May is here and with it comes warmer weather and the nearing of another school year. This month the preschool with be busy with Teacher Appreciation, VPK Testing, and the finalization of the children’s learning checkpoints for the year of 2016-2017. At the end of the Month parents will be invited in for Parent Teacher Conferences to see how their children are doing developmentally as well as academically.
Recap from April:
April was a very busy month for the UNF Preschool with the NAEYC Week of the Young Child. For the whole week the school joined together to have different learning activities that were fun, messy, and very creative! Children gathered together in Cardinals for Music Monday and were able to sing along with Ms. Carrie, Mr. Justin, & Mr. Louis. On Tuesday the children had breakfast with very special guest visitors from their families. We also had a loud and exciting time dancing and clapping along with the Mandarin High School Marching Band. The children also loved getting the opportunity to touch, play, and explore with a variety of musical instruments.
For Work Together Wednesday all classes got together to create big masterpieces out of boxes and packaging tape. They created buildings, towers, unicorns, and boats! After creating special structures the children then were able to paint the boxes as a part of Artsy Thursday. On Friday children got to enjoy yummy healthy smoothies in honor of Food Friday as a way to end the wonderful week of fun!
During the Month of April children were reading the story “Down by the Bay”. Classes had fun enhancing the book and theme by one making Water Melon Juice, which the children really enjoyed drinking. They also got the opportunity to wash clothes and hang them out to dry. Other curriculum activities that took place this month were practicing writing and drawing in shaving cream as well as creating food “birds’ nests” to go along with the story “The Baby BeeBee Bird”.
In April the UNF Preschool spent time with the Volunteer center when they came out to host a special Egg Hunt along with crafts that the children got to take home. Afterwards teachers used the eggs to do learning activities such as sorting and counting before they sent the eggs home. The Dental Van also made an appearance in April and the children who attended got their teeth checked and cleaned. The children loved getting new toothbrushes and having shiny teeth to show off to their friends.
Curriculum Corner ELLM Books of the Month
• Does a Kangaroo Have a Mother Too? – This very colorful Eric Carle story teaches children about different types of animals in their animal babies.• A Mother for Choco- A book that focuses on adoption and what it truly means to have a family. • Baby Beluga- Written to go along with the Raffi song “Baby Beluga”, this book follows a whale living in the Artic and is a wonderful story to use for learning about a different habitat. • Fish is Fish- This story teaches that it is ok to be who you really are and to be proud of the things that you can accomplish.
The NAEYC for Families website at http://families.naeyc.org/ offers articles, information, and resources for parents with young children. Take a look in the Families Today section of the website to find articles written by Dr. T. Berry Brazelton and Dr. Joshua Sparrow. Dr. Brazelton, is a renowned pediatrician, behaviorist, and child development expert. Dr. Sparrow is a child psychiatrist who offers parents reassuring information and tips on the developing child.
A fun physical & healthy activity of the Month you can do at home with your childActivity: Yoga PosesLow Poses: • Child’s Pose or Acorn Pose: Kneel down and sit back on your heels. Bend at the hips and bring your chest down toward your thighs. Your arms should be along the sides of your legs resting on the floor with palms facing upward. See if you can place your forehead on the floor. Inhaled and exhaled for a slow count of 10.• Superman: Lie on your stomach with your arms out in front of you. Exhale as you raise your head, arms, shoulders, and legs up off the floor. Only your stomach should be touching the floor. Take three full breaths and relax your legs and arms. Repeat once.• Fish: Lie on your back. Arch it and lift it off the floor and use your back muscles to balance gently on your elbows and forearms. Stick your tongue out. Hold for 10 seconds.• Stretching Starfish: Lie on your back with arms at your side and legs together. Slowly spread and stretch your arms and legs apart. Inhale and exhale as you stretch out. Inhale and exhale again as you return your arms and legs back together. Repeat 3 more times.High Poses:• Half Moon: With your feet together, hold your hands together above your head. Keep your hands together and stretch your arms to one side at the same time you stretch your hips to the other side. Breathe in and out and repeat three times on both sides.• Warrior: Stand with your feet more than shoulder width apart. Bend your left knee over your left foot. Hold your arms out to the sides and look over your shoulder toward your left. Hold for the count of 10 and repeat on the other side.• Tree: Balance on your left food and bend your right leg, resting your right foot on your left inner thigh (start off by resting your foot on your ankles. Then you can move up to the calf, knee, and thigh as he gets better at balancing. Reach arms up over your head with your palms together.This activity would be great exercise to do together with your child showing them that working out can be a fun experience.
Make sure to check out the Conscious Discipline Website for Printable Posters, Tools & ActivitiesWant to incorporate Conscious Discipline Techniques at home but struggling with resources. Check out this section of the Conscious Discipline website for free print offs and examples that can be used right in your own home. They have commitment charts, how do you feel charts, I Love You Rituals, and even a Shubert activity to help your children see the best in others. To get all these great resources please check out: http://consciousdiscipline.com/resources/printable_posters.asp
Important Announcements and Reminders• VPK Voucher- Children who are registered in VPK for the school year 2017-2018 need to turn in their Voucher’s ASAP if they haven’t already done so. • Be Prepared- The weather is starting to get warmer please make sure your child has appropriate changes of clothing. We need a couple changes of clothes for each child. If your child has borrowed clothes from the school please return them for other children’s use. • Procare computersWe have parent check in/out computers in every classroom as well as the front office. Please make sure to check your child in and out every day when you come into the school. If you have a family member who picks up often please let them know we can assign codes to them as well. • TuitionPlease remember that tuition payments are due every other Monday.
Director- Mahreen Mian, Assistant Director- Jennifer Fuller, Office Manager- Luciann Tappin, Bear’s Teacher- Sheila Mastriana, Dolphin’s Teacher- Nancy Winckler-Zuniga, Cardinal’s Teacher-Justin Dickey , Manatees Teacher- Brianna Pollock
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