24 Jan Newsletter | January 19-21, 2016
Although it was a short week, it was filled with learning and fun! This week’s theme was Mermaids and the Ocean. There was a lot of exploring and pretending!
Our week started with our Letter of the Week. We put mermaids on the letter M and made a list of 24 words that start with M. There was a boat for “fishing” in the dramatic play area and ocean play in the sensory table. The children learned a new song called “Five Little Mermaids.” The weather kept us in but we enjoyed doing the Chicken Dance and “What If” song. At closing circle the children were able to explore some ocean creatures – sea sponges and sea horses.
On Wednesday, Miss Rebecca came with her dog Stanley to read stories. The children also made a sea turtle craft, and learned about how the sea turtle is a protected animal. At closing circle the children were able to explore a porcupine fish! The aftercare friends were able to explore more ocean creatures including sea stars, sand dollars, and sea anemone. They also were able to participate in a new form of gross motor play – making music with their feet (with a piano mat)!
On Thursday, Miss Courtney was in the classroom for the morning so that Miss Kaleigh and Miss Chris could conduct parent conferences. With the help of Miss Tiffany and Miss Alba the children water-colored sea horses and used bubble wrap to paint sea stars. We were also finally able to get outside to enjoy some fresh air and gross motor play. We were excited to celebrate Kane’s 5th birthday on Thursday as well!
Our stories for the week included:
The Singing Mermaid by Julia Donaldson and Lydia Monks
One Tiny Turtle by Nicola Davies
The Rainbow Fish by Marcus Pfister
Commotion in the Ocean by Giles Andreae
Mister Seahorse by Eric Carle
Sea Turtles by Gail Gibbons
Try asking these specific questions to encourage your child to share more details about his or her day:
“Who did you sit next to at circle/lunch?”
“Who were the handy helpers?”
“What number did your class put on the calendar?”
“What counters did the handy helper choose?”
“What was the story today?”
“What songs did you sing?”
“What was the letter of the week?” (on Tuesdays)
“What word did you add to the letter of the week list?”
Scholastic book orders are due back by Wednesday, January 27th. Please let us know if you need another order form. The books should be delivered in time for Valentine’s Day!
Please be sure to send in snow clothes, labeled with your child’s name, to school.
Quotes of the Week:
Kane – “When I skip, I feel wind on my head.”
Nila – “We have a pond at our house and we ice skate on it.”
Hadley – “I’m growing pretty big.”
William – “I have two spy scopes and one magnifying glass that lights up in the dark.”
Cooper – “Lunch is serious business.”
Cassidy – “My brother had a loose tooth when he was ten.”
Eliza – “Sometimes I sit on the big potty and sometimes I sit on the little potty and sometimes I sit on the other big potty.”