During the month of February, we enjoyed learning about famous artists and creating our own works of art! Our Space unit is teaching us all about the different planets, astronauts and what they do. In March, we look forward to some special activities including Book Character Day and Dad's Night!
March 4-March birthdays celebrated in Chapel-Langley and Penn
March 11-15-Spring Break!
March 19-Spirit Day
March 20-Book Character Day
March 25-29-Spring Book Fair
March 28-Dad's Night 5:30-6:30 pm.
Our Unit: Nature All Around Us
March reminds us of books, due to Dr. Seuss' birthday, the Book Fair and Book Character Day. We wanted to share our favorite authors to encourage you to read great, quality books to your children at home. Rich literature will deepen your child's love of reading.
Favorite Author: Jan Brett
Why? She is known for her colorful and detailed illustrations. I love reading her books to the kiddos because she gives a hint on each page about what is coming in the story. This engages them and keeps them wanting more!
Favorite Author: Ezra Jack Keats
Why? With simple texts, "neighborhood" experiences and topics that relate to a child's daily life, Keats' main character Peter, is fun-loving, imaginative and bright. His thoughtful side is evident in every book!
Favorite Author: Kevin Henkes
Why? Henkes uses relatable characters like Owen, Lilly, Chester and Chrysanthemum to help us explore our feelings in a comfortable, safe way. His books allow children to talk about emotions in a productive way after seeing how the characters handle situations.
Favorite Author: Eric Carle
Why? What's not to love about his books? Children of all ages love them. The colors are vibrant and the stories are playful, but his stories also offer children the opportunity to learn about topics that interest them.
Favorite Author: Mo Willems
Why? One of my favorite things about Mo Willems' books is there is almost always a part in each story that makes the children laugh hysterically! I also love his use of portraying feelings through his famed cartoon illustrations and characters.
As always, please let us know if we can help in any way!
The Pre-K 4 Team
Over the past few weeks, we have enjoyed learning how to stay healthy and take care of ourselves. This week we began to dive into our unit called, "Imagine It, Make It". It's all about using our imaginations!
February 4-Hunt (Michelle)
Upcoming Dates and Reminders:
February 4-February birthday celebrations in Chapel (Emma Kate, Cissy)
February 6-HPPDS Online Auction
February 14-Class Valentines Party-1:00. Parents are invited to join us for our party! Students may wear their Valentines best on this day.
February 20-Spirit Day!
February 27-Parent /Teacher Conferences. A schedule will follow shortly.
Upcoming Unit: Imagine It, Make It
Each week we have focused on a different letter of the alphabet. We practice identifying the letter, it's sound, how to correctly form and write it. We play around with letter by sharing the show and tell bag items brought from home, writing the letter in our alphabet books and then adding an item that begins with that particular letter, and engaging in various other activities. Alphabet knowledge is not only an important component of literacy, but a predictor for future reading success.
Some activities you can try at home to support your child in growing their alphabet knowledge include:
*Reading alphabet books like Chicka, Chicka Boom Boom and The Alphabet Tree.
*Playing your own show and tell bag game: have your child collect 5 or fewer items in a bag from around your house, then give clues to the rest of the family to guess what is hidden in the bag.
*Point out letters while reading books, out running errands (notice signs, letters on license plates), on mail, etc.
*Play with alphabet puzzles or letter matching games.
*Provide sensory exploration of the alphabet such as adding sprinkles to a tray and having you child use a large paintbrush to form letters in the sprinkles (could also use salt trays, clay, magnetic letters).
*Have your child help you make a grocery list and use a highlighter to find and highlight different letters on the list.
As alway, please reach out if you have any questions or concerns! Julie
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!
January 21-Chelsea Hunt
January 28-Chelsea Hunt
February 4-Michelle Hunt
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