Occupational Therapy News from Ms. Sherwin for December 2019
Happy Holidays to all! I can hardly believe the season is upon us already! For this month, I would like to
suggest some toys for holiday shopping that support fine motor skill development. Please remember to
check for recommended ages of the toys and to consider the developmental stage of your child. Not
every child develops at the same rate, and many toys can be adapted for various uses and be
appropriate for various ages.
* Construction toys: Lincoln Logs, K’nex, Legos, Erector Sets
* Fine motor games: Barnyard Bingo, Spirograph, Play-Doh, Kerplunk, Ants in the Pants, Don’t Break the
Ice, Connect Four (also comes in travel size), Operation, Perfection, Magna Doodle, Jenga, and
These are just suggestions and please do not feel that you must go out and buy these toys at all.
If you have any questions, feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Ms. Ferris's Speech and Language Update for December 2019
Hello MSKC Families!
First of all, my name is Lisa Ferris I want to say how happy I am to be the new Speech and Language Therapist here at MSKC! The team here is amazing and has created an environment where children can truly grow and thrive. I have had the privilege of providing services for the Braintree Public Schools in different capacities over the last 20 years. I’m thrilled to be back “home,” full time, after spending time at home with my three children. I am fully committed to working with your family to provide your children a nurturing, strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. I had an opportunity to meet with some of you over the past week at Parent/Guardian-Teacher Conferences, and I look forward to meeting the rest of you as well. Please feel free to call or email me anytime here at MSKC with questions, concerns, or anything you would like to discuss.
Lisa Ferris, MS CCC-SLP
Physical Therapy News from Ms. Dillon, December 2019
Physical Therapy: Children should be physically activity at least 1 hour per day.
Aerobic activity should make up most of the 1 hour you spend on physical activity each day. Examples:
Riding a tricycle, big wheel, bicycle, scooter board, skateboard or roller blading
Fast walking, hiking, jogging, or running
House cleaning (vacuuming, sweeping) or yard work (raking leaves, pulling weeds)
Dancing, swimming, jumping rope
Playing Soccer, Basketball, or Volleyball
Animal Walks- crab walking, seal walking, galloping, bear walking, etc.
Muscle and Bone Strengthening activities should be done at least 3 days/week. Examples:
Climbing on playground structures at the playground/on a swing set
Playing tug of war
Rowing in a canoe, kayak, or row boat
Doing push-ups, pull-ups, sit-ups, yoga poses
Digging in sand at the beach/playground, building sand castles
House work- sweeping, vacuuming, taking out the trash, helping carry in groceries
Yard work- raking, gardening, pulling weeds (watch out for poison ivy!)
Be sure to make physical activity fun, not work! Find the activities your child enjoys!
It can be a structured, formal program, such as taking swimming lessons, gymnastics classes, or martial arts classes, playing a team sport, or participating in Track Club.
It can be non-structured such as going to the playground, dancing in your kitchen, playing in the pool/at the beach, playing in the back yard, playing in the snow.
Provide easy access to equipment such as tricycles/bicycles, jump ropes, hula hoops, scooter boards, balls, chalk, bubbles, etc.
Balance activities- standing on one foot, walking on a line, walking on a board or balance beam
Targeting activities- hitting a pitched ball or ball off a tee with a bat, volleying a balloon, bowling, hitting a ball/birdie with a racket, catching bubbles
Kicking skills- practice kicking, trapping, passing and dribble a ball with feet
Throwing and catching- Use a football, playground ball, tennis ball, Frisbee and play a game of catch.
Always, Be Safe.
Always provide protective equipment such as helmets, wrist pads, or knee pads when using bicycles, scooters, skateboards, and rollerblades.
Always provide adult supervision for children in and around water.
Dress children appropriately for the weather.
Keep skin protected with sunscreen.
Keep children hydrated!
During warmer months, don’t forget to protect children from bugs/mosquitos. Check for ticks!
Elisa Dillon, P.T. Physical Therapist
From Our School Psychologist: Ms. Kidd’s Corner - December 2019
November has been a busy month for our kindergarten friends! We are enjoying our time together in lunch bunch, and have settled nicely into our routines. Thank you for your support, and for sending your children in with peanut free lunches for lunch bunch.
During the month of November, we have been working on identifying different feelings, how some feelings are comfortable and some feelings are uncomfortable, as well as managing strong feelings. We have enjoyed songs and games together talking about our feelings, as well as some fun shared activities on managing our strong feelings. You may hear your kindergartener talking about being “stiff as a pencil”, and relaxing to a “loose yarn,” as we practiced being the boss of our muscles and relaxing them.
As our kindergarteners work on developing their self-awareness of their feelings, and managing those feelings, it can be overwhelming. You may see an increase in this during the holidays. There is so much fun and excitement, which is wonderful, but this can sometimes lead to big feelings. Finding a quiet moment to talk about what special family holiday events you will be participating in, and what to expect during those times, can help your child to enjoy these events even more. These quiet moments are also ideal for practicing managing feelings. Modeling deep breathing, relaxing our muscles, and other strategies such as counting or positive self-talk, can make it much easier for your child to engage these strategies when having a big feeling.
In January, we will be working on handling accidents and demonstrating empathy through compassion. It is such a pleasure working with your children! Please feel free to reach out at any time. Thank you for your collaboration in your child’s educational experience