April 13, 2012 Pre-K 5 Newsletter
Dear Parents of Pre-K 5 Children:
We welcomed some very excited children back to school on Tuesday! Everyone was so happy to see their friends. There were stories about Florida, Disneyworld, Louisiana and tons of fishing! We had a wonderful Easter party to start our vacation out…we send a very special thank you out to our party hostesses, Tara Garner, Michelle Allen, and Holly Reid.
On Tuesday…Lee was right on schedule bringing in items that had the letter X somewhere in their names! Letter X is a difficult letter to find examples of, but Lee did a great job. He even brought his mother's "X and Y" Letter book from her kindergarten class when she was just five years old. It was great fun to learn from his Mom's letter book! Aiden brought a special surprise to all of the children in the class. He brought a pair of Mickey Mouse socks filled with candy from Disneyworld for each child. Thank you so much, Aiden and Robin Jaeger (Aiden's grandmother) for such a thoughtful gift! In art class, the children created wind socks for our spectacular windy day outside. They had fun when we went outside for recess. We read our Alpha Tales story "A Xylophone for X Ray Fish," which talked about a number of words that have the letter X hidden inside! The children worked on their letter X for their alphabet binders.
On Wednesday… The children loved working in their Callirobics workbooks…the letter Xx was not a problem for them! They even did some 'catching up' work on the lower case letters a, b, and c! We had a great time. After library time with Ms Schacht, the children enjoyed a Spanish lesson with Mrs. Fischetti; they always enjoy Spanish! We talked about EXIT signs and how important they are to people and to children. They realized that EXIT signs let us know where we may get OUT of a room or building. We went on an EXIT sign scavenger hunt, marking our papers to indicate how many EXIT signs we found in the entire school! When we got back, we had tallied 27 EXIT signs. Mrs. Taylor thanked us for conducting her "lighted EXIT signs inspection;" because every sign we found was lit and in working order! The children had a blast! When we returned to the classroom, we began reading a book to introduce the children to facts about our sun and how it is the center of our solar system. You can see that Wednesdays are a very full day!
On Thursday…We had a visitor in our classroom today…Ben Morrow, brother of Grace Morrow in third grade. The children welcomed Ben and made him feel at home! We continued reading about and discussing the 'sun;' the children colored their own sun in their journals, carefully mixing yellow, orange, and red to make the burning gases for their suns. Their illustrations were great; they are going to be housed in the student journals which will not come home until the end of the year. Mrs. Spoor conducted the computer class for the children today. We read Space at Your Fingertips by Judy Nayer. The children were so excited to learn about the planets in our solar system; they colored their planets beautifully and took great care in every color selection. We thought they did such a great job, so we laminated their illustrations so that they could use their solar system as a placemat. I hope they will enjoy some discussion at home with you, too!
On Friday…We continued our study of the solar system by reading On the Moon by Anna Milbourne. The children loved listening to how the first astronauts flew to the moon in a rocket; then walked on the moon and planted the first American flag. They drew pictures of the moon in their journals along with rockets and moon buggies! They are terrific pictures! The children enjoyed Music class led by Mrs. Denise Wade in Mrs. Reynolds' absence. We had a surprise after the children came back from outside recess…we began talking about "going green". From now until the end of the school year, we are going to talk about what it means to "go green." Today we are going green, by eating green vegetables and fruits! This was a total surprise for the children and they loved the experience. "Going green" can also have something to do with raising your own veggies and fruits, so we emphasized just the green ones today. Here is the vegetable list…asparagus, broccoli, celery, cucumbers, lettuce, green beans, green peppers, zucchini…all with some light Ranch dressing! For green fruits, we enjoyed Granny Smith apples, green grapes, honeydew melon, kiwi fruit, and a lovely lime to top it off! Kallan wins the title of "supreme taster" as she tasted everything, liked everything…accept for the lime! Everyone tried a little taste of nearly every food…I was very pleased. They had a great time! Sorry that lunches were a little "undereaten"…they were stuffed just before lunchtime!
We have a new letter next week…letter V! Carson and Tayloe have the letter boxes for V. Linens will not come home this week. We are excited to continue our short unit on Space when we return next week.
Thought for the Week: Children hear everything that we say…and then some! We are their examples for words, attitudes, and behaviors. As I was reminded today by Layton, I had used a bad word. Startled, I asked what it was that I had said that was so bad. Apparently, I had said that "I hated to put another mark on the floor, because Mr. Mercer had to clean the floors every day. (This is a red mark that we use to form our lines.)" I was reminded that I could use a better word than "hate" to make my point. Good job, parents! Keep encouraging the fact that there is always a better way to say something than to use an inappropriate word. I stand corrected and reminded!
I hope to see all of you at the "Bull on the Half Shell" on Saturday. It should be beautiful weather, so we hope for lots of patrons! Have a great weekend!