Reminders:  

***Please label all jackets, sweaters, etc. as the weather turns colder.  Many of the jackets and sweaters look similar.  Thank you so much!  

***When it is your turn to bring snack, please bring enough snacks for 14 children for each day.  We have 14 children in each class.  Thank you so much!  

Snack Families:

1/7:  Craine (MWF) and Cardwell (T/TH)

1/14:  DeArman (MWF) and Elifson (T/TH)

1/21:  Green (MWF) and Hall (T/TH)

1/28:  Innamorati (MWF) and Hodges (T/TH)

2/4:  Kershaw (MWF) and Lord (T/TH)

 

Birthdays:  

1/23:  Happy Birthday, Cali!

1/26:  Happy Birthday, Betsy!

 

Coming Up:

1/7:  Classes resume

1/14:  Academy begins

1/15:  Spirit Day:  Your child may wear school colors instead of his/her uniform :o)

1/21:  MLK Holiday

 

Our Units:

"Clothing”

Dear Families,

We pray that you had a very merry Christmas and a wonderful and refreshing break!  Thank you so much for all of the beautiful cards and wonderful gifts!  You really blessed us!  

We finished up our unit on “Balls” and spent the last school week in December focusing on the true meaning of Christmas.  We enjoyed counting down the days until Christmas on our Christmas chain, reading special Christmas books, decorating the class Christmas tree, wrapping blocks with Christmas paper, making jingle bell bracelets, and painting all kinds of Christmas decorations.  Most importantly though, we talked about Jesus, the true reason we celebrate Christmas.    

This week, we began our new unit on Clothing.  We will be learning about Winter as well.  The Clothing unit offers a lot of engaging activities for the children.  They will get to wash clothes in our sensory bin and hang them up to dry with clothes pins (great for fine motor skills).  They will get to practice building their names with clothes pin letters.  They will work on math skills by sorting fabrics into smooth and rough, finding matching patterns in socks, and playing counting games with buttons.  They will sharpen fine motor skills by practicing fastening buckles, zipping zippers, snapping snaps, and buttoning buttons on our clothing boards.  These are just a few of the upcoming activities.

We continue to work on our pre-writing skills using our Handwriting without Tears curriculum.  Our letters that are coming up in January are:  Q, G, S, and J.  The children get to trace the letter of the week as they come into the classroom.  We also build the letter on the floor each week with our wooden pieces.  Finally, they trace the letter of the week each week in their Handwriting without Tears workbooks.  

We really love your children.  They are each so precious, and it is such a joy to watch them learn and grow!  

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  

Love, 

Miss Smith and Mrs. Lansch

 

At Home:

We have been working on using scissors in class the last few weeks of school.  The children really enjoy working with the scissors.  A fun activity to do at home is to let your child cut play dough or plastic straws.  The textures are interesting for the children to work with.  This is a fabulous way to continue strengthening their fine motor skills.  

Read to  your child/children all that you can.  This is one of the best ways to help your child succeed in school and a wonderful way to build a loving, positive connection with your child.  Christmas time is a fabulous time to read to your child because there are so many meaningful and fun Christmas books!  

 

Each of your children are so precious, and we love having them in our class!  May God bless each of you so richly.  

 

Reminders:  

***Please label all jackets, sweaters, etc. as the weather turns colder.  Many of the jackets and sweaters look similar.  Thank you so much!  

***When it is your turn to bring snack, please bring enough snacks for 14 children for each day.  We have 14 children in each class.  Thank you so much!  

Snack Families:

12/3:  Chalmers (MWF) and Baldwin (T/TH)

12/10:  Beasley (MWF) and Bandlamudi (T/TH)

12/17:   Chambers (MWF) and Brooks (T/TH)

1/7:  Craine (MWF) and Caldwell (T/TH)

 

Birthdays:  

12/8:  Happy Birthday, Brooks!

12/16:  Happy Birthday, Christopher!

 

Coming Up:

12/12:  Spirit Day!  Children may wear school colors instead of their uniforms.

12/14:  After school programs end

12/18:  T/TH Class Christmas Party at 10:30am - Parents and siblings are welcome :o)

12/19:  M/W/F Class Christmas Party at 10:30am - Parents and siblings are welcome :o)

12/20:  Christmas Program in the Sanctuary at 11:00am

12/21-1/6:  Christmas Break

 

Our Units:

"Balls” and Christmas

Dear Families,

We pray you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving!  We enjoyed getting to meet with you these last couple of days at Parent/Teacher Conferences.  Each of your children are so precious and are such a joy to have in the classroom.  

We continue to enjoy learning about “Balls” in our classroom.  We are conducting different experiments to see if all balls bounce and to build different kinds of ramps for the balls to see how they roll.  We loved having Mr. Hodges come and teach our class about different kinds of sports and Mr. Craine come and teach our class about football!  We are looking forward to having Mr. Kershaw come and talk with the class as well!  These special visits are such a treat for the children.  They enjoy them so much!  

