Good morning Parents! We are already began our summer camp program this week for eight weeks! There are still spots left open if you would like to join in as we would love to have your children attend.
On another note as many of you know I am pursuing my masters degree in early childhood and would love to share what I am learning with you weekly in the newsletters. I hope you find this enlightening.
These tips are to increase your child’s literacy:
- make time daily to read with your child
- read out loud to your children and read along with them
- take your child to the library and allow them to select the books
- give books and magazine subscritions as gifts that will encourage reading
- provide materials to write with (washable markers,crayons etc.)
- emphasize the value of literacy
*remember together ,parent and teacher, we create a partnership to help develop the tools needed to support the child literacy development.
We are learning about different insects this week and will be searching outdoors with magnifying glasses to hunt for some!
We will also be creating insect pictures. We will be reviewing the letter P and making popcorn from our own fingerprints!
We’ll continue practicing for graduation and our show; we’ll practice our songs(words and movements) and our Bible verses.
We’ll review colors,shapes, opposites,positional words and we’ll continue working in our workbooks!
A lesson on respectfulness to all will include making friendship bracelets and booklets!
Each child will make his own “superbug,”a process art activity!
Next week we are off on Monday May 26th 2014
Next week we will be reviewing the letter F and making a fruit collage reviewing our fruit groups. Additionally, we will be reviewing a variety of shapes. We will continue to learn about the world God has created for us.
Please note that all of our projects and lessons are abbreviated as we get ready for our preschool graduation show.
Monday May 12th is our moms breakfast from 9am-10am. Tuesday we will have a teacher from NJ swim come in a do a demonstration on swim safety with all the children at 10am.
We’ll finish our alphabet review (V,W,X,Y and Z); we’ll review beginning sounds and practice letter formation. We ‘ll make letter V vegetables and volcanoes and W watermelons!
In circle time we’ll practice our Bible verses,days of the week, months of the year, seasons and continue to review our name cards (all the children have learned their names and those of their classmates!).
We’ll make our own puzzles with cardboard cereal, cracker and cookie boxes and challenge ourselves to put them together.
We talk A LOT about the importance of kindness and caring and we’ll collaborate to make our own kindness/ caring gardens!!!
The overall goal for the month of May is to learn about different animals of the world. Topics will include the book of Genesis and creation as well as where creatures live and their characteristics as well as their habitats.
This coming week we will begin in Genesis 1:1 “In the beginning” We will be making our own worlds and different types of creatures. Tuesday May 6th at 11:00 AM we also will be going into the chapel for a special music show put on by the homeschool co-op. We will also be starting our practice for Pre-k3 & 4 for our graduation show!
- Next week May 12th Moms breakfast (only for children attending on Mondays)
- Tuesday May 13th at 10:00 AM, we will be having NJ swim come in and do a water safety lesson for all the children.
Month of May Supplies:
Scotch tape, masking tape and paper towels. We are beginning to create props for our graduation and appreciate these items as well as any big lollipops or candies. Our theme for graduation is Gods love is sweet!
We ‘ll be making special Mother’s Day surprises!
S, T and U are our review letters this week. We’ll make sunflowers, submarines and tractors !!
Using blocks we ‘ll create our own town: roads, schools, shops, fire stations and parks.
In science, with hands -on activities, we will explore motion and sound!
Math Bingo and seed sorting will challenge our math skills.
We will be closing the month out by reviewing the overall concept of Spring creatures and new life that is found during this time. Our lessons were cut short last week due to picture day on Thursday and Friday so we will be bringing everything to a close this coming week. we will be making a spring food surprise in pre-k cafe on this Monday.Our review letter is K this week and we will also be making spring kite crafts.
All summer camp forms are due May 1st for Prek-k3 & 4 by May 1st as there are no discounts past this point. This is only offered to early registered families.
Due to a large amount of requests from parents we will be having 8 weeks offered for prek-2 as well! The cost will be $145.00 per week and a discount will only be offered for four weeks or more. The ratio for prek-2 is lower so the cost is slightly higher. All details will be going home in the backpacks this coming Monday and the forms will be due back May 8th for early enrollment.
