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" No act of kindness , no matter how small, is ever wasted." - Aesop
This month's newsletter is about kindness. It seemed a good topic with the bu syness of holidays upon us. Sometimes it's good to take a step back and remind ourselves all the things that kindness can mean.
Bear find the perfect gift for his friend mouse but the criticism of others has him thinking it's not so perfect after all.
After receiving a gift of an ill-fitting hat Hedgehog decides to give it to his friend Rabbit. 
Music to Move You
 We really got our blood pumping with Dance Kung Fu a fast paced song on:
Trust me, do this song a few times and you can skip your evening workout. PLUS, it's a BLAST!
Then we used Patty Shukla's Stand Up, Sit Down from:
Roar Like a Lion by Patty Shukla, 2011
This song always leaves us in giggles. Available on her Youtube channel  http://www.youtube.com/user/pattyshukla
Additional Resources
I love this sweet story of a boy asked to care for a dog while his aunt is out of town that simply illustrates the concept of kindness to the youngest of children. Each page has a new example of kindness.
" Nico and Lola ran straight for the backyard to play tag...After a few games, Lola began huffing and puffing..."What's wrong? Are you thirsty, Girl?' Nico brought Lola a bowl of cool water."
"Being kind is showing concern for others."
When Hank finds an egg on the ground he tries his best to return it to it's nest.
This wordless picture book allows the children to immerse themselves in the story making predictions and practicing their narration skills.
Going on a Bear Hunt
It may not be kindness related but this time of year Going on a Bear Hunt is a favorite activity. This is a call and response activity where the leader starts and the others repeat. If you use lots of big motions you can make it a gross motor activity too. You could even do it standing up and actually walk and run.
Let's go on a bear hunt. Are you afraid? I'm not afraid.
Open up the door (Squeek).
Walk down the road. (walk in place or pat knees)
I see a bridge. Can't go under it. Can't go over it. Guess we'' have to cross it (clap hands to cross then pat knees or walk again).
I see a tall tree (look up). Can't  go under it. Can't go over it. I guess we'll have to climb (hand over hand).
(look around) Do you see a bear? Nope. let's climb back down (hand over hand then pat knees or walk).
I see some sticky mud. Can't go under it. Can't go over it. I guess we're going through it (make squelching noises). Shake off the mud.
(pat knees or walk)
I see a lake. Can't go under it. Can't go over it. I guess we'll have to swim (dive in and swim). Dry off the water. 
(pat knees or walk)
I see a dark cave. Can't go under it. Can't go over it. Let's go inside (tiptoe) 
Sure is dark in here.
I feel fuzzy hair. I see big eyes.
I smell berry breath! (Yuck!)
Repeat all the previous activities backwards and VERY fast slam the door shut and say,
Whew, that was fun. We're you afraid? Nope! Let's go again.
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