Reminders:  

Snack Families:

3/4:  Simmons (MWF) and Sargent (T/TH)

3/18:  Sinclair (MWF) and Stone (T/TH)

3/25:  Sugar (MWF) and Suder (T/TH)

4/1:  Beasley (MWF) and Baldwin (T/TH)

 

Birthdays:  

3/10:  Happy Birthday to Zara!  

 

Coming Up:

3/7:  T/TH class leads Chapel from 8:45-9:00am.  Family members may come and sit in the chairs at the back of the  Chapel.   

3/11-3/15:  Spring Break

3/25-3/29:  Spring Book Fair

3/28:  Dad's Night at 5:30pm

 

 

Our Units:

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle, Spring, and Exercise

Dear Families,

We pray that you have had a fabulous February!  We are enjoying this time with your children so much!  They have really done a great job in Chapel and have used such nice manners.  We are in the midst of our Reduce, Reuse, Recycle unit.  Ask the children about sorting trash into the recycling bins, using old things to create new things, and painting with toilet paper rolls and water bottles.  The children have demonstrated a great deal of creativity and ingenuity as they work with "trash" to create new things and use "trash" as tools for the Sensory Bin, the easel, and the Blocks Center.  We are working more on tracing our names at this time and on hearing the starting sounds in words as well.  We continue to work on sorting, patterning, and counting too.   

Later in March, we will do a short unit about Spring and begin our unit on Exercise.  We will also continue to work on our Handwriting without Tears.  Our letters of the week that are coming up this month include:  R, K, A, and M.

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

Love, 

Miss Smith and Mrs. Lansch

 

At Home:

At school, we have been working on rhyming words and beginning sounds of words.  These are difficult skills to learn for threes and fours, but it is a great time to introduce these skills through play.  You can help children learn to recognize rhyme by reading rhyming books (Cat and the Hat and other Dr. Suess books are great for this) and helping your children notice the rhymes.  You can also play with their names and sing words that rhyme with their name.  They really enjoy the silliness of this.  A simple game to play that works on beginning sounds and letter-sound connection is to select two or three letters and then select a couple of toys for each letter.  Have your child help the toys find the letter with which they start.  

Read together each day.  Reading with your child is one of the best things you can do to help them succeed in school, and it can be such a special time of bonding 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:  

Snack Families:

2/4:  Kershaw (MWF) and Lord (T/TH)

2/11:  None (MWF) and Manheimer (T/TH)

2/18:  McClintock (MWF) and Rowell (T/TH)

2/25:  Phillips (MWF) and Sargent (T/TH)

3/4:  Simmons (MWF) and Sargent (T/TH)

 

Birthdays:  

No February birthdays, but we look forward to celebrating birthdays again soon :o)

 

Coming Up:

2/4:  Chapel begins for Pre-K3 students

2/6:  Online Auction

2/13:  M/W/F Valentine's Day Party at 10:30

2/14:  T/TH Valentine's Day Party at 10:30

2/20:  Spirit Day!  Children may wear school colors instead of uniforms

2/27:  M/W/F Conferences (no school for children that day) 

2/28:  T/TH Conferences (no school for children that day)

 

Our Units:

Clothes and Reduce, Reuse, Recycle

Dear Families,

We pray that you are having a fantastic start to the new year!  We have loved being back with the children again!  Learning about clothes and winter has been a lot of fun.  Ask the children about playing in the snow, washing clothes, and hanging them up to dry.  Ask them about counting the right number of buttons to match the numbers on the socks or about matching pairs of mittens with different patterns.  If you get a chance, stop by and read some of the dictations on the wall right outside our classroom.  The children have some wonderful thoughts related to the study of clothes.  

In the next couple of weeks, we will begin our unit on Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.  We will also continue to work on our Handwriting without Tears.  Our letters of the week that are coming up this month include:  D, P, B, and R.

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

Love, 

Miss Smith and Mrs. Lansch

 

At Home:

February is a fabulous month for children to practice writing their names.  They can work on making Valentines for their friends at school or for loved ones and practice signing their names or even just writing the first letter in their names.  At school, we begin by writing in all uppercase letters because they are easier for the children to write, but either way is great.  We always start our letters at the top because research has shown that in the long run, this is the most efficient way for people to write.  The children feel so proud and accomplished when they are able to write their name or even the first letter in their name, and making Valentines or signing them is a fun activity.

Read together each day.  Reading with your child is one of the best things you can do to help them succeed in school, and it can be such a special time of bonding 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:

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.