FROM THE PRINCIPALS OFFICE…
It’s “Holiday Time” at our Isle! We all have many things to be thankful for this year. I know I am thankful for all our wonderful families and awesome staff. We are so blessed to have such great people in our lives.
Now that I have recouped from my week long Principals Conference in Vegas, I am excited and ready to implement all the great things I’ve learned. I have so many great things to enhance the center, benefit the children and educate the staff and parents. It’s a wonderful world of learning!
Also this month, we will do our part to help out the North County Food Bank with collecting canned goods for those in need in San Diego. We have several food tubs around the school. The class that collects the most gets a Pizza Party! This is a great way to teach your child about sharing and giving to the community.
Our School Age Program will have some Camp Zone days this month. Don’t forget to sign-up early for this year we are very full. Spaces are limited, secure your child’s spot. See the front desk for more information.
Be sure to pick up your school calendar at the front desk to check out all our fun events and Spirit days. Check with your child’s teacher to see when their Fall Feast is scheduled. Predict yummy food and full tummies on that day!
~~Until next month….Christy
A BIG BIRTHDAY SHOUT OUT TO OUR VERY OWN DISCOVERY ISLE CELEBRITIES!
Happy Birthday to Ms. Maritza- 11/25 and Ms. Lynn- 11/30
KIDS DAY OUT IS BACK!!!
DO YOU NEED A DAY TO YOURSELF? KIDS DAY OUT IS BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND!
On Saturday, November 5th during our Open House; Discovery Isle will host our first Kid’s Day Out of the season!
We will provide fun stimulating activities, lots of socialization
and lunch for your child on our DI Campus.
Kid’s Day Out hours are 10:00am to 2:00pm
Cost is only $25 for the first child and $5 off for each addition child. Remember to tell your friends, all are invited!
SAN DIEGO FOOD FOOD DRIVE
HELP US COLLECT CANNED GOODS!
November 1st to 18th
*Vote on the best decorated can drum!
Winner gets a classroom Pizza Party!
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