December 7

Homework & Updates

Hello families!

We have been quite busy here in our classroom. This past week we have been working on developing our fine motor muscles by cutting with scissors to make snowflakes, as well as by using toothpicks to poke holes along the letters in our names.

We also spent quite a bit of time conducting an experiment with blue, black and white paint. We learned new vocabulary words such as lighter, darker, absorb, mixing, swirling and transforming!  We discovered when we add black paint to the blue, it gets darker… and that adding white paint to the blue makes it lighter.

 

Homework:

Things have been going quite smoothly with our weekly homework bags. The children have been coming to school and telling me all about the fun and excitement they are having with their families.  A few of you have shared pictures of your children completing the activities.  A few of you have been concerned about pieces that are missing.  Missing pieces are going to happen.  All I ask is that you keep looking for the piece(s) and when you find it, bring it back in so we can put that bag back into rotation again.

Reminders:

Our annual winter parent fair at Cotter is coming up on Wednesday December 19th at 10:15 AM!

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December 3

Winter Fair

Hello parents!

This is a friendly reminder that for the month of December, instead of having a parent meeting in our classroom, we will all be heading over to Cotter Early Childhood Center for our annual Winter Fair.

The Winter Fair is taking place on WEDNESDAY DECEMBER 19, 2018.

Instead of coming to preschool here at Whitmore-Bolles, you will take your child to Cotter and enjoy spending time with your preschool doing hands-on, fun learning activities and games.  Don’t forget, you’ll also be available to see Santa if you choose to while there! (In past years, we have also seen Queen Elsa from Frozen!)

The address for Cotter is 13020 Osborn, Dearborn, MI 48126.

Since this day of fun is in place of our monthly parent meeting, all families are required to attend with their child.

 

Update: The time for our school building is 10:15 AM.

November 13

Critter Guy Visit

Today marks a very exciting day of learning in our classroom.  Today is the day that Mr. Paul – the Critter Guy came to visit us!  He brought six different animals for us to learn about, touch, hold and love!

First we met a pair of Ring Neck Doves named Squib and Squab.  The grey one is a boy and the white one is a girl.  When they are apart from each other for more than a few minutes, when they are reunited, the girl laughs at the boy… then the boy bows and coos to her to say how much he loves her. We were fortunate enough to be able to hear this happen several times today.

 

Second, we met Woody – a tree frog whose first day of school, was TODAY! Tree frogs have special suction cups on their toes to help them hold on to even the tiniest of branches up in the trees.

 

Third, we met Rojo – a red footed tortoise from the South American rain forest.  We learned that tortoises are different from turtles and because of the shape of their feet, they actually do NOT know how to swim. Therefore, tortoises live on the land and not in the water like turtles do.

 

Fourth we were able to meet Chow Chow. He is a blue tongue lizard and when you touch him, his scales feel like corn on the cob.

 

Fifth we got to meet the softest friend you ever touched! A chinchilla named Cotton.

 

 

Last, but not least – everyone had the opportunity to meet Pretzel –  a corn snake.  Pretzel is orange colored and has red eyes.

     

 

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November 9

Snow has Officially Arrived!

 

Now that the weather is turning colder, and we have officially had snow on the ground – it’s especially important to make sure that your children have everything they need to stay warm and dry when we go outside at school.

As a reminder, preschool students go outside two times, EVERY day, as long as it is 20 degrees or warmer.

Even if there is not snow on the ground, snow pants are a critical part in helping your child stay warm while they are outside in colder weather.

Please make sure your child has the following items at school, in their locker, EVERY day starting Monday:

  • A heavy and very warm jacket
  • Snow pants
  • Snow boots
  • Hat
  • Gloves or Mittens
  • Scarf

I am aware that often times, four year old children do not want to wear these items while they are home.  I promise, I will make sure they wear everything you bring for them as long as it is here.

 

Reminder:

Critter Guy is coming to visit us on Tuesday November 13th!!

There will be NO PRESCHOOL on Thursday November 15th.

 

Enjoy your weekend!

 

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October 25

Our Week in Review (10/25/18)

Before I dive into telling everyone about our adventures in learning this week, I want to let you know I added a few things to my iBlog.

In the “pages” section, you will see a page for Important Upcoming Dates as well as a page for lunch menus.  I am hoping this will help to keep everyone informed of what we having coming up in the future.

 

This week, we learned about the letter H h.  We have been practicing the sound /h/ makes and discussing words that start with the beginning sound for Hh.  We also practiced writing Hh on the white board as well as rainbow writing letter Hh. When we rainbow write, the children enjoy laying on their belly and writing on the floor. Writing this way really helps your children build their upper body strength to make them better learners.

      

 

We have also been using lots of playdoh to work on strengthening the muscles in our hands. If these muscles are not strong, then children are unable to hold pencils, markers and crayons correctly and therefor also unable to write.  This week we tried rolling skinny pieces of playdoh and joining them together to form letters from our names.

