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The Whole Child, Issue #026 - Back with "new stuff"
September 02, 2006
The Whole Child e-zine brings you free preschool activities each week to maximize your child's potential, build skills and parent-child relationships in just a few minutes per day. Useful tips, quotes, resources, opportunities and articles will added for extra value!
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3 September 2006, Issue #026
Hello from Shirley
1. Hello from ShirleyI'm back from our week's holiday, visiting my parents. We had a quiet week in the little seaside town where they live - no traffic noise and 2 minutes to walk to the beach. It was great, even though the weather was still cool.
My mom who was a professional teacher and now lectures teachers part-time at Rhodes University is always a source of inspiration and resources for me and so I have quite a bit of 'new stuff' to add to my site in the weeks and months to come, both info and activities.
2. Updates at Shirley's Preschool ActivitiesHaving been away, I haven't added any new pages lately, but I recently updated an existing page, The Best Mom, the Best Preschool.
I think preschool teachers do a great job, but no matter how caring they are, they can never have the same relationship with a child as the child's own mother.
Just this week I received an email from a preschool teacher who cares for little tots aged 18 months to three years. It breaks my heart to think of such little kids being separated from their mommies. I believe that society needs to redefine success and give more status to moms so that it is more acceptable to be at home with the kids, living on a lower income, instead of in the workplace. Read the article above to see why little tots need to be with their moms.
3. TipsI'm reading a great parenting book at the moment that emphasises that as parents we need to do more than just reactive parenting and positive and negative reinforcing of different behaviours.
We need to make sure that we meet our kids' emotional needs too.
If your child is whiny, clingy or acting up some other way, instead of reacting to that behaviour with severity, ask yourself: "What does she need? Why is she acting this way?" and respond to her emotional need. Maybe she needs you to pick her up, hold her and give her a few minutes of undivided attention.
(I'll review the book when I've finished it as it so far it is very promising!)
4. Quote"Children learn to smile from their parents." ~ Shinichi Suzuki (1898 - 1998)
What does your face "say" when your child walks into your prescence?
5. Readiness Activities
To download the printable pdf you will need to have installed
Adobe Reader - opens in new window.
The Whole Child - Week 26-27 Activities - printable pdf
With the palms up ask her to wiggle her fingers. Also do some action rhymes that use the hands and fingers. Go to www.shirleys-preschool-activities.com/rhymes.html
Talk your children about being quick to obey. In our home we tell our children that ‘slow to obey’ is disobedience. Give examples that illustrate the importance of listening immediately e.g. when crossing a road, if mom says “stop” it could save a life! If necessary, do some role playing to get the message across. Teaching your children to be quick to obey will ultimately save you from losing your patience with your children! Never, count to three as this is training your child only to obey at number three!
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