April 2017 Newsletter

April in the Playroom
This past month the children in the playroom have taken an interest in letters, words and writing. To help excite this interest, we have labeled a few pieces of furniture and fixtures around the room. Immediately as children enter, they become aware of these labels and excitedly begin searching for them. As each new label is discovered the children are able to read what was written. “I can read” was a statement heard by many children. Labeling common words is just one way to help children with their early literacy. Reading with children, singing songs and rhymes and even drawing are some other ways that the playroom encourages this skill in children.

Parenting Class
Where: Wolseley family Place
When: April 19 – June 7, 2017
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Wednesday Afternoons)
Cost: Free!
How to Talk so Kids will Listen is a parenting class being offered at WFP. Communicating with children from the time they begin talking to the teen years can present interesting and varied challenges. This course is an oldie but a goodie. It is based on the book by Faber and Mazlish and gives parents insights on how to encourage cooperation while nurturing children as they grow and become their own person. To register, please call
788-8055 or email wfp.playroom@mts.net

Parenting Class
Where: Wolseley family Place
When: April 19 – June 7, 2017
Time: 1:30-3:00 p.m. (Thursday evenings)
Cost: Free!
How to Talk so Kids will Listen is a parenting class being offered at WFP. Communicating with children from the time they begin talking to the teen years can present interesting and varied challenges. This course is an oldie but a goodie. It is based on the book by Faber and Mazlish and gives parents insights on how to encourage cooperation while nurturing children as they grow and become their own person. To register, please call
788-8055 or email wfp.playroom@mts.net

Music Circle
On Mondays at 11:30 a music therapist comes and leads parents and children in a ½ hour of singing and stories. Children learn songs, do a little dancing and make a lot of wonderful noise.

The Healthy Mind Platter
-Dr. Daniel J. Siegel

The Healthy Mind Platter has seven daily essential mental activities necessary for optimum mental health. These seven daily activities make up the full set of “mental nutrients” that your brain and relationships need to function at their best. By engaging every day in each of these servings, you promote integration in your life and enable your brain to coordinate and balance its activities. These essential mental activities strengthen your brain’s internal connections and your connections with other people and the world around you.
Focus Time When we closely focus on tasks in a goal-oriented way, we take on challenges that make deep connections in the brain.
Play Time When we allow ourselves to be spontaneous or creative, playfully enjoying novel experiences, we help make new connections in the brain.
Connecting Time When we connect with other people, ideally in person, and when we take time to appreciate our connection to the natural world around us, we activate and reinforce the brain’s relational circuitry.
Physical Time When we move our bodies, aerobically if medically possible, we strengthen the brain in many ways.
Time In When we quietly reflect internally, focusing on sensations, images, feelings and thoughts, we help to better integrate the brain.
Down Time When we are non-focused, without any specific goal, and let our mind wander or simply relax, we help the brain recharge.
Sleep Time When we give the brain the rest it needs, we consolidate learning and recover from the experiences of the day.