Welcome back from our Winter break! I hope you were able to slow down and enjoy some special family time to refresh and relax. I know I did, and I am so excited to welcome Spring with your kiddos! This is such a fun time of year to observe the changes and newness of everything through their little eyes! Let’s go!!!
Wrapping It Up
We had such a “LOVEly” time at our Valentine exchange! We had a nice lesson in “giving” and showing friendship and love by doing nice things for others!
Our Wild About Us unit really turned our kids into “wild” animals. We learned a lot about describing the different traits and characteristics of the animals in the story. We talked about our own differences and how nice it is to be us! The children loved this story, and we had so much fun reenacting the silly antics of the zoo!
My Heart is Like a Zoo and Valentines Day At The Zoo were both simple, seasonal stories that expanded on many of the concepts introduced in our wild animal story. The concepts of “love” and “friendship” were introduced as we discussed ways to show we care for each other and how to say “I love you.”
As a wonderful segue from zoo animals to farm animals, and more lessons in love, friendship and acceptance, Miss Moo Goes to the Zoo, by Kelly Graves, is a FUN story with rich vocabulary and concept awareness lessons about individuality, acceptance, differences, feelings and friendship. The story is about a sweet, little cow who gets bored on the farm and sets out on an adventure. When she finds her way to the zoo, she must try to convince the other animals that she is special and has something to offer, if only they will accept her. Her quest finally comes to an end when the zookeeper takes her to the petting zoo, where there are other farm animals surrounded by lots of children to love them. The story also offers many opportunities for repetition, sequencing, prediction, etc.
The Cow Loves Cookies, by Karma Wilson, is a really fun book full of rich, sing-song, rhyming text that traces the busy farmer through his day as he cares for each animal. The repetitive, predictable words highlight different farm animals and what they love to eat, always concluding with the cow, who loves cookies! Finally, we learn the reason “the cow loves cookies,” as the farmer and cow make a deal and share a special snack. The cookie subject matter adds to the fun, but the natural rhythm and repetitive nature of the writing allows for easy pausing, so the children can fill in the blanks.
We will finish February reviewing the heart shape and the color pink. This week we will also introduce and practice the letter “Gg.” As we welcome March, we will introduce the diamond shape and the color green. We will also review letters “Qq,” “Bb,” “Tt,” “Zz,” and “Gg.”
We are very fortunate at Frey to have an amazing STEM lab and curriculum under the direction of the amazing and talented Allison Johnson. It is, without a doubt, one of the best programs of its kind in the county, and the benefits for meeting the required standards at all grade levels are innumerable. But, did you know that in Preschool, we have STEM standards that we are required to teach, too? Yup! Every Friday in our class, I lead some sort of STEM activity which I relate to our theme or unit. These activities are always fun, hands-on, favorite times of each week (for the kids and me!) BUT! There’s more! At least 2 times every quarter, Mrs. Johnson plans rich, engaging, age-appropriate STEM lessons just for our kiddos, and we get to go to the STEM lab just like the big kids! During the week before Winter Break, we went to the STEM lab for a lesson on light and shadows where we got to stage lots of different scenes behind a screen and look at them with our flashlights. Mrs. Johnson took some great pictures that I will share in a separate email to you. On another visit to the STEM lab, we discovered things about motion and physics with several different configurations of marble run sets. On yet another visit, we learned about magnets and the properties of various magnetic materials. Every time we go for a lesson in the STEM lab we get to visit the live turtle and watch the “roller coaster” do its long climb up and fast loopity-loops down! We get to go for another lesson with Mrs. Johnson on March 13th!
Please join us for STEM night on Thursday, and consider supporting our STEM program as we begin our upcoming campaign to keep this program, and Mrs. Johnson, at Frey. I will be leading an activity in “Glow Science” which is always a big hit! Also, please visit the Foundation’s website at https://freyfdtn.wordpress.com/, and look under “About Us” then “Teacher Testimonials.” Scroll to the bottom of the page to see some other ways the Foundation has specifically benefited the Pre-K program at Frey!
Upcoming Events and Dates to Remember
- Thursday, March 1, 2018, 6:00pm – STEM Night!
- Friday, March 2, 2018 – STEM Pep Rally
- Sunday, March 11, 2018 – Daylight Savings Time: Spring forward 1 hour!
- Wednesday, March 14, 2018 – Early release day – 10:30 dismissal for 1/2-day 3-year-olds; 12:30 dismissal for full-day students