Dear Families,

Thank you all for taking the time to come to conferences this week. It was great to talk with you about your children. They are each so special! 

Snack Families:

  • Week of March 4 - Leckband
  • Week of March 18 - Mathot
  • Week of March 25 - Merrill
  • Week of April 1 - Ramundt

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

  • March 11th - March 15th - Spring Break! 
  • March 19th - Spirit Day!
  • March 20th - Book Character Day! Come dressed as your favorite book character.
  • March 25th - March 29th - Spring Book Fair!
  • March 28th - Dad's Night from 5:30-6:30pm

Our Upcoming Unit: Nature All Around Us

Over the past few weeks, we have enjoyed learning about and using our imagination. We learned about artists and splatter painted with Mrs. Hahn's class; worked in teams to create something out of boxes and various other materials; and discussed and came up with ways we use our imagination everyday. Of course, we did spend a week talking about love and celebrated by giving each other valentines at our Valentine's Day party! 

March reminds us of books because of 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. 

MrsFaircloth

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 next in the story. This engages them and keeps them wanting more!

Mrs. Hahn

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!

Mrs. Hines

Favorite Author: Kevin Henkes

Why? Henkes uses relatable characters like Lilly, Owen, 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.

Mrs. Lee

Favorite Author: Eric Carle

Why? What's not 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.

Mrs. Puckett

Favorite Author: Mo Willems

Why? One of my favorite things about Mo Willems's 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 illustrations and characters. 

As always, please let us know if we can help in any way!

Love,

The Pre-k4 team

 

 

Dear Families,

We have had a wonderful start to our new semester and have gotten back into our school routine! We have an exciting month of February coming up!

Snack Families:

  • Week of February 4 - Good
  • Week of February 11 - Fuge
  • Week of February  18 - Higginbottom
  • Week of February 25 - LeBlanc
  • Week of March 4 - Leckband

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

  • February 4th - Celebrate February Birthdays in chapel. 
  • February 6th - HPPDS Online Auction
  • February 14th - Valentine's Party! The party starts at 1:00pm in our room. Parents are invited to join for the party, and students may wear their Valentine's best to school this day!
  • February 20th - Spirit Day!
  • February 27th - Parent/Teacher Conferences (No school for the children)

Our Upcoming Unit: Imagine It, Make It

Over the past few weeks, we have enjoyed learning how to stay healthy and take care of ourselves. This Week, we began our new unit called, "Imagine It, Make It" all about using our imaginations!

Each week we have focused on a different letter of the alphabet. We practice identifying the letter, its sound, how to correctly form and write it. We play around with the letter by sharing the show and tell bag items brought from home, using various materials to write the letters with, listing words that begin with that 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 the 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 rainbow sprinkles to a tray and having your child use a large paint brush 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 always, please reach out if you have questions or concerns. 

Love,

Mrs. Faircloth and Miss Zeller

Dear Families,

We hope you had a merry Christmas and a wonderful break. Thank you so much for all of the cards and gifts. You really blessed us! 

Snack Families:

  • Week of January 14 - LeBlanc
  • Week of January 21 - Bohil
  • Week of January  28 - Campbell
  • Week of February 4 - Good

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

  • January 14th - Enrichment classes begin. 
  • January 15th - Spirit Day!
  • January 21st - MLK Holiday. No School. 
  • February 6th - Show Your Love Online Auction

Our Upcoming Unit: Growing Up Healthy

We had so much fun learning during the Christmas season. We learned some holiday traditions of Germany, China, Mexico, Norway, & France. We also wrote Christmas lists, made ornaments, and retold the Christmas story. We learned about and celebrated the birth of Jesus. 

As we begin this new semester and start talking more about kindergarten readiness, you may start thinking how can I 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 zippering. 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.

Other fun ideas include:

  • 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

Let us know if you have a questions. We are so excited for the remainder of an already amazing school year!

Love,

Mrs. Faircloth and Miss Zeller