Being Safe

Over the past few weeks we have been learning about how to keep a baby safe. We learned that you can:

-put a fence around the fireplace

-block baby brothers or sisters from falling off the sidewalk

-keep babies from crawling towards electrical cords

-block babies from crawling towards a campfire

-put up a baby gate in front of the stairs so babies don’t fall down

Our parents do a lot to keep us safe. Here are some examples:

-mommy keeps me on the inside of the sidewalk, away from traffic

-parents protect us from doing things that are too dangerous like doing back flips on the trampoline

-mom holds my hand when we are walking

Here are some safety rules we talked about:

-hold a grown-up’s hand when you cross the street

-don’t run in the house

-don’t play at the top of the stairs

There are some safety signs that help keep us safe, too.

This sign warns us of fire.


This sign means there is the possibility of explosions. We need to be very careful if we see this sign. We might see this sign at the gas station or on a propane tank connected to a barbeque.


This sign means poison. Poison could really hurt us if we touch it or drink it. You might see this sign on cleaning supplies like bleach and ammonia.

This symbol means the liquid inside the bottle is corrosive. A corrosive substance is one that will destroy and damage other substances with which it comes into contact. 


We talked about the milestones that Baby Truett has reached and also milestones that we have reached. We have learned so many things in Kindergarten! There are thousands of things we can do that Baby Truett can’t do yet.

Communication

When animals or people send messages to each other, that is communication. Waving is a way of saying hello or good-bye.


This shows that you are tired without saying the words:


This shows someone who is sad:


And this shows someone who is  happy:


We can comminicate by talking, writing and hand gestures. Face Time and texting are relatively new ways of communicating.

Babies communicate by crying and using hand gestures. They communicate that they are happy by smiling and cooing. If a baby is gesturing to his mouth, we can help by getting the baby some food.

Many of us have family members all over the world. Mail, email, FaceTime and phoning is important to us so we can stay in contact with them.

Mr. Robertson read a story called Dear Juno. The little boy and his grandmother love each other, but don’t speak the same language. They learn to communicate without reading or writing. They used pictures and objects to communicate.


Nursery rhymes are another way of communicating. Babies can learn words by listening to nursery rhymes.

We said Humpty Dumpty


This Little Piggy Went to Market


and Patty Cake Patty Cake Baker’s Man

Baby Truett Visits Again!

Oops! I must have forgotten to press “Publish” on this post from last week. I’ll chalk it up to being out of routine with all that snow we had.  

Baby Truett has tried real foods! He has tried butternut squash, yams, avocado, toast, and he sucks on red pepper. Baby Truett is working in his pincher grip to pick things up. He can grab things with his whole hand, but he can’t yet pinch things with his fingers. He is not yet crawling.


Baby Truett’s mommy and family get really excited when he reaches a new milestone. He is almost ready to crawl and it will be really exviting when he can do that.

Baby Truett is starting to learn sign language. Here is the sign for more:


Here is the sign for food:


There are many ways to stay safe. We can wear a life jacket when we are in a boat. Keep babies away from fireplaces so they do not get burned. Do not walk away from a baby when they are on the change table. Use plastic plug protectors so babies do not put their fingers in electric sockets. If you had a pool in your yard, you would put a fence with a gate around it, but it is best to have a grown-up near you if you are by the pool.

When Baby Truett learned to roll, his mommy made sure there were no blankets around to get him tangled in. Babies should neve be left alone, even when they aren’t crawling yet.


Baby Truett was playing with making sounds. He made funny noises. That is the beginning of learning to talk!

Mr. Robertson let Truett play with some new toys. The balls had spinners inside them. He liked playing with the new balls! He got frustrated when the balls rolled away from him and he couldn’t reach them.




What will make Truett want to walk? We think he will want to play with his older brothers. Motivation to learn something new encourages us, too.

Dreaming

This week when Mr. Robertson came, we talked about dreams. Some of us dream all the time, and some of us only dream every once in a while. We talked about having happy dreams and we also talked about bad dreams called nightmares.

Mr. Robertson read us the story Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. It was all about how Llama Llama doesn’t like to be alone at night in the dark.


Llama Llama felt scared when he was left alone. He felt sad when his Mama left him in bed for the night. He felt happy and content when his Mama came to comfort him.

Here is a video of the author reading her story:

Mr. Robertson taught us a new song called “Sleeping Bunnies”. Here is the song:

To finish, we drew pictures and wrote about a dream that each of us had.  Here is what we drew:

Self-Regulation by Using Our Bodies

Mrs. Earles came to teach us more about self-regulation. We reviewed the different Zones of Regulation. We are trying to use that terminology when we are talking about how we are feeling.


Do you know your zone affects other people? Did you know that you can change what zone you are in?


Exercise helps us regulate and gives us more energy. At school, we usually need to down regulate. Deep breathing really helps to down regulate and make us calmer. We call that belly breathing.

Exercise helps our brains relax and get to the green zone of self-regulation.


Crossing the midline (moving arms or legs across the midline of the body) is very regulating for the brain. We call this Brain Gym.