May Show & Tell

Preschool/Kindergarten SEL (“EQ”) Show & Tell
Thursday & Friday, May 24th & 25th
“Our Most Memorable Family Adventure!”

       Spring has arrived and is in full force! At Kinder Works, we take time to discover the science, beauty, poetry and songs of nature’s renewal. After a long winter when everything is covered and hidden from sight, we venture out to enjoy the sights, sounds, smells, textures and tastes with our families and friends.

     Share a memorable adventure that you experienced as a family. Your child may bring a photo, drawing, souvenir, scrapbook page or other memento that depicts a day trip (to the zoo, aquarium, museum, etc.), a train ride into the city, a vacation to a far-away place, a beach holiday, etc. During this spring season, let’s enjoy seeing & hearing about the world through each other’s eyes!

 

April Show & Tell

Preschool/Kindergarten SEL (“EQ”) Show & Tell
Thursday & Friday, April 19th & 20th
“Where Did My Family Come From?”

       As we learn about faraway places in exotic climes, it’s instructive to realize that our own family has come a long way to be here in PA.  This month, we will be looking at maps, as well as the globe, to see where India is located.  At the same time, we can find out where our relatives came from, and appreciate that in this “digital age,” when it appears that everyone is right here in the palm of your hand, we are really from all over our world!

     Your teachers will send home one suitcase.  Please talk with your little one about which relative(s) came from where… and write your family name on the suitcase along with the country/city of origin.  Look for our map display!

 

March Show & Tell

Preschool/Kindergarten SEL (“EQ”) Show & Tell Thursday & Friday, March 22nd & 23rd
“My Family Cares for One Another”

       As we are looking into pre-history this month, we can see that survival often depends on families taking care of their babies, as well as older and weaker members.  Ice Age movies are funny, but they demonstrate, “that’s what you do in a herd: you look out for each other”.  Long before that, we can see that even dinosaur eggs had to be protected by the parents!

     Who are the members of your family, and how do they take care of one another?  For Show and Tell this month, talk with your little one about your family unit, and how various members show that they care.  Your little one can draw a picture, bring in a photo, or something that shows how his or her family cares for one another.

 

February Show & Tell

Preschool/Kindergarten SEL (“EQ”) Show & Tell
Thursday & Friday, February 15th & 16th
“Reach for the Stars!”

       Coordinating with our To Infinity and Beyond theme, we’d like to invite our children to consider their own potential by asking each child, “What would you like to be… or do… when you grow up?”  We want to encourage our children to dream big, and aspire to reach for the stars!

     Maybe your little one will take inspiration from some of our lessons, and want to write books like Dr. Seuss, or create music like Tchaikovsky, or paint like O’Keefe… or maybe he or she will be influenced by daily interactions with mom, or dad… and become a nurse, a scientist, or a teacher…

     Please talk to your child about what he or she would like to be, or do, in the future.  Ask for a picture, write a story, or select some sort of prop to help your child complete the sentence, “When I grow up…”  Our children will reach for the stars as they listen to each other, and share their own dreams.

 

January Show & Tell

SEL (“EQ”) Show & Tell
Thursday & Friday, January 18th & 19th
“Invent Your Own Symbol”

       We communicate in so many ways: through language, dance, music and art, but mostly through the use of symbols.  People use symbols, both auditory (the spoken word) and visual (drawing & writing) to represent things, thoughts and feelings.  In West Africa, people have used ancient visual symbols, called Adinkra, to convey meaning.

     Recently, new symbols have been invented and used all over the world; these are small digital images or icons used to express an idea, emotion, etc., in electronic communication.  We call these Emojis!

     For Show and Tell, we are challenging your family to invent a symbol with a special meaning for you.  Perhaps there is a symbol already in Adinkra, or an Emoji that conveys the same meaning you choose.  Maybe you will create a brand new one, or use combinations in a unique way.

     Draw your symbol(s) on the paper provided to you, and your child can then share it with his/her class. Then… watch what we do with it in Creative Expression!

 

November Show & Tell

Preschool/Kindergarten SEL (“EQ”) Show & Tell
Thursday & Friday, November 16th & 17th
“Giving and Gratitude”

       November is the season of “Giving & Gratitude,” and in that spirit, our EQ Show & Tell will focus on feeling grateful and expressing our gratitude.

     When you receive your paper fruit or vegetable, please talk about this with your little one, and then write something for which your child is grateful right on the paper.  We will make a beautiful school-wide cornucopia!

     Also, please help your child look at the different ways that he or she shows appreciation… maybe with words, hugs and smiles, pictures or ‘notes,’ or even by trying to ‘return the favor’ and pay kindness forward!  We will discuss this during our Show and Tell.

October Show & Tell

Preschool/Kindergarten SEL (“EQ”) Show & Tell
Thursday & Friday, October 26th & 27th
“Practicing Self-Calming Skills”

       This is the time of year when we focus on our self calming skills… With each night falling earlier, and Halloween decorations like jack-o-lanterns, spiders, and skeletons, it can be a scary time of year for little ones.  It’s important to teach self-calming skills so children can reassure themselves amidst all the excitement and change.

     A child may find comfort in a stuffed toy or a blanket, in a song or memory or thought.  A child may know to take a deep breath, ask for a hug, or distract him or herself with a favorite activity.

     Please send your child to school ready to share, or demonstrate how s/he finds comfort and calm.  Maybe another child finds reassurance in the same way, so feelings are validated and relationships are strengthened in this EQ opportunity.