Hi Sweet Families,

Wow! It is hard to believe that this year is over! It has been such a wonderful year, and I am so proud of all of your kiddos. I love teaching Pre-k 4 because it is so amazing to watch their academic and social growth. Thank you for the opportunity to teach your children. Thank you for being so gracious and understanding with having a lead teacher out the first 3 weeks on maternity leave and a change in assistants half-way through. Despite the less than ideal circumstances, all of you were so kind and encouraging. Many, many thanks!

Over the summer, I challenge you to...1. Have your child write their name one time each day (summer regression is a real thing!) 2. Have dinner as a family *at least* once per week. Growing up at family dinner, my mom would make me say my top 2 favorite things from that day. It sometimes would drive me crazy, but I find myself doing it now!

Please stay in touch! I would love updates on your children! 

Lots of love,

Abby Hines

My address is 5503 Glenwick Lane, 75209 and would LOVE to be added to your Christmas card list

Dear Families,

I cannot believe we are already beginning the last month of school. What a wonderful school year it has been!  

Snack Families:

·  Week of April 29 – SHANKLE

·  Week of May 6 - TAYLOR

·  Week of May 13 - WILLIAMS

·  Week of May 20 - WILLIAMS

·  Week of May 27 - BOONE

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

·  May 6th - May Birthdays Celebration in Chapel

·  May 9th - Mother's Day Tea at 11:00pm in the classroom

·  May 13th - June Birthdays Celebration in Chapel

·  May 20th - July Birthdays Celebration in Chapel

·  May 21st - Spirit Day!

·  May 24th - Last day of after school programs

·  May 27th - Memorial Day Holiday

·  May 28th - May 30th - Camp Week

·  May 30th - Field Day & last day of school

Our Upcoming Unit: Moving On

During the month of April, we enjoyed learning about Easter, nature, plants, and spring. We loved planting flowers and painting pots to give our grandfriends. While learning about plants and insects, we also took time to learn about the true meaning of Easter. 

As we wrap up the end of our school year, we will be starting our new unit, Moving On. During this unit we will be learning about going new places and trying new things.

We know many of you are already thinking about summer. Our PreK4 team has compiled a list of ideas to help you enjoy your summer with your child while having fun and learning along the way.

Here are some Summer ideas:

 1. Play, Play, Play! Outdoors and indoors. Remember play is a child's work. 

 2. Read to and with your child this summer. There is so much learning and bonding that takes place when you curl up with a good book. 

3. Write with your fingers in different sensory trays (salt, sand, shaving cream, etc.) This is fun way to review those letters and sounds we have learned this year. Sidewalk chalk is also a fun idea!

4. Play number games such as Uno, and count anything and everything. Think flower petals, seashells at the beach, and watermelon seeds. 

5. Give your child scissors, pencils, colors, play doh, and tongs any chance you get. Keep building those fine motor skills.

6. Cook with your child. Let them count and measure. What a great way to review numbers, follow directions, and compare quantities!

7. Find a way to have your child write their name one time each day!

We have really enjoyed getting to know each of you and your children this year. Your kiddos have grown and learned so much. Your children are so special, and we are excited for them to start their new adventure next year!
 
As always, reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Love,

Mrs. Hines

Happy almost April!


Reminders:
Snack Family
Week of April 1: MURPHY
Week of April 8: ROBERTS
Week of April 15: RUHS
Week of April 22: SCHWARZ
Week of April 29: SHANKLE

Important Dates:
Monday, April 1: April Birthdays recognized in chapel (8:45 in Wynne Chapel)
Wednesday, April 17: Easter Party at 11 a.m. Wear your Easter best!
Thursday, April 18: Easter Service and Grandfriends Day
Friday, April 19- Monday, April 22: Easter Holiday
Wednesday, April 24: Spirit Day


***More information on the Mother’s Day Tea coming soon!

It is so hard to believe it is almost April! We have loved learning all about space, famous authors, and the state of Texas. We loved hearing about what your children love about their dads while preparing for Dad’s night!

Easter and Nature All Around Us
Easter is just around the corner! As we prepare for this wonderful celebration of Easter, we wanted to share some helpful tips for talking about the Easter story with your child. Talking about death, specifically the crucifixion, can be tricky! As a Pre-k 4 team, we thought the guidelines listed below were a helpful resource for talking about Easter with our curious, little ones.

Tips for Talking to Children about Easter
(Full article: http://www.weekdayschoolorlando.org/news/4-ways-to-talk-about-easter-with-young-children)

1.    Keep it simple: Stick with the basics of the Easter story and save the details about nails, the crown of thorns or other painful details for when your child is older. You may simply say to your three year old: “Jesus was hurt by some bad guys and they put Him on the cross and He died.”  
2.    Tell the truth: Death is a part of life. If your child has lost a goldfish or a great-grandparent, they may have already felt the sadness that death can bring. In a gentle and simple way, talking about death helps a child understand their world and the promises of life after death with God.
3.    Focus on the GOOD NEWS: Jesus came to life again. He beat death! He made a way for us to go heaven! Easter is a story with a happy-ever-after ending.
4.    Answer their questions: Little people don’t process big things all at once. Expect lots of questions. Answer them the best you can, keeping in mind that short answers are best. It’s also okay to say, “I don’t know…what do you think?” Questions mean that your child is thinking about Jesus, which is a good thing!

We hope that you will join us for the Easter service and Grandfriends Celebration.

In addition to celebrating Easter, we are learning all about nature, plants, and spring in the coming weeks. We look forward to exploring all of the beautiful nature that God has created.
As always, reach out if you have any questions or concerns.

Love,

Mrs. Hines