We probably shouldn’t have mentioned how wonderful last week was; we probably should have kept that a secret. The past week wasn’t as fantastic as last week and we are sure it is because we said out loud how amazing everything was. Everyone seemed to forget, for a few days, that they all had skills and abilities and capabilities, and we heard a lot of “I need help!” for things that the children had been doing independently for quite some time. By the end of the week, we were back in the groove and all was well. We had a lot of children away again for colds and doctor’s appointments which I’m sure didn’t help our comfortable routine. We heard from a lot of parents that the weekend prior was a bit of a doozy so maybe something was in the air.
In any case, we still managed to celebrate pancake Tuesday with pancakes for snack and did some great playing in the much awaited snow. We also watched and participated in a Lower Elementary square dance on Thursday and finished up our Valentine’s crafts to take home for our families.
As we stated above, “I need help” is a phrase we are hearing a lot of. We are encouraging the children to say, “Please help me” instead and are now asking the children to come to us and tap us on the shoulder or hip to get our attention rather than calling across the class. We hope that you can do the same at home. We also are encouraging the children to try what they think they need help with before we give them aid, while we watch them. Often times we are discovering that the children are wanting a bit of attention and not help, and watching and supporting them is all that they need to do the task that they are struggling with.
Finally, on a personal note, Kate badly sprained her ankle and is in an aircast for the next week or so at school. We’ll share this with the children but we wanted you all to know so it isn’t surprising when you see her hobbling about on Tuesday.
All the best this week,
Kate, Kristy, and Lisa.