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.

 

September Show & Tell

Preschool/Kindergarten SEL (“EQ”) Show & Tell
Thursday & Friday, September 21st & 22nd
“All About Me, and Getting To Know You”

       As we get to know each other, we’d like to give each child a chance to share a little about him/herself at our first EQ Show & Tell of the school year.  This sharing time validates a child’s feelings of importance and develops social skills that are fundamental to every relationship: the skills of speaking and listening.

     Show & Tell may be a favorite toy (that your child can operate on his/her own), a picture drawn or taken to demonstrate an accomplishment, or how your family spent the summer… or anything that helps your child tell about him/herself!

June Show & Tell

Preschool/Kindergarten SEL (“EQ”) Show & Tell
Thursday & Friday, June 15th & 16th
“Celebrating Our Childhood”

       International Children’s Day began in 1925 and is still celebrated in many places around the world today.  It is a day to show respect for and celebrate childhood.  Here at Kinder Works, we are going to celebrate it all month long!  We will look at children all around the world, remember our EQ projects that helped those in need, and think of ways to continue helping.  So as we prepare for Show and Tell this month, we would like to honor our own children, and all that they have experienced during this school year.  As our school year comes to an end and we celebrate childhood, it is important for us to remember that children learn through play, exploration, and imagination!

     Ask your child to remember and share some of his or her most joyful experiences from this past school year.  They can draw a picture, share a favorite photo, or bring in an object that represents their fondest memory to share with their classmates during this month’s Show and Tell.

May Show & Tell

Preschool/Kindergarten SEL (“EQ”) Show & Tell
Thursday & Friday, May 25th & 26th
“Healthy Earth, Healthy Me”

       This month, our children are learning that Earth is our home, and we all live on it together.  Every element that we share: air, earth, the sunlight, the forest, the animals… we all need to take care of these things.  We can keep everything healthy by helping each other, caring for and appreciating all living things.  What makes the Earth healthy?  Does music help bring harmony?  Does kindness resonate with animals?

     Ask your child what he or she does to contribute to the health, harmony, and happiness of living things.  Think about how you sit with your cat, or run with your dog.  Think about sitting outside in the twilight, listening to the rustling trees after the rain: remember that we need to water our gardens.  As the stars come out, we may realize we are a small part of something vast.  Perhaps we can draw a picture of our family under the night sky, and come closer to understanding this.  Perhaps there is a photo of the ocean or mountains you have visited that brings you appreciation of nature.  Or perhaps you can celebrate foods that are grown locally on neighboring farms.  Send your little one to school with an idea or artifact of how he or she celebrates, appreciates, and cares for life on Earth.