Active listening is an essential tool of communication and one of the single most important skills you can have in your parenting toolbox. Active listening means observing and listening to feelings and reflecting them back. It means to recognize your child’s words, and more importantly to seek to really understand his underlying message.
For example, when a child says “I hate you, Mommy!” he isn’t saying “I hate you,” he is more likely saying something like, “I am mad that you are spending more time with the new baby than with me.”/ "Me enoja que pases más tiempo con el nuevo bebé que conmigo".
Active listening does not require that you agree with your child’s feelings, but it allows your child to feel connected and understood while creating a caring relationship in which he sees you as being “in his corner.”
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Día de las Brujas
It's almost Halloween! ¡Calabazas, fantasmas, monstruos! ¡Ay, ay, ay!
1. Song about a pumpkin, calabaza.
2. Story about a ghost, fantasma.
3. Song about a monster, monstruo.
Letters and Sounds
An important part of the preschool years is playing with letters and sounds of the languages we speak. We do this often with word games, rhymes, songs, chants, tongue twisters. I remember my own children playing sounds when they were younger, often making up their own nonsensical words. This would, of course, leave us laughing and would encourage more of the play with the sounds of our languages.
I like to practice this song with the children, with each child having their own copy of the paper. I encourage children to lay the paper flat on the floor or on the table and to follow along with their finger. I like to have my own copy to model how I follow along with my finger, too.
This song teaches:
"chair, chair, ch, ch, ch; silla silla s, s, s; mano, mano, m, m, m..."
Don't worry about the letter names. We can use other songs, games, and activities to teach letter names and other emerging literacy skills through meaningful play experiences. Follow along with the video or audio below. Have fun with this song!
Email your favorite maestra for a downloadable pdf file to the poster below. You can also find the English song on your favorite music player, including YouTube.
Positive Discipline Parenting Tool - KIND AND FIRM PARENTING/CRIANZA AMABLE Y FIRME
Positive Discipline Parenting Tool - TAKE TIME FOR TRAINING/ TOME TIEMPO PARA ENTRENAR
Positive Discipline Parenting Tool - CONNECT & REDIRECT/ CONECTAR & REDIRECCIONAR
Positive Discipline Parenting Tool - PARENTING & SELF-CARE/ CRIANZA & CUIDADO PERSONAL
Positive Discipline Parenting Tool - Hugs, Hugs & More Hugs/Abrazos, Abrazos y Más ABRAZOS
Pasitos is an eco-friendly, bilingual community based on learning and fun. Through a play based Reggio inspired curriculum, children gain the necessary literacy skills to make them successful in both Spanish and English. At the same time, they build social and emotional skills in working with peers and the maestras. Together these skills help open their minds and language capabilities. Teachers interact with the children to build strong academics and positive social skills.