Hugabug Newsletter February 2018
February is a month of celebrating friendships and fun. During this month the UNF Preschool will host its annual Bonfire event at the UNF nature trails bringing together children, their families, and our teachers. This month the students will participate in a vision screening as well as learn about dental health. We look forward to all that is in store this month and cannot wait to share the excitement with our children.
Recap from February:
During the month of January the weather was cold and quite chilly. Our school even had to be closed for a cold weather alert. Our teachers used the cold weather to teach concepts to the children such as snow and ice. These activities included children writing letters and shapes in salt with a white cotton ball pretending that they were writing in the snow. The preschool children made three-dimensional snow people, had an indoor snowball fight, and participated in science and sensory activities such as exploding snowballs and making their own “snow”.
In the month of January our preschool children got to participate in Florida’s Literacy Week on Wednesday January 24th. All classrooms read the book “BIG AL” by Andrew Clements, which was about a fish who was very scary and could not find any friends. In the end Big AL finds friends and he learns how work together to help his new friends.
Children also got the opportunity to be silly this month while reading Silly Sally. The children drew upside down while laying underneath the tables as well as dressing up in fun combinations of clothing. In addition children got the opportunity to cook, play alphabet games, search for letters all around the room, and build towns out of Legos.
Curriculum Corner ELLM Books of the Month
• I’m a Can-Do Kid- Children can do anything they set their minds as this book shows with a cleaver little chant!
• Clifford’s First Valentine’s Day - Clifford is a little puppy in this story who gets himself into a few messes all related to Valentine’s Day. This is a wonderful story that teaches the children about the process of sending and receiving mail.
• Bright Eyes, Brown Skin- In this story the author helps children takes a look the different body features that we all share. Each child is unique, but we all have similar characteristics.
• The Farm Concert – The farmer wants to get some sleep, but will his animals let him? This story introduces children to the concepts loud and soft as well as teaching them about musical concepts.
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 child
Activity: Run Pum Pum
Equipment: cones to designate activity area and drum
1. Child pretends to be on parade
2. Instruct the child to listen to the drum beat which will tell them how to travel.
• 1 drum beat- walk
• 2 drum beats- march
• 3 drum beats- gallop
3. Change up the order of the drum beats to keep the children alert and thinking.
Remind child to listen to the drum beat and which movements go with which beats. Acknowledge safe traveling and praise children who keep a steady pace of movement.
1. Use verbal cues such as:
• “Stay inside your bubble of space.”
• “Keep your headlights in front of you (keep your eyes looking forward).”
Make sure to check out the Conscious Discipline Website for Shubert's Extension Activities
Use these highly interactive and engaging extension activities to help your children find their "BIG voice" and learn the seven skills of emotional intelligence. For both younger and older children, these activities foster conversation, learning and fun after reading and discussing a Shubert book with your children.
Important Announcements and Reminders
• Be Prepared
With the weather changing please dress your child appropriately. We need a couple changes of clothes for each child. Keeping an extra jacket in your child’s cubby would be helpful as well.
• Safety and your security code access
The safety of your child is one of our greatest concerns. Please be reminded that the security codes provided to you are for your use only. Please do not give your child your security code or allow them to enter the code on the computer.
• Procare computers
We 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.
• Walking children to class
Please escort your child to his/ her classroom every day, and say a quick hello to the teacher. This way we can ensure that your child is safe with a staff member and is not left alone in a classroom.
UNF Preschool Staff
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- Maria Beattie , Manatees Teacher- Brianna Pollock