Newsletter - Learning about Relationships

Dear Families,

I have both some good news and some bad news to share with you. Our bad news is that our dear Miss Jenny is leaving us. She has made the decision to move back to Virginia to be closer to her family. We will miss her and we wish her all the best in the future.

Our good news is that we have hired a new teacher! Catherine Oslund “Miss Cat” will be teaching in Miss Kathy’s classroom. Miss Cat has an AAS degree from Haywood Community College and is working toward her bachelor’s degree in Birth-Kindergarten education at Western Carolina University. She has many years of experience working with young children from infants through prek. Please help us to welcome Miss Cat into our school!

Also, our window for our big assessment opens on Monday. If you see someone observing in the classrooms, it is probably our assessor from the state. If you have any questions, please see me or the classroom teacher/

How do we learn about relationships? Your child needs experiences with other children in order to put into practice what he/she has learned from you about getting along with others. Children learn how to act with others from family members. But they need to try out these ideas with other children in order to gain competence and self-confidence. With other children, your child can work out different ways of acing and reacting that they probably wouldn’t risk trying with you or other adults. They “practice” being the boss as well as being bossed by another. They can be a leader as well as a follower; a teacher as well as a learner; a caregiver as well as the one receiving care. With you and other adults in their life, children are limited to certain behaviors that are appropriate because they are the child. With other children, their options are more open. Furthermore, just as you need time away from a child centered world, your child needs time away from an adult-oriented world. Through these relationships with peers, children can learn to cooperate, compromise and strike bargains. Children need to be given time to work out satisfying relationships with peers in their own way, at their own pace, in terms of their own needs. This is why “free play” time such an important part of each day. This gives children opportunities, support, and encouragement they need to work out satisfying relationships with other people.

Have a great weekend and we will see you Monday!

Catherine Lieberman

“Miss Catherine”

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