MWF Yellow family April 1-12


                                 Yellow Family Newsletter

                                            April 1-12, 2019

Happy Birthday to Beau and Noah who will both be turning five!

Hello Yellow Family. This month we start our days outside. Please have your child go to the bathroom and then wash their hands before drop of on the playground. It can be chilly in the morning and warm in the afternoon, so please dress for the weather. Please and make sure your child has extra clothes that still fit in their cubby in case they get wet at school while playing, the children have grown so much since the beginning of the year! Also, please continue to send your child in slip on or Velcro shoes to school. Children take on and off their shoes several times a day, and are not able yet to tie tricky shoelaces that come untied and create a tripping hazard.

Speech screenings have been put into your sign in book slot if your child was looked at by Susan Schatz. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

The children have been doing great with the Zoo phonics character names, sound, and signal for each letter of the alphabet. We will now start playing a game where I ask the children what sound and signal each letter makes, but I mix them up so they are not in the same order as the alphabet. After they master this skill, we will move into sounding out short words.  

The What’s Inside Bag has been making the rounds, and everyone has had a turn. The bag will come again to you now for a second turn. Please remember the bag is for one toy. Please help your child to follow the directions on the bag. The children are really enjoying this activity at Family Time. The get to sit in the teachers chair while they tell the group their clues. Then they get to pass the bag around the circle while the children feel it from the outside and try to deduct what is hiding inside. Last, they are able to call on the children raising their hands who have a comment compliment or question for the share bag holder. This is a wonderful activity to promote self-confidence, help the children learn how to speak in front of a group, and experience being a leader. The children have been introduced to another simple tool. The hammer and nail have been introduced and we are working on our hammering skills currently. There is now take apart center in the classroom. The children are taking apart old items like cd players and telephones using screwdrivers and teacher supervision.

The school year is coming closer to the end. There is a sign-up sheet if you would like to be my end of the day guest story reader. There is a spot on the sign-up sheet for your name and the date you would like to read. Please bring a book from home to read with the class, it’s a very special and wonderful memory for you and your child to share. Thank you to Ava G’s Mom Aimee for sharing the wonderful book Swatch, and donating one to the school library!

Also, if you have a special talent or tradition you would like to share with the class, please contact me now so we can schedule a time for you to come in before the school year is over.

Activities for the next two weeks:

Science: Ocean.

Technology: Take apart center.

Art: Finger-paint, Shave cream and water color with pipettes, Easel Painting with pastel colors, Free art cabinet with collage, Spring flower paper collage, Bubble bowl prints.

Math: Nuts and bolts, gear pegs, Gears, Puzzles 4-50 pieces, Beading, Colored ocean animals, small letter blocks, small people, Dinosaur egg color matching game, Magna tiles, Legos, Lincoln Logs, Shell serration, Shell, matching game, Large playing cards, Nemo Memory Game. Collection boxes: Trolls, Keys, Colored Bugs, Silly Frogs, Colored Flowers.

Sensory: Pom poms with ice cream containers and ice cream scoops, Wooden fruit and vegetable cutting, Water small fish and shark grabbers, Easter bunnies, eggs and Easter grass. Sand with small pails and scoops, mini blankets and people, and shells. Bubbles with strawberry baskets, Wooden Pizza pie cutting.

Engineering: Doll House, furniture, people. Lincoln logs, Magnatiles, Legos

Dramatic play: Capes and wings.

Literature: Verdi, by Janell Cannon, Bang Boom Roar A Busy Crew of Dinosaurs, by Nate Evans and Stephanie Gwyn Brown, What’s the Time Grandma Wolf? by Ken Brown, Picnic, by Emily Arnold Mc Cully, Last Night at The Zoo, by Michael Garland, There’s an Alligator Under my Bed, by Mercer Mayer.

Snack: Scrambled eggs. Pancakes.

Please mark your calendar: Beach Day Friday April 12 at Lovers Point Beach. Parents drive their children to and from the field trip and are chaperoning their children while they play at the beach. Please bring a lunch to eat at the beach and any toys, towels, and extra clothing you think you may need. Don’t forget to wear sunscreen!

Thank-you to Carrie Reader my very helpful room parent this month!

Easter Break is from April 15-22.


 Spring is in the air! Happy Easter…. Miss Mika and Miss Ann

Sandy French