!Good morning! What a pretty, sunny, snowy morning it is. I guess I'll have to do all my "snow" activities tomorrow before it turns into summer on Wednesday! ha!
So, I actually can't believe we're looking at another vacation-it has flown since Christmas. We had so much Valentine's fun last week-thanks to everyone for the treats! We had a wonderful selection of gluten-free and nut-free goodies in the morning class and boy did we have a blast making our own ice cream sundaes in the afternoon! Thanks for the teachers treats as well!
The morning class will have a little "penguin" fun this week as we head into vacation. We'll be making penguin crafts, walking like penguins, reading about penguins and using "fish" to practice our first initials! It's going to be lots of fun.
The afternoon class has been talking about children's author Jan Brett and will continue this week. On Thursday we read The Hat and we have a super cute hedgehog project to make tomorrow. We're also going to spend some time "catching up" from all the snow days.. We have some rhyming practice, stroke imitation practice and letter ID practice to keep us busy!
Outside days are apt to be quite muddy this week-don't forget boots. Enjoy the pretty day and have a great, healthy week!
Good morning! Thank goodness this warmth is melting the skating rink in my driveway! Hopefully it will be warm enough for us to play outside this week as well.
We will be continuing our winter/snow/mitten activities this week both in the morning and afternoon classes. IN the morning, we will be working a lot on matching colors, shapes and patterns on mittens. We'll practice clipping them together with clothespins too! Clothespins are a super fun way to practice fine motor skills, both at school and at home!
The afternoon class will begin talking a bit about measurement with mittens. We'll be taking a loot at how long our mittens are with different items such as unifix cubes, crayons, etc. We'll also be practicing numeral sequencing and identification with mittens as well.
We will begin exploring letters with diagonal lines in the afternoon class. Tomorrow will be "N Day"--N is for Ninja Turtles! We've been working in our "8" book and will be beginning "9" by the end of the week (hopefully!).
I'm hoping to have progress reports and graded IEP's out by the end of the week, and feel free to reach out if you'd like to schedule a parent/teacher conference.
Have all afternoon parents registered their child for Kindergarten?
Are all morning parents planning to have their child return to the afternoon session next year?
Does anyone know people with children who would like to be screened to be a role model for next year's classes? Let me know asap!
I realize Valentine's Day is a couple of weeks out, but I wanted to put it out there now. ONLY THE 4YEAR OLD CLASS WILL BE EXCHANGING VALENTINES THIS YEAR. So many of the valentines contain candy, and we have NUT and GLUTEN restrictions in the MORNING class so we'll just skip that part. We will still have our party and more information will go out about that next week.
Thanks for understanding-enjoy your Sunday and have a great week!
Good morning-and again a super freezing morning! It's only slightly less freezing here in DC!
What a great week we had last week! We finally got to get outside to play in the snow-in BOTH classes! The children are all doing a great job working on their own snowsuits and boots! I was very proud of them. Don't forget: TUESDAY is outside day for AFTERNOON, and THURSDAY is outside day for MORNING!!!!! This means boots, snowpants, hats, jackets--the whole kit and kaboodle!
Tomorrow is "Q" Day in the afternoon class. We've been working hard on our letters with curves and remembering to go to the left first. Q is for queen! Thursday is BLUE DAY for both classes.
I have a couple of important housekeeping things.
Holy moly! I am sooo looking forward to a break in this weather-we've spent the entire weekend thawing out pipes and mopping up water from the broken ones. LIfe with a 200 yr old house!
So, tomorrow is WHITE DAY for both classes-white is the color of snow and boy, do we have plenty of that! It's looking like both classes may be able to get outside on their days--TUESDAY FOR AFTERNOON, AND THURSDAY FOR MORNING!!!!! Please, please have your child change from boots into shoes in the hallway to try to minimize the muddy, wet mess in the classroom. Thanks.
