Monday, August 13, 2018

Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! 

We are very excited to meet you and your children! Below is some helpful 
information for the start of school:

Arrival/DismissalThe first day of school is Thursday, September 6th. 
School hours are 8:10 - 11:10AM for AM students and 12:10 - 2:10PM for
PM students. There will be an Open House held in the classroom on 
Wednesday, September 5th, from 11:00 - 11:30 for AM students 
and 1:00 - 1:30 for PM students. We will be reviewing the parking, 
drop off and pick up procedures at this time.

Extra Clothes- During your first week of school, please send in a 
complete change of play clothes (shirt, pants, socks, underwear/diapers, 
etc) for your child to keep here at school. This will come in handy in case of 
any water spills or accidents.  Please place clothes in a labeled zip lock bag. 
We will ask for changes of clothes as the seasons change. It is important 
that we have weather appropriate clothing to change your child into should 
we need to change them. Please label everything!

Toileting and toilet training – If your child is toilet training please send 
in an extra set of clothes and underwear.  Also please let us know if your 
child is toilet training as we would like to support this process at school 
using the same language, praise and schedule that you use at home to 
ensure consistency. If your child is toilet trained, please send them to 
school in clothes that they can manipulative mostly independently 
(overalls, belts, and onesies are hard for young children!) We are happy 
to help with zippers and buttons on jeans.

Backpacks – It is very important for your child to have an appropriately 
sized backpack so that all classroom materials can get home safely.  Please 
make sure your child’s backpack is large enough to hold a 10x12-inch folder 
and their snack. Also, your child does not need a lunchbox but if they have 
more than two things to carry (one snack and a drink) we recommend that 
they have one to carry everything to the snack table.

Snack Time- We will have a snack time every day. Your child will need one 
snack and one drink to enjoy during snack time.  Due to food allergies, we 
are a nut-sensitive facility. Please do not send in any food that contains 
peanuts or tree nuts.

Again, there will be an Open House in our classroom on Wednesday, 
September 5th, from 11:00 - 11:30 for AM students and 1:00 - 1:30 
for PM students. We hope to see you there!

Friday, June 1, 2018

We’ve had an exciting few weeks! We finished our unit on the five senses.
In our small groups, we sorted items by which sense you use with it (the 
sense of smell for flowers, sight for a magnifying glass, etc) and sorted items 
by how they feel: sticky, smooth, bumpy, or soft. Also, five butterflies emerged 
from their cocoons! We released them and the children were excited to watch
 them flutter away!

We also had our end-of-the-year celebrations. Thank you to everyone who was 
able to attend! The children did a great job singing and everyone was excited to 
have their families visit them at school. Next week we will begin our last unit of 
the year, on camping.

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Pet vet
Sensory:  Water
Art:  Collages
Writing: Dry erase markers
Blocks: Legos
Manipulatives: Puzzles

Books we read:
Hedgehugs by Steve Wilson and Lucy Tapper
The Very Hungry Caterpillar by Eric Carle
Crocodile Beat by Gail Jorgensen

Have a great weekend!

Friday, May 11, 2018

We have had a busy and fun two weeks! We have caterpillars in our 
classroom and have been watching them grow. This week, they went into 
cocoons. The children were excited to think about when they would become 
butterflies (we think it will be early next week!). We have also been enjoying
the sunny weather!

We continued our unit on the five senses. We talked about how our five senses 
help us experience and enjoy the world. We read a book, Seven Blind Mice,
about seven mice who cannot see. They discover something new near their 
pond and take turns trying to figure out what it is, using their sense of touch. Their 
guesses included a cliff, a rope, a snake, and a fan. The last mouse to explore felt 
the entire object instead of just one part, and figured out that the new object was - 
an elephant! The kids enjoyed trying to figure out what the object was along with
the mice. In our small groups, we played sense memory, sorted pictures by beginning 
sound, and sorted pictures by whether they were soft or hard.

Centers this week:
Dramatic Play: Ice cream shop
Sensory:  Beans
Art: Special project
Writing: Model magic and letter cards
Blocks: Farms
Manipulatives:  Pegboards

Books we read:
Seven Blind Mice by Ed Young
The Listening Walk by Paul Showers and Aliki
Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What do you See? by Eric Carle

Our end of the year celebration will be on Thursday, May 24th! The children will be 
singing songs and celebrating with popsicles. The AM show is at 10:45 and the 
PM show is at 1:45. Younger siblings are welcome. We hope to see you then!

Have a great weekend!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Everyone was excited to see each other after the vacation week! We finished our 
unit on Transportation. We reviewed various forms of transportation and how people 
get from one place to another. We asked the children what their favorite form of 
transportation was. There were a lot of different responses: the bus, bicycles, and 
airplanes were mentioned a lot, along with “the purple train,” “my scooter,” “my 
mom’s car,” and “a pony that I rode on at a birthday party.”

In our small groups, we talked about things you would pack in a suitcase and glued
those things onto a suitcase. Some of the children were unsure of whether or not you 
would pack a teddy bear but after some discussion, it was decided that you could pack
a teddy bear in a suitcase. We also played alphabet memory and did rhyming word puzzles.

Centers this week:
Sensory: Sand
Art: Sailboats
Manipulatives: Sorting vehicle counters
Blocks: Cars and tracks
Writing: Large puzzle
Dramatic play: Space ship

Books we read: 
Sail Away by Donald Crews 
The Little Engine that Could by Watty Piper 
Thinking with Our Eyes (Social Thinking)

Next week we will begin our next unit, on the Five Senses. Have a great weekend!

Thursday, April 5, 2018

We started our new unit on Transportation. We learned what it means to transport 
something (to move it from one place to another) and talked about various forms of 
transportation. The children enjoyed sharing their experiences traveling in airplanes, 
taxis, and trains! This week we read The Adventures of Taxi Dog, a rhyming story 
in which a dog gets adopted by a taxi driver. They meet a lot of interesting people in 
their rides around town! The children enjoyed the story because “of the rhyming 
words,” “the dog is silly,” “the dogs gets a home” and “they go to the airport.” In our 
small groups, we played a memory game with our unit words and practiced identifying 
beginning sounds of words.

We sorted forms of transportation by whether they were used on land, in the air, 
or in the water. The children did a great job looking at the pictures and thinking 
about where they have seen those vehicles. We also played “the parking lot 
game,” in which children roll one or two dot dice, then count all of the dots
 together to figure out which numbered parking lot spot (1-12 or 1-6) in which 
to park.  It’s tricky to remember to keep counting on when you go from one die 
to another, instead of starting over at 1, but they did a nice job! They were also 
very excited when their parking lots got filled.

Books we read:
The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barracca
Freight Train by Donald Crews
Road Builders by B.G. Hennessey
Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus! by Mo Willems

Centers this week:
Dramatic play: Fishing boat
Art: Watercolor painting
Writing: Unit words and dry erase markers
Sensory table: Vehicles and rice
Manipulatives: Mobilos
Blocks: Trains

Have a great weekend!