Friday Newsletter August 31, 2018
Friday Newsletter August 31, 2018
August 31, 2018
Good afternoon Moms and Dads,
As you once again venture out into a new day and all that it holds in store…
May we wake in the mornings, count our blessings and remember to thank God for what we are blessed with. May love, gratitude, appreciative thoughts and compassion be our pillars of strength. May we derive satisfaction from the simplest of things.
May we remember to live and celebrate life as we should!
What a great week it has been as we come to the end of our Wild Animals theme…
Fun and excitement was all around as the children waited in anticipation for their “Alice In Wonderland” Mad Hatter’s Tea Party that took place today at school.
And what a magical and beautiful morning it was…
We have so many photos that we would love to share with Parents and so we will be putting out a special newsletter on Monday highlighting our wonderful morning! Please Parents look out for it as the photos are just fantastic!
What a special day for all of the children!
As the children enjoyed block play out in the sunshine, I was reminded of an interesting article about Block Play and its importance for children…
You walk into your pre-schooler’s classroom to see her stealthily building a block skyscraper. If you think that this is all fun and games, think again. Block play is an important part of the preschool child’s learning and development, helping her to build fine motor skills and even start on the road to mathematic discovery.
Benefits of Blocks:
Even the simplest set of blocks contains the seeds of imagination, creation, and destruction. Your toddler will enjoy stacking a tower of blocks as high as possible and then watching what happens when they knock them down. This is one way toddlers develop fine motor skills and explore concepts like early math, geometry, problem-solving and cause and effect. After they figure out the properties of the blocks – size, weight, shape, and stability level – it won’t be long before they’re building cities complete with roadways and bridges.
Multiple Uses for Multiple Ages
Blocks aren’t just for 2, 3, 4 or 5-year-olds. Blocks are an important staple in the preschool classroom that doesn’t have to change just because the children are getting older. The newly-turned 3-year-old may use blocks in a more sensory-inspired way, making a smooth line-like surface or creating a ridgey road. The older pre-schooler may take a more complex approach and use blocks to build a tower, create an imaginary zoo for toy animals or experiment with different designs and patterns. Kids of multiple ages using blocks in multiple ways means that these time-tested toys are a fixture in the preschool classroom that the children can go back to year after year.
Blocks may not seem like the most social of play things, but when it comes to pre-schoolers, these simple structures can actually encourage group interactions. According to the American Academy of Paediatrics, pre-schoolers are learning how to cooperate and develop friendships. Your pre-schooler can work with his friends constructively, to create block cities or larger group block structures. This type of block play allows young children to gain valuable social skills and work together, problem solve, listen to other people’s opinions and resolve conflicts.
During the preschool years, your child is developing new fine — or hand and finger — motor skills that will lead to her drawing pictures, printing letters and doing her own daily tasks such as dressing herself and zipping her jacket. Blocks can help pad this type of development by providing the opportunity to use eyehand coordination and dexterity. As your little learner picks up blocks, stacks them, takes them apart and then rebuilds them into new and different structures, she isn’t just building towers. These seemingly easy actions — at least to an adult — are also building muscle control and important fine motor abilities.
Imagination and Pretend Play
The bare nature of the block lends itself to pure imagination and creativity-based activities. Using plain wooden, rubber or plastic blocks in the preschool classroom or at home can help your child to use his imagination and engage in pretend play. As an open-ended toy, there is no real right answer when it comes to building with blocks. Your pre-schooler can create almost anything that his mind can dream up with blocks, flexing his imagination muscle. From a straightforward skyscraper to pretending that the blocks are cars on a raceway and trains on the line, blocks are ideal for helping pre-schoolers to think out of the box.
Our theme for next week is: SPRING
Such a beautiful time of year!
Our Bible theme for next week is: Baby in a basket
Looking forward to another week ahead to…
That’s it for this week Moms and Dads. But before we go…
A little thought for the day
You are strong enough to handle your challenges,
Wise enough to find solutions to your problems,
And capable enough to do whatever needs to be done.
Blessings to all for a wonderful weekend ahead
Love Anne, Chantal, and the Team at Baby Blessings