It has been a chilly wet day today and we have enjoyed playing inside. Days like this give me the opportunity to do some observing to see what changes we have made as individuals and as children. This late in the year many times we see children that were quiet and reserved and tended to play mostly alone join other children in pretend play or making fantastic puppet shows. Long periods of uninterrupted play give us time to build the relationships where so desperately need. Have you ever heard the poem ” Every thing i need to know I learned in Kindergarten ?”
“These are the things I learned (in Kindergarten):
1. Share everything.
2. Play fair.
3. Don’t hit people.
4. Put thngs back where you found them.
5. CLEAN UP YOUR OWN MESS.
6. Don’t take things that aren’t yours.
7. Say you’re SORRY when you HURT somebody.
8. Wash your hands before you eat.
10. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you.
11. Live a balanced life – learn some and drink some and draw some and paint some and sing and dance and play and work everyday some.
12. Take a nap every afternoon.
13. When you go out into the world, watch out for traffic, hold hands, and stick together.
14. Be aware of wonder. Remember the little seed in the Stryrofoam cup: The roots go down and the plant goes up and nobody really knows how or why, but we are all like that.
15. Goldfish and hamster and white mice and even the little seed in the Styrofoam cup – they all die. So do we.
16. And then remember the Dick-and-Jane books and the first workd you learned – the biggest word of all – LOOK.”
― Robert Fulghum, All I Really Need to Know I Learned in Kindergarten
snt it all so true. Think about it. The rest of the knowledge we acquire is icing on the cake.
We talked about the nursery rhyme ” Hey Diddle Diddle ” today.
We looked at pictures of the moon and talked about what we see when we look at it . And we talked about when we see the moon. We talked about why some moons are white and some are yellow. And also, can a cow REALLY jump over the moon ?
We made a nice teacher directed craft ( remember the difference between art and a craft ).
All in all it was a good day. If I had to chose to be locked inside on a rainy day with 16 kiddos , these would be the cool kids I would hang out with. When all else fails Mr Randy pulls another ” Dooney , Bird and Onion ” story to calm the room. Dooney , Bird and Onion are Randy’s cousins and the kids never tire of hearing stories about the four of them from the old days. Fact and fiction have been blurred in my mind now to the point I dont know which ones are true and which ones are not.
Today is National Autism Awareness Day. I am sure you have seen the post all over facebook. Our Main Street is even celebrating it with specials . Pour Jons is allocating all their tips for the day to ” Ability Tree” which serves families with children with disabilities.
What is Autism ? According to the website Autism Speaks :
“Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and autism are both general terms for a group of complex disorders of brain development. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by difficulties in social interaction, verbal and nonverbal communication and repetitive behaviors.
ASD can be associated with intellectual disability, difficulties in motor coordination and attention and physical health issues such as sleep and gastrointestinal disturbances. Some persons with ASD excel in visual skills, music, math and art.
Autism appears to have its roots in very early brain development. However, the most obvious signs of autism and symptoms of autism tend to emerge between 2 and 3 years of age.
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