Summer is upon us bringing hotter weather and a season of fun for our children. We are proud of our VPK students who are headed off to kindergarten and we wish them the best of luck in their future school years. During the months of June, July, & early August the UNF Preschool has a lot of fun on campus field trips, water play, and dress up days planned. Please take a look at the calendars each month for a complete list of activities.
Recap from May:
During the month of May our preschool children were working hard learning about animals, gardening, and appreciating what a mother does. Classes made cooking projects related to the curriculum such as vegetable soup, bird houses made out of soy nut butter and graham crackers, frogs out of fresh fruit.
May brought with it teacher appreciation week, which was very special and loved by all the staff. Here at the UNF Preschool our main focus is to teach and educate your children so that they can be successful in their future academic careers. So it was very nice over the course of the week to hear stories of appreciation and of how we have made a difference in your children’s lives.
In May the VPK Children in our center did a special lesson entitled Money Wise. They learned about the importance of money and ways in which children can start saving. After learning children got to paint and take home their very own piggy banks.
Curriculum Corner ELLM Books of the Month
• Mrs. Wishy-Washy• The Scrubbing Machine• Clifford Makes a Friend• Good Thing You’re Not an Octopus!• Dinosaur Roar!• Here Are My Hands• Many Places• Panda Bear, Panda Bear, What Do You See?• Five Little Ducks• Bailey Goes Camping• My Favorite Bear• The Little Yellow Chicken
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• Be Prepared- The weather is starting to get much 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. • Sunscreen- Remember to keep your children safe this summer by applying sunscreen to your child before school each day. • 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.
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-Justin Dickey , Manatees Teacher- Brianna Pollock
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