The children have been more than patient about all this very cold weather. Being unable to go outside during this bitterly cold weather has made the cold and flu seem to get even. Nonetheless, we are still excited about our little Valentine Day Party. The sign up sheet will be posted soon.
It would be nice if all the children could come that day and could contribute with any small items; everything is useful and appreciated!
We will also be celebrating Presidents Day in a variety of ways. Looking forward to seeing our Abe Lincoln frames!
As the weather is slowly (hopefully) becoming more bearable, we will be going out as soon as the temperature reaches about 25 degrees.
As usual, we will need snow pants, winter boots, mittens that are easy to put on, a warm coat, and a hat, as well as an extra change of clothes in case your child gets wet, including socks, pants, and a shirt. If there is a need, please bring it to my attention; I can try to fill it!
This month we will be decorating our Valentine Mailboxes. For this project will need small shoe boxes, so if you could maybe spare some extra boxes from home, it would be terrific!
I wanted to briefly let you know how we handle the situation when a child bites at our center. Until recently, this actually hadn't been a issue in our room for a long time, but we would like to inform you of our procedure regardless.
When a child bites, we intervene quickly, calmly and firmly. Most often a child bites because he or she is out of control, which is most frightening to the child him/herself. We can help by staying in control ourselves; to do so, we reassure both kids involved in the incident, and try demonstrating the consequences and seriousness of the behavior by having both children wash the bitten area with warm water and soap. Also, we assess what actions led to the biting, and teach the children alternative solutions for the issues they are facing. We try to give children words they can use to defend themselves without using their teeth and suggest acceptable ways a child might express his anger or frustration. Ultimately, incidents always happen while a child is growing up; the only thing we can do is keep everyone safe and turn each incident into a lasting learning experience for everyone involved.
Suggested reading for adults:
"Becoming the Parent You Want to Be" by Laura Davis
Suggested reading for children:
"Teeth Are Not for Biting" by Elizabeth Verdick
"No Biting" by Karen Katz