April brings the Spring Play and Spring Assessments with it. This month will be busy with the Volunteer center egg hunt, the play, and Spring Curriculum Themes. Spring brings with it new outdoor experiences for the children as well as brings life to our gardens, make sure to take a peek soon to see what we have growing.
Recap from March:
During the month of March we had an abundance of fun and activity in our center and we love to share that all with you through pictures and Facebook posts. In March the children took part in Read across America week and celebrated Dr. Seuss’s Birthday. We had Professor Dr. Stanley come in and read poems, stories, and sing songs about being a Dr. Seuss character. We also had several parents come in and read and even Mr. J’s wife come in and do a puppet show with our children. As for new creatures in the center we grew in size. This month we were donated two bunnies for our center that went in both the Cardinal and Manatees Classrooms. The children had fun naming the bunnies one became called Spots the other is now called Ellie Twinklestar or “Ellie” for short. The Manatees classroom also got an ant farm and is having a blast watching the ants build tunnels and turn it into their own home. All of the new animals seem to be settling in nicely and give our children wonderful experiences with science. In March the children learned about measuring items using standard and non-standardized measurement and learned about items big and small. The bear’s class enjoyed measuring themselves along the wall. The curriculum this month was also about animals and their life cycles. Specifically we learned about Sea Turtles, Caterpillars, and Jungle Animals. One cooking project that went over really well with the children was taking rice cakes, yogurt (with blue food coloring), and a few goldfish crackers to make their own mini ocean. Children also had a blast playing in boxes and pretending to be anything they could imagine. We had a special visitor come out from Safe Kids Northeast Florida/ Wolfson’s Children’s Hospital do a presentation entitled Eating a Rainbow to teach the children about healthy foods and eating all of the colors of the rainbow. Children had to give thumbs up for healthy food and thumbs down for sometimes foods. They also helped the Very Hungry Caterpillar crunch healthy foods and matched fruits and vegetables to the corresponding color on the rainbow. The UNF Bookstore invited our children over for a visit to have Basketball Coach Matt Driskel read Dr. Seuss to our children and the children enjoyed the beautiful day on the walk to campus. Our children this month also had a wonderful time starting to make their shirts for the Spring Play, they are all going to be super cute in the upcoming show on Friday April 7th!
Curriculum Corner ELLM Books of the Month
• Jump, Frog, Jump! – This story is great for the sequencing of events that happen near and around the pound. It shows the children the cycle of life and how smaller animals eat bigger animals. • Down by the Bay- Funny story and song about rhyming words that make people laugh.• The Baby BeeBee Bird- A baby beebee bird is new to the zoo and he is trying to become comfortable in his new surroundings. • The Flower Garden- A little girl and her father work hard on making a surprise garden for the mother’s birthday.
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: Animal FunEquipment: Pictures of different animalsDescription: 1. Show child a picture of an animal and have them tell you what it is.2. Instruct the child that they are going to pretend to be that animal 5-8 times.3. Slowly perform the animal exercises below: • Wolf- Start by standing up tall and then kneel on all fours and HOWL really loud. Finally move back to standing up tall. Repeat.• Hummingbird- Start by kneeling on all fours and move to standing on tiptoes. Move arms like wings really fast and HUMMMMMM. Repeat.• Giraffe-Start by kneeling on all fours, move to standing on tiptoes with arms stretched over head, hands forming the giraffe’s head. Hold for about 3-58 seconds and BLEAT. Lower back down to the kneeling on all fours. Repeat.• Bear- Start by kneeling on all fours, move to standing with feet slightly apart, hands in front like claws and GROWL. Move back to kneeling on all fours. Repeat.• Seal- Start by standing up tall, then lie down on your stomach, push shoulder and head up by placing hands on the floor and straighten arms, BARK like a seal. Return to standing position. Repeat. • Duck- Start in the standing position, squat with knees bent, move hands under arms to make wings and QUACK. Return to the standing position. Repeat.• Mouse- Start by standing up tall, then kneel down on all fours and get really small and quiet. SQUEAK and move back to standing up tall. Repeat.• Rhino- Start by standing up tall and then kneel on all fours, use one hand to make a horn and ROAR really loud. Finally move back to standing up tall. Repeat. 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
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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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