Save the date:
Monday May 12th is our mothers day breakfast! (This is only offered to the children who attend our school on Mondays as we do have room to accommodate all the families)
PreK 4 Week of 4/28/2014
We’ll review letters P, Q and R. We’ll make pompon letters and numbers, letter “p” pianos, brightly- colored rainbow Rs and queens with crowns!
In Kids’ Cafe we’ll make edible umbrellas (apples and raisins) and spring flowers ( bread, colored cream cheese, bananas).
We’ll color, cutout and put together our own spring booklets!
We’ll sort and count common household and school items ( plastic utensils, crayons, blocks and books).
In story time we’ve been reading the little men and little miss books by Roger Hargreaves. The stories are clever and silly and each one teaches valuable lessons ( kindness , truthfulness, helpfulness, good manners). Ask your child about Mr. Happy ( a favorite !), Mr. Slow, Mr. Grumble and Little Miss Naughty!
Recycling and Protecting Our Environment
Pre-k 3 Class
Although break was nice we all miss the kids and look forward to getting back in the swing of things!
For the last week of the month we will be reviewing all the weekly themes as well as continuing to learn about pond life and the season of spring. We will be creating paper plate ducks and frogs. We will also be making our own birds nest and creating cheerio jewelry.Last is our review letter is C.
Pre-K 4 Class
This week we ‘ll celebrate earth day (April 22 ) with lessons/activities on recycling and protecting and keeping our environment clean and healthy.
We ‘ll learn about a frog ‘s life cycle and sequence and color “frog cards” to make our own life cycle booklets.
We ‘ll plant alfalfa and radish seeds on moist sponges, seal the sponges in plastic bags and then place the bags in our sunny window and examine ( using a magnifying glass ) the sprouts as they grow!
Using dyed ( several colors) bow tie pasta we ‘ll practice sorting and graphing and letter and number formation.
We’ll review letters M, N and O and make mice, night skies and octopuses!!!
All Summer Camp forms are due back before May 1st 2014. After this date, there will be no discounts available, this is for early registration only. Also the picture forms are due back tomorrow otherwise the photographer will not be taking your child’s picture.
The school will be closed between April 14th to 18th and returning on April 21st.
Reminder: Summer Camps
Summer Camps Forms should be returned by May 1st 2014. There will not be discounts after May 1st.
Reminder: Parenting Classes
Parents who are interesting on attending the parenting classes are required to sign up via email to firstname.lastname@example.org to have a precise headcount for refreshments and childcare. Parenting classes are at zero cost but there is charge of 3 dollars per child for child care.
Reminder: Picture Forms
Pictures forms need to be filled out in order for your child’s picture to be taken for spring portraits. If they’re not filled out the photographer will not be taking the pictures. Please return forms after the school break.
We will creating a caterpillar made from recycled juice tops and learn the stages of the caterpillar into the butterfly. We will also be making our own feathered friend the birds in their own home the nest and discuss how the birds nurture their babies and how they live.
We will be doing other assorted creature crafts as well as reviewing the letter D and will be making a door knob hanger.
Please bring items requested for our spring party no later than April 8th.If you do not attend our school but would like to join our party you need to call or email as we can not be over head count. The party will be from 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM on April 11th.
Pre k 4 Class
We’ll celebrate the Easter season talking about Jesus and learning through Bible verses that a “real” Easter bunny has the characteristics of Jesus that we all should try to have.
We’ll review letters J, K and L and make jellyfish, kangaroos and lighting bugs!
We ‘ll sort, graph and count jelly beans and soft baby chicks!
Science activities will include a lesson/activity with magnets, and we ‘ll also learn about the importance of trees in our world( they make oxygen, help keep our air clean and their roots keep our soil in place ) and create out own forests!
To challenge and sharpen visual discrimination skills we’ll use “cue” cards to mix and match Easter eggs!
Reminder: The school will be closed between April 14th to 18th.