We are all so excited to welcome the 2021 year. I feel this year will be a good one for all of us.
The new year mostly symbolized new things and new beginnings in our lives. Most of you are going through personal and family changes. Some of our children welcomed new siblings into their lives. Some of our parents found new jobs or are in search of a new exciting position.
New Children, New Families
This month, we will welcome several new families, some of them moved from as far as New York! We are excited to show you how amazing and friendly Texas is. We are sure you will love it here.
Our children will be updating their family boards this month, and we can’t wait to see what additions there are in your family homes. Naturally, our theme this month must be “All About Me.”
Personal, Social and Emotional Development
In addition to learning areas such as literature, general knowledge, and math, our primary focus this month will be Communication and Language and Personal, Social, and Emotional Development. All classrooms starting from babies up to Pre-K 4 will be listening to new stories and play games that will support friendship, caring for each other, and empathy.
Our turn-taking games and collaboration games will be supporting children’s efforts to build new relationships with their friends. We will have several new children starting this month to make sure that they are always included in our classroom activities and feel right at home from day one.
Self Confidence and Self Awareness
We will be working on our self-confidence and self-awareness. Children can support themselves and their friends, so we will be naming helpers of the day, maybe making some cool meals where children can share their joint efforts and hard work.
Children feel a great sense of achievement when they can do things for themselves. This starts from the baby stage and goes all the way to Pre-K 4. We will be patient and encouraging and celebrate every little step of our baby/child’s independence. This could be as simple as a baby holding his own bottle or as complicated as preparing cookies for the whole classroom.
Manage My Feelings and Behavior
One area that’s never easy to master is for our children to recognize their own feelings and feelings of our friends and learn to manage our responses towards others. We keep supporting children whether they are happy to angry or they miss their mommy or daddy. Rather than deny our feelings, we will talk about how we feel and how it looks and how it feels. We will also talk about the way we can support our well-being and the well-being of our friends.