I understand how time consuming and costly your involvement in these class parties must be, and I just want you to know how deeply I appreciate it. These wonderful little celebrations would not happen without you.
WHAT WILL WE BE DOING THIS MONTH?
Throughout this long, cold, and snowy winter, we've been waiting for May to finally arrive. As through the eyes of a two year old, everything in spring is new and fresh. So this month we will try to make the most of this special period of renewal and not let it slip by us too fast by doing our best to discover the signs of new life present all around us. While outside, we will be pulling up rocks, looking for bugs, flowers, and other emerging life.
Thank you so much for dressing your children in play clothes. While we mostly try to keep them clean, there are times when cleanliness would get in the way of our exploration and creativity! If we don't have one already, please be sure we have a full set of clothes on hand for your child; make sure to include socks, pants, and a clean shirt.
Our mothers are so special to all of us. While the late Easter celebrations put off the Mother's Day present-making, we will be devoting a lot of time this month to making sure our mothers feel loved and appreciated.
For this month's “final thoughts,” I wanted to give parents an insight into how we at RH Babes in Toyland try to encourage your child's progress in verbal communication.
For verbal communication to occur with toddlers and preschoolers, two factors seem to come into play. First, there must be a stress-free environment that allows but does not force them to communicate. Children need to feel support from those around them to express themselves in their new personal but still imperfect mode of communication. Second there must be necessity for language. Children must have the need to communicate in the classroom – this is actually one of my personal reasons to hold-off on the sign language until after the onset of verbal communication.
For many children, verbalizing is a new skill, entirely untried outside the home. They need not only opportunities to become proficient in speaking but also encouragement to continue.
A stress free environment also means that children are accepted as they are, no matter how poorly pronounced or how ungrammatical their language is. We offer interesting opportunities and warm encouragement but never force a shy or unsure child to speak.
Another concept to a stress-free language environment is that of speaking to children with "responsive language" that implies respect for each child's individual ideas and emotions, rather than restrictive language that implies disrespect or control.
As I try to guide your little ones into the world of spoken language, I will be employing all these methods to make their journey as smooth as possible.