MWF Yellow Family September 10-20
Yellow Family Newsletter
Welcome to a new school year and the Yellow Family! The Yellow Family has been very busy playing with new friends at school and they are working on learning each other’s names. The class is getting used to our daily schedule and routines at school. The first routine you can incorporate at school with your child is to sign in, put your lunchbox on the lunch cart, go to the bathroom, wash your hands, and then give a quick hug and kiss goodbye. When you repeat this every day it is something your child can depend on and helps them to feel comfortable at school as it builds trust.
Please also remember to let your child walk in on their own feet rather than carrying them, this will help them to build self-confidence. Please help your child to remember only teachers and parent’s open doors and gates at school; this helps to keep us all safe.
There has been a bit of separation anxiety first thing in the morning, but it is short lived and to be expected with new and returning students as we get used to routines again. This is great because it means you share a very strong bond with your child! It helps them when you drop off quickly, confidently, and happily, then telling them when you will return. The class has been playing physically hard and working on making new friendships, as a result many children have been tired at the end of the day when you pick them up (which is great)!
This month we start our days inside. Our schedule is always posted above the Yellow family cubbies, and so will the newsletter every two weeks. Next month we will start our days outside, and it switches back and forth every month. Your child’s artwork to be taken home will be located on the top of the cubby. Thank you for remembering to dress your child in comfortable play clothes that fit well and come on and off quickly without buttons so we can change our clothes by ourselves if we get wet or when toileting. It also helps to have well fitting Velcro shoes so it is not frustrating when trying to put on shoes at school; shoes that slip on with no Velcro opening are very hard for teachers to pry on. Please write your child’s name on their jacket so it does not get lost at school, some children have the same kind of jackets.
What we have been doing at school:
In the art cabinet we have learned how to take an item out and use it, and then put it back on the shelf when we are done with it so somebody else can use it. The children have learned how to use crayons and have drawn a picture. They have also been introduced to watercolors, learned how to use one brush at a time, return the brush to that color in the tray, then select a new brush to paint with. The children also have been introduced to markers and learned how to open the marker, write only on paper with a marker, close a markers cap so it doesn’t dry up, then return it to its cup holder when finished. The children used their markers to color their Kissing Hand after we read the story at family time. I have sent this home to you in your cubbies so you can place a kiss and heart on it and return to school when completed. These will be added to your child picture book from home for added comfort.
In science the class met our Woodland turtle Tammy Lou. They learned about her habitat and diet. They drew a picture of her with colored pencils and you can see the pictures hanging on the bulletin board in the classroom. Our bearded dragon has sadly passed away, she had a wonderful life and will be missed.
In blocks the class learned the names of the various blocks shapes and how to match them up on the shelf when done playing with them. We talked about block etiquette. For example, ask before you touch someone’s structure. There are some fantastic builders in this class and you can see some of the various creations in the pictures on the website!
Activities in the classroom:
Science: Learning about classroom pets, talking about families sharing pictures.
Sensory tables inside: Fish pond. Sand and molds. playdough and cookie cutters, rolling pins, scissors, plates and pizza cutters.
Sensory tables outside: Bob the Builder. Lemonade pouring with pitchers and cups.
Block area: Trains and track. Small people and dinosaurs.
Math:6-8-piece puzzles, Multicolored people and pets, Colored bears, Colored blocks, Magnetic boy dress-ups, Small animals and mountains, Regulation putty, Picture texture cards, Memory game, Large farm floor puzzle.
Songs: “Goodbye song”, “Everybody sit down”, “Everybody line up”, “Tammy Lou”, “Two Little Blackbirds”, “Head Shoulders Knees and Toes”. “Race car”, “Elevator”, “Who is sitting next to you?”, “Picking up the toys.”
Snack Lessons: Last week we learned how to take a napkin from the basket and then pass it to our neighbor. Then we opened it up so it has four squares, then put one cracker on each square while counting them. The children also learned how to pour water from a small pitcher into their own cup for drinking. When finished eating, the children are then throwing their trash away and using a squirt bottle with water to do 2 squirts and a wipe where they sat so that the table clean for the next person.
Art inside: Free art cabinet open for exploration with crayons, markers, colored pencils, stickers. Art outside: Fly swatter mural. Easel painting. Utensil print mural.
Books: Two Cool Cows by Toby Speed, Three Hens and a Peacock by Lester L. Laminack, Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak, What Cried Granny by Kate Lum, The Adventures of Taxi Dog by Debra and Sal Barracca, If You Give a Mouse a Cookie by Laura Joffe Numeroff, Ferdinand by Munro Leaf.
Dramatic Play: Housekeeping
Welcome to the new school year Yellow Family. Please feel free to e-mail or call me anytime with any concerns, or to let me know if your child will be out sick or on vacation.
I am so happy to have your children in the Yellow Family this year! Miss Mika & Miss Ann