Happy May Families,
We actually made it through the long winter! I've probably typed this too loud and we'll get snow in May!! Wouldn't be the first time.
This month we will be looking at a Spring theme. We've magically grown grass, flowers, birds, bees, and a few butterflies in the classroom. We will be searching for insects and all the above when we head outdoors this month. The last few days we have been talking about the Earth. How to take care of it and all the nature on Earth. What it means to protect our Earth and keep it happy. We are going to be learning about different insects. Our Board member, Jennifer Bogdan, will be bringing insects into the classroom for us and leaving with them....right Jennifer?? lol after the May long weekend. Now you know when Jennifer....haha
We are continuing on with our Show and Tell Days. We are really enjoying this part of our day. We have had fun show and tells. Thank you for continuing to watch the calendar for your child's day. It means a lot to them:) :) They have caught on very well as to what a question is and how to be patient waiting their turn to ask a question.
For those making plans, our last days of classes in June will be Monday June 17th and Tuesday June 18th. I strongly urge those that are planning to come back in the fall, please fill out your registration form and hand it in ASAP. We have been getting a list of new students for both classes for our fall session. We have a field trip at the end of May to the Cliff Wright Library for both classes, more details to follow.
Good Day Families,
I hope everyone is enjoying our beautiful weather! We have finally turned the corner, I think, for Spring.
Thank you to all the families for helping us on a fun field trip on Friday at Marian Gymnastics, I hope everyone had as much fun as I did, it's always a great day at that field trip. I am working on some more field trips, just waiting to hear back if we will be able to fit another one into April.
For April, both classes had helped to make playdough so that has been a fun activity. Our classroom changed into a more Spring like atmosphere. We have a spring tea time theme in the kitchen and we are talking about what Spring means, what it brings to us, how we dress, what different baby animals are called. How RAIN helps at Spring time. We will discuss Earth Day when we get a little closer and how we can help our planet.We will also be talking about a few bunnies and eggs. We will continue on with more letters. As well, we will slowly learn about rhymes, we go a little more heavy into rhymes near May.
Our Show and Tell is a big hit. The kids are doing excellent in figuring out what a question is, being patient waiting their turn to ask a question and we have had some great Show and Tells. It's proven to be as exciting as ever.
Please have kids dressed for the weather, maybe rubber boots as our mornings can still be a little wet and muddy.
Welcome to March, so far doesn't seem any different than February as far as weather goes...hopefully it warms up sooner than later.
Being our February was so short and we had a lot of sick children, we will use March to catch up on some of our Letters and a few more winter crafts. Our classroom has been transformed again from red, pink, purple and white Valentine hearts to green shamrocks and Leprechauns. From there we will talk about Leprechauns and spring on its way. We will talk about colours and rainbows.
We are also going to begin "Show and Tell" days in mid March. I will send out more info regarding this over the next week. But, basically, I will set up a calendar outside the class and send one home as well, so that you can keep track of when it is your child's turn to bring something from home to show and tell us about.
Welcome to February! It came up very fast and it's going to go very fast! Hopefully, everyone is surviving the cold. We have not even been able to use the gym, as it gets used by the school during indoor recesses. We are however, finding lots to do, as we have had a lot of kids sick and away. So we are trying to get everyone caught up as much as possible.
This month we will fit in some new letters, although it might be closer to the end of February being we have a break coming up and we have Valentines to concentrate on over this next week. We did learn about Groundhogs and the kids did a great job colouring their Groundhog and making his shadow. We will continue to talk about animals in the cold and Hibernation.
We will be having an Open House this week, if you are planning on returning with your child next year, please ask for a Registration form so we can get you enrolled for the classes you want before we fill up for September.
We will be having a couple of Valentine Parties next week. I will send out info on it tomorrow, as well as a class list of names, so the kids can make up Valentines for their friends.
Happy New Year!!
I hope everyone had some wonderful holidays and hopefully coming back healthy.
Thank you so much to everyone who gave me cards and gifts it was very thoughtful and kind.
Our year is starting out a bit cold, so soon as the weather calms down we will be heading outside. Please continue to dress your child for the weather and leave their boots at the front of the school near the office. When we go outside the kids will be needing snowpants, boots, hats and mittens, scarves or something to keep their face warm.
This month we will focus on the cold weather, snow and animals that live in the cold. Our kitchen theme this month is "Birthday Party". The kids can pretend it is someone's b'day and makeup gifts to give in gift bags. There is a birthday cake and b'day hats. We will continue to learn more letters and we have started learning the number 9 as in 2 0 1 9. Most of the children are spelling their names with the aid of our nametag. Very proud of their efforts. Please continue to help them achieve this success. They are so excited to show me their names.
