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Dear Preschool Families, 

 

Our week ending, January 17th …

 

We compared day and night through imagery, discussion, and art. Images of the bright blue sky, the sun, sunsets, dark star-filled skies, and the moon told us a story of the opposites, day and night. We discussed the concepts and differences that occur during these times and the things we do; when do we wake up, eat breakfast or take a bath and go to sleep- day or night? Students created a side by side comparison of day and night on paper using golf balls and paint. These are displayed in the classroom.

 

We introduced a new center, kinetic sand. Kinetic sand is squeezable play sand with a smooth texture. It can be pulled and molded creating amazing designs while holding its shape giving students the opportunity to be creative and use their imagination in designs. They loved this sensory activity!

 

I read Happy Birthday Martin Luther King to students on Wednesday. I showed them pictures of Dr. King and talked about how important his dream was to our country. Some friends expressed a desire to sing happy birthday to him on Monday when school is closed to honor him while eating cupcakes. His speech, I have a dream, was discussed and students shared some of their dreams…

 

On Thursday, we shared time with our Buddies in the main building. Together we worked on expressing our ideas and dreams in print, as our Buddies mentored us. Third and Fourth-grade Buddies gave Preschoolers inspiration and encouragement to verbalize those dreams and support those ideas with dreams of their own. Those dreams were put in print on a cloud and Preschoolers used cotton balls to outline the cloud for a sensory experience. These were sent home with your child. Ask your child about their Buddy. It is awesome to watch these relationships develop and grow!

 

Teacher Brandi joined us again Friday morning for YOGA. The children enjoyed moving and learning breathing techniques. Some of the benefits of YOGA include; strength, flexibility, concentration, memory, awareness, and emotional regulation. Ask your child about some of the poses they learned. She will continue to share time with us every Friday morning at 9:00 o’clock.

 

Some of the books we read this weekThe house in the night, Chicka Chicka Boom Boom, Happy Birthday Martin Luther King, Bear Sees Colors, There was an old lady who swallowed a fly

 

 REMINDERS:

  • Sleep mats were sent home to be laundered. Please return the next day your child attends school.
  • NO SCHOOL- Monday, January 20th- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • Visit PreKindergarten- Thursday, January 23rd at 8:30 a.m., details were sent in an email this week. Please let me know if you have any questions. 
  • Please send your child in with labeled warm coats, hats, and gloves. The fresh air is an important part of our day!