What an exciting beginning to 2017! Welcome back! We hope everyone had a peace-filled and joyful holiday, and we hope you spent some of our extra time playing in the snow ! We are back for the “second half” of this busy school year and have an exciting “line-up” planned with lots more books and fun to explore.
Wrapping It Up
We all had a very joyful Holiday Season in our preschool classes, and we are so glad that many of you came to share the joy with us at our Holiday party! Again, a HUGE thanks to Mrs. Dodd, Ms. Dellar, and Ms. Garcia for volunteering their time, talents and resources to help us celebrate the special spirit of the season in style! Through our curriculum and all of the accompanying activities, we delved into many of the specific concepts that the December holidays support. We learned a lot about helping and giving, friendships and family, and trying hard in the face of adversity and difficulty.
Our Winter unit will include lots of activities designed to teach weather, clothing for the season, and different activities for this time of year. We begin with Snow Dance by Lezlie Evans. This is a rhyming celebration of snow that covers just about every playtime activity possible before, during, and after a snowstorm. The children hear a forecast, get ready for flakes, and then take full advantage of the snowstorm. They play until nightfall, and then play some more the next day when school is canceled (Sounds familiar!) Snowmen, sleds, snowball fights, thawing by the fire, and hot chocolate time are included in the rhyming fun the characters have, and are probably very familiar after this weekend’s “white stuff!”
Next, we’ll read The Jacket I Wear In the Snow by Shirley Neitzel. Rhyme follows rhyme as layer after layer of winter clothing (“bunchy and hot, wrinkled a lot, stiff in the knee, and too big for me!”) is first put on and then taken off to the relief of the child bundled inside. Rhyming, sequencing and vocabulary development will be the focus in both stories and we will get lots of practice with the many games, art, sensory, math, phonics, writing, and playtime activities we have planned. We will consistently use the words to describe the real life experiences we’ve had with our extremely cold temperatures and our rare snowfall last week! There’s nothing like the “real thing” to support the concepts we are learning!
We will introduce the letter “q” this week, and we will review the consonants “d,” “m,” “c,” and “q” next week. The month of January will find us doing lots of activities with the shape square and the color white . Please remember to support the concepts we learn at school during your routines at home and in the community. You are your child’s first and best teacher!
***PARENTS…It’s that time of year!!! What time of year you ask??? You know, that coughing, aching, sniffling, sneezing, stuffy head, fever, so you CAN’T rest time of year! Unfortunately we are seeing many, many sick children and teachers. Please, if your child is running even a low grade temperature, do not send him/her to school. Your child must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school. If your child is vomiting or having diarrhea, he/she may not return to school until 24 hours have passed since their last episode. Please know that we do all we can in our classrooms to keep things sanitary and healthy, but we count on you to help us! Thanks!!!
Dates to Remember
Monday, January 16, 2017 – Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – no school
These items are in NO way required! If you are willing and able to send something in, we will appreciate it immensely. But, please don’t feel like you must!
- blank, recordable, audio CDs (we have PLENTY of sleeves and cases)
- playdough (white, purple, blue, pink)
- antibacterial surface wipes
- white cardstock
Thank you, Parents! We are partners when it comes to your child’s comfort, safety, and happiness!