Dear Parents and Carers,

Whether we are feeling anxious, frustrated, overwhelmed or worried about the current affairs – laughter, believe it or not, can help us persevere and change how we view a situation.

Unfortunately, most adults do not laugh enough. In fact, healthy children may laugh as much as 400 times per day, but adults only laugh on average of 15 times per day.

We can learn so much from our children when it comes to being lighthearted. It is important to raise them in such a way that they will continue to experience fun and laughter throughout their lives. We can create a positive environment for them to grow up in by stopping once in a while to have a laughing fit together.

Laughter really is like medicine. Laughing is one of the easiest ways for us to reduce stress and anxiety in our lives. Laughing transforms our body and mind in many amazing ways, boosting positive emotions.

When we laugh, the ventromedial prefrontal cortex of our brain is activated. This releases endorphins that allow us to experience pleasure and satisfaction, also known as feel-good hormones. Laughing also reduces our stress response because the level of stress hormones like cortisol, epinephrine (adrenaline), and dopamine are lowered.

A silly moment can offer a healthy distraction from negative emotions such as anger, guilt, and stress. It’s hard to feel bad when you’re laughing, especially if together with others. When faced with challenges, a lighthearted perspective helps us view such events as positive opportunities as opposed to threats.

Laughter builds resilience and the ability to adapt to adversity, trauma, tragedy, threats, or stress. When children are resilient, they are braver, more curious, more adaptable, and more able to obtain happiness and success. Please find our idea to make you and your family smile in the attachments located by clicking this link. It is a German picture story without words called der kleine Herr Jakob published 1965-1989 and illustrated by Hans Jürgen Press.

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1btXlA9L4DRXH2JYVeO9mN_3qzVo0TgNa?usp=sharing

For additional learning material we’d like to share with you this week for children with a focus on ages 1-3, please visit:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1Dty3nc7zvgPCb4RMlub89_0scKWh3Hnc?usp=sharing

For additional learning material we’d like to share with you this week for children with a focus on ages 3-6, please visit:

https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1rQYXakbnJOtKi1bpv-mBrGri0cDdX88a?usp=sharing

We leave you with this video summary of the week. Enjoy! https://youtu.be/Bq8uKtHjBLo

Have sun in your heart and a smile on your face. Happy sunny long 4 day weekend.

Kind regards,

Matthew Carlyle, Head of BCS Kindergarten & Preschool

Katharina Ehrenfried, Head of BCS Kindergarten & Preschool


PS: More for our older kids (or the parents)

1. What do you call a dinosaur that is sleeping? A dino-snore!

2. What is fast, loud and crunchy? A rocket chip!

3. Why did the teddy bear say no to dessert? Because she was stuffed.

4. What has ears but cannot hear? A cornfield.

5. What did the left eye say to the right eye? Between us, something smells!

6. What do you get when you cross a vampire and a snowman? Frost bite!

7. What did one plate say to the other plate? Dinner is on me!

8. Why did the student eat his homework? Because the teacher told him it was a piece of cake!

Matthew Carlyle, M.Ed. Head of Kindergarten & Preschool carlyle@cosmopolitanschool.de Katharina Ehrenfried Head of Kindergarten & Preschool ehrenfried@cosmopolitanschool.de

9. When you look for something, why is it always in the last place you look?

Because when you find it, you stop looking.

10. What is brown, hairy and wears sunglasses? A coconut on vacation.

11. Two pickles fell out of a jar onto the floor. What did one say to the other? Dill with it.

12. What did the Dalmatian say after lunch? That hit the spot!

13. Why did the kid cross the playground? To get to the other slide.

14. How does a vampire start a letter? Tomb it may concern…

15. What do you call a droid that takes the long way around? R2 detour.

16. How do you stop an astronaut’s baby from crying? You rocket!

17. Why was 6 afraid of 7? Because 7, 8, 9

18. What is a witch’s favorite subject in school? Spelling!

19. When does a joke become a “dad” joke? When the punchline is a parent.

20. How do you make a lemon drop? Just let it fall.

21. What did the limestone say to the geologist? Don’t take me for granite!

22. What do you call a duck that gets all A’s? A wise quacker.

23. Why does a seagull fly over the sea? Because if it flew over the bay, it would be a baygull.

24. What kind of water cannot freeze? Hot water.

25. What kind of tree fits in your hand? A palm tree!

26. Why did the cookie go to the hospital? Because he felt crummy.

27. Why was the baby strawberry crying? Because her parents were in a jam.

28. What did the little corn say to the mama corn? Where is pop corn?

29. What is worse than raining cats and dogs? Hailing taxis!

30. How much does it cost a pirate to get his ears pierced? About a buck an ear.

31. Where would you find an elephant? The same place you lost her!

32. How do you talk to a giant? Use big words!

33. What animal is always at a baseball game? A bat.

34. What falls in winter but never gets hurt? Snow!

35. What do you call a ghost’s true love? His ghoul-friend.

36. What building in New York has the most stories? The public library!

37. What did one volcano say to the other? I lava you!

38. How do we know that the ocean is friendly? It waves!

39. What is a tornado’s favorite game to play? Twister!

40. How does the moon cut his hair? Eclipse it.

41. How do you get a squirrel to like you? Act like a nut!

42. What do you call two birds in love? Tweethearts!

43. How does a scientist freshen her breath? With experi-mints!

44. How are false teeth like stars? They come out at night!

45. How can you tell a vampire has a cold? She starts coffin.

46. What’s worse than finding a worm in your apple? Finding half a worm.

47. What is a computer’s favorite snack? Computer chips!! 48. Why don’t elephants chew gum? They do, just not in public.

49. What was the first animal in space? The cow that jumped over the moon

50. What did the banana say to the dog? Nothing. Bananas can’t talk.

51. What time is it when the clock strikes 13? Time to get a new clock.

52. How does a cucumber become a pickle? It goes through a jarring experience.

53. What do you call a boomerang that won’t come back? A stick.

54. What do you think of that new diner on the moon? Food was good, but there really wasn’t much atmosphere.

55. Why did the dinosaur cross the road? Because the chicken wasn’t born yet.

56. Why can’t Elsa have a balloon? Because she will let it go.

57. How do you make an octopus laugh? With ten-tickles!

58. How do you make a tissue dance? You put a little boogie in it.

59. What’s green and can fly? Super Pickle!

60. Knock knock. Who’s there? Interrupting pirate. Interrupting pir—yarrrrrr!



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