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

Dear Families,

We have had a wonderful month of November, and we cannot wait to start December!

Snack Families:

  • Week of Dec 3 - Campbell
  • Week of Dec 10 - Good
  • Week of Dec 17 - Gottsch
  • Week of Jan 7 - Higginbottom

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

  • December 12th - Spirit Day! Wear our school colors!
  • December 14th- Last day of Enrichment classes for the semester. No Enrichment classes the last week of school Dec 17th - Dec 20th. 
  • December 19th - Class Christmas Party! All are invited to join us at 11:00am to celebrate.
  • December 20th - Christmas Sanctuary Service at 11:00am. Come watch your kiddo shine. Early dismissal in the classroom following the service.  
  • December 21st - January 6th - Christmas Holiday Break

Our Upcoming Unit: Christmas & Christmas Celebrations Around the World

We had so much fun learning during our Community Unit. We made a map of our community (including our favorite locations), talked about community helpers that we are thankful for, and thought about what we may want to be when we grow up. We also had a fantastic time learning about our community through play during our time in workshops! Here are the benefits of having workshops in our classroom:

1. Workshop time allows children time to grow in their social skills. They are learning how to join in on already established play. They are learning how to negotiate the guidelines of what they’ll be doing in the workshop and how to work together to clean up. 

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

3. Workshops help kids learn by practicing what they’ve been taught. It is a safe place to make mistakes.

4. Language development occurs during workshops because it allows children to interact with their peers.

5. Play is healthy. It is joyful and relieves stress and anxiety. 

Dramatic Play, Reading, Science, Sensory Table, Blocks, Writing, Math and Art are workshops that the children are invited to work in every day. So ask your child what they did in a specific workshop. You’ll be amazed at how much they’ve learned!

Let us know if you have a questions. We hope you are blessed throughout this holiday season!

Love,

Mrs. Faircloth and Miss. Zeller

Dear Families,

We have had a wonderful month of October, and I cannot believe it is already November!

Snack Families:

  • Week of Nov 5 - Shaikh
  • Week of Nov 12 - Ward
  • Week of Nov 26 - Bohil
  • Week of Dec 3 - Campbell

Upcoming Dates and Reminders:

  • November 5th - November Birthdays celebration in chapel at 8:45am.
  • November 5th - Fire Station Field Trip. If you signed up to help please meet us in the carpool area between 9:00am and 9:15am. If you did not sign up to help and would like to, please let me know. 
  • November 5th -November 9th - Fall Book Fair!
  • November 6th - Spirit Day! Wear your red, white, and navy gear. 
  • November 8th - Open House from 5:30pm-6:30pm. Please bring your kiddos. This is a time for them to show you our classroom, and all of the things they have been working on at school. 
  • November 19th - November 23rd - Thanksgiving Holiday!
  • November 29th - Parent/Teacher Conferences

Our Unit: Our Community

We had so much fun learning about animals during the Animal Unit. We drew our favorite animals, we learned where different animals live, created different habitats in teams, and talked about how they change and grow. Of course, we also spent a week learning about dinosaurs. We measured a T-Rex foot and compared it to ours, dug for fossils in the sensory bin, and read so many books. We are now moving into our unit about our Community.

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 reading and acting out the poem, and they had no idea all the things they were learning along the way. Here is the poem we learned in our animal unit:

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 want to come again!

After reading, together, we...
- used expo markers to identify letters, sounds, words, and numbers
- identified rhyming words 
- used a pointer to follow along from left to right to teach text directionality and concepts of print
- practiced reading fluently and with excitement
-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 animal names
- count the words in each line
- illustrate the poem at home (Ask questions like... does your elephant have ears? Does an elephant have a body? Etc.)
- next week, ask your child about their new poem about community helpers

We love your children, and enjoy watching them learn and grow everyday! Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have any questions.

Love,

Mrs. Faircloth and Miss. Zeller