Tomorrow is "O Day" for the afternoon class. O is for Olaf! That will be fun. We're going to spend a lot of time practicing counting sets and matching them to numerals, as well as sequencing activities. We'll be working on rhyming as well. Mrs. Dana is doing a language unit with "Snowmen At Night"-that's been a lot of fun.
Great news! Just about everyone in the afternoon class is able to print his/her first name independently! We'll continue to fine tune the spacing and formation, but now we need to begin tracing and learning our last names! If you practice at home with your child, just please be sure to have him/her start the letters AT THE TOP!!
The morning class will practice name ID as well this week with some very cute hanging snowmen! We will explore all things "snow" this week. We have a snowman puzzle to tackle and we'll be practicing our first initials with snow (marshmallows!). We're practicing shapes with daubers and then we'll also begin some tracing practice in our "winter tracing books".
I'm excited for a "normal" week AND some "normal" January weather! Stay warm and enjoy the rest of your Sunday. Have a great week!
Happy New Year-and holy cow, it's cold! I hope everyone had a wonderful, restful vacation and is ready to get back at it! If only it were warm enough to leave the house!
So, we're jumping right back into things tomorrow by celebrating the new year and talking about starting the months over again. We might be a little behind schedule due to the snow day before vacation, but we'll catch up!
Tuesday is OUTSIDE DAY for the afternoon class, but I am sure that it won't be warm enough to go outside tomorrow. We genrally do not go out if it is below 20 degrees-and I can't remembr the last time we saw a heat wave like that! Thursday is OUTSIDE DAY for the morning class-we have to play that by ear.
I'm looking forward to seeing all the children tomorrow and hearing all about their Christmas'. I'm sure you're all ready for me to have them as well! haha!
Enjoy your NEW Year's Day and have a great week!
Ok-3 degrees is not ok! Brrrrr! So here we are, the week before Christmas-not sure at all how that happened so fast. It's going to be a fun week! Sign ups for parties will be on the door tomorrow! I totally forgot about those-sorry! I'm losing it.
Both classes will have a low-key party on Thursday-if that is not normally your child's day, please feel free to bring him/her.
The afternoon class will be having a super fun "Polar Express" day and should wear jammies for the festivities! We'll read the story, act our some of the parts of it, sing songs and then enjoy hot cocoa and our party treats!
Tomorrow is Gold Day for both classes-that should be fun! Tomorrow is also "C" Day for the afternoon class--we'll be learning about "magic C" --it's a little song to help us remember which way to turn with our "C".
Ok-I guess that's about it-I'd better go make those sign-ups! Ahhhh!
Stay warm and calm!
Good morning! I'm not going to lie-I like how pretty the snow looks this morning!
I have to tell you all what a GREAT job the children (both classes!) did with the evacuation drill on Thursday. We talked about a fire drill and what would happen if we got locked out and had to go somewhere warm until the police officers could get us back in our school. All the children were great listeners and followed the rules.
We have such a great week planned for preschool this week. Tomorrow is "Z" Day for the afternoon class and we'll also be learning about number 7, as they're made so similarly. We're really getting excited for Christmas and love having a tree in our room. Our elf Jingle has been quite silly (please remember he only comes out for the afternoon class-shhhh!).
The morning class has also been having a lot of Christmasy fun. Tomorrow we'll make some silly "star Santa's" for the bulletin board and we'll be painting trees at the easel this week as well. We have lots and lots of holiday manipulatives to count, sort and discuss.
On Thursday, the morning class will watch the 3rd grade performance -that should be fun.
Ok-listen carefully! Now that we'll be wearing boots (joy of joys!) , please please have your chld change out of boots, and into shoes IN THE HALLWAY! The boots can remain under the bench until dismissal. I'll get out more of the "boots" pictures for the sign in board and we'll assist the children in putting them on.
Tuesday is OUTSIDE day for the afternoon class--looks like that now includes snow gear.
Thursday is OUTSIDE day for the morning class-yup, snow gear!
