Monday, March 23, 2009

Essential Traits

Essential traits that children need in order to thrive in today's world.

Mood Mastery: Becoming balanced in emotional response

Respect: Listening to others to develop understanding

Expressiveness: Talking about feelings, needs, observations, values, ideas

Passion: Developing and protecting enthusiasm and love of life

Peer Smarts: Developing positive relationships with peers

Focus: Paying attention; developing a love of learning

Body Comfort: Accepting physical traits

Caution: Thinking ahead, being accountable

Team Intelligence: Being part of a group with a sense of self

Gratitude: Encouraging gratefulness, faith and spirituality

source: Nurturing Good Children Now by Dr. Ron Taffel

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Welcome Spring!

We hope that you are all able to spend time this weekend enjoying the beautiful sunshine. Even with the unseasonably cool temperatures we have experienced we can all look forward to lush lawns and beautiful flowers as the days become warmer and we are able to enjoy springtime in New England! It is with great appreciation that we enter this season of new beginnings with the families in our Woodside community.

New beginnings often mark the ending of something that is familiar and comfortable. This is the time of year when families and children anticipate the transition from this school year to the summer and beyond. Many of the older children at Woodside have begun the Kindergarten registration process and all are aware that they will be moving on to a new classroom next year. Some children have been talking about these changes with their friends. We have reassured them that they will have many days to be with their friends at Woodside School before they move on to a new environment. Over the next weeks we will help the children stay present so that they are able to enjoy this time with their friends and teachers. As children all manage transitions and the emotions that come with those transitions differently we will provide support as they integrate all that they have learned including the following:

how to regulate their own emotions as well as how to relate to their peers.

to take turns and listen to their friends.

that friends have diverse ideas and that it is OK to have a different idea.

the importance of stopping when teachers call their name, listening to the information and then responding appropriately.

problem solving, critical thinking and communications skills.

We are thankful to have this time with your children and look forward to a wonderful spring together.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Must Reads

Some favorites from our book shelf:

Promise of Proactive Parenting by Lynne Reeves Griffin

Negotiation Generation by Lynne Reeves Griffin

Unconditional Parenting by Alfie Kohn

Punished by Rewards by Alfie Kohn

Blessings of a Skinned Knee by Dr. Wendy Mogel

Nurturing Good Children Now by Dr. Ron Taffel

How to Talk So Children Will Listen by Adele Faber

Between Parent and Child by Dr. Haim G. Ginot, Alice Ginot, and H. Wallace Goddard