Friday, October 13, 2017

October 10th - 13th, 2017

This week, we continued learning about the farm. We talked about different chores on the farm and the steps for planting. We learned that you need five things to make a plant grow; a seed, sun, soil, air, and water. In our small groups, we sorted leaves by small, medium, and large. The children also cut out pictures of farmers and ducks, and made AB patterns on sentence strips. We also worked on a multi-media farm mural, using different textures such as cotton balls, tissue paper and yarn to make farm animals. Next week we will make the grass, pond, and sun, and put our mural together.

The kids have been very interested in the acorns and leaves that are falling on the playground! They have been collecting them and we have talked about how they compare to each other (which ones are large, which are tiny, which ones have caps, the colors of the leaves, etc). In our dramatic play area, we re-created scenes from our unit book, Farmer Duck. The children pretended to be doing the chores the duck had to do around the farm. They loved pretending to be the duck and yelling out “Quack” whenever we asked them how the work was going, just like in the book!

Centers this week:
Sensory: Beans and tweezers for sorting
Art: Farm animals
Blocks: Cars
Writing: Magnet boards
Dramatic play: Farmer Duck
Manipulatives: Magna tiles

Books we read:
I’m a Seed by Jean Marzollo
Eddie’s Garden and How to Make Things Grow by Sarah Garland
Anywhere Farm by Phyllis Root

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend Back to School Night! Have a great weekend!

Friday, October 6, 2017

October 2nd - 6th, 2017

This week we started our unit on Farm / Harvest. We learned about barns (where animals sleep), silos, and some of the work that needs to be done on a farm. We read a book, Farmer Duck, in which a duck ends up doing all the work on the farm because the farmer doesn’t want to work. The children had a lot to say about the duck’s situation! They said the farmer was “not very friendly,” that “the duck must be so tired because he’s picking the apples,” “the other animals helped him” and “that duck needs a nap!” Next week, we will re-enact the story in our dramatic play area.

In our small groups, we sorted shapes (squares, triangles and rectangles). Some of the shapes were black and some were white. Figuring out where to put them was a little bit tricky because they didn’t look exactly the same, but the kids did a wonderful job of focusing on the shape and not the color! We also played a memory game using farm animals.

Books we read:
Farmer Duck by Martin Waddell
The Little Red Hen by Paul Galdone
Duck in a Truck by Jez Alborough

There is no school on Monday, October 9th. Our Back to School Night will be taking place on Wednesday, October 11th, at 6:30PM for AM parents and 7:00PM for PM parents. Please note this event is for parents / guardians only. We hope to see you next week!

Friday, September 29, 2017

September 18th - 29th, 2017

We have had fun adjusting to the school year! We continued learning about the rules and routines of school. We talked about what it means to be a friend and the ways in which we help our friends at school. In our small groups, we practiced cutting using a correct hold on the scissors. We sorted letters by whether or not the letters are in our names, and we made a picture collage of things we like to do with our friends. We also started our handwriting curriculum, Handwriting Without Tears. We learned that all of the letters can be made with the following: a big line, a little line, a big curve, and a little curve. We practiced writing the letter “L.”

Books we read this week:
Thinking Thoughts and Feeling Feelings (Social Thinking) by MIchelle Garcia Winner
Chicka Chicka Boom Boom by Bill Martin Jr.
Corduroy by Don Freeman

Next week our small groups will be:
Handwriting: “E”
Farm Memory
Coloring scenes from the farm
Shape sorting

Next week we will start our first Unit of the supplemental OWL curriculum, Farm / Harvest.
Our small groups next week will be:
Handwriting: “E”
Farm memory
Coloring scenes from the farm
Shape sorting

Have a great weekend!

Friday, September 15, 2017

September 11th - 15th, 2017

We had a fun and busy first week of school! We learned each other’s names, adjusted to the rules and routines of the school day, and played on both playgrounds! The kids loved playing on the climbing structures, using the large spinner and swings on the big playground, and climbing on and under the rock wall. The see-saw was also very popular. The children also enjoyed watching the construction taking place outside of our building. They were fascinated by the excavator and various forklifts we saw throughout the week!

Books we read:
The Kissing Hand by Audrey Penn
Know and Follow Rules by Cheryl Meiners
Corduroy Goes to School by B.G. Hennessey and Don Freeman
Playground Day by Jennifer Merz

Next week we will work on continuing to get to know each other and on writing or tracing our names.

Thank you to everyone for following our drop off and pick up procedures. Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year!

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

Arrival/Dismissal – The first day of school is Monday, September 11th. School hours are 8:30 - 11:30AM for AM students and 12:30 - 2:30PM for PM students. There will be an Open House held in the classroom on Thursday, September 7th, from 9:00 - 9:30 for AM students and 10:00 - 10:30 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 or in pull ups please send in an extra set of clothes, underwear and/or extra pull ups.  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 Thursday, September 7th, from 9:00 - 9:30 for AM students and 10:00 - 10:30 for PM students. We hope to see you there!