I use my discretion, especially with the morning class as to whether we'll go out or not-some times it's just not worth it. But please be prepared!
Enjoy the snowy day and let's have a great week!
Sunday Nov. 26th-good morning! I hope everyone has had a wonderful, peaceful break and is ready to get back at it for the next 4 weeks! Yikes! The afternoon children are in for a surprise when they sign in tomorrow! Shhhhh-we're going to start learning about our last names! That should be exciting and tricky! We will be learning about "J" and "5" this week. "J" starts in the middle just like "T" and "I". We have a big job ahead of us to make paper chains wwith 25 links so we can count down to the BIG DAY!!! The morning class will continue with lots and lots of counting, cutting and color and shape review this week. We'll be building "Mat Man" together and on our own and we'll be working so very hard on buttons, snaps, zippers, etc., both with our "tag bags" and also with some "dressing vests." We're all working hard on getting our jackets on and some of us are even attempting to start our own zippers! This is super exciting! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and the leftovers! Have a great week! Robin
Sunday November 19th-good morning!Rain, rain go away! So, progress reports and graded IEP's will DEFINITELY go home tomorrow! Sorry for the delay-being out for that conference really slowed me down, but they're all ready now! phew! As many of you already know, the evacutation drill was cancelled (postponed?)--I'll be sure to let you knoow if it is re-scheduled. Tomorrow is BROWN DAY for both classes--we've been making lots of BROWN turkeys! So much fun! This is a very short week--remember, there is no school on Wednesday for the afternoon class, and no one has school Thursday or Friday. On Wednesday--NBCS is having a school-wide pep rally in the gym and all the classes are dressing in different colors. Our color is GREEN!! Please send your child in GREEN on Wednesday-thanks. If, after you receivee your child's progress report, you have concerns, feel free to reach out and we can schedule a conference if you'd like. Moving forward, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately for school, including jackets, hats and mittens, and if your child starts wearing boots, please change out of them in the hall and leave them under the bench-thanks! Enjoy the rest of your rainy Sunday and have a great week! Happy Thanksgiving to all! Robin
Sunday November 12th-good morning-brrrrr! I hope everyone enjoyed the long weekend-I know I did. So, the turkey activities will begin this week! The morning class will be practicing colors and some independent work with a color turkey project and will also be doing some color matching with silly colorful turkeys. Tomorrow is "H Day" for the afternoon class. And we will also begin practicing making the number 4. All of the letters and numbers we've been working on so far all have started on the left with a "big line" straight down. Now we'll explore letters and numbers that have lines down in the mmiddle. Wednesday is "I Day". I is for indian corn! That will be a fun project. I hope you've all read the information about the evacuation drills scheduled for Thursday. In the morning we're going at 8:30 and it's apt to be quite cold. Please, please be sure your child is dressed appropriately to be outside. I will be grabbing coats as quickly as possible but will not be able to do hats or mittens. Make sure footwear is appropriate for a long walk. Thanks. We will also practice with the afternoon class at 12:00, with afternoon Kindergarten. When I talk to the children about an evacuation drill, I usually talk about something smelly or spilled in the school that we need to get away from. I DO NOT talk about intruders or anything scary like that. The kids usually see it as an adventure. Reminder: as the weather gets colder and we need to start wearing boots and/or snowsuits, the MORNING class will only go outside on THURSDAY and the AFTERNOON class will only go outside on TUESDAY!!! For now, we'll continue to try to squeeze in outside time whenever we can. Remnder: there is no AFTERNOON preschool on Wednesday Nov. 22nd, as it is an early release day for the whole school. There WILL BE morning preschool that day and there is NO SCHOOL for anyone on Friday the 24th. Mrs. Dana and I will be gone to a conference tomorrow and Tuesday- hopefully learning something!:)))) Mrs. Kearns will be there with Miss Lisa and Miss Katie,so everything should go on without a hitch! I can't wait to see everyone on Wednesday! Enjoy the rest of your Sunday and have a great week! Robin