 

For Daily 5 we have officially introduced the children to “Read to Self”.  During this time, your children choose books to keep in their book bags, and they “read” the story by looking at the pictures and telling themselves a story based upon what they see happening.

 

Last but not least, we ended our week with going on a nature walk.  The children have been enjoying collecting leaves and having “leaf parties” while we are on the playground. We decided to take a walk in the beautiful park area behind our school to see what other nature items we could find.

 

 

When we got back to school, the children became scientists and helped to classify their findings into groups/categories of similar items.

Green leaves 

Small berries 

Wood chips

Rocks 

Brown leaves 

Bright red leaves

Sticks 

Acorns

Pinecones

Everything all sorted on the carpet! 

 

Also while on our walk, the children found 2 signs they were able to read all on their own! They were quick to point them out and say that the signs read “No dogs and no kitties allowed at school!”

 

We had a GREAT week with lots of learning embedded into our days! I cannot wait to do it all again next week!

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October 17

Parent Meeting Tomorrow

Don’t forget! Tomorrow is our second mandatory parent meeting of the school year.  We will begin at 8:45 AM and plan to be finished right around 10:00 AM.  It is important for your child to be with you for this meeting – especially since you all get to learn about a day in the life of a preschooler and how a four year old learns about literacy concepts.

Today I am sending home each one of your children with a copy of the book “The Napping House”.  This book is for them to keep forever. Please read it frequently at home.

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October 11

Pics and Parent Meeting

One of the many things we focus on in preschool is helping children develop and strengthen their fine motor skills.  While children tend to spend too much time at home on electronic devices (phones, iPads, tablets, video games, TV watching) and not enough time playing with small toys, coloring, or using scissors & playdoh… we are finding that more and more children are going into kindergarten not yet having the muscle strength they need to accomplish these tasks.

We introduced scissors to the classroom this past week.  Most of the children are able to hold the scissors (upside down) and snip fringe lines along the edges of paper. This is a great starting point! From here, we will continue to work on getting the children to hold the scissors the correct way (thumb on top) and beginning to be able to cut a piece of paper in half.  Here is a link to a website that discusses the different stages of cutting so you can help at home too.

https://www.pre-kpages.com/teach-scissor-cutting-skills/

 

 

 

 

We also took Stella out of her cage this week for the children to interact with on the carpet! Just about everyone was eager to touch/pet her, and a few friends were even brave enough to hold her! The children love being able to feed her snacks as well as fresh vegetables (lettuce, spinach, broccoli, celery & carrots) at school.

 

 

Please see the “pages” section for our letter of the week schedule. This week we learned about letter F f.

 

Our next parent meeting will be this upcoming Thursday, October 18th.  Please be ready to come into the classroom with your preschooler at 8:45 AM.  When our meeting is over, children will go home with their parents for the remainder of the day.  There will be more details and reminders to come later…

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October 4

Picture Day

 

Picture day at Whitmore-Bolles will be on Wednesday October 10th.  Every child will have their picture taken on picture day.

If you decide you would like to purchase pictures, you can order them two different ways. (Please note: Purchasing pictures is optional.)

Option #1: Order the pictures online and pay online.  To do this, go to www.mylifetouch.com . The picture day ID is LM748104Y0 .  If you choose this option, you can pay with Mastercard, Visa or Paypal.

Option #2: Fill out the order form that was sent home in your child’s folder.  If you choose this option, you can pay with cash (EXACT amount only as we will not be able to make change), or you can pay by check or money order payable to Lifetouch.

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October 2

Rain Boots Needed

We have had quite a wet and soggy few days… and it looks as though it is going to stay wet and soggy for awhile.

 

Please make sure your child has a pair of rain boots in their locker.  I will have them change into their rain boots before we go outside and then change back into their shoes when we come back inside.  Having rain boots to wear helps your child’s feet stay warm and dry.  This will also help us keep mud out of their shoes and out of our classroom.

 

 

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October 2

Cruisin’ Along

It has taken us a couple of weeks to get there, but the children are starting to settle into our classroom routine. We have a few friends who are adjusting to those first few minutes of the day, but once they get over that hump… everyone is all smiles the rest of the day!

The children have been experimenting with trying new foods here at school.  I promise you – everyone is eating!

    

We have also been learning how to get into a line and then walk in that line.  This helps us get safely from the school to the playground as well as around the rest of the school building.

 

Now that we have finished assessing the children on their knowledge of letter recognition, we have started introducing the letters of the alphabet to the children in the classroom.  I will update the “pages” section of my iBlog with the letter we introduced as well as the date we introduced it. This will help all of you to know which letters your child should be learning at home as well.

This week – we are learning letter L l.   I always teach the children the capital letter, lowercase letter and the letter sound together.   You will notice your child’s name tags start with a capital letter and the remainder of the letters are lowercase. While you assist your child in practicing to write their name at home, please do it this way.