In addition to exploring “Balls”, we will also be learning about the true meaning of Christmas and enjoy fun Christmas activities such as decorating the class Christmas tree, wrapping blocks, making candy cane bracelets and jingle bracelets, and making a Christmas chain to count down to Christmas.  

We continue to work on our pre-writing skills using our Handwriting without Tears curriculum.  Our letters that are coming up in December are:  C, O, and Q.  The children get to trace the letter of the week as they come into the classroom.  We also build the letter on the floor each week with our wooden pieces.  Finally, they trace the letter of the week each week in their Handwriting without Tears workbooks.  

We really love your children.  They are each so precious, and it is such a joy to watch them learn and grow!  

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  

Love, 

Miss Smith and Mrs. Lansch

 

At Home:

Christmas time is a fabulous time to incorporate fun learning experiences at home.  Children can make a Christmas chain with red and green paper links to count down the days to Christmas.  This works on counting skills.  They can help you measure and cook Christmas treats in the kitchen to strengthen math skills.  They can pretend to wrap Christmas presents by cutting wrapping paper with child safety scissors and using tape to wrap toys and blocks (this is a favorite they enjoy in the classroom each year).  Using scissors really strengthens their fine motor skills.  They can make Christmas cards for friends and family to work on fine  motor skills and creative expression.  

Read to  your child/children all that you can.  This is one of the best ways to help your child succeed in school and a wonderful way to build a loving, positive connection with your child.  

 

Each of your children are so precious, and we love having them in our class!  May God bless each of you so richly.  

Reminders:  

***Please label all jackets, sweaters, etc. as the weather turns colder.  Many of the jackets and sweaters look similar.  Thank you so much!  

***When it is your turn to bring snack, please bring enough snacks for 14 children for each day.  We have 14 children in each class.  Thank you so much!  

Snack Families:

11/5:  Simmons (MWF) and Sargent (T/TH)

11/12:  Sinclair (MWF) and Stone (T/TH)

11/26:  Zugaro (MWF) and Suder (T/TH)

12/3:   Chalmers (MWF) and Baldwin (T/TH)

 

Birthdays:  

11/3:   Happy Birthday, Hayes!

11/6:  Happy Birthday, Ben and Michael!

11/7:  Happy Birthday, Will!

 

Coming Up:

11/5:  Hearing/Vision/Speech Screening

11/6:  Spirit Day!  Children can wear school colors instead of their uniforms if they like.

11/8:  Open House from 5:30-6:30 (Children can come with their parents to show them our classroom, the specials areas, and the Book Fair). 

11/5-11/9:  Fall Book Fair

11/19-11/23:  Thanksgiving Break

11/28:  M/W/F Parent/Teacher Conferences

11/29:  T/TH Parent/Teacher Conferences

 

Our Units:

"Buildings" and "Balls"

Dear Families,

We are really enjoying learning about Buildings!  We have explored what buildings we have in our neighborhood, what happens inside different kinds of buildings, and what buildings are made of among other things.  The children have been making blue prints to plan their buildings in our Home Center.  They have used saws, hammers, screw drivers, and other tools to make their creations.  In the Sensory Bin, the children have been making buildings using shaving cream as mortar and water blocks as bricks.  They have also matched nuts and bolts, made patterns using real keys, matched number keys with the corresponding number locks, and built their names using magnetic letters.  They have really enjoyed using the big and little construction vehicles to move rocks and blocks for their buildings on the floor.  We have enjoyed reading some fabulous books about buildings such as The Three Little Pigs, Home Sweet House, and Buildings, Buildings, Buildings among others.  

We continue to work on our pre-writing skills using our Handwriting without Tears curriculum.  Our letters that are coming up in November are:  T, I, and U.  The children get to trace the letter of the week as they come into the classroom.  We also build the letter on the floor each week with our wooden pieces.  Finally, they trace the letter of the week each week in their Handwriting without Tears workbooks.  

In mid-November, we will begin our new unit on Balls.  This unit lends itself to a lot of fun experiments.  The children will get to explore whether or not all balls bounce, whether or not all balls roll, what balls are made of, and participate in other interesting activities with balls.  The children will get to create different kinds of ramps for the balls using materials in the classroom.  We will continue working on letter and number recognition, patterning, and counting as well.  

Another fun aspect of the Balls unit is exploring different sports that involve balls.  The children especially enjoy hearing from parents who have participated in sports.  If any of you played sports in high school, college, or recreationally, we would love for you to come and talk with the class about your sport!  The children enjoy learning from the parents who come to the class so much!  

We really love your children.  They are each so precious, and it is such a joy to watch them learn and grow!  

Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.  

Love, 

Miss Smith and Mrs. Lansch

 

At Home:

One of the biggest social skills three and four-year-olds are working on is taking turns.  A great way to help children learn to take turns is through playing board games, such as Candy Land, Chutes and Ladders, or other simple games.  This is also a fun way to spend quality time with your child/children.  Many board games also help children work on other skills such as counting, color recognition, etc.  

Read to  your child/children all that you can.  This is one of the best ways to help your child succeed in school and a wonderful way to build a loving, positive connection with your child.  

 

Each of your children are so precious, and we love having them in our class!  May God bless each of you so richly.