Hugabug Newsletter May 2018
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 preparing for summer activities. We are also looking forward to VPK Graduation which will be taking place on Friday June 8th!
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 both Bears and Cardinals for Music Monday and were able to sing along with Ms. Carrie, Ms. Hardee, and Ms. Pederson. We also had Ms. Enriquez come in to play flute for the children, which they loved. We are so thankful to have had such wonderful musical guests visit our school. On Tuesday the children made English muffin pizzas in the morning and enjoyed a special popsicles donated by the Parent Organization to celebrate Tasty Tuesday.
For Work Together Wednesday, two classes at a time got together to help clean and organize the playground centers. Special shout out to the Dolphins and Cardinals classes who worked together to help create a clean and tidy play space.
On Artsy Thursday each classroom got the opportunity paint on bed sheets. The sheets were hung out on the playground fence and when done they created a beautiful mural. Many of the classes then used the colorful sheets to sit on for our school picnic on Friday. Thank you to all the families who were able attend Family Friday, the children really enjoyed getting to eat lunch with both parents and grandparents. The weather was cold and windy but a great time was still held by all.
The Lend-a-Wing Food Pantry stopped by this month in costumes such as a taco, carrot, and sweet peas as a way to say thank you to our children for collecting so much food. The pantry was both surprised and grateful for the support of so much food being donated. The UNF Preschool Parent Organization did a wonderful job putting together this event the winning class was Dolphins and as a prize all children received a free kids meal from Chick-fil-a, all children in the center received popsicles for their hard work.
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. Over 2,000 eggs were collected from the parents in support of this event, and it was a huge hit with the children.
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 child
Activity: Yoga 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.
• 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 & Activities
Want 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:
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- Kimberly Turner