Hope everyone had a great holiday season. Here at the preschool our children loved learning about all the different traditions and holidays that were celebrated during the month of December. As a center we would like to say a special Thank You to all of our parents and families who donated to our holiday parties or shared information about your heritage!
Recap from December:
During the month of December the children had a wonderful time putting up holiday lights and decorations in their classrooms. All of our rooms were very festive during the holiday seasons. Children strung ornaments, decorated trees, listened to stories, and made holiday crafts that taught them about different parts of the world and the cultures of people different than themselves. Santa, Mrs. Clause, an Elf, and Ms. UNF visited the center on Friday December 9th. The rode in on a convertible driven by Santa’s Elf. It was a very cold day but the children loved seeing them all drive up and visit the preschool. When Santa first arrived he stopped and talked to all of the children standing at the gate and made sure to shake their hands. Pictures took place in our office conference room and will be sent out to parents via email. Mrs. Clause had a stocking full of candy canes and waited patiently while the children told Santa what they wanted for Christmas. The preschool would like to thank all of the volunteers for this wonderful event and thank you parents for your support. We also would like to specifically thank Ms. UNF who came out to the event especially since it was her graduation day as well! On Friday December 16th the children had holiday parties in their classes and got to come to school wearing their pajamas. The children really enjoyed this special day where they got to be extra comfortable and cozy while enjoying a holiday movie. The best part of the day was enjoying the delicious holiday breakfast, we really appreciate our parents. Even the police chief dropped by in December to spread some holiday cheer. He brought two books with him specifically about the holiday season. The children thought it was special to spend some quality time with him during this magically time of the year. This month the Manatees welcomed Ms. Brianna to their classroom. They have been super kind to her and are loving having a new teacher. Ms. Brianna brings a lot of experience from working at the UNF preschool for many years and has jumped rig,
Curriculum Corner ELLM Books of the Month
• If You Take a Mouse to School, By: Laura Numeroff- This book follows the usually pattern of how the author writes but is focused on the things that happen at school time. It’s a great book to kick off January and heading back to school after the holiday break.
• Snowballs, By: Louis Ehlert- This cute story follows a family of snowballs and shows how they are all decorated differently. We love reading the story with our children because it focuses on the winter weather our children do not experience.
• Silly Sally, By: Audrey Wood- Silly Sally makes her way to town and meets many friends along the way. During her journey all the characters do funny things. The book is humorous as well as helps the children with rhyming words.
• Who Took the Cookies from the Cookie Jar?, By: Bonnie Lass & Philemon Sturges- The setting of this story is in a desert landscape and teaches children about the different types of things common to that area. The book is very repetitive which the children love, but it also makes them feel as though they are part of the story while solving the cookie mystery.
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 Name: HibernateEquipment: 1 Hoop or area for the child to stand inSkill Themes: traveling in general space; effort (how the body moves)Description: 1. At your signal, children move like “lumbering bears” toward their “caves” (the hoops).2. Once each child arrives at his “cave”, he “enters” it and “goes to sleep for winter.”Teaching Suggestions:1. Before beginning, talk to the children about hibernation and about how bears look and move.2. Scatter a few extra hoops so that the children will all find one quickly.3. Pinpoint children that are performing well and have them demonstrate. Peer modeling helps other learners to visualize the concepts.
Make sure to check out the Conscious Discipline Website for Shubert's Extension ActivitiesUse 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.http://consciousdiscipline.com/resources/shuberts_worksheets.asp
Important Announcements and Reminders
• Be PreparedWith 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 accessThe 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 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. • Walking children to classPlease 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.
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- Chelsea Shine, Manatees Teacher- Brianna Polluck
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