Dear Parents and Guardians,
The month of February offers us a special time to think about and show the love and caring we have for significant others in our lives. Of course, as parents, our children are, and should be, at the top of our list. As we become entrenched in the hustle and bustle of every day life, we sometimes miss opportunities to display the love and caring that is so constant and heartfelt when it comes to our children. During the month of February, let us make a commitment to seize these everyday opportunities. Below is a list of some creative, but simple ideas taken from the book, There’s No Such Thing As Too Much Love, by Mary Link, to help you get started.
*Send your child off to school with the words...”It’s going to be a great day.”
*List your child’s special qualities on a long piece of paper and hang it, maybe even frame it in his or her room.
*Spend an afternoon teaching your child to whistle through his or her fingers on a piece of grass, to blow a bubble, to play jacks, to make a daisy chain, or to perform childhood activities.
Help your child create something unique (a clay sculpture, a painted rock, a holiday ornament) as a surprise gift for the other parent.
Create a secret, special message box or book for just you and your child. It can hold records of events, questions, love messages etc. You can “send” messages back and forth through the box or book.
As you read a story to your child, let him or her “illustrate” it with marker on paper. When you tell a story from memory, the child will enjoy watching you create the illustrations.
What words of encouragement can you share with your child today? Way to go! Awesome! Good for you! What an effort you made! Sensational! You’re something else!
And let’s not forget the everyday stand-bys:
Look through your child’s papers each night and talk to him or her about what he/she learned today.
Provide your child with a quiet orderly environment in which to do his/her homework and assist him/her as necessary.
Take an interest and become as involved, as you can, in school activities.
Remember that you are your child’s first and foremost teacher. You will always be the single most important influence on how successful your child will be in school and in life.
Our character theme for the month of February is appropriately...CARING. This, in my opinion, is one of the most important character traits we can instill in our youth. For if every individual strives to CARE and to treat others the way we ourselves would like to be treated, many of the other things will fall into place.
Until next month,
Kim Heinz, Principal