We are going to talk about the weather this month, as well as explore the snow during our time outdoors and also whenever we can indoors.
We are going to stay warm by moving our bodies, dancing and stretching to songs like "Head and Shoulders, Knees and Toes" and "If You're Happy and You Know It." We are also going to listen to different kinds of music as we read or stretch and work all our gross motor muscles. And, of course, we will continue to work on all needs of development with lots of activities and stories.
SOME ADDITIONAL THOUGHTS
Loving relationships give young children a sense of comfort, safety, confidence, and encouragement. They teach young children how to form friendships, communicate emotions, and deal with challenges. Strong, positive relationships also help children develop trust, empathy, compassion, and a sense of right and wrong (a conscience).
Starting from birth, babies are learning who they are by how they are treated. Through everyday interactions, parents, relatives, and caregivers send babies messages such as: “you're clever,” “you're good at figuring things out,” “you're loved,” “you make me laugh,” “I enjoy being with you.” These messages shape a baby's self-esteem.
A six month old laughs, and laughs as his mother holds a napkin over his face and then drops it to say “Peekaboo!” Whenever his mother tries to put the napkin back on the table, the baby says “Ehehehe” and kicks his arms and legs to let her know that he wants her to play the game again. She follows his lead and keeps playing until he gets bored. This baby is discovering that relationships with others are satisfying and pleasurable, that he is a good communicator, and that his needs and desires are important.