Hugabug Newsletter October 2018
September was a very busy month but fun month! We look forward to October and all the great events we have planned.
Recap from September:
We had our first parent organization meeting and it was a huge success! Please join us on October 24th from 5-6 pm for our next meeting.
Our Grandparent's day celebrations were a huge hit. Many of the grandparents stopped by to read books and play with the children. One grandparent even performed a magic show for some of the children!
During the month of September children got to explore their five senses and learn about their amazing bodies. We also celebrated International Day of Peace with a parade around our playground and had a visit from Officer Carlson who spoke to the children for Child Passenger Safety Day.
We conducted our VPK1 assessment for the VPK children; letters were sent home to the VPK parents with the results. All children were also assessed using ASQ assessments, the results will be shared in our parent teacher conferences held in October. Please be advised these assessments are just preliminary evaluations to help teachers assess what level the children are at and to individualize and enhance their lesson plans and teaching techniques to help all the children reach their highest potential.
ELLM Plus Early Literacy and Learning Model
ELLM Books of the Month
What is Science by: Rebecca Kai Dotlich
What is a Scientist by: Barbara Lehn
Marti and the Mango by: Daniel Moreton
A Look at Magnets by: Barbara Alpert
Concepts for the Month
Inquiry process, science
Catch: A fun physical & healthy activity of the Month you can do at home with your child
Activity Name: Yoga Breathing Exercises
Skill Themes: Deep breathing and relaxation; relationships (body parts); force (light, sustained)
Equipment: Relaxing Music
Description: Challenge the children to move quietly and slowly through each yoga breathing exercise.
Angel Breath: Kneel or sit with legs crossed and your palms together with the fingers interlaced. As you inhale, slowly lift your elbows up to shoulder level. Then exhale through your mouth, slowly bringing your elbows together in front of your chest.
Punching Bag Breath: Kneel on your knees. Exhale and slowly punch one arm out in front of you. Inhale as you return your arm. Repeat using the other arm.
Take 5: Sit cross- legged. Lift one finger at a time as you breathe in and count- 1,2,3,4,5. Pause for a second with your hand up. Slowly exhale out. Count backward- 5,4,3,2,1 putting down one finger at a time for each number. Repeat 2 or 3 times.
Hot Air Balloon: Kneel and sit back on your heels. Take little, quick breaths and raise your arms upward a little at a time until they are over your head. When you've inhaled as much air as you can, you "balloons" (lungs) are filled. Slowly exhale and deflate your "balloons" (lungs as your arms move back down. Repeat 2 to 3 times.
NAEYC For Families
NAEYC for Families offers articles, information, and resources for parents with young children. Take a look in the Families Today section of the website to find articles on various topics including 5 Ways to Build Math Into Your Child's Day by Laura Bilodeau Overdeck and Keys to Understanding Your Child by Jarrod Greene.
Social Emotional Development: Conscious Discipline
Conscious Discipline understands that as parents we often might have difficult situations at home with our children. Our helpful advice this month is helping children to handle disappointment. Below is some helpful advice on how to help your child handle these particular feelings and emotions:
Disappointment is a difficult emotion to handle. All parents ultimately want children to be good sportsmen, take responsibility for their actions rather than blaming others, and be able to stand tall after their falls in life (both literal and metaphoric). Here are some essential guidelines to help children with this type of pain:
First, your goal must be to help them deal with the emotion, not "happy them up." "Happying them up" comes in many forms. It could be a distraction, a promise to buy a toy or taking them out for ice cream. This attempt to take away the pain can lead (in many years) to adults who unconsciously graze through the refrigerator or use shopping sprees to deal with disappointment.
Instead, we can provide empathy to help ease their pain and teach them that they can handle all that life brings to them.
"You seem (Fill In)." (Put your best guess of the feeling in the blank… disappointed, frustrated, sad, etc.) If you guess their emotion correctly, their body will relax. If you guess incorrectly, they will tense up, pull away or correct you. If this happens, simply try to describe the feeling again.
"You were hoping (Fill In)" or "You wanted (Fill In)." Describe the disappointment or hurt.
"It's hard when (Fill In)." Validate their feelings.
"You can handle it." Offer assurance.
"Breathe with me." Take a deep breath together, and then physically connect in some way.
Example: A child does not make a football team.
"You seem disappointed. You were hoping to make the team with your friends. You wanted this more than anything. It's hard when things turn out differently than you wanted. You can handle this. Let's take some deep breaths together." Then hug or hold your child.
Check out the Conscious Discipline website, 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
We need a couple changes of clothes for each child. Please make sure your child's extra set of clothes is appropriate for the weather.
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.
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.
Order forms will be sent out in the classrooms this month. They will be due on October 26th. If you would like to purchase books for you child please order them online or return the form with a check.
Parent Organization Meeting
Please join us for our next Parent Organization Meeting on October 24th from 5pm-6pm.
VPK assessments are complete. Please make sure to ask your lead teacher for the results. If you have any questions, please stop by the office or ask you teacher for more answers.
UNF Preschool Staff
- Director- Mahreen Mian
- Assistant Director- Jessica Gonzalez
- Office Manager- Luciann Tappin
- Bear's Teacher- Sheila Mastriana
- Dolphin's Teacher- Nancy Winckler-Zuniga
- Cardinal's Teacher- Marie Beattie
- Manatees Teacher- Ivory Brown