THE TEDDE TIMES
Week of Nov. 11 - 15, 2013
This week we began learning about Native Americans and that they lived
differently according to where they were in North America. We saw that they
wore different clothing, ate different foods, and built different houses by
using supplies that were near them. The children found out that they did not
have letters and that they often communicated through sign language and
pictographs. They enjoyed making the picture-writing book with 16 pictographs
that they actually had to draw from my direction. They did quite well with
this, and have shown nice growth in learning to carry out instructions step by
step. The hand muscles are maturing nicely and will be ready to do more
writing after winter break. Please make sure that you are having your child
practice writing his/her name often. This is being required more and more now
We also made our Native American costume which consists of a headband and
a vest fashioned from a paper grocery bag ~ so chic!! The kids really do
look darling all dressed up! I’m sure that Mrs. Smith will be posting many
pictures of our feast day on the website for you to enjoy. We are so lucky to
have her giving this gift to us. Next week we will learn about the Pilgrims
and make hats, bonnets, and collars for them. The children will make some
colorful necklaces on the feast day.
I sent home a paper about giving a gift to a Native American child. This
is a lovely project that our school has done for years. Ms. Read, a retired
third grade teacher, and her team put in countless hours to make this a
success. Even if you can’t ask for a child, you are welcome to send in a
donation, as she often purchases items to fulfill wishes. When my son was
younger, he used to help me shop for the children and it was a wonderful time
for us. He would choose the gift(s) carefully for each child, and it was a
nice way to teach him about others less fortunate than ourselves and how we
can give and make a difference.
We are making more books now for the children to use/read. Please keep
these so that you can revisit them throughout the year. Also, your child will
learn more words and be able to really read them as we go along our lessons.
In TEDDE it is not a requirement to learn to read, but we make sure that there
is a lot of exposure and the alphabetic principle is understood. That
principle is basically the knowledge that a child knows that there are
letters, the letters have sounds, the letters/sounds can be put together to
make words, we can read and write words.
We celebrated 3 birthdays this week and that leaves us with just one
little friend, Sophie, to turn five. If your child has a birthday that falls
in the summer, we will celebrate his/her half-birthday with a crown and song.
We do move the stars over at 5 ½, but each child only wears a crown one time.
I can really tell that the children are older. After 55 days of school,
these little guys and gals are quite aware of what is going on and what is
expected. Things don’t take us as long as they used to, and I have increased
expectations. Please keep reminding yourself that your child is getting older
and you need to increase your expectations also. I did give you papers at
Back to School night that help with capabilities for certain ages.
You will find an envelope attached to these papers. The Room Moms and I
are asking for a $5.00 donation for Thanksgiving and Christmas parties. We do
have a little left over from Halloween, so it will all be combined. Whatever
is left over will be put toward the Valentine’s Day party. Please be
responsible and turn the envelope in on Monday or Tuesday. Remember, the moms
do the work for all the kids, so please take care of your part. Also, it is
not very fun to have to hunt down the parents to remind them for their
A big thanks once again to Mrs. Sanders and her art gang for providing us
with art lessons every other week. The kids and I LOVE to go.
I’d like to remind you that we work hard in our classroom/school making
sure that children see and use good manners to make them better citizens. We
need to be very careful that our children see us doing the correct thing so
that they grow up in an honorable environment. No one is perfect, but if they
see us telling little lies, then they think it is okay to lie. If our family
is unkind to each other, then children think that is the way to act. Good
Character truly does count. I’m sure that you have noticed that these little
guys are watching and listening, just when you think that they aren’t!! It’s
just a time to realize that these friends aren’t as little anymore and are
looking to all of us for a great path to follow. This is also a time where
your child may be telling you that they heard or saw someone say/do something
that you don’t allow at your house. Or, a friend sees a movie that you won’t
allow your child to see, etc. It is good to explain to your child that it
might be okay for their family, but it is not okay for yours. Mommy and Daddy
will decide when it is right for your family. Children usually want an
explanation why as they get older and it is good for you to give them a very
simple reason. Remember to be FAIR, FIRM, CONSISTENT, and PREDICTABLE.
If your child is going on a play date with another child, you should ask
the parent what they will be doing. Make sure that the parents have the same
idea as you as to what is appropriate for this age child. It is just good
parenting sense. Also, I don’t remember if I mentioned this before, but
please remind your child/ren that they are not to use other people’s computers
without permission. Some children are quite bold and will begin clicking on
anything to find a game. I had a whole slide show erased by one of the TEDDE
kids a couple of years ago!!
I wanted to let you know that Student of the Week is going quite well.
The children love showing their poster and telling about their life and can’t
wait to take Brown Bear home for that special visit. Some of you may want to
gather up the pictures for the poster over the Thanksgiving week you have off,
just so they are ready when you get your papers. Thanks to Sale’s grandma,
Miss Leilani, for that great suggestion.
Next week the PTA Book Fair will be held in the library. This is a big
fundraiser for Center Street. The TEDDE class will be visiting it on Monday
right after we come in from lunch recess at 12:00. I do not let the children
buy something without their parents. We just look at what is there. If you
want to join us there at that time, that is fine. You can purchase the items
after we leave.
Another week has gone by for us. We are close to day 60, which will mean
that one-third of our school year has passed. It just can’t be!!!
Best to all ~ Mrs. M.