I would like to remind families that we do have Late Fee Charges.
A number of families are showing up after 9:15am. Please remember to drop your child off at 9:00AM. Our class STARTS at 9:15. After 3 lates families may be charged a late fee that would have to be paid before your child can return to class. Your child needs time to get their nametag and shoes on and enjoy some playtime with their friends before we start at 9:15. After that it is very disruptive to the class. I encourage everyone to be respectful of these times.
Well, I can hardly believe December is upon us already. We have had a fantastic start or end to the year, depending how you view it. The kids in both classes are amazing and I want to take a moment to thank all of my wonderful families who have been so kind and generous in helping throughout the last few months.
December will go quickly as the holidays will be here soon. I am trying to squeeze a lot of holiday crafts in and some practice of our songs for our parties upcoming. We have been focusing on letters as you would have noticed. Now that the children are understanding of many of their own letters in their name, we are able to push forward with learning new letters in fun ways. When your child brings home a new letter , I encourage you to ask them what letter it is and what sound does it make.
Your children should be able to put on their own shoes and put their snack bags up by themselves by now. Please encourage this rather than do it for them. It is a big part of their independent growth and rewards them in feeling successful! If your child is having a hard time leaving you in the morning, I would suggest bringing them to class and then leaving quickly, prolonging your stay only prolongs their need for you and they do not focus on getting started with their shoes and nametags. Once families leave the children do what they need to do because they want to get to the playtime.
We will be doing our Annual Foodbank Drive starting Tuesday. Please feel free to drop off non-perishable goods to our classroom, I will have a bin setup for items to be put into. The last week of class I will ask a volunteer to drop off the food at our local Sobey;s for the Saskatoon Food Bank. This is to help families and individuals in need. We will talk about why we do this in class next week so the children can gain empathy.
I would like to start off saying a very big thank you to all the families that made the effort to get their children to and from the Dutch Growers Field Trip last week and also to our Halloween parties. As well as your donations of food and treats for our parties. Also the donation of pumpkins! Thank you very much.
This month of November has come around very quickly. It has been great to see the kids falling into a routine. I am really pleased to see how they have been doing so great at tracing the letters of their names. This month we will continue to work on recognizing different letters and different sounds of the letters. We have also been working on counting numbers.
Our Theme this month is Pets. I have turned the classroom into a Veterinary Clinic where the kids are pretending to be Vets and others are bringing their animals to be checked. We have also made the kitchen into a store where they can pretend to buy dog and cat food and dog bones. We are learning how we look after pets. I will be also talking about how we take care of ourselves and how to be healthy. We will also be talking about what it means to be peaceful this week in light of Remembrance Day.
Please be sure your children's change of clothes (in case of accident) are kept in their backpacks at all times. Please do not leave in the bottom of their locker. Last year we had some of the children's clothes taken either by accident or purposefully. Please continue to let your children put their shoes on
by themselves. It is a learning time for them to realize they have to use their hands to help themselves. It is a very proud moment and continues to be everytime they do these little things by themselves. On that note please remember when purchasing shoes or boots that these are items they can take off and put on themselves. It is great to see how well they are doing in recognizing their nametags.
Enjoy your November!!
Well we made it through our first month of preschool. I am very impressed at how quickly both classes have fallen into a routine and being able to recognize their nametag.
We have just been given gym times, meaning we have the small gym 3 times during the week. This will be great on days when the weather is not good to be out. Please dress your children for the weather everyday. We may go outside on any given day, so it would be a good idea to keep mittens and a hat in their backpack and always a warm coat and appropriate footwear.
This month we will be working on recognizing the letters in our names and learning to follow a dotted line to trace those letters. Please continue to do this activity at home with your child to speed up the learning process. We will also be learning about patterns, starting to learn the letters in the Alphabet, visually, hearing the sound the letter makes and words that start with a particular letter. Today we started the routine of having a helper each day with our calendar and helping me with little tasks in the classroom. This is a great confidence booster. Each child will have a turn as the days go by. We will learn what it means to be thankful and we are working on learning to take turns when to talk and listen to eachother during circle time. We use an object like a toy or a pointer for someone to hold while they are talking, the rest of us listen and then we pass the toy/pointer to the next friend to have a turn to talk. This help the children to understand visually who's turn it is to talk.
A reminder to all families to drop off at 9:00 and pickup at 11:30. Please do not send a big snack as our time is short for snack time.
We have a few important dates coming up and another newsletter regarding the field trip will be sent out closer to that date.
Have a great October!!