December is here and so is the Holiday Season! We know that the families here at the UNF Preschool are diverse and come from many different backgrounds and cultures. We would like to highlight and celebrate this fact during the Month of December and therefore will be teaching the children about a variety of different holidays and traditions commonly seen during this time of year. If you have any holiday traditions that you would like to share with your child’s classroom please contact the Lead Teacher and she will help you figure out the best way to share these wonderful experiences with the children! Recap from November: The month of November is a time to be Thankful for the things that we have in our lives. From our family to friends, health, and well-being many people are Thankful for a variety of different reasons. The Dolphins Classroom took this month to create an “I am Thankful tree” in their classroom window. Parents, students, and teachers took the time to fill out sticky notes and place them on the tree to show what they were Thankful for. The UNF Preschool is Thankful for new paint over Thanksgiving break we had the classrooms painted with new coats of gray and blue paint. We spent a total of $8, 500 dollars but we feel it was well worth it when you look around the center. Healthy Osprey’s invited the UNF Preschool to the Harvest Festival on Wednesday November 16th. The children got the opportunity to listen to music and go on a Hayride. The children’s favorite part was visiting the petting zoo that had all sorts of animals from Sheep, rabbits, a horse, and goats. On Friday November 18th we had our annual Fall Feast in the classrooms. Each classroom made at least one dish to share with all of the other classes. This year the children had the opportunity to eat cranberries, sweet and white potatoes, cornbread, and butternut squash. The Bears classroom had a blast working on their fine motor skills while cooking green beans for the feast. We are very grateful to Chartwells for providing Halal chicken so that all of our children could enjoy this wonderful main dish. The UNF Preschool was closed to children on Wednesday November 23rd, however our staff used this time wisely for training and team building. Training was focused on communication skills, customer service, and working together as a staff. At one point we even took a Yoga break in order to feel relaxed and centered before stepping back into our training room. We hope all of our families in the center had a wonderful Thanksgiving delicious food and wonderful company! We look forward to the month of December here at our school we know it is a month of filled with excitement and wonder for many of our children.
Curriculum Corner ELLM Books of the Month
• Shake My Sillies Out By: Raffi Cavoukian, Story that narrates the Raffi song Shake My Sillies Out. During the story both campers and animals sing and shake their bodies.
• If You Take a Mouse to the Movies By: Laura Numeroff, This story focuses on the sequence of events of what happens to a mouse and a little boy during Christmas time. They start off at the movies and end up making ornaments and participating in a snowball fight.
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: Ice SkateSkill Themes: locomotor skill (sliding); traveling in general space; balanceEquipment: 2 paper plates, Music PlayerDescription: 1. When the music starts the child can “ice skate” around the room”.Teaching Suggestions:1. Demonstrate how the child can move forward, backward, in a circle, or with a partner. 2. Remind the child that they must keep their feet on the plates at all times.
Conscious Discipline understands that as parents we often might have difficult situations at home with our children. One are of helpful advice this month is helping give our children a good bedtime ritual. Below is some helpful advice on how to set up a successful bedtime routine with your child recommended by Dr. Becky Bailey:My I Love You Rituals book is full of rituals to conduct any time of day. My rewritten, positive version of the classic “A Wonderful Woman” would be an excellent choice to use in your bedtime routine:A wonderful woman who lived in a shoe.She had so many children She knew exactly what to do. She held them, She rocked them, And tucked them in bed. “I love you, I love you,” Is what she said.
Have the child sit on your lap or lean against your body. Wrap your arms around the child and hold on to one hand. Turn the child's hands so they are facing you, palms out, and say, “A wonderful woman lived in a shoe.”
Give the child's hand a nice, deep hand massage as you say, “She had so many children”
Touch each finger on one hand as you say each word in this line: “She knew exactly what to do.”
Fold your child's fingers into a fist and wrap your hands around the child’s, and say, “She held them,”
Holding the child's hand securely, rock it from side to side: “She rocked them,”
Press the child's hand against his or her chest. This will place you in a slight hugging position as you say, “And tucked them in bed.”
Now, give the child a hug and say lovingly, "'I love you, I love you,’ is what she said.”
Check out the Conscious Discipline website, https://consciousdiscipline.com/resources/discipline-tips.asp for Discipline tips and support for your family at home. They regular add new information and answer questions that might arise.
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.
• Scholastic books Order forms will be sent out in the classrooms this month. If you would like to purchase books for you child please order them online or return the form with a check.
• Santa PicturesPlease see your child’s classroom to sign the permission slip for pictures with Santa, Ms. Clause and one of his Elves will be coming to our center. If your child is photographed we will send the pictures out to you by email.
• Holiday PartiesEach classroom will be having their own holiday breakfast party. Please see your child’s classroom to sign up for party food. All children will be allowed to wear their pajamas and watch a holiday movie.
CDRC StaffDirector- 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- Lisa Jaspe
“December- a month of lights, snow and feasts; time to make amends and tie loose ends; finish off what you started and hope your wishes come true.” - Unknown
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