Newsletter - Tips to Get Your Child to Talk about their Day

November 4, 2016

Dear Families,

                  Halloween was a success! We enjoyed our parade and were so glad so many families could join us! Thank you all for your support and for joining us for our parade.

                  We are now headed into the holiday season. The children will be preparing and participating in a Thanksgiving feast. On that day, the children will not need to bring a lunch. The feast will take place on Tuesday, November 22nd. We would love to have families join us for the feast! Watch the newsletters for details.

                  Our new security system will be installed starting on November 10th. This new security system will be a key card lock. Each family will be issued 2 key cards (one per adult) to be used for access to the building during the hours that the school is open. If you have additional family members that will be picking up on a regular basis (such as grandparents), please let me know and we can issue a card for them as well. There is an additional cost for the cards of $3 each. If you have already added the temporary tuition increase to your weekly check ($2 per week) or have paid in full, thank you! If you have not, please see me. You have the option to pay $2 per week, a monthly rate or pay in full ($68). Let me know if you have any questions.

                  Thank you to everyone who joined us for conferences these past 2 weeks. We like having a chance to sit down and talk to you without the classroom distractions. We will have open conference times again towards the end of the school year (May) but if you want to have a conference with the teacher mid-year, please don’t hesitate to ask. We would be happy to arrange a time for us all to talk.

                  You have probably noticed some new additions to the bulletin board in the hallway.  Reading stories aloud is more than just a fun activity. Numerous research studies have indicated that children whose parents regularly read to them during the early childhood years will generally do better in school. That’s why educators continue to read aloud and to encourage parents to read aloud at home. Check the bulletin board to see some things that your child is learning when we read aloud.

                  I recently had a parent ask me about how to spend some quiet, quality time with their child. Here is a short list of low/no cost things that you can do.

  • Prepare a small picnic lunch and eat it together, any place in or out of the kitchen or dining room.

  • Both of you make a clay figure of a make-believe animal.

  • Look through a magazine and count the numbers of dogs (or cats or bugs) you can find

  • Play “I wish I was” and explain why. “I wish I was a kangaroo because then I could jump around a lot.”

  • Teach your child a song from your childhood or a folk tune like “Home on the Range.”

  • Draw a picture of each other

I have a couple people say recently “My child rarely tells me about their day,” or “all my child ever says about the day is it was fine.” Here are some other questions that you could ask your child:

  1. What games did you play outside/inside today?

  2. What is the funniest thing that happened outside today?

  3. Did anyone say or do anything super nice for you today?

  4. Who made you smile today? Why?

  5. What new fact did you learn today?

  6. Who brought the best food in their lunch today? What was it?

  7. What challenged you today?

  8. If one person could be teacher for the day who would you want it to be and why?

  9. If you had a chance to be the teacher for the day what would you teach and why?

  10. Who are you not friends with and want to be? Why?

  11. What is your teacher’s most important rule? Why?

  12. Tell me something you learned about a friend today.

  13. What is one thing you did today that was helpful?

  14. When did you feel most proud of yourself today?

  15. What rule was hardest to follow today?

  16. What is one thing you want to learn before going to kindergarten?

  17. What area of school as the most fun today?

These questions will help you child open up about their day and give you more insight into what the day is like. You may even get some surprising answers!

Have a great weekend!

 

Miss Catherine Lieberman

Bellsschool4ppl.catherine@gmail.com

 

PS- Please remember that we will be closed on November 11 for Veterans Day/Teacher Workday

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