Laying the Foundation for Future Success!
Happy New Year and Welcome Back!
We are excited to be back in the swing of things again with you and your child/ren. This month’s featured Palmetto Basic is #4: Exploring Through Movement and Play. This is a perfect Basic to showcase this month as this is such an important part of child development, but can be difficult sometimes with the unpredictable weather we often experience this time of year. It is important to note that children can explore through movement and play both indoors AND outdoors. Children learn by touching, banging, dropping, stacking, pouring, climbing, crawling, walking and running. Helping your child become an explorer helps develop their curiosity and critical-thinking.
Here are a few indoor activities that promote exploration that you may want to consider: playing with kitchen utensils or cookware; stacking books, boxes and/or clothes; and yoga. Outdoor activities that enhance the development of exploration through movement and play are playground climbing, taking walks in nature and running in the yard.
Since Exploring Through Movement and Play is such an integral part of your child/ren’s development, WE WILL PLAY OUTSIDE whenever possible at all CDCs this winter. Please be assured we do limit the amount of time we spend outside depending on the conditions as well as monitor the children’s clothing for appropriate wear. We do have some extra clothing at each CDC for those children that may need something a little warmer. To help us with this, please be sure to send your child to school with warm clothing (jacket, hat, mittens, etc.) if possible. If your child has a medical condition that prevents them from playing outside in cold weather, be sure to communicate that to your child’s teacher or center nurse.
Also, to keep in mind, in an effort to decrease the spread of contagious illness at school, the school district would like to remind you of the following:
· If your student has fever, they must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school (this means without the use of fever reducing medications). Fever is defined as a temperature of 100.4 or greater.
· If your student has diarrhea, they must be diarrhea free for 24 hours before returning to school (this means without the use of diarrhea suppressing medication). Diarrhea is defined as 3 or more episodes of loose stools in a 24 hour period.
· A student must not come to school if vomiting 2 or more times in 24 hours. A student should have 1 or 2 meals without vomiting before returning to school. If you have questions concerning your student’s health, please contact your school nurse. Thank you for your assistance in decreasing the spread of illness.
As always, if you have and questions, concerns or ideas for us, feel free to contact me.