January 30, 2017

 

Coming Next

We will begin zoo unit based on the book Polar Bear, Polar Bear, What Do You Hear? by Bill Martin, Jr. and Eric Carle.  This is an engaging story that will give the children many wonderful opportunities to predict, sequence and “read” repetitive words as they appear throughout the text!  We will emphasize the scientific aspects of hibernation and animals in the winter.  This book focuses on many zoo/wild animals, their sounds, physical traits and actions.  The possibilities are endless in this unit, but we will focus a lot on our sense of hearing.  We will play games, sing songs, engage in art and sensory activities, and act like wild animals to reinforce these concepts!

        

We will continue the unit with the books My Heart is Like a Zoo by Michael Hall and Valentine’s Day at the Zoo by Nadine Bernard. The first is a short book with simple rhyming texts and bright illustrations that show twenty different animals that you may see at the zoo, and more than 300 hearts for children to count and enjoy.  Valentines Day at the Zoo is a delightful pop-up book about animals gathering the things necessary to make Valentines.  The children love doing arts and crafts in the classroom, and you can easily carry over the concepts in the story at home by making homemade Valentines for family members and friends.  Work on having your children follow simple multi-step directions in gathering supplies, coloring, cutting and pasting.  We are continuously working on these skills at school, and when you are done you will have some beautiful creations to share!

We will focus on the color purple and the shape heart.  We will introduce and practice the letters “Z,” “T” and “B.” Again, it always helps for you to reinforce these concepts throughout your daily routines with your children.

Dates to Remember

February 14th Valentine’s Day exchange

February 20-24 Winter break No school

Needed items:

Velcro

Lysol wipes

Blank CDS

 

January 9, 2017

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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.

Coming Next

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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 square and the color white square .  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

Needed Items

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!