Bobcat Bulletin

November 8, 2021

Families reinforce social & emotional skills and language at home

Hello Binkley Families,


There are endless benefits of having families read together at home, it shows your child the importance of language and strengthens their emotional and social health. We are focused this year on teaching social and emotional skills. Here is some great picture books you could enjoy at home together:

How Many Seeds in a Pumpkin?, by Margaret McNamara, which fosters social awareness skills like respect and empathy;

Rulers of the Playground, by Joseph Kuefler, which teaches relationship skills like listening and teamwork;

The Dark, by Lemony Snicket, which teaches self-management skills like resilience


We are also focusing on EMPATHY this month, and how we can show belonging for other people's lives and experiences. You can help by creating reflection with these activities to do together as a family:

  • Create a list of five specific things you’re grateful for at this moment.
  • Pick one person and write a letter to them expressing gratitude for something they said or did.
  • Interview family members about emotions: “What does being happy feel like to you?” “How do you show that feeling in your face, your body, and your actions?” “When was the last time you were happy?” "What are some things or people who make you happy?”


Language is also in listening, and Interactive podcasts that encourage participation, movement, and social and emotional development are an easy way for families to engage their in screen-free learning. Good options include storytelling podcasts like The Emotion Motion Podcast, from the Move This World Audio Network, which leads listeners through participatory social emotional exercises, music, and movement; and Julie’s Library, from American Public Media, which invites listeners to hear Julie Andrews read her favorite children’s books.


When families reinforce key social and emotional skills and language at home, the impact ripples beyond the walls of a classroom. Now more than ever, you play a key role in supporting social and emotional development at home.


AT BINKLEY, YOU BELONG

Warmly,

Harmony Harvell, Principal

REMINDERS

CONFERENCES ALL WEEK -- 1:57 dismissal Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday

NO SCHOOL Thursday, 11/11 -- in honor of Veteran's Day

NO SCHOOL Friday, 11/12 -- Teacher Workday


LOST & FOUND tree out in front of the office all week. Please come look for your child's missing sweatshirts/jackets. We have a TON of items that want to go back to their owner!

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