Pretending to be a bird, gliding through the sky.
Are you providing your children enough opportunities for this type of play? If they are spending hours sitting at a computer, watching television or playing video games, they are passive participants being fed someone else’s stories instead of having the time and space to dream up their own. If they are enrolled in soccer, ballet, karate and gymnastics all in the same week, they are receiving wonderful opportunities to develop their skills. But they have little to no opportunity to use their creativity and imagination to decide how to use their free time, what fantasy to explore or what part of their world they’d like to discover more about at their own pace, in their own way.
Often parents today think that if they give their children too much free time they are wasting opportunities for learning and preparing children for their futures. But these types of parental choices, though done with love and the best of intentions, are not a gift to children, according to current child development theory and research. Children today desperately need time and space to develop their creative imaginations free from adult agendas. Even if your children complain, “I’m bored! There’s nothing to do!” please, please, please trust that if you force them to figure out for themselves how to fill their time, their innate creativity will kick in and their imaginations will soar!
On a more serious note, please could we kindly ask Parents that should they need to message / chat to their child’s class Teacher regarding any matter, to please do this during the Teachers work hours. Most of our Teachers either go on to lectures or other jobs in the afternoons, and this makes it difficult for them to be able to respond back. This is also just a matter of courtesy to the Teachers. However, should the matter be an urgent one, you are always most welcome to call Anne on (082) 418-9474. Thank you for your understanding in
Our Animal theme will continue next week as we introduce “Wild Animals”
Our Bible theme for next week is: Paul helps a lame man
That’s it for this week Moms and Dads. But before we go…
A little thought for the day
“Faith and prayer both are invisible, but they make impossible things possible”
Blessings to all for a wonderful weekend ahead
Love Anne, Chantal, and the Team at Baby Blessings