Happy July to one and all!
We’re excited the start the month off with a Bang, Pop, and Crackle! as we jump right into Fourth of July projects to celebrate our country’s Independence Day with some fun activities. But the fun doesn’t stop there! On July 6th we will be bouncing with Spongebob, so remember to prepare for our second bouncehouse of the summer. And, speaking of bouncehouses, have you checked out photos from our first bouncehouse yet? If not, head over to our gallery page.
By now, you have surely noticed that the cucumber and tomato plants in our environmental garden have been growing like crazy. We will soon start planting and transplanting some bean plants, so make sure to ask your kid(s) about recent developments in the garden.
Aside from that, this month will be ripe with all sorts of other activities. We will be sensorily exploring clean and dirty mud; as a tastier corollary to that, we will also be making yummy dirt cups. We will be making moon sand, fossils, clay bowls, and, funnest of all, we will be making Slime. To develop our artistic abilities, we will be painting toast (yep, like the bread!), and, well, also regular canvases. As part of our cooking project series, we will be making various delicious snacks, such as a giant fruit salad and healthy trail mix. Of course, this isn’t quite an exhaustive list of our activities this month, but you get the gist of it. It’ll be fun!
Dates to Remember
3rd – closed for the Fourth of July
6th – Spongebob Bouncehouse
13th – Friendship Salad Lunch (don’t forget to sign up!)
16th – Dinosaur Hill Trip
20th – North Hill Field Hockey & Picnic
30th – Castle Bouncehouse
Remember that Thursday is Show and Tell day.
For field trip days, please remember to wear comfortable shoes (no open-toed shoes or crocks please) and bring in a brown bag lunch. Lunchboxes are a little too bulky for us to transport en masse.
Also, we recommend that you clean out your kid’s cubby once a week. Over the summer, stuff tends to accumulate.
May will be a busy and fun filled month in our preschool classroom. We’re going to celebrate a few holidays this month.
May 5th is Cinco de Mayo. The children will make festive celebration rings.
May 10th is Mother’s Day. Don’t forget Friday morning,
May 8th is Muffins with Mom from 6:30-9:00. We will be making special surprises for our wonderful mommies as well during the day.
May 25th is Memorial Day. We will be closed.
Also, don’t forget Teacher Appreciation Week is May 4th-8th.
In other exciting news, Preschool Graduation will be held in May. We’ll keep you posted on the exact date. We will be practicing some songs at school for graduation. We will be sending a copy of the songs home, please have your child practice at home as well. Throughout the month of May we will be learning about flowers. May is National Flower Month. We will read and learn all about flowers. I’m going to have the children plant some flowers. Next, we will learn all about bugs, there are so many bugs to see and read about. We will look for some bugs outside and see what we can find. We’re going to learn all about the different types of weather. We will make a chart with all types of weather and see what our class favorite is. Lastly, we’re going to learn about all the different types of transportation. The children will learn all about how we can get around the world.
Have a wonderful month of May!
WHAT WILL WE BE DOING THIS MONTH?
During this loveliest (and coldest) of months, we will first be celebrating Dr. Seuss Day. In honor of one of the greatest children's authors, we will be making green eggs and ham as a craft, and we will be dressing up as various characters from the author's most popular books: the cat with the tall hat (from The Cat in the Hat), the Lorax (from, as you might have guessed, The Lorax), the Grinch (again, as you might have guessed, from The Grinch Who Stole Christmas), and as many others as we can come up with.
On Valentine's Day we will be making cards and hearts to show our appreciation for our loved ones. We will be decorating our classroom in pink, red, and white for our special Valentine's Party. Check with me/any of our teachers for more details on the party.
We will also be learning about community helpers with a unit on the dentist. A special visitor, a dental hygienist, will be coming to our class to discuss proper tooth brushing and other good habits that help us keep our teeth healthy.
Have a wonderful month of February and stay warm!
During the month of September we will be focusing on families and cultural backgrounds. Children will develop an understanding of various cultures' family patterns and discover what family members do for each other, as well as activities that families can participate in together.
A few of this month's highlights include discussing family traditions and customs, cooking ethnic foods, and creating family posters and photo albums.
This month, we would also like to invite you and your family to visit us. This includes moms, dads, brothers, sisters, grandparents, and other relatives. We can get together for a tea party, a neighborhood walk, or an end of the summer picnic.
For our Show and Tell please encourage your child to bring something specific to their culture/their family culture to share with our class. Some ideas include a favorite storybook or toy, a traditional costume, or a rhyme or a song related to their heritage.
Our featured book of this week is going to be It's Okay to be Different, by Todd Parr. This book teaches children to be self confident and accept others. It also encourages early literacy, celebrates multicultural diversity, and promotes character growth, all of which are important goals to pursue in our group.