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The Preschooler, Issue #007 -- Actions Matter
November 01, 2009
“For Every Action There is a Reaction”
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It is one of life's basic laws: "For every action there is a reaction." Our actions have immediate and future effects on our surroundings. Acts of kindness lead to more acts of kindness. Being environmentally conscious today will lead to a better world tomorrow. We need to instill this important value in our children and to teach them about making good choices.
This month's e-zine focuses on different ways we can teach children responsibility.
Tip for ParentsHere are two ways to teach children that their actions matter.
Adopt the natural and logical consequences method. Instead of time outs when disciplining your child.
Give children responsibilities and make them feel that you depend on their actions. A simple way to start is by having them set the table. Here is a great tip to make this chore easy and fun.
Tips for table setting.
Teacher's CornerNovember is a great time to learn about nutrition and taking care of our bodies. Read this page to learn about the big ideas and main concepts of the theme. It also include art activities, pre-math and pre-reading activities for preschoolers.
For those of you that may want a lesson plan format, I created a variety of formats and you can download them for FREE by visiting my lesson plan format page.
Here are some ideas for bulletin boards that will help you create a visually pleasing classroom.
November Bulletin Boards
Values TimeA great way to teach children about consequences is the story of Adam and Eve. The message in the story is clear: "For every choice you make there is a consequence." Use the story to guide your child through the process of how to make good choices and to take responsibility for their actions. Read more about Adam, Eve and the forbidden Fruit by visiting this page.
OverheardLast month I asked you to send in your overheard stories.
Our first submission is from Ellen. As her husband was tucking their three year old daughter Emma into bed she said:
"Daddy I want to be so close to you like markers in a box."
Is that cute or what?
Share your overheard story and I will post them in the next e-zine.
Reading T.I.M.E.There are lots of books out there that can help instill the value of responsibility. Here are some of my favorites:
The little Red Hen
The Man who didn’t do his dishes
If you give a Pig a Pancake
For a full list you can visit My Book Store.
Preschool BuzzDid you know that not all children attend preschool? This site is dedicated to providing tips, ideas and support to both parents and educators who want to reinforce their child’s learning. Here is a recent article I read in Forbes Magazine about Universal Pre K.
Fund Early Childhood Education
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