Dear Families, 

Christmas has passed and the New Year has begun!  We will be learning how to keep our bodies healthy this month as well as having fun with some winter activities!

Snack Families:

January 14-Frierson

January 21-Chelsea Hunt

January 28-Chelsea Hunt

February 4-Michelle Hunt

February 11-Kelley

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

January 14-After school program

January 15-Spirit Day!

January 21-No school

February 4-February birthdays celebrated in Chapel

February 6-Show Your Love Online Auction

Our Unit:  Growing Up Healthy

As we begin this new semester and start talking more about kindergarten readiness, I always have parents ask how they can help at home. We often focus on letters and numbers, 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 skill 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! I am looking forward to a wonderful semester full of growing and learning. Let me know if you have any questions or concerns!  Julie

Dear Families,

The month of November has been an exciting month learning about our community and celebrating Thanksgiving.  We are looking forward to the month of December as we celebrate our Savior's birth!

Snack Families:  

Dec. 3-Burns

Dec. 10-Conroy

Dec. 17-Doak

Jan. 7-Ellis

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

Dec. 3-December birthdays will be celebrated in Chapel

Dec. 13-After school programs end

Dec. 19-Class Christmas Party-12:45

Dec. 20-Sanctuary Service-11:00

Dec. 21-Jan. 6-Christmas Break!

Jan. 7-School begins

          January birthdays celebrated in Chapel 

Unit:  Christmas and Christmas around the World

We have had a fantastic time learning about our community through play during our time in centers!  Here are the benefits of having centers in our 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’ll be doing in the center and how to divvy up tasks when it’s time to clean up.

 

  • Centers help kids become more self –aware as they are learning time management and exploring what they’re interested in.  Self -regulation is practiced during center time-how they talk to their friends, keeping hands to themselves and regulating their emotions are happening every day.

 

  • Centers help kids learn by practicing what they’ve 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, Library, Science, Sensory Table, Blocks, Writing, Math and Art are centers that the children are invited to work in every day.  So ask your child what they did in a specific center today. You’ll be amazed at how much they’ve learned! 

 

Dear Families,

The month of October has been an exciting month learning about our amazing animals!  We are looking forward to the month of November as we learn about our community.

Snack Families:

Nov. 5-Moore

Nov. 12-O

Nov. 26-Rowsey

Dec. 3-Burns

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

Nov. 5-Birthdays recognized in chapel

            Hearing/Vision Testing

            Book Fair begins 

Nov. 6-Spirit Day!

Nov. 8-Open House-5:30-6:30  Bring your kiddos so they can show you around the 

            school and meet their specials teachers!  You may also purchase your child's 

            artwork.

Nov. 12-Field trip to the Firestation!  9:30-10ish

Nov. 19-23-Thanksgiving Vacation!  No school

Nov.28-Parent/Teacher conferences-I will send out a schedule soon.  If you have                

             a conflict with your time, you may switch with another parent.  Just let me 

             know.

Our Unit:  Our Community

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”. They loved memorizing and acting out the poem, and they had no idea all the many things they were learning along the way. Together, we...

- used hilighter tape to identify letters and sounds

- identified rhyming words 

- identified numbers

- 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 their learning 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.

The Zoo!

1,1, the zoo is fun

2,2, see a 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 was to come again!