Welcome back and Happy New Year! I hope you all had a fabulous Christmas break surrounded by family and friends. I am looking forward to a wonderful semester full of growing and learning with each of your children.
- Week of January 14: Langley
- Week of January 21: Mehrens
- Week of January 28: Ray
Upcoming Dates and Reminders:
- Monday, January 14: After school programs begin
- Tuesday, January 15: Sprit Day!
- Monday, January 21: MLK Holiday - No school
- Wednesday, February 6: Show Your Love Online Auction
Past Unit: Christmas
Upcoming Unit: Growing Up Healthy
As we begin this new semester and continue to work towards goals for Kindergarten readiness, it is helpful to support your child by providing learning opportunities at home. We focus on letters and numbers often, but it is also very important to provide exciting and interactive opportunities to strengthen your child's fine motor skill development. Developing the strength in the small muscles that control the hand, fingers and thumb will help children to have correct pencil grip and gain control with writing utensils. Strong fine motor skills also help children complete important self-care tasks, such as buttoning and zipping. We incorporate a ton of fine motor development opportunities into our days here at school!
Now is the time to look for the "tripod grasp" when your child is writing at home. Your child will love to sit and color or write with you. You can also incorporate mazes, dot-to-dot, tracing, and games like tic-tac-toe.
Need other fun ideas?
- Use tweezers to transfer things from one place to another
- Peel and put stickers on plastic cups or paper
- Cut, cut, cut! Let them use scissors whenever possible!
- Give them a squirt bottle with water to help you clean
- Play games like Connect 4 or Operation
- Use tongs or chopsticks to eat
- Ask your child to try buttoning or zipping up their jacket
As always, practice makes perfect! Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!
We had a wonderful past month learning about many community helpers in our world. We are thankful for all that they do for us. We will spend the next few weeks celebrating Christmas!
- Week of December 3rd: Daniel
- Week of December 10th: Elifson
- Week of December 17th: Fitzgerald
Upcoming Dates and Reminders:
- Monday, December 3rd: Celebrate December birthdays in chapel (8:45 in Wynne Chapel)
- Wednesday, December 12th: Sprit Day!
- Thursday, December 13th: Our class leads chapel! (8:45 in Wynne Chapel)
- Wednesday, December 19th: Christmas party (11:00 in our room)
- Thursday, December 20th: Christmas service (11:00 in the sanctuary)
- Monday, January 7th: Back to school after Christmas break
Past Unit: Community Helpers
Upcoming Unit: Christmas
We have had a fantastic time learning about our community through play during our time in centers! Here are some of the benefits of having centers in the classroom:
- Center time allows children time to grow in their social skills. They are learning how to join in on already established play. The children are learning how to negotiate the guidelines of what they will be doing in the center and how to divvy up tasks when it is time to clean up.
- Centers help kids learn by practicing what they have been taught. It is a safe place to make mistakes. "New to them" skills will also crop up. These are the "ah ha" moments that are so exciting to observe! Language development occurs during centers because it allows children to interact with their peers.
Dramatic play, the reading corner, science/math, sensory table, blocks, writing and art are available centers weekly. Ask your child what they did in specific center today. You'll be amazed at how much they have learned!
I can't wait to introduce the children to new Christmas themed centers next week!
As always, please reach out if you have any questions or concersns
- We will be recognizing all November birthdays in chapel on Monday, November 5th, at 8:45 am
- Monday, November 5th: hearing and vision testing
- November 5th-9th: Fall Book Fair
- Tuesday, November 6th: Spirit Day
- Thursday, November 8th: Open House from 5:30-6:30 (Bring your child with you!)
- Monday, November 19th- November 23rd: Thanksgiving holiday
- Wednesday, November 28th: Parent/ Teacher Conferences (more information to come!)
Upcoming snack families:
Week of November 5: Springer
Week of November 12: Babb
Week of November 26: Cannon
We had so much fun learning about animals during the animal unit, and we are now moving into our unit about community helpers. We will learn a new poem with each unit. After introducing the poem, we will use it to teach many different aspects of literacy. For example, this past unit we learned a poem called "The Zoo". Together we...
-identified rhyming words
-used a pointer to follow along from left to right to teach text directionality and concepts of print
-practiced reading fluently and with excitement
-used picture clues to help us read by looking at the illustrations
-counted letters and words
-counted syllables of animal names
and so much more!
To extend at home,
-your child might have fun reciting it with you
-begin the sentence and let your child fill in the final word (you say: "1,1 the zoo is...", child says: "fun!")
-clap syllables of other animal names
-illustrate the poem at home (ask questions like... does your elephant have ears? Does an elephant have a body? Etc.)
-ask your child about their new poem about community helpers
Below is the poem.
1,1 the zoo is fun
2,2 see the kangaroo
3,3 see a chimpanzee
4,4 hear the lion's roar
5,5 watch the seals dive
6,6 a monkey doing tricks
7,7 an elephant named Kevin
8,8 a tiger looking great
9,9 penguins marching in a line
10, 10 I want to come again!