During the ages of 3 to 5, children learn to become self-sufficient, how to relate and interact with peers, and more!
Children’s imaginations can take them wonderful places, alone or with peers. It is over the preschool years that children move from parallel play (where “friends” play side-by-side but separately) to social play (where friends interact, share ideas, and build off the play of the other). During this time, children begin to be able to play games, where they learn turn taking and sharing, as well as how to adhere to the rules.
What children learn through these playful interactions is many-fold!: they are beginning to learn to interpret others’ perspectives, to regulate their responses and interactions, manage impulse control, increase both their ability to wait and to demonstrate patience, as well as their ability to share an object or event. Being able to follow rules and manage emotions is tough for young children. Supporting your child as you play games together is a great way to fosterthier social skills.
We have been learning about what makes a good friend. This week can you show me how you can be kind?
Why not do something kind today at home ? You can be kind to your mummies or daddies or even brothers or sisters . What kind of kind things can you do ? Can you help mummy set the table ? Can you help tidy your bedroom ? or even read a story to your daddy . We know all children in nursery are excellent at being kind and we cannot wait to see all your kindness.
You can send me on seesaw the photos of you being kind or draw me ways you are kind at home.
Looking forward to seeing them.
Kids, especially struggling ones, tend to act out their difficulties rather than share them in words. We adults are often only marginally better. When words are unavailable, it helps to find other ways to demonstrate the connection between thoughts, feelings, and behaviors.
A snow globe or glitter jar is one of the most powerful visual metaphors for that connection; it illustrates how mindfulness—the cultivation of stillness in the face of swirling chaos of life—affects us. At first I used to do this practice only with young kids, but I’ve since found that even teens enjoy it.
How to Make a Glitter Jar
You can use a mason jar, a spice jar, or even a plastic water bottle for this practice. Be sure to use glitter that sinks rather than floats. Adding some glycerin to the water slows down the fall of the glitter.
If you’d prefer to avoid using glitter, you can make a more eco-friendly version by using different-coloured beads, a mix of food colouring and oil, or even pieces of LEGO you already have around the house.
Fill the jar to the top with water. Have your children pick three colours of glitter: one to represent thoughts, one to represent feelings, and one to represent behavior (or “urges to do things”). Drop a few pinches of each colour glitter into the water, which represents their mind, and maybe a few drops of food colouring. Seal the jar with its lid or duct tape.
With each event they name, swirl and turn the jar, demonstrating how it becomes difficult to keep track and see clearly what our thoughts, feelings, and urges are.
Ask the children what kinds of things will make the glitter in the jar swirl. Encourage answers that reflect distressing events (fights with siblings, losing in sports) and positive ones (getting a good grade, making a new friend), events in the foreground (sick siblings) and events in the background (scary stories on the news). With each event they name, swirl and turn the jar, demonstrating how it becomes difficult to keep track and see clearly what our thoughts, feelings, and urges are.
A finished glitter jar can serve as a visual timer for other practices, such as breathing practices. For example, you can shake the jar and say: “Let’s do some mindful breaths until the glitter settles.”
To help you - You can use the script below
· The jar is like our mind, and each color of glitter represents something different in our mind.
· We wake up, and things are pretty settled. We can see that clearly.
. Maybe we are running late (swirl the jar). Our family eats the last pancake for breakfast, and it leads to a fight (shake the jar).
· So what is the one thing we can do to get the glitter to settle and see clearly again?
· Be still! And what happens when we are still? We can see clearly again.
· There is also no way to rush being still.
We can’t push all the glitter down to the bottom. We just have to watch and wait. No amount of effort will make it settle sooner.
It is important that children become independent and start to try everyday activities on their own
Follow the video link below to show your child how to put on their coat. It is simple and easy to do. After this we help and support children to fasten their coats zips and buttons too.