Monday, August 13, 2018

Monkey Bars, Mud Pies, and Movement

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Monkey Bars, Mud Pies, & Movement 
by: M.B.Varville-Rodriguez
 
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   "After School" Frenzy ~ Kids Need to MOVE!

Our children are getting ready to return to school this week. Fall sports season is near! Who is your favorite team? Time to get gear ready for our football fans!  Today I found this awesome reminder from an article I wrote a while back.   Please consider that being in a classroom all day can have a significant impact on the physical and emotional well being of our students.


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I love to get to school early and look forward to the car rider line-up.  This is not because I enjoy the chaotic rush of cars and strange driving habits of other parents, but because of the way the school literally looks as if it has burst at the seems. 


 
As soon as that bell sounds, the doors are flung open and the repressed energy from hundreds of children rushes out to greet their weary parents.  You can feel their relief as they anxiously search the line of cars. Some children are walkers, yet run full steam ahead with their backpacks dragging and music instruments clunking against their legs.  Other children drag themselves down the sidewalk and are reluctant to move quickly.  Safety Tip: Make sure shoe laces are tied and encourage use of No-Tie Laces if your child needs a little extra assist in this department.

There are so many ways to leave a building once that bell rings!  Chances are those children have been given few opportunities to move during the day.  Some teachers are great about offering "brain breaks" where students get up out of their seats and move, stretch, and change positions before returning to an assignment.  Teachers may also have seating alternatives that provide just the right sensory adaptations needed by students who have difficulties with attention span.  This may include exercise balls, cushions, bean bag chairs, rocking chairs, and standing desks. 



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But most children do not have ample opportunities to "motorically express themselves".  It is important that they have some down time upon return home.  Although it's tempting to ask lots of questions regarding, "How was your day?", the reality is your child may need to have some time to decompress prior to engaging in detailed conversations.  Allow play time to release some of that energy that had to be contained during class time.  Unstructured play such as free time at the park or indoor moving to music can help decrease some of the stress that accumulates during their school day.


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Jump, skip, hop, swing, slide, twirl, run, gallop, walk, reach, and explore outside before the weather turns cold and winter sets it.  Make active play time a part of your after school schedule.  Home work will be harder for all involved if movement is not sandwiched between school and dinner time.  If the weather is uncooperative, have a few activities for inside that will work.  (Crunched up newspapers to toss into the laundry basket or indoor mini-trampolines can be helpful.)


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The most hilarious thing my brothers came up with was the day they found the elastic tops to our mother's panty hose.  (She always kept the tops to use as elastic bands for a number of reasons.)  The boys figured out how to shoot those elastic bands up to the popcorn ceiling where they got stuck.  Mom came home to find the ceiling decorated with hanging elastic panty hose bands.  


So let the kids get creative and encourage them to move. (Even when it drives you nuts.)  They've been in school all day, and like anyone feels after work...they need to blow off some steam before bedtime.  I'd love to list a few ideas now that school is underway.  Please feel free to share your strategies too!  



Happy School Year! 
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 Wishing all of you a week of adventures, solutions to your challenges, answers to your prayers, and the
resources to help you survive the new school year!


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Kindest Wishes,
~Mary 







Monday, July 16, 2018

Mom's Monday Moments ~ Summer of 2018


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Monday's "List of Ten" Mom Moments


1.  I am learning to be content with the small successes and not
     get overwhelmed by all the things I still have to do.


2. Understanding that life is a process and nobody begins or ends 
    their time on earth with the stamp of perfection can be a relief.


3.  Having the self awareness to realize #2 can be the best gift you
     ever give to yourself!


4.  Remind yourself that each person has a different start point in
     terms of their spirituality. It is unfair and pointless to pass your
     judgment upon others in the name of religious righteousness


5.  I often remind my own children, "If it's not helpful, then don't 
     do/say it!"  I continuously remind myself to consider that same
     advice...especially when commenting on someone's site or other
     social media. There's a way to make your point without hurting
     someone.


6.  Be vigilant and aware of how stereotypes, labeling, and name-
     calling reduce the efficacy of your points.  There is a way you 
     can present a concern, dispute a claim, and state your case with
     dignity and respect for others and for yourself.


7.  One of the most effective methods to bring about the change you
     desire in the world is to live and lead by example.  Mocking 
     differences, what you do not understand, or things where you 
     have not done due diligence with your research will rarely, if
     ever, encourage people to change their views.


8.  Inspiring people by what you do, what you say, and how you
     present yourself has the power to motivate them.  You can't
     motivate other people, you can only motivate yourself! But you
     can be the source of inspiration that could push someone toward
     making the changes necessary to move forward and improve.
     (Apologies to Mikki Williams, a fabulous inspirational speaker!)


9.  Sometimes it takes a long, long, long time to reach your goals. 
     Be ready to sink into the mud and wade through it. It's not 
     always easy to take that difficult path, but it's going to be worth
     the adventure!  


10. List making is a great way to organize your thoughts and make
      sure your goals are prioritized. I have always loved making lists
      as one of my coping strategies.  Being a mom means those lists
      have become even more important!  And remember to put your
      own needs on that "to do" list! It's okay to take care of yourself!
    
            
Another one of my Independents
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Wishing everyone a wonderful week filled 
with challenges, adventures, &
plenty of resources to tackle your goals!

Kindest Regards,
~ Mary

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I have over 20 years of experience in Early Childhood Development Birth-Age 5 including work in classrooms and as an Infant/Toddler Program Manager.  I have several writing projects in progress including a resource book for parents of infants and infant room teachers in a full day child development (school) program.  The book will provide families with information about what to expect and how to monitor their child's progress in an Infant room.  My second book project involves how to cope with family challenges, lessons in forgiveness, dealing with a spouse's addiction, and reinventing yourself along the way.  I am excited about all of these projects and am currently accepting comments regarding experiences my readers have had placing their child into a full day child care program.  I would also like to hear from Infant room teachers.