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November 2015 News

 

We have many things to give thanks for this year.  We are so lucky to have such loving, huggable children here at our school!  Thank you to all who helped make our Halloween Parade a success.  We had a blast marching around the school and loved seeing the children in their fancy costumes!

We are so excited to kick off the holiday season here at Discovery Isle with your child (ren) and families.  Be sure to mark your calendars for all of the upcoming events taking place during this magical time of year!

Innovative Therapy 4-Kids

Thursday, November 13th

 Innovative Therapy 4-Kids will be here to conduct Gross Motor Developmental Screenings for children ages 0-24 months.  Please see attached for more information.  IT4K.grossmotorscreening

Thanksgiving Friendship Feast

Thursday, November 19th. 11-12

Parents and friends are invited to join us for our annual Fall Feast.  All classrooms will gather in the hallway to give thanks for friendship and to share a meal together as a Discovery Isle Family.

This is a Potluck event, sign up sheets will be located in the front office.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

Parent Reminder:

Your child has not seen you all day; Take time for that welcome hug and treasure your child’s beaming smile.  In life it’s the little things that mean the most.

Please keep your cell phone put away when picking up your child.  Your child’s smile can not leave a message.

4 Ways to Instill Thankfulness in Young Children

It’s never too early to teach your child about thankfulness. By learning concepts of generosity and compassion, children strengthen their connection to their community and become sensitive to the feelings of others.

The holiday season is quickly approaching, so now is a great time to reinforce the importance of thankfulness and giving back to those in need.

Below are age appropriate activities that we implement in the classroom, as well as activities for you and your child to do at home.

TODDLERS: Be a good role model

In the classroom: Our teachers introduce “please” and “thank you” to our toddlers by using sign language and verbal communication. Students practice good manners with their dolls, stuffed animals and each other.

At home: Modeling positive behaviors is a great way to teach your child good manners. Say “please” before asking him to do something, and always follow with “thank you.”

Recommended reading: Little Critter® I Am Helping by Mercer Mayer

BEGINNERS: Share your gratitude out loud

In the classroom: Our teachers encourage our Beginner students to name a few of their favorite toys and games, and bring one in from home to share with friends. By sharing their belongings, children nurture connections with their classmates, and build necessary problem-solving skills.

At home: Talk with your child about the things in your life for which you are thankful, and ask him to name a few as well. Extend the discussion beyond physical possessions. For instance, if he is thankful for a favorite toy, say “Grandma bought you that toy, and we are thankful for her.”

Recommended reading: Spot Helps Out by Eric Hill

INTERMEDIATES: Show appreciation through actions

In the classroom: By age three, children begin to understand the concept of appreciation. They create birthday cards for their teachers, make art projects for friends, and write thank you cards for classroom visitors.

At home:  Go shopping with your child, and buy a small token of appreciation for a friend or family member. Ask your child to draw a picture or write a thank you note to accompany the gift.

Recommended reading: Clifford’s Good Deeds by Norman Bridwell

PRE-K/PRE-K2: Give back to those in need

In the classroom: During the holidays, many of our schools host donation drives for organizations in need. Our older preschoolers discuss why they are participating, count the items donated, and sometimes have the opportunity to deliver the donations.

At home: Donate canned goods to a local food pantry, and allow your child to choose the food that he would like to donate. Explain to him that you are thankful to have good food to eat, and that you want to make sure that others have the same.

Recommended reading: The Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein

We provide many opportunities for our preschoolers to develop thankfulness and show gratitude towards others. By setting this positive foundation, your child will be more appreciative and generous as he enters elementary school and beyond.

– Lauren Starnes, PhD – Director of Early Childhood Education

 

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